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Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, diet, eating, energy, energy levels, food, food diary, food journal, food journaling, fork method, health, healthy, healthy-eating, learn to love food, metabolism, motivation, nutrition, personal trainer, processed food, self confidence, slow-food, spring training, week 2, week two, weeks, well-being, wellness, Whole Foods

Happy woman with fruits and veggiesDiet. I shiver just hearing the word. Don’t you? How many have you tried? Most importantly, how many have failed you?

Food is always a part of our life experience. In my home country of Sweden, we socialize a lot around food. In the world of fitness, proper nutrition is vital for making progress and increasing energy levels. As a child, food is a necessity for growth and development, and as we get older, we become more aware of our diet’s impact on our longevity. So why then do we get lost in the middle?

10 Weeks to a Better Body and More Energy

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: 10 weeks, 10-week program, better-body, bikini body, calm, confidence, daily walk, endorphins, energy, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, hike, motivation, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stress, walk, week 1, week one, well-being, wellness, work out, workout

woman after workout

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! In Los Angeles where I live, it has already started: The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping louder outside my window and I’m starting to feel that subtle energy change, both in my personal training clients and in myself!

This is the time when there is so much “newness” happening that I like to use it as a catalyst to create a resurgent flow of energy for the rest of the year. The best thing about creating this flow of energy is that the byproducts can include a fitter body, more energy and an influx of self-confidence.

But I can’t stress enough that change takes time. Starting too many things all at once usually ends in exhaustion and a feeling of “I MUST DO” instead of “I WANT TO.” One of the best ways to overcome the inertia and the absolute best way of creating a habit and sticking to it is to change slowly and repeat the new positive pattern over and over again. And over the next ten weeks, that exactly what we’re going to do!

How to Keep Your Workout Routine Anything But Routine

Marc Santa Maria by Marc Santa Maria | January 9th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: cause, celebrity trainer, charity, dance, exercise, Fitness, fitness instructor, friend, motivation, music, personal trainer, race, Rhythmica DVD, ritual, rut, sticking to a fitness routine, walk, work out, working out, workout buddy, workout clothes, workout playlist, workouts

Workout RoutineA “routine” is a sequence of actions that are regularly followed — in other words, a fixed program. I love a good routine. In my head, I call them rituals, because it makes it seem more special. For example, every morning I have my coffee-making ritual. I’ve got my special glass where I heat the milk (via microwave), and I use this really cool milk frother immediately after. It adds an extra “wow!” to my morning drink. Right off the bat, it puts me in a great mood and is an awesome start to my day.

Have Money, Want Happiness? Try a Life Coach

Kimberly Delaney by Kimberly Delaney | January 5th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth | tags: accomplishment, achieving goals, change, coaching, life-coach, motivation, positive thinking, reinforcement, resolutions, setting goals, therapist

The more than 50,000 life coaches in practice worldwide will tell you that money can, in fact, buy happiness — if you’re willing to do the work. Critics see them as unqualified, amateur psychotherapists, who might do more harm than good. Although there are training programs for coaches, it is an unregulated industry, and most coaches are not certified. So, can life coaches really deliver what they promise?

Be Like a Kid: Making Exercise Fun Again

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | March 16th, 2011 | 24 Comments
topic: Family Health, Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: children, dance workout, exercise partner, exercising outside, Fitness, fun exercise, kids, motivation, overcoming fear, walking, working out, workout buddy

Kids Outside Jumping

If you’re trying to add more activity and movement to your life, one place to look for inspiration is your children. When we were kids, we never said, “I have to go exercise.” We just wanted to play and move. Here are four things about being active and healthy that you can learn from kids:

Wake Up and Work Out!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 11th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss | tags: alarm clock, bed, caffeine, clothes, coffee, dark, daylight savings, dvd, early morning, fall, Fitness, gear, light, motivation, night, sleep, time change, wake up, winter, work out, workout

Woman drinking water after a workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kirsten Palmer

As we move deeper into fall, the days are shorter. While I hate to see my evening light end, it will make it easier to get the boys in bed! What I dread most is the morning darkness. It makes it so hard to get out of bed, particularly when I try to fit in “me” time before the kids wake up. In my house, that means getting up pretty early, unfortunately!

10 Ways to Stay Motivated Even as the New Year Buzz Wanes

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | February 3rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: diet, exercise, food, health, motivation, new year, nutrition, resolutions, the firm

by The FIRM Master Instructor Kelsie Daniels

From time to time we all need a little motivation. Whenever I need to refocus my efforts, which can happen quite easily after the initial buzz of a new year wears off, I take a look at my top ten list. It changes a little from time to time, but for the most part, these are the principles that keep me on the right track. They are in no particular order, because they are all equally important.

Start the New Year with a Motivational Mantra

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | December 14th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth | tags: health, healthy, healthy lifestyle, inspiration, inspirational, mantra, motivation, motivational, new year, new year's, new year's resolution, phrases, Quotes, resolutions

freytagfeatureThe new year is just around the corner! January evokes resolutions. Many folks will commit to things like weight loss, more exercise or fiscal responsibility. Yet sadly, only a small percentage will follow through. I’m not saying that resolutions aren’t worth it. I love any opportunity to commit to a healthier and more thoughtful lifestyle. But how about this year, creating a New Year’s mission statement for yourself or a themed phrase or “mantra” to use all year long.

Hate Exercise? Get Hooked on ‘The Feeling’

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 15th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss | tags: endorphins, motivation, sticking to a fitness routine

istock_000002300898smallPropel Fitness Water used to run ads with the slogan, “FIT HAS A FEELING!” That slogan has really stuck with me because I believe it’s true: There is a feeling that comes with exercise. While you may not be able to put your finger on it, it’s there. When my alarm clock starts buzzing at 4:30 am, there is a feeling that makes me get up. It’s deep inside, but as tired as I may feel, I love getting out of bed to work out!

‘Good Enough’: Better than Guilt-Induced Inaction

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | April 7th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness | tags: finding time to exercise, guilt, motivation, positive-thoughts, self-talk

istock_000007010512smallI am an addicted multitasker. Sometimes I feel really good about that — and sometimes not so much. Many of us can survive on very little sleep to pull off an important project at work, prepare a holiday dinner for 20 relatives, coordinate the entire family’s events while still doing laundry, paying the bills, helping with homework … Yet often we feel it isn’t good enough; we should have been able to do more … like fit in a workout. Ironically, guilt, failure and regret leave us feeling overwhelmed and paralyzed. So when you find yourself in “not good enough” mode, take a deep breath and take action.