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The Health Triangle

Life Balance

Greetings!  I found this article on Livestrong and wanted to share with our members and whoever else reads this blog (hopefully there are a few others!?).  As I read this article I'm reminded that it's important for us all to check-in with ourselves from time-to-time, and pay attention to see if we have good perspective and balance in our lives.  That is, the balance of physical health, social health, and mental health.  If there are areas that are lacking or we are not making enough time for, are we sacrificing and making up for it elsewhere?  YUP, this question really gets my analytical brain excited. :) 

Losing and Finding My Sanity

We are fortunate in Crested Butte to have unlimited opportunities for outdoor activity, and still some may not take as much time for fitness and exercise as they wish that they did.  5 years ago, in my past life in Denver and my last stressful job in Sales, running long distance was my way of maintaining my sanity, and then a couple of years ago meditation entered my regimen, and helped in a greater capacity.  At that point in my life, I was never able to get in the gym for a workout.  How could I when I had limited time and sat at my desk in a grind for 10-hours a day!  At that time I had a career and no life balance.  Life was all about hitting sales goals, and trying to stay calm and not freak out if I didn't.  

New Priorities

Years passed... then came marriage and then baby before I realized how important it is to take time for me.  After-all, I am my own best friend, my biggest advocate, my worst critic or my worst enemy (for the record, I prefer not to be the last two)!  No one else can take care of me if I am not, and now I make time religiously for that ten minute morning meditation, 45-minute workout at the gym, or 20-minute walk with the dog!  

In the words of Ben Stiller in Starsky and Hutch "DO IT, DO IT...DO IT". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV5-vVeqVgM

OK...on to the article. 

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The health triangle is a teaching tool that examines mental, physical and social health. It teaches that the three triangle elements are interconnected. Thus all three sides of the triangle need to be balanced to achieve true health. When one side of the triangle is emphasized too much--or not enough--the other sides will change. This leads to an imbalance. Teachers of the triangle emphasize taking responsibility for your own health by practicing prevention, such as wearing seat belts, and by actively improving personal health. You improve health by incorporating healthy habits like a proper diet and eliminating risk factors for poor health, such as smoking.

Physical Health

Physical health addresses the body’s ability to function. Components include exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep and rest, resisting harmful substances like alcohol and drugs, maintaining a healthy weight and practicing good hygiene.

Mental Health

Mental and emotional health examines how a person thinks and feels and how he copes with everyday life, including how well he relates to others. A person with good emotional health is in touch with his feelings, expresses those feelings in an appropriate manner, enjoys learning, uses his mind to develop thinking skills, learns from his mistakes and accepts responsibility.

Social Health

Social health measures the way a person reacts to people in her environment. It encompasses family and peer relationships as well as public health. To attain good social health, a person needs to communicate well, show respect, care for herself and others, both seek and lend support, have the ability to make and keep friends and know how to work or play cooperatively.

Risk Factors

Risk factors that can throw a person’s health triangle out of balance include lack of exercise, poor eating habits, risky sexual behavior, alcohol and drug use, smoking or chewing tobacco and behavior that leads to injury or another health threat. Triangle teachers emphasize that risks can be cumulative and add up to a total that is greater than a person expects.

Attitude

Attitude is the key to maintaining good health, according to Health Triangle literature from the Tamaqua Area School District in Pennsylvania. A person must believe good habits and prevention, such as wearing sunscreen, lead to good health. Then he must practice these habits. Otherwise problems will develop, such as disease and other ailments.

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http://www.livestrong.com/article/42697-health-triangle/

GROUP TRAINING - Join in the Action!

Happy Daylight Saving Day! 

I think we can all appreciate the days as they are now starting to get longer.  Spring and Summer bring about an entirely new reason to be excited about living in Crested Butte, and enjoying the local appeal here in Crested Butte South, including mountain biking, and hiking to name a few local favorites.  From the infamous 401 to the Ferris Creek Trail, Crested Butte has hundreds of places to explore, and endless opportunities for adventure.  

At CB South Fitness, the changing season is bringing about another change inside the gym's four walls....group training sessions for gym members!  Kristin & local trainer Tim Skafidas want to invite you to join us for training, and at a reduced rate.  Sessions will be limited to 5 people groups, and cost just $25 per person!  Tim will bring in some equipment of his own and create cool circuit training to work a variety of muscle groups and help members see the best possible results! 

Contact Kristin at playhard@cbsouthfitness.com and let us know if you want to get in on this great opportunity to train!  We'll put together the days/time once we gauge interest among CB South Fitness members. 

Make it a great day! 

