No time, Make time!

We had some amazing sunshine this past week.  It was awesome to see the warm weather finally arrive.  So I took full advantage of it.  I manage to take a few breaks throughout the day in between slaving away at the computer working on our website.  I broke out the rusty iron weighted golf clubs for the first time this year.  I headed to the UBC driving range and pulled out the 5 iron and took my first swing.  I was hoping for a solid "whap" of the ball and a straight direct line to the 200 yard marker...but instead, I had a "whiff" and a "plop" and watched it slowly roll off the tee and off the mat onto the ground below.  That was definitely not a good start but that was ok, it was only the first time...

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Working out isn’t just working out.

It's march already!!  A quarter of the year is almost done.  And within this last quarter I have been training a client of mine in his mid 50's for proper body movements, balance and strength and training his body parts to work in tandem.  Like how our bodies are suppose to work, together as one unit.   This also helped him relieve pain in his lower back and neck and improved his overall posture.  So after progressing through hours of footwork, reaction time, coordination, linked muscles systems, and improved cardio endurance, we had our first match of racquetball.  I myself, as Josh noted in his blogs, am not the most experienced of players, although, I'm sure a few more times at the court and who knows...although, I only play to about 80% of my potential... My client and I had a fantastic time.  He had...

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Fun in the Sun!

Wow, this must be a record, another day of sun.  Yes, I'm being sarcastic but after all that snow and fog, it's great to have a nice stretch of sunny days.  It gives me that lift to go outside and even run with my dog.  Running is not my favourite activity, probably not even in my top 50.  But it changes up a dull routine when you haven't done it in awhile.  Plus we have the Vancouver Sun Run coming up and I want to be in somewhat, decent shape, to last through it.  Training outdoors around Vancouver is a treat.  I love going through the trails in Stanley park and just breathing in the fresh pine air.  And the dog enjoys sniffing all the new smells in the forest.  If you haven't run, jogged, walked or biked through or...

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Inspiring!!

Well if you didn't hear yesterday, a new president was ushered in to the United States.  Congrats to Barak Obama going against all odds and obstacles to achieve the most powerful position in America.  That was an inspiring and enlightening day for myself.  To see how one person can capture the spirit of people all over the world was overwhelming.  I believe we should take the positive from this historic moment and find what inspires us.  Find that one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning and keeps you going.  I'm inspired to keep striving for the next level of achievement.  If I can do a little part in helping you change to a more healthier and active lifestyle, for me, that's inspiring...  ~joe

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Good read…

I usually try and find interesting articles, sites or newsletters to read.  They are not always fitness related but in this case it is.  I subscribe to a newsletter by healthcastle.com.  It always provides snippets of the info on their site.  So today I was reading about trying to eat healthy on a budget.  Let's face it, in this economy every penny counts.  So here is a good read from me to you, enjoy. http://www.healthcastle.com/learn_cooking_budget.shtml ~joe

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A flight back home…

Hello all...well 2009 has begun.  After travelling back to ontario to visit family, being stuck on the airport runway for a couple of hours, and meeting the lead singer from a bluegrass band from Atlanta, Lovell Sisters, it's great to be back. If you've ever travelled on a plane for a long distance, you know how your body feels all cramped into those tiny uncomfortable kid sized chairs.  That's what makes it so important that you know how to do simple airplane stretch and movement routines.  I was feeling my glutes start to go numb and my back start to ache, so I went into one of my airplane stretch routines.  I was twisting my body like a pretzel with both passengers on either side of me wondering what the heck I was doing.  This got me into one thing...

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17 Days till Christmas!

Well, it's almost mid December.  Wow the year has gone fast.  Today seems like a greyish gloomy day in Vancouver.  For all those that don't live here, we do have something called sunny days.  Plus rain in the winter means snow on the mountains!! I did manage to be realitively active in the morning.  A quick upper body weight routine and a jog with the dog down to the the beach and back.  So every little active thing I do, I feel it as an accomplishment.  We're all busy but a little goes a long way.  Just think of all the extra treats and holiday parties coming up.  No need to feel guilty if you can manage do something extra.  Even walking a couple flights of stairs instead of taking that elevator will burn an extra 50 calories.  That's about 1/8th...

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