The “Magic” Weight Loss Pill

lucky2

I’ve got a magic pill for you!  It’ll take care of those extra pounds, tighten up any flab, improve your health, make you look years younger and give you tons of energy!   Sounds great right?  You must be wondering what this new supplement, product or secret is and how you can get some.  Well, the good news is that it’s very easy to get and is actually free!  All it takes is a little planning, time and some direction and you’re all set.lucky2

Here it is… movement!   After almost twenty years in the fitness industry, I can honestly tell you that there is nothing closer to a magic pill than exercise.

No supplement, no product, no “new information” will help you get in shape and stay healthier than simply getting into the habit of exercising regularly.  So, start with the basics, which are good nutrition and consistent exercises! Work up to higher intensity levels and supplement with the right products to support your goals, but don’t rely on them.

Remember, when it comes to exercise something is better than nothing, and you have to start somewhere, so start where you are! To get where you want to go you have to work for it… everyday. You have got to move and you’ve got to find exercises or activities that you’re interested in and maybe even enjoy so you can stick with it!

Regular exercise can help you:

  • Lose excess weight which could be adding stress to your joints and internal organs
  • Decrease your susceptibility to many illnesses and diseases
  • Reduce your blood pressure and lower your cholesterol
  • Reduce stress
  • Regulate your hormones (very important for women over 30!)
  • Maintain bone density

There are   too many benefits to list.

If you don’t use it, you lose it! Keep in mind that as we age, we naturally lose muscle which ultimately slows down our metabolism too.  We can build and maintain muscle though with resistance training.

So, just like brushing your teeth and getting dressed in the morning, daily exercise should become a habit.  Never go two days without exercise to ensure it’s consistent and find a way to mix it up and challenge yourself every workout so you continue to see results and never get bored.

By

Niki Gauthier

Need a plan? Get my FREE nutrition plan by signing up for my newsletter! I also offer custom workout and nutrition program in my Online Bikini Boot Camp. If you are in the Nashville area, check out Niki G’s Boot Camp and our NEW Basic Training Classes for beginners!! 

Copyright © 2007-2014 Niki G’s Fitness Blog

Continue Reading

Get a Lift- Tone and Tighten Your Legs with this Stair Workout

Did you know that one of the best pieces of exercise equipment is probably already in your home or in your office building?  Your stairs can provide a simple workout, but with big results! Even if you only have a couple of steps to use, you can tone and lift you backside, get some heart healthy cardio and build strength in your legs and core in less time than it would take on a flat surface! The following workout focuses on the lower body and core and gives you an effective workout in your home with little to no equipment.

Ready for Lift-off?

After you have warmed up, you will alternate a cardio burst of running/walking 30 steps with the exercises below. Once you have completed all five exercises and cardio bursts between, you will rest and then repeat 2-3 more times.

1.       Two at a Time: Walk up the steps, two steps a time. Your goal is to take 30 steps.

2.       Step Lunges: Stand below the bottom step. With your right foot step onto the bottom step lunge down. Be sure that your back knee is under you rather than in-front. Once you have lunged down as far as 90 degrees,  press yourself up and return  your right foot back to starting position. Repeat on the left foot.  Complete 10 lunges on each leg.

3.       Squat with a Side Step-up: Stand facing the wall with your right foot on the step bottom step and your left on the floor. Squat down and as you press yourself, tap your left toes on the step next to your right foot. Then place the left foot back on the ground, squat down and repeat 20 times on each side

4.       High Knee Step-ups: Stand in a lunge position with your right foot on the bottom step and your left foot on the floor. Put your weight into your right leg and quickly lift your left knee up in front of you higher than your hips. Quickly place the left foot back behind you into a standing lunge position. Repeat 20 reps on each side.

5.       Calf Raises: Stand on the bottom step facing the stairs. Place a weight in one hand and place the other hand on the railing. Stand on the step so that your heels are hanging off the edge of the step. Once you feel a stretch in your calves, press yourself up onto your toes, then lower slowly back into the stretch. Repeat 20 times.

Form Dos and Don’ts

Do keep your weight in whichever heel is on the ground during the exercise to keep the pressure off your knees. Follow modifications online if you have knee, back or hip issues.

Don’t lock your knees out. Keep a “micro-bend” to them when coming out of a squat or lunge and when extending your leg.

Don’t slouch

Do relax your shoulders and engage your core for better back support

If you can’t complete the entire workout, even with the modifications listed at our website, don’t give up. You will get stronger. Try again next week and remember better fitness is achieved  “One Step at Time!”

Continue Reading

Why Weight Training is Important

Do you want to get buff? Do you want to have defined abs, cut arms and a lifted rear? The most important tool you need to achieve these features, aside from a great nutritional plan and cardio to burn fat, is RESISTANCE TRAINING. While you are enrolled in Boot Camp and you are showing up at least 2 per days per week, you are getting probably most of the Resistance Training you need. However you could easily do up to 4 or even 5 days a week if you want to really accelerate this process.

With that being said, I will keep this very short and to the point and cover some of the highlights of strength training. (I will be posting some at-home workouts and exercises soon at my online community, so make sure you are a member! http://nikigfitness.ning.com/ )

• Resistance Training (also known as Strength Training or Weight Training) is anything that provides resistance against your muscles such as weights, bands, medicine balls or even your own body weight. Walking or running up a hill can even be considering a form of resistance training.

 • How much resistance you need depends on your current strength level and your goals. If you are wanting to build muscle, use as heavy of a weight as you can for 8-12 reps. If you are just trying to tone and tighten, use as heavy of weight as you can for at least 15-20 reps or even more depending on your workout.

Lifting heavier weights will NOT make you look like this bodybuilder!

 • You will not get big and bulky by using weights, even if they are heavy. To think that we can get jacked like a Bodybuilder using heavy weights for 20 reps or so is silly. The people you see with big muscles work VERY hard to look that way. They spend A LOT of time in the gym using very heavy weights, low reps and a lot of rest between sets. They also have a fine-tuned, high calorie diet, and spend YEARS, not months getting that big. I can attest to this because I trained to gain muscle for 2 years as “bodybuilder” and even though I competed and placed 3rdin my weight class in TN State, I still never looked more than a lean fitness model or fitness competitor. It’s very difficult to gain a lot of muscle, so don’t be afraid of the weights!!! As long as you keep good form and do high reps, you will look hot, not scary.

• The more muscle you have, the higher your metabolism. This means that when you go into a maintenance phase, you will be able to consume more calories than you would if you had less muscle.

• Resistance Training also helps maintain bone density, improves your energy levels and your overall balance.

OK, and here are a couple of rules for you:

1. The bigger the weights, the higher the intensity. A great way to mix up your routine, especially if you hit a plateau.

 2. Form ALWAYS over heavy weights. Don’t sacrifice your form just to lift a heavier weight.

3. Fat NEVER turns into muscle and vice versa. You lose muscle, and you gain fat, or vice versa.

 4. If you feel like your body weight is too high for you, do more cardio and eat less, but don’t back off the weights! In fact you should lift weight your entire life so you never lose muscle. Resistance Training is one of the best ways to stay young. Also, it’s that weight training, high intensity level and the muscles that will help turn your body into a fat burning machine so don’t give up!

Continue Reading