Working out can be lonely – but it doesn’t have to be. Enlisting a family member or loved one is a great way to keep things interesting and fun, and increase the chances you’ll stay on track.
So in the spirit of love and family – two things that we’re lucky enough to celebrate in February! – here are five reasons you should consider signing up for some personal training with someone you love.
Winter is tough for a lot of people – an estimated 1 in 5 (yup, that’s a full 20%) of North Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, known as SAD.
According to Psychology Today, the symptoms of SAD include sleepiness, carb cravings, difficulty concentrating, feelings of depression, anxiety, irritability, weight gain, lethargy, decreased libido, and hyperphagia (increased consumption of food).
The prevalence of SAD has been linked to the lack of sunshine during the winter months. Depending on the severity of symptoms, there are several treatment options available – including light therapy and, in some cases, medications – and you should absolutely talk to your doctor if you are suffering.
But know this: for minor cases of the ‘winter blues’, exercise can help.
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.
If you’re like most people, you spend 80% of your time SITTING.
Did you know that doing so it’s wreaking havoc on your body? Humans aren’t built to sit for long periods like we do these days – we’re designed to be standing and moving.
As a result, it causes rounded shoulders and forward head posture (we call this Neanderthal posture here at NF!), and can also affect your breathing (because it compressed your diaphragm) which, in turn, can aggravate stress and even anxiety.
So. What’s an office worker (or driver, or other kind of all-day-sitter) to do? We’ve got three easy tips to help you combat ‘Neanderthal posture’ and feel better…
For many of us - especially the parents, teachers, and professional students among us - September is the true start of a new year. (Forget January!)
It's a time of new beginning, and of return to routine - which makes it an ideal time to establish a new healthy habit. Here are some tips to set you up for success if you plan on setting up a new fitness routine this fall.
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?
A goal is a dream with a plan, as they say. But setting a goal isn't as simple as you may think - if you want to achieve it, that is.
Here's our formula for setting fitness goals that stick. It is based upon the widely-used SMART goals model, and we use it with our clients all the time.
People often go great guns when they start exercising (solo, anyways). But then life gets in the way and they fall off the wagon and their fitness level slowly begins to decline.
It doesn’t have to be that way though. It’s much easier to stay fit than it is to get fit. Once you’ve built up your fitness, it is possible to maintain your fitness in as little as five minutes a day.
We say it often, and it's true: you can have a great workout just about anywhere. But if you've got a pool (or other body of water) at your disposal, as some of us do at this time of year, well, your workout options - and their fun factor - just multiplied. Water workouts are NOT just for the senior set - anyone can reap serious benefits. Here's how.
Poul Nielsen is the owner and operator of Nielsen Fitness, Toronto's leading team of in-home personal trainers. He has 16 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!