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Spring Tune-Up

Posted by on April 1, 2019 at 4:20 pm

It is common to gain a little weight during the winter. The days are shorter, it’s cold outside and we just don’t get as much activity and access to local healthy fruits and vegetables is limited. Come spring, many people get motivated to shed the winter layer and lean up for summer.

Although the principles to fat loss and healthy living are pretty simple, there can be many different approaches that can produce great results. Will you go Keto, Vegan, Gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, high-fat or something different? We all have different bodies and will respond to different approaches so often you have to experiment with which approach provides the best results while still allowing you to feel great. The good news is that there are typically a few key principles that would be consistent with any type of program and if you focused on these, you would experience some pretty fantastic results.

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Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That

Posted by on March 11, 2019 at 1:38 pm

Between work, family and social commitments, time is definitely tight and the number one reason people say they don’t exercise is because they just don’t have the time.

The good news is 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 so they can fit workouts in that don’t necessarily require more time.

One way to easily incorporate exercise into your life is to do it all throughout the day. So instead of trying to find one hour to exercise, instead look for 1 minute opportunities.

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Take Advantage of Fall and Get Fit!

Posted by on October 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

It’s not as hot, kids are back to school, vacations are over and many people use this time to “Fall back into Fitness”. Here’s some easy tips to put ‘Fitness First for Fall’!

1. Take a Walk

Vancouver looks so beautiful right now with the leaves changing color.Schedule weekly walks along the trails on Officers Row and through Fort Vancouver, or along the waterfront trail especially the newly developed waterfront area, Salmon Creek, Lacamas Lake or Discovery Trails. These nature walks will be good for the mind, body and spirit!

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Family Fitness All Summer!

Posted by on June 19, 2018 at 8:41 am

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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Top Fitness Trends for 2018

Posted by on February 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm

Variety is the spice of life and if you want to stay motivated with your health and fitness goals, it’s always a good idea to try new activities to minimize the risk of boredom and dropout.

The American Council on Exercise recently released a report of the Top New Fitness Trends for 2018. Take a look and maybe you will be inspired to jump on the band wagon and add some new excitement to your workouts. Read more on Top Fitness Trends for 2018…

Rethink How You Approach New Years Resolutions

Posted by on January 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm

Last week, we discussed the 4 Most Important Tips to Winning at Fitness. There is one more thing that is critical to achieving any goal that you set and that’s making sure your Mind is Right. Many people start January with solid and positive intentions and resolutions but shortly after, sabotage their own efforts without even realizing. Everyone knows how important exercising and eating healthy is to overall health, and yet a very small percentage of people do it so where’s the disconnect? The reality is that many people consistently talk themselves out of doing something that they know they should do because there will be a challenge of some sort involved. It will require them to step out of their comfort zone, to work hard or do something they aren’t good at. The result is that tiny voice that exists in all of us that can sideline our efforts.

Remember that if you want to change your body, you have to change your mind. If you can reset your thoughts, you can transform your life.

So the next time you hear that little voice inside your head saying “If I miss this workout, it’s no big deal”, “I can always start tomorrow”, “I don’t feel like doing it – I’d rather just sit here and watch TV”, or “This one piece of cheese cake is not going to make that much of a difference”, stop your thoughts and try rephrasing them. Whenever you find yourself succumbing to negative self-talk that will take you away from achieving your goals, try this type of positive self-talk instead. Do whatever you can to convince yourself to just do what you know you need to do! Read more on Rethink How You Approach New Years Resolutions…

Christmas Thanks

Posted by on December 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

During the Christmas season of giving, it’s nice to sit back and contemplate what we are grateful for. It’s a positive action to make a list of the people we love and appreciate and the things we couldn’t imagine living without. So in this spirit, here is a list of things you can be thankful for, from a fitness perspective. Read more on Christmas Thanks…

‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!

Posted by on November 14, 2017 at 3:10 pm

Is High Intensity Training the way to go? Or is Long, Slow Distance Training better? What cardio exercise brings the best results – is it cycling, rowing, running or something else? What muscle conditioning workouts enhance overall fitness best – is it Bootcamp classes, Barre, Yoga, Pilates or traditional weight training?

If someone decides to get fit and commit to an exercise program, there are a ton of options. It can feel like a kid in a candy store so to speak. But there’s only so much time in a week so how do you choose? Here’s some guidelines to help you design a good, solid weekly program that enhances your overall health and achieves optimal fitness. Read more on ‘DO THIS, NOT THAT” Doesn’t Work!…

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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