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 …


Does Walking Really Work?

March 5, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

BY DIANE ALLAN AND NICK POGGI There has been a fitness trend of step counting that has become a near obsession. Many times per day our guests (and trainers) will stop mid exercise to check just how many steps they have taken.  Accomplishing 10,000 steps has been the accepted daily goal, yet here at The Golden Door many guests are able to achieve that with hiking before they even have breakfast. Let’s stop to ask ourselves, is there more than just a mental benefit from achieving 10000 steps per day. Here are some fun facts about the benefits of walking. 1. People take roughly 2,000 steps per mile. This is good to know if you do not have a pedometer handy. 2. Walking can help improve the health of your cardiovascular system. 3. Going on a walk can help improve digestion. 4. According to the American Heart Association walking can …


5 Ways to Find Time for Fitness

January 21, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

By Nick Poggi and Melissa Lopez It’s late January and the excitement of new year’s resolutions is starting to fade. Along with them are people’s motivations and aspirations for a fitter, heathier life.  This seems to happen every year at this time. Gyms become crowded with new exercisers who have a new found zeal for fitness, yet after just a few weeks the same hurdles and excuses that once got in their way seem to take hold again.  The main excuse is almost always, “I JUST DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME!” Our lives are truly busy, but I guarantee that people who maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle are equally as busy.  Here are 5 ways how to create time for fitness in your busy life: 1. Prioritize: Often people who find success professionally and in the gym are very good at staying organized and prioritized. If you work at …


Having trouble sleeping? Exercise!

July 9, 2015 by Golden Door Fitness

Many of us have trouble falling asleep at night, even after a long day of work. According to a study published in the journal of Mental Health and Physical Activity, exercising throughout the week cuts down significantly on feelings of sleepiness during the day.  The participants who exercised for 150 minutes throughout the week were 65% less sleepy during the day than those who did not exercise. Another study published in The Journal Of Clinical Sleep Medicine found a relation between exercise and sleep quality.  Participants with insomnia who exercised daily reported waking up fewer times during the night and feeling more rejuvenated the next day. While we often think of exercise as a means for weight loss or general health, it is important to recognize that it is just as important for sleep. Considering that on average people spend 6 to 8 hours sleeping, it is always important to …


5 Reasons Why Women Should Do Resistance Training

July 14, 2014 by Golden Door Fitness

Resistance training will make you the best woman you can be. Here are 5 reasons why: 1)  Resistance training builds muscle. When people lift weights, their bodies create more muscle. This in turn will create a boost in self-confidence and well-being. 2) Resistance training increases your metabolism. No matter what type of exercise you do in the gym, you will burn calories. The extra benefit to a weight routine is that your metabolism will be spiked for many hours after you go home. This is due to the extra energy your body needs to repair those sore muscles. 3) A weight routine can actually make your skin look younger. Looking for the fountain of youth? You may have just found it. According to Dr. Len Kravitz an IDEA fitness instructor of the year, and Golden Door Path Member, a regular weight training routine helps to improve the elasticity of the largest organ in the human body, …