TIPS AND TIDBITS

  • On average, 85% of the members of any gym have no idea what they are doing  and why with regard to their fitness training. Keep that in mind next time you ask the guy next to you to help you.
  • If you want to reach your fitness goals faster and more effectively, write down your workouts. You will see how you are progressing and identify the areas which need improvement.
  • To keep sweat out of your eyes when working out, apply Chapstick to your eyebrows.
  • For relieving itchy eyes during the spring and summer months, wash your eyebrows and eye lashes with Baby shampoo. It won't sting your eyes if you get the shampoo in your eyes. You will be amazed at how refreshed your eyes will feel.
  • To keep shoes tied, especially when jogging, wear shorter laces, and wrap the lace twice around the loop. The laces untie as easily as a single wrap, but stay tied without the hassle of the double knot.
  • Consistency is more important than maximum effort in both resistance training and cardiovascular activity.
  • Always have a planned rest day during the week. Even you-know-who  rested one day!
  • Use visualization to help you achieve success. Research continues to prove that visualization is an effective tool. Try to rehearse a difficult task and visualize yourself meeting that challenge. It really works!
  • If you feel too tired and/or ache too much to workout, go any way. Most of the time you will feel better. Furthermore,  some of your best workouts will be on days that you can hardly put one foot in front of the other. Try to workout for 10 or 15 minutes. If you are still struggling , you are probably sick and should go home and rest. Usually, you will find whatever was causing your lack of motivation has dissipated.
  • When you go to the gym (or any where else), don't park next to the front door. I am always amused at people that will work out for hours and yet park as close to the front door as possible. Of course, never jeopardize your safety. The extra steps will mount up over time, and help boost your metabolism.
  • Chew sugar-less gum regularly throughout the day. Chewing gum will stimulate your GI tract aiding in digestion and boosting your metabolism. If you or someone you know has had colon surgery, have them, with their doctor's approval, chew sugar-less gum three times a day. Research has indicated that it will stimulate the GI tract, forcing an earlier bowel movement and ability to eat resulting in a decreased hospital stay.
  • In the Mid-South, the best time of year to begin a new workout regime or work on your fitness weak areas, is not the first of the year, but in August or September. The weather is much better than January. There is less pollen in the air than in the spring. Activities during the spring and summer have identified the fitness weaknesses. The holiday season will have a much less detrimental effect on your fitness.
  • Years ago, I was running sprints up a hill as part of my tennis training. I over- strided and strained a hamstring. Needless to say, I was pretty ticked off thinking about the implications of the injury. As I was limping home, I was greeted by a family friend who was bound to a wheel chair due to Muscular Dystrophy. He asked why I was limping and I angrily told him what happened. He told me he would give anything to be able to run and pull a muscle. I never complained over another injury again. Remember the kids at St. Jude Hospital the next time you feel like bitching over an injury or what a trainer makes you do. They would love to trade with you!