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Cardiorespiratory fitness best describes the health and function of the heart, lungs and circulatory system. Cardiorespiratory fitness also describes the capacity of the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the blood, and the transportation of nutrients and waste products to and from the body’s active tissues. Other terms used and applied to the exercise environment are cardiovascular fitness, aerobic endurance and aerobic capacity. These terms are synonymous.

Cardiorespiratory exercise has proved to have many benefits, such as reducing cardiovascular disease by increasing fat utilization and therefore reducing obesity, and the reduction and management of hypertension and cholesterol. Other reported benefits include improved heart function and oxygen consumption, the ability to perform every day tasks more easily, decreased resting heart rate, body fat stores, anxiety and stress and management of diabetes.

A cardiorespiratory program needs to follow general guidelines to ensure maximum safety and effectiveness. These characteristics are essential for measurable improvements. We call this the FITT principle.

Frequency 3-5 times per week

Intensity 60-90% of predicted MHR

Time Duration 15-60 minutes of aerobic exercise

Type Activities; walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, roller blading, cross training, rowing etc.

Exercise FREQUENCY refers to the number of exercise sessions per week that are performed. The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) recommends 3-5 sessions per week to improve cardiorespiratory fitness and to achieve or maintain optimal body fat levels.

Exercise INTENSITY refers to the amount of effort you put into your training session. There are many methods for monitoring exercise intensity, some have been standardized, and are suitable for application to the general population and for those of different fitness levels.

Heart rate (MHR)

Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE)

The ‘talk test’ method

Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) is determined by:

Men 220 – age

Women 226 – age

A 34 year old male, would therefore have a MHR of 186 beats per minute (bpm). Your exercise intensity is then put into the equation to give an exercise intensity that is specific to experience, fitness level, capabilities and relative to your fitness goals. Those just starting an exercise regime, or having a low level of fitness can benefit from intensities as low as 50-60% of MHR. Higher intensities as much as 90% of MHR are better suited to the more physically fit. As a general guideline, 60-80% of MHR is sufficient for the average population with no contra-indications to exercise.

RPE The ‘Rate of Perceived Exertion’ scale considers all factors that influence exercise intensity and how we perceive that exercise including fatigue and environmental conditions. A twenty-point scale has been devised that corresponds with Heart Rate intensities and allows the participant to determine their perceived effort. This method teaches us to listen to our bodies instead of ‘zoning out’ and can be used in conjunction with Heart Rate.

The ‘talk test’: This is an easy method that anyone can use. The talk test is based on the principle that if you cannot hold a regular conversation while exercising, your exercise intensity is too high. The intensity should however, be enough to increase core body temperature and promote perspiration.

Exercise TIME is the duration of the exercise and is dependent on the intensity of the session. The ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) suggests a minimum of 15 minutes of continuous exercise to elicit any improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness. More deconditioned individuals may require multiple shorter sessions until they develop a base from which improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness can be made.

Your capabilities, interests, available time, equipment, facilities and personal goals determine exercise TYPE. The options are endless and can include any movement that uses large muscle groups, is continuous in nature (for a minimum of 15 minutes) and utilizes the aerobic energy system.

When beginning an exercise program, it is best to take a conservative approach and start at suggested minimums i.e. 3 times per week for 15-20 minutes at no more than 55-65% of MHR.

This intensity should be gradually increased over the forthcoming weeks and months to elicit changes and improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness and endurance.

The health professionals at Fitcorp Asia can design a program specific to your needs and goals, and help you reach your potential in health, …

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As an affiliate marketer your main job is to presell the products that you are promoting on your website. When you are preselling exercise and fitness equipment, knowing the reasons why people buy them allows you do a better job at preselling.

Below are some of the reasons that people want to buy exercise and fitness equipment. These reasons can also be why people would buy equipment for someone else.

To lose weight and tone their muscles
To become healthier and feel better
To build a lot of muscle
To make their body to look more attractive
To slow down the aging process
To help in the recovery from an illness or injury
To please their family members or other people in their lives
To fit into their clothes
To be more successful in their career or get a new job
To follow an order from a doctor
To get health insurance or life insurance
To be able to exercise in the privacy of their home
To prepare for an upcoming event such as a wedding or high school reunion
To make a one-time purchase instead of buying a gym membership

There are many types of exercise products that affiliate marketers can promote. It is a good idea to choose a niche to specialize in.

