Consistency is Key to Your Exercise Plan

by glenn on December 7, 2010

Exercise is hard, but it is not the Everest that so many people make out to be. When starting an exercise routine, it is important to have a good sense of when you’ll be fitting it into your day and how many times during the week.  You need to be sure you are setting aside enough time for your session enough times per week. This schedule does not have to written in stone, but it should be adhered to as much as possible. Realizing that things come up and schedules change, you need to be flexible in fitting your workout in some days. Consistency is a key factor in sustaining a successful fitness program.

For the average person beginning a fitness program, three to four times per week for an hour each time, seems a realistic goal. However, what happens when a meeting runs 30 minutes over and you won’t get your one hour at the gym. The initial thought may be to just blow off the gym for the day and tell yourself that you’ll make it up tomorrow. Is that the smartest decision? Absolutely not. The sensible decision is to grab your gym bag and head over to the gym for an abbreviated, uptempo session.

The simple fact is that you don’t know what may get in the way tomorrow. Maybe nothing, but you need to be ready. If you miss today, then tomorrow is another meeting gone awry, the pressure builds inside to make your next session count with extra time and extra sets. But time is what you haven’t had these past several days, so why assume that you will have it tomorrow? This is how your your climb up exercise mountain becomes a demanding trek to the summit of Mt. Everest.

The smart move is to take the 20 or 30 minutes you’re given sometimes and embrace it.  A late meeting, a sick child at home, or a family obligation could cause you to miss a workout.   Building that consistency and routine into your daily lifestyle is as important as the exercise itself. Prepare yourself ahead of time for this situation and make a plan. If you aren’t sure what to do, enlist the services of a personal trainer. Tell them what you are looking for and they’ll develop a plan for you.

The bottom line is if you are committed to your exercise routine, then you need to take advantage of any available time efficiently.

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Self-Image and Habits go Hand in Hand

by glenn on November 24, 2010

Whether we like it or not, perception equals reality. This is even more so for the individual.

The way you see yourself is the way the world sees you. If you have a negative perception of who you are, then that is what you will project. If you have low self esteem, negative self image, or are self deprecating, than that’s the person you will become.

Break out of those bad habits, and use fitness to take you there.

Your self-image and habits go hand and hand, change one and you automatically change the other. Fitness can precipitate that change by allowing you to look and feel better all while projecting that image unto yourself.

Perhaps at one point of your life, whether that point is now or in the past, you may have been out of shape, overweight, unhealthy, lethargic, or depressed. Whether you realize it or not, exercise can lead you away from that and get you feeling better about yourself.  Once you right the ship your behavior and habits will keep you on course. We’ve all experienced this.

One example is when you are exercising on a regular basis, invariably you start eating better. This is a clear and easy instance of your self-image and habits going hand and hand. When your eating and exercise improves you feel more confident about your body, and the way you carry yourself reflects that. Once you feel better about yourself you must to do what it takes to stay there. Therefore your habits do, and inevitably will change for the better.

Joshua Margolis is an Personal Trainer & Nutritionist in NYC

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Exercise is a Journey not a Destination

by glenn on November 24, 2010

We’ve all heard it before, and yes it is contrived, clichéd, and hackneyed. However, the reason you keep hearing this is because it is true. The “Journey not a Destination” philosophy has been with us much longer than fitness has, and when undertaking fitness as a discipline, this philosophy holds true.

Like any other life altering discipline that an individual takes on it should be looked at as a journey, and fitness is no exception.

When fitness is done the right way it should be something that becomes part of the rest of your life. If you are looking for life long success, then it would stand to reason that fitness should be life long.

While every individual should have his or her short term goals everyone needs to have overall health and wellness as a life long goal.

Let’s be honest, most people get into shape just for that wedding, reunion or vacation. It’s good to have a focus, but more times than not once those events are over or once that short term goal is realized, most tend to fall off the wagon.

What’s the sense of putting in all of that hard work and dedication if it’s all going to be over in a couple of months? Why not take that discipline with you through out the rest of your life.

Take comfort and be proud that you have accomplished your short term goal but do not lose sight of the journey.

