Body & Soul April 2016 Newsletter
how to succeed in achieving your goals
For many of us, our health and fitness journey is driven by a specific goal and our ability to stick to an exercise program depends on our success in achieving that goal. It can be discouraging when, after a few months of exercise, we don't see results. Don't be discouraged; following are some tips to help you achieve your goals and stay motivated Read more...
- Setting realistic goals: If you establish ambiguous or unrealistic goals you are less likely to stick to a fitness routine long-term as you won't see the desired results. If you want to achieve a specific fitness goal, make sure it is measureable, specific and realistic.
- Setting short-term goals: Is your goal one you expect to achieve over a period of time - say months or years? Identifying short-term goals will help keep you motivated as you will see progress sooner. For instance, if your main goal is to increase upper body strength, why not make your short-term goal to complete 10 proper push-ups by a date you and your trainer deem appropriate?
- Recognizing short-term improvements: Let's say you've been working out twice a week for one month but you haven't seen much of a difference physically - perhaps little to no weight lost and no noticeable 'toning' - what about mentally? Have you noticed a change in your stress levels, quality of sleep or level of energy? Identify how exercise makes you feel!
Set yourself up for success. Introducing routines that feel unfamiliar or chore-like aren't routines you are likely to maintain, and the truth is that habits are key to success. Remember, long-term health requires long-term commitment.
fitness tip: remember to breathe
When your trainer reminds you to breathe, he/she isn't doing it to belittle you - it is actually very important as holding your breath during an exercise will negatively impact the flow of oxygen to your brain. If this happens you may begin to feel dizzy and may risk passing out. Most exercises require you to inhale and exhale at certain points; for instance, when you lift weights you should exhale when you exert the most force.
nutrition tip: the problem with restrictive diets
A restrictive diet is one that requires you to give up certain food groups or forces you to reduce your caloric intake to an unrealistic level. While some people find some short-term success with such diets, most find they are not compatible with long-term success. Read more...
For instance, if you lose weight after being on a low-carb diet, you may find yourself gaining it all back once carbohydrates are reintroduced to your diet. A diet trend that works for one person may not work for another. The Mayo Clinic provides some great tips on how you can choose a 'diet' that is appropriate for you.
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