I would love to say that every day I am eager to get my exercise on! However, I’ll keep it real! There are days when I don’t feel like exercising! (I know I’m not the only one!) I’ve learned to dismiss those thoughts and replace them with positive thinking. What motivates you?
I am motivated by 79-year old Ernestine Shepherd! She is a certified personal trainer and the oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world, as declared by the Guinness Book of World Records. She is up at 3:00 a.m. each morning running, lifting weights and working out!
I am motivated by the military veteran that was on the treadmill next to me at the gym. He had two prosthetic legs and a very real, motivating attitude!
I am motivated by making time for me. We spend a lot of time on the job, taking care of others and often we neglect ourselves.
I am motivated by my diagnosis of Lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Exercising is sometimes a struggle but I know it will help on my journey to wellness.
I am motivated by my personal trainer. He is about his business and is a very good trainer. I now realize I knew very little about exercise and the importance of strength training. Spending my coins on the trainer every month also keeps me motivated!
I am motivated by music! The music sounds good, makes you feel good, and gets that body moving! Exercise gets your blood circulating and prevents the buildup of toxins.
Whether you’re motivated by someone you admire, feeling good, looking good, having a workout buddy or simply being healthier – take care of you! You’re worth it!
“You have to stay in shape. My grandmother, she started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She’s 97 today and we don’t know where the hell she is.”– Ellen Degeneres
I’m sure many of you are wondering, who is Deb and why is she writing a blog on JazzCo Fitness? Well, I am the proud mother of Jazzy and she is my favorite (and only) daughter.
The first time I did the plank, I remember thinking that it looked easy, required no equipment and I was certain I could do it! I lasted 23 seconds! I’ve since come to love this exercise. It’s challenging but it gets great results!
The plank is a yoga pose that will help improve your posture and engage all the muscles of the core. To begin the plank, mirror CoCo’s position in the photo above. Lie face down on an exercise mat and place your elbows and forearms under your chest. Prop yourself up using your toes and forearms. Keep your body in a straight line (no sagging). Hold for 15-60 seconds or as long as you can. Work your way up to three minutes.
Today is my 61st birthday and I’m up to two minutes on the plank. My challenge to you is to do better than I! Forget the whip and nae nae – how long can you plank?
Have you made New Year’s resolutions? Some of us do it every year and others don’t find it necessary. The goal is to challenge yourself daily. When we write down our goals, they become accountable. Fitness plays a major role in remaining happy and healthy. It starts with making time for you! We must take care of ourselves before we can take care of others. The results are simply amazing! We look better, we feel better, we have more energy, and it brings us joy! A fitness mindset includes having a positive attitude. Sometimes this is challenging because some people’s entire conversation can be negative. Don’t get sucked into their drama! Keep it positive! Find a circle of friends who are positive thinkers. What we speak will manifest in our lives. Speak joy! Get fit and fine while having fun! Happy New Year from JazzCo Fitness!