Freytag has dedicated her adult life to motivating people to lead healthier lives. A contributing editor to Prevention magazine, she's also written two books, Shortcuts to Big Weight Loss, and her latest, 2-Week Total Body Turnaround. She also has appeared on NBC's Today show and MSNBC's Weekend Update.
Posts by Chris Freytag
- Make a Commitment for Commitment Day
Entrepreneurs are wired to be committed. If you don’t do the work, you might not have a business—or at least not a financially solvent one. Yet even the most committed among us can sometimes struggle with keeping those commitments. Even if you have the best of intentions, it’s often easier to rationalize or make excuses [...]
- Freytag: My Five Favorite Fitness Apps
Managing your time effectively is essential to being productive. Too often, one of the first things to fall off a busy schedule is exercise and, ultimately, your health. In this age of apps for everything, you can take advantage of technology to stay fit on the go. Check out my favorite fitness tools for working [...]
- How to Develop Success Habits
If you want success as an entrepreneur or success in trimming your waistline, the strategies are the same. Your success is ultimately determined by the decisions you make daily, otherwise known as your habits. Develop successful habits with these specific techniques and achieve the goals you set. Set clear, specific goals that are important to [...]
- Exercise and Happiness: Finding Flow
Do you ever go out jogging and feel completely in a groove? You are in a zone and feel like you could run forever. Or you get so enthralled with your yoga class that your stressful day melts away, time disappears and you are surprised when class is over? While that feeling may not happen [...]
- 7 Ways to Have Kid-Like Energy
Remember when you were a kid and your energy was boundless? Days seemed long and you could run around all day—literally! As an adult, you have probably experienced a time when you have lacked energy. If you have lost the pep you used to possess, you can refuel with these tips. 1. Remember, junk in. [...]
- How to Eat Just One Chocolate Bunny Ear
With the bright colors of spring come the allure of bright Easter candy—and the chief temptation of the chocolate Easter bunny. How can you enjoy the sweets of this holiday without adding inches to your waistline? Here are some tips to cope with all the candy: Skip deprivation. As a fitness trainer, you ‘d think I’d [...]
- The Compound Effect and A Healthy Life
“People are either motivated by something they want, or something they don’t want.” – Darren Hardy Profound success is the result of small, smart choices completed consistently over time—and it applies to every area of your life, whether it’s your work, relationships, finances or your health. That’s the theory behind The Compound Effect, a book [...]
- Behind the Scenes on The Today Show
Life moves fast when you are busy. Each new day is an opportunity. When you are on TV, your opportunity may come in the form of three-minute segments. For the first day of summer, I was on The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, demonstrating some circuit moves from my 10lb Slimdown on Exercise TV and how to get a beach body fast by combining strength training and cardio.
To help set the scene, The Today Show has multiple studios in its stacked, vertical offices. Kathie Lee and Hoda have frequent wardrobe changes. Assistants help them as they go up and down stairs between studios—taking off their jewelry for one segment and putting on lab coats for another.
People were everywhere. While on set, I saw LaToya Jackson, Donny Deutsch and Natalie Morales amid the staff and producers, who were prepping me for my upcoming segment. After they whisked me away to the Green Room, I thought about these takeaways from behind the scenes:
Be prepared to get creative. Producers of the show told me ahead of time they wanted some original moves—not exercises everyone knows. I showed them some unique moves—like shoulder flies where you lift hand weights like you are opening a newspaper, and a move where you look like you are stirring a pot with hand weights while doing a ballerina plié.
Be organized. Producers, camera men, featured guests and show hosts, are all in studios not much bigger than an average… CLICK HERE TO READ REST OF POST
- Freytag: “Help Me Help You”
Accountability is one of the most helpful ways to reach a goal. Most executives and managers are well-trained in holding others and themselves accountable on the job. But when it comes to their own health… they sometimes fall short of plan. As a result, this is an area that seems to be in need of a consistent push or prompt.
- Freytag: My Fitness Secrets
I don’t have to tell you that if you want to be successful at something, study the habits of experts. That’s what you already do…that’s one of the reasons you tap into SUCCESS magazine…to get firsthand professional counsel. You turn to the skilled and trained for advice in finance, management, leadership and more.
- Freytag: Fitness Myth Busters
“The difference between a myth and a fact is good science.” I love this phrase…. You see, fitness and weight loss don’t need to be complicated, but I often overhear gym-goers discussing fitness advice that just isn’t true. Let me try to shed some light on several urban myths by looking at the science.
- Freytag: Be Fearless
We’re more than halfway through the SUCCESS magazine 30-Day Get Fit Challenge. In my first blog post, I said, “It’s your physical being, it’s your diet, and it’s your emotional state that intertwine together to create a healthy lifestyle.” I can suggest exercises all day, but until you break through your barriers, lose your excuses and rid yourself of your fears about exercise, you won’t be able to put the puzzle completely together.
- Freytag: How to Work Out On the Go
When you’re working to eat healthy and stay fit with exercise, a business trip or two could derail all of your efforts. After all, finding the time and energy on a daily basis to exercise and eat right can be difficult. Throw in frequent business travel, and the task can seem almost impossible.
- Freytag: The Two Q’s
When it comes to making long-lasting lifestyle changes, I have a few basic, easy-to-remember guidelines. In the May issue of SUCCESS magazine, I spoke of the three C’s as the basic questions to ask yourself when embarking on a new exercise program. In addition, when it comes to eating healthy and weight management, I would like for you to think of the two Q’s: quantity and quality.
- Happy Healthy Monday to You
I LOVE MONDAY. I have been doing a local Monday morning TV segment on NBC KARE 11 in Minneapolis for 6 years and I email my free monthly fit-tips on Monday. Even my coffee shop, Caribou Coffee, started offering a cup of coffee for $1 on Mondays…. So why Monday?
- Freytag: When’s the Best Time to Work Out and Why It’s OK to Break the Rules
One of the most common questions I receive when it comes to an exercise routine is, “Is there a BEST time to work out?” I know many swear by starting their day with exercise and many others use physical activity as a way to wind down from the stress of a hectic workday.
- Freytag: Your 30 Days Starts Today
Over the last 20 years, I have helped thousands of people lose weight and get fit. Thousands more watch me on television giving tips and exercise options and have downloaded my exercise videos and used my DVDs. I am an author, a fitness trainer and a motivator in my professional life, and I [More...] am passionate about helping others lead healthy lifestyles. But I am also a mother of three teenagers, with a full-time career, and a wife, a neighbor, a co-worker… and like you I am trying to lead a healthy and fulfilling life in the midst of a crazy, busy world.
- Chris Freytag: Call to Action
Starting May 3, 2010, Freytag will share her motivational strategies with SUCCESS readers in her 30-day fitness challenge. “I don’t want people to just read it; I want them to take action and engage in change.”
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