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3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout in Late Winter

by in Fitness and Weight Loss

Nicki Hicks

In Maine, we don’t have 4 seasons; we have two: winter and spring/summer/fall. Winter lasts from November to mid-April here in the Northeast and with a possible 5+ months of snow-covered ground, it’s sometimes hard to stay with your fitness routine.

I’ll admit it: I’m not a winter person. I think the snow is beautiful, but by this time of the year, I’m ready for my garden to start blooming. I’m also ready to start running outside again and, for many of us, the treadmill looks better this time of the year than a jaunt through the snow and ice. Never fear, fellow warm-blooded Mainers, there are ways to combat the dreary days of March and April.

3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Workout in Late Winter

How to Get Motivated at the Gym: 5 Steps for Success

by in Fitness and Weight Loss

Nicki Hicks

OK, so you got your gym membership. Check. Now it’s time to actually go!

With the winter months approaching, it’s easy to ignore your exercise routine; especially when you no longer have to worry about looking good in your bathing suit. Don’t fret, there are a few tips that will make your gym membership pay off.

1. Prep with tunes

I’m never happy with the overhead music they play at the gym – do they expect it to pump anyone up? No problem. Make sure your iPod is jam packed with the music that you just can’t help but get up and dance too – or run to!

2. Have a plan

Spend your drive to the gym thinking about what you’ll do when you’re there. I’ve found simply having a plan (even something as simple as “running for 30 minutes, followed by an arm workout, and finishing up with abs and stretching) can keep you from getting distracted, or worse – giving up and going home.

3. Get yourself there

I find one of the hardest parts about getting motivated at the gym is simply getting there. Once you step in the door, it’s hard not to get to work!

4. Have goals

You have a plan, but what are you working toward? Do you want to run for a mile longer than you did yesterday? Or maybe for just 5 minutes longer? Do you want to be able to do 5 more reps of a certain exercise? Or lift 5 pounds more? Goals keep us on track and even better: keep us motivated to keep coming back for more!

5. As for the 5th tip?

Well….why don’t one of you suggest one of yours! What keeps you motivated at the gym?

How to Get Motivated at the Gym: 5 Steps for Success

5 Reasons Having a Dog Will Keep You Healthy

by in Healthy Tips

Nicki Hicks

Man’s best friend is well known for being a great companion, but did you know he/she could make you healthier too?

Happiness

It’s been proven owning a dog actually makes you happier – you could even get a discount on your life insurance! Bonus: being happier makes you healthier.

Walking/Running

Dogs need exercise, just like us. Having to walk or run them for a half hour every day will help you drop pounds on the scale, too.

Swimming

I’m a certified lifeguard and swim instructor, but my 1 year old lab could still easily outswim me – but then, that’s what he’s bred for. As hot as it’s been this summer already, how about taking your four-legged friend for a dip? It will be a treat for him and you!

Playtime

Running around and playing with your dog burns calories, just like playing with your kids. So let the child in you out and play some tug o’ war.

A little weight lifting

It’s a little outside-the-box, but you can get your weight lifting time in with a dog. My dog is scared of stairs and at 60 pounds, I can’t afford for him to be afraid of them for much longer. But, lucky for me, I’ve noticed as he’s gotten bigger, I’ve gotten stronger…

5 Reasons Having a Dog Will Keep You Healthy

Shh…The Ultimate Secret to Weight Loss

by in Fitness and Weight Loss

Nicki Hicks

Contrary to popular belief, diet supplements, the latest diet fad, and even exercise can’t help you lose as much weight as this secret. And I’m going to let you in on it….are you ready?

It’s portion control.

If you can control the size of your food and meal portions, you’re well on your way to looking great – and [bonus] feeling better.

It’s easy to over indulge, especially with those foods that may not be the healthiest for us. But don’t worry. You don’t have to give up your chocolate or lose the carbs.

Here are some tips that will help get your portions down to size [pardon the pun]…

Shh…The Ultimate Secret to Weight Loss