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Motivation Boosters

Today I’m going to share with you a fabulous FREE  resource called Fat Loss Quickie Motivation Boosters.

This eBook/worksheet/video package was put together by Scott and Angie Tousignant who developed the Sizzlin’ Circuits videos and, of course, the famous Fat Loss Quickie program.

Motivation Boosters is a collection of 7 strategies that Scott and Angie used to completely transform themselves into the fit, healthy people they are today.  The heart of the program is a set of printable worksheets on topics such as goal setting and tracking, and how to discover which of your fitness beliefs are holding you back.  I particularly like the calendar used to countdown the days until the date you’ve set for meeting your goal.  There’s even a cute bulls-eye graphic to hang on your refrigerator to keep you on target!

The eBook has detailed instructions on how to use each worksheet and videos to explain even further.

I urge to you download the Fat Loss Quickie Motivation Boosters package right now.  After all, it’s FREE so what have you got to lose?

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Happy National Women’s Health And Fitness Day!

National Women’s Health and Fitness Day is observed on the last Wednesday of September.

It is organized by the Health Information Resource Center and the purpose is to encourage women of all ages to develop healthy habits.

Events take place all over the country in locations such as schools, churches, community centers, and health clubs.  Activities vary by location and can include exercise demonstrations, health screenings, seminars, etc.

This year 40,000 – 100,000 women are expected to participate in National Women’s Health And Fitness Day across the country.  For more information, go to

http://www.fitnessday.com/women/index.htm

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Fitness Boot Camps

We’ve seen lots of advertisements for fitness boot camps lately.  You may have been thinking about enrolling in a fitness boot camp but don’t know enough about them to make a decision.  The following article explains what it’s all about and will help you decide if it’s the right program for you.

Fitness Boot Camps: Are They Really As Great As THEY Say?

by Chris J. Carpenter

You just turned 30 and are just a little bit on the depressed side. After all, you aren’t in your 20’s any more, and won’t ever be again. Sigh! But not only that, you have also gained a whopping 20 pounds in the last few years that you just can’t shake no matter how hard you try. Will you ever get that sexy physique back that you had when you were younger?

Of course you can, but you just may need some help to do it. I’m sure you’ve heard the ?craze? around the fitness boot camps out there, but are they really as great as THEY say they are? Let’s find out.

So, what are Fitness Boot Camps?

Fitness boot camps are based in part on the tough, old-school, beat you up, knock you out kind of military training camps. However, the fitness boot camps of today rarely use such harsh intimidation tactics on their customers.

There are in fact many different types and styles of these camps out there. The style of the camp really depends on who’s the teacher. Every teacher has a unique way of teaching their classes that can really vary from every other fitness boot camp teacher. Some are a little rougher on their clients than others, and some are a little more gentle like a friend that encourages you. But they will all get your sagging butt cheeks back into shape, fast.

I need to be motivated!

Most people need someone to tell them what exercises to do, when, and in what intensity. The instructors at fitness boot camps are like personal trainers, but more ?in-your-face?. Usually when it comes to fitness boot camps, you will be outside whether it is rain, sleet, or snow. There are no sissy indoor gym workouts here. It’s all done out in the elements. If you are a big fan of nature, this is definitely the scene for you. If you really hate getting outdoors and would rather workout on your treadmill or recumbent bike at your gym, then fitness boot camps may not be your perfect cup of tea. It really comes down to your personality and what you are trying to get out of your training.

It’s cardio & strength training time~

Cardiovascular workouts will be a big part of any good fitness boot camps out there like hiking, running, obstacle courses, or even interval training. Don’t think you will get out of doing strength training like dumbbells, body resistance workouts, or rubber exercise bands. You will become more limber, and flexible as time goes on too.

It’s a real confidence booster!

The most important part of any GOOD fitness boot camp experience is that it will really get into your mind and challenge what you used to believe were your physical limits. It will push you to the edge of what you think you can do, and then will push you a little further. This is all to help YOU realize just how strong of a person you are inside. You aren’t a wimp. You are strong, and can handle any obstacle that life may toss your way. It will build strength of character as well. You may leave the fitness boot camps a completely different person on the inside (and outside) than when you stepped foot there on the first day.

