That time of year is upon us. “Flu Shots Here” signs on every corner. The woman in the next cubicle is hacking and coughing. You sit down for the evening when you get home from work and realize…you feel off. What is it and is it going to wreck all the progress you’ve made with your fitness? I decided to write this blog because scratchy throats, runny noses, coughing, and a general off feeling have been plaguing some of my clients recently and it brought some very important things to my attention.Read more
It’s a question that anyone who has had any interest in fitness, at any point in their lives, has asked themselves. Whether you are a runner and experience pain or you are not yet a runner, but are considering taking it up, you have probably wondered if it is good for you. You may have even Googled to find out whether or not it’s something you should do. You probably found information and opinions that strongly support either side. I think it’s ludicrous to say whether it is good or bad for the majority of people in one article. I don’t know you, your motivations or your body mechanics. So, before you read any further, I should tell you that this article isn’t going to delve into your body type and why you should or should not run. I am a runner and I love it deep down to my core. I am also a trainer with an education in physical therapy who knows the physical detriments of running first hand. Still, I am not going to try and talk you into or out of running. I just want to give you some things to think about when you are pondering the question “Should I run?”Read more
Sitting at a desk all day can create bad posture and poor movement quality which can put a damper on your weekend warrior activities. It’s important to do something to counteract the process. Try these simple exercises daily. It just may save your posture and prevent injuries.
Last week I told you some unexpected benefits of training with friends, this week I am going to give you the options that are out there to get fit with your friends (or you can join and make new friends). I am also going to share with you the pros and cons of each choice.Read more
Last week in Your Body Doesn’t Get a Vacation, I talked about breaking out of your usual workout routine when you are on vacation. This week I want to give you some suggestions on how to do that. As I write this, I’m actually on vacation. I’ve got one tired out puppy snoozing next to me after a long day of activity and I’ve got to say, my eyelids might be getting kind of heavy. Breaking out of our usual walks, runs and workouts feels good and we get some of the best sleep.Read more
A few years ago we remodelled our basement and turned the majority of it into a training studio. Some of the gyms or clubs I worked at or worked out in over the years either didn’t have what I thought were sufficient mirrors or had mirrors in weird and useless places. So, I put a very high priority on having a whole bunch of mirrors to be able to see what you were doing from just about any place in the room. I have grown quite accustomed to always having a mirror close by and I wouldn’t change a thing. Or would I?Read more
It’s that time of year many of you are taking vacations and doing a lot of traveling. Our fitness often takes a backseat to lounging on the beach and indulging in processed foods. Just because you are on vacation, it doesn’t mean your health and fitness has to take a vacation too. Here’s the deal. Vacations, down time and a break from the norm is necessary for your overall well-being as well as your health and fitness, but, breaking from healthy eating and physical activity can cancel out the benefits of the R&R you get. It’s like trading one stress for another. Use these tips and you may even take your fitness to the next level this year.Read more
It’s that time of year. Everyone wants to turn over a new leaf. Many people are starting new workouts or joining new classes or even starting with a trainer. Media tells us the majority of you are going to fall off the workout and health wagon by the end of the month, if you haven’t already. I want to prove them wrong so I am going to give you one really great tip. Get comfortable with being bad at working out. Crazy, right?Read more