We will be starting our Primal Walks again very soon. For those that want to take it up a notch here is a great way to do it from our friends at Stongfirst.
When I was younger I didn’t have the best lifestyle. I ate horribly, didn’t really work out, and as a result was really out of shape. When I turned 16 I decided to change my habits and lost 50 pounds, and gained a ton of strength and stamina. The benefits of making positive diet and exercise choices continue to push me through several obstacles in my life because I feel better as a result. Making these changes have allowed me to create new goals and strive to meet them, overcome my Colitis and find new ways to be healthy even when ill, beat stress, and find motivation and energy to continue doing what I love.
With that being said, leading a healthy lifestyle has become one of my great passions, and one that I want to share and inspire in others. This is why I became a trainer and instructor. I want to make working out fun, keep it interesting, get you moving, keep you motivated and coming back! Not only that, but show you how these changes will positively impact your life as a whole, not just physically! Small steps lead to great strides. Keep smiling!
At times it is hard to balance a busy lifestyle and a health and wellness program. We become so wrapped up in our daily responsibilities that we fail to see we how important it is to make time for ourselves and our mental and physical well-being. Please make no mistake they are connected.. Here is Caitlin’s story..!
When Bart asked me to write about my training, I thought, what can I offer other working moms that might help them take steps to improve their health? What motivations can I share? So I thought, why do I train? How do I make time to train? And what has making the time done for me?
During my later years of university I knew that I needed to start exercising regularly before it was too late. But as with most young people I’m sure, “too late” seems so far off and I was SO busy how could I ever find the time to work out?
Then I graduated, got engaged, went to teachers college, planned a wedding, started my teaching career and bought a house. Plenty of time to work out, right? Then I got very sick. I lost a lot of weight. I spent a lot of time sleeping and being tested for every possible cause imaginable. It was nothing, just stress the Doctor said. I was shocked! I’ve always been an anxious person, I’ve always been stressed out about things…how could stress have become so debilitating? I needed to find a way to change the path that I was on. I needed to find a way to deal with everyday stress and the challenges that would surely present themselves in the coming years as a teacher, wife, and, a few years later, the mother to a beautiful baby girl.
I tried a variety of things with my mom at my side. We went to the gym (treadmill and machines), outdoor boot camp for women twice a week, indoor boot camp twice a week. They were a great help but I still found myself in a rut and stressed on my days “off”.
What changed my life was Bart’s October Challenge. It was a little contest that he posted to his tribe – Who can attend class the most days in the month of October? A simple concept for sure, but not an easy task for anyone with kids or other priorities (or a life for that matter). There is no way I could go to the gym every single day! What about those days when I get home and all I want to do is sit and relax? What about the weekend? Who goes to the gym on a Sunday? I mentioned the preposterous idea to my husband when I got home that night. He laughed when he noticed how worked up I was about it.
“I know what that means” he said, “it means you want to do it”. He was right, I wanted to prove myself wrong. With my husband on-board, I didn’t want to lose face and now I was super motivated to accomplish what I had set out to do! My husband was amazing throughout; he dealt with baby bedtime every night so that I could go to the gym. My muscles hurt and I was tired but I was less stressed than I had been since University. Over a few short weeks, I noticed a HUGE difference in how my clothes fit, how I looked and, most importantly, my physical and mental abilities. I was proud and glad to be out of my rut. I was terrified to stop and go back to my stressful and unmotivated days!
I attended class everyday in October and when the month ended, I kept the challenge up and I continue to make time everyday for these classes. I always told myself that I was too busy to work out but what I have learned since is that life just always gets busier! Is my house always clean? Are the dishes always done? Do I watch all my favourite shows? NO! I give up things that I have decided are less important in order to be healthy and happy and less stressed. I also decided that since I was devoting my time everyday to the gym, I would be motivated to work as hard as I could while I was there. After all, this is time away from my family so I’m not going to waste it.
My advice for other moms? Find your balance. Do you need to go to the gym everyday? Maybe not. But vigorous exercise should be a part of everyone’s life and it is important to find the balance that works for you.
