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6 Tips for Staying Hydrated in the Summer Sun

Screen Shot 2016-08-08 at 2.14.47 PMKeeping yourself hydrated under hot weather conditions is very important and becomes even more important when performing strenuous physical activity. Out here in the dunes, people can head out for a long hike or spend the day on the beach, and not realize they haven’t had enough water. Sometimes people don’t drink enough water because they prefer something with flavor, or it’s difficult for them to drink water when they aren’t feeling thirsty. Here are some tips to help you stay hydrated.

1. Drink Before You Feel Thirsty. If you feel thirsty you may already be dehydrated. Rather than drinking to quench your thirst, it is healthier to replenish fluids regularly, even when you don’t feel thirsty.

2. Drink Water NOT Sugary Drinks! Sugary drinks and soft drinks might feel thirst quenching, but they also contain excess calories and caffeine and offer zero nutritional benefit.

3. Keep a Water Bottle with You. Having a reusable water bottle handy is a good idea. Even if you don’t plan on doing any strenuous activity outdoors, having a water bottle on hand will allow you to drink regularly and before you feel thirsty.

4. Add Fresh Fruit or Fizz. Citrus fruits, such as lemons, limes, and oranges, are great water infusers. Cucumber and fresh mint are refreshing flavors as well. Adding fruit is a great way to add a little flavor to your water without adding too many calories. Add fruit to sparkling water to get the bubbles and fizz with flavor.

5. Have a Sports Drink During Vigorous Exercise. Running trails and beaches, biking, hiking and beach volleyball are all common summer activities in the dunes. Even swimming can cause the body to produce excessive sweat in high temperatures. With vigorous exercise a sport drink might be more useful than water since it can also replenish any nutrients and electrolytes lost in your sweat.

6. Eat Your Water. Try adding more fruits and vegetables that are high in water content to your meals and snacks on the days you plan on being outside in hot weather conditions. Check out our local Farmer’s Markets to stock up!

5 Healthy Habits To Do Every Day

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We all want to be healthier, right? Well, living in the dunes makes it easy to stay healthy! Add these 5 healthy habits to your life and get happier and healthier starting today.

1.Exercise for at least 20 minutes. We all need at least 20 minutes daily to combat aging and disease. What happens if you don’t floss and brush your teeth? They fall out! What happens if you don’t exercise your body? It falls apart! Move it or lose it! Hit a trail, walk the beach, swim in the lake or just walk your dog. The more you get out and get moving the better!

2. Drink more water. Keeping hydrated can have a huge impact on health, yet many fail to drink enough. Water is needed by every cell and organ in the body to function properly. Shoot for eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day, and when your out on the beach or in the sun, add a few more. It’s easy to get dehydrated!

3. Go to Bed Early. Most of us get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. The recommended amount is 7 to 9 hours. If you’re not getting enough, that’s stress to your body. Stress leads to all sorts of health issues. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Benjamin Franklin

4. Smile! Gratitude is the right attitude. Smiling – whether it’s forced or not – leads to health benefits like stress reduction. Living out in the dunes makes it easy to smile. Watch a beautiful sunset or take a walk to look at the beautiful shoreline and it’s sure to turn your frown upside down. Laughter really is the best medicine!

5. Give someone a hug. Besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. You can even hug your pet to reap the benefits.

So what are you waiting for? Enjoy your summer and start these 5 healthy habits today!

So You Want to Run? Simple Steps to Success

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By Troy L. Ford
The running season is here and Beverly Shores, Indiana will hold 9th annual Necktie 5K Walk & Run on Saturday, June 18 (Father’s Day Weekend) at 8 AM. This is the first of two articles to help prepare you for the event. The 5K Walk & Run is a great way to celebrate Dad and to welcome the summer season.

Running is a simple sport. You need no special equipment (other than a good pair of shoes), and you can run almost anywhere. Unlike most sports, you don’t have to be an expert to participate. Even though running is simple, unless you are already physically active in a sport or fitness program, do not jump feet-first into running. The first step to getting started in any fitness program (after getting a physical exam from your physician) is walking.
Below are five simple steps that will help you train for the Necktie 5K:

