How to make fitness fun

Source http://www.thefitbits.com/2016/10/how-to-make-fitness-fun.html

Let’s be honest. Exercise isn’t actually fun.

When you first start out (or come back from a break), it’s harder than anything in the world, ever. If you’re motivated enough to actually haul yourself out of bed or pull on your trainers after work you’re hardly rewarded with a flood of endorphins straight off. More like a kick to the kidneys and pang of longing for the warm, loving embrace of the duvet that you left high and dry that morning.

Everything’s all stiff and horrible. You can’t breathe, your knees hurt, you’ve already got cramp and you’re sweating out of your eyes.

It’s probably your soul, leaving in protest, tbh.

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Source http://www.thefitbits.com/2016/10/how-to-make-fitness-fun.html

Let’s be honest. Exercise isn’t actually fun.

When you first start out (or come back from a break), it’s harder than anything in the world, ever. If you’re motivated enough to actually haul yourself out of bed or pull on your trainers after work you’re hardly rewarded with a flood of endorphins straight off. More like a kick to the kidneys and pang of longing for the warm, loving embrace of the duvet that you left high and dry that morning.

Everything’s all stiff and horrible. You can’t breathe, your knees hurt, you’ve already got cramp and you’re sweating out of your eyes.

It’s probably your soul, leaving in protest, tbh.

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Differentiate Your Health Club by Offering Nutrition Services to Members

Source http://clubindustry.com/nutritionweight-loss/differentiate-your-health-club-offering-nutrition-services-members

Nutrition counseling can help members attain their fitness goals, which can lead to better retention for health club operators and differentiate a club from many competitors who have yet to fill the gap in nutrition knowledge that many club members have.

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Source http://clubindustry.com/nutritionweight-loss/differentiate-your-health-club-offering-nutrition-services-members

Nutrition counseling can help members attain their fitness goals, which can lead to better retention for health club operators and differentiate a club from many competitors who have yet to fill the gap in nutrition knowledge that many club members have.

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Hey, Looks Like Americans Are Finally Eating More Fish

Source http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/31/499780982/hey-looks-like-americans-are-finally-eating-more-fish?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=thesalt


Americans are often chastised for what we eat. Now we’re getting a pat on the back. A new report finds seafood consumption is up by nearly a pound from the previous year, the biggest leap in 20 years.

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San Diego native Megan Olbur didn’t grow up eating much seafood beyond tuna sandwiches, fish sticks or the occasional salmon dinners her parents made. But in 2015, when Olbur became pregnant with a daughter of her own, she heeded the advice of her physician and deliberately began adding more seafood to her diet as a way to boost brain development and to ensure the health of her growing baby.

It turns out, she wasn’t alone in upping her fish fare.

According to the annual Fisheries of the United States Report released by NOAA last week, Americans increased…

Source http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/10/31/499780982/hey-looks-like-americans-are-finally-eating-more-fish?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=thesalt


Americans are often chastised for what we eat. Now we’re getting a pat on the back. A new report finds seafood consumption is up by nearly a pound from the previous year, the biggest leap in 20 years.

fcafotodigital/Getty Images

San Diego native Megan Olbur didn’t grow up eating much seafood beyond tuna sandwiches, fish sticks or the occasional salmon dinners her parents made. But in 2015, when Olbur became pregnant with a daughter of her own, she heeded the advice of her physician and deliberately began adding more seafood to her diet as a way to boost brain development and to ensure the health of her growing baby.

It turns out, she wasn’t alone in upping her fish fare.

According to the annual Fisheries of the United States Report released by NOAA last week, Americans increased…

Is Quitting Your Jam?

Source http://evolutiontucson.com/is-quitting-your-jam/

STOP IT!

