Helpful Resolutions

Helpful Resolutions

RESOLUTIONS ARE GOOD FOR LOTS!

To many, the New Year is all about starting to be better. During this New Year Season, some people make a big deal about resolutions; and then there are the people make fun of those who make these new commitments.

You know what I say to people who make fun of them?

“Stop!” Stop being a pain to people who want to better themselves.”

To all of you trying to better themselves and keep “resolutioning” remember….

The thing that really counts is that you’re trying. You try to help yourself. You try to better yourself. You try to be nice to yourself.

OK, so, you might not make it past 4 weeks. Who cares?

Did you learn something? Awesome!

Did you take off the 5 or so pounds that you put on during the holidays? Great!

Do you feel more confident about yourself than you did a month ago? That’s amazing!

Now, since the newness has worn off, you might have started falling off the wagon a little bit. No longer are you just eating tuna fish and salad. You might not be going to the gym 2 times a day 6 days a week now, But that’s ok.

THE THING IS, …

once you start falling off the fast wagon, you can get back up and get back on a reasonable passed wagon. Don’t stop just because you aren’t able to run at top speed all year long. Find your pace, just don’t stop.

Keep in mind “No matter how slow you are, you are still lapping everyone on the couch.”

If you feel like a failure, because you did not stick to your resolutions 100%, keep in mind, you started and nothing is keeping you from starting again. You only fail when you decide to stop trying.

Instead of feeling bad, why not start a new commitment to yourself? Whether it’s only a month or you make life choices that go the rest of the year, there is nothing wrong with restarting.

Keep in mind, you are worth the effort, you are worth all the work.

Don’t let people tell you or make you feel that your resolutions are stupid, or won’t work.

It’s odd, any other time, during the rest of the year, when people make a decision to improve their lives, people look on it like a good thing. Don’t let anyone tell you or make you feel like you failed just because you started your journey in January.

Keep on working on yourself, no matter the time of the year, or how many times you need to restart.

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Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Treat Seasonal Affective Disorder

We have reached that time of year when the wind has a bitter chill, the leaves are dropping, and everyone is getting ready for the holidays. Everyone is bustling around and there are exciting events to look forward too – unless you have Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). If you have ever experienced S.A.D. then you know this time of year can cause a lot of issues. This disorder can cause you to feel like you want to hide until the weather warms up.


WHAT IS SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER?

Everyone has been sad at one point in his or her lives. Seasonal Affective Disorder happens yearly when the weather turns cold. The symptoms will begin to show mid to late fall; yet during the summer you feel normal.

Since this type of depression is fleeting, you might start to think it never happened. It is a very real and serious condition that can cause problems in your life.

It has not been determined what causes S.A.D., but we do know that the lack of sunlight during these seasons is involved.

  • Melatonin: a hormone that affects your sleep and mood. Melatonin levels can change with the season and may contribute to your depression.
  • Serotonin: this chemical is directly affected by the amount of sunlight you get. With less sunlight, you will have less feelings of happiness, which can also lead to depression.
  • Internal clock: some scientists believe that this is disrupted when you get less sunlight, which can cause S.A.D..
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER?

When S.A.D. takes effect you will feel depressed. You may feel tired all of the time, and it may be extremely difficult to get out of bed. You may sleep more often then you normally do.


It can be hard to keep your concentration, which may cause problems at work and home. When you don’t have the energy to do daily activities, which can cause anger, which again can lead to S.A.D.. This can also cause weight gain. With food cravings, typically someone suffering from this condition can gain from 9 to 30 pounds a year.

Your personal and social life will be affected. You may not get the same enjoyment from activities that usually interest you. With less social interaction, it can further the feelings of sadness.

WAYS TO WORK ON SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER


If any of this sounds familiar, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder. There is good news though! There are many ways to treat this condition. Below are listed several different ways you can try and see what works best for you.

  • Light therapy: most people who suffer from S.A.D. find this method helpful, in fact 85% do. All you need to do is sit under a therapy light. The light will help balance your body’s chemicals so you feel less depressed. It is best to use a light between 2,500 and 10,000 lux.
  • Vitamin D3: have you heard of “The Sunshine Vitamin”? Vitamin D3 is known as this because when you are exposed to light your body produces it. Your body can produce 10,000 – 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D3 in just about half an hour. Vitamin D3 is helpful to your heart, cellular replication, immune system, mood & mental health, muscles, blood sugar levels, and more!

    Exercise: exercise creates endorphins that make you feel good. Just 30 minutes of exercise can release these endorphins.
  • Dawn Simulators: morning light comes much more quickly in winter months, and has been linked to S.A.D.. Many S.A.D. suffers have had success with dawn simulators. Similar to an alarm clock, these devices can be programmed to slowly increase the light in your room when you awake.

Many people have this disorder – you are not alone. Try any of these treatments, and definitely exercise! Spring will be here before you know it.