Start Slowly

Try walking for at least one full week. Begin with 20 minutes for the first four days with your goal to reach 30 minutes by the end of the week. Once you can walk 30 minutes comfortably, you can begin adding in brief periods or intervals of slow jogging. I’m talking 30 seconds up to a few minutes. Don’t over do it!
Do not try sprinting or running fast. Many beginning runners make the mistake of trying to run too much, too soon, and too fast. You are not trying out for a track team. You should run slow enough that you could talk comfortably (even though you may not fell like it). If you can’t carry on a conversation because you’re gasping for breath, you are going to fast. For those interested in competitively racing, you can slowly add speed after you’ve built a solid foundation of running. Don’t worry, you can’t run too slow starting out, but you can go too fast. Going slower will ensure your body becomes more efficient, allowing you to take in more oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide. Your stamina and lung capacity will increase but you’ve got to begin slowly. Going too fast will leave you out of breath, and your leg muscles will scream for mercy. You’ll hit the fatigue wall too soon, you won’t want to run again for a week (or longer) and you’ll never increase stamina or lung capacity. This should be enjoyable! If you do it right, it can be. You’ve heard of the runner’s high, right?
Combine Regular Intervals of Walking & Running

Most running books recommend a walk/run program for beginners. Whether you walk four minutes and run two or walk two minutes and run one, the concept is the same. Start out walking and then follow with a shorter period of slow running. Try several cycles of this until you reach 20 minutes. Remember the talk test! If you get too winded, slow down until you catch your breath. Then try the run again when ready. Training is a science. Keeping it simple is the key. If you feel you are working too hard, you are. Gradual progressions in time and intensity are the best rules to follow.
After you feel comfortable with 20 minutes, you can increase to 30 minutes. For your first month, however, do not go beyond 30 minutes or three miles. Although you may be able to do more, your goal is to develop consistency while getting in shape.

Get into a Routine

When you first start out, do your run/walk workouts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Then rest or do an easy walk on the other three days. Find an easy place to begin your training. A trail or a road less travel by cars is best. Leave running on the beach until later in the program.

Warm-Up First \ Stretch After

No matter where you are in your running program, never forget to warm up. A great warm-up should consist of at least a ten-minute walk. This s done to warm up all the working muscles and prepare the body for the increased oxygen demand. Unlike cars, bodies don’t go from 0 to 100 MPH in 6 seconds. The warm-up should also include some light calisthenics. Save the serious static stretching for after the workout when the muscles are more pliable. Spend a good 10-15 minutes after your run stretching out, so you are ready for your next bout. Your body will thank you by readying itself to do it again. You’ll also limit your risk for injuries.

Find a Friend

You may find it easier to commit to a running program if you can find someone else to work out with you. You will help keep each other motivated and you will be less likely to skip runs. Don’t allow your low fitness level, inexperience, lack of time, fatigue, or fear of failure stop you. Now is the time!
Yes, you have so much to consider when beginning a running program. If you have your goal clearly in mind and you are committed, you will succeed!

Troy L. Ford is the owner of TroyBuilt Fitness and Official Trainer for the Necktie 5K, visit the Necktie 5K website at www.necktierun.com.

A New Year. A New You. Fitness Tips for 2016

How’s it going with those New Year’s fitness resolutions? For many people improved fitness is a big goal for the new year, but keeping it up past the first few weeks can be difficult! This year when you feel like you’re gonna give up, MIX IT UP!  A properly designed fitness program can get you maximum results in minimum time. Here are my tips to help you keep your resolution to get and stay fit in 2016.

Out With the Old…

If your cardio workouts are always done the same old way at the same pace and for the same amount of time, don’t expect to see much change in your fitness level. If you’re ready to make some serious changes you gotta mix it up.

Try this… Interval Training

Interval training can take your current cardio workout to the next level. You’ll burn more calories, increase your lung capacity and keep boredom at bay. Interval training can be applied to any mode of cardio work.  It’s not as complicated as you might think. Interval training is simply alternating bursts of intense activity with intervals of lighter activity. For example, if you’re walking outdoors, you could walk faster between certain mailboxes, trees or other landmarks. Warm-up first then increase the intensity and work hard until you’re ready to catch a break then bring the intensity back down until your ready to take it back up again. That’s it! Keep it simple and always listen to your body.

Out With the Old…

If your cardio workouts have gotten boring and the weight lifting routine that once gave you such great results is no longer working, you’ve hit a plateau and it’s time to mix it up if you want to continue to see results.

Try this… Cross Training

Cross training is a great way to increase calorie burning and spice up your workouts. With this method, you choose different activities – either performed within the same workout, or alternate the different activities from workout to workout. Cross training is an ideal way to alleviate boredom and avoid plateaus in your training because it provides a constant mental and physical challenge. An example of a cross-training workout would be to start with 10 minutes of walking, followed by 10 minutes of light jogging, dancing or weight lifting, followed by 10 minutes of stair climbing or biking, and maybe finish off with 10 minutes of stretching. Whatever activities you enjoy can be implemented with this method, but mix it up regularly to help keep you motivated and increase your results.

