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Jordan Cieciwa


Losing Weight and Gaining Balance

Posted: 02/15/2013 11:28 am

Sports were created to make sure young athletes grew up to be leaders, and healthy members of society. That is now more important than ever. Participaction has been promoting our kids get more activity for years, and there most recent resurgence has a focus on how much activity we get.

I want to echo Participactions promotion with my own work in the Winnipeg personal training scene

Let's bring back play and look to make our lifestyle's healthier and more balanced. There seems to be a misunderstanding about what the gym is for. I have to make this clear, if you don't want to ever go to a gym, don't! But you do have to get active and watch what you eat. Now, if are looking for a lot of "bang" for your weight loss buck, get to a gym and try adding some balance training into your routine.

Standing in the gym infront of a mirror and grunting your way through a workout won't work for anyone. It's not fun, and it's not functional. Making smart nutrition choices will make sure that your time in the gym becomes weight loss.

Doing things to improve your balance will also ensure you are healthy into your old age. Weight loss really is simple in concept. Eat healthy, fresh, local foods. Make sure that the products you chose spend as little time in storage as possible. Then, once you fuel your body, make sure you get out and enjoy the world around you. I call it fitness to make memories.

You only get one chance at this life, and your health matters. Losing 10lbs, getting excited about life and taking the journey starts by finding what works for you.

Feel free to ask me any questions you may have. My goal is to get back to as many readers as possible. I want to share ideas that have worked for me.

For inspiration here is Tammy Ducharme in the middle of her Weight Loss Challenge. She is one of over 30 people I have help lose 50lbs or more. It's about support, science, and fun.

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  • Combination Classes

    Spoga? Not really, but combination classes are one trend to look out for in 2013, according to <a href="http://www.infinitefit.ca/about/about.html">personal fitness trainer Jessica Zapata of Edmonton, Alta</a>. Zapata says people who love yoga and spinning, for example, can incorporate both types of exercises in one — something she has already seen at her own gym with a class called 'Spinyasa Yoga.' "Other popular ones are spinning class and pilates, those are wait-listed every week," she says.

  • Hot Yoga

    Get ready to sweat! While already on the radar for the past few years, hot yoga will continue to soar in popularity next year. Composed of yoga positions performed in hot or humid conditions, for 2013, the experts at GoodLife Fitness say this kind of yoga, along with more accessible types, will allow <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1091325/top-10-canadian-fitness-trends-for-2013">consumers to both exercise and be zen with their minds, bodies and spirits.</a>

  • Demographic-Specific Programming

    Sure, kids are cute, but you probably don't want them in your gym with you. The experts at GoodLife Fitness predict more demographic-specific programming for the year ahead, including targeted classes for older adults, <a href="http://www.goodlifefitness.com/teenfitness/">children and youth, and sport-specific classes for teens.</a>

  • Small Group Training

    Think of it like one-on-one training with five other people. Zapata says small group training (with an average class of six people) will also be popular in 2013, as it will let fitness lovers focus on their individual strengths and goals, while being in a class with others to support them.

  • Express Workouts

    Sometimes, you only have 30 minutes to spare. In 2013 (and every year, we would argue) people are looking for the most effective and speedy workout, according to GoodLife fitness experts. Classes like <a href="http://www.lesmills.com/cx30/about-cxworx.aspx">CXWORX, for example, can burn up to 230 calories in 30 minutes,</a> and are being offered at all sorts of gyms. Focusing on the core, as well as the butt, these workouts are meant to hit as much as possible in a minimal amount of time.

  • TRX

    TRX is a <a href="http://www.trxtraining.com/suspension-training#">suspension trainer program that uses your body weight to perform a variety of exercises</a> and allows you to control your own challenge levels. "TRX is already popular but it will grow even more in 2013," Zapata says.

  • Technology And Fitness

    Your fitness goals will follow your every step in 2013 — at least if you want them to. Experts at GoodLife predict there will be more apps, computer programs and websites in 2013 that will help both beginners and fitness professionals track their progress levels. For example, <a href="http://www.adidas.com/ca/micoach/">Adidas's miCoach</a> collects cardio movement data and builds targeted training programs for users.

  • Back To Basics

    Zapata also says that 2013 will have people going back to the basics. So yes, those sit-ups, push-ups and jumping jacks you hated in gym class will be showing up at your gym more often. "It's not just going to be about the trends. People want variety and they want results," she says.

  • Skipping Diets

    It's time for Atkins and the <a href="http://www.dukandiet.co.uk/">Dukan Diet</a> to say goodbye for good. In 2013, people will more likely stick to healthier eating habits than relying on fad diets, says Brad Taylor, <a href="http://www.fitliving.ca/">fitness trainer and owner of Fit Living</a> in Regina, Sask. "People are beginning to see that dieting doesn't work and it takes a lifestyle change to get results."

  • Corporate Wellness

    Experts at GoodLife predict that in 2013, more and more <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1091325/top-10-canadian-fitness-trends-for-2013">offices will take the initial step to provide wellness and fitness programs</a> for employees both inside the office and out. "With a healthy and active workforce, <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1091325/top-10-canadian-fitness-trends-for-2013">Canadian organizations will be able to increase productivity and morale</a>," they said in a press release.


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