Friday Fit Tip – Show Up

You can have all the goals in the world, but unless you show up, they stay as thoughts, not accomplishments!

I get it, sometimes we are just not in the mood… but do you know what I have found approximately 98.2% of the time? Doing it anyways HELPS your mood – knowing you pushed through when you didn’t want to and did something to better your life is powerful, and a mood booster!

Show up. Get it done. Bask in the glory after – that’s the only way to achieve your goals.

Friday Fit Tip – DO what you DON’T like

How many of us avoid doing something because we aren’t very good at it, and I mean, who wants to feel weak?

But how else is one to get better? To improve? By DOING it.

What is something you have noticed yourself avoiding? For me, it is side planks with leg lifts. I am awful at it, so I usually just default to a side plank. I am going to consciously work on DOING it, and getting BETTER at it, instead of avoiding it and excusing myself, saying “a side plank is good enough”

Here is to doing the things we are not good at so we can become better at them! Who’s with me? What will you challenge yourself to do?

Friday Fit Tip – Pre- and Post-Workout Nutrition

Simple facts today – you h ave to properly fuel your workout, AND your recovery. Preworkout for me is Greek yogurt, flax, and berries, sometimes with a little agave. And I take the guesswork out of postworkout, usually, by having Recover from Beachbody’s Performance Line, because it’s simple and effective, and gives me another excuse to enjoy a chocolate flavored beverage guilt free!

But you must fuel yourself properly if you truly want to maximize your efforts!

Whats your pre/post workout fuel?

Friday Fit Tip – Rest and Recovery

Raise your hand if you struggle NOT to do something super active on your rest day(s)? GUILTY.

But… you gotta! You can definitely still move, but you gotta give your body that healing time! I like Yoga, but Tai Cheng or Qi Gong are awesome alternatives too.

You gotta let your body heal, and take rest and recovery as seriously as you take training, because how else are you supposed to become a badass?! 🙂

Friday Fit Tip – Do What You ENJOY

I get it — not everyone enjoys working out. And I think that’s mostly because people aren’t doing what brings them JOY, what lifts their MOOD, what they have FUN doing. Like for me, I don’t enjoy cardio, so unless my specific program calls for it, I don’t do much of it, haha.

A big misconception about getting into shape is that looking better on the outside is the best part, but it’s not! Of course getting fit and being healthy are important and huge motivators, but in my experience, mood and energy changes are the most immediate and gratifying part of getting into shape.

Being in shape helps you in every aspect of your life — it helps you sleep better, boosts your energy throughout the day, and puts you in a better mood. Endorphins are awesome!

Bottom line is, you can do whatever fitness activity brings you joy – the more you enjoy it, the more apt you are to stick with it and give it your all. You are not chained to something you don’t enjoy, and the whole point of exercising is to feel GOOD, not to feel DREAD!

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Friday Fit Tip – Stop Beating Yourself Up

Happy Friday! Are you guilty of this? I used to be, but I worked really hard to correct that behavior, because honestly it serves NO purpose! My workouts are NEVER perfect, and I almost ALWAYS have to modify at least ONE move. THAT’S OKAY! What matters is I showed up. It doesn’t matter what I didn’t do, or what I modified.

If you find yourself speaking negatively about yourself or your efforts, rectify it by immediately talking positively about yourself. For example, instead of “how could you not do all of the pushups on your toes?! FAILURE!”, say “Wow, you did all of the pushups – modified only means you will get stronger and someday you will be doing those babies on your toes!”

You get the point. Tolerate absolutely NO negative self banter!

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Friday Fit Tip – Be Hard on your Body, Be Easier on your Self Image

(By hard, I mean push your body, but don’t abuse it — just wanted to clarify!)

Today’s Fit Tip is inspired by many of the resolution’ers as they embark upon a new journey (welcome aboard!). The balance lies in working hard, but being gentle on your self image, and thus, your self esteem.

Our bodies are incredibly capable of handling more than we typically ask of them. On the other hand, most of us are super harsh on ourselves, and our self image could use a little TLC/pampering.

Recognize that you are doing your best (because you are, right!?) and BE GENTLE.

A mind that’s been beaten down isn’t going to do anything for your wellness.

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Friday Fit Tip – Post Thanksgiving!

Whether you kept your Thanksgiving meal sensible or not, this fit tip might help if you still ate more than usual.

Best advice for post-turkey day meal?

Do a high-intensity workout 12 to 16 hours after. Working out hard during this timeframe helps your body burn off the energy in the muscles and liver. Go for a fast run, get in a high-intensity strength training workout or a combination of the two.

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