Mike Fohner, cross country running coach, tells this story about one of his students:
Last year, one of my young cross-country runners was fully content walking up the hills and avoiding physical exertion to the maximum extent possible. I tried all sorts of tactics and motivation techniques…to wits end. Even my “walkers club” (post practice sprints for those that walk during practice) had no effect. One meet, this runner unexpectedly knocked 3 minutes off her best time to which I gave a look of amazement to her parents. They smiled and said, “Well…she didn’t walk…so I guess we owe her ten bucks!!” So it appears that money is an effective motivator for all ages!
Brace yourself. According to Rod K. Dishman, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Fitness Laboratory at the University of Georgia, nearly 50 percent of people who begin an exercise program drop out within the first 6 months. The question is, “Why?” What is it about sticking with a fitness routine that causes so many people abandon it?
The answer? Motivation.
They don’t want health and fitness badly enough. It is a simple fact of human psychology that if we want something badly enough, we’ll do everything we can to get it. Your challenge is to find out what motivates you to get serious about fitness and stick with it.
Unlocking your motivation
Mike Fohner’s student found that money was the motivation she needed to push her out of her comfort zone and into a commitment that she previously hadn’t been interested in. Bryan Reece found a different motivation. Told by his doctors that he was minutes away from a heart attack, Bryan decided to fight back. Even though he had not been in a gym in 30 years, he turned his life around and eventually became a finisher in the Arizona Ironman competition. You can read his story in the book, You Are an Ironman: How Six Weekend Warriors Chased Their Dream of Finishing the World’s Toughest Triathlon by Jacques Steinberg.
You do not have to be part of that 50 percent who quit.
You can stay committed and finish strong. It is all about finding what motivates you personally. Here are some possible motivators for you.
1. Do it for your health.
Consistent exercise and healthy eating are the two very best things you can do for your health. You will develop a strong, healthy heart, reduce your chances of many cancers, prevent diabetes, keep a sharp mind and resist dementia and avoid many of the common ailments that come with aging. It is possible to age without decay, and the key to this is exercise and eating well.
2. Do it to look better.
Appearance isn’t everything, but most of us care how we look. A strong and healthy person just looks good. And it isn’t all physical. Your demeanor will change as you develop the confidence that comes from the discipline of fitness. You will appear more energetic and confident because you will be more energetic and confident!
3. Do it to relieve stress. Really!
It isn’t a cliché. Exercising really does cause physical changes in your brain and nervous system that results in feelings of calmness and well-being. In fact, you may get so hooked on the mental benefits of exercise that you will crave it!
4. Do it to be strong.
If you have never done focused weight training, then you literally have no idea of the total transformation that you will feel after just a few weeks. There is nothing like bending over to pick something up that normally results in discomfort, strain and even pain, only to find out that it is a piece of cake! And by getting strong now, you reduce your risk of age-related falls and fractures because you have the core strength and balance to keep yourself stable. It is worth taking the time to discover the powerful motivators in your life. Don’t worry about ‘bribing’ yourself: do what it takes to get yourself moving. Find out what makes sweating worth it. Find out what you want more than that brownie. Your health is at stake; in fact, your very life is at stake. It’s time to transform yourself.
You might be tempted to skip the warm up when you work out. After all, you only have so much time to exercise—“Let’s just get on with it already! I’m in a hurry!”
But warming up is a critical component of your fitness routine, and skipping it could have unpleasant and even dangerous results—such as muscle strain, muscle injury and pain.
Oh yeah, and a proper warm-up will actually IMPROVE your workout performance!
The Warm-up: Basics
A warm up is a short workout period at the beginning of your exercise session. It is generally low intensity and prepares your body for the upcoming exertion.
The purpose of a traditional warm up is to slightly increase your heart rate. This raises your core body temperature and increases the blood flow to your muscles. Cold muscles and other connective tissues do not stretch very easily. A warm up session literally warms them up and relaxes them, making them more supple and ready to work.
Without a warm up, you will be more susceptible to sprained muscles, cramps and injury. Ultimately, these effects could keep you from exercising for an extended period of time as you recover, which is not conducive to the healthy lifestyle you desire.
It takes about three minutes for your body to realize that it needs to move more blood to your muscles, so the ideal warm up time is between five and ten minutes.
There is no set prescription for what your warm up should consist of. You can choose a set of preparatory exercises (such as squats, lunges, toe touches, etc.,) or you can do a light intensity version of your upcoming workout (a brisk walk to prepare for a run, for example, or lifting light weights before increasing the load).
The Warm-Up: Advanced Strategy
Now with all that being said about a “basic” warm-up, let me share with you how I personally prepare myself, as well as every one of my personal training boot camp clients.
For long-term health and fitness combined with your weight loss training efforts it’s imperative to understand that a proper warm-up is about more than just “warming up the body.” It’s a about preparing the body for an all-out training assault that’s going to boost your metabolism through the roof.
Therefore, we look at the warm-up as a Preparation Phase for the workout to come. Through research and practical experience we’ve determined that best results are typically seen when an exercise prep routine incorporates 3 key components:
Almost all chronic joint pain or overuse injuries are caused by tightness and restrictions in the muscles above and below the joint in question. In other words, it’s not about PAIN SITE… it’s about PAIN SOURCE!
