"True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united" - Alexander von Humboldt

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Finding the Right Fit!

Looking for a gym can be a workout all in its own. There are many to choose from and all offer different components that may or may not fit in with what you need so don't be afraid to shop around for the "right fit."
Availability is crucial, a gym that is open 24 hours or at least until 10 p.m. gives you plenty of opportunity to make it in for a workout. Also, gym's like Good Life and Mademoiselle Fitness allow you to workout at all of their locations, so if you have one close to you at work or school and don't want to wait to drive home you will be able to workout there hassle free.
Ask to test out the facilities. Gym's are eager to get you to join but I highly recommend asking for a trial workout before committing to a contract, this way you can test out the equipment and see if it's what you want and need. This is also the perfect opportunity to check out what kind of clientele that gym is bring in. For example, when I was shopping for a gym Good Life was one of the finalists, so when I asked them for a trial they naturally were more than happy to allow me a day pass. Everything up until that point seemed great, then I saw the kind of people I'd be working out around, and let me tell you, Steroid Nation is not a place I want to be a citizen of.
And my final piece of information when looking for your "right fit" is checking out the overall shape and condition of the equipment. Newer is generally better, but if it's an establish gym then the equipment could be a little older and that's perfectly fine as long as they seem to be taken care of. And for those of you that like using free weights make sure they grow in increments of 2.5 lb., this way you can have a gradual increase in weight as you improve and decrease the chances of injury.

There you have it, I hope these little titbits prove to be helpful, I know they were for me!

"The first wealth is health" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, January 29, 2010

Beginning Your Journey

Every year countless people make the most common New Year's resolution to get into shape. While I feel this is an excellent choice that many more people need to make, it doesn't happen over night and involves hard work on a number of different levels. Proper exercise requires sweat, concentration, determination but above all else dedication. I have found over the years that dedication is the most crucial element you will need to be successful, it's so easy to sit there and say " oh, I don't really feel like going to the gym today. I'll go tomorrow." But believe me I'm telling you when you find yourself following a routine you love your attitude will change, and you'll find yourself getting angry every time you skip a workout!

After a while you'll begin to see results not only in your physical appearance but you'll begin to notice that your health improves and your mind becomes more alert to the point where you can feel the difference.

For the next 8 weeks I will take you on an exercising adventure, allowing the body and the mind to experience several forms of exercise. From hot yoga to boxing I am going to push both body and mind. Interested? Then follow me on my movement journey and hopefully you'll fall in love with exercise just as mush as I have.

But wait! Before you begin it is important to make sure you have the following pieces:

- Proper fitting running shoes

- Workout clothing - remember it's not a fashion show!

- Water

- Towel (if you feel its necessary)

- If you like an iPod/MP3

"If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end." – Julius Erving