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  • The Science Behind Downtime and Productivity

    Here’s something you probably don’t hear very often… When it comes to reaching your goals, sometimes it helps to do LESS. Sure having a sense of urgency can help us reach our goals, but our downtime is where a lot of the magic happens. It’s a lot like building muscle, right? We need to exercise and challenge our muscles so we can stimulate growth... But it's during our rest days when our muscles repair, recover, and get stronger. As it turns out, our brain works the same way! It’s great to stimulate and challenge ourselves — but doing less can actually help your brain be more creative and learn new ....

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  • Our Los Gatos Personal Trainers on Mind Over Matter: The Power of Your Thoughts on Your Health

    Our Los Gatos Personal trainers know that in building healthy habits, it’s natural to focus on physical aspects, like what you eat and how much you exercise. But don’t forget about how important your thoughts are. What you think really does have a big impact on what your body can do and create. The mind-body connection is real and it’s awesome! People have studied the mind-body connection for centuries. Modern science is always coming up with further proof – like how stress and anxiety lead to blood pressure and digestive problems. And our Los Gatos Personal trainers know that being grateful and optimistic promote better health and overall wellbeing. ....

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  • Achievement Unlocked: Celebrating Your Gains Along the Way

    So many people are goal-oriented to a fault, always looking ahead to see where they’re going… focusing on the always-distant horizon as that place where they’ll finally be happy. Maybe it’s a goal weight, or a job, or a relationship… “Someday,” you might tell yourself… “When I’m THERE , then everything will be just right.” But here’s the problem with trying to reach that horizon: It never gets any closer. It always stays far away – unreachable, in fact. So, if you think like this, then you’re always going to feel frustrated and, well, unhappy with where you ARE ....

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  • Sleep Well, Stay Fit: How Sleep Affects Your Muscles and Metabolism

    We have some good news and bad news when it comes to your sleep habits… Ready for the bad news first? If you’re someone who has the occasional late-night Netflix binge or accidentally scrolls on social media until the wee hours of the morning from time to time… It may take only ONE BAD NIGHT OF SLEEP for your body to start storing fat and breaking down muscle. Swedish researchers found that after just one sleepless night, the muscles of people participating in their study showed signs of protein breakdown. Not only that, but their body was primed to store more fat AND it changed the expression of several genes linked with obesity and ....

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  • Campbell Fitness Trainers’ Snack Ideas for Better Rest

    Like to snack at night? Our Campbell Personal Fitness trainers want you to know you’re not alone. According to recent research… 93% of adults have a snack after dinner at least once a week, according to a 2023 study by Sleep Doctor On average, adults snack after dinner about 4 nights a week And the most popular nighttime snacks: chips, crackers, and pretzels So if you enjoy an occasional nighttime snack, you’ve got company! But… It’s important that you choose the right snacks. Even though most people grab something salty, sugary, or crunchy… The research ALSO says that people who ....

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  • How Exercise Boosts Your Mood and Mind

    Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Walks are a man’s best medicine,” — and it turns out, he was right! We now know that when we exercise, our bodies release a cocktail of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins. Once that feel-good cocktail gets going, you may also experience: Less anxiety Reduced symptoms of depression Feelings of relaxation Creative solutions Better focus Just to name a few incredible benefits. It doesn’t matter if you’re kickboxing, dancing, running on the treadmill or lifting weights… Movement is like pressing your brain’s ....

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  • From Tossing to Snoozing: The Link Between Activity and Sleep

    You know those nights when you slip into bed and the sheets feel soooo good? Your body is tired, your mind is calm, and you’re perfectly set up for a great night of Zzzs. It’s the best! And then there are those nights you go to bed and just can’t get comfortable. Your muscles are tight from sitting all day, and your mind can’t seem to settle down. It seems to take FOREVER to fall asleep and when you finally drift off, you toss and turn all night long. Ugh. Not fun. Here’s the difference: The nights you fall asleep easily usually follow the days you did something to EARN that sleep. When you ....

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  • Our San Jose Personal Trainers Reveal the Link Between Longer Telomeres and Aging

    Want our San Jose personal fitness trainers’ BEST anti-aging tip? Stay active. We know it might not be what you want to hear, but it’s a cold, hard fact that physical exercise can slow down aging. Have you heard of “telomeres” before? They’re the protective “end caps” on each side of our chromosomes… kind of like the little caps on the ends of your shoelaces. They get shorter as we age. BUT… when scientists examined the telomere length in more than 5,800 adults who were part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey… They found something REALLY ....

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  • The Power of Belief: How Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

    There might be nothing more powerful than belief. You probably have that little voice inside your head that whispers, "You can do this!" or sometimes doubts whether you're capable. Well, whether you believe you can or you believe you can't, you're absolutely right. Science backs this up. Trust us, it’s not just a “nice” thing to say. Research conducted by psychologist Robert Rosenthal and others demonstrated the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy. In their landmark study, teachers were led to believe that certain students were "academic bloomers" based on false information. As a result, these students showed greater intellectual ....

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  • Drive-Thru Survival Guide: How to Make Healthy Choices on the Road

    Has this ever happened to you? You’re on a road trip, or with family or friends, or maybe it’s a work trip — and you end up in the drive-thru lane… And you’re left to try to figure out the least-terrible option in just a few seconds. Never fear! We have a few tips for you today. The awesome news is that nowadays, it’s easy to order a fast-food meal that: Tastes great Keeps you on track Doesn’t leave you feeling regretful But first, we’ve got a major motivator to help you make healthy choices… instead of falling back on old habits. 👉 Think about how you’ll feel an hour or ....

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