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FAQ’s about Exercise and your Heart

Category : Exercise

February is Heart Health Month


Of course, you’ve heard that you can reduce your risk of heart disease with exercise, but we wanted answer some FAQ’s about Exercise and your Heart because the confused mind won’t take action.


How Much? How Often? Read more about the American Heart Association’s recommendations


What should my heart rate be? Read more about monitoring your intensity level


Should I do Cardio or Strength first? Read more…it depends


How can I get the most out of cardio training? Read more about maximizing your cardio


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Pumpkin Workout

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The Pumpkin Workout is designed to help you burn off any extra calories you happen to eat on Halloween.
Grab a pumpkin and let’s get going!
Exercise #1: Pumpkin swings
Exercise #2: Step back lunge with a pumpkin twist
Exercise #3: Side-to-side lunge with a pumpkin curl
Exercise #4: Sumo squat with pumpkin up & over

Every time your eat a piece of candy do this workout & have fun!
P.S. The pumpkin I used for this video weighed 7 1/2 pounds and it was plenty heavy. If you can’t find a pumpkin that’s the right weight for you it’s OK to use a med ball or a hand weight instead.


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>May Madness Med-ball Move O’ the Month

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>It doesn’t get any easier than this: Medicine Ball Squat Pushes:

  1. Grab a medicine ball or light handweight (4-6lbs)
  2. Squat and press it out.
  3. Repeat Repeatedly!!!

Variation 1: Squat, Stand and Press the ball overhead.

Variation 2: Press the ball overhead as you squat! Very Challenging!!!

There you have it. Three great exercises that can challenge everyone. Need a med-ball? Go Here. Otherwise, use a light handweight and get squatting!

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>The "un-do" stretch

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>Whether you use a stability ball, a foam roller or a BOSU (both sides up) as a prop this is a great stretch for the muscles of your chest region which tend to get short and tight during daily activities.

Want to order a ball, BOSU or foam roller? Contact us!

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>xo warmup & cooldown tips

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Why warm-up?

The body does not respond very well going from inactivity to very intense activity. The cardio-vascular, musculo-skeletal, neurological and metabolic energy pathways need to be gradually stimulated in order to perform at an optimal level. Muscles that are warm have a much better ability to extract and utilize oxygen to produce energy. As muscles warm up, the enzyme activity level is increased. This means that fats and sugars are broken down more rapidly, and more energy and less lactic acid (the burning sensation) will be produced. This will of course, enhance your performance and increase your ability to burn fat!
Before you walk or run:
Start with a few simple moves to warm-up your ankles such as tapping your toes, heel raises, and ankle circles. Then, begin walking at a moderate pace and gradually increase your pace. If you intend to run, walk for at least 5 minutes and you will feel much better when you begin to run. Save stretching for the cool-down.

Toe lifts: A great exercise for reducing Shin Splints!!! Heel Lifts

Ankle Circles…you get the idea!

Why cool-down?
Your body also does not respond very well going from intense activity to complete rest. Your heart, lungs, muscles, joints, and energy systems require a gradual cool-down to avoid blood pooling in the lower extremities, dizziness and to assist in the recovery process.

After you walk or run:
If you run, Your muscles are all warmed up at the end of your workout. This is the BEST time to work on your flexibility. Many people blow-off this part of the workout, but flexibility training is just as important as cardiovascular and strength training.

Classic Calf Stretch and Quad stretch (use something for support, don’t arch your back!)
Hamstring Stretch & Hip Flexor Stretches.
Two reasons to stretch:
1) Stretching reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which you typically experience 24-48 hours after a workout.
2) Good flexibility will improve your posture and reduce low back pain. If you are tight in either your hamstrings or hip flexors they will pull your back out of neutral alignment an force you into positions which will strain your low back muscles.

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Partner Training with Medicine Ball

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Partner training with a friend or family member is a great way to add fun to your fitness routine AND save money too!

