SparkPeople GoodLife Go-ers! Team Messageboard For those of you using GoodLife Fitness Centres as your tool to get fit! It's a good day!! SparkPeople GoodLife Go-ers! Team Messageboard RPM or Road drills which do you prefer? Do you take part in Goodlife spinning classes? <BR> <BR> Which do you prefer? RPM or road drills? <BR> <BR> I have been taking spinning at Goodlife for over 3 years and to be honest I am finding RPM boring. No matter what release it is RPM is the same thing. Where as Road drills are different every class. It is so I can predict what each release will be. I love that in Road drills or allterrain is different each time. For me I find it more of a challenge. But I know some people really like... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:45:29 EST Eight inspiring tips to get you out of bed and to Eight inspiring tips to get you out of bed and to the gym! <BR> Stick this article beside your bed and read it when the alarm goes off. And don't press snooze! <BR> • By James S. Fell Tue Feb 22 2011 <BR> <BR> I haven’t worked out for a week, but I’ve got a really good excuse. This excuse involves lots of Kleenex and orange juice, and I’m pretty sure that’s all you want to read. <BR> <BR> However, when it comes to working out, many of us make up far less legitimate excuses like not havin... Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:41:06 EST Should weight loss be a goal? Or is healthy living <link><BR>0--should-weight-loss-be-a-goal-or-is-<BR>healthy-living-where-it-s-at </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Should weight loss be a goal? Or is healthy living where it's at? <BR> • James Fell Mon Sep 05 2011 <BR> Internationally-renowned obesity researcher Dr. Arya Sharma – a man I admire – thinks that weight loss should NOT be a goal. I’m inclined to agree with him. <BR> <BR> Dr. Sharma explains how behaviour change is focused around goal setting, and t... Mon, 5 Sep 2011 11:23:50 EST Where did everybody go? I keep checking in to this team and it seems so quiet... Any Goodlife Goers in the Ottawa area? <BR> <BR> After a move of houses I am ready to get back into the gym starting tonight. I am excited to try my very first Zumba class! Who else is hitting the gym today? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? <BR> <BR> Wed, 6 Jul 2011 09:09:02 EST Hello, from South Carolina I did a search and found this this group. I have a total gym and would like to know how to track exercises done on the machine. Can anyone help me? Mon, 20 Jun 2011 09:47:29 EST Training at the right level for you Whether you are brand new to exercise or a seasoned pro, you might be asking yourself how you know if you are working at the right intensity level for you. Results and safety certainly dictate how intensely you work and what work you do, but that still leaves a huge grey area and lots of questions. <BR> As a newcomer, you need to progress slow enough to allow your body to adapt to these new demands. As you progress, doing exercise with correct form will allow you to get the results you want. ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:14:56 EST Losing fat vs. losing muscle <link><BR>mc_id=eNews_2011_06&WT.mc_ev=click&utm<BR>_source=JangoMail&utm_medium=Email&utm<BR>_campaign=June+2011+eNews+%2D+Losing+f<BR>at+vs%2E+losing+muscle+%28262323416%29<BR>&utm_content=alicotter%40msn%2Ecom </link> <BR> <BR> “I want to lose 20 pounds” is a common phrase we hear. But what does losing 20 pounds really mean? <BR> The traditional view of this goal is to take the number on the scale, subtract 20, and voila! I want to challenge this ... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:11:28 EST fitness plans for the summer what are fitness plans/ goals for the summer? <BR> <BR> Are you training for any of the fun runs? <BR> <BR> Do you take the summer off from the gym? <BR> <BR> How do you keep fit in the summer? Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:07:54 EST Don’t be a jerk at the gym Don’t be a jerk at the gym <BR> Nobody likes being a jerk. You get all sorts of mean looks and people talk behind your back — and you don’t want that, do you? Just follow these gym etiquette guidelines to avoid being a jerk at the gym. <BR> • Don’t sit on a machine if you are not using it. And don’t talk on your cell phone while sitting on or using a machine — it’s not nice, and actually kind of dangerous. <BR> • Share the love: If you are in between sets, share your equipment so someone else... Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:06:24 EST New exercise guidelines officially released New exercise guidelines officially released <BR> <BR> <BR> Postmedia News January 24, 2011 <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> OTTAWA — The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology on Monday officially announced its new recommendations for the time people should spend being active. <BR> <BR> It is suggested that adults participate in at least 2 1/2 hours a week of moderate-to-vigorous activity. The old guidelines called for a range of 30 to 60 minutes a day. <BR> <BR> For youths aged five to 17, t... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 12:06:51 EST Best Classes to do during Pregnancy Can anyone recommend good classes to do during pregnancy? I've been doing the Newbody class and really liking it but there are only two a week in my neighborhood that fit my schedule and I'd like to get a few more in each week. All suggestions welcome! Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:48:25 EST Feeling intimidated by the gym? Thinking about starting a new workout activity? Learning something new can be daunting at first. Fitness expert Barb Gormley offers four tips on how to get over 'beginner' embarrassment <BR> By Barb Gormley Thu Dec 30 2010 <BR> <BR> Each week personal trainer Barb Gormley answers your most pressing fitness questions. <BR> <BR> Question: I’d like to start exercising, but I’m out of shape and a bit embarrassed and self-conscious about exercising in front of others. What suggestions do you... Fri, 7 Jan 2011 13:01:27 EST Winter Workouts: Tips to Stay Motivated Winter Workouts: Tips to Stay Motivated <BR> <BR> As the weather turns nasty getting motivated to exercise can be difficult, if not impossible. Staying fit and exercising throughout the winter months is a great way to fight the cold and battle those seasonal blahs. <BR> <BR> Even the pros have trouble getting motivated when it's cold. <BR> <BR> "Not many want to go running when it's -20 outside, including myself. Also, I truly believe that we all go into a hibernation mode when the winter... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 11:25:38 EST How to achieve your New Year's resolutions <em>408</em> <em>107</em> How to achieve your New Year's resolutions <BR> <em>408</em> <em>107</em> <BR> Do you find it difficult to commit to your goals? Our expert advice shows you how to make this year, your year <BR> <BR> By Kira Vermond Wed Dec 01 2010 <BR> Want to make those goals stick this year? Here's six no-fail tips to getting results: <BR> <BR> <BR> Think ahead <BR> <BR> According to Richard Koestner, a professor at McGill University in Montreal who specializes in m... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 10:30:22 EST looking for a leader or co leader I have lost the Spark for Spark people. And I find that I am not spending as much time at Spark people as I have in the past and therefore am not giving my teams the attention they need. Anyone who would like to join in on the leadership of the team please let me know. <BR> <BR> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 11:30:44 EST My Blog is on the Goodlife site <link> </link> Fri, 3 Dec 2010 15:27:11 EST Water can flush away pounds? Perhaps, suggests stu Water can flush away pounds? Perhaps, suggests study <BR> <BR> <BR> News Staff <BR> <BR> Updated: Mon. Aug. 23 2010 2:40 PM ET <BR> Imagine an appetite suppressant that requires no prescription, offers no side effects, and costs almost nothing. That wonder elixir may already exist and flows freely from your taps. <BR> Scientists have found that dieters who drink two 250-millilitre glasses of water right before their meals tend to lose more weight than those who don't drink bef... Mon, 23 Aug 2010 15:26:50 EST Any one tried the hundred pushup plan? interested? <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> <em>320</em> x 20 <BR> <BR> If you're serious about increasing your strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 100 consecutive push ups! <BR> <BR> Think there's no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achive this goal! <BR> <BR> No doubt some of you can already do 50 consecutive push ups, but let's fa... Sat, 7 Aug 2010 13:51:32 EST The do diet: Dining out <BR> This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> The do diet: Dining out <BR> With supersized servings and bottomless bread baskets, restaurants can be a diet disaster. Or not. Here's how to avoid the excess and savour the fun of eating out <BR> By Erinn Steringa <BR> Ask how your food will be prepared <BR> If it’s going to be sautéed with oil or butter, or topped with cheese, request that a smaller amount be used. You can also scan the menu for clues as to how your dish will ... