Baby Step Your way to a Fabulously Fit Physique

December 17, 2014 by Golden Door Fitness

By: Nick Poggi and Sandy Carden How taking a soft approach will give you a hard body  When attempting to get back in shape, many people try the “all or nothing” technique.  Though this passionate approach can be alluring, it is seldom sustainable. We have all seen the determined crowds of people flocking to the gym every January with aggressive work out plans announcing to the world that, “this is the year I become fit!”  Unfortunately, by February most of these people have lost their exercise zeal and instead replace it with excuses of hard luck and distraction. Yet, there are those who are able to overcome this perceived wall and actually find fitness success for themselves. The secret they use is much more practical.  Taking a ‘baby step” approach to developing good exercise habits is a lot less exciting but harbors a lot more success. It works so well …


The Perfect Christmas Morning Workout Plan

December 24, 2014 by Nick Poggi

This year let your mind AND body enjoy the most magical day of the year.  Gifting yourself with a quick 10 minute workout before opening presents will not only boost your metabolism before indulging on the day’s sweet treats, but will help to decrease stress and add to the magical feeling that this wonderful holiday bestows upon us all.  Plan: Perform these 8 exercises Time: 1 minute each Rest: 15 seconds between rounds Benefits: Calories burned, metabolism up, mood elevated. Fit Test: Every three, you can use this workout as a fitness test. Exercises:                                                             Body Weight Squat  (Sumo) Push ups (Either from the knees or from the toes) Jumping Jacks Lunges (30 sec Left, 30 Sec Right) Bridges Crunches Plank Rotations …


Feel Great in 2015 with these 5 Fitness Goals

December 5, 2014 by Melinda Nelson

Want 2015 to be the year for a slimmer sexier waistline?  Fitness Expert Personal Trainer Melinda Nelson shares with you the 5 goals you need to set now to feel great in 2015! Goal #1 Start your New Year’s resolutions early this year!  Before you set foot into those holiday parties have an action plan in mind.  Melinda has worked with thousands of women over the past 12 years to make a plan of action to reach that flatter stomach now! Tip#1 Have a snack like a small handful of almonds and an apple before heading into those calorie indulging parties.  Never show up hungry or almost hungry, that is when we really make bad food choices.  Allow yourself a very small portion of something you really like, and then pop an altiod in your mouth to change your taste buds. Goal #2 90 percent of your results for a flatter …


Coriander Crusted Mahi-Mahi with Tropical Fruit Salsa

December 9, 2014 by Golden Door

We serve a lot of fish at the Golden Door because it is a delicious and versatile source of lean protein and other valuable nutrients. This signature recipe from Executive Chef Greg Frey Jr. features a delectable coriander mahi-mahi that pairs perfectly with a flavorful tropical fruit salsa. INGREDIENTS 1 ½ pounds mahi-mahi ( chefs tip- be sure the blood line on the mahi is bright red for freshness, the dingier the color the older the mahi, don’t buy fish whose bloodline looks rusty brown or meat that is grey) ¼ cup coriander seeds 1 TBSP EVOO Toast the coriander seeds in a dry skillet on medium heat till fragrant but not colored or smoking. Remove from the pan and set aside while you portion the fish into 6 equal pieces. Grind the coriander in a spice or coffee grinder. Sear the fish in a nonstick skillet on med-high heat in the EVOO. Turn and continue to …


Top 10 songs to Enthuse, Energize, and Ignite your Holiday Fitness Focus

December 10, 2014 by Nick Poggi

Despite the common misconception, even fitness trainers struggle to get ourselves to the gym on occasion. With a million events going on like travel, party preparations and family events, the holidays can be a formidable opponent to even the most solid workout routine. Luckily, The Golden Door Trainers have learned some useful tricks to help our bodies and minds to mentally get over that hump. Music has been scientifically proven to add energy and illicit emotion in our lives. This is one incredibly useful tool that you can implement to stay on track during busy times of the year. Making a new playlist is not only exciting it can actually help you stay healthy and dedicated to your positive lifestyle! – Mark Ronson: Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars – Megan Trainer: All About the Bass – Magic: Rude – Jarrod Niemann and Pitbull – Charli XCX: Boom Clap – Nico …


December: The 12 Gifts of Mindfulness

December 11, 2014 by Carol Tibbetts

1. joy 2. peace 3. contentment 4. self-regulation 5. increased focus 6. developed compassion 7. present moment awareness 8. appreciation for what you have 9. acceptance for what you cannot change 10. liberation from anxiety & cultivated resilience 11. delayed emotional responses & deep listening skills 12. ability to experience life with more depth, meaning & connectedness mindfulness is the path to all of these qualities of emotional intelligence May the gifts of peace, joy & mindfulness be yours through the holiday season!   For more on mindfulness, read “Twelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind, & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  Available on-line & at Golden Door Boutique.


Golden Door Announces New Speaker Series

December 12, 2014 by Golden Door

With our re-birth as the finest health and fitness resort in the country, we have also made it our priority to provide you with the best in educational and inspirational evening programs. Thus, we are thrilled to announce our new Friday Night Speaker Series beginning January 2015. Friday evenings will offer, in an interview format, conversations with exceptional individuals in the arts, public service, sports, business and health whose accomplishments have distinguished them in the public eye. Imagine an evening, relaxing in your yukata, sharing in an intimate conversation with real people who have real stories of immense current interest. We are certain these evenings will greatly increase the transformative power of your week. Some of our speakers’ topics may align with a program enhancement offered that week such as life transitions, food and wine, or using technology wisely. All are hand-picked for their success and sound reputation in their own individual world.   …


Powering It Up for the Holidays

December 15, 2014 by Susan Piergeorge

The holiday season has officially started.  The season includes festivities, food, drink-and stress. Let’s try to put it all in perspective to get the best out of it. – One thing we in the Northern Hemisphere know all too well is that there is less daylight from fall to early spring. Less daylight can lead to the blues and potential irritability, also known for some as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). A few tips to help fight those blues would include consuming more foods/supplements with omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve mood. Food sources include fatty fish such as tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines, ground flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts. Discuss any supplementation with your healthcare practitioner prior to consuming as omega fatty acids can interfere with some medications. – Another important component to mood and brain health is vitamin D. We physically and emotionally feel better when we have …