30 Day Fitness Experiment

What can you do for your body in 30 days?

It’s 2 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Motivation Is?

It would be on my second spin when my natural ...

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A strong outside strengthens the inside.
— Selene Yeager

“I just want to see how long I can keep this thing going. The easiest thing is dying. Living is a a pain in the butt.”
— Jack Lalanne

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.”
–Marsha Doble

“Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.”
–Jill Johnson

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”
–Paul Dudley White

Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
–Voltaire

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”
–Joseph Pilates

“I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.”
— Devin McDonald Vinson

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June 26, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration, The Fitness Lifestyle | , , , , | 1 Comment

It's 2 p.m. Do You Know Where Your Motivation Is?

It would be on my second spin when my natural ...

Image by colorblindPICASO via Flickr

A strong outside strengthens the inside.
— Selene Yeager

“I just want to see how long I can keep this thing going. The easiest thing is dying. Living is a a pain in the butt.”
— Jack Lalanne

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.”
–Marsha Doble

“Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.”
–Jill Johnson

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.”
–Paul Dudley White

Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
–Voltaire

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”
–Joseph Pilates

“I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.”
— Devin McDonald Vinson

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June 26, 2010 Posted by | Inspiration, The Fitness Lifestyle | , , , , | 1 Comment

Pilates Book Giveaway 2010

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There’s been lots of jabber here on 30DayFitnessExperiment about Pilates, and even about Pilates instructors, and it’s high time for a giveaway, so here we go.

What’s up for grabs: A copy of the book Pilates for Weight Loss by Lynne Robinson.

How to enter: Comment on this post and tell me: 1. What one small change you’re going to make this month in pursuit of better health and fitness 2. What factors have affected your current state of health and/or fitness, i.e. I used to have a job where I was on my feet or physically active; now I work in an office or I had a baby and haven’t gotten back into shape or I used to play on a team and now I don’t or My mom used to cook for me and now I’m on my own so I eat fast food… You get the idea.

The fine print: You can enter up to 2 times, once by answering #1 above, and once by answering #2. Please include your email address when you make your comment (in the form, not in the comment itself, for your privacy), or your Twitter @name, so that I can let you know if you’ve won! If the prize is not claimed within 48 hours of the announcement of winner, we’ll re-draw.

The deadline: Enter by the end of Sunday, June 6th, Eastern Time.

Have fun! I hope you win!

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May 28, 2010 Posted by | Giveaways | , , , , , , | 32 Comments

The No-Stretchy-Pants-Required Challenge

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It’s time to begin Experiment No. 3.

I’m diverting a bit from the “30 Days” guideline, but it’s for a good cause! This one is a 6-week challenge, and if all goes as planned, the next challenge will be another 6-week challenge, making 3 months between the two of them.

Here it is: 100 pushups! I used to be able to do 25 or 30 consecutive pushups, but never 100. When I had the most upper body strength from sailing and doing a bit of climbing, I never tried to do pushups, so I don’t know how many I could have done then. Silly.

For more information on the challenge, go here: hundredpushups.com C’mon, do it with me!

I chose pushups for this challenge because we are in the middle of moving across country, and I felt it was the most portable exercise–even more than Pilates or other mat work, since I don’t have to wear stretchy pants and a sports bra to do pushups!

“Chancho. When you are a man, sometimes you wear stretchy pants in your room. It’s for fun.” –Nacho Libre

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May 27, 2010 Posted by | Lifestyle Fitness | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Making Physical Activity a Family Affair

You already know the benefits of regular exercise:

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  • Weight Management
  • Bone Health
  • More Energy
  • Better Sleep
  • Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
  • Reduced Risk of Diabetes
  • Increased Life Expectancy

When is the best time to start reaping these benefits? Should everyone wait until they’re an overweight, at-risk adult?

Of course not!

Lifestyle Fitness is a concept that basically means: You don’t have to have a gym membership, a personal trainer, and a dire prognosis to be fit and healthy. Make physical fitness a way of life.

If It’s Your Way of Life, It Will Be Your Children’s, Too.

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    Here Are a Few Things You Can Do:

  • Go for a daily walk together. A couple of blocks after dinner time works wonders.
  • Choose a far parking spot. While everyone else is competing for the ones nearest the door, you might even get in sooner!
  • Play games. Instead of passive entertainment (like watching TV), opt for an activity that engages both the mind and body, like catch, tag, or basketball. For younger ones, even Duck Duck Goose and Ring Around the Rosy will get their hearts pumping.
  • Plan fit vacations. Going on a road trip? Include some hiking, biking, or swimming. Feeling more adventurous? Take the family rock climbing or sailing. Many companies that rent out equipment also have beginners lessons or guided group activities. Even if you’re going on a Caribbean cruise, there will be plenty of planned outings at each port.
  • Eat (and serve) a variety of fruits and vegetables. This is an easy habit to start when your children are infants. Making your own baby food is not difficult, and exposing young children to a variety of foods will help them have a balanced diet later.

How have you incorporated wholesome nutrition and physical activity into your family’s routine? Share your tips and ideas below.

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April 27, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments