Returning to the Gym

I can honestly say that even though I work AT a gym, I don’t work OUT at the same gym. Or at all for that matter. Yes, I know, I write for a gym’s blog so that should mean I’m a very healthy person who weighs their food, counts their calories, etc etc etc. However, I’m very much on the otherside of … all that.

That is until I realized I was filling out my jeans a little more than I should. So, its …..

Now it’s been a really long time since I’ve done any kind of exercise but I really should have gotten some advice before I just threw myself in. I did a little warm up and then hit the machines!!! 40 minutes later I’m walking out of the gym feeling like my legs have turned into boulders. I’m thinking I have a few people to turn to for advice but for anyone who has come here looking for some pointers and have decided to get back into a routine, check out the following:

  1. Start small: Don’t do what I did… 2 reps of 40 whatevers at every machine, with the weight set to ohGodwhatwasIthinking?! Work below your capacity for the first few weeks. Being sore to the point of being immobile the next day will not be encouragement to return to the gym the day after that.. or that weekend.. or maybe ever again.
  2. Reward yourself: After the end of your first day back into your routine, do something that makes you feel really good. Ignore the smell of cheeseburgers in the air, or the PizzaHut delivery car that just whizzed by. I mean maybe get a massage or maybe even try looking at yourself in the mirror and say an encouraging word or two like “Good job!” “Attaboy champ!” or you know something that is more relevant to today’s vernacular.
  3. Create a Habit: So yeah, this is pretty obvious but create a schedule you know you can stick to. Don’t tell yourself you’re going to go back to the gym tomorrow when, before today, you haven’t seen the inside of the gym since Kylie Jenner was in diapers and not wearing them on her face.

While I know this was a short list, I can barely lift my arms for more than ten minutes at a time. Sometimes those machines look less intimidating than they really are. Anyway, good luck fitness friends!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
www.voltfitnessusa.com

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Body Image

You know, having poor body image starts when you’re young. Your family is really the only group of people that give you the positive reinforcement that you need to feel good about yourself. I’m not talking about having your ego inflated although I know we ALL knew that one kid who just KNEW they were THAT great…. and we all collectively rolled our eyes. In elementary school it was the girl who thought she looked like Jem (yeah, I’m that old) or the boy who thought he could beat all the teenage mutant ninja turtles if they ran into him on the playground.

COWABUNGA DUDE! We’re gonna TOTALLY have a RAD time!

Yet we never seem to count the “you’re the most beautiful girl in the world” and the “my son is the best kid a dad could ask for” as much because even at a young age we figure this is all obligatory. They’re your parents, they have to say this stuff. It’s the finger pointing, the name calling, and all around bullying about our appearance from our peers that weigh the heaviest when we make up our minds about our looks at the tender age of 7.

In middle school and high school, even when I walked those “hallowed” halls, young women especially felt the pressure to look a certain way in order to be counted pretty and/or popular. Models in magazines, video chicks on MTV (when they actually showed music videos), and celebrities were lifted up in the eye of the media as examples of what the world’s view of HAWT was. If you didn’t match up to that, you were ignored or worse, made the center of attention for all things negative. It’s funny how this trend not only has continued but seems to have become more intense in todays tech savvy world.

Savvy?

With the pressure to make sure your appearance is “on fleek” (on point/looks right), it doesn’t help that social climbing celebrities add to the insane ideals. Impressionable minds, both young and old go to the extremes to find some sort of middle ground with their appearance, and emulate these “perfect bodies”. Yet when their peers speak of their disapproval it drives them to emulate other celebrities, until they can find that everyone is happy with their appearance except them.

So here’s the bottom line. The best way to get the best body image, is to be happy with the body you have. That doesn’t mean that if you’re overweight/underweight that you just throw in the towel and merely accept the way you are. It means to find that healthy happy medium and work on it.

Be happy with who you are, and be the best version of yourself that you can be.

Feel the Burn in the Cold!

Hello readers!

It’s been a while since we’ve said boo but time is on my side (for the moment) so I figured I would take a moment to reach out to the devoted readers of our blog.

Now, while I love the cold, I don’t exactly find working out in the cold particularly appealing. While I am a fan of indoor fitness, not every indoor arena differs from the outdoor climate. That being said, getting to move, has become increasingly difficult.