I can’t thank my husband enough for the support he has given me through this journey my mom for joining me and supporting me along the way, and Bart and his team for pushing me further than I ever knew possible
As you can see there is really no excuse to not have a health and wellness journey in your life. It’s important to make that commitment to yourself. You would never skip an important appointment with your doctor, dentist or court appointed attorney so why not make an appointment with yourself.. are you less important? Book time to go for a walk, ride your bike, or engage your favorite activity.. Just get off the couch and move. Don’t get fixated on how you look, or the fitness level you currently maintain, its all relative, movement energizes and heals. Movement is life..!
President and Founder of Zenfit Inc.
Well its been awhile… a long winter with it’s amazing challenges and distractions has kept me from blogging about the things that make Zenfit tick, but now it’s time to get back to work.
March is here and spring is approaching quickly so I thought I would introduce you to Zenfitter Kathy Roznicki and inspire you’re seasonal transition with her story.
Meet Kathy Roznicki
In January 2013, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. My doctor indicated it was strictly due to my weight, and if I could lose it he would take me off the medication. With having Diabetes in my family I had to get this weight off for both myself and my family. I started to cut calories and watch what I was eating. I did lose some of the weight but needed more in my routine to help and maintain my progression. In May my sister and niece introduced me to Bart and Zenfit. Zenfit’s living fitness and lifestyle program along with the support of a team like family atmosphere, I have hit my 1st weight loss goal which was to be in the “non-diabetic zone with my sugar levels and medication free!
I thank them for their support as well as the support from my husband and my family, it made my progress easier. I continue my journey with Bart, Lynn, and the Zenfit team Kim, Laura, Jay and Meghan. I enjoy every workout with them as challenging as they may be. Nothing comes without persistence and consistency.
As you can see Kathy has shown a determined and solid effort rewarding her with a vital and healthy lifestyle. When you train for the feel of it first the rest will follow.
As a side note to this story, Kathy’s husband Adam started training with us, he has lost weight, gained strength and flexibility, and improved his recreational hockey experience.. oh and he is off his heart medication. Watch for Adam’s story soon.
President and founder Zenfit Inc.
I hope this finds you well..!
The fall season is upon us..! Do you need a helping hand to reach your fitness goals? The new schedule is up, and we are beginning to roll into a more structured fall routine. I hope everyone had an amazing summer. We are starting up the blog again and will update the sight on a regular basis now that the frenzy that we call summer is over. Things to look for are the implementation of our new referral program that will provide a discount to your membership fee, the addition of a 7:45 pm class and continued efforts to provide you with fun, diverse and efficient training systems.
Come and join us on our playground..!
Are you ready?
Bart, Lynn and the Zenfit Team.
Celebrate movement every day of your life:
You’ve heard the old adage “move it or lose it”, never in our history has this been more true. In this day and age of video games, convenience products and an entitled mindset we have lost our ability to perform basic movements. Our basic primal movements, bending, squatting, lunging, pushing, pulling, rotary, and gait have become secondary to sitting, lying, and leisurely strolls in the park. There was a time when we needed these movements to survive, now we just need a phone, a debit card, and a reason to use them.
People who have a job that includes primal movements are the lucky ones. Even these jobs are becoming easier with the onset of robotics and technological advancements in mass production and construction. The unlucky ones are chained to a desk and/or immobilized by their work environment. This is why it is so important to include primal movements in your everyday life. Its a choice that has to be made. The couch or movement. We need to choose forms of recreation that include movement, training mind and body to communicate. If you cannot move well, pain free, and confidently, you will not be able to play. Focus on recreating a body that is strong, mobile, and stable. It is never to late to enhance and create movement skills.
When re:energizing your life choose a program that will work on an energetic approach, by combining movement with stability and strength. I recommend a program that works a 3 dimensional form of training, after all we truly live life on our feet, performing movements on our backs or in a machine provide little if no benefit to real life challenges. You need your body to be stable and strong through all planes of motion, this will not happen if you are working out in a machine that provides stability. Choose primal movements that challenge your stability and use proper joint function to enhance your movement skills. Joint mobility is a major concern in this day and age because of our use of chairs and other means of body support.
