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Spring Workout Tips & How To Kick-Start Your Exercise Goals

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.06.50 AMSpring has sprung and the weather has finally changed for the better, I think. Are you ready to make a change for the better too? Here are some tips to kick-start your efforts.

Make Fitness Fun. This is the most important. If you choose something you enjoy doing, you will want to take the time out of your day to do it. If you like to run, start off slow and watch yourself build up your endurance – or even consider joining a running club after work. Hate running? Fret not! TroyBuilt has classes for all types of activity. Or, if you prefer to do the work in your own home, choose a fitness video or turn the music up and dance around. There are many ways to be active without hitting the gym.

Be Realistic. If you decide every year you are going to run a marathon, but you have never made a mile, you are setting yourself up for disappointment. Start with small daily goals and remember that you can always adjust your goals as you see yourself progress. If you write those goals down on paper you’re more likely to reach a new personal best!

Make a Plan. Becoming physically fit can be very intimidating, especially if you have never stepped foot in a gym before. If you have a proper plan, whether written by you or by me ;-), you are more apt to follow it. Call me if you prefer this route, I’ll get you moving in the right direction.  Having an outline will take you step by step to your goal instead of being overwhelmed by the end result before you even start.

Have you got a step or a small box, dumbbells and a resistance band or strap? That’s all you need for this HIIT do at home workout. Check it out! It’s a video 🙂

Get Support. If you surround yourself with people that encourage you to be healthy, you will be more motivated to stay with it. Remember, misery loves company. Try to find a workout partner that you can meet for a workout class or for a morning run or for a tandem training session with me to kick-start your regimen and to help keep you on track.

Journal Your Progress.  Keep a fitness journal from Day 1.  Record what you did and how you felt before and after your workout.  If you are able to see every day what you accomplished, you will feel better about yourself and stay accountable to your goal.

Wishing you a happy & healthy Spring! Be yer best!

Stressed out? Join us for Get Fit…Get Food. Stretch out stress then have a healthy meal with friends.

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Get Fit…Get Food…Round 2!

Get Fit…Get Food…Round 2! Don’t miss out, friends! This hour long class will focus on breathing exercises, stretching, strengthening and staying stress free for the holidays! Dinner will once again follow at Bartlett’s.

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Stretching: Focus on flexibility

I believe a lack of flexibility is the root cause or major contributing factor of many injuries and stretching is the solution to this lack of flexibility. It counters the gradual tightening and constriction we all develop from both under- and over-use of our body. It is the perfect antidote for long periods of inactivity and holding still and is just about the simplest of all physical activities.

Regular stretching will:

  1. Decrease muscle tension, which is the most common cause of back and neck pains and headaches.
  2. Decrease the incidence of all types of injuries, from joint sprains to tendonitis to muscle strains and spasms.
  3. Speed up the recovery rate from injuries.
  4. Increase physical and mental relaxation.
  5. Improve performance of any skilled movement.
  6. Improve and increase body awareness.
  7. Slow the aging process.
  8. Enhance the neurological system.
  9. Improve circulation.
  10. Support the detox system.

Precautions

Don’t stretch an area if you:

  • Recently broke a bone.
  • Have an infection or inflammation in or around a joint involved with the stretch.
  • Experience sharp or acute pain with stretching or joint movements.
  • Recently had a sprain or strain in the area being stretched.
  • Have an unstable joint in the area.
  • Have osteoporosis.
  • Have any disease that needs medical approval before undertaking any new activity.
  • THIS YOGA VIDEO I’VE POSTED IS CHALLENGING. ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NEVER DONE YOGA. SO IF YOU TRY IT, TAKE IT EASY… YOUR POSITIONS DON’T HAVE TO LOOK JUST LIKE MINE AND CHANCES ARE THEY WON’T UNLESS YOU ARE VERY FLEXIBLE. POINT BEING…TRY IT BUT DON’T FORCE ANY MOVEMENTS, YOU’LL INJURY SOMETHING. HAVING SAID THAT, THESE SERIES OF STRETCHES ARE DESIGNED TO BALANCE ALL MUSCLES GROUPS OF THE BODY, SO THEY ARE GREAT TO PRACTICE REGULARLY TO INCREASE FLEXIBILITY THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE BODY.

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