MONDAY's MOJO

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You don't want to workout because. . .what?

  • There are a lot of people out there with a lot of excuses on why they do not work out.   Do you know some of these people OR are you one them.  Either way, here are a few myths that I have heard and as a trainer, let me share some truths with you.

I am burning plenty of calories according to my workout machine.

  • Most workout machines are not accurate because the machine usually doesn't know your true body composition.  Every "body" is different and a machine spits out similar information for everyone that used the same treadmill or elliptical.    If you want a more accurate number work with your personal trainer.

If I workout longer at a lower intensity, I will burn more fat.

  • There is some truth to this but not completely.  Once you hit the threshold of burning up all your carbs, then you begin to burn fat.  So, depending on what type of exercise you are doing and for how long determines how much fat you are truly burning.  A low intensity will take a much longer time to finally start to burn fat.

I like being a woman and look like a woman. If I start to lifting weights, I will bulk up!

  • No, no, no. . .women have too much estrogen to bulk up.  Lifting weights burn more fat over a longer period time and not for a short period of time like running or cycling.  Women will tone up, get firmer but will NOT bulk up.

Exercise is one sure way to lose all the weight that I need to lose.

  • There are a lot of people that start to workout and they do begin to see changes but over time, they may hit a plateau or feel like they are not progressing fast enough.  In order to see significant changes, you need to workout AND eat right.  Eating better/cleaner will definitely have a positive effect on your weight loss.

No pain, no gain. . .right?

  • I have seen it time and time again in many gyms.  People believe that if they workout until it hurts, there will be definite change in their bodies.  The only change you will find is PAIN and you will not gain from being in pain.  You should not workout at a level where you are in pain because how you going to workout the next time or even be motivated to continue to workout? It's one thing to be sore after a good and safe workout but never to feel pain. . .just because.
  • Remember that an hour a day is only 4% of your day and that 4% can alter your mind, body and soul.  You have to keep your body in motion, especially now a days where many of us sit in front of a computer for most of the day.  Move that body, forget all the myths and ask your local fitness trainer what will work best for you!

BOTTLE DRAMA
Water Wednesday
Many runners are wondering if our plastic water bottles 
belong in the recycling bin.
By Christie Aschwanden

As a runner/athlete, we are known to have water bottles at our side at all times.  It is important to feed our moving muscles oxygen and having our bottles of water is the fastest way to do just that.  

But how safe are our water bottles? Studies have shown that leaving water bottles in cars or reusing the same water bottle can be harmful to our health.  These plastics release toxins in our bodies that could possibly lead to cancer and other harmful diseases our bodies can not fight off.   Read more and educate yourself on "bottled water".   Find out what plastics are being used and if manufacturers are really filtering the water that you drink.  Remember, the soda companies that are behind bottling water are also there to make a profit.  Nic Akins

They're in our cars and gym bags. But due to recent warnings, many runners are wondering if our plastic water bottles belong in the recycling bin. Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical in polycarbonate bottles, has been linked to cancer, reproductive issues, and endocrine damage in animals. And while research is needed to determine whether BPA is dangerous to humans, animals given low doses of BPA—an amount equivalent to what people are presumed to ingest—have experienced health problems, says Scott Belcher, Ph.D., a runner and cell biologist at the University of Cincinnati. The FDA says polycarbonate bottles are safe, and a panel from the National Institutes of Health concluded that there is only "negligible concern" regarding BPA's effects on adults. Still, many people (including Belcher) prefer to avoid BPA. And the industry has responded: Nalgene has stopped making their bottles with BPA; Patagonia has pulled polycarbonate bottles from store shelves. Because runners can't stop drinking on the go, we asked some experts to weigh in on the plastic bottles available.

Bottled water
The polyethylene terephthalate ethylene (PETE) in these bottles doesn't contain BPA, but when scratched or heated, other chemicals could be released into your water, says Kathleen Schuler, author of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy's Smart Plastics Guide.Expert's take: Use just once.

Soft plastic bottles
Low-density and high-density polyethylene (LDPE, HDPE) bottles are BPA-free, but the plastic degrades with heat and harsh soaps.Expert's take: A good choice, but hand wash and rinse regularly. Water that sits too long develops a plasticlike taste.


Old Nalgene bottles
These were made of polycarbonate, which contains BPA. BPA can get into water, especially when the plastic is heated. Expert's take: Federal regulators consider these bottles safe, but Belcher recommends BPA-free versions.


