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Getting Fit in 2014, Part 2

Part 1 of the plan to get fit in the new year was all about making a gradual adjustment toward eating healthy foods. It’s just one step at a time, eliminating the foods that you know are not doing you any favors.  This next part is about moving your body to the point of sweat. Yes, that is just another way to say “exercise”.

Remember back in school when you had to do P.E. class and you hated it? I remember that too. I was a math nerd, before nerd was even a word, and I hated gym class. Hated the uniforms, hated the calisthenics, hated being chosen last for a team to play whatever game we were about to play. Even in grade school there were kids who could play any sport with ease, and then there were those of us who were lousy at all of them.

Grade school was a long time ago for me, and probably for you too. We have learned since then that there are things we are good at, and hopefully we have learned to value those things about ourselves. I learned to put my math brain to work and built a nice career for myself. I learned to use my caring, coping, and problem-solving skills. But I was still not good at playing sports, and so for awhile I avoided exercise.

Now, here is the magic:  It does not matter that you can’t hit a softball with a bat, can’t make a basket even from 2 feet away, or can’t properly kick a soccer ball. You can still get fit without doing any of those things. You don’t have to go to a gym, either.

There are some awesome workouts from Beachbody now that are only 30 minutes long. Anyone can squeeze in a 30-minute workout, especially one that does not require driving to a gym! Click HERE to get a preview of P90X3 workouts!

Thirty minutes a day. Lots of modifications, so even if you think you can’t do a move, there is an easier way being modeled just for you. Yes, you can get fit – at home – with no gym membership – with no driving – in the sweats or shorts that you are most comfortable wearing. Just you and a DVD player. You CAN do it, the only questions is: Will you do it?

I am starting P90X3 myself on January 20th. Join me! You have a couple of weeks to get the program ordered so you will have it in time – Here’s the link to order the Base P90X3 Kit.. Let me know that you are IN and I will add you to my private Facebook page so we can all encourage each other. I’m looking forward to working out with you!

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Getting Fit in 2014, Part 1

So, let’s say you have decided to get yourself fit in 2014. You are drawing a line in the sand. At midnight, as December 31st rolls into January 1st, you are giving up the sweets, the beer, the fried food. You are going to finally start to exercise. This is your year, and you are worth it.

How will you achieve this thing called fitness? Will you count calories, or count carbs, maybe go Paleo? Will you start doing pushups and crunches, squats and lunges, and jumping jacks? Have you considered this:

“There is no diet that will do what eating healthy does.
Skip the diet. Just eat healthy”

My local produce market just posted that on their Facebook page. Skip the diet. Just start making simple changes to a more healthy way of eating. Replace French fries with a salad. Change out the bacon cheeseburger in favor of grilled chicken and broccoli. As you eat better food, you’ll find you eat less because your body is finally getting what it needs.

January 1st is not quite here yet. You have a couple of days to get ready. Browse through your local produce market. What looks good to you? Sweet potatoes, baked and sprinkled with a little cinnamon, are delicious. Bell peppers and onions are good grilled or sauteed with chicken for simple fajitas, served with salsa on corn tortillas. Oranges, apples, and bananas are popular, easy to take along in the car or to the office, and a better choice than donuts or Danish.

Making healthier choices is an evolution. You don’t have to jump straight to kale and hummus. Make the small changes and gradually try new foods as you go along. It may take a little longer to reach your goal than Plan B – drinking Slim-Fast three times a day – but making the healthier choices will keep you lean for life. The Slim-Fast plan will have you dumping your New Year’s resolution long before we even get to February. Choose healthy!

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Tony Horton, Bringing It Again With P90X3

Once upon a time, I was lean and active. You could even say I was athletic, although I have no discernible physical talents.  The point is, I was strong and healthy, firing on all cylinders, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, clear-headed and sharp.

Then, maybe 10 years ago or so, all that nice clarity and brightness started to slide.  I ate chocolate-chip cookies for breakfast, nachos for lunch, and pizza at dinnertime.  I didn’t work out, and for some reason I was gaining weight. I didn’t eat all of that stuff every day, of course, but there was enough “low-nutrition” food in my life to cause problems. I was sluggish, didn’t sleep well, had headaches, and started feeling depressed.

