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Fitness and Exercise Tips for Beginners

Saturday March 18 2017

Starting a fitness and exercise program is not always something that comes naturally for some people and can even seem difficult to find the right time to start. Whether you have struggled with your weight from when you were a teenager, or are starting to notice your metabolism is slowing down and you are packing on excess weight, the first step is to make a decision you want to exercise more.

 

One common mistake beginners will make is trying to use guilt or blame themselves for how their body currently looks or how they feel. Using these as a motivators to go to the gym does not work for long. Rather focus on your overall end goal and the long-term benefits you will enjoy once you reach that goal and use this to keep you motivated.

 

Next, avoid falling into the trap of having to visit the gym each and every single day to workout. It is perfectly normal to feel excited about joining a fitness center and wanting to get the most out of your membership. Unfortunately, people that take this approach are the ones that end up giving up long before they have reached their goals. To illustrate this point, think of all the people who made a New Year’s resolution to get fit, hit the gym for the first few months, but now are nowhere to be seen at their local fitness club.

 

Instead, use a “Slow and Steady” approach. Start out by visiting three times a week for at least 30 minutes during the first month. It also helps to participate in the initial consultation and assessment with one of our personal trainers, here at Wynn Fitness Clubs, which is a complimentary service for new members. Take this opportunity to learn how to use the different equipment and ask questions, while developing a routine that you will enjoy, which leads us to our next tip: Make sure you enjoy yourself and are having fun!

 

Working out should not be a chore. You should look forward to coming to the gym and working out. Choose exercises and fitness equipment that you will not grow tired of using. If you know you might become bored with specific routines after a few weeks, mix it up. It is okay to try different equipment during your visits to add variation to your workouts.

 

Furthermore, it can be beneficial to find a friend or family member who can be your “workout buddy” to help keep you motivated and on track to reaching your long-term goal. If you don’t have a “workout buddy” at first, don’t worry, because you can always retain the services of one of our personal trainers to provide guidance and support, until you make new friends and find someone to workout with.

 

Another option, if you like working out with others, is to check out our different group fitness classes and try a few of those! Feel free to stop by your nearest Wynn Fitness Clubs location in Toronto, Richmond Hills, or Mississauga today or call us at 416-366-7500 for more information.



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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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How Joining a Fitness Club in Mississauga Will Help Deal with Stress

Monday January 23 2017

Most people know exercising regularly at their local Mississauga fitness club is good for their bodies, helps strengthen the immune system, and builds stronger muscles. While you may have made an effort to become more physically fit for your New Year’s resolution and already gave up, because you are just too busy and stressed, you need to give exercise a second chance. Did you know that exercise also helps reduce stress?

 

Before we explain how exercise reduces stress, let’s first look at how stress affects our eating and dietary habits. Stress in an emotion we cannot get rid of. It is one of those emotions you could say, we can’t stand to live with, but cannot survive without it. It is finding this balance of optimal stress at the appropriate levels that is beneficial.

 

When we have an optimal amount of stress, our performance levels are enhanced and we are more productive. However, it is once we pass this threshold where stress becomes a hindrance as we find ourselves anxious and if we do nothing, could experience a full blow up or nervous breakdown.

 

It is also at this level the release of hormones within our body start to change. As we become more anxious and stress passes its optimal levels, the brain singles the release of adrenaline as part of our “flight or fight” response, along with cortisol. Cortisol is a hormone that can trick us into thinking we are hungry and tempt us to seek out “comfort” foods, like ice cream, cookies, fried foods, or other sugary and salty snacks.

 

The problem with cortisol is it blocks our brain’s ability to recognize when the stomach is actually full. This is why someone, who is extremely stressed overeats and consumes larger portions of foods and snacks. As we consume the “comfort” foods, it causes the brain to release “feel-good” hormones, and could help bring our stress levels back down. However, until the stress is reduced to more manageable levels, cortisol will continue to be released.

