We will be closed on Monday February 18th for Family Day!
The studio will re-open Tuesday February 19th at 6am. We hope you have a lovely long weekend!
Did you know that poor posture, specifically when your shoulders roll inwards, could be the result of tight pectoralis (chest) muscles? Tight chest muscles will not only affect your daily life but could complicate your exercise program as it will be much more difficult to maintain proper form and technique and could result in a greater chance or injury.
For some great chest stretches, click here.
The February issue of our monthly e-newsletter – The Fitness File – came out this week! This issue covers the following:
- short-term vs. long-term goals
- fitness tip: static stretches
- nutrition tip: whole-foods diet
- club news: studio closure (stat holiday), more SGPT and studio closure (CPR & first aid)
- staff spotlight: Laura Twomey (Front Desk Supervisor)
- Q&A: how can a functional assessment help?
Check it out here.
February is just around the corner…. how are your resolutions going?
It’s quite common to think that any New Year’s resolution that helps you better yourself is a good resolution; however, oftentimes people establish resolutions that are too vague or simply unrealistic when considering that person’s needs, lifestyle, etc.
It may be that you have established a decent resolution (i.e. to lose weight) but when that resolution (or goal) lacks specificity with regard to what is actually required to achieve it then ultimately its ambiguity may bring more stress and frustration than had you not set one to begin with. For instance, you want to lose weight but you attribute no number (pounds) nor deadline to this goal – how will you hold yourself accountable along the way? If your goal is to “lose weight” then at what point can you actually say you have lost the weight? It’s important to be specific. By setting a vague goal, you may find yourself losing motivation as no discernible change has been made within, let’s say, one month. This frustration may result in you giving up on your goal or it may actually steer you towards false information or unhealthy trends and fads that promise quick results.
Through no fault of their own, many people end up creating unrealistic expectations for their goals. So many people make it look easy – so why not you, right? This can be seen in short-term goals with big results (i.e. significant weight loss by spring break). Setting an unrealistic goal often pushes people to take extreme measures. For instance, some people may seek to lose weight by cutting out certain foods completely (i.e. carbs) without considering that introduction of this food at a later point will likely see all the weight (and maybe more) regained. In the end, no ‘quick’ fix can compare to a lifelong commitment to healthy eating and living.
If you were to apply this concept to your health and fitness, it means that you should avoid concentrating all of your efforts on one component of health and fitness, i.e. dieting without any exercise (and vice versa) or cardio training but no resistance training (and vice versa). While focusing on one component in the hopes of achieving a certain goal – i.e. diet instead of exercise with the hope of losing weight – may be easier and may actually appear to work for a time, it is not the answer to long-term health and fitness.
If you were to concentrate only on your diet (what you eat, how much, etc.) without doing any physical activity, sure, you might lose some weight but you won’t see an increase in muscle definition (toning), which is often associated with a positive perspective of one’s body. Additionally, your body won’t gain the benefits of physical activity that it needs as you age (i.e. improved bone density). Conversely, if you focus only on exercise, then you delay or hinder your ability to lose weight as weight loss requires a caloric deficit (burning more calories than you eat).
When it comes to your goals, we highly urge you to speak with your Personal Trainer. Not only can they help you establish SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) goals but they can help you achieve them through personalized exercise programs and guidance.
Are you ready to start your health and fitness journey? Start today!