Training is not just for looking great in a bikini!

I know training helps us get back into our favourite jeans but there is more to it than meets the eye.

 

Weight training in many medical journals (including Human Kinetics Advanced Exercise Prescriptions text) has scientific evidence to prevent an array of different medical issues both physical and mental.  

I have included a chart on some the arena inactivity can affect. What is amazing about this chart is you can see where physical activity can improve your overall health.

 

Our increase reliance on technology has substantially lessened work-related physical activity, as well as the energy expenditure required for activities of daily living like cleaning the house, washing clothes and dishes, mowing the lawn and the list goes on.

 

What would have once required an hour of physical work now can be accomplished in seconds by something as simple as pressing a button. As a result we have more time available to do other activities that don’t require as much energy expenditure.

 

The unfortunate reality is that many people do not engage in physical activity during their leisure time. Our bodies are designed over the generations for movement and strenuous physical activity, exercise is just not part of the average lifestyle.

We cannot expect the human body to function optimally and remain healthy for extended periods if it is abused or is not used as intended.

Physical inactivity has led to a rise in many chronic diseases. Some of the experts believe that physical inactivity is the most important public health problem in the 21st century (Blair 2009). Each year 1.9 million people die as a result of physical inactivity (cavil, Kahlmeier, and Racioppi 2006) 

It’s never too late to start changing your life for the great good and the side benefit is that you will probably fit into those jeans you have missed so much! Or even better yet wear that bikini you have always wanted to wear!

 

Lets make weight training apart of our Daily Living Activity!

 

NOW on a brighter note BRING ON SUMMER

 

MUCH LOVE Erin

 

 

How to get started in a fitness Journey when you are really unfit?

How to get started in a fitness Journey when you are really unfit.

 

I didn’t start out being fit. I knew that I wanted to start exercising but just couldn’t seem to muster up the strength to start in the beginning. I couldn’t tell you how many times I would tell myself “today is the day” and then tell myself in the next sentence “tomorrow is the day!” As a young adult didn’t really seem to me as gratifying in anyway… Like who would want to get sweaty and tired for really nothing. (obviously not knowing the endless benefits)

 

Here are some simple tips on how to start your daily exercise habits, no previous experience necessary:

 

  1. Start Small

 

No need to commit yourself to 6 day a week regime with 2 hour workouts if you haven’t trained in a while, if ever. It could be a small gym routine online (I have a youtube account under Erin Crawford with plenty of FREE at home workouts with no equipment necessary), some stretching, yoga or a small walk in the great outdoors. Doesn’t really matter for how long you commit yourself as long as you try to set a daily habit. Could only be 5 minutes.

 

  1. Comfortable workout clothes

 

Its not necessary to get tons of workout gear and spend a ton of cash. Just wear some comfortable clothes to workout in. Every evening before you go to bed, lay out your workout gear to either bring with you to work, or put on as soon as you get up in the morning. I find it to start ideal to workout in the morning so nothing mid day that can mess with you establishing your new habits.

 

  1. Record in a workout log

 

After or during each workout write down what you did. Somethings could include, how you felt that day, exercises, weight lifted in each exercise, time of day, how long you trained for. Taking progress photos are helpful too. Its so crazy how you can change and not even notice it in the mirror. Be measureable and accountable. There are nothing like facts to keep you on track.

 

  1. Listen to your favorite music to pump you up!

 

Nothing like some great beats to workout to or to get you into the mood of training. It sometimes seems like the time flies by before you know it.

 

 

  1. Join a Fitness class

 

Training with some like minded people can really help. It can also help with keeping you accountable. Making friends with people with the same goals can really help you to be successful as well.

 

 

I hope that this will inspire you start your exercise habits into motion.

 

 

Erin Crawford, Owner

Body Tempo Health and Fitness Inc.

Personal Trainer Expert and Lifestyle Coach with over 10 years experience

Pre and Postnatal Training Specialist

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