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22
AUG
By Golden Door

Golden Door Partners with Pauma Valley County Club!

By Golden Door
Posted in: Accommodations, Fitness, News

We are thrilled to announce Golden Door has signed an exclusive partnership with Pauma Valley Country Club for the use of the Robert Trent Jones golf course. The golf course at PVCC is a traditional Robert Trent Jones Sr. design.  Our guests can enjoy a spectacular game of golf  surrounded by mountains and avocado and citrus groves during their week.

The course has been ranked in the top 100 best courses in the U.S. and top 10 in California by Golf Digest.

 

About Robert Trent Jones: Robert Trent Jones, Sr. did not invent golf course architecture, it only seems that way. In a career that spanned nearly 70 years, Jones built or rebuilt some 400 courses in 45 states in the U. S. and 35 countries worldwide, with more than three dozen of them having played host to national or international championships.

Jones made an art form of heroic architecture, institutionalizing the risk-reward shot in modern courses. With his oft-quoted philosophy to make every hole a hard par but an easy bogey, he also had a profound impact on tournament golf.  Jones built or remodeled some of the most muscular courses the pros have ever faced, including Firestone, Hazeltime, Spyglass Hill, Baltusrol and Oak Hill.  In his early years Jones’ designs often engendered criticism as too severe, and the complaints reached a crescendo when he remodeled Oakland Hills for the 1951 U.S. Open.  When a victorious Ben Hogan boasted of having brought that “monster to its knees” and Herbert Warren Wind followed with a laudatory – and widely read – article in The New Yorker, Jones was introduced to a mass audience, and the cult of the golf course architect was born.

 

08-22-2014
Posted in: Accommodations, Fitness, News
18
AUG
By Carol Tibbetts

Monday Mindfulness Tips

By Carol Tibbetts
Posted in: Mindfulness

Get Mindfulness! Here’s how you can achieve mindfulness with three daily activites:

 Create a daily wake-up ritual.  Each morning before you rise, set a mindful intention.  Choose 3 activities that you will attempt to do mindfully.  Choose one meal, one rote activity, and one other.  Examples:

1. Just eat: Â No reading, emailing, texting or TV.  When we eat mindfully we will be satisfied with less, and with time, crave healthier foods.

2. Just shower:  Feel & appreciate how the hot water soothes your body. Avoid thoughts of what you have to do after your shower & stay present to the sensations we often take for granted.

3. Just exercise:  Stay tuned into your muscles, how you place your feet, your breath, your heartbeat & how you move through space.  Get out of your head (away from unrelated thoughts) & into your body.  You’ll benefit more with focused exercise & be less apt to get injured.

If you forget, forgive. If you notice yourself being unmindful, you’re being mindful:  Be glad you noticed!  Before long you will be aware of times when you are more mindful than you were in the past, or of when you are mindful without intention. Enjoy the new sense of peace, focus and balance mindfulness brings to your life.

 

For more on mindfulness, read  â€œTwelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  (Available at Golden Door Boutique or shop on-line)  Stay on the mindful path with me by following my posts. Share comments & questions here or email me at ctibbetts@goldendoor.com

 

08-18-2014
Posted in: Mindfulness
14
AUG
By Nick Poggi

How to Find the Best Personal Trainer for You

By Nick Poggi
Posted in: Fitness, Spa

In recent years, the personal training profession has skyrocketed. You can walk in to just about any gym and find it packed with personal trainers ecstatically awaiting for your business. At the same time, we have all heard horror stories about friends or family hiring trainers that pushed too hard, talked too much, or caused injury.  So how do you find that perfect trainer who is going to be safe, effective, and help you to ultimately reach your goals?? The Golden Door fitness team has come up with three tips to help you out.

1) Communication: talking vs. listening

The reason we hire a personal trainer is to guide us towards our fitness goals. Ultimately, they are YOUR goals. Make sure the fitness professional you hire does not create a set of his/her own goals for you.  If you are paying someone to help you improve your running ability, make sure they are enthusiastic about cardio, and not just handing you weights.

