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Should I do strength training if I have chronic back pain?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"I believe that there are always ways to train around injury short of being bedridden. And low back pain is no exception having had it myself off and on for over 40 years. The key is in finding what movements and exercises don't aggravate it or cause pain. There is no one cause of back pain nor is there one solution. It could be due to muscular imbalances, motor control issues, structural issues or some combination of these.

"We train and have trained clients with a variety of injuries and orthopedic issues from joint replacements to low back pain to shin splints to broken feet. This is where the knowledge, experience and empathy of a good trainer can pay dividends."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"One of the best things you can do to reduce back pain is to do strength training. Building up the muscles of your back will help to prevent further injury.  Most back pain comes from a muscle strain or ligament strain. Having a strong core can stabilize and brace the spine to reduce injury.  Exercises such as straight leg raises, wall squats, and bridges are a few examples of strength training while stabilizing the core."

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"Many of our clients come in with chronic back pain.  This is probably one of the most common complaints.  After analyzing the client, the problem often originates from a weak core, tight hamstrings and other postural imbalances.  Once we begin working on correcting these imbalances, the majority of our clients' back pain is significantly reduced or goes away.  If you're dealing with back pain or any other injury, it is important to engage in safe and effective exercise.  This is the perfect opportunity to invest in your health and hire a professional trainer to assist you with your individual needs!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Everyone should do some form of strength training whether or not they have chronic back pain. The extent to which strength training can help ease or eliminate back pain depends on the causes of that pain.  Low back painc aused by weak lumbar vertebrae and tight hamstrings may largely be helped by a progressive strength training program, while such a program may not be as effective at decreasing pain if there is a severely ruptured disc that requires surgery to correct.

"Strength training always carries at least some benefit -- and more often, a lot of benefit -- to those who suffer from chronic back pain.  But like anything else it really depends on what is causing the pain and how the program is designed and administered. Making sure your plan is tailored to your specific needs is always the most important factor in how effective a strength training regimen can be, with or without the presence of chronic back pain."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Here in Basking Ridge we strongly advise strengthening the core to alleviate further back pain and problems. We also advise working on flexibility of the hip flexors and hamstrings. Anyone with chronic lower back pain should always start off slow and gradually graduate to more complex exercises. Keep it simple and safe!"

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Flat Bellies: Tips That REALLY Work!

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Flat Bellies: Tips That REALLY Work

By:  Janet Bond Brill, PhD, RD, LDN                          

Edited By:  Billy Pratt, CPT, CPFT, PAS, GIPS – Head Trainer, Fitness Together Avon

Had a little too much comfort and joy this past holiday season? Maybe you’ve put on a few pounds around the middle? The summer bathing suit season is just around the corner, so now is the time to do what it takes to get rid of that holiday pooch once and for all!

Why do some of us gain weight around the middle and others not?

Where you tend to store body fat is related primarily to your genetic disposition. If you have an excessive amount of body fat, and heredity dictates storage around the middle, then unfortunately you will gain fat in the abdominal area. That said, many women notice abdominal weight gain when they go through menopause. This is because hormonal shifts can change the way the body breaks down and stores fat—hence a redistribution of body fat and the tendency for it to accumulate in the belly as women grow older. This tendency is particularly unhealthy, as excessive abdominal fat, especially the deep abdominal fat—called visceral fat—increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and certain cancers.

What really works to get rid of stubborn belly fat?

The good news in the battle of belly bulge is that there are three scientifically proven lifestyle changes you CAN make that when combined together are the best way to attack that fat around the middle and flatten your belly.

Three Tips for a Flat Stomach:

  1. Eat a nutritious, calorie-controlled diet. Excess body fat, whether it’s in the stomach or the thighs, is the result of routinely consuming more calories than you expend. Now is the time to change those unhealthy eating habits. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and good fats. Eat breakfast, don’t skip meals, drink lots of calorie-free liquid, and eat small, frequent, lighter meals at home. Watch your portion sizes and calculate your daily calorie intake to ensure you’re eating the right amount to lose body fat at a safe rate.  A personal trainer or registered dietician can help you with determining the right caloric range for your weight loss.
  2. Daily cardio exercise. Calorie-burning cardio exercise is one of the best ways to target stubborn belly fat. This is because stomach fat is more metabolically active and when you exercise, you target that area for fuel. What’s more, when you burn those calories up, you reduce your percentage of body fat, thereby shrinking those belly fat cells. This will allow you to see those abdominal muscles you’ve worked so hard in the gym to define.
  3. Strength training. While you can’t “spot reduce” belly fat, you CAN strengthen and tone the abdominal muscles. That way, once you lose that extra fat around the tummy, you’ll be able to clearly see that toned flat stomach. Keep in mind that a single abdominal exercise won’t make a flabby stomach into washboard abs! Plus, there are certain abdominal exercises that are much more effective in strengthening and tightening the middle than others. Your flat tummy workout should incorporate exercises that target both the deeper and the lower abdominal muscles. For example, the rectus abdominus muscle is the most common target of abdominal exercises such as crunches. This is a postural muscle; it’s also a paired muscle that runs vertically and has distinct segments on each side. The rectus is responsible for the “six-pack” visible in toned athletes. Another important “core” muscle is the transverse abdominus, buried deep beneath the rectus. This muscle, though often neglected, also helps flatten the stomach. It runs horizontally and acts like a girdle, strengthening the core and decreasing risk of back injury.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   You can achieve your health and fitness goals with the help of Fitness Together. Fitness Together offers one-on-one sessions with experienced, well-qualified personal trainers who will develop an abdominal workout program tailored to your needs and goals. An important part of their program is Nutrition Together, which provides nutritional counseling to complement your workouts. Let Fitness Together and Nutrition Together help you flatten your belly once and for all!  Contact us at 860-673-3993 or visit us on the web at www.fitnesstogether.com/avon .  Let the New Year equal  a New You!

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Stretching: What's The Deal?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Prepare Your Body for Optimal Winter Performance with Pre- and Post-Workout Stretching

Tight muscles, cramped joints and a lethargic body is not how you want to ring in this winter season. Instead, prepare your body for sledding adventures, skiing moguls and family snowball fights by introducing stretching into your overall health and fitness routine. Don’t worry, you don’t have to schedule tons of time to make stretching beneficial and effective. Ten minutes will do the trick.

Start with the Basics 

When incorporating stretching into your workout, you should take a two-phased approach. The first phase should focus on preparing your body, joints, heart and lungs for a dynamic workout, while the second phase should focus on cooling down your muscles and preparing your body for an active recovery following your workout. In essence, it is most effective to sandwich your strength and conditioning workout routine with two short, but effective, active stretching routines.

Phase One – Warm Up and Dynamic Stretch

If touching your toes and taking deep breaths to start your workout is your idea of warming up and stretching, then you are missing out on an excellent opportunity to set yourself up for a great workout. According to research by The National Strength and Condition Association,[1] passive static stretching can lead to reduced performance when compared to an active, dynamic warm-up alone.  

A great workout starts with a great warm-up so the first step to an active warm-up that is going to increase your performance is spending a few minutes on a foam roller. The purpose of the foam roller is provide soft tissue flexibility in preparation for a more fluid and free-moving workout. The few  minutes it takes to foam roll will pay dividends for the remainder of your fitness session.

 After you’ve established more flexible muscles with the foam roller, the next step is to prepare your body for elevating heart rates and getting down to business. The warm-up should not be easy. It should start easy, but then progress to the point that when you’re finished five minutes later, you’re ready to go full steam ahead into your workout. A dynamic warm-up should include explosive movements such as high knees, skipping and moving lunges. It is important to remember that the purpose of these types of exercises is to prepare your joints and ligaments for the high intensity portion of your workout. Make sure not to push yourself too hard, but instead focus on starting slow and revving up your body for an effective and dynamic workout.

Phase Two – Cool Down and Recovery

After you’ve left all of your effort, sweat and tears on the gym floor during your high intensity strength and conditioning workout, it is now time to take three to five minutes to incorporate some light stretching and cool down techniques to finish off your fitness routine. The purpose of this stretching phase is to loosen up any knots that might build up in your muscle fibers during your workout and prepare your body for proper recovery that will last hours after your workout has ended. It is important to stretch the major muscle groups you exercised during your workout and to focus on any problem spots that you may have. Some simple, but highly effective cool down and recovery stretches include the child’s pose, lower leg lunge stretches and the cat stretch for your back and shoulders.

If stretching is typically an after-thought for you during your workouts, focus on incorporating these ten minutes of pre- and post-workout stretches this winter to prepare your body for optimal performance during and after your workouts. Contact your local Fitness Together studio to learn more about how to look better, feel better and perform better with a total body stretching and fitness routine.

If you have any questions about the content of this article, consult with one of our Fitness Professionals:  www.fitnesstogether.com/avon

  

[1]Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research: December 2010 - Volume 24 - Issue 12 - pp 3326-3333.

Aren't Personal Trainers Just For Beginners?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

 

Bryan MilliardFitness Together Edina

Everyone needs a personal trainer.  Personal trainers can be very beneficial for beginners when it comes to safety and proper technique, however trainers are beneficial for much more than that.  

To be honest, even personal trainers need a trainer sometimes.  Personal trainers are people that can help push you beyond what you are capable of doing by yourself.  They help you to become more efficient with your workouts and help you to see faster results. 

An additional reason personal trainers are crucial for an effective workout, is personalized programming.  They can take a look at your body, abilities, and goals, and create a customized program that will benefit you the best.  So you saw the latest and greatest exercise online?  Well a trainer can determine if that would be a great exercise for YOU to do.  Is your ability level high enough to complete that exercise?  Will that exercise make your bad back or bad knee worse?  Will that exercise even help you accomplish your ultimate goal?  A trainer can answer all of those questions for you.

Lastly, a personal trainer can evaluate your day-to-day activities and determine strategies to help you succeed with your fitness goal.  Do you sit all day for your job?  Well a trainer can help you come up with a plan to help reduce the damage that sitting can cause your body.  Are you a carpenter and constantly have aches and pains?  Well, a trainer can give you things to do at home on a day-to-day basis to help manage the pain and improve your body's health.

In conclusion, personal trainers are not just for beginners.  Trainers can help improve your workout routine and body no matter what level you're at!

 

Billy Pratt, BA, CPT, CPFT, PAS, GIPS

Owner/Head Fitness Coach – Fitness Together Avon

Personal trainers are trained to help people of all fitness levels, from beginner to advanced.  The amount of specialization will differ with each trainer, just like in any field.  But if you consider yourself on a higher level than a “beginner” and have goals that you want to meet, then at least sitting down for an initial consultation with a qualified personal trainer is definitely worth your time and may even turn out to be one of the best investments in yourself you could ever make!

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No Excuse Zone: The Time Is Now To Fall Back Into Fitness!

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The Labor Day holiday closes out the season of barbecues, lounging by the pool and overindulging during summer vacations. As you embark on a new month and a new fall season, you have an important choice to make. Are you going to jump on the train to a healthy and fit lifestyle or opt for a layover until the New Year’s resolution season rolls around?

September is the month of do-or-die for establishing a fitness routine before the busy holiday season arrives. Don’t miss out on this small window of opportunity to get back into the healthy habits that you may have abandoned during the summer months. It’s time to bust through your excuses and fall back into a routine that will get you the results you want.

Welcome to the “no excuse zone.”

No Time? Make Some.
One of the top excuses personal trainers nationwide hear over and over again about starting a fitness program is lack of time. When clients tell Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon, that they don’t have enough time in the day to exercise, he offers a simple math equation to help them put their daily schedules into a more realistic perspective.

24 hours in a day minus 8-9 hours of sleeping, leaves 15-16 hours of awake time.

Pratt believes that if you can’t take as little as 30 minutes per day out of a total of 15-16 waking hours doing something good for yourself such as working out, then you aren’t being realistic about the actual total number of hours in a day. Breaking it down even further, 30 minutes is only 1/30 of your total waking time each day. So, even if you have 29 items on your daily to-do list, you still have time to make working out the 30th item on your list.

To make sure that you carve out time and follow through on working out, Pratt has found it helpful to have clients actually schedule their workout times in their smartphones or calendar books. Simply write your name in designated time slots each week. Or, if you feel guilty about taking time out of your day for yourself, you can always put a code name in your calendar such as “Operation Healthy and Fit.”

No Energy? Get Some.
While rest is important for recovering and repairing your mind and body, consistent inactivity can drain your motivation and energy levels. Having no energy can be a vicious cycle because if you wait to start working out until you have enough energy, then it will never happen. What you actually need to energize yourself is to get off the couch, step away from the electronics and get active. You’ll love the results you experience and enjoy the endorphins that are awakened when you physically push your mind and body.

“You just have to start and get the ball rolling because exercising regularly actually will increase your energy levels,” Pratt explains. “I tell my clients that the first result they will see after they start working out with us is increased overall energy.”

No Money? No Problem. 
Getting fit doesn’t have to mean joining a big-box gym with expensive introductory and monthly fees. An effective fitness routine can simply mean grabbing a group of friends or family members and doing calisthenics in a park (body weight squats, pushups, dips and lounges) or going for a walk/jog around your neighborhood. Even if you are tight on money, you can be active for free if you just get out and get moving.

If you’re looking for a quick but effective workout routine that can jumpstart your fitness regimen right at home, Sue Teoli, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together New Canaan, suggests starting with a simple set of 10 push-ups, 10 body weight squats, 10 sit-ups and 10 jumping jacks. Take a short break after finishing the set and then do it again, working your way up to completing the set of exercises three to five times.

“You’re working your whole body and you’re getting your heart rate up,” Teoli says. “Squats and pushups are the two mack daddy movements for working your total body.”

Don’t Know Where to Start? There’s No Better Time than the Present. 
To get started with a fitness routine that gets results, you need to first find a workout environment that fits your personality. If you are a social butterfly who is motivated by others, then a group workout environment may be your best option. On the other hand, if you are a shy person who prefers to work out alone, then you may enjoy a one-on-one personal training environment. Either way, just find an environment that fits your style and aim for at least 30 minutes, three times per week, of strength training and cardio exercise, suggests Pratt.

“Take into account your overall lifestyle, your stress levels and your personal goals when finding a routine that will help you get the results you want,” Pratt advises.

The time is now to start making time for you and your health. If you put into place the above strategies, you’ll then have a clear path to achieving your fall fitness goals.

So, what's your excuse?

 

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Five Fabulous Fall Foods That Fill You Up, Not Out

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Fall has nearly arrived and those dog days of summer will soon, thankfully, be a thing of the past. That means it’s the season of sweaters and boots, goodies and goblins, breathtaking fall colors and raking up all those leaves. It also means fantastic fall food time!

Eating fresh, whole foods in season is the key to good nutrition. So here are five super-nutritious fall foods to fill up your plate while at the same time curbing your waistline:

Fabulous Fall Food #1: Apples
Don't overlook the most ubiquitous fall fruit, as an apple a day truly does keep the doctor away (and the numbers on the scale low). Packed with cholesterol-lowering fiber as well as Vitamin C, calcium and the powerful antioxidant flavonoid quercetin, apples should be number one on your fabulous fall food list.  And don’t forget the hot apple cider with cinnamon to add some spice to your fall days!

