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Fitness Trends vs Fit Lifestyle

Trends Won’t Always Fit Your Lifestyle

Over the years there have been a variety of fitness fads, trends, gadgets and styles – from Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons aerobics videos, Tae Bo kickboxing, and the Crossfit “society” to the monotonous infomercials on TV for the new contraption that is going to have your body sculpted in only 5 minutes a day. Sound familiar? If you haven’t been tricked by all of the infomercial gadgets you may have been sucked into the countless ads on social media for the “30 day miracle weight loss, booty build or bulking workout plan” – just 30 days! But what happens after those 30 days?

You may have reached your goal, but most likely it’s short term. You stop the plan and within a few weeks you are back to your normal routine. What now? With so many options and subliminal messages thrown in our faces it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what works best for your individual needs. In turn, we tend to be drawn to the latest-greatest trend that promises the results we desire in the shortest amount of time and effort. This may seem appealing at the time, but you have to ask yourself, “are you really getting the wholistic benefits and longevity of exercise that your body needs?”.

Find a Routine That Works For You!

By creating a routine that works with your schedule and lifestyle you are able to create active habits and achieve lifelong fitness goals.

In this day and age, even signing up for fitness classes or creating a personal workout plan can have multiple options and variations of style. While all types of exercise have their own individual benefits to help keep you in shape, creating a well-rounded fitness routine can transition into an active healthy lifestyle. Every individual is unique with their own structural build, muscle imbalances, strengths and weaknesses, some in which we are born with and others we’ve created from our habits.

In addition to our individual make-up lies our personal goals, schedule, wants, and needs. By building a balanced fitness routine, including multiple types of exercise, you will be able to create a well-rounded lifestyle routine – not just a short-term fad. These options can include circuit training, high intensity interval training, cardiovascular training, weight lifting, cross-training, yoga, Pilates, etc. Having plenty of options is not only a blessing to those who get bored easily, but can also help us achieve a balance of all of the systems included in our functional ability.

Each Training Has Its Own Benefits!

Key components of creating a well-balanced fitness routine include weight or strength training, cardiovascular training, balance and core training, along with flexibility and stretching. Listed below are some main benefits of each.

Weight Lifting

Weight lifting benefits include stronger muscles, increased bone mass, and, as an added bonus, the more muscle you build the more efficiently your body is able to burn calories, in turn, scorching fat! Recommended a minimum of 3 days per week.

Cardio Training

Cardio keeps the heart and lungs healthy, achieved by elevating the heart rate over your normal resting heart rate – also measured at different intensities. This can be accomplished in multiple ways – walking, jogging, and biking are a few examples of aerobic exercise, which is recommended a minimum 2 ½ hours or 150 minutes per week; or high intensity interval training as a type of anaerobic cardio at a minimum of 75 minutes per week. A mixture of the two types can be completed, depending on specific goals.

Balance and Core Workout

Balance and Core training is critical to our functional ability of our daily lives. It aids in keeping our bodies upright and is the power house of all of the extremity movements and abilities. Since we use these aspects on a daily basis it is important to implicate this training into your routine so it is recommended to focus this specific training 3 days per week. Core training doesn’t just mean “ab exercises”. Core stability exercises are essential and have a profound effect on the overall function of our movements.


Stretching and flexibility helps to keep us mobile – if we have limited range of motion we have limited function. Light stretching is recommended on a daily basis but a full body deep stretch is beneficial 2-3 times per week.
Building a balanced routine is going to be very particular to each individual. A general recommendation is given for each aspect but will need to be adjusted with specific needs.

If you have questions about your personal plan you may email me at mkz.functionalwellness@gmail.com.

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About the Author

Growing up with an abundance of energy, McKenzie Stern could usually be found practicing an active lifestyle, participating in multiple sports including gymnastics, competitive cheerleading, soccer, flag football and swimming. After high school she attended Florida State College at Jacksonville and graduated from the Physical Therapist Assistant program specializing in rehab. While completing her internship for the program graduation McKenzie started working at a fitness facility as a personal trainer and fell in love.

With her rehab background she has been able to help multiple people improve their functional abilities, as well as challenge them to try things they never deemed possible – striving to take people’s weakness and transform it into their most prized strength. With a mindful approach, McKenzie’s passion is to help people become healthier and more functionally active as a lifestyle adaptation. Going on her 10th year in the fitness, health and wellness industry, she loves to work with all types of goals, including general weight loss/management, increasing functional abilities, core, balance, stability and building lean muscle. 

McKenzie has been a resident of the Fort Lauderdale area for 4 years and is head fitness instructor at the Lauderdale Yacht Club. She also helps private clients throughout Eastern Fort Lauderdale. To inquire about personal training or wellness you can email McKenzie at mkz.functionalwellness@gmail.com.

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