You will hear some mantras going around in the fitness industry like “No days off!” and “I can rest when I’m dead.” You will also hear trainers telling their clients that they need to push harder and that they are never allowed to take time away from the gym. This in turn makes people feel guilty and shameful over not making it to the gym as often as they think they should.
When deciding which type of gym to join the first thing you should think about is what amount of help you are really looking for in a achieving your fitness goals. Not all gyms are right for everyone, from super private one-on-one personal training studios to gym memberships that are under $10, we break down the differences between the gyms and give you a guide to point you in the right direction for your goals.
Now I can afford my coach and a few competitions each year but I still justify the expense. I’m keeping myself out of the doctor’s office and off the medications that tend to come with age in our American society, and I’m still out of counseling. Medication and doctors visits are getting frighteningly expensive. I intend to keep my medical file thin and only filled with well-person visits and the occasional illness that requires antibiotics or an injury from being active.
Can you really afford not to be active? What is the price of you feeling good, having more energy, and possibly improving your emotional outlook? Getting active, if you are not right now, will help to keep you out of the doctor’s office, you will save on co-pays or other medical expenses, and maybe eventually medication.
As I was rowing and could not get the watts to show my true power on the screen I thought to myself, “I guess I will just keep it here and ride this interval out.” My legs were burning and I had 15 seconds left. In the next 5 seconds I thought to myself, “Is this effort getting you what you want?” The answer: NO! It wasn’t moving me toward the efficient fat burn I was after. The interval was quickly over and my legs were thankful. However, there was another opportunity for me to redeem myself with better effort on the sled.
Alcohol can be a big source of added calories, and it's really hard to say no to those tasty foods once you have had a few drinks. So what we have to do is save our calories with each drink. For the most part each drink is going to be around 150 calories, this is 12oz of a light beer, 5oz of wine or 1.5oz of liquor. You can’t really save those calories if you are going to drink but you can save them in other ways.
The stage-ready physique competitor, whether it be bikini, figure, physique, classic physique for men, or bodybuilding has treated their body as a temple for months (if not years) while they are preparing for their competition. As does the athlete expecting themselves to perform at their best at their next competition whether it be team sports or an individual sport. “Treat your body as a temple” is such a cliche’ I know. However, it is TRUE.
Not everything is going to go to plan.
You know in life things rarely turn out exactly like they you think they should.
The kids don’t get picked up on time.
The laundry isn’t ready when you need that one shirt.
You walk out the door and forget your lunch.