Exercise To Improve Your Balance and Confidence – Gold’s Gym, Douglasville, GA

Exercise and Fitness Tips

We all seek balance in our life while juggling the demands of work, family, friends and carving out a little ”me time” that is so important. What we don’t pay enough attention to is how important balance is to our health. Balance, is the communication between your mind and your muscles that allows the body to remain stable.

Balance is an important skill for everyone, especially as we age. Nearly any activity that keeps you on your feet and moving, such as walking, can help you maintain good balance. You can also include balance exercises in your daily routine.

How good is your balance?

Try balancing on one foot while waiting in line, or stand up and sit down without using your hands.

When you’re ready to try balance exercises, start with Weight Shifts
· Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs
· Shift your weight to your right side, then lift your left foot off the floor
· Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
· Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.

Try the Shoulder Press with Dumbbell
· Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your weight equally distributed on both legs. Hold the dumbbell in your left hand and press your arm upward until your forearm is perpendicular to the floor. Lift your right leg off the floor and bend it back at the knee
· Hold the position as long as you can maintain good form, up to 30 seconds.
· Return to the starting position and repeat on the other side. As your balance improves, increase the number of repetitions.
· For added challenge, balance on the leg opposite the weight or while standing on a pillow or other unstable surface.

If those exercises seem too easy then begin to incorporate balance training into your strength workout. Use a balance board or Bosu ball under one or both feet while performing upper body exercises. Another option is to roll up a towel and use that instead. The point is to put the body on a slightly uneven surface to train the mind and muscles to stabilize while doing biceps curls, lateral raises or any upper body movement. You will notice that maintaining balance while moving both arms simultaneously is easier than trying to compensate while moving one arm at a time. Start balance training with easy exercises and gradually increase the challenge.

Gold’s Gym, West Cobb and Douglasville, GA.  Gold’s Gym – Hospital Drive is home of the $15 a month membership.

Senior Fitness, Silver Sneakers – Gold’s Gym Douglasville

Silver Sneakers Program Big Hit With Senior Community

Exercise and physical activity are some of the best things older adults can do to stay healthy.  Moderate exercise can improve health and mental flexibility. Some seniors are concerned that physical activity or exercise may be too strenuous or may do more harm than good.  In fact, it’s an inactive lifestyle that proves to do more harm than exercise does.

The SilverSneakers Fitness Program is the nation’s leading exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. Silver Sneakers membership is a full facility membership that provides unlimited access to all that Gold’s Gym offers. Muscular strength and range of motion, cardio conditioning, are just a few of our exercise options. Silver Sneakers is so much more than just another discount. This is a lifestyle intervention that is truly the best health insurance you can have! 

The program is typically offered to Medicare-eligible members of a sponsoring organization or health plan however anyone of any age is welcome to participate. Medicare-eligible members are adult’s age 65 or older, or, in some cases, those of any age deemed disabled and receiving Medicare.

SilverSneakers ™ Classes-

SilverSneakers(tm)I (Muscular Strength & Range of Movement)-

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

 

SilverSneakers� II (Cardio Circuit)-

Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head to toe stretching and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

Visit our class schedule for a complete list of all classes available.

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Kids Fitness Tips from Gold’s Gym, Douglasville

Get Your Children Moving

With one in three American children now overweight, how do you keep your kids from joining the heavy ranks? Gold’s Gym provides you with an expert plan for children of all ages.

When First Lady Michelle Obama chose to focus on the fight against childhood obesity, she pointed a spotlight on an alarming and growing problem. “Over the past three decades childhood obesity rates in America have tripled,” according to a statement by the First Lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative. “If we don’t solve this problem, one-third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives.” In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers stated that due to obesity-related conditions like diabetes and heart disease the current generation of youth could have a shorter life expectancy than their parents—for the first time in American history.

There’s a simple reason: Technology has made us less active while food portions have as much as quintupled. Most children spend up to seven hours a day, at the computer or TV. In fact, only a third of them get in enough aerobic activity (the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 60 minutes per day) and many schools are cutting back on physical education programs.

So how can you encourage your kids to keep active—and make sure that they grow up instead of out? We asked Len Saunders, an American Heart Association spokesperson on childhood obesity and a former member of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

First, he advises, bear in mind that as a parent, you hold the key. “You’re the role model,” he says, “and if your children see you living an unhealthy lifestyle, they are going to mimic that.” So make sure that your family places a high priority on healthy eating and regular exercise.