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:49:42 EST One bite, 90 calories Snacks that add up fast <BR> This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> One bite, 90 calories <BR> Snacks that add up fast <BR> By Shandley McMurray <BR> If you’re wondering where those extra pounds are coming from it could be that treat you grabbed with this morning’s cup of java. Yes, they’re delicious, but many of the snacks you’ll find at coffee shops and other fast food restaurants have more calories than you think. We surveyed some common places to find a few of the biggest offenders. Don’t wor... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:49:14 EST The 10-minute shoulder and back workout <BR> This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> The 10-minute shoulder and back workout <BR> Do these moves to look instantly taller - and pull off that strapless number in no time <BR> By Erinn Steringa <BR> You need: two sets of dumbbells, one heavy (five to 10 pounds) and one light (two to five pounds). <BR> THE PAYOFF: Look forward to better posture, strong shoulders and a toned back. This workout zeroes in on your deltoid, rhomboid and trapezius muscles. <BR> CALORIE-BU... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 11:48:29 EST The Best Total Gym Exercise for Women The Best Total Gym Exercise for Women <BR> <BR> Rightly or not, many women consider their hips, thighs and the back of their arms to be trouble spots in need of toning. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as spot reduction; whittling fat away from these areas occurs with regular aerobic exercise, burning more calories than you take in. You can, however, use the Total Gym to tone areas of concern, filling out the slim figure you're working toward with sleek, strong muscles. <BR> Lying Trice... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 09:25:05 EST hi from toronto Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I finally found a goodlife team lol. It took a bit as goodlife fitness didn't have one come up in the search. I thought I'd join the team to see how everyone likes the goodlife classes etc. I joined in may and have been loving it. <BR> <BR> I go to the vic. terrece location. (the one that use to be a moive theatre). <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is doing well. Tue, 20 Jul 2010 11:37:35 EST Ontario Pedometer Challenge: Ready Set Walk <link><BR>llenge/challenge.cfm </link> <BR> <BR> Check out the link above for the Ontario Pedometer Challenge: Ready Set Walk <BR> <BR> Lots of great information on walking. Using a pedometer. You can even register and track your steps. <BR> <BR> Very cool Sat, 17 Jul 2010 13:35:42 EST Fitness Tips How Not To Be Annoying In Gym Class Fitness Tips How Not To Be Annoying In Gym Class <BR> Posted Mar 23 2009 11:52am <BR> <BR> Where has the time gone? I've been on a bit of a hiatus with a badly strained muscle but I'm finally back at the gym in kickboxing and Zumba class. And while I was there this past week, it occurred to me that whether they mean to be or not, sometimes fellow group gym class members can be really annoying. So as a public service to gym class attendees everywhere, I'm offering some tips on how to peac... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:46:27 EST Gym Etiquette How to behave at the gym Gym Etiquette <BR> How to behave at the gym <BR> By Paige Waehner, Guide <BR> Updated August 17, 2008 <BR> Oh my. That's what I was saying to myself at the gym the other day as I got on a treadmill and noticed the glistening puddles of sweat left behind from a previous exerciser. Sigh. <BR> Anytime you smush groups of sweaty people together in small spaces, there are bound to be problems and, though there may not be rules posted around the gym for how to act, there are some unspoke... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:42:49 EST Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes in the Gym Healthy Weight Loss: <BR> Avoid the Top 10 Mistakes in the Gym <BR> <BR> Finding or making time to exercise is the first step toward improving your health, but it's not the only step. Workouts can be challenging and mistakes in the gym are common. At times, these mistakes can cause mild strains or more significant injuries. By changing small parts of your routine, you can see incredible results. The American Council on Exercise warns of these mistakes commonly made in the gym and offers tip... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:42:06 EST 101 Weight Loss Tips 101 Weight Loss Tips - The Biggest Weight Loss List Online! <BR> I have wanted to do something like this for a while. Here are 101 weight loss tips concerning diet, cardio, weight training, fitness, motivation, health, goals and much more. <BR> 1. Drink water <BR> 2. Train low intencity before breakfast <BR> 3. After you’ve eaten do high intencity cardio <BR> 4. Avoid refined sugar <BR> 5. Avoid complex carbs <BR> 6. Don’t eat within two hours of dinner <BR> 7. Train with weights <BR> 8. Do s... Sat, 17 Jul 2010 12:38:07 EST so has the heat affected your fitness routine? Ontario has been suffering from 30 plus temps this week. Just wondering if it has affect your workouts. <BR> <BR> Are you doing the same or have you cut back? <BR> <BR> Fri, 9 Jul 2010 15:50:45 EST Sweat Equity Sweat Equity <BR> Good morning! <BR> After my post on inspiring workout tips on Saturday, many of you were asking me if I could elaborate on the workout piggy bank idea. I decided what better way to talk about it than to just start one up myself! <BR> A workout piggy bank can be used as a motivational tool. While it is a financial reward, I think the strongest motivational aspect of the bank is that it is a powerful visual tool. Every single day you get to see a reminder of your hard work as... Sun, 4 Jul 2010 11:36:53 EST Name the exercise Name the exercise done with the equipment named by the poster before you. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:47:03 EST Story time; Add a sentence It is summer and an old camp gave was to create a story by each person adding a sentence. Lets see what we can create. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:45:05 EST Name the Actor/Actress: Connections Name a the Actor or Actress that has worked with the one named by the poster before you. Sat, 3 Jul 2010 10:43:21 EST what Spark tool helps you the most What feature on Spark has helped you the most? <BR> <BR> And what would you like to see that isn't here? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:13:09 EST what motivates you? what motivates you? <BR> <BR> What gets you up off the couch and to the gym? <BR> <BR> Is it a person, a goal, a reward? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:12:14 EST what do you listen to when working out What do you listen to when working out? <BR> <BR> Do you what and listen to the TV? <BR> <BR> What is on your Ipod or M3P? <BR> <BR> What sound really gets you moving? Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:10:13 EST post a thumbs up if you worked out today <em>250</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:07:29 EST post an emoticon for how you feel today <em>636</em> <em>224</em> Thu, 1 Jul 2010 18:06:54 EST Has anyone tried Low to Go II class? I can't find any information on the Low to Go II class, has anyone tried it? If so can you give a short description? Tks! Wed, 30 Jun 2010 10:33:00 EST Anyone try Skip Circuit Class Skip circuit is where you skip ( as in skip with a rope, like when you were a kid) for a minute. Then do a weight station (Something like a Bodypump exercise) then skip then wieghts the skip. <BR> <BR> There are 10 stations and you do two rounds. You get a 2 min break between. Class is 45- 60 mins long. <BR> <BR> OMG, I thought I had good cardio. I have NEVER work so hard in my life. <BR> <BR> See by blog for details. <BR> <BR> Love to hear from any other who have taken the class. <BR>... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:53:05 EST Be your own personal trainer Be your own personal trainer <BR> Can't make it to the gym? These five exercises will help you tone up at home <BR> By Jen O'Brien, Photographs by Charlotte Townsend <BR> <BR> You can't afford a gym membership? You've got no room at home for a treadmill? Sorry, couch potato, these aren't valid excuses anymore. <BR> <BR> Because we're all looking to get in shape and save a few bucks, Chatelaine asked fitness trainer Marie Bodine to show us some simple exercises we can do at home. "Most peop... