Use The Outdoors to Calm Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Feeling stressed out is common to most people. Many of us spend our days running from appointment to appointment, trying to meet deadlines and tackle never-ending to-do lists. We are all craving a sense of calm and peace and more people are starting to practice yoga, tai chai and other forms of meditative exercise to help manage their ever increasing stress level.

Meditation and mindful exercise have been credited with reducing stress and helping to manage anger and depression, improving muscular strength, flexibility, balance and coordination, enhancing cardiovascular health, increasing self-awareness, self-efficacy and personal empowerment, decreasing pain, reducing blood pressure, improving lipid profile, improving bone mineral density, improving pulmonary function and more…” That’s a long list of benefits!

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Fitness Camping

Working out while you’re camping (Fitness Camping) might not be the first thing on your mind when you’re enjoying your campsite but just because you’re camping doesn’t mean your workouts have to take a sabbatical. The good news is you can give your body an amazing workout while camping with no equipment whatsoever. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do anywhere to challenge all muscles and fitness components. So, as we tell our clients, no excuses! Here are some ideas to help you stay on track: Read the rest of Fitness Camping

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Look Outside For Your Gym

35720456_10156423236973607_7849563336332017664_nWhen the weather is amazing, take advantage of it and get your workout in while enjoying the beauty and fresh air. No Gym = No Problem. The outdoors can be your gym!

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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

If you are looking for a new summer activity, here are the Top 10 reasons why you should give Stand-up Paddleboarding, otherwise known as SUP, a try.

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Family Fitness All Summer!

Now that kids are out of school and the weather has shifted to warmer, longer days, you’d think you’d have all the time in the world to workout and get in great shape. But summer can often lead many astray with their fitness ambitions.

Sleeping in and technology such as video games, TV and smart phones can turn families into couch potatoes resulting in less physical activity in the summer rather than more. To keep yourself, your kids and your entire family active all summer, you need a game plan!

 

 

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Running Clubs & Performance Tips

GF1Last week, we reviewed a progressive Learn to Run Program to help get you ready for the local Boston-qualifying APPLETREE Marathon, Half Marathon and Sunset 5K on Sept 15th & 16th that will have thousands of runners and walkers participating from around the Northwest and across the country.

We are so fortunate in Clark County that we have many opportunities to run or walk on trails away from traffic including the Salmon Creek Trail, the Discovery Trail, the Padden Parkway Trail, the Columbia River Waterfront Trail, the Frenchmans Bar/Vancouver Lake Trial, the Lacamas Lake and Round Lake Trail System, the Battleground Lake Trail system and the Washougal Waterfront Trail.

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Learn to Run on Global Running Day

Global Running Day is this Wednesday June 6th, a day designated for runners to reaffirm their passion for running and also a good day for beginners to begin a life-changing commitment to running. With the weather so nice lately, you’ll notice a lot of people out running on the Waterfront, Salmon Creek, Padden Parkway and Discovery Trails so Vancouver definitely has the running bug!

 

 

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Get Ripped for Summer

We just finished a 12-week series that included cardio, muscle, nutrition and lifestyle tips to get you in great shape for summer. We are one month away from the start of summer so you’ve got 4 weeks to ramp it up and get ripped. Today, you’ll get 10 Quick-Fix Hacks for really toning and leaning up right in time for the beach.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Twelve

You did it! Can you believe we’re at Week 12?! But remember with fitness, you can’t start and stop.  In order to maintain results and health and fitness benefits, it’s a forever thing!

Change Things Up:

This week, change around the sequence or order that you are performing your exercises. For example, if you always do your cardio first, this week, do it after your muscle conditioning. Or if you do cardio and muscle conditioning on alternate days, this week try doing both cardio and muscle on the same day. If you have been doing your resistance exercises in the following order; Legs, Upper Body, Core – this week, try doing all your leg exercises first, then your upper body exercises next and finish with your core. By altering your workout sequence, the stimulus to your muscles will be very different and it will feel like a completely different workout.

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Spring Into Shape For Summer – Week Eleven

People often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in the beginning.”  Mohandas Gandhi

We have two weeks left to our Spring Into Shape For Summer Program. But there is NO finish line with fitness so this is just a beginning to your Best Life!

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