Category: Health

Fit Chic Tips to Crave Not Cringe Your Workouts ..

Your alarm sounds, it’s early am (even the sun isn’t out), you hop out of bed throw on your workout clothes(if you don’t sleep in them) and get right to your workout. This is like you right? ..

Probably not, I would say majority of people have a good intention to workout but when it comes to the choice of staying cozy in bed or grabbing a kick butt workout you would choose your bed. Well now you won’t need to stay in bed any longer. Here are some healthy tips and tricks to put more pep in your step and make your look forward to your alarm instead of dread it!

Fun is First – Make your workout fun, not only physically, but also socially by inviting friends and having them keep you accountable too! Now you can catch up with your friends and keep your health a priority! Bottom line, if it’s not fun why do it?

Come Into Your Workout with Gratitude – Being thankful you are able to move, grateful you are enjoying the beautiful outside, Focus on the positive feelings you experience while you are working out which will help to boost your mood during and definitely after the workout.

Find a time that works best for you and Schedule it –  Find a time that works with your schedule and keep it consistent . The best way to create a habit is to create a routine where the brain learns to crave it at a particular time of day.

Focus On How Good You Will Feel When You Are Done – Get those endorphins flowing and the more they flow, the more you will crave workouts. This will also make you excited and optimistic about your workout and make it much more enjoyable all the way around!

Start with 15 minutes – It doesn’t have to be a huge amount of time, to get the job done. You can do a lot in 10 15 minutes (read more here .. ) . Once you get comfortable with that maybe add another 5 minutes or Monday, Wednesday, are 30 minutes and Tuesday Thursday are 15 or less.

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Fit Chic’s Guide to Drinking Responsibly

Which Bottle Are You Going to Pick?
Which Bottle Are You Going to Pick?

Today is Cinco De Mayo and just because you have made your health a priority does not mean your social life has to become extinct.

Here is some great advice on how to drink responsibly and not feel like you have completely sabotaged your goals in the process.

I personally have used these tips when going out, and I never feel hungover, too drunk, or unhealthy. So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!

# 1 Act like a Fine Wine: – red wine in particular. Because of antioxidants such as resveratrol, which can help prevent damage to blood vessels, lower “bad” cholesterol, and prevent blood clots, when consumed in moderation, red wine is often considered to be a healthy alcoholic option!

A tip I like to use it drink a glass of water before I order and after I finish my glass. Now I am drinking two to three glasses of water for every 1 glass of wine and keeping my body hydrated.

#2 Add Soda Water and Lime to Tequila – This has a low sugar content, very refreshing, and keeps you hydrated and satisfied! This is a Fit Chic Margarita that will leave you feeling festive not foggy.

# 3 Avoid Beers and Stick to Low Sugar Ciders – Beer is made from wheat, barley, and hops which inflames us, bloats us, and gives us a gut that isn’t healthy for us. Try Cider Beers which are fermented beer from apples and or pears.

Watch out for Cider Beers that are high sugar content and stick to the following brands below: Crispin Cider

Strongbow

ACE Cider

Colorado Cider

# 4 Stick to clear booze  and add a splash– like vodka (derived from potatoes), or bacardi (white rum),. I love the Bacardi O and soda water with fresh oranges. You can do lemon vodka and fresh lemons with water or soda water. You can also tell your bartender to make a vodka soda water and add a splash of cranberry. Now you are getting the cranberry taste without the loaded sugars and calories.

Also the key is to drink earlier in the day that way by 9,10 o’clock you will be ready for bed,  just when your body and mind are ready for bed too. The more sleep that you get, the better your body will feel!

So try it out for yourself, and feel what a difference tequila and soda water make!

Happy Cinco De Drinko!!!

Fit Chic 

It’s Cinco De Mayo Week Celebrate with These Fun Ideas ….

Looking to celebrate Cinco De Mayo but don’t want to wake up feeling like you Cinco De Drink’d too much ..

If you’re planning a big bash or you want healthier versions of your Cinco De Mayo Favorites …

Naked Fajitas – These are delicious and nutritious and keep you in the Cinco De Mayo Spirit!

Fit Chic Margarita’s 2 shots of white tequila a Juice of 1 lime, 1 tablespoon of juiced orange and a Splash of soda water (I like orange, lime or lemon).