So what to do? Dilemma dilemma! Well, off the top of my head, I can follow any one of these tips (and so can you!):

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Stay Fit in the Freezer!

  1. Layer up. Well… duh. It’s colder than the Grinch’s heart outside so obviously it’s time to insulate. Long sleeve turtle necks under tees, fleece lined leggings, windbreaker, hoodie, and jacket along with a few pairs socks to keep myself warm, protected against the cold elements.
  2. Hit the dryer! Take those workout clothes and throw them in the dryer before you hit the gym, or living room… country road.. wherever you get your sweat on. Just make sure you wear something warm while you wait. Otherwise, well it just defeats the purpose now, now doesn’t it?
  3. Combine tip one and two! Now to the interwebs to check out innovations in cold weather fitness gear!

#GetFitMakeFriendsHaveFun
VOLT FITNESS
Glen Rock, New Jersey
201-857-3800
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Win a $100 Restaurant Gift Card and have dinner on us!

VOLT Facebook Contest

Win a $100 Restaurant Gift Card!!!!

FB-contest

Anyone can enter. It doesn’t matter where you live or what gym you go to, we want to give everyone a chance to have dinner, on us!

Here’ how it works:

1. Like our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/voltfitnessusa).
2. Share one of our posts. 1 share = 1 entry. Each time you share a post, we will write your name on a raffle ticket and put it in a bowl.
3. On the 1st of every month, we will post a video of the drawing, here, on our Facebook page, to announce the winner.
4. If you’re the winner, we want you to take a selfie when you go out to dinner and post it with #AlliDoIsWinAtVolt (# all i do is win at volt).

Our posts are always positive and informative. Click on the video below for more information.

Good luck to everyone.

#GetFitMakeFriendsHaveFun
VOLT FITNESS
Glen Rock, New Jersey
201-857-3800
www.voltfitnessusa.com

A Good Night’s Sleep

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It’s been a hard day’s night
And I’d been working like a dog
It’s been a hard day’s night
I should be sleeping like a log

Man the Beatles had it right. When was the last time you can honestly say you got a full night’s sleep? Or even felt rested when you woke up? For some of us, we can pretty much say that it happened in the past, in a galaxy far far away.

Sleep deprivation can take it’s toll on us quicker than we can imagine. For adults, we yawn more (obviously) but that’s just the tip of the iceberg, my friends. Most of us have a short fuse, we’re irritable, have some serious problems with… um… shoot what was I going to say? Oh yeah, short term memory! We have problems staying focused, our reaction times are way off. Basically if you suffer from sleep deprivation, you’re a walking hazard.

Children who suffer from sleep deprivation often deal with the same issues but they’re not as inclined on curbing certain behaviors as adults do. When a child doesn’t get enough sleep, they’re just as irritable and even more prone to temper tantrums. Just like us grown folk, they have a lack of concentration; with teens they have an issue with impulse control and tend to indulge in risky behavior.

Coordination takes a hit here too. For a long time, I thought I was accident prone. I would trip over my own feet, drop things and not realize it, even walking into objects that are too large to be missed. In school, there was no difference. Going through the sea of students was my own Indiana Jones experience. In gym, I might have well been called George of the Jungle.

What’s the point? SLEEP! Sleep is important, especially for children and teens. This year, if your child hasn’t had the best track record so far, take a lot at their sleeping habits. Do you have a schedule for them? If not, create one and implement it. As we’ve mentioned in prior posts, make sure your kids have input into the creation process so they feel a sense of ownership and responsibility.

As a supplement, NeuroFit has created the Coordination program. With a good night’s rest, and the physical therapy offered in this program, kids and teens can have a better chance at making improvements in their hand-eye coordination, running techniques, and more. Check out our site at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html or give us a call at 201-857-4768.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Executive Functioning and Coordination

For some kids, going to school is a miniature version of going to a club. You have your bouncers (from principals to teacher’s aids) and you have your bar tenders (cafeteria staff). The entire day, in between learning, they catch up with their friends, hang out at recess, etc. For others, going to school is jail. Not the fancy ones with the gym and cable TV. I mean the ones that feel like those four walls are iron bars. The teachers and higher ups are wardens, and going to the yard means some sort of certain humiliation. There will always be someone that seems to be more popular than they are, and then there will be the ones that “OWN THIS JOINT!”. It’s a hard truth to hear, but with all of the anti-bullying campaigns around, there is no escaping this harsh reality. For those who feel trapped, for any reason, NeuroFit in Glen Rock, NJ has created two programs to meet the needs of these kids.

