Top Fitness Trends of 2019

Basic cardio and weightlifting are staples in most fitness routines. Throwing in classes like spin, yoga, or a nature walk allows you to switch up your workouts, but trying a new fitness trend is a great way to keep your workouts fresh and exciting. The following are just some of the workout trends everyone will be trying in 2019!

High-Intensity Interval Training

Commonly referred to as HIIT, high-intensity interval training involves short bursts of high-intensity exercises followed by a short period of rest. HIIT workouts are usually 30 minutes in length, but they allow the exerciser to participate in a quick and efficient workout. HIIT workouts are also something that does not require a gym to complete. The exercises target the entire body and help build muscle through bodyweight strength moves.

Group Fitness

Group fitness classes are on the rise. Group classes help individuals feel more motivated and allow for support while getting a workout in. Group fitness classes are a great way to feel accountable to get in a workout. These classes can help you stick to your routine and help reach fitness goals for the year. Group classes can be anything from yoga to Zumba to BodyPump, but these instructor-led classes will help target a wide variety of muscles during the workout.

Yoga

The popularity of yoga continues to rise each year and has been a mainstay of top fitness trends across all age groups in the United States. Yoga allows individuals the chance to be introduced to new ways in improving their holistic health and being able to center their mind and body. Yoga can also help lower stress and inflammation while building muscle and strength. Yoga can be practiced in a studio as part of a group fitness class or at home by following along on apps or Youtube videos.

Boxing

Boxing is becoming the choice workout for individuals because it allows you to complete a cardio and strength workout at one time. Boxing improves helps improve balance, coordination, reactivity, and agility. One of the main reasons for boxing is to improve your cardiovascular system. Boxing will help lower your resting heart rate, and the increased stamina can help during other workouts.

If you are looking to join a boxing gym, CHAMPS Boxing™ in Metairie, LA has a workout just for you.

Keep Your Fitness Resolutions in 2019

While January is the busiest time of the year at the gym, it is also the easiest time to give up on your newly set fitness goal completely. While attendance is up at the beginning of the month, there is a quick fall off by the end of January – middle of February. By February, most New Year’s resolution gym-goers have completely broken their fitness goals. If you intend on keeping your goal this year, trying these tips will help you break the New Year’s fitness resolution slump!

Small Goals

While getting in shape can be hard, it is important to keep your resolutions and goals small and specific. It is easy to set overly ambitious goals that tend to be unrealistic early on in your new fitness journey. Starting small will also allow you to become more confident and put the proper amount of work into the changes you want to make.

Priorities

Making fitness a priority will help control your weight and also improve your mental health and mood. Scheduling a workout into your day just like you would schedule lunch with friends or a doctors appointment. We get busy and are sometimes overscheduled, but having the time to fit in a workout will help you stay happy and healthy. Putting fitness ahead of less active activities can help increase your life expectancy and help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

Change it Up

A study done by the American Council on Exercise showed that changing up your workout can improve your changes to sticking with your fitness resolutions. It is also important to switch up your workouts, so you are not always targeting the same muscle groups. Just running on the treadmill will not always cut it when working out. Throwing in a day of weights will help keep you from hitting a weight-loss plateau if that is one of your goals. Varying your workouts will also help keep your body from adapting to your exercise routine.

Track Progress

Keeping track of your fitness progress can help keep you on track for your fitness resolutions. Whether it is just jotting down improvements in a fitness diary or tracking workouts and progress in fitness apps like MyFitnessPal, tracking your progress can help keep you accountable for your workouts.

Reward Yourself

Celebrate your fitness wins! Once you reach your goals, you should celebrate it and treat yourself! It’s important to choose rewards that will not undo all the hard work you’ve completed in the gym, so choose things like new gym clothes or movie nights! Rewarding yourself each time you achieve a fitness milestone will help you reach your goals faster, but also help keep you on track to reach those goals.

Holiday Blessings for the Women & Children’s Center

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year for most of us. What we sometimes fail to realize is that this season doesn’t always bring joy. Sometimes it is a reminder of the inability to provide and share in the traditional celebration of Christmas that most of us take for granted.

image2This year, we chose to share our blessings with the residents of the New Orleans Women & Children’s Center which houses homeless and battered women and children, along with pregnant women. The shelter has provided outreach and assistance for this population since 2007.

We worked with Mrs. Sidney Coleman, the director of the center, in completing the tall task of obtaining and delivering all the items on the wish list within 24 hours. We were given the mission of providing gifts to stock their holiday gift shop – where the women are able to “shop” for their children. This provides a sense of normalcy because they can personally choose the gifts they wish for their children.

image1After choosing the perfect gift for their child, each mother wraps those gifts, adding her own personal touch. Not only does this provide them with a Christmas experience, it provides them with things much greater than material needs; such as comfort, joy, happiness and a peace of mind. On top of providing gifts for the women to give to their children, we were able to complete the shelters wish list providing the basic necessities of toiletries and bedding that most people take for granted. This donation was done truly in the spirit of Christmas, and we are grateful beyond belief to be able to bestow so many blessings upon those in situations less fortunate than us. Always remember to keep Christ in Christmas, and that it is far better to give than it is to receive.

