Staying Fit Through the 2011 Summer Season

Summer is upon us and that means, BBQ’s, Patios and good times. When the summer heat is at its best, many people choose to grab an ice cool drink, light up the BBQ and enjoy.

However how do you make the summer of 2011 healthy and not gain that dreaded weight that most of us try to get rid of come September.

Lets take a look at a few ways that you can make the summer of 2011 the healthiest without sacrificing the fun times along the way.

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Forget the Elevator!

While the thought of climbing stairs in an office building, or anywhere else, makes most people cringe, it’s become one of the best all- around methods to develop a strong and fit physique, as many people use stair climbing as a method to their improve strength and endurance. However, as its popularity has taken “flight”, thousands of very fit and adventurous athletes have taken stair climbing to the next level: as the latest extreme sports trend, a new breed of extreme athletes has emerged, turning stair climbing into an international phenomena, racing up many of the most famous and prestigious buildings in the world!

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Stairway to Fitness

Trevor Folgering bounds up a staircase, taking it one, sometimes two, stairs at a time.

While Folgering looks like he is in a hurry, he is not late for anything. He is participating in a sport.

It is a sport you truly have to take one step at a time. Though, for those who enjoy it, each step is one in the right direction.

While the act of climbing up the stairs, even for exercise, is hardly a foreign concept, the actual organized sport of stairclimbing is something much newer in Canada. While it has some popularity in other parts of the world, stairclimbing only started to be officially recognized here in 2009.

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When Trevor Folgering takes the stairs, he doesn’t just go up one or two flights – it’s about 100 plus.

Stair climbing is emerging as both a sport and a work out. The fitness benefits are unbelievable, and it’s amazing how much fun you can have on flights of stairs.

Folgering, the head of Stair Climbing Canada, invited me to try the stairs one nice weekend in February. I wasn’t sure what to expect – I knew it would be tough but wasn’t sure what the workout would be like or how long it would take me to tire out. Turns out, not too long. As Folgering describes it, stair climbing is an entirely different sort of training. It’s cardiovascular, but it’s also hugely beneficial for core and lower body strength training.

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Back to The Basics – Achieve Fitness Success in 2011 Part 3

With all the new technology that we posses in today’s society, the basic fitness lessons have been lost in the dark.
The Ipad, Iphone, and all those cool apps that supposedly help you become more fit have really stopped individuals from achieving their true fitness potential.
It is time to get “Back to the Basics” when it comes to improving health and losing body fat.

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