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New Year, New Things to Try

15 January, 2017

by Sherry Eckert

As we move through the new year exploring things we would like to change or improve and seeking new ways to invigorate not only the body but the mind as well, we can find ourselves feeling hesitant to actually step into a space outside our comfort zone.  

Take yoga for instance. It isn’t just for the young and bendy, or any other preconceived notions we may have.  Yet it can still be intimidating to walk into a yoga class (or any class) for the first time.  

Why try yoga, you might ask. One of the biggest reasons is that it goes beyond just moving your body.  Yoga is one of the few physical practices that emphasizes awareness and connection to your breathing.  Yoga combines both breath and motion, and allows you to stay present in the moment by turning off the mental chatter we so easily slip into.  Yoga provides a way to be ‘in your body’ and release self-judgement and shame.  You slow down, meet yourself right where you are in the present moment, accept yourself as you are, and learn to listen to what your body has to tell you.  The practice of yoga is a way to build strength, stamina, mental clarity, and balance.  

Learning something new allows you to focus on what you are doing and gives you the opportunity to leave everything else at the door when you step in, but anything new also requires a learning curve. 

We all started at the beginning. We all wondered if we would be able to find our way, worried that we look funny while learning, and hoped that no one was judging us.  It can be intimidating to take that first step, to cross the threshold into a group class. It is all too easy to tell ourselves stories that keep us stuck where we are instead of expanding and learning something new.  

At Island Fitness we strive to provide a welcoming, inclusive environment for you to work on your physical fitness.  There are several ways to ease into any new group class:

  • Speak with the front desk or membership staff about what class options there and who the instructors are.
  • Contact Beth, our group fitness coordinator, for more detailed information about classes, instructors, content and a possible buddy that would be available to greet you before class, introduce you to the instructor and help you get set up for class.  Email Beth at:
  • Ask a friend to join you! It always makes it more fun to have someone you know to work out or take a class with.
  • Contact the instructor before you take a class to ask questions, and share info about yourself that will help the instructor know about you and ease the sense of ‘newness’ before you walk through the door.

We offer over 50 group fitness classes every week that are included with your membership.  We also offer several small group classes that are fee-based as well.  Island Fitness has a wealth of talent and inspiration housed right in the heart of Bainbridge Island, we welcome you try something new—you just might surprise yourself!


Island Fitness Holiday Guide to Feeling Your Best

29 November, 2015

We want you to feel fabulous when you wake up on New Year’s Day 2016! Check out our tips for maintaining your health, happiness and positive attitude.

Give back - Thanksgiving is much more than a day; it’s a state of mind. Gratitude is a word that tends to be overused, but in times such as these, it may be even more important to honor what we’re thankful for, and we have much to be grateful for. Did you know that it’s scientifically proven that happiness contributes to physical wellness? We were excited and inspired to hear that the Surgeon General believes happiness is an important component for our overall health.

Doing charitable work actually contributes to happiness. In this season, which can be so much about consumption, please consider doing more to help others less fortunate. We have so many worthy organizations within our community; Helpline House, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, and Arms Around Bainbridge are just a few that would welcome your support.

Rest – Keep to seven to eight hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep set’s you up for eating well, exercising and not becoming ill. A healthy lifestyle begins with rest! This is the time of year to embrace and celebrate family and friends. Plan out your commitments now, and make sure not to jeopardize your time for rest and relaxation. There is no way of completely wiping out anxiety and stress in our lives, but we can become more aware of managing our circumstances to best meet our individual needs.

Hydrate- You might not realize that drinking water would be so important this time of year. Hydrating with water will help support a strong immune system. We are especially prone to becoming dehydrated in the winter months. Whether you indulge a little too much in your caffeine or alcohol intake, it is important to drink a glass of purified water (preferably not out of a plastic water bottle). For every glass or cup of indulgence you partake in this season make sure to match it with eight ounces of water.

Nourish – We all worry about eating too much this time of year. Make sure you keep eating!! Stick with your regular healthful eating schedule. This is the best strategy for not over indulging. Eat a healthy snack or a small meal before going to a holiday gathering and you instinctively make better food and beverage choices. This is same idea as never going to the grocery store hungry. If you know you are going to be drinking alcohol or eating desert (make a choice either alcohol or desert, but not both) Eat salad first! It’s a proven fact that if you eat salad (w/healthy dressing) or greens first, you’ll consume few calories overall. Next, fill your plate with reasonable portions of a good source of lean protein and fiber. Look for the green veggie, chicken and seafood options. You can always bring your own healthful offering to the party.

Move – Keep exercising! Indoors or outdoors – move your body on a daily basis. Exercise equals good health, longevity and overall happiness. If you incorporate the first steps above your exercise routine is sure to flourish.

We all hear about the estimated weight gain the average person experiences this time of year. This does not have to be the case for anyone who rests, hydrates, gives back, eats well and exercises.

At Island Fitness, we have lots of fun and safe ways for you to keep moving and eating well this holiday season. Join our Rowing Challenge; try a Zumba class; 30 minute cycling class; you can even get your entire fitness plan set up for the New Year with an Ortho-Kinetics® assessment. 

Everyone at Island Fitness is here to assist you with all your healthy lifestyle needs. We want you to enjoy and celebrate the holiday season and look forward to the coming year!

Send us an email or contact our Front Desk.

New Year's Resolutions? Use a Full-Court Press

02 January, 2015

You may prefer to accomplish your New Year’s resolutions one by one. But here’s an approach that might work better: Tackle them all at once.

That’s right. When people in a study used this approach to achieve their health goals, it almost doubled the likelihood they’d check at least one of the goals off their need-to-do list.

Boost Your Success

Want to lose weight? Cut back on ice cream? Walk more? Cook healthier meals? We all know that making resolutions to change for the better is one thing, but keeping those resolutions is quite another. Here are a few more ways to help tip the scales in your favor:

4 Make-It-Happen Tools

Get a Nutrition and Fitness Professional to help keep you on task.

Look up healthier versions of your favorite foods.

Give yourself more of a kid's bedtime for a few weeks.

Work hard on relaxing more.