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Over-Exercising

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Over-Exercising

 

Exercise is amazing, right?  The benefits of getting a sweat on are endless!  It fills us with energy, lifts our moods, and prevents diseases.  Too much of a good thing can cause problems down the road.   Below are a few ways you could be ruining your body by over exercising.

Strenuous exercise can raise cortisol levels.  Cortisol is a hormone that regulates a wide range of processes throughout the body including metabolism and the immune system.   For some, strenuous exercise could be 5 hours per week and for other people it could be a few hours more than that.

How can you tell if you are over-exercising?  If your legs feel heavy or you are often sick, even though you are living a healthy lifestyle.  Most sicknesses would be similar to cold or flu symptoms.  If you feel sore daily from your previous workouts, that is a bad sign.  You should take a couple days off per week to recover. If the current workout that you are doing makes you feel tired and not energized, this could be a sign that you’re spending too much time engaging in strenuous exercise and not enough time in recovery.

Most people believe that if they increase their workouts and cut out a significant amount of food, they will ultimately reach their fitness or weight loss goals.  Over-exercising can actually work against this thought process and cause you to put on weight.  A perfect amount of exercise would be about 45 minutes per day 5 days per week.  The workout should be challenging but not too strenuous all 5 days of the week.  If you have questions, feel free to contact one our personal trainers for more information on this subject.  Work smarter, not harder!

Free Friend Week

By | Fitness Equipment, Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Tennis

Attention Members!!! Next week is Free Friend Week. Bring your friend, family member, coworker or even your neighbor to Courts Plus, Monday February 25th, and they can join you for FREE, until Friday March 1st. Bring them to try out your favorite Group Exercise class, shoot some hoops, play some tennis or just simply pump some iron. Not only is their week free, you have a chance at a great referral prize. If your friend joins, they get their first month free. You as the member will receive a credit of the same amount as your friend’s monthly rate. It’s a win win for everyone! There is no limit to the amount of friends you can bring in and trust me, they will be grateful for it.

For more information call 701.237.4805 or email Kelly Kisell.

We’ll keep the fire going!

By | Membership, Uncategorized

Lounge | Courts Plus

Last week we had record low temperatures, this week it’s a wind chill advisory and blizzards, but through all of this have you noticed something? Courts Plus is seemingly always open! Not only that, but we’re there to meet you with a friendly smile, and warm greeting. The only thing that could make it better is if we handed you a cup of hot chocolate when you came in the door. How about coffee and tea?; that’s always free at Courts Plus. Take a load off before, or after you work out, in our comfortable fireside lobby. Are you feeling warmer yet?

You may wonder why we stay open when almost everyone else closes? Well it’s because of you. We know how much you appreciate us being open, and how you’ve come to rely on us to be there when there’s no-where else to work out. Now don’t get us wrong, if the city pulled the plows or they advised that people should stay off the streets we wouldn’t want to put our great staff at risk. But, whenever possible, we will be open and provide as much as we can on these ‘snow’ days. We have a dedicated group of staff, both full-time and part-time, who want to stay open for you. We take pride in this, and we want you to be proud of your club too.

So if you’re able to, and feel safe being out and about, come pay us a visit. Bring your friends and family, use a guest pass, have some coffee, take a load off by the fire, play some tennis, I could go on and on. Above all, stay warm, be safe and happy, you are important to us.

Magnesium the Miracle Pill!

By | Fitness Equipment, Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Special Event, Tennis, Uncategorized, Youth

Magnesium The Miracle Pill!

Magnesium, the most common macromineral deficiency that no one knows about!  This is a crucial part of the diet!  Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body.  This macromineral is responsible for the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses.

What happens when you are deficient?  A LOT!  Symptoms can develop shortly after the body has depleted all of its magnesium stores.  Symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and fatigue and weakness.  More advanced symptoms include numbness, muscle cramps, seizures, personality changes, and heart rhythm changes.  Magnesium deficiency is linked to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, and osteoporosis.

