Got a meeting? then get walking

Too many Americans have sedentary jobs.  Although these jobs allow us to pay our bills, feed the family, and take vacations, they don't allow for the activity we need on a daily basis.  Sitting at a desk all day, in meetings, on the phone, commuting to and from work, it all lacks movement and in the end we suffer from it.

One thing I like to do, even though my job is not a sedentary one, is take walks when I meet up with friends, family and co-workers.  We get a chance to put our bodies in motion, see the beauty of San Diego, breathe in fresh air, and communicate with each other.  It's multitasking in the best way possible. 

In an article I found in The Costco Connection on the benefits of walking meetings, they talk a lot about how walking promotes creativity and ideation.  Another great benefit!!!! 

Next time you have the opportunity to schedule a meeting, change it up and get walking. 

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New fitness classes starting

If you are looking for some new classes to get you going on your fitness goals, come and join us every Tuesday and Thursday.

Spin, Row and Sculpt- an hour long workout incorporating the spin bike, the row machine and some traditional strength training exercises

Tuesday/Thursdays at 6am and 7am

Fitblender Gym- Golden Hill

$25/person (limited to 3 people)

 

"ME TIME" Workout- an hour long outdoor exercise class for Moms that focuses on ways to get our bodies back to proper function and form after having kids (no matter how long it's been)

Tuesday/Thursdays at 9:30am

Golden Hill Circle Park

$20/person (child care included in price)

 

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The Comparison Trap

Last night I was in the grocery store grabbing a few things when I walked by the magazine aisle.  I purposely stopped and looked at what was being displayed- beautiful women, skinny women, fashionable women, women with ripped abs, women with big boobs, etc.  I am sure I am not alone when I say that it is almost impossible not to compare myself with what I see portrayed in the media.  When will I be as beautiful as Kate Hudson?  If I could only afford that amazing sweater that Jennifer Garner is wearing?  Am I the only one who has cellulite?  Why can't I have abs like Allison Sweeney?  If I only run faster or work harder.  The negative self talk goes on and on BUT the real beauty is on the inside- right ladies?

How can we get ourselves out of this awful trap?  Here is a great article I found on how we compare ourselves to others and some tangible ways to help- Read more

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Buying Ugly Produce could cut Food Waste

When I shop for fruits and vegetables I always look for the ascetically pleasing.  I rarely buy bruised or misshapen produce because I think they won't be as good tasting.  Now, if I saw an area set aside for the so called "produce rejects" in Sprouts, Trader Joes or even Whole Foods, I would probably give them a second look.  Especially if they were at a discounted price.  Apparently this is happening and hopefully it will catch on in the US.

Fickle produce marketers and shoppers in North America would do well to take a page from French supermarket chain Intermarché, which recently started a campaign to put farmers’ most “inglorious” produce in the spotlight—at a significant discount to shoppers.  read more here

 

 

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IDEA World Fitness Convention Recap

I was afforded the opportunity in August to go to this years IDEA World Fitness Convention in Anaheim, California.  It is a 4 day conference full of workshops, workouts and lectures from some of the top Trainers and Health Experts in the Fitness Industry.  Every other year I attend so that I can receive my continuing education credits to keep my Personal Training Certification current.

This years keynote speaker was Diana Nyad, a 65 year old woman who was the first person to swim from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida (110 miles) without the aid of a shark cage.  This was Diana's 5th attempt and she nailed it.  Her story is so inspirational and motivational.  She didn't give up!

Another few famous names were there as well such as Jillian Michaels from The Biggest Loser and Chalene Johnson who is a motivational speaker, author and fitness celebrity (most of you may know her from the Piyo workout).  I was able to take a Body Shred class with Jillian Michaels.  I really knew nothing about her.  After the intense workout which had me in a full body sweat, she did a Q & A with the class.  Her comments and insight were so real and inspirational.

Some of the lectures I attended were on how to train the female body specifically, prebiotics and protein, hip function and dysfunction, kids training and taking your business to the next level through social media.  I took a few spin classes with some master instructors from Schwinn and a killer butt blasting workout that left me sore for days.

The Convention has a huge expo hall where hundreds of vendors are there selling their products, promoting new apps, sampling nutritional supplements, etc.  There is an energy beyond anything I have ever experienced when I walk into that room.  I really enjoyed the Slackline Industries Demo- something I want to start taking up as a hobby or even using as a training tool for my clients. The Halo Trainer was also pretty cool to learn about.  I avoided the samples this year, too many protein bars and shakes that end up hurting my stomach for the rest of the day. 

Overall, the conference was well worth the time and money spent. 

