Cafe Ladro Gift Card Winners Announced!

1800 Fit would like to congratulate the following winners on our Cafe Ladro Gift Cards!

$50 Patrick Mugalu
$30 Tom Smith
$20 Wendy Otto

Thanks for participating and receiving your free body fat test and BMI score!

Astonishing Statistics about Diabetes

In 1980 there were zero cases of Diabetes in youth and children. However, now more than 50,000 kids have Type 2 Adult onset diabetes. Now 40% of American children are considered overweight and 37% of the 40 have the standard body frame, which makes them susceptible to Type 2 Diabetes (the child stores fat in the waistline).

But it gets worse for adults, in the next several years, it is estimated that 1 in every 3 Americans will have Type 2 Diabetes. Type 2 is preventable through lifestyle choices, and you guessed it – diet and exercise. On average Americans eat 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar per day. This is equivalent to eating one pound of flour and sugar per day. It is known that high sugar and processed foods are leading causes toward these diseases. Sugar is also known as an addicting substance, where it is just as addictive as drugs like cocaine.

So if you’re looking to go on a meal plan, you  are in need of a lifestyle change. The first thing to do is to analyze your sugar and carbohydrate consumption. This is the first step toward realizing your health and possible risk of Diabetes.

Cardio versus Strength Training

This old question still pops up with trainer’s today. Should I do cardio or strength training?

The answer is simple, both. Some people respond better with doing “more” of one mode than the other, but both are beneficial. For example, if you want to run a marathon, cardio will predominantly rule in your training. However, runners highly benefit when they incorporate resistance and flexibility training.

However, muscle expends more calories at rest than fat. Therefore, resistance training is vital for every-body to maintain muscle mass, which increases the resting metabolic rate. Resistance training occurs through bodyweight training, weight training and mind-body exercises such as Yoga, Pilates and Barre.

In essence, both are beneficial and one training method does not rule out the other.

Another question commonly asked is, “Should I do weight training before or after cardio?”

That is a personal preference, but typically weight training includes more concentration and mental focus. In addition, weight training and metabolic conditioning can build up lactic acid in the system, which eventually can be “burned” in post-weight training cardio sessions.

Most injuries occur  because of overuse due to high repetitions or repeating the same motion over and over. Therefore, when balancing cardio and strength training the body adapts and moves through a balanced exercise program.

Happy training!

Free Body Compositions

Hello Tenants,

Join 1800 Fit  next Tuesday, February 4, 2013 in the lobby to give you an opportunity to obtain your BMI and  Body Fat Composition scores. Look for  us in the lobby between 9am-11am. We look forward to seeing you there!

Meditation to reduce, stress, chronic pain and more

Society is stressful and we sometimes find it hard to unwind. And that unwinding process starts in the brain. When the brain is calm, or changes function, so does the mind. Meditation, although an ancient exercise for the mind, is making way into science’s laboratory to find remarkable discoveries about stress, pain and mindfulness.

Time.com just published a new article with fresh research right off science’s press. Click here to read their most recent discovery.

Do you have chronic pain?

Chronic pain is something that many Americans experience on a daily basis. Pain can be felt in a specific joint or region of the body.

It is known that approximately 80% of Americans suffer from chronic low back pain. What is most interesting about chronic pain is that there are various physical, emotional or mental triggers that increase the chronic pain. Therefore, the cause of chronic pain maybe unknown if there is not pathology to dictate a physical ailment that causes pain. An example of this would be if someone herniates a disc, he or she will most likely feel back pain.

Here are some “issues” that may contribute to chronic pain.

-Sedentary lifestyle: The soft tissues and bones in the body will adapt to the stress, or lack of stress, placed upon it. In this case, stress is considered as physical activity. There is a reason why a ballet dancer looks tall and open, compared to the desk jockey who may have a hunchback-like posture.