Another option is to do a different type of activity each day of the week. This will keep your workouts interesting and prevent boredom and the dreaded plateau. For example, you might walk on Monday, do upper-body weight training on Tuesday, jog or dance on Wednesday, do lower-body weight training on Thursday and take a Yoga or Pilates class on Friday. Cross training gives you the opportunity to work all of your major muscle groups, and provides you with a continual well-rounded fitness plan.

Try this… Circuit Training

On your next weight lifting day try circuit training. Circuit training involves choosing 4-5 strength-training exercises, alternated with short periods of cardio (3-5 minutes) repeated for a number cycles. You’ll want to move fairly quickly through the strength training exercises to keep your heart rate up, but don’t sacrifice your form. Add variety to your workout by continually changing the exercises, the amount of weight lifted and number of reps from week to week or workout to workout. Be sure to strengthen and stretch all muscle groups — not just your “favorites” — to stay balanced and prevent injuries. By choosing exercises that work more than one muscle group — such as squats, lunges, pushups and pull ups — you will make the most of your time and significantly increase calorie burn and stamina. Try linking a few movements together such as a squat with a bicep curl with a shoulder press. Full body movements like this one are the most time-efficient and are also great for your core.

Remember to always listen to your body and use the RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) Chart to help determine your intensity level. Most benefits can be achieved in the 4-6 range but occasional visits to the 7-8 range can get you over the hump. Work at the level that feels right for you. Push yourself a bit but don’t overdo it! It’s always best to gradually increase your endurance, stamina and strength over time.

So remember, you CAN achieve your new year’s fitness goals if you plan your workouts, listen to your body and MIX IT UP! Here’s to a New Year and New You!

Regular exercise can help you control your weight, reduce your risk of heart disease and strengthen your bones and muscles. But if you haven’t exercised for some time and you have health concerns, you may want to talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

DIG THE DUNES ART EXHIBIT

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TroyBuilt Fitness is excited to partner with Dig the Dunes for our first art exhibit. We are currently looking for artists who would like to be a part of the show. Selected artists will be able to exhibit 2-3 pieces of their artwork. Pieces will be up during the opening on September 27th and for two weeks following. Each artist exhibiting will be asked to submit $25, this investment will help with promotion of the event as well as provide reception food & beverages. We’ll ask for a 25% commission on any piece sold during the event and the two weeks following, so artists please price your works accordingly. Artwork should capture the dunes in some fashion but we are open to other subject matter. We love all media. We hope you do too and we hope you will join us for this event.

Please submit questions and photos of art to eve@digthedunes.com or troylford1@mac.com. You may message us on Facebook as well with any questions!

At this time, deadline to submit art will be September 8th. However, space is limited. We will update if this deadline should change.

Pound & Pour Party

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Pound. ROCKOUT. Workout. Pour!

Come on over to TroyBuilt Fitness and join us for our first Pound & Pour!

Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance using Ripstix (weighted drumsticks) and constant simulated drumming. It’s like no other workout! Pound fuses cardio and dance movements into a 45-minute full-body interval workout. Burn between 400 and 900 calories and strengthen and sculpt every muscle in your body while drumming your way to a better you – all while rocking out to great music!

After the workout, hangout with classmates, enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers! Get tickets here.

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!

Don’t you wanna be better? Let us help. Start today with this limited time offer.

For a limited time, take advantage of our unlimited class pricing, with or without personal training sessions. Spring is finally here and warmer weather is just around the corner. Is your body where you’d like it to be for summertime? How you doing with those new year’s resolutions? If you’ve fallen off the wagon and would like to be better, this is a great time to get up, dust yourself off and recommit to you and your body.

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If you choose the unlimited class package and commit to take just 3 classes each week, you’ll be well on your way to that warmer weather body you search to find each season. With our special pricing that saves you $130 over our regular pricing for one month.

Go for the unlimited class package with the 2 personal training sessions if you’d like a little more personal guidance and help keeping you on track. That’s a larger savings for you plus you get the added benefit of getting some personalized “Troy time” to help you stick to your goals. With this package save $175  over our regular pricing for one month. ! Either way you win. Save and build your body better at TroyBuilt Fitness.

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