adhd-flyer

Executive Functioning/Social Skills

Children who display issues or symptoms related to ADHD, Aspergers, impulse control or social skills often have trouble staying focused on tasks they don’t find interesting, don’t know how to filter their thoughts before speaking, or have difficulty making friends or keeping the ones they have. The Conquer Program, created by a licensed clinical social worker, has been formulated to help children focus, make friends, learn how to deal with rejection and much more.  Children will also have an opportunity to burn off energy and apply social skills learned with the LCSW by spending time in the VOLT FITNESS Circuit. Their time in the circuit is spent playing with therapeutic interactive games and interactive video games, overseen by a physical therapist. If you would like to learn more about the program, or even enroll your child or teen, call us at 201-857-4768 or visit our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/adhd-program.html.

COORDINATION PROGRAM

Coordination

Take a moment to think back to the first time you peddled your bicycle without help. There was excitement, a sense of adventure and even accomplishment. It was a red letter day, V for Victory! Whether you got it on the first try, or even the 85th try, you were able to get those feet pumping and put those wheels into motion. However, there are children who, no matter how hard they try, often give up feeling like they will never learn how. Their parents have tried everything from tricycles to training wheels and they’re out of ideas. Thats where the NeuroFit Coordination program comes in. Our physical therapist has formulated an ongoing program that will help kids make an improvement on their coordination, balance, and more. Most importantly kids will learn how to build confidence with each success they have. If your child needs a little help with their running techniques, hand eye coordination, throwing and catching or even just to do better in gym class, call us at 201-857-4768 or take a look at our page at http://www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html.

Both programs have been designed to help kids and teens navigate the choppy waters that they face in school, gym or on the field The programs are covered by participating health benefit plans and are held at VOLT FITNESS in Glen Rock, near the Ridgewood Border.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!

– Jay

VOLT FITNESS
201-857-3800
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com

Picked Last in Gym

Man, did I ever dread going to gym; especially as I got older. Aside from coming in last for every race, or having to fail at shooting a basket in front of my peers, or trying to change into my gym clothes in front of the more fit girls in class, I had to endure the humiliation and knowledge that no one wanted me on their team. Ever.

Knocked out in Dodgeball

Now, I’m not looking for a pat on the back and a sympathetic “there, there”. I am, however, trying to reach out to the many readers who have had similar situations; in particular those who have children that go through the same thing.

With school back in session, there are many children out there who will be singled out, and picked last for every physical activity they have. However, our staff has created a program to help the younger denizens of America, particularly those who reside near Glen Rock, NJ. This program is geared towards kids and teens who have issues that stem from a lack of coordination. When it comes to throwing a ball, swinging a bat, doing a push up, and more, good coordination can of course make an improvement in your performance but that performance will have a side effect: increased confidence!

Until the program starts, I’ve listed a few tips to help your child this year.

Practice Makes Perfect

Yeah, it’s an old saying but its pretty much true. Hand/eye coordination is key for pretty much every physical activity imaginable. So grab a whiffle bat and ball, or maybe pick up two rackets, and a tennis ball, and go practice! Keeping your eye on an object hurtling towards you, where your only defense is said bat/racket is a great way to practice aiming, timing, and execution of movements. Keep an ice pack handy in case you have some misses along with your hits.

All Play and No Work

There is nothing quite like a game of Simon Says to get those body parts moving with synchronicity and timing. With the audible command carrying instructions for physical movement, a couple games of Simon Says can help your child correlate an instruction given and the action that should, or shouldn’t, be taken. While you and your offspring are creating some awesome memories, you’ll help them prepare for their next gym class, or game.

So if you live in the Glen Rock/Ridgewood area, and your child could benefit from improving their coordination, give us a call at 201-857-4768 to find out how to enroll them in our program.

Coordination Program

Want more details? Go to www.voltfitnessusa.com/coordination-program.html and see how we can help.

– Jay

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 S Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
www.voltfitnessusa.com