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Bringin’ Back Your Mojo

It’s so easy to get into a routine and feel like you’ve hit a plateau. Your body is not changing, you aren’t as energized as you used to be and you just go through the motions to get in a workout.

What’s it going to take to inspire you again? You need to re-ignite your mojo. Two solutions:

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

If you find yourself doing the same exercises week after week, in the same sequence, your body is going to adjust. Monday cardio, Tuesday Tabata, rest Wednesday, Thursday Tabata, comfort-zoneFriday cardio. There is a lot of comfortable anticipation and you may have stopped pushing yourself hard in each workout. It is critical to get out of your comfort zone. Change it up.

Instead of running on a treadmill for 30 minutes – change it to intervals. 5 minutes at 6mph, then 2 minute sprints at 7.6mph and repeat. Keep that going for 30 minutes, increasing your speed a little more each set. You will be much less bored and your body will be shocked into having to react to a new movement.

During your HIIT class, contract your abs the whole time and set yourself a goal of jumping the highest in the class…measure it – seek it out. Push yourself.

Keeps your muscles and body guessing…and readjusting…and changing.

Find The New

I was in my normal weekly routine (with a few summer schedule quirks) and scheduled to teach Tabata outside at my pool club and no one showed (tough summer vacation schedules!). Instead, the tennis director offered me a one hour private session. Holy kicked-my-ass. I was so rejuvenated, pumped up and excited I could not contain myself. I had a perma-grin the remainder of the day. I was so energized from the change, I came home and ran another 40 minutes outside (which I also never do) – from pure exhilaration of something new and challenging my body in new ways.

Find something new to get you excited. Try rock climbing – go for a hike – try a new class – something to remind you how much fun it is to challenge your body.  Change your playlist. Set yourself a new goal – “I will run 3 miles in 26 minutes.” Find a partner in crime and run on the beach – or try kick boxing.  There are so many clubs, gyms, boutique studios that offer free or reduced trial classes. Take one week and try them all: Barre, Trampoline, HIIT, Yoga, SLT… call it your exercise renewal.

You will be exhilarated by the change and it will trickle down into future workouts.

Finding the new will give you that extra spring in your step and change in your body.

 

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Stop The Creep

Three Topics – One Theme.

Summer Panic
Summer is creeping up and all I keep hearing is “I’m not ready!” It’s like everyone is preparing for a fitness competition and feel the need to cram to get into shape. Well, it’s officially creepinJune. I think it’s safe to say that there are not going to be any miraculous changes in the next few weeks…nor should there be.

Your “beach body” should be your everyday body and aspiration.

The Summer Spiral Trend
This infamous trend, which I equate to the Holiday Spiral Trend, is trying to get in shape really fast and then gorge yourself for the next 2 ½ months to then feel the gnawing need to go on a “super diet” after the summer to get the extra weight off.

No, no, no. Here’s the thing – the summer is the perfect time to be more active than ever. Enjoy the outdoors, sweat a little more, eat more fresh veggies and fruits…and yes, have that summer cocktail. You’re burning more calories, so enjoy. But, as always, it shouldn’t be all or nothing.

Keep the creep in check, as you would every – other – day.

Find The Sexy
While teaching this past Saturday at Fitness Factory, I was admiring the ridiculously fit body of a women the fitness director was training. I watched him work her hard and she killed it. I finished my class, and went into his office where they were chatting. He said to me “She thinks you’re sexy.” I kinda giggled to myself and thought “she thinks I’m sexy?!” Here I was admiring her. I was so taken back by the thought that she looked at me with pure appreciation of the hard work another woman is doing to look good, as I was doing of her. I told her I thought she was sexy too & her body rocked and how much I appreciated her offering positive reinforcement vs. immediately being judgmental – as women tend to do. You have all experienced it – you see a fit, good looking woman at the gym and you immediately start creeping on her.

Let’s find the sexy in each other and let other women know it. It will brighten your day and hers.

