Posts Tagged ‘wellbeing’

Are You Getting The “Support” You Need During Your Workout?

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Consider some of the programs that are being done (P90x, Insanity, TurboFire) or maybe just everyday athletics like running, biking, hiking. Have you ever thought about the “support” or lack thereof you are getting from what lies beneath your clothing. Think sport bra, athletic shoes, jock strap??? As a women it is very important to have the right “support”, especially during High Impact activities, which are a majority of what our group concentrates on participating in.

sports braPurchase bras for those activities that specifically are marked for “High Activity” exercise. Depending on your cup size you will either need a Compression bra (A-B cup), Compression/Encapsulation Bra (C-D cup) or a Encapsulation Bra (D-DD cup). The band underneath your chest gives great support so the wider the band the greater the support and having an underwire bra also adds extra support. The shoulder straps should not dig into your shoulder and best to have broader straps for the extra support during High Impact activity. Look for a “wicking” sports bra that will draw the moisture away from your body. Brands like Dri-Fit and CoolMax, which tend to stay away from the cotton material that just absorbs sweat towards your body and traps it in . With wicking material, the bra will dry quicker and you stay cooler. So when it comes to bras think support, support, support and comfort.

nike free shoesShoes are very important and choosing the right pair can minimize knee, hip, back injuries or pain. For High Impact activities where plyometric exercises will be done (P90x, Insanity) or aerobic exercises (TurboFire) it is best to have cross trainers. The benefits of wearing cross trainers during these activities are that these shoes have the side to side support of a tennis shoe, the cushioning heel and flexibility of a running shoe and the extra support under the ball of the foot that is beneficial for most types of aerobic workouts. Of course, if you plan to go out for a run, it would be best to invest in a good running shoe rather than wearing your cross trainers because the support and tread/sole material is specifically engineered different for running just as it is for cross training.

How important is a jock strap during exercise and do you really need it for “support”?  Well, I think in any activity where there is a reasonable risk that the most sensitive organs in a mans body might get injured,  it seems reasonable to be safe and protect your equipment. But some say that the “strap” is passe and so welcome to 2011, the year of the compression shorts. The benefit of the compression short is that is not only keeps everything in place, but also will add support to your buttocks and your upper legs. Best bet and for comfortable fit, without the chaffing, would be the compression shorts.

So remember that if you are working out, especially with High Intensity programs, buy active wear that support your vital parts and will prevent or assist in the prevention of injuries. Have a great workout.

Having the Workout Mindset for a Better You

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

“I can’t do it”.  “I’m too tired”. “It’s too hard”. “I’ll never be able to finish this”. “I’d rather do something else”. “It’s too hot”.  “I’ll never lose this weight”.  “I’ll never have that ‘perfect’ body”.  Do you recognize those quotes?  I’m sure you have said those any many others to yourself before, right?  I’ve done it, we’ve all done it.  It’s all about mindset and we need to have the right mindset if we want to accomplish our goals.   How are you going to be able to lose that weight or get that body you want if you don’t think you can do it?  That’s right, you won’t be able to.  It will never happen.

So, what are you going to do to get yourself in the right mindset?  We all seem to find excuses not to workout.  It’s easy isn’t it?  You get home from work late, you are tired, you have chores, the kids need help with homework or soccer practice, you have to make dinner for the family…there is always something going on and working out comes at the bottom of the list right?  It shouldn’t.  Take those excuses and throw them out the window.  You can find 30 minutes in the day for you, for your health, for your mental well-being.  I know you can.  It will not only help you but it will help your family, your friends, and those people who have to be around you all the time.  Working out will help improve your mood, your focus, increase your energy and in general will make you feel better.  The people around you will be happier just as much as you will.

You have to realize that getting and staying in the right mindset sometimes means you can’t do it alone.  You might have to have a support system or a supportive partner that is there with you along the way.  That is important to me and has helped me a lot along the way.  You may have a partner who works out with you and if so, that is great.  You may have a partner who could support you in other ways like making dinner, helping with the kids or cleaning the house so you can have some free time to workout and do what is important to you.  That is a different kind of support but important nonetheless.  Lastly, we have support systems out there from online communities like Facebook or Beachbody, people doing the same thing you are.  Reach out to those like minded individuals who are enjoying the same thing you are.

What motivates you to workout?  Do you have a particular goal you want to reach?  Do you want to lose that last 10lbs?  Do you want to fit into that pair of size 6 jeans that you haven’t worn since high school?  Do you want to get that six pack or just get big and buff?  What about marathon, are you training for that?  There are so many reasons people start and continue working out, what motivates you?  Once you figure that out maybe you need to write it down, register for that marathon, look at those jeans daily, or grab an old photo of yourself and put it on the fridge.  You need to look at your goals regularly and you’ll want to reach them.

One thing that I believe is important is that you like the workout that you are doing.  If you don’t enjoy your workouts you are not going to stick with them.  When I first started on my mission to lose weight back when I was 220lbs I really like cycling so I started riding my bike.  It was fun for me so I did it everyday.  Not only did I enjoy it but it was a great workout for someone who was in not so great shape.  Some of you may love lifting weights so P90X is a great workout and others may love intense cardio  and sweating so INSANITY is a great workout.  Then there are others that like dance workouts so TurboFire or TurboJam is a great workout.  There is something for everyone but you must enjoy it.