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:16:17 EST Summer schedule What do you think? So what do you think of the summer shedule at you club. <BR> <BR> Any classes you are looking forward to? Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:28:28 EST Do you workout at the gym more when it is hot? Do you workout at the gym more when it is hot? When it is hot like it was last week. Do you good to the gym more? Or do you just not work out? Sat, 29 May 2010 09:14:15 EST Nutrition Boot Camp! <BR> Has anyone tried the Nutrition Boot Camp!It is part of the gooflife website. <BR> <BR> <BR> Welcome to Nutrition Boot Camp! <BR> With your Nutrition Coach Jennifer Brenton – <BR> GoodLife’s Registered Dietitian <BR> Want to ensure you get results – fast – from your fitness program? I have a magic combination for you that will work – balanced nutrition and regular exercise! <BR> Healthy eating is not as difficult as it sounds! We need to make ourselves a priority! The main reason we... Sat, 1 May 2010 19:03:11 EST May Challenge: Dance The first of May has been long associated with dancing around the May Pole. <BR> <BR> So I thought we could add some dancing to our daily routine. <BR> <BR> Take 5 mins, put on your favorate dance song and buggie around the living room. Take a dance class like Zumba, or just dance through your day. <BR> <BR> What songs make you want to jump up and shake your thing as they say? Sat, 1 May 2010 19:00:00 EST Before You Buy a Heart Rate Monitor <BR> By Wendy Bumgardner, Guide <BR> Updated December 25, 2009 <BR> A heart rate monitor senses and displays your heart rate. Walkers can use heart rate to adjust the intensity of their walk -- speeding up or slowing down to stay in their chosen heart rate zone. Two walkers going the same speed may be in different zones -- one barely working at all, the other near maximum and straining. As your fitness improves, you can walk faster at the same heart rate. <BR> ECG-Accurate Monitor... Sat, 1 May 2010 18:55:25 EST What's on your IPOD/ MP3? So what are you listening to when you work out? <BR> <BR> What songs make you work just that much harder? <BR> <BR> Fitness Magazine has a list of songs for working out. What do you think <BR> <link><BR>c/popular-playlists/the-half-marathon-<BR>training-playlist/ </link> Sat, 1 May 2010 18:37:25 EST Perfect your form This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> Walk this way to go further, faster <BR> By Stacy Lee Kong <BR> Good form and technique makes a good walk: It ups the number of calories you’ll burn, helps condition muscles and lowers the risk of injury. Sue Henderson, a Running Room trainer and avid walker, offers these five tips to perfect your form: <BR> <BR> Straighten out <BR> “The first thing you want to do is have an erect, not rigid, body,” says Henderson. She recommends ima... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 19:53:52 EST Nice weather. Are you more active? Now that the nice weather has arrived are you finding you are more active? <BR> <BR> Do if motivate you to get up and out doing something active. Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:49:25 EST new schedual March to June 2010 what do you like So the new Spring schedual is out for most clubs. Did things change at your club? Do you like the changes? Sat, 3 Apr 2010 17:43:27 EST Feb is Heart month: Be nice to your heart. Here is the link to the Can Health and Storke Site. Check it out for some ideas on how to be good to your heart. <BR> <link><BR>IeNWJwE/b.3581583/k.F7E3/Heart_Disease<BR>_Stroke_and_Healthy_Living.htm </link> Mon, 1 Feb 2010 11:51:11 EST Hello fellow GoodLifers! my gym-Georgetown, ON. Hi everyone! I workout mostly in Georgetown 24hr. I live in Caledon East with no real gym located nearby. I also use other locations of GoodLife: <BR> Wasaga Beach Superstore in summer. <BR> Barrie 24hr once in a while when I am there. <BR> Milton 24hr about once a month. <BR> <BR> and Sault Ste. Marie when I am home to visit family... <BR> <BR> I love SparkPeople!! <BR> oh, and if you have a BlackBerry, my BBM pin is 31cf304f. <BR> <BR> lemme know you are from SP! <BR> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 14:16:39 EST Quiz: What's your exercise personality? Quiz: What's your exercise personality? <BR> Find a fitness plan that works for you! <BR> By Katherine Balpataky <BR> Whether you're in the groove of a fitness routine or struggling to get started, there are aspects of your personality that make some activities more appealing than others. The best way to stick to a fitness regime is to figure out what your personal habits say about you. Take our quiz to find your perfect workout. Follow link below to take the test. <BR> <link>en.chatelaine.c... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 19:58:32 EST Did you work out today?? Did you work out today?? <BR> <BR> Bronze 15 mins <BR> Silver 30 mins <BR> Gold 60 mins Sat, 16 Jan 2010 18:37:51 EST Cardio vs. Weights - which is better? <BR> This can be one of the most controversial questions asked in any gym which everyone having a unique and strong opinion. And the definitive depends! <BR> The balance of time you spend on strength and cardio activity will vary based on you goals as well as many other variables that factor in to the total equation. <BR> Considerations in determining the balance of cardio and strength with your fitness program: <BR> • Goals - your personal goals <BR> • Time - what fits with ... Thu, 14 Jan 2010 16:41:44 EST Forget "fad" diets and eat less, say UK experts Forget "fad" diets and eat less, say UK experts <BR> <BR> <BR> By Paul Casciato, ReutersJanuary 8, 2010 <BR> <BR> "It may not sound the most exciting way to lose weight but healthy eating, activity and long-term behavior change not only works but helps you maintain weight lost too," said Rachel Cooke, registered dietitian at St Martins' Hospital in Bath and BDA spokeswoman. <BR> Photograph by:, <BR> LONDON – Now that you're discovering all the extra flab from the ... Wed, 13 Jan 2010 12:20:40 EST Monday Nights @ Goodlife Does anyone else find that Monday nights are insane at the gym? Is everyone feeling guilty about what they did over the weekend? I like to go to my gym 5-6 times a week after work. I'm always so discouraged to go on Mondays, but I have to...that's how my schedule works out. But I seem to have to wait in line for any cardio machine. Afterward, there doesn't seem to be any room for my weight training. Is it like this everywhere? Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:15:10 EST How Your Home May Help You Lose Weight <BR> A new study shows that what's in your house — including TVs and exercise equipment — influences your ability to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> "Home, Sweet Home," takes on new meaning when considered in the context of a study of at home weight loss just published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. The research found that your home and what's in it can influence your ability (or inability) to lose weight and keep it off. <BR> <BR> The details: <BR> Researchers under the direction... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 16:03:32 EST Celebrity trainers tell all Celebrity trainers tell all <BR> Want to know how stars like Shakira, Emily Blunt and Jennifer Garner stay in shape? Read on for fitness and nutrition advice from the pros who train them <BR> By Amanda Vogel <BR> Three celebrity trainers share their tips for staying toned, trim and in top shape. <BR> <BR> 1. Be mindful <BR> Know what muscles each exercise works, advises Valerie Waters of Los Angeles, who trains Jennifer Garner. For instance, concentrate on your thigh muscles when doing lung... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 19:09:42 EST Goodlife at Home contest Would you consider losing weight, increasing your overall health and improving your well-being as part of your New Year’s Resolution? How about for $1000.00? That’s what we thought! <BR> <BR> Our second “Terrific in 10” body transformation contest just got a whole lot more terrific! What better way to celebrate your new healthy lifestyle, than $1000.00 to revamp your wardrobe. Or perhaps pay off some post-holiday bills. However you choose to spend your winnings is up to you, but the on... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 14:18:56 EST Winter walking alternatives Winter walking alternatives <BR> Four fun ways to stay fit when it's cold outside <BR> By Amanda Vogel <BR> Growing tired of the same old routine? Here are four fun walking alternatives — including two indoor options — for keeping active all winter long. <BR> <BR> Tobogganing <BR> Keep a consistent pace and you can turn tobogganing into a fitness-boosting interval workout. Walking up the hill will get your heart pumping. (Extra points if you pull the weight of your kids in the sled behind y... