Happy New Year & Happy Promotions

The new year is here and many people feel like moving a bit more to kickstart their health after the holidays. Most people want to GO, GO, GO and push it to their max. But, if you’ve been sedentary for sometime, it’s smart to start at an appropriate level. For some, just moving is key. Whether that’d be walking up and down stairs or taking a brisk walk on the treadmill, find something that you enjoy and do it.

For others, it’s time to get help. Here at 1800 Fit, your trainer Elizabeth is here to help with any fitness goals you may have. It’s best to find resistance training exercises that are appropriate for your current fitness level. We will still offer the $100 for 5 30-minute PT sessions. You can use this for the individual or small group program on T/Th from 12-1230PM.

The only catch is that the 5 sessions need to be used within 10 business days.

Do you need to focus on your “Om” this new year? Combat stress with yoga on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:20pm. Drop in is $12, but if you sign up for the month it is only $9 / class.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: manager@sfm-1800fit.com or at 206-576-2017

3 Reasons Why Yoga During Your Work Day is Important

There are so many health benefits from yoga that it would take a lifetime to explain why yoga is good for your mind and body. While at work, most of us operate on “fight or flight” mode. Stressed about returning emails, taking on more work and running to the next meeting instructs the mind and body to operate on high all the time. In order to be more productive and more focused at work, we need to slow down.

And yoga helps with that. Here are three reasons why yoga is so beneficial at the work place.

-Yoga stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and the relaxation response. The fight or flight mode stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which results in a different hormonal flow. This is important specifically for eating under stress. When stressed, the blood flow moves away from the visceral area (organs) and moves to the working muscles to “flee” danger. Promoting calmness throughout the day aides in the flow of hormones that boosts mood, energy and digestion.

-Yoga helps you escape life while on the mat. Yoga is a perfect example of why people love movies. In yoga and in a movie, the mind escapes whatever is going on throughout the day to enjoy brief moments of happiness. Hitting the pause button helps you think more clearly and avoids reacting impulsively.

-Yoga helps posture and muscular wellbeing. It’s no secret that sitting at a desk promotes bad posture and stiff muscles. We’ve all felt it. The best part of yoga is that you lengthen the entire body. Connected to the breath, the body is in a meditation in motion state.

If you have questions about yoga please email: manager@sfm-1800fit.com. We offer Yoga on Tuesdays 12:30-1:20pm.

 

3 Signs Your Body Needs More Exercise

Young businessman has backache at work with a laptop

Exercise is more than just a workout to flaunt a great physical appearance. Since we live sedentary work lives, our bodies require movement to maintain a healthy mind and body.  Most don’t realize that oxygen plays a large role in our well-being. When we exercise, we are forced to breathe deeper, which transports oxygen throughout our bodies. This often makes us feel refreshed and revived.

Here are three signs that your body is telling you need more exercise.

Stress and Anger – Do you get upset immediately upon reading a work email? Or are your stress levels so bad that you can’t sleep? Although stress differs for everyone, and exercise is stress, it is important to exercise to control your stress. Something calm like yoga, Pilates and swimming is therapeutic and the body adjusts to the hormones released from exercise. Even something light such as walking outside on a lunch break and pause stress and rebalance the body. Something more intense like running or weight lifting can help you release that energy during exercise rather than at work.

Stiff Joints and Body Aches
Does your back ache? Are your shoulders and hips tight? Aches and pains are some of the first signs that your body needs to move. The less it moves the more problems will occur overtime. Emotional stress can also increase muscular stiffness as the muscles tense when we are stressed. So exercise maintains stress and increases joint range of motion.

Doctor Diagnosis
Many diseases and issues such as diabetes and arthritis are rooted to a poor diet and lack of physical movement. These problems can be avoided with regular exercise and eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Once down the rabbit hole, you’ll have to follow doctor’s orders, but most people can prevent problems like Type II diabetes through a lifestyle change that includes regular exercise. Any form of exercise is metabolic conditioning. With rebalancing hormones and glycogen levels, exercise aides in healthy insulin levels.

It is very rare that exercise is a “bad thing” once diagnosed with an illness. The goal is to find the type, level and intensity that suits your current health and fitness level.

There are many more signs that indicate exercise is essential, but for most people these are the top three signs for those who work desk or corporate jobs.

 

On Site Massage: Schedule Link, Price Fees & Times

Hello 1800 9th Avenue Tenants,

Starting Thursday, March 27, 2013, On-site Massage will be available at the 1800-Fit Gym!

Massage will take place in the room adjacent to the manager’s office. All table massages will be clothed. However, if you prefer the traditional oil massages, please contact Charles at feddc@hotmail.com to make special arrangements before your massage.

Charles, our massage therapist, will be scheduling his own appointments and taking his own payments. Follow these steps to schedule an appointment. You can also see the screen shots attached below to visually show you how to schedule via schedulicity.

– Please visit https://www.schedulicity.com/Home/ and register an account.

-Search “Knead a Break” in Seattle, WA

-Click “Schedule Now” for Knead a Break, which shows a Koala Profile Picture & an address for Rainier Ave South.

-Click the Blue “Schedule Now” again and price fees will show up.

-Select what time length you desire, and re-click the Koala picture that says “1800 Fit.”

-Click “Pick Date/Time” and search what times you want on the calendar.

-You’re good to go from there!

Price Fees
10 minutes – $15
15 minutes – $20
20 minutes – $25
30 minutes – $35
Longer appointments can be arranged with Charles directly at feddc@hotmail.com

To learn more about Charles, see his message and bio below!
“I have been practicing massage since 2005.  In 2006, I graduated from Ashmead (presently Everest).  I wanted to find a way to help my family and friends recover from nagging injuries and also promote a healthier life style.  As a stress reliever, I play semi-pro football (national champion ’09) and am a father and take life as it comes.  I truly believe that we need to take care of ourselves since most of society has us geared to take care of others.  I’ve studies a few massage modalities such as Lomi Lomi, pregnancy massage, acupressure, cupping , swedish,  deep tissue, trigger point therapy and sport massage.  I’ve been a TA (teachers assist) for Ashmead and also had the pleasure of teaching  chair massage to students  and professional alike.  I worked with some major companies in the Puget Sound to bring health and wellness to their establishments and to create a better work environment.  All in all, I love what I do.  Give yourself permission to take care of you.”

Screen Shots Below on how to schedule an appointment.
Search “Knead a Break” in Seattle, WA

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Click “Schedule now” on Knead a Break

 

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Click Schedule Now again

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Select Your Service. And Click 1800 Fit, the Koala Picture
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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.

Yoga for Stress Release Program

Yoga for Stress Release Program

Tuesdays | November 4 – December 10, 2013
12:00-12:55pm | $90 Fall Special
Relieve stress and tension from your work day as you explore energizing asana sequences and relaxing breathing exercises in this six-week Yoga for Stress Release course. Progress your mind through meditation, strengthen your body with poses and say goodbye to tension with relaxation techniques.

Course is taught by certified yoga instructor, Puneeta G., who spent many years working in Corporate America.  She believes that it is important to take a break from your busy work day and spend some time to connect with your body and breath to relieve physical and mental stress so that you can rejoin your daily routine with a fresh perspective.