Jan, 12, 2015
It’s January and you’ll notice everyone is talking about fitness and New Year’s Resolutions. People are joining gyms, hiring trainers and signing up for specialty classes and programs. That all sounds great if you’ve got limited resources. But what do you do if your budget is a little tight and you need to get fitness on a budget? Well good news, fitness and health is not reserved just to the wealthy! So what do you do to achieve your New Year’s fitness resolutions and battle the bulge even though your wallet is skinny?
Let’s put first things first. The problem with anyone struggling financially 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 when finances are tight as it’s the very thing that is going to give you the energy and stamina to deal with any struggles you may have.
Jan, 5, 2015
The biggest surge in Fitness Club memberships is always January! After resolving to become more fit and healthy, many people will rely on the assistance of a health club to help get in shape. Unfortunately, according to IHRSA, the International Health, Racquet & Sports Association, 35% of people who join a fitness club quit each year with the most common reasons being the gym is overcrowded or they are not satisfied with the staff or the programs. So…choosing the right gym makes a huge difference!
Here’s some tips to help you when making your decisions so you are a user not a quitter!
- Take a tour or ask about a trial workout. Shop around. Don’t just join the first gym you visit – take your time, do your homework and make a wise decision
- If you notice every piece of equipment is being used and there are lots of line-ups, you may want to consider shopping around. Find out if the gym is always overcrowded or if there are times that are not quite as busy that fit into your schedule. Also observe the state of the equipment. Is it properly maintained or are there out-of-order signs posted on numerous machines?
Dec, 30, 2014
At this time of year, many of us will resolve to make some major changes in our lives. Maybe we’ll decide to start an exercise program, stop eating junk food, quit smoking or lose a substantial amount of weight. Regardless of the goal, have you ever wondered why most people set the same New Year’s Resolutions year after year? That’s because by March 1st, 80% of people have thrown in the towel on their original ambitions. With that kind of failure rate, I’m convinced that it’s not a problem with the person but rather the process. Most people set themselves up for failure before the clock even strikes midnight because they attempt to do too much too quickly. They don’t do any planning and they have no idea how to monitor their progress. When it comes to health and fitness, your chances for success will improve dramatically if you approach things differently.
Its a New Year, New You!
Write down all the reasons you’re not satisfied with your present situation. Write down what will happen if you don’t make some changes to your lifestyle.
For example, none of your clothes fit, you have no energy, your blood pressure has risen, you can’t sit comfortably in chairs, you feel embarrassed to wear a bathing suit, you keep gaining more and more weight every year, you cholesterol is getting out of control, you could actually die…
Posted in goal setting
Dec, 19, 2014
Do you have an avid exerciser or sports fan on your holiday shopping list? Well, you don’t have a ton of time to find a gift that they’ll completely love so here are the Top 10 ideas that any fitness fanatic would appreciate.
Last Minute Gifts for Fitness Fanatics
The best thing in the world after a tough workout is a massage so this gift will be greatly appreciated. You can pick up a gift certificate at most local spas and most offer special holiday packages. If you’re feeling a bit generous, consider purchasing a day-at-the-spa package that often includes massage, body wrap, facial, manicure, pedicure and steam bath.
2. Race Entry
Register you and your loved one for an upcoming run or triathlon. It will jump-start your New Year Resolutions and it’s something you can train for together!
3. Fitness Program Registration
Do you know someone who’s always wanted to join a running clinic,
Posted in Fitness, holiday
Dec, 15, 2014
This is the time of year for holiday parties, community events and family get-togethers! It’s all so much fun but it’s going to take more than will-power to make sure your holiday season is healthy and doesn’t completely sabotage your fitness goals. You CAN party and still stay fit!
Let’s face it – when a table full of goodies is staring you right in your face and you know this may be your last chance to indulge in your favorite holiday treat until next Christmas, it’s difficult if not impossible to stick to your program. Instead you have to establish some guidelines and use a little “give and take.” For example:
- At tonight’s party I’ll drink 2 glasses of water for every glass of wine.
- First I’ll fill my plate with fruits and vegetables and then go back for more food.
- I will make sure that I engage in conversation away from the table of food.
- I’ll make sure that my pot-luck contribution is a healthy choice so
Dec, 8, 2014
During 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!
Having a few days off from exercise over the holidays is OK. It may help give your mind and body a rest and help to motivate you to work harder in the New Year. But, if you don’t want to get out of the rhythm of your exercise commitment, here’s a few tips to help you stick to your program when there are so many other responsibilities demanding your attention (quick workouts during the holidays is key):
Reduce your frequency and time:
- If your program usually calls for 5 workouts a week, reduce it to 2 or 3 good, solid workouts during the busy weeks ahead. If you normally perform an hour workout, reduce it to a 30-minute hard effort. If you normally do 3 sets of each weight lifting exercise, reduce it to one good set. Studies show that if you just do 1-2 hard workouts a week during a busy season, you can maintain your current fitness level for a number of weeks. So instead of doing nothing, do something but do it good!
Workout at home:
Dec, 2, 2014
It’s the season of Thanksgiving and Holidays when we often take time to reflect on the people and things we are thankful for. I thought I’d take this from a different perspective, a fitness perspective.
You may not know this but here are 10 crazy fitness things to be thankful for:
- The fact that energy creates energy so that when you’re tired, the best thing to do is move your body and you instantly start to feel better.
- Your stomach shrinks so that as you start to eat healthier and control your portions, you will be satisfied on a smaller amount of food making it easier to achieve your goals.
- You crave what you consume. So as you start to drink more water and eat more fruits and vegetables, your body will start to desire these things making it easier to eat healthy.
- As you start exercising and eating better, you increase the number and strength of the fat burning enzymes (Lipoprotein Lipase) inside your fat cells that mobilize and utilize fat for fuel so eventually, you become a fat burning machine
Posted in exercise, fat loss
Nov, 24, 2014
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!
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
Posted in exericse, winter
Nov, 17, 2014
Last week, we discussed ways to overcome the Winter Blues that many people experience at this time of year. It’s pretty clear that maintaining a fitness routine throughout the dark, rainy and cold months can keep your energy up and your outlook more positive. But there are other ways to counteract SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) other than just turning up the heat by pumping your heart.
Get Some Sleep:
That’s right! You can sleep your way skinny….There is a lot of recent literature touting the importance of sleep in terms of optimal health and even fat loss. Sleep is when our body repairs itself, heals and rejuvenates. When we aren’t getting enough sleep, not only are we dragging all day long but our immune system suffers making us more likely to get sick or injured. Plus one sure way to be grumpy and in a bad mood is to be sleep deprived! We also now understand that when the body doesn’t get the 7-8 hours of sleep every night that it needs, it finds ways to compensate for the lower levels of serotonin or dopamine caused by lack of sleep. It does this by
Posted in fat loss, sleep, stress
Nov, 3, 2014
In 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.
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.
Posted in Fitness, winter