Finance – A Little Help From A Friend Makes Budgeting Way More Fun

If you are anything like me then everything to do with finances and numbers is your worst nightmare!!!  I’m just not passionate about money or get a buzz out of figuring out and crunching numbers.  It’s just not fun for me!!!  However, of course I like to have money when I zip zap my card through the machine when shopping or giving it away.  I’m so thankful there are people in this world who love this area that’s my weakness and can balance and compliment people like me!  I have huge respect for you!

It’s that time of year when you might be thinking about all that money you spent over Christmas and summer break and freaking out a little so now you are making new years resolutions and budgets for the year!!   Well if you are dreading the thought of writing up a budget and figuring it all out, then I have hope for you!  My friend and boss Bryce Staveley who set up and opened Fit4Life is an expert in this area!!

Bryce has helped me write up budgets and even made the financial appointments fun!!   I’ve come away understanding money more and how it all works.  I have beautiful brightly coloured spreadsheets with budgets and pointers of things I need to do to set me up and prepare me for my future.  It doesn’t matter how little or how much you have, he can help you be more effective and wiser with the money you have been entrusted with.

I have absolutely no hesitation in endorsing Bryce to give you help or advice in any area of financial assistance you may need.  He is highly knowledgeable, experienced, skilled and very approachable and caring to everyone he encounters. Don’t worry about how little you don’t know or understand, he doesn’t judge and will have you feeling at ease and on your way to a brighter future in no time!!

If you are currently a member at Fit4Life, it’s free to make an appointment to see Bryce.  If you are not a member and are reading this and would love to seek financial advice then I know Bryce would love to still help you, it will just depend on availability with his schedule.  So lose the headache and stress out of finances and pick up the phone or get down to Fit4Life and make an appointment.  Start 2011 off being responsible with your budgeting and investments!

Kirstie Pickering – Fit 4 Life Staff and Group Fitness Instructor

Fitness – Best Way to Lose those Holiday Kilos!!

A lot of people think that in order to shed that unwanted flab you need to kill yourself at the gym sprinting endlessly on the treadmill or bike.  Well the gym can be a great help to losing the weight and it doesn’t need to be torturous.

One of the best ways to burn fat is actually walking!  Walking is low impact so is easy on the joints and can be quite pleasant if you choose a nice place to do it.  Our bodies use different energy sources to keep us going.  Fat is one of those energy sources but not one that is easy to access.  If you take a long (over 30min) walk it gives your body time to move into ‘fat burning mode’.  The walk shouldn’t be too strenuous or your body will go to other easier energy sources – sugars and proteins.  If 0 is sitting on the couch watching TV and 10 is I can’t breath and I’m gonna barf, then the walk should be in the 3-4 range.

The more fit your body is then the quicker it will be at switching to ‘fat burning mode’.  Starting a weight training routine at the gym can help condition your muscles so that they have more strength and will be better at using energy.

Diet also plays a big role – make sure you are eating a good well rounded diet.  And that the energy you are taking in isn’t in excess of the energy you are using.  Here is a link that might help http://www.healthed.govt.nz/uploads/docs/HE1518.pdf

The key is consistency. Don’t believe everything you see on TV – there is no 3 min per day magical workout.  It takes time and perseverance.  At Fit 4 Life we want to take the journey with you and help you reach your goals so come in and chat with us about your goals and how we can help.

Jason – Fit 4 Life Staff