4 Ways to Save Your Joints


When you are dedicated to your training and putting in the hours to achieve your goals then there is nothing more frustrating than joint pain and inflammation. It almost feels like your body is punishing you for working hard. No fair, right!

Rather than make excuses about your pain or backing off on your training you may want to consider some new techniques to mitigate the damage from these patterns of overuse.

1. Focus on form
2. Make intensity your new volume
3. Recover Harder
4. Hit the Supplements Aisle

1.Focus on form
If you are training often and hard then even the slights inefficiencies in your movement can turn into nagging injuries over time. Before you put in all that hard work you owe it to yourself to work with an experienced coach to refine your movement. You will make progress faster and stay healthy in the process. Slow down, not every day is a competition.

2. Make intensity your new volume
Sometimes the body simply needs a break from volume. All athletes in any sport go through periods of alternating intensity and volume throughout the year. They have different rhythms and protocols for preseason, in-season, post-season, and off-season training. Try backing off on the volume of your training and focusing on higher intensity pieces instead. For lifters, this could mean performing fewer sets or reps and using a higher load, shorter rest times, or a faster tempo. Runners might try lower mileage with weeks and adding a sprint workout 1-2 times per week instead.

3. Recover Harder
Training hard without the proper recovery techniques is bound to beat you up and becomes unsustainable long term. Make time for massage, foam rolling, stretching, yoga or mobility sessions, sleep, and any other recovery methods that can improve your performance. Sometimes the most beneficial thing you can do is stimulate your parasympathetic nervous with these recovery techniques to let your body’s natural healing mechanisms kick in.

4. Give your body what it needs to repair itself
There are tons of great supplements that can help with joint health. Fish oil and omega 3’s provide a healthy inflammatory response in the body amongst many other health benefits. Glucosamine and Chondroitin provide the building blocks for joint repair. Tart Cherry Juice extract has been shown to reduce muscle soreness after a workout. Give those a try to start!

Don’t let joint pain stop you from moving and doing the things you love!

Member Spotlight: Darby Tozer


Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.

This month’s spotlight is on Darby Tozer, a member since 2017.

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?

Darby: I joined Grand Trunk two and a half years ago when I was six weeks postpartum with my son. I had six weeks to fit into a bridesmaid’s dress for my best friend’s wedding, and needed all of the help I could get!! I was also inspired by my friend and neighbor Allison DeHorn to try it out!

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?

The thing I enjoy most about Grand Trunk CrossFit is that I don’t feel intimidated by the many things that I am not good at. I know that someone is always willing to help and give pointers. I also love that I can bring my kids and not have to worry about daycare!

What is your favorite movement?

My favorite movement would have to be pull-ups! It took me what felt like forever to be able to even get one, and I was able to string together seven the other day! Big accomplishment people! LOL!

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?

I think the CrossFit goal I have achieved is two things.

First of all, CrossFit is the only workout I have ever stuck to in my entire life. In the past, I would join the local gym, walk on the treadmill for a few minutes, attempt to follow the instructions on the weightlifting machines, and then leave. This would usually last about one month and then the rest of the year would go wasted. Since joining GTCF, I have (almost) gone three days a week for the past two and a half years, which is huge for me.

Second, it has been awesome to see my gains, even though sometimes very small, that I have made since starting. Brooklyn used to have to put a 30 lb. weight on my feet for me to even get one sit-up, and all my meters or calories had to be scaled. I’m happy to report that I can now do sit-ups weight-free, but I do have to say that I wish I could still sometimes scale back the meters/calories!!!

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?

I would love to get better at burpees. I’m not sure how that is even possible, but if there is one movement that makes me feel like death is near, it’s burpees!!

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

It’s not as scary as it seems!

Yes, you may not be the strongest or fastest in the room – but it honestly doesn’t matter. Seeing your own personal progress is totally worth getting over those fears. Everyone is there to help you – if I can do it, ANYONE can.

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?

As previously mentioned, fitness has never really been a part of my life. Since joining CrossFit, I have run several races which is WAY outside of my comfort zone (guys – I used to get winded running around the building when that was a thing.)

My kids also started doing the CrossFit kids program which they absolutely love!

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?

A “fun fact” about me is that I grew up in Frankenmuth, just down the street from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland. Yes – I worked at Bavarian Inn and yes I wore the “costume.” No, I actually can’t stand the chicken. People always ask me what I did for fun there. Well, for example, I rode to prom on a tractor. 🙂

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?

