Summer is officially just around the corner, and beckons us to enjoy moving in the great outdoors. Lured by the beauty of Pt Dume, I had an exciting rock climbing adventure a few weeks ago..scaling the rock wall with the ocean waves roaring behind me, this is one of my favorite activities in nature. However, this time I tweaked my ankle and endured a stress fracture. This has lead me to take some time researching bone quality and healing, and thinking about what injuries can teach us.
Memorial Day is a day of reflection for me.I think about all those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrific for our country, allowing us to live freely and make choices. Choices we often take for granted. We are very lucky for their service and what it brings to our lives.What does this have to do with your fitness? Those choices that we are granted, give us the opportunity to change our lives every single day.
As my husband Tim and I drove home from the cottage last weekend we made our 2015 "Playlist" for the rest of the year. How fun! It seems like when we write things down and post them on the refrigerator we get after it. I can't wait!
There is no denying that there are lots of benefits associated with exercising. But, the fact of the matter is that in order to enjoy them, you have to do the right amount. According to experts, you need to do about 30 to 60 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise at least five days a week or about 20 to 60 vigorous-intensity cardio exercise thrice a week. However, there is another form of exercise, which is gaining popularity these days because it requires minimum input, but can offer you the maximum output.
If you play a winter sport like hockey or football...any sport where you have much of the summer off...you know that after taking a few weeks off at season's end, it's time to start thinking about some sort of off-season training to prepare your body for the new season. If you have kids, you may even consider sending them to sports camps. They are great, no question, but they can be very expensive and often time comsuming.
I tell my clients that the scale is just one way of measuring progress. Far more important is taking regular measurements. They need to include the chest, waist, arms, hips, and calves. Measure at the same time of the day every 2 weeks or at least once a month. This will really measure your fat loss and muscle gains. I have had clients lose only 2 pounds, but lose 9 inches. This means that the fat is getting converted to muscle which takes up less space.