Have you ever noticed how some people can train and stay fit, while others get stuck in an endless loop of weight loss and weight gain? As the daughter of gym owners, I’ve seen fitness fads come and go. As a yoga teacher myself, I’ve seen people start health regimes with zeal, only to fizzle out without realizing lasting results. But I’ve also seen people, year after year, improve their bodies. To find out what makes the difference I asked some of my favorite fitness icons for answers, and here’s what they had to say.
7. KEEP IT REAL:
You can’t go from couch potato to Iron Man racing. At least not quickly. Yoga guru and author Sadie Nardini (The 21-Day Yoga Body, Random House), says a friend’s relationship advice inspired her fitness routine. “Don’t act like today is all you have,” the friend advised. “Assume 30 years.” For Nardini, that means making fitness part of her everyday life rather than trying to add yet another thing to the to-do list. “Make your fitness routine an organic part of your lifestyle,” she says. “Create each day (or so) around something healthy you can fit in without having to make sweeping changes. Start naturally. After work, go for a walk. Or do 20 minutes of yoga that challenges you without overwhelming your body. Increase if and when it feels possible, but allow yourself to look at the big picture, and take actions that will benefit [you for the long haul], not just the smaller moment at hand.”
6. DON’T WAIT TILL YOU’RE BORED
Denise Mast, president of New York Adventure Racing Association, has been finding new fitness challenges since the 1990s. “Mix up what you’re doing,” Mast advises. “There’s so much out there. After years and years of running I discovered adventure racing. That got me into mountain biking and paddling. Now I do boot camp and obstacle races. Before you find you’re getting bored, find something else that interests you.”
5. PARTICIPATE IN EVENTS
Ann Marie Miller, a USA Cycling Level 2 Licensed Coach at Chelsea Piers, says that training for a goal or a specific date helps keep her training on track. “And you can monitor your progress along the way,” Miller says. “You don’t need to do a full Ironman triathlon or a marathon. Start with more attainable goals like a 5K Fun Run or Walk, a Sprint Triathlon or a Charity bike ride. Charity rides usually offer multiple distances, so you can choose the ride that’s the right length for you.”
4. PAIR UP
Sometimes you need that extra kick. “I met someone who I had to work really hard to keep up with,” says Chelsey Magness, a professional acrobat. “I wanted to see how long it would take until [he was] working hard to keep up with me.” She says that training, playing and exploring together helps them stay fit as a couple, physically as well as mentally and emotionally.
3. SET GOALS
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The same is true of fitness. “Setting short-term goals allows you to stay motivated,” says former professional ice skater Jason Cotnoir. But he’s quick to add, “leave yesterday behind. Don’t let your past missteps affect your present. Many people get discouraged if they miss a workout or eat something they were trying to avoid. When this happens, people tend to feel like a failure [which] can quickly derail you from your goals. It’s important to know that you can only control what happens today!”
2. THE FAME PRINCIPLE
Whether you’re experienced or new to working out, a personal trainer can help you get results you never dreamed possible. “No matter who you are it’s easy to get in a rut,” says Robert L. Kirchner, my father, and owner of the Holiday Health and Racquet Club. “Celebrities and famous hire trainers to keep them motivated, so can you. You can hire a pro at any gym at just about any budget, and it will inspire your routine.”
1. DO NOT EXERCISE
This one’s mine. Homework is full of exercises, maybe that’s why the e-word makes me want to run screaming into the night. Yet I’ve exercised my whole life. Before discovering yoga, you’d find me at the gym under my headset, flipping through a magazine while riding a bike or climbing stairs. It wasn’t until I connected with something that was challenging physically and mentally that I became truly fit. That component was missing was, well, love. I had to love what I was doing, so I wasn’t so much exercising as getting to do that thing I couldn’t wait to do. Even when it was (is) hard.
By Lisa L. Kirchner, more at www.lisalkirchner.com
Nigerian & Jamaica Celebrates 50 Years Of Diplomatic Relations With Direct Flights to Jamaica
As the festive season approaches, travel enthusiasts and lovers of fun, relaxation or adventure, will have a chance to create history, by being part of the first direct charter flights from Lagos, Nigeria to Montego Bay, Jamaica. The flights are in celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Jamaica. Both countries have worked hard to promote culture, education, industrial and economic development, at different levels.
