Quick tip ⭕️Look after your feet!! They are responsible for your balance, your postural alignment, your gait and adaptation to different terrain. They are the foundation of your body so keeping your feet healthy can keep YOU healthy. #feetfirst#Pilates#health#fitness#wellbeing#privatefitness
The 12-week online movement coaching course launches January 14, 2018!
Choose from the Self-Guided or Coach-Guided programs. Each week, you’ll receive a newsletter, a video, and a homework assignment. - If you choose the self-guided program, you’ll work through the exercises on your own;
- If you select the coach-guided program, you’ll also have a weekly Skype chat with me. We’ll review your homework assignment and discuss your progress.
Enrolment is limited, so don’t delay! Head to the website and pre-register now.
- Week 1: Do You Believe You Can Change?
- Week 2: Creating External Rewards
- Week 3: Your Behaviour - Activity Clocks & The 3 D’s
- Week 4: Prolonger or Breaker
- Week 5: The Habit Loop
- Week 6: Experiment with Rewards
- Week 7: Cue Awareness Training - Week 8: Create a Plan
- Week 9: What Are Your Disruptors?
- Week 10: Your Incovenience Setup Rating
- Week 11: I'm Too Busy
- Week 12: Adopting the New Behaviour
“Nein! Das ist mein Essen!”* yelled my husband’s Oma at me when I tried to carry her groceries. It was the late 90s and we were visiting Oma in Berlin, as she got ready for her 80th birthday party. True to German tradition, she was hosting her own birthday party.
She lived alone in a one-bedroom apartment and walked to her local shops every day. Her tiny kitchen and even smaller fridge required daily visits to the grocery store. Oma was fiercely independent and was proud that she could still carry her own groceries.
That’s what kept her strong and vital - that she was still active on a daily basis. You see, our granparents’ generation didn’t need fancy gym equipment or flashy workout gear. They just moved. A lot. Before labour-saving devices turned the population into mostly sedentary creatures, daily life requires much non-exercise activity.
That’s what movement coaching is all about - getting you to add more non-exercise activity to your daily life. If you move more, you will feel better. Guaranteed. *”No! That’s my food!”
I am so excited to be launching my online 12-week movement coaching course! I can help you create new habits to add more movement to your daily life. That’s what movement coaching is all about. And I’m the only one offering this unique service.
Are you intrigued?
You CAN teach an old dog new tricks! Have you been told that you should sit less and move more? It’s a common theme with many health and fitness professionals. If you’re only relying on willpower to change your behaviour, you may fall short of your goal.
With my unique combination of skills and experience - two social psychology degrees, a background in health promotion research, and over 8 years in the fitness industry - I have created a groundbreaking course that will be delivered right to you.
Each week, you’ll receive a newsletter, a video, and a homework assignment. - If you choose the self-guided program, you’ll work through the exercises on your own; - If you select the coach-guided program, you’ll also have a weekly Skype chat with me. We’ll review your homework assignment and discuss your progress.
Topics covered include:
- Week 2: Creating External Rewards
- Week 3: Your Behaviour - The 3 D’s
- Week 10: Your Incovenience Setup Rating
Want to learn more or pre-register for movement coaching? Visit the website (link in bio).
Fitness compromise: we each get the same 24 hours; how you use those hours is up to you, and the people in your life. I get the time crunch: I’m raising a family and running a business. Even though I’m in the business of fitness, it doesn’t always mean I get to do my workout.
Yesterday, I had wanted to do a 40-minute strength session. I have a great circuit that I do at home when I’m not teaching or out on fitness house calls. But, I also had to schedule some calls, drive my kids to work and dance, make meals, catch up on paperwork, etc… You know the drill.🤔 Time was marching on and I still hadn’t completed my 40-minute workout. So, I struck a fitness compromise: exercise and non-exercise activity. Seven minutes of farmer’s walk, deadlifts, and squats, followed by a much needed pass with the vacuum. My heart was beating fast after those squats, so the vacuuming felt extra energetic! 👍🏻 And, yes that’s 23 pounds - my teenage son’s hack for not having heavy weights at home…💪🏽 Later in the day, I managed to squeeze in some backwards walking and banded sideways walking. Plus another circuit of squats, deadlifts, and upright row.