Remember those moments along the way that got you to where you are now.

Remember the fun you had, how great you looked, and more importantly how glorious you felt when you were done.

Remember the journey, half the fun is getting there.

Joshua Margolis is an Personal Trainer & Nutritionist in NYC

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Why drinking water is so important

by glenn on November 10, 2010

Most of us are aware of the importance of drinking enough water. Getting our daily dose of water helps our organs perform their functions, keeps our skin clear and hydrated, and allows physical action in our bodies to flow smoothly. Even with this knowledge, it can still be challenging to drink all the water our bodies deserve daily. In the summer, when we tend to play hard, sweat and spend prolonged time in the sun, drinking plenty of water is critical. Those who are not drinking enough may experience poor digestion, sluggish thinking, skin breakouts, headaches, bad breath and general fatigue.

To start your day right, set a large glass of water by your bed each night and drink it when you wake up. Drinking water first thing in the morning pulls out toxins from the previous day and freshens your system for the day ahead. Keep a bottle of water accessible throughout the day, whether you are on the go or at a desk. Having a bottle of water close by will remind you to take a sip when thirsty. The first sip will usually let you know how much more water you need. A sip or two may be enough, or you may need a big glass. If you drink most of your daily water before early evening, you most likely will not be thirsty before bed. This is good, because drinking before bed and then waking to use the bathroom disturbs your peaceful night’s sleep.

What about quality? Some people like bottled water, while others prefer filtered water. The key is to like the taste of the water you are drinking, and the water should agree with your body. If the taste of plain water is unappealing, experiment to see how you can make it tasty and drinkable. Try adding a few mint leaves, a wedge of lemon, a sprig of parsley, slices of cucumber, a twist of lime or a squeeze of orange to make water more tempting, or to jazz up your routine. Also, drinking tea or juice and eating raw fruits and vegetables contribute to the hydration process.

Click here to learn more about Lisa Neilsen, NYC Health Coach or to ask her a question.

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Eat Less, Play More

by glenn on October 21, 2010

As adults we seem to have lost our instinct to prioritize play. In our busy world, with its emphasis on work and responsibility, to be healthy and balanced we must work on more than just our bodies; we must feed our hearts, minds and spirits.

Remember when you were a child and you got so wrapped up in playing, imagining or creating that you didn’t want to stop when it was time to eat? Do you remember leaving your meal half-finished to run off and continue playing? Children innately understand that food is secondary to what is most nutritious and primary in life: fun and play.

Have you noticed that when your body, mind and spirit are engaged in a creative project or happy relationship, your reliance on food seems to decrease? Likewise, when you are unsatisfied with your relationships, your job or other areas of your life, you may depend on food to cheer, soothe or numb you. When your life is out of balance, no amount of food can feed you where you truly need nourishment. The food that we eat is very important for health and balance, but what really feeds us-a full and fulfilling life-doesn’t come on a plate.

What is fun for you? What makes you light up? What excites you? Make time for it this week. Even if you don’t have much free time for fun, try approaching a “serious” activity with an attitude of play. This can greatly reduce stress and anxiety and bring more pleasure to your day. Take your focus off food, try adding more fun into your life and watch the magic unfold.

Click here to learn more about Lisa Neilsen, NYC Health Coach or to ask her a question.

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Personal training is not something that has to be done every week, nor does it have to be a long-term commitment. For those people that want to enlist the services of a personal trainer in NYC, but are on a limited budget, there is a way to do it economically and still reap the benefits.

Whether you are just starting an exercise program or are an experienced fitness enthusiast you can find personal trainers NYC to fit your needs and goals. The goal here should be to learn a fitness routine over 5-10 sessions with a personal trainer and then be able to perform this routine going forward on your own. Once you’ve mastered the routine, schedule future training sessions on a monthly basis so that you can meet, go over your progress, and tweak your program where necessary.

You can also apply this same methodology to working with a pilates instructor NYC or a nutritionist.