100 single jump rope (can’t do double-unders!), 10 pull-ups, 10 deadlifts – three rounds. (I hate for time – too intimidating LOL!)

Fill in the blank: I CrossFit (because/so I can): So that I can demonstrate the importance of fitness to my kids, and also so I can lift heavy items at Ikea by myself! 🙂

If you’d like to schedule a free, no-sweat intro, sign up today!

Tips For A Balanced Lower Body


After an intense workout of front squats or thrusters, you may have felt that burning, pumped-up sensation in your quads.

You know the feeling: Your pants feel tighter and you can no longer put your phone and keys in your front pocket for fear of getting them stuck. 

The quadriceps and hip flexor muscles on the front of your legs are responsible for extending the hip and knee joints. They have tremendous potential for growth and get a great workout from movements like front squats, step-ups, and walking lunges.

Having powerful quads is not a bad thing by any means. In fact, the greatest Olympic weightlifters, cyclists, and speed skaters have huge powerful quad muscles. 

Some folks have very powerful quads but have issues recruiting the muscles of the posterior chain.  They allow the quads to handle all lower body movement.

Having poor form can also contribute to you being quad dominant. If you are an athlete who notices your weight is often in your toes, you may be prone to this imbalance. If the coaches are always telling you to get in your heels, this is probably the correction they are trying to accomplish.

The top priority in a training program should always be safety and function. That’s why using compound movements like squats and deadlifts provide excellent returns.

In terms of strength building and promoting lean body mass, squats and deadlifts provide the most bang for your buck. People who focus too much on a single movement like squatting may be neglecting movement patterns that would keep them strong and healthy. Therefore, you should have an equal ratio of squat and lunge workouts to hinge and deadlift workouts. If you are quad dominant, or lacking in the posterior chain department, then that ratio should be 2-to-1 in favor of the hinge and pulling movements. As you are able to better recruit and develop the glutes and hamstrings, then you can start to balance out the program you are following.

Building a stronger posterior chain will also make all of your lifts more powerful and you will look and feel better, too!

Deadlifts, RDL’s, kettlebell swings, good mornings, reverse hypers, and hip thrusts are all excellent for beefing up those glutes and hamstrings. You can also adapt movements to make them more favorable to the posterior chain. Low bar back squats and box squat variations, for instance, recruit more posterior chain than front squats do. Reverse lunges instead of forward or walking lunges will also be a better option to help you stay in your heels.

If it looks like you have a second kneecap, then you might be in the running for quad dominance. Our training programs contain constant variance to make sure you are improving in all areas and eliminating weaknesses. Our coaches can help you through a series of assessments to determine what to focus on and how to get your body strong, healthy, and balanced.

3 Exercises to Fix your Lower Back Pain


The body thrives on balance. Our muscles and joints are happiest when they are getting equal and total range of motion. The spine is no different.  Since its range of motion is smaller than most other joints, imbalances can be felt more intensely.

The spine requires the stability of the supporting muscles that surround it to keep up upright and mobile. When a link in this system is weak, the body will compensate in order to expend the least amount of energy. 

A common issue that causes the dreaded lower back is due to tight hip flexors, tight spinal erectors, accompanied by weak abs and glutes, which is also referred to as the lower cross syndrome.

The tightness of the body in one area causes another area of the body to become weak. 

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Buddhist Proverb

So how do you fix or prevent this?

Here are three things you can do today to make sure your glutes are firing, your core is tight, and your hips and back muscles stay strong but supple.

1. Single leg glute bridges, to strengthen the core & glutes. Aim for three sets of 15 on each side. Plant the bottom of your feet and palms firmly on the floor. Stack knees above ankles. Lift one foot off the ground and perform a single glute bridge with the other, pressing firmly into your palms, shoulders, and foot to take any pressure off the neck. Try to get the hips as high as possible, then lower to the ground.

2. Couch stretch, which loosens the tight hip flexors. Aim for two minutes on each side. Using a couch or a bench, get into a low lunge in front of your object of choice. The goal of this stretch is to use the front leg to support your weight as you put your back foot on a couch or bench and get your knee as close to the couch or bench as possible to stretch the hip of the back leg.  

