Back in June this year (2013) I made the decision to walk every day. Little did I know the benefits that would follow. I began with 15 minutes, and now sometimes walk for more than 4 miles. Little by little with the help of Spark and a walking team I have extended my distance. Friends are commenting on how well and fit I look - even though I'm not yet at my goal weight. Get walking. Get looking at your surroundings - and you will blossom too.
Entering your food and exercise isn't enough. Be honest with YOURSELF. Did you add that scrape of butter? Was it 7 walnuts - not 6? If your weight doesn't move you need to reconsider. That exercise - were you REALLY doing your best or was that WALK more of a STROLL? Re-evaluate constantly. Don't waste the effort. DO YOUR BEST, but more than that - BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
I make a weekly fitness-meal plan. I am training for a half-marathon and get super hungry the day after a long run. Combining the meal planning with the fitness planning means I eat the right stuff for my level of activity. It also helps with the grocery shopping.
Sometimes a computer or internet is readily available. Create your routine and print out a checklist. Once printed laminate the paper to keep it fresh looking. Now you can use an erasable marker to check off your exercises during the day to add later. Great for when your on the go!
I am usually bored with most exercises. Exercise is especially hard during the winter months in Wisconsin. I am Native American and I am passionate about dance. So I found a way to make exercise fun. I go to YouTube and find a Pow Wow playlist and I play it while I dance around my house. Pow Wows aren't just for Native American people either. If you go to a Pow Wow they have dances called Intertribal where everybody regardless of race or clothes can get up dance. So everybody let's Pow Wow dance!
I was so down that I couldn't build up some kind of exercise streak and then I decided to just walk, just walk. At first it took me a month to do 250 minutes and this month, I did 250 minutes in just 9 days! So, "one step at the time" IS the real thing. It does work.
I try to fit jumping jacks, donkey kicks, skipping or even a few push-ups into whatever procrastination time I have.
I'm always looking for ways to add more steps to my daily step count. I take the stairs instead of the elevator, I take the LONG way to any destination instead of the short cut . Every single step counts and they add up quickly!
Stop trying to force yourself to exercise... Exercising should be fun, not work! Instead of forcing yourself to go to the gym (if you hate it) finally take those horseback riding lessons, or adult ballet lessons that you always wanted to do......
After reading the book, "The Eat Clean Diet" by Tosca Reno for the 2nd time (LOL), I TRULY began to understand the benefits of eating more protein---with every meal (including snacks). Besides drinking more water, protein will help shed those extra pounds FAST. I'm able to build and retain more muscle. Therefore, I can effectively shed more fat. As a semi-vegetarian, I've become more creative at finding other sources of protein.
If you are trying to increase your steps per day, look at your pedometer during any 'alone moment'. Then jog in place until you reach the next '100' mark! It takes less than a minute to increase your steps -- and you can confirm that the pedometer is tracking you right, too!!!
When an injury gets in the way of your fitness program don't let frustration cause you to throw in the towel! Just because you can't do the exercises you have always done doesn't mean you can't work out. Use this as an opportunity to try something new and mix things up!
I follow fitness blogs on Tumblr and board on Pinterest to keep me motivated. When I find something I like on Tumblr I post it on my Pinterest so when I feel like I need some motivation I just go there and see a wall of reasons why I work out and eat healthy. Works great!
After been drinking protein and meal replacement shakes for some years I have never tasted or find anyone that works and taste like the ShapeWay Meal Replacement Shakes. The taste is so good and to top it off no chemicals: Low Glycemic - No added sugars - No Aspartame - No Sucralose - No Fructose - No artificial flavoring - Gluten Free - No Soy - Chemical Free - 100%+ of the RDA vitamins - 3 Patented Ingredients with Clinical Studies - Affordable - NO Stimulants - Lose the Weight, Not the Muscle
Long gone are the days where using a pole meant you were being paid to take your clothes off. As it turns out, the second best workout you can get is on a pole! Pole Fitness classes have been popping up all around the country and are becoming mainstream. Working out on a pole builds strength, coordination and balance and is both a strength and cardio workout which creates full-body fitness. Plus it's FUN!!!
I recently went on my FB and sent out a message looking for people to exercise with for five days a week after my work-out buddy and i developed conflicting schedules. To my surprise so many people were looking for the same thing. I find myself wanting to do even more so now I am exercising at home on my bike watching an hour long t.v. show first thing in the morning before I leave with a friend to where ever. Its great I'm able to be more motivated and its creating a lil club of our own!!
I always enter my exercise minutes before I workout in the morning. When it gets down to the last 5 or so tough minutes, I have a built in motivation to keep going. Who wants to go back and decrease your fitness minute totals towards your next Spark Trophy?!