Make Life Easier
Time is not on my side. It literally creeps up on me. I turn around and Wa-BAM, the day is over. It’s the time suckers that kill me – the food shopping for the unusual organic brands, meal planning, preparing and eating (that takes time too).

I have decided to simplify my life to free up more time. Here are some gems I have found that not only give me back some of the clock, but makes so many other aspects (read: stress, frustration, mindless thinking) a little easier:

Just Farmed:  “…a seasonal, organic and sustainably farmed local produce fresh farm box delivery company” that delivers once a week, straight off the farm, right to your door. For a mere $35/week (that’s what I spend on drinks during soccer practice). https://www.justfarmed.com/

Amazon Fresh – for all those Fresh Direct luvas out there – this choice selection includes a little extra special sauce. Prices are excellent, organic choices are abound and if you order at 9 pm, you can have your groceries delivered to your door by 6 am. No joke. They deliver in recyclable bags, which you simply leave out when your next delivery is scheduled. And there’s no gimmicky delivery schema. Over $50 and it’s free. Oh, and first time customers get a smokin’ good deal.  Just google “Amazon Fresh Coupon”.

Plated. I am a little biased on this one, as my husband is the CMO of the company, but nonetheless, it has changed my life. Complete, healthy, sustainable, pre-measured meals with recipes… delivered right to your door step. Take it out of the box and cook it in an average of 30 min. And taste? De-Lish. Takes all the guesswork out of picking, shopping, creating recipes and overall time creeping. It’s almost fail-proof. And it has opened my eyes to so many new food choices vs. rotating the same 5 meals every week. Here’s all you need to know (and a discount): Plated In A Nutshell

No. No kick-back on these suggestions (well, it does help my husband’s bottom…. line, that is 😉 I just like spreadin’ the wealth of good finds.

So let’s stop the creep and keep it movin’.

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What’s Your Excuse?

I have a neighbor – his name is Dick Walther – and I call him the bionic man. He is going to be 93 in June and runs circles around most people. His level of energy, IMG_1310enthusiasm and his positive disposition is contagious. He was just highlighted in the “Hero’s Issue” of Tennis Magazine and is the winner of USTA’s 2014 Senior’s Service Award and inducted into the USTA Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame. He is a former engineer and fought in World War II and started playing tennis in the 1940’s. However, it wasn’t until after retirement that he enrolled himself in a Professional Tennis Registry certification course and began coaching at Kent Place School… at the age of 75. He also started the Summit Tennis Association and revitalized and revived multiple tennis courts across the city to repair them for more active play and give back to the community. He still plays in the USTA League event in the 90-95 age group. Dick inspires me.

Dick is the perfect example of the premise mind over matter (my daily mantra in my classes and discussion in a previous blog post) and the notion it is never too late to make things happen.

Once again quoting Deepak Chopra’s book “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind,” based on quantum physics, he advises on how to “defeat entropy,” to “believe” enough to control physical changes and to “reinterpret your body” to create renewal. By practicing these philosophies, we can elongate our lives by perpetuating healthy physical reactions within our body, starting on a cellular level. Chopra’s premise is that the more positive our mind is, the more beneficial the effect it will have on our body.

For example, as a society, we naturally anticipate retirement and have a mental image of what that entails. We tend to fall into that role and our minds and bodies begin to shut down – thinking that is the end of our active life. It is believed this has a direct correlation with a decline in health and increase in disease. Those societies that are not privy to retirement – ie. the IMG_3036farmer who has no choice to feed his family, will work until he can’t work anymore. His mind frame never shifts to “it’s time for my steady decline until I reach the end of the road.” They naturally live a more active, longer life because they never consider the alternative. Similar to the story of Dick. He has never quit or believed it is time to stop.

If you believe in it, it can happen. If you visualize yourself doing it, it becomes real. If you are fearful or convince yourself it’s not possible, chances are, you will have a difficult time and your body will shut down. By keeping your mind in a constant state of functionality, your body will naturally follow.

So just when you think you want to give up, or it’s too late to make a difference, think of Dick.

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  • Robin Kelley

    Loved this article. All so true and never too late to accomplish anything. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

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