Posts Tagged ‘motivation’

10 Steps To Help You Avoid Losing The Thrill

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

10 Steps To Help You Avoid Losing The Thrill
Article by healthdiscovery.net, Recommended by Jessica Loeser, Wellness Outreach Team

What’s your excuse for not making it to the gym on a consistent basis? Locker room too smelly? Eye candy not sweet enough? Music volume making your ears bleed? Feeling intimidated by buff bodies crowding the free-weight area?

Most people start off strong with an exercise program, and then within a few weeks they’ve got an excuse for not being there.

The majority of people will stop participating in a new workout program within the first 90 days which is why health clubs that are packed in January can seem virtually empty by March.

Which brings us to you.

If you’re starting a new exercise program, you’re probably very excited about it, which is great. But that excitement is going to wear off, at which point you’ll begin to notice how much time and effort a workout plan really requires.

And that’s the point where you may be tempted to start pulling back, or even to quit entirely. But we’re not about to let that happen. Follow these steps from the very beginning, and you’ll be one of those dedicated gym members who really get their money’s worth.
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The Tripping Point: How Performers Get Stuck and What to Do About It

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

The Tripping Point: How Performers Get Stuck and What to Do About It
Article by livestrong.com, Recommended by Taylor Biblo, Wellness Outreach Team

You’re feeling stuck. Maybe your performances have gotten worse, but more likely you’re not improving as fast as you would like. It’s weighing you down, making it harder to get back out there and run, ride or even recover. You’ll push through it, you tell yourself, and force your way back out onto the road, trail or court. It’s just not happening. You might be surprised to know that even the best performers in the world struggle with what I call “the tripping point.” At some point in their lives and careers, most of them have experienced it. Surviving it can mean the difference between failure and success.

The tripping point is different from a plateau. Plateaus are defined by measurements of progress and form a natural part of the improvement process. While they are frustrating, they mostly require patience and intelligent workouts. Tripping points often begin as plateaus, but they are more psychological in nature: Doubt or impatience turns into something more damaging, such as anxiety, fear or self-judgment. It’s when you start to believe you’re just not good enough to get where you’re trying to go. Tripping points can kill careers and personal ambition.
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise Regularly

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

5 Ways to Stay Motivated to Exercise
Article by life.gaiam.com, Recommended by Taylor Biblo, Wellness Outreach Team

If losing pounds is as easy as journaling about what you put in your mouth, can you use the same technique to help you stick to a fitness routine?

Dieters who keep a food diary lose twice as much weight as those who kept no records, according to a recent study by Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research. But while keeping a journal holds you more accountable for how you treat your body, sticking to a fitness routine is different from sticking to a healthy eating routine. Personal trainers we talked to recommend these tactics to keep you motivated and inspired to work out.

1. Change your perspective

Shift your thinking from couch potato mentality to thinking like an athlete. This may sound like a big challenge, but it’s not as big a leap as you think. Essex, Massachusetts mom April Bowling, 33, stopped using her busy life as an excuse not to exercise. After the birth of her children (now ages 5 and 3), Bowling started viewing exercise as a way to set a strong example for her kids.
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Exercise Motivation When You Need It Most

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Exercise Motivation When You Need It Most
Article by womansday.com, Recommended by Jessica Loeser, Wellness Outreach Team

We all have the days where we plan to work out and know that we should, but when it’s time to lace up your shoes and go…You. Just. Don’t. Wanna.

I have those days, too, but when I remind myself how GOOD exercise makes me feel, and how it will help me reach my goals, I generally suck it up and do it anyway. Getting started really is the hardest part. Once you get going, you’re generally glad you did. And when it’s over, you feel even better.

But some people have less willpower or dedication. Some give in to the temptation to skip exercise too easily. While that’s fine once in a while, it can become a hard habit to break if you skip out on your workouts too often.