3. Supine single-leg twists to loosen the tight muscles in the lower back. Lay on your back, hands out to a T, and legs together. Bring your right knee up to your chest and let it fall to the left side of your body. Try to keep the spine stacked in a straight line. Repeat on the left leg, bringing left knee to chest then letting it fall to your right, knee resting on the ground or a block. Spend at least a minute on each side.

Incorporate these exercises and stretches into your routine to help ease and prevent lower back pain. As always, if anything causes pain, don’t do it and always consult your doctor before trying new things.

Member Spotlight: Dan Rohrhoff


Each month, we will profile a Grand Trunk CrossFit member who has seen incredible results since joining our “box”.

It is our hope, that by showing you what can be accomplished through regular workouts and a commitment to fitness, you will be encouraged to take the leap and come in for a workout.

This month’s spotlight is on Dan Rohrhoff, a member since October of 2015.

When did you join Grand Trunk, and why?

I joined Grand Trunk – New Hudson in October of 2015 because I needed someone/something to motivate me to work out. I used to belong to a gym and tried all the at-home programs but I never stuck with anything. I saw CrossFit on a friend’s Facebook feed and thought I’d give it a try.

What do you enjoy most about GTCF and CrossFit?

I enjoy the variety. Every workout is a new challenge. The coaches and the people are great! Working from home can feel isolating, so it’s a nice break from staring at the computer screen.

What is your favorite movement?

My favorite movement is riding the Assault bike. Who doesn’t love a fast sprint on a bike?

What is a CrossFit goal you have achieved that you are most proud of?

I am most proud of climbing the rope. When I first started I couldn’t even pull myself up and I wanted nothing to do with the rope.

What is a current goal you are working on and hope to accomplish?

I am currently working on and improving my overhead squat. I used to dread seeing these movements show up in the WOD, but now I see it as an opportunity to get better.

What advice would you give a new member or someone who is thinking about trying CrossFit?

I would tell anyone who is new to just stick with it. The movements are hard and awkward at first but just know that everyone has been there before and with time you will improve.

How has CrossFit impacted your life outside of the gym?

CrossFit has given me the confidence and strength to take on any challenge that presents itself.

What is a fun fact that people might not know about you?

I work as a patent examiner so I have to listen to everyone’s great ideas.

If you could create your own WOD, what would it be?

Ten rounds of sled pulls and ten rounds of 10 calories on the Assault bike.

Fill in the blank: I CrossFIt (because/so I can): To stay in shape, have fun, and get out of the house.

The New Year’s Resolution Conundrum


res·o·lu·tion
/ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/
noun
a firm decision to do or not to do something.
eg. “she kept her resolution not to see Anne any more”

Some things happen in life with the flick of a switch. When you want to turn a light on you simply flip the knob, clap your hands or yell across the room to Alexa and “voila”, let there be light.

Others take time to build, layer upon layer, like a brick house. The process can only happen in a very specific way. With a strong foundation, one brick at a time.

On January first many folks scramble to find the switch that will yield the results they are looking for. But behavior change is not a light switch. Behavior change is a process. Getting stronger, eating healthy, or losing weight won’t happen instantaneously. It happens brick by brick. You only get the results if you follow the process. The right plan and the right effort simultaneously.

“You are never pre-qualified to live your dreams. You qualify yourself by doing the work. By committing—even overcommitting—to what you believe you should do.” – Benjamin P. Hardy

If you are committed to an outcome then the process it will take you to achieve your goal should be irrelevant. Your focus is on results now. Your focus is on determining the right plan and taking the first step towards achieving.

If you are someone who worries about how far away you are from your goal then you are focused on the wrong thing. Focus on what you want, not what you don’t.

When you set your goals say exactly what you want. Getting specific here is key. Numbers and dates. These make your goals realistic and allow you to work backward to where you are today. This will help you set realistic expectations for what you can and should be achieving on a given day.

If your goal is to lose 40 lbs then it would be impossible to achieve in one session. Your goal doesn’t feel like something that you can actually achieve. By February you may be frustrated that you haven’t hit it.

But if you start thinking about the future version of you that weighs 40 lbs less than you can start to understand what needs to be done. Your focus is not on losing weight but acting like the person who has already lost it.

You might do things like have a gym membership that you use regularly. Have a salad for lunch every day. Go for walks and spend your weekends on the go. You probably have other healthy friends that support your decisions.

