Sunday, March 11, 2012

Top 3 Ways to Stick with an Exercise Program

So many people have a hard time staying consistent with their exercise program.  What are some tips to help people stick with an exercise program?

  • Find a friend or spouse to be your partner.  This accountability is essential for your success.  The days your not energized or feeling like making it to the gym, if you have an accountability partner, the chances are you will make it to the gym.  Your fitness goals are all about consistency. I first starting working out when I was 18 years old.  If I didn't have my friend/workout partner keeping me accountable, I would never be where I am today.  Guaranteed I would have quit long time ago.  Now exercise is in my lifestyle.  
  • Make short term goals and be sure to review them and track your progress.  The more you review your exercise and fitness goals, the better chance you have of attaining those successes. 
  • The final tip, which I wish I would of have done when I first started training, was to hire a personal trainer.  A good trainer can help give you customized workout specifically for your needs and goals.  I spent eight years working out without a trainer before I hired a one and began to learn the correct way to train my body.
Bottom line, get moving and your body will thank you.  The better your body feels, the mind will follow.  Here's a formula that has worked for many of my clients. Good luck with your fitness goals.

    Friday, December 9, 2011

    Get Fit with a Personal Trainer

    If you have been diagnosed with cancer, proper exercise is critical to your health and well-being. When combined with a whole food diet, adequate exercise has been shown to increase the survival rate of those suffering from various types of cancer, such as mesothelioma.

    Benefits of Working with a Personal Trainer:

    Unlike trying to follow a DVD or venturing to the gym on your own, working with a personal trainer guarantees that you are receiving expert knowledge as you plan a health and fitness routine. A personal trainer will show you how to safely and effectively maximize your workouts, ensuring that you have correct form and proper technique with each exercise. Additionally, a personal trainer can customize a dietary plan that works to meet your individual needs. Personal trainers can show clients how to integrate minimally processed, unrefined, tasty dishes into their current diet.

    Exercise and the Brain:

    Depression is one of the major struggles for people dealing with cancer. Exercise helps to combat depression by causing the brain to release mood-boosting endorphins. Your personal trainer can design an exercise plan that helps to increase your energy level without leaving you overly exhausted. Exercise actually reduces stress while increasing the strength of your immune system.

    Types of Exercise:

    Studies have shown that exercise greatly enhances the survival rate of people suffering from various types of cancer, such as mesothelioma. Cardiovascular exercise will improve overall lung function while strengthening your heart and increasing your stamina. Stronger heart and lungs allows you to complete daily activities with less fatigue. Types of cardiovascular exercise include walking, jogging, biking, rowing, dancing, and swimming.

    Resistance training is most beneficial for your muscles and bones. Strength equipment, which includes dumbbells, kettlebells, resistance bands and tubing, barbells, medicine balls, and sand bags, is useful for developing muscle power to help you remain strong and independent.

    Before You Begin:

    Before you meet with a personal trainer, it is helpful to consider your goals. Do you want to maintain your current level of fitness? Is exercise a way to keep busy and active? Do you see exercise as a vital part of your battle against cancer? Discuss any plans and questions that you have with your physician, and be sure to let you trainer know of any physical limitations that you may have.

    Listen to your body. Perform exercises that are comfortable yet challenging. When you feel your strength declining, stop and rest

    Get Fit with a Personal Trainer
    By: Jackie Clark

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Weight Loss is NOT that hard!!! Secret #2 - Balancing Hormones

    The second secret of permanent weight loss is balancing your hormones. I will educate about the adrenals glands, the thyroid, and the pancreas. Balancing the hormones associated with these glands and organ is critical for weight loss. Watch my video to find the hidden secrets.