Posts Tagged ‘September

Find that inner inspiration to change your life

- September 3rd, 2011
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Good news: You can expect to see much more of Carrie Campbell. The five-foot-two yummy mummy will be sharing her fitness expertise with Keeping Fit blog readers via regular contributions — including weekly videos!

(Note: This is the first in a special series of guest posts by uber-fit Montreal mother of two Carrie Campbell.)

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Is There a Definable Difference Between Motivation and Inspiration?

Society uses the terms “inspirational” and “motivational” interchangeably all the time. As a personal trainer and life coach, I have heard these two words spewed out non-stop in the middle of classes, lectures and workouts. I quietly cringe every time I hear someone refer to me as a “motivational” speaker. My mission is simple, to inspire.

It is quite simple really. Motivation is external. Inspiration is internal.

Every New Year’s Eve, billions upon billions of people around the world set a resolution that they are going to lose 10 pounds in January.  They are motivated by the start of a new year, the in-your-face reality that time is ticking and they better get cracking. On January 1st, and probably through until about the 9th or so, they are “motivated.”  Friends are doing it. All the gyms have discounts on memberships. The new fad diet that promises a total loss of 20 pounds in one month. Herein lies motivation.

However, when January 9th hits, those external motivating factors have lost their exuberance and all that is left is the overwhelming feeling that there is a mountain to climb.

Enter “Inspiration.”  Inspiration comes from within. On January 9th, when the motivation is gone, there needs to be something left to inspire the pursuit of these newly set goals, otherwise this is where the wheel falls off the cart.

Inspiration is personal, it is unique to each and every individual. Of the many moms worldwide who have embarked on my Mom Fitness Makeover, I know for a fact that they all have different sources of inspiration. Take the time to find out what inspires you. When you find it, you will know. Every time you think about it, you will have a visceral response deep within that gets you excited about pursuing your goals.

CarrieCampbellCompetesAs a fitness competitor with a very rigorous workout schedule, a finely tuned gram-counting daily diet and not to mention the emotional peaks and valleys of competing, I go to my inspirational task list daily to ensure that I stay on the path that I have laid out for myself. I am no superhero and there is no magic pill. I commit to making sure I am right where I need to be.

Here are some ideas of how to build an inspirational task list into your day:

• Find blogs that you enjoy reading that resonate within you and speak to the goals you have set for yourself.

• Write down quotes which you connect with emotionally and tape them up throughout your house.

• At the end of the day, count your successes, no matter how small they are (ie: eating 2 pieces of pizza instead of 6)

• Early in the morning, before you get to the daily grind of your day, list all the things that you are grateful for.

• Seek out people who you find particularly inspiring and schedule to connect with them regularly.

• Find a fitness/nutrition goal that you are passionate about. (ie: if you hate running … don’t plan a program on running)

The list could really go on and on but I will stop there as I am sure you are seeing the trend.

Fitness and nutrition goals are more sustainable and more successful when you feel inspired to reach them.

How many times have you walked into an aerobics class or personal training session and felt pumped the entire time you were there by the energy that was emitted for 60 minutes, only to leave and head home and realize the motivation is gone?

The trainers and the teachers did their job while you were there.

The true power to change and transform your life lies within you and only you.

Don’t settle on temporary motivation.

Find your inspiration.

Stay Sexy,

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Find my website at: HowDoesSheDoItMom or MomFitnessMakeover

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Fall into fitness this month

- September 1st, 2011

It’s Self-Improvement Month.

To help inspire a healthy September, Chicago Healers practitioner Valerie Early, RD, offers the following list of reasons and advice to start the month right with daily exercise:

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• Two out of three adult Americans are overweight or obese. The risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and death increases as your weight rises.

• Diabetes risk is eight times higher in overweight women and six times higher in overweight men.

• Obesity accelerates aging even more than smoking.

• Cognitive (mental) performance improves with exercise.

• Regular exercise in younger years reduces Alzheimer’s risk by 60% later in life.

• Exercise helps with stress management.

• Daily activity reduces depression and anxiety symptoms. This is especially true in women.

• Neurotransmitters like serotonin are increased in the brain when you exercise.

• People who exercise have higher quality sleep.

• Muscle mass decreases 40%-50% between the ages of 30 and 80.

• Physical activity increases muscle mass, increasing the metabolic rate (the ability to burn calories).

• Active people report a better sex life and libido.

• Exercise, especially strength training, increases testosterone levels.

• Physical activity promotes self-esteem, and self-empowerment soars.

• Fit people reports higher incomes and job satisfaction.

A lifelong habit

How can you make regular exercise a lifelong habit? If getting started on a regular exercise routine feels overwhelming, you might start by doing any kind of movement (walking, stretching, or using a yoga DVD) for 10 to 15 minutes every morning for at least three weeks. It generally takes three weeks to establish a new habit.

For those who have been inactive for a long period of time or may have a health concern, please consult with your physician before starting an exercise program. You may also consider hiring a certified personal trainer to help you develop a routine tailored to your needs and body fat loss or health goals.

About Chicago Healers

Chicago Healers is the U.S.’s pioneer prescreened integrative health care network, offering a comprehensive understanding of each practitioner’s services, approach, and philosophy.

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