Knee pain is often caused by restrictions in the tissue of your calves and front/inner/outer thighs. Back pain is often caused by restrictions in your glutes and hamstrings. Shoulder pain is often caused by restrictions in your thoracic spine (T-Spine), chest and lats.
Tissue quality describes the general health of your muscles and the interconnected web of fascia that surrounds them all. Over time, we develop scar tissue, adhesions, knots and trigger points due to high-intensity training, overuse, and/or extended periods of sitting.
The best way to address this is to self-massage sore, tight, and restricted muscle groups of the body to regenerate tissue both pre and post-workout to promote injury reduction and allow for a smoother, more productive workout.
In addition, self-massage before stretching allows for a better, more complete stretch by smoothing out the knots. You should always precede flexibility work with tissue quality for best results.
Massage is one of those counter-intuitive things whereby you are actually actively searching for pain. In fact, it’s the only time to ever do so when it comes to proper training.
The best analogy I can give you is this:
If it hurts that much when you put pressure on your muscles, just imagine how bad your joints must feel!
We all have unique “issues” with our body mechanics and functional movement capabilities. For some it’s a lack of flexibility, while others there may be a balance or mobility issue. Perhaps there’s an asymmetry – one side is significantly “stronger” than the other leading to muscular imbalances, postural distortions and overcompensation injuries. You can find out your individual corrective needs by going through a movement screen such as the Functional Movement Screen (FMS).
The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning and distort body awareness.
The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns.
Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement and build strength in each individual.
So, in a nutshell, the FMS is designed to
Mobility & Activation
More than just a typical warm-up, a mobility and activation circuit truly prepares your body for a maximum performance workout.
Mobility describes the ability of a joint, or a series of joints, to move through an ideal range of motion. Though mobility relies on flexibility, it requires an additional strength, stability, and neuromuscular control component to allow for proper movement. Activation is often paired with mobility because many mobility exercises activate key, and often dormant, pillar stabilizers in your hips, core and shoulders.
More Than Just a Warm-Up…
So, as you can see, a warm-up is much more than just a warm-up when you’re training smarter for long-term health, fitness and fat loss goals.
Think twice before you skip the “warm-up” in your next workout…
Water, we have all heard how water is important to us whether you exercise or not, but do your really understand the implication of not having adequate amount of water or for that matter did you know that having too much water can be a problem? Water makes up approximately 60% of the body’s weight and must be consumed regularly.
Dehydration is the process of losing water from the body and rehydration the process of gaining body water and euhydration is the state of being in water balance. Hyperhydration is a state of being in positive water balance (water excess) and hypohydration the state of being in negative water balance (water deficit). euhydration is not a steady state but rather is a dynamic state in that we continually lose water from the body and there may be a time delay before replacing it or we may take in a slight excess and then lose this.
The main routes of water loss from the body are the urinary system, the skin, the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory surfaces. our goal is to rehydration to euhydration. not easy for those of us who are not midful of our fluid intake. haveing water is importaant.
Water plays a critical role in an your mental and physical performance, yet most people have a tendency to avoid consuming water throughout the day and generally focus on consumption during exercise only. This practice be the cause for poor physical and mental performance. don’t wait till your thirsty.
Thirst is a poor predictor fluid needs. By the time the thirst reflex is felt, dehydration has already occurred, which can result in losing your competitive edge, or just feeling well. don’t dehydrate.
Dehydration is an issue and does cause a drop in energy and other important functions , but people get by and simply put it down to a busy day, they think that they may not have eaten well or need to rest more, very rarely do people deduce that it is possible dehydration why they are not feeling well or doing well.
“Once you are dehydrate, It can take up to two days to fully rehydrate the body back to normal.”
There are two different types of dehydration: voluntary and involuntary.
On a brighter note Here is some advantages of the right amount of water/fluids in your body:
Big question, how much water or fluid do you need? I want to make a side note here, when it comes to working out physical activity you may need more than water depending on how much you have perspired and other other factors. I will talk about sports drinks next time. for now I will use the term fluids. For every day normal actives low impact day it is about 8 glasses of water a day.
If on the other hand you are going to get physical, medium to moderate activity, then you should weigh yourself in dry, light weight clothing (or before and after exercise. After exercise, dry off all sweat.
For every 500 grams (500ml /2 cups) lost, 700ml (3 cups) of fluid need
to be consumed. The extra 250ml (1 cup) of fluid are needed to offset urinary and respiratory losses that continue after exercise.
So 15 to 30 minutes Before practice/competition:
Consume 250 to 500ml (1 to 2 cups ) of fluid.
During practice/competitionevery 15 to 20 minutes: Consume 150 to 350ml (0.5 to 1.5 cups).
After practice/competition: Consume 600 ml ( 2.5cups) of fluid for every half a kilogram lost.
