Sunday, April 27, 2008

You Are Not As Fat As You Think You Are

Look at yourself in the mirror.

What do you see?

I bet many of you were quick to point out all the parts your don't like. Maybe you think your hips are too big or your tummy isn't tight enough.

I can guarantee that you are NOT seeing what everyone else does.

Our perceptions are often very distorted. This distortion can stem from the constant comparison of ourselves to images in the media or perhaps from our own low self esteem.

No matter where it comes from, it is usually a far cry from what others think of you.

The "flaws" that we see in ourselves are usually invisible to others. We are our worst critics.

Your friends will always compliment you on your fabulous legs or killer arms but all you always point out your not-so-firm buttocks.

You respond to this positive attention with a negative response.


When all you do is criticize yourself, sometimes you really can't see the beauty in your body that others do.

You need to take 2 things from this:

1. Learn how to take a compliment. If someone says something positive about your body, accept it and say thank you. Take another look in the mirror and think about the possibility that your friends may be right!

2. Stop focusing on all the things you don't like about yourself. How we feel about our bodies affects our self confidence and the energy the you put out into the world. Like attracts like. If you can learn to embrace your body, you will be happier and healthier.

So, how do you look now?

Stay Healthy,

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Rev Up Your Workout with Interval Training

Interval training involves working at varied intensities in order to challenge your cardiovascular system. Here is a sample for a 30 minute workout. If you are using cardio equipment, the levels will be marked on the machine. If you are walking or running, think of the scale like this:

1 (slow walk) to 5 (moderate jog) to 10 (intense run)

0-5 minutes - 3
5-8 minutes - 7
8-9 minutes - 4
9-12 minutes - 7
12-13 minutes - 4
13-16 minutes - 8
16-17 minutes - 3
17-20 minutes - 8
20-21 minutes - 4
21-24 minutes - 9
24-25 minutes - 4
25-28 minutes - 9
28-30 minutes - 4

Now get out there and work it!


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