“Second,” he says, “try not to use television as a babysitter too often.” You don’t want your child to make a habit of plopping down on the couch—the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests setting a two-hour limit on screen time—and a recent study showed that children who are continually exposed to food advertisements down 45% more snacks. Saunders realizes that most parents have busy schedules that make it hard to entertain their kids and get through their to-do list—”I went for a jog at eleven last night,” he admits—but getting your kids to be more active is easier than you think. “You just need to be creative,” he says.

Here are surefire ways to get kids of any age off the couch:

Activate Your Toddler

Ages: 2-4
Children in this age group are the easiest to get moving—they have tons of energy and are too young for Xbox addiction. A trip to the local jungle gym might be all the impetus your kids need to run wild—but even if you’re housebound, you can get them moving:

• Put the chicken dance or macarena on YouTube and ask them to join in.
• Get their imagination going by having them crawl like a lion or hop like a kangaroo.
• Make letters with your body and have them mimic you. They can learn the alphabet and play at the same time.

Power Up Your Primary School Age Child

Ages: 5-9
While most five-to nine-year-olds feel the draw of technology, they still have tons of energy and a constant drive to play. So swap out video game marathons for these activities:

 

• Have them help you with housework. “Most kids this age actually want to vacuum; they think its fun,” says Saunders.
• Organize pick-up softball or ultimate Frisbee in your backyard, or sign them up for a Little League team.
• Once they learn to ride a bike, schedule family fun rides and find safe routes that they can take when you are too busy to go out.
• During the fall and winter, make a game out of who can clear the most leaves or snow in the quickest time. Winner gets hot chocolate.

Motivate Your Tween

Ages: 10-13
As children’s ages hit the double digits, so does their sense of independence. “They are going to want to stay up later and spend more time on the computer,” Saunders says. He suggests a two-for-one swap where the kids get one minute of computer or television for every two minutes of exercise (his cap on technology is two hours). “This is a way to find some middle ground,” Saunders explains. “You aren’t saying they can’t use the computer—you’re making a reward out of it.”

• Encourage your kids to join teams at school. “Physical activity at this age really helps grow self-esteem,” he says. If your children initially struggle at sports, flip on your cheerleader switch and get them to keep trying. “When kids fail early at sports, many go into a cocoon and reach for technology even more,” Saunders observes.
• Let them try out karate or another form of martial arts. If lessons are too expensive, use instructional videos on YouTube.
• Get them a pass for the local swimming pool and check if there are open races in your area—there’s nothing like some competition to inspire your tween.
• Buy each kid a skateboard or roller skates and a helmet! On weeknights they can freestyle in the driveway; on the weekends they can show off their skills at the roller rink or skate park.
• Sign up as a family for a charity run or walk. Then train together three or four nights a week after dinner.

Train Your Teenager

Ages: 14-18
Once they’ve made the leap from middle school to high school, most kids are mentally and physically ready to start going to a gym. Teenagers who learn to work out regularly are beginning a healthy discipline that will follow them into adulthood. “Also, this is the time when fat cells can really start developing,” Saunders says. “It’s much harder for adults who didn’t exercise when they were young to lose weight.”

If you decide to let your teens start hitting the weights, here are some pointers from Saunders:

• Supervise them closely. Make sure they know the proper way to use the machines and free weights, and check their form.
• Make sure they’re lifting the proper amount of weight. Rule of thumb: They should be able to do 12 to 15 repetitions.
• Explain the proper breathing technique: Exhale as you lift, inhale as you release.
• Talk to your kids about muscle recovery. Tell them not to work out the same muscles every day. And explain the importance of taking days off to let the body rest.
• Consider treating your kids to a session with a personal trainer. The trainer can explain the benefits and principles of strength training, point out the different muscle groups, demonstrate how to use a variety of machines and give a lesson in free-weight basics.
• Most important, tell your kids that change won’t happen overnight. Many teenagers want to see results right away and get discouraged when they don’t. Emphasize that it takes a lot of time and work to get Mark Wahlberg’s biceps or Venus Williams’s thighs.

For a fun family activity check out the tennis program at Gold’s Gym on Hospital Drive or the rock wall at Gold’s Gym Chapel Hill.

Tips for Better Time Management from Gold’s Gym, West Cobb

 Always running late for that next appointment? Feeling rushed moving from one task to another?  Here are some tips to help you make the most of your time and make sure exercise is part of your routine.

Plan your next day before you leave the office today.  Take the last 10 minutes to write down what needs to be accomplished tomorrow. Highlight the most important tasks.

