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Beat the Holiday Weight Gain Blues

Beat the Holiday Weight Gain Blues

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Let’s face it. The holidays are coming and sticking with our exercise routines can be very difficult! Here are a few tips to help you through the upcoming season: ·         Be flexible – Since schedules are often more hectic, it’s important to be flexible. If you have an office holiday party in the evening, consider waking 30 minutes early and getting in a quick run. Or, take a walk during your lunch break and brown bag it instead of going out to a restaurant. ·         Incorporate play – There’s a high likelihood that you’ll be more involved with family as your children and/or relatives have more time off. Try playing with the kids instead of just supervising! It’ll be fun, is a great calorie burner, and an opportunity to relive some of the greatest parts of childhood! (Check out my post on playing here.) ·         Have a back-up plan – Missing some of your regular routine is inevitable. But, you can still have a plan. If you’re travelling, contact the local running store and find out if they have group runs or could help you identify trails close to your destination. Have your gym’s schedule handy. If you miss your regular Zumba class, consider yoga at an alternate time instead. You don’t have to skip a workout just because you missed your regularly scheduled activity. ·         Get a buddy – Don’t forget, the buddy system works! Schedule time with your friends or trainer in advance. Have them hold you accountable for your workouts. The holidays don’t automatically go hand-in-hand with weight gain and inactivity. It just might take a bit of creativity to get in your daily calorie burn! If you’d like a travel plan to take with you, contact me. I’d love to help you stay fit over the holidays.   This photo courtesy of Alsis 35 and licensed under Creative...

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Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5k

Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5k

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The third, and final, race in the TRI 2B TUFF Challenge will be held on Sunday, December 29th at 7 a.m. This event starts and finishes at the beautiful Bolles School Campus (7400 San Jose Blvd in Jacksonville, FL). The Jacksonville Bank Marathon, Half-Marathon, and 5k takes you through the numerous residential neighborhoods in the Mandarin area and returns along a route on the St. Johns River. This course is fast and flat, in addition to being primarily in the shade. If you need one more reason to participate, you might be excited to learn that you can qualify for the Boston Marathon with this race! The Jacksonville Bank Marathon and related events has been around for more than a decade. It tends to draw around 3,000 runners (for all races combined) and a moderate crowd of spectators. The Jacksonville Bank Marathon also had the distinction of making the Runner’s World list of top 10 events in 2011 for runners trying to run their “best 26.2 ever!” I hope to see you out on the course this December! Congratulations in advance to all of the TRI 2B TUFF Challenge...

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More on Happiness and Exercise

More on Happiness and Exercise

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While researching the links between happiness and exercise, I came across some great information on what makes people happy. Studies have found that about half of what contributes to being happy is genetic. The other half is determined by our reaction to external events or states. So, happiness is still largely under our control. Even with this control, we have a tendency to return to a sort of “normal” level of happiness, even as extremely exciting life events occur. For instance, whether you become a lotto winner or survive a tragic accident, your level of happiness will likely return to about the same level as before the life-altering event. This often happens as you adjust to the life-event and it becomes status quo. This may not seem particularly encouraging. But, the good news is that even if life didn’t give you the personality traits or circumstances that lead to happiness, you can still be happy. It just might take a bit more work. If you have a tendency to get super-stressed by events in your life, you can compensate. You can increase happiness by practicing! Tom Scheve in his article, What Makes People Happy, says meditation has been proven to improve happiness as well as increase empathy and conscientiousness. While it may seem silly, even faking a smile can make you happier. Interacting with others, even when you don’t feel like it, creates a connection that we value as humans and stimulates happiness. In addition, research has found that we gain more happiness from experiences rather than through the acquisition of things. Healthy living (in particular, exercise) also plays a role in our happiness. When we feel happy, we are more likely to live healthily and stay that way. As we’ve discussed in several previous posts, exercise causes chemicals to be released that help keep the blues away. These good feelings from physical activity help us to reinforce the connection between exercise, health, and happiness. So the next time you’re pondering how to be happier, get moving! Even moderate amounts of physical activity can greatly improve your mood. If you’d like to discuss how to make the pursuit of happiness part of your everyday routine, contact me. I’d love to help you become a healthier, happier person!   Photo courtesy of doniree walker and licensed through Creative...

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Can Exercise Really Make You Happy?

Can Exercise Really Make You Happy?

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The short answer is yes, exercise can make you happy! When we engage in physical activity, we are less anxious and tend to have more feelings of well-being. While happiness is also dependent on personality and temperament, physical activity definitely is a contributing factor. Exercise has been proven to help insomniacs sleep, and to act as an anti-depressant for the depressed. Physical activity is also linked to the growth of new brain cells, particularly those associated with memory and learning. It wards off anxiety and improves self-esteem. Exercise also lowers blood pressure, improves physical appearance, and increases energy levels. How does exercise do all of this? Well, it has a lot to do with the release of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals that help to pass messages between neurons in our brain. They make us feel good. Most runners express the release of endorphins as a “runner’s high.” Endorphins block our pain receptors and give us feelings of euphoria when released. Exercise doesn’t have to be intense to experience a better sense of well-being. Even as little as a 20-30 minute walk can improve our mood and energy levels. The boost in happiness leads to both better health and better sleep. Happiness, health, and mood are cyclical. The more you exercise, the better you feel – both physically and mentally. The better you feel and the happier you are, the better you’ll sleep. And, while this may not cure us of any disease, it can act as a preventative to ward off illnesses and depression. We’ll be discussing the relationship between happiness and exercise in great depth in future posts. If you’re not already a client and would like more information on how exercise can improve your mental and physical health, contact me. I’d love the opportunity to make you happy!   Photo courtesy of eepaul and licensed under Creative...

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