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Oct
04
Exercise Your Way To Stress Relief

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The Mayo Clinic recommends exercise as a great relief to stress. Physical activity helps bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
Any kind of exercise like cardio, strength training or yoga can achieve those benefits. The act of focused exercise and movement is a type of moving mediation which calms the mind. Regular exercise builds self-confidence which will give you a sense of command over your life.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/exercise-and-stress/art-20044469

Aug
29
Cardio Or Strength First?

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People always ask which is better to do first when working out...cardio or strength? Some say that one way burns more fat, while the other optimizes muscle growth. There is no conclusive evidence to show that one way is better than the other.

That being said, starting your workout with light cardio for about five minutes is a good way to start. Moving on to strength/weights before finishing with the appropriate, full-length cardio routine will insure that you won't run out of gas.


Aug
22
Benefits Of Charting Exercise

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Keeping track of your exercise program has many benefits. Logging your progress uncovers gains made which may not seem apparent. Things like weight loss and gains in strength change in small increments over weeks and months. Those changes can sometimes be better seen when looking at the bigger picture.


Aug
10
Betty's Success Story!

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The right support environment is key. Park East Fitness helped me make it happen! -Betty, Long Beach

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Apr
26
Lighter Weights Vs. Heavier Weights


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It has long been thought that strength training performed using heavier weights where the muscle fatigue is reached between 8-12 reps was the only way to build muscle. However, a recent study conducted at McMaster University found that there is another way to get the physique you want.


The study followed two groups of experienced weight lifters. One group followed the traditional formula of strength training. The second group performed the same exercises over a period of a few months, but the second group lifted lighter weights. This group reached muscle fatigue between 20-25 reps.



The two groups saw the same results in muscle tone in nearly all exercises. This is good news for many people lo...


Mar
22
New Yoga Class!


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STARTS TUESDAY NIGHT, MARCH 28TH AT 6:45PM!


“I invite you to an open level vinyasa yoga class that will focus on building strength, balance and flexibility of the whole body…boosting your metabolism and building lean muscle mass as we flow together…paying close attention to healthy body alignment and breath awareness.” -Reika





Mar
15
Navigating Your Way Through Low Back Pain


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About 65 million Americans suffer from back pain. It's the second most common reason for medical visits. Navigating your way through back pain while sticking to a fitness plan can be challenging. While it may seem like resting is best, movement is actually helpful. Always consult a healthcare professional before doing any exercise for low back pain. Some exercises can actually exacerbate low back pain.


Try switching from standing toe touch stretches to hamstring stretches lying on your back and your leg up lifted up with a belt or strap. Another safe bet is switching from heavy, Olympic type of strength training to body weight exercise like wall sits and bridges.



Jan
31
When's The Best Time To Workout


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Some people say early morning is the best time of day to workout, while others say they are more fully awake later in the day. Studies really don't show a clear advantage to getting a better workout during a certain time of the day.


However, there are certain factors to consider when choosing a time of day to workout. The most important factor in setting a workout routine is your availability and likelihood for the most consistency from week to week. If waking up before work early enough to get a good workout is unlikely, look at another time. Conversely, some people find it challenging to maintain enough energy late in the day for exercise. Many people swear by scheduling a lunch time...

Jan
25
Get A Stronger Core With TRX Straps!




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TRX Suspension Training is a great way to change up your workout routine. It allows your body to use its own weight as resistance. The functional movements done on the straps are both challenging and fun. The dynamics of these exercises help activate core muscles more than traditional exercise.





Your core muscles aren't just your abdominals. Core muscles also include your hips, lower back and chest. Not only does incorporating core exercises into your workout help you look and feel great, but it also helps with functional ability, improved posture and injury prevention.



Jan
12
Lift Your Libido - Exercise and Sex


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Studies show that losing excess weight can stimulate arousal in both men and women.


Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow, contributing to overall stamina. It also promotes healthy erectile function in men. Strength training raises men's testosterone which leads to heightened arousal.


A 2008 study conducted at Florida Atlantic University found that physical activity was shown to prime a woman’s body for sexual activity by making her more sensitive to touch and increases the enjoyment of orgasms.


Looking to spice up your 2017? It starts at the gym!