MakeTimeForFit – January Fitness

Here’s a great way to keep track of your health and fitness goals to kick off the New Year!

Each day add the challenge to whatever you were planning to do for the day. These challenges, either a workout or nutrition challenge, will keep you accountable throughout the month. Soon you’ll form healthy habits that align with your goals which will lead to results!

Once you complete each challenge post a picture on instagram, twitter or Facebook and tag me @maketimeforfit with #maketimeforfit. I’ll add your name to pot each time and raffle off a MakeTimeForFit T-Shirt at the end of the month. The more you stick with it and post the more chances you have to win!

Happy New Year!

DOWNLOADABLE LINK: JANUARYFITNESS

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Move of the Day – Bent Over T-Bar Row

I love working my back in different ways. There is the T-Bar machine so it’s really preference because that will get a great workout as well. I like using this set up because I can easily change grips. In the picture I’m using a rope attachment from the cable machines but there are many other ways to do similar moves. You could use a triangle grip attachment or a wide bar attachment or you could place your hands close together and make a more narrow row – the possibilities are endless. I like using the rope attachment because it really engaging not only my back and glutes to keep my back straight and supported but also by biceps are flexed during the move. Be smart when lifting up weight for back exercise – you need to use your legs to get into the proper form – improper form can lead to injury and you won’t be lifting anything for a while!
Try doing this at a weight you can get 10-12 reps for 4 sets!

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Move of the Day – Butt Kick Series

After I do a heavy lift on leg day I like to finish with some smaller muscle groups to really get that burn! I promise you if you do these three moves you will feel the burn and help shape a nice round booty!

1. Fire Hydrant – in a dog plank lift on leg laterally keeping knee bent. You’ll feel this is your abductors and your obliques!

2. Donkey Kick – in a dog plank extend leg out and raise to be in line or above your back. Remember to squeeze it as you extend.

3. Straight Leg Lift – in a dog plank extend leg out and lift it up and down squeezing into your glutes at the top. This move will help you lift your booty and strength your hamstrings!

Do each of these moves 25x on each leg…4 times! Alternate sides and I PROMISE you will feel that burn. The results will be worth it!

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For a more advanced version add a resistance band – example here

And for you own personalized workout program email maketimeforfit@gmail.com today!

Invest in your health

Many of us wake up and think “today I’ll be healthy,  no junk food,  I’ll get a salad for lunch,  and I’ll get a workout in.” But as you go about your day,  things change up a little.  It’s a co workers birthday and lots of (delicious) cake flowing around the office. Or you get slammed and have to order pizza because you don’t have time to get lunch.  Then you decide to just pick up Chinese food on the way home because you don’t feel like cooking and the gym?  Ha no way, not today!

Once you realize that everything you put into your body will effect not only the way you look but the way you feel, you will be more careful or your food choices. “It’s too hard to plan ahead and really expensive to eat healthy.” Not really – when you think of how much you spend on fast food each week and not to mention the money you’ll be spending on medical bills as you get older.

There is no price for a healthy life and you are in complete control of it! Not to say you have to make every meal and go to the gym every day – just be aware of what you are ingesting and how much you’re exercising. Take pride in yourself and fuel your body with the right stuff!

Start today! Email maketimforfit@gmail.com for your personalized workout program! I will work with you to fit a program into your busy schedule!

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How is your New Year’s resolution going?

So it’s February 1st.
 
Shockingly if you look at this graph from Frobes.com you’ll see more than 36% of those with New Year’s resolutions have already given up!

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Are you one of those people in the 36%? I’m not here to patronize just here to remind you that, there’s still time.
 It doesn’t have to be December 31st for you to set new goals.  That’s all a resolution is really, just a goal. 

Here are some ways to get back to achieving your goals!

Be Specific
Setting a big picture goal is great but having multiple big goals can be a daunting task. 

♢Instead of “I want to lose weight” try “I’m going to cut out fast food and candy.”

♢Instead of “I want to read more” try “I’m going to read this book in February,  this book in March.”

Narrowing down your goals makes them manageable.

Be Positive
Often times when we fail we are over come with guilt and fear that we aren’t good enough. Stop beating yourself up so much! Not sure where I hear it or read this quote but I wholehearted agree with it!

One positive thought in the morning can change your whole day

Many things that cause us pain, stress and anxiety in life are simply based on our reaction to them. It’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake – it’s how you deal with that mistake that makes all the difference.

Keep your head up and keep working to your resolutions – Happy February 1st!

How to do a push up

Push ups are great full body move. They require not only upper body strength from chest and shoulders but also the core, glutes and legs for stabilization and good form throughout the move. So many people end up doing push ups wrong thus putting them at risk for injury. 
Here are two modifications that will help you gain the strength needed for regular push ups.

Move 1: one leg push up

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Start with knees on the floor but as you lower yourself straighten one leg.  This move helps strengthen your core, helps prevent low back sag and replicates the form you’ll want to have during a regular push up.

Move 2: power up push up

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This move is a step closer to a regular push up.  It allows you to practice lowering yourself with no assistance but placing knees on for at bottom of move to press up, power up, through chest. Again this move helps with proper form and technique of av regular push up.

Try incorporating these moves 3-4 times a week and I promise you’ll gain the strength needed to do a regular push up with good form and technique!

You vs You

Everyone is at a different place in life and same goes for fitness – everyone is at a different place. Everyone has struggles and successes so when you see someone that is where you want to be, before you take even a second to get discouraged – know that someone is looking at you, wishing they were where you are. STOP COMPETING – just try to get better than YOU were yesterday.

Take pictures, take measurements, keep a fitness journal and track YOUR journey. Scales can be very misleading so ditch the scale and look in the mirror – that’s your competition.

 

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