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  • Five Steps to Becoming a Happier Person

    It may be cliché and overused, but it’s true that attitude is everything! It turns out, some of the lessons we dismiss quickly as children’s phrases, are some of the most important to remember.

     

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    When it comes to being a happier person, attitude plays a major role. Consider the words Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D and Professor of Psychology at the University of California, wrote in her book, The How of Happiness:

    “Recall that 50 percent of individual differences in happiness are governed by genes, 10 percent by life circumstances, and the remaining 40 percent by what we do and how we think - that is, our intentional activities and strategies. The secret of course lies in that 40 percent. If we observe genuinely happy people, we shall find that they do not just sit around being contented. They make things happen. They pursue new understandings, seek new achievements, and control their thoughts and feelings.”

    It's true that each of our attitudes have a powerful effect on our self-image and happiness in general. Many have been dealt unfair hands when it comes to genetics or life circumstances. Some people will certainly have to work harder to find happiness than others. Regardless of where you are today, here are five steps you can take right now on your journey to fulfillment: Continue reading

  • Read After Testing Your Fitness Knowledge!

    As we all think about our 2016 fitness plan, being able to answer all the questions discussed in our last blog post will help you succeed! It's important to know your fitness status and what it all means. Test yourself first and then check your answers with the ones below.

    Answers:  Continue reading

  • Put Your Fitness Knowledge to the Test

    How much do you really know?

    Education is the key to success. It is important to know your numbers to succeed in any health or fitness task and you should not rely on others, such as trainers or instructors, to know them for you.

    Use the Quiz below to see if you can answer all the questions regarding your fitness numbers and knowledge. It is important to know these answers to create the 'best and healthiest' you. If you did not know any, please comment below and we would be happy to answer them! Be sure to look for our follow up blog also containing a little extra information on how to live with a healthier version of you! Take charge of your fitness and make sure you know your stuff! Continue reading

  • You Can Cross Train with One Cardio Machine

    How can I cross train with only one cardiovascular machine?

    We all want to have a huge gym in our homes but sometimes the cost can get in the way. We are all so used to the fast and changing pace of our lives that getting on a treadmill can sound like the most mundane activity.

    However, don't look at your treadmill as a one stop cardio piece. It can be so much more.  When you think about any physical fitness activity, you should think "how many different ways can I work that same muscle?" Cross training (working a muscle in different ways) the same muscle decreases the chance of injury. Doing the same exercise over and over again can cause overuse and wear and tear of the muscles and joints. 

    Let's look at the BodyCraft treadmill and really think about how many cross training routines we can create. Remember, by adding movement to an exercise you are creating a balance component, engaging more muscle groups and increasing your heart rate. *Please remember to always use the safety strap when using the treadmill.* And try some of these combinations to get you started: Continue reading

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