Below is a list of some of the products that you can promote.

stationary bikes
spin machines
Pilates machines
free weights
rowing machines
gliders
treadmills
weight machines
trampolines
ski machines
ellipticals
resistance bands
multi equipment machines
jump ropes
stair climbers
balance balls
sports training equipment
ab machines

You can also feature products related to exercise equipment on your website. Some related products are:

Exercise clothes
Videos and DVDs on exercise programs
Health and fitness magazine subscriptions
Diet plans
Books about healthy cooking and eating, diet plans, exercise plans
Extra equipment or attachments to the products

On your affiliate website you should have words or phrases that will help sell the exercise equipment. Sometimes just one word will resonate with a person and persuade them to buy.

The following are positive words and phrases related to exercise.

lose weight
feel healthy
look better
stop aging
build muscle
increase stamina and endurance
no embarrassment
improve confidence
get in shape
live longer
increase energy
feel thin / sexy / younger / more attractive
look thin / sexy / younger / more attractive
tone up
fit into old clothes
keep the weight off
enjoy the beach
lose fat
eat more
wear a swim suit

Using images and graphics on your website will also help sell the exercise equipment. Visitors to your site will project themselves in the pictures and this will help persuade them to buy.

Some imagery ideas are:

Before and after pictures of people getting into shape
People smiling and enjoying exercise equipment
People at home using the equipment while watching TV or being near their young children

If you are planning to drive traffic to your website by using pay-per-click advertising you will need good keywords for your ad campaigns.

Here are some keywords and phrases related to exercise equipment.

fitness equipment
exercise bike
home fitness
gym equipment
gym machines
home gym
exercise equipment
fitness machines
weight lifting equipment
used exercise equipment
exercise machine
exercise
abdominal equipment
fitness exercise equipment
home exercise equipment
weight equipment
exercise program
exercise bike equipment
sports equipment
fitness exercise

Informative articles are something you should have on your affiliate website. These not only help sell the equipment but will help the search engine optimization of your site. Articles will keep visitors on your website for longer and will improve the overall quality of your site.

Here are some ideas for articles relating to exercise:
How a person used the equipment to quickly lose a lot of weight.
How a person got in shape and it helped them get a date.
How a person improved their overall health and fitness
How easy it is to set up or use the exercise equipment.

Building a list of subscribers will enable you to establish a long-term relationship with your visitors. In order to get them to sign up for your mailing list or newsletter you can offer them a free information product related …

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Summer vacations provide the opportunity to travel all over the globe. While you can't take your gym with you during your travels, there are plenty of ways to exercise while on the road. Follow these tips to stay in shape while enjoying your time away from home:

  1. Make the commitment: We have a tendency to abandon our workout routine while traveling. Our recommendation: Don't! Commit to working out 3-5 times per week no matter what during your travels and stick to it. You'll have more energy and feel better throughout your trip (it's science).
  2. Take advantage of the local resources: Each region of the world has unique natural resources to enjoy. Incorporate each region's unique attributes into your exercise routine. Try rock climbing in Utah, rowing on the Charles River in Boston, biking in the Swiss Alps, running in the streets of Florence or the hiking in the jungles of Panama.
  3. Create a balanced workout plan: Every solid workout regimen consists of a combination of cardiovascular and strength training. Be sure to alternate between these two forms of training. Also, incorporate as much variety into your workouts as possible. Alternating between running, biking and swimming, for example, is a much more well-rounded and effective training plan than simply running every day.
  4. Improvise : Gym equipment makes working out convenient but it's not a must. Remember that gym equipment is designed to simulate "every day" activities but does so by isolating a single muscle. Research has shown that complex movements (lifting a rock off the ground and then over your head) leads to a greater increase in your metabolism and burns more fat than a simple movement (a bicep curl). Better exercise without the need for a gym. When you get to a new city, assemble your own personal gym with whatever you can find (rocks, bricks, furniture, etc.). Matthew McConaughey is notorious for his improvised workout equipment while filming in remote locations.
  5. Equipment : You really don't need much. Running shoes are a must as is a bathing suit if you like to swim. We also recommend an exercise band. It's light, compact and, with a little creativity, can be used to perform almost any exercise you would do in a gym. You can find everything else you need while traveling.
  6. Explore the city on foot : There's no better way to explore a town than by running through it. You'll be able to appreciate the local flavor infinitely more than you would on a tour bus and can tailor your journey to your particular interests. Take your camera with you to capture the adventure along the way.
  7. Try Circuit Training : Circuit training is perfect for travelers as it requires minimal equipment and combines both cardiovascular and strength training. We recommend completing 3-4 circuits with three exercises in each circuit and 3 sets per exercise. See the list of exercises below that require minimal or no equipment that you can incorporate into your circuit while traveling.
  8. Have Fun : You're on vacation! This should be fun. Exercising reduces stress, improves your health and releases endorphins that subsequently improve your mood. Make sure that you exercise in a way you enjoy. It will be easier to stick to your routine and will make for a better overall vacation.

