Gym Memberships???

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Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym?

 

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Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up. Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won’t show up. After all, if everyone who had a gym membership showed up at the gym, it would be Thunderdome.

If you are not going to the gym, you are actually the gym’s best customer.  Every year hundreds of new members flock to their local gyms, sporting the latest fashion in workout wear, with brand new membership cards peaking out of their wallets. Their intentions are pure and their resolve, seemingly strong. But something happens after those first few visits, and before long, those pure intentions have turned to excuses. The fees are still being paid, but the outfit sits idle at the bottom of the drawer, and the card is buried and forgotten.

 

  • So gyms try to attract people who won’t come. If you haven’t been a “gym person” in the past, chances are good that paying for a gym membership won’t change that. Gyms know this and do what they can to attract people who haven’t traditionally been gym rats. Instead of displaying challenging equipment like weight benches and climbing machines in plain view, gyms will often hide weight rooms and other equipment in the back. Many gyms now have lobbies that are designed to look like hotels and fancy restaurants. “For the longest time, the design was around the sweat,” says Rudy Fabiano, an architect who designs gyms all over the world. “Twenty-five years ago … clubs could be very intimidating. Remember there were the baggy pants that everybody had and the bodybuilders would bring their own jug of water?” Once gyms started looking more like hotels, coffee shops and restaurants, people who weren’t bodybuilders started feeling comfortable in gyms. The casual gymgoer was born.
  • Our brains want to be locked into annual contracts with gyms. Normally, we hate being locked into long contracts (cellphones, cable packages), but gym memberships are an exception. Joining a gym is an interesting form of what behavioral economists call pre-commitment, We actually like the idea of being locked into a gym contract … at first, anyway. So why do some people sign up for a gym membership, but then neglect to actually go to the gym? It seems the answers are mostly psychological, and have nothing to do with how busy you are at work or how much you gorge yourself on goodies over the holidays. If you fall into this category, with the best of intentions, but not the willpower, take heart. You are far from alone, and there is an answer to this age-old problem. They’re picturing the ‘new me’ who’s actually going to go to the gym three times a week and become a physical fitness machine. We convince ourselves that since we have committed to putting down money for a year, we will make ourselves go to the gym. And then, of course, we don’t.
  • Just when we try to get out, they feed us, massage us and ply us with alcohol. Gyms have big issues with retention, and most lose around half their members every year. Once we realize that we haven’t been going to the gym, even $20 per month can feel like too much. To try to combat this, gyms look for ways to offer value to customers who aren’t necessarily into working out. Planet Fitness has bagel breakfasts once a month and pizza dinners. Those are its busiest times. It also has massage chairs. Other gyms have mixers and movie nights and spa treatments.
  • Without slackers like us, gyms would be a lot more expensive. The reason gyms can charge so little is that most members don’t go. People who don’t go are subsidizing the membership of people who do. So, if you don’t work out, you are making gyms affordable for everyone. If you are one of the brave few who actually do go to the gym, you are getting an amazing deal.
  • We live in a world where immediate gratification is the new normal. We can shop online, buy drive-through dinners, and pop a pill to stay thin. In comparison, working out, at least initially, is a lot of work. There’s the scheduling of course, but also the sweat, the sore muscles, and the patience you need to see results. It may take months to lose a few pounds, and for many, that is just too long.

There are way to save your hard earn money. Stop paying for gym memberships that you use for a month or two. Chances are coming, we now stream workouts on our mobile devices. Wow, computer, TV, cell phone, IPads etc. Pick the workout anywhere anytime. Pick your favorite trainers. Think money savings.  For the price of 1 training section you have a whole year of Workouts On Demand.

We are loving it 200,000 strong.

Give it a try. You can always get your money back.. Nice right 30 days if you find that it isn’t working for you call 28 days after to join and get a full refund. That is a plus. With gym memberships do they give you back? No. You pay it is gone.

Interesting right? I find I have been working out more because I don’t have to schedule it around getting in the car, packing a bags, finding someone to watch the kiddos, etc.

Contact me if you want to give it a try. Ask me about Beachbody On Demand.  So yes forgot to tell you that you get a health coach for free. Meal plans, recipes, accountability and support groups.

 

Your partner in health,

Debi

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3 Day Refresh – Tips

3 Day Refresh. Ready to rock. No excuses.

 

The summer has ended and I have been on an off all summer. Made excuses all the time not to keep up with my healthy living. You know BBQ’s, dinner with friends, dinner out and getting up later. Not good. So I have started a 3 Day Refresh and here is how I am doing.

 

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Day before you start do yourself a favor and prep for the next 3 days. It helps.

3 day refresh 2

 

Day one is complete! Here are my thoughts:

  • The fiber drink is the best I have had. I was nervous about this as I have tried them before and literally gagged as I drank them.
  • I was not hungry all day. You are actually eating often and need an hour in between meals so I felt like I was eating all day!
  • Getting two fats (natural Peanut Butter and hummus) make me happy.
  • The vanilla fresh was good. Tomorrow I will add cinnamon and vanilla to jazz it up.
  • I have had a headache all afternoon. I am attributing this to a lack of caffeine as I typically have multiple cups of coffee a day. Hoping to feel better in the morning!