2) Â Resume: Before hiring a trainer, ask to see their resume and certifications

It is so important to find a personal trainer that did not earn their certifications over a quick week workshop . Remember you are putting your health and well-being in their hands.

 

Look for these credits in their resume:

a.  A college degree in exercise physiology, kinesiology, sports medicine, or any fitness related field is the immensely important because it ensures at least 4 years of training.

b.  These are some of the highly accredited certification programs to look for:

      1. NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)
      2. ACSM  (American College of Sports Medicine)
      3. ACE Â Ã‚ Ã‚  (American Council on Exercise)
      4. NSCA  (National Strength and Conditioning Association)
      5. ISSA Â  (International Sports Science Association)

 

3) Â Reliability and Professionalism

After spending many hours working together, undoubtedly you will become very friendly with your trainer. Just make sure that they never forget that this is a business relationship. Holding them accountable for showing up on time for sessions, making sure that talking isn’t taking the place of repetitions and ensuring that you have their undivided attention at all times during your session is a great way to preserve professionalism and improve results.

 

 

08-14-2014
Posted in: Fitness, Spa
12
AUG
By Golden Door

Golden Door Welcomes Fitness Trainer Keli Roberts

By Golden Door
Posted in: Fitness, News, Spa

We are so excited to welcome Keli Roberts, a world renowned fitness educator, trainer and the award recipient of the 2003 IDEA International Instructor of the Year, to Golden Door at the end of this month (August 31  – September 7).

Celebrity trainer, fitness instructor, author and more! Keli Roberts has done it all. A native of Australia, Keli has been recognized as a fitness authority that’s transformed fitness education with groundbreaking innovations characterized by her expert skill and instruction. Keli has been featured in Shape, Elle, Health, Fitness, Self, Ms Fitness, American Fitness, Allure and many international publications as well. Additionally, Keli is a featured instructor on the award winning TV series, CRUNCH Fitness, on ESPN.

Keli will be on the front lines with our guests teaching our indoor cycling series, Kickbox Boot Camp, Centered Strength—a  stability ball workout to improve postural alignment and muscle tone—and Glute Camp—a “below the belt” workout to strengthen your entire lower body.

Golden Door’ cycling series includes:

Fatbuster Cycle

Sustained steady state intervals to promote high caloric expenditure.

Virtual Ride

Designed to take you on a sensory journey out of the classroom using creative imagery. From the mountains to the beach to the roadways of the world; the possibilities are endless! Shoes: cross-training or court.

Cycle Revolution

Revolutionize your workout potential using your bike’s speedometer and focusing on the revolutions per minute (rpm) throughout your ride.  Maximize cardio and increase your caloric burn and strength gains by changing cadence and speed with each song. Shoes: cross-training or court.

 

 

 

 

08-12-2014
Posted in: Fitness, News, Spa
24
JUL
By Carol Tibbetts

Got Mindfulness?

By Carol Tibbetts
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the new buzzword.  Although we hear it often, I’ve discovered – through the Twelve Mindful Months class I teach weekly at Golden Door – that a lot of people aren’t exactly sure what it is or how to go about it.  In this post, I hope to demystify it.

But first, let me tell you why I got into mindfulness.  Over time, I observed – as a fitness instructor/trainer for 30 years and a yoga teacher for 10 – that most people had adapted to a healthier diet, followed a cardio and strength program, but had not incorporated the weekly one hour mindfulness component (like meditation, yoga, T’ai Chi) that ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine)  recommends for stress management and total body/mind/spirit wellness.  Usually it was the last activity to be added (if at all) and the first to go when time was limited.  Many people have told me “Cardio is my stress management.”  It is an effective way to release stress, but how does it help you when you’re not exercising?  Mindfulness, on the other hand, is available to you 24/7:  You can do it anywhere or anytime and you don’t need any equipment or special clothing.