 

Rather than seeking out comfort foods when you feel anxious and stressed and risk packing on extra belly fat, exercise is a much healthier stress reliever. From anaerobic to aerobic and weight training, all forms of exercise makes it easier to manage stress levels and here’s how:

  1. Exercise helps increase the production and release of endorphins. Endorphins are a hormone the body releases whenever we are active for an extended period of time and have been known to help reduce stress, relieve tension headaches, and more.
  2. Exercise helps improve our focus. As you start exercising, your will find you are concentrating on the motions and movements, and less about the cause of your stress. This active-form of meditation helps improve your optimism, as well as energy, while lowering stress.
  3. Exercise helps improve our moods. The more you exercise, the more it can help relax you and create a meditative state, which translates into getting a better night’s sleep and a reduction in your anxiety and stress.

Many people also discover when they exercise at least three times a week for 30-minutes each session, their self-confidence increases, too. For healthy stress relief and management, please feel free to stop by one of our Wynn Fitness Clubs locations today or call us (905) 276-0040!



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Tips for Successfully Shedding Excess Weight Gained During the Holidays

Friday December 23 2016

Every New Year’s a large number of people make the resolution to get into shape and shed off all that excess weight piled on during the holidays. Unfortunately, what actually ends up happening, is within a few weeks of regular visits to a fitness centres in Mississauga, Toronto, and the GTA, people stop going. By the time spring rolls around, close to 90% of the people, who made the resolution to get fit, have completely stopped going to the gym.

Here at Wynn Fitness Clubs, we want you to be successful at not only sticking with your New Year’s resolution, but also not giving up after a few weeks by offering the following tips and suggestions you can use to meet your fitness goals in 2017:                                               

  1. Join a fitness club with a buddy. Having someone you know to hold you accountable for your workouts and vice versus is beneficial. You can encourage each other as you work on reaching your goals. Plus, some friendly competition down the road, after establishing your workout habits, provides further motivation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  2. Commit to regular visits for a 21 day period. Most experts agree that it takes about three weeks to establish and maintain new habits, like fitness workouts. Your body also needs time to adjust to the new routines. Once you hit this mark, you are more likely to stick with your fitness plan the entire year or longer.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  3. Get a personal trainer. If you do not have a friend or family member who will join the fitness club with you, use one of our experienced personal trainers to help keep you on track during your first month or longer.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  4. Make new friends with similar goals and objectives. The key to being successful is having human interaction with others.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  5. Limit your workout times when you first begin. You should only workout for about 20 to 30 minutes the first few weeks. You would be surprised by how many people think they can push themselves for an hour or longer each visit and quickly discover they are sore because they overdid it and, as a result, quickly start missing regular visits and eventually just stop completely.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  6. Limit the number of days you visit. When first starting a new fitness program, it is best to gradually work into it by limiting the number of days you visit the gym to three or four a week. Those that visit every single day, quickly burn out and give up.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
  7. Incorporate both cardiovascular and strength training into your routines. You need both types of workouts to lose weight and properly condition your body. Plus, by rotating between the two, various muscle groups have time to rest in between workouts.                                                                                                                                                

For more tips and suggestions to help you succeed at sticking with your New Year’s resolution and losing excess holiday weight, please feel free to visit your nearest Wynn Fitness Clubs location or contact us at (905) 276-0040 today! 



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Tips for Successfully Shedding Excess Weight Gained During the Holidays

Friday December 23 2016

Every New Year’s a large number of people make the resolution to get into shape and shed off all that excess weight piled on during the holidays. Unfortunately, what actually ends up happening, is within a few weeks of regular visits to a fitness centres in Mississauga, Toronto, and the GTA, people stop going. By the time spring rolls around, close to 90% of the people, who made the resolution to get fit, have completely stopped going to the gym.

 

Here at Wynn Fitness Clubs, we want you to be successful at not only sticking with your New Year’s resolution, but also not giving up after a few weeks by offering the following tips and suggestions you can use to meet your fitness goals in 2017:


1. Join a fitness club with a buddy.

Having someone you know to hold you accountable for your workouts and vice versus is beneficial. You can encourage each other as you work on reaching your goals. Plus, some friendly competition down the road, after establishing your workout habits, provides further motivation.


