Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Staying Fit In DC With Trainer To Moms

Staying fit can be a challenge for all Washington area men and women. Busy careers and nights out might take priority over fitness and exercise. Add a new baby or one on the way to the equation and it gets even trickier to stay in shape or regain your pre-pregnancy body.

Vionna Jones made the switch from civil engineering to certified personal trainer and started Fit in DC in 2005 to focus on the needs of personal clients. In addition to working one on one she teaches yoga, yoga for children, prenatal yoga, prenatal fitness and Pilates. Although she has all types of clients she especially likes working with expectant and new mothers. She operates out of City Fitness in Cleveland Park in Washington and Hot Mama Fitness in Bethesda, MD.

I asked her about her tips for staying fit and an upcoming event she's sponsoring in the new year. What type of training and how often does someone have to maintain to lose weight?

Vionna: Each person will have a different path to losing weight. It depends on each individual's needs. The important part is to make sure that the amount of calories burned during a day is more than the amount of calories taken in during a day. This means that not only does a person need to exercise to burn calories, but he/she has to decrease the calories consumed in a healthy and purposeful way. Exercise alone will not do it. However, Everyone should exercise on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes. Also, Weight training is just as important as cardiovascular activity. The new year will be here before we know it and a lot of us make resolutions about getting fit--tell us about the event you're sponsoring this January to give us the incentive to make 2010 our best year?

Vionna: As a self-employed woman, I notice that I often sacrifice doing things for myself because I feel that I should be doing something related to my business. I am sure you can relate to that. However, since I am a fitness professional, one thing that I absolutely won't sacrifice are my daily workouts and my healthy eating habits. But I know that many other women do.

Because of this fact, my colleague Kimberly Rush Lynch, of Cultivating Health, and I have designed a retreat to help busy women like ourselves learn how they can make their own health and well-being a priority.

This weekend retreat will take place at the Historic Kent Manor Inn in Stevensville, Maryland. If we're going be helpful to others we must FIRST nourish ourselves.

This weekend retreat will be an opportunity to get support around making you a priority and bringing more joy into your life. Kick back, take a deep breath and explore a more positive relationship with fitness and food. You'll learn how physical activity and mindful eating can be great self-nourishment and personal empowerment tools that you can incorporate into your daily routine easily. Bring a friend and experience the benefits of having a support system to hold you accountable for the life changing commitments that you will make to yourself during this retreat.

To learn more about the retreat, please see our website at:

Although we say that the retreat is for executives and entrepreneurs, this event is beneficial for all busy women who would like to make their own health and fitness a priority. It will make a great gift for any woman that you know who is looking to become healthy! your local resource for specials on beauty services as well as the latest information on beauty, health and fitness with a local twist.

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