Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time to invest in yourself

Almost any thing you read on the habits of successful people tells you that it is important each day to
take time to enrich yourself.

It could be reading, meditation, strength training, or anything else that helps make your body and mind stronger.

And what time is best to do this?

First thing in the morning.

So if things get busy for you at 6am, then you need to be investing in your own well-being at 5am.

Yes, that's early, but you have to make getting to bed earlier a priority.

It's need to be in the top three on your priority list or it will not continue for the long-term. 

And long-term investment in your health and well-being is the only way you will see long-term benefits.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rolling out the kinks

I thought I was going to do sprints today, but my legs are sore from yesterday (and possibly from Sunday's hill workout as well).

Rather than push it and have a lacklustre workout, I just spent 10 minutes rolling out.

An extra day of rest will mean tomorrow's workout will be that much better.

Blame Netflix

No wonder so many people do not get adequate exercise and sleep.

There are more important things to do, like watch television.


Watch: The downside of binge watching

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Women should do exercise #3

I had an interesting conversation with my mother-in-law yesterday about strength training versus circuit training.
Yes, circuit training can increase strength. But heavy lifting, as in the 4-6 repetition range, with multi-joint exercises, is the secret weapon for women who want to lose body fat and improve their figure.
I always recommend the deadlift because it quite easy to teach and is less technical than a barbell squat.
Deadlifts are the all-in-one exercise you should do 1-2 times per week for 4-5 sets each time.

Just make sure to learn how to do them properly.
The photo is my workout from today. Another quick basic strength workout.
Tomorrow is another day of sprints.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Questionable Snacking

Below is a post I just did for the weekly challenge on the SFL Kanata Facebook page.

Week #6 Challenge: April 22nd-29th:

Your nutrition task this week is to focus on making healthy choices for evening snacks.  Some people do not eat after supper, but others like having a snack in the evening.

Track what you eat in the evening over the next seven days and see if you are always making the healthiest choice.

On the fitness side, continue with walking or running hills like last week.  If you want to up your challenge try sprinting. 

Go to a local soccer field and do 4 to 6 field length sprints. Walk back the length of the field and go again.  It's harder than it sounds.

Have a great week.