Prepare for Summer

Yes, summer is coming, I promise. April is a great time to start preparing for summer. As the weather starts to get warmer and we start to shed the layers the few pounds we needed to keep warm this winter may not be welcomed when you put on a bathing suit. Even if your goal isn’t to be seen in a bathing suit this summer, just to feel better and have more energy to enjoy outdoor activities – now is a great time to start thinking about exercising.

I don’t like to focus on weight loss. I’ve mentioned this many times throughout my blogs. Everyone has a bit of vanity and would like their clothes to fit a little better. Be able to eat a meal in your favourite jeans without fear of taking someones eye out when the button pops. I am not suggesting that it’s time to cut out carbs, go on a drastic diet or starve yourself to June so you can have a beach body. I’m just saying it’s time to start moving. Time to make your health a priority.

The Mayo Clinic, Heart and Stroke Foundation and American Heart Association all recommend 30 – 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily or a minimum of 5 times a week to achieve optimum heart health. How many of us can say with all honesty that we get our heart rate up to a breathy state 30 minutes a day? In a training session I did the Instructor Sally Belanger informed us that to keep your heart young and healthy we should be doing vigorous activity for 60 minutes a day. The recommendations put out by the Heart Foundations have been reduced to keep the goal attainable. That truly, any range cardiovascular work on a daily basis is better than none.

We offer a few options that can help improve your cardiovascular health and improve your over all fitness level (and even improve how the Jeans fit). Barre classes provide a great balance of cardio and weight/resistance training. Each class you do is a bit different, even if the music is the same. This is important to keep your body from falling into a routine. We also offer CardioTramp classes. The CardioTramp is a trampoline that attaches to the end of the reformer. During a class you will lay on your back, side, four point kneeling and jump in and out. This is a great cardio workout. You can jump as little as 3 minutes up to 30 minutes, depending on your fitness level and gradually work your way up to 50 minutes.

Diet also plays a big part in improving your over all health. I tend to consume more comfort food during the winter months. There is nothing like a hot chocolate with marshmallows on a cold day. Not to mention we need more food energy to deal with our cold winter – I definitely I have more of an appetite in the winter.  When it comes to food, think of it a fuel – what do you need to keep your body doing what you need to do? Are you choosing the best fuel for your body? Will it benefit you or could it harm you? Don’t diet this spring, just improve the choices you make when you eat.