“It’s not how good you are. It’s how good you want to be.” -Paul Arden
Summer is upon us once again! Now that March Madness is as good as over (as far as I’m concerned) and Spring is in full swing, the next major decision on people’s minds is: pool, boat, beach, or Country Thunder. All of which have people feeling a little more self-conscious about how hard they celebrated their bracket challenge wins and losses, and a lot more present to how much it would suck to feel like a burrito in their swimming attire. Yes, it is approaching that time of year when most people are getting a sense of their summer schedules, and thinking a little harder about having that late night pizza and beer.
A lot of my clients are wanting something to kick their bad habits, and get them back on the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, I’ve got no silver bullets available. BUT, I can steer us all in the right direction. I too suffer from this disease called “being a human”, symptoms include eating every delicious thing in sight, lack of self-control, and general fat-assery.
Alas, it is not too late! Repent now and change your ways! Who’s with me!?
For two weeks, we’re going to eat like we’ve got some dang sense, and start the eventual summer off with some strong solid habits to support the general lack of self-control we’ll most likely display on these coming summer weekends.
Step 1: Cut a hole in the box
…wait, wrong directions
Step 1: Pick a realistic 2 week goal (I’m going to suggest 2 – 5lbs)
Step 2: Get clear about nutrition (ask me for my world famous 11 Day Challenge and download the Lose It app)
Step 3: Map out fitness things (see calendar for workout and cardio opportunities)
Top 3 Winners get high fives, hugs, compliments (among other unknown displays of affection)
2 Week Turn Up Rules: Drink all the water, avoid alcohol and red meat, perform daily cardio and workouts (I’ll post workouts for those that would like assistance on that front)
We made it! Milestone #1, 250 likes. We asked, and you guys responded. Thanks for the love!
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It’s National Running Day, and I found this awesome article by Jacquie Cattanach!
Everyone knows that running is a great way to get into shape, but did you know that it can benefit almost every part of your body, as well as lift your mood? Running is incredibly effective at making you healthier in a number of ways. While it may not be everybody’s favorite form of exercise, knowing what it can do for your life just may make you look at running in an entirely new light.
Improve Your Health
Believe it or not, running is actually a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. In addition, running can also boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.
For women, running can actually help to lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Many doctors today recommend running for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack. By helping the arteries retain their elasticity and strengthening the heart, your chances of suffering a heart attack can be significantly reduced.
Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.
Boost Your Confidence
Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide an noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.
Stress can actually cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.
When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is to get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood. In fact, there are few things in the world that can better or more rapidly treat depression than exercise such as running.
It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body. Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer.
…obviously these are also benefits of general exercise. Happy Running!
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