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Change Your View, Change Your Outcome

We’re well into the new year and you may have noticed lots of those new people from a few weeks ago are now missing on the gym floor.  These individuals had the wrong approach to hitting their goals.  They likely didn’t look for coaching, a plan or a goal to reach for.  They set a resolution and decided to exercise in 2015.  Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between exercising and training and no one told them that changing your view can dramatically change your outcome.change your outcome

Exercise can be a chore.  It isn’t a whole lot of fun.  It’s boring.  It’s probably the same thing every single time.  Exercise can be goal oriented but often doesn’t revolve around a goal that is SMART or well defined.  There isn’t particularly a plan when you walk through the gym’s doors to exercise and that can spell disaster.  While it is possible to see progress through simply exercising, odds are you’ll end up taking one step back for every two forward and be pretty close to where you started in year’s a time.  Exercise doesn’t usually come with a nutrition plan based on what kind of activity you’ll be engaged in or a proper recovery plan, all of which can hamper progress and prevent success.  Exercise doesn’t push you to try new things.  Exercise is all about right now.  I’ll sweat now.  I’ll burn calories now.  Change your outcome, or lack thereof, by starting to train.

Training, in contrast, is not about now.  It is much more than ‘physical activity’.  A training program has a definitive moment when you will be tested at some point in the future.  There is a deadline and a plan.  A training program designed to help you reach an attainable goal in a reasonable amount of time will have structure and focus.  It will have accountability through check-ins, periodic testing and a nutritional element.  You will do things you don’t enjoy so you can have success at what you love.  Your workouts will be efficient and effective every single day.  Work and social engagements will not prevent you from doing a day’s workout.  And you will see progress, no matter what your goal is.

Making the choice to change your outcome means deciding to stop exercising and start training.  Set a specific goal and become better.  Track your workouts, be efficient with your time in the gym, fuel your body properly and take each workout seriously.  You don’t have to be an athlete, you just have to think like one.

Coach Meredith

Exercise Demonstrations

This week’s entry features a few of our favorite exercises along with YouTube videos showing you how to do them properly.  You can check them out right here on FitNicePT‘s very own YouTube channel!

Exercise Demonstrations

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10 Reasons to Get in Shape this Summer

Since everybody has a different definition of ‘getting in shape’, here’s the one we’re using now: being ‘in shape’ means having a baseline of cardiovascular endurance, strength, muscular endurance and flexibility.  While there are thousands of reasons to be healthy and work hard in the gym, these are a few of the best:

  1. There are two types of cholesterol: good (HDL) and bad (LDL).  Exercise has been proven to reduce levels of LDL and increase levels of HDL.
  2. Exercise lowers high blood pressure, and also helps prevent it.
  3. Hitting the gym helps you sleep better.  Not because you are exhausted from all the activity, but because people who exercise fall asleep faster and sleep longer than those who don’t.
  4. Lifting things in the gym decreases risk of injury outside of it.  The stronger, leaner and more flexible you are, the less likely you are to injure yourself.
  5. Increases the total number of calories you burn, and your resting metabolic rate as well.
  6. As any doctor will tell you, daily exercise strengthens your immune system.  It also decreases the number of sick days you take.
  7. One out of two women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis.  Keep bones strong by exercising and prevent it.
  8. Reduces the risk of both colon and breast cancers.
  9. Exercise improves self-esteem.  If you have lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, sleep better, and stop getting hurt, you will feel better.  You will look better.
  10. And most importantly, exercise is fun!