2. Commit to regular visits for a 21 day period.

Most experts agree that it takes about three weeks to establish and maintain new habits, like fitness workouts. Your body also needs time to adjust to the new routines. Once you hit this mark, you are more likely to stick with your fitness plan the entire year or longer.


3. Get a personal trainer.

If you do not have a friend or family member who will join the fitness club with you, use one of our experienced personal trainers to help keep you on track during your first month or longer.


4. Make new friends with similar goals and objectives.

The key to being successful is having human interaction with others.


5. Limit your workout times when you first begin.

You should only workout for about 20 to 30 minutes the first few weeks. You would be surprised by how many people think they can push themselves for an hour or longer each visit and quickly discover they are sore because they overdid it and, as a result, quickly start missing regular visits and eventually just stop completely.


6. Limit the number of days you visit.

When first starting a new fitness program, it is best to gradually work into it by limiting the number of days you visit the gym to three or four a week. Those that visit every single day, quickly burn out and give up.


7. Incorporate both cardiovascular and strength training into your routines.

You need both types of workouts to lose weight and properly condition your body. Plus, by rotating between the two, various muscle groups have time to rest in between workouts.

 

For more tips and suggestions to help you succeed at sticking with your New Year’s resolution and losing excess holiday weight, please feel free to visit your nearest Wynn Fitness Clubs location or contact us at (905) 276-0040 today!



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Maintaining Fitness During the Holidays

Friday November 04 2016

It’s that time of year when your schedule is going to start to get even busier, with holiday shopping, parties, celebrations, and other events. Finding time to maintain a regular workout schedule can seem challenging, not to mention the wide variety of holiday foods you will want to enjoy.

The most important thing you want to avoid is a complete interruption in your workout routines. The last thing you want to do is to stop exercising. If you do this, it only takes about two weeks before your body starts deconditioning itself. This makes it much more difficult to get back into your normal routines after the holidays. Plus, it can up to three time longer to re-establish your prior fitness level before you stopped.

It is better to continue to exercise at least twice a week. As long as you can fit in two intense cardio workout sessions where you amp up your heart rate, you will find it much easier to get back into your normal workout routines once the holidays are over.

If you will be traveling for the holidays and away from your fitness club in Toronto or elsewhere in the GTA, consider alternative solutions, like using the fitness equipment in your hotel or going out jogging. If it is too cold outside, and you are staying with relatives, who have a two-story home, a slow sprint up and down the stairs for about a half hour is a great workout.

In cases where you are finding it difficult to fit in exercise in the afternoon and evenings, consider moving it to earlier in the morning. Most people are far more likely to stick to their workouts when they do them first thing in the morning, before going to work or doing other holiday activities.

It also helps to schedule your workout sessions on your calendar. Just remember to allow sufficient travel time to/from the fitness centre so you are not rushed or do not have enough time to complete your workout.

The biggest temptation for many people is overdoing it when it comes to eating all those tasty holiday foods, treats, cookies, and desserts. Don’t let yourself get too carried away. It is okay to indulge a little and enjoy your favourites. For instance, if you have an afternoon lunch and an evening dinner to attend on the same day, consider eating a full lunch, but skip on afternoon desserts and at the evening dinner, enjoy lighter options and dessert.

It is also beneficial to use portion control to avoid stuffing yourself. Most importantly, listen to your body! If you feel full stop eating, even if food is left on the plate. You can always ask the host/hostess if you can take some of the food home with you to enjoy later.

If you need exercise encouragement and motivation, remember Wynn Fitness Clubs are here to help! Do not hesitate to call us at (905) 276-0040 to find out our holiday hours of operation and group fitness class schedules, or to arrange a consultation with one of our personal trainers.



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Holiday Hours

Thursday November 24 2016

Please be aware, these are the Holiday Hours for 2016.



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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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Thanksgiving Holiday HRS 2016

Monday October 10 2016

Have a safe and happy holiday!



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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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