“You can not entertain weak, harmful, negative thoughts ten hours a day and expect to bring about beautiful, strong and harmonious conditions by ten minutes of strong, positive, creative thought.” -Charles F. Haanel

In his book The Master Key System, Charles Haanel unpacks the process of achieving one’s goals. He explains that you have to “be it” and “do it” BEFORE you can “have it”. Most people get this process backward. They expect that they will change their behavior once they have achieved their goal.

Instead, you must act in accordance with what it means to achieve your goal. Ask yourself, “Would a person who cares about their health make the decision I am about to make?”

The more your decisions and actions align with the goal, the faster it will come to you. Don’t let this New Year slip away from you. Stop looking to flick the switch that will make all of your problems go away.

Instead look for the path that is more difficult, but leads to success. Surround yourself with people doing the thing that you want to be doing. Who look the way you want to look. Learn from them, adapt their behaviors, and put in the work.This is your year.

How To Optimize Your Warmup And Cooldown Routines


Warmups and cooldowns are an essential part of training and should be given as much thought and effort as the workout itself.

In fact if you’re short on time you are better off going through a proper warmup, mobilization, and stretching session than to try to get a quick workout in while skipping those other components. Let’s take a look at why these components of training and see why each one is so important and how you can optimize it.

  • Warmup
  • Mobilization
  • Cooldown
  • Stretching

Warmup
Your warmup prepares your body and mind for that day’s training. Not every day is the same and your warmup is specific to that. When planning and executing the warmup you need to consider which energy system your body will be utilizing. A max rep back squat requires very different preparation than a conditioning session with double-unders and wall balls. The warmup helps to elevate heart rate, stimulate the nervous system, and optimize the function of the tissues and motor patterns you will be training that day. This will reduce your injury risk and optimize your ability to perform. 

If you are someone who enjoys chatting during the warmup or never quite breaks a sweat then I want to challenge you to dial it up a notch. Give your warmup 100% of your effort next class and see what I mean. If you are giving your best effort in the general and specific warm-up drills you will notice a huge difference in your ability to recruit and activate muscles. This will allow you to move with better form. The efficiency of moving with better form allows to lift more weight and improve your fitness. Isn’t that why we’re all here in the first place… 🙂

Mobilization

Human movement patterns can be broken down into a few broad and overarching groups like squat, lunge, hinge, push, pull, rotate and walk. When you mobilize before a workout you are addressing.

Sometimes you will accomplish mobilization through a dynamic warm-up. Taking your joints through an increasing range of motion in order to prepare them for the rigors of the workout. Sometimes you will slow down and target specific tissues through foam rolling, flossing, or distraction techniques with a band. 

Let’s say the day’s workout is to build up to a heavy single deadlift. The first step is to consider what movement patterns will be involved. In this case, the deadlift involves a hinge as the primary movement pattern. You want to make sure that your back, hips, glutes, and hamstrings are well oiled and firing before you start touching a barbell. 

Cooldown

The cooldown can and should involve more than making sweat angels on the floor. The goal is to ensure continuous blood flow to remove the toxins and metabolites that have built up during your training session. By continuing to move after a workout you are actually improving your recovery and setting the tone for your next training session.

Hopping on a bike or rower for 10:00 minutes and moving at an easy conversational pace can be a total game-changer in the way you feel the next day. This habit can be hard to do at first. Instead of laying on the floor until you crush your protein shake and head out the door you will develop mental toughness by challenging your body to keep moving. There are huge dividends to this and you will notice improvements in your recovery each day and reduced soreness.

Stretching

After your cooldown incorporating stretching and additional mobilization techniques into your routine is essential to optimize recovery and performance in your next workout. When you perform an exercise your body is in “fight or flight” mode. There is a huge shift that occurs during your stretching and rolling session where your body switches back into a parasympathetic or “rest and digest” state. Stretching muscles has been shown to temporarily improved range of motion and will help you when you go to tie your shoes the next morning.

By focusing on breathing and moving your tight and sore muscles you are helping to establish homeostasis and you will feel much better for the rest of the day. This is a great practice to repeat again later in the day before bed, especially if you are someone who has trouble shutting off at night and unwinding.

Today we looked at why it is so important to optimize the warmup, mobilization, cooldown, and stretching. We all love to go hard in the workout, but by focusing on improving in these areas is really how you will start to see results!

