Fitness Update – March 25

Learning a new skill contributes to your ability to learn things faster over time. By stimulating neurons in the brain, more neural pathways are formed. It is called Neuroplasticity; the ability of the brain to adapt and change.

Book your complimentary orientation to learn how to use the TRX suspension trainer at Montecito Fitness Center. Also, learn proper hand and foot work with the Century Versys punching bags which are well suited for functional training, agility, eye to hand coordination, and balance. Tutorial videos are available on our website and gloves are available at both fitness centers.


  • The Saturday 80-minute yoga class is now divided into two 45 to 50-minute classes. We have one at 8:30 AM and one at 9:30 AM. Each class is $4.
  • Tai-Chi on Tuesdays has been moved to 5:00 PM and will no longer be offered at 6:30 PM. This change took effect March 12.
  • Thera-band with Dr. Eric will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 28, so plan to come earlier.

Instructor Highlight: Angel Vanderveer

Angel is a pioneer in the Coachella Valley Fitness Industry. I met Angel as an instructor when I was only 15 and stepped foot into a gym for the first time. I always looked forward to taking her classes. Her busy classes and amazing charisma kept us all coming back for more, day after day, year after year. I am glad to say she was an inspiration to me in making fitness my career. It truly is a rewarding experience. Little did I know that Angel and I would collaborate again years later to bring wellness and fitness to a great community such as this one. I am proud and honored to have Angel on my team. ☞ Click Here to Learn More About Angel

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Annual Fall Prevention Education and Screening: Learn about fall prevention and get screened. Join me Thursday, March 21, or Thursday, March 28, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Montecito Group Exercise Room. The education portion will be 30 minutes.  We will then proceed to screening which takes  two to three minutes per person. No RSVP needed. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Health and Wellness Lecture: Ayurveda - The Science of Life: Wednesday, April 3 at 4:00 PM in the Montecito Ballroom. RSVP required: or at either fitness desk. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • The 14th Annual Spring into Health Fair:  Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Montecito Ballroom. If you are involved in health, fitness, or wellness and would like to be a vendor for this event just stop by the Montecito Fitness Desk and register. ☞ Click Here for Details
  • Fitness Survey: Do you want to have an Assisted Pull-up/Chin Dip Machine as a new addition to our fitness facility? Take the survey online and let us hear from you! ☞ Click Here to Take the Survey
  • Early Spring Special in Bloom: For the months of March and April, receive a 10% discount on Reformer Pilates packages. This offer is for first time participants. ☞ Click Here for Details.

Tips for Creating New Habits

Our brains are equipped for automaticity-- for making the least effort possible. Habits can be hard to change but automaticity works for you, not against you. Learn how to  create new healthy habits:

  • Make small changes: creating new habits can be done in small doses. If, for example, you want to create a habit of getting more sleep each night, start by going to bed 10 to15 minutes earlier than your current time. Then slowly increase that to 15 to 20 minutes and so on. Start with something that feels easy and nonthreatening;
  • Staple it: tack your small change onto an activity that’s already a routine part of your day. That way, you will have to think less about when to make the change, and eventually it will become a new routine. For example, if you go for a daily walk, add the new habit of stretching your calf muscles right after you are done with the walk;
  • Mornings are green light zones: the earlier in the day the strongest the motivation;
  • Don’t decide--just do it: making decisions can be exhausting and in a weak moment the answer to your mental question might go against the intention of the goal. So just go ahead and  do it. You will be happy you persevered in creating the new habit;
  • Celebrate it: have a mini-celebration each time you achieved a micro-goal. This boosts confidence and strengthens your resilience. Consciously say to yourself, “Yes!” or “I did it!” or “Done!

Reference book: The Telomere Effect by Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD and Elissa Epel, PhD.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

Remember to check for any fitness class cancellations.

Committed to your well-being,