09Sep 2014

September is National Yoga Month 

National Yoga Month is designed to educate Americans about the health benefits of yoga and inspire a healthy lifestyle.

“Over 35 million US adults use mind/body medicine for better health,” says Dr. Herbert Benson, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

Here are a few of the health benefits of yoga:

Reduces obesity: 
Obesity rates in the United States have reached epidemic proportions. Yoga keeps people more in tune with their bodies and more aware of bad habits, such as overeating.

Reduces hypertension : Hypertension, or high blood pressure, remains the most common reason for office visits to physicians for non-pregnant adults in the United States. Research has just begun but one study, small but significant reductions in blood pressure were shown in just three weeks of daily yoga.

Reduces heart disease: 
According to the American Heart Association, heart disease has topped the list of killer diseases in America every year since 1918. Several clinical trials have found that yoga can lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and resting heart rates, and help slow the progression of atherosclerosis—all risk factors for heart disease.

Reduces discomfort of breast cancer treatment: 
Breast cancer incidence in women has increased from 1 in 20 in 1960 to 1 in 8 today. Research has shown that women who do yoga during and after treatment experience less physical discomfort and stress and feel more energetic and relaxed.

Reduces symptoms of menopause
: Hot flashes, mood swings, trouble sleeping, fatigue, anxiety, sore joints, muscles and tendons and a host of other conditions are symptoms of menopause. A preliminary study at the University of California, San Francisco, found that menopausal women who took two months of a weekly restorative yoga class reported a 30 percent decrease in hot flashes.

Reduces chronic back pain: 
Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints to physicians today. When doctors at the HMO Group Health Cooperative in Seattle pitted 12 weekly sessions of yoga against therapeutic exercises and a handbook on self-care, they discovered the yoga group not only showed greater improvement but experienced benefits lasting 14 weeks longer.

Reduces symptoms of arthritis: 
An estimated 46 million adults in the United States reported being told by a doctor that they have some form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, or fibromyalgia. At the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a yoga-treated group with osteoarthritis of the hands improved significantly more than the control group in “pain during activity, tenderness, and finger range of motion.”

Source:  HYPERLINK “http://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/” www.yogahealthfoundation.org

01Oct 2014

People often debate whether hiring a personal trainer is right for them personally and if it is worth the cost. For many different reasons, personal training sessions can be extremely beneficial to every type of person. One major benefit of having a personal trainer is the accountability and motivation that they provide. Before you even leave your house you are seeing a benefit because the obligation to go exercise is there because you have made a commitment to someone which makes it harder to back out.

A trainer will help you develop a routine that is specific to your goals and your abilities. Personal trainers are educated and experienced in fitness regimen and the body so they know the best way to utilize your time to see the greatest results. If you go to the gym on your own you may not know what machines or weights to use or how much to reach your potential. Trainers will teach you various exercises for the different muscles that you need to focus on and the proper way to do these exercises. You could be completely unaware that you are doing an exercise incorrectly and be actually doing more damage than good so the instruction of someone who is trained in this field will help to guarantee you do not get hurt.

One of the significant benefits that any person who has worked with a personal trainer can tell you is that you will maximize your workout while minimizing the time. One of the main deterrents for people when it comes to exercise is not having enough time. You will burn more calories working out with a trainer because they have already developed an efficient work out plan that incorporates both cardio and muscle strength while keeping you constantly moving. When working out at the gym alone, people tend to have more lag time in between machines or exercises but trainers utilize every minute and will teach you how to do the same on your own. The goal of a personal trainer is to help you to get to a place where you feel comfortable and confident exercising and able to create a workout for yourself that will allow you to feel healthy and fit.

13Oct 2014

Most people who focus on healthy eating and exercise do so with the intention of achieving a happier and healthier self. We tend to want to find the fastest and easiest solution to have the body we are proud to flaunt on the beach, however dedication to dieting and fitness is time consuming and often costly. So it is not uncommon for people to focus more on one method for a healthier lifestyle. Therefore it is important to consider whether one method is more significant in achieving a healthier body and mind. Often people who dedicate themselves to dieting will see lower body mass than people who focus solely on fitness, however this does not mean that they are in better shape. While dieting will help reduce fat and calorie intake, exercise helps to burn these undesirables while also building muscle which in turn will add to the body mass. Exercise alone will not give you the body image you are seeking. The individuals who select fitness as their path to slim down and shape up often will focus less on what they are eating because they often justify the calories with the workout they did that day. However it is very unlikely that a person has enough time in the day to burn off all the calories that they take in. So if you are looking to lose pounds quickly dieting will help you achieve that but if you are looking to gain more definition and have a toned physique then emphasis on fitness is necessary. Of course a balance of both is the ideal option and will help you reach become in better shape as well as healthier and less at risk for disease. But if you find that time and money is restricting you and you have to limit your abilities then make sure you know what your goal is and choose the method that will best help you to reach that.

