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Mental Motivators to Maximize Your Workouts (2)

by Angie Miller

Angie Miller

Last week I wrote a blog titled, Four Mental Motivators to Maximize Your Workout. This week I want to continue in that spirit, and give you two more mental motivators to maximize your workouts.

5. Reframe Your Resistance- Negative self-talk is a form of resistance that interferes with motivation. Negative self-talk might prevent you from starting your workout, or it may prevent you from enjoying it once you begin. The only way to defeat negative self-talk is to reframe- to redirect your thoughts and turn negative statements into positive ones. Here’s a simple exercise to practice reframing:

On a piece of paper make two columns. In the left-hand column write down negative self-talk that affects you personally- things you say to yourself that bring you down. In the right hand column write a more positive, encouraging way to look at the situation. Pretend it’s your friend who said the statement on the left. How would you respond to make your friend feel better?

Here are a few examples:

Negative Self-Talk:

Positive Reframe:

There’s no point in me working out today, I never stick with my routine anyway.

I’m going to work out today because I know it will make me feel good. Then I’m going to take it one day at a time rather than putting pressure on myself.

I don’t know why I even bother to work out, I always end up quitting because it’s too hard.

The next time I work out I’m going to go at my own pace, (use lighter weights, work out for less time, or go slower), so that I enjoy the workout and have a more positive experience.

 

Everyone at the gym is fit and motivated. Why would I want to go there?

People at the gym come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they all have in common is that they’re there to exercise. That’s the motivation I need.

 6. Park Your Thoughts- Sometimes stress and worry can suck the motivation right out of us, and it’s those times that “parking” our thoughts can be a powerful tool. When we “park” our thoughts we give our mind a respite from our worries, if only temporarily. Parking our thoughts is a way to put them aside, or compartmentalize if you will, so that we can focus on what we need to do- which in this case is to enjoy our workout. Sometimes we need to park our thoughts at the door, right before we walk into the gym, or we need to park them at work, before we leave the office. The bottom line is that exercise will clear our mind and better prepare us to face our stress with more clarity and a healthier perspective, and that’s the power of parking. I’ve parked many negative thoughts on my way into the gym, and when I leave and come back they don’t seem nearly as overwhelming.

Stay Inspired~ Angie

Angie Miller, M.S., is a fitness educator, university instructor, and Licensed Professional Counselor who blends her skills and expertise to empower individuals, mentally and physically, and provide them the tools they need to succeed. A veteran group exercise instructor and personal trainer, Angie is the star of acclaimed exercise DVD’s, including the Bedroom Body™ workout. Her passion for progressive education brought her to Northern Illinois University, where she teaches in the Dept. of Kinesiology & Physical Education. Outside of the university, she presents at fitness conventions worldwide and leads industry trainings as an AFAA Certification Specialist and Kettlebell Concepts Master Instructor. Angie writes for fitness journals and digital communities, and blogs for Collage Video. Connect with Angie at: http://www.angiemillerfitness.com

 

Easiest Protein Smoothie Ever

by Angie Miller

Angie Miller

Smoothies aren’t just for summer, and nothing tastes better than a cool smoothie after a hot workout. Too often, people share with me that they don’t have time to eat before coming to the gym in the morning. I know that mornings especially can be crazy, but time is about management and priorities and if we want the best return on our investment we have to invest wisely. That means that we have to practice sound nutritional principles to supplement our workouts. Just as we can’t drive to the gym on an empty gas tank, we can’t workout to the best of our abilities with no fuel. Staying fit and healthy is hard work, no doubt; but smoothies are one way to amp up our nutrition intake while keeping us hydrated and refreshed. Not to mention, they’re easy to make. For someone like me who doesn’t feel at home in the kitchen that’s music to my ears!

The smoothie I made this morning included the following ingredients:

  • ½ Cup of Water
  • 1 Serving of Chobani (peach on the bottom) Greek Yogurt (this is strictly preference. I prefer Chobani yogurt, and I love the peach flavor mixed with apples and bananas)
  • 1 Medium Banana
  • 1 Small Apple
  • 1 Scoop of Vanilla Whey Protein Powder (you could add a second scoop, depending on which type of protein powder you buy and how many scoops equals one serving)
  • 1 Cup of Ice
  • 1 Tsp. of Cinnamon (optional)

Put all of the ingredients into your blender, in the order listed. Start with a low speed then slowly increase the speed to a high. Blend for one minute or until smooth.

 

This makes almost a full pitcher. Therefore, there’s plenty to share for your kids, or more than enough for you to drink one smoothie before your workout and one afterwards. If you’re not drinking your smoothie right away, put it in a shaker bottle and keep it refrigerated. When you’re finished with your workout shake it up and enjoy!

