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Feb
13

GIVE YOUR HEART THE GIFT OF HEALTH

Here are some helpful, useful and fun tips for Healthy Heart month that you can incorporate into your everyday life:

• Take the steps instead of an escalator.

• Park in a spot that is not so close to your destination.

• Sit on a stability ball at work or at home.

• Take a few minutes each day to stretch – just a few minutes will help you feel revived and more alert.

• Plan a workout date with a friend so that you stay committed and are accounted for the workout session

 

And of course, there’s no better gift you can give your heart than exercise, so here’s a way to ramp up the cardio component of your Total Gym workout.

Total Gym workout for a healthy heart:

Perform 3 exercises  combining cardio and strength on and off of your Total Gym:

1. Level 8, deep squats 10-20 reps, then add jump squats 10-20 reps

2. Level 5-8, pull-ups 10-20 reps, get off Total Gym for plié jumps on floor 10-20 reps

3. Level 3-5, pull over crunch -10-20 reps then add arm circle 10-20 reps. Get off the Total Gym for jump lunges 10 – 20 reps on floor

Repeat circuit

 

Hope these little tips and short workout help!

 

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Masters Degree in Performance Enhancement/ Injury Prevention and Kinesiology.  She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national fitness conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, and MVe Peak Pilates.  Maria teaches traditional and progressive fitness classes throughout Southeast Florida.  She has also added her own brand of classes suited for her more advanced training clients.  Maria is also active in free lance writing for Fitness accredited magazines. www.groovysweat.com

 

 

Feb
11

WHY HAVE A HEART HEALTHY WORKOUT DATE THIS VALENTINE’S DAY?

Yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, but when matters of the heart are concerned, wouldn’t you rather say, “I Love You,” with heart healthy activities that will have your libido rising….

There’s no date like a workout date if you know the benefits of making your sweetheart your “sweatheart.”

  • Forget hitting the local pub, movie theater or pizza shop…you’ll have more time together with a gym date! Just don’t be a know-it-all or a fierce competitor…be supportive, share the decisions on cardio or weights or body weight exercise, and warm up each other’s hearts with words of encouragement. The key is keeping workouts light and playful and free of criticism.                                                                                                                                                                                          
  • Want more sex? Uh, sure you do! Getting your bodies in shape and flexible,  getting those endorphin’s cooking, sweating together and increased exercise with eye-to-eye communication primes each other for more sexual activity.  After working out, women’s bodies respond faster and more intensely.  For men, increased fitness is also correlated with enhanced sexuality.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  • You’ll not only find your abs, you’ll reconnect in wonderful ways. Working out together increases commitment, communication and positive body language.                                                                                                    

Follow Dr. Mantell on Twitter @FitnessPsych

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemnann Medical College where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He coaches world-class athletes and fitness enthusaists for performance enhancement. He is Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for ACE, on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, a national Community Ambassador for Experience Life Magazine’s health initiative and for FitFluentials, appears weekly on San Diego’s CW channel 6, is a consultant to Les Mills International, writes for IHRSA, is a member of the Sports Medicine Team at the Sporting Club of San Diego and the La Jolla Sports Club specializing in fitness psychology, writes the “San Diego Fitness Psychology” column and “San Diego Life Coach Examiner.” He is also a writer and consultant to the Total Gym company. Dr. Mantell has written two best-selling books and appears regularly on radio and TV.

 

 

 

Feb
1

TOTAL GYM INSIDE: HAPPY HEART HEALTH MONTH

 

Did you know that February is Heart Health Month?

 Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. with an estimated 600,000 people dying each year, or 1 in 4 people. Heart disease affects both men and women, but more than half of the deaths in 2009 were men. The greatest risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight or obese, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive drinking.

Here at Total Gym, we recognize the importance of exercising in order to keep not only our hearts healthy, but our minds and bodies too. Our employees take full advantage of daily exercise programs we’ve established right in our own office. Of course we work out often on our Total Gym incline body weight trainers doing full-body, muscle-targeted training days, muscular strength and endurance programs , Hight Intensity Interval  Training and Pilates.

But we LOVE diversity and understand the benefits of switching things up, so we also incorporate many other workouts like willPower & grace, Tabata training, BodybladeBOSOU ball and kettlebell exercises and even basketball.

Let us know how you keep healthy?

 

 

 

Dec
31

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: JUST SAY “NO” TO NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology and the University of Scranton, the top 5 resolutions made on January 1, 2012 were:

1. Losing weight

2. Getting organized

3. Spending less and saving more

4. Enjoying life to the fullest

5. Staying fit and healthy 

With an overwhelming 38,200,000 Google hits for “Top New Year’s resolutions for 2013,”it seems Americans still want the same things in the coming year – they just don’t quite know how to achieve them – which explains why there are also 21,800,000 hits for “Making New Year’s resolutions stick”?

But why?  What’s so hard about making a resolution and seeing it through?

Research shows that 45% of Americans regularly make a resolution, while 17% will make one once in a while.  Of this population, only 8% of people are successful in achieving their goal, leaving 90% who just don’t follow through.

A search on Google turns up the following “tips” to make your New Year’s fitness resolutions stick:

• Ask for support; have an accountability buddy

• Make a plan, be specific, start small and track of your progress

• Change one behavior at a time

• Get out of your own way by throwing out the junk food

• Don’t beat yourself up over inevitable relapses and setbacks; prepare for them

• Make incremental goals

• Put it in writing or talk about it

The fact is, sticking to a resolution is hard. That’s why there are 21,800,000 hits on Google dolling out advice on how to do it.  But if it were just as easy as stating your goals, making a plan and asking for help, we’d all be thinner, more organized, have more in our bank accounts, enjoy life more and be fitter and healthier.  And the “Top New Year’s resolutions” each year would be different.