Fabulous Fall Food #2: Pumpkin
Before you toss this nutrition gold mine away after Halloween carving, think again. Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family which also includes squash and cucumbers. The name pumpkin is derived from the Greek word "pepon," meaning large melon. Nutritionally speaking, this bright orange vegetable is a virtually fat-free superfood. The deep orange color is a giveaway that pumpkin is rich in the disease-fighting antioxidants called carotenoids (especially the alpha and beta-carotenoids). The carotenoid family is highly effective in mopping up damaging molecules called free radicals. Half a cup of pumpkin has about a full serving of Vitamin A in the form of its vitamin A precursor called beta carotene, plus a healthy dose of the blood-pressure-lowering mineral superstar potassium.

Fabulous Fall Food #3: Brussels sprouts
A bona fide anti-cancer cruciferous vegetable (the sprouts are a member of the Brassica family, which also includes cabbage, kale, broccoli and collard greens), Brussels sprouts are an incredibly nutritious vegetable that comes packed with nutrients, fiber and disease-fighting plant chemicals. At just 38 calories a cup and super-simple to prepare, this humble cabbage cousin should make numerous appearances on your fall dinner plate.

Fabulous Fall Food #4: Chestnuts
Why wait to roast these low-calorie goodies over an open fire? Chestnuts are available now and are truly a nutritious and delicious fall snack that you can feel good about. Just a handful supplies a half-day's worth of Vitamin B6. This vitamin plays a role in keeping your energy level up, boosting the immune system and possibly even fighting some forms of cancer. Chestnuts are also high in fiber, which helps satiate so you eat less. Eat them raw, boiled or roasted; at just 55 calories an ounce this is one nut that will certainly fill you up and not out!

Fabulous Fall Food #5: Winter acorn squash
Arguably America’s favorite (and the most ubiquitous) fall vegetable, winter squash (a term that encompasses a number of different varieties such as acorn, butternut, spaghetti and pumpkin) is a fall food that should definitely make the cut to your top five fall favorites. One half of an acorn squash contains just 116 calories, 4 grams of dietary fiber and 24% of the DV for Vitamin C, 5% of the DV for iron and 4% of the DV for calcium. Whether simply roasted with olive oil and sage or baked, steamed, mashed or sautéed, acorn squash is versatile and simple to prepare.

Eating locally grown, fresh and seasonal foods is the key to getting the best flavor form your food as well as the best nutrition. Living by this mantra not only helps your waistline, it also helps your wallet. It is ultimately cheaper and better for small farmers and your community's economy to eat fresh, seasonal and locally grown when feasible.

However you do it, make sure you tap into fall’s cornucopia of healthful foods!

Is a low-carb diet or fat-free diet better for losing weight?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Many different types of diets have been all the rage over time, including low-carb and low-fat. However, the most important factor is the healthfulness of the diet — as both of these types of diets could be healthy or unhealthy, depending on the types of fats and carbohydrates that are consumed.

"Emphasize eating healthy carbs such as fruit, veggies and whole-grain products and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados and along with lean protein.  Consume less simple carbs like sugar, white flour, and other processed carbs and less unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fats.   This combination will lower your total calorie intake.

"Of course, you will still need to practice portion control when eating healthy to make sure your calorie intake is within your daily goal.  And, by tracking your foods and exercising daily, will help to not only keep you honest but bring awareness to more mindful eating. Make sure to cook with seasonings and herbs to bring out the flavor of foods to achieve satiety, and to be able to stick to a healthy lifestyle of eating over the long term."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"That depends on what kind of "weight" you're looking to drop. If you need to drop water weight, a low-carb diet is the way to go since one gram of carbohydrate binds to approximately three grams of water. The fast weight loss you typically see under the first stages of a low-carbohydrate diet is largely attributable to water loss.

"A low-fat diet, on the other hand, drops overall calories much more since fat contains the most calories per gram -- 9 kcal in 1 gram of fat vs. 4 kcal in 1 gram of carbs and protein.  A large drop in calories typically will facilitate a decrease in body fat since your body needs to draw from your energy stores -- one of fat's primary functions -- to continue working.

"You also need to take into account the other functions and types of fats and carbohydrates as well.  Healthy fats like those found in fish, nuts, avocados and flax serve a variety of essential functions for the body, such as reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, and overall joint health.  Complex carbohydrates like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes and so on don't cause an acute insulin spike like the simple sugars do and also serve to help you think clearly, have enough energy to be active, and is protein-sparing.

"Basically, you can lose weight on either a low-carb or low-fat diet; the primary concerns are choosing a method you can stick with for life, and getting enough nutrients to help your body perform the way it is meant to. Cut your calories down, keep your macros balanced, and exercise. It's that simple."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"There are good fats and good carbs. You should still consume a certain amount of good carbs and good fats per day depending pn your body weight.  Neither one is good if the person does not stay within a certain calorie count and substitute good food for bad food."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"The beauty of a low-carb diet is that it is high in protein. Eating lots of protein makes you feel full because it is the most satiating macronutrient compared to carbs and fat.  Protein is also metabolically taxing for the body, requiring the most energy of the three macronutrients to assimilate and metabolize.  And it has the highest thermic effect, meaning the highest calorie burn.

"So in a nutshell, high-protein, low-carb diets are very appealing to the masses as they make it easier to eat less calories and lose weight. The problem comes in with irritability and the accompanying decrease in exercise performance; the brain needs carbs as do the muscles.  This type of eating simply should not be practiced over the long term as it does not promote good health.

"Low-fat diets are passé, having been all the rage in the '90s. They are extremely difficult to stick with as -- let’s face it -- fat makes food taste good! Hence following a very low-fat diet long-term is not a practical approach as people tend to go off it quickly and return to old eating habits.

"The best weight loss strategy is to eat a calorie-controlled, plant-based diet -- moderate carbohydrates with added lean protein and healthy fats combined with daily cardio and a strength training routine. No magic here but since this approach has stood the test of time and promotes both health and weight loss, it should be the recommendation of choice for all FT clients!"

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Fitness Together Reopens Under New Ownership!

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

On January 14th, 2010 Fitness Together in Avon, CT reopened after an ownership transfer.  Bob Fricchione, a longtime client of Fitness Together in Longmeadow, MA purchased the facility with the intent of further expanding the Fitness Together system into Connecticut.

“I joined Fitness Together because I was attracted to the uniqueness of the private training environment and the assurance that I was working with the best certified professionals in the field.  It was important to me that the quality of the personal training be top-notch due to my bad back.  With the help of the trainers at Fitness Together I had been able to put off surgery for many years and live pain-free while becoming fitter and stronger,” Bob Fricchione relates.

“My goal in purchasing the Avon, CT facility is to further improve customer service satisfaction through our unique program offers and also by involving Fitness Together in the community.  We have plans to sponsor road races and other sporting events as well as hold fundraisers for various charitable organizations,” Bob continues.  “That way our presence in the Farmington Valley community is based not just in being the premier personal training service in the area, but also in being of service to the people.”

Immediately after reopening, Bob Fricchione made improvements to the facility including remodeled bathrooms and equipment upgrades with the assistance of his Head Trainer, Billy Pratt.  Billy had existed as Head Trainer under the previous ownership and the continuity of his presence was vital to the satisfaction of the existing clientele.

“My clients were thrilled to hear that I was staying on board throughout the transition.  Personal training involves developing a relationship between trainer and client and maintaining that relationship is important not just to the business but also to the success of the client,” Billy says.  “The feedback from our clients has been overwhelmingly positive as they have noticed the improvements to the studio and the implementation of solid, effective programs guaranteed to bring them to their goals.”

Programs at Fitness Together fall under three main categories depending on the goals of the client:  Physique/Appearance for those primarily concerned with aesthetics & weight loss, Athlete for the competitive athletes looking to improve their conditioning, and General Health & Fitness for people who wish to improve & maintain general function and just “get and stay in shape.”

 

About Fitness Together Franchise Corp.:

Established in 1996 in response to the growing demand for personal fitness training, Fitness Together offers the latest in one-on-one personal training. Fitness Together is part of Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., the world's largest wellness organization. Fitness Together, founded by fitness leader Rick Sikorski, is built on three main foundations: strong corporate support, proven operating systems, and excellent leaders. There are over 400 Fitness Together franchise locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Ireland, and Canada and another 100 scheduled to open. Fitness Together Franchise Corp. also includes elements therapeutic massage. For additional information, log onto www.fitnesstogether.com or call 877.663.0880 ext. 10.

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Is A Low-Carb Diet Or Fat-Free Diet Better For Losing Weight?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Many different types of diets have been all the rage over time, including low-carb and low-fat. However, the most important factor is the healthfulness of the diet — as both of these types of diets could be healthy or unhealthy, depending on the types of fats and carbohydrates that are consumed.

"Emphasize eating healthy carbs such as fruit, veggies and whole-grain products and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and avocados and along with lean protein.  Consume less simple carbs like sugar, white flour, and other processed carbs and less unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fats.   This combination will lower your total calorie intake.

"Of course, you will still need to practice portion control when eating healthy to make sure your calorie intake is within your daily goal.  And, by tracking your foods and exercising daily, will help to not only keep you honest but bring awareness to more mindful eating. Make sure to cook with seasonings and herbs to bring out the flavor of foods to achieve satiety, and to be able to stick to a healthy lifestyle of eating over the long term."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"That depends on what kind of "weight" you're looking to drop. If you need to drop water weight, a low-carb diet is the way to go since one gram of carbohydrate binds to approximately three grams of water. The fast weight loss you typically see under the first stages of a low-carbohydrate diet is largely attributable to water loss.

"A low-fat diet, on the other hand, drops overall calories much more since fat contains the most calories per gram -- 9 kcal in 1 gram of fat vs. 4 kcal in 1 gram of carbs and protein.  A large drop in calories typically will facilitate a decrease in body fat since your body needs to draw from your energy stores -- one of fat's primary functions -- to continue working.

"You also need to take into account the other functions and types of fats and carbohydrates as well.  Healthy fats like those found in fish, nuts, avocados and flax serve a variety of essential functions for the body, such as reducing cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, and overall joint health.  Complex carbohydrates like vegetables, whole grains, sweet potatoes and so on don't cause an acute insulin spike like the simple sugars do and also serve to help you think clearly, have enough energy to be active, and is protein-sparing.

"Basically, you can lose weight on either a low-carb or low-fat diet; the primary concerns are choosing a method you can stick with for life, and getting enough nutrients to help your body perform the way it is meant to. Cut your calories down, keep your macros balanced, and exercise. It's that simple."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"There are good fats and good carbs. You should still consume a certain amount of good carbs and good fats per day depending pn your body weight.  Neither one is good if the person does not stay within a certain calorie count and substitute good food for bad food."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"The beauty of a low-carb diet is that it is high in protein. Eating lots of protein makes you feel full because it is the most satiating macronutrient compared to carbs and fat.  Protein is also metabolically taxing for the body, requiring the most energy of the three macronutrients to assimilate and metabolize.  And it has the highest thermic effect, meaning the highest calorie burn.

"So in a nutshell, high-protein, low-carb diets are very appealing to the masses as they make it easier to eat less calories and lose weight. The problem comes in with irritability and the accompanying decrease in exercise performance; the brain needs carbs as do the muscles.  This type of eating simply should not be practiced over the long term as it does not promote good health.

"Low-fat diets are passé, having been all the rage in the '90s. They are extremely difficult to stick with as -- let’s face it -- fat makes food taste good! Hence following a very low-fat diet long-term is not a practical approach as people tend to go off it quickly and return to old eating habits.

"The best weight loss strategy is to eat a calorie-controlled, plant-based diet -- moderate carbohydrates with added lean protein and healthy fats combined with daily cardio and a strength training routine. No magic here but since this approach has stood the test of time and promotes both health and weight loss, it should be the recommendation of choice for all FT clients!"

 

 

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Top Five Green Superfoods

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

It’s nearly spring and St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. While the food most commonly associated with the holiday is typically fat-and-calorie-laden “Irish fry” fare such as corn beef and cabbage, Irish stew and black pudding, there is no reason why you can’t celebrate the luck of the Irish by lightening up your day with healthy green foods!

For better health, try adding lots of GREEN (superfoods, that is) into your day.  Here is a list of five of the most nutritious green superfoods:

1. KALE

Kale is the new insanely nutritious superfood on the block. At only 36 calories per cup (boiled), kale is a great low-calorie veggie, packed with mega-vitamins such as K, A, and C, plus carotenoids, flavonoids, fiber, calcium, and iron. What’s more, kale is a cruciferous vegetable, or a "crucifer," meaning it belongs to the Crucifae family of vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have numerous health benefits, most notably their ability to fight cancer. Crucifers contain isothiocyanates, chemical compounds that combat carcinogens by inhibiting their activity, repairing damage made by them, and also speeding up cancer cell death. Try oven-roasting kale with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and just a touch of sea salt for a crispy treat.

2. EDAMAME

Edamame, or immature green soybeans, are a virtual powerhouse of nutrition. A half-cup serving of shelled edamame pods contains just 120 calories and a whopping 9 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein.  And soy is a “complete,” high-quality protein meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids necessary for growth and development.  A few swallows of this little bean will also supply you with a nice amount of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, thiamin, folate and vitamin K.

Both the soy protein and the isoflavones -- powerful plant-based chemicals similar in structure to estrogen and proven to help lower cholesterol -- housed within edamame have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, our nation’s leading cause of death.

3. BROCCOLI

Love it or hate it, this green vegetable never fails to garner the coveted superfood title. Another cruciferous cancer-fighting vegetable, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated veggie source of Vitamin C.  Plus it contains the flavonoids necessary for Vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the disease-fighting carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene.

Broccoli is simply loaded with the medicinal anti-inflammatory isothiocyanate called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has proven cancer-prevention properties and may also help prevent and treat other chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. And all this for a mere 50 calories in one cup of steamed broccoli!

4. GREEN TEA

Most people know that green tea is a health food.  But do you know why? Tea is a plant food; and plants contain a plethora of phytochemicals that, when stacked together, maximize your body’s defense against chronic disease.

There are three main varieties of tea -- black, oolong, and green -- and all are derived from the tea plant known as Camellia sinensis. Teas are classified based on how the leaves are processed. Green tea, the least processed of the three, is dried but not fermented. Oolong tea has been withered (wilted), fermented, then fired directly to prevent continued fermentation. Black tea goes through the most processing. Here the tea leaves have been fermented for a much longer period, a process that gives black tea its darker color and richer flavor.

The predominant disease-fighting flavonoid in all forms of tea is the catechins. Green and black tea have the most scientific evidence supporting their heath benefits. So let’s all take a tip from the Brits and make time for tea -- green tea, that is.

5. AVOCADO

Who knew? Avocados are nicknamed alligator pears because of their pear shape and alligator-like skin. Avocados are actually considered a fruit and as such are the ultimate health food packed with super-heart-healthy monounsaturated fat in addition to an array of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients not found in butter or mayo. So replace those artery-clogging fats by going green with a spread of super-buttery, creamy, and delightfully tasty ripe avocado and do your heart a favor!

Think GREEN, not just for the environment and St. Patrick’s Day but also for your body, your health, and your fitness. Aim for at least one cup of dark green veggies such as kale, broccoli, or spinach every day.  Everyone surely has a little Irish in them, even if just in spirit.  So why not take this opportunity to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some of these healthier green foods?  With the support of Fitness Together you’ll surely be giving yourself the gift of better health.

Whole Body Health and Wellness Massage Therapy

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Whole Body Health and Wellness Massage Therapy

A collaboration between Fitness Together of Avon and

Commence Wellness

By introducing Commence Wellness: Massage Therapy, we are looking to further improve our clients' ability to move, stay mobile, and cope with physical and mental stress.  Massage therapy also aids in reducing and improving any overuse injury that may occur.

