10.12.2013

Health Tip Tuesdays

Being motivated to work out can, a lot of the time, stem from the food you eat. Think about it: if you eat a brownie and drink a can of pop, are you going to want to get up and run a mile? Probably not. Now think about this: You eat an apple and drink a bottle of water. You're probably going to want to make healthier life decisions, like going for a run, after the apple and bottle of water.

Now, I'm not saying that we all have to go on some fad diet and be 100% health conscious 24/7. There are so many misconceptions about dieting and weight loss and calorie intake that need to be abolished from our fitness and health mindset. However, I am suggesting that just because you exercise, it does not give you the right to eat anything you want. There are certain vitamins and nutrients that your body needs in order to have a healthy metabolism. By giving your body the right foods, you are increasing the amount of energy you will have during the day. This energy is what you need in order to have the motivation to exercise.

So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. Introducing "Health Tip Tuesdays." On Tuesday every week, it is my aim to find some kind of health tip or suggestion that is helpful in aiding your motivation for exercise. (You can provide your own health tips as well in a comment below!)

This week: Cravings

We all crave something. Mine is consistently chocolate. I crave it all the time. But did you know that our bodies crave certain foods because we are lacking something that that food has in it? Let's take sweets as a general category for an example. If you are craving sweets, that means that you're probably lacking Chromium (helps regulate blood sugar), Phosphorus (helps skeletal development), Sulfur (helps prevent chronic illnesses), or Tryptophan (helps balance nitrogen levels which repair lean muscle tissue). Some healthy alternatives for sweets that contain these essential nutrients are: Broccoli, sweet potatoes, cranberries, grapes, chicken, and eggs.

Want to know which healthful foods can replace your cravings? I found this extremely helpful (originally posted by freeformfitness.ca/blog):
 

10.02.2013

Grab a Friend


There is something to be said about a group of people who get together in an effort to support something they love. These people could be thrusting their hands in the air to protest for a cause, fist-pumping for their favorite band, or praising and worshiping at a large church gathering. Whatever they are doing, they are gathered together because they believe in something. Their hands are raised because they feel some strong emotion that allows them to be motivated to raise their hands in an effort to support something that makes them feel passionate.

If you need motivation for working out, grab a friend. It is so much easier to become motivated if you have at least one person to help you through your workout. Having friends workout with you has so many benefits.  They can push you to do your best and be your accountability partner. You will be less likely to miss a workout if you have a partner to keep you accountable and responsible for your exercise habits.They are excellent motivators.

Don't have a positive and uplifting friend who can make you accountable? Join a workout group or enroll yourself in a class at the gym. Gyms have lot of classes from spinning to Zumba. If you're part of a gym, check out what kinds of groups your gym has to offer.

Just for fun, everyone think of a friend that they can imagine working out with (it could be a friend that you already do exercise with). Now, in a comment below, think of something fun that involves exercise that you and your friend can do together in order to cultivate a healthier lifestyle.

9.19.2013

About this Blog: Motivation

Are you the type person who absolutely hates working out? Like, the thought of jogging causes a visceral reaction coupled with a gut-wrenching pull in the pit of your stomach?

Don't worry, you're not the only one.

Lots of people despise sweat, pain, and the thought of looking "stupid" in front of fitness fanatics at the gym.

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While I can't quite relate to the pure hatred of the activity itself, I can relate to the idea of being extremely unmotivated about hitting the gym and putting in some hard-earned blood, sweat, and tears for the day. 

 On the other hand, I believe exercise should be seen in a positive light. Being active and taking health and fitness classes in high school as well as college have made me realize that exercising as a chore should not be something we do. Instead, exercise should be something that we do that's fun and exhilarating; something we do in our spare time because we want to. Plus, there are so many benefits to exercising that I can't even begin to name them all here.

So, what do I propose for those of us who can't quite get to the "love" stage with our exercise relationship?

Motivation. It's all you really need. Let's find ways to trick our brains into making us love an exhilarating workout.  And after all is said and done, let's get excited about the next time we go to the gym, go for a walk/jog/run around the neighborhood, or pop in that workout tape and rock some '80s aerobics like no one's business.

Why not transform our bodies and have fun doing it? It shouldn't be seen as a chore or a task that you begrudgingly do because you know you should do it.

We are all learning what works for us, personally. So, feel free to comment your own thoughts about why you hate working out. We can work on motivational solutions together.