Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fitness Friday

Forming healthy habits is a key step in leading a healthy life.  The best of intentions can be thrown off if you don't prepare for life's little curve balls. 

Fail to plan, plan to fail. 
Starting planning and use some of these tips to keep yourself on track.  The better/more you are prepared, the more successful you will be. 
Speaking about habits, even when we are stressed, we can turn to our positive habits just as much as the negative ones.  If you're used to splurging on food or shopping when your stressed, you'll probably always resort to that, but if you form better habits, then you are just as likely to turn to those positive habits.  This is an interesting article to say the least.  It does show that habits are important either way. 
Lets face it, we're all a little stressed and a little tired on a daily basis.  We could all use a little relaxation every now and then.  Check these 40 ways to relax and take a break to de-stress a little.  Even 5 minutes of relaxation can do wonders for you. 
Lastly, there are always bumps in the road on the path to being in better shape.  However, if you are really struggling, there may be things that you are missing from your arsenal.  Take a look at these 6 things that may be holding you back.  With #1, I would also add not knowing portion sizes. 
Weekend Workout
Sprinting is a great workout!! I love sprinting.  We've started to add it to our Saturday Morning AMP Camps when we are outside and it seems like people sort of enjoy it. 
This weekend, I want you to give it a try. 
Start yourself off with a quality warm-up of skipping, high knees, butt kicks, cariocas, shuffles, bounds, strides, backwards strides, and some sprints at 50-75% effort.  Really concentrate on the warm-up as you want your muscles to be ready for the workout without risking injury. 
If you can get yourself to a track work on running about 100 meters and then walk halfway back for your recovery.  Aim to get about 10 intervals in for a killer workout. 
You could aim to do the same thing on a treadmill, aiming for about 20 seconds of a hard sprint with a 10-20 second recovery.  Try pushing the treadmill while its not on for a really great workout. 

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