Seriously Stop it already. Stop quitting.  Stop telling yourself the story of why you can’t achieve your goals or why this is too hard, or why this isn’t for you. You know that voice that takes over when you start that new exercise program and it says, “This isn’t for me, (after the first week) I just need to walk a little more first or maybe start riding my bike.” The truth is we all know that won’t happen. Sure you will quit, because quitting is what you do, but that walking thing you are going to start doing instead, that isn’t going to happen, well at least not for long. You have made quitting your habit. As my 6 year old daughter says when she does something she is good at.. “This is my jam.” You have made quitting your jam and you are exceptional at it. You can be reading this and saying, this guy is an   A—hole. That could be very true, but if it pisses you off then I encourage you to take a deeper look as to why. STOP creating that same pattern so your story can be, “I have tried EVERYTHING and NOTHING EVER worked!” Yep, keep quitting, keep making that story true so you can sit with it and be the victim of how workouts, coaches, t…

Source http://evolutiontucson.com/is-quitting-your-jam/

STOP IT!

Seriously Stop it already. Stop quitting.  Stop telling yourself the story of why you can’t achieve your goals or why this is too hard, or why this isn’t for you. You know that voice that takes over when you start that new exercise program and it says, “This isn’t for me, (after the first week) I just need to walk a little more first or maybe start riding my bike.” The truth is we all know that won’t happen. Sure you will quit, because quitting is what you do, but that walking thing you are going to start doing instead, that isn’t going to happen, well at least not for long. You have made quitting your habit. As my 6 year old daughter says when she does something she is good at.. “This is my jam.” You have made quitting your jam and you are exceptional at it. You can be reading this and saying, this guy is an   A—hole. That could be very true, but if it pisses you off then I encourage you to take a deeper look as to why. STOP creating that same pattern so your story can be, “I have tried EVERYTHING and NOTHING EVER worked!” Yep, keep quitting, keep making that story true so you can sit with it and be the victim of how workouts, coaches, t…

Lifestyle Changes to Boost Immunity

Source http://refineryfitnesspdx.com/lifestyle-changes-to-boost-immunity/

After last week’s post about how to boost immunity with food, I wanted to spend this week talking about lifestyle changes we can incorporate into our lives to help improve our immune systems.  I am a big believer in trying to look at all the possible factors that contribute to our health.  Below are some factors to keep in mind as our body is inundated with foreign invaders during this winter season.

  1.  Get Your Sleep: Be sure to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Decreased sleep has been shown to decrease production of flu fighting antibodies.
  2. Spend time with your loved ones:  Make time for the people who matter in your life.  The more isolated you are, the more stressed you are likely to be.  Stressed people are more likely to get sick (see number 3).  A recent study found that having at least 6 connections with other people raises your ability to fight an infection by 4 times.
  3. Decrease Stress:  People who experience chronic stress have increased likelihood of acquiring illness and increased signs of inflammation in the body.  Cortisol, the stress hormone, increases inflammation, increases weight gain (especially around the belly) and suppresses the immune system.
  4.   Avoid sugar:  Eating just 75-100 grams of sugar a day curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria.  Consuming the equivalent of just two sodas reduced the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria by 50%, decreasing it ability to …

Source http://refineryfitnesspdx.com/lifestyle-changes-to-boost-immunity/

After last week’s post about how to boost immunity with food, I wanted to spend this week talking about lifestyle changes we can incorporate into our lives to help improve our immune systems.  I am a big believer in trying to look at all the possible factors that contribute to our health.  Below are some factors to keep in mind as our body is inundated with foreign invaders during this winter season.

  1.  Get Your Sleep: Be sure to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night.  Decreased sleep has been shown to decrease production of flu fighting antibodies.
  2. Spend time with your loved ones:  Make time for the people who matter in your life.  The more isolated you are, the more stressed you are likely to be.  Stressed people are more likely to get sick (see number 3).  A recent study found that having at least 6 connections with other people raises your ability to fight an infection by 4 times.
  3. Decrease Stress:  People who experience chronic stress have increased likelihood of acquiring illness and increased signs of inflammation in the body.  Cortisol, the stress hormone, increases inflammation, increases weight gain (especially around the belly) and suppresses the immune system.
  4.   Avoid sugar:  Eating just 75-100 grams of sugar a day curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria.  Consuming the equivalent of just two sodas reduced the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria by 50%, decreasing it ability to …

