Tag Archives | fitness motivation

Hot Hot Hot

By Susan Howard

Temperatures have risen to 116 degrees here in LA, even the desert succulents are drooping in our front yard.  It’s challenging for me, the fitness guru, to want to get in the gym and work up a sweat seeing as all I have to do is dip my head outside and I am dripping.  What to do when all you want to do is squeezing into a ball in your refrigerator or watch a double feature in the blasting AC?

Here are a few ideas to stay on track when it’s boiling out.

First off, if you have a POOL or access to a public one by all means get in that thing!!!  You could buy some of those webbed gloves to get some extra strength training in, but honestly swimming laps is great too.

Next you could find an iceskating ring and join in on one of their public sessions.  If you’ve been reading my blogs you’ll know I have ..read more

Continue Reading 0
Find yourself stuck in a rut? Need some inspiration to work out? Susan Howard provides a quick workout to get you going.

Trance

By Susan Howard

We get stuck.

It happens to all of us.  The hardest thing is to get unstuck.  It seems impossible to create and stick to new habits.  What’s the point anyways?

Recently, I have taken on a few new clients and it’s always fun for me to feel the immediate change they get after working out.  “I am feeling a lot less depressed.”  “I am sleeping better.” “I have more patience with my kids.” The list goes on.

Sedentary to active are two total and complete opposing things.  The problem is, being sedentary doesn’t give you any energy to get moving.

We are stuck in a trance, a loop of dim vibrations.

Do this now:

10 minute walk in your neighborhood

10 body weight squats

10 push ups full body or from knees

25 crunches

There you started.  The barrier of entry is a lot smaller.  Now just push repeat.

Love yourself.  Do something that will make you feel amazing.

Stay Ready.

Continue Reading 0

Dude, Where is My Ranch?

By Susan Howard

My family and I just got done with a long weekend on a Dude Ranch in Tucson, AZ.  Out in the open air, riding horses along cactus-filled trails, up with the roosters, prickly pear margaritas at dawn.  (You can tell I really got into it.)

I loved this trip because it was an active vacation. The kids got to go to riding camp during the morning and we played “Marco Polo” in the pool all afternoon.  Plus, unlike the private swim classes my kids take back home where my son hesitates to jump in the deep end, here he proudly showed off his highest cannonball and fastest swim to impress the older boys from camp.

Taken out of your daily routine, you can try things, learn new activities and open up to different experiences, ones that you may love.

My wrangler, Bill was trying to get me to lope, which is a little bit slower than a full gallop, but still ..read more

Continue Reading 0
When you're tired or out of your routine, don't give up. Get your fitness done. You can do it!

GET IT DONE

By Susan Howard

I went out for a friends birthday last night and stayed up late, past midnight. Out of my normal routine, which is to be asleep by 10:30, I really felt heavy.

As I sit here with my computer, I don’t want to write about wellness and fitness.  It seems crazy — out partying the night before and now touting the benefits of heart rate raising workouts and avocado toast.

But yet, still… I persist.

It reminds me of something I made up:“Just Do It.” Okay, maybe Nike did… but I must borrow the simplicity of the phrase.  It doesn’t matter what I am in the mood for or how I am feeling  All that matters is what I DO.

Staying in the zone, ready for whatever, is the most important thing you can do for your body.

Consistency.

You got this.  You will wake up, warm up and feel good.  Just start.  The little engine really can.

Stay Ready.

Continue Reading 0
Susan Howard explains that being too strict on your health and wellness journey can be a drawback in the end.

Black or White

By Susan Howard

If your goal is weight loss, muscle building, or somewhere in-between, chances are you are being mindful about what you eat, how much you workout, the amount of sleep you get — the whole lot. Cruising along on My Fitness Pal (an app I love by the way), tracking your every move, you are getting some success and feeling great.

Then the BOMB hits.

You go on a trip, get off your routine, have a cheat day, and the whole plan goes to pot.  Something as simple as a cheat meal can derail a well meaning fitness seeker.

“Well, this is my cheat meal so I might as well have a third glass of wine, a troth of pasta, and a huge piece of cheesecake.”

Remember it’s not a competition.  You should be pretty healthy MOST of the time.  The more deprived you feel, the more likely you are to go off the rails. Try and find shades of gray. (Not that ..read more

Continue Reading 0
Stay fit and healthy by moving throughout your day and celebrating life.

You Can Always Get What You Want

By Susan Howard

Although the fitness industry would like you to believe you have to suffer and deprive yourself to look good, I totally disagree.

Can you eat a box of doughnuts and watch reruns of Friends everyday and get fit?  No.

Do you want to feel bloated and tired all day?  No.

What I want to talk about today is balance.

It’s a journey, the quest to self care, but please don’t let my industry with it’s bro dudes and size zero chicks tell you what feels good to your body.  The path to good health can be a bit rough, but it should also be fun.

When I was a kid I remember struggling to keep weight on, and my pants up for that matter.  Why?  It’s because I was too busy having fun riding my bike, playing chase, and climbing trees to eat.  I was booked up.

Yeah, you could say my metabolism was faster and blah blah, which is true, but I think ..read more

Continue Reading 0
Don't be disciplined! Change up your workout routine with a fun class or two!

Motivation is Dead

By Susan Howard

There is a reason the fitness industry is a 50-billion-dollar business. Americans want a change in their bodies, but fear they don’t have the motivation or discipline to get there on their own.  So like good consumers, they look to products to help them achieve the perfect self.  Most often, the diet or plan they pick only works temporarily or not at all and they move on to the next big thing.

Discipline is a mean word. It makes me feel like I got in trouble and am sitting in the principals office. Who wants to be disciplined? Not me. Is the disciplined person getting invited to a girl’s weekend, the lead singer in a punk band, or wind surfing in Australia?  The disciplined person sounds boring to me.

Great, you got your egg whites and your salad, but are you having sex? (Which can burn almost 100 calories, by the way.)

Motivation and discipline comes from a true want.  Identify ..read more

Continue Reading 0