KERRIE FITNESS – Top 10 Reasons Women Should Hit the Weights.

Shana Verstegen is an ACE-certified personal trainer and an American Council on Exercise National Fitness Expert.
Strength training is an important part of improving your overall fitness, and for women, it can mean much more. In addition to numerous health benefits, adding weights to your routine can become a form of personal development that builds strength in all areas of life. When I was a teenager, my grandmother used to tell me to stop lifting weights—it wasn’t lady-like, and the weight room should be a place for men. Several years later, she developed serious osteoporosis that put her in a wheelchair. Although most of the lessons she taught me were valuable, we eventually came to the mutual agreement that lifting weights is a wonderful thing for women to do. Today, more and more women are recognizing the benefits of spending time in the weight room.

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KERRIE FITNESS -Stay Motivated to Workout With Group Fitness.

Your long training season is just underway and already you’re struggling to stick with it. The solution might be standing right beside you. Whether it’s a running club, a spin class at the gym, or a group cycling adventure, exercise partners can help motivate endurance athletes and fitness junkies to get out of a training rut.

Experts agree that working out in a group can encourage a person to begin an exercise routine in the first place, as well as keep them committed in the long term. A review published in the Journal of Medicine and Sciences in Sport and Exercise identified a number of studies that link social support with exercise adherence.

“Having someone to experience the workout with can help keep them motivated,” says Cindra Kamphoff, a certified sport psychology consultant at The Runner’s Edge in Mankato, Minnesota. “By knowing others are experiencing this same thing, it normalizes the pain and discomfort that can be a part of exercise.”

Group exercise has its challenges. But the pros often far outweigh logistical hurdles and other complications. If you’re looking to start an exercise routine for the first time, or reignite your passion for a sport or fitness regimen, try to recruit a few friends or join an organized club, group or organization. When it comes to working out, there’s strength in numbers.

Challenges to Group Exercise

  • Size: If a group is too big, you can end up feeling lost in the crowd. Rather than being motivated, the group allows you to get away with giving less than your all. Be sure to find a group that provides some individual attention.
  • Bad Instructors: While most coaches and teachers are good at what they do, you may need to shop around to find the best fit. Find an instructor who will motivate, not frustrate, you.
  • Waning Confidence: Joining a group can take some guts, especially if you’re new to the sport or activity. Look for a supportive, likeminded group to cut down on your anxiety.
  • Lack of Options: Depending on where you live, group exercise options can be limited. Don’t let the lack of a group stop you. Instead, consider starting your own.

Benefits of Group Exercise

  • Accountability: You’re less likely to skip a workout if you work out with friends in an organized group.
  • Camaraderie: Working out with a group turns exercise into a social activity. It’s no longer a chore, but a healthy getaway that you might just start to look forward to.
  • Identity: When you workout with others, the activity tends to form a link with your identity. The group builds, feeds, and maintains that image you’ve created. Ultimately, it can help you stick with your routine.
  • Competition: Friendly competition can help motivate you to exercise even on the days you don’t feel like working out. You’re less likely to skip a workout if you know your competition will be waiting for you.
  • Encouragement: On the days you’re feeling sick or unmotivated, the group often picks up the slack and helps restart your engine.
  • Enjoyment: Working out alone can get boring and suddenly you’re not having fun anymore. Sharing your training experience with others—both the challenges and triumphs—can increase the enjoyment of the activity or training routine.

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KERRIE FITNESS – Shares – Vigorous exercise determines successful ageing

17-Aug-2018

The data showed that older adults who participated in more than 5000 METs of exercise each week saw the greatest resection in chronic disease.

The researchers compiled data from The Blue Mountains Eye Study (BMES) — a population-based study of common eye conditions and a range of other health outcomes in a suburban population, which started in 1992. The analyses involved 1584 adults over 49 years old, living west of Sydney. The sample participants did not have cancer, coronary artery disease and stroke at baseline and were followed over 10 years.

Information was collected from the participants on their performance of moderate or vigorous activities and walking exercise. This was used to determine total metabolic equivalents (METs) minutes of activity per week. Successful ageing status was determined through a questionnaire and was categorised as the absence of depressive symptoms, disability, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms and systemic conditions like cancer and coronary artery disease.

