Archives for December 2010

Christmas for the Fitness Enthusiast

Ho ho ho! It’s that time of year again. The time of year when all of my loyal readers are desperately searching for that very special something to get their favorite fitness columnist/personal trainer! Well, as much as I’d like to get presents from all of you, my humble nature won’t allow it. What I’ll do instead is present you with my second annual “What To Get The Fitness Enthusiast In Your Life For Christmas” column. Wow, that’s a mouthful!

1. Resistance bands. There are a ton of different uses for resistance bands. You can warm up, get stronger, do cardio, stretch. You can get the one’s with the handles on the ends at any sporting goods store but you have to go online to a site like EliteFTS.com to get the ones that are like big rubber bands. Both kinds are very useful.
2. Chuck Taylors. Do you wonder why your balance isn’t very good, or your knees are a bit achy or your hips are real tight? It might be the shoes! The thick, cushiony, sneakers most of us wear are actually hurting us. For one thing, the heel lift they have puts us on our toes too much and that can hurt our knees. For another, all that cushioning gives us no feel for the ground and that effects our balance. Get some good old-fashioned Chucks! They’re cheaper and still the best sneakers around.

3. Quinoa. It’s pronounced Keen-Wa and it’s delicious. It can be found near the rice in your grocery store and you cook it the exact same way. It’s a grain, like rice, but it has more fiber and protein and a little lighter flavor. Bon appetit!

4. Patience. I know you can’t exactly buy someone patience for Christmas, but I’d like to. Too many people are way too anxious for the quick fix. The body just doesn’t work like that. Have some patience and do things right and two things will happen: 1. The change has a better chance to stick and 2. You have a better chance to enjoy the process, which will then lead to other fitness goals and an enhanced, physical life. There’s no point in losing a bunch of weight if you’re just going to gain it back after the “special diet” is over.

5. Any piece of “Lift Strong” clothing from EliteFTS.com. This was on the list last year and the reason holds up. The clothes look good, are comfortable and inexpensive, and the proceeds go to cancer research. And just wearing a LiftStrong t-shirt is said to instantly add 25 pounds to your bench press!

Well, there are a few ideas for you, but don’t forget to take care of yourself, as well. One of the best gifts you can give your family and loved ones is the commitment to get yourself in shape. Believe me, seeing you taking care of yourself makes everyone happy and right now is a great time to start!

Happy holidays and I’ll talk to you in a few weeks.

Mitch Rothbardt
http://www.mitchrothbardtfitness.com/
MitchRothbardtTraining@yahoo.com
510-754-7113
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