Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Give yourself permission for You Time and get in shape

Today's post is a guest post over at Workout Mommy. After having our second son, I learned an important lesson about making the time for myself and getting to the gym. Go check it out!

Thanks to Lisa for the opportunity to post over at Workout Mommy!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Eye Of The Tiger. How to get the most out of your workout

Many people who workout are just going through the motions. At one point they may have had some motivation or were working towards a goal. Then, either the goal is long term, they met their goal and are maintaining or have lost sight and or motivation. Sometimes people do their workout just to do it without getting much from it other than saying they did it.

Whatever the circumstance, it takes focus to change your body and it takes focus to get a worthwhile workout. It takes the Eye Of The Tiger. The hunger and fire from within. Here are a couple of techniques to help you get that edge and maximize your time for optimum results.

Visualization is a powerful tool in making a change, be it physical or mental. It's a technique that works for everyone from the athlete to the beginner at home and it's something that can be applied to every aspect of your life. There are different ways to use visualization in your workout. You can start by visualizing yourself once you've met your fitness goal. Imagine what you look like or your performance in the skills you trained for. Visualizing yourself being successful works wonders.

In the short term, you can also use visualization on a physical level in every workout. While lifting, rather than thinking about your day, the errands you have to run, the conversation with your spouse, the challenges at work - focus on your body and how it's moving and working. With every rep, feel the muscle contraction, focus on your form and notice how your body functions in a bicep curl or a squat. Not only will this help you to become more familiar with your body and keep your focus on your workout, but it will also help to prevent any injuries during your routine.

Another great technique to get more from your workout is to tap into your emotions. Your time at the gym can be cathartic. Some of the best workouts are not only a physical experience, but emotional and spiritual as well. This is can also be an awesome way to purge any ill feelings like anger, rage, resentment and annoyance. By using these powerful emotions you can add fuel to your inner fire to propel you into an intense workout, usually best done during cardio. It's a quick way to get that "runners high". The best part is not only purging those feelings to your benefit in the gym, but reaping the rewards with the end result feeling clear and refreshed.

If you're lost in your routine and needing a little something extra to get you through, try these techniques to see how much of a difference they can make. You'll be pleasantly surprised that they can make a world of difference in a short amount of time.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Back to normal

What started out as a holiday break from writing and focusing on fitness soon turned into a medical leave of absence on the blog here. Shortly after the holidays I became sick, nauseas, tired and just not feeling right. I knew right away that our plans to have another baby were now solid. I was pregnant.

When I am pregnant, I always and forever will develop a complication called Hyperemesis. Over the last few months, I was severely dehydrated and starving due to unrelenting nausea and vomiting. I lost 20 pounds (of muscle, of course) and had to discontinue my workout routine. I couldn't get off the couch let alone do a bicep curl.

Now that the medication is working and the hormones that cause me to be close to death are stabilizing, I feel like I can once again take some time and focus on writing fitness tips and advice - which is great because I feel like I lost some brain power along with the muscle mass.

Posts may not be daily, but they will be at least weekly for now. Since the weather is warming up and people are realizing that swim suit season is right around the corner, more and more people have been asking me about starting my online training program, so the Cyber-Client list has been updated as well.

I have a lot of topics running through my head from marathon training to prenatal workouts (obviously). Hopefully I can get this thing rolling again!