Category Archives: Fitness

It’s Never Too Late

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Point to Ponder:
Is there something that you have been putting off that you have been wanting to do?

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by Neissa Brown Springmann

Like me, I’m guessing that prior to last Thursday you had never heard of Orville Rogers. It wasn’t until iGnite leader, Alli Phillips, sent our team a video of Orville, at 99 years young man racing and beating his 92 year old competitor in the 60 meter sprint during the Masters Indoor Track Championship that I learned who he was. The now viral video is certainly inspiring, but on Saturday morning, while doing my mundane weekend laundry folding and listening to the national news, I saw an interview with Orville and heard his hardly mundane and impactful story.

In this 3-minute interview, Orville revealed that as a result of reading the book Aerobics by Kenneth Cooper when he was 50-years old, he began running. Incredibly, in the almost 50-years that Orville has been running, he has logged over 42 thousand miles! When asked about his workout routine, he said that 3 times a week he warms up with a lot of stretching and time on the Elliptical machine followed by slowly running 3 miles. Even more impressive are the 2, 100 meter wind sprints that he tops off his 3-miles with. In addition, he strength trains, eats fish and chicken 6 days a week, red meat 1 day, and plenty of colorful fruits and veggies. He also added that he takes a daily multivitamin and gets a physical once per year at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas. When asked what gives him his spiritual edge, he said he believes in God, considers himself blessed and has a wonderful family who he plans to celebrate his 100th birthday on November 28th with after he participates in the Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championship this summer in Baton Rouge. His motto is “You don’t stop running because you get old. You get old because you stop running.”

Every bit of this World War II pilot and world record holder’s story is inspiring, but the part that made the greatest impression on me was that he didn’t begin running until he was 50 years old, which is typically when people end their running routine. In addition, he sees his commitment to his health as a means of honoring his temple so that he can serve to his greatest ability. Furthermore, when he was 90 years old old he went skydiving for the first time and at 93, he went hang-gliding.

Besides the word “stud”, there’s only one other set of words that best describes Orville and that’s a fearless go-getter. That being said, I really wonder which came first–the chicken or the egg? Was Orville born eager and fearless or did his life experiences create a can-do fearlessness spirit in him? Did he become this was after surviving World War II and flying for many years as a commercial pilot? I guess we’ll never know, but I can’t help but think that environment has something to do with it, as his “go for it” attitude was a part of his daily life and it continues to be.

While some fear and hesitation is healthy, by in large, fear really ticks me off because I believe that most of it is bogus, irrational and unfortunately, grows with age. Research from the National Institute of Mental Health found that 60% of the things we fear will never come true; 90% of the things we fear are considered insignificant; and 88% of the things we fear about our health will never happen. As this relates to our daily lives, fear and not being willing to “go for it” single-handedly prevents us from trying new things, creating new relationships, exploring new careers, and therefore living the big and bold life that I believe God created us to live. Ultimately, it undermines faith and puts God in a box.

When making the bold decision to regularly put ourselves our there and go for something we’ve been putting off or have told ourselves we can’t do, it will be deliciously terrifying. However, just as passing up opportunities is addictive, so is going for it and saying “yes”!

No one knows, at least I haven’t found it in an article or heard in an interview, if Orville Rogers was nervous or hesitant to go on his first run. I assume he considered that it would be uncomfortable, probably hurt and he likely would not be able to complete the whole distance. None-the-less, his decision to go for it at 50 years old has now bloomed into him being a 99 year old You Tube sensation who is getting to share his inspiring story on television and on the internet and making the case that no matter how old we are, if we want to do something, we should go for it!


Action Item:
Pick something that you have been wanting to do, take the first step and and go for it!


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Love Your Butt

FEBRUARY 30 DAY CHALLENGE: LOVE YOUR BUTT

Kathleen Parker

by Kathleen Parker

Join in! We are going to LOVE OUR BOOTIES this month with 100 GLUTE RAISES (BRIDGES) EVERY DAY FOR 30 DAYS STRAIGHT!
THAT IS 3,000 GLUTE RAISES BY THE END OF THE CHALLENGE! (Yes, that includes Saturdays and Sundays.)

Just grab a calendar and keep track of your daily raises. It only takes a few minutes to complete 100 of them. You can switch it up and do 50 single leg bridges each side some of the days –  a little harder!

Why do this??

The benefits of GLUTE BRIDGES are endless!
-better posture
-great for spine flection
-great for injury prevention
-faster running, dancing, swimming and just about everything you do!
-fighting gravity at any age
-muscle tone in the back of leg and butt leads to less cellulite
and best of all—a good strong butt just looks amazing!!

Cheers to nothing BUTT strong glutes!!

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Class Highlight: Yoga Chill

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Yoga Chill

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Leader Paula Harnish

Set to soothing music, this meditative class moves slowly with the breath to create a greater range of motion for the body, while calming the mind and releasing any stress that may have been built up throughout the day or week. You’ll step into your evening with less tension, more ease and a joyful spirit.

The one-hour Yoga Chill class will give you time to slow down into stillness. It starts off with gentle, nurturing stretches using the breath to guide the way. The class explores movements that can help with joint pain and aliments in the body, using physical therapy movements. img_1832You will also release tension in tight, sore muscles and fascia by utilizing the foam rollers, straps and yoga tune-up method. Enjoying the benefits of deep tissue massaging while listening to gentle meditative music will help to calm the busy mind. Yoga Chill is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed as well as improving sleep, digestion, and energy levels.

