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At Live in Fitness, we make sure to help guide our clients in the right direction to insure an easy transition after staying at our fitness retreat. While making your heart, muscles and immune system stronger, a fit lifestyle can also Fitness Improves Your Quality your mental and emotional health. Here are 4 ways exercise can improve your quality of life.

Defeats depression:

Researchers shows there is a strong link between regular exercise and improved emotional health. Exercise causes the release of mood lifting hormones, relieves stress and encourages a state of well being. The muscle contractions that occur in most types of exercise can increase levels of the serotonin, which defeats negative feelings.

Improves sex life:

Moderate aerobic exercise can benefit both libido and performance. Studies have found that exercising 30 minutes a day make men 40% less likely to experience erectile dysfunction. In women, 20 minutes of cycling boosts women’s sexual arousal by 170%!

Improves intellect:

Physical exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, which helps increase brain functions. It also encourages good lung health and keeps peoples memories and mental acuity strong as they age. Aerobic exercises, in particular, improve cognitive function.

Helps sleep:

Aerobic exercise helps you fall asleep faster, improves REM sleep, and wakes you less during the night. Exercise is the only way for adults to increase the amount of sleep they get.

Exercise does much more than only keep you slim it also keeps you sane and your life on track. If you’re in stuck in a rut and haven’t been exercising it’s never to late it start and could help you turn things around.

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Live In Fitness Can Change Your Life

It’s difficult to change your behavior but the key to living a healthy lifestyle is often a behavioral change. So, what can you do? At Live in Fitness weight loss camps, we are all about showing you techniques to find your own personal path to fitness. Through the techniques, you would learn on a retreat, you can take those principles and use them in your day to day life. Here are some ways Live In Fitness can change your life:

Psychological Counseling

At Live In Fitness, we have a team of psychological counselors on staff. You may think, “if this is a weight loss camp, why do you need a team that focuses on psychology and not physique?” The goal of Live In Fitness is not just to have you come through a weight loss camp, lose weight, and then leave you on your own to potentially gain it back. Our goal is to equip you with the mindset and knowledge to keep the weight off.

Psychological counseling is a big part of our aftercare plan. When you leave the program, behavioral change is going to be your best option to keep your fitness goals on track.

Goal Setting

The key to starting a behavioral change is clear and achievable goal setting. Without a goal or with an unrealistic goal, you are more likely to stray from you weight loss plan. For instance, if you set a goal to lose two pounds a week for one month, you can see your progress happening as you go. Your morale will be up as you get closer and closer to success and when the month is over you will have the emotional momentum to set and achieve a new goal.

On the other hand, if you set a vague goal like, “I want to lose 50 pounds” without having any specific goals or plans to achieve that, it will be easy to lose focus. Once you start to lose focus you may become disillusioned when you don’t see progress and give up entirely.

At our weight loss camp at Live in Fitness, we look at your specific physical needs and behavioral tendencies to set specific goals, tailored to you.

Self-Monitoring

At a weight loss camp, you have a nutritionist or trainer to help monitor your fitness progress. That accountability is vital at the beginning of your weight loss process and monitoring your nutritional intake and your exercise is incredibly important. Through Live in Fitness, you can learn how to monitor yourself in order to track your movement toward your ultimate goals. That way, when you get home, you can continue to strive toward fitness and keep the weight off.

Identify Unhelpful Behaviors

Through goal setting and self-monitoring, you will be able to see the behaviors that may have contributed to making you out of shape in the first place. Plus, through continued workout programs, psychological counseling, and consultations with fitness experts you can work through those tendencies and create a life-changing mindset shift that contributes to lifelong healthy living.

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Live In Fitness – Motivating Yourself Weight Loss

As humans, we are naturally inclined to satiate desires that are right in front of us. Sometimes that causes us to give up on longer term goals. If you want to save money for a dream vacation but your friends are going out to an expensive fancy restaurant tonight, your immediate desire to have a good time might win out. It’s the same when it comes to weight loss. It’s difficult to focus on a long-term weight loss goal without the proper motivation. However, there are some strategies you can try to stick to your goals. Here are just a few:

Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?

When you are setting a goal, it is important to realize why you are setting your goal. If you leave it to an abstract desire, your movement toward that goal may take a backseat to more immediate desires. When a pizza is sitting right in front of you at a party, your desire to eat that pizza will probably be more intense than your desire to meet your fitness goals.

Do you want to lose weight to fit into a little black dress? Maybe you are concerned about your health and want to shed weight to feel better. Whatever the reason, make a note of it and focus on it when you feel like you might be tempted.

Make Some Tangible Weight Loss Goals

Once you have acknowledged why you are losing weight, try setting some visual, tangible goals. If you want to lose weight to fit into that aforementioned dress, hang it up in a prominent place in your room. Every day before you leave you can see it and re-affirm your commitment to your goals. If you want to lose weight because you want to go on a hiking trip on the Appalachian Trail, print out a picture of the rolling hills of Appalachia as motivation. This helps bring your goals out of the abstract and into the real world.

Break the Draw of Bad Habits

Everyone has their own unique nutritional bad habits. Some people drink too much beer while others have an insatiable sweet tooth. A good tactic when you begin a weight loss journey is to set a certain amount of time where you will abstain from those bad habits altogether. When setting a difficult goal like breaking habits, it’s better to set shorter term goals. It’s a lot easier to mean it when you say, “I won’t eat rocky road for a week,” than it would be if you say, “I’ll never eat rocky road again.”
That’s where a weight loss camp comes in. During a weight loss retreat, you have a disciplined diet and accountability. That helps you focus on abstaining from bad habits which can break their control over you.

