Fall is my favorite time of the year to exercise because I do 99% of my workouts outside. It is beautiful right now!
I actually feel weird when I exercise indoors. Even though the temperature is always nice and I don't have to worry about this weird neighbor I have who pulls out a chair and watches me exercise, I don't like it as much.
That is a weird twist because I used to do nothing but gym workouts. I started to wonder why that is, so I did some research. Turns out researchers have proven that there are some awesome benefits to exercising in the great outdoors.
Top Ten Reasons You Need To Exercise Outside
1. 50% greater improvement in mental health over gym workouts.
2. It decreases tension, anger, confusion, and depression (know anyone who could use less of those beauties?).
3. Increased rates of exercise compliance (easier to stick to your workout routine).
4. Vigorous, outdoor exercise increases energy and alertness better than a cup of coffee.
5. Much higher Vitamin D levels. In a related note, people with low Vitamin D levels are twice as likely to be overweight than people with normal to high levels if Vitamin D.
6. Helps you sleep better at night.
7. Test subjects scored 50% better on a creativity study after exercising. Side note, you have to go phone/MP3 free for this one to work.
8. No need to worry about germs on the equipment or waiting on the guy who is reading a novel while camped out on the piece of equipment you need.
9. Better way to increase your fitness level, especially for runners. Dealing with wind, temperature changes, different terrain, etc... makes your body work harder, expend more energy, and become more resilient.
10. Adventure Boot Camp is outside. This has been scientifically proven by the way.
0Man my toes are killing me! Do you get many blogs that start like that? Every Sunday I do a circuit style workout with my wife and son. Great family time and it is a quick and effective workout. We did 30 seconds on 30 seconds rest for 4 round of: -Battle ropes -Kettlebell goblet squats -Kettlebell single leg deadlift (right leg) -Kettlebell single leg deadlift (left leg) -Pushups -Hip thrusts -Sprints In 28 minutes you get a full workout in. But back to my toes... Why are they sore from all of that? Because I kicked off my Sunday shoes! When was the last time you kicked off your shoes and ran barefoot as fast as you could? It really is an amazing thing that will give you a flashback to your childhood. Plus running in bare feet feels much better on my knees and strengthens your feet and toes (the reason for the sore toes). When my son was about years old, he looked over at me and said, "Hey daddy let's take our shoes off and go run in the grass!" I can't turn that offer down. And neither should you. You don't have to run fast and you don't have to run far, but I encourage you to give it a try. It will be worth it. Just be prepared to have grocery feet afterwards.
waste and fit in some physical activity.I've recently taken on some things in my life that have really cut down on my available workout hours. I'm very lucky that I am able to drop off and pick my son up at school. Family time is not something, I'm willing to compromise on. Getting up earlier is not going to happen either, 4am come early enough. So what am I going to do? Go back to being fat? No thank you. Although I have to make a confession. I have daydreams of letting myself completely go. Eating like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day if you have ever seen that movie. It's a pretty sweet daydream.
01. Don't be like Racquel Welch Have you ever seen the sprinters in the Olympics? These are the fastest people on Earth and they have huge upper body muscles. Why is that? Fast arms, make fast feet. If you run with your arms motionless and in by your side like Racquel Welch dancing on Seinfeld, you are not going as fast as you can. And if you missed the Seinfeld era, my sympathies. Try following these cues: arms bent at 45 degrees, keep your hands loose (don't clench your fists), let your arms swing back and forth (not across your body), and think about driving your elbows back as opposed to pushing your hands forward. These things take a little practice, but can really help.
"Get comfortable being uncomfortable" is a phrase I have always liked. When it applies to other people :) It's always a little rougher when you are talking about yourself.