Magnesium is important for bone formation.  It helps assimilate calcium into the bone and plays a roll in activating Vitamin D.  With magnesium, a high intake of calcium can increase the risk of arterial calcification and cardiovascular disease, as well as kidney stones.  This important supplement plays an important role in carbohydrate and glucose metabolism.  Adequate magnesium intake has been associated with a lower risk of atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.  This supplement has also been known to prevent migraine headaches, improve PMS symptoms, and relieve anxiety!

Where can I find this miracle pill?  Magnesium can be found in sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, spinach, cashews, broccoli, oatmeal, peanut butter, brown rice, bananas, and bread.  These are just a few of the foods that are good sources of magnesium. Magnesium supplements are available online and  in health food stores.  It is better to focus on a healthful, balanced diet to meet daily requirements for magnesium, and to use supplements as a backup, but under medical supervision.

One Word Resolution

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized

The New Year is upon us, and with that comes people reevaluating their life style and setting new goals.  We have all heard them- New Year’s resolutions that involve losing weight, eating healthier, spending more time with friends or family, quitting a bad habit- you name it. The question is, are these “resolutions” actually effective? The answer is usually no.

Three years ago for Christmas, I was given a book, One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. This book explains how to simplify your life by choosing just one word to focus on throughout the entire year. It was an easy read, and upon finishing it, I was inspired and decided to choose a word to focus on for the upcoming New Year. I found this to be extremely helpful in several aspects of my life, not to mention it was not short-lived like most New Year’s Resolutions.

It is not too late to pick a word for the year. Here are some tips:

  1. Think of an aspect of your life that you would like to improve and make sure it is If you do want to lose weight/get to the gym more often, your word could be “healthy.” There is less pressure and it targets not only your physical health, but your mental and emotional health as well.
  2. Write your word down. I personally wrote mine at the top of my calendar each month so I was reminded of it.
  3. Be intentional. Once you have picked your word, do not hesitate- start incorporating it into your life immediately!

 

Ditch the New Year’s Resolution and focus on just one word– you will see success!  

Good luck and Happy New Year!

Jenna Andre

Supplements are Coming Soon

By | Fitness Fun, Group X, Membership, Personal Training, Uncategorized

Courts Plus is happy to announce that we will be selling supplements at the club in the new year. When it comes to supplements, the word itself has a very simple meaning but some of the products these days could not be more complex. There are so many different supplements out there that are honestly just unnecessary. What we decided to do here at Courts Plus is provide our members with quality supplement products that have been proven to help get the most out of your workouts!

Whey Protein Powder: This is the one you probably have heard the most about, but you might not really understand the benefits behind it and not to mention many people lack proper amount of protein.

  1. Promotes muscle growth/strength
  2. Whey is absorbed quickly and easily
  3. Reduced blood pressure
  4. Promotes weight loss by reducing hunger
  5. Boost metabolism
  6. By the WHEY, it tastes great

Amino Acids: put simply the building blocks of protein that are required for muscle growth.

  1. Improved muscle growth
  2. Increased endurance
  3. Reduced fatigue
  4. Improved recovery
  5. Reduced muscle soreness

Creatine: The most tested supplement that is found naturally in muscle cells.

  1. Helps muscle cells produce more energy
  2. Increases muscle mass
  3. Speeds up muscle growth
  4. Increase muscle strength
  5. Increased energy

Pre-Workout: My personal favorite because it provides you with a little more motivation to get to the gym and provides the energy to push out those extra reps!

  1. Increased energy
  2. Increased workout performance
  3. Improved concentration/focus
  4. Reduce protein breakdown
  5. Decreases fatigue
  6. Increase strength
  7. Enhances blood flow to muscles

Glutamine: The most common amino acid found in muscle and plays a big role in maintain muscle mass while dieting!

