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Exercising Has Powerful Healing Effects On The Body

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

For many, the notion of missing a workout is bad…..bad news.  However, for some, the thought of exercise is a “must do” and not naturally appealing. The professionals of Answer is Fitness know, however, that it is only a matter of time (and education) before one converts from a fitness “dreader” to being a 24 hour fitness conscious enthusiast.
 
An effective exercise regiment for the vast majority of people will include a combination of stretch, cardiovascular, and resistance training. Stretch exercises allow us to loosen the muscles and to prepare them for the workout that lies ahead. It is important to spend enough time on stretching exercises because the better prepared our muscles are, the more vigorously we can train them. Cardiovascular training is important because it increases the heart rate, which in turn radically improves blood circulation, thus allowing oxygen and nutrients to flush into the muscles and organs. With a properly warmed up body, and enough oxygen is pumped into the muscles, we will now be optimally prepared for resistance training. This is the training where the body builds muscle by the repeated process of tearing muscle tissue and then repairing it to form a bigger and more powerful muscle.

Would you like to know exactly how activity and the concentrated exertion of energy can positively impact long-term health. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which in turn make you feel happy and confident, and motivated.  Your metabolism increases.  It is medical fact that there is a direct link between exercising and healing. This medical fact gave rise to an entire new industry—physical therapy.  Exercise in some form or fashion should be a part of our everyday routine.

Spending hours at the gym every day is not required and not practical for many of us. What we need is a little quality time every day to concentrate to keep fit and healthy. Just remember that exercise makes you happy, lowers blood pressure, increases confidence, and promotes healing.  Our Women's Fitness Center hammers these points home on a daily basis.  Ladies and gents, we are convinced that the Answer is Fitness will make you an ex-“dreader” in no time.  It can all start with you taking us up on our free 30-day pass!

Answer Is Fitness Personal Trainers Deliver Big For You

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, September 09, 2010

It often becomes more difficult with time to stay motivated when it comes to your physical fitness routine.  For those of you who struggle to stay engaged in working out, you might want to strongly consider a personal trainer.  There are a host of benefits that a personal trainer offers.  Let's review them here.
 
A personal trainer's first action with you will be to conduct a professional fitness evaluation.  This is a foundational part of an overall personal fitness program. You and your personal trainer will need to understand your capabilities.  Both you and our fitness professional need to know how much you can do and for how long. The goal is always to push the limits but only to the extent that it is beneficial.  There is more than you might think to figure that out.  

Physical Trainers are your biggest fans and thus are extremely effective motivators.  You will even see a friendship developing with your trainer. Your success becomes their success, so it is a mutually supportive relationship.  You will immediately come to trust them, confide in them, and in fact become motivated to impress them with progress.

As always, we save the most important point for last.  Answer is Fitness Physical Trainers ensure your safety. You will get skilled professional guidance in every step of your program.  From your heart to your hamstrings, your PT will ensure that you are training safely in all facets of physical training.  And don't forget they are experts on nutrition and rest as well.  

A great way to choose a Personal Trainer is to introduce yourself to a Trainer or schedule a complimentary consultation. Check out our personal training page for more information. If you are interested in a personal trainer, feel free to contact us and schedule one on-line, by calling 888-270-3640, or stopping by the reception area to schedule an appointment.

Answer Is Fitness Celebrates 5 Year Anniversary--Special Offers Through September

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Have you seen the festive new headers across our Answer is Fitness website? They are there because our 5 year anniversary upon us. Thanks to our members loyalty, dedication, and feedback, as well as our smart and hard working staff, we have been able to provide constantly improving classes, programs and services.  We are proud to be the fitness center of choice in North Attleboro, Springfield, and the surrounding areas ...  and we intend to keep it that way.  Throughout the month of September 2010  we are offering a special promotion for anyone who enrolls at either Answer Is Fitness location.

For the entire month of September we are waiving the enrollment fee and are offering low monthly membership fees of $19.99.  You may know that we offer various boot camps, special programs and group exercise classes that our members rave about .  Motivate a friend to join with you, schedule group exercises with him or her, and enjoy the new friends that you will meet along the way.
 
We are having our 5 year celebration throughout this weekend (9/11/-9/12) and we are inviting everyone to come out and join us. Whether you are a member or not, this weekend is the perfect time to see our facilities and meet our staff in "celebration mode".