What exactly is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is the process of being present with your surroundings and with what you are doing and feeling.  I like to describe it as living your meditation, or taking meditation off the cushion and into your life.  A sitting meditation practice will certainly help improve moment-to-moment awareness, but it is not necessary to the process of being mindful.  (That said, you may find with time you develop desire and patience to do a sitting meditation.)

So your mindfulness practice goes like this:  You practice awareness in everyday life:  breathing, sensing, speaking, listening, grooming, eating, walking, exercising, working, and even driving.  The best news: You don’t need to carve out extra time in your day.  So you can’t say “But I don’t have the time.”  😉

You don’t need to practice all day or in every activity.  Mindfulness is not about  being perfect, as it’s impossible to be mindful 100% of the time. Sounds simple?  It’s not so easy.  It takes patience, because the benefits are not immediately noticeable. Â  But over time, you will feel more calmness and clarity and less chaos and chatter.

In my next post I will share how you can achieve mindfulness with three daily activities.

For more on mindfulness, read  â€œTwelve Mindful Months:  Cultivating a Balanced & Fit Body, Mind & Spirit” by Carol Tibbetts.  (Available at Golden Door Boutique or shop on-line)  Stay on the mindful path with me by following my posts. Share comments & questions here or email me at ctibbetts@goldendoor.com

07-24-2014
Posted in: Inner Focus, Mindfulness
16
JUL
By Golden Door

How and Why to Reduce Sugar Intake Part II

By Golden Door
Posted in: News, Nutrition

By Susan Piergeorge, MS, RDN

The next step in reducing sugar intake is to switch the type of carbohydrate you consume. Complex carbohydrates are a larger molecule, made up of more complex chains of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. They include starches and fiber and take longer to digest. Examples include fruits*, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (such as lentils, edamame, peas, starchy beans such as black, kidney, garbanzo, pinto, navy). Legumes are also a source of protein. Some dairy products such as milk and plain yogurt also contain complex carbohydrates as well as protein.

Consuming complex carbohydrates are beneficial in so many ways. They have more fiber, which is healthy for the heart and digestive system. They maintain blood sugar for a longer period of time; they provide quick and sustained energy. Additionally, complex carbohydrates contain the essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants we need every day. They also are a satisfying food source. Think of how many comfort foods contain carbohydrates. If we weren’t supposed to eat them, they wouldn’t exist. It’s really about being more selective in the type of carbohydrate versus the quantity.

When it comes to managing hunger and blood sugar, your best bet is to consume a mixture of complex carbohydrates, protein and fat. Protein is found in beans, legumes, dairy products, eggs, seafood, meat and poultry. Animal proteins naturally contain some fat. Fat is found in nuts, oils, butter, avocado, coconut and mayonnaise.

Here are some examples of a blend of protein, carbohydrate and fat:

– Nonfat Greek yogurt or milk, nuts and whole grain cereal or fruit
– Turkey or tuna sandwich with pesto (fat) with a side salad (such as cole slaw made with vinegar)
– Fruit and cheese/cottage cheese with chia or ground flax seeds
– Wasabi peas and nuts
– Herbed pasta or rice or quinoa with legumes, vegetables and olive oil
– A hearty soup such as beef (protein and fat) and barley with vegetables (complex carbs) or chicken (protein and fat) noodle with vegetables (complex carbs)

 

07-16-2014
Posted in: News, Nutrition
14
JUL
By Golden Door Fitness

5 Reasons Why Women Should Do Resistance Training

By Golden Door Fitness
Posted in: Fitness

Resistance training will make you the best woman you can be. Here are 5 reasons why:

1) Â 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, our skin. Results….less wrinkles and more smiles.

4) Lifting weights strengthens more than just muscle. You may think that the only benefit from resistance training is strong muscles, but the truth is your bones stand to gain just as much. Studies show that implementing weight training into your exercise routine will actually improve bone density. This can be particularly important as it can play a roll in decreasing occurrences osteoporosis or osteopenia.

