January was a productive month. Everyone was great about showing up to workout. Those that went on holiday logged into the app and did a workout in so many interesting places. So happy to see everyone keeping consistent.
I enjoyed doing the kettlebell swing drills and skills class and I look forward to doing it again this month. The hip mobility and strength class will happen towards the end of February. Keep up the good work I will see you soon for a class or personal training 💪💪
FEBRUARY TIP OF THE MONTH: SMASH BELLY FAT WITH THE BASICS
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOSING BELLY FAT
We’ve all seen magazine and internet articles with titles like this:
“The 5-Second Flat Belly Trick!”
“6 Days to a Six-Pack!”
But here’s the truth:
Belly fat isn’t eradicated quickly, nor is being “totally shredded” always the most productive health goal.
Some types of belly fat are associated with health risks.
Visceral fat—that’s belly fat found deep in your abdomen, surrounding your internal organs—is linked to chronic inflammation, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other metabolic disorders.
(Subcutaneous fat—the padding just under the surface of the skin—is relatively benign.)
Of course, without slicing yourself open (hard pass), you won’t easily know what kind of fat your belly harbors.
Luckily, the healthy behaviors that help you lose belly fat for aesthetic reasons will also help you improve your health and reduce your risk of disease.
They look something like this:
✅Consume a diet centered around minimally-processed foods. (This makes it harder to overeat, and easier to feel satisfied and meet your nutrition requirements.)
✅Find movement that you like and will do regularly. (Consistency trumps just about everything else.)
✅Eat slowly and mindfully. (Helps improve mind-body awareness so you can more easily eat the right amount for your body.)
✅Practice self-compassion. (Sure, it sounds woo-woo, but it’s linked to healthier eating, more consistent exercise habits, and lower rates of anxiety, depression, and perceived stress.)
Not exactly clickbait, huh?
But consider: How many people actually do these things… day in and day out?
Well, statistically-speaking: very few Canadians meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle.”
The point: If so few people can do just the basics, how likely is it that they’ll be able to do something that’s even harder? Especially when they’re just starting out?
(Like those advanced, “cutting edge” nutrition or fitness protocols that “celebrity models and Marvel heroes use.”)
Fat loss tactics don’t need to be complicated. In fact, the “boring” stuff totally works—and is a lot more doable (and certainly more sustainable) than pretty much any “extreme” plan.
Hi, I’m Gloria Meier a certified personal trainer in Peachland, BC. I have completed a wide range of education in training, nutrition, corrective exercise, human physiology and biomechanics. I am a constant learner and continue with education to better serve my clients. My years of experience working with people has also offered the best learning I could ever receive. I specialize in helping people get strong so they can live a happy functional life in a strong fit body. I work with people in my studio and online. This newsletter is all about things happening at the studio and online, along with some tips and information I find important or interesting. Thanks for reading!