Daily Tip: Choose Exercise to Feel Good

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Try not to view exercise as a chore but as a gift to the self. The ultimate outcome should not be to necessarily lose weight but to feel better.

Exercising is addiction (literally to the brain). Once you begin you will crave more. Lack of exercise, however is also addictive (as the body wants to move but will become content not too). It is a personal choice whether to dabble in it or not. As with almost everything in life – it is choice.

Andrea Philleo is the Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls. The CWCG is a comprehensive daytime program specifically designed to support the needs of girls between the ages of 12-21. The goals of the program are to provide comprehensive wellness-based services that help girls feel better.
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Daily Tip: Together is Better

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Exercising with a partner increases motivation, commitment and enjoyment.

It also helps with focus (which helps reduce the likelihood of injury) and increases energy levels – especially when working with young women.

Exercise wards off feelings of depression and anxiety by releasing natural endorphins. This is an excellent antidote to help with the emotional and psychological health of girls.

Andrea PhilleoAndrea Philleo is the Founder and Executive Director of the Colorado Wellness Center for Girls. The CWCG is a comprehensive daytime program specifically designed to support the needs of girls between the ages of 12-21. The goals of the program are to provide comprehensive wellness-based services that help girls feel better.
www.cwcgirls.org

Daily Tip: Mental Health Improves with Moderate Exercise

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Exercise can play a very important role in recovery from depression and other mental illnesses, as well as lower our stress levels.

When we exercise our brain releases neurotransmitters or chemicals that promote a sense of well being, happiness, and calmness. Some of the chemicals that our brain releases are like the chemicals that are used in antidepressant medications.

In addition, when we exercise we get a rush of endorphins, that many people call a “runners high”. This high feeling also promotes well being. Incorporating exercise into a relapse prevention plan is important because it helps you to feel happy, naturally.

Exercise can also increase our energy level and improve our sleep.

Exercise can also be beneficial in improving body image. Becoming more aware of the things your body can do for you can help lessen your focus on your appearance. Allowing ourselves to have gratitude for our bodies and learning how to treat our bodies with respect, can increase our ability to have compassion for them, minimizing the negative thoughts and feelings we may carry towards our bodies.

Exercise can help us recover from a mental illness and it can help us to live a more healthy and balanced life, even if you don’t suffer from depression or any mental illness. We can all benefit from incorporating healthy exercise into our lives!

Dr. McFarland is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Golden, Colorado. She specializes in working with children and adults who are struggling with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. In addition, she is a clinical supervisor at the Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver and teaches at the University of Denver. Dr. McFarland has over a decade of experience and is dedicated to helping her clients live the life they want.
www.trustedtherapy.com

Tarrah Lee – Next Fitness Star

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Tarrah LeeWe are very excited to announce that Tarrah Lee, one of the personal trainers who trains out of our Park Meadows store, is a finalist in the Next Fitness Star competition through Women’s Health Magazine. She is on the cover of this month’s issue that just came out this week!!! 

Tarrah is a personal trainer and nutritionist who weighed over 200 pounds – until four years ago. After losing her father to a heart attack from a lifetime of unhealthy living, she wanted desperately to change her life and knew she had to make a commitment to health and fitness. She left the corporate world to study to become a trainer and nutritionist; ninety-two pounds lighter, she has a new outlook on life. She competed in her first fitness show last summer – and walked away with a first place trophy. She also began her own radio show, “Denver Nutritionista,” and educates and motivates her audience on fitness and clean eating.

Tarrah tells us, “My biggest passion in life is helping others, especially women, reach their health and fitness dreams and never look back at their unhealthy past. I truly believe my mantra, ‘Anything is possible,’ and am living proof, and so are my amazing, hardworking clients. They fight the battle every day and have learned, with my support, to take joy in the small accomplishments along the way and have a little fun while doing it!”

Tarrah has been featured in Westward Magazine recently and in the Denver Post this week. Should she win, she will be on the Today show and doing a national tour as a personal trainer.

Vote for Tarrah today (and every day since you can vote once a day!) by clicking on the following link.

http://thenextfitnessstar.com/finalist.php?q=tarrah-lee

Voting ends on August 5th!

Check out Tarrah’s video below or click here to read her blog.

Forget Health, Happiness the Best Motivator

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I just came across an article that questions what motivates people to exercise, and it made a whole lot of sense to me. This Associated Press article suggested that while public health experts, doctors and exercise devotees often use messages of improved health, weight loss and body image as motivators, these may not be the most effective tactics to entice sedentary people to become and remain physically active. What really motivates people, according to scores of studies by psychologists, are the more immediate benefits of enhanced wellness and happiness.

As an individual whose exercise routine waxes and wanes throughout the year, I cannot agree more. I am always amazed by the improvement in my overall mood and sense of well-being when I get back into a regular exercise routine. It’s the best anti-depressant I can think of, it’s pretty much instantaneous, and there are no side effects!

After a run outdoors, an elliptical workout or a spin class, problems at work or in my personal life always seem so much smaller and more manageable. This is exactly what psychologists are suggesting. “It [exercise] has to be portrayed as a compelling behavior that can benefit us today”, says Michelle Segar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan. “Everyone’s schedule is packed with non-stop to-dos. We can only fit in what is essential.”

Segar is urging experts to stop framing moderate exercise as a medical prescription requiring 150 minutes of aerobic effort each week. “Immediate rewards are more motivating than distant ones. Feeling happy and less stressed is more motivating than not getting heart disease or cancer someday in the future.”

So if you’ve “fallen off the horse” and gotten out of your regular exercise schedule over the summer months, remember how good you felt, and the positive feelings brought on when you were in the groove of a regular fitness routine, and get going again!

Jeanne Sheriff
HealthStyles Exercise Equipment

Becoming an Olympic Athlete

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What does it take to become an Olympic athlete? Dr. David Geier, the Director of MUSC’s Sports Medicine program talks about the training and dedication required for an athlete to make it to this elite level. He also discusses the physical training support that many athletes receive and what we can learn from these high level performers. For more health related videos on the Olympics go to

At age 96, golden years shine with gold medals

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Are you having trouble staying motivated to work out on these lazy summer days? Well the next time you find yourself making excuses for not doing your daily run or bike ride, think "What would Leland do?" and get moving!

At the USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Leland McPhie, age 96, competed in the shot put, discus throw, javelin throw, long jump triple jump, high jump, and 100 meter dash. He won all events in the 95 and older division because there were no other entrants.

His 37.16 second finish in the 100 meters was a new American age-group record.

Bob Fulton, a 70-year-old multi-event athlete from Ft. Collins, Colorado told the Sacramento Bee, "He’s 96 and he’s not sitting in a chair somewhere. … I’d love to see more people do what he does. I think it’s going to catch on.”

Click here to read the full Sacramento Bee article about Leland McPhie.
By John Schumacher
Published: Sunday, Jul. 25, 2010 – 12:00 am, The Sacramento Bee newspaper | Page 1C

Inspirational Running mix – Chariots of Fire

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An inspirational mix of some of the world’s best middle distance runners including: Haile Gebresellasie, Hicham El Geurroj, Sebastian Coe, Steve Ovett, Paul Tergat, Alan Webb, Billy Mills, Dathan Ritzenhein, Kenenisa Bekele, Abebe Bikila, Steve Prefontaine, Bernard Lagat, Lasse Viren, Craig Mottram, Roger Bannister, Claire Markwardt