If you’re anything like me you can feel the slight increase of panic as you try to soak up the last bits of warmth of the gorgeous Oregon summers. That first morning you can feel the crispy dewiness of fall sneaking in is an instant reminder of how quickly summer seems to come to an end. Of course that means that the excitement of Oregon Football Season is upon us, but usually there’s still time for a few more lake days, a couple more camping trips, and maybe even a weekend getaway to the coast.
I used to follow a seemingly popular Oregonian trend of letting myself be a little more au natural during the colder months because, “Nobody’s going to see it so who cares?” or, “Maybe my body hair will help keep me warmer”. Shorts and swimsuit season may be nearing the end of its 2019 season, but that doesn’t mean your waxing routine should. Staying on top of your waxing schedule, even when it seems it may not be as necessary, is the best way to not have to start from scratch when the warmer months begin to approach again.
When you maintain a regular waxing schedule you keep your hair growth on the same cycle, which means smoother skin for longer; you keep your skin exfoliated during the dryer colder months, which means fewer ingrowns compared to shaving; and your hair will be less dense, which means your waxing experience will be quicker and more pain free each time you come in for an appointment.
If you’re a fair weather waxer I’m sure you feel like your first wax of the season is always the hardest. That’s because it is. When your hair gets back to the point of being on different growth cycles, and your skin isn’t regularly exfoliated, it’s like being waxed for the very first time. So if you’re planning your end of summer bash, are finally going to check out one of the many Oregon hot springs this winter, or are looking ahead to your spring break 2020, now is the perfect time to come see me for all of your waxing needs!
Booking has been made easy on the MindBody App or you can call us to schedule at 541-844-1295. I look forward to seeing you!
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If you've never tried it, kickboxing is a fun, group fitness class that combines martial arts techniques with a little cardio. Kickboxing helps you build stamina, improve coordination and flexibility, and burn calories as you build lean muscle. Because you workout at your own individual ability, this high-energy workout challenges athletes at all levels.
What is a class like?
A typical class is going to involve working through a series of choreographed movements, led by an instructor, that consists of punches, kicks, and knee strikes.
Kickboxing combinations are a mix of punches like:
Lower body movements include:
Despite the name, kickboxing is a non-contact workout. All punches and kicks are thrown into the air or onto pads. But it can also be a high-energy workout burning between 350 and 450 calories an hour, according to the American Council on Exercise. In addition, your elevated heart rate moves into a zone in which cardiovascular conditioning takes place having a positive impact on your heart. Kickboxing can also help you have a daily calorie deficit, allowing for fat loss.
In addition to these benefits, a kickboxing class challenges your technique, endurance, and above all, concentration. Half the battle is mental — you have to focus on the individual movements so that you can complete different combinations.
If you're looking to burn calories for weight loss or to improve stamina and heart health, kickboxing can be a great fitness choice. People who become easily bored with stationary cardio equipment like treadmills and stair steppers will enjoy the fast pace and new movements in a kickboxing class.
You don’t need any martial arts or boxing experience to take a kickboxing class. Everyone is welcome. Listen to your body, though, and take water breaks when you need them. Work your way up to exercising at full intensity.
It’s normal to become frustrated if you’re having trouble keeping up. But don’t quit. Even if you are unable to follow the instructor’s movements exactly, keep moving to enjoy the benefits of this physical activity. With practice and patience, you will improve. And, our instructors are there to help you figure things out so you can have a good time and get fit.
What to expect
At a kickboxing class, you can expect a full-body workout that engages every muscle group in your body, with a strong focus on your core. The rapid movements also improve flexibility, balance, and coordination, and can help you build faster reflexes.
Regularly attending kickboxing classes increases your energy levels. According to the Mayo Clinic, regular physical activity has been shown to boost energy because your heart and lungs perform more efficiently. In addition, regular exercise like kickboxing also improves your mood, helps you fall asleep faster, and helps you get better quality sleep.
How to get started
First, you'll want to find a class that works for your schedule. We offer several kickboxing classes throughout the week. Visit our classes page to see the current month's class offerings.
Next, make sure to do the following for your first class:
Now that you know a little more about kickboxing, we hope to see you in class! Sign up by calling Evolve Fitness Studios at 541-844-1295 today.
Are you a creature of habit? If so, you're not alone. When it comes to exercise, many of us head for the same class at the gym, log the same workout on the elliptical, and run the same route every time we go out. While regular exercise is good for you, it’s also important to vary your fitness routine. Both your body and brain will reap benefits when you try new activities; it’s the key to stimulating different muscle groups and preventing boredom.
Here are a few benefits that come with mixing up your exercise routine.
Break Through Plateaus
When you do the same activity all the time, your body gets used to it and becomes very efficient. Eventually, that adaptation will mean you burn fewer calories even when you’re doing the same amount of exercise. If you challenge your body in a way that it’s not used to your body will have to work harder as it adjusts to the new activity, which means that you’ll burn more calories.
There’s a reason why you get hurt when you put your body through the same motions over and over again. This type of injury often occurs from doing lots of repetitive motions, such as running, hitting a tennis ball, kicking (in kickboxing or martial arts classes), etc. By mixing things up, you give those overused muscles, joints, and ligaments a chance to rest and recover before putting them into action again.
Build New Muscles
For most people, the best approach in exercise is to do a little of everything. This approach helps you to build a strong heart (for endurance), muscular legs, and a powerful upper body. You’ll look great and be physically ready to take on a variety of sports and activities.
If you find yourself literally counting down the seconds left in your elliptical workout or can hardly stand the sight of the same streets as you run down them, it’s time to switch up your routine. Keep your workouts from getting stale by constantly trying new things. At Evolve Fitness Studios we offer more than 80 classes each week so there are plenty to choose from so you can have a total change of pace.
Meet New Workout Partners
One of the best ways to stay engaged with exercise and committed to a regular schedule of activity is to find people you want to work out with. Join a running group, try a Pilates or Broga class with a friend, or bring a friend to join you for personal training as a duo.
Keep Your Brain Healthy
Exercise is essential for keeping your brain sharp and helping to prevent memory loss. Learning new skills also helps keep your neurons in better shape. When you learn a new exercise activity, it's a win-win for your body and your brain. The key is to choose activities that keep you engaged; don’t pick things that you can do like a braindead zombie. You don’t need to overexert yourself to reap the benefits of exercise for your brain and memory, but you should exercise regularly. Research shows that when you are active you have a lower risk for diabetes, high cholesterol, hypertension, and stroke, all of which can affect memory.
Get Excited About Exercise, Again!
When you start feeling dread rather than enthusiasm for working out, it's time to switch things up. It might take a little sampling of different activities before you find the right mix that works for you, but stick with it and you'll find something you enjoy. Just make sure you include several different types of activities each week and swap out something new every once in a while to keep your routine fresh.
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