Your Questions About Examples Of Daily Fitness Goals

by Maricela on April 3, 2013

Nancy asks…

How can I get into the habit of exercising?

I workout twice a week. I try to walk 10 minutes everyday but its hard to get time, the tredmill is in my parents room and they go to bed early and i work!

Maricela answers:

How to motivate yourself to exercise.

1. Do it with a friend.
Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more
successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other
accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with
them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
2. Do exercising which you enjoy. For example, you find running
boring. You can replace it with any other cardio activity: roller
blading, playing badminton, tennis, bicycling burn a lot of
calories, and you feel more like you are having fun, than like you are
punishing yourself for that extra doughnut.
3. Choose music you like, dynamic and vigourous, to make it more
pleasant.
4. Check regularly with your clothes, see how they become bulkier,
whoop from joy, photograph the progress and create a photo gallery on
your computer.
5. Set fitness goals, independent on weight loss. For example, say to
yourself “Next time, I will run quicker, and it will take me only ten
minutes to do so”, or such. You will feel like a real athlete,
preparing for a big day. Keep a journal of your athletic achievements.
6. Compete. Enrol into a local amateur tennis competition, for
example. This way, you will have a goal to achieve, which is different
from your weight loss, and you will have people to impress and you
will have to be adequate, so you’ll try harder.
7. Reward yourself (but not with food, you will end eating more than
you burned, and will become disillusioned quickly). Invent a set of
rules for yourself, for example: every time I am not feeling like
exercising, but do it, I will put 1 dollar in my piggy bank, every
time I achieve this or that goal – three. At the end of the month go
out and buy yourself the most impractical things you were craving but
denying yourself with this money.
8. Do not wait for some big moment or big day to start exercising.
There are spaces in your daily schedule when you procrastinate – fill
them with activities. For example, instead of sitting on the couch,
saying “It does not matter, I am going to the gym the next day”, get
off and do a series of push ups, or skip with the skipping rope (buy
it for one dollar in one dollar store), walk down the stairs at work
or around the block at your lunch break. This way, you are exercising,
fighting boredom, and do not have to sweat in the gym for hours
afterwards. This random 7-10 minutes activities will roll at the end
of the day into a full gym session!
9. Use “I will show them all” technique (sparingly). Think about the
mean people who teased you, the girl who refused to go out with you, a
sneering sales person in the clothes shop, imagine them all, and “show
them” – run fast, kick high, and end being and feeling gorgeous!

Lisa asks…

How to get going for morning workouts or workouts in general?

I am a 19 year old male looking for some guidance on how to get motivated for workouts and looking to join the military.

Maricela answers:

How to motivate yourself to exercise.

1. Do it with a friend.
Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more
successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other
accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with
them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
2. Do exercising which you enjoy. For example, you find running
boring. You can replace it with any other cardio activity: roller
blading, playing badminton, tennis, bicycling burn a lot of
calories, and you feel more like you are having fun, than like you are
punishing yourself for that extra doughnut.
3. Choose music you like, dynamic and vigourous, to make it more
pleasant.
4. Check regularly with your clothes, see how they become bulkier,
whoop from joy, photograph the progress and create a photo gallery on
your computer.
5. Set fitness goals, independent on weight loss. For example, say to
yourself “Next time, I will run quicker, and it will take me only ten
minutes to do so”, or such. You will feel like a real athlete,
preparing for a big day. Keep a journal of your athletic achievements.
6. Compete. Enrol into a local amateur tennis competition, for
example. This way, you will have a goal to achieve, which is different
from your weight loss, and you will have people to impress and you
will have to be adequate, so you’ll try harder.
7. Reward yourself (but not with food, you will end eating more than
you burned, and will become disillusioned quickly). Invent a set of
rules for yourself, for example: every time I am not feeling like
exercising, but do it, I will put 1 dollar in my piggy bank, every
time I achieve this or that goal – three. At the end of the month go
out and buy yourself the most impractical things you were craving but
denying yourself with this money.
8. Do not wait for some big moment or big day to start exercising.
There are spaces in your daily schedule when you procrastinate – fill
them with activities. For example, instead of sitting on the couch,
saying “It does not matter, I am going to the gym the next day”, get
off and do a series of push ups, or skip with the skipping rope (buy
it for one dollar in one dollar store), walk down the stairs at work
or around the block at your lunch break. This way, you are exercising,
fighting boredom, and do not have to sweat in the gym for hours
afterwards. This random 7-10 minutes activities will roll at the end
of the day into a full gym session!
9. Use “I will show them all” technique (sparingly). Think about the
mean people who teased you, the girl who refused to go out with you, a
sneering sales person in the clothes shop, imagine them all, and “show
them” – run fast, kick high, and end being and feeling gorgeous!

Ken asks…

How can I keep myself motivated when im working alone and I get bored?

At home I have no one to work out with and at school I have no friends that can go to the workout room with. So I’m all by myself 🙁 and I get really bored and quit.

Maricela answers:

How to motivate yourself to exercise.

1. Do it with a friend.
Statistics tell us that people who exercise with a friend are more
successful at exercising consistently. You can keep each other
accountable. Knowing that someone is waiting for you to exercise with
them can be great motivation to show up and get it done!
You can find an on-line buddy for exercising, if you do not have any
friends to exercise with.
2. Do exercising which you enjoy. For example, you find running
boring. You can replace it with any other cardio activity: roller
blading, playing badminton, tennis, bicycling burn a lot of
calories, and you feel more like you are having fun, than like you are
punishing yourself for that extra doughnut.
3. Choose music you like, dynamic and vigourous, to make it more
pleasant.
4. Check regularly with your clothes, see how they become bulkier,
whoop from joy, photograph the progress and create a photo gallery on
your computer.
5. Set fitness goals, independent on weight loss. For example, say to
yourself “Next time, I will run quicker, and it will take me only ten
minutes to do so”, or such. You will feel like a real athlete,
preparing for a big day. Keep a journal of your athletic achievements.
6. Compete. Enrol into a local amateur tennis competition, for
example. This way, you will have a goal to achieve, which is different
from your weight loss, and you will have people to impress and you
will have to be adequate, so you’ll try harder.
7. Reward yourself (but not with food, you will end eating more than
you burned, and will become disillusioned quickly). Invent a set of
rules for yourself, for example: every time I am not feeling like
exercising, but do it, I will put 1 dollar in my piggy bank, every
time I achieve this or that goal – three. At the end of the month go
out and buy yourself the most impractical things you were craving but
denying yourself with this money.
8. Do not wait for some big moment or big day to start exercising.
There are spaces in your daily schedule when you procrastinate – fill
them with activities. For example, instead of sitting on the couch,
saying “It does not matter, I am going to the gym the next day”, get
off and do a series of push ups, or skip with the skipping rope (buy
it for one dollar in one dollar store), walk down the stairs at work
or around the block at your lunch break. This way, you are exercising,
fighting boredom, and do not have to sweat in the gym for hours
afterwards. This random 7-10 minutes activities will roll at the end
of the day into a full gym session!
9. Use “I will show them all” technique (sparingly). Think about the
mean people who teased you, the girl who refused to go out with you, a
sneering sales person in the clothes shop, imagine them all, and “show
them” – run fast, kick high, and end being and feeling gorgeous!

Carol asks…

I am hitting the gym doing an hour of pure cardio and an hour of weights, not losing weight?

I am doing 30 minutes of pure hard cardio. I hit the weight machines for about 45 minutes. Then I back to cardio for another hour. I do this monday through friday. I am not losing any weight. My current diet is 1 piece of chicken, a cup of green beans, corn, and brocoli. I am not losing any weight? I heard intervals work?

Maricela answers:

Sounds like you are sabotaging yourself…. Overworking the muscles and not fueling your body properly. What’s probably happening in your body is your protein intake and weight lifting is trying to build muscle, but your cardio and sparse diet is forcing your body to cannibalize those muscles to fuel your body’s daily demands. So, essentially your are getting a canceling effect.

I’m assuming you are doing a split schedule on your weights, right? Something like a body part a day? And you are doing like 2 hours worth of cardio. (And I bet it is slow, steady pace on the treadmill, stairclimber, cycle or something, right?) And doesn’t sound like you are allowing much time for recovery/rest.

Diet first…. Make sure you are providing yourself enough fuel for your body’s daily demands, but with just a little caloric deficit. (Check out some of the online Metabolic Calculators to give yourself an idea of what your daily demands are based upon your weight, height, age, and level of activity.) Then, just make sure you are fueling up regularly (4-6 small meals throughout the day), get plenty of water, and keep the food as clean as possible. (Above you mention your diet…. That is essentially enough for ONE meal…. Lunch or dinner. What about breakfast? Snacks? Pre/Post-workout snack?)

