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  • Why this Year Begins Your Revolution

    It's Not a Resolution, It's a Revolution

    We all hear it over and over again this time of year, “What’s your New Year’s resolution?”  Whether the response is something you came up with on the spot or have been thinking on for weeks, keeping a resolution is never an easy task. Even harder to keep seems to be the fitness related resolutions. An estimated 66% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions to get fit, and of those, 73% give up on the resolution before hitting their goal. Even more staggering is that half of those who make a fitness resolution abandon it within 6 weeks or less of the New Year. That’s why this year we have decided to say: Don’t make another resolution, start a revolution. Continue reading

  • Why Do We Train?

    Ask ten different people and you will get ten different answers.

     

    There are so many reasons to exercise. We do it for better health- to have more quality years with those we love. We do it to get stronger and improve appearance. Some of us do it for competition, while some might just like how stylish- and comfortable- gym clothes are.

    But deep down, I think it’s something bigger than all of those.

    Achieve what was perceived as impossible

    When we train, we set goals. Take running for example. Usually the first benchmark to determine your running fitness is a 5k. Then a 10k. Half marathon, followed by full marathon. Then the Iron Man. When you first set off, running for more than 5 minutes may seem impossible. But with consistent effort and commitment, you will eventually be able to hit that 5 minute mark, then a 5, 10k and so on.

    Seeing the progress you make is often times the biggest motivator to keep training, and it should be. Pushing your body to do something today that it was not able to do in the past is tangible proof that your training is working. And once you start to see these results, it becomes addictive.  Continue reading

  • I’ll Huff, and I’ll Puff, and I’ll be Out of Shape No More!

    It is time to save the huffing and puffing for the big bad wolf. Let’s learn about cardio!

    Q: What is cardio?

    A: Cardio is any type of activity that gets your heart rate up above its resting rate.

    Q: Is there a benefit to cardio workouts?

    A: Cardio workouts strengthen the cardiovascular system. The cardiovascular system consists of your heart and blood vessels. A stronger cardiovascular system pumps more blood throughout your body and to your heart, which creates better circulation of oxygen and nutrients. It is important to remember the heart is a muscle that needs exercised and strengthened. A stronger heart pumps more blood, leading to a healthier you.

    Q: Do you have to run for cardio exercise? Continue reading

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