A Personal Trainer to Go

Ever wish you could have a personal trainer help you? You don’t have to hire one if you try a service such as Podfitness, which you can check out on the Podfitness Homepage.

Their service is quite interesting. You get fitness routines customized to your profile, which you can download to your iPod or MP3 player. You can even choose a trainer as well as the music you work out to. You are limited t 3 workouts per day, but that should be plenty for most people.

And best of all, you can try it free for 10 days. You’ll have to share your credit card information, as with any trial, but you can cancel if you find the service is just not for you.

Why Not Walk?

Walking is one of my favorite exercises. You can do it anywhere, at just about any time.

Now that school has started back up, I walk my daughter to school daily. It’s not a fast walk on the way to school since I’m limited by her speed, but on the way back I have more freedom.

Walking is a nice cardiovascular workout, even if you aren’t doing powerwalking. Just step it up a little bit from your usual pace and you will notice a difference without doing the whole powerwalking bit. Or powerwalk. It’s quite effective too.

The right shoes are very important. They should support your feet well.

You can make other activities into a part of your fitness plans. If you’re at the mall, try walking a little faster, and go around the mall more than once. Park an extra distance away. Little things like that can really help.

What’s Your Skin Care Routine?

I’ll be the first to admit that skin care is not high on my list of personal care activities. I get around to it every here and there, mostly after looking too closely in the mirror and seeing where the faint, faint lines are developing. Most of you probably know that moment well.

Good thing they’re mostly smile lines. If one must have lines, lines from smiles are much better.

But they do get me thinking about anti-aging products. Not too seriously yet, but there’s an awareness that the time will come.

I like the idea of natural skin care products, such as the Dead Sea cosmetics from Shira USA. Even though I’m 35, I could still sometimes use one of their products that takes acne prone skin into account.

The site does recommend consulting a spa to determine which products would really be best. That makes a lot of sense to me, since I can never make up my mind on what I really need to use.

Reaching Beyond the Plateau

It’s frustrating when you reach that point in your fitness routine that you just can’t seem to go beyond. No more weight loss, no more muscle definition, no more strength. Yet you keep trying.

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What to do, what to do?

Perhaps most important is to simply not get frustrated. You can’t give up on fitness as a way of life.

Take a bit of time and think of a new routine. If you like, you can alternate it with your old one, but the point is to keep things going.

Alternatively, change the order. You can even do this every time you work out. Of course you always want to start with a warm up and stretching period, and end with a cool down, but everything in between can really be done in a different order.

You can also change the weights you use or how fast you do your reps.

Pretty much any changes you make will help your routine to be more effective as a workout for you, so long as you keep focused on your overall goals. The most important thing is to keep challenging yourself at least a little and to never give up.

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