 

Tips for Working Out When You’re Sick

Exercising is a way of life for many people and a vital part of their routine. If working out is something you enjoy, it can quickly come to a halt when you catch a cold or fall victim to the flu. In some instances, working out can improve the immune system and is good when you’re feeling sick. But sometimes being ill means activity needs to be kept to a minimum and exercising can make symptoms worse. It’s important to know when it’s safe to workout while you’re sick:

 

Look at Your Symptoms

Before jumping into a workout while you’re feeling under the weather, take a moment to review your systems. If your symptoms are happening from the neck up, you may be clear to work out. Symptoms from the neck up include sneezing, headache, coughing or a sore throat. Exercise can actually be helpful when experiencing these kinds of signs and clear them up. When you’re experiencing symptoms from the shoulders down, reconsider your workout. Any shortness of breath, abdominal pain or vomiting can be made worse by exercising. These kinds of symptoms require rest to start feeling better.

 

Avoid Intense Workouts

Working out while your sick can be potentially helpful and make you feel better, but it’s important to take it slow. Keep the exercises moderate and mild to make sure not to overexert yourself. Overdoing it can lead to feeling even worse and too much for the immune system to handle. Workouts like an easy jog or bike ride can help with symptoms and have you feeling better in no time.  Low-intensity workouts and activities have the potential to boost immunity. Keeping the exercise light and outdoors will be sure to improve your health.

 

Don’t Spread Your Illness

When you’re sick, it’s very easy to spread your germs. Even when you’re mindful of washing your hands and disinfecting things you touch, you can still get people sick. That’s why it’s important to stay at home or outdoors while working out when you’re sick. Going for an outdoor bike ride or looking online for at-home workouts will keep you from spreading germs. If you’re sick and go to a gym, you’re putting other people at risk of catching your illness. Once your symptoms have cleared up, it’ll be safe to step back in the gym again.

 

Take it Slow Afterwards

Once you’re starting to feel better and your symptoms have cleared up, it’s easy to get a little too eager to jump back into things. However, when you’ve recovered for an illness, it’s important to take it slow when you start working out again. As you begin to get back into a routine, slowly reintroduce more activity. Listen to your body and be careful not to push yourself too much. Keep the workouts low intensity at first and be sure to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water is key to recovery, inside and outside of the gym.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of Traffic Jam Events™, a nationally renowned automotive-marketing firm. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Indulge in the Good Life

We all want to be successful, but measuring “success” is different for everyone. For some, that means starting a business, earning a hefty salary, publishing a book, winning a gold medal or traveling the world. No matter how you measure success, it all starts and ends the same: hard work.

 

Why We Work Hard

Working hard pays off. The nature of work presents challenges and growth opportunities, which requires us to improve. We work too many hours, wake up early, stay up late, are the first to arrive, and the last one to leave. Success does not happen by chance, and if success were free, everyone would have it. Few people actually become successful because they fail to work hard. While working hard on what you believe in, you find the true value and meaning of success.

 

Success Takes Discipline

It is essential to remember that success also comes with failure. Successful entrepreneurs are not successful because they got lucky. Rather they learned how to build a business, run a company, organize their time, and earn a profit because they took a chance and learned from their mistakes. Success does not stem from a lack of determination; together with the time it takes, hard work is a must on your journey to success.

 

Results from Hard Work

Since failure is part of the success journey, you will learn how to persevere. Be sure to stay focus on your end-goal as well as take notice of the progress you are making. The best measure of success is results, and nothing brings more results on a consistent basis than hard work. Seeing results makes you feel accomplished, thankful and satisfied with what you’re doing. That makes the whole process of hard work worthwhile, and you find the strength to continue.

 

Personal Success

I have worked hard my entire life because I strive for success. Throughout my life, I have paved my way in a variety of industries, including automotive, staffed event, direct mail marketing, and now, group fitness. My hard work has paid off because I have founded two successful businesses which allowed me to give back to my community as well as live a comfortable life. Due to my hard work, I have been able to purchase a 78’ Ferretti Yacht, named INDULGE. I have worked hard my whole life to achieve that, and now I have the luxury of traveling between New Orleans, Tampa, and Orange Beach on my yacht.

 

If you’re willing to work hard, challenge yourself, to put in the long hours, and to take a step back before making a giant leap forward – you’ll achieve anything you want to achieve!

“We only live once… But if done right… Once is enough!”

