Friday, December 28, 2018

New Year's Day 5K & Pancakes

 5K and Pancake Breakfast on New Year's Day at 8:30am. 

Join me for New Year's Day morning. This 5K is for walkers, joggers, runners or rollerbladers. Strollers are welcome. It is completely free for my personal training community, my walking group, my YMCA community and my blog community. Invite your friends and family. We will start 2019 with a bright, happy morning of movement and yummy pancakes. New Year's hats and noisemakers optional!

Email Ann to RSVP and get the location details

Plan now to invite friends and to join us at 8:30am New Year's morning.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas! 
Thanks to all of you in my private training, group fitness and blog communities who have helped make 2018 a fabulous year at Priority Fitness Burbank. 
I've had a wonderful time getting to know some of you better and helping you prioritize fitness in your lives. It's great to see progress and 
have fun working out together. 
I hope to see many of you at the New Year's Day 5K and Pancake Breakfast!
Anticipating many more times of fun and fitness in 2019.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Savor The Season

The holiday season can feel more like the season of stress and long lines than "the most wonderful time of the year." Want to make a change for 2018? There’s a helpful technique you can use to maximize your joy this holiday season — it’s called savoring.

Savoring is deliberately enhancing and prolonging your positive moods, experiences, and emotions. You’ve probably done it before. Perhaps you closed your eyes to help you appreciate a moving symphony performance; or stared in awe at your infant’s smile, trying to make sure you remembered every aspect of that moment.

Consciously savoring the good things in life is important, because neuroscience research suggests that our brains have a negativity bias. Negative things tend to stand out in our minds, while positive things tend to be easily dismissed or forgotten.

One strategy is to simply bask in positive experiences when they come along. Much like the practice of mindfulness, this type of savoring involves being present in the current moment and aware of sensory information. But unlike mindfulness, which emphasizes detached observation, in-the-moment savoring involves actively seeking out and soaking in the positive emotions.

This comes more easily when you set your intentions ahead of time regarding where, when, and what you’re going to savor. For instance, if you plan to savor your family holiday dinner, you might notice more of the little quirks that you love about your relatives, feel more grateful for your time together, and be less perturbed by a snide comment or a dry turkey.

Whatever the occasion, remember to take in the enjoyable sensations: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. Focus on the emotional and relational aspects of the experience and hold on to them for as long as you can.

All new habits take some practice, so don’t be frustrated if you forget to fully notice a moment or if you don’t feel positive results right away. With time and practice, these savoring strategies will help bring joy to your world and a happy new year.

Stay Active, Savor Holiday Happy Moments and
Enjoy Your Food

Thursday, December 13, 2018

New Year's Day 5K & Pancake Breakfast

We are half-way through our Daily Mile Challenge Streak. Keep up the good work of adding in more movement each day between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. We'll finish out the Challenge with a fun 5 K and Pancake Breakfast on New Year's Day at 8:30am.

If you haven't joined us for the Daily Streak, you can still join in for the New Year's Day fun. The 5K is for walkers, joggers, runners or rollerbladers. Strollers are welcome. Invite your friends and family. We will start 2019 with a bright, happy morning of movement and yummy pancakes.

Text Ann to RSVP and get the location details. 818-326-2095
or email her here.

Plan now to invite friends and to join us at 8:30am New Year's morning.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Move More #3

We're a nation of sitters. TV binge-watching, desk jobs, and the allure of the internet all contribute to that fact that most of us spend at least 50% of our day sitting down. The more we sit, the higher our risk of first-world diseases of affluence: diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancer.

We need to recognize that it's as important to decrease overall sedentary time as it is to maintain a regular practice of intense, formal exercise. How can we resist the call of the sofa and work more movement into our daily lives? Today's blog is a continuation of an occasional series on moving more.

Reframe Your Mindset
When Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer told a group of hotel maids that their daily tasks counted as exercise, it led to measurable improvements in their blood pressure, body fat, and waist-to-hip ratios after only one month. How you feel about movement - whether or not it counts as exercise - makes a difference in how it affects you.

Reframe physical tasks like putting up Christmas decorations, making beds, washing your car, yard work and taking out the trash as mini-investments in your health to reap greater benefits. 

Gear Up
When you dress inappropriately for the season or activity, you create a built-in excuse for staying indoors and moving less. When you have the right gear, you will move more often.

Invest in shoes that allow you to walk comfortably for work and home, regardless of weather or terrain. Choose warm gloves and a hat for the cold season. Find a coat that keeps you warm and is also made for movement. Choose a comfortable, non-restrictive swimsuit for the summer. Search out wicking fabrics for moving in warm weather.

Fly Fit
Air Travel is usually cited for its pitfalls: chiefly, long hours in a confined seated position.

Stretch your arms overhead whenever you think of it. When you get up to use the bathroom, circle your arms and roll your shoulders. March in place a few times at your seat. At the gate, walk around and stretch rather than planting yourself in a chair. You're not only moving, but you'll also arrive at your destination feeling fresher.

Acknowledge exercise in chores throughout the day, choose the right gear 
and move on the airplane this month.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Your Food