The first flight will leave Lagos on 21 December and return on 28 December 2020. A second rotation will take place from 30 December to 6 January 2021. Each flight will last for just over 11 hours and relieves the traveler of the stress of securing transit visas via Europe or the US and the uncertainties associated with multiple connections.
The flights are being coordinated by the Jamaican High Commission in Abuja and Nigerians Travel Too, a leading tour operator based in Lagos and the UK. They are also a reflection of the creative fusion of the Nigerian and Jamaican history and culture, which both partners have dubbed the Nai-Jamaica Project. A dedicated website www.nai-jamaica.com has been launched, to showcase the range of travel and business opportunities that are available.
In tandem with the upcoming flights, handcrafted holiday experiences and multiple travel packages have been designed with each visitor in mind. The main items covered include: flight tickets, accommodation, airport transfers, tours and meals among others. [Participating tour operators are also offering free visa processing and support].
Nigeria’s trusted international carrier, Air Peace, will facilitate each trip with its elegant Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. Passengers will be able to travel in style and comfort across the First, Business and Economy Class cabins that are on offer at unbeatable rates.
Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Nigeria, HE Esmond Reid, has hailed the direct flights as, “An historic and unique opportunity, as part of our 50th anniversary celebrations, to reconnect with family and friends from Nigeria, Jamaica, the Caribbean and other parts of the world, in a world class tourist destination”.
Jamaica has won many international travel and tourism awards and has developed special COVID-19 protocols for the tourism sector. These are designed to protect and enhance the tourism experience for visitors and workers in the industry, in the face of the global pandemic.
Widely recognized as the “heartbeat of the world” and the land of Reggae Music, Jamaica is home to various tourist attractions and cultural icons such as Bob Marley, Marcus Garvey and Usain Bolt.
Visitors can never get enough of the opportunities for rafting, diving, golf, tennis, fishing, nature walks or horseback riding, among other exciting activities that are available in Jamaica. Places like the Abeokuta Nature Park and the Calabar High School also add special significance for visitors from Nigeria.
There will be nowhere else like Jamaica this Christmas and New Year. You can’t afford to miss this awesome Nai-jamaica experience!!!
Tickets are selling like hot cakes. Bookings will close on 20 November to guarantee visa processing, so don’t delay.
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‘I Tested Positive To HIV After Gang Raped By 3 Men – Chef Ayomide
Nigerian chef, Ayomide Idowu, who is also a male rape survivor, has taken to his Instagram page to tell his story.
The openly gay young man recalled how he was allegedly gang raped by 3 hoodlums at the age of 19 because of his sexuality and how he eventually contracted HIV.
Ayomide revealed his life never remained the same as he was also arrested and victimized by the police.
In his words;
“I could remember last 5years ago
What I pass through from 3 hoodlums
I was thoroughly beaten and gang-raped
All because I’m Gay…they took advantage of me
I was 19years old boy then, I suffered humiliation
Arbitrary arrest from police,inhuman degrading treatment,I lost my precious Home at the age of 19years..no parents no family…it really hurts to be an orphan….after I lost my virginity from the raped….having unprotected sex from those hoodlums I WAS TESTED POSITIVE….being positive my mood changed…I started my medication and think less…I stay away from smoking and alcohol…I eat Good fruits and vegetables…thanks to God I’m a testifier now
I’m undetectable my CD4 850 viral load 10
It really worth testimony 🙏🤦im looking healthy and stunning…being HIV positive is not the end of life…it reveals the other side of you…my aims of sharing my life threatening story as an orphan,so that people can learn from this…. 5years living positively”
See his post below:
Actress Osas Ighodaro Celebrates Her 30th Birthday With Emotional Post
Nigerian actress, Osas Ighodaro penned an emotional note via Instagram as she clocked 30-years-old on Monday.
To mark her birthday, the single mother of one posted a monochrome photo of herself as she wished for people to continue praying for those who lost their lives during these turbulent period.
“Thank God for another year. Happy Birthday to me. If you know me, you know I absolutely love birthdays but this year it certainly hits different. I’m overwhelming grateful for life and thankful to God to be able to see another birthday bc unfortunately many haven’t and won’t have that opportunity.
I am hopeful for better days for myself, those that I love and hold dear and most certainly for my country Nigeria. I pray for unity, peace, harmony and togetherness. We all deserve it.
My birthday wish is to please continue to pray for those innocent lives lost. Please remain hopeful and focused because I truly believe better days are soon ahead by God’s grace.
Peace, Love and Blessings.”
See her post below:
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