Like everyone else, I am ready to put 2020 in the rearview mirror and take off as fast as possible in the opposite direction. The last year was...interesting...to say the least! Now that I'm looking back instead of being in the middle of it, I realize that I learned some stuff about myself.
Way back when I first got into fitness, I wanted to get strong. I wanted to be able to do simple things, like a straight leg push-up. I remember the first time I just plopped on the floor and pounded out 10 push-ups while working with a client. It was really cool to be able to do a push-up without struggling! the client being super impressed was a nice bonus, but I digress.
My goal for working out was always to get strong. A nice bonus was that I started to like how I looked. I've never had a very positive body image- which is why I LOVE the #bodypositive movement. My hips are too wide, my legs are too thick, my arms aren't toned enough...blah blah blah...The only part of my body that I liked were...
"I LOVE banging my head into a wall over and over and over again because THIS is the time when it won't hurt." Then we proceed to bang our head into that wall...just one more time...this is the LAST TIME....I really mean it...but I'm going to test it just once more, just make sure...and guess what? It hurt!
Sound familiar? Just this week I had kind of a silly realization about my face cream (No, nothing earth shattering- sorry to disappoint!). I finally realized that it wasn't very moisturizing. I thought about some of the other products I use and realized that the serum I out on at night is very nice, so maybe I'll try that under my sunscreen instead. You know what? It worked! Lovely dewey skin of a 20 year old! Ok...not really, but a big improvement. It helps make the sunscreen go on much smoother- makes the sunscreen look better- and it feels better. Desired results achieved. Woo hoo!
Now, how did I arrive at this mind blowing realization? I took a step back and...
Start with the "why" in mind. This is how great leaders inspire us. But what does that even mean? Start with the "why" in mind?
Simon Sinek describes his Golden Circle like this; we know our "what" (what I'm doing) and we know our "how" (how do I do it), but often times we don't know our "why" (why am I doing this?)
When it comes to fitness I would say most of us exercise because Dr. Oz said to be healthier, we should exercise. Or maybe our doctor recommended that we exercise to lower our blood pressure or blood sugar or cholesterol - all excellent reasons- but is that enough to truly inspire us to do something we don't actually want to do?
For most of us, the answer is no- it's not.
I have a close friend who just got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. To say she was bummed is an understatement. Now my friend has never been a big fan of exercise- especially cardio. She fights it tooth and nail! But as she was researching effective methods for managing...
"Do what you LOVE, and LOVE what you DO!" ~everyone
I am always so amazed by people who can put all their time and effort into reaching a goal. The focus and drive that it takes to pursue something that may or not pan out- scary! That is probably the scariest thing that I can think of- doing your best, working really hard, putting the time and effort into something with no guarantee that you'll be successful- yuck! No thank you.
However, I did that all the time as a kid. When I was a teenager I did a ton of theater- that was my thing. I was really good at it, so I got quite a bit of ego-stroking back in the day. The accolades were great, but I didn't need much encouragement. I loved every minute from auditions to rehearsal to show time.
I especially LOVED showtime. My heart race with anticipation, feeling like it would burst with excitement. Being in a show felt like you were riding a rollercoaster every night. But at some point the ride had to end; time to get off...
What? No way! You mean I can get ALL the awesome cool benefits from exercise in only 10 minutes?
You mean I can exercise for only 10 minutes and still raise my metabolism? Lose body fat? Increase energy?
Is this a trap? Like the good old bait and switch? "You only have to exercise for 10 minutes today, but tomorrow it'll need to be 2 hours!"
Nope, this isn't a trick or a trap. There's real hard science proving that 10 minutes of exercise is just as effective as 30 minutes. So ditch that "all or nothing" attitude and let's look at the benefits of 10 minute workouts, or as I like to call them- Fitbreaks!
1. Boost your Mood and Brainpower
Have you noticed that at the beginning of a task, you’re focused and productive, but after a while, your attention starts to drift? Well sure- everyone's does- that's why you go to the kitchen looking for a snack! Instead of searching in the pantry for something to get your head back into that project, do a 10 minute...
