Ouch, My Aching Back!

Until you experience chronic back pain, it’s hard to imagine how much it can negatively impact all areas of your life. The sad reality is that 80% of us will suffer with back pain at some point in our life. But the good news is that…..

……90% of lower back problems are preventable with inadequate core strength being a leading cause!

The key to the health of your back is understanding the concept of co-contraction, that is, that the muscles of the abdominal region must work together with the muscles along the back of your spine to keep your spine stabilized and that your core must be strong from all angles…front, side, back and hips. All you have to do is make a focused effort at strengthening your core muscles to allow you to move better, minimize muscle imbalances and promote better posture. Read the rest of Ouch, My Aching Back!

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Working Out When You Just Don’t Have Time

Sherri_kids_Moulton FallsThe number one reason people say they don’t exercise is because they just don’t have the time. It’s true that more and more people are expressing that they are overwhelmed and just don’t seem to have the time to get it all done. It was reported that many of us receive on average 150 emails per day and have 3 meetings scheduled per day. Between work, family and social commitments, time is definitely tight.

Fortunately, there are a lot of really busy people that do find the time to exercise so how do they make it happen? First, they make it a priority. They realize that their life is better, they feel great and are more productive when they do exercise. Secondly, they have learned to be efficient and effective in their life to know how to fit workouts in that don’t necessarily require more time.

Here’s some tips to make it all happen when you’re too busy to figure it out:

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Strong and Sexy Core

Spring and summer are just around the corner and are often a good motivation for many of us to shed some of those winter layers and get into beach-body shape.

But beyond vanity and looking good, strengthening your core is also critical for optimal health.

If your core is strong, that strength radiates out to your extremities and you will be better able to stabilize and align your body, absorb and brace for any impact and move your body more efficiently and with better mechanics. 

It’s important to mention that your core is not only your abs – but also includes your back and hips so to strengthen your core effectively you need to work the front, back and sides! Try to perform the following exercises 2-3 days per week.

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Spring Time Tune-Up

15873399_1383106268387591_1782205216556697909_nSpring is just around the corner and as the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, it inspires many to ramp things up and do a little health and fitness makeover or Spring Cleaning for your body so to speak.

Here’s a few easy tips that you can slowly adopt over the next month so you start to look and feel your best for spring and summer. Read the rest of Spring Time Tune-Up

Walk Your Way to Your BEST YOU!!

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BEFORE

I recently discovered that one of our Personal Trainers at NW Personal Training, Jolene Nelson, transformed her body and her entire life just by walking! She posted on social media

I lost the weight from walking!!! I would walk on my lunch break, on the weekends, and after work.”

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AFTER

Her transformation is absolutely incredible and it reminded me that one of the best and easiest ways to start your fitness journey is just to start walking. There are very few barriers making it completely accessible for almost everyone! Start with walking around the block, when that gets easier, make it two blocks and soon, you’ll be walking your way to a healthy and fit life!

 

 

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Couples Who Sweat Together, Stay Together

15826780_1379374888760729_8137547018855497883_nIf your sweetie has set a resolution to get fit this year, the last thing you want to do is sabotage his or her efforts with a box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Instead, show your special someone how much you really love and want to spend time with them by offering one of these creative gifts…and if you don’t have a sweetie, think of V-day as ME-Day and treat yourself to these gifts of love!

Dance Lessons

There’s nothing sexier than a couple strutting it on the dance floor. Learn to dance the Tango, Salsa, Rumba, Swing, Cha Cha or Foxtrot by enrolling each of you in one of the programs offered at The Arthur Murray Dance Studios at (360) 699-4500

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Re-Finding Your Motivation

The recent snow storm in the Northwest caused many people to experience a big setback to any health and fitness goals they may have set on January 1st! You may have decided to start training for a 5k or 10k and then found you couldn’t run with the streets covered in snow and ice. Or maybe you decided to start lifting weights and then the gym was closed or you couldn’t make it there. Or perhaps, you enrolled in the new specialty studio classes only to find classes were cancelled all week.

So now what?! Sometimes it’s challenging to get fired up again so here’s some ideas to refocus and get right back on track! Just remember, don’t let setbacks set you back! 

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Don’t Be A Quitter

14570368_10154537968423607_8530988642847079589_nSince many join a gym and resolve to get fit at this time of year, it’s probably a good idea to examine some of the reasons why someone quits long before they’ve achieved their goals. If you’ve ever joined a fitness club and soon after found yourself wondering why you ever signed on the dotted line in the first place, well, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 35% of people who join a fitness club quit each year.

The most frequently reported reasons for not renewing a membership are as follows:

  • Couldn’t afford the expense 30%
  • Overcrowded facility 27%
  • New demands made on my time 26%
  • Inconvenient club location 18%
  • Lost interest/motivation 17%
  • Moved/relocated 16%
  • Switched to outdoor exercise 15%

Not surprisingly, concerns about price and time were among the three most commonly cited reasons for quitting a club. While lack of adequate disposable income or time are certainly legitimate explanations for leaving a club, it’s likely that a significant percentage of the ex-members surveyed hadn’t been successful in making fitness or exercise a priority in their life. If your fitness level and health are very high priorities, you’ll find the money or the time to commit. But, if you never use your gym membership, it becomes harder and harder to rationalize paying for it.  Conversely, regular usage yields greater satisfaction and more benefits, making it easier to identify the value received, and understand the cost and time requirements. So, if you want to actually use your new membership, you’ll have to figure out what you need to do to actually commit to your exercise program.  A consistent, committed effort will make a club membership worth the investment.

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Low Cost Fitness

pittock-mansion_sherri-2017January can be tough for a lot of people. Credit card bills are arriving highlighting the additional holiday spending making everyone feel a little more stressed. But many also are feeling out of shape and ready to tackle their New Year’s Resolutions and get back into good shape. It’s cold, wet and dark and all of this coupled together can lead to feelings of depression.

So what do you do went you want to achieve your New Year’s fitness resolutions, feel better and battle the bulge even though your wallet is skinny?

Let’s put first things first. The problem with stressful and cash starved times like these is that it’s very easy to give up on making time and the budget for fitness. But fitness should be the last area of your life to put on the back burner and trim from the budget as it’s the very thing that is going to give you the energy and stamina to deal with any struggles. If you don’t make time for fitness then plan on being forced to make the time for being sick and tired on top of everything else. Unwanted medical bills, prescription co-pays, and lost income due to illness, stress and injury are very costly alternatives to investing in YOU! Read the rest of Low Cost Fitness

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New Fitness Activities To Try In 2017

grouptrainingVariety is the spice of life so as many of us launch a fitness program to help us get in better shape for the New Year, perhaps trying something new will keep us motivated and committed. It’s always a good idea to step out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and meet new people. You probably won’t love every new activity you try but you also might be exposed to an activity that you absolutely fall in love with!

Barre Classes

Multiple Barre specialty studios have surfaced all over Vancouver. The low-impact, muscle shaking, body sculpting format has resulted in its growing popularity causing Barre studios to be the cool place to workout.

Hot Yoga

If you enjoy the heat, sweating profusely while you stretch, lengthen and hold various limbering poses, you’ll love this workout – especially in these cold winter months! Read the rest of New Fitness Activities To Try In 2017

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