Beginning or getting back to an exercise routine involves more than just scheduling your workouts and joining a gym. Exercise should be incorporated into your daily routine like eating, sleeping, and taking your morning shower. It shouldn’t be something you do only when you want to drop a few extra pounds or prepare for a 5K race. Sticking with your goals requires a few mental tricks to help keep you moving, focused, and motivated. The information below may help you stay on course when your motivation starts to waiver. Remember, the result is worth the effort.
In 2006, I participated in the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Physical Fitness Coordinator Program. I trained with some of the top federal government trainers who introduced me to some of the most effective exercises that both law enforcement and military personnel use in their basic training. These two exercises are considered compound movements because they work several muscle groups at the same time.
As we get older, many of us become more and more concerned about tightening up our triceps. The triceps brachii muscle (Latin for "three-headed arm muscle"), which is the large muscle on the back of the upper arm, is responsible for extension of the elbow joint (straightening of the arm). Here are some of my favorite exercises that I believe are both effective and challenging for toning up that area.
Running and/or walking a 5K race (3.1 miles) is an excellent goal to work towards because you’ll receive lots of motivation, as well as a sense of accomplishment from completing a race. Even if you're a couch potato, you can be ready for a 5K in a fairly short time.
This Halloween, don’t even think about tossing out the guts of your carved Jack-o'-lantern. Pumpkin is a fun and healthy alternative to the season’s ubiquitous candy offerings, and there are plenty of enticing recipe ideas to put those pumpkin innards to good use.
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with protein, fiber, zinc, iron, and magnesium—as such, they add a nutritious punch to any meal. Here are just a few ideas for dressing up your food with pumpkin seeds:
…Give me something healthy to eat?Is Halloween candy a trick or a treat? With Halloween around the corner, it’s hard to avoid the temptation of that tiny Snickers square or the small bag of bright orange candy corn. Consuming small portions doesn’t feel as bad as eating an entire bag of candy in one sitting, but those small candy package calories do add up.