At the end of every Gen Fit Life class we offer a mentor award to students that have done an outstanding job. Ashley did just that, she worked out hard, changes her eating habits and saw results. Ashley lost over 24 pounds! We have invited her back to be a mentor to the new students in Gen Fit Life!
I cannot begin to tell you how much the trainers, the eating solution and the entire program has completely changed my life. After three weeks being a member at the gym, I lost four pounds in other words I was still overweight and miserable. At first Gen Fit Life sounded like a bootcamp with all the exercises I couldn’t do. But my grandmother persisted and finally I joined the program. On my first day I was afraid people would judge me. But now the gym and the people in the program have become my family, helping each other to stay motivated and get fit. As I have changed through this program I can see all others have too. Honestly I did not see myself clearly before as for now I have lost close to 24 pounds and with losing that weight I lost the hatred of myself, wishing I could be better without even trying to make a difference. That now has replaced with understanding and care for others who were like me. I would like to thank James and Miranda for doing such a great job in the program. The future Generation Project and Gen Fit Life has been my rose colored glasses.
It is always encouraging hearing that we really have affected peoples lives. Here is a note from Susan Sharpe as her family were fantastic participants in Gen Fit Life! We truly value each family that comes into Gen Fit Life and love that we are able to make a difference in their lives! We love you Sharpe Family!!!
Dear Future Generation Project,
I wanted to thank you on behalf of myself and two kids that participated in the Future Generation Project. (We were at the Scottsdale-Pure Fitness.) We had a absolutely life-changing experience. The 8-week program made the difference in our life to learn about food, nutrition and exercise. We are sincerely thankful for the opportunity to have participated in the program. Thank you for your time, efforts and resources that you put into this program. It made a positive impact in our lives and I hope that your program will continue in the future.
Here is our flyer for Phoenix!!! Be sure to spread the word! – Emerald City Classes will be announced soon!
Do you find it hard to take your daily vitamins? I know I do! I always see those people that are consistent with their 12-15 vitamins they take daily and it simply astounds me! Kudos to them! But what about the rest of us! Well truth be told we all need our vitamins and we simply need to get on top of it. Dietary support is very important to be sure we are getting the vitamins and minerals that are essential to our diet.
For kids after doing some research I have found that 1) you need a vitamin that has the essential vitamins that are needed and 2) You need vitamins that … well taste good and look good. With that research a have found L’il Critters Gummy Vites. My two nephews love these vitamins!
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Okay Parents now that we have taken care of your kids lets not forget you. You equally need a daily supplement support. There are several options out there, however I just picked up the One A Day Women’s. Which I really like, I can handle a one stop shop once a day.
This formula is created to support
- A Complete Multivitamin with More of What Matters to Women.
- Formulated to support:*
- Bone Strength with Calcium, Magnesium, and more† Vitamin D3
- Breast Health with more† Vitamin D3
- Heart Health with Vitamins B6, B12, C, E and Folic Acid
- A Healthy Reproductive System with Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc and Calcium. Provides nutritional
- support during PMS and menopause
- Healthy Skin with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Copper and Iron
- Immunity with Vitamins C, A, E, and Selenium
- Physical Energy with advanced levels of B Vitamins and Chromium
You can buy Women’s 1 Day for as little as $3.00 on Amazon.
Men! Do not think that we have forgotten you. One A Day Men is also a great dietary support to be sure that you are getting your vitamins and minerals.
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There are several great options out there be sure to do some research but also come up with a solution that is easy to follow through with and is consistent for your family.
We all have goals, yet often the motivation and inspiration can be difficult to grasp. Losing weight and keeping your family healthy can be one of the most difficult obstacles to achieve and stay on top of. For the record we at the Future Generation Project want to tell you “We believe in you and and that you can do this” I recently watched the movie Secretariat for the second time (its now out on DVD) and although it has little to do with fitness it does hugely have to do with overcoming obstacles and pursuing your dreams. It made me realize that we are created to overcome. I encourage you to sit down with your family watch the movie and stay motivated to overcome!
Now that you are taking the extra time to determine what you are feeding yourself and your family, is it ever difficult knowing how many calories are in very specific meals? Here is a great solution- My-Food-A-Pedia- http://www.myfoodapedia.gov. You simply type in what you are making or buying and it will automatically do a calorie breakdown. How great is that!
This is a fantastic article by the Mayo Clinic on how to help children off the couch and get moving. This is a great practical guideline to follow. For more information visit the mayo clinics website.
For many kids, biking to the playground and playing kickball in the backyard have given way to watching television, playing video games and spending hours online. But it’s never too late to get your child off the couch. Use these simple tips to give your child a lifelong appreciation for activities that strengthen his or her body.
