Let’s Go Streaking!

Let’s Go Streaking!

Challenges, Competitions, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
Recently, I embarked on a different kind of streaking adventure – one that involves putting on a bunch of extra clothes as opposed to the other. Inspired by an Instagram challenge, I joined a group on Strava (a fitness tracker/social media app, for the uninitiated) to run every day in December. The mission? Simple: hit at least one mile daily. Never having attempted a run streak before, I saw it as an intriguing test. There’s a lot to gain from such a commitment: consistency, discipline, and a blend of mental and physical challenge. Plus, it’s a real test of daily recovery when it’s an exercise streak. Week One: Dodging the ‘Too Busy’ Bullet My biggest fear initially was actually just getting busy and forgetting to go. There were a couple…
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Is Something Actually Better than Nothing??

Challenges, Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, Making Change
A common question I get asked or see online is some variation of, “I’m super busy with work/kids/sports/other obligations…So I don’t have a lot of time to workout.  How can I work on my fitness without much time?”It’s a completely valid question and one that, I too, struggle with sometimes.  Life gets in the way of our best laid plans and the first thing you have to do is respect that.  Give some credit to the physical and mental energy these other tasks and challenges take from you and don’t try to ‘power through’ it so much.  I recently was discussing this with a client and they were afraid that with all that was going on, making the progress they desired seemed pointless since they couldn’t devote the full time to…
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Why Weight Training is a must for Weight Loss

Exercise Deep Dive, FitNews
Want to lose weight....lift weights. As a trainer you get asked a lot of questions. They are often the same questions. This one is a popular one…. What exercise is most beneficial for weight loss. Cardio or weights?  My, sometimes, surprising answer is both but emphasize weights. We all know the many benefits of weight training. Improved bone density and glucose utilization, an elevated metabolic rate (hint this helps with weight loss!) and insulin sensitivity, increased strength, not to mention a boost to your mental health. We know there are benefits to lifting weights but rarely do we think weight training is a must for weight loss. Usually the question is - doesn’t cardio burn more calories? Or when I need to lose weight I just start running. Then I’ll lose the weight I…
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Setting Up a New Routine

Exercise Deep Dive, Goal Setting, Making Change
Micro-task your way to a new routine! Incorporating a lifestyle change means that it has to find a place inside your daily life.  There are only so many hours in a day and everything that needs doing already has it’s place.  That can be a major problem when it comes to making a lifestyle change.  Since everything we are already doing has a spot on the schedule, something has to give.     Essentially, your time is already routinized and so what you’re trying to do is steer that ship onto a new heading.  In order to do that and be effective long term it might help to follow a few principles.  Be specific on what you’re goal is.  “I want to start an exercise routine,” is not specific enough.  Instead,…
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HIIT TRAINING: Yes or No?

Exercise Deep Dive, Exercise Ideas, FitNews, Free Programs
I get asked about HIIT training A LOT. ( Also known as High Intensity Interval Training.) There seems to be a new study that shows up every month or so talking about how it can save you time plus keep you fit. Over the past two decades this type of training modality has become all the rage. It has been the subject of many studies ranging from reducing obesity to helping to stabilize blood sugars.  HIIT training is basically physical activity that has brief intermittent burst of very intense activity, followed by a period of rest or lower intensity exercise. HIIT can be performed using weights or as a cardiovascular workout. An example of a strength training workout using HIIT Training may look like this: SquatsPushupsLungesPullupsPlanks Repeat all above for…
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