At Fitness Together, we have always emphasized the importance of moving safely and effectively. Our recent adoption of the Functional Movement Screen is proof of this. By adding activity-specific massage therapy to our services, we are looking to take this philosophy to the next level.

 

The massage therapy being done at Fitness Together will, for the most part, be significantly different than your typical spa style massage. There will be a greater emphasis on total body health and functionality. Techniques will be incorporated from exercise physiology, yoga, active stretching, and traditional massage therapy. This will all be done in an effort to help improve your health and physical performance.  We will also be offering a traditional relaxation-based massage.

 

Below are brief descriptions of the massage based services that we will be offering at Fitness Together. It should be noted that there are no differences in price between any of these services.  However, by being a member at Fitness Together, you will receive a significant discount on any massage.

If any of the below options interest you, I encourage you to schedule a massage and try it out for yourself!

You only get one body, treat it right!

 

Service Descriptions

Massages may be booked in 30, 60 or 120 minute sessions

You may choose multiple styles/modalities when choosing a treatment

 

Deep Tissue Massage

A deep tissue massage from Commence Wellness will include techniques from traditional Swedish massage. More advanced techniques from exercise physiology, kinesiology, and yoga will be incorporated as needed or as requested as well. Though pressure will vary depending on your preference, these massages typically “feel deeper,” or more therapeutic, compared to other massages. If you have a nagging physical issue(s), this may be the best type of massage for you.   

 

                                 Traditional Swedish/Relaxation Massage

Even though a traditional Swedish massage may not focus as much on individual problem areas or injuries, it does help to reduce stress and improve recovery time after exercise. If you desire a relaxing total body massage that uses relatively light pressure, this may be the massage for you.

 

Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Massage

If you have a specific injury that you are trying rehabilitate, this style of massage may be the most beneficial for recovery. Deeper therapeutic pressure is often used in one of these massages, but active stretching and muscular contractions are all used as well.  Additionally, these massages are useful for preventing muscle imbalances and future injuries.

 

Sports Massage or Pre-Athletic Competition Massage

If you have an upcoming athletic event, the fast paced and relatively deep pressure sports massage is likely the best option for you. This type of massage is specifically geared towards improving athletic performance. Whether you are an Olympic athlete, or someone who has just started working out, you can expect to see some improvement in your athletic performance by adding sports massage to your routine.

 

Yoga and Active Stretching Massage

This style of massage begins with a quick yoga routine and includes many different stretches throughout the entire massage. If you seek to improve your mobility, flexibility, or just want to become better at yoga, this massage is right up your alley.

 

Chair Massage

The only massage that doesn't require the use of a massage table. Designed to be quick, easy, and convenient, the chair massage is the best massage if you are very limited on time. 

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Working Through a Weight Loss Plateau

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

As you celebrate Thanksgiving today and share your gratitude for the fitness gains you've made throughout the year and the opportunities you still have to establish a healthier lifestyle, it can be hard to keep your thoughts on a positive note if you find yourself stuck in a weight loss plateau.

When you stop progressing toward your weight loss goals and reach a plateau, you have one of two ways to approach this detour. You can consider a plateau to be a major roadblock to meeting your desired health and fitness goals or you can accept it as the next stage in your weight loss journey. Either way, it’s not time to throw in the towel. It’s time to get to work mixing up your routine so you can get back on course toward achieving your desired results.
 
Accept the Inevitable

Weight loss plateaus will inevitably happen at some point in your fitness journey.  But they don’t signal the end of the road. These bumps in your route are just indicators that you may need to change up the direction on how you’re approaching your nutrition and fitness regimen. When you weigh more, your metabolism is higher because it takes more energy and you burn more calories just by moving during your daily activities. When you start to weigh less, your metabolism naturally decreases and you can hit a plateau if you maintain the same calorie intake and exercise program as you did when you started losing weight.

“Just about everyone on a weight loss program will reach a plateau,” explains Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon. “The main reason for this is because people keep the same habits, but their body is changing. If you don’t adjust your fitness and nutrition habits as you lose weight then your energy balance starts to even out and you stop seeing results.”

Bring in the Re-Adjustments

The key to working through a weight loss plateau is to acknowledge that the slowdown is to be expected, but to not become discouraged, give up or lose sight of your overall weight loss goals. Instead, create a plan to re-adjust your fitness and nutrition strategies to overcome any plateaus that may be on the horizon.
 
“If you want to create change, you have to make change happen,” advises Pratt. “If change stops, you need to adjust what you’re doing. Nine times out of 10, when you reach a plateau you’re going to need to increase your activity and decrease your calories to get it started again. You don’t want to divorce the two.”

If you don’t know which way to turn to get the change you desire, it’s OK to ask for help. Sitting down with a fitness and nutrition professional to evaluate where you’re at, what you’re doing and where you want to go may be just what you need to get started again toward accomplishing your ultimate goals.

“I always tell my clients that weight loss is the easy part,” explains Pratt. “Weight maintenance is the hard part because people can get complacent.”

Celebrate the Reason for the Season

As we embark on the season of celebration and rejoicing, it is important to realize that plateaus may not necessarily be a negative thing. In actuality, plateaus can be a sign of real progress.  Your body is getting stronger and you’re getting closer to your body’s full potential. Reaching a plateau also can mean that you’ve accomplished your first round of adopting a healthy and fit lifestyle. Now, your body is just telling you to prepare for round two by rolling out adapted exercises and eating habits to better suit the new you.

“Plateaus can be your body’s way of congratulating you,” Pratt says. “They shouldn’t get you down. You should really celebrate it because it means you’ve made progress.”

Plateaus ultimately give you the opportunity to take pause, appreciate where you’ve come from and prepare for your final destination. When you’re ready to work through a plateau, it’s important to re-evaluate your mental game, re-adjust your exercise routine and revamp your nutrition habits. You will be happier with your results if you focus on taking this type of holistic approach.

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Where Should I Start Strength Training If I'm Intimidated By Weights?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Marissa Tafuri
FT East Greenwich


"A great way to start lifting weights is to take a group fitness class that revolves around weight training. You will be with all different skill levels which should allow you not to feel intimidated. The instructor will be able to correct your form and give you some good tips. Your form is very important because the last thing you want to do is injure yourself, which is often a result of poor form.

"Start off using light weights.  The signature of any good weight workout is at the end of your reps the lifting should become challenging. If this is not the case then maybe you should increase the weight for your next workout.

"Another way to start weight training is to hire a personal trainer. A personal trainer will be able to help you set up a program that can target exactly what you want to focus on while also giving you instruction on how to lift without hurting yourself. Personal training is exactly what it sounds like: personal! It fits exactly what your needs are. A good trainer will show you proper form and also challenge you."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"If someone can't do basic body weight exercises like push-ups, chin-ups, squats, lunges, planks and the like you have no business adding external load in their strength training program. Period. You can get people very strong with just body weight exercises.  For beginners, kids and older clients they are ideal. With suspension training systems like TRX you can challenge even the fittest, most athletic of clients with bodyweight exercises."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Focus on body weight exercises and strengthening the core!"

Matt Gagliano
FT East Bay


"The benefits of weight training have been well documented and if done properly will not cause injury, "bulk" you up, or hurt your joints. The key is done properly. Weight training when not done properly can cause or contribute to numerous defects in your movement and overall health. Hiring a trainer -- even for just a few sessions -- can go a long way in personalizing your workout routine to maximize the benefits of your workout regimen. Understanding what movements, how much resistance, and how often you should lift weights should all be addressed with your trainer."

Diana Doerbecker
FT Cold Spring Hills


"If you are intimidated by weights, you should start training with a personal trainer who you feel comfortable with.  They will teach you proper form, which is most important, as well as exercises for all your muscle groups.  Before long you will feel comfortable.  And if I did my job right I will have taught you enough to do the workouts on your own."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"One of the neat things about strength training is the fact that especially when first starting, you don't even need to lift weights! For a beginner, any muscular stimulation above and beyond what you do in your daily activities will be sufficient to cause small but measurable increases in your strength level.

"Start with basic bodyweight calisthenics like push-ups (either on your knees or against a wall), crunches (just don't pull on the neck), wall sits where you sit up against a wall with your legs at a 90-degree angle and hold the position as long as you can, and so on. These can all help to build on your existing muscular strength and endurance levels.

"When you start feeling better about training your body for improved function and wish to step out into using other tools and methods, consult with a qualified personal trainer/fitness coach to determine how best to start. Everybody is different, and your trainer should be able to assist you in choosing which exercises are best for your body type and at what intensity you should be exercising.

"Start small, start right, and jump in without developing those initial bad habits which plague so many people just guessing at what their routine should be. Happy strength training!"

 

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Get Your Body Ready For Winter Sports Season!

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting cooler and your body is itching to get started with the winter sports season. Before shredding down mountain slopes or scoring a hat trick at the ice rink, it’s important to first shed any extra lingering preseason weight as well as build a strong athletic base of strength, endurance and flexibility.

Whether you’re trying out a new cold weather activity this year or you’re a veteran winter sports athlete, prepare yourself for the conditions of the upcoming season by incorporating the following workouts into your fitness routine.

Novice Athletes: Elevate Your Game with High Intensity Interval Training
Squeezing in extra time to train for a winter sport can be quite a challenge when you first set out to prepare for the physical demands of the upcoming season. High intensity interval training (HIIT) can provide a quick but effective solution to your preseason training needs by revving up your body’s fat-burning engines and muscle-building stamina without taking over your entire day’s schedule.

“Interval training alternates short, intense anaerobic training sessions with active rest periods,” explains Sue Teoli, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together New Canaan. “It’s a really efficient way to get results and a great workout option for people who are squeezed for time.”

HIIT typically includes a combination of strength training movements and cardio exercises. An HIIT workout could include a set of 30 seconds of squat thrusts, 25 push-ups, 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 25 body weight squats and 30 seconds of jumping rope, completed three times with rest in between each set and followed by a one-mile run.

When starting out, Teoli suggests doing high intensity workouts every other or every third day, depending on how your body feels.

“High intensity interval training is not a workout where you can read a magazine while working out,” Teoli explains. “You’re working your whole body and you’re getting your heart rate up. This type of training offers something different that will get you the results you are looking for.”   

Seasoned Athletes: Train for Peak Performance with Plyometrics
If you are ready to bring power, strength and agility to your game this season, then plyometric exercises may be your ideal preseason preparation tool. As a high intensity muscle-activation training strategy, adding plyometric moves such as box jumps, jump squats and alternating hopping lunges into a fitness regimen can help condition you for sports that require your lower body to highly impact the ground. In the sport of downhill skiing, plyometric training can help prepare your connective tissues to better withstand certain impacts such as landing high elevation jumps or bouncing around tightly groomed moguls.

To begin incorporating plyometrics into your workouts, Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon, suggests adding only 10 to 15 minutes of plyometric exercises to the beginning of a 45-minute speed or agility training workout. When doing plyometrics, you should aim to complete multiple sets of one exercise with ample recovery time between each set (i.e. six sets of six box jumps with a 90-second recovery time after each set). It’s important to do the plyometric exercises on the front end of your workout when you have the most energy and strength so you reduce the risk of compromising your form due to fatigue.

“There is a higher risk of injury with this type of training,” Pratt says. “Plyometrics is for someone who is in good shape and who doesn’t have any pre-existing injuries. I reserve plyometric workouts for athletes who can handle it.”

Pratt cautions against adding too many plyometric workouts into your overall training plan and advises adding adequate recovery time after your workouts (48-72 hours). And, just like any type of exercise, proper form is paramount in plyometric training.

“Plyometrics are to be taken seriously,” Pratt advises. “It’s not a game and there can be a high risk of injury if not done properly. If you are going to do it, make sure you have a knowledgeable coach who can help you.”

Every Athlete: Build Power with a Strong Core
Whether you are a newbie or a veteran on the winter sports scene, building a strong core should be a primary focus for every cold weather competitor. The core is more than tucking in your tummy and doing hundreds of sit-ups every day. A strong core means having good balancing skills that keep you from wiping out on a black diamond ski run and crashing into the boards during a hockey game or figure skating event.

“All of your strength and balance comes from your core,” says Teoli. “Any time you balance you are stabilizing, which means you are working every muscle in your body.”

Teoli stresses the importance of strengthening the core and lower back with all of her clients and especially all athletes. By focusing on building the muscles on both the front and back side of your mid-section, you will establish a strong foundation that can give you an edge on the competition. Teoli suggests adding sit-ups, superman, and plank variations (front, side, moving, etc.) to any workout routine.

Before you hit the slopes or make your hockey debut this season, focus first on preparing your body in the preseason for the physical demands of winter sports. With the right mix of strength, cardiovascular and core training, you will be well on your way to a rewarding winter season. 

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Should I Still Work Out When I'm Sick?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Logan George
FT Maple Grove


"First you must ask, "What am I sick with?" Knowing your illness will help you decide if you should work out. Second you ask, "Do I feel up to working out today?" Your energy level will tell you if you need to keep low for a while.

"If your answers to those questions do not keep you from working out I say give it a try. You can always modify the load or intensity of an exercise if need be."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"It really depends on how “sick” you are.  If it’s a case of the sniffles and you generally feel OK or you're just coming down with something, a light workout can help to boost your immune response to make you feel better and recover faster.  If on the other hand you have a headache, are feeling nauseous, are running a fever, or have the characteristic muscle aches of a more severe illness, you should not exercise and should just rest so you don’t make it worse.

"Bear in mind too that a light “recovery/immunity” workout must also take into account body positioning with relation to the head; sinus or nasal issues will require an elevated head with neutral spine to ensure adequate drainage so excessive congestion does not occur.  Trust me, as I used to suffer from chronic sinusitis."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Your body is trying to recover and destroy bacteria or viruses when you’re sick.  But working out takes away some of your energy. Further, strenuous exercise can lower your immune system and cause you to get sicker.

"Personally, I work out when I am sick if I can, My energy and strength levels are lower but it makes me feel better. However, I know when I just can't and I have to rest."

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn


"My answer in 95% of the cases is no.  When you are sick your body is already under a significant amount of stress.  Adding a workout session may do a disservice to most people while sick.  Listen to your body.  Use the extra time off for additional resting and feeding.  Giving your body extra sleep along with nourishing light meals will help your body fight infection and get back in the game quicker!"

Pam Carthew
FT East Greenwich


"This really depends on you and how well you know your body.  Working out with a slight sniffle and feeling a little under the weather won’t do you any harm.  However, working out with a fever is not a good idea as you already have a raised temperature and exercising will just raise your internal temperature even more.    If you are unable to lift your head off the pillow, stay at home.  Exercising is not going to make you feel better."

Frank Rosalie
FT Great Neck


"In one of my fitness journals they said that if you are feeling under the weather from the neck up you probably can.  A minor cold or running nose is OK.  From the neck down maybe not: stomach flu, fever or body aches."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"This is a tough question with a not-so-black-and-white answer! The issue with working out when you are sick is that you have to not only take into account your own health but the people that may be sharing your workout space with you. It's difficult to decide, especially if you are not quite in tune with your body just yet, whether or not you are too sick for a workout.

"If one is going to work out when sick I would recommend to scale down the intensity. Checking with your physician is also a good idea. If you are told you are contagious, sitting out the workout is a good idea. The body is not trying to focus on getting more fit when it is sick; it is focusing on expelling the virus you are currently ailing from."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"It depends on how "sick" you are.  Listen to your body!  If you do decide to work out and find your energy is decreasing instead of increasing, that's usually a sign that your body needs rest. So stop, go home, jump in a nice soothing bath, get in some comfy jammies and rest up. Also, a rigorous workout can actually impair your defense system which could make things worse.

