We all know the fountain of youth is not real, but there are things you can do to slow the aging process. One of the most surprising ways to do this is by lifting weights. Most people do not lift weights because they think cardio is the best way to tone muscles and lose fat. This is simply not true. Weight lifting is actually one of the best forms of exercise you can do. Let’s look at how weight lifting benefits your body beyond just weight loss.
You may think that once you have reached a “certain age” that it is too late to begin strength training. This is simply not true. It is never too late to start strength training with weights. Strength training offers many benefits for everyone, especially for those who are over the age of 50. Let’s take a closer look at what happens to your bones and muscles as you age, the benefits of strength training, and how you can get started.
Within the running community, there is a never ending debate between road running and trail running. You probably know someone who insists trail running is easier on the body while you have another friend who exclusively runs paved roads to avoid twisting an ankle. So which one is better? Let’s break down the benefits of road running versus trail running.
Running is often associated with ‘overuse injuries’ is not that we run too much, it is usually because an improper movement pattern is repeated over and over. Unfortunately very few people run with an efficient gait day after day, because our gait is affected by the other things we do in our day, and also what we have done in the past.
High Intensity Interval training has a large number of benefits to health. One in particular that is rarely spoken about is the effect it has on brain health. Recently a client of the gym joined my HIIT class sharing these interesting facts with me. I thought it was a great idea to share them with all of you!
If you've ever attended one of my courses, or done some personal training with me, you will have noticed that there are a few specific muscles I go on and on and on about. Regardless of the exercise, they always get a mention. Most incorrect movement patterns arise because one of these muscles isn't doing its job.
If you have been thinking about getting into ultra running, you have probably second guessed yourself when you think about how much there is to learn, and how painful it may be to learn these lessons the hard way. The good news is- you don’t have to learn the hard way. Whistler has an incredible community of experienced ultra runners, including our very own Peter Armistead.
An integral part of enjoying the on-mountain activities that we love so deeply is having the proper strength and endurance to take us from dawn until dusk. I am grateful that for the last 8 weeks, I’ve been able to team up with Helly to offer free training sessions to locals and tourists alike as a means to maintain our healthy, active lifestyles.