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Holiday, Do It Anywhere Workout

The holiday season can frequently lead to a hectic schedule. Between social engagements, shopping, wrapping, baking, and traveling, finding time to go to the gym can be a challenge. Many of my clients say they simply don’t have the time to workout.

I can completely understand how life can get in the way of workouts. It happens to all of us. But, a busy schedule does not mean you have to ditch your fitness goals.

Just because you don’t have time go to the gym and do an hour workout doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. Whether you get up a few minutes early, give up a working lunch for a workout lunch, or exercise while watching TV, you can find 15-20 minutes in your day to get a little bit of exercise.

I have several short workouts I can do at home whenever life gets in the way of gym time. Below is one of my favorites:

This workout is designed to be fast and effective, it can be done just about anywhere and doesn’t require equipment. If you have light dumbbells or resistance bands, you can use them to amp up the workout.

Remember, just because you don’t have time for the gym doesn’t mean you have to miss your workouts.


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Keep Your Exercise Momentum Going

A few weeks ago, I shared a tool I like to use called an adherence chart (Be Accountable to Exercise).

The adherence chart in that post challenged you to get 3-4 hours of purposeful exercise a week. Click here to learn about purposeful exercise.

This week I would like to encourage you to stretch your boundaries and increase your weekly workout sessions to 5-7 hours per week.

Here is your new adherence chart:

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Good luck and have fun!


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Exercise to Achieve Your Health Goals

If you truly want to lose body fat and get healthier then you MUST, MUST, MUST engage in some form of purposeful exercise 5-7 hours every week!

What is purposeful exercise?

Purposeful exercise is any form of exercise/activity that elevates your heart rate and makes you sweat (at least a little).

Examples of purposeful exercise include:

  • Jogging or running
  • Brisk walking
  • Lifting weights
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Taking a dance class
  • Cycling, indoors or out

Find an activity (or 3) that you enjoy that gets your heart pumping and commit to spend 45 minutes to an hour every day to purposeful exercises. Keep in mind, you don’t need to do all your exercise at once, you may lift some weights in the morning and then swim laps after work or take a morning spin class and go dancing with your partner at night.

We all work hard and taking a break during your day to have fun and exercise is a great way to control stress and recharge.

So, lace up your sneakers and get moving!

Until next time, have a happy healthy day!


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Get Moving

A few weeks ago I encouraged you to get 15 minutes of physical activity everyday .

This week I am asking you to up the ante by increasing your daily physical activity to at least 20 minutes each day.

Remember, you don’t have to do it all at once. If you can’t carve out 20 minutes at once, aim for doing 5 minutes 4x through out your day.

This article from MyFitnessPal has some terrific ideas about how to increase your physical activity by walking, 50 Ways to Walk More. Give it a read and a try! You’ll be glad you did!

Until next time, have fun, get moving, and have a happy healthy day!


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Don’t Let the Hectic Holidays Get in the Way of Your Fitness Goals

As we enter the holiday season, it can be difficult to stay on track with your workouts. Shopping, holiday parties, and travel can all get in the way of your normal fitness routine.

This season make a commitment to maintaining the health and fitness progress you have made. Make it a goal to do some form of exercise at least 4 days per week. Remember, you don’t need the gym to stay in shape and you don’t need to spend hours training.

This article from Precision Nutrition details a terrific whole body workout that can be done in as little as 10 minutes at home (or on the road) with minimal equipment:

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The big key through the holidays is to keep moving. You don’t have to be perfect just do a little each day!

Until next time, have a happy, healthy day!


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It’s Not Too Late to Reach Your Health and Fitness Goals in 2018

Is it safe to say you could have put a bit more time into your diet and exercise in 2018? (and maybe a year or two before that as well)

Question: Are you ready to take the first step towards getting things under control?

Terrific! Because it is not too late to start working toward the health and fitness goals you set for 2018.

There is a program that has a proven track record with over 45,000 people AND nearly 1 million pounds of body fat lost!

As a certified nutritional coach and personal trainer and as part of the most successful weight management program in the world, I can help you on your personal health and fitness journey and increase your chances of FINALLY becoming the healthiest you possible.

This approach is so thorough, there are too many details to list here. Contact me at the email address listed below to set up your complimentary 15 minute consultation.

Full disclosure, this program may NOT be for everyone and you ARE going to have to put some work in!

So, if you are ready to lose body fat, have more energy, and learn to live a healthier lifestyle, take the first step, email me today and get started on the path to success!

Email me today at achievewellness@ymail.com.

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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Have a Gym-Free Workout Plan

We all have days when we do not have the time or motivation to go to the gym, however that is NO excuse for skipping a workout.

Having a set of gym-free workouts on hand can ensure you beat the gym time blahs.  Whether it’s a body weight workout on YouTube, an outdoor boot camp, a kickbutt Spin class, or a restorative yoga class, having a few backup ideas can keep you on track with your fitness goals regardless of time or motivation restrictions AND keep fitness fun and stress free.

 

 

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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Some Exercise is Better than No Exercise

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We all experience days when we are short on time, but that is no excuse to skip a workout.

Even if you do not have time for a full workout, aim to get at least 15 minutes of exercise in per day.  Try taking a brisk walk, doing bodyweight exercises (squats, lunges, and pushups anyone?) while watching TV, or do a quick yoga class on youtube.

 


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Tuesday Tip of the Week – Find a Buddy

Whether your goal is to lose weight, run a marathon, or just start eating healthier, having a health and wellness buddy can help you stay on track.  Sharing your wellness journey with a friend or family member gives you someone to be accountable to and keeps you motivated.  Studies show that having a support system increases your chances for success.

While it is best to find a buddy that shares your goal, anyone who can offer support and guidance can be your ally.