"If you're sick, I think it's best to take a day off from your workout and nurture your body back to good health. Look at it as a day off for your muscles to repair and recover themselves! If you can't avoid it, then try lighter workout routines and instead of heading to the gym stay home to avoid contaminating others."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"I think it depends on how "sick" you are. Certainly light, easy movement like walking or mobility work shouldn't be an issue. Remember when you're "sick" your immune system in weakened so you have to be careful not to exacerbate the situation."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"It of course depends on how sick you are and what kind of sick. If you have the common cold you can work out. But working out with a fever or stomach issues is not a good idea. Stay home before you get us all sick!"

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Besides Exercise And Diet, What Else Impacts My Fitness?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Bruce Kelly
FT Media

"I believe perhaps the most important factor in health and fitness is sleep -- perhaps even more important than nutrition. They are certainly 1A and 1B, in my opinion. Science is now revealing how poor sleep impacts everything from your hormone profile to your reaction time and virtually everything in between. There are few people that can get by on four or five hours of sleep and shift workers pay a particularly high price for their "odd" hours."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"Stress: We've all felt it. Sometimes stress can be a positive force, motivating you to perform well at your piano recital or job interview. But often, like when you're stuck in traffic, or had an argument with your spouse that was left unresolved, it's a negative force.  When stress starts interfering with your ability to live a normal life for an extended period, it becomes dangerous and starts to affect your health.

"So what can you do to avoid the wear and tear on your body when there's stress in your life? Try boosting your positive affect by making a little time for enjoyable activities every day. Go for a walk to clear your mind and count your blessings. Love. Eat healthy --  food can be your best medicine or your worst poison. Work out, and leave all your stress at the gym. Call a friend. Rest. Try to keep a positive attitude to increase happiness, joy, contentment and enthusiasm in your life. Give your stress wings and let it fly away!"

Malik Stevens
FT Central Georgetown

"While many may think that fitness is solely exercise and diet, there are many other factors affecting a person's overall health and fitness.  These factors include genetics, sleep patterns, stress levels, age and even the social activities that we regularly partake in.

"For example, high levels of stress contribute to high levels of cortisol, which negatively affect muscle growth and overall health.  Similarly, if a person regularly drinks or smokes that person is putting his/her body at higher risk of certain diseases as well as slowly damaging certain organs that are essential for optimum health and fitness.

"Also, with age a person's body naturally becomes less flexible.  They lose strength and their metabolism slows down.

"Although you cannot avoid age, most of the other factors affecting fitness can be controlled.  So while exercise and diet are important, do pay attention to the other factors as they too greatly affect our overall health and fitness."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge

"Stress is another factor besides exercise and diet that impacts your fitness. Stress can cause headaches, upset stomach, increased blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon

"Sleep! Sleep is when the vast majority of your body's repair process takes place; if you're working out regularly and microtearing muscle fiber but not getting enough sleep you won't only take longer to recover from your workouts but you increase the chances of overtraining.

"Everyone has different sleep needs depending on a variety of factors, but the typical American seems to function best with seven to nine hours of sleep per night. Interestingly, according to traditional Chinese Shiatzu medicine one of the signs which indicates a human is operating at optimal health is that they should only require four to six hours of sleep a night.  This does not mean that you should only strive to sleep that much, but instead that if someone is leading a vigorously healthy life then they naturally could only require that amount."

Avon hoping to get a makeover with new CEO

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Should I Repeat The Same Workout Routine Or Change Things Up?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Is your current routine working for you?  Are you progressing with your goals?  If so, then there’s no need to change things up.  If you have hit a plateau, then it definitely is time to change what you are doing.  If you want change, you have to create change.  That is the beauty of periodization: Planned periods of change can help stave off the inevitable plateau."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"We call it "tricking the body". Change up your routine. If you're hitting the exercise bike or the elliptical, do something different. If you are doing the same exercises over and over again, your body "knows" what to expect. It's called "specificity of training." If you work out at a gym, change your cardio routine by jumping on a stair-climber, a treadmill, or a rowing machine. Try 10 minutes of intense cardio work on a machine and jump on another and repeat. Mix up your routine so it's not a routine."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"Whether or not you should switch up your routine depends on a couple of different variables, the first being how motivated you are to execute the routine day in and day out with an intense approach. If the routine you are currently using could be compared to the same feeling you would get waiting in line at the DMV, then it's time to switch things up. Exercise and getting results is just as much mental as it is physical. Head strong, body strong. No hard work, no success; know hard work, know success.

"The second variable is whether or not you are still seeing results. Exercise and "if it ain't broke don't fix it" go hand in hand. If the body is still getting stronger, or you're losing fat, or gaining lean muscle, or a combination of goals, then there isn't much need to switch up your routine.

"Will you get better results with another routine? Only one way to find out! There is a classic quote referring to fitness that says, "everything works, nothing works forever." I apply this to my workouts often and it has not failed me yet. Try new things, switch up your exercises, rep schemes, heavier weights and lighter weights.  But don't be afraid to stick with the old faithfuls that get you excited and get you results!"

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Change things up for sure. Once your body recognizes “routine,” it plateaus in terms of progress.  Your body simply learns what you teach it. If you continually ask it to learn something new, it has to continually “adapt” and learn it.  These benefits go even a step further in keeping you mentally upbeat for a new variation of your “routine” when you hit the gym.  Change it up and get double the benefits and enhance your results."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"That depends. If you've been doing the same routine for months on end then yes, you should change things. But people tend to have Program Deficit Disorder. They switch around from program to program so frequently that they have no clue what works nor do they give any program time to create adaptations.

"It is also good to bear in mind that the body adapts much more quickly to loading, and by extension, rep schemes then it does to movements. There are only five to seven  fundamental movement patterns anyway.  So by changing loading, speed, range of motion, rest between sets, and so on you can manipulate programming quite a bit."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"It's always good to change up your workouts as long as they're consistently geared towards whatever your goals may be. It keeps your interest fresh and makes it more enjoyable. We feel it is a great idea to have an "active rest" day! During an active rest day you can try something you have never tried before, something fun such as mountain climbing, kickboxing, or a pick-up basketball game."

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What's My Target Heart Rate, And Why Should I Care?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Your target heart rate is the number of times your heart should beat in one minute while pursuing an activity.  The target range is very individual, as it depends on the fitness level of the exerciser and what the purpose of that exercise session is.  Contacting a personal trainer for more information on how to determine what yours should be is a wise idea, as sticking to your particular cardiovascular exercise level can make or break how successful your regimen is in helping you attain your goals."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"I think the first issue is with establishing target heart rate. Any type of incremental treadmill test with a heart rate monitor will help with that. For example, warming up then starting at a 6% grade and 6-7 mph and increasing the grade and speed by 1% and 1 mph every minute will establish a max pretty quickly for most people. Err on the side of caution, though, so you don't have people flying off the back of the treadmill.

"Then establish your training zones off of that. I essentially like two zones -- low intensity and high intensity. Too many people spend too much time in the "no man's land" of the middle which is too hard to recover from and not hard enough to elicit any real training response. So think walking pace 60%-70% and sprinting pace 80% and above."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"One's target heart rate depends on the individual's goals, age and fitness level. You want to stay in between 55 to 85 percent of your max heart rate which is 220 minus your age. To high and you're straining yourself, too low and you aren't being efficient."

Malik Stevens
FT Central Georgetown


"A person’s target heart rate depends on that person age, fitness level, and goal as well as the activity at hand.  Essentially, the target heart rate is the amount of beats your heart produces while doing a specific activity.  As it pertains to exercise, there are typically three zones a person’s heart rate can be categorized into.  The first zone is when a person’s heart is working at 65-75% of its maximum work capacity.  New clients or people beginning a new exercise regimen should not exceed this zone until they have been properly assessed and have proven that they can be progressed to Zone 2 where they use 76%-85% of their heart’s max capacity or Zone 3, where they are then using 86%-95%.

"The heart’s maximum work capacity is generally found by subtracting a person’s age from 220.  Thus a 30-year-old client working in Zone 1 will need to have a target heart rate between 99 and 135 beats per minute.

"Target heart rate is important to know because it gives a person insight into whether or not they are actually challenging their cardiovascular system.  It also helps an individual gauge whether an activity is too strenuous to maintain.  Furthermore, tracking your heart rate also ensures greater levels of safety and success by offering a safe range to which we can compare our heart rate during exercise."

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What Are Some Sources Of Dietary Sodium That People May Not Know About?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Kelly Blackwin
FT Santa Monica


"Hidden sources of sodium to watch out for include sodium in soft drinks, preserved foods, baked goods, and particularly restaurant meals. When you order a meal at a restaurant, chances are it's loaded with sodium before you even put your hand on the salt shaker. Salt is an inexpensive way to add flavor to food and most restaurants use this to their advantage."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Some surprising sources of dietary sodium include pretty much anything prepackaged or processed. The sodium in those foods helps in food preservation so spoilage during shipping and storage takes much longer to occur.  Deli meats, too, are loaded with salt, for the same preservative quality mentioned above.  Basically if you want to help lower your blood pressure and prevent excessive water retention, cut down on your sodium intake by staying away from prepackaged and processed foods, deli meats and most restaurant fare."

Dwayne Davis
FT Morristown


"It's important to pay attention to the sodium content of those breakfast cereals. It's not just about sugars with some of these cereals!  Sodium not only contributes to the flavor but helps with the shelf life of the product.  Better to go healthy; try Kashi GOLEAN or some of the other organic brands."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Foods that are processed have hidden sodium.  Foods that may seem healthy such as low fat cheese or anything in a can have more sodium.  It is best to just eat from Mother Earth."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"Did you know that about 80 percent of the salt we consume is in the prepared foods we eat and does not come from our salt shakers?  According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all the sodium we eat in a day comes from just 10 foods most Americans eat. The top six are known as the “salty six” -- breads & rolls, cold cuts & cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup and sandwiches." 

Add Color To Your Diet With Fall Fruits And Vegetables

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The foods of fall reflect the warm colors of the season and connote comfort, warmth, and welcome. The spectacular yellow of the Gingko tree, the vibrant red and yellow leaves of the magnificent maple trees and the burnt orange of the ubiquitous pumpkin form a collage of fall color.

Why not take this opportunity to dig into the superbly nutritious cornucopia of fall fruits and vegetables?  Use the fall food color palette below as a guide to choosing five of the best fall fruits and veggies:

  1. Apples (red and yellow)
    Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Mutsu, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Empire, Cortland, Braeburn, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein ... there are simply tons of delicious apples to choose from! While available year round, apples do have a season. The harvest season for apples runs from August to October depending on the variety. They can be stored for up to six months at cold temperatures. Packed with cholesterol-lowering fiber, vitamins and plant antioxidants, aim for an apple a day to truly keep the doctor away!
     
  2. Brussels Sprouts (green)
    From September to February, you can find locally grown Brussels sprouts at their peak. Try oven-roasting them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and just a touch of sea salt for a crispy texture. Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, or a "crucifer," meaning they belong to the Crucifae family of vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have numerous health benefits, most notably their ability to fight cancer. Crucifers contain isothiocyanates, chemical compounds that combat carcinogens by inhibiting their activity, repairing damage made by them, and also speeding up cancer cell death.
     
  3. Pumpkin (orange)
    Known as the quintessential fall vegetable, pumpkins mature in the fall and winter. Pumpkin is very easy to cook. Simply bake pumpkin flesh in the oven for tender, delicious results, or try it in a favorite recipe. The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with a powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer, reduces the degenerative aspects of aging and offers protection against heart disease. One cup of boiled pumpkin contains a mere 50 calories and three grams of dietary fiber.
     
  4. Mushrooms (brown)
    Many varieties of mushrooms peak in the fall, including the wild mushrooms: chanterelles, hen of the woods and lobsters. At just 19 calories for an entire cup, mushrooms are the perfect weight loss food! Mushrooms also provide a surprising amount of nutrition, loaded with potassium (the key blood-pressure-lowering mineral), selenium (a potent anti-oxidant mineral) and Vitamin D (mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of the sunshine vitamin). Meaty mushrooms are perfect for hearty fall dishes, so be sure to bulk up your meals with mushrooms.
     
  5. Grapes (purple)
    While grapes can be found in supermarkets all year long, locally grown grapes have their peak season in autumn when they’re plump and sweet. The purple variety of grapes (which can be either reddish-purple, true purple or purple-black), are rich in natural phytochemicals that can help reduce your risk of several chronic diseases. The skins of purple grapes contain a polyphenolic compound called resveratrol. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The skin of the grape also contains quercetin, a type of plant pigment called a flavonoid, which is responsible, along with resveratrol, for the color of purple grapes. Quercetin is also a potent antioxidant known to help stabilize and remove disease-causing free radicals.

Use the spectacular autumn hues to color your plate with these superfoods!

 

Analyzing The Top Exercise Trends For 2014

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

As demographics and lifestyle habits change year after year, so do the hottest exercise trends, techniques and fitness programs on the market. For 2014, the top three leading factors to influence the most popular exercises seem to be time, money and the emergence of the aging-but-still-fitness-minded Baby Boomer generation says Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon.

To help you keep a pulse on the latest buzz in the fitness industry, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released the top 20 fitness trends for the year in its Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014. This industry-leading survey unveiled that the top two trends are time-efficient high-intensity interval training –- workouts 30 minutes or less full of high bursts of energy followed by short rest periods -– and cost-effective body-weight training such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks. As new trends emerged this year others fell from the top 20 such as Zumba, Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, barefoot walking and running, and stability ball workouts.
 
To navigate through what’s hot in fitness for 2014, we asked Pratt to give us his take on some of the top 10 exercise trends in the fitness industry according to ACSM.

No 1: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
In only its second appearance on ACSM’s list, this quick and effective workout technique hits the sweet spot for allowing people to get a full body workout in a minimal amount of time. Fitness professionals like Pratt advise people, though, to be cautious about diving into HIIT before they’re ready for it as there can be numerous risks and instances of injuries from poor form and technique.

Pratt recommends with any new program, but especially with HIIT, to begin slow and start light so you can master good form and postural movements.  And seek guidance from a licensed fitness professional.

“Interval training is definitely an efficient fitness solution,” says Pratt. “You can get equal or more results in less time. I see a disturbing trend, though, with this type of interval training. These high-intensity environments with people yelling and shouting might be bringing a lot of energy and excitement to the workout.  But they’re bringing a high degree of injuries as well.”

No. 2: Body Weight Training
High-intensity intervals and body weight training can go hand-in-hand for getting a good workout efficiently and effectively. You can combine the two by doing bursts of physical activity using just your body weight with moves such as jump squats or plyometric push-ups at home or on the road. Or, you can just stick with the basic body weight movements to strength train and increase your fitness levels. The popularity of this type of training is on the rise due to its low-cost nature and built-in flexibility for busy schedules.

“More people are pursuing interval training because of time,” explains Pratt. “A lot of people are going to start doing body weight, or so-called low-cost training, where you don’t need any equipment for the same reason. You can do it anywhere and it’s also very effective.”

No. 3: Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
No matter what fitness program you decide to follow this year or next, it’s always important to seek the guidance of an educated and certified professional from either a nationally accredited program or reputable college degree program. Do your research and find someone who is experienced in the type of fitness experience you are seeking.

