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The skinny on how and why you store body fat

I looked over a few fitness magazines recently and all of them had two themes in common: weight loss and flat tummies.  I was really interested in what they had to say about flat tummies.  Seemingly, according to a number of ‘zines, you can crunch your way to flat abs.  The models on the cover sure have flat tummies and so can you! Problem is, unless your shape is very similar to theirs, getting abs like theirs is going to be a challenge because most of us have a layer of body fat covering those muscles. So, let’s talk about body fat; what is it, and what can we do about it? Your body is made up of...

The skinny on how and why you store body fat
posted on: Feb 22, 2013

Putting the time into SMART goals for a new year

A new year is here!  With January comes new resolve to achieve something or other.  Resolutions come and go, most often never thought of again after New Year’s Day.  As we conclude looking at SMART goals, let’s look at what makes a goal timely.  Hint: timeliness doesn’t have much to do with New Year’s Day! Part of what makes a goal timely is that the goal is set at the right time in your life; it will fit into other parts of your busy schedule.  If you sit down and come up with the specific, measurable, and realistic elements of your plan, but can’t seem to find time to work on the goal, then it really wasn’t achievable...

Putting the time into SMART goals for a new year
posted on: Jan 18, 2013

Remain realistic with your plan to lose weight

One of my favorite movies (a guilty pleasure really) is Christmas Vacation.  The story of Clark Griswold and his disastrous attempt to provide the perfect Christmas for his family (all of his family, even his goofy cousin) are hilarious.  Clark’s plans are doomed to fail because the bar is set so high no family can measure up (to paraphrase his long-suffering, good sport wife).  Clark’s vacation plans aren’t realistic by any stretch of the imagination.  Sometimes our plans aren’t realistic either. In planning out your goals we’ve been specific about what we want to accomplish; we’ve laid out goals that are measurable by some standard; and we have taken steps to assure that these goals are achievable by...

posted on: Dec 18, 2012

Establish measurable goals so you can achieve them

Many times we set out to do things that seem unlikely and we succeed in amazing fashion.  Remember the 1960s (some of you may not)?  Russia shot that dog into space and the race was on.  John Kennedy made it a national goal to put a man on the moon, and we did.  At a time in our nation’s history when a lot of things weren’t going right, seeing Neil Armstrong walking on the moon was nothing short of amazing.  Now, what does going to the moon have to do with your fitness goals?  More than you might imagine! We have set our specific and measurable goals; in a way they are tangible- what I plan to do,...

Establish measurable goals so you can achieve them
posted on: Nov 15, 2012

Baby Steps 2: Be practical when measuring results

Imagine yourself going on vacation- maybe to the beach.  You make the reservations, pack your bags, load the car and pull out the driveway.  About five minutes later, the kids start with, “Are we there yet?”  You know how long it will take to reach your destination, but the kids don’t have a clue; they are into immediate results.  Getting to a better level of fitness is kind of like going on a trip when you are five; you think you should be there quickly – after all, you did get that gym membership, new shoes and cute workout gear.  Fitness should follow close behind.  Sadly, many people give up on the process because they failed to map...

posted on: Oct 18, 2012

Take baby steps when formulating an exercise plan

Years ago I decided to run a mile.  I pulled on my running clothes, laced up my shoes and headed out the door.  Made about ¼ mile before I was heaving- couldn’t breathe!  Didn’t try that again for about 10 years.  What I did was set myself up to fail.  For those 10 years when I could have been running, I wasn’t because I bought into failure.  Why did I think I would be able to run a mile when I hadn’t been doing anything?  Years later, I took some small steps and did run that mile! To get the health benefits that exercise brings about, the CDC says that adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity...

Take baby steps when formulating an exercise plan
posted on: Sep 17, 2012

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