Exercises that don't require any equipment:

Upper Body Exercises

  • Push Ups
  • Pull Ups
  • Burpees
  • Dips
  • Inverted Row

Core Exercises

  • Plank
  • Sit Ups
  • Superman's
  • Bird Dog
  • Crunches
  • Side Plank

Leg Exercises

  • Jump Squats
  • Jump Lunges
  • Burpees
  • Box Jumps

Exercises that require minimal equipment:

A Rock:

  • Balancing Arm Extensions (see picture)
  • Bicep Curls
  • Good Mornings
  • Deadlift
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Squats (Hold rock to increase difficulty)

Exercise Band:

  • Bicep Curls
  • Reverse Flys
  • Wood Chops
  • Tricep Extensions
  • Flys (see picture)
  • Shrugs
  • Shoulder Press
  • Front Shoulder Raise
  • Lateral Shoulder Raise

by Joshua Goldman, MD, MBA

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Regular exercise and increased physical activity can add years to your life and help you feel and look younger. A well-rounded exercise routine will include a combination of cardiovascular activity and strength training using quality exercise equipment and accessories. The proper selection of fitness equipment and flooring products is an essential component to any exercise regimen for optimum results. Ironcompany.com, a leading online supplier of commercial fitness equipment for GSA contracts, can help you attain your fitness goals. With a state-of-the-art website, Ironcompany.com provides an easy shopping experience featuring a huge selection of gym equipment, free weights, exercise machines, and rubber flooring products. Need a question answered? Not sure which piece of equipment to purchase? Their friendly staff will assist you with any of your needs and help you obtain the right type of equipment all offered at great values. Ironcompany.com has provided commercial treadmills and cardio equipment, free weights, weight stack machines, and athletic flooring products to over 50 military bases in the United States. From Ft. Bragg, North Carolina to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan Ironcompany.com proudly serves our men and woman in uniform that are stationed around the globe.

Cardiovascular Exercise

The benefits of cardiovascular exercise cannot be overstated. By performing cardio exercise on a regular basis, your body gains stamina and endurance and becomes more efficient at burning calories. Another benefit is a more efficient metabolism and a strengthening of the immune system. Cardiovascular exercise can also reduce stress and improve self-esteem.

There are several types of cardio equipment on the market today. Treadmills, exercise bikes, and elliptical trainers are the most popular choices for cardio exercise and are excellent for building cardio endurance and are easy to use as well. Ironcompany.com has an awesome selection of commercial treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers. Remember, when you choose your cardio equipment, choose wisely. Get a quality piece of cardio equipment that will provide you the results you are looking for and fit your specific needs. If you have knee problems, then an exercise bike is an excellent choice. Ironcompany.com offers upright bikes, recumbent bikes, and the popular indoor cycle bike used in spinning classes. If you prefer walking or running, then check out Ironcompany’s commercial treadmills with computer control panels and built-in programs. They also offer several types of equipment mats and athletic flooring surfaces to help absorb shock and protect flooring surfaces.

Strength Training

If you want to change your overall look and become more tone, then the importance of strength training should not be underestimated. Strength training has been proven to benefit young athletes to seniors. Women, in particular, see tremendous benefits from strength training. . If you desire that “ripped” look, then strength training is absolutely vital if you want to change the visual appearance of your body. Another added benefit is that strength training creates strong muscle and strengthens ligaments and tendons, which serve to support our joints and decrease the possibility of injury from other activities.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could burn more calories throughout the day, even while relaxing? Well, you can make this happen if you strength train. The fact is, the more muscle mass you possess, the more calories you will naturally burn. So get up and start pumping that iron. Don’t forget that muscle weighs approximately 3 times more than fat, so if you have embarked on a fitness regimen of strength training, cardio exercise and a healthy diet don’t be dismayed if the scale goes up instead of down. A good way to measure your progress is by using a tape measure to keep track of your results. Measure your arms, thighs, waist, hips, and calves and keep a weekly log of your progress.