That’s my fitness compromise for the day. What about you?
Baby steps - you know, a few tentative steps, a fall, and right back at it. Babies don’t know that it’s hard work learning a new behaviour. They just keep getting up and trying. First it’s a few steps with a fall, then it’s walking, then running. A long process that begins with one step. I know that may sound corny, but it’s a great analogy for behaviour change. Start small and keep at it.
Take these stairs, for example. I sometimes see a client who lives on the 20th floor. The elevator in her building is V-E-R-Y slow - as in, once I timed it and it was 10 minutes from when I pushed the button until it arrived in the lobby. So I started taking the stairs down after these fitness house calls. I figured I’d get a mini workout in whilst on the job.
A few weeks ago, I decided that maybe I should try to climb the stairs too. But halfway up, I realized I’d be completely out of breath for the session. So I caught the elevator on the 10th floor. A compromise that resulted in a mini-mini workout.
It doesn’t always have to be all or nothing. Baby steps. If you want to add more movement to your life - be it exercise or non-exercise activity - start small to get the ball rolling. Because something is better than nothing and you’ll be starting a journey that will benefit your entire body.
What’s on the books for you today? I’m off to the #MMMEvent , hosted by the incredible @lisalarter. It’s time to take Amanda Sterczyk Fitness and The Move More Institute™ to the next level. Have a great day, whatever you have planned. And don’t forget to move 🚶🏻🕺👍🏻❤️
What’s wrong with sitting for too long, i.e., not moving enough throughout the day?
The position of sitting is problematic for many parts of the body, and changes the load path of our natural alignment:
* shortened hamstrings (affects back & ability to stand up straight)
* reduced circulation to lower limbs (causes fluids to pool - swollen ankles, varicose veins, blood clots)
* elongated, inactive & weak glutes (negatively impact stability, ability to push off & maintain a powerful stride) * reduced hip flexion/tight hips (limits ROM & stride length, leads to falls in the elderly)
* shortened pectoral muscles (inability to stretch them to sit up straight)
* shoulders internally rotated (sore shoulders)
* elongated, inactive & week upper back muscles with T spine curvature (sore back)
* forward head posture in cervical spine (causes strained neck)
* foggy brain (not enough blood & oxygen pumping because muscles aren’t moving)
* inflexible spine & disk damage (more susceptible to damage, because vertebral disks are compacted)
* body weight resting on sitting bones (ischeal tuberosity) instead of being distributed along the arch of the spine
* iPosture (impact on mood, self-esteem & behaviour)
* mushy abs combined with tight back muscles (wreak havoc on your posture)
* soft bones (no weight-bearing so bones weaken)
* compressing your internal organs (impacts breathing, digestion, reflux, etc)
* too much sitting has been linked to Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and certain types of cancer (colon, breast & endometrial).
How do you feel when you sit too long?
The World Health Organization defines physical activity as "any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure." I don't see anything in that definition that mentions: sweating, special clothing, 'feeling the burn', gym membership, etc. What it does tell us is that movement - any movement - is physical activity. You need to move your muscles, or you will lose them. It’s not rocket science, people!
That’s why I created The Move More Institute™ and movement coaching - to help people add more movement to their daily lives. Under-moving is like under-breathing or under-eating - would you stop breathing or eating and expect a positive outcome? You don't need less movement to survive, you need more.
I’m so excited to be launching movement coaching in 2018! Helping sedentary individuals with behaviour change to add more movement to their daily lives.
Skype training: You want to work out but you're travelling. Or you don't live in Ottawa. Or you do live in Ottawa but you’re too busy to get to the gym. I can come to you via Skype for in-home/in-office personal training. More and more personal trainers are delivering training virtually. It’s a great way to fit a workout into your busy day.
