Sep, 7, 2015
HAPPY LABOR DAY!!!!
Now that kids are back in school, it’s a great opportunity to focus on you and your health and fitness. At Northwest Personal Training, we know that….
……committing to a health and fitness program is as much mental as it is physical.
Setting up your lifestyle to promote success is key. Figuring out which activity you like best and how/when you will fit it in are important steps to a long term commitment. One step we have each client complete is signing off on a Fitness & Training Makeover Commitment. Here is what it looks like. Feel free to use it as is or edit it as needed to make the commitment you are ready and willing to make. Then post it somewhere so you can regularly refer to and to help keep you motivated.
Aug, 31, 2015
Yep that’s right….we are going to talk about Erectile Dysfunction today. It may seem a little strange, but this is a serious issue I have been wanting to write about for awhile now! So, learn why you need to get fit to get it up!
In the fitness industry, we often refer to “E.D.” aka Erectile Dysfunction as Early Death aka “E.D”.
Although there are many causes for Erectile Dysfunction, it definitely indicates something is wrong and in many situations, can be a symptom of some other very serious health issues.
If all the equipment is working correctly, when a guy gets turned on, his brain will send a message through the nervous system down the spinal cord to his penis. This message will result in a dilation of his blood vessels allowing blood to flow freely into the penis causing the penis to become hard and ready for sexual intercourse.
Posted in men's health
Aug, 26, 2015
It’s hard to do better if you don’t know better! So part of the…..
…..process of achieving any goal is to learn as much as you can about the process.
In terms of becoming as healthy as you can, start to become a student of nutrition, fitness, exercise, your body…The beauty of learning is it can happen in a variety of different ways through books, articles, DVDs, workshops, webinars, or mentors. If you want to improve your nutrition, start reading nutrition based articles, purchasing books on the topic, taking a healthy cooking workshop or hiring a nutrition consultant or registered dietitian to help guide you through the process. If you want to start exercising, read about proper conditioning and programming, purchase a DVD, take a practical clinic, or hire a personal coach or trainer who can hold you accountable and teach you safe and effective techniques.
Posted in adherence, Fitness
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.