Hello everyone! Spring is here, and the trails in Crested Butte and CB South are drying quickly and ready for another season of fun and adventure!
I did a trail run with my dog (#athenathebear) this morning, and it was incredible! We ran caves trail over to wallrod cutoff, and down to cement creek road. I was surprised to see the trail as dry today as it would be in the middle of summer. When I was on the same trail a couple of weeks ago it was so muddy that I was walking at a snails pace, and came close on several occasions to falling off the hillside. I was up to my ankles in mush and there was so much mud caked to the soles of my shoes that I had no traction what-so-ever. It was quite the balancing act hike!
In addition to getting outside and soaking in the sun, regular gym workouts are still an important focus of my fitness regimen. Lifting weights, swinging kettle bells and working on my core is helping me stay in tip top shape for crushing the trails on my mountain bike and feeling powerful running and hiking this season. I have been working out hard at CB South Fitness all winter, and there's no reason to let strength workouts and my training slide now, especially when I have never felt so strong or toned!
Four Seasons of Health and Fitness
I thought in this blog I would mention a few of the reasons why regular strength training is an important and healthy part of our routine – and not just in the winter season when it’s cold, but all year long.
- Increases HDL - High Density Lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and decrease LDL - Low Density Lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).
- Reduces risk of diabetes and insulin needs.
- Lowers risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Lower high blood pressure.
- Lowers risk of breast cancer - reduces high estrogen levels linked to the disease.
- Decreases or minimizes risk of osteoporosis by building bone mass.
- Reduces symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome)
- Reduces stress and anxiety.
- Decreases colds and illness.
Increased muscle strength, power, endurance and size. Enhanced performance of everyday tasks. You will be able to do everyday tasks like lifting, carrying and walking up stairs with greater ease.
By working the muscles through a full range of motion, weight training can improve your overall body flexibility. Increased flexibility reduces the risk of muscle pulls and back pain.
LOWER THE LIKELIHOOD OF INJURY
Strong muscles, tendons and ligaments are less likely to give way under stress and are less likely to be injured. Increased bone density and strength reduces back and knee pain by building muscle around these areas.
CHANGE IN BODY COMPOSITION
Boosted metabolism (which means burning more calories when at rest). Reduced body fat. Your overall weight may not change, but you will gain muscle and lose fat. Over time you should notice decreases in waist measurements and bodyfat measurement.
INCREASE MUSCLE TONE
The conditioning effect will result in firmer and better-defined muscles.
The way you sit and stand are influenced by the health of a network of neck, shoulder, back, hip and abdominal muscles. Stronger muscles can help you stand and sit straighter and more comfortably. Improved balance and stability.
IMPROVE STATE OF MIND
As you begin to notice the positive physical changes in your body and develop a regular exercise routine your ability to handle stress effectively will improve. Weight training allows you to sleep better, i.e. fall asleep quicker and sleep deeper. Clinical studies have shown regular exercise to be one of the three best tools for effective stress management.
(Bullet points taken from - https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/trainingstation1.htm)
My hope is that gym and community members will continue to strength train in addition to their outdoor time this spring and summer. My husband, Andy, and I are happy to provide Crested Butte and CB South residents with a convenient place to exercise where members feel comfortable and confident while at our gym. CB South Fitness has convenient gym hours and we’re open to members every day from 5 am – 10 pm. Members easily scan their key card to get inside, and do their thing - whether it's a 15 minute targeted session or an hour long total body workout.
Please contact us at 970.765.7009 if you have questions or if you are interested in membership. We look forward to seeing you soon!