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HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY BURN OFF YOUR HOLIDAY WEIGHT GAIN IN A COLUMBUS FITNESS CENTER

January is the time of year when Columbus gym members promise to burn off the 10 pounds they gained during the holiday times. In reality though, holiday weight gain is far more modest than most people think.

According to FoxNews.com:

“A study from Texas Tech University followed 48 men and 100 women between the ages of 18 and 65 for the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. At the beginning and end of the study, researchers measured the subjects’ weights and body fat percentages. On average, the volunteers gained one and a half pounds (men about two pounds each, and about a pound for the women), far less than the 7 to 10 pounds often cited this time of year.”

Still, the article mentions that even after losing the excess inches, many people gain it back and put on more pounds after checking off this item on their new year’s resolution. Indeed, the goal with weight loss is not just to shed the excess fat but to keep it off throughout the year.

The trick is to start small and to set reasonable goals for yourself. As often happens, people flock to the gym in January and work out till they’re blue in the face. Sooner than later though, burn-out sets in and they’ll put off gym visits for a few days—only to never return again. Remember, stability is key and you’re better off scheduling small, 20-minute sessions as they’re easier to commit to.

Also, consider hiring a weight loss trainer; after all, skipping workout sessions is harder when there is someone else holding you accountable. Your Go: Fitness Columbus personal trainer will also craft a specialized workout plan and will teach you proper form to avoid injuries, thus allowing you to reach your fitness goals faster.

THE BENEFITS OF USING AN INDEPENDENT HEALTH CLUB

If you’re looking for a new health club, you have come to the right place. With so many options for gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs, you may be overwhelmed finding the right place to become a member, but we will help you decide to join us.  Here are a few benefits of joining a smaller gym like ours.

Availability of Equipment – Because smaller gyms often have fewer members, there is more equipment available for you.  One thing I like is that there isn’t a wait.  Going in to those big gyms right before work and after work was the busiest time.  It’s pretty awesome to get in and get out when you’re in a rush too!

Health Club Pricing – Consumers often pay close to $100 per month for the big chain health clubs because they have so many amenities. But if your goal is simply to work out and get fit, a smaller gym is perfect for you. Our health club Columbus services will have a plan that fits your needs! Our plans are very affordable, starting at $29/month. Many large chains can charge hefty enrollment fees and large cancellations fees, as well as higher monthly dues. However, with us, that’s not the case at all!

Less Red Tape – Most smaller gyms come with less administrative hassles. With national chains there is often a problem with contracts or fees, such as an unexpected dues hike or inability to freeze a membership temporarily during an expected absence. Owners and staff at smaller and more independent health clubs are more likely to work on these issues with you.

These are just a few of the reasons our gym rocks! We would love to have you come be apart of this amazing family. Not only will you get fit but it is like a small community where everyone can relate to each other.  All you want is to be happier, healthier and maybe a few pants sizes smaller and we can help you with that!

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PERSONAL TRAINING: BENEFITS OF STRENGTH TRAINING

Personal training can have a multitude of benefits. Encouragement and accountability are just some of the mental benefits, while exercise plans and workout routines get spiced up with a personal trainer. Strength training is one of the areas that a personal trainer can really help you. Read the following tips as to why personal training for strength training can be a good thing.

1. Exercise: Strength training is a form of exercising. It uses resistance to build muscle. Personal training gives you a set time to exercise, a time to focus on sculpting your muscles to how you want them to look. You may be familiar with doing push ups or crunches, but personal training will teach you other strength training moves to target areas of your body.

2. Develop muscle and bone strength: Strength training can help you develop muscles. Working on strength training just 4 days a week will give your muscles time to rest and grow on your days off. The resistance in strength training will push your muscles to exert themselves which will encourage them to develop. A personal trainer will also help you to sculpt your body to develop muscles definition in the areas you desire. Interestingly enough, strength training also develops bone density. This can help reduce your risk for osteoporosis.

3. Push it to the max: Personal training Columbus helps you push your muscles to the max. Having a trainer beside you to encourage you and push you will foster your strength training. Strength training is a lot of work, so having a trainer remind you that you are capable of adding weights, or doing just one more rep, can be a great way to keep you pushing it to the max.

4. Lose weight: Strength training builds muscle, and muscle burns fat. If you’re looking to lose some weight, strength training can be a great way to do just that. Personal training lets you discuss your weight loss plans and work towards them. Strength training with a variety of weights will not only spice up your workout routine, but help you lose the weight. Not only that, your newly developed muscles will help you control your weight.

5. Set and achieve goals: Just starting off strength training, you may not be able to do many reps, or lift much weight. Personal training allows you to set goals with someone who will help you achieve them. If you can only do 10 squats starting off, a trainer will help you set a reasonable goal to achieve in a reasonable time. As you’re training, you will see yourself achieving your goals.

Strength Training During Personal Training

Get started today. If you don’t already have a personal training time set up, contact your local health club and set up an appointment with a personal trainer. You can meet throughout the week, or just monthly. Whatever helps you achieve your goals in strength training, personal training will help you get there.

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