Dec, 14, 2015
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!
Dec, 7, 2015
Most 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:
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.
Posted in holiday, stress, winter
Dec, 1, 2015
The holidays are upon us making it more difficult to get to the gym. The good news is you don’t need a gym to stay in shape over the holidays! Here’s my list of the most effective at home exercises!
Stand in a staggered stance with one leg positioned in front of the other leg. Keep the front knee over top of the ankle or foot. 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/foot 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 weights.
Nov, 23, 2015
Have you ever stopped to look closely at a tombstone? Usually it will list the deceased’s name, perhaps a few words to remember them by and then it will list the date they were born and the date they died, with a dash in between. This dash – that interval – represents their life. It’s bizarre to think your whole life could be summed up in a dash!
So today’s column includes a 5-part Soul-searching assignment for you to hopefully assure that the dash is the best darn dash you could have ever imagined! Grab a pen and a piece of paper.
Write down all the things you’ve ever wanted to do in your life and haven’t done yet.
List all the things/people that mean the most to you.
Nov, 16, 2015
Who wants to go for a run, bike or hike when it’s cold and rainy outside? With less light, it’s easy to understand why people don’t get as much activity in the winter and tend to hunker down and gain weight. This lack of sunlight often leads to people experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the Winter Blues. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be this way. Follow these tips to feel great and stay in fabulous shape all winter long:
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, Sports Authority, Athlete’s Corner, Fleet Feet or your local sporting retailer to get some warm and waterproof clothing.
Join a Group:
Running in the rain, cycling when it’s cold or hiking when you’re clouded in at the top is a lot more fun with others and when you’re involved in great conversations or post-workout festivities (coffee, beer, warm soup…) We are fortunate in Vancouver to have many fun running and biking groups and opportunities accessible (and often free or very low charge)
Nov, 9, 2015
Social media lit up after Halloween with people confessing to indulging in one too many Halloween mini-chocolates or too many festive cocktails at the SPOOKtacular parties. We all get off track at various times of the year, especially during the holidays when we are celebrating at social get-togethers.The key to long-term success is how quickly we get back on track!
One of the best things we can do after we indulge is immediately workout and sweat out all those toxins!
It will reset your body and your mind and keep you focused on your goals. Many people attempt goals but it seems like the ones who actually achieve them are those that keep going no matter how many times they fail or fall off track. Perseverance is one of the keys to success at any initiative.
Posted in goal setting
Oct, 19, 2015
Strengthening your core is critical for optimal health.
If your core is strong (core strength), that strength radiates out to your extremities and you will be better able to stabilize and align your body, absorb and brace for any impact and move your body more efficiently and with better mechanics. It’s important to mention that your core is not only your abs – but also includes your back and hips so to strengthen your core effectively you need to work the front, back and sides!
Try to perform the following exercises 2-3 days per week.
Tubing Trunk Rotation
Anchor an exercise tube around a pole at about mid-body height. Stand sideways to the pole holding the tube in both hands standing far enough so there is tension on the tube. Keep your abdominals contracted, maintain good posture and slowly pull the tube across your body. Perform 8-20 reps each side
Oct, 12, 2015
If your hips aren’t stable and effectively able to stabilize your pelvis while walking, running or playing sports, your knees will suffer.
Strong Hips = Strong Knees. Weak Hips = Weak Knees
Here’s some tips to conditioning your hips in a variety of ways. Perform these exercises 2-3 days per week on alternating days.
Leg Step Up
Holding a set of hand weights, position yourself in front of a bench with one foot on the bench. The bench should be at a height that puts your knee at a 90 degree angle. Keep your kneecap facing forward and your weight distributed on all four corners of your foot. Now slowly step up extending the supporting knee into a fully upright, balanced position. Now slowly lower yourself down to the starting position. Perform 1-2 sets of 8-12 reps to fatigue for each leg. Keep the height shorter if this bothers your knees at all.
Sep, 28, 2015
Recently, I was lying in bed and it was raining outside. I was scheduled for a workout but I was having a hard time leaving my warm bed to head outside into the cold, wet day. As I lay there having a difficult time finding the motivation, I was asking myself if I was being lazy or if maybe, my body needed a day off. 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 is probably 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 fighting chance. A workout will stimulate your immune system but if it’s already being challenged, it can suppress it and take it over the edge.
Should you take a weekly rest day?
Sep, 21, 2015
Komen Race for the Cure is this month, Girlfriends Run for a Cure is next month on October 11th and with Breast Cancer Awareness month in October, it puts this disease at the forefront of everyone’s mind. We all know someone who has been impacted by Breast Cancer and anyone who has ever been diagnosed with Breast Cancer realizes that the cancer experience does not end the day that treatment ends. Survivors want to get back to normal life as quickly as possible and put cancer behind you but at that same time, you’re dealing with all kinds of post-Cancer Treatment effects that impact you physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Goals of a Post-Breast Cancer Rehab Program:
When starting an exercise program after Breast Cancer surgery and treatment, your goals will be to reverse the negative affects of killing cancer…which can cause other secondary issues. These goals include: