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Make 2014 Your Year of Fun Fitness!

Make 2014 Your Year of Fun Fitness!

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There are many fun, local events that will get you moving in 2014! If you’re inspired by new challenges, enjoy a group atmosphere, and/or want to support a great cause, here are just a few suggestions to motivate you in and around Jacksonville: Bike Tour de Forts – April 27, 2014 – Choose from routes of 21, 38, 62, and 100 miles for this event that will take you from the St. Johns River to the Atlantic Ocean. Begins at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County. Tour de Cure – May 17, 2014 – This bike challenge offers 5, 30, 65, and 100 mile routes. Event proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association. RiverTown in St. Johns, Florida, is where all routes will begin. Run Funk-N-Run – March 1, 2014 – Three events in one place – a color run 5K, military obstacle challenge, and a kids obstacle challenge (for wee ones 8 and under). Proceeds from this event benefit K9 for Warriors and starts in Nocatee (Ponte Vedra, FL). Tap ‘N’ Run – April 12, 2014 – If you enjoy beer, this might be the event for you. It’s a 4k race with three chug stations, plus more free beer at the finish! (Discounts for designated drivers.) Groups and costumes encouraged! This event begins on Margaret Street in Jacksonville, FL. Mud Mud Mania in the Oldest City – March 29, 2014 – Three miles with more than 20 obstacles – all in the mud! This event starts at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds in St. Augustine. MuckFest MS Jacksonville 5k Mud and Fun Run – March 22, 2014 – This 5k course has all kinds of obstacles and muddy pits to slow you down! Proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Event is held at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. Kayak North Florida Land Trust Guided Kayaking Tours – February 15, 2014 – Explore the beauty of preserved North Florida Land Trust areas with these guided kayak tours. Dates, times, and locations vary by month. The February 15th event will explore the Talbot Islands State Parks and starts at Kayak Amelia, off Heckscher Drive in Jacksonville. Unique Fight For Air Climb – February 1, 2014 – Not too much time left to train for this event! Climb the Bank of America Tower stairs as fast as you can! Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. The Bank of America Tower is located in Downtown Jacksonville. Checkpoint Challenge – February 8, 2014 – This scavenger hunt-style event will have you racing around Downtown Jacksonville for clues. Benefits will proceed the JT Townsend Foundation. Event starts at the Jacksonville Landing. North Florida Land Trust – Event dates and times vary – The North Florida Land Trust offers a variety of interesting activities that allow you to experience the beautiful outdoors. Visit their calendar to find out more. Have an event that...

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Personality and Fitness Success!

Personality and Fitness Success!

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Taking your personality into account can really have an impact on how well you stick to your exercise goals! Susan Davis-Ali says that research shows individuals who work out with activities tailored to their personality factors tend to stick to activities longer, enjoy working out more, and have a better fitness experience overall. Personality-appropriate exercise also saves time (and money!) according to Dr. Davis-Ali. She states that by knowing yourself and the activities you enjoy, you’ll skip fads that will only have limited appeal to you. There are numerous ways that personality and exercise intersect. For example, some prefer planned activities that follow a familiar routine. Others like to share their exercise sessions and results with others. Those that seek adrenaline may function better with live team sports in their fitness sessions. Nature lovers are likely to seek outdoor activities. While those who are safety-oriented might be better off creating their own space in a gym. Finding out which activities and routines fit best with your personality will help you understand your motivation. This will set you up for even more success! For example, if you are safety-conscious, you probably want to avoid injury. Therefore, you might find it helpful to wear a heart rate monitor and log each of your workouts to prevent overuse and burnout. Those who like to seek adrenaline might want to have exercise equipment readily accessible, so that you can quickly take advantage of fun, exciting opportunities such as rollerblading or mountain biking. If you would like to figure out how your personality and exercise fit together, give me a call. I can set you up to take the WorkPlace Big Five Profile. Using these results, together we can create a plan to best match your fitness...

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Keep Feeling the Burn!

Keep Feeling the Burn!

