Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, and all of your family’s delicious recipes, there is plenty of opportunity to lose sight of your fitness goals and gain a few more pounds than you expect. With a few helpful hints and a little bit of discipline, you can easily be the exception to the rule!
- Make your Fitness Routine work with your Holiday Schedule:
Have you noticed that your routine is falling off at the end of the day because you have to go shopping, decorate the house and prepare food all at the same time? Waking up a little earlier to get your work out in first thing in the morning may help!!
Having a consistent strategy is always an important part of every day life. As well as the importance of maintaining that consistency, getting the exercise part of your day out of the way in the morning will bring you to the rest of your tasks with more energy and less stress!!
- Don’t skimp on the vegetables!
This is as simple as it sounds. Vegetables are FULL of fiber, which means they work wonders on your energy and metabolism. By filling your meals with different types of vegetables, taking in a handful of those big holiday meals won’t stick to your thighs so easily!
- On BIG meal days, set limits!
This time of year that many of us spend with family is meant for us to enjoy! However, counting calories is not anyone’s favorite passed-time… We recommend, instead of spending your holiday meals distracted, set limits on the foods that you know you want to indulge in. By maintaining a cap on the amount of each of your favorite holiday treats, you are not abandoning your fitness goals and you are enhancing your inner strength with just a hint of self-control!
- Get out of the house!
Just because it is cold outside, doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to do. Visiting your local activity Center may provide you with multiple indoor sports to play with your family, and who could forget about Ice Skating! Your entire family will benefit from the time spent together and the physical activities. Getting a little cold just to warm up again with the ones you love most doesn’t sound like too much torture, right? Right!
- Drink your water!
Teachers, parents, fitness instructors, families and friends have been kindly reminding us on a regular basis how the body cannot perform without water and if you are starting to get thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Well, it’s true! Through the holiday season, it can get a little difficult to be sure you are drinking enough water, what with the cold weather and the holiday spirits. Just remember, staying hydrated will help your body heal faster when those inebriating elixirs become a little bit too exhilarating. Not only will you cure that morning-after headache, your brain will operate clearly and your metabolism will process everything you indulge in at a higher rate! Drink up!
Is there a secret to being a successful group fitness instructor? Well, aside from being a certified instructor within the number one fitness program around the world. Members of the Tae Bo® Fitness Family gain instant advantages just from being part of a world renowned fitness program that has lasted over 30 years. Do you know what every Tae Bo® Instructor should master to take their business to the next level?
Successful group fitness instructors need to be able to teach students from all three learning styles simultaneously. They need to be able to give clear and detailed verbal instructions while providing visual reinforcement at the same time. Group fitness instructors use ‘cues’; such as a word or number to prompt an upcoming action or event, adding visual reinforcement to these verbal cues will strengthen your teaching ability. For example, during a Tae Bo® Basic Class you call out an exercise that focuses on ‘the obliques’, palpate the obliques on your own body as you give the verbal cue. Or if you call out ‘4 more Tae Bo® Jumping Jacks’, hold up 4 fingers at the same time you call it out. Adding these simple hand gestures to your teaching style will enable you to teach your students through ‘3-part cues’, which is the most efficient way to address any type of class or audience.
Being able to instruct a group fitness class using 3-part cues allows all of your students to easily understand as well as keep up. After all, any large group of people will have students from all 3 learning styles present. The auditory learners who learn easiest by listening to spoken direction, the visual learners who learn best by seeing and watching a demonstration, as well as the kinesthetic learners who learn best through ‘hands-on’ experience and participation. If you can master the 3-part cue, you will be able to connect to those students who have felt like they could never keep up in group fitness workouts.
In addition, keeping the word ‘don’t’ out of your workout vocabulary will not only keep the environment positive but it will reduce the chance of unwanted actions or movements. Think about it, if you say ‘don’t forget to breath’ or ‘don’t let your knees go past your toes in the squat’, you are actually giving a negative instruction. Processing a negative direction is difficult, especially if you are in the middle of a Tae Bo® Workout and are actively listening for the next cue. Using the word ‘don’t’ actually puts the unwanted action at the forefront of a student’s thoughts, increasing the possibility of it occurring. By using positive cues such as, ‘keep breathing’ or ‘keep sitting back so your knees stay behind your toes’, you avoid bringing attention to any unwanted action or behavior.
Can you believe that the success of a group fitness instructor can be this simple? Give it a try and see the difference it makes in your own classes. At first it might require extra focus and seem unworthy but after using 3-part cues consistently for a short period of time, they will become just as natural as being a mirror image for your students is. You have already proven your instructor skills by becoming Tae Bo® Certified; why not master the ability to teach using 3-part cues and take your teaching skills to the next level.
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Join Billy Blanks for a Tae Bo® Fitness Basic Certification camp at Master Kovaleski’s, Karate USA. The camp will take place on 10/27/2013 from 4:30pm-9:30pm.
Location: 802 Main Street Dickson, PA 18519
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Making your “Nutrition” doable.
Obedience is the “key” to success. Where most people fall short of “eating clean” is consistency. When people decide they are going to “clean” up their eating it’s funny what a drastic “180” they take with their food choices. It’s as if what they enjoy to eat no longer matters. Will power has fallen from the sky and soaked them with its greatness.
The only issue is that most people’s forecasts aren’t calling for willpower. There’s a better first step, one that is more productive in the long run. Rather than abandoning what you know completely and eating food you don’t like, make a list of foods that you DO like. This will help you put into perspective what foods you actually enjoy eating and where those foods lie in the category of foods that the majority considers healthy.
Here’s an example of what my favorite foods are, and what would show up on my grocery list:
PROTEIN: Meat=Beef (Any kind) Poultry=Chicken (not just boneless skinless chicken breast!), Turkey (not lunch meat, like REAL turkey) Dairy= Greek Yogurt, Cottage Cheese Fish= Tuna, Salmon etc. Others= Whey, eggs, Pork and all red meat
FATS: Nuts=(All of them), Nut butters (Any kind), Oils= Coconut, Flaxseed, Olive Others=Avocados, Sunflower seeds
VEGTABLES: Kale, Carrots, Rainbow Chard, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes etc.
FRUITS: Bananas, Blueberries, Raspberries, Apples, etc.
CARBS: Quinoa, Brown Rice, Oats
Make sure to choose the foods you enjoy the most in each of the main categories. This should be the main compilation of your shopping list. The next step is where most people get frustrated because they are unsure of how and what to use together. This is where you can use the web to search for healthy recipes, with the specific foods you have on your list, you can also ask friends and family. This will also give you variety in your eating as well as being able to try new things. Thus giving you your “meal plan”. And if all else fails, take a step back and take a look at your list again. Alter what you need to; it’s all trial and error with food.
These are your first steps in moving forward and “clean eating”. Remember your not “on a diet” it’s a lifestyle change.