Will a week on vacation spell the end to your exercise routine?
Nope - it doesn't have to be the end, whether you choose to workout on vacation or not!
First things first, you will not "lose all your fitness" or "go backwards" by taking even a full week off. On the contrary, sometimes a little extra rest time helps your body regenerate and be ready to get back at it when you return.
The trick, of course, is not to let it a week off get you out of the HABIT. Is that a risk for you? For some of us, when we get out of the habit, getting BACK into the habit is super hard. If that is YOU, I suggest you NOT skip the week when you are on vacation! Rather, find at least a few small ways to keep the habit going so you can still feel "on track". That could be a simple walk in the mornings a few times during the week, an online exercise video, or a short sequence of strength training exercises done with convenient and lightweight, travel-friendly exercise tubing. The content is less important than the habit (which is a common theme of mine!) while you are away. When you are home, you'll be glad that exercise is still in your brain and your habits!
Stretching has so many benefits, especially as we age. Unfortunately, many of us don't prioritize stretching in our fitness habits. Even a few minutes of stretching can be beneficial. Listen in for more! Need help? Reach out!
Let's face it - nobody is always going to be in the mood to exercise! Let me say up front that it's OK not to feel like working out all the time. Rest days are important and overtraining is a real thing. But...if you fell into this category, you'd probably know it! This video is for you if you "know" that you are making excuses more often than you are making it to your workout!
Listen in for three tips that will help you turn the corner to getting more CONSISTENT with your workouts! We need to get moving at least three times a week for our body to take it seriously that it needs to make some adaptations. If YOU are the only one stopping you (which is usually the case), give a few new strategies a try. After the workout is DONE, it's pretty hard to find someone who says, "I sure regret working out!". :-)
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We all know that some stress is good for us but do we know when it's gotten to be TOO much? Burnout is a word that describes stress gone too far, resulting in harm to our physical and mental health. How do you know when you are experiencing burnout? Ask yourself if you've been more withdrawn than usual, or feeling indifferent or resentful in general. Maybe you find that you're procrastinating a lot and just not in the mood to be productive or you are having frequent headaches or stomachaches.
Burnout can weaken our immune system, increase our risk of heart disease, depression, and other serious illnesses and can damage our relationships and quality of life.
Listen to hear three tips on preventing everyday stress from slip-sliding its way to burnout. Your health and well-being are worth it!
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Goal setting makes all of the things we want to accomplish more tangible and more likely to be achieved. When we vaguely want to go in a certain direction, it's hard to get the passion or the action going! Listen for some tips to get you going in the right Goal Setting Direction! Need more help? Let me know!
Strong abdominals are important for so many reasons - good posture, prevention and relief from back pain, better overall health, and improved appearance are just a few. Are you curious which abdominal exercises might be right for you? There is a good fit for almost anyone! Check out my sample workouts below! Need more help? Reach out! I'd love to help you!
What do you focus on? Where's your mindset? What does that voice inside your head sound like? Is it nice to you? Four questions right up front but there are a lot more questions you could ask yourself when trying to find out whether your mindset is WITH you or AGAINST you!
There's a time and a place to focus on the negative - the things that need fixing or the things that need commiserating, however, the trick is to MINIMIZE IT! "Venting" can only be helpful if it's infrequent, short, and only done with your very closest inner circle. The sooner we leave "it" in the past OR move to problem SOLVING vs. RUMINATING on the negative, the better off we are.
What we FOCUS on will GROW in our mind and in our lives; what we STARVE will be left in the background. Let's be sure we are FOCUSING on what we WANT to grow, not what we DON'T! Do yourself that favor!
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Walking is one of the most under-rated fitness activities! The benefits run far and wide from brain health, to stress reduction, to reduced back pain, weight management, and improved heart health! Your speed and amount of time spent can vary based on your fitness level and interest and best of all, it can start and end at your own front door. Knowing that walking is good for you, though, isn't enough...you have to get out there and actually do it! When will you schedule your next walk?
What a great time I had with Doro Bush Koch and Tricia Reilly Koch being their guest on "The Health Gig" podcast. We talked about the "Magic Pill" and why we can't afford not to have this in our lives! Let me know what you think!
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