Many people find their way to get fit and stick with that one form of exercise. As with any fitness regime it is good to combine a few avenues of fitness to maintain a balanced approach to your exercise routine. Running is good for the cardiovascular system and strengthening specific muscles but what about the rest of your muscles? They need to be toned and maintained. Core muscles are a prime example of an important set of muscles to workout. Without a strong core you are more prone to poor posture and back injuries. Yoga can help with toning and strengthening core muscles and many other muscles sets.
When training for a race there comes a point where a runner starts a tapering routine. This is when you cut down on the amount of running you do to rebuild your bodies reserves. This allows you to run the race with your body fully rejuvenated with energy. When doing your tapering routine a good question for runners is ‘Can a Yoga Session Replace a Run?'
Wondering what counting flowers and fitness have to do with each other? That's a good question! Here in the Greater Victoria area, exercise, fitness training and participating in various outdoor fitness regimes year round is pretty easy to do. Unless you don't like a bit of wind, the rain and getting wet then it can be a bit more of a challenge. It's not unusual to see people outside from October to March in shorts and t-shirts running, cycling, walking and various other fitness activities. Many of our parks even have an Outdoor Fitness Circuit, designed for people 15 years and over. Depending on the park some of the equipment includes a low impact free runner, sit-up bench, abdominal body flexer, leg-lift station, upper body training, dual flex surface, a recumbent bike/sit-up bench, chin and pull-up bar and cardio cross-trainer for the community to use. As I said we're big into fitness here!
Now for the flower connection. Spring has sprung in the Greater Victoria, BC area (well, plants actually started popping out of the ground back in mid-January. We don't like to annoy the rest of Canada who are still buried in snow with that information) and to celebrate we hold the annual Victoria Flower Count. This spirit raising promotion is sponsored and organized by The Butchart Gardens and Tourism Victoria. The goal is to boost community pride and increase awareness of Greater Victoria as an attractive shoulder-season tourism destination. Flowers are counted for one week in March and this year it is being held from March 3 – 9, 2016. Residents are encouraged to count the flowers they see in their neighbourhood and submit them for tally on the Victoria Flower Count website. There is a guide on the site for how to estimate for blossoms on trees and Heather bushes. Residents are also encouraged to share and post photos and videos of: flowers, flower counting with friends, and other associated outdoor activities. (Use the Official hashtag: #FlowerCount – use this hashtag, and where possible, #exploreVictoria in your posts, tweets and in the descriptions of your photos.)
So Greater Victoria, get out there, exercise the way you do, enjoy the great outdoors while counting the flowers and blossoms. Remember to submit your tally at Victoria Flower Count. Show that the city is a blooming great place to be!
The biggest problem with gym machines: They follow a fixed path and make no accommodations for different body types, mobility issues, and range-of-motion limitations. In fact, they can make these issues worse by destabilizing joints and loading muscles with unbalanced forces. What's more, machines won't engage opposing muscles — so, during a chest press, this would be your upper back — to balance the forces on your body, leading to additional stress on muscles and joints. We only have two situations when you should consider hitting machines: If you're new to strength training (in which case using machines for a few weeks will help familiarize your body with the movement patterns); or if you're an advanced weightlifter seeking isolated hypertrophy. For everyone else, avoid these four machines at the gym.
Have you ever wondered what else exercise affects besides your muscle? Believe it or not it affects your brain! Don't believe me? Try a few experiments on yourself. Pick a day when you are feeling not so motivated to do anything and go for a ten minute walk or run, do yoga, weight lifting or whatever your choice exercise is. Then see how you feel when you're done. Then pick a day when you're feeling angry or frustrated about something or kind of down and do the same. What were your results?
Let’s start with one of the most practical immediate benefits of breaking a sweat: exercise combats stress. Exercise is a powerful way to combat feelings of stress because it causes immediate increases in levels of key neurotransmitters, including serotonin, noradrenalin, dopamine and endorphins, that are often depleted by anxiety and depression. That’s why going for a run or spending 30 minutes on the elliptical can boost our moods immediately—combatting the negative feelings we often associate with chronic stressors we deal with every day.
Exercise improves our ability to shift and focus attention. In my lab, we have also demonstrated that exercise improves our ability to shift and focus attention. Even casual exercisers will recognize this effect. It’s that heightened sense of focus that you feel right after you’ve gotten your blood flowing, whether it be a brisk walk with the dog or a full-on Crossfit workout. These findings suggest that if you have a big presentation or meeting where you need your focus and attention to be at its peak, you should get in a workout ahead of time to maximize those brain functions.
“Because I exercised” – 3 words that sink weight loss efforts and lead to the consumption of many a yummy treat.
Who out there hasn't felt like they deserved some dietary loving following a righteous sweat session, and a simple study out of Germany published last year concluded that you're even more likely to eat back your exercise if your gym equipment tells you that your exercise was in the “fat burning zone”. But there was this weird catch.
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The holidays are coming. You just spent a fortune on that special cream that is meant to reduce stretch marks, but did you ever consider that stretching in between your chores might be a better alternative?
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With the wet and colder weather arriving it gets a bit more challenging to get out and exercise. Every little bit counts but a little help is sometimes all we need to get back on track with our training and goals. Watch this inspirational fitness video from Kyla Gagnon's website. She's a Personal Trainer/Nutrition Coach from Victoria, BC. She makes fitness training look easy!
Fear grips us all at one time or another. What you do with that fear is your choice and what matters. Do you run and hide or face and conquer your fear? If you run and hide, where and how long do you hide? You can't hide forever. Whether you face the fear and do something about it or not there will be an end result. When we don't conquer our fears, they return to haunt us and usually when we least expect it or are prepared for it and usually at inopportune times.
Be prepared for when your fear strikes you again. Know what invokes your fear. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not doing what's right. Define it and own it. There's a possible challenge for you unless you've been analyzing the fear for a while. Exercise is a great way to help calm some fear so you can form a plan of attack to deal with it. Exercise releases endorphin's which are the body’s natural opiates. They trigger a positive feeling in the body and an energizing outlook on life especially if you find an activity you can really get into. This can help you face some of your fears and maybe tackle them. So like the first meaning says, run! Just don't hide. Or you can choose another exercise like Yoga, Pilates, or cycling. Whichever you choose, relax and get those endorphin's flowing.