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KEEP THAT ‘MO

Momentum – a hard concept to throw a net around, yet understandable at the same time. A sudden spark, and you are a step faster, a shade brighter, a notch more focused. Energy comes from a different dimension—moving is effortless—time stands still yet passes quickly. Most important, you just KNOW the shot is going to [...]

By |2014-05-01T21:18:57-07:00May 1st, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

CARDIO CIRCUIT TRAINING CHALLENGE

Spice up your cardio workout with a simple circuit routine that doubles as a fitness event. Yep, cardio sessions that build heart health AND feature competition and novelty to stoke your intensity-pushing and motivation-driving adrenaline. First, decide how many components you want for your circuit challenge, and then, select the machines. The common choices include [...]

By |2014-04-17T23:35:24-07:00April 17th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

CHOICE – A FEATURE OF MODERN LIFE

Motor skill practice is an Iron Footprint Fitness pillar because the better your proficiency the more activity choice you have, and the more activity choice you have the more likely you will engage any given day. It just makes sense. If limited to doing one thing, that one thing is going to get old fast. [...]

By |2014-04-03T21:55:15-07:00April 3rd, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

DON’T FORGET THE FUNCTION OF FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

If your gym follows trending fitness then no doubt it offers some rendition of ‘functional fitness.’ Whereas traditional strength training isolates muscle groups to induce strength, endurance, size or power gains (think barbell bench press), functional fitness is all about integration. It teaches muscle groups to work together, and the exercises almost always engage the [...]

By |2014-03-25T20:42:11-07:00March 25th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

FAMILY FOOTPRINT

Parents are THE strongest influences on a child’s physical activity habit. Whether playing catch, transporting to sport practice, or consistently messaging positive messages about activity engagement and offering encouragement, parents largely determine what activity is done, when it’s done and for how long—patterns that tend to follow across the life-span. Hey, this is great news! [...]

By |2014-03-11T23:55:15-07:00March 11th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

MARCH – WINTER’S HUMP-MONTH

If you live in a snowy climate—this year who doesn’t!—March 1 is sort of like winter’s hump-month. Ever so slightly (especially since yet another widespread snow dump is in the forecast) the anticipation starts to grow about resuming outside workouts. Of course, some just ignore the elements, but many more prefer the forced heat comfort [...]

By |2014-03-08T18:11:19-08:00March 8th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

ACHIEVEMENT-PURPOSEFUL EXERCISE

Any activity is better than no activity BUT the more it is achievement-purposeful, the stronger your motivation to keep doing it. Purposeful exercise provides a backbone for our effort by targeting intentional fitness or motor skill improvement. The opposite is ‘just’ exercise, risky since ‘today I’m just going to do some cardio’ or ‘today I’m [...]

By |2014-02-25T17:48:27-08:00February 25th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: SOME IS GOOD – SUM IS BEST

Chunking activity minutes - even 10 minutes at a time - prevents disease, enhances life quality and helps sustain balanced energy (weight management). So chunk away! But accumulate as many chunks as possible for optimal benefit and to develop resilient motivation. It’s no more complicated than the more activity you do the greater the benefit, [...]

By |2014-02-20T17:50:16-08:00February 20th, 2014|Exercise and Motivation|0 Comments