Five Fitness Tips I wish I knew when I Played HS Sports

by Amanda

When I was in high school, I HATED running. I couldn’t believe some people just ran because they liked it. In my mind, unless you were chasing something (or being chased), there was no reason to run. Ever.

Now that I am all grown up, I love to run. I run for fun. I coach kids who run for their sport. And I wish that I had appreciated it more when I was growing up.

With that in mind, I want to pass along 5 fitness tips that I wish I knew when I was a young athlete playing sports. Take heart! Establish good habits now- you won’t regret it!!

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Find an ACCOUNTABILIBUDDY

by Amanda

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” –Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 

I love these verses. Why? Because they describe what we preach in the fitness world all the time.

I am tell anyone who walks in my gym to find a buddy.

  • Find someone who can keep you accountable.
  • Find someone who will keep you in line with your goals when you are tired or sore.
  • Find someone who will help you be your best you.
  • Find someone who can tell you when you need an attitude check.
  • Find your accountabilibuddy. (Note: That is my own word, but I think it fits perfectly.)

So, I have created 4 items you should look for in an accountabilibuddy.

Five things you should look for and use to help you find one who will keep you on track.

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#RealTalk – I Also Hate Scales

by Amanda Mercer

Before I write this post, I would like to clarify a few things:

1. This post is meant to be an encouragement and inspiration, it is NOT to toot my own horn.

2. I’m not bashing weekly weigh-ins or denying that a scale can be a good tool.

3. I’m not looking for a million compliments or haters.

Ok… now that you have some guidelines…

Sometimes I think that people believe that trainers are above the daily fitness and self-image struggles that seem to plague the rest of the world.

My trainer never wants/eats/craves junk food. FALSE. 

My trainer never gets tired. ABSOLUTELY FALSE. 

My trainer must love his or her body all the time. A COMPLETE LIE.

Show me a trainer who has never once struggled with body image and I will gladly invest in some training sessions with them. I could use that kind of mental resiliency.

But the truth is we struggle. We doubt. We criticize ourselves. We roll our eyes. We sigh. We avoid mirrors. We obsess about the scale.

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4 Tips to Keep Your Heart Happy

by Amanda Mercer

It seems that pink and red hearts are popping up all over the place. Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and the stores seem to be filling with thoughts of chocolate, stuffed animals, and little note cards saying, “Be Mine.”

Aside from being the month of love, February is also Heart Health Awareness Month.

Cardiac disease is the number one killer of women. Fortunately, there are SO many things you can do to help prevent cardiac disease and reduce your risk of heart problems. I’m going to give you four things to help keep your heart beating strong.

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