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Do You Need A Nutrition Consultation?

Aug 30, 2014   //   by Tracy Rewerts   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Do You Need A Nutrition Consultation?

Do You Need A Nutrition Consultation?According to some reports, by 2030 more than half the U.S. population will be obese. It’s an epidemic and there’s something you can do about it right now. Whether you want to lose weight, gain muscle, and live a healthy lifestyle, your limiting factor usually lies beyond just exercising. Nutrition is arguably more than 70% of  the battle of getting healthy and I can help you.

In addition to my weekly Fitness Groups and Time For Change Mobile Personal Training I offer to my clients, I’ll now be able to even further assist you with your health and fitness goals. In April I passed my exam from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS).

My goal is to help provide you with:

  • Up-to-date nutritional information, consult clients on proper food intake, weight loss/management strategies, recommendations of nutrients, and guidance to help you achieve your health and weight loss goals.
  • Nutritional information so that it will become a lifestyle for you that you can actually stick with and enjoy at the same time.
  • Information on how activity, energy, caloric needs, metabolism, and food choices can affect your weight.

Educating you on how to read food labels, recognize appropriate portion sizes, and make better food choices to complement your goals and nutritional needs.
What separates a good personal trainer from a great one is their ability to change their clients lives by changing their lifestyle habits in and outside of the gym. If you’re exercising on a regular basis and not seeing the results that you’d like, it’s a good indication that it may be due to a poor diet and poor lifestyle habits outside of the workouts.

Here are some of the services that I’ll be offering as part of my Nutritional Consultations & Packages:

  • Weight Loss/Management
  • Nutritional Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping Learning Trip
  • Kitchen Clean Out

I look forward to providing professional in-home personal training and nutritional guidance designed to meet your individual health and fitness goals.  Click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab for details on my Nutrition Consultation Services.

 

Actions Today = Better Health Tomorrow

Feb 4, 2014   //   by Tracy Rewerts   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Actions Today = Better Health Tomorrow

Your Actions Today Will Bring You Closer To Better Health Tomorrow

We know that we can’t predict our future, but we can control the habits and actions we do today to help make for a healthier tomorrow.

So let’s throw out the question: What kind of health do you want for your body 10-20 years from now?

Do you want a body that can walk around the block with ease, ski, hike, play games with the kids or grandkids, swim, bike around the neighborhood, workout and many more?

Or…do you want a body that will hurt with every step, one that gets out of breath with minimal activity, one that would rather sit on the couch, is overweight, maybe in a wheelchair or a motorized scooter, or you may not be around to experience life with your family and friends in 20 years?

I want to help you be the first set of answers and I hope you’ll reach out to me so I can help you.

Actions Today = Better Health Tomorrow

Here’s another scenario: As a mom you would do anything for your kids, right?  You will make sure they have everything they need, stay up all night when they are sick, and you’ll make sure they get to the various appointments, practices/games, etc. 

Once your baby is born and they grow up, the attention usually continues to stay on the child and that is when many moms begin to slowly lose the importance of herself and her health.

When you, as a mom, take care of yourself, you’re modeling healthy behaviors to your kids.  We all know that your kids watch what you do and learn from what you do much more then what you say. Your kids will see that mom is taking the time to plan and cook healthy meals, read labels at the store, and workout with weights to increase strength, etc.

Of course this isn’t a 100% guarantee that your child will grow up to be healthy, but it’s a great start as many kids want to be just like mom or dad.

Carbon Valley Half Marathon Autism RaceMoms, I would like to encourage you to bring your female teens (age 12 and up) along with you to one of the five ladies fitness groups I offer in Frederick and Niwot. It’s a time of getting healthy, fun, and mother/daughter time spent together. I’m also a mobile personal trainer that can come to your home and help you and your family workout together. 

Other ideas would be for your family to do a fun run or 5K together. Pictured here you see me and my family together last year as we did the Carbon Valley Half Marathon Autism Race together.

If you have younger children, you can also incorporate your kids/grandkids into your activities or workouts at home sometimes, and let them see that you’re taking your own health and wellness seriously. 

If you need help getting started or you’re ready to take action today for a healthier tomorrow, I’m here to help you through exercise and nutritional help. Click here or on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab to start changing your life for the better today.

Keep Low Back Pain At Bay With Exercising

Sep 4, 2013   //   by Tracy Rewerts   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Keep Low Back Pain At Bay With Exercising

Keep Low Back Pain At Bay With Exercising

Keep Low Back Pain At Bay With ExercisingFind out how to keep low back pain at bay with exercising, and how you can prevent low back pain if you take the time to do a few simple exercises to help strengthen and take the pressure off the back.

