How Keeping Active is the Key to Staying Young in Body and Mind

Growing older is something we can’t control, however, we do have control over “how” we grow older. Gaining weight, losing muscle mass and becoming weak and sedentary is not mandatory but is a choice, just as is remaining active, involved and a viable part of one’s community.

The body was meant to move and as Newton’s Law of Inertia states: “A Body in Motion, Stays in Motion; A Body at Rest, Stays at Rest”.  It doesn’t matter what age you are, we were all meant to move and when that rule is adhered to, one will stay in motion or one will stay at rest; it’s a choice.

As a personal trainer, I am continually impressed by my clients who have increased their ability to lift heavier weights, improved cardio/respiratory endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination. It basically is “one step and one rep” at a time.  Exercise and movement spills over into every other area of life; it’s so much more than just burning fat and calories but builds self-esteem, confidence and improves one’s quality of life from the inside out!

One of my main “go to” pieces of fitness equipment is the TRX Suspension Trainer. At first, I thought it was a fad, but quickly became a devoted fan of how two nylon straps with a handle at each end, uses the power of one’s own body weight to provide a total body workout in a short amount of time. This one piece of equipment is light, portable and is “Fitness Anywhere”. All you need is a doorframe, hook or pole to wrap the strap and extender around.  My clients are usually skeptical but immediately “sold” on how powerful this unique fitness tool is in creating a total body workout that results in building muscle, increasing flexibility, range of motion and improving balance and coordination. The TRX Suspension Trainer focuses on working the body in various planes of motion as well as incorporating functional movement exercises that include: lunging, hinging, planking, pushing/pulling. The TRX Suspension Trainer helps straighten and strengthen the body at the same time. It’s an incredible piece of fitness equipment that benefits people of various fitness levels from the person just getting into fitness or the elite fitness enthusiast or athlete as well as those coming back from a serious injury or chronic illness such as a cancer diagnosis. The TRX Suspension Trainer is a beautiful piece of fitness equipment that is sure to be around for a long time!

My personal training business has recently evolved into mobile training where I bring the fitness to you. I work with individuals, semi-private (2 people) or small groups (max 8). I am available to provide corporate fitness training and recently became a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist.

Karen Bluhm, B.S, ACE-CPT is the owner and operator of Commit 2B Fit LLC and is a Certified Functional Aging Specialist and Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist. To contact Karen, email commit2bfitwi@gmail.com. For more information on life-long health, watch our video on preventative health.

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