A Vacation from Exercise?

Spring Break!  Have you had yours yet?  Well, you’re probably one of the many who do not get to enjoy a spring break anymore.  You may look back on your college years and relive the glory days of beach, beer/booze, and whatever else was going on.  Do you miss those days?  I guess the only other way to get a spring break would be if you work for a school district or if you’re taking classes at a university.  Not a bad gig, then!  I’m currently on a spring break of my own, although jeez the break on this blog has been way too long.  It turns out teaching & training gets a bit in the way of my ‘free’ time. As a Wisconsinite, I’ve been a part of the one of the worst winters in the history of this state.  I’m sure all of you fellow locals can agree.  It. Was. Freezing.  When it wasn’t freezing, it was snowing an inch or two here or there; enough to annoy you and turn the roads to crap.  Fortunately, it appears as if spring is on its way.  Easter Sunday brought highs in the mid 70’s, although it’s dipping back down in the 40’s again.  Enter my Spring Break….now!  In roughly 12 hours, I will be boarding a flight for Austin, Texas. 88, 91, 91, and 93.  That is what weather.com is telling me for Austin throughout the next few days.  YES.  Thank you very much.  I am beyond excited to head south and relax, soak in the sun, and visit with friends.  Plenty of activities are planned – touristy stuff, good eats, drinks, and even some workouts.  I repeat, and even some workouts. This all leads me to the topic of this post.  Vacation workouts.  How do you feel about them?  Have you bothered to try working out on vacation?  If you’re someone who is trying to reach your goals, specifically weight loss, I highly suggest fitting in some exercise somewhere!  10 Ways to Workout on Vacation  The article is a quick read and gives some basic tips to squeeze in those workouts. I find this to be helpful, encouraging, and motivating, especially if you have been kicking ass at the gym and following a steady routine.  Why waste it and fall back into a rut?  Most people end up messing up their diets on vacation, which is understandable.  This isn’t a post to preach about healthy eating on vacation.  What this is about is to do your best to continue working towards your goals and getting in a little workout.  There is probably a great chance you can do it! For me, I’ve already packed my workout stuff.  I already have a plan of what days I’ll be getting in exercise.  Luckily, the people I am staying with are active, as most from Austin are, which is great!  We have already discussed running in and around a beautiful park/lake.  I’m going to desperately try to go hiking one of the days as well.  Exercising outdoors is so awesome. With all that said, I hope April has been kind to you, and that you had a wonderful Easter. Keep at it, Patrick

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What is Your Excuse?

Getting into a workout routine can be difficult.  You have to actually get to the gym, maybe change clothes, then actually workout!  Whew!  After a long day at work, most of us would prefer to just got sit on the couch and call it a day.  Yet, the last time I checked, the couch potato diet wasn’t one of the best ways to lose weight or get in shape!

I’ve got good news.  Having an excuse is OKAY.  Yes, I said that.  Let me hear them.  “I’m too tired”.  “I’m too busy” “I’ll go tomorrow”.  There are so many more, but those are a few examples I hear.

You misunderstood me.  What I meant to say is that having an excuse is okay.  However, that does not mean an excuse to skip a workout…how about having an excuse TO workout?

My excuse is that it will make me look better.  What is yours??

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Go ahead, find your excuse!  I’ll see you at the gym!

Keep at it,

Patrick

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The Right Mindset

What is your attitude towards fitness?  Is it a struggle to go to the gym each day?  Or are you the type that enjoys going to the gym?  Everyone has a different opinion about the gym and about fitness overall.  In my experience as a trainer, I have met a lot of different people.  I have been on both sides of the fence when it comes to attitude towards exercise.  I used to be someone who didn’t ‘get it’.

I heard a fascinating idea about a month back.  I was in a meeting in which the presenter was discussing a ‘fixed vs growth’ mindset.  While the guy related what he meant to the business world, my mind was already racing around and figuring out how this best applies to the fitness world.  I immediately felt that this was something to share with my clients!

A “fixed” mindset is basically when people believe that their basic qualities are fixed traits.  Examples would include “I’m not a runner”, or “I’m a guy, I shouldn’t be flexible”.  These type of people are known to document their talent instead of developing it.

In a “growth” mindset, people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work.  They might feel that their intelligence is just ‘the beginning’ of what’s yet to come.  Examples would include someone who decides to run a 5K after being sedentary their whole lives, or someone who wants to put on muscle and is willing to pick up the weights.

I really had never thought about discussing this with clients until I was reminded of this outlook on life, business, or health.  We all should have a positive outlook and growth mindset.  It’s cliché, but you can really do anything you set your mind to!  I went from running a few 5K’s to a full marathon!  3.1 miles all the way up to 26.2.  I used to be afraid of weights, never thought I could lift a barbell or do a chest press.  Never thought I’d be able to apply what I know and get a personal training certification because I wouldn’t understand the science!  Well, all of that has come to fruition.  You, me, us, them….we’ve only just begun.

Keep at it,

Patrick

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