How to Make Every Exercise Mindful

Most people will discuss body-mind connections when referring to certain forms of exercise like Yoga and Pilates.

While it is true that these two forms of exercise do wonders for the connection between movement and concentration of the muscles during a workout, Dr. Jim Gavin brings up a great point in his article on Mindful Exercise.

Dr. Gavin argues in favor of what he calls the body-mind cube, discussing ways to incorporate focus and consciousness in the commonly categorized body-mind exercise into all forms of exercise. Dr. Gavin breaks down mindful exercise sessions into three elements and transfers them to his cube technique (you can read the details here).

To summarize, every exerciser, regardless of the exercise they are participating in and what fitness level they are at, can make an activity mindful:
1.) Focus on Breathing
2.) Focus on the muscle you are engaging for the movement
3.) Leave the rest of the day at the door

I understand that number 3 is the most difficult by far. However, a completely focused, intensely engaged muscle focused and even breathing session will give you that truly mindful exercise experience.
So next time you head to the gym, track, or weight room leave your to-do lists, plans, kids, friends, family, etc. out of your session!

Fitness Vacations – The new IT way to jump start a healthy habit?

Just one quick google search will prove that Fitness Vacations- or Fitness and Spa excursions- are slowly gaining speed and popularity in the fitness world. These types of vacations are usually in an exotic area or a desolate and quite area. You focus on healthy eating, exercise, and rest and relaxation. Well, who wouldn’t want that?

However, for those of us that don’t feel like shlepping on an airplane and traveling to a resort in the middle of no-where, maybe we want to stay a little closer to home. Smart Workout now has your answer!

Since Spring is slowly sneaking in, Smart Workouts Fitness Vacation will now feature our Spring activity line up- including the Orchid Show at the NYC Botanical Gardens, walks along the Cloisters, and a full excursion of the newly designed Highline Park.

 

The best part of OUR Fitness Vacation- you can choose how YOU want to vacation- a week, a weekend, whether you are close to the city and want to stay for the weekend, want to visit family and make it a healthy trip where you can see new parts of the city and learn healthy eating habits, or live in Manhattan and just want to take a little time for yourself, we’ve got you covered!

Ready to really immerse in a healthy habit and indulge in the city full of culture and fun? Our next vacation begins on March 25th, so registration is open now! Learn more here.

I dont know about you, but Im REALLY looking forward to the Spring!

It’s February – Have you stuck with your Weight Loss Resolution?

Its time for a little check-in. Did you make a healthy, weight loss resolution a little over a month ago? Was 2012 going to be the start of a new year where you were really going to concentrate on your health and diet?

Well, now that its February, its a great time to check in! Have you stuck with it or fallen a bit off track? Most of us are a little over-zealous when making our weight loss resolutions for a new year, so I wanted to give you some quick tips to help you stay on track:

1.) Do a monthly check in. And I mean it! Set up an appointment in your google calendar, an alarm on your phone, something that will remind you to check back in with yourself. This way, you don’t go 3 months into your program and say oh well! guess I couldn’t stick with it!

2.) Set mini-goals. For each month that you check in there should be a mini-goal you are trying to reach. Think small; like eating 1 more serving of fruit and veggies per week, adding one more class or workout to your normal routine, or even planning to get up and move through your lunch break 2 days per week.

3.) Find a cheerleader. We all have friends that would love this job! This is a friend or family member who agrees to help keep you on track by checking in with you, seeing if you are in need of more support. Think of this person as your backbone, and your sense of accountability. Make sure its a family member or friend that will give you some tough love too! This was also one of the main reasons why Smart Workout developed their Weight Loss Program with private nutritional counseling sessions. It is this support that really makes the difference in a successful weight loss regimen.

Most importantly, remember that reaching your weight loss goals is a journey. There will be hills to climb, plateaus to face, and great triumphs too!

So good luck and keep striving toward your finish line!

-written by Sandi Partyka, CHC, Senior Fitness Assistant

Back to School Workout – Smart Workouts Fall Kidz Fit

 

 

Get your work out in and entertain your little one at the same time!

 

 

 

Smart Workouts Kidz Fit program is a family fitness program that includes fitness classes for parent and child in the same location. You will receive luxury small group fitness classes, while your child engages in age appropriate strength training, boxing fun and healthy cooking education. It is a win/win situation for your entire family!

Fall Program Details

Dates/Classes:
Saturday, October 29;

Kidz Class- Mighty Muscles, Parent Class- Kickboxing

Saturday, November 5;

Kidz Class Big Kid Boxing, Parent Class- Kettlebells

Saturday, November 12;

Kidz Class- Small Frye Cooking, Parent Class- Warrior Workout

Time: Both parent and child classes are 11:30-12:30pm. You and your child must participate together, as we cannot have any children dropped off without a parent attending.

Price: $132.50 for one child and one parent (includes all 6 classes) ; $80 per additional sibling

Location: Smart Workout, 124 East 40th Street, Suite 603, midtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station

Discounts/Specials: For returnees (those of you who have regisstered for Kidz Fit before), there is a 10% discount off the price .

Early bird special: Anyone who pays by 10/15 there is an earlybird discount of 10%

These two discounts can be combined!

We permit complimentary guests for the first two weeks* (a registrant may bring a parent and a child as their guest). There is no limit to the number of guests that you can bring, except that you can not bring the same guest more than once.

Want to get the fall started with some family fun? Call (212) 661-1660 today to register. But be sure to call soon as spaces are filling up quickly!

 

*There are no complimentary guests permitted for the third week, but a friend can purchase the third week for $67.50 for a parent and child.

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!!