Create Your Destiny, Create Your Body!

Time after time so many of you have asked me, “Jen, how can I get the body I desire? What else can I do besides eating healthy and doing cardio?”

Time after time so many of you have asked me, “Jen, how can I get the body I desire? What else can I do besides eating healthy and doing cardio?”

The answer is weight lifting! I lift weights 3 times a week in addition to cardio, and eating healthy. The results are amazing!

Weight lifting is so important for building muscle, bone density, burning fat, increasing your metabolism and giving you a head-to-toe toned, lean look! One pound of muscle at rest per day burns 50 calories, as opposed to 1 pound of fat which burns 3 calories per day at rest – which one would you rather have?

Here’s what I did and still do!

I joined a gym that offered weight lifting classes the ones I take are through Body Training Systems and the class is called Group Power. Many gyms offer these classes. It’s for all age levels and also for beginners as well as advanced weight lifters.

The class is an hour long and has great instructors to guide you through! You can start where you are comfortable and build up your weight as time goes by.

Weight lifting will not bulk you up. I recommend taking a Group Power class 2-3 times per week, no less, no more. Always leave 24-48 hours in between weight lifting classes. Your muscles need time to repair themselves in-between sessions.

This is much more affordable than hiring a personal trainer to teach you how to do the weight machines. Additionally, it’s a kind of group fitness, which is very motivational and inspiring! It’s also done to great music which again will help to motivate you to get through the class.

When you start Group Power classes take them at least 5 times to get the hang of it, and I guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Group fitness rocks, it works and it will give you the body you desire! Now is the time create your destiny! Change is good – take that first step you’ll be thankful you did, I promise you that. I’m living proof of it!     

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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