The proper selection of strength training equipment depends on several factors including, age, fitness goals, health, and budget. One of the most common questions in the fitness industry today is whether to perform strength training using free weights or machines.

Free Weight Equipment

The major advantage of free weights is that they are more efficient in strengthening the whole body. You can perform a wide variety of upper and lower body exercises using just a set of dumbbells. …

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NCCA

Guess who’s the newest NCCA approved Certification? You got it, NETA!

Within the last few months, NETA is now recognized as one of the top certification programs with their accreditation from NCCA. Good news for us!

Certifications

NETA has two certifications, Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. I’m going to concentrate on the Personal Trainer certification, but check out the website if you are interested in the Group Exercise Instructor certification as well. (It’s very similar to the Personal Trainer Certification)

The Personal Trainer Certification goes after my most valued aspect of training, actually practical hands-on experience in their training! Although you do NOT have to take any workshops or buy any materials to take the exam (unlike places like NASM), I believe it’s a required part of your education.

The exam materials are pretty cheap. My weak addition tallies all the books up to be a total of $80.

Reputation / Popularity

NETA is new on the scene and is not as recognized as the longer term players (ACE, ACSM, NASM, NCSF, NSCA). It’s going to take some time for people to know what NETA is, especially since it changed its name from NDEITA not too long ago. It also gets a bit confused with NESTA…needless to say, the Acronym Soup is getting mixed up quite a bit!

Eligibility

In order to sit for the NETA exam, you must be 18 years of age, have a current CPR certificate, and that’s it!!!

Exam

The exam is administered all over the country at various testing centers, called “Comira”, which is great news! As I mentioned, there is no pre-requirements other than what’s stated above to sit for the exam. You don’t need to purchase or attend any NETA courses to sit for the exam.

Although I recommend at least getting the books, you can really take advantage of their weekend workshops to really learn your material well.

Workshops

NETA offers a Personal Trainer Certification Workshop for a quite reasonable cost ($349 if you register 30 days before) and is available all over the country on the weekends.

It runs Saturday to Sunday and is equivalent to 14 CEC’s (for those of you who need a massive amount of CEC’s quickly for recertification!)

They also recommend that you purchase the $80 in reading material and study it before you attend.

Costs

So far, they’re not too bad in the cost department. Here’s the breakdown:

Workshop – $349 (early registration) to $389 (walk up)

Exam Alone – $249

Books Recommended – $80

Home Study Review – $39

These all seem quite reasonable to me, especially since the workshop should be local to your area, or at worst, a one night hotel stay.

Validity

NETA’s Personal Trainer Certification is valid for two years once you pass the exam.

CEC’s

The CEC requirement is for 20 hours of Continuing Education before you can renew your Certification. (Cost for Renewal – $45)

NETA accepts almost all the other NCCA CEC credits too. So you could take a CEC class for ACE (and still use it to recertify with ACE) and get credit with NETA too. Pretty slick, huh?

NETA does require that 6 of your CEC’s come directly from NETA, but that’s less than 40% of the requirement.

Check their website to verify that your CEC’s at other organizations will count, but their policy seems quite liberal. They aren’t trying to milk every single dollar from their members like a few of the other certification organizations.

Renewal

Renewal isn’t too difficult, you include any photocopies of your CEC classes(those that aren’t from NETA), the $45 fee, and the recertification paperwork postmarked by the expiration date.

If the letter is postmarked later than the expiration date, various fees are added based on how late the letter is received. After 180 days, you can’t renew and must recertify.

Summary

NETA is a new player on the NCCA block, which instantly gives it a lot of credibility that it didn’t have just a few years ago. They appear to really be working hard on expanding their client base with honest pricing, fantastic learning opportunities, and other amenities.

Although walking into a gym and saying you’re NETA …

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Square one. Stop thinking about diet, diets, dieting, on a diet, fad diet, latest diet, celebrity diet, diet pills, diet plans, diet programs… ad nauseum… literally!

