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just cuz it hurts doesn’t mean it works!

9 Aug

On an average day of work at Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs I see a handful of people doing exercises with improper form.  Sometimes they just need a small tweak or two in the way they execute the exercise and sometime their form is so grossly off that I wonder what they are trying to accomplish.  I absolutely understand that not everyone knows the proper mechanics and it is this very fact that often deters people [especially women] from doing any strength/resistance training.  It is only normal to start out as a novice and then, with the tutelage of a certified professional, become more knowledgeable.  Eventually you can make your way around the weight room with an understanding of which exercises work which muscles, and the proper form for lifting.  I commend and respect those folks who take the time and make the effort to learn to train properly.  It makes a world of difference: results come quicker and last longer, injury is avoided, and with it all comes the satisfaction of knowing things are being done properly! 

But what drives me nuts more than anything else is when people exercise with improper form and then say “wow I’m so sore today, that was a GREAT workout yesterday!” At the risk of sounding crass and a little harsh, here’s a little newsflash: just because it hurts doesn’t mean it works!!!! Yes it is absolutely true that the day(or two) following resistance/strength training, the muscles worked will feel sore [and should have at least a day of rest before they are used in this capacity again].  This is due to muscle hypertrophy, or the growth and increase in size of the muscle cells.  This is a good, healthy thing and is indicative of gains in strength.  However, there are PLENTY of other reasons why muscles may be sore the day after a workout.  Lifting weights in a way that makes your muscles hurt/ache/feel sore during the exercise itself or after does NOT necessarily mean you’re doing things the right way.  Bones, ligaments, tendons,  nerves, and other important parts of the body can be severely injured doing exercises improperly. 

Don’t put yourself at risk for injury, don’t be an inefficient exerciser, and don’t be your body’s own greatest risk.  Take the time and make the effort to work with a trainer and learn how to do things properly.  Your body will thank you!

Ready to do it to it?!?! Email me and lets WORK IT OUTTT!!!!!  lucky13fitness@gmail.com

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summertime sloth syndrome?

6 Jul

Snow; sub-zero temperatures;  sunset long before the work day ends; layer upon layer of clothes; waiting 15 minutes while the car warms up.  All the tell-tale signs of the dead of winter.  The world goes into hibernation as the temperature drops, and the desire to hit the gym or pavement drops with it.   WHY am I talking about the Winter Workout Blues in the middle of JULY on a 90 degree day?!  Well, because I think some of us experience a summertime version of the Winter Workout Blues- the Summertime Sloth Syndrome.

What is the Summertime Sloth Syndrome?  It sounds a little something like this: Its hot…no, its H-O-T….10 minutes in the sun and it’s a sweatfest.  And did anyone mention the humidity?!?  For some people it can be just as miserable as the snow and bitter cold of winter.  We get fatigued from being in the sun and the thought of exerting any extra energy to work out is nauseating.  All we want is to be inside the A/C or on the beach with a breeze and a cold beverage.   On top of all this, summertime is vacation time.  Whether its a weekend getaway, an extended trip, or even just a bunch of “staycation” BBQs, there’s always something to celebrate during the summer.  And all of this hearty eating and drinking can derail us from healthy habits.   Put all these factors together and Voila!, Summertime Sloth Syndrome (SSS).

How can we beat the dreaded SSS?  Its time to get creative and incorporate exercise into things that are FUN.  Working out does not always mean treadmill sprints, lifting dumbbells, and being confined to a gym setting.   Think about what you like to do, and then add an exercise twist!  If it’s too hot for a run in the neighborhood, try biking or rollerblading along a river, lake, or pond!  Hit the beach per usual, but this time bring your TRX suspension trainerand get a GREAT workout in the sand!  More fun can be had at the beach: play Frisbee, Nerf Football, or have races in the sand!  Want to be even closer to the water??  Go kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, or tubing!  On a day that’s overcast and a little cooler, go for a long walk or hike.   No matter where you are, there’s always a workout waiting to be discovered.  Get creative, people!!!

This summer there are NO EXCUSES!  Don’t give in to SSS!!!! Reclaim your healthy habits and make your workouts FUN this summer!

What about you? How have you made your workouts fun this summer??

“cheat days”- we all have them

1 Jul

I get into conversations with people ALLLL the time about my diet- what I eat, what I don’t eat, and how I manage to “eat so healthy all the time!?”   I get asked questions like “Don’t you ever crave cookies or cake??”, “How can salad be so satisfying? Wouldn’t you just rather have pizza??”, and “Oh come on, eating so healthy can’t be that satisfying!”.

Truth is- yes of course I crave sweets and other “forbidden foods”;  while I absolutely truly love salad, sometime I DO want pizza; and eating healthy IS satisfying but I fully admit that I have my “cheat days”.  I break the rules every so often- I eat candy, cake, cookies, hamburgers, french fries, nachos, and maybe even some Munchkin donuts!!  Not all at once of course; but in small bits and on an infrequent basis.  Yes you read that right- I sometimes eat the food I consider to be JUNK!    And I do it because its only human to have cravings and equally as human to allow myself a treat every once and a a while.

I truly believe that it is because of the occasional treat and “cheat” that I am otherwise able to keep a healthy diet full of whole, REAL foods.  95% of the time I eat unprocessed foods that came directly from the ground, a tree/vine, or an animal.  I am aware of what I choose to eat and drink, and I compliment my healthy eating habits by exercising regularly and maintaining a generally healthy lifestyle.  Because this is the case 95% of the time, I allow myself to enjoy and splurge the other 5% of the time.  The key here is that the splurges are the EXCEPTION and not the rule.  Save them for special occasions- holidays, birthdays, important dinners, etc.

With the 4th of July holiday weekend here, it will no doubt be a time where we are surrounded by tempting foods at parties and BBQs.  Whether its potato chips, double chocolate brownies, BBQ ribs, cookies, ice cream cake or anything else that makes you salivate, don’t restrict yourself to the point of being miserable.  Instead do the opposite- plan to indulge during this special occasion.  Pick your favorite treat and allow yourself a small portion of it.  Be sure to take your time eating it- don’t shove it all in your mouth at once.  Enjoy each bite, savor the texture and flavors and really let it be an experience.  It’ll satisfy any cravings you’ve been having, and you’ll be less likely to binge on unhealthy foods in an unplanned way.

Food is delicious and fun.  It is made to be enjoyed so do just that!  All foods can be enjoyed in moderation and even the fittest, most health-conscious person can “Cheat” once and a while!

Have a HAPPY and safe 4th of July!!!