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Sticking to a Healthy Diet to Fuel Workout Gains Achieved at Toronto Fitness Centres

Tuesday February 14 2017

 

One of the biggest challenges and obstacles to overcome to achieve your fitness goals is adjusting your diet and eating habits. For those of us that have not participated in regular fitness activities, beyond walking the dog or weekly household chores, it is very easy to develop what we think are great eating habits because they fit well with our busy schedules.

 

However, once we notice we are starting to put on a few extra pounds and want to take steps to shed this weight by joining a fitness club, our own workout efforts could just as easily be undermined by our current eating patterns.

 

One particular problem people face is sticking with a diet for an extended period of time. In fact, most diets tend to come undone at one of two stages – Grocery shopping or preparing meals. Unless you address the personal reasons behind why your last diet failed and at what stage, this problem is likely to occur again in the future.

 

Grocery Shopping


The best time to do your shopping is after working out. You will be more health-conscious about the foods you are buying. Just make sure to not go shopping if you are hungry after a workout. Instead, eat first, then go to the store. When we shop while we are hungry, we are more likely to give into our cravings and urges.

 

It is also beneficial to make a list and stick to it. Having a grocery list not only ensures you are shopping for healthy foods but eliminates wandering aimlessly through the store, which often leads to temptations. Furthermore, most grocery stores are arranged so the healthy foods you need are located around the perimeter of the store, not down the middle aisles, where the vast majority of processed and fatty foods are found.

 

Preparing Meals


One of the reasons many diets fail at this step is because people dread having to cook and prepare a meal after a long day at work. You are tired, just got done with a workout and are ready to relax, not spend your time in the kitchen cooking. It is tempting to call and have take-out delivered.

 

To help to make preparing meals easier, plan and prep all your meals for the entire week ahead of time. In addition, preparing meals ahead of time allows you to measure out the correct serving portions and ensure you are eating the proper amount of food at each meal. You can cook your proteins, cut up veggies, and so on. You can also freeze and store cooked foods in the refrigerator for the entire week, so all you have to do is heat them back up after a long day at work.

 

In addition, it is perfectly acceptable to include a “cheat day” once a week, where you treat yourself, in moderation, to a food you are carving. By taking the time to adjust your shopping and meal preparation habits, you will find it easier to stick with a healthy diet plan.

 

For assistance in developing a workout and fitness plan, as well as a personal nutritional plan and diet, visit your nearest Wynn Fitness Club location today or call us at (905) 276-0040. 



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Tips to Reduce Risks of Workout Injuries

Friday October 28 2016

Achieving your fitness goals can become a challenge if you injure yourself. Wynn Fitness wants to help you prevent injuries and enjoy your workouts to their fullest. We are pleased to offer the following tips and suggestions you can use to help reduce the likelihood of injury.

  1. Warm up before you start exercising or lifting weights. Your body needs to be prepared for the workout ahead. If you simply hop on a machine and start working out, your body has not been given the proper adjustment period. Make sure to do stretches and other activities pre-workout every time, even when you are trying to fit a workout into your busy schedule.
  2. Consult with a personal trainer. Wynn Fitness provides access to experienced personal trainers. If you are not sure you are using the proper form or how to operate a piece of equipment, it is better to get advice from one of our personal trainers to avoid injuring yourself.
  3. Vary your workout routines. Take the time to develop a workout plan that switches up your routines. Not only does this allow you to target specific areas and muscle groups, but also allows the ones you worked out the previous day a chance to rest. In addition, cross training can help jump-start your metabolism.
  4. Hydrate your body before, during, and after workouts. Your body and its cells requires sufficient hydration to remain healthy. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to replace water and nutrients lost through sweat.
  5. Wear the right shoes and workout apparel. You would be surprised by how many injuries are the result of improper apparel or the wrong shoes. Your workout attire should allow for free and unencumbered movement, while your shoes need to provide the proper support.
  6. Get plenty of rest before working out. A lack of sleep can result in reduced focus and an increase in injuries. If you are tired or feel sleepy, it is best to skip working out that day, get a decent night’s rest, and workout the following day when you are more refreshed and alert.
  7. Don’t forget to eat foods to energize and repair muscles. A well-balanced diet and eating certain foods at specific times can help prevent injuries. Your body needs carbohydrates before workouts to give it extra energy and protein afterwards to help repair worn out muscles. If you are not sure what you should be eating or the amounts, consult with a personal trainer or a qualified nutritionist.
  8. Don’t rush the results. If it has been some time since you were active or you are just starting on your fitness goals, take your time and learn the proper techniques, forms, and operation of equipment. In addition, slowly increase the intensity and duration of workouts.
  9. Cool down after your workouts. Your body needs to cool down after an intense workout, much like the warmup it needs before you started.

