Feb, 20, 2017
Spring 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.
Feb, 15, 2017
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.”
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!
Feb, 7, 2017
If 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!
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
Jan, 30, 2017
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!
Posted in Motivation
Jan, 23, 2017
Since 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.
Posted in consistency, time
Jan, 16, 2017
January 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!
Jan, 10, 2017
Variety 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!
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.
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!
Dec, 26, 2016
So far, we’ve covered a Bedroom, Kitchen and Living Room workout. Today, we’ll add a Dining Room workout to your repertoire that will counteract all the calories you’ll be consuming in that very room!
Anyone can commit to 10 minutes! And these short burst of movements will make you feel better, reduce your stress, increase your energy and assure you get a jump start on those New Year’s Resolutions!
And 10 minutes done right can be a fabulous mini workout and can definitely challenge your body!
10 Minute Holiday DINING ROOM WORKOUT:
This one you can do while you’re setting the table or during clean up!
Warm up first.
Perform each of the following 5 exercises for one minute and repeat 2 sets for a total of 10 minutes. Feel free to take breaks within each one minute set and you can also take a break in between the 2 sets if needed.
Dec, 19, 2016
So far, we’ve covered a Bedroom and a Kitchen workout. Today, we’ll add a Living Room workout to your repertoire. You realize I’m giving you absolutely no excuses for not getting your workouts in this holiday season!
Whether you’ve got friends or family in town or you have just too much to do and can’t get to the gym, there’s no reason to not do something. These 10 minute workouts will make you feel so much better, minimize your stress, give you better energy and will assure you’re not having to start from scratch in January.
And even though these workouts are only 10 minutes long, if you go hard, it will be a fabulous mini workout set and will definitely challenge your body!
10 Minute Holiday LIVING ROOM WORKOUT:
This one you can do while you’re watching your favorite Holiday movie or Football team.
Dec, 12, 2016
Last week, we covered the 10 minute Holiday workout you can do without even leaving your Bedroom. Today, I’ll share a workout you can do while cooking in the kitchen.
There’s no need to be stressed out when you can’t make it to the gym, because these 10 minute Holiday workouts will help you improve and maintain your fitness so you’re not starting from scratch in January!
Is 10 minutes enough? Absolutely! If you go hard and strong, it will be a fabulous mini workout set and will definitely challenge your body! Next week, we’ll cover the Living Room!
10 Minute Holiday KITCHEN WORKOUT:
This one you can do while you’re stirring baking and broiling.