The data showed that older adults who participated in more than 5000 METs of exercise each week saw the greatest resection in chronic disease. The current World Health Organization guidelines recommend at least 600 MET minutes of physical activity each week. That is equivalent to 150 minutes of brisk walking or 75 minutes of running.

The researchers found that participants who engaged in the highest level of total physical activity were twice as likely to avoid developing chronic conditions like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, angina and stroke. They were also more likely to have optimal mental and physical health 10 years later.

While some adults may not be able to engage in high levels of activity, the researchers encourage inactive adults to do some sort of exercise and those engaging in moderate exercise to increase their levels of physical activity where possible to ensure successful ageing.

Originally published in Scientific Reports   

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KERRIE FITNESS – Irrespective of the weather!

Watsons Bay, Sydney. Looking out the window it was cold, raining, overcast and windy… I know, let’s go check out Watsons Bay!

And we did. Even managed to take some photo’s and had a great time exploring the area.

Just remember, you never know what life will throw at you next, so be sure to savour and enjoy what you are doing right now. Especially with the ones who are dear to you.

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KERRIE FITNESS – Time to wander through Surry Hills, Sydney

With a beautiful spring day in full swing, what better way to spend it than wandering through historical Old Surry Hills in Sydney.  Checking into some of the beautiful old pubs, The Keg and Brew, The Dove and Olive, The Strawberry Hills Hotel, The Madison Hotel and The Royal Exchange.  Full of history, good food, good wine and good people.  Get out and about, enjoy life, meet some people, make a new friend.  Funniest quote of the day was from a publican to Kerrie…”Oh look at you standing there like a Princess”.  Never seen Kerrie blush so much!

So why don’t you wander in to KERRIE FITNESS and train with Kerrie in person?

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KERRIE FITNESS – Blue Suede… Boots!

On a sunny Friday afternoon what better way to enjoy good company than to sit down and relax at Darling Harbour. Take in the views, good food, good wine and good conversation.  Take the time to check in with your significant other, wine makes it easier to ask the hard questions which sometimes need to be asked.  If you don’t communicate, how do you know you’re even on the right page? We do this regularly and find that it not only keeps our business on track but also our relationship.  Even after 23 years together, we take the time to make sure our marriage is all it can be.

So after some couple time in the city, how about some “YOU” time at KERRIE FITNESS, to check in and fine tune yourself physically?

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KERRIE FITNESS – How to naturally produce more anti-anxiety and antidepressant hormones

03-October-2018

Do you often find yourself feeling like you got up on the wrong side of the bed?

Fluctuating moods can completely change our experience of life, affecting not just how we feel about each and every day but also our relationships with those around us.

The way we feel on a day-to-day basis can depend on many things. Some of it might be related to things that are happening in our world. It’s normal and natural to feel a full range of emotions and to respond with sadness or anger to certain situations. But sometimes, we can feel flat, moody or down for no apparent reason – but this we can change!

More often than not, we can have a positive impact on our mood by addressing the balance of hormones associated with our happiness. Let’s take a look at some of the more common happy hormones and what can impact on us maintaining optimum levels of them to begin with.

Serotonin

One of the better known happy hormones, serotonin, functions as a neurotransmitter in the brain and helps us to feel happy, calm and content. What you may not know about this lovely hormone is that around 80% of it is made in our gut. There really is something to the phrase “gut feeling” – it’s hard to feel great when you are suffering with digestive challenges! Another common scenario involves a see-saw between serotonin and melatonin. Melatonin is our sleep hormone; it is responsible for sending and keeping us asleep. They work antagonistically, so when one goes up the other goes down. For some people though, they end up round the wrong way. If this happens, you might find yourself feeling down and sleepy most of the day.

Endorphins

Endorphins are also well-known for their mood-lifting effects. They help to reduce pain as well as helping us to feel uplifted. Many people know of the link between endorphins and exercise, and indeed, they are stimulated by physical activity.

Progesterone

When we think about progesterone, we might only think about the role it plays in our fertility. But this powerful hormone has other biological functions in the body. Progesterone is a powerful anti-anxiety agent, an anti-depressant, and a diuretic, which means it helps us to eliminate excess fluid. Progesterone is supposed to be the dominant hormone in the second half of the menstrual cycle, known as the luteal phase, and during our childbearing years it is predominantly made in the ovaries. However, we also make some progesterone from our adrenal glands, and this becomes our main site of production after menopause. Because our adrenals also make our stress hormones, chronic stress – which is extremely common these days – can compromise our adrenal progesterone production. Stress can also contribute to irregular ovulation or anovulatory cycles, and ovulation is required to stimulate the increase in progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle.

