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Winter Motivation

by Kim Wathen, M.S. Exercise Phys/Dietitian

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Budds Creek is even beautiful with snow all over it. Hard to imagine the blistering heat this place sees in the summer with this pic.
How many times have you resolved to get fit, ride more, eat better or all of the above? You see or hear something that motivates you for a moment so you make resolutions with pure intention and heart, you have visions of winning races, finally having that seemingly elusive 6-pack, feeling healthy and fit, and seeing the scale display your chosen “perfect” number…..

Then…..life happens and before you know it, another moto season has raced to your door and those visions you had and those pure-hearted resolutions have fallen by the wayside.

The key to keeping those resolutions and reaching those goals lies in the moment to moment choices and decisions you make many times every day, not in the unrealistic thoughts of getting in shape a couple of weeks before the first race of the season.

So once you have your vision, hold on to it. When you sit down on that couch after work or dinner and it feels soooo good to just sit, hold on to it, get up and move. If you have to, get up with the determination to do 15 minutes of anything….walking, running, jumping rope, riding, calisthenics. More often than not, that 15 will turn into 30 or more once you get moving. When you are at a work event and lunch is catered in, hold on to it, grit your teeth and make healthy choices. When you are ready to scream because you have failed at riding that rut for the 100th time, hold on to it, ride that rut 100 more times if necessary until you get it right.

You don’t have to choose all healthy foods all of the time, and you don’t have to run 15 miles a day. Starting with and being consistent with small, simple, changes will get the results you desire. Perhaps not as quickly as you would prefer, or to elite athlete status, but something is definitely better than nothing!

Most of us have a fairly decent idea of the kinds of changes and choices we could make to improve our fitness/nutrition status. Just in case you don’t or perhaps to give you a few ideas, here are a few examples….

* Don’t skip breakfast
* Choose oatmeal for breakfast and add nuts (walnuts and almonds are best) and raisins
* Add fruit or vegetables to each meal
* Skip the chips and restaurant choices with cream sauces and gravies
* Add a vitamin/mineral supplement such as Centrum A-Z to your daily routine
* Park further out in the parking lot
* Take the stairs
* Move!!!

Make these changes now and be ready for first motos when spring is in the air!!

About the Author - Kim has an undergraduate degree in Dietetics from Michigan State University and began working as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant while finishing her Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. As a self-employed trainer and dietitian, she has the privilege of working with people at many levels of fitness. She designs custom nutrition and fitness plans based upon the client's goals and current fitness level. She has designed programs for, and currently works with a 17 year-old amateur football linemen; senior citizens, and professional motocross racers working to hone their athletic skills, and rise to the top of their sport.

That's it for now, until next time, good luck with your training and remember, if you have a question, log on to the Virtual Trainer Expert Forum and have your question answered by a panel of experts. In addition, be sure and check out the Racer X Virtual Trainer archive section. Your complete one-stop information zone for motocross fitness. VT Signature

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