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Increasing Energy and Afternoon Productivity

Posted by on February 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm

If you are like most people, you experience a mid-afternoon slump causing a loss in energy and productivity between 2-5pm. If you find yourself relying on coffee, soda, chocolate bars or energy drinks to get you through the afternoon, you’ll be happy to know that there are definite action steps that are much healthier that you can take to reduce the loss in energy in the afternoon. I recently presented the following 10 Tips to the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce members to help enhance energy and productivity.

Opt Outside For 10 Minutes

The fresh air, Vitamin D and movement will get your blood flowing, endorphins flowing and you’ll feel so much better. Perhaps, invite a colleague and you can also Walk & Talk and get a work meeting done on the go. You’ll return to your desk feeling energized and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

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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…

Mind Games Get You Through a Workout….

Posted by on August 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

….or race!

Have you ever struggled to get through a workout? We’ve recently had a number of local athletes complete an Ironman Triathlon which consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run. Can you imagine how mentally tough you need to be to get through the training to prepare you to race and complete these types of distances?! Can you imagine swimming and biking for that long and then having to start a marathon in the middle of the day?! It is physically and mentally grueling and Ironman athletes report that they have to play mind games all day to get to the finish line.

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Who Are Your Fitness Peeps?

Posted by on June 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Sherri_class_ladiesOnce you decide to start a health and fitness program, sure, you can go it alone but many people report that having a group of people to work out with can provide the perfect environment for life transforming results. It’s one of the reasons for the success of the CrossFit program – Cross Fit is all about your workout community, your tribe, your workout support group. They will inspire, challenge and support you whether you are a rookie or a hardcore athlete and here’s why…

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Planning For Summer Vacation Schedule

Posted by on June 5, 2017 at 1:00 pm

week 2 singleLegSquats2In less than a month, all our lovely, little rugrats will be out of school causing parents to struggle with trying to maintain their consistency with their exercise routines.

Many people feel forced to take a two month sabbatical and get back on track in the fall because they can’t seem to find the time to get to the gym. But it doesn’t have to be this way!  Why let all your fitness go to waste over the summer and have to start from scratch in the fall?!

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New Fitness Activities To Try In 2017

Posted by on January 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm

grouptrainingVariety 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!

Barre Classes

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.

Hot Yoga

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…

Wake Up Call

Posted by on November 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm

CamelBack_Sherri_ShantinaHave you ever stopped to look closely at a tombstone?  Usually it will list the deceased’s name, perhaps a few words to remember them by and then it will list the date they were born and the date they died, with a dash in between.  This dash – that interval – represents their life. It’s bizarre to think your whole life could be summed up in a dash!

So today’s column includes a 5-part Soul-searching assignment for you to hopefully assure that the dash is the best darn dash you could have ever imagined! Grab a pen and a piece of paper.

Step One:

Write down all the things you’ve ever wanted to do in your life and haven’t done yet.

Step Two:

List all the things/people that mean the most to you. Read more on Wake Up Call…

Move That Body

Posted by on August 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm

Sherri Mount Hood 2015It’s hard to be great if you don’t feel great.

It’s hard to live your best life and achieve all your dreams if you’re not at your physical best. 

Unfortunately, more than half of our population is overweight or obese and out of shape. The International Obesity released a report that says we expend about 500-800 calories less per day than we did a few decades ago. All the labor saving devises like remote controls, escalators, elevators, moving walkways and the internet that are supposed to be making our lives easier are in fact making us sick and slowly killing us. If you think about it, that’s equivalent to a 5-8 mile run!  That’s how much less we move our bodies today! Daily movement is absolutely critical to counteract our sedentary society. Read more on Move That Body…

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Fall in LOVE…With Fitness!

Posted by on February 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

 

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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the LOVE bug has struck many making it a great opportunity to address the benefits of working out together with your special someone.  Spending quality time with your honey will help to keep you both healthy and fit and will benefit all areas of your life including your marriage or relationship!  Most studies report that working out together will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you.  Plus working out with someone else makes it fun – you almost forget you’re working out!  And you may even find that you each work out a lot harder side by side versus being alone – it’s a competitive thing.

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