  1. Promotes muscle repair
  2. Prevents muscle loss
  3. Boosts immune system
  4. Important nutrient for digestive tract

Fish Oil: A pill filled with Omega-3 fatty acids that a lot of people are missing in their diets!

  1. Lower blood pressure
  2. Good for your heart
  3. Reduce likelihood of stroke or heart attack
  4. Support healthy skin
  5. Supports metabolic health

Multi-Vitamins: offers a way to get most of your daily vitamins in one pill helping you reach optimal health!

  1. Prevents vitamin deficiencies
  2. Lower risk of heart disease
  3. Overall better health

As you can see we are sticking with the basics and with what we believe are the most important supplements to help our members with their fitness goals. Our members and guests will need to be 18 years of age or older in order to purchase supplements from our staff. If you have more questions please stop in or contact either Kelly Kisell or Logan Cossette. We hope you all are as excited as we are to be a one stop shop for all your health and wellness needs.

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Healthy Holiday Eating

By | Membership, Special Event, Youth

The holiday season can be a stressful time, especially when it comes to food. The holidays are an important time of year to spend with family and friends, but you can always count on large amounts of food. This can make it difficult, if you are trying to lose weight or even just maintain your current weight.

On average Americans gain one to two pounds during the holiday season. This may seem insignificant, but holiday weight can stick around and cas add up over time. Below are a few tips to help prevent the dreaded holiday weight gain while still enjoying the holidays. 

  1. Don’t skip meals and make sure to eat breakfast. Eating breakfast within an hour of waking will help your metabolism. Eating throughout the the day and trying not to skip meals will help prevent overeating later.
  2. Fit some physical activity into your day. Not only will physical activity burn extra calories, it could be made into family time. Take the whole family on a walk to get out of the house and or go sledding.
  3. Focus on family and friends instead of the food. Its easy to forget there is more to the holidays than the food. Enjoy spending time with your family.
  4. Use a smaller plate and focus on portions sizes. Using a smaller plate can help prevent over-eating. Larger plates can make a serving of food appear smaller and fool our brains into thinking we need more food. Using a smaller plate will also help keep portion sizes under control
  5. Watch out for drinks. Without even knowing it, calories from liquids can add up in a hurry especially holiday favorites like eggnog. If you’re looking forward to a certain drink, consume one serving of it and mix in water throughout the day.
  6. Bring a healthy dish. Rather than being stressed over not knowing what kind of food might be at a holiday party, bring a healthy side dish so you have healthy alternatives available.
  7. Eat what you want (in moderation) and don’t feel guilty for what you ate. Make sure to enjoy the food and the atmosphere. Try to leave the holiday eating to that day.
  8. If you’re hosting the holiday gathering, give away leftovers. This way you won’t be tempted the following day (or week) and you can resume your normal, healthy eating routine.

But most importantly enjoy the holiday season and don’t forget the Courts Plus member Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 11th. The party will be from 5:45pm-7:00pm and includes a sit down meal served by the Courts Plus staff. There will be also be a kids pizza party, along with inflatables and holiday themed art projects and activities. Remember your entire family is invited to this member only party

Get your JINGLE on!

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Special Event, Youth

Happy Holidays everyone!

Do you love running and all things Christmas while raising awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability?! If so, the Jingle Bell Run/Walk is the perfect way to spend your Saturday!! On Saturday, December 1st, we will be raising money for the Arthritis Foundation through this festive, fun-filled 5K run/ walk taking place at Courts Plus Community Fitness. It is not too late to register! Courts Plus members, family and friends will receive $5 off registration by using “Courts” when registering online. This run will begin at 8:00 am. Please join us by wearing holiday themed costumes and tying jingle bells to your tennis shoes. 100% of your registration fee and fundraising efforts go to this great cause!

Interested in this event, but not wanting to participate in the run/walk? Be a volunteer!! We are always looking for more help to join in on all of the holiday festivities. Please email Britt Ingersoll at bingersoll@arthritis.org.