Weekend reading: Joy Santlofer’s Food City

Source http://www.foodpolitics.com/2016/10/weekend-reading-joy-santlofers-food-city/

Joy Santlofer.  Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York.  WW Norton, 2016 (publication date: November 1)

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I wrote the Foreword to this book:

When Jonathan Santlofer asked me to write a few words of introduction to Food City, written by his late wife, Joy, I felt sad but honored.  Joy, my friend and colleague at New York University, died unexpectedly in 2013, leaving this book—her life’s work—to be completed posthumously by  grieving family and friends.

Food City is a tribute to the memory of a wonderful person, but it is also a very good book, standing easily on its own as a welcome contribution to food history and to the field of food studies.  In her work at NYU, first as a master’s student and later on our faculty, Joy discovered evidence of New York City’s food manufacturing past and began writing about this largely unexplored topic.  She published her discoveries as short pieces that formed the basis of this book and also of her work as editor of the journal of the Culinary Historians of New York.

For those of us who use food to explore the most pressing social, environment…

Source http://www.foodpolitics.com/2016/10/weekend-reading-joy-santlofers-food-city/

Joy Santlofer.  Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York.  WW Norton, 2016 (publication date: November 1)

Image result for joy santlofer food city

I wrote the Foreword to this book:

When Jonathan Santlofer asked me to write a few words of introduction to Food City, written by his late wife, Joy, I felt sad but honored.  Joy, my friend and colleague at New York University, died unexpectedly in 2013, leaving this book—her life’s work—to be completed posthumously by  grieving family and friends.

Food City is a tribute to the memory of a wonderful person, but it is also a very good book, standing easily on its own as a welcome contribution to food history and to the field of food studies.  In her work at NYU, first as a master’s student and later on our faculty, Joy discovered evidence of New York City’s food manufacturing past and began writing about this largely unexplored topic.  She published her discoveries as short pieces that formed the basis of this book and also of her work as editor of the journal of the Culinary Historians of New York.

For those of us who use food to explore the most pressing social, environment…

Busy Minds Can Meditate Too

Source http://zenrockfitness.com/2016/10/busy-minds-can-meditate/

Busy Minds Can Meditate Too!

Back by popular demand! TammySteele - Chopra

Is your mind is too full of thoughts? Do you think you can’t meditate?

This month we are excited to bring Tammy Steele back to ZenRock Fitness for her meditation workshop. Her last class sold-out – don’t miss your chance to take this class!

You’ll learn how you can experience all of the health benefits from meditation – even if you have a busy mind! You will leave feeling confident that you can easily and effectively add meditation to your daily routine.

Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 pm

$35 per person
Ask your trainer how you can sign up today!

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Source http://zenrockfitness.com/2016/10/busy-minds-can-meditate/

Busy Minds Can Meditate Too!

Back by popular demand! TammySteele - Chopra

Is your mind is too full of thoughts? Do you think you can’t meditate?

This month we are excited to bring Tammy Steele back to ZenRock Fitness for her meditation workshop. Her last class sold-out – don’t miss your chance to take this class!

You’ll learn how you can experience all of the health benefits from meditation – even if you have a busy mind! You will leave feeling confident that you can easily and effectively add meditation to your daily routine.

Saturday, November 5th at 2:00 pm

$35 per person
Ask your trainer how you can sign up today!

The post Busy Minds Can Meditate Too appeared first on ZenRock Fitness.

Rings and Handstand Superpack is Now Open (until Friday!)

Source http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2016/10/25/rings-and-handstand-superpack-is-now-open-until-friday/

It’s here! Pop the confetti!

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I’m super excited to announce that our new easy-to-follow bodyweight training system — The NF Rings and Handstands Superpack— is now open! 

