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Strokes can affect anyone. There are several factors that increase your chances of having a stroke (i.e. obesity, inactivity, excessive drinking, smoking, etc.); however, did you know that many people who have suffered from a stroke are able to recover quite well in the event that someone recognizes the symptoms and acts quickly?

If you see signs of a stroke, remember to act FAST.

  • Face: is their face drooping?
  • Arms: can they raise their arms?
  • Speech: can they speak properly or are their words slurred?
  • Time: call 9-1-1 immediately!

The key is to act fast as time is a critical factor when someone is suffering from a stroke. In the end, we can’t control all factors that might lead to a stroke; however, one factor we can control is our level of physical activity (i.e. exercise). Living an active and healthy lifestyle will help reduce your risk of a variety of health issues, including heart disease and stroke.

Find what you love…

Let’s face it, you wouldn’t stick to a career or job that you didn’t enjoy – so why would you stick to a workout program you didn’t enjoy? In order to achieve your goals, ensuring your program incorporates movement you enjoy and feel comfortable doing will go a long way towards helping you achieve your goals. In our technologically advanced society where you can get almost anything at the touch of a button, something like exercise – requiring physical and mental exertion – often feels more like a chore than a fun activity. As a result, establishing a program you enjoy will help ensure you maintain a long-term, active lifestyle instead of reverting back to a sedentary lifestyle. For instance, if you enjoy the way your body feels during and after a kickboxing session or during a high intensity interval training session, why not consider incorporating these into every one of your sessions?

It’s important that you communicate to your personal trainer what exercises you enjoy and which ones you don’t. For instance, if you like being pushed hard but can’t stand doing exercises like box jumps or burpees, talk to your trainer. While they will always encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone, they will never make you do something you are uncomfortable (or dislike) doing.

New to training?

Starting a fitness program is an exciting journey but it can prove challenging with so many people wanting to jump in right away without fully understanding their current fitness level, strengths and limitations. Without properly identifying what you need from your fitness program or how much your body can physically handle, you greatly increase your chance of injury which then delays your health and fitness progress.

If you are interested in beginning your health and fitness journey with 1-on-1 personal training, consider coming in for a consultation – allowing you the opportunity to sit down with one of our personal trainers to discuss your health and fitness goals!

HEALTH = healthy eating and living through habit

Optimal health and fitness is a lifelong commitment and while your goal may have a specific deadline or clear end, maintaining the results of your hard work will require a long-term commitment to eating and living healthy!

Not surprisingly, what you eat can strongly influence how you feel – influencing your energy levels. Perhaps, however, your issue is less about what you’re eating and more about how much you’re eating. Some tips to help you avoid overeating include: eating several small meals throughout the day (to help prevent strong feelings of hunger in anticipation of one big meal), eating a well-balanced breakfast, taking time to chew your food, and taking time to plan and prepare your meals in advance.

Healthy living is a broad topic and can include things like reducing alcohol intake and caffeine or avoiding smoking; however, for the sake of simplicity, we want to focus on healthy living through regular exercise. Exercising regularly not only improves memory, stress level, energy levels, and (of course) your physical health (i.e. heart, brain, body composition, etc.), but it can also help improve your sense of confidence and overall happiness!