Think about what you are fueling your body with.  If you are eating fast food all day and things that weigh you down you are going to feel sluggish, have no energy and will not be in the mood to workout or do anything productive all day.  You need to make sure you eat foods that give you energy and fuel you properly.  Do not skip breakfast, do not eat a couple large meals a day but instead make sure to eat healthy small meals every three hours that provide all the nutrients you need to get through the day feeling great!  Your body will thank you and you will thank your body.  It is amazing how different you will feel when you eat well and fuel your body properly.

So are you ready?  Are you motivated?  Are you ready to reach your goals?  It’s time for no excuses anymore, get in that right  mindset and create a better you.

 

Why Am I So Bloated?

Monday, July 4th, 2011

“WHY AM I SO BLOATED???”

Here are some things to consider as to why you might be feeling bloated, even though you have been exercising, which does help decrease being bloated.

  • You are not drinking enough water. Water will not make you bloated. It might make you feel full, but it is not the cause of you being bloated. (8 glasses a day). **Stay away from carbonated drinks which will cause bloating.**
  • Eat more fiber. Such as blueberries, strawberries, dried apricots and dried plums, but do it in moderation. If you eat to0 much fiber too quickly, then you will feel more bloated that you originally were. 5 grams of fiber is suggested. Vitafusion Fiber Gummies are really good and you can purchase a decent amount (220 gummies) at Costco for $17.00. They are sugar free.
  • Moderate eating of beans and vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli will minimize bloating and gas.
  • This one might sound strange, but chew with your mouth closed. One huge cause of bloating is swallowing too much air when you eat. Think about how often you chew gum and workout. That is a lot of mouth movement at one time.
  • If you like milk, yogurt or other dairy products, start with a small amount and slowly increase it over time to minimize bloating.
  • Eat more protein. Too little protein in your diet can cause you to be bloated.
  • Salt, salt and more salt. Bad, bad, bad. Even a small amount of excess sodium will cause you to be bloated. Dang Chinese Food.

I hope these suggestions help. If you have decided to drastically change your diet since you have started working out, you might want to evaluate what your putting in your mouth and how much. This sudden change to “get fit” could be that cause of you feeling bloated.

 

Climb Michi’s Ladder

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Michi’s Ladder is not a diet. It’s a simple substitution plan. To lose weight, try swapping the foods you eat for similar foods in tiers 1 and 2. The more you eat in tiers 1 and 2, the more you’ll increase your chances of losing weight.

There are some healthy foods in lower tiers, but they’re either calorie dense or nutrient deficient. To lose weight, you want to maximize the nutrients in every calorie you consume.

Note on frying: Foods should be eaten raw, steamed, grilled, poached, baked, or broiled. Frying automatically drops even the best foods into tier 5.

Click here to download a PDF of Michi’s Ladder.

Ah the day is almost over…time to lie back and relax

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Well, after a very mentally stressful day at work, which actually if you think about it, wears you out more than physically doing anything…I came home and was ready to get my Insanity on. I had to work out the days “oh my gosh I almost wanted to just squeeze my eyes closed really tight, click my heels three times and wish I was in Neverland” activity by sweating it all out. Just 20 minutes of the Insanity: Fast and Furious then I finished just in time to do P90X Cardio X with Jo-Anne. We were busy Downward dogging, upward dogging, Kempo punching, front-side-back kicking, jab-cross-hook-upper cut punching, etc…it was a good way to finish the day and even better way to finish the night by the wonderful chicken boob and Cajun sweet potatoes fries. All courtesy of Jo.


Now that I am comfortably full, not “roll off the dining room chair then onto the couch ah forget it, go to bed full”, but content enough to get ready for tomorrow and look forward to the very long weekend. Woo hoo. I learned that to get through days of stress, if I physically take care of myself and laugh it off to care for my mental well being, then I will be okay. Just remember, “You can’t fix crazy. You can just tip toe around it because the meds aren’t working.”


I have found that if you exhibit a good attitude towards people, situations and not let things bother you…that those around you who are being pissy, will just stop yapping because no one is paying attention to their drama  and they will have no one to talk to but themselves, because that is the only person listening to them anyway.


This blog was not so much about physical awareness per se, but mental well being because without it, you will give up on yourself to do better and will just be and feel blah…


Good night.

Before and Now

Thursday, May 19th, 2011
So I thought we’d take a look back at some before photos and some now photos.  Now don’t be shocked and if you have sensitive eyes, look away as the before photos may scare you.  Yes, I did this to myself.  I ate fast food, didn’t work out and was just plain lazy.  To give myself a bit of a break, I was also on some meds that helped me gain weight but still, I ate horribly.

Something clicked one day and I decided “enough was enough”.  The plan was simple, exercise and eat well. So, there you have it, before photo and a now photo.  Crazy, huh?