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Join in January and We will Waive the Joining Fee

YMCA Calgary will be waiving the joining fee in January!

This January, YMCA is making it easier than ever to get involved and make a difference in your health and wellness. For the first time ever, YMCA is waiving the joining fee! Join in January and you’ll save up to $75.00.

Because YMCA Calgary understands that every dollar counts, especially now. Take control and join a community that will keep you motivated to reach all your health goals.

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Sticking to Your 2013 Resolutions

One of the world’s leading experts on behavioral change (focused on changing addictive behaviors) talks about how to stay true to your 2013 resolutions. The interview is with John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the U of Scranton and was conducted by Maia Szalavitz:

“What are some of the most important things you can do to make your New Year’s resolutions stick?

— First is believing that it can be done. There’s a lot of cynicism surround New Year’s resolutions and it’s unwarranted. Our research indicates that somewhere between 40% to 46% of New Year’s resolvers will be successful at six months…”

Read the full interview on the Time Healthland website.

 


Sticking to Your 2013 Resolutions

One of the world’s leading experts on behavioral change (focused on changing addictive behaviors) talks about how to stay true to your 2013 resolutions. The interview is with John Norcross, a professor of psychology at the U of Scranton and was conducted by Maia Szalavitz:

“What are some of the most important things you can do to make your New Year’s resolutions stick?

— First is believing that it can be done. There’s a lot of cynicism surround New Year’s resolutions and it’s unwarranted. Our research indicates that somewhere between 40% to 46% of New Year’s resolvers will be successful at six months…”

Read the full interview on the Time Healthland website.

 


January resolutions

Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution? You know the kind…..lose weight, start exercising, stop doing this or that. How well do those resolutions actually work? If you come to a fitness facility in January you are in the company of many folks who have excellent intentions of getting leaner, stronger, fitter. The challenge with this is that we can venture into “all or nothing” thinking.

This kind of thinking sets us up for failure as nobody can have ideal health habits 100% of the time. It’s okay to have a treat sometimes! The key is how often – honestly – that you have that treat. If you indulge in a cookie (or three) on Monday, a mocha coffee on Tuesday, fries with your sandwich on Wednesday and so on, those treats can add up in a negative way. If, however, you allow yourself something that is a fun splurge two or three times a week, that is healthy and allows you to feel like you’re not missing out all the time.

Nutrition habits are just that: habits. Try to do one thing at a time and allow a week or two to let it settle and feel like you have it down. Then adding another habit can feel both comfortable and even, gasp, exciting. May 2013 bring many new healthy habits to you!


What type of cardio is the best for losing weight?

What type of cardio is the best for losing weight?

This is a question that trainers often hear, especially now with all the people that are starting off their New Year Resolutions.

The answer is that there is no real “best” exercise or machine. The best one is whatever activity that you enjoy to do and will keep doing. Let me explain.

To burn off fat, you need to be in a negative caloric balance. You need to burn more calories every day than you take in. Cardio is an excellent way to burn off some of those extra calories, as well as being good for strengthening your heart and lungs.

You can alter any cardio exercise so that you burn the same amount of calories in a given time.

For example if you burn 200 calories by walking on the treadmill in 30 minutes, you could ride the bike and adjust the tension or the RPM’s so that you burn 200 calories in 30 minutes. Same goes for any type of cardio or piece of cardio equipment out there. You can always make adjustments to the intensity to burn more calories.

The key factor in the cardio equation is how much you enjoy the particular cardio equipment that you are using. If someone tells you that running is the best way to lose weight and you want to lose weight than you will probably try running. If you hate running you will probably use any excuse to avoid it, therefore it is not a very good exercise for burning off fat. If you enjoy biking and will do it several times a week and will not make excuses to avoid biking, you will have better success in the long run.

The key to dropping those unwanted pounds is being consistent. The key to being consistent is engaging in activities that you enjoy doing and will continue to participate in.


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