A diet is simply what you eat! Your diet can consist of chocolate donuts or alfalfa sprouts, but most “Diets”, with a capital “D” will not set you free. Instead, they lock you in a cage. Eat anything other than what they prescribe, and you are a failure… at least, so reads their literature.

Of course, what we eat and when we eat it can play a big part in weight loss or weight gain. Even where we eat can be a factor. Ever eat too much at Grandma’s on Thanksgiving? I have. How about that cocktail party when you went wandering over to the snack trays, and drank one more drink because someone offered it to you? Okay, for me it would be sitting at the bar ordering one more beer (light, of course) because the game’s not over yet. Oh yeah, pass the chips.

FORGET THE WORD “DIET”

Let’s just eat healthy and live healthy, OK, Sister Mary Fides, healthily. I know. It’s an adverb.

HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON WEIGHT LOSS.

If you take in more calories than you use, you gain weight. If you burn more calories than you take in, you lose weight. Proven scientific fact. No ifs, ands, or buts. Although we are all different and our bodies shuffle quantities of calories and file them a little bit differently from our neighbors’ bodies, we can all contribute to weight loss by taking in fewer calories or by burning more calories… or both.

You’ve already figured out that using both techniques simultaneously will be more effective than trying to accomplish successful weight loss with only one.

I’m going to assume that the reason you want to lose weight is to improve your quality of life. You are concerned about your health. Being over fat can contribute to major and minor health problems. Yes, you honestly believe it would be great to lose weight, but you don’t want to be miserable, and neither do the people around you.

By the way, I said over fat, rather than overweight, because healthy people can weigh more than what the charts and tables say they should weigh. Weight per se is not the problem. It’s the fat that cripples and kills people, so I was just making a point. According to the charts, when he was in the best physical condition of his life, Arnold Schwarzenegger was “overweight”, but I doubt he was “overfat”.

WELL, YOU CAN CUT CALORIES BY DIETING. RIGHT?

First, if not at the beginning, then somewhere in the diet, you will begin to feel deprived, depressed, and desirous of dessert. (Neat trick with the d’s, eh?) You might even feel like you’re being punished. Can’t eat the things you like. Can only eat asparagus, or bean sprouts, or three from this column and two from that column; except on the third Tuesday when the moon is full. Is it any wonder you and any other living human might quit a diet simply because of this nonsense?

THE REAL REASON DIETS DON’T WORK.

As if discomfort and stress were not enough, there are actually a couple of hidden reasons why diets don’t work. I’m not even going to go into the effects of stress and cortisol on your weight. That’s a book by itself, and is too large a topic to go into here.

IN FACT, DIETING CAN MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT.

Most diets are structured on one principle, cut calories taken in. Most of us burn calories at a given rate based on our age, physical makeup, activity, and heredity. The rate at which we burn calories is called the “metabolic rate”. Our metabolic rate is unique to each of us, and is simply the measure of how fast we burn, or metabolize, calories. As we grow older, the metabolic rate slows down and eating the same number of calories as last year will cause us to gain weight. As we age, we also tend to become less active, and our body gradually changes its metabolic rate based on …

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The road to getting yourself fit and healthy should not be daunted with complicated or difficult routines. It should be an easy road with choices and variations to achieve your desired results. Unlike joining a marathon or being a competitor in sport competition such as bodybuilding, you do not need to over-kill with your exercise fitness workouts. The basic trick here is to continue doing something that can keep your heartbeat going and makes you sweat.

Most importantly, you need to enjoy the fitness routine and workout no matter how tiring they are. This is because once you start to hate it, the more the chances of you having a burnout and giving up halfway. And we don’t want that to happen because everyone should get themselves in shape. The best thing is, because of the variety of fitness workouts available, that you can be assured that you will able to find something you will genuinely enjoy doing. We are now going to explore some of the different types of workouts that are available for you to choose from.

Bike Riding

Majority of adults nowadays stopped riding bicycles since they were young. What they do not realize is that biking is actually a very good form of workout. Furthermore, when you are riding you can feel the freedom as you breeze through the wind that is blowing through the hair. Your whole body is having a great workout as your legs are pumping and your heart is beating strongly as well. You can begin by purchasing an exercise bike or sign up for a fitness program in a nearby gym. It is definitely a fun way to work out whether you are doing it solo or in groups.

