“You can be fit without being healthy, but you can’t be healthy without being fit. Meaning… you can be in great shape on the outside, but if you don’t eat great and don’t take care of your insides, you aren’t necessarily healthy. History shows us there were plenty of athletes who were in great shape but suddenly died of a heart attack. Balance is key.” ~ Jesse Itzler, Living With A SEAL
The idea of one percent gains has allowed me to level up my workouts in a HUGE way by giving me a clear path of growth that I could focus on week-to-week after each workout. There is no bigger motivator in life than progress and when I was able to see my numbers go up every week, my excitement and drive uncontrollably spiked! Pay attention, because there is incredible power in this idea when applied properly—Good luck!
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When I was in the early stages of building up the habit of writing down my workouts ahead of time, I came to a particularly rude awakening – one that I had been overlooking in all of my years of working out: My workouts all-in-all and over the long run – were essentially the same.
…They didn’t feel the same. Week-to-week I felt like I was switching it up and making gains.
But the more that I thought about it, the more I realized that every time I did a specific workout or targeted a specific muscle group, I would work to a similar rep count with a similar number of sets and with a similar weight – under the impression that I was progressing.
…I wasn’t. I was working out in essentially the same comfort zone, to the same weight limits, and to the same point of exhaustion. Continue reading
A persons typical thought pattern before working out usually follows the general trend of: Everything not having to do with working out.
Why is that?
In short: Comfort zones.
Working out is the act of pushing your body outside of its comfort zone so that it may adapt to the stresses and become stronger, better, faster, etc. as a result.
Your mind, however, isn’t easily convinced when it comes to getting uncomfortable.
For minutes, sometimes hours, sometimes days, sometimes even weeks before a planned workout, both conscious and subconscious excuses will fill the mind and contribute ultimately to the nag and drag that is, ‘going to the gym.‘ Continue reading
Staying consistent with a lifestyle change or healthy habit over the long run can be very difficult.
How many times have you started a new workout routine that you said you would be 100% committed to no matter what – only to find yourself quitting it a few months later?
…Or jumped on the latest dieting trend and decided you were going to follow it, ‘to the tee‘ so that you could get maximum results?
…Or set a new goal of reading for a half hour every day which never lasted?
Too many to count? Yup, me too. Continue reading
The following is an excerpt from The Rise by Sarah Lewis. It is an inspirational story of Julie Moss’s near win in the 1982 Ironman when she lost complete control of her body and how, out of sheer will and determination, was able to cross the finish line crawling on her knees. It’s a story that will motivate you to push a little harder the next time you go to work out – That’s for sure. Continue reading
“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh, Savor
“When I say I lack the time to exercise, is this really true given that I have time to watch television? Perhaps it is just difficult for me to admit that I may be lazy.” ~ Keshavan Nair, A Higher Standard of Leadership
“I have an addictive personality. Sport is my drug of choice these days. It’s one of the best drugs there is. It keeps you fit and healthy, even if, in the case of ironman, it pushes your body to the limit. The word “addiction” comes with negative connotations, but it doesn’t have to be a damaging impulse. It’s all about channeling your craving into something positive.” ~ Chrissie Wellington, A Life Without Limits
“Feeling better is more important than looking better.” ~ The Daily Zen
“I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.” ~ G.M. Trevelyan
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” ~ Richard Steele, The Tatler