17Dec 2014

The age of a person is most often determined by the number of years a person has been alive. However, it could be said that a more accurate measurement of age is not merely the number of years a person has lived, rather the conditions of the body due to circumstances and treatment over the course of those years. The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) enables a body age assessment as a tool to determine how old your body truly is based on strength, flexibility, body composition, body mass index, blood pressure, cardiac function, eating habits, and blood chemistry.

Evaluating your body age helps determine health and longevity more so than the number of years of life. Two people can be the same chronological age but have two completely different body ages, therefore requiring different fitness and health regiments in order to maintain or improve ones health and therefore quality of living.

This examination evaluates the individual in each of the categories compared to gender and chronological age norms and provides dietary and fitness guidelines tailored to each person for how to decrease and improve their body age.

Determining one’s body age can help put an individuals health in perspective and give a concise reality of the condition of the body. This reality check can provide the motivation needed for many individuals to make the lifestyle changes necessary to move towards a healthier state of being and a lower body age.

So possibly next time you consider how old you are, instead ask yourself how old do you want to be. Take the body age assessment evaluation and work towards the age that will allow you to maintain a happy and healthy life. We have no control over our chronological age, but you can and should have a say in your body age!

18Mar 2015

In the past few years CrossFit, Tough Mudders and Warrior Dashes have inspired people to become more active. Now you can have a front row seat to watch as people who have dedicated themselves to fitness compete. The National Pro Grid League is a league made up of eight charter member teams one of which is Boston Iron. These teams will compete in front of a paying audience at an event called Grid where they will complete isolated exercises and varied activities such as rope climbing and box jumps.

The CrossFit Games attracted a large crowd and ESPN coverage however the National Pro Grid League is still unsure they can convince people to pay to watch people work out. The popularity of CrossFit Games does show some promise for Grid because there are great similarities between the two, however Grid is structured differently enough to ensure a unique experience for the audience. Grid has 11 events over the course of two hours in a smaller venue than the CrossFit games.

These events will be more frequent and therefore will help functional fitness competitions integrate into the sports entertainment world rather than being a once a year event.

31Mar 2015

We are so excited to announce that on the last day of each month, Bodyscapes Hingham will be honoring a very special member as our Member of the Month, to recognize and congratulate those working towards their health and fitness goals while inspiring and encouraging the rest of our members to do the same.

March Member of the Month: Stephanie Champa!

Member

Stephanie is 26 years old, lives in Cohasset and works at Coldwater Creek right here in Hingham. Stephanie has been going to every single 6am class for the last TWO MONTHS. Between the early morning classes and the terrible dark, cold winter we have all been enduring–this is a feat in itself! Her constant presence was quickly recognized by instructors and front desk staff alike. Today, Stephanie will share with us a little bit about her journey…

How do you stay motivated to wake up and get to class before work, especially in this tough New England weather?
“I haven’t even given myself an option not to go! Every morning when my alarm goes off, I force myself to jump immediately out of bed.”

What is your favorite (and least favorite!) workout or move?
“My favorite workout right now is the bootcamp class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00am. It pushes me more than I would ever push myself alone, and every class is different, so it doesn’t get boring. My LEAST FAVORITE move is the BURPEE!”

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What is your guilty pleasure food?
“If I had to pick, I would say pizza. Or chinese food!”

What advice would you give to someone just starting their fitness journey?
“Don’t make excuses, and don’t quit. It takes time to get results”

Anything else you would like to add?
“It always helps to have a gym partner. When I first started at the gym I was going with a friend and there were mornings I really didn’t want to, but I would go so that I didn’t let her down”

 

THANKS STEPHANIE!

Stephanie brings up some fantastic points:

  • Early mornings are always going to be early — there is no secret to waking up: JUST DO IT!
  • Don’t expect a drastic change overnight, but don’t quit! Keep working towards your goals and you will get results
  • Enlist your friends! Group classes and small group training are great ways to get fit while hanging out with your friends, which helps you stay accountable and motivated.

 

So, you want to be our next member of the month?

Its EASY!

You don’t have to be the strongest, the smallest, the biggest or the fastest.
All we ask is that each and every day, you continue to work towards being the BEST POSSIBLE VERSION OF YOURSELF!

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Need help reaching your goals? That is why we are here. Each and every one of our staff members wants to help you succeed. Sign up for a group class, organize a group for SGT, or simply chat with one of our front desk members or personal trainers.

And if you see Stephanie, give her a high five & tell her to keep working hard!

Here’s to a healthy & happy April!