EA SPORTS Active users, Wiimoms: Good things to remember for working out

Jan 25, 2010 by

The EA SPORTS Active programs have some great tips in them and the More Workouts, which was released in October, really stepped up the game by adding in the warm up and cool down routines in the workouts for every day.  

In reading this article, 10 Fitness Habits You Never Knew Were Bad, I think there are many good points for all of us who use the Wii workout programs that we wouldn't otherwise hear because we're not going to a gym and getting a real live trainer.  For instance, point number 1:

Not eating breakfast – consider that by the time you wake, at least six hours has passed since your last meal — and you’re also probably dehydrated. Top that off with a cup of coffee and now you’ve just spiked your energy levels. With no foundation to carry you until lunch, you end up gorging anything when you do have lunch. Your body is starving for nutrition and nutrition gives you the energy you need to workout (effectively).  The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, cleverly identifies breakfast as having the capacity to "literally break your fast after sleeping all night." If you’re not a breakfast person, become one. Start small. Prepare oatmeal on the weekends, refrigerate and use in a protein shake during the week. Add some healthy, low-fat yogurt and you now have a nutrient dense morning meal that will carry you until lunch. Muffins, Danish or croissants contain zero nutritional value. Tip: keep a jar of peanut butter at work and eat with an apple or mix some in with yogurt.

I did a 400+ calorie workout today.  I've never been one to really take the whole stretching before and after bit seriously.  But I have been the past week or so and this article really emphasizes why that is so very important.

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Our hike up Runyon Canyon in LA for EA SPORTS Active, and a tip on Vit Drink Activate

Jan 9, 2010 by

We had a 1 hour and 56 minute hike today with the EA SPORTS Active Challengers today up the trendy Runyon Canyon here in Los Angeles. 

There were times when I thought my lungs were going to explode and I was going to faint, but like my Dad told me years ago, his sons all have this determination that keeps us going, even when we feel like our lungs are going to explode and we’re going to faint. 

And so, we began our climb.  It was gradual at the beginning, and then we got to a near vertical climb.  And that’s when Kathryn Peck from EA SPORTS came back down the trail and said, “Donny, this is taking your workouts to a new level.  This is good for you, let’s keep going.” And I got encouragement from some of my fellow challengers, chief among them Monica Brady, Julie Maloney, Roger Enyart, Mike Sorrentino, who kinda stayed behind at points in time to help make sure I wasn’t going to faint or fall over with a heart attack.

Atop the peak of Runyon Canyon, I stopped to do a quick video piece.  I thought that was the highest point, but we still went a little higher.  Really, this was not the highest point, but I think this was the point where I felt the worst. 

When we got to the bottom, we found freebies from Amanda from the new vitamin drink, Activate.  How funny that Active and Activate are so closely named.  Activate is a sports vitamin drink.  At the top of the bottle is a protected vitamin packet that you twist and it drops into the drink. They do this because vitamins in liquid apparently don’t keep too long.

I liked my drink, lemon lime.  Some of the ladies from the group thought it had a bad after taste, but I truly liked it and when I get back home to Dallas, I will look for more of it.  It had only 5 calories, and the flavor I had had a mixture of 2 bananas, 29 apples and 33 berries.  Again, it only had 5 calories in it.

So here’s the video on the hike, and the video featuring Amanda from Activate:

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New #EASActive tips from Beverly Hills, Do you schedule your workouts on your PDA?

Jan 8, 2010 by

I just had a one-on-one trainer session to talk about my last six week goals for using EA SPORTS Active's More Workouts, and it's now time to restart the program when I get back home on Monday.  In my opinion, as far as the past six weeks have gone, I FAILED. 

But here's what I learned:  It's time to SCHEDULE some workouts and add them to my iCal with alarms for my MacBook Pro and on the iPhone. Why is this important?  Very simple: They become part of the daily routine and are a scheduled appointment with myself.     Images

But how often?  Surely not every day.  And you're right.  That's the answer. Not every day.  With EA SPORTS Active the recommendation is to do two days of exercise and take one to rest your body.  Two on, one off.

That gets you to three or four days of working out a week.  And the trainer said to not let it drop below three.  Then you'll start to see progress with the exercise.

And then he gave me a poker analogy.  Exercise is like "Being In" in a game of poker.  You're either in or your out.  I'm in.  And I'm staying in. 

I told him about how I've been using Nintendo's PT Walking to set a step goal for every day.  The default is for 3,000 steps per day and I wear it every day.  Throughout the day, as part of a guy thing, I'm checking it to see if I'm still "blinking red," or if I'm "Blinking green."  It has a little LED light that blinks when it's moving.  If you've hit the day's goal it's red.  Got it? 

Well, it's time to increase the daily goal for PT Walking.  Another important, pardon the pun, but wait for it …. step. 

And since I do have an iPhone, it's time to go to iTunes and the App Store and see what other tools are available to help keep me energized.

But do you know the most important tool I can use to help keep me in the exercise game? 

Simple.  The answer is you.  It's essential that we all continue to work together to offer encouragement and accountability.  Simple DMs or Twitter messages that say, "DaddyClaxton, did you workout yet today?" are so helpful.  And I promise, I will ask you the same back.  In fact, I'm creating a new list for www.daddyclaxton.com and my Twitter account: #Fitness.  I'm encouraging you to remind me to put you on this list and we can build a new community around it.  A very important tool to helping all of us. 

Okay, it's about time for lunch here in Beverly Hills at the SLS Hotel

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Weight Loss Reality: Mirror Confessions from a Fat Man #EASActive

Jan 8, 2010 by

Hi guys, I shot a new video clip this morning from the SLS Hotel here in Beverly Hills.  With all the mirrors in this place, it’s very easy to see yourself in something closer to 3D. 

I’ve been on the EA SPORTS Active program since April.  But I’ve had breaks in between.  And before I got diverticulitis, I was doing very well.  Then I got off track by doctor’s orders.  Well, I’m back at it.

And here are my Mirror Confessions. I’m still fat, much bigger than I want to be after eight months.  So, please, let’s all band together and help get the New Year going with some new workouts.

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EA SPORTS Active Beverly Hills Retreat Video Part I #easactive

Jan 7, 2010 by

BEVERLY HILLS–We're finally in California for our EA SPORTS Active More Workouts weekend retreat.  This is going to be fun.  I'm going to get to meet the new challengers and some old friends. 

Check out the new video. 

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