If you are a little more self-motivated and trying to adhere to a stricter budget, but still get some bang for your buck, you may want to try group fitness classes. These classes can be as little as $10-$20 per class for a series of 8-10 sessions. You can come away from the experience knowing many new exercises that you can incorporate in to your own fitness routine. You may also develop a rapport with a fitness professional who understands what you’re trying to accomplish, thereby gaining some additional advice from them without the expense of private sessions. Group fitness instructors NYC are, in most cases, personal trainers, as well. To become a group fitness instructor most, if not all, certification agencies require the instructor to already be certified as a personal trainer.

The key is to figure out where your interests lie when pursuing a fitness goal. You are less likely to continue on your own with a particular discipline if you don’t enjoy it in the first place. However, if you take the time think about what it is that you would enjoy then you’ve won a major part of the battle to achieve your goal. I have often asked people to close their eyes and visualize how they see themselves achieving their goals. Once they’ve answered that, the path becomes clearer for both the fitness professional and the client.

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A Rock and A Ball

by glenn on September 16, 2010

In today’s age of the latest and greatest fitness trends, it’s time to go back to basics. Simplicity is the key to success.

Before exercise equipment existed, there was “A Rock and a Ball.” Don’t think for a moment that the Roman Army ever trained on Nautilus equipment. Gym equipment exists to sell memberships, and little else. Space is the most valuable commodity.

“A Rock and a Ball” is an old expression that has been part of the fitness lexicon for ages. These two toys are all one should ever need to achieve their fitness goals. One must rely only on the creativity of his or her personal trainer NYC to help them achieve their goals.

A “Rock” refers to a medicine ball. For those of you out there not familiar with exercise, a medicine ball is a weighted rubber or leather ball that can be used anywhere. When used properly this ball can apply resistance to almost every muscle in the body. Twisting, throwing, squatting, and jumping until you can no more. All of those playful movements you did as a kid now have a purpose; reshape your body and achieve perfect symmetry.

A “Ball” is not just any ordinary ball; it is a Stability ball, A.K.A, Swiss ball or resistance ball. Whether you have been in a gym, or not, you have all seen it, perhaps your kids play with one. Imagine every exercise ever performed on a bench or on the ground, but now on a ball. The major difference being your core and structural integrity are challenged, for the laymen: washboard abs. Just sitting on the ball makes you use your abdominals to keep yourself upright.

Now if you’re up for it, try combining both of them together. Your options become limitless and the potential for having fun and achieving a lean healthy body go hand and hand.

Click here to learn more about NYC Personal Trainer, Joshua Margolis

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Living in New York affords many people a wide range of possibilities when it comes to working out. However, what many people lack isn’t opportunity so much as focus and motivation. They want to become more physically fit but they talk themselves out of it. In situations as that no amount of gym memberships, exercise videos, or home gym equipment will suffice, these people need a driving force. One way to find such a force is to hire a personal trainer. There are three primary benefits for hiring a personal trainer in New York City.

The Anywhere Workout

There are many wonderful places to exercise in the city. Good personal trainers can create opportunities for a rigorous workout from a park bench and a slab of concrete or a state of the art gym.  Creating a varied workout in any environment, indoors or outdoors, to offer a change of scenery and a varied workout everytime. With a NYC personal trainer helping their client, obtaining the limits of physical potential increases. This is because the work out regimen may be performed in many places instead of one static location. Many people purchase a gym membership or a few gadgets and expect that to fulfill their need to become more fit. With professional fitness trainer the gym can be used or it can be left behind. The world can become your work out station. One day you may run through Central Park and perform body weight exercises. On another day you may undergo resistance training in a gym. A client may find themselves swimming on yet another day. There are any number of ways to train the human body and personal trainers NYC can tailor a unique regimen to their client’s needs.

The Cutting Edge of Fitness

City life provides many avenues to keep fit. Simply walking the streets may be a good start for some, but New York City can often be on the cutting edge of the fitness industry. With scores of  innovative personal trainers NYC looking for unique ways to help clients achieve success, many fitness trends start here and then spread across the country.  When finding the motiviation to workout is difficult, it often just may be finding the right type of activity in which to participate.  Whether individuals are motivated by straight weight training, the latest cardio routine, or aerial acrobatics, they can find the latest and greatest from a personal trainer in NYC.

