October 26, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor

A few weeks ago, TV broadcaster Jennifer Livingston in LaCrosse, Wis. defended herself against Mike Thompson, a viewer who criticized her for not being a responsible role model as an overweight, public personality. He asked her to reconsider her responsibility to promote a healthy lifestyle. Livingston made a public response where she said she’s more than a number on a scale, and that Mr. Thompson was out of line with his email. While the dust has settled on that exchange, the story brings to the surface a great weight loss question for discussion: What’s more motivating, positive or negative feedback?

Chris Freytag

September 18, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor

The pace of many families appears to be stuck in fast-forward. So many are busier than ever—but busy doesn’t always mean active. Driving in a car, running errands, sitting in meetings and in front of a computer doesn’t mean you are getting the physical activity you need.  Try some of these tips to get your family moving, healthy and happy.

Get out in your own driveway. Get out those jump ropes, hula-hoops and basketball.  Play hopscotch. Grab some chalk and draw a ladder on the driveway, then time yourselves doing fast feet or single leg jumps along the rungs. Get a quick pick-up game of hoops started, or play a game of four-square. Try to think of it as active family playtime instead of workout time.

Life Fitness

April 24, 2012 / Category: Fitness Advisor

Willpower is discipline - it means doing what you know you should do, whether or not you feel like doing it. Wake up and choose willpower daily, and build it up like you would a muscle!

Here are some areas to focus on as you work out your willpower.

Think short-term. Willpower can be found in your habits, so think of what you can do today to meet your goals. Focus only on your next immediate goal, whether it is building muscle, toning up or losing weight. For strength training, try fitting in two sessions a week at first. Once you have that mastered, try three times a week. 

Life Fitness