Whether you’re a new mother or not, I bet there is something in today’s article that will help become more fit, gain confidence or just learn a little empathy.
No matter how or why you’ve gained weight, know that it takes as long – if not longer – to lose that weight again. Pregnancy is a special time and new mothers need to concentrate on their baby but you may need to reprioritize if you are still blaming a spare-tire on baby weight, three years later!
Dads-to-be often gain baby weight too – if someone around you is eating more then the temptation to join in is hard to refuse. This week, I’m going to share five tips that will help you regain the figure you want. I’m focusing on how to reclaim your pre-pregnancy body because it’s a message I relate to strongly.
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Getting fit today is more serious than six packs and skinny thighs. When you hear the term “fighting fit” does it bring to mind thoughts of kickboxing classes and sweaty boxing gyms? Or, are you like me and see that it can have a far more serious meaning?
I have a saying ‘get fit from the inside out’ and to me, it means that instead of being motivated by the external rewards that we associate with fitness it’s important to exercise for internal reasons. I thought about this when my dear friend told me that her doctor insisted she start a fitness program in order to strengthen her body after a life-altering diagnosis.
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Do you hate working out because you don’t like to sweat? Or are you one of the many people that use the ‘I don’t want to ruin my hair excuse’ to avoid a workout? It’s a very common problem for so many people; they hate working out because they hate to sweat.
As I’m sat here typing and trying to think of a way to persuade ‘sweat haters’ that they should still get fit, I think I’m starting to sweat because I don’t have a magic fix!
Yes, if you exercise your hair may go frizzy and your skin may get damp but this is a good thing. Sweating is just part of life. I think my best approach is to explain why we sweat, how to make sweating more comfortable and, of course, I also have to give some skin and hair care advice because, after all, I’m female and because I love working out I often build up a good sweat.
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Taking two minutes a day to update a fitness journal will help you perform better! For many people getting fit and staying fit can feel like an impossible task but a fitness journal will help keep you on track and make sure you see progress. While this may not be the most glamorous subject, it’s important to keep a record of what you’re doing and how you feel about it because you’ll be amazed to look back six months later and see how much you’ve improved.
Keep reading and I will share a few common fitness roadblocks and help you to overcome them through a process of self-discovery. I firmly believe that keeping a fitness journal will help you on your quest to become fitter and healthier.
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If you have a muffin top then I bet you want to get rid of it! Or, you might be asking what on earth is a muffin top? I know I was bewildered the first time I heard the phrase. My friend explained that it is the fat on your back and sides that bulges over your waistband in the same way the top of a muffin overhangs the base.
On hearing of the muffin top phenomenon, my first reaction was ‘I have an instant muffin top remedy’. My friend listened closely, expecting me to share some profound fitness secret that could fix a muffin top in moments, but my answer disappointed her greatly. Apparently this wasn’t the response she had hoped for:
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This week, I’m sharing three important reasons for you to pick up some weights and make yourself stronger. Skinny is out and a strong looking physique is definitely the new sexy. You just have pick up a magazine to see that having some meat on your bones is a good thing. Toned and muscular women are now gracing the covers of popular magazines and even celebrities are sporting a more toned appearance.
As a former athlete and gym lover with a genetic pre-disposition that makes muscles upon muscles a part of my reality, I have to say that I’m so excited to see a shift from skinny being the desired look of the masses. Skinny and waif-like is rapidly being replaced by a toned, muscular and active-looking appearance. Thankfully, strong women are no longer seen as masculine and undesirable. For my male readers, you’ll also be happy to know that big and bulky individual muscle groups are a thing of the past and a toned, functional and balanced muscular body is in.
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Do you have a fitness plan? I think you need one and these are my tips on how to kickstart your year with a renewed commitment to stay in shape OR get in shape.
I know that starting a new fitness plan can be daunting, especially if you haven’t worked out in a while or you’ve started and stopped before, but – with a new approach and a determined attitude – success may be closer than you think!
