Category Archives: Fitness

It’s Hard to follow through

With your New Year’s resolutions, that is. Here are some more ideas the Victor crew found from MensHealth.com for trying to keep your resolutions for this year.

Schedule a competition. Wow – if you plan on a 5K run, you’ll have to train for it. Talk about motivation!

Take selfies. They suggest to do this instead of looking at the scale. Share your progress through pictures.

Set mini-goals monthly. Set up short-term marks to reach throughout the year. It helps to take change in smaller chunks.

Find a partner. It helps to be accountable to someone. Maybe it’s someone to workout with or someone to just offer support and report progress to.

Do an extreme workout. Sometime down the road after you have gotten comfortable with your routine, change it up with one extreme workout a month to make it more interesting – go rock climbing, hike up a mountain, go to a training facility that will help you mix it up.

New Years’ Resolutions

So it’s that time again when people are making new resolutions for the coming year. Maybe it’s to join a gym or be more active or eat healthier. Whatever your goals may be, make them realistic. Don’t expect to be fit/more buff/weigh less all at once. It takes time to reach the goals.

Break down your goals into more manageable parts. Instead of saying you need to lose 20-30-40 pounds this year, make it 2-3-4 pounds a month. Or even 1/2 or 1 pound a week.

Eating healthier can be daunting. Start with small steps. Add more vegetables or fruit. Eat healthier snacks – instead of grabbing for chips, get some carrots or celery sticks or low fat yogurt. Spend a little time on the weekends getting your snacks ready for the week so you can just grab and go. Start drinking more water. Try drinking a full glass of water before meals to help curb your appetite. Eat out less often.

Don’t join an expensive gym unless you plan to schedule it in your calendar and go. More people join a gym on the first of the year only to be gone by mid-February. Gyms are happy but your purse isn’t. And some gyms make it rather difficult to get a refund. There is one gym that only lets you cancel your three year contract if you move more than 25 miles away, die, or are permanently physically disabled. Period. So be aware of what you are signing. On the other hand, maybe you need the payment of a gym membership to motivate you to keep going.

Get some new workout gear. Make yourself look better while trying to get healthier. Forgive yourself if you have a setback. Think outside the box. Maybe you don’t want to work out first thing in the morning but can hop on your treadmill after dinner. Instead of sitting and watching TV, walk and watch TV.

Whatever your goals are, start planning some strategies to attain them now.

Have a healthy and prosperous New Year and New You!

Get fit with ClassPass

ClassPass is a studio fitness program that helps you find classes to focus on certain activities or parts of the body. The studios may offer cycling, barre, yoga, Pilates, running, strength training, dance, or even rock climbing. ClassPass has studios worldwide.

Through their app, you can find local fitness studios, book classes, watch videos, and be a part of a healthier community. Right now there are limited places listed in their app as the studios have to sign up with them.

In early 2018, they are launching ClassPass Live where you can become a member and work out from home. They are using live-streaming so you can find something that fits your needs and take the class along with others.

Mermaid Workout

The Victor crew came across what is called Mermaid WorkoutSM. So what is it? It is fusion-style group fitness classes that integrates yoga, pilates, barre, and cardio. Whew! It is supposed to be calming and serene and challenging at the same time.

You actually put on a mermaid fin and swim in the water with it and do exercises.

Here is a video of the IndieGoGo campaign that was run to get this started in the US. She didn’t meet her goal but some places have adapted the exercise.

Exercise in Heat may not be Beneficial

The Huffpost reports that preliminary research from the University of Nebraska suggests it may be more effective to work out in cooler places than outside in all the heat. They are studying mitochondria, the cells that help produce energy, to find out how much impact temperatures have on fitness programs.

The results they have found are that there is little or no development in the mitochondria after a workout in temperatures of 91 or higher. This may imply the heat does not help, and in fact, is as if there was no exercise at all.

They do say more research is needed but they are studying further how weather effects workouts. Should you quit exercising? NO! Just move your routines indoors with air conditioning.