 

 

 

Wishing all of you a healthy, productive week!

Sincerely~

Angie

 

Angie Miller, M.S., is a fitness educator, university instructor, and Licensed Professional Counselor who blends her skills and expertise to empower individuals, mentally and physically, and provide them the tools they need to succeed. A veteran group exercise instructor and personal trainer, Angie is the star of acclaimed exercise DVD’s, including the Bedroom Body™ workout. Her passion for progressive education brought her to Northern Illinois University, where she teaches in the Dept. of Kinesiology & Physical Education. Outside of the university, she presents at fitness conventions worldwide and leads industry trainings as an AFAA Certification Specialist and Kettlebell Concepts Master Instructor. Angie writes for fitness journals and digital communities, and blogs for Collage Video. Connect with Angie at: http://www.angiemillerfitness.com

 

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Banana Raspberry Smoothie with Whey Protein


by Angie Miller

Angie Miller

Smoothies are like ice cream, they taste great, go down easy, and after a workout there’s nothing that cools you off more. Unlike ice cream, however, smoothies are low in calories, high in protein, and they’re a great post-exercise meal replacement.

What's the best smoothie after exercise?

How about a Banana Raspberry Smoothie with Whey Protein? Full of essential nutrients, this smoothie is sweet, pink, and powerful. Not to mention, it’s a great way to help you recover after a tough workout and it’s quick and easy to make.

When it comes to smoothies, it’s safe to say that I’m experimental. I have never been one to follow recipes, and I love to see what I can come up with by mixing some of my favorite ingredients. I’m sharing this smoothie with you because it’s not only my favorite, it passed the ultimate test when I discovered that my husband and daughters enjoyed it as much as me. Having tasted some of my not so famous creations, they were as excited as I was when I came up with a smoothie that has all the health benefits, but still satisfies our sweet tooth. Check out my recipe and let me know what you think:

Banana Raspberry Smoothie with Whey Protein

  • 1 cup of ice cubes
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ¾ cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 to 2 scoops of whey protein powder
  • Optional: ½ tsp. of honey or agave syrup

Here’s a picture of the ingredients I use:

Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not sponsored by these brands, nor am I promoting them for any purposes. I recommend that you use brands that fit your budget, needs, and taste buds.

Why drink a smoothie after a workout?

While power bars are quick and easy to grab, liquid replacement drinks, aka smoothies, come with added benefits. They pack a powerful punch after exercise, and they give your body what it needs, when it needs it the most. I cover post exercise meal replacement in my Collage Video blog, titled, “What’s the Best Way to Refuel After Exercise?”

Here are a few highlights to give you a refresher:

How soon after exercise should we be eating a post-workout meal?

There is a window of opportunity, or “metabolic window,” that lasts approximately 60 to 90 minutes immediately following exercise, especially intense training. During this time, the body is most receptive to nutrient uptake and you have the best chance of reducing muscle damage. This window also allows you to maximize the muscle and strength gains from your workout.

Should the post-exercise meal be solid foods or a liquid meal replacement?

The moment you cease exercise the window of opportunity opens and from that time on the benefits begin to decrease. Because solid food can take approximately 2 to 3 hours to digest, it is generally not a recommended option as the window is closed by the time it’s digested. Although nutrition bars can be effective before and after exercise, liquid is generally recommended because of how quickly it is absorbed and nutrients are delivered to the muscles.

How important is post-exercise nutrition?

For most recreational exercisers post-workout feedings and snacks are not critical, but they can increase the potential benefits you receive from your workout, help you to prevent injury, fight fatigue, and avoid the stress of overtraining.

For more information, here’s a link to the blog:

http://www.collagevideo.com/blogs/angies-corner/15917404-what-s-the-best-way-to-refuel-after-exercise

Cheers to summer smoothies and lots of sunshine!

Best in Health~

Angie

Angie Miller, M.S., is a fitness educator, university instructor, and Licensed Professional Counselor who blends her skills and expertise to empower individuals, mentally and physically, and provide them the tools they need to succeed. A veteran group exercise instructor and personal trainer, Angie is the star of acclaimed exercise DVD’s, including the Bedroom Body™ workout. Her passion for progressive education brought her to Northern Illinois University, where she teaches in the Dept. of Kinesiology & Physical Education. Outside of the university, she presents at fitness conventions worldwide and leads industry trainings as an AFAA Certification Specialist and Kettlebell Concepts Master Instructor. Angie writes for fitness journals and digital communities, and blogs for Collage Video. Connect with Angie at: http://www.angiemillerfitness

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