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  • Seven Ways To Spring Forward Into A Fitness Routine

    Seven Ways To Spring Forward Into A Fitness Routine

    Spring is here! With the longer days, there is light at the end of the tunnel. You’re outside more, and feeling a willingness to get more fit, to be stronger, find more energy, drop a few of those extra pounds that being cooped up has helped put on, and to feel better. You want to kick start a training regimen to get into shape, but where and how should you start? Here are seven practical tips to help get you going. Set Realistic Goals Regardless of what you were doing before you hit the pause button, or were stifled by the lockdown, you need to be realistic about the results you’ll expect to see. Set one or two specific attainable goals and start with a ....

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  • New Year's Resolutions

    New Year's Resolutions

    For many who are observing the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, it is a time to reflect spiritually and emotionally about the year that's been, and about the kind of individual we want to be moving forward. Many also take this time to consider how the New Year can allow them to become the best possible version of themselves, and this often involves incorporating exercise into their lives. Statistically, exercising and fitness consistently ranks at the top New Year's resolution (Source: yougov.com). While people often have the best of intentions to commit to exercising, these plans often fall short due to lack of focus and direction on how to best tackle their goals. This results in ....

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  • Back To School

    Back To School

    I am a mature adult, and for some strange reason Labour Day still gives me the jitters. No, I am not going back to school tomorrow, but something inside me still says the summer is over and now it's time to get "back to school". Back to school can mean many different things. For many of us it means discipline, getting serious, finding that other gear. Routines are changing. It's a time when we want to perhaps establish a new exercise regimen, something that keeps us focused, and helps maintain a balance between our work and other aspects of our life. Here's a great personal project: Sit down and evaluate some of the fitness goals you're looking to achieve in the next four to six months. ....

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  • Excuses Part 3 – Exercise Is No Fun

    The key to making a workout enjoyable to find an exercise program that both caters to your fitness level and that you actually look forward to. It is also important to switch things up every few weeks or months so that you don’t fall into a routine. Solution #1: Find fun exercises that you enjoy. Try inline skating, biking, or gardening. Go walking with a friend or join a walking group. Sign up for Zumba or a cycling class. Join a sports league. Or go dancing. There’s an exercise for everyone! Solution #2: Exercising with a friend can be fun and great entertainment! Join a group or round up friends to join you on a hike, take a bike ride, go dancing, or take a class at ....

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  • Exercising and Staying Injury Free

    Exercising and Staying Injury Free

    It’s looking like the weather for the Toronto Area is finally going to be something approaching summer conditions this weekend. As you finally enjoy an outdoor workout here are a few tips to keep in mind to you help stay injury free:
    Warm up, Cool down, and Stretch
    . It is never a good idea to workout muscles that are cold. Make sure you are warming up your body to increase your body’s core temperature, blood flow to the working muscles, and also to mentally prepare yourself for the workout ahead. It is equally important to allow your heart rate to come back down close to its baseline, go through some proper breathing exercises, and then properly stretch the muscles you ....

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  • Excuses – Part 2 – I’m Too Out Of Shape/Old/Uncoordinated/Fat/Embarrassed To Exercise

    Excuses – Part 2 – I’m Too Out Of Shape/Old/Uncoordinated/Fat/Embarrassed To Exercise

    When something is foreign or uncomfortable, it’s a natural response to avoid it. Whether you feel too old, too overweight, or ridiculous in workout clothes, there is a simple solution. Start small, but start with something. Solution #1: If exercise is hard on your joints, try swimming or take a water fitness class. Exercising in water is easier on your joints and the stronger your muscles get, the more they can support your joints and the less you’ll hurt. The elliptical trainer that many gyms have is another example of a great low impact device for of cardio exercise. If your physical limitations are more serious, check with your doctor, or find an athletic trainer who ....

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  • Excuses – Part 1

    Excuses – Part 1

    Many individuals who I talk to about personal fitness and getting into shape tell me they really want to commit to working out but they just can’t find the time. When we sit back though, and think about how we spend every minute of every day, there are really choices we feel we need to make, but that ultimately prevent us from spending our time wisely. It’s also most unfortunate and interesting that when something really goes wrong, like an injury, we suddenly are able to make time to work on repairing and rehabilitating it. Between kids, grandkids, commuting, work, and other responsibilities of life, our modern 24/7 lifestyle often leaves us feeling like there is ....

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  • It’s Like Riding A Bike!

    It’s Like Riding A Bike!

    Like many of you, last Sunday, I had the opportunity to take advantage of the great weather and get out for the first, out of the city, extended distance, cycle of the year. There are several observations and tips about this early part of the riding season that I’d like to share. First off, make sure your bike is ready to go. Tires properly inflated, chain examined and cleaned, gears and brakes in proper working order. Safety features, such as a bell and lights, even a mirror, are now a must any time of day. Wear clothing that is comfortable, such as proper riding shorts and appropriate but removable warmers, riding gloves and a jersey with multiple back pockets. It’s ....

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