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Guest Post by Henry Croft: 5 Top Tips To Keeping Motivated In The Gym

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Henry Croft
Henry Croft is a UK based fitness blogger who reached out to me last week and was kind enough to write a guest blog post for me. I was quite excited about the idea of him writing a post for my readers as I know how greatly we all could benefit from it. When he asked me what is it that my readers would love to know more about, or will be interested in, the first topic that came to mind was “Motivation”.

Please welcome, Henry Croft!
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Managing Fitness While Travelling

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It is that time of the year again – family vacations, road trips and other types of vacations. These will be at their highest starting now until the end of summer. Since its warmer out, it’s easier to think that getting a workout in should be relatively easier. But that is sadly not the case. It is much tougher to get into a rhythm in the summer, when every other day a get-together or a travelling plan is thrown in. So how does one find time for a workout in all this craziness? Here are 3 easy steps that will help with staying prepared and fit-
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Top 5 No-Workout Excuses

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It is quite understandable that workout can be a challenge some days and for some people. But we all know one big truth about ourselves- mind over matter! Our mind quite easily can take control of our body and discourage us.

Here are some common excuses I get to hear from people-

I do not have a gym membership
Like I have mentioned in some of my past posts, one does not need a gym membership to get a workout in. It can quite easily be done at home. All you need is just enough space so when you lie down on your mat to get some ab crunches in, you aren’t knocking stuff down. And I am quite sure that one cane find that space, even if you live in a tiny studio apartment.

And quite frankly, I think working out at home is the easiest and the biggest time saver, compared to driving up to the gym for a half hour in sub-zero climate. The time it took you to get to the gym, you could’ve completed a workout by then.

I am not a morning person
As effective it is to workout in the morning, it is ok if you cannot wake up early to workout. That should not be a reason to not workout. Make sure that once you are back from work, you do not give yourself a break and get going right away. The idea is to get a workout in no matter how you do it – take a lunch break and workout, or workout after work. Whatever you do, make it count. Put in your all and ensure you are satisfied at the end of the session.

It is that time of the month (for women only)
Many women have recommended me not to workout during my periods. And for some that would make sense given the severity of the situation. But that should not be an excuse! I have worked out in my most horrible times, and it has only lead to feeling good and causing the cycle to be shorter. So for me, working out at that time totally works. I push myself in the beginning, and by the end, I am left feeling much better. So it might work for you too. Give it a try!

I will workout tomorrow (procrastination king/queen)
In my opinion, procrastination is the mother of most failures. The lack of drive to get something done right away. That applies to almost everything in life. And mostly to workouts for a number of people. Working out can be seen as “work” for most people. Which can happen when you aren’t enjoying your workout. In order to feel the “want” to workout, its important to pick what you like doing.

For example, it could be running for some, yoga for others, etc. So picking an exercise routine or activity that you would want to do on a daily basis and that breaks a good sweat, is key to sticking to your plans. What works for your friend, will not necessarily work for you. So find what is it that YOU enjoy doing.

I have injuries, so I shouldn’t take a chance by working out
Depending on the severity of the injury, and where in the healing process it is, sometimes, rest is the answer. If it has been 6 months since the injury healed, and if that is still being used as an excuse, it is probably time to re-evaluate yourself. Like I mentioned before, our body can do more than our mind usually lets it. So pushing one’s self sometimes is the only way of knowing your body’s limits.

These are just my observations and my opinion on what I feel are the issues that prevent individuals from leading a fit life. I have one advice for my readers- if you find yourself in any one of the above categories, please do not take it to heart, but evaluate your current life and make the change that needs to happen. You got one life, live it the fittest and healthiest way possible!

Happy Monday!

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My 5 Favorite Kettlebell Exercises

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Lately, I have been quite liking the kettlebell workouts. Kettlebells are the trendiest thing in the world of fitness, after protein shakes. Now again you’d think, why kettlebell? why not dumbbells? And my answer to that will be it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. Kettlebells target a slightly different type of muscles group than the dumbbells. And there are certain type of exercises which can be performed better with the way the kettlebell is shaped vs a dumbbell. In the long run, the idea is to alternate between the two when you are working out, to get the maximum benefits.

The exercises I have listed below can be performed using either a dumbbell or a kettlebell. In the pictures I am using a 10 pound kettlebell. Please feel free to use heavier weights to challenge yourself.

Squats with overhead kettlebell press
Great upper and lower body workout.

squats with overhead kettlebell press
Sets – 5
Repetitions- 15
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P90X3 – First Impressions

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I consider myself a sucker for home workouts. For the last year and a half, I have tried out pretty much all of beach body workouts, and in addition to them, have found other workouts over youtube and iphone apps. And I can confidently say, one does not need a gym membership to start losing weight! Gyms, in humble my opinion are quite a waste of time unless you are no real rush to get into the best shape of your life! From the point you pack your gym bag, to the point you finally start working out, you probably have wasted an hour, if not more. In that time someone at home could’ve gotten a workout + shower in and got on with their day. Now I have heard things like – “oh its fun to workout in a group” or “who doesn’t like working out in fancy places with state of the art changing rooms”, and my reply to that is – BULLSHIT! If you really wanted to get yourself in shape, you will workout even in your jammies!

Alright, I am done with my rant! Now lets talk about P90X3.
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My 100th Post: It’s Freezing Men…Hallelujah

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Oh 2014, you truly started with a bang! You came in with a blast of cold air from the north and with your frigid -50 degree wind chill temperatures (aka “life threatening” temps) you froze not us, but also our ambitions and our ability to do anything fun.

But one thing you do not know about Minnesotans – we are always PREPARED! We may crib a little in the beginning, but very quickly we will be the one who will be walking around in shorts in February as if it were beach weather, while everywhere else people will still be wrapping themselves in layers upon layers. Yep, we toughen ourselves up and let no weather condition deter us from doing what we need to do.

So here are my top 3 ideas for staying warm this winter –
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Lessons Parenting Can Teach You About Fitness

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First off, a very happy new year to all my readers. You guys were nothing but awesome last year. I have loved reading your encouraging comments and feedback. So thank you for all the positivity each of you have sent my way. I am all set to rock 2014, and cant wait to see what it has in-store for me.

I had been thinking of an inspirational topic to write about at the start of this year, and as I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the kids and all that I have learned from parenting them all this time. And right then this topic struck me.
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