Aug, 17, 2015
Last week we talked about the importance of moving your body and how to make that commitment. Once you figure out the WHY, the WHAT is the easy part. So today, here are some specifics to make sure you include in your weekly workout routine.
Will improve your heart, lungs, circulatory system, muscles, bones – ok, let’s just say, it will improve your total body’s physiology. Ideally, you need to perform sustained cardio for a minimum of 20 minutes using aerobic activities like walking, running, biking, swimming, dancing or hiking to improve your endurance.
Aug, 10, 2015
It’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.
Jul, 29, 2015
It is the season of swim suits and minimal clothing which can often lead people to be more conscious of their bodies and can result in depression and/or negative body image.
Do you regularly comment about your body in a negative light? Do you constantly compare yourself to other’s bodies? Have you been verbal about not wearing a bathing suit because you feel too fat?
….whatever say about your body sends a message to your daughters.
Young girls can easily interpret what you say to mean that a woman must be skinny in order to do the things she wants to do. She might begin to think that she must be thin in order to be beautiful enough to be seen in public. She might decide that she has to be lean in order to be loved and be thought of as beautiful.
Posted in daughter, Nutrition
Jul, 20, 2015
You would think with the nicer weather and longer days, we’d all be getting plenty more activity during the summer and leaning up nicely. But that’s not often the case. Many people report that they gain weight in the summer time!
Holidays, travel plans, kid’s clinics and camps, and camping can mean an unpredictable schedule that can get us out of our fitness and exercise routine. In addition, summer life can be so busy that it becomes difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan causing a double whammy. As a result….
……many will start to notice they are starting to pack on the summer pounds and of course, with less clothing, it can be more obvious and disheartening.
Jul, 13, 2015
With the mercury hitting 90 degrees so many days in a row in the NW, it’s causing lethargy in even the most energetic fitness fanatics. Here’s some tips to keep your energy high and your fitness routine in check when you just can’t handle the heat!
Find the AC
There are plenty of fitness opportunities that will keep you cool. Your local gym, training studio and rock-climbing center will all have you feeling nice and cool while you’re sweating buckets!
Head to The Water
Swimming is a fabulous workout and a great way to stay cool. Kayaking, paddle-boarding, wake-boarding & water skiing are all fabulous water sports that will keep your temperature down.
Jul, 6, 2015
It’s the season to camp but it doesn’t have to be the season to slack off on your workouts! Many people decide to take a 2 month sabbatical during the summer because they can’t seem to find the time to get to a gym but it doesn’t have to be this way. You can give your body an amazing workout with no equipment whatsoever. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do to target all muscle groups. So, as we tell our clients, no excuses gang! Here are some ideas to help you stay on track:
If you want to maintain your aerobic fitness and keep on burning calories to prevent weight gain, use the outdoors as your playground. A hike, run, power walk, cycle, or swim can be done pretty much anywhere. Get up early and take the time for yourself before your kids, friends and family start demanding your energy. You’ll feel so much better for it. And remember, it doesn’t have to be an all-out time consuming workout. Ten minutes may be all you need. Every little bit counts and something is better than nothing. Take time to enjoy the scenery, listen to the sounds and smell the beautiful fragrances of the outdoors.
Jun, 24, 2015
We had over 3000 runners and walkers recently completed the Vancouver USA Marathon & Half Marathon! Major kudos to Brian Davis and the team at Energy Events for producing such a world class event that has been recognized as one of the best in the country and attracts people from all over the world! Because there are so many races like this going on throughout the country right now….I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to discuss how to recover quickly after a challenging physical endeavor!
The best way to treat extreme muscle soreness is to prevent it in the first place. So if you are super stiff, you may not have put in enough training to manage the effort effectively. Next event, consult with a coach to assure your training protocol sufficiently prepares you for the race.
Jun, 17, 2015
Out of school does not need to mean out of shape! It’s typical at this time of year to struggle with trying to exercise with the kids home from school or trying to stick to a workout routine while at the summer cottage, the beach or out of town for summer holidays.
Many people decide 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 a gym. Instead, let’s get our kids involved and teach them to love an active and healthy lifestyle! The key is to make it fun for the kids! Bonus – it will make sure that all your fitness doesn’t go to waste over the summer so you don’t have to start from scratch in the fall!
Here’s some tips for an active summer for the whole family when the kids are home from school:
I learned a long time ago that if I want my kids to enjoy and not whine and complain during an active outing, I needed to make sure they brought a friend. It was a night and day difference to how the day went.
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Get Out Into the Woods
It’s true that if you allow kids to choose, they will gravitate to their cell phones and video games. It can be addicting! But if you force them to put away their gadgets, and take them out in the woods, at first they may resent it, but soon they will be exploring, laughing, running, and jumping. It’s good for their souls!
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.