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What I Do When I Don’t Want To Do Anything

The start of the year motivates a lot of people to get a fresh start and do something amazing for themselves, but for me I have days where I don’t want to do anything at all. I always think I’m going to be motivated right along with everyone else, but when January rolls around, I always get a slower start than I would at pretty much any other time of the year. I blame all the rush and tight schedules. Once I relax from that every year, my brain seems to turn to mud for a while. Still, despite the fact that it means I don’t want to do anything more often than usual, I don’t let myself give in. OK, to be fair, I usually don’t let myself give in. The rest of the time, Breeze puts me in my place. Sure, I may want to skip my workouts Read More

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My Advice for Integrating a Fitness Tracking Watch Into Your Routine

Fitness trackers are awesome little devices that can help you to gain a substantial amount of information about your habits, body function and workout intensity. That said, unless you actually use them, they don’t do anything for you. Just putting one on won’t make sure that you’re getting fitter and leaving it in a drawer will do even less. A fitness tracker is one of the weight loss products that really work, if you use them correctly that is. To make a fitness tracker work for you, you’ve got to use it like a tool, not expect it to do something for you. Furthermore, you need to keep using it, not just pay attention to it while it is still new and then tuck it away once the novelty has worn off. I’ve had several different gadgets over the years. They’ve come a long way even in the last five Read More

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Are You Competitive? How I Harness This Fitness Advantage

I’m competitive. I’ve had people accuse me of it like it was a crime and I’ve had times when it has been used as a kind of praise. I can admit that it has its good side and its bad side. When it comes to fueling my drive to reach my workout goals, it’s a definite fitness advantage. Being competitive to reach fitness goals doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m competing in any formal way. I don’t need to be signed up for a competition or race – though these can be great, too. In fact, being competitive doesn’t even necessarily mean that I’m competing with someone else, though again, that has its benefits. I can be competitive with myself, trying to break my previous personal bests, I can compete with someone else at my gym or my girlfriend, or I might sign up for a local event. They all have Read More

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How I Power Up Before & After A Workout

I like to use power up methods when I’m not feeling 100%. One of the things I love the most about exercising is that it gives me a lot of energy overall. On days that I exercise, I’m less likely to experience that droop in the middle of the afternoon that is so hard to kick and very frustrating when you want to get stuff done. Still, immediately after a workout, I can still feel drained for the first bit if I don’t take the right precautions. Sure, I’m more energized overall, but I still have a rough time getting started again with what needs to get done. After all, I’ve put a lot into my workout so when I’m done, I feel like flopping into a chair for a bit. Not every day, but some days. When my workout leaves me feeling like I should be spending the rest Read More