As for workout…. Why not focus on being more efficient in your workout? Look into circuit training. Or superset some of your weights. For cardio…. 2-3 days a week, try doing an session of intervals (that totals no more than 20-30 min. For the day). On your off days (the other 2 days during the week) rest or do a little walking on the treadmill for no more than 30-45 min. An hour max.

There are a lot of ways your can organize your workout based upon your fitness goals and preferences.

For example…. I have 3 major workouts a week and each session doesn’t last more than 45 min. To an hour TOTAL (for both resistance AND interval training). And if I want, I will suppliment that on my “off” days with something fun. Martial arts, walking with my wife, playing with my kid, etc. I’ve recently altered my lifting schedule to help me reach a new level on muscle with a supplimental session during my off day’s lunch (that lasts no more than 15 min.). And I’m at my high school weight when I was a gymnast.

Instead of going to extremes…. What you have to do is find your “sweet spot” for what works for you.

Hope that helps. Be well.

(Feel free to contact me if you want to discuss your program further.)

Robert asks…

What is the best way to keep more healthy without stopping eating ?

What is the best way to keep more healthy without stopping eating what you really enjoy ?

Maricela answers:

Hi Vikki

The healthiest way to lose weight is neither crash diets nor bursts of exercise. The body likes slow changes in terms of food and exercise.

For example, someone who has not exercised for years should not rush into running miles a day or pounding the treadmill. Not only will the struggle to do so leave you feeling disheartened and demotivated, you’re also far more likely to injure yourself and set your fitness levels back further.

The same goes for people who suddenly start starving themselves. Diets that severely restrict calories or the types of food ‘allowed’ can lead you to be deficient in the nutrients and vitamins that your body needs.

So if you need to lose weight, what should you do?

Energy needs and weight loss

Your body uses food for energy. It stores any excess energy as fat. This means if you eat more food than your body needs for daily activities and cell maintenance, you will gain weight.

To lose weight, you need to get your body to use up these stores of fat. The most effective way to do this is to:
– reduce the amount of calories you eat
– increase your levels of activity.

This is why experts talk about weight loss in terms of diet and exercise.

Introduce changes gradually

Small changes can make a big difference. One extra biscuit a week can lead you to gain 5lb a year – cut that biscuit out of your diet and you’ll lose the same amount.

You are also more likely to stick to, say, swapping full-fat milk for semi-skimmed or making time for breakfast each morning than a diet that sets rules for all foods.

You should think of weight loss in terms of permanently changing your eating habits. While weight-loss goals are usually set in term of weeks, the end game is to sustain these changes over months and years.

Increase your activity levels

Someone who increases the amount they exercise, but maintains the same diet and calorie intake, will almost certainly lose weight.

No matter if you hate gyms – even light exercise such as a short 20 minute walk will be beneficial if done most days of the week.

Every single time you exercise more than usual, you burn calories and fat.

There are lots of ways to increase the amount of activity you do. Team sports, racket sports, aerobics classes, running, walking, swimming and cycling will all improve your fitness levels.

Find something you enjoy that’s easy for you to do in terms of location and cost. You are then more likely to build it into your routine and continue to exercise, despite inevitably missing the odd session through holidays, family commitments, etc.

Get out and about at the weekend. Leave your car on the drive and walk to the shops. Try to incorporate longer walks into outings to the park, coast or countryside and take a picnic so you are in control of what you are going to eat that day.

Every extra step you take helps. Always use the stairs instead of the lift, or get off the bus a stop before the usual one and walk the rest of the way.

Use commercial breaks between TV-programmes to stand up and do exercise, or consider using an exercise bicycle in the living room while watching your favourite programme.

Reduce your calorie intake
If you are overweight, you can’t continue with your current eating habits.

It’s not possible to reduce body fat while eating lots of food, cakes and sweets. This doesn’t mean you can never have any treats, but you need to learn how to limit these foods to small quantities – say, for special occasions.

In terms of weight-loss, you can get your body to use up existing stores of fat by eating less and making healthier choices.

This doesn’t mean crash diet (anything less than 1500 calories), which usually ends up with you either getting weaker or giving up in desperation. Quick-fix diets can lead to a yo-yoing effect of drastic weight loss followed by weight gain, resulting in a vicious cycle.

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