Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Resolutions!

Happy  New Year!  Have you made your resolutions yet?  What about your fitness related goals?  The time has come to truly consider what your are doing, and how you might improve your overall health through exercise, as exercise is truly medicine.  We all know now (or we should) all the research proving that exercise reduces hypertension, can eradicate diabetes in some, and reduce the need for meds in others, lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke, and gives you not only a better outlook, but a better quality of life.

Now is your chance to tap into all of those positive effects, by examining your current exercise program, and adjusting the time, frequency, and intensity to better your body.  If you need help, I have a slew of classes and small group trainings to offer you, as well as my services one-on-one.  Think about making a list that delineates the negatives you see in your life, and what positive things you can do to achieve a more positive outcome.  Whether you've been considering a dietary change, or an exercise adjustment, remember that consistency and commitment are your friends when making such a change.  Just do it.  

To start logging your food:
This week for exercise:
Wednesday, 9am, small group training (drop in $24) Elite River Glen
Friday, 6:10 am, muscle mix (free) Elite River Glen
Saturday, 11:30 am, small group training (drop in $24) Elite River Glen

Embrace the day, and the season!  Try something new, or do something you love, today.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Ab workout...

Happy Holidays!  Well here I am at the club on Christmas Eve, thinking about what I might help with this week.  It's a notoriously difficult week for both exercise and food, as I'm sure you are aware.  But also difficult because many of you may be out of town, visiting family, and wondering what to do for exercise.  So, I thought I would give you a little abdominal strengthening program to do at your home, or during some free time if you are out of town.

Also, November's T-shirt winner is SUE DEAN!  She came back fighting hard after a shoulder surgery, and worked diligently and consistently to ensure her shoulder didn't freeze up.  Fantastic effort and results!  December has been tough, but I do have one more T-shirt to give away...

abs abdominals exercises photosThis one is a double crunch...feel free to support the head with light fingertips
abs abdominals exercises photosFlutter kicks!  Add some hands under buttocks for extra support if you like:)
-- abs abdominals exercises photosPlank with a hip raise adds a bit of interest.  Just be sure you are coming back to a neutral back position.
abs abdominals exercises photosExtended leg double crunch gets top and bottom...getting tired now...

abs abdominals exercises photosI like to lift both legs, but this is the first step.  If you master the oblique crunch with abduction, then you can try the side V lift with both legs.