Kickboxing – The benefits are endless

There are many benefits to participating in a kickboxing class. Especially after a stressful day, participating in a kickboxing class can be a great way to release aggression, and tension, while also achieving a great workout.

Mentally kickboxing is stimulating and engaging. Instructors create a variety of combinations of kicks, punches and intense cardio intervals to keep participants actively involved throughout the duration of the class. In addition, kickboxing combines cardio and strength or resistance training together, allowing the participants to accomplish a great overall workout in a short amount of time. The benefits of a time efficient workout is often of high importance to many people.

Kickboxing classes are designed to incorporate many essential fitness goals such as cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. It is a total body workout that stimulates weight loss and muscular toning.

Kickboxing also allows those involved to learn basic, useful self defense skills. Although you will not engage in the physical application of these moves, learning and practicing the basic movements of a kickboxing class may become useful in a time of need.

Finally, and most importantly, kickboxing is FUN! Kickboxing classes are never the same! They play motivational music, use scenarios to encourage accuracy and energy, and all while participants are actively engaging in an exercise program.

So come on in and try a kickboxing class, and see for yourself the benefits that are attainable!!

Weight Loss and Good health – how to take control

Think what you eat really isnt a big deal? Think again! www.smartworkout.net    Try the Weight Loss program to segue you into a healthy lifestyle

There are many reasons why diet is a big deal; many are related to poor health; genes, lack of exercise, stress levels, and especially diet.

An article posted on EveryDayHealth.com talks about the link to diet and your health. One of the most overlooked and unknown traits weight is only a part of the health and wellness puzzle.

Check out the article here: http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/101/benefits-of-healthy-eating/food-health-connection.aspx

We’ve all seen them the people that seem to be able to eat whatever they like and not gain a pound. And you may be one of those people who say, oh, you’re so lucky, I look at a cookie and gain 3 pounds. Truth is, that friend, even though they don’t have any weight to lose, may be less healthy than you are.

As a Health Counselor, Ive seen all different types of diets, bodies and health-related issues. I will say that the majority of the time, people come to me to lose weight. That is because someone who has either gained weight recently, or struggled with it for the majority of their life know that they are living in an unhealthy way. Diet is a major component of this. And it is a link to just how healthy you are.

Inversely, there is what we call the skinny fat person. Because of good genes, high metabolism and other factors, they are able to eat seemingly whatever they feel like, and still look good. This is actually the scariest client. Why? Because if this person doesn’t eat a variety of fresh, wholesome foods, they are not in good health no matter what they may look like on the outside.

Truth is, the outside of the body is a lot easier to correct. While it may take a little while to lose weight, it takes easily twice as long for the body to correct what is going on inside. So, if you’re looking to lose weight and live healthier, your diet is a major link. It is true that you are what you eat.

Weight loss is usually a journey full of trail and error and always more successful when you have someone to help see you through it. That is why Smart Workout created a three-prong approach to our Weight Loss Program and focused on not just nutritional education, but exercise and the emotional aspects of what you put into your body as well. We take into account a full picture of your total health and overall wellness- not just a small portion of it. www.smartworkout.net    Try the Weight Loss program to segue you into a healthy lifestyle

So I ask you, are you proud to say, I am what I eat?

-written by Sandi Partyka, CHC, Senior Fitness Assitant