2020 March

March 28, 2020

As we are well into several weeks of the Covid19 crisis there’s no longer just a run on toilet paper. Several Energy Fitness clients are having trouble finding dumbbells, bands and other such equipment such as stability balls. I took a look at one of my favorite sites to purchase fitness equipment for our studio and saw for myself that several items are back ordered or state that there is a delay in shipping due to increased demand as of late.

This blog post is to get you to think differently about what you can substitute or use as temporary make shift fitness equipment. Some of us (like me) make if a priority to have fitness equip available at all times (call me a fitness equip hoarder-but come on…it’s my chosen career). Others rely on a big box gym or their condo or apartment gym while many just go for a walk or run. Where are you right now in terms of fitness equipment available to your during this Covid19 quarantine?

How will you keep unwanted pounds off and stay fit and tone as well as mentally work off steam? Without cable machines, dumbbells, cardio machines like EFX or bike if you don’t happen to have an actual bike, golf courses, country clubs with tennis, onsite yoga and fitness classes at the YMCA or Kroc, pools for swimming (I’m really close to finding a body of water and put a wet suit on soon as I am missing my bi-weekly swims) what are you to do?

With so many options being cut off so fast it is leaving many people scrambling how to maintain normalcy.

Here are some simple suggestions and exercises that you may not have previously thought of. When in need, do and find what is necessary.

Ottoman, chair, couch or stair, suitcase or bag loaded with canned goods, park bench or stump

Pictured above: side step ups (you can also face the step or stair), top right: plies/sumo squats
bottom left: chair lunges (to work more backside/butt step out with front leg more- to work more quad/front of leg step back closer to trail leg), bottom right: dips can be don on chair, couch or step with straight or bent knees (stack some heavy books or a backpack or purse filled with rocks or other heavy items)

Top left: seated side raises for great shoulders top right: shoulder push ups (keep your chin tucked-this is the advanced level with 1 leg up so you may wish to try both legs on floor) Bottom left: tricep kickbacks

HOW MANY REPS SHOULD I DO?  either go for 15-20 reps for muscular endurance and move on to next exercise or try doing it more HIT style and with a timer. Example: 20 seconds of one exercise straight to another 20 seconds each of 2 other exercises and rotate those 3 exercises for 3-5 rounds then do jump rope, mountain climbers or jumping jacks for 100 reps.

Our clients are consulting with us more than ever at this time. We are also taking on new clients via virtual consultations and fitness assessments.

Many businesses are shifting gears at this time and our goal of helping you be fit and healthy hasn’t changed. Energy Fitness biggest source of business is our personal training sessions. Fitness is what we do so regardless of if that is in person or online we know what you need to do now and going forward. My 90 year old client is starting his first virtual session next week.

What we are discovering is that people that normally just go to the gym are at a loss of how to still make it happen and be accountable for their workout programs.

Usually this is where we tell you what we offer and see if you want to come in for FREE consult, schedule a massage or Nutrition Coaching Services onsite. But, times are different and we’re on lock down with the COVID19 and doing all our training online video and kicking some butts in peoples own spaces. They have been surprised how much we can get their heart rates up, muscles burning and are so appreciative for our help in designing a custom workout program during quarantines.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A VIRTUAL FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION or GIVE US A TEXT OR CALL AT
901-466-6242

Here’s what Energy Fitness is offering online NOW…and maybe as a continued service in the future since it’s been such a helpful service and a hit for individuals seeking professional fitness advice.
+Virtual Consultation for those wanting either a written program, virtual training or nutrition coaching-FREE (value $87)
+Virtual Functional Movement Analysis / Assessment (onsite value $100, online $40)
+Nutrition coaching with nutrient and meal timing considerations and meal plans
+Supplement suggestions
+Equipment purchase suggestions
+Personal training program design by Exercise Scientist (Tonya) and additional certified personal trainers on staff (must include assessment-how else can we determine what your body needs if we don’t test your quality of movement) Program design for 2 workouts is $40-$60 depending on if you need links to video demos. You may consider additionally purchasing 2 virtual sessions to have trainer demonstrate and watch your form). Example package: assessment, 2 workouts for you to do on your own and 2 virtual sessions.
+Virtual Personal Training 30-35 minutes 1-3 clients per session
+Small virtual packages of 4 to 5 sessions (1 assessment and 4 sessions)

Call, text or email us to get started today!
901-466-6242 or energymemphis@gmail.com

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 


March 20, 2020

What can you do right now to boost your immune system and increase your chances of getting or staying sick longer? There are lots of things instead of just staying locked up in the house and hoping for the best. How are you going to give your body the best and right fuel if you don’t know exactly what that means.

In this post I want to give you information you can use now in the form of the right foods or get in the mail from supplements so you can boost that immune system.