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 18:38:35 EST Fitness New Years Resolutions 2010 What are your Fitness New Years resolutions for 2010? <BR> <BR> Will you set a goal for fitness minutes on SparkAmerica/SparkWorld? <BR> <BR> Will you commit to working out ?? of minutes or ?? of times a week? <BR> <BR> Did you meet or beat your fitness goals for 2009? <BR> <BR> Sat, 19 Dec 2009 10:58:03 EST Trainers' Top Moves By Selene Yeager, Prevention <BR> Trainers' Top Moves <BR> The most effective exercises to get trim, boost energy and stay healthy <BR> Any type of exercise is good. But we wanted to know which at-home exercises were most likely to give you the results you want — in the least amount of time. To find out, we went to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit organization that certifies personal trainers. We surveyed more than 3,000 ACE certified trainers by e-mail, and we got more tha... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 17:17:16 EST How do yu get yourself to the gym How do you get yourself to the gym? What prevents you? <BR> Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:44:21 EST What is your favorite way to exercise Tell us what your favorite way to exercise is. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:43:11 EST Dec challenge: Eat red and green Christmas is a time when red and green is all around us. So I though we could add red and green to our diet. <BR> Eat more red and green fruits and veggies. <BR> Tells us what your favorites are. Sun, 29 Nov 2009 15:38:25 EST Hello All!! Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm a 27 y/o male and I've been a member of Spark People for a while and unfortunately phased in and out of it. <BR> <BR> I've recently started becoming active at Goodlife Fitness again. I've had the membership for a yr or so but as friends lost their commitments with going with me I stopped going. <BR> <BR> I've been actively going again the last 3 weeks about 3 times a week with a friend. <BR> <BR> I was excited to see a Spark Team dedicated to Goodlife. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 19 Nov 2009 15:42:15 EST 2nd best ab exercise have you tried it ??? Knee Lifts on Captain's Chair <BR> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> Starting Position <BR> Stand on the captain’s chair (not pictured) to place your back flat on the pad, your forearms and elbows on the pads, and your hands lightly around the gripping handles. Once in position, lift your feet off of the stand and squeeze your legs together, keeping abs engaged. <BR> <em>402</em> <em>418</em> <BR> <BR> Action <BR> EXHALE: Focus on engaging the abs as you bring your knees up towards your ... Tue, 10 Nov 2009 12:24:18 EST What do you watch? TV or Movies Let us about the movies or TV you watch now that the days and darker and colder. <BR> <BR> What's on your TV while you curl up on the couch? Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:49:35 EST tells us why you like your gym What do you like about your gym? <BR> <BR> What about it helps you keep working out? <BR> <BR> Have yuo tried the Goodlife workout at home site? Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:47:16 EST Nov challenge:Try some thing new Try something new this month. Be it a new food, a new exercise machine, a new class. <BR> <BR> Challenge yourself to do something new, something you have never done before. <BR> <BR> let us know how it goes. <BR> Sun, 1 Nov 2009 09:45:28 EST SP Fitness Tracker and GL Classes Hey all, just wondering how you track or list your GL exercise classes in the SP fitness tracker? For example, what do you categorize a BodyPump class? For now I've been listing it under "Aerobics: High Impact" but I'm not sure if there's a better match. Same thing with BodyFlow, I listed it under "Yoga" but there's SO many different types I'm not sure if that's the best choice. <BR> <BR> For now I'm just trying to be consistent so any suggestions or recommendations would be very helpful! <B... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 23:41:02 EST Oct challenge: Give us 10 more There is a poster at my club that challenges the members to give 10 more. <BR> <BR> Add 10 more mins to you workout <BR> Do 10 more situp <BR> Do 10 more pushups <BR> Do 10 more mins on the cardio machine of your choice. <BR> <BR> So I thought for October we could take up that challenge. <BR> <BR> Add 10 more to your workout, your choice. <BR> <BR> Report back on how it goes. Sat, 3 Oct 2009 17:39:31 EST Anyone else lose track of time at the gym I know I am the gym addict. But I have noticed that some days I get so into the cardio or strenght training I am doing that I lose all track of time. I just don't want to stop. Especially when doing weights. I just get into doing the reps and moving from one machine or free weight exercise. And suddenly I look at the clock and them OMG I have to get to work. <BR> <BR> Can't believe that two years ago 20 mins at the gym seemed like a lifetime. <BR> <BR> Today I was on the new elliptical ma... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:43:10 EST Any one tried Vibe? I keep wanting to try the new BodyVibe class, but am having a hard time fitting it in to my schedual. Anyone tried it yet. Looks interesting. Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:38:39 EST Healthy Thanksgiving dinner choices Healthy Thanksgiving dinner choices <BR> Some traditional Thanksgiving dishes can be high in fat, sugar and salt. We'll show you which dishes you can guiltlessly indulge in and which you should avoid <BR> By Deena Waisberg <BR> Turkey <BR> Traditional Dish: Turkey is a lean source of protein, chock full of iron and zinc. The skin, however, contains saturated fat, which clogs arteries and increases the risk of heart disease. <BR> Healthy Alternative: Remove the skin. “You’ll save 5 grams of sa... Tue, 29 Sep 2009 12:22:35 EST Hello from Barrhaven, ONT Hey everyone! I've been on SP for a little while now, but haven't really been around much. Same can be said for my goodlife membership. I have some lofty goals and am trying to get myself motivated again. <BR> <BR> It's great to meet all of you :) I'm in Barrhaven and go to the Strandherd gym. Sun, 27 Sep 2009 18:28:24 EST The Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them The Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them <BR> How to overcome your fitness excuses and start exercising. <BR> By Karen Springen <BR> WebMD Feature <BR> Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD <BR> You know you should be exercising. We've all heard that physically active people are healthier. They're less likely to develop heart disease, diabetes, and some cancer, they sleep better, and they feel happier and more energetic. Of course, a fit body looks better, too. But when it comes time to actuall... Sun, 2 Aug 2009 17:45:43 EST What is the funnist thing that has happened to you Share you funny gym stories with us. What is the funnest thing that has happened to you at the gym? <BR> <BR> Was it something you heard while working out. Something you saw. Something you did. Have you used a machine the wrong way. Worn your gym clothes inside out. Forgotten clothes at home what? Sun, 2 Aug 2009 10:35:57 EST August challenge: take the stairs I know it can be tempting to take the elevator or escalator. But for the month of August lets try to take the stairs when ever possible. Walking stairs is great exercise so try doing a couple of stair laps everyday. <BR> <BR> Wether you are in the mall, the office, or your home/ apartment. try and challenge yourself to take the stairs. <BR> <BR> By the way have you noted that most Goodlife fitness clubs have a stairway you have to climb at the club. Sun, 2 Aug 2009 10:29:43 EST Hello from Kanata I joined SP in May. I've had a Goodlife membership for almost a year. <BR> <BR> Diane <BR> <em>81</em> from Ottawa Wed, 22 Jul 2009 12:38:27 EST How is your summer going? Are you still working out? Or have you taken the summer off? Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:55:06 EST Sorry I have been away Sorry I have been away. Lost my job back in May and have been busy with the job search. Started a new job this week so I should be more active now. <BR> I have also moved clubs. I will now be going to the Queensview club out by the IKEA in the west end of Ottawa as I am working near there. No more a downtown worker. Will miss Queen street. Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:54:01 EST May Challenge: Fruits and Veggies Its spring and the framers markets are opening. fresh fruits and veggies are showing up in the stores. Let make a commitment to eat fresh fruits and veggies everyday this month. Sun, 10 May 2009 09:43:24 EST Goodlife on Spark people Cool I just saw an add for goodlife on Sparkpeople. Cool to see a Canadian company supporting Spark people. Mon, 27 Apr 2009 12:52:35 EST april challenge: Lets do breakfast. Health Tip: Make Time for Breakfast <BR> Start the day with a healthy meal <BR> <BR> (HealthDay News) -- Your mother probably urged you to eat a healthy breakfast, noting it was the day's most important meal. <BR> <BR> She was right, says the Nemours Foundation, which offers these suggestions on how to refuel your kids to begin their day: <BR> <BR> * Keep your kitchen full of healthy, quick and easy breakfast choices. <BR> * If morning time is at a premium, try to prepare for break... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 10:23:04 EST Track your walk or run There is a cool new feature at Spark. You can now track you walks or run. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_maps_home.asp </link> <BR> <BR> Follow this link or go to Healthy lifestyle, fitness, map. <BR> <BR> You type in where you live and then can map you walk and run. Type in how long it took you . And it will calculate how many calories you burned. You can also log it into the fitness tracker. <BR> <BR> You can either use the street map or the satellite vie... Sun, 29 Mar 2009 10:13:52 EST Quiz: What kind of walker are you? Cool Quiz from <BR> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>57</em> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <em>57</em> <BR> <BR> We all have our own sense of personal style, whether we prefer wearing Lululemon all day or refuse to trade in heels on the snowiest of February days. The same is true of walking: we all do it differently and for many reasons—from sheer enjoyment to pure necessity. Find out what kind of walker you are and learn ways to improve your health and have fun. <BR> ... Fri, 27 Mar 2009 20:17:31 EST New schedual? How do you like it? So the new schedual is about to start next week. For those you you who take classes where there changes at your club. Do you like them or not?? Thu, 26 Mar 2009 15:14:52 EST March Goal: Find ways to add extra steps They say that the average North American should be taking over 10000 steps a day, but sadly we don't. Have you tried wearing a pedometer to see how many step you take a day. Adding just 500 more steps can help with your fitness level and weight loss. <BR> <BR> How many steps do you take a day? <BR> What can you do to add steps to your day?? <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:27:29 EST Name 5 Name 5 things you like about working out? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Name 5 things that is hard about exercise? <BR> <BR> <BR> Name 5 things you like about Goodlife? <BR> <BR> <BR> Name your 5 favorite ways to work out? <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:24:15 EST What is you fitness goal? What is your fitness goal? <BR> <BR> Are you trying to get down to a certain dress size? fit into a certain piece of clothing? looking good for a special occasion? get down to a certain number on the scale? Or is it to be able to do something physical? <BR> <BR> What are you doing to reach that goal? <BR> <BR> Do you have an unual goals? Take a certain class? lift a certain weight? Stay on a machine for a certain length of time????? Sat, 28 Feb 2009 12:22:16 EST The 7 Biggest Mistakes People Make in the Gym The 7 Biggest Mistakes People Make in the Gym <BR> <BR> By Phil Delaire <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Avoid these gym mistakes, and make 2009 your year to be healthier than ever. <BR> Ok, you have done it. You have dragged yourself off the couch, and now you are looking to attack the New Year. For most people, exercising more will a top priority. I wanted to breakdown the most common mistakes I see in the gym, so you can make 2009 your year to be healthier than ever. <BR> <BR> Mistake #1: No ... Sun, 15 Feb 2009 12:56:23 EST How is this fair??? Yesterday I was working out with my personal trainer. Who was really making me work. Sore today. <BR> Anyway she was about to hand me the 7.5 weights to do shoulder presses when one of the other trainer goes. Hey she doesn't need the 7.5's she can do 10. <BR> <BR> Here my trainer was being nice and I still end up doing the heavier wieghts. LOL <BR> <BR> Course I was told when I asked him later about it. I've seen how much you can do, and 7.5 is heavy for you 10 is light. Fri, 6 Feb 2009 15:21:52 EST Feb is heart mth, be good to your heart <em>129</em> Februray is heart month so do something nice for it. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> The challenge for Februray is to do something nice for your heart. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Here is a Spark article with some suggestions. <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>articles.asp?id=413 </link> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Share with us some ways you raise your heart rate and give your heart a good workout. <link><BR>on_a... Sun, 1 Feb 2009 09:37:06 EST 1-1 training session 4 sale Ottawa (Barrhaven) Get fit for summer! <BR> I have extra personal training sessions that I would like to sell. I purchased 48 sessions at a rate of $52/hour in September and have only used 11. I have 37 sessions, almost a $2000 value or best offer, that I would like to sell for $1200. These sessions are offered at the Goodlife Fitness Barrhaven Women's Club located in the Loblaw's. The only condition is that they must be used by September 28 2009. I purchased these sessions to get in better shape for my weddin... Tue, 6 Jan 2009 20:26:20 EST How often do you go to the Gym?? So how many times a week do you head to the gym? What time do you go? Are you an AM or PM workout type of person? <BR> <BR> How ong do you work out? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:25:23 EST I've tried almost all the classes Yesterday I did my first Bodystep class, loved it. So for my goal of trying all the Goodlife classes at least once, I am almost there. When I started I was the biggest person in the classes, which was a bit of a challenge on its own. <BR> I have done: <BR> Bodypump Love it <BR> Bodyflow Love it <BR> BodyCombat Not for me, not a punchy kind of person <BR> BodyJam Love it <BR> BodyStep Wow realy realy great workout <BR> RPM longest 50 mins in my life, but I like it <BR> Newbody Great wo... Thu, 1 Jan 2009 09:57:31 EST What are some challenges you would like for 2009? Thinking about the new year. I thought I would ask what you guys would like for challenges, discussions topics, etc for the new year. Let me know and I will try to add something new each month. <BR> <BR> Ali Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:11:21 EST New year new beginning? What will you be doing differently in 2009? Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:09:30 EST New Year's Resolution Survival Guide Here is a great place to find some info for this time of year. <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=987 </link> <BR> <BR> So are you into the whole New Years Resolution thing??? Mon, 29 Dec 2008 14:50:40 EST new food tracker feature SparkGuy's blog new Nutrition tracker features - subtotals for each meal, remaining calories, and reports for notes. <BR> <BR> Full details are here: <link><BR>urnal.asp?id=SPARKGUY_SPTEAM </link> Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:08:29 EST do's and don't of winter health This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> <BR> The do's and don'ts of winter health <BR> Eight ways to stay healthy when the temperature starts to drop <BR> By Dayna Boyer <BR> Although you may feel like hibernating during the colder months, that's no reason to neglect your health. Now that cold and flu season is upon us it is even more important to safeguard your health. Health Canada says that 4,000 to 8,000 people die every year from pneumonia related to the flu. Don't le... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 18:12:40 EST Best walking foods This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> <BR> The best walking foods <BR> What you should eat to fuel up before your power walk and to regain lost nutrients post-workout <BR> By Kirsten Bustamante <BR> You’ve laced up your runners, slapped on your reflective wristlets and strapped your water bottle to your waist – what are you forgetting? Well, did you fuel up? Eating the right foods before and after working out may be just as important as the workout itself. Kirsten Bustam... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 17:57:31 EST Winter walking This article is courtesy of <BR> <BR> <BR> Winter walking hazards <BR> Tips to help you enjoy walking all season long <BR> By Barb Gormley <BR> When the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fly, even the most dedicated walker can be tempted to hibernate for the season. But maintaining your regular walking routine will keep your fitness level high and ward off unwanted pounds and the winter blues. Use the following tips – along with a bit of caution and common sense – ... Sun, 30 Nov 2008 17:51:20 EST what is your workout schedule like <BR> I recently joined goodlife fitness and I have made up a workout schedule mostly around the classes <BR> <BR> Here is what I've done for the past 2 weeks <BR> <BR> Monday <BR> <BR> Workout in the morning at school ( I am a university student) <BR> Then classes all day until 4:30 <BR> <BR> then directly from school take the bus to goodlife for my 6:30 newbody/awesome abs class <BR> <BR> Tuesdays <BR> Body pump@ 6:30 <BR> <BR> Wednesday <BR> workout from 7:30 - 8:30am <BR> Body flo... Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:37:24 EST So what do you listen to when working out? What do you listen to when working out? <BR> <BR> I have for a while been listening to the sound track of Sweeney Todd. But I now have a new favorite. The sound track to Wicked. <BR> Yes I know that they are both dark musicals. Mon, 10 Nov 2008 20:22:47 EST How to avoid germs at the gym <BR> By Justine Kim <BR> [Health & Your Life] <BR> The last thing you need is another reason to avoid the gym, but gym germs can cause unexpected health problems. Justine Kim explains. <BR> <BR> Many people hit the gym in search of bigger muscles, smaller waists and to build up cardiovascular strength. Putting time in at the gym is supposed to make you healthier, right? Not necessarily. If you are not careful, going to the gym can cause unexpected illness. The gym can be a hotbed for ... Sun, 9 Nov 2008 09:25:19 EST Nov. Challenge Simple this month. Try a new machine or exercise class you have never used or taken before. And report back how it went. Wed, 5 Nov 2008 13:39:43 EST Do you ever think...... Ok I admit it I have strange thoughts in the shower at the gym. Today for some reason I was wondering what I would do if the fire alarm went off while I was in the shower or getting dress. What would I do? <BR> <BR> Would I grab the closest clothes, the workout clothes I just took off, my street clothes. Would I stop to completely dress. Would I run for my life. Would I take my time assuming it was a drill. <BR> <BR> Do you ever have these kind of thoughts? And what would you do? Wed, 5 Nov 2008 13:38:39 EST Did you vote today? Did you vote in the election today? Tue, 14 Oct 2008 15:50:33 EST October challenge: Orange foods Lets eat orange for October. <BR> Share your favorite orange food and how you prepare it. Sat, 27 Sep 2008 14:30:09 EST 10 Tips For Surviving the Feast With Your Family 10 Tips For Surviving the Feast With Your Family <BR> <BR> Eating big holiday meals with the family is never a piece of cake (though it often includes at least one of those). Here are some tips to get through the meal without succumbing to tears or overeating as a coping mechanism. <BR> 1. Pre-plan the meal. Conflict can lead to overeating. If you dine with people or relatives that you tend to fight with, you are more likely to overeat. Unfortunately, we don't always get to pick who we sit ... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 14:26:03 EST Common Workout Mistakes Common Workout Mistakes <BR> What NOT to do when exercising ... <BR> By Myreille Simard <BR> from health <BR> It’s common knowledge that being physically active is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. However, there are guidelines that should be respected in order to exercise safely, and to avoid injury. Here are some of the most commonly-made mistakes when working out. Read them carefully! <BR> <BR> Not drinking enough water <BR> You probably already know how import... Sat, 27 Sep 2008 13:46:47 EST Fitness To-Do's , Spark tip of the Day Starting a fitness program doesn't have to be overwhelming when you are armed with the proper tools to get things rolling. Once you've committed to getting in shape, there are several things you can do to ensure you'll exceed your short and long term fitness goals. <BR> Write down your fitness goals. You're more likely to stick with a program when you have set specific goals. <BR> Always eat a well-balanced diet that includes ample servings of vegetables and fruit. <BR> Assess your current... Fri, 19 Sep 2008 11:11:41 EST 50 ways to cut 100 cals 50 Easy Ways to Cut 100 Calories <BR> Lose Weight Without Deprivation <BR> -- By Emily Vale, Staff Writer <BR> SparkPeople Sponsors help keep the site free! <BR> Cutting calories may seem like a daunting task, especially when you're trying to cut hundreds of calories each day to lose the recommended 1-2 pounds per week. Will you go hungry? Will your meals taste like cardboard? Will you have to give up your favorite foods? <BR> <BR> Don't worry. When you make small changes, the only differen... Wed, 3 Sep 2008 20:29:27 EST hit my goal for the year this weekend back in January I signed up for Spark world. I committed to doing 30 mins of exercise 5 times a week, I up that to 60 mins 5 times a week in Feb. which worked out to 17200 mins of exercise for the year. I hit that target this weekend. Four months early. Partly because I am doing 75-90 mins at the gym 5 days a week and am now walking the new puppy 30-60 mins a day. <BR> Back in Jan the goal seemed so big, but now that I have made it. I am really think I will not chnage it and see just how hig... Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:28:12 EST The Number on the Scale This is a Spark tip email <BR> <BR> Body composition. We hear a lot about it... but what exactly is it? Well, to be considered "fit," you have to meet minimum standards in 5 different areas, known as the Components of Fitness. Body Composition is one of them (in addition to flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic fitness). Body composition itself deals with four areas: weight, fat mass, lean mass, and fat distribution. <BR> <BR> Weight measures total body mass. We'... Mon, 18 Aug 2008 10:50:00 EST What is your inner athlete, take the quiz and see There’s an athlete in all of us. <BR> <BR> Welcome to the ultimate sports arena. This is where you will find the athlete that lives in you. Just answer a few questions and release your inner sports star! <BR> <link><BR>cale=en-ca </link> Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:24:22 EST What age is your heart??? Cool tool to see how healthy your heart is. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>now_your_heart/HeartAgeTool.aspx </link> Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:05:36 EST Where are you working out today? I was at the Bridlewood facility this morning to work on my strength training. Thought about going to a class tonight but just finished my swim so am thinking Im in for the night. <BR> <BR> Where are you going today? <BR> <BR> Doll Mon, 28 Jul 2008 17:39:08 EST new photo feature We're happy to announce the launch of two often-requested enhancements to the SparkPage photo gallery. <BR> <BR> 1) You can now add up to 50 photos to your gallery, up from 25. <BR> <BR> 2) You can now also change the order of your photos. Go to Edit SparkPage, the click Edit My Photo Gallery. You can then put your mouse on any photo to move it around the page, and click Save at the bottom left when you are finished. <BR> <BR> We hope these changes make SparkPages an even more helpful w... Sat, 26 Jul 2008 06:25:28 EST Do you wear makeup when working out? I just have to ask this. Do you wear makeup when working out. I workout in the am before going to work and there is one woman at my gym who has perfect makeup on a 7am while she is working out. And I mean perfect, I never get mine looking that good. But I just do not get the point. <BR> Me, I show up just as I look rolling out of bed, course I brush the hair ect. But I do not put makeup on before my workout, it is going to sweat off anywhy. I am also someone who only wears makeup when I am go... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 11:28:46 EST Exercise and heat <BR> <BR> <BR> It's great to get out and get fit in summer. But you need to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Here's how. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Summer sun certainly makes exercising outdoors more fun. But if you don't take precautions, getting physical in the heat of day can be hazardous to your health. Sweating is the body's way of staying cool during exertion; you'll sweat off from 1 to 1.5 litres of water an hour in the process. But if you don't drink enough ... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:41:19 EST New schedule is out next week, what's good/bad The new summer schedule is out next week. So is there anything you are really excited about or really don't like. <BR> <BR> Anything you are going to try? Wed, 25 Jun 2008 11:39:33 EST Top 5 Reasons to Love A.M. Exercise As a am exerciser I can tell you that this is soooo true. <BR> <BR> Top 5 Reasons to Love A.M. Exercise (Sparks article) <BR> Exercising early in the morning "jump starts" your metabolism, keeping it elevated for hours, sometimes for up to 24 hours! As a result, you'll be burning more calories all day long--just because you exercised in the morning. <BR> <BR> <BR> Exercising in the morning energizes you for the day--not to mention that gratifying feeling of virtue you have knowing you've... Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:41:33 EST Message from Coach Jenn Hi I am passing this on as asked of me. Let me know of any challenges you would like to do for July <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Based on feedback from members, we have added checkboxes as an option for tracking Team Goals. This should make the tracking of certain goals faster and easier, and also allow you to create goals like "Eat 3 apples, 4 times per week." <BR> <BR> Please pass this information along to your Teams. We hope this makes the Team Goals feature even easier to use! ... Tue, 17 Jun 2008 11:17:06 EST Insanity I have a young girl that I know- she likes my company and I like hers Kinda like a bog sister thing- she is 22...I am almost 48 - She convinced me to do Body attack with her yesterday - too funny - hard to do cardio and Karate together- did my best good workout- good class- might be good to do again to insert variety - but I dont' think I will incorporate into my regular routine- I am however liking RPM- every Tuesday Fri, 30 May 2008 21:19:00 EST SparkPeople in People and GH On newsstands this week, you'll find the success stories of SparkPeople members in both People and Good Housekeeping magazines! <BR> <BR> After dropping ten sizes and 50 pounds, Diana Bales (DI136229), was selected by the editors of Good Housekeeping to represent SparkPeople in their annual "Walk Off Pounds!" cover story. Reflecting on her experience Diana said, "When I joined SparkPeople last year I just wanted to lose my Christmas weight. But I ended up reaching a goal weight I NEVER thou... Wed, 28 May 2008 15:08:57 EST Friday fun take the Muscle building Quiz Test yourself and see how much you know about strength Training with the Muscle Building Quiz from Spark People. Let us know how you did. <link><BR>_questions.asp?quizid=56 </link> Fri, 23 May 2008 09:46:57 EST HI all!! Newbie to the group!! <BR> I've been on Sparkpeople for well over a year and have struggled a bit. But in January of this year I found my true determination. I've been so motivated and have stuck to everything. In March I re-newed my membership with Goodlife and I'm so happy that I have. I've been toning and losing and feeling great!! <BR> <BR> Be sure to check out my spark page for my latest weigh in and measurements. <BR> Fri, 9 May 2008 19:17:19 EST so do you workout on the weekend or just weekdays? so do you workout on the weekend or just weekdays? <BR> <BR> I tend to be faithful and workout every week day before work. Weekends I take off. Sat, 3 May 2008 11:50:38 EST Hello from Kitchener Hi, I'm Wendy, I live in Kitchener, Ontario. I found Spark a few weeks ago - used to belong to Goodlife a few years ago, but quit to deal with family illnesses & deaths. Bad mistake, gained all the weight back, and then some. Joined Goodlife again in February, I generally get at least 1/2 hour on the treadmill everyday, and now I'm weight training 3 days a week with a trainer. I've only tried the Bodyflow class (I was very unco-ordinated) and would love some feedback on the other classes ... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 21:57:57 EST What to Do After a Workout What to Do After a Workout from a spark email I got. <BR> <BR> Many of us have a great workout routine. We drink plenty of water, warm up, stretch, work the entire body, and even get in some cardio. Then, after the last exercise, we promptly head back to the locker room, change, and journey home. <BR> <BR> You may have done the majority of the work, but how you treat your body in the minutes and hours after you exercise has a direct effect on muscle soreness, muscle strength and growth, ... Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:34:46 EST Hi everyone! i everyone! I'm new to SP and since I belong to Goodlife Fitness I thought that this would be a great group to join. I look forward to participating in this group and helping each other to reach our goals. Tue, 22 Apr 2008 09:24:08 EST Have you tired any of the new releases? The new releases of our favorite classes are out. What do you think? Pros cons Mon, 21 Apr 2008 10:11:57 EST so what color is your water bottle? Do you have a fancy water bottle or just what ever brand of bottled water you got from the store? <BR> <BR> What color is it? Does it have a logo? <BR> <em>91</em> Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:22:06 EST new food tracker enhancements This morning we launched an enhancement to the food tracker where you can share you manually imported foods with all members, and then also import these shared foods from other members. We hope this makes the tracker even easier to use by making many more foods available. <BR> <BR> Here's how you can share: <BR> 1) Go to your myNutrition page and click Add a Food, then click to the My Favorites tab. <BR> 2) On Favorites, click the button on the right that says "Share Manually Entered Food... Wed, 16 Apr 2008 10:19:59 EST What’s your eating personality? <BR> Food does a lot more than satisfy hunger. For one thing, it can reveal more about you than you realize. <BR> By Ylva Van Buuren. <BR> From<BR>and_spirit/whats_your_eating_personali<BR>ty.php <BR> Judy's 15-year-old son has eaten a peanut butter sandwich for lunch every day since he was four. The last time she suggested something different, he objected. "He said, 'You know, Mom, I have to put up with so much at school; so much is happening and ... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:53:24 EST SUGAR V. NUTRASWEET <BR> "what'll It Be, Sugar?" <BR> The bittersweet truth about artificial sweeteners <BR> Morgan Lord <BR> From Women’s health <BR> <BR> Between the salt shaker and the Heinz 57 sits a box jammed with pastel packets. Thinking I'll dodge a few calories, I dump one into my coffee. If you do the same every morning or slurp a Diet Coke midday, welcome to the club. According to a 2006 survey from Mintel Reports, 61 percent of U.S. women use artificial sweeteners daily, and 50 percent drink die... Fri, 11 Apr 2008 09:52:43 EST Top Tips from Biggest Loser Top Trainers Can't-miss exercise, motivation, and diet tips from <BR> Personal trainers Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels of The Biggest Loser have inspired countless Americans to get in shape. Here's what they have to say about food, exercise and motivation. <BR> <BR> Bob Harper On... <BR> • If it grows out of the ground, or you can pick it off a tree, chances are that it's good for you. <BR> <BR> <BR> • Eliminate the problem. Get rid of temptation foods in your house. Don't even bring them ... Thu, 10 Apr 2008 09:53:10 EST 12 Minutes to a Better Back <BR> Great posture is good for your back AND digestion! <BR> By Jacob Osterhout <BR> Stop slouching! Good posture doesn't just convey confidence--it also prevents future back problems and can even aid digestion, says David Rothbart, MD, of Spine Team Texas in Southlake, TX. He's developed a simple, 12-minute daily program that will straighten you out in no time. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> 2 minutes: In the morning, stand in front of the mirror facing sideways. Make sure your ears, shoulders, h... Tue, 25 Mar 2008 14:48:09 EST Fitness Classes at Goodlife Does anyone have any idea how many calories a 60 minute Body Pump class burns? Mon, 24 Mar 2008 18:05:59 EST MOTIVATIONAL WORKOUT QUOTES <BR> Insta-Motivation <BR> Quotes to keep you going in the gym <BR> Dimity McDowell <BR> <BR> <BR> OK, it's not always your brain's fault that you find yourself back in the locker room before you've completed your planned workout. Sometimes you just wuss out. We polled 100 women to find out the sweet nothings they whisper to themselves when they want to quit but know there's still gas in the tank. Add them to your mental arsenal during your next strength or cardio session <BR> <BR> <BR... Mon, 24 Mar 2008 11:05:09 EST New feature on MyNutrition page We launched an often requested enhancement to the myNutrition page today. You can now add extra meal categories for tracking food! Many members have requested this because they eat more than one snack a day. So now you can add as many other meal categories as you'd like. <BR> <BR> To add new categories: <BR> 1) Go to your myNutrition page <BR> 2) At the bottom of your day's entries, click the button that reads "Add/Edit My Extra Meal Categories" <BR> 3) You can then click to add a new ca... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 14:21:16 EST 25 questions Copy and paste then answer? <BR> <BR> 1. How long have you gone to Goodlife? <BR> 2. Have you taken any Goodlife classes? If so what ones? <BR> 3. What class just scares you, can not imagine taking? What class do you love? <BR> 4. Do you have kids? (furry or human) <BR> 5. Morning workout or noon workout or evening workout? <BR> 6. Brown bag lunch or buy it? <BR> 7. How many minutes do you work out? <BR> 8. How many times a week do you go? <BR> 9. Married, single or in a relationship? ... Wed, 12 Mar 2008 13:37:34 EST What does your club offer Does the Goodlife you go to offer special services? What ones do you like, wish you had. Mon, 10 Mar 2008 09:30:17 EST What do you listen to when working out? What do you listen to when working out? <BR> <BR> Do you listen to your own tunes? <BR> <BR> Watch the TV? Wed, 5 Mar 2008 10:31:45 EST March Challenge: Eat Green Seeing as March is St Patricks month and green is his colour. Lets see how many green foods we can add to our diet. Wed, 5 Mar 2008 10:25:21 EST Spark World! How many Min's so far this year So are you taking part in Spark World? <BR> <BR> How many minutes Have you logged so far? <BR> <BR> As of this morning 2550 for me. <BR> <BR> Ali Wed, 20 Feb 2008 10:26:22 EST What Club do you belong to? What Goodlife club do you go to? Tue, 19 Feb 2008 10:26:14 EST SO what reality show would you like to be on? With the writers strike there seems to be only reality shows on the TV these days. Made me wonder? What reality show would you like to be on? Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:19:55 EST did you work out today????? did you work out today????? Sat, 16 Feb 2008 08:18:22 EST The Number on the Scale Body composition. We hear a lot about it... but what exactly is it? Well, to be considered "fit," you have to meet minimum standards in 5 different areas, known as the Components of Fitness. Body Composition is one of them (in addition to flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and aerobic fitness). Body composition itself deals with four areas: weight, fat mass, lean mass, and fat distribution. <BR> <BR> Weight measures total body mass. We're all too familiar with this one, in ... Thu, 14 Feb 2008 10:31:45 EST Water Water This was posted by another team leader and I just found it to be so informative that I wanted to post it on this team! Thank You Twana! <BR> <BR> "This is some very interesting water tips I read. I thought I would share with Yall. So please Drink up!!! <BR> <BR> If you pick up one habit early on in your program that will make a major difference in your weight loss, this is it." <BR> <BR> The list of benefits of water is so long, you�d think people were selling it as an 18th-century mi... Fri, 8 Feb 2008 11:11:38 EST From the Goodlife newsletter Mo's Monthly Message: Love Your Heart, Love Your Body - Reshape Both This Month <BR> <BR> February is heart month. Show support for the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation this month by improving your own health doing the following: <BR> <BR> Learn more by educating yourself. You are starting now just by reading this newsletter. Great start! <BR> Assess your health risk for heart disease by measuring your Waist-Hip Ratio. <BR> Take action to manage your heart health by losing that extra... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 10:10:00 EST burn 3500 calories = 1 lb weight loss. Ideas Balancing the calories you take in with those you put out is the safest, healthiest way to control your weight – for the next two weeks, or the next 20 years. It takes about 3500 calories to make one pound of fat. So to lose one pound, you can: <BR> <BR> <BR> a) Burn 3500 excess calories (if you have a few hours to kill) <BR> <BR> b) Eat 3500 fewer calories (starvation diet, anyone?) <BR> <BR> c) A combination of exercise and diet (the best option) <BR> For example, to lose one pound ... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:44:37 EST Scale and BMI are not only tests Most of us are looking at the scale or calculating our BMI to see where we are. But there are other tests that can give us good information and maybe even surprise us. <BR> <BR> If you have not calculated your BMI here is the link <BR> <BR><BR>bm <BR> i.asp <BR> <BR> Another good measurement is the Waist to Hip ratio. My doctor actually thinks this is a better indicator. <BR> <BR><BR>ic <BR> les.asp?id=7... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:43:01 EST Gym Stories Good, Bad, and the What was I thinking Here is the place to share your gym experiences. The Good, the bad and the what was I thinking. <BR> <BR> What is the worst thing that has happened to you when working out? Embarassing moments, silly things <BR> <BR> What was the best? The hey I am doing this? <BR> <BR> Or the What was I thinking moments. You know the times it seemed like a good idea till you actually did it. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:32:37 EST What is your favorite? Do you have a favorite Goodlife class or machine. Tells what your favorite is and why? <BR> <BR> Is there a class or machine you just have not got the courage to try yet. Lets us know. Maybe we can give you a reason to try it. Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:26:29 EST Leap Year Challenge <BR> <BR> 2008 is a leap year. Which means there is a whole extra day in the year? 24 extra hours that only come around once in 4 years. February 29th <BR> <BR> So I would like to challenge you to do something with those extra 24 hours that you have never done before. Take the whole day or 24 one hour new things, up to you. Do it on the 29th or space it out over the year. <BR> <BR> Maybe you have been thinking about joining a gym. Why not call the local gyms and see if they have a free ... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:21:47 EST New team leader Hi everyone, My name is Ali and I am the new team leader. Looks like this team has been lost for a while and I am hoping we can bring some life back into it. The orginal leader has left. Big fan of Goodlife as it has really helped in my weight loss. Would love to connect with other Goodlifer's and share ideas and support each other. <BR> <BR> I belong to the GoodLife Fitness Gym on Queen street in Ottawa (downtown Ottawa). I also go to the Brockville Women's only club sometimes on the weeke... Thu, 7 Feb 2008 09:10:57 EST new to this team Hi everyone, I joined the Goodlife club on Queen Street in Ottawa back in September went I started a new job. The club is just around the corner from my office. I go every work day before work and work out. <BR> Just got up the courage to try some of the classes in the last month. I love the better backs and body pump. Took my first body flow class this morning. As a big girl my body is just not ready for some of the moves but that did not stop me. <BR> Had a personal trainer for a couple o... Mon, 4 Feb 2008 13:10:30 EST Bye for Now All the best, fellow GoodLife Go-ers. I'm crazy busy right now (primarily, training at GL), and I have to say BFN. I wish you all the best. <BR> Have a very Merry Christmas and a most Blessed New Year. <BR> Catch ya on the flipside. ;~) Tue, 27 Nov 2007 01:34:32 EST Introduction I joined Goodlife about 5 years ago and started working with a personal trainer. i still see my trainer 2X a week. <BR> <BR> I have lost 110 pounds so far and am a dedicated gym rat... often twice a day. My favorite group clsses are spinning classes, On The Ball and Body Combat. <BR> <BR> I am just getting back to the treadmill after a long hiatus... training foir a run in September. Fri, 20 Jul 2007 13:47:39 EST lunch time workouts Hello everyone...this is a great team. <BR> i'm a goodlife member and am trying to get motivated to go everyday..i can only make it at lunch cause w/ two kids after work is not gonna happen. i'm just wondering if any of you go at lunch and what i should be doing to get the most out of my 50 mins that i have while i'm regards to cardio and strength training. <BR> <BR> thanks and ciao for now. Sun, 29 Apr 2007 11:01:29 EST Lost So I have not been doing very well at the gym, and I just got a bad sunburn so its going to be impossible to go to the gym. I just need to get back into it, but I am finding it so hard, especially with all this heat. Im not really sure what to do, hopefully i can back into it a lot once this sunburn goes away <em>39</em> Mon, 17 Jul 2006 21:45:17 EST Let's bring this group back to life!! I've been a very bad team leader!! <BR> <BR> How is everyone doing with Goodlife? I'm interested in getting back into weight training now that I've lost quite a bit. I have about 12 lbs to go, so I should start toning up so I'm not all jiggly (ewwww!) :-) There are so many strength exercises to choose from. I would like to focus the most on my abs (of course), upper arms and back. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions guys? <BR> <BR> Lindsay Fri, 7 Jul 2006 16:45:50 EST GoodLife Go-ers! Group Forum This topic was automatically created when the SparkPoints Group "GoodLife Go-ers!" was started. Here is the description for this Group: <BR> <BR> For those of you using GoodLife Fitness Centres as your tool to get fit! It's a good day!! Fri, 24 Mar 2006 14:46:04 EST