Let’s be honest, working out on a regular basis is hard. If it were easy everyone would do it and we wouldn’t have a health crisis in this country. It’s a unique and dedicated (some people might say ‘not quite right’) person that bounds out of bed or comes running home from work ready to workout. You’d think that as an owner of a gym I’d be one of those people who “just does it on their own.” Well let me tell you… that couldn’t be further from the truth. I thrive on the motivation I get from the people around me – my… [Read More]
If sticking with an exercise remains an elusive goal, maybe the problem isn’t you after all, but it’s the studio you’re going to and/or who you’re seeking help from to start and or continue on your fitness journey. We have all seen them. Maybe you are going to one now. A gym or studio whose sole focus is on classes. When I started FOR in 2004, I was literally it. The only strength and resistance training small studio in Alexandria. Now, there are over 20. People are interested in specializing between spin, strength, Crossfit, Pilates, Core, etc. And don’t get me wrong, it’s great that… [Read More]
I’ve spoken to you about how health and fitness can be measured relative to lifespan, the importance of exercise, and the benefits of making it a regular part of your daily life. Now it’s time to talk about the how. How do you make an exercise habit a priority when you’re busing managing your family, trying to be successful in your career, volunteering in the community, and all sorts of other priorities that seem to take precedence over staying in shape? The answer is simple, really…make exercise a habit. I’m guessing your response to that last statement goes something like, “Wait a minute…developing a habit… [Read More]
In my last article I explained the importance of exercise post 30 and the innovative ways the medical industry is measuring life span. We explored the indicators of life span: VO2Max, Waist Circumference, Resting Heart Rate, Exercise Habits. Last we talked about the one way to mitigate some of the indicators of a shorter life span. That way is EXERCISE. And making time for it. It’s not about having time. It’s making time… What can you gain from developing an exercise “habit”? More productivity in your job and at home Weight control Look and feel younger Better brain function Increased… [Read More]
Most of you already know 70 percent of New Year’s resolutions do not last past January. So instead of the typical fitness blogger talking about resolutions, I’m going to talk about something that’s more important for your health, and more likely to work than a resolution, and that is how to create a habit that will last. In this four-part series, we’ll explain why, especially after 30, establishing a fitness habit is critical for your life span, how finding the right fitness program is the key to a healthier you, and how to make the habit stick. NOW is the time to get moving. This is an… [Read More]
By: Jason The next five weeks just might be the toughest time of year to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Diets go out the window with all the parties and big meals and finding time to exercise gets even more difficult. With all that goes in to preparing for the holidays such as; shopping, the kids being home from school, the cold weather and loss of daylight, it can be a “hot mess”. As a trainer, you might think it’s my job to tell you to stay on track, don’t let the temptations get the better of you and keep exercising… [Read More]
How can you get rid of those bingo arms and “waving flags” arms? I mean the arms so many women cover out of shame even with all of the cute sleeveless fashions. Fat accumulates in our bodies over time. It doesn’t happen overnight and certainly aging doesn’t help matters. So, getting rid of them is a multi-pronged approach. Yet the most important way to do it: MOVE THEM. Move them in ways they aren’t accustomed. Say, squeeze your steering wheel while driving, reach behind your seat and open up your chest muscles while at a red light, carry as many… [Read More]
The morning rush. We are all too familiar with kids waking up late, the last minute request for a permission slip, a resistant kid and the feeling of utter euphoria when the bus pulls away or the car door shuts and they are in someone else’s (capable!) hands for the day. There is silence. Take advantage of this time. Drop the pounds now. That cortisol can really add the pounds and fat to your waistline. Get control of it. NOW. This is the time YOU can carve out of your day for exercise – remember… you only need to start out with 20 minutes a day. Say, Monday is for the long walk along the Mt. Vernon Trail, through… [Read More]
Feel like you’ve done almost everything right and can’t lose those last 10 pounds? As a fit mom, below are three secrets you can start using today. Tame the Cortisol Beast Weight gain, or lack of weight loss, can be often caused by our stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is a really important hormone that is released in your body during stressful events and thoughts… and a fit mom likely experiences this often. When Cortisol is released into your bloodstream and stays longer than necessary, it has a negative effect on your weight loss or maintenance goals. Normally, cortisol is high in the morning and lower in the evening. When you are super stressed your cortisol is elevated ALL OF… [Read More]
By Jason Knowles Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’ve decided it’s time to focus on your health and fitness. You join a gym or maybe you feel you need something more personal or a change of pace and you sign up for CrossFit, Barre, Orange Theory, Soul Cycle or some other type of fitness establishment. Everything’s going great, you go to the gym or studio pretty regularly for a couple of months and you even start seeing some results. Then things start to fade. Instead of going four times a week, you’re down to one or two, your schedule… [Read More]
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