…Motivation!…

The best way to try to stay on top of your workout plans is to schedule your workouts!

When you start to plan your work week, also play your workout week.  Figure out what days and times work best for you to work out that week.  Also, when you plan the days and times of your workout go ahead and plan out what you want to do during your workout that day! This will allow you to know exactly what needs to get some when you hit the gym on your workout days.  This will also allow you to keep track of what you have been doing in the gym and to help you track your health and fitness progress.

 

 

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…Motivational Monday…

When trying to embark on your own health/fitness journey it is important to find things that will help keep you motivated.

A upcoming trip…

Your family…

A quote…

A picture…

ANYTHING that will push you and help motivate you on those days that you are tired.

What is my motivation? My Family and My blog followers!  How can I help those around me if I do not practice what I am teaching?

So figure out what it is that will motivate you to get up and start living a healthier and more active life!

Do not forget to put that reminder in a place where you will see it EVERYDAY.  So you will see this constant reminder to make healthy lifestyle choices to help you achieve your personal health goals!

…Tip of the Week…

This weeks tip…

Try to find some healthier holiday food/drink alternatives.

I know that during the holiday you gather with friends and family. You eat, drink, and be merry. So how about trying to sneak in (or make it know) so healthier less calorie alternatives.  Just because it is “low-fat” does not mean that it has to taste gross or inedible! There are plenty of recipes (look on the main blog for drink recipes) that you can use!

So to help you stay on track with your health goals this is a perfect time to try to watch what you eat (or alter it to a healthier option).

Happy Holiday!!

…Tip of the Week…

This weeks Fitness Junkie tip is how to set goals and keep them.

I am an avid believer that if you have a constant reminder of your goals, you will see them, they will be on your mind, and you are more prone to accomplishing them!

So here is my suggestion…

Whatever goals you have…life goals….fitness goals…write them down (or type them).  Once you have outlined the things you would like to accomplish set a date/time frame you want to get it done in.  After that…place this list on a wall, on a mirror, in your car…put it any place where you will see if everyday.  Put it someplace you will be reminded of what you want to accomplish and what you would like to obtain.  If needed make several copies and place this list of goals where you will see them throughout your day.

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…Tip Of The Week…

Water is a very essential tool that is needed to help someone when it comes to losing weight!

First off…if you feel thirsty…you may already be dehydrated!!

Consuming water should be added to your daily routine! How much water do you ask? Well I learned this in school (and also by watching a great episode of Oprah!) Usually your body will tell you when you have had enough water to drink! If you think you have consumed enough water for the day, when you go to the bathroom, your urine should be a pale yellow color.  If it is not, then you need more water!

There are many things that water does to help your body.  Most are very beneficial and also aid you with becoming healthier and losing weight.  Water helps to transport nutrients that you eat throughout your body.  It also helps to remove the unwanted wastes that are stored in your body.  Water also helps by aiding your body so you can have proper bodily functions (so your organs run correctly and etc.) One important thing that water also does is that it keeps you hydrated! Also, a small fact is that if you drink water with your meals, it will allow you to feel fuller faster (water is somewhat of a food suppressor).  I AM NOT SAYING GO ON A WATER DIET! I am suggesting that instead of having coke or a red bull with your lunch, grab a glass of water.  It is a healthier option, and it will allow you to feel fuller and more satisfied at the end of your meal.

If you are not consuming the right amount of water this can actually slow down burning the calories you are wanting to get rid of.  Ensuring that you have adequate water is also important because it is an essential component of your blood.  With out the right blood consistency, this could cause health problems or not allow you to build up the energy needed to partake in your fitness routine (low water in your body = low blood volume = low nutrient supply/oxygen supply = tiredness) .

I know buying cases of water bottles can get expensive over time, so I suggest getting a refillable water bottle! There are some you can fill with your own tap water (or water from the water fountain).  Of there are bottles that you can fill with water and there is a filtration system to help give you filtered water.  I suggest these kind of options because over time I have found that I have personally save more money by investing in a good water bottle as opposed to buying a case of water each month.

Here are some links to some good options of types of water bottles to use (I have personally used the following and I LOVE them):

Click on the pictures to be sent to the makes website.

Here is Life Factory Water bottles (and by far my favorite!)  These are Glass water bottles.  They are dishwasher safe and pretty break resistant.  I have dropped my plenty of times while running/lifting and the silicon covering allows the bottle to somewhat absorb the fall.  You can get them at the web site or find them cheaper on Amazon.com or Drugstore.com.

Here is the “Bobble Bottle”.

here is how you use it…

last but not least you could always buy your own type of water bottle that you like and fill it with…

You can find a PUR water system filter at any major store.  And sometimes if you get lucky you can catch them on sale or get a coupon for them!

Hope these tips help! This is your Infinite Life Fitness Tip of the Week. Enjoy!

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…Tip Of The Week…

Before all of you run out and start your exercise routine, make sure that you STRETCH!

Stretching has been proved in many case studies to be very effective when it comes to engaging in a work out! Not only will it help you be loose and ready for your work out, but some studies have shown that it can also help to prevent certain injuries. 

There are tons of stretching moves you can do to help you get ready for your workout. I found this amazing article that does a great job at detailing some moves you can do before your work out!  You don’t have to do all of them! I would suggest that you at least do about 10 of them. (And for those over achievers please feel free to do all of them!)

http://www.bcendurancetrainings.com/articles/pdfs/beginnerstretching.pdf

 

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Fitness Junkies

Since I started incorporating fitness into my regular life routine,  I have met people along the way who have felt the same passion I have about leading a healthy lifestyle.  I would like to call these people, and also my friends, Fitness Junkies.

Now, I am not using “junkies” in a negative way.  I am using Junkie in the way it is described in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

“A person who derives inordinate pleasure from or who is dependant on something”

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/junkie

I would have to say that I NEED fitness in my life.  I am dependant on it to help me live and maintain a higher level of physical health and energy, and to feel better about my life.  And I honestly will admit that I do get “inordinate pleasure” working out.  There is no better feeling knowing that I have accomplished a physical fitness goal that I set for myself.  I have decided to dedicate my free time and help to my fellow Fitness Junkies of the real world and virtual world.   I want to inspire and motivate people who need that little extra support to live and maintain a better lifestyle.

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