Apr, 14, 2014
Moms, Be careful what you say around your daughters!
I heard a conversation at a pool that went something like this. A young girl asked her mother why she wasn’t swimming. The mother responded that she was too fat and needed to lose a lot of weight before she could even consider wearing a bathing suit. Wow! What kind of a message do you think that mother was sending to her daughter? The daughter could easily interpret that response to mean that a woman must be skinny in order to do the things she wants to do. She must be thin in order to be beautiful enough to be seen in public. She must be lean in order to be loved.
Do you realize that girls as young as 5 years are dieting?
Where do you think they are getting the idea for the need to diet and lose weight? Sure media plays a big role but it’s a lot closer to home than that! A young girl’s mother is her most important role model. Values, principles and beliefs are instilled at such a young age and last a lifetime. If a young girl believes you have to be skin and bones to be attractive, she will struggle with her weight and body image for the rest of her life. Moms, think before you speak. If you comment on your thighs and your cellulite perhaps your daughter will start examining her own thighs more closely and determine she’s not too happy with hers either! If you compare yourself to other women or models in a magazine, your daughter will start comparing as well. If you are always on some type of diet and then go on an all-out junk binge, your daughter will adopt the same practices. Moms – you can’t think only about yourself anymore. Mimicking is how most young children learn and develop. You have the power to help your daughters develop into strong, confident, beautiful human beings – on the inside and out or to become insecure, unhealthy, and negative.
Here’s some tips to consider:
Apr, 7, 2014
We all know that muscle conditioning is an essential part of staying fit, but which muscle conditioning exercises should YOU specifically be doing?
There are literally hundreds of different exercises and thousands of variations you could perform to get the results you are looking for. So how do you know which ones are right for you? Here are a few guidelines to follow when designing your resistance training program.
Start with basic exercises.
Mar, 31, 2014
Last week, we discussed the type of Cardio activity to include into your fitness program. Today, I wanted to educate you on a few more training principles that can help when designing your cardio program.
First, every good cardio program should include aerobic and anaerobic exercise with some variable impact and agility training.
Read below for the rationale and an explanation…..
Aerobic exercise is easy to explain. It involves going out for a walk, jog, cycle, swim, hike, x-country ski, indoor cardio equipment or taking a fitness class. It includes exercise that is within your comfort zone and at an intensity that you could hold for 20 minutes plus. This type of exercise will condition your heart and achieve numerous health benefits.
Anaerobic exercise is a more challenging form of exercise. It involves the same activities as above but at a much harder intensity. For example, it would involve going for a jog and then for 30 seconds picking up the pace and sprinting.
Mar, 24, 2014
Choosing the right activity to get fit is important and now that spring is here, days are longer and many of us have a renewed sense of energy….so instead of just jumping into something, take a moment to consider which activity might be the one that you actually stick to for the long term.
The most important consideration when deciding which activity will be your primary activity of choice is deciding which activities interest you the most and that you really believe you could do on an ongoing basis.
The best activity in the world is the one you actually do regularly!
If I told you that running was the best way to get in shape but you hated running, you probably would not stick to the program very well and would probably experience very limited results. So, you really need to examine your interests. For example, if you prefer to exercise outside, running through trails or hiking may be your answer. If you prefer indoors, you might enjoy the energy of fitness classes, resistance training or working out on a Treadmill so you can be distracted by a magazine or TV. If you like to exercise in groups, fitness classes or a walking, running or hiking club may help you stick to your program. If you are a solo exerciser, your own individualized program may offer the solitude you are looking for. It is important to determine the perfect-fit, custom-designed program that will facilitate your efforts.
Here are some questions to help you design a program that is going to work for you:
Mar, 17, 2014
The American Council of Exercise asked 17,000 personal trainers what was the one exercise they couldn’t do without. The 7 exercises personal trainers can’t live without when designing programs for their clients are: Lunges, Squats, Push-Ups, Abdominal Exercises, Running, Walking, and Yoga.
Well, 17,000 Trainers can’t be wrong so I thought we’d provide you with a little bit of guidance in each of these areas.
Stand with one leg positioned in front of the other leg. Keep the front knee over top of the ankle. Keep the back knee underneath or slightly behind your hips. Slowly lower the back knee towards the ground keeping the front knee over top the ankle the entire time. Only go as low as you feel comfortable. Keep your body weight positioned over the front leg – this is your working leg. Maintain proper posture and keep your abdominals contracted. Complete 8-15 reps each leg. Intermediate: Same as above but lunge lower. Advanced – Perform the same exercise as above but start to add resistance by holding free weights.
Start by standing with your feet between hip and shoulder width apart. Set your posture by contracting your abdominals, pressing your chest out and up and your shoulders back and down. Start by slowly squatting backwards while keeping your kneecaps pointing forwards – avoid allowing your knees to collapse inwards. Try to keep your weight equally distributed on all 4 corners of your feet – avoid allowing your arches to collapse inwards. Lower to a comfortable position. You’ll notice that your upper body will come forward slightly while your buttocks travel backwards. Now slowly extend back up. When getting started, you may want to just start with mini-squats until you master the technique and then start dropping lower and lower once your muscles get stronger. Perform a set of 8-12 or 10-15 reps. As you progress, add resistance.
