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Bridal Wellbeing in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   January 18, 2015 22:50

Ahhhh, engagement- such a wonderful time of expectancy and joy. But amidst the euphoria of becoming a fiancé, the parties and the showers, and the constant buzz surrounding your new relationship status, the reality of actually planning a wedding will eventually set in (if it hasn't already!). While many brides truly enjoy the planning process, the difficult decisions, family politics, and intricate coordination required in organizing the day can be emotionally and physically taxing. Fortunately, you can keep stress at bay by adhering to two basic principles. 

We all know that exercise and nutrition are the two most important contributors to overall wellbeing, and now is not the time to let these things slide (no matter how busy you get). Aside from the obvious physical benefits, smart decisions regarding healthy eating and physical activity can have a big impact in managing the stressors that inevitably come with planning a wedding. So we've put together a few tips for Saskatoon brides who are committed to maintaining a healthy body and mind in anticipation of the big day. 

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Pump Up Those Endorphins

Exercise in almost any form can bring major stress relief. If it isn’t already part of your routine, the most important thing is finding an activity that fits well with your lifestyle and extra-busy wedding planning schedule. In this winter climate, if you aren’t open to cross-country skiing or cold weather running, you’ll likely want to consider a membership at a local fitness facility. Snap Fitness, accessible 24 hours a day every day of the week, offers great amenities available on your schedule. Amidst all the things you have to coordinate when planning a wedding, you don’t want to have to struggle to find time for the gym before it closes. 

Locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, Snap Fitness also offers programs that give each member the opportunity to meet with a personal trainer to discuss goals and develop a plan. If you anticipate that committing to a long term exercise program could be challenging for you, the encouragement and support of a personal trainer may be just what you need. Check out our recent interview with Hailey Baron, co-owner of Snap Fitness, as she shares more about personal training at Snap Fitness as well as her own tried and tested fitness tips for brides. 

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Working out at home can also be a great way to fit in exercise on a tight schedule. Whether you're just getting started or stepping up your workout game, local Saskatoon business Fitness Solutions has everything you need for any style of exercise. Fitness Solutions brings in products from specialty fitness companies, and has everything from fitness accessories to complete workout systems and equipment. If you're looking for kettle bells, a TRX system, or you just want a yoga mat to do floor exercises on, stop by and chat with the knowledgeable staff and they will set you up with everything you need to achieve your goals. If you aren't sure where to start, the folks at Fitness Solutions will ask you questions and guide you in determining the products that will help you get the results you desire.

If you'd like some at-home workout inspiration (as well as recipes and more!), check out our Healthy Bride board on Pinterest. 

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Fuel Your Body

As important as exercise is in stress management and overall wellness, perhaps even more important is healthy eating. Meals made with fresh, whole foods are essential in getting the nutrition both your body and brain need to combat stress. There are a vast number of opinions out there with regards to the healthiest foods or best ways of eating, so we recommend that you research sources you trust to determine what is best for you.

If you have set a fitness goal in anticipation of your wedding, you may want to consider a nutritional supplement that will ensure you are getting the fuel your body needs to make the most of your workouts. Great for brides who are on the go, the range of nutritional products available at Believe Fit includes high quality, delicious, functional foods. Stop by Believe Fit in The Mall at Lawson Heights to chat with the experts about the best ways for you to supplement your workouts with nutrition. Believe Fit, locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, is also the exclusive distributor of Lorna Jane, a beautiful active life apparel brand out of Australia. Treat yourself to a fun new printed workout tank next time you reach a fitness goal! 

Photo Credit: Believe Fit

Every bride wants to look and feel her best on her big day. From reducing stress to boosting energy levels, a healthy diet and active lifestyle are key elements of bridal wellbeing. We hope that with these things in mind, you'll take the steps to ensure that you are feeling radiant, relaxed, and ready for one of the most wonderful days of your life. 

Featured in today's post are local businesses Snap Fitness, Fitness Solutions, and Believe Fit. These businesses are owned and operated by some of Saskatoon's most knowledgeable and encouraging health and fitness experts. Whether you have a specific fitness goal in mind or are simply looking for products that will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle, these folks have got the experience and expertise to provide you with the advice you need. Connect with these great local Saskatoon businesses on social media to stay in the know about upcoming promotions, new products, and local events.