Piñata – If you think about it, whacking a piñata takes some skill, strength, and endurance.Even more fun is to put healthy treats like mini lara bars, or small gum packets, with little toys or gadgets. So now you can have fun and get a sweat on.

Eat Avocados – Holy Moly is Guacamole Delicious and a perfect way to Celebrate and keep you feeling happy and healthy! Here are some great reasons to add some avocado in your life …They regulate blood pressure. They have the best “Fat” for you that helps reduce bad cholesterol and give your body the antioxidants it needs. They help absorb the nutrients of other foods.. They make any recipe taste great!

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4 Reasons to Fire Your Trainer …

When trying to workout it can be information overload ..

What is right? What is Wrong?

How do I know if I am working to my full potential etc ..

Well here are 4 tips to know if you should hire or fire your trainer …

#1 If you lift weights your gonna get big! – Check out my blog on why lifting weights will not make you big it will actually do the opposite!

#2 There’s Only 1 way to do a movement – For example squatting research shows that there is not one “perfect” way to do a squat. There are a lot of elements that go into a squat or even a pushup. We all are built so differently and have different areas of tightness which effects the way we would teach a movement to our clients.

#3 You need to weigh a certain number for your Height –  No one has the ability or right to tell you what a proper weight is. Every body is different. You were not meant to look like anyone else and your body’s proper weight is what makes you feel confident and comfortable. Stop letting a number on the scale have so much power.

#4 Anyone can do “these” workouts – Come check out my class, it’s for all levels.’ We have all heard this line, and then get to the class and have no idea what we are doing and why we are here. As a trainer for 15+ years I think the best way to start something is by “interviewing your gym” first and seeing what it is they are offering and if it is a right fit for you. Then you will know (and hopefully be coached) on what class is or is not right for you!

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic 

 

Top 5 Fit Chic Yoga Poses for Awesome Abs …

Yes abs are made in the kitchen, but they can also be “defined” in your yoga practice!

Here are my favorite yoga poses that create rockstar abs and get you stretched and feeling great in the process.

#1 Boat Pose: This pose strengthens abs, quadriceps, back muscles, and hip flexors. You can  modify the pose by bending the knees or you can hover above the ground, be parallel to the mat, or extend into full boat

#2 High/Low Plank -This pose engages your core and activates front and side abdominal muscles.

#3 One Arm Balance – This pose tests your balance and strengthens your obliques, shoulders, and glutes all in one!

#4 Warrior 3 – With this great balance pose your core has to stay engaged the whole time in order for you stay balanced and stable.

#5 Triangle – My personal favorite pose. This is great for stretching your legs, muscles around the knee, hips, groin, hamstrings, shoulders, spine, and obliques.

Triangle also helps with function in the abdominal organs (aiding in digestion), and relives stress.

Triangle also helps with function in the abdominal organs (aiding in digestion), and relives stress.

 

Now you have the tips to making your abs a priority this spring and the best part you get a good stretch in the process!

Fit Chic 

Top Fit Chic Apps To Download to Keep You Healthy and Happy

Keeping track of your nutrition and health is vital to see where you started, where your going, and a plan to get there.

Here are my top 5 favorite apps to help keep your health a priority!

#1 My Fitness Pal – has one of the largest food databases available in a food tracker, Whether you’re making something at home or eating out, MyFitnessPal can help you log it, and supports a number of popular restaurant menus. As you log your food, you get a complete picture of your diet, not just your overall calorie intake—that includes your sodium intake, your vitamin intake, cholesterol intake, and other nutritional information that can give you a better idea of what you’re eating beyond a simple daily calorie limit. It also has a Huge community which is great for support, recipes, tricks, tips, and motivating success stories.

#2 Meal Logger –  works on your desktop, iPhone, or Android and is super easy. Instead of entering each food and portion size individually, you just snap a picture of your food and upload it to your journal. You can also put a note that corresponds with your picture (i.e. “2 scrambled eggs and sweet potato”). Keeping track of your food literally takes 30 seconds! It also is fun and not so obsessive as some apps out there. You can also add a “Daily Note”, which patients have been using to enter some of the symptoms they had that day, keep track of blood sugar levels, or let me know that they had a stressful day.