I’d love for you to check it out and decide if it’s right for you! We’ll be showing you, step-by-step, how to gain complete control over your body, look like a gymnast, and perform like a Jedi — in your home or at the gym.

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Remember Rule #1 of The Rebellion: “We don’t care where you came from, only where you’re going!” Young, old, big, small, male, female, or robot, the skills we’ll teach you in Rings and Handstands Superpack know no bounds, gender, age, or level of artificial intelligence.

We’ll meet you exactly where you’re a…

Source http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2016/10/25/rings-and-handstand-superpack-is-now-open-until-friday/

It’s here! Pop the confetti!

dance_giphy

I’m super excited to announce that our new easy-to-follow bodyweight training system — The NF Rings and Handstands Superpack— is now open! 

I’d love for you to check it out and decide if it’s right for you! We’ll be showing you, step-by-step, how to gain complete control over your body, look like a gymnast, and perform like a Jedi — in your home or at the gym.

handstands-logo rings-logo

Remember Rule #1 of The Rebellion: “We don’t care where you came from, only where you’re going!” Young, old, big, small, male, female, or robot, the skills we’ll teach you in Rings and Handstands Superpack know no bounds, gender, age, or level of artificial intelligence.

We’ll meet you exactly where you’re a…

Fresh Herb & Yogurt Ranch Dip

Source http://www.sonima.com/food/yogurt-ranch-dip/

This week’s recipe is an ode to innovation, problem-solving, and creativity. It’s a healthy take on an old standard, a new way of breathing life into a flavor profile with timeless allure: Ranch. Instead of sour cream or buttermilk, we use thick, creamy Greek yogurt. Instead of dried herbs, we go fresh: bright pops of color and flavor delivered in the tender leaves of dill, chives, and parsley.

Bring this dip out at your next football snacking extravaganza, and watch it disappear in short order. Pure protein, clean olive oil, vibrant flavor. The perfect way innovation on what is far too ofte…

Source http://www.sonima.com/food/yogurt-ranch-dip/

This week’s recipe is an ode to innovation, problem-solving, and creativity. It’s a healthy take on an old standard, a new way of breathing life into a flavor profile with timeless allure: Ranch. Instead of sour cream or buttermilk, we use thick, creamy Greek yogurt. Instead of dried herbs, we go fresh: bright pops of color and flavor delivered in the tender leaves of dill, chives, and parsley.

Bring this dip out at your next football snacking extravaganza, and watch it disappear in short order. Pure protein, clean olive oil, vibrant flavor. The perfect way innovation on what is far too ofte…

Retreat or Vacation…what do you need?

Source http://zenrockfitness.com/2016/08/retreat-vacation-need/

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Yoga Retreat Costa Rica 2015

Retreat, Vacation or Both…

When I think of a yoga retreat, I see calm faces on happy bodies sitting in meditation poses in totally serene, tropical surroundings. Vegetarian meals are served family style and eaten in total silence. Morning sun is greeted with a strenuous vinyasa practice, sunset is celebrated with restorative poses and the sound of nature are always present. The participants sleep in cots in shared rooms with community bathrooms and no air conditioning…then I wake up screaming as all my clients run for the nearest door.

The traditional yoga retreat would not go over well for most of our clients at ZenRock, which is why our retreat structure more resemb…

Source http://zenrockfitness.com/2016/08/retreat-vacation-need/

yoga top deck1
Yoga Retreat Costa Rica 2015

Retreat, Vacation or Both…

When I think of a yoga retreat, I see calm faces on happy bodies sitting in meditation poses in totally serene, tropical surroundings. Vegetarian meals are served family style and eaten in total silence. Morning sun is greeted with a strenuous vinyasa practice, sunset is celebrated with restorative poses and the sound of nature are always present. The participants sleep in cots in shared rooms with community bathrooms and no air conditioning…then I wake up screaming as all my clients run for the nearest door.

The traditional yoga retreat would not go over well for most of our clients at ZenRock, which is why our retreat structure more resemb…

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