Here is a place where I will post the questions I’m asked most often by clients and friends. I will also post tips to help you be more successful with your fitness journey.
Q: What walking/running shoes, treadmill, stationary bike or other workout machines should I buy?
A: Equipment is like dating…everyone wants and needs something
different. So, the best answer to this question is to go to a specialty store (running store for running shoes, exercise specialty store for other equipment like treadmills, stationary bikes, etc.) and get fitted properly and try out what you’re buying in the store. Many running shoe specialty stores have a 30 day return policy that lets you try out the walking or running shoes you buy for a month. That way you know if they’re a good fit for you. Same thing with equipment, you need to go to a specialty store where you can try out the equipment. Certain body types will find certain equipment more comfortable than others. You have to find what you like and what fits your body best. Also, specialty stores tend to have more knowledgeable staff. They can help you choose the equipment that is best for your needs.
Q: What’s the best exercise for weight loss or weight maintenance?
A: The kind you enjoy. This sounds like a simple answer, and it is. People are more likely to exercise if they find it pleasant than if they find it to be a chore. Like equipment choices, exercise is also a very personal thing. Some people love dancing and if you get your heart rate up when you dance, it can be great exercise. Other people like more traditional exercise such as walking, running, cycling or swimming. Find what exercise you like and you’re more likely to do it and do it more often.
Q: At the end of the day, I’m exhausted and don’t feel like cooking. Because of that, I tend to make bad food choices such as fast food, frozen pizzas, and other things that are quick and easy. Do you have any suggestions in helping me avoid this behavior?
A: I highly recommend two things:
- Plan your menu (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the entire week.
- Cook for several days to a week of meals in advance. This way you have plenty of healthy food on hand and when you get home, all you have to do is warm your meal up in the microwave. What I do is cook for the entire week on Sunday. It takes a few hours, but it’s worth it. I will have a number of things going at once. I have a slow cooker filled with a healthy chicken recipe, I bake some fish in the oven, I put a bunch of lettuce or fresh spinach in an air tight container so it’s ready to go for my dinner salad. I also cut up the various vegetables I want on my salad in advance so that’s ready to go too. I steam a bunch of fresh vegetables such as broccoli, asparagus, etc. and also put it in an air tight container. And I make a bunch of brown rice or whole wheat pasta and put it in air tight containers. My refrigerator is full and I’m set for the week.
Q: With work, family and other outside activities I find it hard to get my exercise in each day. What can I do to be more successful with that?
A: I tell people schedule your exercise like you would a work meeting or other important event like a child’s baseball game, etc. You’re not going to pull a “no show” on your boss or your family and you shouldn’t pull a “no show” on your daily exercise. Another suggestion is to exercise with others. Make it social and fun and when you exercise with others you’re accountable to them and yourself. Ask family and friends to join you and everyone wins.