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! Read more on Low Cost Fitness…
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! Read more on New Fitness Activities To Try In 2017…
It’s estimated that the average American will consume 5000+ calories on Thanksgiving Day. Most people enjoy a bigger than usual breakfast, Thanksgiving meal and we can’t forget the left-overs later in the evening. We tend to practice an all-out gorge until you’re about to burst with a retreat to the couch afterwards because you’re just too stuffed to move. Since the only activity most people do on Thanksgiving is the walk from the kitchen to the TV, Thanksgiving can wreck havoc on your health.
It doesn’t have to be this way – everyone always regrets it afterwards! This year, we’re going to be proactive and burn the calories before we consume them! You’ll also find that if you do a workout before Thanksgiving dinner, you will tend to make better choices and be less likely to be excessive in your over-eating.
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Partner Training – Week 3 – Box it out for quality time getting fit together!
Boxing together as a couple is a great way to get an awesome workout and let off a little steam.
So the next time you’re about to engage in a ‘heated discussion’, instead, try throwing on the gloves.
You’ll be laughing and having fun and will soon forget what the issue was in the first place!
Here’s some technique pointers:
First, you’ll each want to work on mastering your technique before you start getting fancy. In general you want to remember that when boxing with gloves and pads the idea is not to ‘kill’ your partner with the hardest punch you can muster up. Instead you should focus on accuracy, speed and technique. Save your power for a punching bag – that will save your partner’s shoulders and minimize injuries. Read more on Partner Training – Week 3…
Strengthening your core is critical for optimal health.
If your core is strong (core strength), 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.
Tubing Trunk Rotation
Anchor an exercise tube around a pole at about mid-body height. Stand sideways to the pole holding the tube in both hands standing far enough so there is tension on the tube. Keep your abdominals contracted, maintain good posture and slowly pull the tube across your body. Perform 8-20 reps each side
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If your hips aren’t stable and effectively able to stabilize your pelvis while walking, running or playing sports, your knees will suffer.
Strong Hips = Strong Knees. Weak Hips = Weak Knees
Here’s some tips to conditioning your hips in a variety of ways. Perform these exercises 2-3 days per week on alternating days.
Leg Step Up
Holding a set of hand weights, position yourself in front of a bench with one foot on the bench. The bench should be at a height that puts your knee at a 90 degree angle. Keep your kneecap facing forward and your weight distributed on all four corners of your foot. Now slowly step up extending the supporting knee into a fully upright, balanced position. Now slowly lower yourself down to the starting position. Perform 1-2 sets of 8-12 reps to fatigue for each leg. Keep the height shorter if this bothers your knees at all. Read more on Strengthen Your Hips to Save Your Knees…
It’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!…
Another Birthday passed and I just turned 45. The good news is besides a few extra wrinkles, a few more aches and pains and having difficulty reading small text, I feel as good as when I was in my 20s. That can be a true testimony to the benefit of exercise! Use it to reverse the aging process!
Aging is an inevitable part of life. One can expect certain changes, such as graying hair and wrinkled skin, to accompany aging. In fact, the cosmetic industry preys off our attempts to reverse some of these changes. But many of the changes commonly attributed to the process of aging, specifically within the musculo-skeletal system (the bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage) are in fact, a result of physical inactivity or disuse. The old adage “use it or lose it” appears to ring true. Read more on Reverse The Aging Process…
It seems that most people in our society report they are busier than ever and are having a difficult time managing work, family, social, fitness and more. In fact, a self-reported lack of time is the number one reason someone won’t start or will stop an exercise program. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done! Fortunately, that’s exactly what we specialize in at NWPT – helping really busy people commit to their health and fitness so they can look and feel their best. You can be super busy but still fit!
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I am writing this article flying at 30,000 feet on my way to Washington DC for the IDEA Personal Training summit. I woke up yesterday with a very sore throat and thought it would be a great opportunity to talk about exercising when you’re sick.
Read more on Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?!…