Are You Prepared for the Food You Eat?

Yesterday I was lucky enough to sit in on a Core Life Lesson at Core Life Eatery in Polaris. Core Life eatery is passionate about helping everyone take charge of their life through the food they eat. Once a month or so, Core Life hosts various local experts on food, health, fitness and wellbeing to create conversations about how great it feels to live a healthy lifestyle!  Yesterday’s CoreLife Lesson was led by Dr. Randy Wurts of InThrive Chiropractic! During his lecture, he spoke about how nerves, stress, and how we eat affects how the body uses food. It was not only an informational seminar but a wonderful reminder of how we can take charge of our health in all aspects of our life, INCLUDING THE HOLIDAYS, because after all…Health is a choice, not a chance!

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We work so hard everyday to improve our body and image, when we really should put as much time & focus on building a better attitude & mindset. When you remove negative influences and attitudes and focus on the positive, you open your mind to appreciate all the good things in your life, that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Having a positive attitude can also reduce your stress levels, which will make you feel better in general.

But how can you have a positive disposition when you’re going through a rough patch in life? Having a positive attitude doesn’t come naturally for some & requires dedication, hard work & training to achieve it. But it’s worth it!

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5 Signs That You Need a Personal Trainer.

A personal trainer is an invaluable resource in reaching your HEALTH & fitness goals.

Most people consider personal trainers (PT’s) necessary for two groups of people: those who are new to the gym environment OR those interested in body building or competition prep. However, recruiting a PT either online or in person, could be the best decision you make towards reaching your fitness and health goals. A knowledgeable, dedicated and most importantly passionate PT could be all it takes to help you transform your body and mind and help push you in the right direction. Whether you train with him/her 3 times a week or once a month, everyone benefits from that added support, guidance and motivation.

Personal trainers can provide the following benefits:

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5 Reasons to Train with Resistance Bands.

  1. They are LIGHTWEIGHT & VERSATILE.
    They essentially allow you to replicate cable -pulley movements at a fraction of the cost/ size/ accessibility etc. All you need to do is attach the band to a stationary object (or simply stand on it!) and pull to create resistance at the opposite end. The less lack in the band, the greater the tension and the harder the exercise will be. Resistance bands are versatile in that you can preform a wide range of exercises using them, hit various muscle groups and also modify the difficulty to suit limitations or provide challenges.
  2. They are PORTABLE.
    Unlike cables, resistance bands can be taken with you in your suitcase when traveling, used in a home gym, thrown into your gym bag and taken either to the gym or park or friends house…anywhere! They provide instant access to a workout!
  3. They are AFFORDABLE.
    For less than $50, you can find complete kits that provide a set of five colored tube style bands which would provide a variety of resistance/strengths. Some packages even come with detachable loops, handles, ankle straps etc.
  4. They are DURABLE.
    Quality bands can withstand over 20,000 stretches before they begin to lose elasticity. Under normal conditions, this is between 1-2 years of moderate use…for under $50, say what?
  5. The list of EXERCISES are ENDLESS.
    You can literally hit every muscle group with resistance bands and actually get a really good workout from bands and body weight alone. Don’t believe me? Put some of the following exercises to the test!

    CHECK OUT THE LIST BELOW FOR RESISTANCE BAND EXERCISES FOR EACH MUSCLE GROUP!

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Transformation Tuesday.

Today’s post is of a different kind. It doesn’t include a workout, a tip or piece of gym advice, nor is it a recipe or restaurant review. It is in fact, my own story. It is my journey of where I started, where I’ve been and where I’m at.  This incredible fitness journey so far has been filled with so much learning, new challenges, a new career, a hobby, a website, new motivation, rewards, new confidence, led me to meet so many new people- many of which have become my friends and most definitely a new life…and one for the better at that!

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Stability & Balance.

Yesterday I had a short conversation about balance and stability with a fit couple from our gym. We noted how important the two aspects of fitness and training are, yet we so easily disregard them or brush them aside when time becomes tight or our bodies become fatigued.

The stability ball is such a useful piece of equipment and can be used in various parts of your workout to perform a wide range of seated and prone exercises. Almost any exercise done on a bench, can be done on a ball and being an air filled object, it can be a lot more comfortable too! Now don’t go chasing your entire bench routine to using the ball as there is certainly a need for both! When using the ball, you may find that your force output and weight range will decrease as the muscles are being used to help you balance and stable. Stability ball training puts your body in an unstable environment which requires your core to be attentive throughout each exercise, which is why they have a good reputation of building your core and lower back muscles!

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