Then I heard about workout programs that you could do at home, with  no gym  membership and little equipment. The name of the company that produced these programs was Beachbody.

The first Beachbody program that I bought was Power 90 Master Series (P90MS). At the time, I thought “Master” meant it was intended for older people, like those of us past 40. No, it turned out that it was for graduates of the original Power 90 who wanted more of a challenge. The P90MS workouts are tough!

I still have those P90MS DVD’s in my collection of Beachbody workout programs. My nephew started using them during the summer. So far he has lost more than 30 pounds and has graduated to the Extreme version called P90X.

The newest member of the Power 90 family is P90X3, released two days ago. The workouts are 30 minutes long rather than 60 or even 90 minutes like some of the P90X sessions. The shorter time makes it accessible even to those with hectic schedules. Most of us can’t drive to the gym and back in less than 30 minutes – so why spend the time behind the wheel when you could be finishing your workout instead?

Not to worry, you don’t have to have mastered P90X before tackling the P90x3 program. In fact, it’s the other way around. Once you have conquered P90X3, your next step forward would be P90X or P90X2.

I just ordered my copy of P90X3. Shipping is free right now, and if you order through a Coach (like me!) you also get a free bonus workout DVD called “On One Leg” and a free P90X3 hat ($24.95 value)! You also get free coaching when you sign up with a Coach so let’s get you started!

Click here to read the US News & World Report interview with Tony Horton about P90X3

Click here to order P90X3 – and have me as your Coach!

Click here to sign up for a free TeamBeachbody membership, with me as your Coach.  That will give you access to contact me for more information.



 

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Black Friday Sale Without the Store

Yes, Beachbody is selling some awesome workout videos and gear at big discounts in honor of the Black Friday tradition.  Since the sale is on-line, there won’t need to be anyone reporting to work on a holiday when they can be home with their families.

Are you ready to move your fitness forward? Check out the sale!

The deals won’t last, and even if they did the sale ends on December 2nd – so if you are interested, don’t wait too long!

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Day 20 – Simple Ways to Start Adding Exercise to Your Day

This post – in fact, this entire blog – is not meant to exclude anyone, regardless of current level of fitness.  As I see it, each of us is on our own journey.  Most of us do not have personal trainers, much less personal chefs.  We have other obligations that may prevent us from spending two or three hours each day working out and another couple of hours in the kitchen preparing all our meals from scratch with organic veggies we have grown ourselves.

Here’s the good news:  You can start moving toward better fitness, better health, with very little time.  Start with just a few minutes a day.  You won’t get ripped in a week by spending 10 minutes a day, of course – but you can start making a difference.  Here are a few ideas that you can do in 2 minutes each, or less:

  • Push-ups – yes, the grand-daddy of them all.  Do them in your PJ’s before you even start your day.  Do them on your knees if you can’t do them on your toes.  Do what you can do at the beginning.  You will get stronger over time.  I have worked up to doing 8 on my toes, and am immensely proud to have come so far!
  • Leg lifts.  Another one to do in your jammies, even before you get out of the bed (although you will have to kick off the blankets).  Lie on your back with one knee up and your foot flat on the bed or floor (this will help protect your lower back from any strain).  Slowly raise your straight leg as far as you can.  Try to raise each leg 5 times.
  • Lunges.  Take a huge step forward, and bring your back knee down close to the floor.  Come back up to standing, then take a huge step with the other foot.  Start with 8 or 10 (4 or 5 on each leg).  Make sure your knee stays over your ankle and doesn’t jet out in front; not usually a problem if you take a really big step forward each time.
  • Jumping jacks.  I’m with you – I can’t jump either.  Lots of us don’t jump, and for a variety of reasons.  Just do “jacks”, without jumping.  You know the arm movement already.  When your arms go up, tap one foot out to the side.  Arms come down, tap the other foot out to the side.  Or, when your arms go up, raise one knee – and when your arms come back down, raise the other knee.  Try for 20 jacks.
  • This last one will take more time, but it is just as simple:  Walk.  My own fitness journey started with a walk around the block.  The next night after work I did it again, and again the night after that.  My block was about a mile and a quarter, and fairly hilly.  It took me a half hour or so, and I was huffing and puffing that first time.  I got stronger, and so will you if you do it consistently.

