Many people think of exercise and a healthy diet as the key ingredients of a fit and healthy lifestyle. But did you know that getting a good night’s sleep is every bit as important as a getting in a good workout or eating all that kale?
Here are the three ways sleep can make – or break – your fitness goals (and why you should never cut your ‘zzz’s short).
One of the most difficult ‘seasons’ of life during which to exercise is when you’re a busy parent with young children (a fact I understand well because I’m in this stage myself!). But it’s also a really important time to exercise.
We wrote a bit about why here, in case you’re interested in knowing more. But for today, I’m thrilled to introduce you to our October client of the month, Monica Lalomia Gibbs. Monica’s a busy mom of three who works out in the morning before her family rises. She’s a trainer’s dream thanks to her awesome attitude and drive to reach fantastic new heights. Here’s her story:
Pretty good, right? We think so too, which is why we’ve launched a ‘PLUS STRETCH’ offering that takes our regular personal training to a whole new level.
Stretching has tons of benefits – especially if you sit all day – but so many of us don’t do it often – or for long – enough.
Many people find themselves out of synch with their regular fitness habits over the holidays. In addition to missed workouts, there are food treats galore, indulgent office parties, and – often – lots of wine to wash it all down.
Here’s what we tell our personal training clients who are worried about all their hard work going out the window during the month of December.
This is embarrassing to say but, even though I own a fitness company, I haven’t always been the fittest looking guy.
A decade ago, working out was my life. I dabbled in strongman training and got to a point where I could deadlift 725lbs and held a record in the 800 pound tire flip.
Even after my dreams of being the next Magnus ver Magnusson waned, I remained firmly committed to fitness and strength training. But, as it does for so many people, life got busy. Kids came along, my business grew and demanded more of my time and energy and, somewhere along the way, I stopped prioritizing my own fitness.
If you search Instagram (or just about anywhere else) for "fitness", you'll be bombarded with chiseled bodies, videos of people lifting huge heavy weights, and (far too many) toned-ab selfies.
It suggests that fitness is an extreme, all-or-nothing thing. Which it isn't. And that's why you won't find any greasy posed muscles in our feed. We believe that success looks different for each of us, and is about more than what you see on the outside.
One of our favourite 'traditions' at Nielsen Fitness is to capture - and celebrate - our clients' goals as they achieve them. Here are some recent ones that our clients gave us their blessing to share with you.
We think they're a great reminder that fitness is for everyone and success can take so many different forms.
Want to join these healthy folks? Click here to learn more about our process, and here to read about how we're different. When you're ready, give us a shout and we'll come to you for a free, no-obligation consultation and mini workout.
Last week we talked about the importance of sleep. People always ask us if it's worth sacrificing sleep for exercise. We briefly touched on it at the end of last week's post but thought it merited further discussion.
So, the question (which we hear all the time): If the only way to fit in exercise is to cut short your sleep, should you do it?
This has been a sleepless week in the Nielsen household as our youngest, 2.5-year-old Grant, has been under the weather with croup. Normally though, we're a family that takes sleep very seriously - hitting the hay early (by 10) and waking up with the birds.
So this week, which we've spent feeling grumpy and agitated, has been a good reminder of just how important sleep is to our basic functioning. It also plays a more significant role than most people realize when it comes to fitness success, and fat loss.
Have you ever heard the expression that you can’t out-exercise a bad diet? There’s a lot of truth to it. For long-term health, and to fully reach your fitness goals, it’s imperative that you support your exercise habit with healthy eating habits.
We see some very common dietary “mistakes” time and again with our clients that are impeding their success. One of the most common we see in clients who have stubborn fat to lose is that they eat poorly throughout the day. But this doesn’t necessarily mean they eat too much – in fact, they’re usually eating too little, and choosing the wrong things.
Our great nation turns 148 on Wednesday (Happy Birthday, Canada!) and many of us will celebrate with BBQs and potlucks - which are all too often an excuse to indulge. But, as we tell our clients, you do not have to abandon your health and fitness goals to enjoy a festive meal. We talked a little bit about that last week in our summer survival guide. Today we bring you three healthy and patriotic recipe ideas, perfect for a Canada Day potluck.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 18 years' experience in the fitness industry and has taught courses in Fitness and Lifestyle Management at George Brown College.
In addition to exercise (obviously), he loves spending time with his family, playing the guitar, strong coffee - and dark chocolate!