Cryo Central invited to do a 30 minute live on-air interview for Empire Radio on TuneIn!Read More
It's that time of the year again! The snow has melted, the sun is shining (and hopefully it stays that way), and those comfy thick sweater are going into storage. Yes, Spring is finally here which means its spring cleaning time. Spring cleaning is not only the ideal time to clean your home and closets, it's also an opportunity to clean up your health and fitness.
Here's a few ideas on how to spring clean your health and fitness:
1. Book a Physical
It's important to ensure you're healthy, even if you feel and look healthy. A physical will allow you to know your cholesterol, blood pressure, and if you have any vitamin deficiencies. All of these not only affect your overall health but also influence the effectiveness of your workouts.
2. Clean out your pantry
Time to get rid of all the junk food: cookies, chips, sugary cereals, etc. As well as those things that have low nutritional value like white bread. It might be hard to let go but they're weighing you down and will not allow you to achieve your fitness goals.
3. Update your workout wardrobe
Nothing gets you more motivated to workout than new workout clothes. Get rid of worn out workout clothes and replace them with some new ones. Opt for breathable wick fabrics and motivational shirts.
4. Give your playlist a makeover
If you find yourself shuffling your workout playlist and skipping through a lot of the songs, it's time to update your playlist with some new tunes. Pick songs that get you moving and zoned in to your workout.
5. Veggie shopping spree
Hit up your local farmers market for some fresh fruits and veggies while at the same time absorbing some vitamin D. Some farmer's markets also have goodies such as dried fruits and nuts.
6. Sign up for a race
A race will surely get you motivated to get in shape and stay on track. It helps you set a goal and another purpose as to why your're working out. There are millions of races from low intensity to high intensity, search for one near you.
7. Find a partner in crime
You're more likely to stick to both your workouts and healthy meals if you have someone to keep you accountable. Pick someone who has similar goals and similar schedules. Signing up for that race together will keep you both motivated.
8. Hop off the scale
The scale is not the only way to measure you results and may actually make you think you've gained weight. And yes based on the scale you have gained weight but it may be muscle that you have gained. So instead of obsessing over the number on the scale, grab a measuring tape and measure your waist, arms, and other target areas.
9. Reward Yourself
Take care of yourself and reward yourself for all the hard work you put in towards your health and fitness. A sports massage or a cryotherapy session is the perfect way to treat yourself as well as help speed up the muscle recovery process.
Make the best out Spring and start crushing new goals!
The Open is the first stage of the crossfit games season and the largest community event of the year. Athletes are given workouts that they need to complete and submit their score for 5 weeks. Every year, hundreds of thousands of athletes come together to compete in the world wide online competition. Only the fittest of members are then invited to the 2017 Reebok Crossfit Games in Madison, Wisconsin.
Here at CryoCentral, We have members from all different crossfit gyms in the tri-state area come and recover from these intense workouts. In competitions, its human nature to push our bodies beyond their limits. Not only do athletes depend on cryotherapy and muscle recovery to get them through the week, but to also help them prevent injuries. Injuries during the 5 week competition can be disheartening. Imagine spending months, even years of training to only end up coming short and not being able to finish.
Athletes are always looking to improve and maximize their results. Cryotherapy and NormaTec help athletes maximize recovery, making your body feel refreshed and ready for the workouts to come!
Glorious Squats!! You've either experienced and reaped the benefits of leg day with wobbly sore legs the day after, or have heard of people being sore after leg day and avoided doing heavy squats.
But did you know that those glorious squats that have you wobbling the day after have many benefits? There's a range of benefits that are associated with squats, here's just a few.Read More
The "new year, new me" period has started to dwindle now that January is over.
Why? Because we want to reach our goal weight or muscle mass goal in a month's time. In an ideal world we would have these instant results as soon as we start working out, but that's not the case. In order to get results, CONSISTENCY IS KEY!
What this mean is that getting those muscles and abs that we've dreamt about, will take time and dedication. You have to be consistent with your workouts and nutrition in order to see results.
Consistency helps you stay motivated, builds your endurance, keeps up your metabolic rate, and helps reduce the probability of injuries. If we start slacking off and not being consistent with our workouts and nutrition, all of those things start to decrease, and it'll be harder for you to get back into the swing of things come the Spring when people start working out for their summer bodies.
Lesson to learn from all of this: Stay consistent and watch yourself transform
When people seem to think of cryotherapy, they initially relate it to fairly cold temperatures. Yes, that maybe true, but you should also consider relating it to muscle recovery as well. Recovery should be considered all year round. Dedicated gym goers don’t change their schedule when it starts to get cold out, so why would you change your recovery schedule? By making it a habit to recover your body with cryotherapy, proper stretching, and a well-balanced diet, you’ll be making sure your body gets the proper attention it needs all year round.
The cold has been a proven aide in reducing inflammation and enhancing recovery. There’s a reason why avid runners prefer to run in colder temperatures than in warmer, more humid temperatures. The human body adapts to the cold, regulates itself against the cold, and gets stronger. So, do not fear the cold, embrace it! Although most people will agree they do not like being in cold temperatures, we bet that most would expose themselves to it if they were informed about the benefits.
So whether you are new to cryotherapy or interested in trying it out for the first time, don’t let the cold outdoors stop you from doing session. Come find out why professional athletes, models, actors, and more are incorporating cryotherapy into their lifestyle!
