Archive for September, 2016

Why Training Your Muscles is Absolutely Critical!

September 26, 2016

As we get older, we tend to lose muscle – approximately 7 pounds of lean tissue per decade with this loss accelerating after the age of 40.

muscle-class-sherriAs a result, our strength and endurance is reduced, our metabolism drops resulting in weight gain, our bone density is lowered, our posture and alignment deteriorates, our balance falters, and we experience an increase in general aches and pains. So it is ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL that we do whatever we can to maintain our muscle tissue by participating in muscle conditioning exercise at least 2 to 3 days per week.

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Get Outdoors & Fall Into Fitness

September 19, 2016

September and October often tend to be the best months to explore the outdoors here in the Northwest. It tends to not be too hot, or too cold, the rainy season hasn’t set in yet and the colors as the leaves change are absolutely spectacular!

Plus, the fall season often inspires people to ‘turn over a new leaf’ so to speak! Kids are back in school, summer holidays are over and we may be feeling the effect of too many BBQs and are ready to make our health and fitness a priority! Read more on Get Outdoors & Fall Into Fitness…

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Yoga Modifications

September 12, 2016

“I really love Yoga but it kills my wrists.  Whenever my instructor brings us into Plank, Downward Dog, Upward Dog or Cobra while everyone else is finding their inner Zen, I am about ready to scream!  What am I doing wrong?”  G.D. Vancouver WA

Surprisingly, you’re not alone!

Yoga, a program that is supposed to be gentler on the body and bring peace, calm and relaxation, for many people does the exact opposite.

Your ability to perform the below exercises without pain and discomfort, depends on a number of factors and with some yoga modifications you could practice yoga discomfort and pain free.

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Summer QuickFix 10 Minute Workouts – Week Seven

September 5, 2016

This is our last Summer QuickFix 10 minute workout option. But good news – these workouts work in the fall and all year-long too! Whenever you are really busy and can’t get to the gym or just don’t have a ton of time, pull out one of the seven 10 minute workout options and if you work it hard, it can be highly effective!

Week 1 QuickFix Workout
Week 2 QuickFix Workout
Week 3 QuickFix Workout
Week 4 QuickFix Workout
Week 5 QuickFix Workout
Week 6 QuickFix Workout

Complete each of the following 3 exercises for one minute each with a 30 second rest at the end of each of the 3 exercises. Then do it again 2 more times for a total of 10 minutes. Remember to take a few minutes to warm-up and cool-down and feel free to take breaks if you can’t make it one minute without stopping. Never sacrifice quality for quantity! These 10 minute workouts will provide you with a number of full body workouts that can provide fabulous results when done consistently.

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