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Stronger

Today, while working out, I started thinking about the progression of things since we opened the doors of CB South Fitness.  It had not occurred to me that during the weeks of opening the gym, and in making sure that things went smoothly for our members, that I was also working out more than I had in years.

A few weeks ago, a friend who is a personal trainer, put together a total body workout program for me.  For the first time in my life my workouts are organized, balanced, and I am doing them with more consistency than ever before (3x per week). From box squats, to Romanian deadlifts, bench press, and dumbbell step-ups (using the plyo box), bent over barbell-row, lateral pull downs, and a fun alteration to traditional bicep curls, my workouts stay interesting and most importantly, challenging.  I forgot to mention the best part - that each week I am adding 5lbs extra to my bar from the week before!  Adding weights in a progression is something that has never been part of my workout regimen, and I am so glad that it is now.  From bending over to pick up my 2-year old and feeling the strength in my back and arms, to how solid I am on my feet when I attempt to be the ultimate skier (notice I said “attempt”- I have a long way to go!), I feel better about everyday movements, and recreational sports, thanks to the dedication to my workouts.

Living in Crested Butte, there are a million reasons to be outside enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland that we all know and love.  But when time is limited, or you are looking for more than a cardio workout, get to the gym.  Even a 20-minute weight training session counts! 

For those of you that are not members, or have not been by to check out the gym, we have several posters on the walls with various exercises, stretches and movements so that things stay fun, and workouts can change regularly (if you want them to).  For some, this can mean adding new exercises to your ‘routine’ and challenging new muscle groups.  If you are up to the task, put together a workout sheet to help you track each exercise and weight, and then start increasing the weight slightly every couple of weeks.  Or at best, work with personal trainer, Tim Skafidas.  Personal trainers can build you a custom workout plan, to satisfy your personal fitness goals. We have an awesome local trainer at our fingertips, with 20 years experience, at a great price!  

In closing, I still have a long way to go, but each week the confidence builds as the weight increases, and I feel great!  

Happy Lifting.

*To inquire about training with Tim Skafidas please contact us and we will put you in touch, or you can check out the Training & Services page on our website!  Right now, 20% discounts on couples training sessions!

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2017: NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

January 1st is an interesting and exciting time of year.  It really is the best time, in my opinion.  January is a time to reflect and feel grateful for the year past, and a time to look to the upcoming year and the upcoming accomplishments that will be achieved.

It's easy to sit back, and state a couple of 'New Year's resolutions' and then let the months pass, not really paying attention to the days passing you by.  This used to be my way each year.  Let me ask you this, isn't it more exciting to affirm exactly what you want to accomplish in the coming 12 months and then feel good about knowing that each day gets you closer to that goal?   Things will happen that you could not have imagined, and you find yourself paying attention to things that seem to be pulling you in a new direction.  The right direction!  Ever since my husband and I have started being strategic about goal setting, and keeping a journal, we have experienced a complete 180 to what we encountered our first couple of years as a couple. 

With much encouragement I suggest getting out that piece of paper and a pen and writing down exactly what you want to accomplish in 2017, and while you're at it, why not sketch out your 3 and 5 year plan?  Revisit this every week, or at least once a month.  What can you do to help yourself get to where you want to be?  If you've thought about keeping a planner to help hold yourself accountable (and you are not sure as to which one), The Inner Guide planner has been a game changer for me, and I will never consider anything else.  This is my second year using it and it has helped me in more ways than I could describe.

Here's a thought provoking question, and I hope that someone reads down this far and sees it (note: if this reaches only one person then it was worth taking the time to type this blog):

IS YOUR DAILY ROUTINE SUPPORTING YOUR GOALS? 

Come see us at at CB South Fitness if we can help you get to where you want in 2017.  We are all about helping our members achieve their personal health and fitness goals in this coming year and have some amazing partnerships and fun stuff in store.  I dare you to come and see for yourself.   

-Kristin

Also, OPEN DOOR HOURS from 1.2.17 - 1.8.17

The owners will be down at the gym this week, with the door propped open, and can show you around the gym and answer questions.  It's a great time to swing by! 

MONDAY 1/2 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM

TUESDAY 1/3 FROM 4 PM - 6 PM

WEDNESDAY 1/4 FROM 4 PM - 6 PM

THURSDAY 1/5 FROM 4 PM - 6:30 PM

SATURDAY 1/7 FROM 8 AM - 11 AM

SUNDAY 1/8 FROM 10 AM - 12 PM

*You can also call 970.765.7009 to set an appointment, or schedule one on the 'join us' page of the website