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One More Brainy Reason to Exercise

One More Brainy Reason to Exercise

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Numerous posts within this blog have discussed the many benefits of exercise. In addition to eliminating the need for medication, exercise can relieve stress, improve your mood, and keep your body moving better for many years to come. More and more research over the last several years has also looked at the benefits of exercise on reducing or preventing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.  Findings support that exercise is the best action to take now to prevent or delay this dreaded memory affecting disease in the future. In fact, according to an article published by Mayo Clinic researcher Dr. Ronald Petersen, “Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer’s disease today, better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet.” The reasons to exercise are clear – better physical and mental health in the short- and long-term. What’s holding you back from getting the most out of your workouts or from starting an exercise routine? Contact me today. I’d love to help you maximize all of the benefits that exercise has to...

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Reality Check: 2014 Running Resolutions

Reality Check: 2014 Running Resolutions

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How are your resolutions for 2014 coming along? Did you promise yourself (and others) that you’d run a ½ marathon this year? Well, the good news is, there’s still time! Hal Higdon’s novice ½ marathon training program is 12 weeks long. Beginning your new routine this week or next will give you exactly the right amount of time to run in Jacksonville’s Thanksgiving Day (November 27th) Subaru Distance Classic Half Marathon. If that option feels a little too ambitious, you have another local race before the end of the year! The Jacksonville Bank Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, December 28th. Whether these great Jacksonville races fulfill one of your New Year’s resolution or just end your year on a high note, I hope you run strong! If you’d like to learn more about how strength training and running go hand-in-hand, give me a call! I’d love to help you optimize your race...

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Ways to Track Fitness

Ways to Track Fitness

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Whether you want to start tracking your progress from day 1, or after months of training, there are several ways to keep tabs on your activities. Make sure to choose the method that best fits your personality, so that you’re more likely to document what you’re doing! Tools for tracking your fitness include: Diary or Journal – Every Galloway participant in Jacksonville receives a journal at the beginning of training.  Space is provided for the date, distance, duration, weather conditions, with empty lines for notes to jot down how you felt during your exercise session (or other info). This type of unrestricted tracking can be invaluable to prepare you for the future. Because whatever you notate is there for you at a later date, you can gain insights into which time of day feels best to you, what clothing worked or didn’t work, when you last replaced your shoes, etc. Calendar – While in many ways similar to a journal, using your calendar to track your activities can have some added benefits. For instance, if you pre-plan your workouts, you’re more likely to carve out the time and complete your planned routine. Depending on your personality, you can include as many or as few details as you’d like ahead of time. If you prefer a less detailed placeholder on your calendar, you can always go back after the workout and add as many notes as you’d like about the type and duration of exercise routine for the day. Spreadsheets – If you prefer the precision of columns and rows, set up a spreadsheet for tracking information such as date, weight, exercise type, repetitions, etc. Once set up, you can quickly enter new data. Make sure to save yourself some room for notes so that you can keep track of unusual events or milestones. Fitness Apps – With the popularity of smart phones, many programmers have developed apps that can be used for tracking your activity levels and much more. For example, popular apps such as MyFitnessPal, LoseIt!, and RunKeeper will track calories burned, distance, duration, calories consumed, heart rate, and other related data. Many of these have sharing capabilities that keep your trainer, fitness buddies, friends, and/or family involved in your fitness goals. Things to keep in mind when selecting a tracking app – make sure it’s easy for you to use, see how much battery life it will require of your phone, and verify that it’s going to keep the data that’s important to you. Tools – There are several gadgets that will track your metrics and store the data internally. Data can be reviewed on a viewing screen on the device itself or synchronized to an app or cloud-based computer program. Examples of these types of tools include the FitBit, Nike Fuel, and Mio...

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Keeping Tabs on Your Overall Wellbeing

Keeping Tabs on Your Overall Wellbeing

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Although I spend a good amount of time on this blog discussing the benefits of exercise, it’s also very important to keep tabs on your overall wellbeing. As a trainer, moving you toward complete health is my ultimate goal. That’s the primary reason that in addition to personal fitness training, I offer the WorkPlace Big 5 personality assessment and consultation. Our work takes up a significant portion of our waking hours (40+ hours a week, 50+ weeks per year) for a very large portion of our lifespan (likely around 40+ years). Finding yourself in a poor job fit situation can lead to a variety of health issues including increased anxiety and stress. These factors can contribute to longer term health consequences such as hypertension, cancers, and anxiety disorders. Being in a situation where your job is a good fit will make you feel energized, productive, and fulfilled. Knowing how your personality plays a role in what types of employment will work best for you is invaluable. As part of my overall wellbeing package, we can discuss these personality traits and how to work toward building on your strengths. In addition, we will customize a workout package that will help you maximize the benefits from your workout routines. Together, we’ll optimize your strengths and your health so that you can enjoy an increased sense of overall...

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