The Aerobics Way

By Oscar

Remember when aerobics classes were the most popular way to get and stay fit? Back then, most of the aerobic routines were similar; it wasn’t too difficult to switch from one class to another and still be able to follow the steps.

categoriaFitness commentoComments Off dataOctober 19th, 2012
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Fitness for the Motivationally Challenged

By Oscar

There are basically three kinds of people when it comes to instituting and maintaining a fitness program: those who always adhere to their program, those who occasionally stick with a program, and those who haven’t worked out since their last high school gym class!
If you are in the first group, congratulations! You have achieved a permanent behavior change that will maintain your health for a lifetime. However, for the rest of us who workout occasionally or not at all, we are going to outline the specific (scientifically proven) methods to change your behavior.

Behavioral science tells us that there are three reasons that you are not consistently adhering to a fitness program:

You lack adequate knowledge about the benefits of a fitness program and/or don’t know how to get started.
You lack the motivation to start and maintain a fitness program.
You lack the physical skills to engage in a fitness program.
Since I have been extolling the benefits of the proper diet and fitness program for some time now, I’m assuming that anyone reading this article is fully informed as to the benefits of exercise. If this is not the case, please read any of my previous articles about exercise on this Web site. This should give you a good “no nonsense” understanding of the benefits of regular exercise.

So, assuming that we have all the knowledge we need to start and maintain a fitness program, this article will focus on your motivation.

We know we should eat healthy and exercise regularly, yet we just can’t seem to bring ourselves to do it. Is this behavior or lack thereof, a handicap?

Should we get a special parking place in front of the health club for the “motivationally challenged”? No, and that last idea sounds good, but no! Although it may feel like a handicap at times, it is simply a behavioral issue.

categoriaFitness commentoComments Off dataOctober 4th, 2012
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The Athlete in You

By Oscar

To reach your boldest fitness goals you don’t need ab-blasters, potions, pills or lotions. Just ignite the athlete in you . It’s free, it’s permanent and it’ll improve more than just your fitness.

Many of you are saying, “I don’t want to be a world-class athlete. I just want to lose these doughy rolls Super Glued to the sides of my abdomen!”

It’s not about being an “athlete” in the strict sense of the word. Heck, training for a living is for crazy-people. But I believe there is an “athlete” in each of us. It’s part of our genetic makeup — a basic human desire that has been subverted by modern society.

Consider this: We can play our favorite sport passionately for hours without a thought. You’re completely in the moment, you lose all sense of time and you are playing, not “working out.” That’s when the athlete in you is fully alive. The calories burned are a natural consequence of having fun, not the focus of the workout. Now, put me on a treadmill and count my calories for more than 20 minutes and I start weeping.

If you can consistently tap into your innate athletic passions, you will reach levels of fitness you never dreamed possible. But it’s time to give up the rote fitness activity and start really having some fun!

The best athletes in the world all seem to share six basic qualities. Consistently incorporating two or more of these concepts into your routine will create enduring transformations in your workouts and in your life.

categoriaFitness commentoComments Off dataSeptember 14th, 2012
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An Alliance Between Healthcare and Fitness

By Oscar

A new alliance between healthcare services and the fitness industry, the Recovery & Beyond program was created by HealthSouth, an outpatient service center, and FitLinxx, an electronic wellness resource. Recovery & Beyond seeks to improve quality of life for patients, and tocontain healthcare costs by helping patients comply with their healthcare providers’ recommendations.

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Doing Good Can Lead to Doing Well

By Oscar

Generosity has come a long way since feudal
ages when the “gentry” gathered up the wealth of the land and “generously” gave a little back to the common folk. Then, there seemed to be an obligation to do good, but only after one had done extremely well.

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Achieving virtual professionalism

By Oscar

When Fitness Management was still in the concept stage, we envisioned it as “the magazine for professionals in adult physical fitness.” We saw the need for professionalism in the industry, and knew a few good examples of it. We also knew that the word “professional” was not the first to occur to the public mind when the word “health club” was mentioned.

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