Balance your mind, Balance your body, and the rest of your life will come together.

Thank you to everyone who continues to follow our blog!

Without your support,comments and commitment  we could not keep this running. 

Of course some of you reading this article love to practice yoga, and some love to hit the weights, and some love to pound out a couple miles on the treadmill.  But are you balancing your workouts properly? 

Research suggests that meditative exercise helps to lower your daily dose of stress hormones such as cortisol or adrenaline that can undermine the immune system.  Mental health can sometimes be taken for granted by the jogging junkies and the muscle bound weight pusher.  We need to create balance in our lives in all areas including mental health, cardio respiratory conditioning, resistance training, finding a rewarding and meaningful career for yourself and of course building and maintaining an intimate relationship.

Come down to the Steve Nash Sports Club to try our yoga, meditation and Pilates classes with one of our amazing instructors. 

Remember to stay committed to both mental and physical health and the rest of your life will come together.

Jesse Neufield

jesse.neufield@stevenashsportsclub.com 

Steve Nash Sports Club Downtown

Need Some Motivation?

All of us need motivation to move forward in life and to be stronger in every challenge that comes along the way. If you are not familiar with Dick and Rick Hoyt, here is a quick summary from Wikipedia: Team Hoyt is a father (Dick Hoyt, born June 1, 1940) and son (Rick Hoyt, born January 10, 1962) team from Holland, Massachusetts who have competed together in various athletic endeavors, including marathons and triathlons. Rick has cerebral palsy and during competition Dick pulls Rick in a special boat as they swim, carries him in a special seat in the front of a bicycle, and pushes him in a special wheelchair as they run.

It doesn’t matter how many times you watch it, it is never any less emotional. Hats off to the Hoyt family for their powerful example. We can all learn from them. Take the time to look at this video and celebrate life with them!!!

LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZhfn_5ARb8&feature=player_embedded

You can learn more about their efforts at the link below: http://www.teamhoyt.com 

 

No More Excuses… Why Should You Workout?

We’ve heard the excuses, “I work too many hours…”, “I have a lot of work to do…”. Long work hours often lead to the excuse of “I don’t have any time to workout”. That’s just it – an excuse. While most people want to get fitter, not everyone can be bothered to put in the effort, often citing lack of time and too many responsibilities to give up such larger chunks of time. If you’re one of these people who struggles to find time to fit a workout into your long day you could benefit from altering your view of why you should workout. You may have in your head the notion that you have to join a gym or start attending group fitness classes to get a suitable amount of exercise, but this clearly isn’t the case. What you really need to do is make sure that exercise becomes such an essential part of your day that you can’t imagine not doing it. The fact of the matter is that exercise should be apart of one’s everyday life. No matter how long one’s workday is, there are good reasons why you should “squeeze” a workout.

  • Help you lose weight and lower body fat percentage
  • Improve your physical appearance and self-esteem
  • Increase your muscular strength and endurance
  • Increase your stamina and ability to do continuous work
  • Improve your cardiovascular levels, or your body’s ability to use oxygen
  • Prevent muscle and joint injury
  • Improve your flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Improve your performance in sports and recreational activities
  • Increase bone density to prevent osteoporosis
  • Lower resting heart rate and blood pressure
  • Reduce triglycerides, bad cholesterol (LDL), raises good cholesterol (HDL)
  • Enhance sexual desire and performance
  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer
  • Increase insulin sensitivity, prevents type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce your level of anxiety and help you manage stress
  • Improve function of the immune system
  • Help you sleep better, and improve focus and mood

While not having the time or motivation after a long day at work might be a genuine reason for you, it’s still a poor excuse. When you consider the big picture, your health should always be top priority. The day-to-day stress of making a living and providing for a family might cloud your judgment, but when it comes down to it, nothing should take priority over your health. What sort of playmate are you for your child if you are too obese to take them to the park? How much better might you perform at work if you weren’t always so tired and run down. In the long run, getting regular exercise and improving your physical health will improve all other aspects of your life, so it’s time to stop using life as an excuse not to get healthy. Even if you have no other option but to work a long day, there are many ways and reasons that you can find time to fit in a workout.

You can find this article written by Princess Labrador in the October 2011 issue of the Vancouver View Magazine http://www.viewmagazine.ca

Why Am I Thankful?

Hmmm… I posted this last year but I thought I should re-post it just in case some missed to read it last year, and also to re-emphasize how thankful I am for the great things I have, for the good people around me and for the many experiences still about to come. This year, I met a few amazing people who have influenced me in many different ways and helped me to grow further. I also learned a lot and gained a few achievements that I can highly be proud of. On that note this re-post is dedicated to everyone who touched my life, who shared their joys and setbacks with me, to those who mentored and challenged me to become a better person, and to those who always make the effort to keep me smiling and think that life is indeed beautiful!

I am thankful for the career I love and enjoy.

For the job that allows me to help make a difference in people’s lives. For the position that allows me to manage and work with the best team of personal trainers. For the company that supports me to become a better employee and provides great challenges and opportunities. For the clients who trust me to guide, motivate and help achieve their health and fitness goals. For the colleagues who have become my second family.

I am thankful for the family who loves me.

For the parents who worked so hard to give me a good education and attain a profession. For the siblings who inspire me to become a stronger and more responsible person. For the friends who stand by me when life gets tough. For the experiences I’ve been through, for the people I met and shared great moments with, for the places I’ve been, for the things that I’ve seen.

I am thankful for the body I have.

The one that allows me to run even with a knee problem… that allows me to perform sets of squats and push ups… that allows me to support my body weight while twisting into various yoga poses… that permits me to enjoy moments of strength and calm when I practice pilates… that has been well despite of some minor health issues.