Good fitness boot camps will have a little bit of a psychologist in there too. You will laugh, cry, and sweat out all your past frustrations, and cling to a new healthier, and happier future full of hope.

By the time you leave, you could be pounds lighter, up to 10% less body fat, faster, stronger, more toned, more confident, and all around a happier person. You may be setting new higher goals for yourself when you get back to the ?real world? like starting a new business, getting a better job, asking that girl (or guy) out that you’ve had your eye on for the longest time, or just not living on your living room sofa watching TV all the time anymore.

You may realize there is a whole life out there for you to explore. So yes, I would say that fitness boot camps really ARE all the great things they say they are. Get out there and see for yourself!

Fitness 4 U is Brisbane’s leading mobile fitness trainer. Our Boot Camps Brisbane, Fitness Boot Camps Brisbane most dynamic Personal Trainers are an outdoor exercise program conducted over several sessions, designed to challenge your mind and body and increase your strength and fitness.

Have you ever attended a fitness boot camp?  Please tell us about your experiences in the comments section.  Thanks!

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Water Aerobics Workout

Do you believe that you have a condition that keeps you from exercising?  Well, think again!  A water aerobics workout may be the perfect solution for you!

People who are overweight or have joint problems often find exercise to be unpleasant and even painful.  But when you are in a pool, the water supports most of your weight, taking the burden off of your bones and joints.

In the last month or two of pregnancy, when your beautiful belly has become cumbersome, let the water support it so you can stretch and flex your arms and legs more easily!

What are some of the benefits of a water aerobics workout?

  • Cardio Working your arms and legs continuously against the resistance of the water gets your heart and breathing rates up.
  • Resistance Water provides 12 times the resistance of air so all of your movements require your muscles to work harder than they do out of the water.  Although this resistance is obviously not as beneficial as lifting weights, it is a good start for someone just beginning an exercise program or recovering after surgery or an illness.
  • Buoyancy People with balance problems find that movements that require them to stand with one foot off the floor are much easier to do with the water stabilizing them.
  • Low Impact A water aerobics workout is probably the most low impact workout you can do.  If you are looking for exercise that is easy on the joints, this is the one to pick.
  • No Sweating! I know it sounds crazy but I know some people who refuse to exercise because they don’t like being sweaty!  Well, no more excuses – you stay cool and refreshed with water aerobics!

What kind of activities should you do?

Basically, a water aerobics workout is any activity you do in water that gets your heart rate up and keeps it up for at least 20 minutes.  Try making big circles in the water with your arms or swishing them back and forth.  Use your legs to do bicycling or scissors motions.  If you need help staying afloat, use a boogie board or one of those noodles – my kids call those slerms!  Swimming or even just treading water are aerobic activities.

You might want to join a water aerobics class to get some coaching.   Plus, people who workout with others tend to enjoy their workouts more and are more motivated to stick with it.

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Fitness Rules

Follow these basic rules to stay fit and healthy for life!

  1. Eat only when you’re hungry. Think about it:  are you eating that pastry because you’re hungry or because someone offered you one?  Are you eating the last few bites on your child’s plate because you’re hungry or because you don’t want it to go to waste?
  2. Eat healthy foods. You know the drill: lean protein, fruits & vegetables, whole grains, etc.
  3. Drink plenty of plain water. You should have a minimum of 8 glasses per day to keep your body functioning properly.
  4. Work out every day. At least 30 minutes a day is recommended but if you are having one of those days where you only have 10 spare minutes, at least use those 10 minutes!  Something is always better than nothing!
  5. If you break any of rules 1 – 4, forget about it and move on. Don’t feel guilty and, whatever you do, don’t use a slip-up as an excuse to give up!

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How To Form A Habit

Monday Motivation

I have often heard that it takes 21 – 30 days to form a habit.  For instance, if you’re trying to add a daily walk to your schedule and you can make yourself do it every day for 3 – 4 weeks, it will become a habit; you’ll just do it without thinking about it!  Or maybe you’re trying to get into the habit of packing your lunch for work every day rather than going out.  If you do it every day for about a month, it will become automatic!

The same applies to a habit you already have that you’d like to change.  If you resist the mid-morning muffin or the after-dinner ice cream for 21 – 30 days, you will have developed a new, healthy habit!

The following video provides a little more inspiration to form good habits:

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