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How Do You Make Exercise Fun?!

Posted by on July 24, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Most people think exercise is a chore and can’t wait until it’s over. Others can’t even find the motivation to get started and wonder how others can find any joy in Running, Bootcamps or Yoga.

The key to sticking to any fitness program is finding an activity that you enjoy enough to do regularly – that means months and years after you originally set your goals, you’re still going at it. 

When deciding whether an activity is the right one for you ask yourself some of the following questions:

  • Do I find the activity pleasurable? Do I like it?  Is it a lot of fun? Does it make me happy?
  • Am I interested in the activity? Is it stimulating?
  • Do I get absorbed in the activity?
  • Do I feel energized during or after the activity? Is it invigorating? Is it refreshing?
  • Does the activity give me a sense of accomplishment? Is it gratifying?

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Focus On Your Staples For The Summer

Posted by on July 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Most people find themselves very busy in the summer between kids being home from school, vacations, camping, BBQs and get-togethers. This can cause even the most die-hard fitness enthusiasts to get out of their normal, consistent routine causing their fitness to suffer. But if you…..

…..focus on the staple movements, those that give you the biggest bang for your buck, you can get a lot more done in less time.

Movements that are compound, integrated, multi-muscle, and multi-joint such as squats, lunges, pull-ups, push ups etc. will allow you to continue with great progress even when your workout duration or frequency is reduced over the summer. Plus, many of these movements can be done anywhere so no excuses all summer long!

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Makeover Challenge

Posted by on June 19, 2017 at 1:00 pm

15032044_10153833048361946_606800157028111615_nEvery year, we host a Spring Makeover Challenge for our clients to help them shed that winter layer and get in great shape for summer. Each year, I like to participate in the challenge also; first, to be right there working hard side by side with our clients; and secondly, because I too enjoy a little extra warmth in the winter and like to get rid of it in the spring. So as the challenge comes to a close and we go into maintenance or to the next level, depending on our goals, I’d like to share some of the tips that were very helpful for me this year.

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High Intensity Training Is NOT Where It’s At!

Posted by on May 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

Sherri_Gorge_Yoga_42017With the popularity of CrossFit, Bootcamps, Tabata and other high intensity formats, it can seem like the only way to train is a high intensity format. However, that’s just not the case!

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Bike To Get Fit

Posted by on April 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Sherri Bike1Cycling is a low-impact activity that works your heart and lungs, strengthens your lower body and burns some calories. Plus it gets you outside which is good for your body, mind and spirit!

Most of us have rode and owned a bike at some point in our life so there’s some muscle memory there and should be easy to get started.

Already Have a Bike?

Great, but if you haven’t rode it for a while, it would be wise to go get it tuned up. Head to http://www.vancouvercyclery.com/ or http://www.camasbikes.com/ locally or https://www.westernbikeworks.com/ in Portland.

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Spring Break But No Fitness Break

Posted by on March 28, 2017 at 2:09 am

Sherri_SB_2016Kids are out of school in a couple weeks for Spring Break which can often wreak havoc on parents’ fitness routines! But Spring Break doesn’t need to mean a break from fitness!

Be proactive and creative to assure you get your workouts in while involving your kids and teaching them to love an active and healthy lifestyle!

Here’s some tips for an active spring break!

Beach Vacation

If you are getting out of town for an exotic beach vacation, each day plan to do something active. One day, you might kayak in front of the resort, the next day paddleboard. One day you might schedule a bike or hiking tour with the resort. And other day, you might play some beach volleyball.

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Spring Into Summer Fitness!

Posted by on May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

Sherri Mount Hood 2015Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. This time of year always seems to motivate people to start taking better care of their health. We start to experience some good weather and people head outdoors in swarms walking, hiking, cycling or just playing with their kids at the park.

But not only do people start becoming a lot more active, many also start to become really conscious of the extra layers of fat they’ve been storing throughout the winter months. There seems to be a common interest in shedding some of this extra body fat in order to look our best once we begin donning our summer attire.Unfortunately, a crash diet is not only unhealthy but it actually won’t provide you with the long-term results most desire.

Small changes to your lifestyle and a consistent effort will get you where you want to be come the warmer months.

Realistically with 2 months until summer, if you do this the right away, you can expect to be 15 pounds lighter, lean and fit!

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Do You Need a Rest Day?

Posted by on September 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

Sherri _LarchRecently, I was lying in bed and it was raining outside. I was scheduled for a workout but I was having a hard time leaving my warm bed to head outside into the cold, wet day. As I lay there having a difficult time finding the motivation, I was asking myself if I was being lazy or if maybe, my body needed a day off. I like to start my day by revving my metabolism but I’m just like everyone else and some days I just don’t feel like it. I thought I’d share the tips I use to determine whether I’m being lazy or I need a day off.

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Back to School, Back to YOU!

Posted by on September 7, 2015 at 1:00 pm

HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!!

hikingNow that kids are back in school, it’s a great opportunity to focus on you and your health and fitness.  At Northwest Personal Training, we know that….

……committing to a health and fitness program is as much mental as it is physical.

Setting up your lifestyle to promote success is key. Figuring out which activity you like best and how/when you will fit it in are important steps to a long term commitment. One step we have each client complete is signing off on a Fitness & Training Makeover Commitment. Here is what it looks like. Feel free to use it as is or edit it as needed to make the commitment you are ready and willing to make. Then post it somewhere so you can regularly refer to and to help keep you motivated. Read more on Back to School, Back to YOU!…

Know Better So You Can Be Better!

Posted by on August 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Sherri Bike_3It’s hard to do better if you don’t know better! So part of the…..

…..process of achieving any goal is to learn as much as you can about the process.

In terms of becoming as healthy as you can, start to become a student of nutrition, fitness, exercise, your body…The beauty of learning is it can happen in a variety of different ways through books, articles, DVDs, workshops, webinars, or mentors. If you want to improve your nutrition, start reading nutrition based articles, purchasing books on the topic, taking a healthy cooking workshop or hiring a nutrition consultant or registered dietitian to help guide you through the process. If you want to start exercising, read about proper conditioning and programming, purchase a DVD, take a practical clinic, or hire a personal coach or trainer who can hold you accountable and teach you safe and effective techniques. Read more on Know Better So You Can Be Better!…