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Exercise is a Journey, Not a Destination

Exercise is a Journey, Not a Destination

Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness is a Manhattan based in-home personal training service providing fitness professionals to you in your home. We offer a variety of disciplines including Personal Training, Yoga, Pilates, and Boxing, all under one umbrella.

When you train with one of our professionals you get access to every other discipline. Variety is the key, after engaging in the same discipline over a sustained amount of time your body stars to plateau and the exercise loses its overall impact. Don’t be afraid to try something new.

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  • Actions, Not Words

    Actions, Not Words

    Just because you say the words does not mean you have performed the action. We delude ourselves into believing this because we feel better about who we are. Well that feeling is only temporary, and there are no tangible results. You don’t look any better, your body is not any stronger, and you haven’t lost any weight. All you’ve done is expelled a lot of hot air out of your lungs, breaths that could have and should have been used for exercise. Do you just want to feel better about yourselves or do you want to see results? If you are thinking about it that’s a good start, but now is the time to devise a plan of action. What are the necessary steps you need to take to achieve your goals? Join a gym, take a class, hire a trainer, buy a pair of running shoes or pick up that pair of rollerblades you have had your eye on. Put air in the tires of that bike that’s been sitting in the hallway or basement collecting dust. There are an inordinate amount of little things that one can do that will get you on that road towards fitness. Don’t sit around just reading this blog and think you’ve accomplished something. The first course of action has to be an active decision on your behalf to want it and want to do something about it. Actions are, and always will be louder than words.

  • 3 Benefits of Prenatal Exercise

    3 Benefits of Prenatal Exercise

    Although pregnancy is a beautiful aspect of the miracle of life, it’s certainly not easy on the mother-to-be. From back aches to difficulty with walking as the months go on, pregnant women can feel seriously encumbered by the child that they are carrying for nine months. Women who are pregnant can find an exciting and healthy outlet in prenatal exercise, also known as mommy fitness! Mind Over Matter advises every expecting mother to add regular exercise to her pre-labor routine. There are countless benefits to prenatal exercise, including but not limited to: Preparation For Childbirth: Childbirth is a doozy, but being in good physical shape can help make it a quicker, less exhausting process. Prenatal workouts can both help expecting mothers to exercise the abdominal and pelvic muscles necessary to deliver while also empowering them to feel confident about the approaching day of birth. Reduce The Discomfort of Pregnancy: As the body changes to support a growing baby, a mother will naturally experience a great deal of discomfort, such as back pain and muscle aches. Women who keep in shape and make prenatal exercise part of their schedule will have more alleviated symptoms of pregnancy discomfort. Enhanced Circulation & Appearance: A common health issue that some pregnant women face is varicose veins, as the increased weight of their child places extra pressure upon their legs and ankles. Keeping in shape and practicing non-impact aerobic activity can help decrease the likelihood of varicose veins and keep women looking beautiful through pregnancy. Expecting mothers can explore the world of prenatal fitness with Mind Over Matter. The personal trainers of Mind Over Matter work diligently with mothers to create a fitness routine that prepares their body for childbirth and helps them to get back to their pre-pregnancy figure quickly after delivery. To learn more about Mind Over Matter’s prenatal yoga and postpartum exercise programs, visit the website or call 212-865-9290.

  • V Commandments of Nutrition

    V Commandments of Nutrition

    There is an inordinate amount of information out there with regards to nutrition. Here are five simple commandments that will help you burn fat and build muscle. All the while helping you look, and feel your best. I. Eat 4-6 times a day Active people who cut back on calories and eat infrequently are training their bodies to get by on less energy. As a result of this you tend to store unburned calories as fat. Instead, researchers advise to eat every three hours to accelerate metabolism, maintain steady energy, and ultimately burn fat more efficiently. II. Combine carbs, protein and fat at every meal It is a fact that our bodies work better when you balance all three. Many times, if you don’t have a little bit of carbs with your meal your appetite will not be suppressed. A healthy combination of all three is your best bet. III. Control portion sizes Portion size is just as important as what you are eating. Use common sense, more times than not while ordering at a restaurant you are getting twice of what you would normally need to eat. Don’t be afraid to take that doggy bag home. IV. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day It is essential to stay well hydrated, especially while exercising. The benefits of water are too numerous to list, but it helps maintain hair, skin, muscles, and bones. V. Strive for consistency, not perfection There will always be the occasional meal or snack that is not on the recommended food list. When the train goes off track, do not let it slow you down. Enjoy the divergence, but recommit to your goal. Get back on track with your next meal.

