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Is High Impact Exercise Good For You?

If you've ever met with me for a personal training session, you'd know that we are very careful about this topic.  Many people show outstanding athletic skill and an unique ability to handle quite a bit of impact and repetitive movements without injury (IE Basketball players grabbing a rebound or baseball players swinging a bat 300 reps a day).

On the other hand, most people not only lack the bone, joint, or muscle strength to handle these movements in the beginning of a personal training program but with advanced training as well.  

In the recent NY Times article Why High-Impact Exercise Is Good for Your Bones, the author gives a convincing argument to incorporate this type of exercise with your personal trainer:  It generates forces great enough to help build bone.  True, but special consideration should be considered for your body while reading this.  Is your body equipped to handle such force?  While it may help build your bones, will it breakdown your joints?  

This is just one of the many questions you most ponder as you challenge your boundaries with a personal trainer.

How Do You Feed Your Kids When They Don't Weigh the Same?

Losing weight while you personal train in Chicago means more than jumping on a bike.  It truly takes a lifestyle change for you and the people around you.  After all, we do live in the midwest and every special event in our lives includes food and alcohol.  

During these personal training experiences, I meet a lot of parent-clients who are also concerned about the eating habits of their kids.  Interestingly, many parents are faced with a challenge:  How do you feed your kids at the same table when they don't weigh the same?  

Initially, your thought may be to tailor a special diet for weight loss for the heavier kid but, ideally, you may want to reconsider this.  For the sake of fairness (and not feeling like an overweight outsider), the best approach is feeding your kids the same thing (as today's NY Times article Ask Well: Feeding Heavy and Thin Kids Together mentions).  

You can take this one step further by teaching your kids to stop when they're no longer hungry....or only eating when they're hungry.  Most importantly, you want to help your kids shape a healthy emotional association food and approach the table based on needs not wants.  

Making this effort will help you kids achieve a lifetime of good health and great choices as they become more independent.

Personal Training Before Getting Pregnant

Looking for reasons to hire a personal trainer in Chicago before getting pregnant?  A recent NY Times article Overweight and Pregnant describes the risks of being obese while pregnant.  Some of the risks include gestational diabetes, hypertension and pre-eclampsia to miscarriage, and premature birth.  Read this article and change your lifestyle today!