This week’s featured partners: Joanne & Ed

Stand sideways to your partner. Swing the the ball up and away from your partner; then swing it across your body and throw it to your partner. This exercise will increase core strength and reaction time.


Check out our video of the week!


Partner training keeps them motivated!

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Partner Training Core Exercise

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Partner training with a friend or family member is a great way to add fun to your fitness routine AND save money too!

This week’s featured partners: Kim & Rebecca (a sister act)

Great core exercise for partner training: Partner on left is rotating and using oblique muscles while partner on right performs an isometric abdominal brace.


Check out our video of the week!



 Kim says:

I like partner training with my sister because it pushes me to work harder.

Rebecca says:
Scheduling with Kim makes me show up because I know if I don’t she’s going to text me and ask “Where are you!?!?”


If you are interested in partner training, invite a friend to join you or talk to your trainer to help you find someone with similar abilities and schedule.

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New Year’s Resolution Success

Category : Exercise, Healthy Eating

A University of Scranton study suggests that only 8% of people achieve New Year’s Resolution Success.

How can you make 2017 a success?

  • Set behavior based goals
  • Track yourself on a daily/weekly basis
  • Reward yourself for sticking with it
  • Forgive yourself if you’re not perfect

Read more New Year Resolution Success 2017

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Holiday Survival Guide

Category : Exercise, Healthy Eating

Get through December without putting on the pounds read our Holiday Survival Guide!

It’s hard to stick to a healthy eating and exercise plan during the holidays. Everywhere you turn there are tempting foods and drinks—from treats at the office to your traditional family favorites. When you add in a busy schedule filled with shopping and social events that make it tough to squeeze in exercise, you have a recipe for disaster as far as your scale is concerned.

Read Holiday Survival Guide


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Motivation in March

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January is a distant memory…what about your New Years Resolutions? If they’ve fallen by the wayside, don’t worry…it happens to the best of us. Do you need to get moving again? Here’s what to do:


Keep track on a chart

It may seem silly, but most grown-ups are just as motivated as grade-schoolers by something as simple as a chart on the wall with stickers or smiley faces. Try this at home: Place a calendar which is dedicated to keeping track of your workouts in a prominent location such as your refrigerator. Everyday you workout draw a smiley face (or give yourself a sticker) on the calendar. Everyday you do not workout draw a big red “X” on the day. That way you have a visual. More than two red X’s in a row and you will know you better get a move on! Any week you have more smiley faces than X’s reward yourself!


Schedule four workouts per week.

Take a few minutes each weekend to look ahead to the coming week and figure out which four days and times you will exercise. Scheduling four may seem like a lot, but consider the fact that “something will come up” on one of those days and you will have to cancel. In that case, at least you will get three workouts in. Consider that fourth workout as a “bonus” workout. If you complete it reward yourself!


Find an exercise buddy.

Exercising with a friend is more fun. It also makes it harder to cancel your workout because you have someone to answer to. You may even want to wager a friendly bet: Anytime you or your friend skips a planned workout the one who cancels has to put $5 into the jar. At the end of the month the person with the best track record gets all the money in the jar.


Register for an event.

Starting in April the calendar is literally exploding with opportunities to participate in everything from a 5K walk/run to an Ironman Triathlon. Pick an event which will be challenging, but not ridiculously so. Check out Having an event out there on the horizon you know you will have to stick to your workout in order to be ready in time. Many event websites post a workout schedule which you can follow; if not, a personal trainer can help you organize your workouts so you will be prepared for your event.


Try something new.

Perhaps you are tired of the same old, same old. Try a new activity, get some new workout clothes or shoes, buy some new music or a new exercise DVD. A small monetary investment may be all you need to get yourself moving again. Wouldn’t you feel guilty if you let those new shoes just sit there collecting dust?


Remember, Spring is just around the corner and you want to be in great shape by then! Pick one of these ideas and give it a whirl. Let me know which one you try and how it is working for you I would love to hear from you!


Karin Jennings is a certified personal trainer and co-owner of XO Fitness, LLC in De Pere.