It’s that time of year! Our minds are brewing with New Year’s Resolutions and there’s a big majority of you who’ll set fitness goals. Well I’m here to tell you that when it comes to your resolutions, momentum is the key to success. How have your past fitness resolutions faired? Not good? Not what you expected at first? Did you start off well and slowly fade away from the ultimate goal? Don’t worry; you’re in the majority!

            Having momentum on your side is crucial in fitness as well as most things in life. Let’s say the Saints rose from the dead this season, went on a 6 game win streak, and made the playoffs? After a 4-6 record everyone counted them out. To be able to turn the tide like this (hypothetically speaking), they would have to have taken every game as a single goal, building on each and correcting mistakes weekly. Would you feel good about the Saints chances after such a turnaround? I would. I would be thinking about a trip to Levis’ Stadium in February to watch my Saints in the Super Bowl. Let’s remember now it’s much easier for us to set and attain a fitness goal than this, but it’s nice to dream.

The point I’m really trying to get at is that after few or many failed attempts at fitness goals, you must try something new. If you set one huge goal, most times you’re setting up for failure. Setting small goals is the answer. Each individual achievement keeps you motivated to work harder. Vowing to take the 15 minutes you use watching the nightly news and turn it into some exercise time. You could even watch the nightly news and exercise at the same time. Meeting this goal will entice you to find more time in your day to exercise. This is just one of many examples. It’s the little battles that win the war.

Still, though, you would have a main long-term goal, but creating weekly goals and rewarding yourself could keep momentum on your side. After a while, without having accomplished anything while reaching towards that long-term goal you can get bored and unenthused about fitness. A simple trick to creating that long-term goal and associating it with short-term goals is to make a tree chart with your long-term goal, and follow through with small goals that will keep your head in the game. Break these down as small as you can and from there you can begin a venture of success through fitness by rewarding yourself for every bit of work you invest in yourself!

Written by STAR Personal Trainer, Chris

The holiday season is upon us…does that mean my year worth of healthy diet and good nutrition are in the garbage with my deflated Halloween pumpkin? It doesn’t have to. As Louisianans, many of us have grown up with food at the center of family gatherings and holiday celebrations. How will we combat the bulge without replacing the buttons on our jeans? In this case, knowledge is power and preparation is key. We know the food and drink we will be presented with in the coming months is harder than most to turn down. From oyster stuffed patty shells to cream cheese filled king cake, it is an ominous task to maintain good nutrition in the New Orleans area, especially during the holiday season. As such, put this knowledge to good use. Be prepared for indulgent foods by maintaining a healthy balance of nutritious diet and consistent exercise pre-holiday. Then, have all your holiday fixins’ in moderation while keeping up with an exercise program even if it’s a 15 minute walk Christmas morning. In fact, take the whole family and make it a tradition! Keep moving and never give up…yes, it’s difficult to roll off of the couch and away from the game, but half time is a perfect fit for a 30 minute HIIT workout! Yes, you can record the commercials…no excuses! Happy Holidays!

 

Written by STAR Personal Trainer, Caitlyn

The BeneFITs of HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is in my opinion one of the most important exercise routines to implement into your workout schedule. Especially if weight loss is a goal of yours! HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule. Research has shown that you can achieve more progress in 15 minutes of interval training 3 times a week compared to your usual mile on the treadmill (yawn). Not only do you burn more calories during a HIIT workout, but the effect of the intense workout is it kicks your body’s repair cycle into hyperdrive. That means that you burn more calories in the 24 hours after a HIIT workout than you would after a steady-pace run! The best thing about HIIT is that equipment is not necessary. Which means you have no excuses not to get in that 15 minute workout! You can do it anywhere. Running, Biking, Jump Roping, Rowing, high knees, fast feet, or anything plyometric will get your heart rate up fast which improves heart health and aerobic capacity! So, in not so many words.. Get more FIT with HIIT!

 

Written by STAR Personal Trainer, Taylor