Developing a Practical Weight Loss Workout Plan

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Developing an effective workout plan is one of the keys to feeling and looking your best. Regular exercise can elevate your mood, help you maintain your muscle mass and flexibility, assist with weight loss and keep you feeling young, healthy and fit. When developing a weight loss workout plan, there are a few things you should keep in mind. The following tips will help you design a custom workout plan that you can stick with for the long haul so you can reach your weight loss goals.

Be Realistic about Your Current Level of Fitness

When you first decide to get in shape, it is only natural to want to get results as quickly as possible. Many people make the mistake of choosing a workout plan that is too difficult for their current level of fitness. As a result, they are unable to stick with it long term. When developing a weight loss workout plan, you need to be realistic about whether or not it is something you can do at your current level of fitness.

It is best to start out slowly and build up your strength, stamina and endurance over time instead of trying to take on too much right out of the gate. Look for a workout program that is challenging, but not impossible for you to do. As you get in better shape, you can reevaluate your workout plan and take it to the next level whenever appropriate.

Set Achievable Goals

Running a marathon is an admirable goal. However, if you’ve spent the last five years sitting on the couch eating potato chips instead of exercising you may want to break that down into smaller, more achievable goals. For instance, set a goal of being able to run a mile without stopping. Once you achieve that goal, increase the distance to two miles and so on until you reach your ultimate goal. Setting smaller goals can give you a feeling of accomplishment that can help keep you motivated as you work toward your larger goal.

Set Aside a Specific Time for Exercise

Don’t allow your schedule to get in the way of achieving your goals. Instead, set aside a specific time each day where you will exercise. Write it in your daily calendar or set a reminder on your phone to help keep yourself on track. Treat this time the same way you would any other appointment. Only cancel if absolutely necessary, show up on time and stay until the end. After couple of weeks, exercising will become second nature, making it easy to stick with your workout program.

Developing a practical and achievable weight loss workout plan starts by taking into account your current fitness level. By choosing a plan that challenges you, but doesn’t leave you feeling discouraged you can maintain your motivation as you work toward your weight loss goals. Break down your long-term goals into small steps and work hard to achieve each one. Finally, set a time each day specifically for exercise and make sure you show up and commit yourself fully to the process.

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Your Key To Success: Your Goals And Your Mindset

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Great tips to ensure continued success with your fitness related goals.

  • Today, write down what you expect to benefit from this expert fitness program after a one month period of using the program. Do the same thing, 6 months from now and again 5 years from now.   Read your notes every week or when you feel like you need more momentum.
  • Repeat at least 5 positive affirmations about your self-image out loud or under your breath every day.
  • Visualize your progress and goals directly relating to your fitness and health every day, preferably before your workout or before going to bed.
  • Welcome change into your life and change your beliefs that may limit your success.

Positive Affirmations for Goal Setting

  • I now set new and higher standards for myself and I step up to every challenge in a state of absolute certainty and unstoppable confidence
  • I increase my hunger, ambition and desire to achieve my goals everyday
  • I now eat all the right foods for optimum health, energy, and peak performance
  • My body is now trained to burn fat and build muscle
  • I consciously control my biochemistry by putting my body into peak emotional states, by healthy eating, exercise, and adequate rest everyday

Steps to Start a Fitness Blog

  1. Decide what sort of fitness blog you want to start, a personal or informational blog. Many people just want to have menus, thoughts and progress, while others have knowledge and want to share medical and nutritional information with workout plans and tips.  What works is making it personal !
  2. Use a good blog provider, like WordPress. Get to know how it works.
  3. Log your daily, weekly, monthly and overall goals. Discuss how you feel about each goal, what you still need to do to achieve it and how you feel once you’ve accomplished it.
  4. Write about the workout plans you’ve already tried, what has worked, what hasn’t, and what you would like to learn more about in the future. Leave yourself notes and progress reports to keep you motivated.
  5. Take your stats. Blog about your weight, body fat percentage, hours of sleep, resting pulse, measurements, endurance and pounds and inches lost. List your current dumbbell weights used, or any other workout statistics that can help you track your progress. You would do this at the start and then on a weekly basis.
  6. Use your blog as a way to track your nutritional facts to stay healthy and fit. You can take pictures of your meals and talk about how your energy levels are with food. The more honest about your eating habits the better.. people love to know what you are eating.
  7. Communicate with other fitness bloggers to give and get new ideas and tips to keep you motivated. One of the great things about having a blog is instantly belonging to an Internet community filled with others interested in health and fitness.
  8. Make big big plans for change! Share examples

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How To Motivate Yourself To Succeed

changeHow To Motivate Yourself To Succeed

When it comes to work, your personal life, or even hobbies, success is a common theme. In almost every facet of your life, succeeding is based on your personal motivation. This is why it is extremely important to motivate yourself to succeed.

