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It's a Beautiful Day for a Strength Training Workout

Posted: 03/25/2015

As warmer temps invite you outside for spring and summer activities, you may think it’s a given that you’ll get more active and stay slimmer. But as you add cardio activities like biking, hiking, running or tennis, do you tend to slack off on strength training and figure it all evens out because you’re burning more calories? Not so fast. Cardio alone...

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Spring Produce Guide

Posted: 03/18/2015

Everyone I've spoken with recently can't wait for Spring, especially after the winter we've had! The good news is that it's only 2 days away! The BETTER news is that there's a whole bunch of great produce picked this season. See the list below of some of the greats to look out for this Spring courtesy of saveur.com.   Artichokes Arugula Asparagus Beets Bok...

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18 Inspirational Quotes to Inspire You For Spring

Posted: 03/11/2015

1. It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy." Lucille Ball 2. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt 3. "Life isn't about finding yourself. It's about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw 4. "The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." Walt...

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Spring into Shape

Posted: 03/04/2015

      5 Ways To Get Back In Shape This Spring   In most parts of the country, the winter has done serious damage. The kind of damage that has no regard for your warmth, happiness or heating bill. Fortunately, spring is only 15 days away. We are slowly but surely seeing some glimpses of the sun. More sun means more skin, and for many, those long...

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Feeling the Winter Blues? Exercise Could Help!

Posted: 02/20/2015

Many people suffer from some sort of depression especially during the gray winter months. Because of this, there is a lack of desire to move our bodies, and we tend to crave more of those "comfort foods" that ultimately make us gain weight. The below article was published on the Mayo Clinic's website and may help to rationalize why it's so important for us to...

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Grand Re-Opening!

Posted: 02/11/2015

Got nothing to do this snowy Thursday night (2/12/15)?   Come to our Grand Re-Opening at Fitness Together Andover for food, fun and of course, wine! The event will be held from 6-8pm and will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony promptly at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you there!   Fitness Together 166 N. Main Street (across the parking lot from Whole...

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The 411 on Today’s Popular Fitness Gadgets

Posted: 02/04/2015

variety and options of fitness gadgets on the market are growing at an exponential rate. Whether you’re interested in tracking heart rate, calories, miles, steps or blood pressure, there’s a fitness gadget out there to meet your needs. If you’re in the market to digitally and automatically track your fitness journey, Matthew Gagliano, Fitness Together Barrington and Lincoln personal trainer and studio owner, has shared some personal and industry guidelines to help you decipher what’s what in today’s fitness gadget world.

“It’s an exciting time for fitness gadgets right now,” explains Gagliano. “There are a lot of great products out there today and I can’t wait to see what’s going to become available over the next couple months and years. Fitness gadgets can be great tools for helping increase people’s workout regimens and keeping them accountable. ”

Identify Your Favorite Activity, Fitness Goals to Find the Best Device

Gagliano sees about 25-30 percent of clients in his Fitness Together studios using some sort of fitness gadget to track and monitor activity levels or workouts. The most popular fitness gadgets that he sees people using today include:

  • Nike Fuel Band: Keeps your calories in check, tracks your steps throughout the day and allows you to compete with other people by uploading your daily data via a docking system or the cloud. (http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/fuelband/90w?cp=usns_kw_AL!1778!3!43364128382!e!!g!nike%20fuel%20band!c)
  • JawBone UP: Tracks food and drink consumption, steps and activity levels and sleep patterns. It also helps you commit to personalized goals, as well as share them with your friends. (https://jawbone.com/up?gclid=CJ6l57v4ocACFQamaQod9i8A4w&gclsrc=aw.ds)
  • Strava: This running and cycling online GPS tracking and performance program allows you to track your runs, rides and cross training activities from your Garmin, Android or iPhone. You can view distance maps of your activities, see your time splits from one mile to the next, monitor personal bests and compete with your friends. (www.strava.com)
  • Fitness Video Games: Individuals and families alike can increase their fitness levels with various fitness-orientated video games for the Xbox, Wii or PS3. These devices can provide personalized workouts in the privacy of your own home and can be great ways for parents and kids to work out together.
  • Smart Scales: These wireless scales not only track weight, body fat percentage and BMI, but they also automatically sync your statistics to online graphs and tools that can help you see the bigger picture as you progress toward your weight loss goals.

Devices Collect Data, Not Solve Problems

Fitness gadgets can be great tools for helping guide you through your fitness journey and motivate you to maintain a consistent level of activity, but you still have to put in the work to meet your health and fitness goals. Buying a fitness gadget won’t solve your internal struggles to live a healthy and fit lifestyle, but it can help you be accountable to yourself and any people you choose to share your fitness information with.

Gagliano also stresses the importance of understanding the numbers and information that your gadget is tracking so that you can use it effectively to meet your goals. If you don’t know what the appropriate range is for your specific heart rate or if you get caught up in comparing numbers with other people who may have different goals and body types, then you may not be using your fitness gadget in the most effective manner.

“You need to understand what maximum heart rate is and what all of the numbers you’re monitoring mean specifically to you,” explains Gagliano. “Our Fitness Together trainers help our clients understand what their heart rate and other levels should be during different activities so they can effectively use their fitness gadgets while training and throughout their everyday life.”

It’s All About the Cloud

As fitness gadgets continue to provide ease of use for people to track, store and share their health and fitness levels, the fitness band wearable market will continue increasing in popularity. As technology continues to evolve, such as the ability to automatically upload and store data in the cloud, the possibilities for advancing the functionality of fitness gadgets will evolve as well. Looking forward, Apple will soon be releasing their much anticipated health and fitness gadget, the iWatch, which may be a game changer in the industry as it will track more than just activity levels and basic heart rate information. This comprehensive health tracker is anticipated to detect more in-depth body and health functionality, as well as detailed fitness activity levels.

“The new technology that Apple is planning to release soon is going to be a game changer because it’s going to track health markers like blood pressure and glucose levels,” explains Gagliano. “I don’t know the full extent of it because they really haven’t given out a lot of information yet, but what I’ve seen looks pretty cool. It’s going to show us a lot of different things that we never thought were possible.”

It’s definitely an exciting time for the fitness gadget market and time will only tell what’s in store for the future of tracking, monitoring, storing and sharing your health and fitness information.

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Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Low Back Injuries

Posted: 01/28/2015

Let's face it, nobody likes to shovel snow! At least not for more than ten minutes. The below article was found on www.spine-health.com on how to prevent those horrible lower back injuries that so many of us get during this time of year. Read on to save your back during the next snow storm!   Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during...

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Top 10 Eating Strategies for Permanent Weight Loss

Posted: 01/21/2015

If you’ve ever worn (or chuckled at) one of those “I run so I can eat” T-shirts, this info is for you! How you eat goes hand in hand with your workout plans and is proven to bring people’s weight loss goals into their grasp more quickly and easily. Try these top 10 strategies from experts with our Nutrition Together program to help you spell double trouble...

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Replacing Vitamin C Supplements with Real Food

Posted: 01/14/2015

If you take vitamins, you are not alone. Americans have a love affair with supplements, to the tune of 11.5 billion dollars a year. In fact, more than half of all Americans are popping vitamins and supplements. Supplements can be problematic when they are viewed as a way to make up for a poor diet. It’s a Band-Aid approach to think that popping a pill will equal the...

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PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO

Fitness TogetherAndover
166 N Main St
Suite 3A
Andover, MA   01810
p. (978) 623-8181
Map

HOURS OF OPERATION

By Appointment Only