So maybe it’s not the advice. Maybe it’s us humans …

(note of interest: there are 835,000 Google hits on “why New Year’s resolutions fail.”)

Let’s face it, humans are imperfect and are filled with many reasons why we don’t follow what seems like perfectly good advice. 

So here’s a suggestion, DO NOT MAKE A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION. At least not until February 14, 2013.

Then make just one resolution to yourself:

“This year, I will love myself, find the best in myself, focus on what I can do and what I am achieving, and be my biggest cheerleader. My mind will be focused on asking myself what can go right for me regardless of what’s in front of me.”

It’s the one resolution you need for all others to have any chance for success—high self-regard, high self-worth, high self-efficacy.

 

So, there you have it. While everyone else’s resolutions will have likely faded by February 14, 2013, you will just be moving into high gear, leaving everyone wondering what your secret is.

 

Follow Dr. Mantell on Twitter @FitnessPsych

Michael R. Mantell, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania after completing his M.S. degree in clinical psychology at Hahnemnann Medical College where he wrote his thesis on the psychological aspects of obesity. He coaches world-class athletes and fitness enthusaists for performance enhancement. He is Senior Consultant for Behavioral Sciences for ACE, on the faculty of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, a national Community Ambassador for Experience Life Magazine’s health initiative and for FitFluentials, appears weekly on San Diego’s CW channel 6, is a consultant to Les Mills International, writes for IHRSA, is a member of the Sports Medicine Team at the Sporting Club of San Diego and the La Jolla Sports Club specializing in fitness psychology, writes the “San Diego Fitness Psychology” column and “San Diego Life Coach Examiner.” He is also a writer and consultant to the Total Gym company. Dr. Mantell has written two best-selling books and appears regularly on radio and TV.


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Dec
27

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: SNEAK IN SOME EXERCISE WITH THIS “SUPER” SET

It’s the final countdown to 2013, so for those who plan on making “Fitness,” their New Year’s resolution, why not start today — all you need is 5 – 10 minutes on your Total Gym!

Total Gym GRAVITY Master Trainer, JayDee Cutting takes you through a challenging superset for your chest and abs. Don’t worry about reps, just concentrate on form taking take each movement to fatigue.

 

 

 

 

JayDee Cutting is a GRAVITY Master Trainer, certified personal trainer, Pilates instructor and creator of the “Core Golf Fitness” program. JayDee’s Core Golf Fitness DVD offers on-course and warm-up exercises proven to help advance your golf game and is available for purchase at http://coregolffitness.com.

Dec
24

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: WHY YOU SHOULD GO BACK FOR SECONDS, THIRDS AND FOURTHS!

Every year around the holiday season, I read articles about the best ways to fight holiday weight gain. They all have tips about eating before you go, bringing a healthy dish to share or making exercise a priority. These are all great tips! In fact, I recommend them.

However, this year I want you to try something a little different. Instead of focusing on all of the stuff you shouldn’t have, go back for seconds! Let me explain…

Typically at holiday dinners, we build one enormous plate of food. It is piled high in a way that defies gravity and, if broken apart, could most likely feed a family of four. Then we sit down and eat the whole thing. Regardless of whether we like it or are even still hungry, we eat every last bite simply because it’s there. You can blame the clean plate club, or starving children in [insert country], or the belief that starting tomorrow we may never see turkey and mashed potatoes again. Whatever the reason, the end result is eating until we are sick and starting the New Year feeling bloated and disappointed.

This year, I want you to grab a very small amount of everything during the first go-around. It may seem silly or look funny in comparison to the leaning tower of latkes on your family member’s plate, but don’t worry! This isn’t the end of your meal. After you finish that plate, go back for seconds and grab your absolute favorites. When you are done, if you are still hungry, go back for thirds. You can go back as many times as you would like as long as you are still legitimately hungry.

What you will find is that, even with all the trips, you end up eating less than you would have with one giant plate. You also give your body a little time to register that it’s full so you don’t finish your delicious meal with antacids.

So, at that next big holiday feast, don’t be afraid of seconds – plan for them. This simple step will allow you to enjoy every bit of the holidays without spending the first quarter of 2013 making up for it.

And remember, a few small steps can lead to big changes.

Tara Coleman is a Clinical Nutritionist and Salada Tea Spokesperson living in San Diego, CA. She blogs twice a month with “Tara’s Friday Bite.” Leave your comments with ideas for future topics or email Tara directly at tara@taracoleman.com.

Dec
23

HOLIDAY FIT TIP: 5 MINUTES A DAY TO KEEP HOLIDAY EATING AT BAY

The Holidays seem to come and pass so quickly each year- so why not commit to a ‘quick’ training routine that focuses on a fast paced, short circuit that maximizes the muscles used in minimal time!

Plus- by doing this type of workout, you can blast away any extra calories you want  melted off!

 

 

 

• Keep the workout tight by only performing exercises that work multiple muscle groups at once. Combination moves on your Total Gym are an excellent way to do this.

• Plan to work out first thing when you wake up so you don’t get preoccupied with everything else going on in your day.

• Boredom can undermine your best intentions, so try switching things up and focus on a different area of your body each day — adding variety not only helps renew motivation but broadens your physical abilities as well.

 

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Masters Degree in Performance Enhancement/ Injury Prevention and Kinesiology.  She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national fitness conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, and MVe Peak Pilates.  Maria teaches traditional and progressive fitness classes throughout Southeast Florida.  She has also added her own brand of classes suited for her more advanced training clients.  Maria is also active in free lance writing for Fitness accredited magazines. www.groovysweat.com

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