Eat to Thrive, Not Survive


There are a lot of areas in life where “good enough” can be the goal. Ultimately you have a finite amount of time on this planet and if a task is not important to you then you want to outsource it or put in the minimum effective dose of effort so you can move on with your day. 

There are also many areas where you should put in your very best work. When it comes to movement you want to be strong and pain-free. When you do your taxes you ensure that they are accurate and timely. When you spend time with the ones you love you put the phone away and are fully present in the moment. 

One area that often gets the “good enough” treatment is your diet and nutrition. When life gets busy or making healthy choices becomes inconvenient the spectrum of foods you consume tends to take a dive in quality. Rather than let slide occur in favor of other activities that seem more important, you may find it worth your while to optimize your diet and nutrition.

Here’s why: 

Even if the doctor says you are healthy, you are happy with the way you look, and you can’t stand cooking – nutrition is one area that literally transcends into ALL areas of your life. 

If you only ever aim for the minimum in your diet then you are capping your maximum potential in how much you can lift, creatively solve problems, and even love your family. 

We often treat food as an activity that gets scheduled into the day. Food breaks up the workday and provides structure in the evening. It is a social affair with the family or a way to do business. 

The foods you consume during the day are the driving force behind all of this. They not only provide the immediate nutrients needed to fuel your physical and mental performance but are also the long term building blocks for every cell in your body. Every bite you chew or sip you take is going to be broken down into the amino acids that build your muscles and organs. The fats and oils become the cell walls that handle communication between cells in your body and control processes like your immune system function and inflammatory response. The vitamins and minerals will help your body create the energy it needs to keep you moving and eliminating toxins from your body.

Scientists have even found links between our gut bacteria and neurological disease. The foods you are eating today and the way your prioritize diet could determine your likelihood of Alzheimer’s disease later in life. 

The way you choose to eat is affecting the way you live, both today and 40 years from now. If you want to be your best self for your family, your career, and the things you care about accomplishing in life then taking care of your nutrition is not a “nice to have”. It’s a must.

Not sure where to get started? Start by having a conversation with one of our coaches today. 

Grand Trunk CrossFit Couple Proves the Power of Proper Fitness


They say the couple that CrossFits together stays together.

Okay, maybe nobody says that. But it doesn’t mean it’s not true.

For Grand Trunk CrossFit members Alex and Ally Faust, they’ve been doing CrossFit workouts together for a few years, resorting to cherry picking WODs they found online before they officially joined a gym.

But it wasn’t a smooth transition from their backgrounds in football and volleyball to fitness with an approach grounded in weightlifting and mobility.

In fact, it was a rough journey from where they started to where they are now.

“I was one hundred percent against CrossFit,” said Ally Faust. “Alex begged me to come with him to Grand Trunk, to the point where we would get in fights. But the focus on mobility helped him get back on his feet after injuries he suffered during his football playing career, so he thought it could help me with my injuries.”

In August of 2016, Ally was involved in a car accident that totaled her vehicle, thanks to a distracted driver. She thought the extent of her injury was some nagging hip pain. But when the pain didn’t subside, she sought out a second opinion and found out she was suffering from a broken back that went undiagnosed for months.

After the new diagnosis, the doctor suggested physical therapy, but Ally didn’t want to travel down that path.

Then pain shots were suggested. She turned those down, too.

This injury had derailed her fitness journey, which led to her not putting a lot of stock in staying fit.

“I went for long walks and that was it,” she says. “I basically shut down, fitness-wise.”

It wasn’t until two years later when she came out of her fitness funk, thanks to some – ahem — gentle prodding by her husband.

“I learned better mobility through CrossFit, so I had an inkling it would help Ally,” said Alex. “I had torn quads and my hips were terrible because of my football playing days, but the focus on mobility helped me to overcome those injuries while I was playing, so it seemed like it was worth a shot for Ally.”

Alex came across a book during his undergrad days called Becoming A Supple Leopard, written by Dr. Kelly Starrett. The book focused on how to resolve pain and prevent injury, and it opened up in Alex’s mind a new way of thinking when it came to staying fit. Up until that point, Alex was used to the football player’s mindset that you weren’t making gains unless you out-benched and out-lifted your teammates.

But that didn’t bode well for his body when he was on the field. By being more mindful of his approach to staying fit – and trying to become a supple leopard – he was able to avoid more serious injuries that he saw befall his teammates.

