Top 3 Fitness Tips for You !
August 28, 2017 | By Urban Poling
I don’t know about you, but to me there is something about summer that just screams “spontaneity”. I guess you could mostly relate this to the nice weather and exciting city events on the weekends. Don’t get me wrong, I do love that about the summer but sometimes this freedom in routine can steer us in the wrong direction and cause us to put our goals on the back burner. If you are ready to get back on track as the fall season is approaching, then continue reading below for my Top 3 Fitness Tips for You. It is my hope that these tips help you take charge of your routine again and assist you developing healthy habits that last !
- Time management
There is the saying “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”, well if you’re looking to save time yet still meet your exercise goals than Urban Poling may just be the perfect modality of exercise for you. By just adding poles you can maximize your everyday steps by burning an additional 20-46% more calories and use nearly 90% of your bodies muscles compared to traditional walking. To add, 1km with proper technique is equivalent to 1000 abdominal contractions.
- Form Good Habits
You wouldn’t start a road trip on an empty tank of gas would you? So why do the same when it comes to reaching your fitness goals. Be sure to always start each day on a full tank. This includes an energy packed breakfast alongside a protein dense lunch and dinner to get you through the day. The key to a successful behavioural change is repetition and routine. Get in the habit of packing healthy meals daily or even preparing your meals for the whole week. Secondly, be sure to schedule in time for exercise. Research shows that we are 42% more likely to do something when we write it down1. So sharpen those pencils, open up those daily planners and walk your way to better health.
- Find a buddy
In most cases in life, there is strength in numbers. The same applies to your exercise adherence. A study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness conducted a 12-month exercise trial measuring exercise adherence. It was concluded that those who had an exercise companion (in this case their spouse) had significantly higher rates of attendance and a reduced dropout rate than those who exercised alone2. So what are you waiting for! Go find a buddy, find a date and time you are both free and start exercising together! Perhaps Urban Poling could be a great opportunity for you and your buddy to try.
By: Gabriella De Nino
Urban PolingCo-directors Mandy Shintani and Diana Oliver are women at different stages of life with very different professional backgrounds, yet they share a dream – to help others realize the many benefits Urban Poling has given to them.
Poles assist in maintaining proper posture but at times you may find yourself leaning forward. Remember to keep your spine erect, tummy tucked in, eyes forward, chin tucked and shoulders relaxed. And just one more thing to remember, have fun with it!
–Barb Gormley, Director of Education