So recently, I polled individuals and asked what THEY do to motivate themselves when they don’t feel like exercising. Let me tell you: These people are a creative bunch. The next time you feel less-than-enthusiastic about your upcoming exercise session, take their advice.

Here are 40 things you can do (or think about) to get your workout motivation back—and get moving.

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Exercise Motivation Tips from America’s Top Female Athletes

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Exercise Motivation Tips from America's Top Female Athletes
Article by prevention.com, Recommended by Livia Berg, Wellness Outreach Team – Leisure Fitness

These women run 135 miles at a time, scale mountains, and flip backward off a snowy half-pipe. Here’s how they get into a fitness frame of mind and how you can have exercise motivation, too.

“I trick myself into tough workouts”
Exercise Superstar
Sarah Reinertsen, 30, first female above-the-knee amputee to complete an Ironman (a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run).

Workout Woe
Getting started. “You forget how much it hurts to begin a training regimen,” says Reinertsen. And whether you’re a weekend warrior or an Ironman athlete, you must battle the law of inertia: “When I’m unmotivated, my body wants to stay on the couch.”
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6 Reasons to Run a 5K

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

6 Reasons to Run a 5K
Article by active.com, Recommended by Michael Brohawn, Wellness Outreach Team

5K’s are one of the most popular races out there, and here are six reasons why:

1. Ease. Most of you are busy, and training time is precious. Therefore, it’s really tough to find the time to train for a half-marathon or marathon. Not so with the 5K. You can work up to it quickly (from scratch) and train for it adequately on just three days a week.

2. Convenience. With a 5K, race day is a snap. You arrive at the race, warm up for 10 to 20 minutes, race for 40 minutes maximum, cool down, replenish with food and drink, and head home in your new race T-shirt before your family has finished breakfast.
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Updating the Message to Get Americans Moving

Monday, December 24th, 2012

updating the message to get americans moving
Article from nytimes.com, Recommended by Megan Mitchell

Rod Dishman, director of the psychology laboratory at the University of Georgia, is annoyed when students enroll in one of the fitness classes offered at his university. Because it’s a class in walking.

“It is a sin for a healthy, capable young adult to enroll in a walking class,” he said. “It is obscene. What they are getting credit for is avoiding making any effort.”

And therein lies a problem, Dr. Dishman and other researchers say. The public health message about exercise is that any amount is good and that walking is just fine. Everyone has been told, repeatedly, that regular exercise improves health and makes people feel better, happier, more energetic. Nearly all Americans say they have heard those messages. They know that exercise is good for them and that they should do it.

Yet they do not.
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Why Eating Right and Gym Motivation is Mental

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Why eating right and gym motivation is mental
Found at shape.com, Recommended by Susanna Carey, Leisure Fitness – Wellness Outreach Team

How to apply the latest breakthroughs in neuroscience to make healthier lifestyle choices.

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Towards The Best Fitness Direction With A Fitness Trainer

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Towards the best fitness direction with a fitness trainer
Article by healthzine.org, Recommended by Danielle Mendala – Wellness Outreach Team

Many people have to deal with weight issues which can range from being bothersome to being really discouraging. Being overweight or obese can put so much of a damper into your self-esteem. You may be one of those who are out on the quest for health and fitness but don’t know how to start.

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5 Ways to Make Your Runs Exciting

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Article by: LifeMojo.com

A lot of people adopt running so that they could meet their weight loss and fitness goals. They start with a bang and run with a vigor and enthusiasm. But slowly and steadily, the novelty wears out and then comes a point when even a thought of waking up early in the morning and putting on those jogging shoes can seem like a daunting task.

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5 Benefits of Early Morning Workouts!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Article by: Dietriffic, One Health. One Life. Your Choice.

Do you keep putting off your workouts?

It’s a struggle at times, I know!

What we need to do is put some firm habits into action. Getting a regular routine going, with workouts taking place at the same time of the day is essential.

People who do that tend to stick with it much longer than those who adopt a more sporadic approach.

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