Jun, 10, 2015
There are days here in the Pacific Northwest where the temperatures will get up into the upper 80s and 90s. Many of us in the Northwest aren’t used to this kind of heat and it can cause some serious health concerns especially when we are talking about exercising in the heat.
Heat illness can occur in exercisers whose body heat exceeds its ability to cool down.
Heat exhaustion is a form of heat illness that is characterized by the inability to continue exercise, headache, fatigue, chills, nausea and confusion. It can be treated by stopping exercise, getting out of the heat and, if a person is coherent and not vomiting, by drinking rehydrating fluids.
Jun, 1, 2015
About 25 years ago, I was dating a guy who was very involved in the sport of triathlon. I remember thinking there was no way I could ever do a triathlon because I wasn’t a strong swimmer. One weekend he was participating in a triathlon so I decided to volunteer at the event. I remember handing out water at the aid station and seeing all these people of different ages, body shapes, fitness levels, some with physical ailments and disabilities and it completely inspired me.
That’s how inspiration works – if you see someone else doing something, it makes you think “Hey, if they can do it, so can I!”
And that was the start of my love for the sport of triathlon. I signed up for a swimming program, got a coach and learned how to swim. I’m still not a super-fast swimmer but I can swim for a very long time without feeling like I’m going to die! I did my first triathlon shortly after and I was hooked. That summer I immersed myself in the triathlon community and did an event every weekend! I love the energy and surrounding myself with people who are committed, disciplined, determined, focused and reaching for their best. I’m a true believer in the statement “you are who you hang with” so if you want to be inspired then surround yourself with people who are inspirational and challenging themselves. Soon you will find yourself doing the same!
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We regularly encourage our clients to volunteer at all different types of events because we know it will inspire them and cause them to step out of their comfort zone.
May, 27, 2015
The number one reason people don’t exercise is because they complain they’re too busy. There just doesn’t seem to be enough time in a day to get everything done as people are juggling work, kids, social, personal tasks and more. Fortunately, that’s exactly what we specialize in –helping really busy people commit to their health and fitness so they can look and feel their best. So here are some quick and easy tips to help maximize your time while working out so you can get more done in less time!
Move Your Body:
Focus on increasing your overall activity more throughout the day. If we all just took the stairs more than the elevator, parked further from our destination and walked to do errands, we wouldn’t have to spend hours in the gym!
We can’t tell you how many times we see gym-goers zoning out while watching TV or reading a magazine. If you want to maximize your workouts, put away the books, magazines and distractions while working out so you can focus on what you’re doing and get in and out of the gym more quickly.
Posted in exercise, fun
May, 18, 2015
I’m going to give you a little Exercise Physiology lesson today…all about strengthening your heart and lungs!
The cardio-respiratory system or the heart and lungs is responsible for the distribution of oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen, the gas that makes up 21% of the air we breathe, is critical to life. In fact, tissues will start to die without oxygen in about 6 minutes. So the efficiency of the heart and lungs and how they work together is very important both during rest and exercise.
This system functions by first causing us to breathe using our respiratory muscles. Air then enters our bodies and travels to our lungs. The oxygen is diffused through our lungs and into our blood stream and travels towards the heart. The heart is a strong enough muscle to be able to pump the blood to the entire body where tissues will extract the oxygen to use it to produce energy. Carbon Dioxide, a toxic waste product, is produced and the body must then dispose of it so it travels back up to the heart, then to the lungs and we exhale it. This entire process is an ongoing system that of course, occurs more rapidly during exercise. There are a few things that can make this system function more or less effectively.
May, 11, 2015
Gardening Without the Aches & Pains
Gardening is in full swing but many zealous gardeners are often left limping and in agony the day after. Why does this happen – it is only gardening after all? Since many of us view gardening as a peaceful activity, it’s hard to imagine that it’s actually an athletic activity requiring muscle endurance, strength and flexibility.
But if you break gardening down into its most fundamental movements, you’re basically pulling, pushing, bending, squatting and lunging the entire time. It really is a weight-training workout minus the dumbbells.
And on top of all this, many of us get carried away with trying to create our ideal garden visions and finish the job the very first day out and end up spending way too much time in our flowerbeds. And it only gets worse as we get older and our tissues don’t seem to be quite as limber as in our younger years.
May, 4, 2015
Have you ever noticed that as most people age they begin to move more slowly? It seems to take them forever to get out of a chair, walk across the room or bend down to pick something up. This is because as we age we lose about 7 pounds of muscle each decade and this loss is predominantly a loss in the number and size of fast twitch muscle fibers. These muscle fibers are the ones responsible for allowing an individual to move quickly, and to maintain agility, reaction time, strength and power. As these fibers atrophy, we find ourselves moving very slowly. However, the good news is that this loss can be slowed down and in some cases, prevented by training your fast twitch muscles. The rule is “If you don’t use it, you lose it”. So it’s important to do whatever you can to keep these muscle fibers working so they don’t perceive that they are no longer needed.
Here are some ideas to help you maintain your agility and mobility as you age. Try to perform at least one agility drill 2-3x each week.
Lateral Agility Drill
Position 2 cones, chairs or props a few feet apart. Now quickly step laterally to the outside of one cone and back to the outside of the other touching down towards the floor or cone on each end. Try to go as fast as you possibly can. Continue for 30 seconds. Recover and complete 3-5x.
Posted in exercise, Strength
Apr, 27, 2015
Mother’s Day is approaching quickly! Although flowers are a wonderful gesture, how about stepping outside of tradition and going with something that really shows how much you love your special lady?! Here are some gifts for a healthy mom...
So whether it’s your mom, wife, daughter, sister, grandma or BFF, celebrate the beauty of who she is by offering the gift of health, energy and vitality. Better yet, if you choose gifts that are experiences you can share together, you can both get fit while spending quality time together! Plus, most studies report that working out together is more fun and will help each of you stick to the program – it’s harder to cop out when you know someone is counting on you.
Register you and your special lady for an upcoming run or triathlon. It will jump-start your fitness program and it’s something you can train for together! Check out www.whyracingevents.com, www.energyevents.com, or www.getboldevents.com for fun, local events.
Posted in mothers day
Apr, 24, 2015
Have you noticed how many people are out on their bikes enjoying our beautiful spring weather?! It’s such a great workout and a wonderful way to get outdoors and explore the beautiful Northwest. Cycling strong is key!
It’s important to remind all of you that fitting your bike correctly to your body will reduce your risk of injury to your back, neck, knees, shoulders and wrists. Many local bike companies provide this service which is very important, especially for those of you who ride long distances.
The next most important tip for your cycling safety is to always wear a helmet, obey the rules of the road and always ride defensively.
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In addition to the correct bike fit, you need strong muscles to hold you in correct alignment and posture while you’re cycling.
Apr, 17, 2015
Running Circuit Workout….great option!
Runners, cyclists, & triathletes love to be outdoors, are a highly motivated group and often have little issues adhering to their running or cycling programs. But trying to get them indoors to complete a strength workout can be difficult! You wouldn’t think that these athletes would have any difficulty with compliance but when it comes to the weight room, I hear the same, common excuse “I’d just rather be outside running or biking”. I’ve tried educating them on the importance of strength training. I’ve tried bribing them with the reported benefits. I’ve had to even threaten them but to no avail. So rather than beat my head against a wall, here is a resistance training program that will please any outdoor warrior while still obtaining the critical benefits of muscular strength, endurance and balance.
Posted in Running, Strength
Apr, 6, 2015
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.