Tuesday, May 19, 2009

It's Time to Play!

As adults, often we don't think about play very much.

Growing up for most of us, however, play was a natural part of our daily lives. We didn't worry (at least not as much) about child abduction or other safety issues. Think about it, when did the bicycle helmet for the Huffy become standard equipment?

Of course I will make sure my daughter wears a helmet when she's ready for the bike, but as a kid we NEVER had helmets (or elbow and knee pads).

We didn't have TiVo and 500 channels on standard cable, or the internet, either.

Okay, now I'm sounding like my father. Ugh!

Seriously though, what we did do is create our own fun, and typically that meant lots of activity (back in the day).

I remember leaving my house first thing in the morning, and returning hours later after riding my bike, playing all kinds of games (baseball, slip 'n slide, basketball, kick the can, soccer, tag,) and engaging in tons of fun activities (climbing trees, swimming, etc.).

My friends and I NEVER thought about how far we ran or biked.

We didn't try to quantify how many squats or lunges we did - in fact, we weren't aware we were even doing them when we were hiding behind the bushes playing Hide and Seek.

But as we did these things - we prepared our muscles to be stronger and better suited for all of the other activities we did each day.

Play taught us something too. It taught us what we were good at - and what we needed to improve upon. Every day that we played we learned something about ourselves, other people and our bodies. Play taught us how to interact in the world around us, developing our social skills.

Exercise should be fun, it should feel a lot like playing. Yes, even as adults we NEED fun AND play!

Part of our mission at HealthStyle Fitness is to bring back that 'lost' play.

If you've worked with our trainers, or attended our Adventure Boot Camp for Women, or Total Fitness Makeover program, you've seen a lot of play and fun. It's different, constantly changing, challenging your body in fresh ways.

And with that play, just like kids, we gain more self- confidence, a thinner or firmer appearance, & improved movement patterns that all carry over to being healthier, happier, better functioning adults!

So, whatever you enjoyed as a kid, do that! Play, create games, exercise in a park, join a running group, dance in your living room for 30 minutes, just enjoy your movement and you'll be hooked for life!

And for those who have ever wanted to run a 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon, the HealthStyle Fitness running group begins next Tuesday, May 26th.

Some say, "running isn't fun, Brian!" And I probably would have agreed with that a year ago.
However, running in a group is a blast! Something about the group dynamics got our running crew hooked, and these were mostly people who reported that they "hated running".

Click here for details on the running group!

And while we're talking about the importance of play, Leigh, our certified kids fitness specialist, and I have finally launched a VERY EXCITING project in an effort to help the kids in Cincinnati get more play to enhance their wellbeing & development. The new program, FitKids, is targeted toward 4-13 year olds that just don't get enough fun moment in their day to day lives.

As we have researched and studied children's habits, they just aren't playing like we did as kids. That's a BIG BUMMER. Research shows that kids who play are substantially better equipped emotionally, mentally AND physically as they mature into adulthood.

You can learn more about FitKids by clicking here.

The program starts on June 15th.

Have an great Tuesday!

Your friend in fitness,

Brian Calkins

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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Are You Ready to Run?

The Flying Pig Marathon really did a number on me, and I didn't even run the 26.2 miles last Sunday.

But, I did train with an incredible group for almost a year in preparation for it.

This is a group where we started running very short distances, and built up over a year to being able to complete a full marathon.

And I was SO close to doing the marathon.

But I violated my own training philosophy. In one short 5 day span I just did too much in too short of time, in order to accommodate an important family vacation.

It was a valuable lesson. Stick with the principles of science, how the body best responds to progressive overload! But, I have no regrets, I grew out of the experience. I'm smarter and wiser. And, I'm way more fit than I was a year ago.

Seriously, how many people can say that they've run 21 miles during a single exercise session? ;)
So, instead of running, I excitedly watched the joy of each of the running group members achieve an amazing milestone that they'll carry with them for the remainder of their lives.

And in that process, I became even more inspired and recommitted to complete my own marathon.

May 2, 2010 will be my day!

And, I'm inviting you to join me.

Before we get into the details of how you can join our next running group, here are a few running
benefits to entice you to consider making a similar commitment.

Benefits of Running:

1. Running Makes You Feel Good. Ask any long time runner and they often refer to the "runner's high" they feel during and after their exercise of choice. Runners will tell you that they have a significantly clearer mind, as well as a significant reduction in stress, through running.

2. Running Allows for Good Heart Health & Great Fitness. Running, or any cardiovascular exercise for that matter, keeps your heart healthy by reducing plaque buildup in the arteries. As you become increasingly fit, the quantity of blood that your heart pump with each beat goes up substantially, while reducing the number of times your heart needs to pump per minute. Having a stronger, more efficient heart allows for better nutrient and oxygen delivery to all of the cells of your body, giving you significantly more energy and better health.

3. Running Leads to Weight Loss. Running speeds up metabolism and allows you to burn significant calories. In addition, many runners report that their appetite dwindles for a period of time post exercise. And although resistance training and quality nutrition are critical for optimal health and body weight, the functional caloric requirement of consistent running is substantial.

4. Running Enhances Self Esteem. Along with the benefits of feeling and looking good, runners often report higher levels of confidence and self esteem. Those who set goals for achieving a 5K or 10K, half or full marathon get a tremendous feeling of achievement as they cross the finish line. The synergistic accumulation of all the benefits of running allow for a sense of considerable self-satisfaction.

5. Running Gives You a Sense of Connection. Whether you have a running partner, use a group training program, or just enjoy saying hello to your neighbors as you run past, the nature of running is one of human connection. All you have to do is attend a running event to watch the support of fellow runners and onlookers to get a real sense of how running allows you to feel a part of the community.

If you've ever wanted to train for a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon, the opportunity is here. Contrary to what you may believe at this moment, it's not as insurmountable as you think. With the proper guidance and small weekly progressions, you can achieve any distance up to a full 26.2 miles. Our next running group begins on May 25th!

For more information on joining these first time runners,

click here!

Have an great Tuesday!

Your friend in fitness, Brian

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Support the Flying Pig Marathoners On Sunday!

We have a bunch of clients running in the Flying Pig on Sunday. And I know some of you expressed an interest in showing your support.

We will be meeting at 8:00am at the HealthStyle Fitness Studio parking lot - Click here for a Map and Directions!

The first runner in our group will be running past the intersection of Erie and Brotherton at about 8:15-8:20am. This intersection is a 2 minute walk from the studio. (This will be approximately the 14 mile point in the marathon)!

Then if you like, you can see the runners again around mile marker 17 by heading to the Murry Bike Trail, which is about a mile walk from the Erie/Brotherton intersection. Or you can drive to the bike trail, as long as some of the side streets are open, which I believe they will be.

I’ll be on my bike at 6:30am trying to see as many of our runners at various points in the race. If you’re interested in coming down to the finish line, call my cell at 513-325-0886 and I’ll let you know where we are. The first runner in our group will be finishing around 10am.

This is a really special day for these runners. Incredible determination, hard work, lots of early morning running 3 hours before the sunrise, in temperatures well below freezing.

In fact, I can remember about a year ago when we started the running group, it was a challenge for some to complete our very first run of 2 miles. On Sunday, they will complete 26.2.

We'd love to see you if you can make it. 8am at the studio!!

Additional info, including maps and parking suggestions for the Flying Pig Marathon, can be found by clicking here.

Have an awesome weekend!

Your friend in fitness, Brian
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