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The Bullhorn, Issue #037 -- Monthly Motivator for April 2009
April 15, 2009

Just the right push to succeed!

A Positive Attitude

Having a positive attitude has many, many benefits. I used to think that positive people were a product of their good luck. However, I'm now pretty certain that it's the other way around. Positive people bring on positive things by their very nature. Even negative events by normal standards can have benefits as viewed by a positive person. So what's this have to do with fitness? EVERYTHING!

Most fitness routines and diets are fraught with hurdles. These include holidays (i.e. Easter candy...ugghh); family demands (little league, anyone?); late nights at work; and the list goes on and on. People with a positive attitude always have a "Plan B". Never wavering from the plan is not realistic. It's much more important to be flexible and get back on track than it is to never leave the track. Positive people also forgive themselves. So you had 100 jelly beans...Oh well...lace up the shoes and get jogging! haven't worked out in a week because of that big project at work...fine...the gym bag is in the trunk and tomorrow starts a new leaf! Positive people are always looking ahead and not re-living past sins.

The other benefit of being positive is that your attitude in contagious. You will help those around you by motivating them to want to become more active or get in better shape. These same people might just make up your support network when you are in a fitness lull. Your attitude will also gain momentum over time and pull you through those inevitable down days. Positive is powerful.

Need more reasons to be positive...think of someone in your life that in the consummate complainer. Are they victims of bad luck or are they blind to the bright side of life? Is their negative attitude a product of their luck or the cause of it? There is no such thing as bad luck or negative energy...just a deficiency of positive. Be positive...chin up...focus on improvement and progress...envision your goals and they will become reality!

The Gift of Running

The gift of running extends far past the runners high and that boost of confidence when you get out of the shower to face the day. And it's much more than a confidence boost that makes you feel like you can conquer the world. Heck...what staff meeting has ever taken you to your lactate threshold?? Running has a multitude of mental and physical health benefits that are too great to ignore.

The benefits of running are many. Statistically speaking, you can expect to not only have a huge reduction in the potential of life-threatening diseases but you can also expect to have a significant increase in quality of life. A recent article on CNN cited a Standford Universitry study that tracked the health and fitness levels of runners that continue to lace up their shoes past 40...50...and some even into their 80s and beyond! Check out the article if you need another reason to start running.

Most of us start fitness routines with the goal of weight loss or health maintenance. But the motivation and momentum can quickly dwindle when we reach or close-in on these goals. Doing a cardio activity like running can help you reach your short-term goals and your long-term goals, and not lose focus in-between. Weight loss is a side benefit...added quality and quantity of life is the true gift of running.

Not a member of the cult yet? Lace up and I'll see you out there! Happy running.

Exercise of the Month:
Flutter Kicks!

Flutter kicks are a favorite punishment of drill sergeants and coaches all around the globe, but don’t let that scare you away…they’re also a great abdominal exercise. Lie on your back and place your hands at your sides or underneath your bottom. Raise both of your feet approximately six inches from the floor…you’re now ready to begin! Lower your left leg up and as you lower it down raise your right leg up. Keep your legs straight and don’t let your feet touch the floor. Try doing these in 4-count repetitions…one for each “kick” (Example: “1-2-3-One-1-2-3-Two-1-2-3-Three…and so on). Start off with 15 4-count exercises and work up to 25…it’s a great ab workout…enjoy!

Sound Off!

If you have any feedback (positive or negative), success stories to share, or suggestions for future articles, please feel free to drop us a line. We’d love to hear from you and we take all feedback, suggestions...and yes, even criticism very seriously. We’ll use this information to improve our newsletter and The Fitness Motivator site to help you and others like you attain your fitness goals.

Encouragement to Succeed!

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