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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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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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Find Your Motivation to Workout and Be Fit!

Fitness is a journey While the weather may variably suggest otherwise, spring is here! And this is usually the time of year when the motivation to get your workouts in begins to fade. The crowds at the gyms are now becoming more and more sparse as individuals begin to put their resolutions on hold. Work […]

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You Can Benefit from Strength Training at Any Age!

Why I like strength training About a year ago, I wrote about why I like strength training. These were my reasons: Helps me stay young and in control It enhances my overall health It translates to more ease and stability in my life Builds my confidence, resilience, and determination Creates satisfaction and gratitude It’s fun […]

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5 Stages of Change Towards Smart Fitness

5 Stages of Change The New Year often comes with a lot of personal self inflicted expectations and often unrealistic goal setting. How many times have you given yourself a deadline that was so overwhelming that you don’t even know where to begin? For me, the task of organizing my closet and getting rid of […]

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Strand Fitness Announces: New Mobility and Movement Solutions

As we get older, doesn’t it feel like we wake up one day and suddenly our bodies are creaky and our joints don’t move like they used to? If you are like me, this seems to happens overnight. But in reality, that is the aging process. As we get older the saying – “use it […]

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I Want to Age Less This Year – How About You?

“I want to work on being fit so I can age less as I age!” This studio visitor nailed it! Those words are what many of our clients tell me. They want to work with our personal trainers not because they want to be younger. But because they want to age less as they get […]

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A Personalized Strength Training Program is the Way to Go

Thanks to Gail O’Connell for contributing to our blog and writing this post. Gail is a fitness enthusiast and a role model for healthy and fit living. It’s hard to keep up with Gail. She’s always on the go – hiking, meeting up with friends, hosting book clubs, traveling here and abroad. She attributes her […]

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