Tis’ the season to get in shape.
If you have a friend of family member who loves to stay fit. How about purchasing one of these fit gifts to bring in the New Year.
Jump Rope- Stay indoors or take it to the great outdoors. It’s portable cardio. On average jumping rope can burn about 11 calories per minute.
Blender- It’s easy to be in a hurry and skip a meal. Blending allows you to whip up a healthy and fast snack. Look for single serve blenders so you can blend and go.
Portable cooler- Give your hungry friend a lunch box that allows them to manage their nutrition and eat clean through the day. You can purchase coolers that allow multiple meals making it impossible to miss a meal.
Fitness Journal- Stay accountable and consistent by tracking your past, present and future fitness goals and accomplishments. Online applications are great for the person on the go.
Fitness Magazine subscription- Keep up to date with the latest training and diet trends. Give a gift that will last for months and also remind them of you with each new magazine.
Personal Training- Perfect for the beginner or advanced gym member. It can be intimidating to walk through the gym doors for the first time, keep them inspired and accountable with a training session or package. Your more advanced gym member might want to spice up their program or need a little extra push.
Massage- Most people enjoy a massage but let’s face it in today’s world one might consider a massage as a “luxury” not a necessity. Give your loved one some much needed R & R. They have earned it.
I will wrap this up by saying that it is the thought that matters most. You may consider giving your loved one a lending hand, perhaps a break from the kids or daily chores to allow them a few minutes to exercise.
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Ninja- Rule The Kitchen- http://www.ninjakitchen.com/index.shtml
LifelineUSA -Power Jump Rope- http://www.lifelineusa.com/products/power-jump-rope-144.html
Massage Envy- http://www.massageenvy.com/directory-of-clinics.aspx
Did you ever ask the question “What can I do to get rid of this belly fat?” or “How can I lose the fat on my thighs?” As a trainer I hear this question often. You can target a muscle through specific exercises, however, you can’t spot reduce. In other words, no matter how many sit ups you do you will never see your muscles if you have an extra layer of fat hiding them. We have no control of where we lose body fat. In order to lose fat over any specific body part, one must follow a proper nutrition plan and have an adequate fitness plan in place.
There are no short cuts to being healthy and fit. Working out is only a small portion of your results. A big portion of your success will happen in the kitchen. Here are some guidelines to help you eat for life.
What is a portion?
Most of us are not sure what a portion is. We either over estimate or underestimate our servings. More than likely we are over indulging, which is why some of us can’t seem to lose weight. Although our food guidelines may vary depending on our personal fitness goals, in general I recommend eating a palm size portion of a protein, carbohydrate and a fibrous food at each main meal. (breakfast, lunch, dinner).
What’s on your plate?
It’s time to plan your meals. Here are a couple examples of how you could pair up your meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The rules are simple. Palm size portion of a protein, carbohydrate and Fiber for your 3 main meals.
- Eggs, fruit, oatmeal (stay away from pre-packaged oatmeal that is full of sugar).
- Greek Yogurt, fruit, whole grain bread.
||Snack Ideas: (No carbs at snack time)
- Protein Shakes. Be cautious of what you put into your shake or you will end up with a high calorie drink. Example: Protein, water, ice, frozen fruit.
- Natural Peanut butter and celery.
- Chicken salad, baked potato. Keep in mind that just because it is a salad, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Keep it clean; chicken and fresh vegetables. Use dressing sparingly.
- Turkey sandwich on whole grain bread, apple.
- Fish, asparagus, rice.
- Chicken, broccoli, sweet potato.
||No carbs at snack time or after 6:00 PM.
In a nutshell, you can’t spot reduce. You can help eliminate body fat through proper nutrition and exercise. Plan your meals. Drink plenty of water and get some exercise in your day.
Stay tuned for part two of can you spot reduce? Having a proper fitness plan can set you up for success.