No. 4: Strength Training
Strength training has been around for decades and it isn’t just an exercise approach for body builders. Using loaded weights or even your own body weight to build muscle and burn calories is an essential component to any fitness or weight loss program.

No. 5: Exercise and Weight Loss
Combining an exercise program with a weight loss plan that monitors calorie intake can help individuals not only lose weight, but maintain their optimal weight level.

No. 6: Personal Training
If you’re planning on starting a new work out program this year, it’s important to seek guidance from personal trainers so they can help you plan workouts specific to your goals and needs, as well as show you how to perform the exercises safely and effectively.

“For the first six to 12 weeks at FT, we focus on teaching proper form and making postural adjustments,” explains Pratt. “You get a good workout, but you need to make sure it’s safe first. It’s important to make your focus about overall training and not just individual exercise sessions.”

No. 7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults
As the Baby Boomer generation continues into the retirement phase of their life, they are finding more time and interest for living healthy and fit lifestyles. Pratt is seeing more of a trend in corrective exercises in this age group, as his trainers work with people to identify deviations in posture and develop fitness solutions to correct those imbalances.

Baby Boomers also are turning to small group fitness programs for the social and cost benefits of working out with other like-minded individuals.

“I see this trend continuing to build and grow as our life expectancy continues to increase,” says Pratt.

No. 8: Functional Fitness
Functional training is about improving mobility, moving better and increasing your body’s functionality. Pratt says that this trend has been around for a while in the fitness industry and he sees it leveling off in popularity over the next few years. The technique is here to stay, though, as mobility enhancement continues to be a concern across generations.

No. 9: Group Personal Training
Pratt sees small group personal training as the next big trend that will continue to emerge as trainers dedicate themselves to catering to certain types of people such as senior citizens, youth athletes or weight loss groups. Big group classes will always be around, but small groups with connections among the participants and with the trainer will continue to rise.

“Small group training is the next best thing to one-on-one personal training that people can more easily afford,” says Pratt. “It’s like taking the boot camp structure and making it available to more people and scaling it to more people’s abilities.”

No. 10: Yoga
Pratt is seeing more of an emphasis on holistic training in the fitness world, as well as the inclusion of spiritual modalities in some cases. Yoga fits into this trend of mind/body integration on its own or it can be combined with other exercises to connect both the mind and body to the overall fitness experience.

“The mind and body are inseparable,” says Pratt. “I always tell my clients that this is mostly a head game. If your head isn’t in the right space, you’re not going to get as much out of it as someone who is really focused and thinking positively.”

If you’re looking to pursue a new exercise program to positively affect your health and fitness then take a little bit of time and care to research your options and make sure it’s going to be a good fit for you. You only have one body to work with so do your homework and pick the best exercise that will help you achieve your goals for the next year and beyond.

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Top Five Red Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

It’s Heart Health Month, meaning this month is ablaze with the color red! The purpose of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement is to call attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women (and men). Take care of your heart and tap into the heart-healthy power of eating red to garner the healing power of this fabulous group of nutrition powerhouse foods.

Red is the new green, at least as far as heart-healthy eating goes. The bright hue of red foods (and no, we don’t mean the Red Hots candy you ate as a kid) is a sure sign the food is packed with a lot of disease-fighting antioxidant plant chemicals. The specific phytochemicals include some names you may have heard before: lycopene, carotenoids and resveratrol.

Here is a list of the top five red foods you should be eating on a regular basis to keep your ticker strong:

  1. Tomatoes: Tomatoes and cooked tomato products (such as tomato sauce and tomato paste) are high in the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a plant pigment responsible for the deep red color of tomatoes. Lycopene has numerous health benefits, most notably its ability to ward off prostate cancer in men.

    When it comes to heart health, lycopene stops LDL or “bad” cholesterol from becoming oxidized by free radicals, hence preventing the formation of arterial plaque. Cooking tomatoes has been shown to increase the amount of lycopene that the body can absorb by breaking down plant cells that trap the substance, so eat that tomato sauce!

    Try the Nutrition Together Shrimp Fra Diavolo lycopene-rich recipe. Serve with a dark leafy green salad and wash it down with a nice glass of pinot noir for a perfect heart-healthy dinner.
     
  2. Red Bell Peppers: Who knew? One red bell pepper has three times the vitamin C as an orange! Red bell peppers are also packed with other antioxidants as well as fiber which functions to keep your intestines in good shape as well as lower your cholesterol. Try snacking on red pepper with a hummus dip—delicious and simple to make.
     
  3. Beets: Reddish purple beets are chock full of plant chemicals called anthocyanins which give them such a deep red color. Anthocyanin pigments and the associated flavonoid polyphenols have demonstrated the ability to protect against a myriad of human diseases, and anthocyanins are also powerful antioxidants that can protect the heart. Try the Nutrition Together roasted beets recipe to really bring out the natural sweetness of these purple gems.
     
  4. Apples: An apple a day truly does keep the doctor (cardiologist) away! Sometimes the best heart medicine is the kind you can get from your produce section. In this case, apples contain a large amount of pectin, a soluble fiber, which blocks cholesterol absorption in the gut and encourages the body to excrete the cholesterol. Apple peels are also packed with polyphenols -- antioxidants that prevent cellular damage from free radicals. So whatever you do, don’t toss the peel.
     
  5. Red wine: Red wine is liquid heart medicine. Studies have shown that drinking one glass a day with a meal promotes clear, healthy arteries. Make sure to go red and not white when you choose your color of wine as red contains the powerful antioxidant resveratrol as well as flavonoids which partner together to ease arterial inflammation. Your best bet for maximum antioxidant power is to drink either pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon. Remember, one glass a day is all you need; any more could cause health problems. Don’t drink? Try a small glass of 100% Concord grape juice instead.

Do your heart a favor and "go red" this month by including these heart-healthy red foods into your daily diet. Add some of these foods to your day and with the support of Fitness Together you’ll surely be giving your heart the gift of health this month.

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Need More Motivation?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Need More Motivation? 

 

 

With fewer than half of all New Years fitness resolutions being met within the first half of any given year, it's obvious that something is happening to chip away at those motivation levels which ride high in January!  Life can hand us many unexpected (and expected) trials which may divert some of us away from our goals.  Oftentimes a lack of results account for the high dropout rate in gyms & fitness facilities around the world. 

How is YOUR motivation?  Have you been attaining the goals you set at the beginning of the year? 

If Don Long's story wasn't enough to get you fired up again for continuing your regimen, just take a look at what our clients accomplished after the reopening of 2010:

  • 65 lbs. of muscle gained
  • 193.9 lbs. of fat trimmed away
  • Resting Heart Rates decreased by a total of 47 bpm
  • Posterior chain flexibility increased by 18 inches
  • 93.5 inches lost
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  • Blood pressure averages decreased by 17 points systolic and 9 points diastolic

And those numbers keep increasing exponentially every year as we build a larger clientele!  Would you like to be a part of our Success Team?  Contact us to find out how!

What Are Some Good Ways To Monitor My Fitness Progress?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Doing an assessment every six to eight weeks is a good way to monitor one's fitness progress. The assessment is the same test each time to see exactly how well one has improved. You assess body fat percentage, exercise recovery heart rate, flexibility, measurements, and any specific goals one may have. From this information you set new goals and make the necessary changes to achieve those goals!"

Chadd Braine
FT Morris Township


"We will do a strength assessment as well as physical measurements to monitor progress. We are big on tracking not only body fat percentage but strength numbers and cardio progress.  In our opinion, the more ways we can measure a client's progress, the better. If you have a couple different areas of evaluation more goals can be set, which in turn equals more personal records being broken!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"One's "fitness" is a composite state of physical well-being composed of several different facets: muscle strength, cardiovascular efficiency, joint flexibility, tissue composition, and functional movement patterns. A good fitness assessment should test all of these components so the client receives a more global picture with regards to their general state of well-being. Given the specialized nature of this kind of assessment, a retest conducted every four to eight weeks is recommended.

"On a more regular basis, looking for progress between workouts is key to making sure you're on track.  Everyone has "on days" and "off days."  But a general snapshot of your workout records should see a gradual increase in performance, whether that be in weight, reps, time, etc."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"Monitoring your progress depends on setting baselines to begin with in your assessment/evaluation process. So, for example, if you want to lose body fat percentage you have to establish a baseline and then regularly re-check that to ensure you are on the right track toward your goal. If you're not, then adjustments in program design and nutrition are in order in this case."

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Add Color to Your Diet With Fall Fruits and Vegetables

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The foods of fall reflect the warm colors of the season and connote comfort, warmth, and welcome. The spectacular yellow of the Gingko tree, the vibrant red and yellow leaves of the magnificent maple trees and the burnt orange of the ubiquitous pumpkin form a collage of fall color.

Why not take this opportunity to dig into the superbly nutritious cornucopia of fall fruits and vegetables?  Use the fall food color palette below as a guide to choosing five of the best fall fruits and veggies:

  1. Apples (red and yellow)
    Red Delicious, Pink Lady, Mutsu, McIntosh, Jonathan, Jonagold, Honeygold, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Empire, Cortland, Braeburn, Pippin, Winesap, Gravenstein ... there are simply tons of delicious apples to choose from! While available year round, apples do have a season. The harvest season for apples runs from August to October depending on the variety. They can be stored for up to six months at cold temperatures. Packed with cholesterol-lowering fiber, vitamins and plant antioxidants, aim for an apple a day to truly keep the doctor away!
     
  2. Brussels Sprouts (green)
    From September to February, you can find locally grown Brussels sprouts at their peak. Try oven-roasting them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and just a touch of sea salt for a crispy texture. Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, or a "crucifer," meaning they belong to the Crucifae family of vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables have numerous health benefits, most notably their ability to fight cancer. Crucifers contain isothiocyanates, chemical compounds that combat carcinogens by inhibiting their activity, repairing damage made by them, and also speeding up cancer cell death.
     
  3. Pumpkin (orange)
    Known as the quintessential fall vegetable, pumpkins mature in the fall and winter. Pumpkin is very easy to cook. Simply bake pumpkin flesh in the oven for tender, delicious results, or try it in a favorite recipe. The bright orange color of pumpkin is a dead giveaway that pumpkin is loaded with a powerful antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body. Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene reduces the risk of developing certain types of cancer, reduces the degenerative aspects of aging and offers protection against heart disease. One cup of boiled pumpkin contains a mere 50 calories and three grams of dietary fiber.
     
  4. Mushrooms (brown)
    Many varieties of mushrooms peak in the fall, including the wild mushrooms: chanterelles, hen of the woods and lobsters. At just 19 calories for an entire cup, mushrooms are the perfect weight loss food! Mushrooms also provide a surprising amount of nutrition, loaded with potassium (the key blood-pressure-lowering mineral), selenium (a potent anti-oxidant mineral) and Vitamin D (mushrooms are one of the few natural sources of the sunshine vitamin). Meaty mushrooms are perfect for hearty fall dishes, so be sure to bulk up your meals with mushrooms.
     
  5. Grapes (purple)
    While grapes can be found in supermarkets all year long, locally grown grapes have their peak season in autumn when they’re plump and sweet. The purple variety of grapes (which can be either reddish-purple, true purple or purple-black), are rich in natural phytochemicals that can help reduce your risk of several chronic diseases. The skins of purple grapes contain a polyphenolic compound called resveratrol. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The skin of the grape also contains quercetin, a type of plant pigment called a flavonoid, which is responsible, along with resveratrol, for the color of purple grapes. Quercetin is also a potent antioxidant known to help stabilize and remove disease-causing free radicals.

Use the spectacular autumn hues to color your plate with these superfoods!

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What are some sources of dietary sodium that people may not know about?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Kelly Blackwin
FT Santa Monica


"Hidden sources of sodium to watch out for include sodium in soft drinks, preserved foods, baked goods, and particularly restaurant meals. When you order a meal at a restaurant, chances are it's loaded with sodium before you even put your hand on the salt shaker. Salt is an inexpensive way to add flavor to food and most restaurants use this to their advantage."

Billy Pratt
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"Some surprising sources of dietary sodium include pretty much anything prepackaged or processed. The sodium in those foods helps in food preservation so spoilage during shipping and storage takes much longer to occur.  Deli meats, too, are loaded with salt, for the same preservative quality mentioned above.  Basically if you want to help lower your blood pressure and prevent excessive water retention, cut down on your sodium intake by staying away from prepackaged and processed foods, deli meats and most restaurant fare."

Dwayne Davis
FT Morristown


"It's important to pay attention to the sodium content of those breakfast cereals. It's not just about sugars with some of these cereals!  Sodium not only contributes to the flavor but helps with the shelf life of the product.  Better to go healthy; try Kashi GOLEAN or some of the other organic brands."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Foods that are processed have hidden sodium.  Foods that may seem healthy such as low fat cheese or anything in a can have more sodium.  It is best to just eat from Mother Earth."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"Did you know that about 80 percent of the salt we consume is in the prepared foods we eat and does not come from our salt shakers?  According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control, about half of all the sodium we eat in a day comes from just 10 foods most Americans eat. The top six are known as the “salty six” -- breads & rolls, cold cuts & cured meats, pizza, poultry, soup and sandwiches."

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Is it okay to splurge on Thanksgiving?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Nobody gains weight from just that one Thanksgiving Day meal. We gain weight from the “holiday mentality” that continues on from Thanksgiving to New Years Day. Yet, the busiest and most stressful time of year is precisely when we must be most vigilant about putting the brakes on our calorie intake and finding the time to fit in lots of calorie-burning, stress-releasing exercise. That said, here are a few healthy makeover tips for holiday meals: modify your favorite holiday recipes so they are healthier and lighter (without compromising taste) by reducing the fat, sugar, sodium and calories.

For example, if you prepare stuffing from a box, look for a lower sodium variety, omit adding butter or margarine, and do add in lots of healthy vegetables like mushrooms, onions, garlic, celery and peppers, sautéed in a small amount of olive oil. You can also add in a touch of super-healthy walnuts and cranberries. Traditional mashed potatoes can be transformed into a delicious, heart-healthy cholesterol-lowering side dish (for Dr. Janet's recipe, see below). Go for the turkey breast without the skin; don’t go overboard with the gravy; and eat desserts and drink alcohol in moderation.

This holiday season, remember to take the time to give yourself the gift of health by making a conscious effort to eat better and get in your daily calorie and stress—burning exercise!

Mashed Potatoes with Chickpeas
Serves 6

What you need:

  • 2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 can (15.5 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 1⁄2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1⁄4 cup Promise Take Control Light margarine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • Commercial gravy, optional

What you do:

  • Place potatoes in large saucepan, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pan.
  • Add chickpeas and mash using a potato masher. Add soy milk, chicken broth, margarine, and salt and pepper and stir. Cook an additional 2 minutes, until heated, stirring constantly. Serve warm. Top with commercial gravy if desired.

Per serving (1⁄6 of recipe, 293 grams or approximately 1 cup): Calories: 255, Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 751 mg, Carbohydrate: 46 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 7 g

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Working Through A Weight Loss Plateau

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

As you celebrate Thanksgiving today and share your gratitude for the fitness gains you've made throughout the year and the opportunities you still have to establish a healthier lifestyle, it can be hard to keep your thoughts on a positive note if you find yourself stuck in a weight loss plateau.

When you stop progressing toward your weight loss goals and reach a plateau, you have one of two ways to approach this detour. You can consider a plateau to be a major roadblock to meeting your desired health and fitness goals or you can accept it as the next stage in your weight loss journey. Either way, it’s not time to throw in the towel. It’s time to get to work mixing up your routine so you can get back on course toward achieving your desired results.
 