The most important first step to becoming fit is making a workable fitness plan, otherwise it’s too easy to lose focus. Try asking yourself these five questions below and make sure you answer them completely honestly:
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The best diet is the one that works best with your lifestyle, your budget, your food preferences and how much effort you’re willing to give.
One of the more entertaining aspects of my work is that whenever I meet a new weight loss client, I never know where the conversation will lead. Usually, I’ll start by getting some history – I want to know what’s the most and the least they’ve ever weighed, what motivates them to eat better and get into shape, and also what’s worked for them in the past and what hasn’t – that sort of thing. From there, I can start to get a sense for how much effort each particular patient is willing to put forth, and what their expectations are. And then we come up with a plan. But I can’t just tell someone what they need to do – I need to help them figure out how they’re going to do it, too. And we work together to figure out what’s going to work best for them.
Right now I’m on a plane. I’m a long way up over the Atlantic Ocean and I’m feeling a little conflicted: I love traveling but I’m not a fan of sitting still.
I’ve been doing a lot of flying recently and, although I’ve been to some great places and met wonderful people, it still means I’ve been sitting down for long periods of time. That’s just not something my body is used to doing. In fact, I’m such a believer in keeping my body moving that I find it hard to sit still at home too.
When’s your energy peak? Do you wake up raring to go, only to find your energy level flagging by the middle of the afternoon? Is it slow going for you in the morning, but you’re fired up after lunch? Or do you come alive after 5pm?
We all have our natural rhythms, so it may be asking a lot to expect to have boundless energy all day long – but if you feel like you would prefer to have more energy throughout the day, then read on. What you eat, and when, can have a big influence on your physical and mental energy.
Here are my top four tips to help you decide on positive goals that will push you to become healthier and more productive. If you read my post on thinking like an athlete then you’ll know that being focused can help you think more clearly and meet your personal goals.
This way of thinking has worked for me and I’ve never looked back. My mantra for challenges in life is ‘when in doubt, think like an athlete‘. So, whether you need to exercise more or you want to up your game in life, you may benefit from my helpful insider tips. My tips are written toward improving your health and fitness but you can apply them to any goal you can imagine.
There are literally hundreds of reasons why being active is beneficial. Exercise is good for your body, your mind and for your social life.
Here are four reasons that I believe will inspire you to get up and get healthy. Once you’ve read through, I know you’ll join me and become a happier, healthier you.
1. Reduced stress
Most of our lives are filled with stress of some sort, whether it’s lack of time, financial struggles, difficult work deadlines or simply trying to herd your children to school.
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So often when people hear the term ‘active’ it brings on a feeling of dread!
People imagine having to dedicate hours to insane workouts or worse, they might think of extreme sports that they’d hate like, perhaps, skateboarding and skydiving. I think this is because the term ‘active’ can have so many meanings. We hear the word being used in commercials with a visual of a man diving off a building and the tag line “Active men use this deodorant” and it sets an expectation about what ‘active’ really means.
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People have different reasons for wanting to shape up – finding out what motivates you can help you stay on track.
There’s no doubt about it – change is hard. I frequently tell my clients that my job is much easier than theirs – my role is to advise them on how to eat better, while they’ve got the more difficult task of having to actually do it. But my job doesn’t stop at simply handing out advice – I also try to help people find what it is that will motivate them to make changes. And the reasons are all over the map. For some, just the goal of getting healthier is all it takes to kick start the process. On the other hand, that probably won’t motivate the ones who tell me (and I’ve heard this more times than I can count), “I’m perfectly healthy, I’m just fat.” Read more »
When it comes to your meals, what do you do to make them special? I’ll bet if I asked you what you ate for lunch two days ago, chances are pretty good that you can’t remember. Maybe you worked through lunch and ate at your desk, or picked at some leftovers from the refrigerator. Or you were so caught up in your favorite television show, that you scarcely noticed what was on your plate. On the other hand, if I asked you to recall a special meal you’ve had lately – not even a holiday or birthday meal, just what you’d call a ‘nice meal’ – you can probably recall that meal in great detail. And it’s likely that it was more than just the food that made that meal memorable. It’s the little things, too, that make meals more special – and, more satisfying. Read more »