The warm weather is quickly approaching and with this come the thoughts of the new body that you are going to make for yourself to celebrate and the new admirers that you are going to gain at the beach this Summer. When you think about all of this you can literally feel the sand between your toes as you stand there watching Channing Tatum run towards you in slow motion with his arms outreached…and then you remember, it’s time to go to the gym. This would be great except for the fact that you HATE the gym and the only thing worse than the gym is the work to be done once you are there. Does this sound like you? If so, then you have nothing to worry about because it doesn’t have to be that bad and although I can’t promise you Channing Tatum, I can promise you that your dream body IS possible in less time than you think!
May 03, 2013
This month we get to meet two Charlotte-based Canadians who have helped grow their own brand of CLT-born fitness with their facility in the South End: Fight Gone Mad.
In this wellness issue, we take a look at an ancient healing form that is making roaring headlines in our modern day landscape of medicine and health care: acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture has been used in Asian countries for effective and gentle therapy of pain and common health problems. Acupuncture is a minimally invasive technique founded in Eastern Medicine but can have neuro-physiological consequences to help boost your health and wellness, pain management, recovery from injury or athletic performance. A treatment of acupuncture fundamentally involves the application of small needles (many times, if applied well, they can hardly be felt) which have a smaller diameter than needles used for blood tests by your physician. The needles are applied in specific points or regions to help derive a particular response by your body, based on stimulation of your body’s nervous system at these particular points.
Sticking to your fitness goals this holiday season is important; if you have a fitness-minded wish list for your holiday gifts, this may help with some ideas on essential items that can track your fitness performance going into the New Year. Like good accounting or financial management, it is important and helpful to regularly track your physical performance to ensure you are not in the middle of a training plateau and are on the road to reaching your goals for race/game day and beyond. Objective measurement and data tracking trumps all other subjective estimations. It also provides a consistent source of motivation. Record and keep your results visible somewhere to inspire you and keep you focused. Here are two simple holiday gift ideas for the fitness minded reader who wants to have some fun tracking their progress. Included are two straight forward running tests that gauge cardiovascular fitness and also speed/quickness.