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Trainer Tip - Find a Challenge Goal

03 June, 2014

When it comes to working out, one of the biggest problems I see is the ability for people to stick with it. After the initial honeymoon period, people tend to loose focus and soon working out becomes just another job, a job that becomes easier and easier to put off until tomorrow.

 

What's needed is a way to stay focused and excited about training. With my clients, I ask that they choose a challenge goal and there is no doubt that those who do are the most successful. Whether it be signing up for one of the many charity walks, choosing a mountain to climb or a full-blown marathon, the important part is that there must be a time frame in which this challenge is to be completed. My tried and true challenge for many of my clients is Mount Walker. Whether it's just making it up or beating my personal best time. In that spirit, I offer anybody who can beat my time up the mountain a free session. Feel free to contact me about this or one of the many other challenges I have to offer.

 

Find yourself a challenge goal, set a date and work hard to make it happen!

 

~ Marc LaSof

Take Your Heart for a Walk

04 February, 2014

Wondering if your walking routine is robust enough to really help your heart? Wonder no more.

Research has revealed that walking can do as much to keep you out of heart trouble as more vigorous forms of exercise, such as running, playing tennis, or doing pretty much anything that makes you break a sweat. In one study, women who walked briskly for 2.5 hours per week reaped the same heart disease protection benefits as women who did more intense exercise for the same amount of time.

When it comes to walking and heart health, speed and frequency count. Yes, strolling is better than sitting, but you get the most benefits if you really step out -- ideally for 30 minutes a day, most days. Exercise lowers heart disease risk in many ways. Walkers and other regular exercisers experience less cardiovascular aging: they have fewer heart attacks and strokes, they have lower blood pressure, and they have higher blood levels of heart-protective HDL cholesterol. And the benefits add up fast. In as little as 90 days, doctors can actually measure the age-reducing effects.

SOURCES: Walking compared with vigorous exercise for the prevention of cardiovascular events in women. Manson, J. E., Greenland, P., LaCroix, A. Z., Stefanick, M. L., Mouton, C. P., Oberman, A., Perri, M. G., Sheps, D. S., Pettinger, M. B., Siscovick, D. S., New England Journal of Medicine 2002 Sep 5;347(10):716-725.

Get a Personal Exercise Prescription

19 September, 2012

It's one thing if a magazine tells you to exercise. It's quite another if your doctor does.