We get it… the gym can be scary.

We all know the feeling: You know what you want to do, but you have no idea how to start. Whether your doctor has recommended being more active, you want to get in shape for a vacation, or you’re just looking to gain strength – it can be scary to commitment to making a healthy change. Going to the gym and working out seems like a simple task – but so many of us have no idea what to do, or how to accomplish our goals. The idea of working out around other people can be intimidating – so much so that some people avoid it altogether! But it doesn’t have to be scary, it doesn’t have to be intimidating, and it CAN be fun!

Whether we want to start a new career, learn a new language, or join a gym, it is natural for us to battle with ourselves over making a change. It takes persistence, resilience and time, but we are all capable of accomplishing our fitness goals when we commit to making them part of our daily lives. Getting back into shape isn’t all about running a mile, doing 50 push ups, or eating kale for every meal. Getting into shape is about knowing where you are now, where you want to be, and most importantly, knowing what you can do today to get a little bit closer to your long term goals. It is about being consistent and understanding that not every workout will be your best, but every workout will bring you that much closer to where you want to be.

This year, and every year, we want to help you not only reach your fitness goals, but exceed them. We challenge you to think of your larger, long term goals, even if they seem unrealistic to you now, and write them down. Under that, jot down a few things that you can do today to help you reach those goals. Maybe it’s waking up a little bit earlier, drinking more water, or walking somewhere instead of driving – however marginal or incremental, they all matter! Next – come see us! Once you have a better idea of your goals, we can help point you in the right direction. Even if you can’t pinpoint your health and fitness goals, we have professionals here that will set you up for success in 2019. Remember that a small change you make today can go a long way, and the entire MAC Family is here to support you and guide you.

Are any of these goals on your list?

  • I want to eat healthier, but I don’t want to completely cut out the things I love.
    • Our 80/20 BALANCE program is perfect for you!
  • I want someone to tell me exactly what to do to get the body I want.
    • Our trainers will give you personalized attention to help you reach your goals!
  • I want to lose the extra weight and fit back into my swimsuit this summer.
    • Join our FIT90 program and you WILL see results!
  • I want to improve my run time and gain endurance.
    • RUNFIT will help you get there!
  • I want to gain strength and learn to lift weights properly.
    • Try our women’s only lifting program: WomenStrong!
  • I want to get in shape but I don’t want to pay extra for programs or training.
    • We have over 100 group fitness classes every week that are FREE with your membership!

Cheers to NEW YEARS and new opportunities to be the healthiest, happiest version of YOU!

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The New Frontier of Healthcare and the Endocannabinoid System

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I recently attended a webinar with Laura Lagano MS, RD, and CDN. Laura holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University where she is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Nutrition and Health Education. Laura’s area of expertise is the endocannabinoid system and her research explores how cannabis and cannabinol (CBD) can be integrated with other holistic modalities to optimize health and wellness.

The Endocannabinoid System is a system of receptors throughout the body called CB1 and CB2. This is a 600 million year old system that is now regarded as the most important physiological process for establishing and maintaining human health. The system is named after the cannabis plant that led to its discovery.CB1 is expressed in the central nervous system, connective tissue, heart, lung, GI system, muscles, joints and skin. CB2 is expressed in the immune system, bones and spleen. These two key receptors regulate gut health, pain, women’s health, mood, memory, insomnia and immune function.

Cannabis has been used as a medicinal herb for over 10,000 years. It is especially effective with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, pain management, Multiple Sclerosis, PTSD, depression, ADHD and gut issues to name a few. CBD is a potent anti-inflammatory and fortunately our medical paradigm is shifting away from the use of opiates to a more holistic model that includes CBD and medical marijuana. CBD has been hailed as a miracle, in fact; the US government currently has a patent on cannabis as an anti-inflammatory.

The discovery of the Endocannabinoid System has little to do with the psychoactive component of marijuana and THC and more to do with compounds that our bodies make, as well as, factors in food and medicinal plants. This system is a master conductor, sending chemical messages and triggering biological actions throughout the body that are critical to health and wellbeing.

Nutritionally you can support the Endocannabinoid System by following the Mediterranean Diet which includes lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, seafood, legumes, Omega 6 fatty acids, such as olive oil, avocados, salmon, walnuts, as well as a high quality Omega 3 fish oil. In addition, minimize your consumption of animal protein, processed foods, dairy, pasta and bread. Reducing stress levels and participating in a regular exercise program will also help to regulate the Endocannabinoid System.

As many of you know, we carry“CBD Clinic” oils in our Spa. These products have been flying off the shelf and with good reason, they work! CBD is a powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory. All of the products are organically grown and are of the highest quality. CBD works topically, via the peripheral nervous system and therefore the ingredients do not enter the bloodstream.

If you have any questions or concerns, please free to email me with your questions. If you are currently suffering from chronic pain and inflammation, I encourage you to try our new product line.

Written by:
Marlene Dickinson
Director of Wellness at MAC
Holistic Wellness Coach
mdickinson@macathleticls.com