So there is day one! I’m surviving, and only two days to go. I can do this!  3 Days people that is all it takes.

Look for Day 2 and 3 coming up on my 3 Day Refresh.

Your Partner in Health,

Debi

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The Beachbody Why?

The Team Beachbody Why?

 

BBad 30

Do you know what these two ladies have in common?

Amy and friend

 

They were college dropouts who were on the road to being alcoholics, and working in dead end jobs. The one on the left (Team coach) is a millionaire at age 30 and a leader in the fight against obesity. The one on the right (just advanced her rank by helping more people!) just quit her job at the bakery 6 months into coaching under great leadership making $1000.00 per week. She’s 23! Her projection by age 30 is a multi-million dollar income being her own badass Girlboss self, living a life of health, gratitude and paying forward what brought her to the top.

I didn’t get into coaching for money whatsoever, I just wanted to hold myself accountable and make health and fitness a lifestyle…but the potential for success by simply helping people can’t be ignored. It’s not a dream – it’s hard work, dedication, consistency and having the courage to take a step in the direction that many dare not go.

I chose my team because I want what they have. A life where they are able to exercise their creativity, travel, get healthy, and help others to do the same. I love that they are able to fully be themselves and excel to the top of their business without having to alter their personalities or hide who they really are, but fully express themselves into being an agent of change and financially security.

Most people think you have to young to do this. I am no spring chicken. I am a grandmother and I can do it. All I had to do was stop making excuses and replace that with effort and here I am, on my way to living the way I want to a brighter future. Doesn’t matter what age you are you can do this.  If the idea of being your own boss or coaching has caught your eye and you’re doubting the idea, ask yourself again: What is it that you really want?

I’m training new coaches with the tools that those at the top have given me.

Message me for details and join me for a sneak peak starting this upcoming Monday!

E-mail me @ fitatanyage2@gmail.com to learn how you can join the team.

Your Partner in health,

Debi  Team Beachbody

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The Right Sports Bra

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The Importance of The Right Sports Bra

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Finding a Sports bra can be tough. I have done some research of dozens of the newest ones to make sure they won’t dig in, rub you raw, or let you bounce (ouch).

First Thing’s First: How to Find the Best Sports Bra for You

A woman should determine her impact—what kind of activity she’s doing—and if it’s more rigorous than walking or yoga, the sports bra should be bra-sized. That means trying-on is a must—and you should go through the same fit tests as you would if you were shopping for an everyday bra. Make sure the band is snug on the outermost hook, then do a bounce test to ensure the breast is fully contained in the cup and that you don’t have any spillage over the top.
Not all sports bras are created equal. The bra that stretches with you in triangle pose might not hold up during an intense cardio class. The bra that boosts a B-cup might flatten a D-cup. And a bra that supports you on the elliptical might chafe midway through a marathon.
A lot probably goes through your mind when you’re pounding the pavement alone with your thoughts. Did you pay off your credit card bill? Should you go on a third date with that guy? Will Mr. Schuester and Emma ever find happiness? But we bet you never gave much brain space to what’s happening under your tee as you run your worries away. Sure, you automatically slap on that sports bra before heading out the door but did you know your body has its own built-in bra? Your breasts, which are made up of fat, ducts and lobules, connective tissue, lymph nodes, and blood vessels, are attached to your chest by thin, delicate bands called Cooper’s ligaments. Woven throughout the breasts, these ligaments help keep your girls standing at attention. But, like a rubber band they eventually wear out. And intense bouncing and movement stretches them even more. The result: premature grandma boobs. Sadly, because you can’t rebuild ligaments the way you can increase muscle mass, exercise won’t reverse the damage once the sag has set in. We repeat: you cannot weight-lift your way back to Perkyville. All the more reason to shell out some coin on a well-constructed, properly fitting sports bra.

Still need convincing? A study from the University of Portsmouth, England found that regardless of size breasts fly as much as eight inches up and down during physical activity. Multiply that by a 26-mile marathon and all we can say is yowza! They also go in and out and left to right in a sort of figure-8 pattern. Want to see it in action? Check out the bounce-ometer (no joke!) at shockabsorber.co.uk/bounceometer/shock.html. Click on your cup size, your level of activity, then get ready to follow the bouncing boobs!

Invest in your chest! Before you hit the gym check out our round up of the best athletic supporters, buy your favorite and keep those ta-tas in tip-top shape.

