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STRAP INTO SHOES THAT WILL HELP YOU GET FIT!

Who hasn’t heard of Wellness shoes? They’re those shoes that do something else like Sketchers Shape-Ups, Earth Shoes, or my company’s NGR Shoes. If you haven’t seen an ad for them yet, you will. They are all becoming extremely popular. The Times even did a piece on the December 7th. And why not! You go about your regular day and burn extra calories engaging your muscles a little more.

Reading Body Language

Believe it or not, most of the messages we communicate to others are done through body language and vocal tones. Think about it for a second. If you ask someone to do you a favor and he or she responds with a bitingly sarcastic, “Sure; whatever you say,” do you think your favor is going to get done? What about if the respondent just slumps over and glares at you? In many cases, that sends a clearer message than saying anything, and it can cut off a conversation long before you’ve actually accomplished anything.

Your Fitness Personality

I bet everyone out there has taken a Myers-Briggs test or one of those fun online personality-type quizzes. You know the kind I’m talking about - the quizzes that give you a round of options for your favorite weekend activity, what you love to do with friends, and what your ideal date would be. But did you know that the answers to these quizzes - your real personality type - influences how you work out?

How to Kick Bad Moods Forever

Are you in a bad mood? When's the last time you felt upset? Five minutes ago? Five days ago? Five months ago?

Men and Women

Do men and women need different things when working out? Intuitively, we'd think what works for Jane should work for John. We know, of course, that John will use heavier weights and sprint a little faster but does the workout or diet really need to be all that different?

CRANK THE TUNES!

I don’t know about you but when I grab my iPod and go for a run and find out the battery is dead my motivation to workout is disappears! No question, music is a HUGE motivator for exercise. Not only will thinking about listening to great tracks get you pumped up for your workout, but the tunes themselves can actually help you increase your workout intensity and duration to get better results.

"Green Exercise: No-Gym-Required Workout in the Park" > planet green

Laurel House of planet green covers a great and green NO GYM REQUIRED workout.

"Yes, bikini-bodies are part of the summertime equation, but you can fit into beach form with a green exercise routine that requires no equipment other than a park bench and swing."

Read full article below:

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MUSIC IS THE ANSWER

From my own experience in working out and training others, I know how important music is to the experience and success of the session—the high and energy that can only come from the right playlist. “Studies have shown that listening to music during exercise can improve results, both in terms of being a motivator (people exercise longer and more vigorously to music) and as a distraction from negatives like fatigue,” says The New York Times in “They’re Playing My Song: Time to Work Out,” their story on the issue.
Based on the research of Dr. Costas Karageorghis, an associate professor of sport psychology who rates music according to its “motivational qualities for various physical activities,” The Times reported that the key factors for songs for working out are:

It’s almost summer so NO EXCUSES!

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sun.gifI’m the first to admit that it gets hard to stay on routine during the winter. It’s cold and wet outside, you need to bundle up before doing anything, and everything seems like such a chore. Personally, my urge to hibernate and avoid the outside at all costs goes way up when it’s cold. That can wreak havoc on anyone’s routine if you’re not prepared.

4 Exercise ideas from NO GYM REQUIRED

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1. Walking Lunges

• How to:With a 5- to 8-pound free weight in each hand, start with feet together, and step forward with one leg out, bending the knee at a right angle, not quite touching the ground. Alternate legs and continue across a distance of at least 30 feet. Do not extend the knee forward past the ankle. This puts excessive and unnecessary strain on the knee. As an added benefit, lunges not only work the entire set of glutes, but it will develop a more beautifully defined pair of legs too.

• Rock Star muscle groups: Quads, glutes, hamstrings, abs/core

• Basic tools: Free weights

• Repetitions per set: Length of room (3 sets). Try for a minimum of 10.

• Level: Gold

• Variation: If you don’t have enough space, i.e., you’re in a hotel room, eliminate the walking element and lunge on the spot.

PRINCIPLE 1: GET FRESH, GO WILD: EAT NATURAL AND ORGANIC

Extract from NO GYM REQUIRED: UNLEASH YOUR INNER ROCK STAR

Eat natural and organic foods always.This is fundamental to health and therefore fitness, and I cannot stress enough how important this is. Processed foods and those with preservatives are laden with hidden sugars and fats, many unknown to nature. Even meats and so-called natural produce like fruits and vegetables are filled with antibiotics and pesticides, which are proven toxins. Your body’s food-processing mechanism is just not designed to handle them.

Have you noticed the proliferation of health problems from weird new allergies to rampant obesity and the hormonal-related cancers in women that are just a generation old? These new materials are adversely affecting our bodies, and we keep poisoning ourselves with them because we have come to believe they are normal. They are not meant to enter our bodies, and when they do, they sit in our system and clog it up with junk. They not only have no redeeming qualities, but, worse yet, they make us sick and fat. This is why I follow this “fresh from the ground up” principle. My preference is for things grown in the ground and that subsist close to land, whether that’s fresh vegetables and fruit, grass-fed beef, wild (not farmed) fish, or free-range chicken. And opt for organic whenever possible. Yes, it’s more expensive, but I think we Rock Stars know that our health is worth the investment. And this is a commandment: Know thy food sources whenever possible.

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London, Ontario
Chapters South London on Wellington
Saturday March 28
1pm to 3pm

Toronto, Ontario
Indigo Yorkdale Mall
Sunday March 29
2pm to 4pm

Ottawa, Ontario
Chapters South Keys
Friday April 3
7pm to 8:30pm

Addressing Motivation

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A customer recently emailed me because they have lost their motivation (see email below). I kept their name anonymous for obvious reasons but wanted to share their message with you because this issue touches us all at some point or another. More importantly, I think this is one of those things that we can overcome with the right help. See the customer's comment and my reply below:

Huffington Post with Jennifer Cohen

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Here are two older articles but a great representation of what No Gym Required™ is all about!

See: Huffington Post