Tag Archives: Motivation

ON SUNDAY I WITNESSED SOMETHING SPECIAL

20 Jan

My husbands sister Brittani and her two little ones spent last week with us in California.  The kids have never been to Disneyland so this was definitely the anticipated highlight of the vacation for them.  Of course it was magical for them but I witnessed something magical myself that evening while waiting for our restaurant reservation at the Grand Californian Hotel.

To my surprise who do I see… Chris & Heidi Powell (hosts of ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss television series).  They were passing through the lobby appropriately from the gym which was obvious with the visible sweat on their gym clothed bodies.

I don’t know Chris & Heidi personally, I of course know of them professionally, and have heard countless nice things about them.  Well… I witnessed it for myself.

The gratitude they showed these strangers who support their T.V wellness efforts was astonishing.  Not since working with Carol Burnett on “Once Upon a Mattress” film have I witnessed people of fame so generous of their time and energy in public.

They didn’t just stop and take photos with their fans, they engaged them with genuine interest in them and made the moment special.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because it’s one thing to be on T.V to inspire, motivate and challenge people to better themselves, it’s even more powerful and impactful to also match that off camera.  People have options in what they invest in watching on T.V and to see Chris & Heidi value people who support them warms my heart.  It’s a good reminder to live in gratitude.

Hopefully you already watch ABC’s “Extreme Weight Loss” series cause it’s a great show! It’s motivating & inspiring for all people, not just those needing or looking to drop unhealthy weight.

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Today’s Tip: “THE WORLD IS YOUR GYM” – Clean House and Shape Up!

7 Aug

OK, let’s put a BOUNCE IN OUR STEP.  Get excited!  Just motivating your day with energy and enthusiasm will start you on your fitness path.

Do you have chores around the house?  Let’s try lunges and squats in between picking up those toys.  How about a dirty kitchen?  Let’s see how quickly we can clean up that mess.  Let’s do some calf raises while folding laundry.  We can play with the kids outside, like doing some jumping jacks.  How about walking your kids to school and jogging or speed walking back home listening to some of your favorite tunes?  Do you have stairs?  Climb them.  What about while watching some evening T.V.? Try stretching, or doing some couch sitting squats.  Turn your regular day into a fitness day.

Too many people, especially women, try and control their weight (size) by under eating.  This NEVER works. You may have a skinny body, but it will be an unhealthy one that is not capable of sustaining vital activity or longevity.  Eat your small portioned breakfast, divide your lunch into two small portions, and separate them by 3 hours. Eat your carb free dinner, and have 2 protein small snacks in the day.  This totals 6 times during the day you should be consuming food.  It works. Keep the portions down, but eat them often.

Practice good posture in & out of the gym with these alignment tips.

24 Jul

Give yourself a standing ovation!

Good Posture – slumped shoulders and lethargic movements often times are signs of low self confidence.  Practice good posture in and out of the gym and you will feel more confident. Good posture and holding your body in perfect alignment during your workout will help protect your joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Generally speaking this posture can be followed as such:
-Stand shoulder width apart
-Feet parallel
-Knees slightly bent
-Slightly tucked pelvis
-Chest elevated (tits up)
-Shoulders gently pressed down away from the ears and drawn back behind you.
-Good punching wrist position.
-Jaw slightly opened

Crunch Fitness Gym Etiquette Tips (reposted for the girl who refuses to put her weights away).

30 Jun

There is this girl who works out at Crunch Gym on Sunset that deliberately does not return her weights to the racks. Even when she is literally two feet away from them she will drop her dumbbells on the floor walk away and take her destructive attitude onward.  A Crunch trainer told me he didn’t mind what she was doing??? WHAT??? Any weight equipment left on the gym floor can be hazard, people injure themselves more from tripping over weights more often than they do from lifting them. So HOPEFULLY this girl or someone who knows her will share this (especially Tip 6) with her.

Tip 1: Avoid blocking the mirrors or standing in front of a dumbbell or other weight rack.
Tip 2: Unless you are Gold’s Gym Venice you should not be grunting and groaning like a wild beast. Release on breath, not vocal cords.
Tip 3: Share equipment & weights. Don’t sit on a machine in between sets. “Work in” with other gym members
Tip 4: Don’t rush around the gym. With all that heavy equipment, there is so much that can really injure you. move slowly but with purpose.
Tip 5: If you have the tendency to poopy at the gym (which can often be inspired by exercising) bring a small room spray or cologne sampler to the restroom with you.
Tip 6: Remove weight plates from a machine or bar when you finish with them, and be sure to put the weights back where you found them.
Tip 7: Wipe off equipment when you are finished, so you don’t “sweat out” your neighbor. Be mindful of others.
Tip 8: Use the lockers. Most gyms have a policy that gym bags cannot be carried around the gym. Gym bags and other comparable material can be potential tripping hazards.
Tip 9: Time manage your workout. Most gyms impose a time limit on using cardio equipment. If the gym is busy, limit your time on a specific cardio machine to 20 mins.
Tip 10: Leave your ego at the door. If you have questions, ask! Gym equipment can be very dangerous. Protect yourself by understanding how a machine works. Ask a gym representative to explain how to correctly use the machines.
If you are new member most gyms offer a complimentary personal training session. Communicate and ask questions with the professional trainer on how to use equipment you are not familiar with.

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WE ALL ARE WORTHY OF GREATNESS. OWN YOUR FITNESS!

17 Apr

What are you going to do TODAY to find your GREATNESS? Original video available at YouTube

Your Baby is your trainer – Another exercise for moms

13 Apr

When performing these lunges make sure the focus of your movement is to the corners rather then straight forward, this is to help avoid any pressure put on those precious little legs and feet of your little one.

Aim for 100 using the right leg forward (corner) and back (corner).  And 100 using the left leg forward (corner) and back (corner).

 

“GREEN EXERCISE”???

11 Apr

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Working out at home or at the gym is wonderful, the benefits are endless.

Studies have shown exercise and physical activity performed outdoors in a green environment can boost mood and even self-esteem, and benefits can be seen with as little as 5 mins a day.

“Green Exercise” is physical activity/exercise that is executed in the presence of nature.  That means in a park, working in a backyard garden, on a nature trail, or other green spaces.

Walking, jogging, gardening, cycling, boating, fishing, horse back riding, swimming, and skateboarding are a few examples of outdoor physical activity.

It’s spring so get some spring in your step and get outside for some “Green Exercise”.