5 Things: Health & Fitness in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   December 10, 2014 09:24

1. Just in time for Christmas, Fitness Solutions is offering a free activity tracker valued at $119.95 with the purchase of cardio equipment. This is a great gift for anyone who wants to track their activity 24/7!

2. Today only, Believe Fit has Six Pack meal management bags marked at 25% off while supplies last. This is a perfect gift for the fitness fiend on your list. 

3. Snap Fitness Saskatoon recently shared this post about 7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning. 

4. There's a free raw chocolate making class this weekend at the Farmers' Market! Space is limited, so sign up here

5. Add a healthy treat to your Christmas dessert repertoire with these delectable Coconut Delights. 

Enjoy your Wednesday!

Fall Fitness in Saskatoon

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 21, 2014 10:14

A change of season is a great opportunity to start something new. With autumn in full swing, for many of us the time is coming to make some adjustments to our physical activity routine. We’re still experiencing pretty much perfect weather right now, and I’m sure most of us are squeezing out every last drop. But as the chill inevitably comes upon us, slowly slipping out of reach are those warm evening jogs, the paddles on the river, the long bike rides. 

For some of us, the impending snowfall is seen not as a hindrance, but more so an opportunity to enjoy the best outdoor activities of the year. For others, however, winter is a time to avoid the outdoors as much as possible, which of course means moving that fitness regime indoors. There are basically two options here: work out at home or join an indoor league, club, or gym. 

Saskatoon has an untold number of awesome indoor recreation and fitness facilities that will keep you warm and active through winter. Locally owned Fitness Focus is one that is ramping up its offerings for Fall 2014. The group fitness classes are one of the major draws at Fitness Focus, with two new ones recently added to the comprehensive class calendar. 

The first of the new classes this fall is PiYo Live. Its a low-impact, high-intensity workout that combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility of yoga. Crank up the speed of the transitions and get your sweat, strength and stretch on with each workout.

Another addition is ZumbaR Step, the newest ZumbaR program. Tone and strengthen glutes and legs with a gravity-defying blend of Zumba routines and step aerobics. This will bring you maximum results without losing the classic easy-to-follow Zumba fitness-party.

With a wide variety of classes in yoga, step aerobics, core, spin, and much more, you’ll love the high energy and camaraderie of group workouts at Fitness Focus. There is, of course, also a great gym and cardio theatre if solo workouts are more your thing. And if you’d like some one-on-one assistance, the personal trainers at Fitness Focus are second to none. If you haven’t been in before, visit the Fitness Focus website for a free 2-week trial pass.

 

If you’re the hibernating type and would rather get your workout in the comfort of your own home, you can find pretty much anything you need at locally owned Fitness Solutions on Circle Drive. 

Fitness Solutions brings in products from specialty fitness companies, and has everything from fitness accessories to complete workout systems and equipment. Stop by and chat with the knowledgeable staff about your fitness level, needs, and desires, and they will set you up with everything you need to achieve your goals.

One piece of equipment that caught our eye in the store recently is the VersaClimber, which provides a crazy awesome workout in the least amount of time possible. It engages all the major muscle groups and produces excellent aerobic fitness. It is also easy on the joints, and saves floor space in your home when compared to treadmills or elliptical machines. 

Whatever your workout taste, the fitness world is your oyster at Fitness Solutions. If you’re a CrossFit junkie and want to extend your workout at home, they have rowers, rigs, racks, kettle bells, and more. If something like yoga is more your style, they’ve got everything you need in terms of mats, blocks, and straps. So if blasting those calories at home is your thing, get connected with Fitness Solutions and stay informed on current sales and promotions. 

We Saskatonians are fortunate to get to experience the change in seasons and all the fun fitness options that are possible for us, both indoors and out. Whether you love getting out and experiencing group fitness or you prefer to create your perfect home gym, we hope you have fun supporting local businesses in the process!  