Last year doctors performed more than 296,000 breast augmentations making it the number one cosmetic surgical procedure for the fifth year in a row according to a 2010 report by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

MENOPAUSE

You may be light years away from hot flashes and mood swings but in a story addressing mammary milestones it’s hard not to mention the unavoidable ‘change of life.’ As you transition out of your childbearing years the body begins to deplete its levels of estrogen and progesterone, the hormones responsible for stimulating those ducts and lobules used for breastfeeding, says Gralow. Without hormonal stimulation that milk delivery system closes up shop and regresses back towards the chest wall. When it shrinks down the fat and fibrous tissues that make up the breasts lose a large part of their support system. In other words: you’re entering the dreaded droopy boob zone! Post-menopausal boobs can lose shape, size, density and firmness. And while it makes sense that a decrease in hormones would decrease breast size, on the flip side some women actually end up with a heftier load strapped to their chests. Since your metabolism starts to slow down in old age it’s harder to lose or even maintain your weight which means menopause often comes with extra pounds and that can add up to a larger cup size.

And since there’s not much short of surgery you can do to reconstruct post-menopausal boobs the best thing to do is earmark some of that retirement money for a supply of super supportive boulder holders!

 

Hate bras? It’s no surprise why: The under-wires poke, the bands give us back fat, and the cups either squish or threaten to dump the girls out on display.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. A couple minutes alone with a measuring tape is all you need to reconcile your boobs-to-bra relationship.

Follow these simple tips to determine your bra size:
First, put on a comfortable bra–one that doesn’t minimize or boost your breasts. Then grab a measuring tape that can wrap easily around your body. Can’t find one? Use a piece of string and then measure it.

Band size
Measure under your armpits, high on your back, and across the top of your chest, above your breasts.

How many inches do you get? If this measurement is an even number, that will be your band size. If it’s an odd number, add 1 inch and that will be your band size. So if you measure 34 inches around, your band size will be 34. And if you measure 35 inches around, your band size will be 36.

Cup size
Measure loosely around the biggest part of your chest, keeping the measuring tape level with the ground.

Got that number? Now subtract your band measurement from your cup measurement. Each inch represents a cup size. For example, if your band measurement is 34 inches and your cup measurement is 35 inches, the difference is one inch, and your cup size is A. If your band measurement is 34 inches and your bust measurement is 37 inches, the difference is three inches, and your cup size is C.

Difference (band minus cup measurement) / Cup size
Less than 1” / AA
1” / A
2” / B
3” / C
4” / D
5” / DD

 

 

 

  1. Most Flattering

    Lululemon TaTa Tamer Bra, $58

    Built like your everyday bra with molded cups (bye-bye, uniboob!), adjustable straps, and hook-and-eye back closure, this high-impact bra lifts, separates, and shapes, keeping even D-cups in check with-out squishing. It’s a bit pricey, but you can wear it to work as well as to work out.

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2.

Most Supportive

ASICS Abby Bra, $42

Hop, skip, run—when you’re sporting this compression bra, you can do it all. The knitted mesh offers a firm fit that minimizes bounce and increases ventilation so you won’t overheat. And the cups are padded for a little extra size boost.

Sizes: XS–XL

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3.

Most Sweat Resistant

UnderArmour Stability Bra, $40

We love how well this bra handles wetness. Not only does this stretchy nylon-blend fabric pull moisture away from the skin, but it also dries super-fast so you don’t chafe much. Our testers’ only wish: that the vertical seams that run along the cups didn’t show through a shirt.

Sizes: S–XL

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4.

Most Comfortable

Saucony Motion Sensor Bra, $45

Made of an incredibly soft polyester-and-spandex blend, this bra scores big in the comfort department. Plus, its stay-in-place crisscross straps won’t dig in to your skin. We’d buy multiples if it came in more than black or white.

Sizes: 32B and C; 34B–40DD

 

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5.

Most Natural

Moving Comfort Vixen Bra $36–$38

With this überfeminine bra, you may be tempted to wear it sans top. Simple details like bold colors, piping, and a V-neck give it style. Strange-but-true green bonus: its interior cups are made from recycled coffee grounds.

Sizes: A/B S–XL; C/D S–XL

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6.

Best Low-Impact Sports Bra:

Women’s UA Seamless Essential Jacquard Sports Bra – Armour

Built for Low-Impact activity and all-day comfort

Soft, seamless construction feels ultra smooth and comfortable

Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep you dry and light

 

Strategic power rib support provides extra stability

Slim, adjustable elastic straps with modified racer back for range of motion

Best for A to C cup sizes

Allover emboss

Nylon/Elastane

Imported

$29.99

 

Bra 6or

Women’s Armour® Low Sports Bra

Built for Low-Impact activity and all-day comfort

UA Compression sports bras deliver superior support and comfort during intense workouts

Super-smooth, double-layer HeatGear® fabric delivers superior next-to-skin feel

Signature Moisture Transport System wicks sweat to keep you dry and light

 

Lightweight, 4-way stretch construction improves mobility and maintains shape

Anti-microbial technology keeps your gear fresher, longer

Ultra-skinny, minimalist back strap detail

Feminine sweetheart neckline

Best for A to C cups

Polyester/Elastane

Imported

 

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Hope this help Ladies.

Your Partner in Health

Debi

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