However, understanding how to motivate yourself can be extremely difficult. In a world where you are left to your own devices, self confidence is hard to come-by.

The first step in motivating yourself is understanding what your reward will be at the end of your motivation. If you are trying to lose weight, this might be a goal size. If you are trying to make a product, this may be a sales number or a certain amount of money. Find what it is that you are striving towards, and hold it in your mind as the most important thing in your life at that moment.

Break everything you are doing down into easy to understand steps. Each step is a portion of your goal. In this way, you will not get discouraged because the goal is so far off. Each step completed will give you a larger foundation towards your goal as well.

As an example, if you are trying to lose 30 pounds, if you set your goals in five pound increments, you will be more impressed with yourself at the 15 pound mark, than you would be if you viewed it as an aggregate goal. Instead of saying I have lost 15 pounds and have 15 pounds more to go, you can say; I have lost 15 pounds, and my next goal is five pounds, one third of that amount.

This can be applied to anything, substituting the number of steps for pounds. It also frames your accomplishments in a way that will help others understand how far you have come.

This brings us to the next point – getting others involved in your motivation. Accountability, encouragement, and support are all important when working towards a goal. If you tell your friends, family members, or acquaintances you are going to do something, you can keep them updated with your progress.

These updates give them a chance to tell you they are proud of you, to offer advice, and to give you validation during your journey. This is extremely important for your worst days. You can look back on these validations and understand that you are not the only one affected by your quest towards your goal.

You can also use their interest as motivation when you feel like giving up. The knowledge that your friends, family, or others you talk to will ask about your project, lets you know that you can’t just pretend if never existed. Instead, you can work hard knowing those questions are coming. The ability to respond positively to inquiries can make you feel like you are getting more accomplished and give you a greater sense of fulfillment.

The next step is seeing your goal completion as a reward in and of itself. Many times, people make a fatal mistake when trying to reach a goal; they give themselves rewards. While it may seem that a reward will help keep you motivated, all it does is detract from the actual goal at hand. Instead of working towards the final goal, you are working towards the first reward.

It is easy to lose motivation once you reach your goal. With rewards, you have to keep motivating yourself each time you reach a reward. You have finished out the cycle of motivation, work, and gaining a reward. This means that the end goal is not within this cycle, and lies outside of your initial motivations.

Instead, try to look at finishing each step as a reward in and of itself. You will never have to lose those five pounds again, write that code again, or make that product pitch again. Each finished step, is then able to be put completely out of your mind as you move forward.

The most important step may be believing in yourself. You are the only person standing in the way of success. So much of the modern world runs on self confidence, branding yourself, and showing others that you are worth their time. This is also one of the places you may have skimped when trying to motivate yourself to succeed.

Tell yourself every day that you are worth the goal that you are working towards. Look yourself in the face, in a mirror or in your mind, and tell yourself that you can reach your goal and that you will be able to do it with ease. If you hit a setback, tell yourself that it is temporary.

You can tape notes to your mirror, to your notes, or to your work bag. In these notes, tell yourself why you are worth the goal you are working towards. Maybe you are an amazing programmer, great at talking to people, or maybe you come from a long line of motivated individuals who will all be proud of you. No matter what the reason, you need to believe in yourself.

This will also serve to make you seem more confident during interviews, project pitches, and when networking. If you can tell people who you are worth their time, they are much more likely to help you in reaching your goals.

When it comes down to it, so much of learning to motivate yourself to succeed is self confidence. Setting your own goals, which means MAKING THE TIME FOR THEM, convincing yourself of your worth, and striving towards your goals. Good luck with your motivations, and remember that you can do whatever you turn your talents towards.

Top 5 Goals A Personal Trainer from Ottawa Can Help You Achieve

Top 5 Goals A Personal Trainer from Ottawa Can Help You Achieve

People are creatures of a habit, which is why sometimes we follow the same routine time and time again, without getting the results we want. But many people are also lazy and not willing to do the work unless someone is keeping them responsible, much like working for a boss. Because if we would not finish our work and make the deadlines, our boss would fire us. The same goes for a personal trainer. If you are looking to lose weight, get in shape and regain your health, as personal trainer from Ottawa can help you achieve just that. Or maybe you already lost most of the weight and are working out already, but are simply unable to lose these last stubborn pounds.

Of course, a personal trainer is not only able to help you lose weight, but also train for a marathon or a bodybuilding contest. Either way, if you feel that you are trying and trying but do not seem to get there, consider to call in the help of a trainer with the right expertise. In this article we will discuss the top 5 goals a personal trainer can help you achieve.