 

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It’s been awhile

Awhile is actually an understatement.  I think it's actually been about 3 1/2 years since I last posted on my own website.  My excuse, kids!  Is that okay?  Well, I think so- my family comes first.  I feel like I have been in a fog for the past 4 years though since I had my first daughter Sydney and then 2 years ago, Skyler was born and it all went downhill.  Don't get me wrong, I love my children but there is something really freeing about today- both my kids are in Preschool and I actually have the time to devote to what my passion has always been- helping others (outside of my own family).  

The first step is writing this blog.  Next is updating all the content and actually getting out there to make the connections to establish more business.  All of this seems so overwhelming because I want to get it all done TODAY!  Breathe Tina, just breathe.

Okay so I breathed and now I am ready.  Who's with me?

I would love to share more about my story with you all but I have to stay on a schedule here. Pretty soon my husband is going to walk through the door and I am going to head out for a workout- I think I will run today.  After that, you will see my next post which will be an article of something probably more interesting than what I can come up with to write about.  

Thanks for checking me out here at VFit.  I hope to provide you with interesting and beneficial material that you can read and use to better your health and wellness.

 

 

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Calling all MAMA’S

No more excuses- it's workout time!!!  Come on down to the Embarcadero Marina Park South on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 for our MAMA'S Workout Group.  We will do a variety of cardiovascular and strength exercises with our babies in or out of stroller.  DADA'S are welcome too.

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Free Boot Camp Workout: Fundraiser for Jordan Haber

 

Free Workout in the Park
Fundraiser for Jordan Haber's Handicap Accessible Van
 
When:  Saturday, April 2nd at 9am
 
Where:  Embarcadero Marina Park South
(behind the Convention Center- parking meters available)
 
Cost:  Donations only
(see below for check/credit card details- bring cash/check
to workout)
for tax write-off purposes: use 501(c)3 application
form for tax exemption and use
FED ID #95-3405753
 
**All Fitness Levels Welcome**
 
We have the ability to move so let's use this God given gift.  Come and enjoy a Saturday morning workout in the park to help raise money for Jordan Haber, a 7 year old boy who is bound to a wheelchair for life.  We will do a variety of cardio, strength, balance, agility and flexibility exercises.  This workout is of no cost to you, but a donation for Jordan Haber and his family would be appreciated (see below).
 
Please RSVP or email/call for more questions
Tina Carreras
V Fit
Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor
619-241-1536
 
 
 
Fundraiser for a Handicap Accessible Van
for George "Jordan" Haber VI
 
George Jordan Haber VI was born seven years ago at four months premature.  Upon feeling very ill, his mother had been diagnosed with toxemia and immediately faced an extremely urgent cesarean section in order to save her life.  Jordan made it through the arduous delivery, but was born weighing only l pound 10 ounces.  He was given a 70% chance of survival and the doctors guaranteed lifelong health problems.  After a disastrous eye surgery where Jordan had a major reaction to the anesthesia leaving him in a coma, Jordan spent the first six months of his life in the hospital before he was ever able to visit his home.  During the coma Jordan had a lack of oxygen to his brain which has left him legally blind with severe cerebral palsy.  Jordan is either confined to his bed or chair making mobility virtually impossible for him.  Jordan's only outing of the day is to and from school by the school district's handicap accessible bus.  His parents are in much need of a handicap accessible van in order to spend time as a family outside of the home.  As of now, one parent must always remain at home in order to watch and care for Jordan, making it impossible to schedule even minor outings as a family.  Although they have been faced with difficulties and challenges, the Habers do want to carry on like any other family and they are asking for your help.  Handicap accessible vans are extremely expensive but necessary in cases like the Haber's.  Thank you and God bless.
 
The Habers are working with the non-profit organization called Nice Guys who help families with disabled members buy wheelchair accessible vans.  A used wheelchair accessible van costs around $45,000.  Please help the Habers raise the funds needed for their little angel.
 
For Donations:  Please make checks payable to Nice Guys with George Jordan Haber written in the memo section.
 
Please send checks to:
Keith D. Miller – Mobility Consultant
Ability Center
4797 Ruffner St.
San Diego, CA 92111
 
For Credit Cards: (Private Transactions)
Phone – Keith Miller – (858) 761-3087
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Do you have Sidewalk Rage?

As a fitness professional, I am an avid supporter of walking whenever possible.  Living in the downtown San Diego area, I am able to walk everywhere without a lot of traffic getting in the way- the grocery store, the cleaners, the gym, local restaurants and parks.  But, what would it be like if I lived in a bigger city like Chicago or New York City?  Walking wouldn't be as easy or enjoyable considering my patience is limited when it comes to slow walkers.  

Check out this article on NPR's Health Blog about Sidewalk Rage and if you dare, take the quiz to see if you fall in this catergory.

 

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15 Foods to Banish from your Kitchen

As you consider better nutrition for 2011, take a look at this article on 15 food items you should banish from  your kitchen.
Full Article here

 

 

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