I'm a mom to a rampaging toddler, a personal trainer, awesome wife, the author of the fitness blog Fine Fit Day, and an ex-pat Aussie living in Brooklyn. I love running, lifting weights, yoga, spin class, dancing with my son -- basically anything active. Keeping mamas (and mamas-to-be) fit and healthy is my favorite part of my job. And I practice what I preach - I'm currently training for my second marathon! Training will be easy with my personal training, working out, blogging, and being a mom ... right?? (gulp)
My goal is to say water. Realistically, it's coffee.
I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here in the Northeast, we have been slammed with a brutal winter -- and it doesn’t seem likely to end anytime soon! I am not a natural treadmill runner. In fact, for much of January, I moaned, complained, and dreaded my training runs indoors.
But now, after more miles logged inside this year than in probably the last five years combined, I’m happy to report the treadmill and I have come to a truce. If you’re still struggling with getting your miles done on the mill, try these 5 boredom-busting treadmill tips!
Does this sound like you when you’re talking about your fitness? "I’m so out of shape." "I’m fat." "I could never do that." "I’m so slow/weak/unfit."
I’d guess you don’t realize how often you’re saying these kinds of negative things about yourself. Whether you’re just listening to an internal critic or voicing your criticism aloud, it’s a huge detriment to your confidence and hinders your work out progress. Negative self-talk can become self-fulfilling prophecy -- if you tell yourself you're likely to fail, you probably will. With a positive attitude, you're less likely to give up on a workoutand you're more likely to give it your all.
If you want to get more out of hitting the gym, it's time to kill the negative self-talk. Don't know how? Here are 8 ways to kick negativity out of the way so it doesn't kill your workout.
The days of plain old water being the beverage of choice at the gym are long gone. Now, some gyms even boast their own smoothie or juice bar. We’re inundated with so many choices -- pre-workout drinks; post-workout ‘recovery’ drinks; drinks for energy; drinks for mid-workout fueling; drinks for immortal life. Okay, that last one I maybe made up, but there are definitely a lot of claims being made for beverages marketed at regular exercisers.
So what’s your best bet for optimal performance and results? Read on for some old wisdom versus new choices when it comes to drinking up while working out:
Do you ever see that woman who walks into a room and commands attention because of her confidence? Just by looking at her, you find it difficult to imagine she is ever nervous or unsure of herself. Confidence is such an important facet of success -- it’s not that you’re always sure you’ll succeed, but that you will have no problem handling the outcome if you fail.
As a personal trainer, I’ve seen firsthand the importance of confidence when it comes to achieving results from working out. The gym or any kind of new fitness endeavour can be terribly nerve-wracking for many people, and the catch-22 is that having confidence can help you succeed at your fitness goals. So, I asked a few of my confident female friends for their best advice on how they manage to be such confident women. Here’s their advice to use in life AND in the gym:
For all nine months of your pregnancy, there’s no shortage of information on every aspect of being a mama-to-be. From symptoms, cravings, and gender prediction, to prenatal exercise, and birthing classes -- whatever you can think of, you can research and learn about.
But what about after you have your baby? Don’t forget that while you’re getting used to your new role as a mom, you still need to take care of yourself! Here are a few tips for getting back into working out after having baby.