Accept the Inevitable

Weight loss plateaus will inevitably happen at some point in your fitness journey.  But they don’t signal the end of the road. These bumps in your route are just indicators that you may need to change up the direction on how you’re approaching your nutrition and fitness regimen. When you weigh more, your metabolism is higher because it takes more energy and you burn more calories just by moving during your daily activities. When you start to weigh less, your metabolism naturally decreases and you can hit a plateau if you maintain the same calorie intake and exercise program as you did when you started losing weight.

“Just about everyone on a weight loss program will reach a plateau,” explains Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon. “The main reason for this is because people keep the same habits, but their body is changing. If you don’t adjust your fitness and nutrition habits as you lose weight then your energy balance starts to even out and you stop seeing results.”

Bring in the Re-Adjustments

The key to working through a weight loss plateau is to acknowledge that the slowdown is to be expected, but to not become discouraged, give up or lose sight of your overall weight loss goals. Instead, create a plan to re-adjust your fitness and nutrition strategies to overcome any plateaus that may be on the horizon.
 
“If you want to create change, you have to make change happen,” advises Pratt. “If change stops, you need to adjust what you’re doing. Nine times out of 10, when you reach a plateau you’re going to need to increase your activity and decrease your calories to get it started again. You don’t want to divorce the two.”

If you don’t know which way to turn to get the change you desire, it’s OK to ask for help. Sitting down with a fitness and nutrition professional to evaluate where you’re at, what you’re doing and where you want to go may be just what you need to get started again toward accomplishing your ultimate goals.

“I always tell my clients that weight loss is the easy part,” explains Pratt. “Weight maintenance is the hard part because people can get complacent.”

Celebrate the Reason for the Season

As we embark on the season of celebration and rejoicing, it is important to realize that plateaus may not necessarily be a negative thing. In actuality, plateaus can be a sign of real progress.  Your body is getting stronger and you’re getting closer to your body’s full potential. Reaching a plateau also can mean that you’ve accomplished your first round of adopting a healthy and fit lifestyle. Now, your body is just telling you to prepare for round two by rolling out adapted exercises and eating habits to better suit the new you.

“Plateaus can be your body’s way of congratulating you,” Pratt says. “They shouldn’t get you down. You should really celebrate it because it means you’ve made progress.”

Plateaus ultimately give you the opportunity to take pause, appreciate where you’ve come from and prepare for your final destination. When you’re ready to work through a plateau, it’s important to re-evaluate your mental game, re-adjust your exercise routine and revamp your nutrition habits. You will be happier with your results if you focus on taking this type of holistic approach.

Analyzing the Top Exercise Trends for 2014

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

As demographics and lifestyle habits change year after year, so do the hottest exercise trends, techniques and fitness programs on the market. For 2014, the top three leading factors to influence the most popular exercises seem to be time, money and the emergence of the aging-but-still-fitness-minded Baby Boomer generation says Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon.

To help you keep a pulse on the latest buzz in the fitness industry, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently released the top 20 fitness trends for the year in its Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014. This industry-leading survey unveiled that the top two trends are time-efficient high-intensity interval training –- workouts 30 minutes or less full of high bursts of energy followed by short rest periods -– and cost-effective body-weight training such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks. As new trends emerged this year others fell from the top 20 such as Zumba, Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, barefoot walking and running, and stability ball workouts.
 
To navigate through what’s hot in fitness for 2014, we asked Pratt to give us his take on some of the top 10 exercise trends in the fitness industry according to ACSM.

No 1: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
In only its second appearance on ACSM’s list, this quick and effective workout technique hits the sweet spot for allowing people to get a full body workout in a minimal amount of time. Fitness professionals like Pratt advise people, though, to be cautious about diving into HIIT before they’re ready for it as there can be numerous risks and instances of injuries from poor form and technique.

Pratt recommends with any new program, but especially with HIIT, to begin slow and start light so you can master good form and postural movements.  And seek guidance from a licensed fitness professional.

“Interval training is definitely an efficient fitness solution,” says Pratt. “You can get equal or more results in less time. I see a disturbing trend, though, with this type of interval training. These high-intensity environments with people yelling and shouting might be bringing a lot of energy and excitement to the workout.  But they’re bringing a high degree of injuries as well.”

No. 2: Body Weight Training
High-intensity intervals and body weight training can go hand-in-hand for getting a good workout efficiently and effectively. You can combine the two by doing bursts of physical activity using just your body weight with moves such as jump squats or plyometric push-ups at home or on the road. Or, you can just stick with the basic body weight movements to strength train and increase your fitness levels. The popularity of this type of training is on the rise due to its low-cost nature and built-in flexibility for busy schedules.

“More people are pursuing interval training because of time,” explains Pratt. “A lot of people are going to start doing body weight, or so-called low-cost training, where you don’t need any equipment for the same reason. You can do it anywhere and it’s also very effective.”

No. 3: Educated, Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
No matter what fitness program you decide to follow this year or next, it’s always important to seek the guidance of an educated and certified professional from either a nationally accredited program or reputable college degree program. Do your research and find someone who is experienced in the type of fitness experience you are seeking.

No. 4: Strength Training
Strength training has been around for decades and it isn’t just an exercise approach for body builders. Using loaded weights or even your own body weight to build muscle and burn calories is an essential component to any fitness or weight loss program.

No. 5: Exercise and Weight Loss
Combining an exercise program with a weight loss plan that monitors calorie intake can help individuals not only lose weight, but maintain their optimal weight level.

No. 6: Personal Training
If you’re planning on starting a new work out program this year, it’s important to seek guidance from personal trainers so they can help you plan workouts specific to your goals and needs, as well as show you how to perform the exercises safely and effectively.

“For the first six to 12 weeks at FT, we focus on teaching proper form and making postural adjustments,” explains Pratt. “You get a good workout, but you need to make sure it’s safe first. It’s important to make your focus about overall training and not just individual exercise sessions.”

No. 7: Fitness Programs for Older Adults
As the Baby Boomer generation continues into the retirement phase of their life, they are finding more time and interest for living healthy and fit lifestyles. Pratt is seeing more of a trend in corrective exercises in this age group, as his trainers work with people to identify deviations in posture and develop fitness solutions to correct those imbalances.

Baby Boomers also are turning to small group fitness programs for the social and cost benefits of working out with other like-minded individuals.

“I see this trend continuing to build and grow as our life expectancy continues to increase,” says Pratt.

No. 8: Functional Fitness
Functional training is about improving mobility, moving better and increasing your body’s functionality. Pratt says that this trend has been around for a while in the fitness industry and he sees it leveling off in popularity over the next few years. The technique is here to stay, though, as mobility enhancement continues to be a concern across generations.

No. 9: Group Personal Training
Pratt sees small group personal training as the next big trend that will continue to emerge as trainers dedicate themselves to catering to certain types of people such as senior citizens, youth athletes or weight loss groups. Big group classes will always be around, but small groups with connections among the participants and with the trainer will continue to rise.

“Small group training is the next best thing to one-on-one personal training that people can more easily afford,” says Pratt. “It’s like taking the boot camp structure and making it available to more people and scaling it to more people’s abilities.”

No. 10: Yoga
Pratt is seeing more of an emphasis on holistic training in the fitness world, as well as the inclusion of spiritual modalities in some cases. Yoga fits into this trend of mind/body integration on its own or it can be combined with other exercises to connect both the mind and body to the overall fitness experience.

“The mind and body are inseparable,” says Pratt. “I always tell my clients that this is mostly a head game. If your head isn’t in the right space, you’re not going to get as much out of it as someone who is really focused and thinking positively.”

If you’re looking to pursue a new exercise program to positively affect your health and fitness then take a little bit of time and care to research your options and make sure it’s going to be a good fit for you. You only have one body to work with so do your homework and pick the best exercise that will help you achieve your goals for the next year and beyond.

How would you sum up your fitness philosophy in three words?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown

"Customized... functional... progressive."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan

"Mind, body and calories."

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn

"Forget the scale!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon

"Keep on going!"

Mike Heydt
FT Morris Township

"One hundred years. I train with the intent of staying healthy and living to be 100!"

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"Courage, consistency and commitment."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"NFL -- nutrition, fun and lifestyle."

Aaron Willing
FT Auburn
"Necessary life work."

Dwayne Davis
FT Morristown

"Lots. Of. Fun!"

Bruce Kelly
FT Media

"Assess. Program. Coach."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge

"Keep it simple."

Matt Gagliano
FT East Bay

"Inspire, fun and results."

Ryan Fernandez
FT Cold Spring Hills

"Form. Lower. Core."

Diana Doerbecker
FT Cold Spring Hills

"Love your body!"

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist

"Yes, you can!"

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No Excuse Zone: The Time is Now to Fall Back Into Fitness

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The Labor Day holiday closes out the season of barbecues, lounging by the pool and overindulging during summer vacations. As you embark on a new month and a new fall season, you have an important choice to make. Are you going to jump on the train to a healthy and fit lifestyle or opt for a layover until the New Year’s resolution season rolls around?

September is the month of do-or-die for establishing a fitness routine before the busy holiday season arrives. Don’t miss out on this small window of opportunity to get back into the healthy habits that you may have abandoned during the summer months. It’s time to bust through your excuses and fall back into a routine that will get you the results you want.

Welcome to the “no excuse zone.”

No Time? Make Some.
One of the top excuses personal trainers nationwide hear over and over again about starting a fitness program is lack of time. When clients tell Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon, that they don’t have enough time in the day to exercise, he offers a simple math equation to help them put their daily schedules into a more realistic perspective.

24 hours in a day minus 8-9 hours of sleeping, leaves 15-16 hours of awake time.

Pratt believes that if you can’t take as little as 30 minutes per day out of a total of 15-16 waking hours doing something good for yourself such as working out, then you aren’t being realistic about the actual total number of hours in a day. Breaking it down even further, 30 minutes is only 1/30 of your total waking time each day. So, even if you have 29 items on your daily to-do list, you still have time to make working out the 30th item on your list.

To make sure that you carve out time and follow through on working out, Pratt has found it helpful to have clients actually schedule their workout times in their smartphones or calendar books. Simply write your name in designated time slots each week. Or, if you feel guilty about taking time out of your day for yourself, you can always put a code name in your calendar such as “Operation Healthy and Fit.”

No Energy? Get Some.
While rest is important for recovering and repairing your mind and body, consistent inactivity can drain your motivation and energy levels. Having no energy can be a vicious cycle because if you wait to start working out until you have enough energy, then it will never happen. What you actually need to energize yourself is to get off the couch, step away from the electronics and get active. You’ll love the results you experience and enjoy the endorphins that are awakened when you physically push your mind and body.

“You just have to start and get the ball rolling because exercising regularly actually will increase your energy levels,” Pratt explains. “I tell my clients that the first result they will see after they start working out with us is increased overall energy.”

No Money? No Problem.
Getting fit doesn’t have to mean joining a big-box gym with expensive introductory and monthly fees. An effective fitness routine can simply mean grabbing a group of friends or family members and doing calisthenics in a park (body weight squats, pushups, dips and lounges) or going for a walk/jog around your neighborhood. Even if you are tight on money, you can be active for free if you just get out and get moving.

If you’re looking for a quick but effective workout routine that can jumpstart your fitness regimen right at home, Sue Teoli, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together New Canaan, suggests starting with a simple set of 10 push-ups, 10 body weight squats, 10 sit-ups and 10 jumping jacks. Take a short break after finishing the set and then do it again, working your way up to completing the set of exercises three to five times.

“You’re working your whole body and you’re getting your heart rate up,” Teoli says. “Squats and pushups are the two mack daddy movements for working your total body.”

Don’t Know Where to Start? There’s No Better Time than the Present.
To get started with a fitness routine that gets results, you need to first find a workout environment that fits your personality. If you are a social butterfly who is motivated by others, then a group workout environment may be your best option. On the other hand, if you are a shy person who prefers to work out alone, then you may enjoy a one-on-one personal training environment. Either way, just find an environment that fits your style and aim for at least 30 minutes, three times per week, of strength training and cardio exercise, suggests Pratt.

“Take into account your overall lifestyle, your stress levels and your personal goals when finding a routine that will help you get the results you want,” Pratt advises.

The time is now to start making time for you and your health. If you put into place the above strategies, you’ll then have a clear path to achieving your fall fitness goals.

So, what's your excuse?

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What Are Some Foods That Help With Inflammation And Arthritis?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Sean Ryback
FT Mission Hills


"Many of us have the challenge of facing unwanted inflammation in our body and arthritis in our daily lives. This breakdown of cartilage along with our body’s negative immune response most commonly happens in our major joints, causing pain and irritation. How do we fight it? The sweet answer: chocolate! The phytochemicals in cocoa have been linked to reducing inflammation in the body.  Find yourself some chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70% or higher to harvest this great benefit!"

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn


"A diet full of fish, fruits and vegetables will provide you with the omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals that have been found to be great anti-inflammatories.  Think of wild-caught salmon and dark-green and brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, chard, and blueberries.

"Taking fish oil supplements is a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids if you don’t eat fish or don’t eat it often.  Make sure you talk to your doctor first and do your research.  Not all fish oil supplements are created equal."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"It's well known that atherosclerosis (the process of plaque buildup in the arteries) is an inflammatory disorder (as is rheumatoid arthritis), therefore there has been much recent research interest involving the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists have determined that eating a diet high in omega-3 fats decrease inflammation.

"Eating a daily dose of ground flaxseeds (two tablespoons), provides about three grams of omega-3 ALA (the plant form of omega-3), an amount that exceeds the 2.2 grams a day recommended by the National Institutes of Health.  Flaxseed oil is one of the few known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, so try using some in place of other oils. It's great in salad dressing or as a flavoring for vegetables or grains.  And you can add a tablespoon of canola oil to your daily diet, another leading plant source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids, to get an additional 1.3 grams."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"Some foods that may help alleviate inflammation are often found right in the produce area or nutrition section of your local grocery. To some surprising extent these are probably foods you may be eating daily already and simply adding in a little more, while staying within your caloric goal, could just be the answer.  Blueberries, sweet potatoes and green tea are among the long list of foods that will help fight against not just inflammation but toxins and carcinogens as well.

"Blueberries are high in phytonutrients and packed full of antioxidants that counter inflammation, and can aid in protection against cancer and dementia. Sweet potato has a team of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamins b6 and c all working in synergy to fight off your inflammation.  Green tea, not only good for metabolism, is considered a potential anti-inflammatory agent due to its flavonoids.

"All of these are nutritious, vitamin and nutrient dense foods that should be part of a well balanced, healthy diet."

Liz Heatter
FT New Canaan


"Apples: Not only can an apple a day keep the doctor away, but it may also help to hold your arthritis at bay. Apples contain boron, a mineral that appears to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Moreover, when boron was given to people who already have the disease, it helped relieve pain."

Should I Do Strength Training If I Have Chronic Back Pain?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"I believe that there are always ways to train around injury short of being bedridden. And low back pain is no exception having had it myself off and on for over 40 years. The key is in finding what movements and exercises don't aggravate it or cause pain. There is no one cause of back pain nor is there one solution. It could be due to muscular imbalances, motor control issues, structural issues or some combination of these.

