Be Cool This Summer With These Workout Ideas

In case you haven't noticed, Summer is upon us!
When the Summer hits-- It's easy to run for cover aka. the indoors where the air conditioning is pumping.
However, if you are used to working out in nature, you might get bored after a couple of weeks or sooner.
No fear, we're here to rescue you from the dreaded treadmill and the flourecent lights, with these three Summer-proof workout ideas.
Beat the heat with these workouts:
Rainy day workout.
As long as it isn't thundering and lightening, a rainy day might be the best time to get your Summer workout on outside. Running, biking or a body weight strength workout is very doable on a rainy day without the risk of over heating.
Think of it as a sprinkler system via mother nature.

3 Strategies for Overcoming Gym Anxiety

3 Strategies for Overcoming Gym Anxiety
Have you ever had fear of going to the gym?
It sounds like this:
"I feel uncomfortable lifting weights when it's so many people watching."
"I'm not fit enough to work out with them."
"I'm not coordinated enough to try a class."
However it comes out, gym anxiety IS a thing even for seasoned gym goers AND you're not alone.
Many people avoid the gym altogether because they are worried about judgement in the gym.
Put yourself at ease, this is a normal concern, especially in a new facility.
Here are a few ways to start feeling more comfy and at home in your gym or fitness center.
1. Take advantage of a gym tour or ask for free session with a trainer.

How To Tap Into Happiness As A Competitve Advantage

How To Tap Into Happiness As a Competiive Advantage
You may already know by now that happiness actually boosts productivity AND success.
If you don't know, now you know!
Many people believe it's the other way around-- they think that happiness is a product of success and productivity.
The good news is that happiness is 90% internal, therefore we can increase our happiness by training our brain for positivity.
While others slave away, endlessly chasing external happiness, we get to CHOOSE one of the most powerful success tools by training our brains properly.
In The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor shares that 75% of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat.

Is It Possible To Boost Brain Power With Exercise?

Can You REALLY boost your brain power with exercise?
Great question. 
The answer is YES, of course otherwise this would be a rather short blog post.
The benefits of exercise are seemingly ENDLESS and significantly improving brain functioning is one of them.
In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise (running, cycling, dancing, etc), that gets your heart and lungs pumping, appears to increase the size of the hippocamps (the hippocampus is the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning). 
Strengthening, stretching, toning and resistance training didn't yield the same cognitive benefits.

3 Simple Steps to Balance Your Work & Life

No matter the season-- Spring, Summer, Holidays or even back to school...
Work/life balance is still a top request from many of our members just like you.
You're not alone AND there is hope!
Feeling overwhelm is a sign that it's time to make some changes not only for your optimal health and wellness but also for your productivity at work.
When others depend on you at home or work, you must take care of yourself, so you can also be there for them FULLY.
On a plane, this is why we are instructed to put on our oxygen mask FIRST because only then can we truly help others... without passing out!
We know it's not easy to juggle a full work schedule, family, hobbies (what is that?) AND your health--
However, it can be done.

5 Key Things to Remember for Race Day

You've prepared for the big day for months and now... it's finally here!
On the couple days before the big race, you may be wondering; Should I carbo-load? What should I eat before the race? Do I need to drink more?
There's excitment in the air and you just want to make sure you don't forget anything important-- we got you covered.
Here are the top 5 things you simply don't want to forget for race day:
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Do increase your water in the day or two before the race-- most people don't drink enough water. Sip your water consistently over the course of the day and try not to guzzle it. You want to make sure you can absorb your water in-take properly.
Eat complex carbohydrates the day before.

Technology as a workout tool

Many of us are using various technological tools to track our activity. These can range from tracking steps, using a Heart Rate Monitor, or all the various gadgets available for specific equipment. These can all be wonderful tools for creating motivation, tracking our progress, or pushing us to a new goal. However, when the technology becomes the goal and we get to engrained in its use, it can take away from the overall goal of exercise, which is to move the body and do something healthy for our body and our minds. It's important to remind ourselves that it is just a tool and to enjoy exercise for all its benefits and not get stressed or overwhelmed by the tools that are supposed to enhance our exercise experience.

Resolutions for the New Year

Welcome 2016! What have you resolved to do this year to be healthier and more fit? Many times we choose resolutions that are large and lofty and designed to fail. Have you been setting the same goals year after year only to become frustrated when you don't achieve them? We often set a goal that isn't doable because it involves such wide sweeping change that is overwhelming. A better solution is to start small, achieve success and then set an additional goal after you achieve the first. You can start with something doable such as walking twice a week. Achieve it and then add a third day. Then add a yoga or spinning class or short run to the goal and continue on from there. Another example would be to set a goal to eat 2 servings of vegetables a day. Achieve it and then up it to three, then four... Another doable goal would be to shut your phone, computer and all technology off for 20 minutes a day to mentally decompress.

Yoga is Healthy Mental Medicine!

In choosing our workouts, we often are pressed for time and choose the hardcore run, weight lifting, spinning, or some other heart pumping, muscle exerting activity that is good for our bodies. Sometimes, however, we need to choose something that is good for our bodies but also healthy for our mind. It is a myth that yoga is just ''breathing and stretching''. There are hundreds of forms of yoga, some more strenous, some more relaxing. Some are a more ''yang'' workout- challenging our muscles, breathing, stamina and flexibility, and some are more ''yin''- allowing our bodies to relax and stretch without pushing them, and allowing our minds to mentally relax.