​If you want to sharpen your vision for 2020, forget about resolutions, which come with heavy pressure and high failure rates. Instead, we prefer thinking about positive steps you can take every day. Living the life you want to live takes steady, concentrated intention. Why pin it on the calendar changing? Consider these 20 things we can all do all the time to improve our lives. And come see us soon. We’re here to help you live your best life by being fit – with strength, endurance, flexibility and fun.

  1. Move your body every day. You don’t have to go to the gym every day but do something – walk around your neighborhood, do body-weight moves at home, take a dance class. Whatever. Just move.
  2. Limit your calories if you’re trying to lose weight. It’s a simple formula: Eat fewer calories than you use, and you will lose weight.
  3. More fruits and veggies, less candy and chips.
  4. More lean protein, fewer candy bars and donuts.
  5. More water, less alcohol and soda (even diet).
  6. Lift weights. People over 50 need to practice strength training two to three times a week. It won’t make you bulk up. It will improve your functional abilities, health, mood, balance and looks.
  7. Don’t eat in front of the TV. In fact, turn off the TV and talk to someone, play with your pet, read a book, or prep tomorrow’s meals.
  8. Consider hiring a trainer.
  9. Or enroll in small-group training.
  10. Either way, talk to your trainer about your goals (you want to go on a ski trip, or you want more confidence with your grandkids). Your motivation matters.
  11. Also share your limitations or concerns. A good trainer knows how to accommodate you.
  12. Tell your loved ones you love them more often.
  13. Meditate, pray, or practice mindfulness every day.
  14. Do the thing. You know the thing we mean. Do it.
  15. Focus on losing fat more than weight.
  16. Sleep well. Rest well. Relax well. It’s so important, no matter what your level of fitness or exercise intensity.
  17. Remember, exercise is the miracle drug. It’s good for your bones, muscles, balance, heart, breathing, mental health and sleep.
  18. Practice an attitude of gratitude. Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Be thankful you can move as well as you do.
  19. Remember exercise is fun – even when you don’t feel like it.
  20. You do you. Nobody else can, after all. And one of the gifts of being older is the confidence to evaluate options and embrace your choices.

As fitness experts, we know that plenty of people start each year wanting to get in shape. We’re here to help. And we look forward to talking and answering any questions you have. To 2020 – and a perfect vision of you!

Healthy Recipe: Non-Alcoholic Champagne

Not everyone wants to imbibe over the holidays! There are many different reasons that people choose not to drink, most of which are quite personal. At this time of year, however, it can be tough as the pressure to partake is everywhere! 

You may have heard of a certain Saskatoon radio host’s recent viral video on the subject. You can see it here: Tim Stone video

 

Enjoy the sparkling, social refreshment of “champagne” without any of the guilt or morning-after headache. Here’s a light alternative for non-drinkers, kids, and anyone who just doesn’t want to overdo it. 

Ingredients 

  • 4 cups sparkling seltzer water
  • 4 cups ginger ale
  • 3 cups unsweetened grape juice   

Directions

  1. Chill club soda, ginger ale and grape juice overnight.
  2. Combine them in a large pitcher. Serve immediately, adding ice if desired.

  Nutritional information: 74 calories, 0.1g fat, 18.1g carbohydrates, 0.4g protein, 16mg sodium

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Whenever you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you get healthier and happier:

1) Come in for a Custom Fitness Consultation

We’ll sit down together and discuss your health history, your goals, and simple steps you can take to achieve them and see if there is a way to work together to give you the coaching and support you need to get the results you want.

If you’d like to discuss meeting for a Consultation, just reply and put ‘Consult’ in the subject line and I’ll follow up with you.

2) I have FREE Open Office Hours during the week where you can call in and speak to me about your goals.

The call is just 15 minutes out of your week, but the insights you’ll discover could impact you for a lifetime! To schedule your FREE consultation, reply and put ‘Call’ in the subject line. We’ll set up a time that works for both of us.

3) Be my guest for a free training session.

If you’d like to come in to attend a Beginner small group training session as my guest…just reply and put “Guest” in the subject line, and I’ll get you all the details.

 Shelley Turk