Rest Days

Rest days

Rest days should be a part of your workout regimen.  It’s essential to take rest days regularly. Without them, you run the risk of burnout as well as injury.  Sure, it’s always fun to count steps, miles, strokes, and reps.  But you also need a break.  Don’t look at it as slacking off, but as part of your training.  When to take a rest day varies. Some people schedule their rest days.  Others take them on an “as needed” basis.  I find it easier to schedule my rest days in my calendar.  

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Cheat Meals

cheat meals

Cheat meals are a frequent topic of discussion when it comes a fitness routine.  If enjoyed properly, cheat meals will not hinder your progress.  Actually, when it comes to progress, cheat meals are essential.  Keep in mind, I’m not talking about a streak where you’re eating nothing but junk.  I’m talking about the occasional cheat meal.  Depending on your goals and progress, you may be able to even get away with a cheat day.  But it’s important to keep the cheating in check. 

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Monday Motivation

Motivation

Motivation can be difficult on Mondays this time of year. It’s cold and your resolutions or goals may have fallen by the wayside by now.  The cold weather is enough to keep me indoors all winter long, not just on a random Monday.  We were in Missouri last week.  So I could go on and on with reasons to not workout on a cold Monday.  Reason # 456,432 we moved to Florida.  But we’ll save my gratitude for Florida for an upcoming edition of Thankful Thursday.  The cold weather outside ALMOST kept me in bed.  I needed extra motivation. So I went to the Internet for help!  Here are some reasons to get out and work out.  You may need them at some point.

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Hydration is Necessary!

We always hear about hydration and water intake.  How much? How often?  Should we wait till thirsty?  These are just a few of the questions that come when hydration is a topic of conversation. Summer is usually the time where worry more about our water intake.  However, proper hydration is necessary year-round. The hot weather makes staying properly hydrated a major area of concern.  But this is not the best plan of attack to keep your body at its peak. We need to keep hydrated every day, regardless of the weather.  The cooler temps during the winter make is easy to forget to stay hydrated.  Even though you’re not sweating buckets, it’s still possible to get dehydrated.

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Can Fear be a Motivator?

Fear

Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us by telling us to STOP what we’re about to do.  Our first reaction is to run away to save ourselves from the perceived threat.  However, it’s important to evaluate why we’re feeling afraid.  There are many situations that make our brain react as though there’s a threat.  Pretty much any new situation will cause your body discomfort.  If you’re about to jump off a cliff, you may want to decide against doing it.  In this case, it’s best to just walk back down.  Chances are, there’s nothing good at the bottom of that cliff.  But if you’re afraid of running that 5K, do it!  The chances of major injury are slim with this choice.  If you’re feeling afraid, it’s important figure out the pros and cons.  This is where risk vs. reward comes in to determine if it’s worth it.  

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Why Drink Shakeology

Shakeology

Shakeology is one of the more popular shakes on the market.  It’s no secret that I’ve been a Team Beachbody coach for a few years.  The accountability that being a coach offers is amazing.  Not to mention the products work.  But, of course, you need to use them properly.  Shakeology can have all the benefits in the world.  But if you’re still having that McDouble Triple Burger every night, you might as well not waste your money.  It’s like that with any weight loss plan, diet, or workout routine, if you’re not covering all your bases, you won’t see lasting results.

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Never Miss a Monday

Never Miss a Monday

It’s important to never miss a Monday during your fitness journey.  Sure, rest days are encouraged and necessary.  But Monday should not be the day you miss.  Mondays have a reputation for being a crappy day.  So this makes more acceptable to relax after a ‘case of the Mondays‘.  Or if you spent the entire weekend couch surfing, what’s one more day?  For those who enjoy resolutions and clean slates, Mondays offer a new start.  Although it’s important to keep in mind, you can start any time.  But, let’s talk Mondays for now.

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Clean Living Series: Deodorants

deodorants

Welcome to Week Two of our Clean Living Series.  We’re talking deodorants.  While at the personal care aisle, you’ll see a seemingly endless choice of deodorants and antiperspirants.  When overhauling your personal care products, it’s important to look at labels, just like with your diet.  In the last few years, there has been an increase in natural, organic, and non-toxic products.  This is because a lot of the ingredients found in the conventional products we use daily contain harmful chemicals.

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Little Things

little things

Little things have a huge impact when lot when it comes to gratitude.  We easily express gratitude for the bigger, obvious things (the perfect house, luxury car, boat, etc.) when it comes to talking about things to be grateful for.  All too often, we forget to acknowledge and appreciate the little things in life.  Because they seem small, it’s easy to let these slip by in our daily hustle and bustle.  But no matter how mundane something might seem, it’s important realize that it is important and plays a significant role in our lives.  Without the small things, life would be more difficult, if not, near impossible.

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Gym Bag Essentials

gym bag

What you keep in your gym bag can help you succeed in your fitness journey.  The “perfect” gym bag is stocked with your gym essentials, but small enough to fit in the gym locker.  You also want to pack light.  Dragging a 50lb bag on your commute is no fun!  Depending on your gym, they may have some items available for purchase for you.  But who wants to pay top-dollar for a pair of socks.  Plus, your gym may not carry your favorite deodorant.

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