Monday, March 15, 2021

What are Girl Fight Community Events?

They are fun events, whether virtual or in-person, that bring us together. They will allow you to create something you never thought to do, go on an adventure that you haven’t wanted to do alone, or simply, to get you out of the house!

We at Girl Fight Fitness care about you as a whole! We understand life gets busy between work, school, kids, hobbies, and other various activities. As a result, we want to offer enjoyable, relevant events that you can sign up for and fit into your schedule.

Creating time for fun outlets within your schedule can help reduce your stress level and boost your mind set in a positive manner (especially with a great group of ladies who support one another!).

Signing up for an event will ensure you don’t push off necessary me-time, which is easy to do! It also means you don’t have to plan the event…we do it for you! It takes the guess work out of what you’ll need, how long it will take, and figuring out the steps to complete/accomplish something.   

Have questions? We have answers:

1.    What does this cost?

It’s free with an active Girl Fight membership! There may be a supply list or some recommended items (but we will let you know of these beforehand so you may prepare accordingly).

2.    How do I sign up for them?

You sign up just like you normally would for a Girl Fight class on our website under the “Schedule” tab. You normally see classes in a Purple (Glenville) or Yellow (Latham) marker. However, these will be listed with a red marker.

3.    How often will these occur?

These will be occasional and not on a set schedule, but we will strive to offer at least one community event per month.

4.    What do the events entail? What will we be doing?

They will be different each month! They can be anything from a group hike to a cooking class/competition. Therefore, what you will be doing will vary.

Be sure to look at our Facebook, Instagram, and scheduling page for community event postings. We will alert you when there is a new event and what it will involve. If you like what you see and think it would be fun, come join us!

As an example, March’s community event will be teaching you how to complete two different egg decorating techniques. Both techniques require the eggs to be hard-boiled, but do not require the use of boiling water for the actual decorating process that many egg dipping techniques require. This is especially good if you have kids that you don’t near those hot surfaces/liquids while trying to decorate them. The first will be a marbled design using shaving cream and the second will be putting ANY image onto the egg’s surface. This allows you to customize the eggs exactly how you want to!


Girl Fighters - if you have any other questions about community events, please let us know! We are here to answer them.

We hope to see you at one very soon!

-Your Girl Fight Family

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

What do Fat Loss and the Bank have in common?

"I don't know, I was just expecting it to happen... faster..." 

One of the biggest struggles we have as women trying to get in the best shape possible is how long of a time it takes.

I won't lie, it is a long, long process. And it is frustrating. That's why many women give up so quickly.

There's definitely a faster route and a slower route. But you have to do an honest deep dive and ask yourself what you're willing to sacrifice to get results faster.

It's exactly the same mentality as saving money in the bank for a vacation.

Let's say you know your vacation is going to cost $5,000, just like you know that your goal is to lose 30 lbs. of body fat.

There are two ways to get to that vacation goal by saving your money. You can do it quickly with a lot of sacrifice and cutting back on luxuries and the things that you enjoy, like daily gourmet coffees, dinners out on the weekends, expensive hobbies, etc.

Or you can build in more time to reach the goal and save much more slowly in smaller amounts. Yes, it will take longer, but the path to getting there is going to be much more tolerable and much less full of sacrifice.

The same is true for your weight loss goals.

You can lose weight very quickly, but you're often going to be missing out on a lot of things you love, like free time with your family and loved ones by fitting in twice as many workouts each week, and cheat meals or some of your favorite foods because you really have to cut back on nutrition to make your results happen quickly.

Or, you can take the longer way and cut back a little less aggressively. Work out 3 days a week instead of 7.  Eat healthy 80% of the time and eat for fun 20% of the time rather than cutting out your favorite foods entirely.

Yes, the results are going to come a little more slowly. But honestly ask yourself, which one is more sustainable?  Which one can you stick with without giving up after 2-3 weeks?

Some people can flip on their focus like a switch and stay super dedicated to working out every single day and 100% clean eating. But unfortunately what happens after they reach their goal is they really haven't taught themselves any kind of moderation. And they slowly start to slide backwards into old habits because their extreme lifestyle can't be maintained long-term.

However, the people who learn moderation and are willing to practice the patience to get there over a longer period of time.  And they can continue this type of lifestyle for weeks, months, and even years.  Meaning, yes, the results are slower, but they will keep coming indefinitely.

You can absolutely get fast results, but what good are they if you can't keep them?

Just like saving your money aggressively, how long can you eat ramen noodles and drink instant coffee before that lifestyle gets weary?

If you're interested in sustainable change, definitely check out our website here: https://girlfightfit.com.

Have an amazing day!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Combatting Winter Depression

Hey Girl Fighters! Do you feel sluggish, unmotivated, or depressed due to winter weather? Are these feelings heightened among the ongoing pandemic and the certainty of the future? You’re not alone. We’ve researched and found some tips and tricks we’d like to share to help combat some of these commonly experienced symptoms!


1.    Write Down Daily Activities

When there’s not much to do because of continued pandemic related restrictions, some days can be a blur. You may ask, “What did I do today?”, as one day appears to look like the previous one. We recommend writing down what you do each day, as sometimes even small accomplishments can help you maintain a positive attitude. Did you clean out the fridge or finally tackle that pile of clothes in the closet? It counts! This may help you find gratitude in the small things that we typically see as a “chore” that “needs” to be done.

One of our trainers says they color code their planner to easily show how balanced their day was! For example:

Pink – Errand

Orange – TV Show/Movie

Yellow – Fun

Green – Fitness

Blue – Work

Purple - Meals

 

2.    Do You Work From Home? Get Up and Get Outside!

        Westfall, a Forbes contributor, reported that a recent study showed 75% of workers in the United States have struggled mentally while working from home. Our recommendation would be to make sure to get up and move around for a bit every hour. It can be easy to get stuck in your chair especially when there is a lot to get done.

        Another tip would be to go outside for a minute or two on your deck, porch or lawn. It can be hard to get yourself to do this during the winter, but Sowa, MD, PHD, reports that nature can decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and as a result, anxiety/depression. Keeping a coat, a hat, and some gloves near the door can encourage you to get out for a couple of minutes when you need it most!


3.    Find What You Like To Do

 Do you not like running? Don’t force yourself to run! Find a type of exercise you like to do, as that will help you stick with it. Sometimes it may not be a certain type of exercise, but a particular trainer that you like! However, the key to all of this is to allow yourself to take the time to find out what you like.

 

4.    Exercise More Often (even for small bits of time)

 

Can’t make it to your favorite Girl Fight Fitness class that day? Don’t let that stop you from getting a small workout in. Take 10-15 minutes and do some squats, sit-ups, or pushups. While you crave the individualized attention that your trainers give you during class, short self-guided workouts like this will help keep you motivated to show up for those longer workouts. According to Harvard Health Publishing, regular exercise assists the hippocampus to become larger, and therefore, more equipped in helping us balance our emotions. Doesn’t that sound great?

 

Stay balanced and healthy!

 

 

*This blog is meant to provide tips on helping reduce feelings of stress from an exercise standpoint and is not a medical diagnosis/treatment in any manner. If you require help from clinically trained staff, please contact your physician or local hotline for assistance.