Believe it or not, working out should be enjoyable. No, really, it’s science! Exercising causes your body to release those feel good chemicals called endorphins. Endorphins block pain receptors and trigger positive feelings in your mind and body. These chemicals are so powerful, they have similar effects on the brain as morphine. So, if you continually dread your daily workout and aren’t gaining satisfaction from it, it’s important to figure out why. Your Workout Isn’t for You There isn’t just cardio or strength training, there is a whole myriad of different types of workouts and combinations thereof. Maybe the workout routine you dread needs a refresh. Think about what you’d like to get out of your workout -visible results, having fun, more energy, flexibility, stress relief, strength,...

One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. Now consider, how many women play a significant role in your life? This is an illness that will very likely affect each and every one of us in our lifetime, at least once. One in eight is a scary number, but like with many common health issues, education and prevention can save lives. Omaha Pink’d Out This is a really cool initiative that the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local #385 has teamed up with Project Pink’d to deploy across Omaha. They’re causing a pink out and the whole city is getting in on it. Have you seen the Woodmen Tower at night lately? It’s completely pink. Omaha Pink’d Out aims...

Happy National Yoga Month! We know we’re celebrating here at Pinnacle Fitness by offering several different types and styles of yoga classes: Gentle Yoga, Power Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yogalatese, and Yoga Foundations in Meditation. We know just how beneficial practicing yoga can be, so we like to make sure we’re offering a yoga class that can fit every schedule, level of experience and stage of practice. When you Google something like, “benefits of yoga,” you’re bound to come up with dozens, even hundreds of benefits, so we whittled them down to several that we see in our lives and those of our fitness club members. The 5 Main Benefits of Practicing Yoga Improved Sense of Wellbeing “Emotional wellness,” “contentment,” “balance,” whatever you want to call it, people who practice...

Whether you dedicate just a few minutes a day, or you’re a regular Taoist, meditation is a fascinating, effective exercise for the mind. If you don’t yet have a meditation ritual, experts like Leo Babauta suggest starting with as little as two minutes per day. Like most other healthy actions we can take, when we start small and build up, we are more likely to form real habits from these actions. A couple of minutes won’t affect even the busiest of schedules, but what’s in it for me, right? With anything we sink our precious moments into, we want to know what the return is, so let’s dive into the power of meditation. Calming the Storm One of the most beneficial aspects of meditation is simply calming the...