#3 Shop well -tells you what’s in the food you’re buying at the grocery store and offers suggestions of new foods to try that fit with your lifestyle.
Simply scan any item in the grocery store and we’ll give you all of the information about that product. Create a profile with your food interests, and we’ll suggest similar products that best match your interests right in the store you’re standing in.

#4 My Diet Coach – helps you find your inner motivation, stay on track, make healthy lifestyle changes, resist food cravings, avoid exercise laziness and other weight loss difficulties by setting goals, tracking progress, good reminders (to drink water, walk, etc), motivation, fun rewards (who doesn’t like rewards) …

Now you have all the tools to make this year the most successful one yet!

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A Fit Chic Spring/Summer Buns and Guns Challenge …

Spring is in the air which means Summer is right around the corner. Warm Weather, Swimsuits, and Tank Tops all around. No need to dread summer this year as I have created a 30 day Fit Chic “Buns and Guns” workout plan to get you game ready for Summer!

Isolating those muscle groups will put a focus on attacking the two areas that are most common people want to see some results!

Now you will be flaunting those guns, and flexing those buns and feeling great.

30 days is also a really great opportunity to have a goal, keep it simple, and make it effective.

My Fit Chic pro tip is to get up first thing in the morning and rock these workouts!

This will help you feel great during the day, check it off the list, and not allow anything to get in the way!

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Buns and Guns

Fit Chic’s TGIF Fit Tips …

IT”S FRIDAY!!! Which means “Happy Hours”, weekend get togethers, and dining and drinking out will be options. So what if you could have the weekend fun and still stay on a healthy plan?

Well now you can … Here is some drink options that are lower in calories, carbs, and sugars.

In 5 ounces of red or white wine, you are looking at around 100 calories and 2g of carbohydrates.

1.5 ounces of tequila, rum or vodka has around 104 calories and 0g of carbohydrates.

12 ounces of a light cider beer will land you 120 calories and 10g of carbohydrates.

Maybe you want to live it up a little with a cocktail, but still keep it healthy. So try mixing a cocktail with la croix (or any sparkling water)  or kombucha.

Now that you have the list of low cal cocktails, you can have fun and still stay with in your fitness budget.

Happy Friday!

Fit Chic

Do I need to Eat After My Workout?

eating after wod

These are frequent questions I hear by many of my clients…

Should I eat after a workout?
How long should I wait to eat after my workout?
What should I eat post workout?
How much should I eat etc…

These are all very good questions and here are some very good answers…

1. Should I eat after a workout? 

You should ABSOLUTELY EAT … post workout nutrition is one of the most important meals to  eat! You want to get nutrients to your body as soon as possible so your body can begin to repair the muscles and begin to restore nutrients back into the body.

2. How long should I wait to eat after my workout? 

In a perfect scenario you would eat 15 – 30 minutes after. This gives your body a little time to cool down and relax (especially if the workout is really intense), but don’t wait to long according to the New York Times Well Blog, those first 15 minutes are crucial: “the enzymes that help the body re synthesize muscle glycogen are really most active in that first 15 minutes. The longer we wait to eat something, the longer it takes to recover.”

3. What should I eat post workout? 

You need to consume a protein and a carbohydrate. Eating about 4-8 oz of a lean protein (i.e chicken breast, turkey, pork, or fish) and 40 – 80 grams of carbohydrates (i.e sweet potato, yucca, spaghetti squash, Beets Butternut squash Carrots Plantain Rutabaga, Turnip)

You can also drink a recovery shake like an SFH Recovery drink with coconut water or water. Just remember that is always much more beneficial to eat real foods if you can.

Make sure to avoid fats post workout as it causes the stomach to empty at a slower rate which is counter intuitive to what we want to happen. Save the fat for before your workout.

4. How much should I eat? 

This is different for each individual and their goals depending on their level, volume, and consistency of their training. My suggestion is to start with the ratios above and if you are still feeling really sore, tired, under recovered maybe up the carbohydrate just a bit and same if you are feeling full and sluggish maybe lower the carb and or protein intake.

The more you journal your food the more accurate you can see your results and really hone  in on how you are feeling.

Now you have the tools and knowledge to continue to feel better and better for years to come!

Fit Chic