Friday, May 28, 2010

Fitness Quotes / Inspiration

"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself." - Eubie Blake (On his 100th Birthday)

"If you lose money you lose less; if you lose honor you lose half; if you lose health you lose all." - Unknown Korean

"Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states." - Carol Welch

"Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness." - Earl of Derby

" Exercise and recreation are as important as learning, perhaps more so, for without health, what is learning? " - Thomas Jefferson

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals." - Henry Ford

"Pain is weakness leaving the body." - Anonomous

"There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. A man must constantly exceed his level." - Bruse Lee

"It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up." - Vince Lombardi

"Life rewards action." - Phil. McGraw

"The greater the obstacle the more glory in overcoming in." - Confucius

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." - Henry Ford

"Never, never, never give up." - Winston Churchill

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"I am only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man." - Teddy Roosevelt

"Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it." - Ella Williams

"Unless a man undertakes more than he possibly can do, he will never do all that he can." - Henry Drummond

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappionted by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

"Fortune favors the brave." - Publius Terence

"The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one." - Elbert Hubbard

"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." - Frederick Douglass

"I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it." - Author Unknown

"If we did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves." - Thomas Edison

"Do or do not. There is no try." - Yoda

"Character isn't inherited. One build it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action." - Helen Gahagan Douglas

"Start by doing what's necessary, then waht's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Was it Worth to Have?

What would happen when you do something you were not supposed to do? For example, eating ice cream when you are not supposed to.... Have you experienced this before? Maybe every single day we face these debate inside of you.

Last Sunday, I finally made a huge mistake: I ate two big scoops of my favorite ice cream, Blue Bell Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream.

Guess what happened? I had to pay for the consequence.. Monday morning, the first thing I did was doing cardio using StairMaster machine. (picture on the right)

What did I do? I climbed the stairs for 40 minutes with level 12. Is it easy? Try it. I finished with 5 miles and burned about 500 kcal.

Was my favorite ice cream worth to try? Heck yea :) But I won't do it again because I know better. I'm training for something very important to me and eating my favorite ice cream might make me happy for 5 minutes but it wouldn't last long. Staying fit requires discipline.

Here are few benefits of StairMaster workout:
  • Increase your cardiovascular workout
  • Burn calories
  • Improve muscle conditioning in your legs and buttocks
  • Improve balance
 So why don't you get on StairMaster this week when you go to the gym? And don't forget to thank me when you get off the machine!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fun Fact - What People Would Think about You When You Go to Asia?

Many of you know who I am so it will be a pretty big shock to you if you've never heard this story from me. For those who don't know me, I am 25 year old female. I am 5'4 1/2'' and 120 lbs. My latest body fat reading was 15.9% and my BMI was 20%. Please don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to show off, but I just want to give you some idea of what I look like.

People here call me super tiny, which I've never heard before in Korea. Actually, I am considered "big" in Korea. I've never worn shorts becuase people make fun of my "huge" legs. However, here I have had lots of compliments about my legs. When I told this story to my friends, most of them refused to go to Korea because they would be considered FAT in Korea.

It is funny how beauty is defined differently by different cultures. Even here, many of college girls do not want to appear muscular, but being muscular is part of being fit. Fitness is about balance. Cardio, flexibility, and strength training work together. The stereotype of a body building appearance is associated with strength training, but this is not always true. Strength training is important because it helps build bone density, which is actually more important to women than man. Remember, testosterone is linked to muscular atrophy (large muscles), which is a hormone that is mostly found in men.

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This is an Austin Fit Magazine Competition for the fittest people in the Austin area. Please vote for me!

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Reasons

What the Bible talks about Fitness:

1 Corinthians 6:9-20
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body."

1 Corinthians 9:24
" Do you now know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."

Matthew 6:25
"...not to worry about everyday life - whether you ahve enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food and your body more than clothing?"

Ephesians 4:22-24
"You were taught, with regard to your former life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in the righteousness and holiness."

Our physical fitness is very important to our Lord becuase honoring God with our bodies is a call to take care of the Lord's "temples." As well as being in shape physically helps us spiritually. Fitness imporves quality of life, quality of health, and function. It's a proven fact that exercise reduces stress, if not eliminating it completely.

"Civilian affairs":
What the world pushes in our direction every day through TV shows, movies, the Internet, music, magazines, and advertisements - the "pleasurable" things. Is it the reason why we should work out? The answer is No. Proverbs 31:30 reminds us that "Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleetingl but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." If we are to be praised for anything, it should be becuase we are godly women of good character.
                                                   -From Miss University, Anderson; Prince
What Do You Want:
I want to be healthy mentally, emotionally, and physically. And this is the reason why Fitness is very important to me. Furthermore, my fitness level is important to my family, my work, and my country.

Fitness Q/A - Answer your own!

Q. How do you stay in shape?

A. I eat enough calories to sustain my weight and promote muscle gain. Because I am very active, I try to get 2500-3000 calories a day. I stick to lean meats and vegetables, and try and watch my fat intake. I do cardio work out 30-40 minutes six times a week and weight training 40-50 minutes five times a week. I also take Yoga class three times a week for flexibility and strength.

Q. How do you stay motivated to work out?

A. It is great to look good but it's more than how I look. Exercise makes everything better. When I work out I have better days and my mood is better. I also know that exercise makes me stronger physically, emotionally, and mentally. Keep in mind with those benefits that I've mentioned, I can not resist working out.

Q. How do you find the time to exercise?

A. I plan my day around exercise. It is important so I schedule my work out like an appointment and treat it as a real appointment.

Q. What are your tricks for eating well?

A. Discipline. It is not hard, you know what is good and bad, and you have to make yourself stick to it. Allow some room for treats, but make sure they are rewards, not habits.

Q. How do you stay balanced/deal with stress?

A. Exercise is great stress reliever. Also, being involved in fitness has tough me discipline I can apply in all areas of my life. If you are motivated and awake, you can stay on top of things and avoid stress.