Do your happy dance! It’s Tuesday and you’re rocking it this week 👍🏻
Be proud of what you’ve accomplished and show it off to the world.
Here’s why I’m dancing: I’m excited about my business evolution and I can’t wait to launch it. Movement coaching to help people change their behaviour and add more non-exercise activity to their daily lives. It’s going to be epic!
Sing with me, people: 🎶Do you know what it’s like, to fall on the floor🎵
🎶Cry your guts out, till you got no more🎵
🎶Hey man, now you’re really living🎵
Every playlist needs some Eels!
It’s on my current playlist, “Rockin’ music for running” and let me tell you, it keeps me going. I don’t always listen to music when I run, but lately, I’ve needed the added boost of my Rockin’ playlist: Free Bird, Back in Black, Sugar, Bohemian Rhapsody, If It Feels Good Do It, Hey Man, Settle, Crazy Train. The list goes on for 3 hours. Though I never actually run that long - anymore.
I did the half-marathon/marathon circuit in my 20s - back when you didn’t have to qualify for bigger races. But these days, my body and brain are happier with a 20-30 minute excursion to stretch the legs and get the heart going.
Just as you and I have different interests with exercise, your preference for a regular workout can change over time. But a walk is always great, no matter what your age. And it’s a sweat-free activity that doesn’t require special equipment or clothing.
So get out there and walk! Even though I already put in a run, I’m still going to take several walks today. Why? Move more, feel better.
Best part of @canada150 was @mosaicanada150. We spent a beautiful fall morning walking through with my visiting MIL, followed by lunch at the @canmushistory last month.
Our wonderful fall weather continues this weekend, so get outside and enjoy it!
When I’m passionate about something, I talk with my hands. A LOT. Here are some great shots from a movement coaching workshop I ran with office workers at Retire-at-Home Ottawa. ➡️ If you spend more than half of your day sitting, you need to more more! And please don’t tell me you got a standing desk to combat the sitting. Sitting is not the problem, it’s the lack of movement that’s the problem. ➡️ Most people with standing desks are stationary whilst standing - they’re not really moving more than their seated counterparts. ➡️ Want to learn how to add more movement to your day? Need help with changing your behaviour so you’ll be more active? I can help! ➡️ Movement coaching by The Move More Institute™ is launching next year, and space will be limited. Hop on over to my website, visit the Sign Up! page and pre-register to get on the list. 🚶🏻👍🏻🏃🏻😃
Let's face it - everyone is too sedentary these days. It's as if we've reversed the evolution of man. You know you need to move more, but how? Do you spend more than half of your waking hours sitting without much movement? Want to learn how to add more movement and physical activity to your daily life? Not sure how to eliminate the “convenience setup” at your desk? Then join The Move More Institute™! Movement coaching assesses your current movement factor and home or office setup, as well as your current behaviour patterns. Proven behaviour change models will help you turn your desired behaviours into lifelong daily habits.
Sign up to learn more about this unique service. Spaces will be limited. Visit the website to register.
It’s @essentrics day! Three classes on tap. There’s still room in the 5:00 🕔 class - come experience the best full-body rebalancing workout.
Visit the classes page b my website for registration and payment details.
Whether the sky is cloudy and grey or bright and sunny, it’s still important to get some outdoor activity. Dress for the weather and get outside! If we waited for “perfect weather”, we might be waiting for a while.
Essentrics with Amanda classes are taking a break for the Thanksgiving weekend. You can join us when we resume next week! The Monday evening classes at Glebe Fitness (5:00 pm & 6:00 pm) still have a few spots available. Come try this unique full-body rebalancing workout that will leave you feeling taller and stronger after just one class.
Do you need a fitness house call? I can help you work on flexibility, balance, posture, strength, cardio - you name it, I can help. What’s your fitness goal? Want a private Essentrics session? I can help. Want to strengthen your core with traditional bodyweight training? I can help. Looking for a great cardio workout that doesn’t require special equipment? I can help. Want to improve your balance and prevent a fall? I can help.