Did You Know…

Missing a morning meal is the worst thing you can do. It slows metabolism and depletes your body of the fuel it needs to function optimally. But what you eat matters as much as the fact that you eat something. Simple, unrefined carbohydrates signal the brain to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that brings on calm when you most want to be full of energy. Also, your body digests simple carbs quickly, sending blood sugar soaring and then plummeting, resulting in an energy crash. Try to start each day with a breakfast that contains at least 5 grams of protein which activates the production of norepinephrine, a neurochemical that increases heart rate and alertness.

Quick Tip…

Have leftovers for breakfast! This will give you a high energy meal to start your day. Keep it healthy!

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Did you know that a massage strengthens your body, helps you heal faster, and increases your overall physical performance?  Whether you’re a weekend runner, enjoy taking an occasional exercise class or are a seasoned pro, a fitness massage is a vital part of your training routine to keep you performing at your best.

Pro Fitness

This brings us to Day 172 of 365 Things To Do In Pasadena and Pro Fitness Network.  Pro Fitness located next to Oba Sushi Izakaya on Glenarm in Pasadena offers Fitness, Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage.

I have first heard of Pro Fitness when my trainer at Women’s World recommended that I get a fitness massage to help me with some knee problems that I was experiencing.  I have been taking Group Power and Spinning classes and the repetitive motion of some of the exercises caused muscle strain.  In fact, even repetitive activities, such as sitting at a computer for long periods of time, or driving a lot can cause tight, sore muscles or even injury.

Pro Fitness - Massage RoomMuscles under strain, such as stress or exercise, can become “sticky”, causing pain and limiting their ability to perform optimally. Massage is one of the only techniques which will restore them to their proper performance. Regular massages will enhance and increase the effectiveness of your workout.

So… following the advice of Katina, my trainer, I scheduled an appointment with Vanessa, one of the  therapists at Pro Fitness Network in Pasadena.  I met with Vanessa about 15 minutes before my appointment and was very impressed with the way she tried to pinpoint the problem areas for us to work on.  She took her time to truly question and understand what was bothering me and focused on working on the specific areas in question.

I never really realized before that a massage is a great way to treat knee injuries because it can relax the surrounding muscles and tissues by taking the strain and pull off of the knee itself.  It also brings fresh blood and nutrients to the area which will facilitate healing.

Other Massage Benefits:

  • It helps to remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker. It will also increase blood flow to tissues, allowing for faster healing and improved performance.
  • Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. It can also help lengthen the sheath or fascia that surrounds the muscle, thereby releasing any tension or pressure build up and allowing the muscle to return to it’s optimal length, relieving pain and enhancing performance.
  • Breaks down scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries or trauma and can effect muscles, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to injury and pain. Massage can break up the scar tissue, allowing more fluidity and less pain.
  • Improves tissue elasticity – Hard training can make tissues hard and inelastic. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues and lengthening the muscle thereby enhancing results of the workout.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing massage or a fitness massage in Pasadena, Pro Fitness owned by Carina Weston is definitely a place to check out.  Carina herself has suffered a devastating injury breaking her neck in 5 places.  It took her 2 years of intense physical therapy including rehab, weight training and massage therapy to fully recover.  She is committed to working with the best therapists in Pasadena to provide an overall well being to her clients.

Mention 365 Things To Do In Pasadena and you will receive a $10 discount on your first scheduled massage ($65 instead of the regular $75/hour).

Pro Fitness Network
183 East Glenarm
Pasadena, CA 91105

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Just one meal high in saturated fat and salt impairs the arteries so much that, in a controlled study, doctors could hear the arteries struggling to keep blood flowing, even in young test participants. Dr. Robert Vogel, a professor of medicine at the University of Maryland’s Medical Center in Baltimore saw fat discoloring blood that had been taken two hours after the heavy meal.

Arteries stiffened by just one meal high in saturated fat and salt “resemble the arteries of a person who has heart disease,” says Janet Wallace, a professor of kinesiology in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University in Bloomington. Regular exercise will help keep arteries supple, in addition to eating foods low in saturated fat and sodium, eating more fruits and vegetables and losing belly fat.

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The Benefits of Pilates

Swimmer Natalie Coughlin, winner of eleven Olympic medals, credits Pilates as part of the dryland training that has led to her success in the pool. Pilates has, “without a doubt,” improved her performance in the pool, says Coughlin, who began doing Pilates in 2000. “It’s been huge for my training because it’s all about strength with form and flexibility and engaging your core, things that are absolutely crucial when you’re in the water,” she said.

“It’s taught me more about my body and how it’s supposed to work,” she says. While chronic shoulder tension and the accompanying tension headaches are not uncommon among competitive swimmers, Coughlin said, those residual compaints vanished in her body because Pilates “helps me focus on the muscles that need to be working, and relax the muscles that don’t need to work.”

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I have been struggling with my weight for years and, like so many others, have tried every diet, and purchased and done everything under the sun to lose weight. So for me to be able to write this review about something that actually works for me is MAJOR! I am extremely happy to have discovered Pro Fitness Network in Pasadena.

I’ve been working with Carina, my personal trainer, for only a little over 4 weeks so far, but I can already tell that my body is changing. My clothes are looser, my body firmer, and although tired, I actually feel “good” when I leave my workouts.  Carina is so cheerful and positive, you can’t help but smile everytime you walk in and see her smiling face! She was very thorough in my initial intake, my personal needs and level of physical health. So my training is specifically geared to what I am physically able to do and what I want to achieve. She will make changes to the workout as my fitness level changes. I like personal attention, but don’t like someone “hovering,” so semi-personal training with Carina is perfect for me!

When I first contacted Carina, I also told her that I wanted help with weight loss, but that I definitely did not want to count calories. She very kindly (and patiently) explained to me that I needed to know what I was consuming so that I could be aware of all the contributing factors to my being overweight. She suggested I meet Julia, the nutritionist, see if it was something for me, and if I didn’t like it, I could pass.  Wow! I’m so happy I decided to give it a try! Julia is great!!! She is experienced, knowledgeable and fun to work with.  She’s given me tons of information, and various simple but efficient techniques and ideas that really work! Now, after having been introduced to the BodyBugg and learning to log my calorie intake, I’ve lost 6 pounds in just three weeks! It’s much easier than I thought it would be, and actually kind of fun!  I find I’m actually starting to memorize measurements and calories quickly –  it’s something that becomes automatic!

I also had some problems with lower back pain when I started, so Carina recommended Vanessa to me, an excellent massage therapist!  After my first massage, I didn’t want to get up from the table! My body was SO RELAXED and the pain in my back (and everywhere else in my body) was gone!  She relieved the pain, and even gave me exercises I could do at home myself. I really look forward to regular appointments with her!

What I appreciate most about ProFitness is the attention each one has given me, and the knowledge that I’ve gained in such a short time. Carina, Julia and Vanessa have made it easier for me to understand my body and what I need to do regarding my own health. What’s also great is that they work in conjunction with each other, making whatever adjustments are needed to give you the best service/care possible.

There is so much “out there” about health, nutrition and weight loss, and it can be hard to figure out what is best for you personally.  But Pro Fitness Network has helped to clear the confusion for me.  Now I KNOW I can reach my goals, and actually ENJOY getting there!  Thank you! (I plan to update my progress in a month!)

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