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Have you heard the term EPOC? In the fitness world, EPOC stands for excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. This term is relatively new, replacing the more widely recognized terms – afterburn or oxygen deficit. According to the Wikipedia definition, EPOC “is a measurably increased rate of oxygen intake following strenuous activity intended to erase the body’s ‘oxygen deficit.’” What does this mean for you? Studies show that the EPOC effect exists after both anaerobic exercise and aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise tends to burn more calories during the exercise itself. However, anaerobic exercise (think weight training) tends to increase in caloric expenditure that occurs during the EPOC phase after anaerobic exercise. In other words, you continue to burn calories, and subsequently fat, after you’ve finished exercising! If you would like to discuss how to experience the benefits of continued calorie burn, even after you’ve completed your session, give me a call! I’d love to tailor your fitness routine to maximize your EPOC!   Photo courtesy of Arya Ziai and licensed under Creative...

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Where, oh where did my resolve go?

Where, oh where did my resolve go?

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It’s already two weeks into 2014! How are those resolutions going? If you are like most, your resolve will be gone in the next few days. How can you change this? Well, according to some experts, it’s a matter of changing your mindset, not your behavior. In other words, our lost resolve is all in our heads! It’s often not a mystery to us how to make ourselves lose weight – for example, eat less, exercise more. However, the real challenge is thinking differently. Experts recommend changing the wording of your resolution from focusing on bad habits (drinking too much, smoking) to a more positive approach. By adopting this method, incorporate what you’d like to learn into the statement, for instance, eating healthier or enjoying new activities for all of the family. This is often a better, more positive way to word resolutions about eating less and spending more time with family. As with all resolutions, understand that there are other key factors to making them stick. Therefore, it’s important to: Make sure it’s something you really want and not generated from pressure from others. Be honest with yourself about the amount of effort that it will take to achieve your resolution. Question your beliefs. Become inquisitive about how you can change your habits and thinking. Understand that there will be bumps in the road, but that doesn’t mean that you’ve lost all forward progress. Celebrate your achievements. Make sure to articulate your resolutions clearly – avoid the abstract. And, finally, determine how you’ll hold yourself accountable. (Shameless plug – for example, with an exercise trainer or workout buddy!) I sincerely hope that this year brings you much success and plenty of resolve to complete your 2014 resolutions! Do you have any tips or tricks that help you stay on track? If so, I’d love for you to share them below.   Photo courtesy of Fitz Crittle and licensed under Creative Commons....

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The Schell Girl’s Goals for 2014

The Schell Girl’s Goals for 2014

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Anna Belle and I have spent a lot of time thinking about our goals for 2014. This is her first year of making her own resolutions (she’s 9 now). Here is what we came up with: Anna Belle: No Dunkin Donuts (thank goodness…I feel so much guilt every time I give into her wanting a donut!) Run 1x per week (Im so proud!) Learn to speak Pig Latin (then again, she is only 9 years old!) Sleep in my own bed (yes PLEASE!!!) No more partially hydrogenated oils (HA!!! I think I scared her into that one!!) My Goals: Grow my base of clients who love working out with me as much as I love working out with them and helping them meet their fitness goals. I spend a lot of time thinking about each of my clients and what it will take for them to meet their goals.  Exercise prescription/design is the most fun and happy part of my days! Run a 1:17 15k at the Gate River Run. I was proud to have run it in 1:22 this year, but think I can do better! Quit hitting the snooze button! Pay off the credit card. (Sadly has been on the list for a few years now) Do 1 presentation each month (this is my stretch goal!!! I don’t like public speaking!!) 2013 Wrap UP: Looking back on the 2013 goaIs….This was a great year for run BLING!!!!   I hit all of my goals in terms of fitness this year. I broke 2 hours twice for the half marathon distance.  Pr’d and completed the Gate River Run 15k in the top 10 percent. Ran 8 half marathons!  I did NOT pay off the credit card (ugh)! And I hit the snooze button too many times! I clearly still have work to do! But all in all it was a great year.  I am over the top excited thinking about what 2014 has in store.  I hope you all are excited too.  Something about a new year that creates a feeling of optimism.  I wish all of you the very best.  Much peace, happiness, excitement and of course good...

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