Like so many things in life, the most important step you take is the first one. Decide that this is your time to take charge of your health, and then start. Start with baby steps, and don’t beat yourself up when you feel like you can’t do enough.  You can start now, you can be stronger next week, you can notice a difference in how your clothes fit next month, and you can reach your goals.  But you have to start!

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Day 8 – Try a Free Beachbody Workout with Tony Horton

Welcome to the weekend! Can you find a spare half-hour today to try a new workout? Yes, it is free; no, no copyrights are being infringed. It is just over 30 minutes long, and it is intense! Tony Horton, the P90X guy, gathered up a group of Beachbody employees in a gym and they turned on the cameras.

You won’t need any weights or equipment, just a towel and a bottle of water. Try it out – just “do your best, and forget the rest”, to quote Mr. Horton!  Are you ready to bring it?

 

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>Start where you ARE

>Starting at the beginning:  This blog is about getting fit, staying fit, enjoying a long and healthy life – and starting from where you are today.  Right now.  This very minute.  After all, how could you possibly start from anywhere else??

Are you as healthy, fit and energetic as you want to be?  For most of us the answer is no, no, and NO!  Get ready.  That can all change if you decide you want more AND if you are willing to take action on that decision.

Here’s my story, going back just a few years.  At age 50 or so, my daughter signed me up to run Bay to Breakers with her.  This was on Mother’s Day – one week before the 7.5 mile run.  Uh oh.  How many women of 50 or so can just go out and RUN 7 1/2 miles?  Well, I was not one of them : ) 

After Bay to Breakers (which we walked due to my lack of fitness), said daughter told me she had always thought of me as active and fit.  And, she continued, I’d better get busy and get back in shape! . . . and by the way, I was getting fat and should do something about that too.

Ouch.  So what did I do?  I started walking around the block a few nights a week.  Then I started running a little bit, maybe 100 yards here and there during my walks.  Then I joined a gym.  The next year we really did RUN Bay to Breakers together – my Mother’s Day gift to my daughter this time.  And, on the way home, we (including three 20-something friends of Kristi’s) made plans to run a half-marathon later in the year.

I was scared to death!!!  RUN 13.1 miles??  Me?  I tried to play the age card – after all, the others in the group were more than 20 years younger.  No go.  Yikes.  So, I got busy and worked harder at being in shape.  We RAN the San Jose Rock & Roll half-marathon in October 2007.  Wow!!

A year later, I ran my first full marathon, the San Antonio Rock & Roll.  After running my 4th full marathon in San Francisco in July 2010, I started having severe pains in my left foot.  Turns out, I have a neuroma – an inflamed nerve – that makes it painful to run.

Doctor said, find a new sport.  I said . . . I will find my own ways to stay fit and healthy and to continue the activities I love.  Last weekend I walked the Malibu half-marathon.  Next year, my plan is to run the Detroit Free Press marathon! 

From starting to walk around the block until the first full marathon was about 2 1/2 years.  Along the way I discovered I had a food sensitivity and should not eat anything that contains wheat, rye, barley, or oats.  My diet has evolved and I am healthier for it.  I discovered an incredible company called Beachbody, producers of P90X, Slim in 6, Turbo Jam, and Shakeology – among other fitness products.  More to follow on these things.  And, I found new friends who are on their own fitness journeys.  We support and encourage one another, and also have a good time along the way!

My message to you is, no matter where you are starting from, just start.  There is a huge amount of help available to you.  Talk to me about your story, your challenges, your breakthroughs.  You can find me here, and you can find me on my Beachbody coach web page, http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/gailschal.

Parting thought for today:  Who will you be one year from today?  You can choose to take action and be more than you ever thought possible if you are ready to get started.  Time will continue whether you make a change or not.  What is keeping you from moving toward your goals?  More to follow!

Gail

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