So now that we know a little bit about some of the hormones responsible for our mood, what can we do to boost them?

Bring awareness to your breath

We can influence our stress hormone production via our breath. When we breathe diaphragmatically (long, slow breaths that move the belly in out and out), this communicates calm to our body, which supports sex hormone balance as well as digestion.

Ensure excellent digestion

Digestion is the cornerstone of our health as it is through digestion that we absorb all the nutrients from our food, many of which act as building blocks for our hormones. There are numerous ways we can improve our digestion such as chewing our food well, eating mostly whole, real foods (limiting or avoiding anything processed/artificial) and eating in a calm, relaxed state.

Support liver function

When it comes to how we look and feel on a daily basis, the liver packs a mighty punch. It is the key organ responsible for eliminating problematic substances, including ‘old’ hormones that we no longer need. Reduce your intake of ‘liver loaders’ (trans fats, refined sugars, synthetic substances, alcohol and caffeine) and increase your intake of plant foods – particularly leafy green vegetables of the Brassica family, which the liver especially loves!

Movement

The mood-lifting effects of exercise are well established, but many people still believe that they have to slog it out at the gym or run long distances to get the benefits. Move your body in a way that you enjoy! Also remember that incidental movement is highly beneficial so look for more ways to incorporate movement in your day.

This article was originally published by Dr Libby for Body and Soul.

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KERRIE FITNESS – Summers day in Winter.

Waking up to a very summers like day in the middle of winter calls for one thing… Dash to the city and enjoy life.

The easiest way to enjoy life is being in control of your health.

So come and visit Kerrie at her studio KERRIE FITNESS, for all the exercise, motivation and direction you need to achieve your personal fitness goals.

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KERRIE FITNESS – Resistance training – YOU are never to old to start!

Regular resistance training improves exercise motivation

17-Aug-2018

A recent study conducted in the University of Jyväskylä suggests that resistance training improves exercise motivation and contributes to making exercise planning among older adults. Exercise motivation and exercise self-efficacy are key factors in continuing resistance training.

Resistance training can maintain and increase muscle strength and functional capacity when aging and it is recommended for older adults at least twice a week. However, only a few meet these recommendations. Sedentary lifestyle has unfavorable associations also with psychological functioning and mental health.

The study investigated the effects of a nine-month supervised resistance training intervention on exercise motivation, exercise planning and exercise self-efficacy. In addition, it was examined whether these factors predict the continuation of resistance training for the next year following the intervention. The study involved 104 healthy 65-75-year-olds who did not meet physical activity guidelines for endurance exercise at baseline and did not have previous resistance training experience.

Nine months of regular resistance training increased the intrinsic motivation for both training and physical activity in general: the subjects started to enjoy exercising. Additionally, exercise planning increased, indicating that the subjects started to think about how to start and maintain a physically active lifestyle, says Tiia Kekäläinen, PhD student, from the University of Jyväskylä.

After completing the supervised resistance training intervention, nearly half of the participants (46 %) continued resistance training independently. Approximately half of them participated in resistance training on average once-a-week during the following year and the other half twice-a-week. Participants who increased their intrinsic motivation for exercise and exercise self-efficacy during the intervention were more likely to continue resistance training twice-a-week.

The results suggest that finding intrinsic motivation for exercise and increasing confidence to maintain a physically active lifestyle contribute to continuing resistance training independently. These factors should be taken into account in exercise interventions and exercise in general to promote continuance of behavior, Kekäläinen says.

This article was originally published in NewsMedical.

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KERRIE FITNESS – A healthy mindset

One of the best things you can do for yourself is stop procrastinating. Look out the window, is it sunny? Get out of bed and do what you love.  Get up, get out, get moving. Mental health is just as important as physical health. What’s more, it is so easy to achieve. Set yourself a simple goal for the day… walk the dog? Plant a tree? Visit a friend? Wash the car? At the completion of any of these you will gain a sense of achievement, and guess what? You will feel good. That is mental health.

For physical health, come train at KERRIE FITNESS. Kerrie can help you with what and how you should be moving and also offers advice on what to eat. All the while making you laugh, except maybe when doing burpees! But laughing is also good for mental health.

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