Back pain can be caused by many different stressors including sitting for long periods of time, muscle strain, structural abnormalities, stress, and more. If you’re suffering from back pain, be sure to ask your doctor if an exercise program is right for you.

When back exercises are done in a gradual and controlled manner, important nutrients are distributed into the soft tissues and disc space, which helps to keep your back healthy. When these exercises are also done consistently, they can help prevent reoccurring back pain, weaknesses, and stiffness. The trouble is getting people to do exercises before the back pain starts. Prevention is the key and will help to alleviate a lot of the problems of lower back pain.

Doing the right kinds of exercises is important, but especially for the lower back and core. This is one of the better explanations I’ve seen to describe the spine and the supporting muscles to help you understand this concept better.

As Dr. Cooper, MD explains, “The spine is like a mast on a ship. The same way that a mast on a ship has all these ropes attached to it, the ropes are attached to the mast to help unload the mast so that the mast doesn’t fall over and crack. A mast cannot support its own weight without the ropes. The same is true with the human spine. If you take the human spine out and put it on the table and you put some axial pressure on it, it can support about thirty-five pounds of pressure. We all weigh more than thirty-five pounds, so we rely on certain muscles that attach onto the spine to take the pressure off of the spine. When those muscles are weak or imbalanced, this leads to a lot of wear and tear within the spine. By getting the muscles right, we take the pressure off the spine and we make the spine a lot more durable”.

Try some of these tips to help keep low back pain at bay with exercising:

  • Engage your ‘dormant muscles’, the glutes and hamstrings, and stretch out your ‘shortened muscles’, most often the hip flexors, to undo the adverse effects of sitting for a long time each day and promote muscle balance. Most people will also have tight hamstrings, so be sure to include daily gentle stretches for these as well.
  • Exercise releases endorphins and are the body’s natural pain relievers. Endorphins are chemicals that occur naturally in the body, and when released they help block pain signals from registering with the brain, and alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and more.
  • The core muscles of the body, which include the abdominal and back muscles, play a critical role in supporting the lower back. If they’re not actively exercised on a regular basis, more strain will be placed on the lower back for everyday functional movements. You’ll most often hear people working their abdominal muscles and focusing on getting a ‘six-pack’, but don’t forget to strengthen the many extensor muscles of your back, as they are equally important.
  • Many people underestimate the impact of regularly applying forms of cold packs (to reduce inflammation) and/or hot packs (to help blood flow to the affected area) to help reduce lower back pain and the healing process.
  • Our spines are optimized for standing, walking, and moving around. So to prevent low back pain in the future or ease the pain if you suffer from it already, be sure to get out there and start moving to loosen things up and strengthen the muscles that are needed for support.

If you don’t know where to start and you need help in this area, click on the Time For Change Personal Training Services tab to either join our fitness group or work with me one-on-one to help strengthen your back and core muscles.

Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Fat

Jun 11, 2012   //   by Tracy Rewerts   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Fat

Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Fat

Metabolism is the key to weight loss, and all you need to know is the higher your metabolism, the more calories you’ll burn.  How do you boost your metabolism and burn more fat?  Your metabolic rate is influenced by your genetics, but exercising and watching what foods you eat can really boost your metabolism into high speed.

boost your metabolism and burn more fatNot all exercises are created equal when it comes to boosting your metabolism, so you must choose the best ones to obtain this goal.  You’re looking for exercises that do three things: burn calories during the workout, burn more fat and additional calories directly after the workout, and exercises that increase lean muscle mass which will then help you burn more calories and boost your metabolism.

Exercises To Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Fat

When you do an endurance workout that has a steady speed throughout, such as cardio machines for 45 minutes plus, you are burning calories, but you’re not going to get the burning of calories afterwards or building of muscle mass, so this only meets one requirement and is not the best choice to boost your metabolism.

Interval Training is a type of cardio workout where you push yourself at a higher intensity for a short period of time and then recover at a slower intensity of exercise. This will help you burn calories during the workout as well as give you burning of additional calories after your workout.

Strength Training or lifting weights is one of the best choices for boosting your metabolism because it helps you burn more fat and calories during and after your workout, and it helps increase your lean muscle mass. Time For Change Personal Training uses a combo of Strength Training and Interval Training to help you boost your metabolism big time and burn more body fat.

Foods To Boost Your Metabolism and Burn More Fat

Don’t waste your time working out if you’re going to miss the crucial step of feeding yourself the right foods.  A good workout and healthy diet go hand in hand, so you’ll need a variety in your healthy diet.  At a minimum, drink half of your body weight in ounces of water daily.

If you’re needing guidance on choosing the right exercises for the best benefit and what nutrition will help you lose weight, then click on the contact me tab above to get on the right track with your health!

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