For more tips on how to work out safely and reduce the risks of injury, or to get advice from a personal trainer, or to get started on your fitness goals, please feel free to stop by your nearest Wynn Fitness location or contact us at (905) 276-0040 today!



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Getting the Most out of Your Workouts

Thursday September 29 2016

If you are finding you are having difficulties achieving your fitness goals, part of the problem could be with your workout routines and how often you are visiting your local fitness centres in Toronto and the GTA. Far too often, people start a workout plan only to toss the towel in after a few weeks or months because they are not getting the results they desire.

 

If you are becoming frustrated with not reaching your goals or are looking for some ideas on how to maximize your workouts, consider the following tips and suggestions.

 

    • Commitment – There is a fine line between wanting to get fit and actually doing it. Commitment to workouts is essential in order to reach your goals. Many people know what they need to do, but lack the commitment to do it. The best way to reinforce commitment is to make yourself stick with a fitness program for a minimum of 30 days. After this time, workouts should become a normal part of your daily routines.
    • Schedule Workouts – When you are first getting started, it can be beneficial to schedule your workouts at a time that works best for you every day. You may also want to continue this habit if you are easily distracted and might forget to visit the gym on a workout day.
    • Warmups – Stretching has been a common practice for warmups prior to working out. Try squats, leg extensions, knee raises, lunges, leg swings, and other movements for your warmups instead.
    • Have a Plan – You might notice some people wandering aimlessly from one piece of equipment to another. This is because they did not think ahead before arriving at the fitness centre on what they wanted to focus on during their visit. Make sure when you walk in the door you have a plan so you can maximize your workout time.
    • Vary Your Routines – Do the same weight lifting sets and using the same cardio equipment can result in lag. Your body is no longer being challenged to push itself further. Vary your routines by trying out new cardio equipment and different types of weight lifting sets.
    • Keep a Record of Your Progress – Start a journal where you can record what types of workouts you did that day, the number of sets and reps, the amount of weights used during each set, and so on. You can also include a section where you track your body measurements as these are the best indication you are moving towards your goals and objectives.
    • Get a Workout Buddy – Find someone who shares similar goals and objectives as you, and ask them if they want to be your workout buddy. Having another person there to workout with not only makes workouts more fun, but also can provide encouragement and support to keep you focused on reaching your goals.
    • Ask Questions and Get Help – If you are not sure how to use equipment, change weights, or have other workout questions, you can get help from the fitness centre’s staff including personal trainers, who will help create your own personalized workout plan to help you reach your goals.

 

For more tips to help you get the most out of your workouts, or to learn more about our 30-day fitness challenge, please stop by your local Wynn Fitness Clubs location or contact us at (905) 276-0040.



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Celebrating 90 with a Friend

Friday February 12 2016

Celebrating 90 with a Dear Friend

Here we are with James Keanie at our Keele St Location celebrating his 90th birthday!

Congratulations James! You're such an inspiration and you continue to make us proud.

Today we celebrate you!

For more on this check out our Facebook page.

 



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TV Winner

Friday February 12 2016

Celebration Time!

Congratulations to Michelle Matychuck on her referral bonus WIN!

Michelle (Keele St member) takes home a 60" TV just in time for the NBA All Star Weekend!

Have fun! Enjoy!

 



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Socacize now at Wynn Fitness

Friday July 05 2013

Wynn Fitness is proud to offer Socacize classes at our Toronto West location.

 

Socacize is an aerobic workout that uses Caribbean and African dance steps to provide a fun, exhilarating workout. Rather than dragging yourself to the gym or fitness center dreading your workout, try Socacize™ and dance your way to a healthier lifestyle. This fitness workout provides you with a calorie-burning, cardio workout that also utilizes weight and strength training for an overall workout.

 

Check out our extensive Group Fitness Schedule for days and times to join in the fun.



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