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Our 5 Favorite Fitness Apps

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Our iGnite leaders are sharing their favorite fitness apps to help you with strength training, run training, HIIT workouts, yoga, stretching and more! Since we always have our phone with us, a customized workout can be just a few clicks away.  These apps are great to use when you are traveling or when you may only have 10-15 minutes to squeeze in a quick workout. Here are our Top 5 Favorites:

 

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Sworkit  – Your own personal trainer! Sworkit provides you with personalized video workouts by real trainers. Videos of each move and audio coaching lead you through each session. You can work out to pre-made routines or design your own.

The app includes choices from strength, cardio, yoga or stretching with a duration anywhere from 5 to 60 minutes.  No equipment required.

 

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Interval Timer – This app helps you keep track of your work and rest periods during workouts. We use it in iGnite classes to keep track of tabatas (ex: 40 seconds of squats/15 seconds of rest) or any other type of HIIT workout.

Interval timer can be customized to any length and has different beeping noises for work and rest.  It is the perfect workout companion.

 

runningRunning for Weight Loss – This app has unique interval plans of running, walking and sprint intervals for maximum calorie burning. You can choose from different training programs with levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced.

You can also use the app to train for a 5K, 10K or whatever your goal may be. It tells you detailed statistics such as distance, pace and calories burned throughout and at the end of the workout.

nikeNike+ Training Club – Get expert guidance from Nike master trainers.  Choose the amount of visual guidance you get in every workout, and use the audio cues to take your eyes off the screen. This app has over 100 strength, endurance or mobility-focused workouts designed by Nike athletes and trainers. You can enter and record other activities you do, like running, tennis, etc. and keep track of your fitness life.

 

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Daily Yoga – This app has more than 500 yoga poses with instructions and over 50 complete yoga sessions. The yoga sessions include soothing background music. There are three different intensity levels and several duration choices to choose from. You can find the routine that’s right for you.

 


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Sweat Today, Smile Tomorrow

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Point to Ponder:
Do you sweat at least once each day?

iGnite Neissa

by Neissa Brown Springmann

While spending the month of July in Texas and getting to iGnite my life, one of the many things I loved doing was sweating! After every class (with the exception of yoga and swimming), I was hot, sweaty and shining bright. If you recently peaked at the extended Austin forecast you’ve likely noticed the consecutive 100 degree days that lie ahead, which means you’ll have that sweaty glow and will be shining bright too. If you don’t have water to submerge yourself in or plans to escape to the mountains, you may be finding yourself a little disgruntled and done with the heat! While there’s no doubt that the heat is stifling and the fall season can’t arrive fast enough, I’m hear to remind you of the top three benefits of sweat. After all, since we can’t change the temperature, we might as well look on the bright side and focus on the silver-lining, which is that sweat is a very good thing! It is a necessary physiological process that the body uses for a variety of important reasons. According to the website Fit Day, sweat provides us with the following benefits:

  1. Sweat is Cleansing and Detoxifying – One of the most efficient ways to detox the body, without juicing, is to sweat. Sweating is actually your body’s way of helping to keep your skin clean. Every day, toxins build up in your pores that need to be released. If they’re not, then your skin can break out and cause pimples, rashes and other skin infections. By sweating out these toxins, your skin stays cleaner and, over time, it will appear to look healthier than ever.
  2. Sweat Lowers Your Body Temperature – If you never sweat, there’s a good chance that you have a very high body temperature. In order to prevent this from happening, your body needs to sweat to avoid overheating. It’s one of the reasons that you start sweating when you exercise. Your body heats up to burn calories and keep your energy levels high. At the same time, your body starts to release sweat through your skin to help keep it from getting too hot. You need to stay hydrated if you exercise for this very reason. Without an adequate supply of water, your body cannot sweat and your internal temperature will be too high for you to workout normally. If you do not sweat enough, you can also suffer from heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
  3. Sweating Helps Fight Sickness – Getting a fever stinks! So when you get a fever, the first thing you do is run to the medicine cabinet to reduce it. However, a fever is actually your body’s way of fighting off sickness by trying to help you sweat it out.

All in all, sweating is one of the best things we can do to help keep our body, mind and spirit clean of toxins and negative thoughts, especially when it is a result of exercise. Therefore, in the midst of a hot flash, a workout or even running errands in the Texas heat, remember to embrace the sweat and all of it’s healthy effects. The positive benefits will allow you to smile tomorrow and everyday there after.


Action Item:
As you sweat, remember to embrace all of the healthy effects that sweating has to offer.


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Class Highlight: Lake Escape

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Lake Escape

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Leader Kathleen Parker

If you are in need of the perfect mid-week mini-“stay-cation” then Lake Escape is for you!
Set on beautiful Lake Austin, our class heads out from Walsh Landing at 9:30am on Wednesdays for our fun adventure on the boat.

 

Whether it is trying out water skiing, learning to wake surf {which by the way is the most fun you can have on the water} or just riding on the boat, your “inner child” will surely be brought out! You may end up jumping off a rope swing or doing a cannonball off the back of the boat, so come with a fun and adventurous spirit!

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IMG_1412We arrive back by 1:30pm at Walsh Landing, but you won’t want to get off the boat!

So, if you want the PERFECT ESCAPE to SUMMER FUN, come out and join us!
Life is too short to stay on the shore and watch the boats go by….JUMP ON!!
You will be hooked!

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Wake Surfing: How to Get Up

Wake surfing is low impact, fun and something you can do for your entire life! It’s an awesome activity for your core, lower body and spirit. iGnite Leader and water sport extraordinaire, Kathleen Parker, demonstrates step one: how to get up on a wake surfer. Once you get up, you’ll be surfing in no time!


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