You want general training (strength/weights, endurance/cardio, balance/stability) for overall health and strength of body and mind, and you will also most likely benefit from some extra focus that is targeted specifically to help you do more of what you want to do in your life.
When I work with my clients, I not only ask them what they are currently doing, but also what they would like to be doing if they could. This helps me to work with them to customize their training so they can enjoy life to their fullest potential. I also work with each client to find training that works well for them based on their likes and dislikes. If you really hate something, you aren't very likely to stick with it. So it's important to find things that you enjoy (or are at least tolerable), that will increase your fitness level to make you feel good and have more strength and energy for your daily activities. More vitality for life!
So get a good training routine going to increase your overall health and fitness. Then figure out what you need to add in to boost your strength and endurance aimed at your own specific goals and dreams in life. You might need to do some research and experimenting to find what is right for you, but you'll love how it makes you feel when you find what works and stick with it. I have a client who has been amazed at how much of a difference she feels from her workouts and never thought she would actually enjoy working out with weights before I got her started with them as part of her gym routine. It's all just a matter of finding what works for you and giving it a chance.
If you feel a little lost with it all and unsure of where to even start, let me be your coach. I will help you get set up with something that is customized specifically for you. After you stick with it awhile, you will be like my other clients who continue to thank me from time to time for getting them started and helping them along the way, because they simply can't imagine going back to how things were. Let me help you, too... as getting and staying fit are two of the best things you can do for your life. You won't regret it!
If you would like a little help in figuring out how to make this equation work for you instead of against you, contact me to get started with my one-on-one coaching today.
I can help you figure out how many calories you should be eating each day, how to reasonably budget those calories with your daily food (no starvation diet!), set you up on an exercise program customized to you, and help keep you motivated to stay the course and achieve lasting results.
Are you ready to lose that extra fat you've been trying to lose for years? Once you know what to do, it's not really as hard as it seems. You can do it. Let me help you. :)
Out of the blue the proverbial question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" entered my thoughts on the way to the gym today. I thought about the usual optimistic and pessimistic answers to this question. Those who know me, know that I lean towards the optimistic side most of the time, which includes being grateful for what I have.
As I pondered this question further, the realist in me spoke up and said, "It is both half full and half empty, and you better make plans to get a refill at some point or you are going to run out. And don't forget your water filter if you plan to refill in the mountains."
(I am part optimist and part realist, with just a wee little bit of pessimism sprinkled in every now and then.)
As I pulled into the parking lot at the gym, my realist thoughts continued down the path to the fact that you can have all the motivation in the world, but if you don't take action, nothing will happen to move you any closer to your dreams than you are right now.
Just sharing my morning thoughts with you. A little something for you to think about. :)
Time to relax and unwind... to recuperate and rejuvenate. Whether from work, an exciting project, exercise, watching calories, or any number of things you might currently be doing in your life... you need to have some down time from it. Your body and mind require a break to keep functioning optimally.
There are two ways to go about taking time off: scheduled and unscheduled. Neither way is right or wrong, so do whichever works best for you.
Some people like routines and like to plan ahead when they will take time off. If this is you, then schedule your breaks ahead of time, and do so at regular intervals. Just make sure you actually do take time off, as it is easy for planners to fill their time with everything else that seems more important (especially when we are focused on achieving goals).
Others like to just keep on going until they feel they need a break. For this way to work well, you need to be good at listening to your body, because you are relying on your body to let you know when it needs a break. If you ignore it, you will suffer the consequences. Burnout is a big consequence if you ignore your body too much for too long. You also need to be able to tell the difference of when you truly need a break, or whether it is just laziness of mind or body trying to let you off the hook of doing what you should be doing. Listening to your body is a great way to operate, but it does take a keen sense of reading your body's signs well. This gets better with practice.
Because my circumstances fluctuate quite a bit, I tend to do a combination of both scheduled and unscheduled breaks, using whichever works best for me at the time. I like to plan, but I also listen to what my body is telling me. Because I've been listening to my body long enough, I can usually have an idea ahead of time when I will be needing a break, so I can usually work it into my schedule. But sometimes I can have a tendency to overplan things, so my body will say, "Hey! I need a break now!" And sometimes a "break" is just mixing up what I am doing by alternating physical work with mind work. One gives the body a break, and the other gives the mind a break.