I was thinking about all this COVID19 isolation this week and how each person will handle the stress it ensues. We already know that we have habits and they are hard to break. If your habits are forced to change from a situation outside of your control how will you respond?

If you ate out several times a week or picked up fast food often then you will save money and now be forced to change your habits.

Will you start eating healthier and go into better self-care in order to boost your immune system?
Will you be in emotional stress eating mode?
Will you feel socially isolated and begin eating way too much or drinking more than usual and gain unwanted pounds?
Will you eat less and ration your food supplies? and possibly lose some weight?
Will you exercise more now that you may be working from home and have more free time?

We all handle external stress differently and this is a time to re-evaluate how you fuel your body and how you can be mentally present with the right nutrients, sleep habits and get some exercise even if via video or state park or nature time away from crowds

IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS

Vitamin C: protects the immune system and helps to fight off infections. Vitamin C is most bio-available when consumed from whole foods

  • citrus fruits
  • yellow, red or green bell peppers
  • kiwi
  • papaya
  • cantaloupe
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • broccoli
  • sweet potato
  • tomatoes
  • strawberries

Zinc: metabolizes nutrients, maintains your immune system and grows and repairs body tissues

  • Red Meat • Shellfish (Oysters, Crab, Shrimp, Mussels)
  • Legumes (lentils are gold standard for vegetarians) Heating, sprouting, soaking or fermenting plant sources of zinc like legumes can increase this mineral’s bio-availability
  • Seeds (hemp, squash, pumpkin and sesame seeds) Try adding them to salads, soups, yogurts or other foods.
  • Nuts (pine nuts, peanuts, cashews and almonds) Nuts also contain other healthy nutrients, including healthy fats and fiber, as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals.
  • Dairy (milk and cheese)
  • Eggs
  • Whole grains like wheat, quinoa, rice and oats contain some zinc. However, like legumes, grains contain phytates, which bind to zinc and reduce its absorption.
  • Some veggies (In general, fruits and vegetables are poor sources of zinc) Potatoes, green beans and kale but very low in zinc.
  • Dark chocolate

Immune boosting supplements

Supplements are being promoted like crazy by marketers hoping to make a quick buck from panicked consumers. When people are afraid, they they can easily be convinced that supplements prevent or treat disease.

Supplements are suppose to be what the name implies supplement your diet lacking in whole food based nutrition.

If you know you eat terrible and only have certain foods that you will or want to eat or that are even available to you then you may wish to consider a source supplement. Remember that the fat soluble vitamins need to be consumed with a little fat to make them absorb and be utilized by your body (like vitamin D).

All that being said, here are some supplements may have benefits. I personally have been taking zinc, vitamin d, and methyl folate, amino acids and fish oil for a while as well as fennugreek and milk thistle along with some greens powders and vegan protein shakes. I just added R-Lipoic Acid (as ordered by my doctor-may post why later).

  • Vitamin C (here’s one option from Metagenics- Ultra Potent-C 500) Powders and chews also available.
  • Zinc (Metagenics -Zinc A.G.) Liquid form also available
  • Vitamin D (Metagenics- D3 10k) Vitamin D supplements can reduce the risk of a respiratory infection from flu-like viruses in people who start out deficient. There is no study pertaining to coronavirus, but if you are low on vitamin D levels despite eating foods with vitamin D then you may wish to take or just go get some sunshine.
  • Elderberry extract – not sure where to get this as I don’t have a good source to refer you to.
  • Garlic (Metagenics-Super Garlic 600) if you can’t eat it raw. I have been eating raw cloves…whoooo spicy!

Hydrate with water

Drinking water throughout the day may help boost your immunity. Staying hydrated helps the body eliminate toxins naturally through urination. It helps the cells take in nutrients and remove waste. Proper hydration also makes you 15% smarter.

Avoid alcohol and smoking

Consumption of alcohol reduces the bio-availability of certain nutrients. Alcohol disrupts immune pathways thus impairing the body’s ability to defend against infection.Excessive alcohol consumption leads to adverse immune-related health effects such as increased susceptibility to pneumonia and acute respiratory stress syndromes (ARDS).

Smoking slowly kills your lungs. Need we add more?

Usually this is where we tell you what we offer and see if you want to come in for FREE consult, schedule a massage or Nutrition Coaching Services onsite. But, times are different and we’re on lock down with the COVID19 and doing all our training online video and kicking some butts in peoples own spaces. They have been surprised how much we can get their heart rates up, muscles burning and are so appreciative for our help in designing a custom workout program during quarantines.

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE IF YOU WANT A NUTRITION CONSULT VIA VIRTUAL OR FOR A FREE FITNESS CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING or GIVE US A CALL AT
901-466-6242…you can at least be in the know and ready to meet with us when things get back to the new normal post COVID19.

