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Just One Word……Discipline

We hear quite a bit about motivation, but no so much about discipline.
Heck, a lot of websites and programs have "Motivational Monday". Have you ever heard of it?  

BUT, the other side of that coin is discipline.  When I say discipline, I'm talking "consistant discipline".  

You can have all the motivation in the world, but if you don't have discipline to DO SOMETHING, all the motivation in the world won't get your ass off the couch!  

Right away, people think to be disciplined, you need to go to the gym 2 hours every day and stuff like that there.  

But, remember what TFS is all about….getting you to look better AND feel better than your current state.  So, when I talk about discipline, I'm coming from a bit of a different perspective.  

Let's stay in the workout realm for just a bit, ok?  

So, in order to be disciplined, one would think they should go to the gym 4-6 times a week, right?  After all, it takes discipline to go the gym, doesn't it?

Well, that's not true in the TFS world.  You see, my philosophy is for you to move your body in some sorts on a daily basis or at least 4 times a week.  Now, when I say, "move your body",  I'm not talking a full blown workout (although that would be best, but not always necessary).  

But, what do I mean when I say, "move your body"?  Let me break it down just a wee bit for ya….

So, in order to be disciplined, and move your body every day, do this.  While watching TV, during the commercial breaks, do some push ups.  The next break, do some body weight squats.  The next break, do something else.  Do something where you have to move and put resistance on a certain muscle group.  Make sense?

I'm not saying do 200 pushups, I'm saying do what you can for the entire 30 second commercial. The next commercial break, do the body weight squats.  The next commercial break, do something else that requires you to move.  
(oh, and going the refridgerator doesn't count!  LOL)  

Sure, it isn't a full workout, but it's doing SOMETHING and that's better than doing nothing.  

Remember, the human body is designed to move, so GO AND MOVE IT!  

The discipline comes into play because you are now at least doing something on a daily basis.  

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My Big “A-ha” Moment!

When I turned 40 years old, I still had the mindset, or I’ve never thought of myself as something different, as when I was 25 years old, especially at the gym.

Then, when I hit the 45 year old mark, something struck me.  I no longer wanted to spend 2+ hours a day at the gym.  I didn’t have time every day to “hang” with my workout buddies.  I didn’t want to do the same things I did when I was 25 years old.

WinkThat’s when it really hit me, if I wasn’t in the same place, life wise, now as I was when I was 25, why in the world would I want to do the same “stuff” I did when I was 25? 

Now, let me ask you: If you’re working out, are you doing the same workouts as 20 years ago?  Are you eating the same foods?  Heck, maybe you’re on some sort of medication from the doctor.   Maybe you’re not doing ANY kind of workout now.

The whole point is, your life has changed quite a bit in the last 25 years.  If just about every other part of your life has changed, do you think that maybe…..just maybe…..your health and fitness habits have changed as well?

If you haven’t had the “aha” moment yet, you will soon.  And when you do, you’ll understand EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Matter of fact, I actually put together a free video course outlining a few things about getting older and all this health and fitness stuff.   Our mindset and attitude towards health and fitness may be completely different now, and I’m here to help walk you through it.

Heck, maybe you’ve never thought about living a fitter and healthier lifestyle, but you should.  Age has a way of creeping up on us and, if we’re not prepared for it, the next thing you know you’ll 40lbs over weight, you won’t have the energy you once did and don’t know what to do about it.

Let me help you with that.  Go to www.TopFitnessStrategies.com/fit , watch the video and let’s do it together!    

Workout To Achieve D.O.M.S.!!!!

For the people that have never worked out and decided to start, they don't know what they are in for!  But, I will give some indication as to what to be ready for.

The main thing one has to realize is that when you start working out after a lay off (or maybe just have never started to begin with), you use muscles in a way you probably don't do every day.  When this happens, the muscles say "hey, what in the world just happened?  I'm not used to doing that movement.  Guess I'll have to start adapting." 

Yes, you'll feel tired when you're doing with the workout, but the real "soreness" may not happen for a day or two after you do the workout.  This "soreness" is commonly referred to as "DOMS", which stands for: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  If you've experienced this, you'll know that it's a good soreness, as I like to call it.  This is what you WANT to feel after a workout.

I call it a giggly-pain soreness.  It's the type of pain you laugh at, like the day after doing squats your leg muscles are sore when you try to get up from a seating position and you giggle about it.   It's not the ouch-pain that's just an outright sharp pain.  If you've experienced it, you'll know the difference.

Once a new person experiences this feeling, they don't like it (because it's so different) and therefore, they may feel they did something wrong with the exercise and decided to stop working out. 

My advice is to NOT STOP working out!  The DOMS are what you WANT to feel!  Now, just so you know, one thing you do NOT want to do is STOP WORKING OUT!  Oh sure, you may want to wait a couple of days to repeat that particular exercise or series of exercises, but please do NOT STOP WORKING OUT!  Do something different, a totally different body part for your next workout, but keep moving forward!

Your goal, as a new workout person, is to achieve this DOMS feeling with every workout.  No I'm not crazy, I'm just telling you like it is.  I personally like it what I get DOMS, it tells me I'm doing something right for my body.

Once you experience it, you may not like it the first time, but once you understand that DOMS are from accomplishing something, you'll be looking forward to them! 

Now, go out there and work for those DOMS!