Team Sports

There are many different kinds of sports available for you to join. Some of them include playing soccer, basketball and even softball. You may want to start looking for the local amateur sports associate or league and see whether you can sign up as a member or not.

It is fun and a great form of exercise and you may even make new friends. With the same interests and goals in mind, you will find yourself having a good time as you get into shape. Each sport allows you to develop different skills as you play more, some skills are even those you never thought you would ever have.

Walking

A simple and yet effective daily workout you can try is to walk. Walking can be a good fitness workout and a great alternative for people who felt that the above activities seemed too much for them to handle.

You can start by walking around the block or garden a few times each day after dinner, or even alight one bus stop away from your house and walk home. Soon your metabolism will increase and you will find yourself trying one of the above mentioned exercise fitness workouts.

The important thing is that whatever you try, you have to do it regularly and be consistent about it. Devote about thirty minutes or one hour per session for several times each week in order to attain better results. Whether you are simply trying to lose that few extra pounds, looking to build up your stamina or even if you are simply looking for ways to let off stresses, you will see results if you put your heart into it and stick with your exercise fitness workout.

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Source by Roy Forchet

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There’s one thing I can’t stand about the fitness industry:

It’s full of bitches. (Ironically, I’m now going off on a bitch – ha! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!)

Anyway, there’s a ton of different forms of exercise you can do. Literally tons.

First off, you’ve got weight training in the gym. Then that can be broken down further into many “mini-categories”. For example, you’ve got bodybuilding style training, you’ve got Olympic lifting (no prizes for guessing that’s the thing they do in the… *drumroll*… Olympics!). You’ve also got powerlifting, too, as well as strong-man type training. Oh, and how could I forget CrossFit, too?!

And if you want to go even more in-depth, you can break these 4 categories down even further.

Anyway, we’ll move on from weight lifting. Let’s look at some other types of exercise…

So you’ve also got cardio training, which, just like weight training, can obviously be broken down further. You’ve got running, cycling, rowing, circuit training. Literally too many options for me to even think about, let alone actually write down.

Then you’ve got playing a sport.

And there’s also things like yoga and pilates.

So the point is this: There’s literally a TON of ways you can exercise.

But the one thing I hate about the fitness industry, is that so many people talk down upon on every other form of exercise that isn’t their own. They say it’s “wrong”. They say their way is the best way by a mile.

Do you know what I say to these people?

Shut up!.

Blunt? Yes.

But do they deserve it? Again, yep. Look, the Western world has got overweight. It doesn’t need me to tell you that. So surely we should be encouraging everyone to do any form of exercise, no matter what it is?

But to some people, seeing people exercise in a way that’s different to their own actually annoys them! Pathetic isn’t it. I mean, the amount of people who train in the gym bodybuilding style who look down on crossfitters is unbelievable.

See, I’ve never done CrossFit in my life. Is it perfect? No. There’s a much higher risk of injury (especially for beginners) as opposed to most other forms of training.

But, having said that, does it look fun? Yep!

Does it get people breathing hard and sweating? Yep!

And does it get people great fitness results, whilst helping tone them up? Again, absolutely!

So why so many people speak crap about it is beyond me.

Anyway, to wrap this up, I want to say this:

Do a form of exercise you ENJOY.

That’s literally it, my friend.

Don’t let Bob down the gym, Steve next door, or even me tell you what form of exercise you should be doing.

Just do something you’re gonna stick to.

‘Course, if you want to be a bodybuilder, then you’re gonna have to get in the gym and start lifting weights. Going out for long-distance runs ain’t gonna get you there!

But if you just want to tone up, lose weight, and get fitter so you’ve got more energy and you look and feel better, then just do something you enjoy.

Simple.

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Source by Tom Andrews

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What three motivational words can you say to yourself that will put your exercise program in overdrive and make your fitness dreams come true?

"I Want To!"

Too often we approach our fitness routines with the thought "I have to," and it produces a counterproductive attitude toward our fitness program. Say both phrases out loud (if you're in a public place you can wait till you get home … or not) and pay attention to how it feels within your body. "I have to" produces dread and a "heavy" feeling. "I want to " produces an extra pep in your step and a joy associated with whatever you want to do.

How I used this phrase to help me.