Stay away from the Life Suckers. Life Suckers will waste exactly as much of your time as you permit. In the end your time will be reduced by them, and you will only have yourself to blame. You must jealously guard your time in order to stay productive. If you are productive you are in control.

Change your email patterns. Set your email setting so that new emails arrive in your Inbox every ten minutes. You will be less likely to be interrupted. Email is not intended for instant communication.

Be on time. Simply put, show respect for other people’s time and they will eventually show respect for yours.

If you wait to get motivated before you make calls or do that dreaded task remember this, motivation comes from action not the other way around. Take action now! Your activity will motivate you to keep going. You will always feel better after you accomplished something.

Now that you have put to use your time management skills, don’t forget to make time for exercise in your week.  Schedule it; write it in your calendar.  Be consistent with the date and time each week and make it a habit. Group exercise classes are a great way to ensure a total work out.  Check out the schedule of classes to find one that works for you.

Gold’s Gym West GA – your partner in health and fitness.  Check us out with a 7 day pass or check the August Special.

Benefits of a Strong Core from Gold’s Gym West Georgia

What is the core?  Is it only the steroetype of 6-pack abs or a small waist?  Quite the opposite, even though those are two great side effects of having a strong core. The core muscles are actually the muscles from the hips to the shoulders.

A strong core makes everything you do easier.  What people don’t realize is that your core muscles are actually the center of your body’s strength. A strong core can make you not only stronger but also more stable as you perform daily activities. 

Here is a list of some of the benefits of a strong core:

1. Strengthening core muscles will improve posture and prevent low muscular back pain.

2. Helps avoid back injury.

3. Improves physical performance

4. Improves balance

Gold’s Gym West Georgia has begun a New Program called Group Core.  Group Core is a 30 minute group training session that works all the core muscles from the shoulders to the hips in a dymanic and motivating group environment.  Get a FREE Week Pass NOW to check out Group Core and all the other Group Fitness Programs at Gold’s Gym West Georgia

Article Contributed By Leslie Austin

Gold’s Gym West Georgia Members – What Is Your Story?

I’ve been thinking again about the changes we go through when we reach certain personal goals. Most of us anticipate these destinations as clear and certain experiences of self actualization, becoming the best of who we are. I believe this has been true with everyone of our Gold’s Gym members who have done what they set out to do.

They tell us something this important does not happen with a simple wish, but requires a soulful fire deep down low. The wish becomes desire and the first match is struck as the wildfire of change begins to spread.

We each have a story. What we tell ourselves about our story controls our destiny, informing us whether or not we are truly capable of becoming more. All of us have a unique tale of family, friends, schools, romance, marriage, births, deaths, tragedies and triumphs. This life-long drama has made us who we are. But story creates the lens through which we see ourselves and sometimes blurs the real truth of what we can accomplish. We must understand the incredible power we can obtain and look beyond false limitations.

What force is this that enables us to see through the mist of our past so that we come to know the divine power of self actualization in our future? Is it a whisper from the breath of God or an epiphany of the soul? I believe it is both, in that order, and thus we find the strength to change our lives and become who we are meant to be. We can do anything if we believe in ourselves. Listen to the deep voice inside your chest and take action. Then feast on your possibilities and know yourself again for the first time.

Tell us your Story of Strength and you could win an Ipod Nano!  Become a Fan on our Facebook page today and click on contest! 

Tom Butler, Gold’s Gym, Douglasville, GA.

Tips for A Great Gold’s Gym West Georgia Group Fitness Experience

Be Prepared. Arrive at class early, bring a towel and a water bottle, and wear a good pair of fitness shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move easily in. If you’re new to a class, introduce yourself to the instructor, and explain if you have any injuries or medical conditions that could affect how you exercise.

Get a Good Spot. If possible, stand at the front of the class, making sure you have a good view of the instructor. And if you have questions, stick around after class to ask them.

Work out for YOU. During class, the instructor may show you how to modify the exercises to make them easier or more challenging. Do the version that you’re more comfortable with.

Make a Commitment. Go to at least three sessions of a new class before you decide whether it’s for you. By the third class you’ll have become familiar with the movements and exercises.

Stay for Stretching. Don’t bail as soon as the heart-pumping action ends. You’ll burn more calories post-workout if you allow yourself time to stretch.

See the Complete Gold’s Gym West Georgia Group Fitness Schedule for All locations!

Article Contributed by Gold’s Gym Group Fitness Director, Leslie Austin

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