"We train and have trained clients with a variety of injuries and orthopedic issues from joint replacements to low back pain to shin splints to broken feet. This is where the knowledge, experience and empathy of a good trainer can pay dividends."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"One of the best things you can do to reduce back pain is to do strength training. Building up the muscles of your back will help to prevent further injury.  Most back pain comes from a muscle strain or ligament strain. Having a strong core can stabilize and brace the spine to reduce injury.  Exercises such as straight leg raises, wall squats, and bridges are a few examples of strength training while stabilizing the core."

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"Many of our clients come in with chronic back pain.  This is probably one of the most common complaints.  After analyzing the client, the problem often originates from a weak core, tight hamstrings and other postural imbalances.  Once we begin working on correcting these imbalances, the majority of our clients' back pain is significantly reduced or goes away.  If you're dealing with back pain or any other injury, it is important to engage in safe and effective exercise.  This is the perfect opportunity to invest in your health and hire a professional trainer to assist you with your individual needs!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Everyone should do some form of strength training whether or not they have chronic back pain. The extent to which strength training can help ease or eliminate back pain depends on the causes of that pain.  Low back pain caused by weak lumbar muscles and tight hamstrings may largely be helped by a progressive strength training program, while such a program may not be as effective at decreasing pain if there is a severely ruptured disc that requires surgery to correct.

"Strength training always carries at least some benefit -- and more often, a lot of benefit -- to those who suffer from chronic back pain.  But like anything else it really depends on what is causing the pain and how the program is designed and administered. Making sure your plan is tailored to your specific needs is always the most important factor in how effective a strength training regimen can be, with or without the presence of chronic back pain."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Here in Basking Ridge we strongly advise strengthening the core to alleviate further back pain and problems. We also advise working on flexibility of the hip flexors and hamstrings. Anyone with chronic lower back pain should always start off slow and gradually graduate to more complex exercises. Keep it simple and safe!"

 

What's the most important New Year's resolution to make for my health?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"The key to getting the results you want is consistency. If you walk every day for 30 minutes, strength train two or three days weekly, focus on eating protein and vegetables, and weigh yourself on the same scale at the same time every day, you will succeed. This is Mike Boyle's formula; it's simple but not easy."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Resolutions seem so ominous to a lot of people. I think they should be simple like exercising portion control and just being active. People can start by using smaller plates for portion control and setting a goal each day to be active. I'm not talking about running a marathon, just something simple that would be extra in someone's life such as walking more or watching less TV."

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"The most important New Year's resolution to make for your health is making a life-long commitment to taking care of your health rather than looking for a short-term fix.  Make the pledge to yourself to take one step a day towards healthier habits, rather than trying to overhaul your entire life at the drop of the New Year's ball.

"Set up small, attainable goals that you can achieve progressively. Hold yourself accountable to your resolution by writing these goals down and designating someone as your accountability partner.  Whether this is your spouse, child, friend or personal trainer make sure this person knows what your goals are and checks in with you to make sure you're staying on track."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"My health is my wealth and this year I make living well my number one priority!”

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"Take an inventory of your top three personal health needs/goals then make an action plan for the New Year to attain them. Perhaps it is your weight, your cholesterol or your fitness level.  All of these health areas can be improved by creating S.M.A.R.T. goals, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely."

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Planet Fitness Personal Trainers Are Welcome At Fitness Together!

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Planet Fitness CEO Mike Grondahl’s statement has insulted not just personal trainers but also their clients.[1]  Personal training… fraudulent?  Stupid?  Useless?  Try telling that to our clientele – the ones who thank us regularly for helping them to attain their goals.  Losing weight & inches, getting stronger, feeling better, decreasing medications, motivation… to see just a small sample of what our clients have to say about us, visit our Success Stories page on our website:  www.fitnesstogether.com/avon/page/success_stories

Not everyone needs a personal trainer, but some do need the accountability, the support, the knowledge of the few educated enough to sift through the myths & contradictions surrounding health & fitness in a scientific, educational manner.  Statements like the one Mr. Grondahl made not only insult personal trainers, but also the customers who choose to take part in our service. 

To this end, I offer an open proposal to both members of Planet Fitness and their Personal Trainers:  Any member of Planet Fitness who feels dissatisfied in any way by Mr. Grondahl’s comments is welcome to come try us out for a free fitness consultation – No Strings Attached!  Likewise, any Personal Trainer who is looking to work in a facility that respects not just the profession but also their person is welcome to apply here.  We are a professional, benevolent company whose primary aim is to enhance the health & wellbeing of those who choose to join our family.

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[1] http://clubindustry.com/news/planet-fitness-grondahl-personal-training-20101209/

Avon makeover starts with replacing CEO

Avon makeover starts with replacing CEO


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“You have got to go home tonight, Friday evening, and you have got to fire yourself,” a management coach once told Andrea Jung, the boss of Avon, an American beauty firm. The idea was for her to come back to work the following Monday as if starting her job anew. Alas, this brilliant tip was not enough.

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What are some foods that help with inflammation and arthritis?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Sean Ryback
FT Mission Hills


"Many of us have the challenge of facing unwanted inflammation in our body and arthritis in our daily lives. This breakdown of cartilage along with our body’s negative immune response most commonly happens in our major joints, causing pain and irritation. How do we fight it? The sweet answer: chocolate! The phytochemicals in cocoa have been linked to reducing inflammation in the body.  Find yourself some chocolate that has a cocoa content of 70% or higher to harvest this great benefit!"

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn


"A diet full of fish, fruits and vegetables will provide you with the omega-3 fatty acids and phytochemicals that have been found to be great anti-inflammatories.  Think of wild-caught salmon and dark-green and brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, chard, and blueberries.

"Taking fish oil supplements is a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids if you don’t eat fish or don’t eat it often.  Make sure you talk to your doctor first and do your research.  Not all fish oil supplements are created equal."

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist


"It's well known that atherosclerosis (the process of plaque buildup in the arteries) is an inflammatory disorder (as is rheumatoid arthritis), therefore there has been much recent research interest involving the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids. Scientists have determined that eating a diet high in omega-3 fats decrease inflammation.

"Eating a daily dose of ground flaxseeds (two tablespoons), provides about three grams of omega-3 ALA (the plant form of omega-3), an amount that exceeds the 2.2 grams a day recommended by the National Institutes of Health.  Flaxseed oil is one of the few known plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids, so try using some in place of other oils. It's great in salad dressing or as a flavoring for vegetables or grains.  And you can add a tablespoon of canola oil to your daily diet, another leading plant source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids, to get an additional 1.3 grams."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"Some foods that may help alleviate inflammation are often found right in the produce area or nutrition section of your local grocery. To some surprising extent these are probably foods you may be eating daily already and simply adding in a little more, while staying within your caloric goal, could just be the answer.  Blueberries, sweet potatoes and green tea are among the long list of foods that will help fight against not just inflammation but toxins and carcinogens as well.

"Blueberries are high in phytonutrients and packed full of antioxidants that counter inflammation, and can aid in protection against cancer and dementia. Sweet potato has a team of beta-carotene, manganese, vitamins b6 and c all working in synergy to fight off your inflammation.  Green tea, not only good for metabolism, is considered a potential anti-inflammatory agent due to its flavonoids.

"All of these are nutritious, vitamin and nutrient dense foods that should be part of a well balanced, healthy diet."

Liz Heatter
FT New Canaan


"Apples: Not only can an apple a day keep the doctor away, but it may also help to hold your arthritis at bay. Apples contain boron, a mineral that appears to reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. Moreover, when boron was given to people who already have the disease, it helped relieve pain."

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Avon hoping to get a makeover with new CEO

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How Would You Sum Up Your Fitness Philosophy In Three Words?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown

"Customized... functional... progressive."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan

"Mind, body and calories."

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn

"Forget the scale!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon

"Keep on going!"

Mike Heydt
FT Morris Township

"One hundred years. I train with the intent of staying healthy and living to be 100!"

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"Courage, consistency and commitment."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills

"NFL -- nutrition, fun and lifestyle."

Aaron Willing
FT Auburn
"Necessary life work."

Dwayne Davis
FT Morristown

"Lots. Of. Fun!"

Bruce Kelly
FT Media

"Assess. Program. Coach."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge

"Keep it simple."

Matt Gagliano
FT East Bay

"Inspire, fun and results."

Ryan Fernandez
FT Cold Spring Hills

"Form. Lower. Core."

Diana Doerbecker
FT Cold Spring Hills

"Love your body!"

Dr. Janet Brill
FT Nutritionist

"Yes, you can!"

 

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What are some "power moves" for building more muscle and shedding those winter pounds?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Amanda Roleder
FT New Canaan

“In order for clients to burn off extra calories and help shed winter weight I give my clients exercises that incorporate both power and cardio. For example, I’ll instruct my client to do one minute of step-ups with a medicine ball in between a strength exercise. Also, one of my favorite workouts to increase heart rate and calorie burn is Tabata or some variation of an interval workout.

“I normally recommend to clients that they do exercises such as box jumps, squat thrusts, squat jumps, and/or jump rope for a prescribed amount of time with an appropriate resting period. Incorporating an interval workout using a variation of these exercises with strength movements will help burn calories at a faster rate.” 

Joshua Bate
FT East Greenwich

 “If I were to choose one movement for myself or for a client to do if fat loss was my main goal, I would recommend the squat-to-press. This can be done with dumbbells, a barbell, kettlebells, powerbag, whatever your pleasure. It's a common power exercise but can be used for hypertrophy (muscle size), fat loss, strength and endurance. The move targets all the muscles of the lower body; hips, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps and calves to a lesser degree. The core and lower back fire the entire time to ensure proper torso position and balance, while the upper body muscles get the secondary part of the lift which is the push overhead. This is when the shoulders and traps, the upper chest and the triceps really get a good burn.”

Billy Pratt
FT Avon

“If you’re looking for exercises which help to both pack on muscle and burn more calories, you can do no better than the basic compound movements at a load heavy enough to elicit growth.  Squats, deadlifts, standing presses, bent-over barbell rows: all of these serve to recruit the majority of your body’s musculature (hence burning more calories), and are historically proven to put on lean tissue when trained in a progressive fashion.

“If you’re also looking to build some “power” for your recreational sport or as a much-needed changeup in your routine, plyometric movements like box jumps, jump squats, clapping pushups, etc. all serve to recruit the growth-oriented, fast-twitch muscle fibers and burn off excess calories at the same time.  Either way, make sure your form is spot on and the load selected is appropriate for your fitness level.”

Katie Jensen
FT North Buckhead

“Find your hips! When people think of doing core work, they usually only focus on abs and totally miss the importance of the myriad of other muscles in that area of the body.  Every muscle from your ribs to your knees counts as "core.”  Incorporate basic Pilates moves in your workout to help get a better feel for proper hip position and true core strengthening. When learned properly, even the most basic moves can help you get more out of every exercise and lower the occurrence of low back pain!”

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What's the scariest fitness trend or trick you've ever seen?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"The scariest fitness trends we have seen are celebrity workout programs! Some of these include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Protein-Infused Vodka, Madonna's hard candy workout, Rebecca Romijn's Hot Yoga Workout, Alison Sweeney's Couch Workout, and Lady Gaga's Workout and Diet."

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"The 7-Minute Workout!  ABC News featured this workout on our local news hour and one of my client's mother's tried it.  The basis of the workout is high intensity training: quick explosive movements, guaranteed to get you results in seven minutes.  The foundation of the workout is OK.  The problem is, the majority of people looking for a quick fix are NOT ready for high intensity training.  So, like my clients' mother, after doing one lunge jump she put herself out before she even got started.  

"The take-home message is that there are plenty of ways to get fit that do not require hours at the gym.  However, everybody is different and there is no "one size fits all" approach to fitness.  If you're a beginner exerciser, the 7-minute workout will likely put you out of commission in seven minutes or less rather than giving you the results you are looking to achieve."

Ryan Fernandez
FT Cold Spring Hills


"In my opinion CrossFit because it ends up hurting shoulders and knees."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Toning pants!  The web site instructs for the best results the user should work out for 30 to 60 minutes daily.  These pants trap more heat than regular pants, thus you lose more fluids and actually weigh less after a workout.  However, fluid loss does not equal fat loss and you can't spot-reduce fat!   If these pants worked, we would all be in the gym in our full-body vinyl sauna outfits.  Remember, Martin Lawrence passed out and went into a coma from heat stroke while wearing one such outfit.  I bet he lost a lot of weight, too!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Anything blatantly unsafe is scary to see. The first images that come to mind are pictures I've seen of people trying to do squats while standing on a stability ball, sometimes with weights! Not only does common sense dictate the danger inherent in an exercise like that, but research in motor learning has been pretty clear that there is virtually no carryover to any activity of daily living or sporting move that such exercises can help with more than the safer, basic strengthening moves can, unless said activities involve specifically squatting on a ball or doing those specific movements.

"As a personal trainer and fitness coach, safety must always be paramount in the list of priorities when designing and implementing sound, intelligent exercise programs.  So when I occasionally see examples of such obviously dangerous exercises being performed, "scary" is a term that comes to mind."

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn


"First thing that came to mind was that ThighMaster.  Talk about spot training stupidity!

"But currently, CrossFit is the scariest trend. Not that all of it is bad, but the way many of these boxes are doing it is pretty scary, cultish, and just plain unsafe for the majority of the population.

"I actually think it's a great thing for Fitness Together. There are at least four of these boxes working an eight-mile radius of my studio. It think it's driving more people to us to be honest. Not everyone is interested in blowing knees, shoulders, and throwing up after their workouts."

Mashed Potato Makeover With Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Food Weight: 2.5

INGREDIENTS:

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1/6th of recipe, 293 grams or a little over 1 cup)

·      2 pounds baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks

·      1 can (15.5 ounces) chick peas, rinsed and drained

·      1 cup light soy milk

·      ½ cup reduced sodium chicken broth

·      1 teaspoon salt

·      ½ teaspoon pepper

·      ¼ cup Promise Take Control Light Margarine

Commercial gravy, optional

DIRECTIONS:

Place potatoes in large saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pan. Add in chick peas and mash using a potato masher. Add in soy milk, chicken broth, margarine, and seasonings and stir. Cook an additional two minutes until heated, stirring constantly. Serve warm. Top with commercial gravy if desired.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (293 grams or a little over 1 cup):
Food Weight: 2.5, Calories: 255 , Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 751 mg, Carbohydrate: 46 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 7 g

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Tips For Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Tips for Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

 

Gobble, gobble…that’s your cue that the holidays are upon us and it’s time to start putting on the brakes NOW before the real damage is done. The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” really applies to the holiday season. The following tips will help you fend off that holiday weight gain so that you won’t end this season with a New Year’s resolution to lose those added holiday pounds!

 

How Much Weight Do We Really Gain?

 

Most people think the average American gains about 5 pounds over the holidays. In actuality, most of us gain an average of 1 pound (5 pounds for overweight people) between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.1 The problem is, we fail to lose that 1 pound of holiday weight gain, which adds up to many excess pounds over the years.

 

Why Do So Many of Us Gain Weight over the Holidays?

 

When you think about it, the holidays really boil down to just three days: Thanksgiving, Christmas (or Chanukah), and New Year’s. If you gorge only on those three days, you probably wouldn’t cause too much damage. However, many of us take on that holiday mentality of six weeks of nonstop feasting and putting our regular exercise routine on the back burner. Plus, let’s face it, this time of year is very hectic and stress filled—many commitments compete for our precious time. So start now to strategize how you’ll move yourself to the top of your Christmas gift list by making you and your fitness and healthy eating habits a priority.

