A Commitment to Training
By Ken Kashubara
What does it take to decrease body fat and increase fitness levels? A commitment to training- Individuals must hold themselves accountable to good nutrition, to consistent training, to their hired wellness professional, and their pocketbook. Throwing money at body fat won’t make it disappear… scheduling time for exercise and staying focused on your goals will. When you purchase an exercise program you are not buying a tangible object. You are buying a vision. Some believe a gym membership by itself will magically keep them fit. Others believe a personal training program will automatically help them lose weight or break through a fitness plateau. However, the reality is that the purchased program or gym membership is only a tool to be used for a greater purpose. Simply ‘signing up’ for personal training will not guarantee that health and fitness goals will be met. Gym Memberships Millions of individuals flock to health clubs the first couple of months every year, motivated by New Years’ resolutions and determined to become healthier and fit. Individuals place down payments on memberships and pay monthly fees. By mid-summer, a large gym’s non-usage list (members who have not been to the gym in 3 months or more) expands exponentially. Consider a large health club chain with 50 locations, each with a long non-usage list. That’s a lot of wasted money. Why do so many individuals pay for memberships they don’t use? New Years’ resolutions do not provide individuals with long-term motivation. In fact, you’ll rarely hear mention of them by the time summer rolls around, so individuals need something else to inspire effort throughout the year. Most are not going to ever look like ‘movie stars’, however, anyone can become lean and fit if a long-term commitment is made. Find a picture of an individual in a magazine with a similar bone structure and strive to change your physique to be more like theirs, and retrieve a picture of yourself when you felt you looked your best. Place the pictures on the refrigerator door and on your calendar. Pictures on the fridge may help you eat healthier. Pictures by the schedule will remind you to schedule time for exercise. The individuals who have become ‘regulars’ at the gym, the ones that the gym staff know on a first name basis, have made exercise a part of their daily lives. For them, exercise no longer feels like a chore. It is a habit. The only way to become healthy and fit is to make exercise a habit. It cannot be on-again, off-again. It has to be consistent. Getting changed into workout clothes and beginning your warm-up often becomes the hardest part of exercise. The body and mind may not feel like exercising, however, once you get started it becomes easier, mentally. Forcing yourself to exercise is a mental battle until the habit is ingrained into your life. The alternative is waiting until your doctor orders you to begin an exercise program. Personal Training Personal trainers educate individuals on how to complete exercises with proper form, teaching clients how to live a healthier lifestyle and including instruction to clients about what they should be doing on the days when they are not exercising with the trainer. The average personal training client exercises with a trainer 1 to 3 hours per week. The trainer is responsible for that individual during those hours. If you are the client and you exercise with a trainer 3 hours per week, it still leaves 165 hours where you, not the trainer, are responsible for your health and fitness levels. Signing up for personal training is not much different from taking a class at a university. The class is held two or three days a week. If you do not show up for the class you will not get a good grade (your body will stay the same). If you do not study (fail to follow instructions out of the gym) you will not improve your knowledge (fitness level) and you’ll end up wasting your hard-earned money. The personal training client must be accountable for those hours away from the trainer. Follow the instructions. Make a commitment to training and you will improve the way you look and feel. You do all the work – the personal trainer simply points you in the right direction. Source: http://fitnesstown.greenmaplewellness.net/new/articles/article.html?artid=1380
Strawberry Salad with Walnuts & Goat Cheese
This is a wonderful strawberry salad with walnuts and goat cheese added for a delicious twist.
For the pomegranate vinaigrette:
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (available at Middle Eastern groceries)
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon finely minced shallotsalt to taste
6 cups mesclun
1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
3 ounces soft goat cheese, crumbled (also known as chevre cheese)
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together and set aside.
Arrange greens on plates. Top with berries, drizzle with dressing and top with walnuts and crumbled goat cheese then season with freshly ground pepper. Serve immediately.Serves 4
Variations* Don't worry if you can't find the pomegranate molasses. Just add the same amount of crushed strawberries and a bit of sugar (about 1/2 a teaspoon). It won't taste exactly the same, but it will still be delicious.
Zen Yahweh Fitness® will help you achieve your goals with accredited training and positive encouragement to help you stay focused as you continue to commit to your goals of an active life style, with balanced nutrition. Zen Yahweh Fitness will tailor an exercise program for your specific needs and encourage regular attendance to workouts, because consistency of regular training and alternating workout variants, accompanied by portion control and a balanced diet are key to your success!