Too much of a good thing can also be a problem, excessive amounts of water know as Hyponatremia. Athletes become susceptible to hyponatremia when they replace sweat
losses with water only or consume excessive amounts of
water before exercise. The optimal volume of fluid absorbed from the stomach is approximately 600 milliliters (2.5 cups) in the average athlete. Exceeding the 600-milliliter range has the potential to cause gastrointestinal issues and vomiting.
More to come on this subjet soon..
DAILY MOMENT OF ZEN
1.Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me, either. Just leave me the hell alone.
2.The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and a leaky tire.
3.It’s always darkest before dawn. So if you’re going to steal your neighbor’s newspaper, that’s the time to do it.
4.Sex is like air. It’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.
5.Don’t be irreplaceable. If you can’t be replaced, you can’t be promoted.
6.No one is listening until you make a mistake.
7.Always remember you’re unique. Just like everyone else.
8.Never test the depth of the water with both feet.
9.It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
10.It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
11.If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.
12.Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.
13.If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.
14.Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will sit in a boat & drink beer all day.
15.If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
16.Don’t squat with your spurs on.
17.If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
18.If you drink, don’t park; accidents cause people.
19.Some days you are the bug, some days you are the windshield.
20.Don’t worry, it only seems kinky the first time.
21.Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
22.The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.
23.Timing has an awful lot to do with the outcome of a raindance.
24.A closed mouth gathers no foot.
25.Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side & a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
26.There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works.
27.Generally speaking, you aren’t learning much when > your mouth is moving.
28.Experience is something you don’t get until just after you need it.
29.Never miss a good chance to shut up.
30.We are born naked, wet, and hungry. Then things get worse.
I hope you enjoyed them and they put a smile on your face I am not the author of the above list, It was sent to me by email several years ago at a time when I need to put a smile on my face. There are days we need a little help to us with either Gratitude, Forgiveness, Humour, Love, Courage and the list goes on..
Today I had a talk with a Lady who is a single mother raising her children, I didn’t feel well enough to come into my office an meet with her, I didn’t think I would do her any justice, but as things turned out message was not relayed to her that the meeting was cancelled she turned up, I quickly got to my office and saw her. I am glad I did she had amazing life of highs and lows and through it all made it. It had defined her as a strong human with a compassionate side. I need to hear her story so that I do something for her now.
Our streets are full of heros everyday people doing great things. Mothers, Fathers, Teachers, Police, Fire brigade, Ambulance, and you…
You are a hero. Helping Everyone Respect Others.
Is this what you need to hear today?
All the best to you
How happy will your self-image let you be? Before you can have or get you must change your self-image. Will my self-image now allow me to be a happier, more successful, more productive person? Interesting question the answer might be the very thing that is holding you back or if you are one of the fortunate few helping you..
I will be posting more on this soon.
Before I begin I want to make it clear I am all for any form of exercise. Whatever type of exercises you choose it’s all good, if you are moving your body in such a way that improves your total wellbeing then that’s great. Some people want to improve their results externally be it on the score board or on the physical body. I have been seeking out and interview those who are getting observable results. That is not to say I don’t think Intrinsic results are not important, on the contra, they are very important, I will talk more about that part of success in a latter post for now I would like to share a conversation I had in the America I was at a fitness convention were I spoke to a veteran body builder, no one famous just a guy who worked hard to be in the best shape of his life. I should point out at this time that I think it’s great that people work out to stay healthy and fit, so I do not believe body building is a wast of time because those muscles are not functional in certain sports. My question is for Functional for what? As I see it they are competing in a sport that they are measures by the look of the total physic and not the speed of their run, so the way I see it it is functional for body Building competitions. Back to the body builder I asked him his how many reps does he do to get into that shape, he response was great, he said “I don’t count the reps, when I feel I can’t do any more and I’m all out of reps, I dig deep and do three more reps” You know most people never get to use their second wind because they are not even close to working a sweat.
Fatigue and Exhaustion
Most people quit when things get uncomfortable rather than stop from Exhaustion. They can’t tell the difference between Uncomfortable and Exhaustion. You might ask what is the difference, in my opinion Fatigue and Uncomfortably are just before the difference can happen and Exhaustion is were Lactic acid has built up to point of Pain and you have torn the muscle cells just enough so that they can heal in the next day or two to be a little stronger and a little better than the day before. Most people won’t do three more.
Will you ? Do you want your dream body bad enough to say Yes or are you a bar bell kicker just passing by with another excuse as to why you can’t achieve your dream. everyone hath the ability to work hard, some just don’t realise it. Don’t doubt your self, or you will never achieve greatness. If you underestimate your self your never going to achieve your dreams. You know what will hurt more than “three more reps” Looking back at your life and asking your self why didn’t you do it. The pain of “three more reps goes away in hours but the pain of looking back can last a life time.
It’s ok to say you know what I just can’t do it, I’m too old, too young, too fat, too out of condition, its ok to say all that, what ever, I just have one question for you. Do you want it? If the answer is YES, then do what you got to do to get started, look at all the reasons why you can’t do it and then say, “I must do it, and if I must I will do it” . Do you want it BAD enough ? Then as Nike says in their slogan Just do IT… The rest will come.
Best wishes to you.