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Fall Fitness


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This month offers opportunities for being active in the outdoors without it being too hot or too cold.  It is a fantastic time of year for  enjoying the scenery while walking, hiking or biking along the trails at the parks or conservation areas or just through your neighborhood.  Purposeful exercise can be incorporated into some of the seasonal activities this time of year, either for cardiovascular , strength or both.   You can get your heart rate up with yard work, lawn care, raking, gardening or cleaning house in preparation for holiday guests!

Locally there are still ample opportunities for healthy, fresh produce.  Apples, pumpkins and various types of squash for example can be incorporated into meal planning.  During the next few months the diet typically tends to shift toward richer, denser foods, and less of the lighter, cooler water dense foods, as the availability changes.  The typical “Holiday Indulger” will gain weight during this time.  If you are trying to lose or maintain  weight then  – beware!  Perhaps after the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, you can start a family Turkey Trot, Holiday Hike or whatever you come up with.  the anticipation of moving after your meal may help from having the extras!

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Basic Fitness Components


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MNCCFITNESS COMPONENTS

According to Wikipedia, “Physical fitness is a state of health and well-being and, more specifically, the ability to perform aspects of sports, occupations and daily activities. Physical fitness is generally achieved through proper nutrition,[1] moderate-vigorous physical exercise,[2] and sufficient rest.[3]”

Although the formal definition of fitness has remained constant, ones perception is variable.   Prior to the industrial revolution  a person was fit if they were able to carry out the day’s activities, and be able to do the same the following day.  With the development of machines, automation and less physical work necessary over the years – and thus more sitting, the definition is more specific.  Physical fitness now encompasses the elective performance and resistance of the body as well.

Body Composition  –BMI stands for “Body Mass Index,” a ratio between weight and height. It is useful as a general guideline. It is a mathematical formula that correlates with body fat.

Cardiovascular Component  – This is the body’s ability to take in oxygen and deliver it to the cells in order to create energy for activity. Any activity that uses large muscle groups, can be maintained continuously, and is rhythmic in nature.” It is a type of exercise that overloads the heart and lungs and causes them to work harder than at rest.

Muscular Ability –Muscular endurance is the ability to apply force from a muscle over a period of time, or the ability to repeat muscle contractions.  Muscular strength is the ability to generate force.

Balance – Balance is the ability to maintain a specific body position in either a stationary or dynamic(moving) activity.

Flexibility – This is the range of motion that each joint in the body is capable of performing.  Flexibility exercises help stretch muscles, protect against injuries and allow the maximum range of motion for joints.

Other components of fitness include:  Coordination, Agility,  Reaction Time,  Speed, Power, Mental Capability

A complete fitness program is individualized, to the persons current fitness level, daily physical activity, skills, age related needs, and  health factors as a base.   A holistic approach to fitness also includes the mental, social and emotional aspect of physical activity.

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Guide to an Organized Gym Bag


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A disorganized gym bag, can easily become an excuse to skip out on your workout routine. The thought of packing all you need for a gym session might be discouraging. So here is a guide to keep your gym bag free of clutter and easy to pack and unpack.

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We recommend the two bag approach – having two bags for the gym.

The first bag should contain established content that doesn’t change. Such as your toiletry bag, earphones and any other must need equipment you use like skipping rope. If you drive to the gym, keep this back in the trunk of your car, or if you go to the gym during lunch break, leave it at work. This way the bag is ready and prepared for when you need to go. In your toiletry bag, keep duplicates of products you use daily such as deodorant and moisturizer.

However, for make-up,stick to one set, without duplicating as makeup tends to have a shorter shelf life than toiletries.

The second, smaller, bag should contain everything that is for that one work out only. Items such as water bottle, sweat towel and shower towel,change of clothes and gym clothes. After workout, it is easy to take out clean clothes, have a well-deserved shower and put sweaty clothes back in the bag – ready to take home and get washed. The smaller bag could live in the larger bag if there is space.

To keep your bag clutter free – use the second bag to take home any empty items that you need to replace as a prompt to take a new one to the gym. For example, if your deodorant runs out, put the empty packaging in your second bag so when you get home you can grab a new one and replace it.

The beauty of this two bag approach is not lugging all your gym stuff around, and making unpacking at the end of the day unbearable. To help you shift your behavior, treat yourself to two bags that inspire you to hit the gym and work up a sweat.

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Marathon Guide for Beginners


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World Health Day is just around the corner – perfect time to pick up health habits. If you are thinking of signing up to a marathon, or already have, but  never run more than a 100-meter dash, don’t despair, we have you covered

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Make sure to set realistic goals

In excitement for this new adventure, it might be tempting to get out there and start running straight away. But this will only lead to injury and disappointment. Bodies adapt at different rates, and  you’ll find that it can take up to six weeks for your body to feel comfortable with this new exercise. The best way to get, and keep, on track when marathon training is to set yourself small, achievable goals leading up to the run date.

Increase your step

When you set your goals, aim to increase the distance you run each week by 10%. This will help your body adapt to its new training regime, and the demands being placed on it. Every third or fourth week should be your ‘cutting back’ week, which means you can take it a little easier. Again, this will help reduce the chance of injury and also give you time to reassess your next month of training.

Eat right for your run

What you eat is just as important as how you train. Around three to four hours before you run eat a high-carb, low-fiber meal, such as a peanut butter sandwich, or two eggs. If you’re running for more than 60 minutes, top up your energy levels with a high-carb energy snack such as a packet of raisins. And don’t forget about energy-boosting and recovery foods post-workout. Consider Holistic nutrition.

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Jewel is a certified Nutrition & Wellness Specialist

Stretch it out

A sore muscle is guaranteed from all this training, which can put many people off continuing their training program. Avoid this by using a foam roller, which helps to loosen up muscles and improve your range of motion. Schedule in some relaxation time too, in the form of a yoga, stretching or Pilates class to help support your body during this time.