Find Strategies You Enjoy

The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to take the principles you learn in a weight loss camp setting and applying them to a healthy lifestyle. The most effective way to accomplish that is to find healthy foods and exercises that you enjoy. If you can barely stomach the taste of broccoli but you like spinach, you don’t have to force yourself to eat broccoli all the time.

Find alternatives you enjoy. If you like biking but hate running, ride your bike more than you run. At Live in Fitness, we believe in the personalized approach to fitness. While it’s good to be open minded, giving different healthy foods and activities a fair chance, finding the things you respond to the most is the key to living a healthy lifestyle

 

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What Makes Dieting So Difficult?
Sticking to a weight loss program can be difficult and cravings can be hard to resist. However, there are certain situations that trigger cravings. Here are a few examples and how to deal with them:

Alcohol

Alcohol is a trigger for a lot of bad habits. Smokers may tell you that they have their biggest cravings when alcohol is around and it’s the same thing for fatty foods. Alcohol may unlock the “party time mentality” but there is more to it than that. Alcohol stimulates your appetite and lowers your inhibition. So if normally you would be a little hungry and suppress a craving, with a little alcohol in your system you might be ravenous and give into cravings.

Solution

Moderate your alcohol intake for starters. Especially when it comes to fatty beverages like beer. If you don’t drink enough to lose your inhibitions, you will be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan.

Lack of Sleep

Diet, exercise, and sleep all play a big role in your overall health and they all support each other. If you eat right, you have enough energy to exercise, exercise helps you sleep better, and according to a Mayo Clinic study, people who sleep less eat more calories. In fact, they report that sleep-deprived people eat 549 more calories on average. So, it becomes a vicious cycle. One weak link in the chain can affect all three factors.
Solution
Start by getting more sleep. If you get a solid night’s sleep every night you may have more energy and will power to manage your exercise and eating habits.

Late Night

Staying up late is a big trigger for eating more and eating unhealthy foods. On a typical day, you might go to sleep between 10 pm and 12 am, especially if you are an early riser. By staying up late you are asking your body to work longer without rest than normal and that can result in cravings. Plus, there are other factors to consider. If you are staying up with friends, someone might suggest a late-night pizza. If you are alone watching Netflix all night, you may get bored and start craving ice cream or other sweets.

Solution

The obvious solution is to go to sleep a little earlier but sometimes life gets in the way or you want to stay up with friends for special occasions. If that’s the case, try planning a better late night snack. If you have a healthy choice lined up just in case you find yourself awake in the wee hours, you may be less likely to make unhealthy decisions.

Friends and Peers

One of the biggest ways you may be tempted to cheat on your weight loss nutritional goals is if you are in a large group of friends who don’t share your goals. Whether its co-workers taking advantage of dollar-a-slice Tuesday at the local pizzeria or a Friday night ice cream run, friends can really break down your fatty food barriers.

Solution

There are two ways you can try to tackle this temptation. You can try to let your friends know that you are determined to stick to your goals and ask them to hold you to it. For instance, if you plan to go out on a Saturday night and you know that history would dictate that you will most likely stop for fast food on the way home tell your friends not to let you get anything that breaks your diet. Be specific. You may be able to turn sources of temptation into allies. You can also try to find a friend who has similar goals and ask them to be your accountability partner. That way when you are out with the group, you have each other to encourage.

Our weight loss retreat, Live in Fitness, can help educate you and jumpstart your journey to a healthy weight and lifestyle. At Live in Fitness, we take your age, fitness levels, and personal goals into account to create a personalized weight loss program.

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I LEARN AT A FITNESS CAMP?

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What Can I Learn at A Fitness Camp?

Fitness camp is about more than just going on a vacation and coming back lighter. It’s an opportunity to learn the skills and information you need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Personalized Approach

On daytime health and wellness shows and internet ads you will routinely hear, “This one thing is the key to weight loss.” However, the truth is that there is no one secret to losing weight. Everyone is different and a personalized approach to losing weight is an essential component for success. A fitness camp like the Extreme Weight Loss Program at Live in Fitness begins with testing and interviews designed to get a picture of your goals, personality, and physical condition. A personalized plan is then created for your specific needs and preferences.

Following fitness programs that are “one-size-fits-all” often end in failure for one reason or another. Maybe it is difficult to stick to because it doesn’t recognize your behavioral uniqueness or maybe you aren’t seeing the results you want because it’s not tailored to your goals.

Accountability is Key

Working out at home with a video program can be good if you manage to stick with it, but that’s easier said than done. Life gets in the way. Work makes you too tired so you skip a day. You have a strong craving for a chocolate glazed donut so you decide to have a cheat day. Before you know it, you’re back to old habits. In any given moment, you are going to do what you want most and if nobody is there to encourage you, it’s difficult to stick to a fitness program.

At a fitness camp, you eat and exercise alongside peers with the same goals and professionals who know how to help you meet those goals. This clearly demonstrates the importance of accountability in weight loss and fitness in general. Once you complete the camp, you can take those principles and apply them at home. Work out with a friend or spouse. Find a gym buddy with similar goals.

Nutrition and Exercise Work Together

At the most basic level, nutrition is how calories come in and exercise is how they go out.  Paying attention to both is the best way to achieve your fitness goals. However, there is more to it than that. Exercise puts a strain on your body and drains you of energy but the right foods can answer the new demand for energy. The right nutrition plan can improve bone, muscle, and joint health to reduce the chance of injury. Heart healthy food can keep your cardiovascular system free from heart disease. If you really want to get into nutritional science, you can try foods that promote balanced brain chemistry to keep you focused and positive about your fitness goals.

How to Continue at Home

By learning about what fitness techniques work for you, the importance of a support system, and how diet and exercise work together, you can take the same ideas home with you. A good fitness camp will not only help you work towards your goals while you’re there, they will give you what you need to continue toward your goals.