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New Year Lifestyle

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Work Hard

Lifestyle: Work Hard

The New Year brings new goals: a time to focus on the things that you have been neglecting or want change.

Personal health tops many lists, especially after the Holiday Season.

Trying to improve yourself is fantastic. Make sure to set both short term and long term goals, and make sure they’re attainable. For example, losing 2 – 3 pounds a week (depending on your starting weight) is a great goal and these numbers show a healthy weight loss.

Also, make it easy on yourself to attain these goals and turn them into a healthy Lifestyle. Working out in a group setting can be fun, can push you harder than you would have pushed yourself alone and it brings a social aspect to what many people think of as “work”.

In my group classes, I introduce new Fitness Toys occasionally and you can see both the Ab Wheel and Battle Ropes in the pictures above. It keeps workouts fresh and fun, which makes people want to keep working hard towards their goals.

And lastly, you can start/continue a training program at any time. The girl doing Medicine-ball Squats in the back has continued to workout even though she’s 5 months pregnant!!! Its great for her, its great for her baby and she has decided to make Health a Lifestyle.

So get your butt out there, set some goals and make 2014 the year that you change Health from something you think about occasionally to a Lifestyle.

And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before


Childhood Fitness Report

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Childhood Fitness

Childhood Fitness

At a recent science convention in Texas, Dr. Tomkinson from the University of South Australia’s School of Health Sciences gave some disturbing information about a worldwide health trend.

Tomkinson et al found that kids today are 15% less aerobically fit than their parents were at their age.

“If a young person is generally unfit now, then they are more likely to develop conditions like heart disease later in life” states Tomkinson. Its troubling because cardiovascularly fit adults are less likely to have heart attacks and strokes. We are allowing our young generation to learn these bad habits and they are being setup for a life of disease and physical hardship.


What did the study show?

The research team reviewed 50 running fitness studies that spanned from 1964 to 2010, covering 28 countries and incorporating over 25 million kids ages 9 to 17. They found that children today take about 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their parents’ generation.suprised

Childhood obesity has dramatically increased in Western and some Asian countries.  And the team has found that a country’s fitness and obesity rates go hand-in-hand.


So what’s the cause?

Tomkinson has suggests a wide range of possibilities, with “about 30% to 60%” of the answer coming from “increases in fat mass” in children.

Another cause is an increase in sedentary lifestyles. There has been in increase in households with TVs, internet access and video games. Children are also less likely to walk, bike or skate to school than they were in the 1970s, at least in the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K.


U.S. Health authorities insist that children should be getting 60 minutes of active play a day, but only 1/3 are getting that. Schools have cut P.E. programs and have left children to get exercise during recess or after school.

If you are a parent or relative of a child, motivate them to go outside and play. Go and play with them. Run around, get sweaty, and show them that exercise is fun.

My little niece is 2 years old and I want her to have a long and healthy life. Obesity and decreased aerobic capacity can cause many problems, and I wouldn’t wish that on my niece or anybody else. Please educate those around you, especially children.


And remember:

In order to achieve something you’ve never done before, you must be willing to become somebody you’ve never been before