You don’t need an expert to tell you that secret to feeling great is a strong 1-2 punch of eating right and exercise. We’ve got you covered when it comes to food, but when we are looking for a little inspiration in the workout department, we turn to our good friend and partner Dani Tsukerman, Founder of Very Personal Training.
If you have been thinking about training or nutrition consultation recently, here is your motivation to start now: tABLE health and Very Personal training have teamed up to offer a special 50% off deal on Yelp. Once you’ve snagged your deal, you can book sessions with Very Personal Training AND with tABLE health right on VPT’s site! There are a limited number available, so get yours before they are gone.
In celebration of this amazing deal, this edition of our blog is about prioritizing fitness and is guest authored by Dani. Check it out:
Time to Exercise
I know what it is to be busy. With the New Year only a month in, you’re probably still going strong on your New Year’s resolution to get fit or lose weight. The initial rush of finally succeeding at a goal you’ve been wanting to achieve for so long keeps you at the gym day after day, chugging away like a donkey plodding through the desert drooling over a dangling carrot. It’s so close yet so far and all you have to do is work out. You’ve made resolutions before, but this time it’s different. You just know it is. You can do it. You can set your mind to it. You can work out 5 times a week for an hour at a time. All you have to do is keep it up and you’ll finally be able to say that you stuck with your New Year’s resolution and succeeded!
Until you realize you can’t (um, won’t). That upbeat attitude won’t last. And here’s why…
The number one excuse I hear from people about why they don’t exercise regularly is, “I don’t have time and can’t fit it in”.
That’s a load of garbage. You’ve got to lose your excuses. The only reason you’re not seeing the results you want is because you don’t take responsibility for your actions. I know it’s harsh and it may be hard to swallow that the only thing holding you back is you, but you have time, you just don’t have your priorities straight. I get it, you probably work 10 hour days minimum, which leaves little time to get chores done, and leaves you exhausted and feeling entitled to that manicure, happy hour, shopping, a movie, lazing on the couch, and dinner out with friends.
That’s the problem.
Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely think you are entitled to those things and have earned it with all your hard work, but if you want to succeed you have to delay that immediate gratification of rewarding yourself until after you work out. And, I absolutely think that a healthy dose of loafing around is necessary and allowed, but you have to earn it.
Take a look at your schedule for the upcoming week and pencil in the days and times you’re going to work out ahead of time. You have to think about working out like brushing your teeth and taking a shower. You wouldn’t skip those, so don’t skip a workout unless you’re sick or injured. And that excuse of not having any time? Throw that out the window. You don’t have to work out in a gym to consider it successful. There are so many fitness DVD’s on the market that you can get through Netflix, HULU, and cable OnDemand channels (channel 1023 in Brooklyn) that you don’t even have to put on clothes to do it (although I highly recommend at least a sports bra!). When my baby was 3 weeks old and I was given the go ahead to resume working out I did it in spurts between her cries (working out 10 minutes here and there 3 times a day is just as effective for your bottom [line] as it is doing it for 30 minutes total), in my living room, in my pajamas if I didn’t even have time to change. I let the vaccuming go undone, I let laundry pile up, and decided what I could let go of for a bit and just let it go. I couldn’t let actual work and some other important “must be done” things go, so I decided that my house doesn’t have to look immaculate all the time, that I don’t have to cook dinner every night, and that I can wake up an hour earlier if it’s the only way I can fit a workout in that day. The only reason this works though is because I’ve decided that working out is a part of life for me and MUST be done. It keeps me sane, makes me a better mother, improves my clients’ sessions, and makes me feel good. When I feel good everything else is good.
20 Pound Dumbbell Set
32 Pound Dumbbell Set
Chris Freytag’s work out DVD (I love this one!) >
Cardio Kickboxing DVD(For all levels. You can do just one 15 minute workout or select multiple workouts for a longer session.)
YogaWorks For Everybody: Slim Down DVD