Sunday, January 27, 2008
Trainers....We don't want to be treated as though we are just visiting the human race and not actually a part of it. In assessing our physical fitness, it is equally important to assess our mental fitness. All of us want to get the most out of our sessions. We want to be challenged...we need more than just a treadmill for 20 minutes. Balance, coordination, hand and foot exercises, range of motion, perception and stamina are important. Some of us even need to practice going up and down a step ladder, reaching and bending. Weight training and conditioning exercises are critical. Many of us live alone, so encouraging family members or a friend to join in some of the sessions (a support group) would be wonderful. The support creates a "greater dynamic" to the process of wellness. Some trainers may already be aware of this, but may not be utilizing the aforementioned to the fullness.
SENIORS...be open and voice your feelings in your assessment prior to starting the fitness process. You know your body and how you feel better than anyone. Fitness training is not a one day thing...it is a lifetime process. No matter what age you are, you can get better and be a better person. Physical fitness begins in the mind. We need to be challenged! Leave "pity" for another time. Stop feeling sorry for yourself...do something positive for yourself before its too late. People have long admired our generation. Now it is up to us to attain yet on more goal...a FIT generation.
Have a great life everyone! JIMMY O
Sunday, January 20, 2008
WE ARE THREE WEEKS INTO THE NEW YEAR AND IT IS TIME EVALUATE OUR PROGRESS. YES...TIME TO EXAMINE OUR WEEK BY WEEK PROGRESS...OUR REPORT CARD. THE REPORT CARD SHOULD INCLUDE:
- HOW MUCH TIME DID I DEVOTE TO MY FITNESS PROGRAM?
- DID I STAY ON TARGET WITH MY GOALS? YOU DID WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS DIDN'T YOU?
- DID I EXERCISE AT LEAST 3X A WEEK FOR AT LEAST 45 MINUTES EACH?
- AT LEAST 20 MINUTES FOR CARDIO.
- WHAT ABOUT MY DIET?
- DO I HAVE A PARTNER TO TRAIN WITH?
- AM I ON TARGET WITH MY GOALS? IF NOT, WHY NOT?
REMEMBER THAT FOR MANY, A FITNESS PROGRAM IS CREATING A NEW HABIT...A NEW AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE, WHERE YOU ARE NOW AND WHERE YOU WANT TO BE.
HAVE A GREAT LIFE EVERYONE...JIMMY O
Friday, January 11, 2008
Perhaps the greatest threat to our health is the lack of movement. Webster defines exercise as "an act of putting into use." Lets use that definition as our premise. Getting started...to begin... is the toughest part about exercising...at any level of exercise and fitness. Why? Fear factor, (fear of the unkown) is greater than the motivation. Also, remember, if we are comfortable...we do not move. The road to fitness will always be under construction...our health, is in large part, dependant on our mental fitness. If we think politics is confusing, take a hard look at the world of fitness. Supplements, diet pills, fitness centers, home fitness programs, cardio, pilates, yoga, tai chi, aerobics, anaerobic exercise, running, walking, work and family schedules and so on. Whew! No time...yah thats it. Wrong! When our health is at stake...we make time. Some closing thoughts...for starters...walk, jog, bike, stretching and do some research regarding types of exercise. Talk to others including your physician, find a partner to push you a little. One final thought...exercise for 30 minutes a day 7 days week for 30 days and you will be a winner! FIT, FIRM, HEALTHY, AND ENERGIZED! HAVE A GREAT LIFE EVERYONE! JIMMYO