Forever, I am thankful.

– Princess Labrador

Fun Ways To Burn Calories This Summer

It’s summer in Vancouver once again! Waking up in the morning is actually a pleasurable and energizing experience, especially if you look out your window and see the sun shining! It automatically puts a smile on your face and tempt you to head outdoors and enjoy your day in the fresh air instead of inside a stuffy house wasting time in front of the television or computer.

The ocean and mountain scenery in Vancouver is astonishing and the temperature is perfect, almost any activity including exercise seems more fun and enjoyable. Here are worthwhile pastimes that can help you get fit, burn calories and enjoy the outdoors this summer!

Rollerblading: 844 calories* per hour

Rollerblading is a favorite activity of many Vancouverites especially along the seawall. Inline skating is not only an aerobic activity, but it strengthens your thighs, your calves and your buttocks, and even your abs get in on the fun as you have to contract them to keep your balance properly. Throw on some shorts, grab your iPod, and skate your way to a trim, toned body.

Beach Volleyball: 563 calories* per hour

Instead of lying on your towel and getting burnt, you can play beach volleyball with your friends. Granted, it can be a bit sweaty during the heat of the day, but sometimes the competitiveness and the camaraderie of playing the sport can make people forget that they are working out. With a bit of volleyball you’ll get fitter and develop a nicer whole body tan.

Tennis: 493 calories* per hour

Even if you’re not a pro, tennis is a fun sport for people of all ability levels. Whether you play with a friend, or significant other, you’ll burn almost 500 calories per hour.

Swimming: 422 calories* per hour

Whether you’re swimming leisurely or in laps, swimming requires the entire body’s participation, making it a “must-do” activity in the summer. It will tone and build muscle to the entire body that will burn excess calories and fat. Other beneficial properties include the strengthening of the heart and lungs, providing vast amounts of fresh oxygen to the brain, as needed for daily health.

Hiking the Trails: 422 calories* per hour

Spending time in the great outdoors is good for the mind, body, and soul. Hiking is a great way to enjoy nature in all of its natural beauty. The uneven terrain and inclines you encounter on the trail force your body to work harder than walking on a flat surface. As you connect with nature, you invite restoration of your body, soul and spirit that you would probably not be able to in any other environment.

Cycling: 422 calories* per hour

Nobody particularly enjoys going for a bike ride when it’s raining and windy, but when the sun is beaming down you can go out for the day with friends and family and have fun at the same time as getting fitter. A great low-impact alternative to walking, biking is a great way to return to the outdoors this summer. Whether you bike for transportation (to work or while running errands) or fun, you’ll burn 270 calories per hour (at a 10 mph pace) and strengthen your legs and lungs at the same time! Don’t forget to make sure to follow the rules of the road and take safety precautions such as wearing a helmet.

Kayaking: 352 calories* per hour

Some of the best water workouts take place without even getting in the water. That’s not to say you won’t get wet, though. Paddling takes tremendous upper body strength that works muscles in your arms and shoulders. You’ll feel the burn when you get home, but while you’re on the water you’ll be focused on the scenery and the sunshine.

* Calorie burn based on a person weighing 150 pounds.

Find the article at the Vancouver View Magazine July/August issue www.viewmagazine.ca

How Often Do You Replace Your Running Shoes?

Over the past few weeks I have been suspecting that I need to buy another pair of running shoes. I searched online for information on when to replace them because I wasn’t really sure! In the past, I have simply replaced them when they got really, really worn down or holes in them, but even though my Nike runners are currently still intact I have noticed that they don’t feel the same anymore and don’t have the same support. How did I know this? Because lately I have been tying my shoelaces tighter and tighter just to obtain the support I need and I never had to do this before. I have also noticed a few aches and pains in my foot that I never had previously. Now I am also experiencing some aches and tightness around my left hip. I found an article on Running.about.com and it says that you should replace your runners every 300-400 miles (other articles say 300-550 or every 3-6 months, so it varies a lot!). I did a quick tally of my mileage since I bought the shoes mid-March and I have run over 310 miles on these sneakers. It has been exactly 6 months too! I run outdoors which is harder on shoes and I also run on rougher terrain at times (gravel and lots of hills/declines); both of these factors can wear your shoes down faster. There are also lots of tests you can do on your sneakers to check for wear and tear (found here). So it looks like all signs point to ordering a new pair ASAP! What better excuse to gather up all our old sneakers and donate them to a good cause too. I think it is important to keep in mind that the above articles are simply recommendations and rules of thumb. It is always important to listen to how your body feels most importantly and trust your gut. How often do you replace your sneakers?

We LOVE Vancouver!!!

I am a Canucks fan and I am heartbroken by their Stanley Cup loss against the Bruins. But I never thought their great accomplishments this season will end in horrifying acts of violence and destruction. This is a beautiful city and Vancouver deserve better than the riots that night. This city CAN STILL BE a great place for visitors from around the world. I have full respect for the people who cleaned up, the police officers who defended it as best they could and our city officials for vowing to rebuild and catch those who caused such harm.

   

Heroes always emerge amidst chaos and despair. THANK YOU Vancouver Police, volunteers and other agencies involved for going beyond the call in restoring HOPE and order to our fine city. We, the POSITIVE people of Vancouver, are the TRUE Vancouverites and we have a STRONGER presence, a LOUDER voice, and a GREATER power than these hooligans and criminals will ever have. They must know that we do NOT tolerate this kind of behavior and we WILL see justice done.

And, for the greatest impact, we should adopt the philosophy that for every time harm is done to our community, we should turn around and do GOOD things for our neighbours, our community, our city, and let the world know that we RESPECT our city… WE LOVE VANCOUVER!!!