So yes... go strong and give it your all. Just be sure to take a break every now and then. Your mind and body will thank you for it. And then be sure you don't fall prey to taking too long of a break by not getting back at it again. It's all about balance. After all... it's a little vacation... not retirement. ;)
Are you struggling to get in shape and reach your fitness goals? Do you keep trying, but somehow just can't manage to make the kind of progress you desire? Or do you simply have a hard time getting started and/or sticking with it once you do start?
Maybe you just need a little one-on-one guidance, motivation, and accountability. Let me be your fitness coach and help you reach your dream goals of getting in shape for a better tomorrow. I can work with you through emails wherever you live, or in person if you live in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. Contact me for a free consultation to see if I can be of help to you. Your dreams are waiting... why put them off any longer?
The girls and I had planned on getting in a 10-mile bike ride after lunch to clock some miles toward our goal for this year. We were all set to go... on schedule, with energy and a bit of sunshine. But the phone rang just as we were headed out the door. You guessed it... interruption time. Something else required our attention. For the next few hours. Our bike ride had to be postponed until after supper. But after supper the weather wasn't as nice as it had been, nor was my energy level up to par after dealing with the unexpected circumstances earlier in the day, and then making supper, eating, and taking care of supper cleanup afterwards. I contemplated just not going. I simply didn't feel like it.
But then I thought about our goal. So I decided we would head out and at least get in a quick 5-mile ride. Better some than not at all. But as usual, after getting started I felt better. We ended up doing our 10 miles after all. Even though we got started fairly late, we still got back before dark and enjoyed a lovely late evening view of St. Mary's Mountain along the way.
Sometimes I just don't feel like doing something, so I have to make up my mind to just do it regardless of how I feel. If my mind says I'm going to do something, my body has a way of following along. And I always feel better afterwards. So when you have those times and you just don't feel like it... give it a try. Remember your goals and just do it. :)
Getting fit isn't just about losing weight to get down into a smaller size to look good again. That's a great short term benefit that many are after, but it isn't what it's all about. And focusing on only that aspect is what keeps many from succeeding.
The primary purpose for getting fit is about living a healthier life and feeling good. It's about being fit enough to be able to do the things you want to do in life without the limitations that being out-of-shape bring. There's so much more to it than just how you look in the mirror or to others.
When you focus on the long term benefits of getting fit through regular exercise and proper food control and do it for life, the short term benefits will come. You'll get both.
But if you focus only on the short term, chances are you won't get either. Oftentimes, when people focus on the short term too much, they get disappointed and give up when they don't see enough success quick enough, because they're not looking at things long term. On-again-off-again diets and exercise programs just don't work for many people. It's time to make lifestyle changes you can live with for life.
Get more active and be more mindful of what you eat on a regular basis. Make that commitment and start now. It will be worth it. Just don't quit. Do it for life.
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"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." --Mark Twain
I'm living my dreams, and I want to help you live yours, too.
I have 30+ years of experience and learning in fitness. Over the years I've discovered a lot of what works and a lot of what doesn't. I've also spent my whole life encouraging and motivating myself and others to pursue and reach dreams.
With my fitness + motivational life coaching, I can help you one-on-one via email, or in person if you live in the Bitterroot Valley of Western Montana. One shoe doesn't fit all ... I will help customize a plan that works for you.
Local: Meet at Stevensville's Anytime Fitness or Super 1 Deli for in-person fitness and/or motivational coaching.
$25 per 30-40 minute session.
Online: Correspond through emails a couple of times per week for fitness and/or motivational coaching.
$25 per month.
I offer your first initial session for free to discuss your goals and to see if we are a good fit to work together on achieving them.
Contact me for your free session and get started on living your dreams today. :)
Are you possibly interested in an online group with my coaching for a small monthly fee? Shoot me an email and I will add you to my waiting list for when I have enough people to get one started. It will be informative and fun, so you won't want to miss out! :)