Here we are in February, four weeks out from our New Year resolutions. How many of us are still on the path of fitness and weight loss and seeing results?
On January 1st, the number one New Year’s resolution for yet another year is to lose weight and get fit. In fact, about a third of New Year's resolvers make weight loss their primary goal, and about 15% aim to begin an exercise program, suggests a small study of John C. Norcross, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The unfortunate truth is that this same resolution is often repeated year after year and statistically, most of the people who make it have abandoned it before the arrival of February.
It never feels like there is enough time to include exercise into a daily routine. During the holidays, it appears to be impossible. But you are not trying to train for a 5K or cross-country ski race. The goal of increasing calorie burn at this time of year isn’t dependent on doing a long, sustained workout. All you have to do is figure out how to get a couple of 10-minute blocks of movement interspersed into your day. Here are a few ideas on how to do this.
I had the honor of being featured in Albany's Times Union on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014. Here is a snippet from Jennifer Gish's excellent article:
"If there's anything you learn pushing your legs through 14 marathons, six Ironman triathlons and three ultramarathons, it's that you have to deal with your brain.
Judy Torel didn't have to log nearly 86 miles in Florida during the Save The Daylight 24, a 24-hour ultramarathon, last weekend and win the 50-plus masters division to discover that. She has been teaching it to people through her personal fitness and counseling business, Judy Torel's Counseling and Training Studio in Albany, and living it through her own races for a long time. And she discovered how the mind influences the body and the body impacts the mind as a 16-year-old who came home from school and escaped her family's own mental health struggles and stress by taking to the Pine Bush trails for a run, settling into the rhythm of each breath until she would get the next mile under her feet."
I am now in my 50s and have been working in the fitness industry for over 30 years. In the 1980s, baby boomer women would pour into my then very popular exercise studio, right after work at 5 pm, and do an hour or more of group exercise classes to help burn body fat and look slim, trim and attractive.
In the autumn and winter, the hours of daylight are considerably shorter, so if you were working out before or after work during the summer, it is now dark at those hours. If you were enjoying the balmy warm temperatures when heading out the door for a workout, you now have to consider what over-layer to wear. Fortunately there are some new (and some old but recycled) accessories that can help to make the transition to indoor activities more palatable and effective.
Take your workout to the next level: Mix it up
Exercise Tip of the Month: If you are using the treadmill make sure you are not holding the railings. You can displace up to 50 percent of your body weight by holding on.
Weight loss and menopause: The rules are not the same!
What you need to do in order to lose weight in peri-menopause and menopause is very different than what is recommended for younger women (and men). The good news is you CAN lose, especially belly fat, once you know what to do for this distinct time of your life cycle.
Smoothies: Drink Your Fruits and Vegetables
Healthy drinks are all the rage lately. With the heat of the summer upon us, sometimes drinking our fruits and vegetables is easier than turning on the stove.
You have to be living under a rock to miss the viral eruption of ‘couch to 5K walking/running programs’ available through fitness magazines, online, apps and through local fitness service providers. But what if you have no interest or aspirations to participate in a 5K or any other organized racing event, yet you want to become more active, healthy and just feel better living in your body?