The Importance of Water – Staying Hydrated

9951562_sI know, you’ve heard it before. You must drink lots of water to maintain optimum health and to aid in weight loss. Why am I bringing it up again? I’ve had three separate conversations in the past week about the importance of hydration. In those conversations I was reminded that many people still don’t get how important it is to simply drink enough water.

Fact 1 – Water is the main constituent of the human body. It should represent 50% to 60% of your total mass. The muscles and brain are 75% water. You cannot survive without it! No other nutrient is more essential or needed in such large quantities. Read more

6 Reasons People Fail at Their Fitness Resolutions

bigstock-Young-Woman-Training-In-The-Gy-51335635A few days into the year and the masses are making their way into the gym to begin their fitness journeys. This is an important time of year in fitness and weight loss businesses. Improved health via multiple methods is always one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, while an important and vital idea, most of the “resolutionists” don’t achieve it as a long term goal. Only about 20% of those who start a fitness plan because of a resolution actually manage to stay true to their plan. That compares to about a 60% success rate for those committing to fitness and wellness for other reasons. So, why are people unsuccessful with fitness resolutions? Here are 6 reasons: Read more

Holiday Season Shop ‘til You Drop Fitness Survival Tips

8153463_sI hope you haven’t done what I’ve done this year! Here we are a few short weeks away from Christmas and I have done absolutely nothing to prepare. I haven’t purchased one single gift…or even made a list. I’ve got all of the typical excuses. Of course none of those matter. I know that I will have to power shop at some point soon. It may be a full day or two battling crowds in the mall and crowds in the parking lot. Sadly, the time and dedication required for extended power shopping trips is not typically conducive to a healthy lifestyle. So, I thought it might be helpful to give you a quick list of potential health hazards and some shop ’til you drop fitness survival tips for this holiday season. Read more

8 Things to Consider When Joining a Fitness Club

It’s not a secret. Deciding on which fitness club to join can be a stressful undertaking, especially if you are looking for the very first time. As the owner of a privately owned club, I get asked many of the same questions over and over again as potential clients decide what facility will best suit their needs. Not every club is the right fit for every person who is ready to improve or maintain their health. You really should consider your options once you’ve created your list of “need to haves” and “nice to haves”. Recognize that the needs and wants are different and what your goals truly are. Here are 8 questions that people ask or look for when shopping for a fitness club. Read more

CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture – Are You Participating?

5705016_sCSAs – Community Supported Agriculture – Are You Participating?

As the growing season comes to an end I’m a bit sad and disappointed that my Tuesday challenge of “what to do with all of these fresh organic vegetables” from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) will soon come to a halt. Don’t get me wrong! It’s a time commitment that hasn’t always been easy. Without doubt though, a summer season of interesting food (and a full, dirty refrigerator!) Read more

7 Steps to Fitness Success

14332551_sIs it possible to make changes starting today? How about these 7 steps to becoming the fittest you have ever been? Yes, why not? You are the best boss of that decision. The only one in complete control of what you do. I read a quote a few weeks ago that is quite appropriate to achieving your fitness goals…..and other goals too.

“If something is important enough, you will always find a way. If it`s not, you can easily find an excuse!”

Achieving your goals or making your dreams come true is something that I know about. So much in fact, that I wrote a book about it! While my book (Jump For Joy…When Your Dreams Come True) is related to business achievements, the 7 steps outlined can be applied to any goal, dream, business plan or idea. Read more

7 Ways to Stay Motivated and Active This Fall

Couple mountain biking with their dog on autumn dayThe seasons are changing again. It’s fall and a time when many people find themselves beginning to hibernate a bit more than usual. Not only is it darker later into the morning but it’s darker earlier in the evenings as well. The lack of daylight time can cause the feeling of increased tiredness, lack of energy….or excuse to be lazy! Below are 7 ways to stay motivated and active this season.

There is some truth to the seasonal change in energy levels. We are quite programmed to sleep or rest when it’s dark and do stuff (sometimes even fun stuff) in the daylight hours. A bright sunny day with a giant sun is always motivating. Read more

10 Fun Autumn Activities

bigstock-morning-run-in-the-autumn-fore-52724119As the weather cools with the changing of the seasons we have the opportunity to find some new outdoor activities to fill in the days. I know my dogs are enjoying the crisp and cool Autumn days as they have a lot more energy and can play for hours and hours. That’s fun for me too as it means more outdoor time.  I know summer is fun but the heat of the day can sap your energy or leave you overheated. No excuses now….get outside and enjoy the big blue skies and fresh air.  So here are 10 fun activities for the weekend or early evening. These can help the next time you think or hear someone say “there is nothing good on TV”. Read more

How to Stay Committed to a Fitness Plan – The Last 10 Pounds

9195877_sRecently, I embarked on a new personal fitness challenge. OK, not really new, but more like a goal that I’ve had…..and even talked about but never truly committed to. Yes, like many people I’ve said “I want to” or “one day maybe I will, when I’m ready”. I have even gone as far as uttering “I’m going to” but without the actual plan, commitment, motivation and support, those were empty words. Yes, even trainers struggle sometimes. Read more

Which Type of Milk Is The Best? Who Needs it Anyway?

Do you drink milk? Is it cow’s milk or have switched to soy or almond or maybe even rice milk? There are lots of interesting yet conflicting stories about what is actually good for you. At the very least, which type is not bad.  In this blog post, we’ll talk about which milk may be best for you and whether we need it at all.

When making your decision on what is best for you I encourage you to read information that has not been written by the manufacturer of the product. Remember that they are trying to get you to buy their item…because it’s the best one out there. They may not be able to outright lie in their marketing campaigns but they certainly don’t tell you the whole truth. Read more