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Thursday
May282015

5 Strength Training Classes You Should Try

Whether you’re in a fitness rut or you're looking to expand your strength training routine, consider a strength focused class for additional motivation, instruction and variety. 

 As a trainer, I’ve taught a wide variety of group fitness classes over ten years and can tell you that the social impact and group support can really help exercise adherence.

There have always been a wide variety of popular cardio classes, but I’ve seen the strength-focused classes very effective for many members, particularly those who benefit from a group format as they begin or build the strength training side of their fitness programs.

Although you can’t go wrong with any of the options Life Time offers, I'll highlight five classes to improve fitness and, in particular, strength training.

 

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Tuesday
May262015

8 Weight Loss Milestones (and How to Celebrate Them)

When it comes to weight loss, a slow and steady pace always seems to win the race for long term results and maintenance.

However, that stable pace to the finish line can feel frustrating at times, especially in the beginning of our journeys when motivation and excitement for the ultimate goal is overly "end" focused.

The best way to avoid this frustration is to break up that overarching goal into smaller, “milestone” objectives along the way. Envisioning these in-process milestones (and giving yourself recognition when you meet them!) lets you reward yourself for the small changes and helps keep you on the path.

Below are eight notable milestones I set with my clients. Although each client’s journey is different and often includes additional, unique milestones pertaining to their individual challenges and successes, this list offers some fairly universal but personally meaningful ideas you can write down and commemorate in the journey ahead! 

 

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Sunday
May242015

"Swimsuit Season" Hoopla: 8 Ways to Keep Healthy Perspective 

The Internet meme is true: to get a bikini body, put a bikini on your body.

Simultaeously, I know not all of my clients are ready to fully embrace that perspective quite yet, and that's okay, too. 

As we take on those extra pounds, we might also be battling a shifting body image as well. We may resist buying the perfect suit while we're still changing sizes. We hope to "make do" or just "get through" this summer with the idea that we'll fully enjoy the beach or pool next year. 

I'd recommend otherwise! Make the choice to not compromise your experience of the warmth, ease and fun this season. Instead, consider these tips to help you feel more comfortable in your skin - no matter where you are in your weight loss journey. 

 

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Thursday
May212015

8 Ideal Foods You’re Not Eating

You know the general guidelines for the Healthy Way of Eating, but how can you maximize the good you get out of every meal?

The answer can be the specific foods you choose.

Some foods naturally have more nutritional bang for the buck so to speak. Let these “ideal” choices help you optimize your nutrient intake and health gains!

I challenge you to add at least one of the following (if not all!) to your healthy eating regimen and reap the benefits.

Whether you’re just beginning your weight loss/health journey or you’ve been committed for years, these eight foods can offer a boost to your everyday efforts.

 

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Tuesday
May192015

7 Fitness Classes for Stress Relief

Do you use fitness for stress relief?

Keeping a consistent fitness routine should be part of everyone’s stress management plan! I can say from personal experience that when life interferes with my exercise schedule, I immediately feel more stressed, out of control and cluttered.

On those days when stress takes its toll, many of us might feel like skipping the gym. Yet, there are many fitness classes that can actually help relieve that same stress now.

Below are some of my favorites offered at Life Time. I encourage my clients to attend them on a regular basis to maintain an everyday stress management program. Even if you’ve never visited any of these classes, however, I would recommend them as go-to options any day when stress is weighing you down!

 

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Sunday
May172015

10 Truths of Healthy Habit Change 

What do you think it takes to really overhaul your habits?

From a rational perspective, we'd assume it just requires the realization that different choices are in our best interest.

We'd assume it just takes intention - and maybe an updated grocery list. Throw in a gym membership, and you have the basics, yes?

Not exactly. Actual change has much more to do with our internal settings than our external environment.

Read on for more about the psychological process of behavior change, the investment that becomes habit and the unexpected elements that make or break our goals.

 

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Thursday
May142015

How to Eat More Vegetables

Question of the day: are you eating enough vegetables? 

If you’re like the average American, you aren’t.  Truth be told, most people even know they fall short of the daily recommendations!

The results are serious business, however.

When you shortchange your diet on vegetables, you’re missing out on a host of different vitamins, minerals and nutrients that have a dramatic impact on your metabolism and overall health.

With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to reconsider your intake. Not only does the beginning of spring get us thinking about new goals, but it’s the perfect time to begin taking advantage of the spring and summer harvests ahead.  

 

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