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Cardio Training Tips

posted by Trusted    |   September 15, 2014 14:18

Locally owned and operated in Saskatoon, Fitness Solutions is a sincere company with a straightforward vision: to provide you with the fitness tools to change your life. They believe that with a little help, every single person has the ability within themselves to achieve their fitness goals and that "fitness is not a destination, it's a way of life.".

Fitness Solutions, your Trusted Saskatoon Fitness & Fitness Equipment experts, share a tip on cardio training. 

Cardio refers to light-to-moderate intensity activities that are sufficiently supported by aerobic metabolism that can be performed for extended periods of time. Cardio equipment is used to condition your heart through aerobic workouts that involve increasing your heart-rate and blood-oxygen levels. There are a ton of different options when it comes to cardio equipment, but which cardio machine is best for you?

 

Treadmill

Treadmills enable the user to set up an exercise regime that can be adhered to irrespective of the weather. Their cushioned tread provides substantially lower impact training than running on outdoor surfaces and their variety of preset programs and user settings allow you to experience a comfortable and custom workout every time you set foot on your treadmill. Treadmills offer instant feedback on your speed, distance, time and calories burned, which most users find to be very useful.

Elliptical

Elliptical training is a low-impact form of exercise. Low-impact exercise means exercise that is less stressful on your back, hips and knees compared to activities like running on a treadmill. You only need to use muscular strength to propel an elliptical machine, which offers benefits for older people, pregnant women, recovering athletes and people who are new to exercising. Since elliptical training can exercise various lower-body and upper-body muscles, you won't have to spend as much extra time working those muscle groups after you work out on an elliptical. You may be able to get in a well-rounded workout on an elliptical machine in less time.

 

Bike

If you have a previous or current injury caused from a higher impact sport, or if you prefer a lower impact workout than an elliptical can provide, bikes (recumbent, upright or spin) and rowers are a popular alternative. Both offer unique preset programs and features, whether it’s a low, medium or high intensity workout you’re looking for, all with zero impact.

An exercise bike gives you a low-impact workout that simulates riding a bike outside. Exercise bikes may be perfect for your fitness needs if you want something that is convenient and easy to use. An exercise bike does not take up much space and can be used indoors, rain or shine. 

While an upright bike offers a more traditional ride, the recumbent bike eases back tension and increases lumbar support as you ride.

The spin bike is another popular and effective cardiovascular workout, taking the user to a whole new level of cycling. Some models are specifically designed for triathletes and cyclists who want to reach an increased performance level, while other stationary bikes are designed for the entry-level rider looking to experience indoor cycling for the first time. Many stationary bikes also come with features including the latest screen technology and software programs, giving riders the ability to watch and experience an interactive training workout.

 

Rowing Machine

Rowing is an excellent exercise for attaining maximum physical fitness. Much like rowing a boat on the water, a stationary rowing machine can help to build and tone muscles, strengthen cardiovascular function and increase stamina. Rowing machines are particularly effective for older fitness enthusiasts because there they place no strain on the back and joints.

Rowing invokes all the muscles of the body and trains them evenly. With little pressure on the joints, rowers work the legs, hips and buttocks with each stroke. They also use upper body muscles, strengthening the back, shoulders and arms. The trunk and core are engaged in the exercise as the rower performs each stroke. You can also adjust most rowing machines to create a tighter resistance to build muscle.

How can I get the best workout for my body?

As you might have guessed, incorporating both strength and cardiovascular training into your workouts will produce the best overall results.

Cardio workouts boost your blood-oxygen levels, which greatly aid your body’s performance in recreational activities like high intensity sports or even just walking up a few flights of stairs without being winded.

Strength training will complement your cardio by allowing your body to utilize more muscles without using as much effort, not to mention the multitude of positive effects that strength training has on your body and physical well-being.

Visit Fitness Solutions' impressive showroom, or shop online! We suggest you read what their happy clients had to say in their listing on Trusted Saskatoon. Trusted is proud to give Fitness Solutions the thumbs up!

Check out Fitness Solutions' Spotlight Profile for contact details and to stay connected on social media.

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