I'll be honest, getting myself to work out is not difficult at all. I just set a plan, follow it, and adapt along the way. It's one of the reasons I became a personal trainer; it has pretty much come easy to me. But there are goals I have had that have really challenged me mentally and emotionally. In fact I am going through one right now.

Back in February I threw caution to the wind and hired a French teacher to, well, teach me French. I knew French back when I was a wee tike but lost it when we moved to the States. And ever since I could remember I have wanted to relearn it. So I started doing my research, looking for a teacher, and I found Sabine. Born in France, she has a PhD in French studies and is a teacher … DING DING DING! I stalked her down and got her to meet with me, and after a nice chat I knew it would work. So even though I was still trying to build my business, take care of a baby, and learn a new city, I committed. I told her I would be with her for at least a year, and we got started.

(PS There are a lot of really good teaching points in this last paragraph about achieving your goals. You might want to go back and reread it.)

This French teacher is kicking my butt!

I was so gung ho those first couple of classes, and I was feeling really excited about finally being able to speak French. And then I got hit smack in the face with reality. I remember it really clearly, that feeling of being overwhelmed and all the negative thoughts flooding into my head. "There is no way I can learn all this." "You'll never get this." Etc., etc. I continued because I do not like to quit, but I was trying to power through these thoughts and feelings. I "had to" do this! Push Push Push!

Then the thought came to me, "I want to do this," and I felt the calmness that came with it. Done. I don't question things when they are this clear. So I started to approach learning French in this manner, and it has helped me tremendously. Do I still get frustrated and impatient? You bet I do! But I don't let it become me. Because I "want to" I can now relax, have fun, and consequently learn more efficiently.

What's running in your head?

Do you "have to" go work out? Or do you "want to"? If you "have to," you are fighting yourself and it will make accomplishing your goals exponentially harder. If you "want to," you are enjoying the process and it will allow you to get to where you want to go quicker. So add a little " want to " in your life.

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We are really out of shape! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of every three Americans are overweight and one-third is clinically obese. Regular exercise would greatly improve the situation, but according to the American College of Sports Medicine, less than half of all Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. This is compounded by the fact that more than 50% of the people who begin an exercise program abandon it within the first six months. This happens for five primary reasons: injury, a lack of time, boredom, a lack of support and a lack of motivation. The good news is there are specific steps we can take to address each of these problems.

1. Injury. Injuries are the single biggest reason people abandon their exercise programs. An injury can include significant damage to muscle tissue such as a sprain, or the minor muscle damage that causes soreness. Either situation can diminish your motivation to exercise. The most effective way to deal with injuries is to avoid them. You can do this by warming up before exercise, by starting with a simple exercise regimen and expanding it over time, by learning the proper form for every exercise, and by engaging in a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.

2. A Lack of Time. The number one excuse for not exercising is, you guessed it, a lack of time. No one ever thinks they have enough time to work out but the truth is, you only need to spend about 30 minutes, 5-6 days-a-week to get significant health benefits from exercise. In addition, you don’t need a formal exercise regimen. Instead, try to make increased physical activity a part of your daily life. You can do this by cycling to work or school, by engaging in physical activities with your children (e.g., throwing a Frisbee), by participating in sports activities you enjoy (but be careful, this is how injuries often occur), by walking on a daily basis, or by doing household activities (e.g., mowing the lawn, shoveling snow).

3. Boredom. Another reason people stop exercising is because they get bored. Therefore, it is important to have variety in your physical activities. Try to do different exercises day-to-day or week-to-week. Select activities you enjoy, not those someone else says you should do. Remember, there is no best exercise. Anything that gets you moving will enhance your fitness and overall health.

4. A Lack of Support. It is difficult to engage in a successful, long-term exercise program without the psychological support of your family, friends and even co-workers. Develop this support by exercising with others. This is especially powerful early in your exercise regimen. It is much harder to skip a workout if you have one or two friends exercising with you.

5. A Lack of Motivation. Each of the aforementioned factors can have a negative impact on your motivation to exercise. However, at the end of the day, you must define your reasons for exercising. Are you trying to get into shape for an athletic event? Perhaps you want to look better for an upcoming social engagement. Maybe you want to reduce your risk for disease. Whatever your reasons are, clarify them in your mind and always keep them in front of you. One way to do this is to write down your reasons for exercising and post them in highly visible areas. This will give you a constant reminder of why you are exercising and can motivate you to continue through difficult periods when your enthusiasm is low.

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