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Avoid 5 Common Beginner Workout Mistakes

Deciding to take on a healthier lifestyle and start working out more is a big step. Many find adopting this new lifestyle change can be very fulfilling and rewarding, but it can be challenging at first. If you’re new to fitness and working out, it’s easy to make the common beginner workout mistakes. Here’s how to avoid the top 5 workout mistakes for beginners:

 

Take It Slow

When first starting out, it’s easy to take on fitness with full speed ahead. But doing too much too soon can not only be dangerous, but you could easily lose you motivation to keep it up. This is a whole new lifestyle change. Adopting it into your life and schedule is going to take some baby-steps. Having a great week of workout often encourages beginners to amp their workouts the very next week to levels that they’re body isnt used to. This can lead to serious injury and doesn’t allow a safe rate of adaptation. To avoid this, take things slow and gradually build up over your fitness plan.

 

Listen to Your Body

You’ve probably heard the saying “no pain, no gain”. While this is a great line for motivation, it should definitely be take lightly. Its normal to feel a bit of soreness and discomfort when just starting a new workout plan, but many beginners make the mistake of ignoring the other serious pains that may accompany the new routine. If the aches and pains intensify, listen to your body and take a break for awhile. Just a day or two will help your body heal and recover. Ignoring this pains and continuing your workout will lead to worse injuries and will definitely take more than a couple days to recover from.

 

Pick the Right Shoes

It may sound silly, but what you put on your feet can greatly affect your fitness journey. Getting the right shoes or footwear and regularly replacing them can prevent injury. Depending on the workouts you do will determine the support you need. Going for a run and participating in a studio fitness class require two completely different types of footwear. Many beginners make the mistake of using the same sneakers for every workout.

 

Keep Track of Your Progress

One of the biggest mistakes a beginner will make is not keeping track of their goals and progress throughout their fitness journey. By keeping track of your workouts, you will see the progress you are or aren’t making. Take notes of the exercises you did, the weights you used, and how many reps you did. It’s also a good idea to track your physique by taking pictures and doing weigh-ins. By keeping track of your progress, you can see if you should make any changes if no improvements were made or to keep doing what you’re doing if you plan has been successful.

 

Have a Plan

A lot of the time, beginners have no idea what to do. Many simply begin with going for a run or doing numerous crunches week after week. But the to get the best out of your fitness journey, you need to have a workout plan. To avoid roaming aimlessly around the gym wondering what to do next, find a beginner’s program online or from a personal trainer to get you started and stick with it for at least eight weeks. By having a plan to follow, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of your progress and following a program helps to stay motivated from week to week.

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!

Recover the Right Way

Recovery is a crucial part of any workout routine because your recovery plan has a significant impact on your fitness progression. Proper rest and recovery will help you reach your fitness goals. Unfortunately, many fail to follow a recovery routine and ultimately hinder their success. Here are my few tips to help get your post-workout plan on track.

 

Plan Recovery Time

Working out often and hard is great – but not allowing yourself to rest can cause serious problems. It’s easy to believe that fitness gurus never take a day off from strength training, but they do! “Recovery is one of the most important aspects of a successful training regimen, but for some reason, it’s commonly overlooked,” John Gallucci, Jr., D.P.T., president of JAG Physical Therapy, said. “Especially after intense or prolonged training, your body needs time to repair tissues that have broken down.” Depending on your workout regimen, be sure to have 24-72 hours of rest between intense sessions.

 

Hydrate and Eat Well

Another important aspect of recovery is refueling your body. Ideally, you should be replacing your fluid loss before, during, and after your workouts. Water helps every metabolic function and nutrient transfer in the body, so having plenty of water will improve every bodily function. Eating well is another key component. I recommend eating within 60 minutes of the end of your workout and make sure you include some high-quality protein and complex carbohydrate.

 

Sleep and Rest

While this may seem like a no-brainer, many forget that resting and sleeping is part of every effective recovery plan. Developing a regular sleep schedule is the best way to help your body recover. Try going to bed around the same time every night, even on days you are not working out.

 

Don’t Skip Stretching

Stretching is a significant help when recovering from a hard workout. Stretching helps relieve muscular tension and potentially downplay the soreness you experience later. “Make sure you allot at least 20 minutes after a workout to cool down and stretch,” Barbara Bolotte, an International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness model, said. “If you don’t plan for it, you are more likely to skip it.”

 

Schedule Recovery Workouts

My last tip for recovery is to remember that not every workout has to be a hard one. A lack of proper recovery can lead to overtraining, which can lead to fatigue, injuries, inflammation, and lack of progress. I recommend scheduling recovery and rest days. This does not mean you cannot train on those days, just take it a little lighter. Rest days can include a light job with extra stretching.

 

If you want to get the most from workouts, you need to prioritize a recovery routine. My five tips will help you maximize recovery and maximize your progress!

 

David Jeansonne is the founder of CHAMPS BOXING™ and Traffic Jam Events™. He is also an award winning entrepreneur and business strategist. Read more of his entrepreneurship advice or check out his Twitter!