  • Fitness Portfolio

    Fitness Portfolio

    A popular view to have on fitness, one we can all identify with, is looking at it as a long term investment; an investment in your mind and body. While one should always live in the now one should always have eye towards the future. We all need short term goals, but don’t let them limit your long term gains. The ultimate goal is to be in the best shape of your life, no matter what point you are in it. Regardless of your fitness discipline you need to have a purpose or a goal. Think of training like a savings account with compounding interest. The difference with your body is when you stop investing, you also start automatic withdrawal, and our bodies are not endless savings accounts. Like building a financial portfolio, the sooner you start investing the better. The sooner you start taking care of your body the better in the long term your body will take care of you. Don’t use age as an excuse. Just like saving for retirement, the longer you wait the harder it gets, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start. It’s a bigger hill to climb, but still achievable. Be consistent. Don’t let short term failures derail your overall goal of long term success. It’s not as much about focus as it is refocus. Have constant communication between your mind and body. You need to be accountable to the most important person, and that’s you. You’re going to have to answer to yourself, no one else, and that’s regardless of what station you’re at in your life. Remember this, the hardest part is starting, however once you are in the middle of it you can’t imagine what your life was like before. Invest in your portfolio, and you can now look forward to a longer and healthier life.

  • Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

    Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

    Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin By Courtney Rains, Certified Health Coach, AADP (www.wellnessrains.com) As a Health Coach, people are always asking me which supplements I recommend; the short answer is as follows: • multi-vitamin • vitamin B • omega-3 • probiotic • + additional vitamin D3 (when I refer to “vitamin D” throughout this post, D3 is the one I'm referring to) Please keep in mind that not all vitamins are created equal. I’d tell you to hop over to your local drug store to buy brands x, y or z, but the truth is that lots of them contain all sorts of fillers and other artificial junk. Be sure you are using high quality vitamins that have no added artificial flavors, sweeteners or preservatives. Also check to make sure they're gluten-free! As you probably also noticed I add a vitamin D supplement to my recommendation, and I’m about to get into the why. But first, you may be thinking that you get plenty of vitamin D from the sun and there’s no point to adding extra, let alone take a multi-vitamin in the first place. It’s important for me to note that 80% of Americans has suboptimal levels of vitamin D and that you could be one of them! A little FYI/disclaimer before we continue on – the recommended dosage is 600 IU/day; be sure not to exceed 4,000 IU – it’s always important to speak with your doctor as well. You’re at a higher risk for insufficient D levels if you: • are age 50 or older • live farther from the equator • are overweight or obese • don’t exercise regularly • have darker skin pigmentation Inadequate D levels can happen for a variety of reasons, one of which is lack of sun exposure. We produce vitamin D when sunlight hits our skin, but with working long hours in the office (especially in the winter – it’s like you get to work and leave when it’s dark) and wearing sunscreens, it inhibits vitamin D synthesis. Unfortunately we can’t counteract our lack of sunlight production with diet alone, though I’ll be sure to mention some vitamin D rich foods later in this post. First, let’s really get into why I love this vitamin and you should too. Vitamin D: A Love Story In recent studies it has been shown that vitamin D can: • help support healthy, heart function • help promote immune health • facilitate healthy cell development • aid in calcium absorption for maintaining strong bones and teeth (it’s important to take vitamin D with your highest fat content meal of the day for optimal absorption) • help promote a healthy brain • help you sleep better • help trigger that sensation of feeling "full" after a meal Vitamin D Rich Foods: • some fish, such as salmon or swordfish • fortified dairy milk • fortified OJ • fortified cereals • egg yolk There are so many health benefits from this one little vitamin. We only have this one body that we’re stuck with after all , so we might as well keep it as healthy as we can. Adding D certainly can’t hurt!

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