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What’s the Fitness Journey About Anyway?

An interesting question, isn’t it?  Why do we put ourselves through the discomfort of working out?  Why do we stress about how to eat healthier?  What are we trying to achieve?  Be Healthier “Being healthier” is a very common fitness goal.  Losing weight and maintaining healthy blood pressure + cholesterol are important components of this […]

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What You Need to Know About Total Body Fitness

Total Body Fitness means what it implies – getting the total body fit. Here are the five most essential elements of a total body fitness plan. Learn more about how to achieve optimal fitness at any age – click here to download our eBook, I am Older, Now What? Strength Building In strength training, “Total […]

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A Few Words on Exercise and Injury

Here at Strand Fitness, one of our most important objectives is providing an injury-free environment. It is one of the most compelling reasons why we work the way we do with our clients.  Our one-on-one approach to fitness programming enables us to select the most appropriate exercise for each client.  This reduces the risk of […]

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Here is How to Predict Your Ability to Change

I love change.  My entire life has centered around it. But that doesn’t mean I believe it is easy! Over the years, I have become a student of change. I love the process of change. And I am curious what makes change successful. My corporate and consulting careers focused on creating change – either improving […]

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How to do Cardio as You Age

As we get older, “cardio” becomes less about “fat and calorie” burn and more about overall health and fitness.  If I had to explain this shift, I would say that the benefits of cardio become more real and more practical when we get older. Worry about cardiac function and preventing cardiovascular disease in our youth? […]

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Simplify Your Life

Over the 4th of July holiday, I dug out my copy of the book, Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things that Really Matter (by Elaine St. James).  While I chuckled my way through the comments about “planners” and “yuppies” (the book was written in 1994), the book’s message remains […]

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The Times They Are a Changing and So Are Our Bodies!

Thanks to Grace Schwanda for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Grace Schwanda has her personal trainer certificate from W.I.T.S (World Instructors Training Schools). She is actively exercising and working on her own fitness level at this ‘slightly older’ time of life. Grace is the soccer referee trainer for the  Wheaton Park District and […]

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Fitness – A Work in Progress

Waiting for Results Patience and fitness are two peas in a pod. We live in such an instant gratification world these days where an answer to a question or problem is a mere finger tap away on a cell phone. We have become accustomed to getting what we want, how we want it and when […]

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Got a Case of the “Blahs” in Your Strength Training?

Having a blah day We all have those days when motivation is tough to find. You may have had a tough day at work, you might be getting bored of your current routine or you’re simply having a blah day. So, what can you do when your body and mind just don’t feel like working out? […]

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Take the Fear out of Weight Loss

Trainers are Human Too “Trainers – they’re just like us!” I like to joke with my friends that health magazines should do a section on personal trainers like they do the celebrities in tabloid magazines, with the token page of Celebrities, they’re just like us. The article shows celebs pushing a shopping cart, drinking a […]

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