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The Bullhorn, Issue #001 -- Monthly Motivator for April 2006
April 15, 2006

Just the right push to succeed!

The Starting Point

Where are you & where do you want to be? These may seem like trivial questions and not worth the time to ask yourself…but these questions create the foundation of who we are and the habits we maintain.

It’s important to educate ourselves on health and fitness. We have quite a bit of innate ability to determine these things, but the habits and traditions of society can drown out our body’s message of: “Feed me something better”…or “Go for a walk”.

Knowing where you are involves more than a quick assessment. What is your healthy weight range? What is your Body Mass Index – are you in a healthy weight range? What is your body’s daily calorie requirements? How many calories do you actually eat a day? Burn a day? Are you getting the right mix of vitamins and minerals in your diet? Are you getting enough exercise?

These questions are tough and take time and courage to answer. But knowing where you are will make it easier to plot the course to where you want to be. Take the time to examine yourself – welcome to the “Starting Point”.

Knowing your starting point is a huge step. It’s coming to terms with reality. Once you’ve accepted your starting point, the path to your goal will seem less like a dream and more like a journey that has already begun.

For tools, calculators, and a template click here to build... your fitness plan. Take that first step - you won’t regret the positive changes it’ll bring to your life!

No time to exercise?

How often have you said, "I just don’t have time to work-out”? Time is a precious commodity, but there’s only one person that can spend it – YOU. Map out the time you spend in a day, and see where you could squeeze in a 15-minute walk or 10-minute set of calisthenics. You may find that time is not the issue, but motivation or convenience may be the hurdle. All of us have a 24-hour puzzle - make sure you’re including all the important pieces of life. Find creative ways to make it all fit together.

Are you always on travel? Make yourself use the ‘free’ gym before you take the hotel up on their ‘free’ breakfast. Are you a stay-home mom tied to little ones all day? Try using a workout tape, a piece of exercise equipment, or push the stroller around the neighborhood on nice days. Do you have an office job? Try walking at lunch instead of eating out (you can always eat a piece of fruit later while checking e-mail). It’s not easy making these changes, but few things with great rewards are easy.

Time spent on exercise is like putting money away for retirement. It’s an investment in your most important asset: YOU. Your steady, long-term habits will pay off.

By fitting the exercise piece into your life’s puzzle, you’re fitness program will gain momentum - and the goal your reaching for today will quickly become tomorrow's starting point.

Exercise of the Month - Calf Raises

This month’s exercise is the calf raise. You can do this exercise virtually anywhere and with no equipment. Yet despite its simplicity, it’ll quickly develop your calf muscles and have you stepping quicker in your walking or running. To do the exercise, place your hands on your hips and raise yourself up on your toes and then slowly lower yourself. Do 10-20 repetitions. After you’re able to perform 2 or 3 sets of 20, try doing them on a step or curb to increase the range of motion. You can also try it with some hand weights to increase the benefits. You should not do this exercise to the point of exhausting the calf muscles. Try to get 2-3 sets of a comfortable set of repetitions and repeat 3-4 times per week. It’s better to start slowly and add more to your repertoire than it is to exhaust yourself and take an extended time off. Slow & steady wins the race…good luck!

Encouragement to Succeed!

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