I knew going into 2016 that it would be a year of big changes. My wife and I had just had our first son, we moved to Atlanta to be closer to family and I was starting a new career. Stressful as they are, I welcomed every one of those changes. Between stepping into the craziness of being a first-time dad and moving away from my whole life as a Bostonian, everything was in a constant state of motion. It was a roller coaster, but one that I loved riding. One change was not planned and it brought the whole ride to a stop. At 35, after a lifetime of perfect health, pushing myself as an endurance athlete, and barely seeing a doctor for any reason, I found out that I am a diabetic.
In the months since Summer has ended, I have been getting asked more and more about how gym members can motivate themselves; or find the motivation they once had. A lot of my own personal training clients know that on the days that they don’t see me, I expect to see them at the gym doing the homework I assigned them or taking a group fitness class. Belonging to a gym that offers tons of group fitness classes per week is a great perk that all gym members have access to.
I am as disciplined as they come and even I struggle some days. These are the days that I turn to group fitness classes for motivation. I know that the hardest part is just getting in the door. If the group fitness instructor sees me, I know I am now going to be held accountable and I can’t just sneak out of the room. When I look around and see the other gym members, I instantly feel motivated. If they are in there and ready to work, I need to be too.
There is something about working out in the presence of others that subconsciously pushes us further than we would push ourselves. Another great benefit is the fact that I get to meet new people and socialize with people other than just fellow trainers and gym staff. I meet a lot of gym members and it makes me feel like I truly have my own little gym family.
For those who are just starting out with the gym and feel uncomfortable around weights or with form, group fitness classes are a great way to learn proper form and technique without feeling singled out. That way, when you go to work out on your own on all the top notch equipment you’ve feared up until now, you will have no problems now that you know exactly what you’re supposed to do.
Halloween is here and so is all that yummy bite-sized candy! But what does it take to burn off all those extra calories? McKenna Smet, trainer at Sport&Health, will walk you through some exercises that will help you negate the Halloween candy binge.
Let’s be REAL.
Halloween is here and whether you have kids or not, bite-sized Halloween candy is everywhere. From people bringing it to work, to seeing it at the grocery stores on sale, it’s unavoidable and easy to be tempted!
So, I dug deep into my womanly self to not think about how much I love chocolate and came up with strategies to help you with candy cravings. Trust me, I’ll be using these strategies too.
Need some motivation? Check out this amazing story about Pat Horan, Wounded Warrior, training with Sport&Health for the Army 10 miler!
You can't help but be inspired by Pat! This retired Army Captain was shot in the head in Iraq 10 years ago and is now training with a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor for for the run of his life. Check out this clip from WUSA9 featuring Pat and his success with Sport&Health!
Sugar is one of the most harmful ingredients found in processed foods today. While the list goes on and on as to why you should go “sugar free”, check out my top 10 reasons to “quit” sugar.
Sugar contains empty calories that are not giving any nutritional value whatsoever. What a waste!
Has been shown to cause mood swings, anxiety, and irritability. As it turns out, sugar is only enjoyable during the 15 minutes that we are consuming it… then party’s over.
May slow weight loss. Oh no! High insulin levels can cause extra carbohydrates to be stored as fat instead of being used as fuel.
Can lead to diabetes. The pancreas must work harder when sugar is ingested. When the overworked pancreas can no longer keep up, diabetes can occur.
Decreased immune system function. Nobody likes being sick!
Tooth Decay. Remember when your mom said that eating all that Halloween candy would rot your teeth? Well she was right.
Sugar is addictive! Consuming sugar will cause the release of Dopamine in the brain (the feel good hormone). You may find yourself consuming more… and more… and more to get that same “feel good” feeling.
Can affect your mental game. Sugar has been shown to cause foggy mindedness. Remember that sugar crash you had after you ate an entire slice of cheesecake? I saw you passed out on the couch. Wow.
Can up your risk to cancer! Yes, the dreaded C word. Help your body avoid cancer by keeping your insulin levels normal and avoiding sugar.
Sugar just isn’t all that satisfying. It’s true. One may be enjoying it when consumption is happening however, that satiety is short lived. Choosing a natural option like fruit will leave you feeling more full and satisfied than a cookie loaded with sugar.
People get massages everyday, but how do you know what massage is best for your body? Well here is a massage guide featuring the therapeutic massages at our very own Serenity Day Spas!
Corporate wellness programs are sprouting up all over for quite a few major businesses and companies. Smaller firms are also instilling types of these programs as well. They started to become introduced in the mid-90s with companies starting their own wellness programs. Since then, more and more businesses have established wellness programs that have benefitted their company. There are literally hundreds of good reasons for incorporating a wellness program in any type of business.