Set a good example- Your active lifestyle can be a powerful stimulus for your child. If you want an active child, be active yourself. You can’t just “talk” activity — you need to make activity a priority for yourself as well. Go for a brisk walk, ride your bike or take a yoga class. Better yet, invite your family to play catch or to join you on a walk. Talk about physical activity as an opportunity to take care of your body, rather than a punishment or a chore. Praise, reward and encourage activity. You might even set goals and have everyone track their activities and progress.
Wonder how much physical activity is enough? Consider these guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services:
- Kids. Children and adolescents age 6 and older need at least an hour a day of physical activity. Most of the hour should be either moderate or vigorous aerobic activity. In addition, children should participate in muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening activities at least three days a week. Many classic activities — such as playing on playground equipment and jumping rope — cover all the bases at once.
- Adults. Most healthy adults need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or swimming, or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity, such as running — preferably spread throughout the week. Adults also need strength training
exercises at least twice a week.
Limit screen time- A surefire way to increase your child’s activity level is to limit the number of hours he or she spends in front of a screen — including television, video games and online activities. For example, you might consider a limit of one or two hours a day and, for a better night’s sleep, no screen time in the hour before bed. To make it easier, don’t put a television in your child’s bedroom, don’t watch television while you’re eating dinner, and restrict computers and other electronic gadgets to a family area. Also consider limiting other sedentary activities, such as text messaging or chatting on the phone.
If your child plays video games, opt for those that require movement. Activity-oriented video games — such as dance video games and video games that use a player’s physical movements to control what happens on the screen — boost a child’s calorie-burning power. In a Mayo Clinic study, kids who traded sedentary screen time for active screen time more than doubled their energy expenditure.
Establish a routine- Set aside time each day for physical activity. Get up early with your child to walk the dog or take a walk together after dinner. Start small, gradually adding new activities to the routine as you — and your child — become more fit.
Let your child set the pace- For many kids, organized sports are a great way to stay fit. But team sports or dance classes aren’t the only options. If your child is artistically inclined, take a nature hike to collect leaves and rocks for use in a collage. If your child likes to climb, head for the nearest jungle gym. If your child likes to read, walk or bike to a local library for a book. Or simply turn on your child’s favorite music and dance in the living room. Get creative as you search for activities your child enjoys.
Promote activity, not exercise- To keep your child interested in fitness, make it fun:
- Get in the game. Play catch, get the whole family involved in a game of tag or have a jump-rope contest. Try classic movement games such as Simon says or red light, green light. If you don’t remember the rules, make up your own!
- Try an activity party. For your child’s next birthday, schedule a bowling party, take the kids to a climbing wall or set up relay races outside.
- Put your child in charge. Let your child choose an activity of the day or week. Batting cages, bowling and neighborhood play areas all count. What matters is that you’re doing something active.
Offer activity-related equipment, games or outings as gifts and rewards — both for your child and others.
Remember, incorporating physical activity into your child’s life does much more than promote a healthy weight. It sets the foundation for a lifetime of fitness and good mental and physical health.
FGP has meant so much to me! It has changed my life in so many ways. Being a part of it taught me how to eat healthier and make better choices with the food I eat. It was hard making some of the changes but I am now committed to eating right and feeling better about what I eat. Thanks to FGP, I have lost 30 pounds in the past few months and working out more than I ever have in my life. Before FGP, I could hardly get up a flight of stairs without being out of breath and running an entire mile was never going to happen but now that all comes much easier to me and I am up to a mile and a half and continue to work hard to get to 2 miles, then 3 and who knows from there!
I feel better than I ever have and couldn’t have done it without the help of FGP and all the trainers who made it FUN!
Gen Fit Life is an amazing program that not only changed my sons life forever but our entire family unit as well.
My son did phenomenal in the program and absolutely loved and looked forward to every session he went to. Prior to the program, he was active but had never been exposed to a gym nor had ever done any kid of working out so Gen Fit Life was something very new and different for him but within the first few sessions, he was sold on the program. The workouts were challenging and took a lot of commitment but under the direction of the incredible training staff, they made it FUN and continued to reinforce how important physical activity is which resulted in my son making working out a part of his daily routine.
In addition to the physical activity of the program, we gained great knowledge on food and nutrition which has become a new way of life for not only my son but our entire family and extended family. We have revamped our entire way of grocery shopping, meal planning and manage to still go out to eat but make much healthier choices.
Gen Fit Life is the best thing that my son has ever been a part of. To gain the knowledge and desire to keep physically active and eat healthy are incredible gifts that will last him a lifetime. As a parent, there are very few resources to reach out to for this kind of help and guidance. Gen Fit Life is a fantastic program that anyone that is lucky enough to be a part of, would benefit greatly from.
Thank you FGP for your commitment to teaching our youth about health and fitness and we hope to continue to be a part of future FGP programs!
Mother of Gen Fit Life Alumni