Knowledge is Power

Personal trainers NYC know how to keep a client’s interest by educating them to become more in tune with their bodies. Once an individual learns what works for them, along with a well educated fitness partner, they’ll push harder and reach deeper within themselves. When there is someone else around that believes an individual can achieve the goals they set, they are more likely to reach it.

The truth is that many people simply do not know a proper method of working out. This is especially true of individuals new to exercise, but it might also be a problem for more experienced individuals. A personal trainer will have knowledge of how the body works and what methods will work best for a given individual’s goals. With their guidance their client can reach their potential with greater swiftness. This makes for a perfect situation for people living in the fast paced city as it maximizes their time spent working out.

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It's September

by glenn on August 27, 2010

By Chuck Rowland, Personal Trainer

This is traditionally one of the three biggest fitness months of the year. January and May are the others. By the end of this month, all summer vacations will have wrapped up, kids will be back in school and everyone will be back on schedule. And after participating in your fair share of summer BBQ’s, many of you will discover yourselves to be a little, let’s say, softer.

A word of caution. Don’t react to the added pounds. Respond. Stop and think. You probably took much of the summer off –  even spring, as well. It took you approximately five months to get where you are. Don’t think you’re going to drop into the Norskespill er et av de casinoene med flest mobilspill og har 58 fantastiske spill tilgjengelig til mobilen din. gym, sling some iron for 2 weeks, or do a couple of loops in Central Park and voila! – Heidi Klum or Mario Lopez. Nah, not gonna happen. Start by eating sensibly again. Consult a personal trainer NYC. Begin your training routine in a moderate fashion and progress judiciously. Make sure it includes, at minimum, resistance, cardio and flexibility. Yes, it’s September. Welcome back to reality.

Learn more about Chuck Rowland, Personal Trainer

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Many people confuse a proper work out with the need for high-end gym equipment. The truth is that these expensive pieces of hardware are useful but unnecessary. Simple body weight exercises, plyometrics, and the usage of bands can drastically improve an individual’s physique. Personal trainers in  NYC know this and many have begun to actively fight the most difficult battle there is in regards to maintaining a client base. That battle is boredom. One routine that is proven to work and has done so for thousands of years is resistance and body weight training. The kind of equipment a personal trainer needs to completely work out their client can fit in a backpack!

As most trainers commute between clients via bicycle, bus, or subway, this is a very common sense approach.

The Low-Down

The urban life-style can lead to long hours at work and many visits to the gym to make up for it. The need to visit a gym everyday can be expensive and the fact is that many people do not like to deal with large crowds. For those who can afford personal trainers in NYC there is an alternative to the gym scene. That alternative is the backpack workout.

Everything the trainer needs to give you a good workout is brought with them. Once the trainer has arrived on-scene they have many tools to help fight the workout boredom many people find themselves with.

One of the best tools they bring is a changeable location. A self-conscious client can choose to exercise in the park, the trainer’s personal location, even their own home. The fun part is that this location can change every day. There is no need to treat a workout like it was a part of your nine to five job. Personal trainers in NYC can take even the most sedentary of individual’s and turn them into a magnificent physical specimen. This can be done without going to the gym or expensive equipment.

What’s in the Bag?

Several items a personal trainer NYC might carry in their backpack include resistance bands, ankle weights, folded mats, boxing gloves, jump rope, sliding discs, and inflatable balls. The weight of the backpack and contents itself might even be a main ingredient of the work out. Hiking is one of the best exercises available and with the added weight of a backpack it becomes that much more worthwhile for bone health. A solid hike while wearing a lightly weighted backpack provides resistance training, cardio, and strength training all at once. Hiking as little as ten minutes a day will drastically reduce the chances of breaking a bone through normal daily wear and tear.

In the end, the best thing about a personal trainer carrying a workout in a backpack is that it provides ample opportunity for the client, you, to move around the city and explore new things while getting in shape. No amount of riding a stationary bike with a TV-screen will ever compare to that.

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