Latin Fitness: Be Que Barbara! (Giveaway)
Giveaway closed: Jackie Won. Thanks to all who left comments!
By Barbara Gomez Trujillo
Ya! Enough is enough!
Spring is here, your New Year’s resolutions are slowly but surely dwindling, and although that big sweater is disguising the truth, before you know it there will be no hiding it! The time is now…vamos mi gente — lets get moving and focus on YOU!
I, your personal guide and amiga am here to help you get or stay on track to the fabulous you, you know is in there.
It is our responsibility to nurture the precious gift that has been given to us and it is our responsibility to set the foundation for our families. We must lead by example. So put down the pastelitos and bring on the fruit. Mueva las caderas and dance to Ricky or Marc, or your favorite Latin music — whether it is salsa, merengue or raggaeton. Dance and get that heart pumping…now! Dance is fun exercise.
Make today your day. Start slow and remain steady. You may not “feel” like it or don’t have “time.” Not acceptable. Remove those words from your head. Act like a robot, exercise on automatic at first and eventually you will grow to love and want to do it, I assure you. Believe me, I have been there and that is why I want and can help. Join me ahora….VAMOS!
Fitness tips to get you inspired
1. If you are not hungry don’t eat! Drink a glass of water first. Most of the time you hit the fridge or pantry because you are bored. Stay out of the kitchen especially if you just ate. Grab a book, send me a Tweet @BarbaraPorAtras, or drop me a note. But get your head out of the pantry.
2. At home don’t carry everything upstairs at one time. Purposely leave something behind. If unloading the groceries do it one bag at a time. If you purchased a gallon of water or milk go up the stairs first – holding it with both hands in front of you and then put it away. Point being: to move more than you normally do.
3. Make a meal plan before you hit the grocery store. Picture the store you are going to and write your list according to the aisle. This will keep you from buying what is not good for you. You’ll save your body and your wallet! Avoid the junk!
4. Use your home as your gym to implement fitness workouts throughout the day. Chair squats, push-ups, even get those Goya cans to do arm lifts….use what you have. Before I even brush my teeth in the morning when I wake up I hit the floor and do 20 push-ups followed by a 30-second plank ending with a 1 to 2 minute Yoga child pose meditation. It gets me ready for anything and everything.
5. Dissect your pantry and be honest. Out with the bad in with the good! You may cry but you must do it!
6. I post free workout videos and ideas on my site, so come on over.
And finally, if you need a primer on nutrition guidelines and ideas, check out my nutrition tips page at B and B Fit.
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Win Barbara’s book
To enter for a chance to win a copy of my book “….Barbara por Atras” A Latin Woman’s Guide to Fitness” tell us about your fitness routine, or what keeps you from being motivated to exercise?
- Giveaway runs through noon CST Sunday, March 20.
- One winner will be chosen at random and notified via e-mail.
- The winner has 72-hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
Barbara Trujillo Gomez spent too many years trying to have an ultra-thin, no-curves body so often seen in magazines and television, she realized that she failed to appreciate her numerous fitness achievements and her Latin shape. You can read more about Barbara, a Cuban-American personal trainer and life coach from New Jersey, at her site, B and B Fit.