Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Invest in Yourself

As a fellow user of Melt it Off with Mitch, I want to encourage you to push yourself as hard as you can. And then push a little harder. Generally speaking, I’m an absolute wuss about physical challenges. But an encouraging trainer works wonders for helping me push through that extra mile. Mitch Gaylord is just such a personal trainer. He’s super encouraging and he drives home this point: When you take the time for fitness, you are doing something so great for yourself. You’re making an investment in your body and your health that will endure as long as you continue to pay attention to your nutrition and your exercise. As we get older, it takes more work to maintain muscle tone and keep those pounds off of our troubled areas. So, if you’re starting before any real issues develop, you’re way ahead of the game. And if you’ve already accumulated some extra pounds and lost some muscle mass like me, then you’re taking the right steps by getting yourself in a good routine – it’s never too late! And in a very short time, you will start feeling the fruits of your labor, even if you don’t immediately see them. You’ll feel muscles wake up that you didn’t realize were sleeping. And that alone is a great feeling. They start helping in everyday movements. Of course, there will also be those days after you’ve really pushed yourself when you feel tired and your grateful muscles want a day off – and that’s ok, too! That’s me today! Focus on forming the good habits. Big picture. Investing in yourself. You are soooo worth it.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

How Do YOU Fuel Before Your Workout?

How did you do with the holiday weekend? I did a nice session of cardio late yesterday morning that really made me feel so good. Doing cardio increased my energy and lifted my mood. Usually I’m paying close attention to instructions and whatnot during my workout. But this time I trusted that I knew what I was doing, and I put my earbuds in and played some of my favorite upbeat music. Wow. That made the workout so much more fun! I’m excited to experiment with other albums to see which artists make great workout soundtracks. What are your favorites? I might have to make some workout mixes. Oh my goodness, they could be tailor made for different workouts. Have you tried that? Varying tempo and mood. That sounds like a fun project. For a challenging cardio workout, try Mitch Gaylord’s Cardio Burn & Sculpt Workout. It will get your heart pumping and your muscles burning! I’m still trying to come up with the perfect schedule for myself, to maximize energy and productivity in relation to when I eat what foods and when I have my morning coffee. That’s right, I’m still drinking my morning cup of joe. I haven’t figure out yet why sometimes I feel a little drowsy soon after a workout and other times I feel energized for hours afterward. I’m guessing it has a lot to do with the fuel I’m putting in my body (or not). Do you have any tips on this subject? I’d love to hear. Thanks!