Do you believe your body is only capable of low-
Are you a worrier? Are you constantly stressed? Women tend to be worriers. They worry about everything and everyone before taking care of themselves. If there was an imaginary cup that would dictate how much stress women can handle, many of them are definitely letting their cups overflow, taking in more than they can handle. When is the time for women to do something that makes them happier and healthier? Do they have to wait for the rare vacation, the random spa days or the occasional girls’ night out?
With a society that sits all day, works too long and doesn’t stay active, we have seen a huge decline in people’s quality of life. At our gym, we see many people in their 50s and 60s who come in their first day with a belief they’re “getting old.” They believe their movement quality has no choice but to decline and never get better. With our technology-
Christmas is around the corner, and you’re deciding if you’re going to try to make it to the gym to stay healthy throughout the holidays or just say “forget it” and start next year. What if I told you that you could immensely positively impact your health without even stepping into a gym? What if you could start working on a very important and often overlooked component of health without it even affecting your holiday schedule? What is it, you ask? ....
If you’ve had a bad experience with gyms, don’t know how to distinguish if you have found the right personal trainer or get anxiety just thinking about going into a gym, this article is for you. Unfortunately, just looking at someone’s credentials and college degree (hopefully they have one or the other or both) will tell you very little about a personal trainer’s ability to appropriately train someone. Many certifications can be obtained online for a few dollars and a few hours of time.
If you’re tired of clocking in hours at the gym with little to no results, try not to fall into the trap of the idea your workout regimen is not hard enough. When health and fitness results are hard to come by, most people start wondering what other exercise routine they can add into their week, how many more calories they need to restrict or how much more time they need to put in the gym since what they’re doing obviously isn’t enough.
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Suffer through an hour commute: Check. Do the grocery shopping: Check. Take the kids to soccer practice: Check. Call the exterminator: Check. There are a lot of tick marks on your to-
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exercising with your kids can be a great bonding experience, not to mention you might even instill in them a passion for fitness early on. Create a workout routine that everybody can do but offers you opportunities to challenge yourself. Try some planks, push ups, jumping jacks, crunches and the dreaded burpees. Also, incorporate some resistance bands, jump ropes, and kettlebells for the older kids. Working out as a family means you don’t have to sacrifice your together time for exercise.
Have someone hold you accountable
Let’s be honest. It’s easy to slack off and make excuses for not exercising when no one is looking. No judgment here because we’ve all been guilty of it. If you are “that person,” maybe hiring a personal trainer is the answer to your fitness success because he or she will hold you accountable, which means it’s more likely you’ll stick with your workouts. Having a set appointment time with a trainer can help keep you disciplined with your schedule, too. Not to mention a trainer can help you track your progress, which is another motivator when you see your efforts paying off.
Lunge at lunch
Maybe you just aren’t a morning person and no matter how committed you are, getting up 30 minutes early to work out is not going to happen. That’s OK, there’s always lunch. No matter where you work, there are probably opportunities for a fitness routine, even if it’s your office. Keep some dumbbells under your desk. Find a deserted hallway and do a few rounds of walking lunges. Grab some office pals and walk a few city blocks or hike some natural trails if your office is more remote. Throughout the day, if you work in a tall building, take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Not sure how to get started?
Lexington Healing Arts Academy offers personal training sessions that are all about you and your needs and fitness goals. LHAA’s Personal Fitness Interns can help you get started for only $10 a session. Even if your schedule means you have to work out at home, they can give you the tools and an individualized program that you can fit into your schedule. Make an appointment to get started on your specific fitness goals and help our interns transition from student to professional.
Lucy Hendricks is co-
Suffer through an hour commute: Check. Do the grocery shopping: Check. Take the kids to soccer practice: Check. Call the exterminator: Check.
There are a lot of tick marks on your to-
Rise and shine 30 minutes earlier
Writer Mark Twain has been credited with saying, “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Which could be interpreted as getting your biggest task of the day over with early. If exercise is your frog, try setting your alarm clock 30 minutes earlier in the morning so you can make time for a fitness routine. Do some yoga, step on the elliptical machine or take the dog for a brisk walk around the block. All these things are doable in 30 minutes. Plus, it can provide you some much needed alone time to prepare for your day.
Grab a kid and a kettlebell
There’s nothing that says you have to work out alone. In fact,