#1 Losing weight

As obesity is on the rise and more and more people are overweight, it comes as no surprise that many of us are trying to lose these unwanted pounds. But still, many of us are trying, yet not succeeding. A personal trainer from Ottawa can change this. Statistics show that people are much more successful achieving their goal if they have someone that is keeping them accountable. Of course, you can ask your partner, friends and family for support, but they lack the expertise and experience – and most often time – to accomplish this and help you reach your goals. With a personal trainer you will have several advantages. First of all, these trainers have tons of experience with people in the exact same situation. This means that they know exactly what it takes to motivate you. However, the experience they have also helps them to put together the right workout schedule for you to suit your needs. Because our bodies adapt to everything quickly, it is important to change our workout frequently. A personal trainer constantly thinks of new routines to get you into the best shape of your life. Besides that, you will also find a lot of support, both mental as well as emotional, with your own personal trainer.

#2 Getting ready for a marathon

You decided to take charge of your health and want to run your first marathon. Or perhaps you are already a seasoned runner, but want to spice of your game and get ahead of the competition. Either way, if you really want to improve your skills, your physique and your condition, a personal trainer can help you achieve just that. A trainer knows all the methods to get you in shape quickly and improve your endurance. He can also teach you how to prepare in the best possible way for a marathon, so you can leave the rest behind and win the race.

#3 A bodybuilding contest

Are you a bodybuilder and are you trying to get ready for a bodybuilding contest? If this is the first time for you, you could use all the help you can get. The competition in this area is fierce and if you do not know how to prepare yourself, you will lose. Personal trainers are very experienced in building muscle fast, yet in a healthy manner. The trainer can also help you achieve the lowest possible body fat percentage, so you will look even more lean during the contest and leave your competitors behind.

#4 Preparing for a match

If you are a professional wrestler or do any kind of other sports, you know how important it is to have great power and great endurance. Sometimes it is also important to lose some water weight, to get into a weight class. Most bodybuilders use diuretics and other harmful substances to achieve this. However, in the long run this can do some serious damage to your body and even be detrimental for your results. Personal trainers can help you lose the water weight fast in a natural way, without causing any negative side effects. Once you made your weight class, it is time to bulk up again fast. With a personal trainer from Ottawa by your side, you will know exactly how to do this in a safe way.

# Getting back into shape

Maybe you are already at your goal weight, but you feel tired and fatigued all the time. If you also have kids, you probably know what a challenge this can be. In these situations, you need all the energy you can get. A personal trainer is not only a good way to lose some weight, but also to regain your health. By looking at your food habits and your workout routine, as personal trainer can quickly determine what areas you can improve and how to do that. He will support you in your efforts and his expertise will help you to get healthy and fit again. Just imagine that you have enough energy to get through the day, without an afternoon slump, and after you come back from work, you are still able to play with your kids instead of falling asleep on the couch. To many, this is a dream come true.

There are still many other goals a personal trainer could help you achieve, but these are beyond the scope of this article. If you are serious about your goals and know that you cannot achieve them on your own, then consider calling on the help of a personal trainer from Ottawa. As with everything, do make sure that you choose the right trainer, with the right expertise and plenty of experience, so that you can be sure that you are getting the right help.

Seven Mind Hacks For Better Workout

Ottawa Personal TrainerSeven Mind Hacks For Better Workout

If you are the type of person who is at the stage that you are ready to make the transition from exercising to real training. These seven mind hacks for better workout will allow you to make the transition in the fastest time possible.

 

Show Up

Dan John once said that  “most of success is just showing up”. Even a weak attempt at a workout holds more value than to skip one altogether. Professionals are the types of people that are grateful when a workout does go well, but have the preparedness to work on adversity. Just by ensuring you manage to show up for all your workouts you have a better chance at success.

Commitment

It is believed that it takes on average around 10,000 hours of a “deep practice” this involves doing exercises outside of your ability instead of doing things that you have already mastered. This means that if you only spend five hours each week at gym, it will take you around 38 years to reach the 10,000 hours.

On the subject of literature, it may be important to spend a bit of time reading about how to reach your athletic peak. However, a strong commitment to more hours in the gym is the only way will reach to the stage of a true professional.

Cultivate Patience

One important mind hacks for better workout is based on legends from martial arts leaders or masters make their new students perform menial tasks like cleaning floors for their first year. The reason for this technique is based on that the master does not waste his time on individuals who have an amateur mindset.

Most weight lifters hold a firm interest in getting stronger, leaner and bigger. These attributes may come quickly, and soon the beginner’s gains begin to fade. At this point the professionals begin to differentiate from an amateur.

Once you have been training for around five years, your gains begin to slow down. After twenty years you will find being able to put an additional ten pounds on one of your best squats will be an achievement. If this may seem unappealing to you it may not be in your best interest to carry on.

