winter

Ski Conditioning

Posted by on December 14, 2015 at 10:57 am

Let it snow, Let it snow, Let it snow….For many of us in the Northwest, the only thing that can get us through the wet months that lay ahead is knowing that if it’s raining down here, it’s snowing in the mountains!

Because skiing and boarding is so much fun, many of us forget that they are both very intense sports requiring musculo-skeletal strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, power, flexibility, balance, coordination and agility. 

All the twisting, jumping, and bashing through the bumps can lead to injuries if your body isn’t ready for it – besides if you’re not fit, you may risk an embarrassing performance!

Well this year is going to be different. Let’s see if your friends can keep up with you! And say good-bye to all those post-ski aches and pains. This year you’re setting the pace! Read more on Ski Conditioning…

Managing the Stress of the Holidays

Posted by on December 7, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Sherri NaughtyMost of us look forward to the holiday season and yet, many people also report higher levels of stress throughout the festivities…the endless responsibilities from getting your cards out, decorating the house inside and out, finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones and attending every social party and get-together can add a lot of pressure to someone’s life! Whether or not you buy into the holiday season, we all probably experience some level of stress at this time of year.  Here’s how to ensure the holidays don’t get you down:

Exercise:

Bet you guessed this would be at the top of my list.

Exercise is the best de-stressor at any time of year and this still holds true during the holidays.  But don’t get yourself worked up if you can’t keep up with your regular fitness regime.  Instead set some minimums. 

 

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Quick Workouts During The Holidays Is Key

Posted by on December 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Sherri SantaDuring the holidays, we can get so busy decorating the house, buying presents, attending parties, and entertaining guests that the last thing on our minds is our exercise program.  But if you’ve worked hard all year to achieve your current fitness level, the last thing you want to do is take the “all or nothing” approach during the holidays.  Starting from scratch come January is never fun!

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Get Hot To Deal With The Cold!

Posted by on November 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Over the last few weeks, we have discussed methods for overcoming the Winter Blues that many people experience at this time of year. We talked about the most effective forms of exercise, the importance of sleep and how critical it is to manage your stress. Today, I wanted to talk about something that really should seem pretty obvious but maybe reviewing some of these action steps will help you to put these tips to the top of your priority list for maintaining your energy and bright personality through the cold and dreary months. That’s right….lets get hot to deal with the cold!

sherri snowboard2Dress Warm:

It’s really not that cold if you are wearing the proper clothing. So think sweaters, warm socks, thick tights and fuzzy boots. If you are exercising Read more on Get Hot To Deal With The Cold!…

Overcoming the Winter Blues with Fitness

Posted by on November 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

sherri snowboardIn the summer, it’s easier to get outside to cycle, run, walk, or hike but as the weather gets a little colder and the nights a little darker, people spend a lot less time outdoors.  This lack of sunlight often leads to people experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the Winter Blues. Fortunately, I, as well as many other fitness enthusiasts, aren’t affected as much as by the winter blues others because of many of these tips below.

Gear up:

If you have the right gear, you can still get outdoors when it’s cold and wet without feeling miserable.  Not only will you keep your fitness routine going, but being outdoors even if it’s cloudy and rainy, still exposes you to some levels of daylight, UV Rays and Vitamin D and will help to prevent SAD. So head to REI or your local sporting retailer to get some warm and waterproof clothing. Read more on Overcoming the Winter Blues with Fitness…