Hello fitness enthusiasts,
Temperatures are becoming ideal for taking a long walk, relaxing on the porch, or walking the dog to get some much needed physical activity. I recommend trying all three, since each can provide great health benefit and lift your spirits at the same time. Its all about feeling great, staying physically and mentally strong, and maintaining your vigor to do well in the “game of life”.

Hello fitness enthusiasts,

Temperatures are becoming ideal for taking a long walk, relaxing on the porch, or walking the dog to get some much needed physical activity.  I recommend trying all three, since each can provide great health benefit and lift your spirits at the same time. Its all about feeling great, staying physically and mentally strong, and maintaining your vigor to do well in the “game of life”.  Speaking of games... I want to use an example from the game of football to help explain todays topic.

You may be wondering what in the world football has to do with your health and fitness. Well, in my opinion, everything if you are attempting to achieve a fitness goal.  Let me explain.. there is nothing more beautiful than when a coach calls a football play, and the team executes their assignments to perfection from the time the ball is snapped until the receiver catches an 88 yard touchdown pass. In this successful situation, all eleven people on offense were proactive, by having their minds focused on the goal, then completing their specific duties on that particular play, and nothing else.  At the time of the play, they weren’t thinking about busy schedules, homework, or any other distractions no matter how important they may be.  No...instead they were thinking about what they have to do for their team to be successful in acheiving the goal of scoring a touchdown. As long as each player executes their duties every play with consistency, chances are very high they will produce positive results. On the other hand, poor execution on the above mentioned play could have ended with a quarterback sack and a 15 yard loss for the team.  Results clearly depend upon successful or unsuccessful execution with consistency!

Your health and fitness goals operate exactly the same way! Your results will be good or bad depending on how well you execute the habits of good health, nutrition, and physical activity. It is crucial to make sure you are completing all areas of your program consistently so that you give yourself a chance to be successful. For example, your results would be less than pleasing if you did cardio 6 days a week, and ruined it by consuming 5000 calories per day. You must develop the mentality of an offensive football player, and take a proactive approach to aggressively executing the next assignment that keeps your program moving toward your goals. Always make sure to include cardio respiratory endurance, resistance training, water, rest, proper nutriton, and vitamins in your regimen for great results.  Eat small meals more often and control your portion sizes. Always consume a nice blend of proteins, moderate carbs, and healthy fats, and definitely eat your fruits and vegetables.  These are all issues that will help bring you health and fitness success. Now all we have to do is “execute the play like an offensive football player” and incorporate these activities consistently into our lifestyles.  This can be done if we stay committed and proactive by planning ahead to fight any distractions that take us off the path that leads to our goals.  I know this is a very difficult part of the problem, but our solution lies within our mindset to “stay on offense” when making decisions that can affect our fitness success or failure.

I like using the term “stay on offense” because it simply represents and means for us to stay focused on our next important assignment and taking proactive steps without exception, that lead us to our goals. If you know that you get hungry late at night and make bad choices on what you consume, offset this by being proactive and making sure you have healthy choices readily available in advance for when the urge strikes. To give another example, I think we would all agree that our busy schedule or lack of time are common reasons we don’t take care of ourelves. I truly believe to combat a busy tomorrow that has no breaks, the remedy of “staying on offense” could be as easy as going to the grocery store today and purchasing enough healthy food and drinks that will last throughout the entire day tomorrow, so that you get the necessary nourishment. In this scenario you stayed on track towards your goals, and still had a productive day at the office. And to think without a little proactive, offensive minded thinking, the day could have easily been labeled as one, we had no time to take care of ourselves again.

 I want to challenge you to “stay on offense” when it comes to attaining your goals and dealing with situations you know are not good for your health and fitness.  Think about your goals, make good decisions, be proactive, take action, and certainly always “stay on offense!”

Until next week please make it a healthy and nutritious day!  To get started on healthy weight loss, sports performance, wellness, and active energy nutrition call Reggies Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Downtown Shawnee, (405) 613-0237, or message Reggie on facebook at Reggies Personal Training and Nutrition.  Ask about the 24 day challenge that jumpstarts weight loss, improves health, tones you up, and provides more energy!