How to Write a Fitness Plan: Components of Fitness

Writing a Fitness Plan can help you gain strength and self confidence when you see your workout having the results you want.  In part one of this series, you learned how to set a goal.  In this post, learn what the components of fitness are and how you use them to write your plan.  Get your paper and pencil or trusty word processor and get started after you watch the video.  If you think this info. could help someone else try your hand at being a fitness coach and click “like” or “send” below.

 

Confused? Leave a comment and I will try to help you get a clearer picture!

How To Write A Fitness Plan: Setting Your Goal

Exercise can increase strength, improve your self-confidence and relieve stress, but you have to have a specific goal to get the most out of your workout. I’ve had many, many people say to me, “I want to lose weight.”, or “I want to get in shape.”, but they are not sure how to go about it.  Here is a video “how to” write a fitness plan. Let me be your personal fitness coach and break it down into easy to follow steps.  Part 1 is on how to set your goal.  You can also see part 2 here.

1.  Watch the video.  It’s only about 3 minutes long.

2. Get out your paper, pen, i-pad, whatever, and write your own goal.

3. Post your goal here.  I will help you tweak it if you need to.

 

Online Fitness Coaching: Fitness Partners by Accident

My hubby is my fitness partner by accident.  How does that happen? I was thinking about how over the last 25 years , Bob and I have become fitness partners quite by accicent and it has been good for both of us.

For many many years, hubby lived the sedentary lifestyle.  This was much to my amazement. He had been an athlete in high school, but after graduation did not give exercising or healthy eating a thought.  No amount of encouragement from me could get him off the couch or his hands out of the chip bag.

Then, at age 40, he decided to start exercising.  He began to ride a stationary bike I got for Christmas.  It’s a good thing he made this decision.  It probably saved his life.  When he rode, he started to have a pain between his shoulder blades.  His family has a history of heart attacks at a young age.  He decided to go get it checked out and ended up getting a stent in the “widowmaker” artery that was blocked in his heart.  The widow would have been me….so I’m glad it all turned out the way it did!

Now he had to exercise and eat right.  Motivated mostly by fear, he began a running program and went on a low-fat diet.  I wanted to be supportive, so I also went on the diet and started t0 run.  The low-fat diet had a lot of tasty recipes and it wasn’t long until we both started to lose weight.  Hubby worked his way up to 5 miles per day and decided to enter some 5ks.  I am not much of a runner, but I would go along when he ran outside.  I couldn’t keep up with him, but we ran together on a cinder track near our house.  When he did a 5k in Southporte, NC I signed up for the 1 mile fun run. After while, I had to drop out of the diet because I was starting to be uncomfortable sitting on the floor or hard chairs. (I was losing weight in places where I sort of needed it!) So I added some snacks each day and tried not to indulge in front of him too much.

After quite a few years of this routine, the overuse injuries started to get hubby down.  He couldn’t run as much.  The fear factor was starting to wear off and he wasn’t sticking to his low-fat diet as well either.  Enter a friend who lost about 30lbs doing P90X.  Hubby decided he wanted to try it.  He ordered his P90X from the internet.  Of course I wanted to be supportive, so I decided to do it with him.  The first three days just about killed me (and I was already exercising regularly 5 days per week).  Then the results started to happen for both of us.  He gained upper body strength and I discovered I did have abs after all! I eventually could do some pull-ups and I had never been able to do that before.  This really increased the self-confidence.   We were both in the best shape of our lives.

About a year ago, hubby got a new, very sweet job that offered the services of a personal trainer.  He is able to work out to a plan tailor made for him and he can work out during his lunch hour.  I continued to be supportive by doing P90X plus and ChaLean Extreme at home.  Unfortunately, the weight krept back on for hubby, even though he was working out.  He scheduled an appointment to see the company nutritionist and asked me to go along.

Basically, she said he needed to make a conscious decision to change the way he was eating, especially on the weekends.  So now we are both eating more lean meats and fresh fruits and veggies and eating less bread, pasta and other starchy carbs.  We are also limiting desserts or changing the types of desserts we eat to more healthy choices.  We spend a lot of time planning meals, buying the groceries carefully and paying attention to when we are full.

Having a fitness partner can really make a difference when you are trying to change the lifestyle you are living and make it healthier.  It’s been working for Bob and I for quite a while.  If you would like a fitness partner or fitness coach contact me!

Food for Your Mood

Do you find yourself  cranky and irritable? Are you sad and blue at times.  Are you lethargic, lacking energy?  Something we overlook when trying to deal with these issues is what we are eating.  If you are looking for ways to improve your mood, you should look in your kitchen cupboards.

The National Institute of Health says that 20.9 million Americans suffer from mood disorders and this number has been increasing since 1975.  At the same time the rate of obesity has been increasing.  Coincidence? This fitness coach thinks not.  It’s the types of foods we are eating that, in my opinion, are causing the increases in both.  Chemicals in our foods affect our neurotransmitters.  These are the brain chemicals that allow our brain cells to communicate with each other.

What types of food are bad for your mood? Things like caffeine, alcohol, sugar and white flour.  These types of foods spike your blood sugar.  Your body reacts by bringing your blood sugar down, leaving you lethargic, fatigued, sad and grumpy.

What types of food are “good mood foods“?  Fresh fruits and veggies.  The antioxidents and vitamins will help you sleep, prevent depression, reduce fatigue, increase energy, reduce stress and protect your brain cells. Swimming fish, lean meats, nuts, beans, non-fat dairy and egg whites will improve your mood and memory, generate mental clarity and fight anxiety.  Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals get the credit.   Whole grains will give you complex carbs to raise your seratonin levels.  That’s a neurotransmitter that acts as a natural anti-depressant.

You should shoot to eat “good mood foods” 75% of the time if you want to think more clearly, enjoy more energy and improve your overall mood.  So how are you doing with eating this way?  How could you improve?  I would love to hear from you!