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You're Not Really Doing That, Are You?

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So, as I was making my morning rounds at the Madison Square Club this morning, I saw a couple of things that inspired me to write this impromptu blog. I started in the cardio room where I saw my friend and client K "jogging" on the treadmill at 3.1 mph and 5 percent incline. When I asked her why she was "jogging" so slowly, she responded "but I'm at 5 percent incline." I explained that what she was doing was really bad for her knees and hard on her hips and back. I increased the speed to 3.5 mph and increased the elevation to 10 percent and explained that she would get much better results without risking knee, hip or back injuries. The lesson here: Listen to your body. What K was doing didn't look right or feel right. YOU HAVE TO STAY ENGAGED -- CONNECT YOUR MIND TO YOUR BODY!

Then I walked down what my clients have referred to as the dreaded lunge hallway to see a client doing chest presses on a stability ball. She got up mid-set to chat with me, to which I responded, "What are you doing? You've got five more!" "Oh, I thought I was done," she meekly responded. The lesson here: Don't go into a set of exercises with a predetermined number of repetitions. Listen to your body. If you've got more in your tank after 10 or 15, then push out five more! The objective of an effective workout is to "leave it all on the floor."

Back in the cardio room, another friend and long -- standing client was lazily, barely moving on the Octane elliptical machine. She had been on the machine for almost an hour and had barely broken a sweat! What are you doing? The lesson here: If you're going to take the effort to show up at the gym, make every moment count.

THE MOMENT IS NOW, IT IS NOT ABOUT TOMORROW... MAKE EVERY "TODAY" BE THE BEST AND MOST IT CAN BE!!

@DavidKirsch
david@davidkirschwellness.com

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