Have you ever stopped to think when was the last time you took sometime to treat yourself? (It has probably been a long time)
We live in a fast paced society in which it is sometimes difficult to break out of our daily routine. It may be due to the fear that if we do break out of our routine, we will not get everything done and in turn it will lead to failure. But what happens most of the time is that through all the constant running, we do not always give a 100% to everything we do. And eventually we burn out and become fatigued.
This is why self care is so important, it about creating a balance in our lives. Work and our responsibilities are important but so are YOU! Without you all those things don't get done, therefore it's important to take sometime take care of yourself. You might think this sounds selfish, and in a way it is, but we should all be a little selfish in order to be selfless.
Now self care doesn't have to be some complicated thing that stresses you out just trying to figure out what to do. It can be very simple, here are some ways that you can practice Self Care:
1. Read a book
Reading a good book allows you to escape even if it's only for a couple of minutes and encourages a sense of peace.
2. Go for a walk
Walking, especially in a scenic area, is good for you. It allows you to feel more relaxed and balanced and helps reduce stress.
Our phones are basically glued to our bodies at this point and we are constantly checking social media, text messages, and emails. Put the phone aside and enjoy the beauty of the moment.
4. Treat yourself to a massage
Or even a cryotherapy session, both will allow you to feel more relaxed and even energized.
5. Create something
Whether it be baking brownies or creating a painting, you'll definitely feel relaxed while still being productive.
6. Get together with friends
Sometimes in all the hustle and bustle of everyday life we don't make time to see our friends. Make sometime to grab dinner or drinks with a friend, guarantee you'll have a good time with lots of laughs and creating memories.
7. Go on a trip
Planning a trip may seem stressful, however it doesn't have to be and it doesn't have to be far. Go somewhere, even if it's an hour away and explore the area.
Be a little selfish and take care of yourself. By doing so you'll be the be happier and positive and it will in turn impact your work and those around you.
If you want to learn more about guest blogger Christine C., check out her page on https://www.facebook.com/fitwandererchristine
In Today's society, we are surrounded by advertisements which paint a picture in our mind of the kind of bodies we should have. We see these advertisements on magazines, billboards, Instagram pages, etc… When we see them, a part of us wants to rush to the gym and work out all day! We train, but most people forget that recovery is the most important and critical part of training. When we ignore recovery, we limit our growth, but more importantly, we put ourselves at risk of injury.
Like many athletes, I began weightlifting in high school. Football has always been a passion of mine, so I decided to join the team. My football career ended rather shortly at practice before our first game due to a broken collarbone. The coach called me in to play running back, and I must have been 100lbs soaking wet. The other kids on defense looked as if they were about to be drafted by a NFL Team. I ran up the field maybe about 4 yards, which felt like 4 miles, and I was quickly met by a linebacker. Before I could grab a white flag and raise it in the air to surrender, I was already on the ground flat like a pancake.
Once I recovered, I knew I wanted to hit the gym and become stronger and faster than ever before. I spent mornings before class and after class in the gym, but I quickly came to realize that working out without recovering would have its consequences. I began having unbearable pains in my shoulder every time i worked out. At first i thought it was a back issue, but as it turned out, i was told I had bursitis in both shoulders. Bursitis causes inflammation, which causes irritation and pain. I was taking anti-inflammatory pills to try and suppress the pain. Weightlifting became a huge part of my life, but the pain would not let me enjoy it.
I came across cryotherapy and decided to give it a shot. I decided I wasn't going to let pain ruin my life. After my first session, I expected it to be a lot colder, but as it turned out it wasn't too bad. I felt my shoulders getting cold and I felt relief. I stepped out of the chamber and my body began warming up and I felt like I had hit the reset button on my body. I also remember sleeping, so peacefully that night. I began lifting again and included cryotherapy in my routine and I was able to strengthen the muscles around my bursa which helped reduce my pain. Although I will probably never make it to the NFL, I’m happy to have my quality of life back.
Many of our clients at CryoCentral have never heard about Normatec Recovery; but when they spot the sleeves in the office, they are eager to find out. Like all of our services, Normatec works to maximize recovery. The unique massage sleeves can be used on the arms, legs, or hips. The massage operates in a pulse cycle of compression followed by release. This increases blood flow and helps alleviate lactic acid build up in the muscles. This, in turn, also helps reduce soreness and speed recovery.
The client can choose to have either a 30 minute or 60 minute session. For each, the compression massage is the same. The client will either slide on the arms, legs or hips sleeves and sit back and relax until the massage is over. When the session begins, the sleeves will inflate so that they can mold to fit the client’s body. The client will then begin to feel compression at the farthest parts of the limbs she is focusing on. For the arm sleeves, this will mean the hands are compressed, for the leg sleeves it is the feet and for the hip sleeves it is the upper thigh. The compression will then release and another section will be compressed closer to the top of the limb. This pattern will be repeated all the way up the limb and then start over again at the feet, hands or upper thigh. It feels amazing and it really works!
Created by a physician bioengineer and backed by years of scientific research, Normatec is one of the most popular recovery tools in the athletic world. It is no surprise, then, that when our clients try it, they keep coming back for more! Used by endurance athletes, crossfitters and collegiate and pro teams, Normatec Recovery is a great way to get rid of soreness and maximize your next workout.