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  • How to combat the post-vacation mind trap

    A cute “kitten” Recently I heard a story about a man who raised a Bengal tiger in his Harlem apartment. He purchased the cat when it was a baby and was being bottle fed. He slept with it, cuddled with it, and considered it a domestic pet. After two years, the tiger was now a full grown 475-pound predatory Bengal tiger. Finally, the tiger attacked the man and when he went to the hospital, he lied and told them he was attacked by a pit bull. What started out as a very small, cute “kitten” grew into a full-grown tiger. It happened over time. Here is the surprising part. He knew, and was fully aware, that he had a tiger but convinced himself that it was okay. ....

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  • Your heart and COVID-19

    I couldn’t help but wonder why we need to talk about heart disease every year. After all, everyone knows what to do-- eat right, exercise, take medication etc., etc. Yet, every year it is the number one cause of death in the United States with close to 700,000 and every year that number goes up. I ask myself: “What is it going to take, to help people understand how critical this health matter is?” In case you haven’t heard, there is this thing called COVID-19. (Yes, I am tired of it being in the news, the topic of everyone’s conversation especially when there is so much else going on.) COVID-19 and heart disease: a deadly combination According to ....

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  • The Non-Viral Effects of COVID

    Wishing you all a Happy New Year! I don’t know about you, but I turned the calendar hoping for a very different year compared to the last two only to hear Omicron everywhere I go. For someone like me who battles depression everyday, this does not bode well for joy. It is this very reason I want to focus this month on mental health and its direct correlation to physical health. Originally, I was going to address how long before you see results once you start exercising. To be honest, there is only answer that is consistent. It is also the only guarantee we offer at CustomFitt and that is that you will feel better, have more energy, and be happier in two weeks. Did you read that? ....

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  • Good Pain vs Bad Pain, Do You Know the Difference?

    Did you know that only 1 out of 4 adults between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly? Why? Most often it is due to pain. Either they don’t have it and are afraid they will with exercise (getting hurt), or they do have it and believe that not moving is the best way to handle it. Both thoughts are inaccurate to a certain degree. “Exercise is almost always good for people of any age,” says Chhanda Dutta, PhD, Chief of the Gerontology Branch at the National Institute of Aging. Exercise can help increase strength, which can prevent bone loss, improve balance and coordination through strengthening core muscles, lift mood, boost memory and prevent many chronic ....

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  • Not a PT, not “just a trainer…” how CustomFitt is different

    When you think of working out at a gym with a trainer, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Yoga pants? Tons of confusing equipment? A buff 20-something year old trainer? Muscles popping out everywhere? Repetitive exercises that are difficult to integrate into every day life? Strict regimens that you may or may not stick to? Expensive gear that you don’t have available in your home? Well, throw ALL of that out! Oftentimes, here at CustomFitt, we are asked what makes us different? And we are here to tell you: those stereotypical things you have become accustomed to expecting from the big box gyms….we are not that! When you first come into CustomFitt, ....

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  • The Importance of Daily Stretching

    You’ve probably heard it all of your life- daily stretching is important for flexibility. But what if we told you the benefits go FAR beyond your ability to do the splits? You may think of stretching as something performed only by runners or gymnasts, but we all need to stretch to protect our mobility and independence. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. Then, when you call on the muscles for activity, they are weak and unable to extend all the way. That puts you at risk for joint pain, strains, and muscle damage. Stretching is ....

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  • Seniors and Heat: A Dangerous Combination

    A warm welcome to the two hottest months of the calendar year here in Central Texas! Seriously though, there are many concerns to be shared about exercise combined with the heat and humidity. One of the biggest issues in these heated months, especially for seniors, is dehydration. Following is a list, according to Healthline, of the risk factors in older adults: Dehydration risk factors in older adults: A decline in total body fluid. As we age, the amount of fluid in our bodies begins to decrease. This means there are fewer water reserves available for your body to use as you get older. Lowered thirst response. Feeling thirsty is your body’s way of letting you know you ....

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  • What I've Learned About Neck Pain

    How many people regularly have neck pain? A long day filled with stress, too many hours in front of the computer or just being enthralled with a book for hours on end. Well, I recently had cervical(neck) spine surgery and I thought I would share with you, first hand, what I learned during this process, hopefully saving you from making the same mistakes I did. For some reason, it never occured to me to see a doctor for having a pain in the neck. It seemed I always had a painful neck. Lifting weights and running my own business, I figured it was a combination of tight muscles and/or stress. I would stretch my neck, or head to the massage therapist and feel better--for awhile. The last ....

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  • 6 Tips for Staying Active with Arthritis or Osteoporosis

    Did you know? May is National Arthritis Awareness Month and National Osteoporosis Month. Historically, people with these conditions have avoided physical activity due to the pain it may cause. Unfortunately, this lack of physical activity has been shown to actually result in more pain to the individual and a worsening of their condition. Does that mean you should head out and run a marathon tomorrow? Absolutely not! There are many things that need to be taken into consideration when starting a physical activity routine with arthritis or osteoporosis. Today, we want to share a few tips to keep in mind as you start down the road to becoming more physically active. 1. Warm ....

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  • 5 Reasons Women Need Strength Training

    In honor of March being Women’s month, we here at CustomFitt want to share a little insight on something we think women often overlook… strength training. Now wait, let’s take a second to explain. Oftentimes, when people think of strength training, they think of that big, buff, heavy-lifting, 20-something guy at the gym. But that is not what we are talking about here. When we talk about strength training for senior women, we mean light to medium weight repetition to tone muscles and keep your body moving independently for years to come. So, how does strength training help women? 1. Reduces risk of heart disease, lowers LDL and raises HDL - You’ve heard ....

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