Something I struggle with as a coach in the fitness industry is the focus on fat loss and having the perfect body. Many gyms offer challenges advertised to help you lower your body fat percentage, lose weight, or drop pants sizes. While I recognize body composition is an important aspect of fitness and many people’s motivation for working out it doesn't always feel good to focus on the way we look in the mirror. I prefer to focus on movement and strength, when you improve these aspects of fitness sustainable fat loss follows.
I strive to educate my students that fitness is about a lot more than our waist size including emotional well-being, improved hea...
Anna McCracken was one of Ascent's first members and our early morning trooper. Check out what Anna has to say about her fitness experience and inspirations.
Why did you decide to join our Ascent Community? I decided to join Ascent for two reasons. One because I wanted to really recommit to my health and wellness, and two because I want to support an awesome, woman owned small business in our community and I think Marissa is a fantastic coach.
What do you enjoy most about being apart of the Ascent Community? I love the warm, connected feel of Ascent and how supported I feel in working towards my wellness goals
If you know me, then you know that there is very little I am willing to sacrifice sleep for, but I still have those nights where I catch myself starting another episode of some Netflix original instead of hitting the sack. We all have different reasons for why we skimp on sleep, but one thing is for sure – sleep deprivation greatly effects our health. So, no, this post is not about the detriments of sitting or mindlessly snacking, but sleep!
You have probably heard that you should get 7-8 hours of sleep a night, but do you do it? According to the Gallup survey, 40% of Americans get less than 7 hours of sleep a night.
I work a full time sales job, am a new homeowner, and am starting a business. By all social norms I have the right to say I am "busy", but lately I have been pausing before blurting out "busy" to the "how are you?" question. First of all, busy is not a feeling. Secondly, it greatly discredits the happiness the things that are keeping me busy bring. While I do have a task list months long, I'm enjoying my task list - I did take these things on by choice after all. I like my house, am excited about my business, and care about my job. What I really mean when I say I am "busy" is I am prioritizing other things in my life right now....