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Get FIT with Intermittent Fasting

By | Fitness Fun, Membership, Personal Training

There are a lot of trends these days in the fitness industry. Many looking to shrink your wallet more than your waist but every so often some stand above the rest and show actual results. One of these trends that’s becoming increasingly more popular is intermittent fasting. At first glance those words may look intimidating but with a little bit of practice and patience you can get in shape fast with fasting.

The first thing you must know is that intermittent fasting is NOT a diet. Fasting is simply a tool, another piece of the puzzle to help you achieve your body goals. Intermittent fasting does not change WHAT you eat, it changes WHEN you eat. This is done a couple different ways but the one I am going to specially talk about is the 16/8 method. This involves fasting every day for 16 hours (sleep counts). This will restrict your daily eating to an 8-hour window typically done by skipping breakfast. Wait, skip breakfast you say, isn’t that the most important meal of the day? All it takes is a quick google search to debunk this classic myth but if you truly can’t resist breakfast the window can be adjusted to anytime throughout your day.

Now let’s talk about some of the benefits of intermittent fasting:

  1. Less time to eat means fewer meals which means less calories consumed
  2. Increases metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories
  3. Body reaches “starvation” burning fat as energy
  4. Increased productivity (use energy for other things other than digesting)
  5. Improved brain health by suppressing inflammation
  6. Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  7. Backed by SCIENCE, many studies show the effectiveness of fasting

Let me tell you my experience with intermittent fasting. Last year as summer was approaching I was looking to shed some pounds and decided to try this plan. At first, I was skeptical, not eating for 16 hours? Yeah right, I can barely go 2 hours but as the days went on it got easier and easier. I first noticed the mental focus, never once did the idea of breakfast pop into my head and my energy was used elsewhere. With previous diets without fasting I was ALWAYS hungry but with fasting I never felt that. I was always content during my 8 hours of eating. And of course, burning fat became more apparent than ever.

I understand this may sound difficult but there is a reason why so many people are adopting this trend because it works. Just stick with it and the benefits will show before you know it. If at first the hunger is hard to manage, zero calorie beverages can still be consumed to help suppress that (yes you can still drink your coffee). So, do yourself a favor and give this a try, ditch the breakfast and start fasting! If you need more information or are looking for new ideas with diet and/or exercise, contact one of our certified Personal Trainers.

Logan Cossette

Why Working Out with a Buddy is a Benefit

By | Membership

You would come in everyday to workout, but for some reason you felt like you’re in a rut. Soon you start making excuses to not come in as often and then you stop coming all together. We’ve heard about this from multiple members, but there has been one key component that we’ve heard that got those members to come back and enjoy working out again.

That component is working out with a friend! It may have been that longtime friend, co-worker or another person you’ve met in class; we’ve heard them all. And, we encourage it! There are many great benefits that come into play when you work out with your buddy.

The first benefit is that you hold each other accountable. You plan every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to come over your lunch break to meet to go to Body Pump Express. You can’t just back out on your friend last minute! You’re stuck to it.

The second benefit is that you get pushed out of your comfort zone. But, you’re okay with that since you’re not doing it alone! Your buddy may have a new workout routine they want to try that may seem a little above your level, but together you can get through it.

The third benefit is that you are going to have more fun! When you’re not going through the workout all alone you actually feel time fly and boom you’re done. And, along the way you had laughs and maybe a little dance session with the song that came over the speakers. If it’s all in-between reps, there’s no harm in that!

The fourth benefit and the best one (we think) is that you each get a referral gift if your buddy joins as a member! Our referral gifts vary throughout the year and go up to $50.00 in value. When your friend mentions your name at the time they joined they get a gift and then we reach out to you to give you yours! Isn’t that neat? We think so. So, the next time you feel like you’re getting in the rut of working out maybe suggest to your friend to join you. We offer a free trial pass to any new potential members and don’t forget if they do join have them mention your name! To view our most recent prizes and to receive our free trial for your friend, visit our referral page.

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