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Feeling the Love in February

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Exercise Tips, News, Nutrition

February is usually a month of dreary weather, mountains of chocolate, and ever so slightly longer days. However 2016 has granted us with some not-too shabby “Winter” weather, and we could not be more enthused. On February 6th, this saturday, we are launching our first XBT program of 2016, there are still a few spots available, inquire via e-mail, call, or come in and chat at the front desk for more details! Everyone loves to treat themselves, and hey we don’t blame you. However living a healthy lifestyle is a combination of physical exercise and nutritional moderation. A common misconception is “You can never too much of a good thing.” Unfortunately, as much as eating too much chocolate can harm your health, a lack of balance between good nutrition and healthy exercise habits can also have a negative impact on your body.  At CSMA, we firmly believe in practicing moderation, teamwork and that couples who train together, stay together!  We are excited to announce we are having our 2nd annual FREE Couples Workout!  Where: CSMA ( 59 Iber, rd.) When: Saturday February 13, 2016 Time: 5-7 pm Who: All CSMA couples and/or BFF’s of CSMA adult members!  Cost: ZERO DOLLARS.  Sign-up at the front desk to reserve your spot!   Double check our winter schedule on the “Schedules” page of the website to confirm your class type and style for this evening and the rest of the week! See you soon! – CSMA...

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Eating again…

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Nutrition

Tips to stop your stressed out snacking   Drink Water and lots of it. Buy a reusable water bottle that speaks to you and you enjoy looking at. Carry this with you and aim to refill it four to six times per day depending on the size. Fluid losses occur continuously throughout the day, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health. Exercise, Run, Jump, Play whatever it may be continual body movement is an excellent stress reliever. Exercise causes a release of chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you a feeling of happiness and positively affect your overall sense of wellbeing. Eat an Orange!  Everyone knows that oranges are filled with vitamin C, but did you know that they lower blood pressure and stress hormones too? Get your butt outside! Yes it is bloody cold out there but a breath of fresh air will do your mind wonders.  We all understand how trees and plants take carbon dioxide and turn it into oxygen, which humans need to breathe. As it turns out there is a self-protective chemical that they give off as well, called phytoncides. This chemical is at the center of some stress-reduction studies that have shown people who spend time walking in the forest versus in the city have both lower blood pressure, and lower amounts of the stress hormone cortisol. Lay your head down…even better if you can wing a 20-minute catnap…do it. Napping is good for our heart, blood pressure, stress levels, and surprisingly, even weight management. Lastly…Own Your Stress…these days people are busier than ever before. In most situations both spouses living together are working outside of the home…throw children in the mix with driving them to daycare or school then getting to work yourself…then after work/school activities it seems everyone is living for the weekend. We tend to create our own stress. Sometimes we stress about being stressed! Take a closer look at your daily routine…maybe it isn’t so...

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