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Fall Fitness Fun

Fall Fitness Fun

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This Fall can be the perfect time to add some spice into your fitness routine or kick start your training program! Here are some ideas to get you moving: Many continuing education programs start new sessions in the fall. Explore the schedule – you might be surprised at what you can find for very reasonable prices. For example, many sites offer aerobics and kickboxing sessions, but depending on the location’s facilities, you may also be able to find basketball or racquetball, to name just a few! If you have children, chances are your evenings are very hectic. Consider walking the field around your child’s activity instead of sitting down. Take some time when they’re engaged to get in a quick workout at the nearby gym. If your child’s practice is within a reasonable distance, ditch the car, and take the bikes instead! Now that the weather is cooling, take time to explore the outdoors! Jacksonville is the perfect place to enjoy nature. With miles of hiking and biking trails located throughout the city, you can feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere when you’re only minutes from home. (For more information on local parks, click here. Up for a bit more adventure? Check out Florida State Parks here. Try something new! Colleges aren’t the only ones that like to begin new courses in the fall. Many gyms and recreational facilities also begin sessions as well. Have you always wanted to take a ballet class? Now might be the perfect time. Fall into shape with me! Start now on your 2015 new year’s weight loss goals and simultaneously ward off the dreaded holiday weight gain! Sign up now for 8 fall sessions with me and receive a bonus mini-personality assessment/consultation. Designed to help you learn how you like to work out based on who you are! If you’d like a personal trainer to help you navigate through your workout options, please give me a call!   Photo courtesy of Doub Caribb and license under creative...

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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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Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

Need Stress Relief? Exercise!

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One of my clients, Karen, sent me this story: “I woke up with my stress-meter at a 10 (on a 10 point scale). Since I’d already made the commitment to workout, I changed and drove over to meet you, grumbling the entire way. During the drive I kept thinking ‘I don’t have time for this, I need to cancel my morning workout sessions until this stress passes by.’ I arrived at your place and grudgingly completed the entire workout.” “About two hours later as I was going about my day, I realized how calm I felt. In fact, my stress-meter was down to about a 4 and remained that way throughout the day (even though the stressors did not at all go away). It was at that point that I realized I had my thinking all wrong. Instead of figuring out how to quit, I needed to determine a way to fit in more workouts during the week!” While it’s great to be needed and provide stress-relief, this is a perfect example of how personality and exercise relate! Karen found a short respite from all of the craziness in life through physical exertion, providing her with a much needed mental break. What they say is true! Exercise can relieve stress in multiple ways, including: Releasing endorphins, or a natural chemical that creates the “runner’s high.” Promoting focus and clarity. Boosting your mood which can help combat feelings of depression and anxiety (often associated with stressful situations). So, the next time you’re feeling stressed, don’t try and save time by skipping your workout. Make sure you take the time to exercise. You’ll feel so much better, I...

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Finding a Personal Trainer

Finding a Personal Trainer

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There are several ways to search for the personal trainer that will be the best fit for you. Starting with a web search with terms such as “personal trainers in Jacksonville” is one option.  Another (and possibly better solution) is to ask for a personal referral! Before you make a final selection, consider these questions: 1. What type of training or certification does the potential trainer hold? 2. Does the trainer work with people similar to you? Take some time to research the trainer’s primary audience, for example, busy professional women, triathletes, injury or illness rehabilitation patients, etc. 3. Find out their areas of preference in Jacksonville. Will they come to you or will you need to travel to them? Will the training be primarily in a gym, outside, or in your home or theirs? 4. Does the trainer have a website? If so, are prices and customer testimonials posted? 5. Call the trainer to get more information about training methods, availability, and pricing. Ask if you can contact one of their current or former customers. Check the references provided and ask questions about the training methods, personality, and work habits of the potential trainer. 6. Ask to meet the trainer in a neutral location before committing to sessions to see if your personalities will mesh and verify that their training methods will be a good fit for you. 7. See if the trainer has any trial or group sessions where you can try them out before committing to a longer-term package. Finding the right trainer is a very personal decision! Don’t forget, a professional trainer is operating a business and should take your questions seriously. I’d love to talk to you more about what I offer for training sessions. Please give me a call. If I’m not the right fit for you, I’d be happy to recommend trainers in Jacksonville who might better serve your needs. Look forward to speaking with you...

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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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