Cortisol can be released into the body and can cause a number of things to become abnormal. Here are just 3 of the things that cause cortisol release:
In the book The Artist Way, Julia Cameron talks about Artist Dates and teaches us that we ought to do these once a week.
What is an Artist Date? It is something that inspires creativity. It is something you do that is not your usual routine. It doesn’t have to be very long or take you much time.
Although the longer the better. It can be something you enjoyed as a child, something you want to see, something you have been wanting to do.
It is the random, messy, colorful, musical, sensual, experimental, fully engaged, and artful side of life.
We incorporate Artist Dates in Stop the mind screw. We also incorporate Artist Dates in Perfectly Fit with Kathie.
How? Well we call them Fitness Dates. Find what you love by trying new things in fitness. It doesn't have to be something you will do all the time. Just try it.
For example, I found I loved water aerboics at age 30 when I went to the YMCA to get my exercise in when my boys we todlers. I loved it because I found I didn't...
Sacrifice short term conveniences for long-term gains. Unknown
Most people, myself included, build habits backwards. They start with the goal (which is correct) then go all out trying to achieve the goal.
Take for example building abdominal muscles - they go all out doing crunches or abdominal exercises they found online. But give up all too soon, especially when they don't see results.
*Spoiler alert - you can do abdominal exercises all day long but if you do not do something about the fat on top of the muscle you will never see results.
Or take, for example, weight loss. They decide they want to quit eating junk food and throw it all out. But they start getting headaches and feel tired all day. This is a result of going through withdrawal from certain foods.
However, this is backwards. So let's re-frame it. Everything is mindset ya know!
Take it one day at a time, Take it slow and...
I'll never forget taking aerobic instructor training back in 2000. I cannot dance for anything!
I got stuck at the front of the room with all these mirrors and they would say "Grapevine right!" and I'd go left.
Embarrassing I know but imagine if I had given up. I hung in there and today teaching fitness is my passion! 20+ years later.
But, did you know that music helps your exercise? It is actually the beats per minute (or BPM) on the song that can and will affect the intensity. 120-140 BPM is the best! Remember to cue for warm-up and cool down accordingly (115-120 BPM)
I learned this during instructor training. And yes it helps tremendously. Want some motivation for your next workout? Create a playlist with fast beats.
This can be one of the best ways to improve your workout, especially if you are working out alone. It can help you to speed up and slow down if needed. Try different songs for different times in your workout.
For example, when warming up play fun but a slow...
I know I don't like it either but it is required that you wear a mask while working out now. I actually got in trouble for pulling my mask off while doing the stairs at Planet Fitness. Since that day they have allowed you to remove your mask while doing very strenuous exercises like stair climbing.
As a Certified Fitness Trainer, I do not recommend wearing a mask at all during exercise due to the risk of hyperventilation. However, it is required due to COVID. And I respect that.
I have found a mask that is cool and comfortable and most importantly, breathable. It allows maximum breathing as a mask will allow. I still do not wear mine during extreme exercise.
Here is a link to it on Amazon. I have stocked up on these as I wear one at work and now it is required everywhere. It is only kind to respect the rules without complaining folks!