“Becoming more mobile definitely helped in the sense that my body could handle the rigors of playing a sport like football,” said Alex. “But I was able to bounce back quicker because I learned how to move properly.”

CrossFit has also filled the competitive void that was lost when college ended and Alex and Ally were left without the athletic outlet they enjoyed during their undergrad days. Even though they don’t get to the top of the Wodify leaderboard every day, there are times when they push themselves to the fullest because they know of no other way.

“I get pissed off when I can’t Rx a workout,” said Ally. “I come from a pretty competitive background, so trying to win at all things is sort of in my blood.”

After finding WODs online, and convincing Ally to commit to CrossFit during a Buddy Week, the couple officially signed up in 2018, and they haven’t looked back since. In fact, it’s the rare day when you don’t see at least one of them show up to get in a good sweat.

“I don’t want to be too dramatic, but Grand Trunk has helped our relationship,” said Alex. “Regular fitness has helped Ally get back into shape and has put her in a better place mentally, which is obviously a huge boost. I think we’re both in the best shape of our lives.”

You’ll find the couple at most events hosted by Grand Trunk because they’ve found more than a few kindred spirits within its walls. The box has become more than just a place where they can work out. It’s a place where they can come and be themselves, and even bring their dog if the mood strikes them.

“After my back injury, I was in a bad place,” adds Ally. “But now I have something to look forward to that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. Thanks to Brooklyn and Diana, it feels like our lives are a bit more normal.”

Of course, that’s not to say Alex and Ally have run out of things to argue about. Like any couple, they still have the occasional tiff.

“I like to remind Ally that I knew this was going to be good for her, she just needed to commit,” said Alex. “I’m very happy to report that I was right, although she might disagree with me.”

5 Tips to Help You Change with the Season


As the weather turns colder, many of us tend to let our health and fitness routines move to the back burner for a few months.

Whether you are feeling rundown or beat up from two CrossFit Open cycles in one year (or just trying to forget about the holiday season when you ate too much pie — it is important to recognize what the change in season can mean for you in your training and health.

The winter months bring about changes in our training routines, daily habits, and nutrition. Rather than take a hit and accept that this is a time to let yourself slide (because you’ll make it up and get back on track in January), what if this year you made a plan to do things differently?

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” -Jim Rohn

Here are 5 Tips to Help You Change with the Season!

  1. Eat more vegetables and healthy fats.
  2. Go for a walk during the daytime.
  3. Break a sweat every day.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Structure your day for success.

Eat more vegetables and healthy fats.
During the summer months, there seems to be an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables around. In the winter we tend to shift toward more comfort foods —  foods that are preserved or packaged and are easy to prepare. Focusing on incorporating more vegetables in your diet will help you get the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and micronutrients that you need. Omega-3s found in fish oil can help with skin health, heart health, and has been shown to support

Go for a walk during the daytime.
Getting outside for a walk during daylight hours can be extremely beneficial for your body and mind. Even if we can’t get vitamin D from the sun during the winter months, we can still benefit from its exposure. Walking can help improve metabolism, boost mood, and be a much better pick me up for your energy than coffee. Doing it in sunlight is proven to be one of the best ways to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) that gets people run down in the winter months.

Break a sweat every day.
Prioritizing fitness may actually be more important in the winter than the summer. We naturally find ourselves more active during the summer months, enjoying the weather at the beach or on a hike or a bike ride. In the winter we tend to hole up indoors. Those hours of walking are replaced with hours of Netflix binging and lo and behold we start to get soft and complacent.

Stay hydrated.
In the winter months, you may never feel the need to quench your thirst as you do on a hot summer day. Most folks tend to stay on the dehydrated side. Sweat also evaporates in the cold dry air, so many people are less likely to replenish fluids after exercise. Be sure to set daily hydration goals for yourself. Setting alarms on your phone to get up and grab a drink of water is a great way to accomplish this.

Structure your day for success.
One of the best ways to take charge of your health during the winter months is to plan out your day. Set yourself up for success by incorporating healthy habits and avoiding the detractors is key. Plan to have a big healthy salad before showing up to the holiday party where you know there will be tons of desserts. Book a fitness class, yoga session, or plan to meet a friend during a time you would normally just watch TV or surf the internet.

If you want to stay in control of your health this winter, or have questions about how to eat, train or plan, let us know!