Motivational Monday

During the weekend and every weekend, I have the privilege to be a part of approximately 90 individual fitness lives each week. That's not a huge number compared to some of my colleagues but when you are a group fitness instructor and see the dedication of members that come to your classes week after week. . .its more than just being in front of people directing them on what to do. Once I realized that what I provide for them is a handful of motivation, I want to bring my best!

One of the reasons why I believe in fitness and running for everyone is the satisfaction you feel when you complete anything with your body you didn't think you could achieve. Visualizing yourself as a different person, a new person makes you want to run an extra mile, do an extra sit-up or just push yourself to the next level.

In the classes that I teach, I have a person of every age, physical ability and ethnicity. Some that walk through those doors would not be considered an athlete according to "society's" standards but MAN, forget about "society's" standards. If you enter the room, sweat and push yourself. . .you are an athlete. If you are thinking about taking a class, boot camp or join a running club, do not get hooked up on what others look like or be intimidated by the instructor. Even thou you are there for "you", everyone there wants to see you succeed in your fitness goal.

Look, obesity and living an unhealthy lifestyle is growing at CraZy rate! It is estimated, for the first time,  that our children will have a shorter life spam because of the non-activities in their lives.  When you walk through the malls or grocery stores, it's almost the norm to be over weight and it doesn't have to be that way. Physical fitness should not be a chore or something that is not fun to look forward to, it is part of your lifestyle. With my participants, they know that they have to work hard but it will be fun and rewarding at the end.



Let's fight obesity together and support each other to be in the best shape of our lives.  Happy  Monday!




NEW MUSIC MONDAY

RUNNING TO RELIEVE STRESS
could be good. . .could be bad
The past two weeks have been challenging for me and when I get challenged, I am MORE than happy to go for a nice long run.  With work, my girl's schedule and planning for upcoming events there are times when my thoughts become like a shattered 1000 piece puzzle that I have to put back together in a minimal amount of time.  My heart starts to race and I pace the floor like crazy! I don't like bringing those stresses to my family so I quickly grab my running shoes and head out the door.  For me, it calms me down and the run starts to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  After about 30 minutes or so, I am cruising and my plans become more solidified and ready to go.

Now, yesterday was a different story.  For the first time in a LONG time, I let a marketing disagreement really get to me at work and I couldn't get out the door fast enough to run/shake it off.  My body was tense, my mind was on fire and anger pretty much took over.  Needless to say, I got home to pick up my daughter and paced a hole into my kitchen floor...no, not literally!  When I was finally able to hit the pavement, I bolted down the street like a locomotive! I looked down at my MOTO and my pace was a whole minute and a half faster than usual.  I couldn't slow down, my face was so tense, and I literally could not relax!

When your stress is so high that your body tenses up, you can actually injure yourself.  Depending on what your body can handle, environmental conditions and definitely your mindset. . .the stress can take over, increase your heart rate and push your body right into an injury.

From a Runner's World article published in 2009, in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport reported that triathletes who had to recently deal with a "minor life event" or "hassle" (family, work, health or financial issue) were more prone to injuries than those under less stress.  Another study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine reported that elite athletes were more likely to get hurt if they competed while angry, confused, fatigued, tense or depressed.  

In order to use running as a stress reliever, there are a few things that you need to consider and have worked for me for nearly 20 years (other than the pacing).  First, you have to find a way to calm yourself down before a run.   I really believe that when I start to pace, this is the first phase of my body taking over the stress.  I usually go over every detail of a disagreement or situation and when it takes over my thoughts, I start to pace.   The pacing begins to calm me down and the rational side of my brain starts to kick in.

Doesn't your watch
say this?
Active stretching before a run or workout can help as well.  When you prepare your body, focusing on how you stretch and move those limbs is a great way to get your mind under control and off the stress.

Next, if I hit the road or even the gym I don't take the hardest, hilliest route or pack on the weights in the weight room.  I take the flattest course, pack on the lightest weights and hit an area that's open but not overwhelmed with people.  This helps take those puzzle pieces and put them in place one by one in my head.  Keeping my pace at a comfortable pace helps me take control of those negative thoughts and I start to feel stronger.

Lastly, this is kind of off the subject but chocolate has become my BEST friend on rough days.  I use to restrict myself from those little chocolate bites of sin but now, I keep small portions in my desk or purse and splurge from time to time.  (Yours could be a cup of Joe, your favorite little candy and hopefully not a bag of chips).  Of course, you have to watch what you eat but to treat yourself DURING a stressful situation is OK! Heck, I won't talk about ch'ya!

Just be careful when heading out for a run when you are stressed. It's not worth pulled a muscle or any other physical injury that will keep you from doing what you love.  

You have control of what goes on even when you think you don't.  Remember that and keep moving.  
Happy Running!