The services below as well as onsite personal training and nutrition coaching to resume when the lock down on social distancing has lifted!

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 

 

 


March 14, 2020

Who can relate to that relentless specific spot for back or hip pain. Sitting in a car for hours driving or riding and your back just feels tight or tense is not fun. Even just desk sitting for hours can create a back insult that may linger. Lots of walking or standing depending on your pelvic position can also create this same effect. Don’t get me started on high heels and back pain.

We’ve got several clients that we routinely have to show a variety of exercises that can help reduce or eliminate back pain. Aside from just holding a stretch for 3-5 minutes think about stretching as something you may consider incorporating into your life on a more regular basis. This post kind of seems like groundhog day as I believe last month I did a post on it attacking the subject at a different angle.

After 20 years of personal training I have deducted that this is for sure the component of fitness that is the hardest to instill consistency in our clients. Of course we have the hyper-flexible that love to stretch all their favorite ranges of motion. Then there is the tight muscle clients that associate stretching with pain but always feel better after they have stretched.

If you do break into a stretch more often like say morning right out of bed for movement type stretches holding each for 5-10 seconds flowing gently into the next stretch and occasionally throughout the day or just morning and evening you will find it hurts less.

Try this stretch that I recorded this week for our client complaining of his chronic tight back. He said “Will you take a pic of this so I can remember what we did”.  Great idea…for compliance! I went one step further and took video so you can see the move in action and steal it. I wanted him to work some core at the same time. I had him perform 25 reps each side and be aware of his breathing as well..no breath holding.

This was not the right exercise for another client in the same session that had back pain flared up from tensing up from going up and coming down the Statue of Liberty. I had her do different static stretches and then put rock tape on her back.

Not sure what exercises to do or when to do them or even if you are having good form?

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, NUTRITION COACHING, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS, PERSONAL TRAINING.

INTERESTED IN 

OUR SERVICES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release). 

 

 

 


March 8, 2020

There is always so much buzz on nutrition. How about let’s use our brain and not whatever the latest fad is. I remember crunching the heck out of ice when I was a kid and different points in my life. This habit would drive my grandmother crazy and I recall her words “You’re gonna break your teeth!”. Well, come to find out later my body has a habit of being low in iron and it is known that people low in iron like to crunch ice.

If we only listen to our bodies we might be much better off physically, spiritually and emotionally.

Let’s define the word intuitive from vocabulary.com. Intuitive means having the ability to understand or know something without any direct evidence or reasoning process.

What exactly is intuitive eating?
  1. Reject the diet mentality – a diet is the way you eat not a dirty word that means restriction
  2. Honor your hunger (I have established a time on the clock that may vary a bit but works for me as I don’t want to be hangry.)
  3. Make peace with food – thank your food for giving you energy and nourishment (think of your body as a racehorse and you are putting in the best fuel).
  4. Challenge the food police – I have been called this before by my family as I want them to have a balanced diet especially my kids that just go for processed high carbs then I know they will be grouchy when coming off the carb and sugar high. Offer yourself better choices and have them available.
  5. Respect your fullness- if you must get seconds then get a smaller first serving
  6. Discover the satisfaction factor.
  7. Honor your feelings without using food – Am I sleepy, tired, stressed, need outside time, need timeout? Try not to eat your feelings.
  8. Respect your body.

Let’s take a look at all the distracting eating plans of the past and then discuss how new thought patterns and questioning your cravings may help you reach your goal weight or help you stick with healthy eating habits.

Depending on your age you may have been around for lots of buzz “diets”. I’m 46 and remember these or at least hearing about them:

  • mayo clinic diet
  • cabbage soup diet
  • juicing
  • diet pills
  • weight watchers (points)
  • jenny craig
  • macrobiotics
  • grapefruit diet
  • low calorie cookie diet) this reminds me of those delicious snackwells boxes
  • slimfast, optifast, nutrisystem
  • Scarsdale diet
  • Atkins
  • Beverly Hills Diet
  • Ornish Diet
  • Zone Diet
  • Blood Type Diet (I actually follow lots of these guidelines in my current diet and recommend to others)
  • Subway Diet
  • South Beach Diet
  • Master Cleanse (Lemonade fast)
  • Raw Food
  • Dukan Diet
  • Paleo
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Baby food diet
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole 30
  • Keto
  • the buzz the past few years has been intermittent fasting or high fat low carb.

The list above is a whopping 31 different ways to eat, no wonder you are confused on what works for you body.

What if you are not very intuitive?

You may be out of whack or need to listen to your inner voice more often instead of crowding it out with stress or offbeat mental chatter or just learn what the cravings actually mean and give it to your body.

