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Oh No! My Inner Demon is Keeping Me Up at Night!

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...

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It Takes Courage to Take Care of Ourselves

 

“Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage” ~Ananis Nin

I don’t think of myself as courageous. Other people think I am because it’s so easy for me to get up in front of people, but for me, that’s not me being courageous. That’s me having the best time ever!

To me, courage is speaking from our hearts and staying true to ourselves. In order to be courageous, we must know ourselves, accept ourselves, and be courageous enough to live our lives in a way that honors who we are and what we stand for. 

Now this might be kind of a heavy subject coming from a Health and Fitness Coach, but I think it takes a special kind courage to take care of ourselves. 

Many of us know we should be doing a better job of taking care of ourselves. More exercise- less Netflix, more veggies-less pizza, more water-less wine, more sleep- less caffeine, we get it! I’m sorry, but my idea of a good time on a Friday night IS Netflix, pizza, and a...

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"If You want to Win the Lottery, You Have to Buy a Ticket"

"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...

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Why the "Just Do It" Mentality Doesn't Work (for most people).

The Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret: Part Two

(Read Part 1 here)

In Part One I discussed what the Fitness Industry’s Dirty Little Secret Is:

We train YOU like we train ourselves. "Do what I do and you shall be healthy and happy like me".

The Nike campaign of “Just Do It” highlighted one of the main truths about a successful fitness program; you exercise simply because that’s what a healthy, active person does. Everyday. Rain or shine. You’ve just got to do it. If you want to look like (insert ideal body image here), then this fitness program (that was designed by an athlete-a trainer- a group exercise instructor) is what you must do. 

100% accurate, true, this IS what works. For exercise to be effective you must exercise Frequently (30 minutes minimum), Consistently (5 days a week), and at an Intensity that is Challenging (break a sweat). That’s the truth. If you want results, that’s how it needs to be done. 

However,...

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Find Out What the Fitness Industry Doesn't Want You to Know!

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....

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Sue's Fitness Journey

I guess it's time to tell you about myself! 

I'm Sue Spencer, founder of EZ Fit in 10. I am a Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. I specialize in corrective exercise (help fix stuff so you don't hurt), beginner fitness, baby boomer fitness, and fitness for people who don't really like to exercise (lol- I know you're out there!)

 My story is a little bit different from other trainers and instructors. Most of the professionals in the fitness industry were at one time or another athletes. I was NEVER an athlete. Yes, I played soccer and was on the swim team, but it never came naturally to me, nor was it EVER easy. Soccer was a struggle because I was never fast, I always got overheated,  and I'm just not very competitive. Swim team was good, until I missed 3 months with a broken arm. When it was time to go back I was so out of shape I gave up (still regret that to this day- if only we could go back and give...

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Welcome to EZ Fit in 10!

Hi! I'm so glad you're here. Welcome to EZ Fit in 10.

First, let me introduce myself. I'm Sue Spencer, founder of EZ Fit in 10. I am a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor  (Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Strength and Zumba) with over 20 years experience in the fitness industry. I'll tell you more about me in a bit, but first, let me tell you about EZ Fit in 10.

Back in 2005 I was working in corporate fitness- The employees could come down and do a workout on their lunch hour, before work, after work- it was (and still is) pretty cool. One of my jobs was to go up to the different offices and take people through "Fitbreaks". Using resistance  bands we would do different exercises for about 10 minutes just to get the blood flowing and help counteract sitting at a desk hunched over a computer for hours at a time. I thought this was the best idea ever!!!

When I moved up to Sacrament in 2007 I thought wouldn't it be great to start up a business that offered Fitbreaks? But I...

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