No, NOT this kind of Big Mac ….
Join Today/Come Often is the Motto at the MAC. I recently renewed my membership and made a commitment to myself to attend regularly. Whether at the Big MAC, Little MAC, or any of the number of fitness centers on Cape Ann, the key is to find at least one, two or three exercises you enjoy, can afford, and that fit into you lifestyle. Then, make time to engage in them regularly. Mix it up and have FUN!
Spinning at the MAC. A friend was at my 3rd spin class with Marcy Myler Plante. When I told them ‘it’s been 5 years since I last went spinning,’ I felt a bit like I was making confession. “Marcy’s class is pretty intense to start off with after not spinning for 5 years.” But Marcy’s words of ‘Power,’ ‘Consistency and Balance’ and her high energy, encouragement and support make it fun. The time flies by and I easily burn 500 calories. I was even gifted a gym bag for ‘most consistent’ spinner. 😀
For ‘Snow Birds’ and Those Traveling – Wherever you are, you can usually find healthy places to go for a walk or hike. You can also look for guest membership passes, bike rental shops, local exercise, yoga, or dance classes to keep up with your routine.
Most of me and my husband’s vacations are geared around exercise and relaxation. On a recent holiday trip to California, I made it a point to exercise daily. Walking, hiking, biking, horseback riding and even a short-term gym membership helped me stay-on-track with my 21-day fitness challenge.
Winter Exercises – A fellow YMCA member once told me, when it comes to exercise outdoors – “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Cape Ann has lots of great places to x-country ski and snow shoe, when there’s enough snow. Goose Cove, Ravenswood, Coolidge Reservation, Bass Rock Golf Course, Seine Field are just a few. Local ponds can be used ice skating and ice hockey, **Only if it stays cold enough and the ice is thick enough for safety. Check before you go and dress appropriately before you go.**
Do you have a favorite winter sport or place for winter activities?
Exercise Indoors/Outdoors. Besides fitness center and gyms, yoga studies, dance and tai chi classes, there are plenty of outdoor activities to partake in on Cape Ann, to help you stay active and fit, and feeling younger. For a list of some of the Fitness Centers on Cape Ann – http://gloucesterma.com/Health-Fitness.cfm?c=64
Note: If you have not been exercising, check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program. Avoid exercising outdoors in extreme weather conditions. Check with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) for recommendations regarding exercise.
More Information on Exercise in the Coming Weeks.
Healthy Thinking PLUS Healthy Eating, Exercise and Support Can Make it Easier to attain and maintain your healthy goals. Your ‘inner dialogue’ or the thoughts you hold can effect your habits and behaviors.
‘Exercise Makes Me Smile.’ ‘Exercise, Energize.’ These are just some of the affirmations you will hear in my self-hypnosis recordings for ‘exercise motivation and healthy weight.’ And now I have Marcy’s mantra’s to add to my own.
Contact me with questions, and for information to help you get and stay on track with your healthy goals. ~ Karen
Karen Pischke B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N. Alumnus. Certified Hypnotherapist, Tobacco Treatment Specialist, Usui Reiki Teacher/Komyo Shihan. Owner/Founder of Dreamtime Wellness LLC. Your Bridge to Health. Promoting Optimal Wellness for Mind, Body and Spirit www.DreamtimeWellness.com. Find us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dreamtime-Wellness-/348619611849199
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