5) Increased performance in everyday living. Not only will strength training help you look and feel your best, but you will have added strength to help you in your day to day activities. Whether it be carrying groceries, walking your dog, or doing something as simple as standing up out of a chair, developing stronger muscles will give you the strength to move easier and perform at your best.

07-14-2014
Posted in: Fitness
11
JUL
By Golden Door

DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT WOMEN’S WEEK: The Labyrinth as a Path to Focused Attention

By Golden Door
Posted in: Accommodations, News, Spa

On a beautiful summer morning, Golden Door guests were treated to a wonderful breakfast on the mountain summit facilitated by special guest presenter Reverend Lauren Artress, founder of Veriditas: The Worldwide Labyrinth Movement.  After hiking to the mountaintop and walking the labyrinth with the ancient sound of the didgeridoo, breakfast was served. The tables were beautifully set, the breakfast burrito was warm and nourishing and the fresh fruit was beautifully displayed along with the fresh Golden Door tea.  After breakfast, guests gathered to tell their stories and all had meaningful insights to share.

During Disconnect to Reconnect Week, guests said goodbye to tablets, laptops, cellphones, all of which were safely stored in a beautiful box of their own making.  Instead of the chirping of electronics, guests enjoyed the chirping of birds.  Rather than counting emails, they counted their breaths on a morning hike; living truly in the moment, uninterrupted.  Imagine the peacefulness and focus without these omnipresent devices.

07-11-2014
Posted in: Accommodations, News, Spa
08
JUL
By Golden Door

Golden Door Presents California Wines Week: July 20-27, 2014

By Golden Door
Posted in: News, Spa

The Golden Door is the destination of celebrities, dignitaries, and anyone who wishes to put the world behind them for seven days and embark on a life-changing journey that places them firmly on the path to renewed health, greater fitness, and enhanced mindfulness.

While most weeks each year are for women only, on a few occasions the Golden Door is open to both men and women. During the month of July, our most popular coed event is our California Wines Week.

We are so pleased this year to be welcoming Leoness Cellars and looking forward eagerly to their “Evening with the Rhones”.

Bonaccorsi Wine Company will also be joining us to showcase their Pinots, Chardonnays, and Syrahs rendered in the style and spirit of a small Burgundy domaine.

Your host for California Wines Week is Danielle Price—a 17-year wine-industry veteran. Danielle began as a source for the highest quality rare and fine wines for friends and colleagues, then spent the next fourteen years building and managing two of the largest and most diverse wine programs in the world.

Highlighting this extraordinary week will be a joyous Garden Dinner in our three-acre organic garden against the backdrop of the setting sun and beneath a canopy of sparkling lights.

07-08-2014
Posted in: News, Spa
01
JUL
By Nick Poggi

Three Fitness Secrets From the Golden Door

By Nick Poggi
Posted in: Fitness

The famous Golden Door is renowned for its expertise in fitness, so too are its experienced trainer’s in their approach to creating personal programs for each individual guest. Here are three secrets that will help you not only achieve your fitness goals, but will keep you healthy and happy along the way.

1) Â Customize your workouts– we are all different in the way we walk, talk and move. Just because one exercise plan works for a friend, doesn’t mean it is right for you. Lunges might be a great toning exercise for a one person, but might result in sore knees for someone else. Work with a trainer to come up with a unique routine to compliment the way your body moves. Your workouts will be optimized, and your joints will be happy.

2) Harder is not always better– Did you know that rest and recovery is as important as the exercise itself? Studies show that you should be working out intensely no more than three days per week.  Adding an extra stretch day in place of a challenging workout might just be what your body needs to re-energize and recover.

3) Interval Training– Tired of spending thirty minutes per day on the treadmill or elliptical and not seeing results? It’s probably because your body has adapted to your workout. Adding in short bouts of more intense work followed by bouts of recovery will not only shorten your workout, it will burn more calories in the end.

 

07-01-2014
Posted in: Fitness
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