We live in a world where every convenience can be taken care of. Want some water when you get thirsty? It is everywhere! Hungry? Try to drive 5 minutes without seeing a fast food place, grocery store, or convenience store that carries food. Houses and cars are heated and cooled. My wife's car even has those sweet bun warmers in her car. We aren't uncomfortable very often. So when we do become uncomfortable, it freaks us out a little and makes us back away. When you are running, do you stop because your legs would not move any further or because you were very uncomfortable? Same with lunges, squats, presses, etc... I want you to redefine your limits. Chances are, you already know where you are weak. Start there. For me, it is the running part. I'm not a big fan of it. So that's what I will be working on the most. What is it for you? The best way to become strong is to work on your weakness. One of my weak spots in life has always been public speaking. It wasn't a problem when I was working for other people doing one to one personal training. All I had to do was show up and train. For any business owners out there, you know that you are your business. You have to be out in the public eye to grow your business. I will go speak in front of any group, any time anywhere now. I'm not comfortable doing it, but I am comfortable being uncomfortable so I do it. I still get nervous. I still feel like I am going to throw up. But I know that it won't kill me, despite my dangerously high heart rate. This weekend I am even teaching a fitness dance class for charity. Talk about being out of your comfort zone... This one might actually kill me, but it's for charity so I'm in. Are you comfortable in your workouts? I'm not saying they are easy workouts, but are you comfortable? Can you finish every set you do? Do you always feel like you had something left in the tank after a run? Are you going through the motions in the class you are taking? If so, I challenge you to pick it up a little. Use heavier weights, run a little further, try that class that scares you. You know what happens after that? You see it was not as scary as you thought. Then you will continue to conquer your goals and redefine your limits. It will not be easy, sometimes it's not much fun, you won't be comfortable, but it will definitely make you improve. Get comfortable being uncomfortable and the sky is the limit.
This one is things to simplify your life, like using a straw to remove the stem from a strawberry. Which works really well if you've never tried it, by the way. Push the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and it pops the stem right off at the top. Just don't believe the hype on the folding a fitted sheet one. That is impossible and can only be done by people born on a Leap Year during a full moon. I wanted to offer 3 Fitness Hacks that are fairly simple, but can speed your results up. Problem 1- You're not a "regular" person Constipation can not only cause you to hold onto excess weight, but can also lead to painful health problems. Solution- Go against the usual advice This may sound counter-intuitive to traditional advice, but research has backed it up. If you are suffering from constipation, try reducing the amount of fiber you take in. Also, make sure you drink a large glass of water right when you wake up in the morning. Problem 3- Your knees cave in when you squat Just like your heels coming up, the knees caving in places strain where you don't want it and prevents improvements. Solution- Shove your knees out This is more of an awareness thing. Think about 4 steps when you are squatting. 1. Sit back, instead of down (push your hips back) 2. Shove your knees out and keep them out on the way down, as well as the way up 3. Keep your chest up 4. Push through your heels as you stand up If your knees continue to cave in towards each other, try wrapping a mini-band around your knees as you squat. I use this one from Perform Better. Helps give you a better feel for how you should be pushing out with your knees. Hope you found these helpful!
This is a great circuit if you are looking for an awesome way to finish off a workout or maybe get in a quick burst of exercise. Set a timer to go off every 30 seconds (I use the free GymBoss app on my phone), switch exercises every 30 beep with no rest breaks, and give an all out effort on each exercise. If you don't have a kettle bell, you can use a dumbbell, a milk jug, anything that has weight! Deadlift- keep knees slightly bent, push your hips back, keep your back flat, lower kettlebell towards the floor, drive through your heels, stand up tall, and squeeze your gluteus. Don't round your back and don't lean back at the top of the movement. Swings- knees slightly bent, push your hips back, wrists come in contact with your thighs, bottom of the kettle bell is facing behind you, forcefully push your hips forward, and let the momentum from the swing power the kettlebell up. Either swing the kettlebell up over your head or to shoulder level. Don't squat (think of it as a hip hinge), don't lean way back at the top of the movement (think about standing up tall and squeezing your glutes), and don't drop your head down between your knees. Goblet squats- grab the kettlebell by the horns (the handle) with your thumbs inside the handle. Squat down, keeping the kettlebell in close to your chest until you get your elbows inside your knees. Stand up by driving through your heels, keeping your chest up, and standing up tall. Single leg deadlift (both sides)- Stand on your right foot, grab the kettle bell with your right hand, your left leg will go up in the air behind you as you push your hips back. Keep your right arm straight as you lower the kettlebell towards the ground. Push through your heel and stand up tall. Make it harder by putting the kettlebell in your left hand. Make it easier by using a wall or any sturdy object to help your balance. Repeat on the other leg.
