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Spring into Action (and that Speedo) with a Good Ol' Fashioned Plan

Funny how much the weather and the calendar play with our psychology. Seems once the 1st of the year hits, or the first signs of Spring come along, so does the anxiety - the "bikini" blitz - the OMG! I've got to lose weight NOW syndrome. Here is a note I received in my inbox (tina@outdoorfitness.com) and since I know that Abby is not alone, I thought I'd share it.
 
Hi Tina…HELP! I put on 8 lbs. over the winter and I have a trip to Mexico coming up next month. I've been working out consistently for about 4 weeks and I try to eat sensibly, (about 2000 – 2400 kcal per day).  I also try to workout 4-6x per week, but, I have not lost an ounce. What else should I be doing?   Abby  Petaluma, CA

3 Steps to Make Your Workouts Easier and More Effective

With the warm weather fast approaching, it may be time to get back on the path and shed that winter coat. This past week I've had a few friends and acquaintances say to me, "Tina, I really wish I lived near you, because I need your influence to get in shape." My response is always the same - You don't need me, all you need is the right frame of mind to get started and build momentum.

The real key to getting on track and staying on track is focused attention. The ability to train your mind, as well as your emotions, on a specific outcome. What works best? It may surprise you that it's not getting into that bikini. No, studies show that for long-term results, we need to focus on how attaining a certain goal will make us feel.  

To Get Fitter Faster You'll Need Muscular Strength and Endurance

What's the Best Method to Get Fit Fast?
A friend of mine is on a mission - a mission to lose weight for an upcoming date. The date is a trip to Mexico, where she'll be sporting her new bikini, in front of her new Beau. Her mission is intense and has included up to two hours per day of long, slow "fat burning" running. That is, until she injured herself and her Achilles tendon from overuse.
 
Question: What's the fasted and smartest way to get fit and lose weight?

3 Secrets to Living - and Loving - An Active Life

This is a post from RealAge.com with tips from my book Outdoor Fitness.
 
Most of us start the new year or a new season in love with our new workout gear, only to see it gather dust in the closet a month later. Here's how to keep your interest in activity alive and kicking.

Recalibrate Your Brain with the PMJ Technique - (Video & Podcast included)

Mental Focus is the key to BodyMind Health (Video & Podcast included)
In Outdoor Fitness, you cultivate mental focus just as you develop physical strength and endurance. It’s a component to all the workouts, a skill to develop and hone, a tool to spur you to greater achievements and better health for your bodymind.

 What is mental focus?

Simply, it’s the ability to concentrate on the task at hand, to put your attention on the present moment, without interruption from internal chatter or external distractions.

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