Mar, 10, 2014
If you’ve ever experienced an injury, you’ll appreciate the fact that it can really take you out of your normal fitness routine. Often, when someone suffers an injury or is experiencing chronic aches and pains, they take a complete break from exercise. But there’s rarely a reason to take a hiatus from exercise. Instead, do whatever you can to move your body because it enhances your internal biochemistry, gets the good hormones flowing, improves circulation and blood flow which will all help with the healing process and help to prevent depression while you are rehabilitating. There’s very rarely a reason that you can’t move your body at all even when you are injured!
Of course, you’re going to have to modify your program a bit until you figure out the cause of your aches and pains and heal your injury. Here are some action steps you can take if you ever find yourself having to manage an injury.
Count it as a blessing:
Posted in exercise, injury
Mar, 7, 2014
I like to start my day by revving my metabolism. But I’m just like everyone else and some days I just don’t feel like it. I thought I’d share the tips I use to determine whether I’m being lazy or I need a day off.
- If I’m tempted to press the snooze button and I fall right back asleep, that’s a sign my body needs some extra rest. If I just lay there wide awake, I’m probably just being lazy so I get up.
- When I first wake up, I will check my emails and/or Facebook and the light from my cell usually wakes me up and then I’m ready to go. If that doesn’t work, I may need some more rest.
- If I’m really tired, I will force myself to get up and open the blinds, grab some water and walk around. Usually by moving around, I start to wake up and feel better. If I’m still feeling exhausted, the rest may be more important.
I’ve had days where both my kids were sick and my body felt like it was fighting something so I decided to take a rest day and reserve the energy for my immune system to give it a good fight. A workout will stimulate your immune system but if it’s already being challenged, it can suppress it and take it over the edge.
What do you do when you are sick?
Posted in health, healthy, sick
Feb, 24, 2014
The weather has been nasty lately leading most of us to retreat into the warmth and comfort of a fitness facility to condition our bodies. But many people waste a lot of time and energy training improperly on indoor cardio machines. Here’s a few tips to reduce the boredom and monotony of your indoor cardio workouts and assure your technique is top notch.
The lineups to get onto a treadmill at most fitness facilities make it easy to believe that the treadmill remains the most popular indoor cardiovascular machine. The learning curve is quick – just get on, punch in a few numbers and start walking or running. Treadmills are popular amongst sports physicians and physiotherapists because they better absorb the impact forces associated with running. Treadmills allow you to avoid unfavourable weather conditions, go for a run in the evening without having to worry about the safety issues and avoid being startled by the neighborhood dog.
- Make it a goal to not hold onto the rails while jogging or walking. Instead, use your muscles to balance and support your body.
- Keep your abdominals contracted, look forward and avoid swinging your arms side-to-side and crossing the mid-line of your body.
Treadmill workout idea:
- Warm-up. Do 1 minute of a walking hill climb. Then 1 minute of a flat, comfortable jog. Then 1 minute of a flat sprint. Then 1 minute of a flat, recovery walk. Do this 5 times for a 20 minute workout. Cool-down
- Once a month, try a time-trial workout. Program in a distance like 5km (3miles) and record how long it takes you to complete. Next month, try it again and this time try to go a little faster. As you get fitter, you should be able to perform the same distance in a shorter period of time.
The word on the street is that these machines, looking very similar to a stairmaster, are gaining popularity and may soon rival the treadmill for exercisers’ favourite piece of equipment.
Feb, 17, 2014
The old adage “use it or lose it” appears to ring true in almost all areas of your general health and fitness. You just can’t store the benefits associated with a healthy lifestyle. Here are some areas that may be affected by neglect:
If you don’t challenge your heart, your aerobic capacity will definitely decrease with time and unfortunately, it becomes a vicious cycle. You don’t exercise so you get out of shape, then daily activities start to become more challenging so you start to look for ways to make movement easier ie take the elevators and escalators instead of stairs, park closer, sit more, drive more etc. Then your cardiovascular fitness deteriorates even further, you’re huffing and puffing more and starting to move even less because it’s uncomfortable. So stop the cycle and start moving your body and challenging your heart.
For those of you who do exercise regularly and find yourself out of your routine for whatever reason, generally, after only one or two weeks of complete inactivity, significant reductions in cardio-vascular fitness can be measured. It seems to be the fitness component that is affected first by a lapse in training. But the good news is
Feb, 10, 2014
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.
Most fitness facilities recognize the importance of having members work out with someone else which is why many offer the ‘2-for-1’ deals. So maybe consider joining a gym together. Not only will you experience the benefits I just mentioned but also, you won’t have to go looking for someone to help spot you on some of your heavier lifts in the weight room. If you’re not sure where to begin, most personal trainers offer partner training so that you and your loved one can workout together under the guidance of a fitness expert. We are offering Valentine’s Day Partner Training specials so it’s the perfect time to get started!