Your Questions About Daily Fitness Goals

by Maricela on March 26, 2013

Helen asks…

What’s the cheapest I can get a decent gym in Renfrewshire?

My work provides a gym but typically modern health & safety paranoia has led to all the free weights being removed, thus depriving me of the biggest part of my workout. So I’m considering joining (or paying as I go) at a local gym which can get me back on track with my fitness goals without causing a big change in my monthly expenditure. Any ideas?

Maricela answers:

Hi Roy,

You can still use your work’s gym space, but if they’re going to be anal about the equipment, bring your own. Have you tried resistance bands? You can get access to free daily workouts for men here:

Laura asks…

How is yoga different than Pilates?

With so many workouts to choose from, it’s important to pick the right regimen to suit your lifestyle and fitness goals. What is the difference between yoga and Pilates, and what are the benefits of each one?

Maricela answers:

Yoga, as we all know it, is aimed to unite the mind, the body, and the spirit. Yogis view that the mind and the body are one, and that if it is given the right tools and taken to the right environment, it can find harmony and heal itself. Yoga therefore is considered therapeutic. It helps you become more aware of your body’s posture, alignment and patterns of movement.

It makes the body more flexible and helps you relax even in the midst of a stress stricken environment. This is one of the foremost reasons why people want to start practicing Yoga – to feel more fit, to be more energetic, be happier and peaceful. The Yoga movements are performed, mostly, in a group setting on a special Yoga mat with an aid of a Yoga instructor. The body’s own weight is used for resistance and a great deal of focus is accorded to the flow from one posture into the other. There are many different Yoga styles and they differ in their emphasis. No one style is better than the other. The Style you use is a matter of personal preference or a matter of need.

Vinyasa Yoga, for example, makes use of modified Yoga Poses that are designed to meet the specific needs of an individual and to enhance healing, flexibility and strength of joints. The poses also intend to promote the feeling of well-being and strength. Practices may also include meditation, reflection, study and other classic elements, but the emphasis of this branch of Yoga practice is on coordinating breath and movement. As you can imagine, given the scope of practice, the inherent therapeutic applications and the heritage of the lineage, the training requirements for teacher certification are extensive.

Pilates seek to reach much the same goals, also via a series of controlled movements. The major difference is that the Pilates technique not only has a full complement of matwork, but it incorporates work on the Pilates machines. The emphasis of the exercises is to strengthen the abdominals, improve posture, stabilize and lengthen the spine, improve balance and overall strength. Pilates gives you a longer, leaner, dancer-like line.

Unlike many other training programs, Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision and concentration in both the mind and the body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively instead, the focus is on quality not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back and buttocks (“powerhouse”) serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization makes one stronger from the inside out and is critical for the advancement of the client. The low impact nature of Pilates makes it ideal for injury prevention and rehabilitation. Its six principles-concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow and precision-train the body to move efficiently with minimal impact on the body. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

If after reading about both techniques you are still left with a question of which of these two fitness techniques is right for you then here is the answer: Do them both in conjunction! The nature of the techniques makes it easy for them to complement each other. Get the stretch from Yoga and keep it from Pilates. Strengthen your abdominals on the reformer and watch your poses improve. Join the breathing techniques of Pilates and meditative aspect of Yoga into your daily routine and see the stress of your everyday life, begin to dissipate. Both techniques are time-proven, established, and with the help of an experienced instructor, you will surely reach the goals you set up for yourself!

Chris asks…

I local gym is offering 3 days of personal fitness a week, a membership for daily use of the gym-?

also an online nutritional program to meet personalized fitness goals, The cost is $195 a month for a 6 month commitment. Does any have an expert opinion on the cost of this program. Is it fair?

Maricela answers:

Sounds outragious…

However, check it out.

Ask if the trainers are CERTIFIED and WHERE they were certified. Ask to see the certificate of the trainer that you would be working with. Then go online and see if the program they have received a certificate from seems LEGIT.

If they tell you that you will not be working with the same trainer each time, it would not be worth it, b/c in order for the trainer to help you reach your goal, the client and trainer must form a PERSONAL relationship in order to reach fitness goals – – hence the term “PERSONAL TRAINER”

if your trainer is likely to be a different trainer everytime, there is no way to form a personal client/trainer relationship. So if they advertise “personal training” without designating you a trainer of your very own, it’s false advertising.

Also ask to have some one go over the format of the online nutritional program. Only you can really tell if if would be beneficial once they have explained it to you.

Although it SOUNDS outragious, it doesn’t mean that they haven’t developed an effective and unique program that works.

Nancy asks…

Do you think this is a good fitness goal for me?

I’m 18, and I’ve been working really hard to put on more muscle to look good and be healthy.
Fitness goal

I put 4 pictures on that stream for inspiration for my fitness goals. Ignore faces btw. I think they’re all of the same person but idk. What do you think?
BQ: About how much do you think he weighs?

Maricela answers:

Drink plenty of water every day
At the table vary your choices
Always make a healthy breakfast and avoid skipping meals
Consume at least 2 servings of fruits and 2 servings of vegetables every day
In a balanced diet of cereals (bread, pasta, rice etc..) Should be consumed daily
Eat fish at least 2 times a week (fresh or frozen)
Remember that legumes provide protein and fiber of good quality
Limit your intake of fats, especially those of animal origin, preferring the extra virgin olive oil
Do not exceed the amount of salt
Limit your intake of sweets and drinks to heat during the day
Above Avoid diets DIY and always ask your doctor to …..; /

Ken asks…

What is the thing that motivates you while you are trying to eat right and exercise.?

Hello Everyone,

I would like to know how people motivate themselves while they are eating well and active.

What keeps you striving to achieve your fitness goals?

Thank you for your time.
By the way, I don’t like to use the dreaded D word. Diet. It has too much negativity. Or at least I think 🙂

Maricela answers:

The best thing is your own health and benifits. Like fitting into a size 3 jeans or being able to fit in a medium or small shirt. But when you give yourself only motivation, it still maybe be hard to get the resaults you want. Give yourself smaller goals, even daily goals. Try giving up an healthy snack or dessert once a week and make it more often as you accomplish these goals. Or try going a half hour running or some form of excercise, and once you’re comfortable, go for a hour. So, you don’t only need motivation, you need goals.

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