It's About Time

If you have ever spent more that 5 minutes with me, it is fairly obvious that I love fitness. I have learned so much (sometimes the hard way) in the 30 years that I have been teaching. What better way to share my passion than to start a blog and pass on the information that I share with clients on a day-to-day basis.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Learn From the Wise Words of Others

Ralph Waldo Emerson-About 1859

Lisa Mathews-About 2013
I hope to someday become a trainer that is constantly being quoted for their wisdom.  I have actually heard some of my clients repeat some of the things I say but it isn’t necessarily because intelligent things flow out of my mouth.  I thought I would team up with another wise and educated person and together we could motivate you to jump into the New Year with courage and enthusiasm.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The reward of a thing well done is having done it.” (One of Ralph’s quotes) and I want to make this year “so yummy.” (One of my famous lines)  You can hardly tell the difference between the educated ramblings of the two of us but just in case you are confused let me quote Ralph first and then I will follow up with more information to inspire you to a healthy 2013.

  1. “Always do what you are afraid to do.” Ralph.  “Lunges, weight machines, dance classes and intervals aren’t the hardest things you will find when starting a new goal of working out.  It is just walking in the gym.  Many stay away because they don’t have the right clothes, perfect body or are intimidated by large group classes where everyone seems to be a professional dancer or athlete.  Take a leap and schedule in you workouts you will feel better each time you achieve that goal.” Lisa
  2. “Make the most of yourself, that is all there is of you.” Ralph.  “Dedicate and commit in your workouts.  I love to be social and it is great to find workout buddies but if you can talk in casual conversation the entire time you probably aren’t working hard enough to achieve your goals in a timely manner.” Lisa   
  3. “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.  All life is an experiment.” Ralph. “Many don’t like change but it may be the one thing that breaks you through your fitness plateau.”  Our body is geared to change depending on the stresses placed upon it. (Principle of Adaptation)  In order to keep it changing and improving you need to mix up your workout about every 4-6 weeks.” Lisa
  4. “As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” Ralph “I have many clients who are amazingly busy with family and careers but still manage to prioritize their workouts.  One of my clients always says as she scrambles in to our session “I’m here and I made it.”  I doesn’t matter how we get there just do.  Excuses are like apples, every apple tree has them.” 
  5. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph “Don’t let your lack of dancing skills hold you back from shakin’ it on the dance floor.  Don’t let your head bands and thong leotards keep you from lunging to lean legs.  Don’t let your athletic prowess intimidate others in a boot camp.  Get out there and change things up.  Try something new and have fun.
  6. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm” Ralph “Optimism comes from the Latin word optimus, meaning "gest," which describes how an optimistic person is always looking for something positive in any situation  and expecting a good outcome.  Optimism is the tendency to believe, expect or hope that things will turn out well.  

Just as some wise people have already mentioned, “Jump into the new year without fears and intimidation and achieve your fitness goals with enthusiasm.”  


1 comment:

  1. Clever stuff! I'm going to save that picture of you.