Fit For Life: 3 Biggest Hurdles Between You and Your Fitness Goals
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Obstacle #1- marketing and advertising
Everyone wants to get results the quickest way possible, doing the least amount of work, and I have said it over and over again that there is no easy way. It takes time, energy, and intensity to be fit. You will not get it in 4 mins a day, or by eating some sandwich with Fritos in it, because some guy claims he lost 100 pounds eating at the fast-food chain. You won't get abs in 8 minutes a day without a proper eating plan, and you will not get fit at home watching videos unless you follow the program with intensity and read the fine print. So do not give in to all the fancy ads - if it says easy or quick, it is a lie. It is hard work, but anything worth having requires hard work. Many people fall prey to these quick fix schemes, and when they fall short of unrealistic goals, they get discouraged and quit. So do not start a program with unrealistic goals, and remember, there is really no easy way.
Obstacle #2 - peer pressure
People who are jealous of your aesthetics seem to always find fault and make fun of what you are doing. They harass you when you order healthy food, or read a label, or make a comment about working out. You always get the "we can't all look like you" statement in condescending overtones, and roll their eyes when someone compliments you. They have reasons why you are fit and they are not, because they are busier or have more important things than you do going on in their lives. You fitness people all have someone like this in your lives, and I say ignore the negativity and let them rant. Because it makes as much sense as mocking someone with more money than you. Take jealousy as a compliment, and stick to your game plan. Being fit and healthy is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about, and it is a lifestyle you shouldn't have to justify or defend. When I hear that I am too conscious or I let fitness run my life, or I take it too far, I don't feel the need to explain myself, nor do I have the desire to critique negative aspects of someone else's lifestyle. I feel that taking care of yourself is a normal, primal instinct, and feel that knowingly consuming products that are harmful of damaging to your body is not an ideal lifestyle, so know that you are doing the right thing, stay the course, and let your critics enjoy their doctors’ visits.
Obstacle #3 - eating on the go
This seems to be the toughest challenge for both healthy individuals and foodies. But, it isn’t impossible to do, but it does take a conscious effort and a little planning. It can be done. So don’t let lack of time or restaurant meetings be an excuse to do it wrong. My first preference is to find a good market. Most have eating areas and prepared food ready and available. A roasted chicken and a salad or vegetables makes a prefect lunch and usually leaves extra for later. This costs about the same as a sandwich and bag of chips and is healthier and more balanced. There are several types of Tex/Mex chains that offer a decent meal on the go. I suggest getting bowl type meals with beans, instead of the wrap, and pile on the veggies. Many ethnic spots offer the same type of fare with meals being available instead of the standard sandwich or greasy processed meal. Although this isn't as good as buying organic food and making it yourself, it is an acceptable alternative.
There are many ways to be deterred from a healthy lifestyle, we live in a time of what's becoming the worst man made health epidemic ever. Disease and obesity is on the rise and our food supply keeps getting worse, but I do not write to discourage people - only to motivate and educate. I try to give you the tools to make the right choices and make positive gains. It's up to you to open the toolbox.
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Providence Power Yoga
Providence Power Yoga is the perfect place to get your daily dose of calm, whether you are just beginning the exploration of yoga or have been reaping its benefits for years. Try Revive and Restore for the ultimate class in revitalization and relaxation. If you’re a music lover, Chillwave Solar Flow is your go-to class, complete with fun electronic indie music and heated power-yoga.
51 Bassett Street, Providence, RI. (401) 273-3500.
Bristol Yoga Studio
If you are a yoga beginner or are experiencing the body changes that come with pregnancy, Bristol Yoga Studio is the place to go. Beginners will benefit from Kripalu Yoga, a mixed-level class that emphasizes wholeness, meditation, and balance. Pre-natal yoga will teach breathing techniques, body awareness, and more that will help both in labor and after you have had your child.
13 State Street, Bristol, RI. (401) 569-0147.
Boiler House Bikram Yoga
Boiler House Bikram Yoga in Providence is the place to be for all things Bikram Yoga. Bikram Yoga is a yoga practice that incorporates 26 traditional Hatha Yoga poses and 2 breathing exercises in a hot room. The benefits of Bikram Yoga include detoxification, increased libido, reduced stress, and so much more. Try it out for yourself; we did!
166 Valley Street, Providence, RI. (401) 383-3840.
Yoga Loft RI
Beginners can’t go wrong with Yoga Loft RI in Warren. Try out Yin Restorative Yoga to bring balance to your life, Sunday Morning Yoga for a healthy and rejuvenating start to your week, or Beginners Belly Dance for a fun and creative experience. If you’ve got little ones, sign them up for the Kid’s Yoga Club!
16 Cutler Street, Warren, RI. (401) 245-0881.
Santosha Yoga Studio
Santosha Yoga Studio & Holistic Center offers so much more than yoga. Enjoy complementary wellness consultations to learn the right path for you to take at the center. Explore acupuncture, therapeutic massage, organic facials, and other great holistic services at the center. If you or someone you know are a survivor of cancer, be sure to check out special classes geared towards survivors.
14 Bartlett Avenue, Cranston, RI. (401) 780-9809.
Eyes of the World
Saturday, January 18 from 12:30-2:30 pm, start your yoga journey at Eyes of the World Yoga Center in Providence. For only $18 with early registration, try out a two-hour beginner’s workshop that will show you everything that the center has to offer. Learn the basics of yoga posture, focus, contentment, and humility. Another unique feature of Eyes is free yoga for veterans that suffer from PTSD—visit their website to see how you can help.
1 Park Row, Providence, RI. (401) 295-5002.
Breathing Time Yoga
Breathing Time Yoga in Pawtucket is out to prove to the world that yoga is beneficial to everyone, regardless of weight, age, sex, or ability. This is made evident with their Yoga for Curvy Women class—awesome! Other unique classes and workshops include Stress Less for Teens, Mom & Baby Yoga, Mindful Eating and more! Take a trip to the studio to find a class that’s right for you.
541 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 421-9876.
The Heron Studio
The Heron Studio in nearby Fall River incorporates yoga, meditation and dance into their studio culture. Yoga is taught on three levels: introductory for beginners, intermediate to broaden understanding and goals in the practice of yoga, and advanced for students who wish to bring yoga off the cushion and into their daily lives. Several dance classes are taught that embrace community, fitness, strength, and well being.
187 Plymouth Avenue, Fall River, MA. (774) 365-4016.
Check out Shri Studio in Pawtucket for a mindful and relaxing yoga experience. Highlights of their extensive class list include Yoga for Seniors, Gentle Yoga (free for followers of the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Center, plus one guest!), and Forrest Yoga—designed to address physical and emotional stresses that may be stored within the body.
21 Broad Street, Pawtucket, RI. (401) 441-8600.
Next Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30 pm, visit Serenity Yoga in Warwick for a $10 drop-in yoga session. The class will incorporate a half-hour of yoga practice and a half-hour of guided meditation—the perfect remedy for your hectic week. While you’re in, make sure to check out all of the classes that the center offers.
21 College Hill Road, Warwick, RI. (401) 615-3433.
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