At times I would make use of the fitness facilities in where I used to live. In the workout room I had access to a variety of cardio equipment such as a treadmill, bike and elliptical trainer and the usual primitive multi use circuit machine that is often more of a pain to use then anything.
Free weights and were my staple there, and I remember one day when I was super setting stationary lunges with dumbbells and hanging leg raises. This was 'Leg Day at Home' at its best. Moving to the sound of my breath, I focused on each rep, making eye contact with the person in the mirror.
The sun is out, and it's a warm Las Vegas day. Training at home is normally a quiet experience since the gym is often vacant. As I finish a set of lunges, in walks another gym fanatic. He sets down his gym bag and does a few stretches before stepping onto the treadmill and stretches some more. As I begin moving into hanging leg raises he looks to me and asks "Do you mind if I turn the TV on?"
"No go ahead, I'm just too lazy." I replied, and continued on with my set, then thinking about how funny my reply was. Too lazy to turn the TV on, yet I am in the gym busting my butt, literally.
Priorities are what it boils down to. For me my primary focus was to get a good workout in, and get on with my day as soon as possible. My peer had the more laid back approach, and chilled with his treadmill and channels.
What Are Your Priorities?
Do you often find yourself trying to find the right program on TV before you begin eating, only to find that after 10 minutes of finger twitching there is nothing on and you settle for the usual news? If fitness matters to you, make a point of eating your meals on time and be conscious of what you are eating.
If your TV is putting you into a Clockwork Orange trance and you suddenly look down to see your food is gone, you may feel as though you didn't even eat since your mind was on something else.
Whenever possible, try eating in silence with either a fitness magazine, or listening to music. Look at your food between bites; enjoy the color, shapes and textures. In doing so you will feel more content at the end of your meal and less likely to want seconds or dessert.
What Are Your Priorities At The Gym?
Are you more concerned about training during peak hours, when the sexy muscle boys and girls are in full motion, than you are for being there training for you? Find a time in the day that allows you to have the most affective workout.
Waiting for benches and machines is not affective, and your time wasted will show. If you are motivated by hot bodies then go for it, but make sure that when you are training you can focus on you. It's you that will be at the summer barbecues and beaches and will you be ready?
Choosing A Gym:
Do You Make Sleep A Priority?
Did you know that sleep deprivation can result in weight gain in the abdominal area? It's true and something I am sure you are not thinking about when you decided to watch an hour of TV before bed, or when you had the opportunity to nap one day, you opted for getting extra work done.
Working is great, and playing is great, but getting enough sleep is one of the most important keys to losing weight, lowering stress and building muscle. Aim for seven to eight hours each night and if you need a nap in the day, take 15 minutes and you will feel refreshed upon waking.
Balance Your Training:
Recently I moved into a new home, so I no longer have access to the common fitness room I often decided not to use. For months I took it for granted, and never even stepped inside. Do you have access to a fitness area in your building? When was the last time you used it?
I made the mistake of not even visiting the main gym where I train, and took eight months off. In fact from July, 06 - April, 07 I visited the gym to train legs only. My pole dancing school and job teaching took hours from every day, leaving me with little energy. As a result my cardio has suffered.
Pole dancing is an amazing workout; however I know that cross training with cardio would have benefited me, and today I am learning how to balance my pole dancing instructing with weight training and cardio as I prepare for the Canadian Nationals, June 30th. 2007.
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Actress, Dance Instructor, & Fitness Model!
I know that as busy people in a Starbucks nursed society, we may not take time for ourselves and our health. It would be long before you look back and wish that you did. Take 15 minutes every day to use the gym in your building. Make a point to get eight hours rest each night. When you are sitting down to eat, enjoy your food with music or a book. At the gym, workout!
Make YOU a priority. Learn from what you have been doing or not doing, and if your patterns are not helping you reach your goals, change. If you are not seeing change and results from what you have been doing the last three to six months, if you continue to do the same things, you will be in the same place in another three to six months.
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