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Don't worry about others when you work out -- fitness and healthy living is a personal experience.

One Size Fits None

By Susan Howard

Out on a 3 mile jog, my wife can run quickly past me kicking dust up from her heels as I plod behind.  I, on the other hand can get on a bike and speed past her little chicken legs, especially while hill climbing.  We are not the same in so many ways.

She has more slow twitch muscle fibers that suit her endurance runs, while I have more fast twitch muscle fibers that burst me up an incline at quick speeds.

Everyone is different.  Some people like red wine, some white (sorry Aziz).

The optimum workout for one person is not the best for another.  The optimum diet is not the best for another.  I think I was born a vegetarian and have to this day not really enjoyed eating meat products. In LA, the carb-free thing is really popular, but I hate it.  My body craves healthy carbs, it’s what I look for.  Certain seeds, nuts and products I ..read more

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Susan Howard encourages people to just unroll their mat, start stretch, get to moving -- a good workout will follow.

Ask Not What Your Workout Can Do For You

By Susan Howard

“I am out of the habit,” one of my client laments.

“I know every workout right now is going to be painful, even yoga.”

If you are feeling unmotivated or even scared to get started up again, fear no more. Here is your plan: force yourself to go to a class or to the gym and decide that you can chill on a mat do some stretches and just relax. With low expectations, you can match your low motivation and at least start.

The gap between doing and not doing is like the Grand Canyon, unsurpassable. Once you unroll that mat, inevitably, you will get a decent workout.

Never ask if you feel like it. Nobody cares how you feel, your body needs to move, period.

Stay Ready.

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Train Like an Olympian

By Susan Howard

I love the Olympics.  It’s a thrill watching the high level of focus and training these young athletes have poured into their given event. Seeing their transformed bodies near perfection, eyes fixed, goals high. In a moment, on a day it all comes forth as they fight for the fastest finish, cleanest program, or most points in a game. Although only three make it to the podium all of them are winners to even qualify for such an elite competition.

The spark in their spirits and joy of competing is alive in you as well. Maybe your are not going to set the WR in the 400 butterfly or hang in the iron cross like the mens gymnasts have astounded us with, you can compete, and win at your own game.

Maybe it’s a virtual fitness competition on social media with your friends from high school or a tennis match with a friend or a made up game with your ..read more

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