The season starts to change, the sun goes down earlier, and the temperature starts to drop. Unfortunately with that drop, our eagerness to head to the gym tends to decrease. But now, more than ever, is the time to be staying on track. Instead of being a part of the New Years resolution crowd, focus on sticking to your daily workout routine and get yourself ahead of the crowd. The holidays create busy schedules but don't let that be an excuse. After all, you started this routine because you wanted to feel happier and healthier.
Have you promised yourself a new workout routine, a better body, or improved health? True commitment is a promise to do something and the hard work to see it through. It is easy to make promises, but following that up with hard work is where many of us fall short. A great way to increase your commitment is to be clear on your goals and commit yourself to what matters to you. Write down your goals and remind yourself of them regularly.
As the holiday season approaches and everyone is talking about being thankful for this or that, its easy to be cynical about giving thanks. As women we sometimes beat ourselves up for what we lack, and we often put other people's needs in front of our own, and feel selfish for doing things for ourselves...so who's thankful for us..right? Well, the answer should be YOU.
The holiday season is upon us and with that comes busy family get togethers full of food that might not be on your diet. The best way to avoid weight gain during this season is to amp up your current workout routine, especially the days surrounding the holiday. Adding in a long cardio day pre holiday will help to rev up your metabolic rate for the days to come. The day of, focus your full body strength workout towards higher rep and lower rest periods to deplete the muscles of glycogen.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, many of you may be stressing about the abundance of food that will be available. I like to have a holiday plan of attack so I end up with more green beans and less apple pie. One of my favorite ways to avoid post dinner sweets is to indulge in a naturally sweet side dish like sweet potatoes. Although they are sometimes over sweetened, in their natural state they have a pleasant sweetness, a low glycemic index, and contain powerful nutrients. I like my sweet potatoes baked with a simple sprinkling of cinnamon.
Have you ever wanted to work with a trainer but found that it was just outside of your budget? We have a solution for you! Small group training classes are starting to form and it is the perfect way to get the extra attention from your favorite trainer while keeping the cost down. All it takes to form a small group training class is a minimum of two people! So grab a few of your gym buddies and pick a day and time that works for all of you. Our discounted group rates make it affordable and you get to meet every week!
Want to burn some serious calories after the holiday? Want a fun, free, exiting way to do it? Them come to the Post-Thanksgiving Free Bootcamp. This is free for members AND non-members too! Instructed by myself and another one of our amazing trainers, the talented miss Sierra. Even if you didn't feast, come join us for a full body strength and cardio workout, you won't regret it! It is going to be 90 minutes of intense fat blasting fun! We will have a raffle for prizes, including free training sessions and more! Bring a friend and you get extra raffle tickets! 10am Saturday the 30th.
I love salad and it CAN BE so good for you.... BUT it can also be so bad for you. Many salads that restaurants serve are high in calories with nutritionally void lettuce (iceberg) and highly processed salad dressing. In addition, many bottled salad dressings found in the store contain toxic ingredients. Although I sometimes use premade salad dressing, I prefer to make my own. It tastes better and is better for you! Below is one of my favorite salad dressings. 1 recipe usually lasts me about a week.
1/3 c olive oil
1/3 c lime juice (freshly squeezed)
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t cumin
Recently I've had a lot of people asking if taking a group fitness class is enough to get them to their fitness goals? The answer to that question is challenging because it depends on how hard you are pushing yourself. On average, most people are likely to use less challenging weight, or work at a lower level of intensity when they have the option to choose versus working with a trainer who tells them what weight and intensity level to be performing at. More often than not, we stand in our own way when it comes to being successful because we doubt our own strength and ability.
You may have noticed the increasing presence of coconut oil on grocery shelves everywhere. There are many reasons this oil is becoming a staple for many people and my favorite type of oil. Read on to find out why may want to start using coconut oil (if you're not already.)
Coconut oil contains healthy fat. Remember fat is not the enemy, but certain types of fat are. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs.) MCFAs can increase your metabolism and assist in your thyroid function.
Bottom line: MCFAs may help you LOSE WEIGHT.
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