Monday, May 16, 2016

My New Fitness Program and the Versatility of Treadmills


 I have recently started a new fitness program. Over the last few years, I have been trying hard to motivate myself to exercise, but I have not been very consistent. I have tried everything, but I have to accept that I am one of those people who need to be motivated. Unfortunately, I am an expert in terms of procrastination when it comes to exercise which means that I can never achieve my fitness goals. Thus, I recently decided to work with a gym trainer. 

Power Treadmill Workouts

The first thing that I have learned since I started this new fitness program is that a treadmill can be a versatile exercise equipment. I used to think that all that you could do with treadmills was running or walking. Of course, I knew that you could change the incline and the speed. However, it never occurred to me that a proper combination of incline and speed can result in an exciting cardio workout.

Here are some of the power treadmill workouts that we have done so far. They are simple, but you will be amazed to see how many calories you will burn by trying them for 30 or 45 minutes.

So, if you have a treadmill and are bored of using it just for walking or running, try these workouts -- you will burn an expected high number of calories!

Workout 1: Repeat the cycle below for 30-45 minutes. If you want, you can increase the incline levels by 3.0 instead of 2.0.



Workout 2: Repeat the cycle below for 30-45 minutes



If you try these workout, let me know what you think.





Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Wisdom: Life is a Continual Succession of Opportunities


Is there a Workout Type that Suits best your Personality?

Image obtained from http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2013-10-16-fitnesspersonality.png


Recently, I read an article posted on HuffPost Healthy Living regarding workouts and personality types. 
According to this article, how you behave in your everyday life can play a significant role in your workout routine. 

In other words, in this article, it is suggested that research has shown that our personalities and even our moods can dictate the type of workouts we like. For example, sociable people may prefer group fitness classes, shy or introverts tend to workout alone while tired/anxious individuals select activities such as yoga or tai chi.

The basic idea presented by the author of the article is that people who engage in personality- appropriate activities will stick with the activities longer and enjoy their workout more. Of course, all this can result in an overall positive fitness experience. 

If you are interested in exploring this idea and want to find your personality-workout profile, I suggest you check the resources below. 


1. Gavin's Fitness Personality profile - Developed by Dr. James Gavin, Professor at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)




Don't forget to let me know what you think about this idea.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Inside Us There is Something That We are - José Saramago



An inspirational quote from José Saramago, the Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1998.


Monday, May 2, 2016

Dreams Can Inspire You, But Goals Can Change Your Life



Everyone escapes reality in some way. A good book, or writing one...drawing, thinking...even just looking at random websites and wasting hours on the internet.

When I was young, I tended to use dreaming as my escape from reality - my evasion from my daily frustrations. I believe that life would be too boring and difficult to go through without dreams. Dreams open all kind of possibilities and opportunities for us. Dreams are an amazing way to forget temporarily about our problems.

For many years, I used to dream of a life where I was happy, respected and loved by everybody. In my dreams, my life included people that I knew and people that I did not know. The key thing was that in my imaginary world, I was able to control my actions and those of others. 

Although my dreams helped me pass through difficult periods of my life, they were just dreams. The actions in my dreams did not have real consequences or ramifications in my life...unless, I transformed them into goals!

Dreams are wonderful because they are easy and free. But, a dream will continue to stay a dream until it is not transformed into an action. Dreams can be very inspirational and if we metamorphose them into goals, they can change our life.

“Dreams can inspire you, but goals can change your life.”


More than ever before, I have become fully aware that we need goals to make the visions of our dreams real. 
Goals are all about action. Goals can turn dreams into reality and more importantly, they can change our life.

To transform a dream into a reachable goal we must clarify it, provide the details, make it so clear that we see it, feel it, know what we will feel like when we get there. 

The Only Way to Live the Life of Dreams is By Setting Goals!


And you, do you have dreams or do you have just goals?