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I’ve worked out on and off my entire life. I’ve taken short breaks for bumps or bruises and long breaks for having children. I’ve gone through the yoyo phase where I gain muscle, lose fat and then get out of my routine only to be disheartened by the idea that I have to start again from the beginning. I thought I’d share few things I’ve taken away from my experiences with regards to consistent gym time:
 
Find a workout buddy. This is crucial and has to be my number one. People are much more likely to self-sacrifice than to sacrifice others that depend on them. Nobody likes to leave a buddy high and dry by not showing up when they committed to being there. So, ask a neighbor, a friend, throw it out on your Facebook, maybe there’s someone else you know that’s needed that little push to get into the gym too.
 
Surround yourself with like-minded individuals. I once dated a guy in college who despised the gym. Not for any reason in particular but never the less, I found that I went significantly less often during that dating phase.
 
Eat healthy (relatively speaking). It is very easy to justify grabbing for the bag of potato chips that you wouldn’t have allowed yourself before because “you deserve it.” While I agree, you should be rewarded for putting forth the efforts of a good workout, recognize that if you are loading up on junk food your compensating for all your hard work. Don’t be your own worst enemy here, allow yourself the opportunity to see results because once you do, it will be extremely motivating to progress further. Moderation is the key. Don’t overdo it.
 
Utilize the resources at your gym to ensure you’re getting the most out of your gym experience. Specifically, I’m talking about trying new classes but there’s all kinds of resources that can help motivate you at Cal Fit (ahem personal trainers). I digress. I never realized how hard cycling was. I was really surprised because I could run several miles pretty easy but it’s nice to challenge your body in different ways to get improve yourself and your health and fitness levels. 
 
And lastly, remember that your only competition is yourself.  What are your goals, how can you accomplish them. Don’t worry about what the guy next to you is bench pressing. If your goal is to squat 95% of your bodyweight, or to lose 2 pant sizes, how can you accomplish that? Comparing yourself to others doesn’t accomplish what you set out to achieve, so hone in and enjoy your small victories as you gain speed towards your larger future accomplishments. :)

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California Family Fitness is a proud sponsor of the Kaiser Permanente Women’s Fitness Festival on June 7th. Grab your sisters, mothers, daughters and girlfriends for this fun run and festival that includes:

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It’s lurking around the corner: summer. You can’t run, and you can’t hide, so the only thing left to do is get busy getting fit.

If you’re like most of us, you woke up one morning a few weeks ago and realized that the turkey from Thanksgiving, and the chocolate bunnies from Easter are still deposited firmly where you don’t want them to be. It’s time for serious action.

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Name and title with CFF:  
Cameron C., Sales Manager
 
Hobbies:
Baseball, golf and football
 
Where would you like to travel, but have never been?
Italy and England
 
Favorite movie:  
Field of Dreams or Bull Durham
 
Favorite food: 
Italian Food

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Name and title with CFF:
Angel H., Fitness Manager 

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Help support the Elk Grove Food Bank Services as they continue to fight hunger with the 11th annual Run 4 Hunger on Saturday, June 27th at Elk Grove Regional Park.

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Are you ready for a wholesome, healthy summer? Here’s your chance to get everything you need for a health-makeover! Enter now for a chance to win $200 worth of local produce delivered to your home or office from Farm Fresh to You, a 3 month family membership at Cal Fit AND a free fitness assessment for each family member to get your summer started off right!  

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. And since it looks like we aren’t likely to get any relief from this drought, the beautiful weather is here to stay for a while. What can we do to get active outdoors when it’s beautiful outside? A whole lot, as it turns out, if you’re lucky enough to live in the Sacramento area.

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During our #MyCalFit Instagram Picture Contest, Michael Contreras’ son, Daniel uploaded this entry:

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Whether exercise and health are on your to-do list, or you’ve been working out for years, there may come a time in your life when you wonder whether it might be smart to hire a personal trainer.

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Who isn’t insanely busy these days? If you are like so many other health conscious gym goers, it can be hard to find time for all the prep that goes into eating clean at home. There just aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes.

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As a mom of 3 small children in the Greater Sacramento area, we stay busy. We are constantly running from school to sports practices, doctor’s appointments, play dates, the list goes on and on. We love our busy little schedule but there are a lot of demands that my children can have on our daily agenda. Often times it can be difficult to find enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that I’ve set out to do. As a Mom, typically my activities hit the chopping block in a pinch, but not going to the gym. I’ve found that when I switched to Cal Fit, my gym routine stays on my schedule, which is half the battle. 

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Simple movement can improve your child's ability to read, more specifically, cross lateral movements have been discovered to have a positive effect on academics. According to Jochen Donczki, Ph.D., his research revealed an improvement in reading rates and comprehension in children by having them perform cross lateral exercises, re-establishing and strengthening communication between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. If information from the left or right side of the brain is not crossing to the opposite side of the body adequately, the brain is not able to utilize its full cognitive potential and the body's ability to heal is also diminished. These exercises help strengthen this communication and increase brain potential. Swimming is a natural way of performing the “cross crawl pattern,” which is a classic cross-lateral exercise.

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The pool is a great place for families to spend time together, exercise and have fun this Summer. However, it’s important for the entire family to practice safety tips when utilizing the pool. The safety of our members is our top priority, so for some great tips and pool safety rules, join us at our Splish Splash Pool Safety Bash led by Aquatics Director, Becky Cerniglia. Bring the whole family for an hour of hands-on pool safety and then hang out by the pool for free swim lesson assessments, sno cones, games, and swim time!

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Losing weight can sometimes feel overwhelming. There’s the calorie reduction and clean eating that are necessary to trim fat, the balance of carbs, fat, and protein to promote all the healthy metabolic processes that needs to occur when you are training for weight loss, and then there’s the exercise part.

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Sweat for a great cause! Join us on Saturday, April 25th or Saturday, May 2nd for our totally rad, 80’s themed Ride-a-Thons! Bust out the legwarmers, scrunchies and L.A. Gear and take part in a 1 hour Cycle class you won’t soon forget! All donations will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

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Asparagus is in season in California! If this news doesn’t make your heart smile, it should. There is so much to love about this healthy, fit friendly veggie, and so many opportunities to pick it up from local growers.

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Did you know that your workouts are not only keeping your body fit, but are also triggering a rise in your immune system cells, if you are exercising at least 30 minutes/day? 

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Spring is in the air which means it is time to start planning your fun and active family summer activities! In the spirit of the season, we are offering a prize pack sure to keep you all busy this summer. You could win a private Swim Lessons package, a 2-month family membership to Cal Fit and a $100 gift card to Target for swim gear for the whole family! More than $600 in prizes!

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We know you have ideas; we know you have the drive. BRING it to a company that values these things and fosters them from the start!

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