Boutique fitness studios are fitness facilities that specialize in specific programs, instead of complete gyms that have a number of different programs and equipment. Studios can choose to focus on individual activities like yoga studios or cycling studios do, or they can offer tailored programs made specifically for individuals. Tailored programs allow you to work at your own pace through the help of personal trainers.
As an athlete, I enjoy sports of all kinds, but I have my favorites. As a child I enjoyed riding my bike and playing football with the neighborhood kids. In high school I played tennis and volleyball. I went on to play tennis in college, but funny enough that was not my ‘favorite’ sport. My favorite sport is big wave body-boarding and surfing. I don’t live in a place to enjoy that as often as I’d like, but it’s a compromise I am making for a bigger goal.
In the hot summer months, exercising may be the last thing you want to do because it involves heating up more. It’s easy to let an exercise regimen fall by the wayside because of the hot weather and summer travel where it’s easy to get out of routine. Here are a few great exercises to do while you’re enjoying your vacation or trying to escape the summer heat.Swimming
Walking is a great low-impact exercise. Walking is inexpensive and virtually everyone has the ability to engage in a walking exercise program. With more than one-third of American adults considered to be obese (as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), taking care of your health is now more important than ever before. Obesity has a number of associated health risks including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But why should you walk more?
Race season has come upon us quickly. Jogging, cycling, and swimming are all great sports individually and combined in many ways. They are also sports performed in one plane, or direction, which can lead to increased risk of injury or discomfort in the ankles, knees, hips and back. Cross training in multiplanar motions, or many directions, can reduce the risk of pain and discomfort and even injury. Good luck out there this season, have fun and stay balanced.
There are events in our lives that shape us. We might not know it at the moment they're happening, but with time and reflection, we can feel and see the impact they have left. I had the opportunity to reflect on one such event recently.
It was 7am and I was on my way to the race. I was nervous about the swim. It was where I had gotten crushed the year before. Ocean swims were not my strength. I grew up swimming in a pool. The biggest wave you got hit with in a pool was from the swimmer next to you or from the feet of the swimmer in front of you. Swim team was completely different from the crest and fall of an ocean wave. Not to mention the fact that there are no walls to grab onto in the ocean if you get tired or need a rest!