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January 2009

Fitness Tip

Here We Go Again!

So your workout routine didn't go as well as you had hoped over the holidays. What now? First off, there's no need to beat yourself up. Just focus on what you can do now--one step at a time. Go back to the basics.

1- Schedule your workouts . Write them into your calendar before the start of each week. If someone wants something from you during that time: you're busy, you have plans.
2- Be consistent. "I don't feel like it" is not a valid excuse; neither is "I'm too tired".  Not every workout has to be amazing. It's about building a habit, so sometimes you just have to do it. Period.
3- Hire a trainer. Doing so will not only help you with the previous tips, but you will learn skills that you can use forever. It may be just what you need to get you motivated and excited about working out. Imagine that!
4-Get your eating in gear. Even if you consistently keep your scheduled workouts with yourself or your trainer, if your eating falls short, your results will be minute.

Don't make another resolution that goes down the drain before March.It's time to take control of your health and your life, once and for all.

By Marsha Regis, Certified Personal Trainer

Contact Marsha marsha@pulsefitness.ca


Nutrition Tip

To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse?

With the new year in swing, we might be regretting a few food indulgences over the holiday season. And, when we feel we are falling off the band wagon, we often resort to dramatic measures. Cleanses, which tend to consist of week-long liquid diets, are a popular, but grueling approach. As the body is accustomed to a variety of solid and fibre-containing foods, it can be a very big shock to the system to suddenly switch to liquids only. Our body may lose nutrients very quickly, our energy level can plummet, and we may experience constipation. In other words, a cleanse can make us think we are removing toxins from our body, but instead, it is stressing our body even more.

So, how about this for a new year's resolution:

1- Cut back on alcohol
2- Limit caffeine
3- Increase fibre through fruits and vegetables
Start a physical activity regimen!

This way, we can stay on a cleanse that works for a lifetime! 

By Dani Renouf, Registered Dietitian

Contact Dani dani@pulsefitness.ca



November 2008

Marsha Regis, Media Fitness Expert

See Marsha this Thursday  November 6 th  on “Living Vancouver”, on CBC at 3pm. She will be demonstrating a great ab exercise!

Watch out for Marsha in “24 Hours” newspaper on Mondays November 10 th , 17 th , 24 th , and December 1 st as Sarah and Graeme report on their workouts with her.


November 2008

Fitness Tip: Just don't

Last month, I told you how when it comes to exercise, it pays to “just do it”. This month, I want to coin a new phrase: “just don't”.

When you're contemplating sitting on the couch instead of going for a run, when you're eyeing that piece of chocolate cake, or that second piece of bread that you don't need, or that second or third glass of wine…just don't.

It may not always be easy, but it sure is simple.


October 2008

Fitness Tip: Just don't feel like working out?

I was having this conversation with a client the other day. What do you do when you just don't feel like working out? Should you skip a workout because “it probably won't be a good one anyway”? Or should you “just do it”?

I'm a proponent of the latter. All your workouts don't have to be amazing every single time. Sometimes, it's more important to keep the habit going, because, as most of us know, it's not easy starting back up again after a hiatus. If you're really struggling, make sure you rule out health issues by visiting your doctor.

On the other hand, finding an event to train for could prove very useful. For example, start training for a 10K, or join a local sports league, just for fun. You'll most likely find that training with a simple goal in mind - to improve your performance-could be all the motivation you need.

What do you do after you've completed the event? It might be time to hire a professional trainer to help review your goals and routine, and make sure you don't lose your ‘mojo' again.

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