Impose Structure

Your body will thrive on a routine, and superior athletes are well aware of this fact. Lance Armstrong was one the few examples of a fantastic athletic structure. Armstrong often stated that he thrives on monotony. However, this does in no way mean your life needs to be boring to gain success. But a degree of structure is absolutely necessary.

You will never be able to find success in the gym when you’re the life you lead is chaotic. Having late nights, skipping meals and letting fights with a partner or family members stress you out are signs that you are still far from the professional stage.

No Excuses

There have been many superior athletes who may have a great attitude as well as questionable practices. But there has never been a good athlete with a bad attitude and finds themselves full of excuses, regardless of their habits. Excuses pose a problem as they are so easy to use and find.

Preparations

It is of the utmost importance with mind hacks for a better workout that you are well prepared before starting any eating program or exercise regime. When it comes to your meal plan be sure to identify the types of foods you will be required to eat by visiting the right grocery or health stores. To start off if you need to develop your own meal plans stick to the basics.

Sticking to the basics and the same meal routines will help you to adjust to a different way of eating. Once you start to become accustomed to your new way of eating you can start to add in additional meals or mix it up a bit for variety and to stay balanced. It is important to realize that the more organized and structured your life is the easier the preparations become.

Avoid Over-Identifying Your Results

This final mind hacks for better workout is probably the most crucial. Many amateurs will often fail on developing the above mentioned six hacks due to a strong fear-of-failure. Professionals don’t have these fears as they differentiate from who they are and the work they do.

If your sense of your own well-being is hinged entirely on your success at your personal avocation, you will need to be an incredibly strong person in order to reach success. Amateurs make the mistake of basing their self-worth on the results they put out. Professionals, take a totally different approach, they still work their jobs, never get over enthusiast about good workouts and never lose sleep over the not so good workouts

The Grind

The top athletes, the ones that are truly regarded as professionals are devoid of any type of drama. These athletes are the types that train each day without missing a training session and dedicate their time to training in a focused and determined manner.

The top power lifters and Olympic lifters have what is known as a “monk’s mentality”. Which means everyday should be viewed as totally focused and dedicated to your set program. You may find that your progress maybe slow but dedication and drive will soon result in the rewards you may be seeking.

If you feel you may be interested in working towards a professional status, you will need to have patience and commit to your personal process with a technique that follows organization and structure. Be sure that you prioritize your preparations and avoid any type of excuses at all costs even when the excuses may be viewed as legitimate.

Conclusion

Make sure you understand that your training is something that you do and is not what you are as a person. You will need to create that degree of a healthy separation between your talents and yourself. Achieve this and you will soon achieve success.

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How To Get Fit

1 YEAR BEFORE AND AFTER 150 LBS LOSS - ROSY G. OTTAWA

1 YEAR BEFORE AND AFTER 150 LBS LOSS – ROSY G. OTTAWA

How To Get Fit

One of the oldest yet simplest questions yet to be 100% answered is : How do I get fit? Have you ever asked yourself this question before and never been satisfied with the work you put into answering this question for yourself? Well how about today you make all of your doubts change and stick to my three step plan to get fit quick!

Lets starts by talking about water. Water this, water that, I know you have heard enough of water intake, but lets be realistic: water makes you lose weight. When you intake water and especially cold water you boost your metabolism by fifty percent! Your body is constantly working on burning off your cold water intake that has absolutely zero calories. The more water you take in as possible in a day the more weight you are going to lose. Try drinking a glass of water at least every two hours and by the end of the day you will have had about 6 to 8 glasses of water.

You have to get your running shoes on and move that body! If your not sweating than your not burning calories and fat. Try doing something every day for at least 30 minutes to an hour, this can be in the morning time or the evening time after work. Soon enough you will have boosted your metabolism with exercising and water intake that you will start to see a difference in less than two weeks. Even getting involved with a school or community hobby like running or playing basketball will help you to get fit in no time as well as having some fun on the side.

You have to “want” the change! You can read all day in magazines that it is better to be fit than not, but if you don’t want it yourself, it will never happen. Sad to say the majority of our population today wants to get fit, but they do not truly have the incentive and desire deep inside to do anything about it. If you don’t want to change your body yourself, than you will always be the same no matter how many times you try to convince yourself with the advertisements that surround you every day. Believe in yourself and watch the change happen!

So how do you get fit? You have to put your dreams, hopes, desires and expectations into action and that means you have to get up and do something about it! Getting fit is so much more than looking good like the people that are falsely advertised about every day, it is about feeling good inside and out with yourself.

Getting fit can bring joy to your inner-self because you have more confidence in who you are as well as making you feel healthier and happier. Just try these three simple steps of drinking water, exercising and believing in yourself and watch your body and life change. So just stop and think to yourself, is today the day that you make the changes in your life and become fit and happy? If the answer is yes, than what are you waiting for?