This morning my iPad wasn't working- no sound. I checked all the usual spots- maybe the airpods or headphones were connected or maybe my speaker was connected. Nope- all "normal".
Next I did something very unusual. I turned it off. I powered it down and let it rest. Guess what? It worked. A few hours later I turned it back on and now I'm listening to lovely music as I work at my desk. Magic!
Normally this type of incident would send me over the edge. I'd poke some buttons only to get more frustrated with not being able to fix the problem because honestly, I don't really understand how the thing works in the first place, and that would get me even more frustrated. Then I'd probably start looking for a replacement, assuming that the contraption is broken beyond repair and once again being thankful that I have Apple care for just this type of situation. Yes- I have a slight tendency towards over reaction.
This time though I stayed calm, simply turning the thing off and...
"If you want to win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"~Sue Spencer, adapted from Elizabeth Gilbert
I watched the first few minutes of Eat, Pray, Love last night and was reminded of this quick little parable:
“There's a wonderful old Italian joke about a poor man who goes to church every day and prays before the statue of a great saint, begging, "Dear saint-please, please, please...give me the grace to win the lottery." This lament goes on for months. Finally the exasperated statue comes to life, looks down at the begging man and says in weary disgust, "My son-please, please, please...buy a ticket."
If You Want to Win the Healthy Lifestyle Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket
We want to be as healthy as possible. We want to have the energy to do the things we love to do. We want to feel rested from a good night’s sleep. We want to enjoy our lives. Well my friends, you’ve got to buy the ticket.
I wish I could wave my magic fitness fairy wand and...
Are you working from home? Do you have a desk job? Well...that means you might have Dormant Butt Syndrome ...dun dun dun….Oh no, what’s dormant butt syndrome? And is it dangerous? And how can I get rid of it????
I’m so glad you asked. Dormant Butt Syndrome happens when we sit on our butts all day working on our computers instead of moving around. It’s a real thing- look it up! We get Dormant Butt Syndrome, or DBS for short, from sitting too much.
Along with Dormant Butt Syndrome we might have another condition called Flabby Ass Syndrome. Now Flabby Ass Syndrome does not have the health repercussions that DBS has, but it can be very annoying, especially when you put on a pair of jeans and notice that the back pockets are hanging down at the back of your knees.
Ok, ok, all kidding aside, DBS actually does have some physical repercussions, besides Flabby Ass Syndrome. When our butt muscles, aka our glutes, don't work correctly, or not at all,...
The Fitness Industry has a Dirty Little Secret that they DON’T want you to know. Want to know what it is?
As I’m scrolling through Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, I often wonder, “who’s coming up with these workouts?” Well, me. I’m one of those “fitness people” who make up the fitness industry. I’m a trainer and Group Exercise instructor, so I am definitely “one of THOSE people”. I keep telling you if you just move for 10 minutes, it will change your life!
Back to my point- who’s making up this stuff? Who’s the mastermind behind HIIT training and Tabatas? Olympic lifts and marathons? Hot Yoga and Zumba? It’s people who LIKE to move. Actually, it’s people who LOVE to move. People who love to exercise. People who are motivated by competitions, people who keep striving to lift more, run farther, bend deeper. We can’t imagine our lives without exercise....
Ugh!!!! I swear, the fitness industry is so annoying! One day we're telling you walking is enough to get you healthier, then the next day we're telling you something different. What gives?
Well, unfortunately, the answer is, as always....it depends.
What does it depend on? Your goals. What results are YOU looking for from an exercise program?
Today I'm going to to give you definitive, exact answers to the question, "How much exercise do you REALLY need?"
Goal number 1, "I want more energy".
Do you feel tired all the time? Do you have a hard time staying focused on a task or project? Do you need a dose, or two, or three, of caffeine to get through your day?
Doing just 10 minutes of purposeful movement can significantly increase your energy. Here's the science:
When we do purposeful movement, like exercise, for just 10 minutes, we bring oxygen into our brains and muscles. Oxygen is energy. So think of a 10 minute Fitbreak as a natural "power boost". You're literally...