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 …


Golden Door At-Home Foot Facial

February 23, 2015 by Golden Door

Our feet are one of the most important parts of our bodies. They carry us to and from, hold pressure points that map to our entire body including internal organs and systems, and allow us to show off great shoes! Try this simple Golden Door At-Home “Foot Facial” to provide your feet with special attention so that they look their best year-round. 1. Relax your feet in a pan of warm water infused with a few drops of Hinoki Bath & Shower Gel for 5 to 15 minutes. 2. Massage feet, ankles, and calves with Hinoki Pacific Salt Body Scrub, paying special attention to the dry areas, such as your soles and the backs of your heels. 3. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a towel (notice that your feet already feel softer and smoother). 4. Make this experience even more special…apply a drop of aromatic Yuzu Body Oil onto …


What is the Solution to Your Fitness Resolution??

February 26, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Remember those bold promises you made to yourself a few months ago? Take a minute to ask yourself how they are coming along. This is the time of year when many resolutions are forgotten or are fading fast due to busy schedules and lack of motivation. Every January it is really easy to say I have made a fitness resolution fully believing you are going to stick to it. Early in the year, going to the gym is fun, many gyms across the country create an atmosphere of higher energy and show a family type setting that is extremely inviting.  There is a reason that gyms have their highest membership rates in the beginning of the year and then slowly drop in numbers as time goes on. By the end of January many of the promotional events that once served as motivators have ended and the high energy atmosphere begins …


Golden Door Skin Type Quiz

March 2, 2015 by Golden Door

We hear the word simplicity a lot these days…in every facet of life, including your skin care regime! Through time, trends are tried, but ultimately we have all learned that less is more and ensuring you have the proper basics is the key to success. Golden Door Skin Care’s philosophy has always been simple – pure, fresh, high-grade quality featuring plenty of antioxidants to help repair and defend the skin against the constant free-radical aggressors that we face daily. The first step to ensuring that you have the proper basics – cleanser, toner and moisturizer – is to determine your skin type. The following quiz will help you determine your skin type if you are unsure.   Skin Type Quiz 1. What is your skin like when you first wake up? A. Normal – very little change from the night before B. Tight and flaky C. Oily all over D. …


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 …


How Nutrition Savvy Are You?

March 9, 2015 by Susan Piergeorge

March is National Nutrition Month. Take the quiz and see just how nutrition savvy you are! 1. Sources of complete vegan proteins include: A. Chia seeds B. Hemp seeds C. Quinoa D. All of the above   2. Vitamin K can be found in: A. Primarily in green vegetables, such as broccoli and asparagus along with dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach and kale B. Meat and eggs C. Beans, soybeans, strawberries D. All of the above   3. The best memory boosting foods come from: A. Berries B. Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna and sardines C. A Mediterranean diet, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts and oils such as olive D. All of the above   4. The best way to handle a food allergy is to: A. Eat small amounts of foods containing the allergen B. Wash hands frequently C. Avoid the allergen D. B and …


Bi-Coastal Body Burn: How to Stay in Tip Top Shape When Traveling for Work

March 25, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Making the voyage from coast to coast is becoming a more common means of conducting business these days. Though the novelties of a big new city can be exciting it is extremely easy to spend numerous days with minimal physical activity. Business meetings and company dinners can ultimately consume much of our travel time leaving us with too little activity and too many calories. So how do you keep a strong routine despite these challenges? The answer might be easier than you think.  Create your own 15 minute body weight routine and perform it every other day of your trip to help burn excess calories and keep your body strong until your return home. ***Pick your 3 favorite body weight exercises, 15 repetitions each, repeat for 3 rounds as fast as you can without compromising form.  Some of my favorite includes: 1. Push-ups (Either from the knees or from the …


March: Mind Your Business

March 27, 2015 by Carol Tibbetts

“Won’t mindfulness make me lose my edge in business dealings?” This question came up recently during a Twelve Mindful Months class I lead weekly at the Door, and it is a common concern.  Mindfulness is the new buzz word in the media, as evidenced by the many articles boasting the benefits of the practice – increased productivity, decreased stress and healthcare costs – to corporations such as Aetna and General Mills and teams such as the Seattle Sea Hawks.  But in other articles, the media tends to sensationalize mindfulness as a blissful state with photographs of models meditating with peaceful smiles and faraway gazes, so it’s not surprising that business people have doubts. Mindfulness is not about zoning out, but about zoning in. Mindfulness is not passive, but active.  In business it sharpens your edge.  Instead of dulling your senses, it heightens your awareness of them.  Through the practice of …


Are Skin Care Toner’s Really Necessary?

April 6, 2015 by Golden Door

Golden Door Skin Care Manager, Andrea Miller, is asked this question frequently, “Are skin care toners really necessary?” and her answer immediately is “Yes!”. There are several reasons why… All skin care toners provide the final step in the cleansing process ensuring that your skin is thoroughly free of any impurities including traces of cleanser. They also ensure that your pH balance is just where it needs to be. Yes, your cleanser is pH balanced, but your tap water is not. Have you ever noticed the water stains or mineral deposit on your faucets or counter tops? Those minerals may be sitting on your skin after you rinse off your cleanser and therefore, causing your pH balance to be off slightly. When your pH balance is not where it needs to be, then all of your other products such as serums and moisturizers may not be performing to their fullest ability, …


Temperature UP, Body Fat Down

April 8, 2015 by Nick Poggi

Here are eight ways to live healthier and lean up during the warmer seasons: 1. Start your day a healthy way with hot water and lemon. It will help cleanse the liver and detox the body for a fresh start to the day. 2. Healthy Domino Effect: A healthy habit of action will help your mindset stay strong. Once a habit is formed, it becomes harder to break it. 3. One meal at a time: Don’t overwhelm yourself with the pressures of adhering to a full dietary change. Start with one meal at a time. 4. Get the right amount of sleep: Studies show that people who sleep 7-8 hours per night tend to have lower body fat percentages. 5. Buy a new bathing suit and place it somewhere easily visible in your house. This will serve as a subtle reminder to eat right and exercise every time you imagine yourself wearing …