-Injury: Injury, whether bone or soft tissue, will obviously lead to chronic pain while the injury is healing. However, long term it is important to make sure that the soft tissue around the joint stays moist and lengthened to relieve long term pain.

-Stress: Stress is known to America’s number killer and the (in)direct cause to many issues such as a heart attack. Here’s what is most interesting, everyone channels stress to different parts in the body. This “channeling” is commonly seen in the shoulder / neck area, but for those who have suffered a severe injury may find the pain ‘reawakens’ the injured area. Thus, mental and emotional trauma or stress can cause pain.

-Asymmetrical Body: From desk jobs to wearing sling bags, our modern lifestyle hinders the human body. Uneven joints or soft tissue can lead to chronic pain in various areas of the body.

Free Nutrition Advice!

Do you have questions about your metabolism?

Or do you often question what foods work best for you?

Now is your chance to answer any, or all, your health and nutrition questions. On Wednesday January 15th from 3-6pm and Thursday January 16th from 10:30am-3:00pm, meet 1800 Fit’s nutritionist, Korey Deangelo.

Korey is a certified nutritionist and graduate of the Bastyr University’s Master’s Program. Her diverse background and years of experience in the  nutrition field makes Korey a major asset of 1800 Fit. We are proud to have her on board. So take a break this New Year, and meet, greet and get face to face with all your nutrition questions!

 

Happy New Year! What’s your Resolution?

2014 is here, and hopefully the holiday schedules have settled  back to “normal.” Most people tend to go a bit overboard with the holiday eating, and find that the New Year opens doors to fresh, clean eating and implementing a workout regimen. For years, people have set New Year goals to find that 8-12 weeks later something is not working for them.

If you are one of these go-get-it and eventually quit, there’s a reason why diet and exercise is not working. So  now is the time to be honest with yourself and determine what has worked and what has not? Discovering what works for you is the most important attribute to know that you’ll succeed with your endeavors and goals.

Also, many have a misconception that working out is an “all or nothing” task, when that is not true. Whether it’s small bouts of movement, or being able to commit to a solid program two to three days per week, the body needs to  move in order to stay healthy and free of pain. 

Now is your chance to prove to yourself that your resolution is achievable! And we’re always here to help!

Good Posture vs. Bad Posture

Have you ever wondered why a ballerina has amazing posture? Or why an individual who has a desk job has poor posture?

Well we are here to let you know why. The body, muscles in particular, adapt to the lines of stress placed upon it. For example, if someone is sedentary and works a desk job, eventually gravity will continue to pull the body toward the ground, thus creating that hunchback-like posture. On the other hand, a yogi or ballerina who is lengthening muscles and fascia may have an erect, tall and open posture.

This is known as Davis’s Law. In simple terms, our soft tissue models imposed demands. This law is the reason why we have poor posture if leaving the body untrained and sedentary. When training the soft tissue will adapt to its demand and restructure, lengthen and improve with consistent work.

So if you have wondered why your posture is not up to par, think about your lifestyle and what changes you could make to better improve your muscle’s posture and function.

Body Weight Training

Body weight training has been a popular training tool for the last couple years. Using various equipment, like the TRX, BOSU and Olympic rings, clients can train their bodies differently versus training on a machine.

Here are some reasons on why you should train with your own body weight:

-It’s “flexible” – People can train directly with gravity, or on angles to build up to training against gravity appropriately.

-Unstable Surfaces – Using stability balls, BOSU’s and feet in the TRX features a unique approach to training while standing or placing body parts on an unstable surface. This challenges the core to stabilize and brace in various positions.

-You can take it anywhere – Many corporate employees travel, and when you learn to train your body using gravity, that tool can be take to any hotel or park when you travel.

-It’s Fun – Exploring what your body can do is fun and exciting. Watching your skills progress builds confidence, strength and self-esteem.

There are countless ways to train with your own body weight. Start with the basics, and gradually progress to more creative ideas when you have the “hang” of using your weight and equipment. Happy Training!