Summer time is the time of year when there is a lot of travel, schedules are all messed up, workouts are tough to maintain, and healthy eating routines go by the wayside. But now, the kids are back in school! It's ok to smile, they're out there learning and stuff. It's time to refocus on your goals and regain control of your fitness. So I am offering three things to help motivate you. 1. $50 off to anyone who joins our boot camp that starts September 9th and does a 30 Day Cleanse and Fat Burning System. Combining an effective exercise program with a cutting edge nutrition system will guarantee your results. Register for class---->HERE 2. Speaking of guarantees, here is mine to you. If you try boot camp and you are not happy with your results, that is unacceptable. I will not only give you your money back, I will pay you the amount you invested in boot camp. Either get results or get paid. You do not have to participate in the 30 day plan to get this guarantee. And since the 30 Day Cleanse and Fat Burning System also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee, you have zero risk. 3. We are also trying something new this month. A transformation contest! Each person that wants to participate will put in $20 for the opportunity to win 3 prizes: -all the money -a free month of boot camp -a makeover from Felecia McInnish Huntsville's Makeover Maven, which will include a Consultation, Haircut & Style, and Makeup. The top three finishers will all get one of those prizes. They will get to choose in the order they finish. The winners will be chosen based on weight lost, body fat percentage lost, inches lost, and exercise improvement. This is going to be an incredible month of changes, come join in the fun!
0Football season is almost here! Half the women I know are rejoicing, the other half are doing whatever the opposite of rejoicing is. I am a proud Auburn graduate, but I have to admit I like the way Nick Saban approaches getting the job done. Here is a great quote about why his programs are so successful: "Well, the process is really what you have to do day in and day out to be successful," he said. "We try to define the standard that we want everybody to sort of work toward, adhere to, and do it on a consistent basis. And the things that I talked about before, being responsible for your own self-determination, having a positive attitude, having great work ethic, having discipline to be able to execute on a consistent basis, whatever it is you're trying to do, those are the things that we try to focus on, and we don't try to focus as much on the outcomes as we do on being all that you can be." You can apply all of those things to your own exercise program. Getting results is a combination of all the things you do to make a difference. 1. Being responsible for your own self-determination You have to set goals that mean something to YOU. Not your doctor, not your family, not your friends. You are the one that is going to have to do the work, so focus on what works for you. 2. Having a positive attitude Every morning you wake up, you have a choice. You choose what attitude you are going to have that day, just like you do the clothes you wear. Wake up and put on that positive attitude shirt and watch your days get better. 3. Having great work ethic/discipline It is not easy to stay healthy. It is not easy to go into every day fighting that fat loss battle. Staying in great shape is a constant grind that is too much for a lot of people. You've done hard things before, why not apply that hard work to the most important thing you have? Yourself. 4. Focus on being all that you can be Focus on getting healthy first. Doing the things it takes to get results: eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep, healthy stress relief. Concentrate on doing those things first, not weight loss or how you look. When you change that mindset over and pour your energy into the things it takes to get results, rather than wasting time looking in the mirror at your problem areas, it makes it much easier to get rid of those problem areas! You will get there, keep doing the right things.
Drenched Huntsville Article A few highlights from the article if you don't have time to read it right now: -The race ends with a 100 foot Slip 'N Slide -Awesome quote from the race organizer "This isn't a competitive run or a race by any means. Come out to be a kid again and not take yourself too seriously." -The race benefits United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Huntsville & Tennessee Valley, Inc. -The price goes up tomorrow (August 22) but you can use coupon code DRENCHKIDS to get $10 off. Join a team to get another $5 off. (We have a team Adventure Boot Camp if you are looking for one) -Packet pick-up is a pool party at the Huntsville Marriot 1 - 7 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Huntsville Marriott, and the run's finish line features a water balloon fight. -You can register for the race HERE Also, you get a free boot camp class from Huntsville Adventure Boot Camp! They asked us to do a boot camp class from 8-845am the day of the race to get people "extra sweaty". We feel ready for that task, so I hope you can join us!