Side note about intuition..since I do chakra assessments and energy work I understand that some people are more intuitive than others especially if the third eye chakra is open. Is your’s blocked or partially blocked? This chakra represents intuition also known as the third eye and is located on your forehead. Think the color purple or even purple foods to help open.

Intuitive eating can offer you emotional forgiveness from the years of torturing yourself with different diets trying and trying and trying again with little to no long-term success.

Here are some thought processes that may help you
learn to be intuitive again or be better tuned in.

Why am I craving salt?

Some experts believe that craving something salty is a sign of thirst.Thirst is often mistaken for hunger, so a craving for salt, which helps your body retain water, could mean that you’re not drinking enough or are losing water, for example, by means of sweating, faster than you’re able to ingest it.

Some researchers believe there’s a link between low calcium diets and salt cravings, claiming that, “In animal studies, researchers have found that a lack of potassium, calcium, and iron causes test subjects to devour table salt.”

Why am I craving sweets (cookies, cake, chocolate, etc..)?

Sugar is a chemical that makes us feel relaxed and also plays a role in regulating mood. This may be the reason why we reach for hand-fulls of candy when we’re stressed or sad because eating it can put us a little more at ease.

We sometimes crave simple carbs like sugar because they “are digested quicker than complex ones such as whole grains and beans, so the energy kicks in sooner.”

Another possible reason for craving sweets could be a sign that you’re not getting enough sleep.

Why am I craving Meat (Beef, Steak, etc..)? 

This can be a sign of a protein deficiency, as well as a lack of iron or vitamin B in one’s diet. If you happen to be a vegetarian, this doesn’t mean you should take a late night trip to the drive through and scarf down a burger, which would probably end up making you sick, rather, you should take it as a sign that you need to introduce more of those vitamins and proteins included in meat into your diet by eating more nuts, tofu, and dark, leafy vegetables.

Why am I craving white carbs? (bagels, bread, rice, muffins)

Once a starchy food gets past the back of your tongue, your body treats it the same way as sugary sweets.” This means that we crave the classic white carbs for the same reasons we crave other sweets when we’re exhausted physically and emotionally, or when we’re feeling down or overwhelmed. So what you may really be craving is energy and calmness.

When the brain’s opioids and dopamine reacted to the benefit of high-calorie food in the past it acted as a survival mechanism…Today, we still have the same chemical reactions to these so-called hyper-palatable foods…despite there being less of a nutritional need for them.”

Why am I craving dairy (cheese,pizza, etc.)?

Some medical professionals think that a milk craving is really a craving for L-tryptophan, which plays a role in releasing serotonin, as well as another soothing brain chemical called choline. Some doctors even think that dairy cravings could point to a deficiency in vitamin D. Some cheeses are salty and remember as listed above you may just need water or be lacking in potassium, calcium, and iron.

Why do I not like to eat breakfast? 

Maybe you have just created a habit of skipping or suck down some coffee that masks the hunger and gives you a false since of energy and messes with your insulin response (how you process carbs).

Why do I back load…eat more at night? 

Maybe because you skipped breakfast or didn’t eat enough during the day or enough protein for breakfast and your body is still needing nutrients. Unfortunately cramming big meals in your mouth and gut after 7 p.m. can teach your body how to store fat as it doesn’t know when it’s getting food again.

This is all food for thought. Thanks Elizabeth S. for suggesting this topic and asking me about it. Hope this offers you and our readers insightful information to eat for their health and best bodies.

 

LIVE IN THE MEMPHIS AREA AND NEED TO BE INSPIRED TO GET INTO YOUR BEST SHAPE, EAT HEALTHIER, WORK AROUND INJURIES, NEED MASSAGE THERAPY, ROCK TAPE, CUPPING, OR DETOX BODY WRAPS & DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START OR NEED
TO GET OUT OF THE GYM RUT?

INTERESTED IN 

OUR SERVICES AT  552 S. MAIN, MEMPHIS, TN

Tonya Tittle, M.S., Owner/Dir. of Training, Energy Fitness (established 2002)
ACSM, TPI Level 1 Certified, Rock Tape, Rock Pods (cupping therapy), Rock Tape Blades & Blades Advanced
FMT Basic, Metagenics FLT

CLICK HERE FOR A FREE CONSULT FOR OUR PERSONAL TRAINING OR NUTRITION COACHING SERVICES (VALUE $87) OR
GIVE US A CALL AT 901-466-6242

Click  here for information on our Healing Arts Services (Massage, Body Wraps, Reiki, Chakra Alignment, Crystal Therapy
We also have all natural spray tanning, facials & KT/Rock Tape taping, Rock Pods (myofascial release).