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Nutritional Support to Boost Your Workouts

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A great workout starts with great nutrition. The positive stress from strength training builds muscle and burns fat, but, the negative stress can actually cause more harm than good if you’re not properly fueled.

Pre and Post workout nutrition are a must if you want to maximize results and improve overall health.  Pre-workout nutrition gives your body the fuel and nutrients it needs to get through the activity of the workout. Post-workout nutrition gives your body the fuel and nutrients it needs to repair and recover from the effects of the workout.

The following tips will keep you performing at your absolute best.

Don’t overlook the importance of water. If you’re dehydrated, your workout performance will suffer and you will feel exhausted. Dehydration increases your chances for headaches and head rushes, muscle cramps, nausea, and poor overall performance – not the recipe for a healthy workout. Try drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water a day. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you need 80 ounces of clean filtered water daily.

Timing of calories and nutrients before and after each workout is key. A pre-workout snack should be consumed about 30-90 minutes prior to your workout depending on the complexity of the food consumed. A meal or snack will take more time to digest than a simple liquid shake. A post-workout snack should be consumed immediately after or up to 45 minutes after the workout is completed. Your body is a sponge during this time and has already begun the recovery process – so nutrient ingestion is a must.

The types of foods consumed will affect your results.  A great option for pre and post workout nutrition is to bracket your workouts with a simple liquid shake.  Add the following ingredients to a shaker bottle: 3 oz orange juice, 3-6 oz coconut water, and 1 scoop protein powder, along with 1-2 fish oil capsules. This will ensure simple carbs for energy, electrolytes, protein for muscle repair, and healthy fats to combat inflammation. Another option could be 1-2 hard-boiled eggs and a piece of fruit. The goal is to get a balance of healthy macronutrients but not to consume so much that you feel bloated or too full.

Listen to your body. If you’re feeling weak or you find yourself shaking or you sometimes have a headache during your workouts, chances are your blood sugar is too low. Try changing the timing and types of foods you’re eating before your workouts so you feel more energetic. If your stomach feels bloated during your workouts you may have to lighten your snack or allow more time for digestion. If you feel ravenous after your workouts, ensure that you’re getting enough sustenance in your post-workout snack and that you’re consuming it as soon as your workout it completed.

So prepare yourself for a great workout and feel the difference it makes.

2016 New Year’s Resolution

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As 2015 comes to a close, now is a great time to reflect on the past twelve months and look ahead to 2016. For many, the New Year brings new hope, new adventures, and New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution has anything to do with losing weight or improving your health, keep reading.

Setting a New Year’s resolution isn’t necessarily the challenge, but implementing it can be. Following through to the end can sometimes be harder than expected and lead to failure. The following tips will help you put together a resolution that will have you moving in the right direction in 2016.

Set Realistic Goals. ‘I want it all and I want it now’ is not a practical theme for long-term weight loss success. Pick a resolution that’s challenging and requires focus, but not one that burns you out in the first month. If you have a weight loss goal of 30 lbs for example, break it up into three manageable goals of 10 lbs. Give yourself adequate time, and set secondary goals along the way to you keep you consistently moving forward.

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses. Pick out your three strongest qualities and incorporate these into your game plan. For example, if you’re well organized, use that to your advantage by mapping out a schedule to keep you on track. On the other hand, do your best to avoid known weaknesses. If you have no self-control around sweets, keep them out of sight. Breaking a bad habit is tough, even when you’re fully committed. So, give yourself a better chance by knowing what to use and what to lose.

Have a Support System. Your New Year’s Resolution starts with you, but it can be supported by friends and family. If you show how important your resolution is to those around you, they will support you and motivate you along the way. Also, by making your intentions clear to others, you will feel a sense of accountability around these people. Another great option is teaming up with a friend or family member who has a similar resolution. This team effort can add much needed motivation and accountability.

Don’t Give Up. So it’s been two months and you’re not quite where you expected to be. That’s okay! As long as you’re making progress and you’re staying motivated, things will happen. If it wasn’t challenging, it wouldn’t be as rewarding in the end. This resolution holds personal importance to you, but you may have to remind yourself of why you’re doing it from time to time.

Reward Yourself Without Sabotage. As you create your resolution, incorporate some rewards into your plan ahead of time. If you hit your secondary goals, for example, go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant for a ‘cheat meal.’ This positive reinforcement only adds to the feeling of accomplishment and can give you a break from your diet. But, remember not to sabotage your overall progress by going overboard with too many rewards.

With the right tools, you can be on your way to crushing your 2016 New Year’s Resolution. Find the motivation and get the results!

Fittest Loser 2015

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Are you ready for a change? Is 2015 the year to turn your good intentions into reality? The Daily Herald and Push Fitness are teaming up to offer you a shot at making it happen.

“We’re looking for hard workers who need direction,” says Joshua Steckler, owner of Push Fitness. “Someone who is willing to face their weaknesses, is willing to listen and follow through with the goals they’ve set for themselves.”

The participants who are chosen will receive 12 weeks of free instruction from a personal trainer and a nutritionist. Workouts will take place at least three days a week at Push Fitness in Schaumburg.

Contestants will be featured in before and after photos and in stories highlighting their progress. Results will be measured each week. The Fittest Loser will be chosen based on percentage of weight lost.

To apply, click HERE

Applications will be accepted through Monday, January 5.

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Fittest Loser at Work

The Fittest Loser Challenge is not just for the five individual contestants — for the third year, the Daily Herald is inviting companies and organizations to get involved.

Last year, the Fittest Loser Community Challenge — geared toward members and employees of park districts — and the Corporate Challenge — geared toward employees of companies — provided community members an opportunity to work with a team of co-workers to get fit.

This year, the two challenges are being combined in order to make it even more inclusive for those who work for other types of employers. The new challenge, sponsored by Assurance, is called Fittest Loser at Work, and is open to teams of five from any type of company, organization, or workplace.

The program runs parallel to the Fittest Loser Challenge for 12 weeks from February to May. The winning team will receive a $2,000 donation to the charity of their choice, as well as individual prizes.

Last year, 194 community members participated in the Community and Corporate Challenges, and 24 of the participants lost more than 9 percent of their body weight by the final weigh-in. This year, the program is expected to grow.

Think you and your co-workers are up for the healthy challenge?

To sign up a team of five and for additional information, click HERE

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The Healthy Food You’ve Been Told to Avoid

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Fats have had a bad reputation for too long. It’s time to understand the importance of fat in the diet and how to make sure you’re eating the right kinds.

Why are fats so important? First off, fats are an essential nutrient for the metabolic processes of our bodies, such as our ability to absorb nutrients and metabolize energy. Healthy fats support brain, skin, and joint health as well. Including fat with your meals will help you stay satiated longer by helping to control abrupt changes in blood sugar levels which is key for long-term health and weight loss.

A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that eating medium chain triglycerides, such as coconut oil, before your workout will increase fat oxidation during the workout. This means that consuming healthy fats will actually help you burn more body fat as a fuel source, therefore improving your overall body composition.

So what are some healthy fats? Fats found in natural foods are always healthier than processed fats. Eat plenty of natural fats from avocado, coconut oil, nuts, olives and olive oil, fish and fish oil, as well as grass-fed organic dairy products.

If you’re currently on a low-fat diet, chances are you’re eating too many carbohydrates and setting yourself up for failure rather than long-term success. Increase your good fats and you’ll soon see and feel the difference.

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