On Sunday at 10 A.M. we are having a 5k race in support of "Tedy's Team". Tedy's Team is a stroke prevention and awareness organization which we are proud to be a part of and happy to help raise funds for. So please come on out this Sunday to show your support and take part in our 5k race. We hope to see you all there and look forward to running with you all soon!  

Kettlebell Combination Exercises Add Variation To Your Physical Training

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 03, 2010

"Kettlebell" training has arrived and gone mainstream. Kettlebell training is not just for those on the cutting edge of fitness techniques. Kettlebell users range from our brand-new members to our long-time "Group Power" workout class enthusiasts.  The new exercise tool is being picked up by all people, of all ages, in all states of physical health.  What's the buzz here? Read on.

Kettlebells are basically a cast iron weight looking somewhat like a cannonball with a handle. They are used to perform ballistic exercises which combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. They can range in weight from 5lbs to 165lbs. By their nature, kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders.  Because kettlebell training increases grip strength, their use is now commonplace in both professional and organized amateur sports training. Many of our members report that is is also quite simply a new and entertaining type of workout.  

By way of example, we'll outline a popular kettlebell exercise for you here.  Remember, as with any new piece of equipment, you must seek out a qualified member of our staff before engaging in the exercise. Of course, the number one reason is your safety, but almost equally important, getting educated by our Answer is Fitness education professionals enables you to maximize the benefit of your time and effort.

Here's a routine that takes 2 or 3 kettlebell exercises and combines them into one. It is an extremely effective routine if you want to really rev up your fat burning, strength training and conditioning all at once.  What you will be doing is the Snatch, Press and Front Squat in that order:

1.   Do a Snatch bring the kettlebell down to your shoulder then
2.   Do a Press bring the bell back down to your shoulder
3.   Do a Front Squat

It is recommended to do 6 reps per side. What you can do is break that up if you want 2 left and then 2 right till you get to 6 per side. Work up to doing 4-6 sets with these. Go through one progression rest 30 - 60 seconds and start again. With experience, strive to cut down on the amount of rest time.

Enjoy your new Answer is Fitness kettlebell exercise.  To your health!  

The "Skinny" on Diet Soda

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Dieters and non-dieters alike choose diet sodas and other non-carbonated beverages as their beverage of choice.  The general thought is that in the decision of sugar vs no sugar, no sugar wins hands down.  It a no-brainer, right? Not so fast.  It is clearly not that simple. This blog post adds the subject of diet drinks to the other "Healthy Facts" that we list out on the website.

Almost all diet drinks contain NutraSweet (also called Aspartame) or the relatively new sugar substitute "Splenda". Both of these artificial sweeteners are questionable both when it comes to helping one loose weight and stay healthy. Although these artificial sugar substitutes are both FDA approved, independent studies show that the results of ingesting them (drinking them or eating them) over long periods of time can have adverse effects.

Headaches, fatigue, blindness, low immunity, and cancers are just a few of the common diagnoses that have been associated with the long-term cumulative intake of Aspartame. You should research this "guilt-free" substance for yourself to determine if it's something you want to take. Many people think that they are simply eating or drinking NutraSweet-laden foods for a short period of time during a dieting period. If so, the adverse effects wouldn't be SO negative and may seem worth it if it really helped you lose weight.

The bottom line question....can Diet Soda (or any drink with Aspartame or Splenda) help you lose weight? The research is divided. Many independent studies (those NOT funded by the same people who make and sell the diet drinks and the related ingredients) conclude that diet drinks do NOT help you lose weight. In fact, diet sodas and other foods and beverages with Splenda or Aspartame may actually cause you to Gain weight. Many studies conclude that because the artificial sugars are of a different chemical compound than sugar, your brain obviously won't recognize them as such.  You may taste the sweetness but your brain doesn't know that your sweet craving has been satisfied and you may crave sweets and thus consume more sugar than you otherwise might have.

A recent study at the University Of Texas showed that laboratory rats became addicted to aspartame like it was a drug. Even if they were technically full, they kept eating/drinking this solution as their brains were not telling them to stop.  They kept consuming a product, in quantity, that had zero chance of satisfying the brains natural call for substance.
 
So high consumption of both diet and sugar-based sodas is not a healthy life choice.  Neither will help you lose weight.  Neither offers much if anything at all by way of nutritional value.  Therefore, neither have any place as a high-consumption element of your diet.

Come join Answer Is Fitness free for 30 days, and during that time, drop the sodas and start anew with H2O.  Think of the possibilities in just 30 short days!


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