Our joints breakdown into a series of specific functions. Our ankles are a mobility joint, our knees a stability joint, our hips “should” provide mobility, our lumbar spine stability, thoracic spine mobility, the scapula provide stability and the gleno-humeral mobility. It is important to know these joint functions when listening to your body during movements. For example you’ve just worked out and you feel some lower back pain. This may be an overuse or a new use issue, but it can also mean your hips or thoracic spine may not be as mobile as they should be, creating a need for the lumbar spine to mobilize creating pain. Therefore when starting a program it is always important to be checked out for joint dysfunction before you suffer opportunity loss due to excessive body pain or injury. Remember to play, you need to be pain free. A joint by joint approach to programming may be beneficial to anyone starting a movement based program. Joint mobility exercises should be part of anyone’s daily routine.
In closing I would like to say that if you are looking to re:energize your life and regain your vitality, choose a program that focuses on primal movement, joint mobility, and functional strength. If you train for the feel of it first the aesthetic’s you desire will follow. Be patient, persistent and confident.
Bart Wagar.. Visionary and President of Zenfit Inc.
Own your fitness program:
Have you been following a fitness program? Are you thinking of beginning one? The first question you should answer is why.. Grab a piece of paper and randomly write out every reason you can think of for five minutes.. Now categorize these reasons. This is your first step to identifying your focus. Is it health and wellness? do you just want to look good? Is it for sport?
Once you have identified the reasons you can now select the action. Whatever it is, do your homework. Take on a training program that is sustainable. Not one that will leave you injured or in rehab more often than you are on the floor of the training room or enjoying your activities. If your coach has you doing things that you feel have no purpose in your active life ask WHY!
Remember you own your program and it should enhance your life not endanger it… Sure bones, muscle, and connective tissue heal but weigh the “opportunity loss” when it comes to living. Down time sets you back. Take your ego out of the game and stop doing “crazy shit” to prove a point to yourself, and especially others. Train safe .. enjoy life.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for Q&A’s .. If I don’t know the answer I will find it for you.
Baby Steps to Vitality
So our resolutions have come and gone and we find ourselves still searching for the magic bean that helps us live a vital healthy life. We started out with good intentions but scheduling, family, other distractions pulled our focus away from a revitalized existence. Now I could guide you, eat this, shake that, lift this and push that, or sell you on a potion that will flush your wallet and eventually your self-esteem, but I won’t. What I will tell you is to keep your health and fitness goals simple and realistic.
In our fast paced lives we tend to expect immediate results in an unrealistic time frame. This can lead to unhealthy choices in diet and exercise practices. If you have been inactive for a time, start slowly and work just outside your comfort zone, the daily walk is a great start. Walk at a pace that makes it challenging to hold an extended conversation. Build endurance and strength in a way that is gradual and sustainable, being too sore or sustaining an injury is not part of the plan. When it comes to training let go of your ego and look to long term sustainable action.
In regard to nutrition simplicity is important here as well. Hydration is extremely beneficial when it comes to cleansing the body, we don’t need the multi-level marketing potions being hocked by pseudo health and wellness entrepreneurs. The body has kidneys, and a liver, water will do just fine. Try to take .55 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day. Choose foods that are as close to the earth as possible. We should eat some form of protein at every meal and add healthy fats such as avocado, to our daily routine. Eat vegetables that grow above the ground frequently and vegetables that grow below the ground occasionally. Limit the intake of pasta’s and grains and eliminate sugar and sweeteners.
Ouch! I heard someone gasp!
To some even these simple suggestions may seem extreme; this is due to our programming but through my own experience I have found that these are sustainable steps toward effective results. At this time of year we are lucky to live in southern Ontario. We have quality; locally grown food in abundance, there is no excuse to be eating any convenience foods. Good nutrition just takes planning, and organizing meals ahead of time will help balance our nutritional needs, giving us the energy to move. We have so many amazing trails and conservation areas locally that it makes it easy for us to find a place to be active. Try to cover these three forms of activity our hunter-gatherer ancestors did to survive, move slowly, lift heavy things and sprint. If you find limitations hold you back, listen to your body and do what you can, remember the ego? There is never failure only feedback. In a living fitness lifestyle we should aim to be persistent, consistent and determined. Breathe, eat clean, move, and smile!
Live healthy, live strong,