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The fitness industry has changed. Personal Trainer Susan Howard discusses how her thoughts on exercise and wellness has changed over the years.

Things I No Longer Believe

By Susan Howard

My industry is constantly changing, so if I stay set in my ways, I will likely be missing some cool new innovations coming down the pipeline. Past trends recommended barefoot running and now it has swapped to hyper-cushioned gym shoes. Yoga was a unique new age meditative stretch class, now there is a power yoga on every corner. People used to do Jane Fonda videos, now they listen to a podcast, use an app or follow along with their favorite YouTube chick. You get it.

So what do I think now that I didn’t ten years ago? Here’s my top 5:

1. You have to workout for at least one hour to make it count.

Today, I know that you can crush a workout in under 30 minutes with HITT routines, heavy lifting, and intense runs.

2. You must do a ton of cardio to burn your fat.

Cardio is great, but strength training is better. Hit the weights!

3. Don’t eat high ..read more

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Don't be disciplined! Change up your workout routine with a fun class or two!

Motivation is Dead

By Susan Howard

There is a reason the fitness industry is a 50-billion-dollar business. Americans want a change in their bodies, but fear they don’t have the motivation or discipline to get there on their own.  So like good consumers, they look to products to help them achieve the perfect self.  Most often, the diet or plan they pick only works temporarily or not at all and they move on to the next big thing.

Discipline is a mean word. It makes me feel like I got in trouble and am sitting in the principals office. Who wants to be disciplined? Not me. Is the disciplined person getting invited to a girl’s weekend, the lead singer in a punk band, or wind surfing in Australia?  The disciplined person sounds boring to me.

Great, you got your egg whites and your salad, but are you having sex? (Which can burn almost 100 calories, by the way.)

Motivation and discipline comes from a true want.  Identify ..read more

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