Three Proven Health Benefits of Pumpkin

By Lindsey Gass With fall in full-swing, pumpkin everything is filling grocery store shelves! Although pumpkin flavors may taste great to most of us, the actual vegetable is packed with so many nutrients that it’s easy to add it to almost any recipe for a nutritional boost. Youfit’s registered dietician, Lindsey Gass, is here to provide. Three of the best reasons to eat pumpkin this fall season: 1) It can improve skin – Pumpkin is full of a carotenoid called beta-carotene that gives it that orange hue. Beta-carotene (a provitamin) breaks down into vitamin A in the body. One-half cup […]

Workout with a Coach

Ever worked with a Master YouCoach? It’s the cat’s pajamas. If you haven’t? Well, fear not – we spoke to Master YouCoach Janzen Fallgren, and he shared with us some great insight about the importance of a warm-up before your workout. And, just for good measure, he threw in some great step-by-step instructions for a dynamic stretching routine to round-out that warm-up. Now, if you’ve ever wondered if you even need a warm up, well sorry to burst your bubble, but yes, you probably should. According to Janzen, “a warm-up is almost universally accepted as an integral part of any […]

Taking Up a New Fitness Hobby

If you’ve ever been told – or told someone else – that they need to get a hobby, well, turns out it may have actually been very good advice. Fitness is a big part of many people’s lives, and it’s a tremendous, life-extending hobby, but we recognize it’s not everything in life. But when we’re not working class or spending time with family, there’s more to be enjoyed. Get yourself a hobby. Here’s why. Hobbies relieve stress. Stress comes from everywhere. Work, family, financial pressures, and so on. But fishing? Learning woodworking? Ah … stress relief! Hobbies demand some attention […]

Boost Your Mental Well-Being

We all experience anxiety, stress, trouble sleeping, and even depression at times. The root cause could just be that our bodies aren’t producing enough endorphins, causing an endorphin deficiency. Endorphin deficiency is commonly referred to as “experiencing the blues,” but exercise is a great way to combat low endorphin levels. During a workout and a good while after, your body produces a surge of endorphins which naturally improves your mood. Whether it was a quick ten-minute jog or a full hour using all types of gym equipment. Surprisingly enough, our brain and exercise are directly connected. When we exercise, the […]

Workout with a Master Coach

Ever worked with a Master YouCoach? It’s the cat’s pajamas. If you haven’t? Well, fear not – we spoke to Master YouCoach Janzen Fallgren, and he shared with us some great insight about the importance of a warm-up before your workout. And, just for good measure, he threw in some great step-by-step instructions for a dynamic stretching routine to round-out that warm-up. Now, if you’ve ever wondered if you even need a warm-up, well sorry to burst your bubble, but yes, you probably should. According to Janzen, “A warm-up is almost universally accepted as an integral part of any workout […]

No Time to Cook?

Not only do you need to work out your body, but you also need to fuel it properly to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. This spring, Youfit Health Clubs brought Lindsey Gass, a registered dietician, on to the team to provide professional knowledge and insight into the food portion of the health and wellness path. Summer can have schedules all out of whack (in a good way – hey there, beach vacation!) where it’s easy to make unhealthy decisions. Lindsey has just the ticket for you to eat healthier this summer and that ticket is meal replacement shakes. […]

Rest, Refuel, Recover

Recovery days can mean a lot of different things depending on who you ask. To some it means snuggling up with a blanket and watching TV. For others it is taking time to relax and step away from the normal routine. However, to stay consistent and on track to achieve your fitness and wellness goals, the best kind of recovery is active recovery. This type of recovery allows your body to heal after the hard work you put in during your workouts. Here are three tips that will help anyone get the most out of their recovery day. 1) Enhance […]

Travel Tips: Staying Active on Vacation

With summer quickly approaching, people are already making travel plans to squeeze the most out of summer and maximize on all the sunshine and fun times. Depending on where you’re traveling to, you may not have access to workout equipment. While you’re on vacation, it is important to get rest and relaxation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t also enjoy some physical activity! Here are some tips to stay active on vacation. Whether it’s a trip to the Carolinas, backpacking through Spain, or cruising the Caribbean, make sure to squeeze in some unconventional exercises to keep your body and mind […]

Reach Your Fitness Goals

We are sure at this point you have heard that if you want to reach goals like gaining muscle or shedding a few pounds, you have to do HITT, or High-Intensity Interval Training. That’s a workout technique in which you give 100% effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This type of training gets and keeps your heart rate up while burning fat in less time. Our clubs not only provide HIIT training through our YouCoach personal trainers or our group fitness classes, but our class instructors and trainers offer a variety of […]

Attaining an Overall Healthy Lifestyle

It’s all around you wherever you turn. Work out more. Eat better. Take control of your health. But often you don’t even know where to start or the steps you need to take to achieve a lifestyle that is better for your well-being. Here are three areas to focus on when starting your journey to becoming a healthier you. Start a fitness routine – Exercise can seem daunting and overwhelming if you are just starting out, but there are practical ways to squeeze in a workout. Take the stairs at work or walk to places that are a mile or […]