 

Five Tips for Fending Off Holiday Weight Gain

 

  1. Get off the “I’m on a diet” mindset. Now is no time to diet—in fact, a wonderful goal for the next six weeks is to simply maintain your current body weight so that the number on the scale reads the same on New Year’s Day as it does on Thanksgiving. You can accomplish this by allowing yourself (and planning ahead for) indulging in small amounts of your favorite holiday treats. But be sure to make sensible eating choices the rest of the time.
  2. Exercise more to offset holiday overeating. Don’t let your shopping and party commitments squeeze out your workouts. Now more than ever is when you need to up your physical activity so that you can balance out the extra holiday splurges. If you have an exercise partner or a personal trainer, make a “contract” with them to get an extra weekly workout in to cover your inevitable holiday indulgences.
  3. Follow good eating guidelines: Eat breakfast, don’t skip meals, drink all your calorie-free liquid, and eat small, frequent, lighter meals at home. Carry healthy snacks like fruits and veggies and light yogurt, and never, ever arrive HUNGRY at an event where holiday treats are being served. These yummy delights are impossible to resist when one is famished. Before you go, appease your appetite with some light snacks such as whole-grain crackers and string cheese, veggies and hummus dip, or a glass of tomato juice. And don’t forget to bring your own “lighter” holiday makeover dish to the party.
  4. Use only small plates and load up on salad first if you attend a buffet. Take small tastes of the food and eat only what you love.
  5. Limit alcohol consumption (liquid calories). Alcohol is highly caloric, plus it can sabotage your best laid plans by affecting your judgment. After a few drinks it’s much harder to refrain from eating all those rich gooey desserts. If you do drink, stick with the lighter choices: A 4-ounce wine or champagne weighs in at just 80 calories versus a 5-ounce cocktail, a heavy 300 calories. Try alternating an alcoholic drink with a sparkling water and lime.

 

The Gift of Health

 

Remember what the holidays are all about. Focus less on the food and drinks and more on celebrating the beauty of the season and the company of the people you love—your family and friends. Give yourself the gift of health this holiday season by sticking with your fitness routine and planning ahead to curb excessive overeating.

 

1. J. A. Yanovski et al., “A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain,” New England Journal of Medicine 342 (2000): 861–867.

Get Your Body Ready for Winter Sports Season

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting cooler and your body is itching to get started with the winter sports season. Before shredding down mountain slopes or scoring a hat trick at the ice rink, it’s important to first shed any extra lingering preseason weight as well as build a strong athletic base of strength, endurance and flexibility.

Whether you’re trying out a new cold weather activity this year or you’re a veteran winter sports athlete, prepare yourself for the conditions of the upcoming season by incorporating the following workouts into your fitness routine.

Novice Athletes: Elevate Your Game with High Intensity Interval Training
Squeezing in extra time to train for a winter sport can be quite a challenge when you first set out to prepare for the physical demands of the upcoming season. High intensity interval training (HIIT) can provide a quick but effective solution to your preseason training needs by revving up your body’s fat-burning engines and muscle-building stamina without taking over your entire day’s schedule.

“Interval training alternates short, intense anaerobic training sessions with active rest periods,” explains Sue Teoli, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together New Canaan. “It’s a really efficient way to get results and a great workout option for people who are squeezed for time.”

HIIT typically includes a combination of strength training movements and cardio exercises. An HIIT workout could include a set of 30 seconds of squat thrusts, 25 push-ups, 30 seconds of jumping jacks, 25 body weight squats and 30 seconds of jumping rope, completed three times with rest in between each set and followed by a one-mile run.

When starting out, Teoli suggests doing high intensity workouts every other or every third day, depending on how your body feels.

“High intensity interval training is not a workout where you can read a magazine while working out,” Teoli explains. “You’re working your whole body and you’re getting your heart rate up. This type of training offers something different that will get you the results you are looking for.”   

Seasoned Athletes: Train for Peak Performance with Plyometrics
If you are ready to bring power, strength and agility to your game this season, then plyometric exercises may be your ideal preseason preparation tool. As a high intensity muscle-activation training strategy, adding plyometric moves such as box jumps, jump squats and alternating hopping lunges into a fitness regimen can help condition you for sports that require your lower body to highly impact the ground. In the sport of downhill skiing, plyometric training can help prepare your connective tissues to better withstand certain impacts such as landing high elevation jumps or bouncing around tightly groomed moguls.

To begin incorporating plyometrics into your workouts, Billy Pratt, personal trainer and studio owner at Fitness Together Avon, suggests adding only 10 to 15 minutes of plyometric exercises to the beginning of a 45-minute speed or agility training workout. When doing plyometrics, you should aim to complete multiple sets of one exercise with ample recovery time between each set (i.e. six sets of six box jumps with a 90-second recovery time after each set). It’s important to do the plyometric exercises on the front end of your workout when you have the most energy and strength so you reduce the risk of compromising your form due to fatigue.

“There is a higher risk of injury with this type of training,” Pratt says. “Plyometrics is for someone who is in good shape and who doesn’t have any pre-existing injuries. I reserve plyometric workouts for athletes who can handle it.”

Pratt cautions against adding too many plyometric workouts into your overall training plan and advises adding adequate recovery time after your workouts (48-72 hours). And, just like any type of exercise, proper form is paramount in plyometric training.

“Plyometrics are to be taken seriously,” Pratt advises. “It’s not a game and there can be a high risk of injury if not done properly. If you are going to do it, make sure you have a knowledgeable coach who can help you.”

Every Athlete: Build Power with a Strong Core
Whether you are a newbie or a veteran on the winter sports scene, building a strong core should be a primary focus for every cold weather competitor. The core is more than tucking in your tummy and doing hundreds of sit-ups every day. A strong core means having good balancing skills that keep you from wiping out on a black diamond ski run and crashing into the boards during a hockey game or figure skating event.

“All of your strength and balance comes from your core,” says Teoli. “Any time you balance you are stabilizing, which means you are working every muscle in your body.”

Teoli stresses the importance of strengthening the core and lower back with all of her clients and especially all athletes. By focusing on building the muscles on both the front and back side of your mid-section, you will establish a strong foundation that can give you an edge on the competition. Teoli suggests adding sit-ups, superman, and plank variations (front, side, moving, etc.) to any workout routine.

Before you hit the slopes or make your hockey debut this season, focus first on preparing your body in the preseason for the physical demands of winter sports. With the right mix of strength, cardiovascular and core training, you will be well on your way to a rewarding winter season.

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Local Personal Training Studio Donates Equipment To Avon High School

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

When Fitness Together of Avon decided to remodel & upgrade their private fitness training studio in order to make room for offering a semi-private training option, the studio manager realized that more space was needed to accommodate the new equipment.  “As we move forward in implementing the latest techniques and systems designed to help people attain their fitness goals, it’s become apparent that we periodically need to change out some of our equipment in order to do so” explains Billy Pratt. 

“We have this piece of equipment worth almost $4,000 taking up room in one of our training suites.  While it’s a great piece of equipment and is in practically brand new condition, we just cannot keep everything” says Billy Pratt. “So we thought that since we’ve been located right in between the Avon High School and Avon Middle School for over 6 years, why not see if the local school system could use this for their students’ strength & conditioning?”

Superintendent Gary Mala jumped at the chance to bring in another good piece of strength training equipment for the high school.  Mr. Mala contacted the high school’s Athletic Director, Newell Porch, to determine how best to use this donation.  Mr. Porch then arranged for the machine to be transferred to the high school weight room so the student athletes can use it in their strength program.  Mr. Pratt explains “The nice thing about the Smith Machine is its capacity for self-spotting.  With the way the bar is attached to the rails, a trainee can do bench presses or squats with much less chance of injury due to its ability to rotate and settle itself back into the safety catches.  This way, the trainee can train without a spotter and be able to push themselves without fear of being ‘trapped under the bar’.  Nothing ever beats a good old barbell for strengthening work, but due to either a lack of spotting or poor spotting technique, injuries in the weight room do occur.  It is our hope that by adding this piece of machinery to the high school’s repertoire, the chance for a trainee sustaining a lifting injury will significantly diminish.”

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What's The Scariest Fitness Trend Or Trick You've Ever Seen?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"The scariest fitness trends we have seen are celebrity workout programs! Some of these include Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino Protein-Infused Vodka, Madonna's hard candy workout, Rebecca Romijn's Hot Yoga Workout, Alison Sweeney's Couch Workout, and Lady Gaga's Workout and Diet."

Stacy Adams
FT Central Georgetown


"The 7-Minute Workout!  ABC News featured this workout on our local news hour and one of my client's mother's tried it.  The basis of the workout is high intensity training: quick explosive movements, guaranteed to get you results in seven minutes.  The foundation of the workout is OK.  The problem is, the majority of people looking for a quick fix are NOT ready for high intensity training.  So, like my clients' mother, after doing one lunge jump she put herself out before she even got started.  

"The take-home message is that there are plenty of ways to get fit that do not require hours at the gym.  However, everybody is different and there is no "one size fits all" approach to fitness.  If you're a beginner exerciser, the 7-minute workout will likely put you out of commission in seven minutes or less rather than giving you the results you are looking to achieve."

Ryan Fernandez
FT Cold Spring Hills


"In my opinion CrossFit because it ends up hurting shoulders and knees."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Toning pants!  The web site instructs for the best results the user should work out for 30 to 60 minutes daily.  These pants trap more heat than regular pants, thus you lose more fluids and actually weigh less after a workout.  However, fluid loss does not equal fat loss and you can't spot-reduce fat!   If these pants worked, we would all be in the gym in our full-body vinyl sauna outfits.  Remember, Martin Lawrence passed out and went into a coma from heat stroke while wearing one such outfit.  I bet he lost a lot of weight, too!"

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Anything blatantly unsafe is scary to see. The first images that come to mind are pictures I've seen of people trying to do squats while standing on a stability ball, sometimes with weights! Not only does common sense dictate the danger inherent in an exercise like that, but research in motor learning has been pretty clear that there is virtually no carryover to any activity of daily living or sporting move that such exercises can help with more than the safer, basic strengthening moves can, unless said activities involve specifically squatting on a ball or doing those specific movements.

"As a personal trainer and fitness coach, safety must always be paramount in the list of priorities when designing and implementing sound, intelligent exercise programs.  So when I occasionally see examples of such obviously dangerous exercises being performed, "scary" is a term that comes to mind."

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How Can Having A Workout Partner Help Me?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"One word: Accountability.  Sure, there are other benefits like having someone push you when you’re not feeling like pushing yourself or checking your form.  But ultimately the clearest benefit to having a workout partner is knowing that someone else is counting on you to show up and work out.  Arguably, consistency is the key to getting results with any program.  And with the knowledge that someone else is relying on you, the decision to remain consistent in working out is a much easier one to make."

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Training partners can provide some real benefit IF you are training with someone on the same level and chasing the same goals. Having a buddy in the trenches to help you push that next rep -- or not bail out on the moves you like least that do you the most good -- is of high value.

"The partner creates accountability on several levels, and if done properly provides a modicum of safety in having someone watch over you and vice versa. It’s hard to skip a workout when your buddy is there waiting for you to show. The energy he or she brings to the workout will be contagious.  And if one of you is in a funk, the other will probably help dig you out of it.

"The key is to choose your training partner carefully. It is said that in tennis, if you want to be a better tennis player choose a partner that is a better tennis player than you.  In fitness you want to be on par, or as close to that as you can, so that one does not push themselves so hard that they either can not keep up and become mentally defeated or get hurt."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"There are very few dedicated people that can consistently train on their own. So for the vast majority of people a training partner or partners can serve several purposes: more accountability, higher motivation (very few people can avoid the urge to push harder), a spotter for exercises that require it, and moral support to get you through those moments of doubt. The challenge is in finding a training partner that closely matches your training goals, style and experience.  But this is certainly not an impossible barrier."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"Having a workout partner can help one in a variety of ways. Partners help push each other to achieve the maximum potential in each and every workout. Having one keeps you consistent and on track because you do not want to let your partner down.  It gives you someone with whom to share ideas on nutrition and fitness: Two heads are better than one.  And lastly, it makes working out more fun and exciting!" 

Should I still work out when I'm sick?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Logan George
FT Maple Grove


"First you must ask, "What am I sick with?" Knowing your illness will help you decide if you should work out. Second you ask, "Do I feel up to working out today?" Your energy level will tell you if you need to keep low for a while.

"If your answers to those questions do not keep you from working out I say give it a try. You can always modify the load or intensity of an exercise if need be."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"It really depends on how “sick” you are.  If it’s a case of the sniffles and you generally feel OK or you're just coming down with something, a light workout can help to boost your immune response to make you feel better and recover faster.  If on the other hand you have a headache, are feeling nauseous, are running a fever, or have the characteristic muscle aches of a more severe illness, you should not exercise and should just rest so you don’t make it worse.

"Bear in mind too that a light “recovery/immunity” workout must also take into account body positioning with relation to the head; sinus or nasal issues will require an elevated head with neutral spine to ensure adequate drainage so excessive congestion does not occur.  Trust me, as I used to suffer from chronic sinusitis."

Sue Teoli
FT New Canaan


"Your body is trying to recover and destroy bacteria or viruses when you’re sick.  But working out takes away some of your energy. Further, strenuous exercise can lower your immune system and cause you to get sicker.

"Personally, I work out when I am sick if I can, My energy and strength levels are lower but it makes me feel better. However, I know when I just can't and I have to rest."

Vanessa Ocasio
FT Auburn


"My answer in 95% of the cases is no.  When you are sick your body is already under a significant amount of stress.  Adding a workout session may do a disservice to most people while sick.  Listen to your body.  Use the extra time off for additional resting and feeding.  Giving your body extra sleep along with nourishing light meals will help your body fight infection and get back in the game quicker!"

Pam Carthew
FT East Greenwich


"This really depends on you and how well you know your body.  Working out with a slight sniffle and feeling a little under the weather won’t do you any harm.  However, working out with a fever is not a good idea as you already have a raised temperature and exercising will just raise your internal temperature even more.    If you are unable to lift your head off the pillow, stay at home.  Exercising is not going to make you feel better."

Frank Rosalie
FT Great Neck


"In one of my fitness journals they said that if you are feeling under the weather from the neck up you probably can.  A minor cold or running nose is OK.  From the neck down maybe not: stomach flu, fever or body aches."

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"This is a tough question with a not-so-black-and-white answer! The issue with working out when you are sick is that you have to not only take into account your own health but the people that may be sharing your workout space with you. It's difficult to decide, especially if you are not quite in tune with your body just yet, whether or not you are too sick for a workout.

"If one is going to work out when sick I would recommend to scale down the intensity. Checking with your physician is also a good idea. If you are told you are contagious, sitting out the workout is a good idea. The body is not trying to focus on getting more fit when it is sick; it is focusing on expelling the virus you are currently ailing from."

Gwen Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"It depends on how "sick" you are.  Listen to your body!  If you do decide to work out and find your energy is decreasing instead of increasing, that's usually a sign that your body needs rest. So stop, go home, jump in a nice soothing bath, get in some comfy jammies and rest up. Also, a rigorous workout can actually impair your defense system which could make things worse.

"If you're sick, I think it's best to take a day off from your workout and nurture your body back to good health. Look at it as a day off for your muscles to repair and recover themselves! If you can't avoid it, then try lighter workout routines and instead of heading to the gym stay home to avoid contaminating others."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"I think it depends on how "sick" you are. Certainly light, easy movement like walking or mobility work shouldn't be an issue. Remember when you're "sick" your immune system in weakened so you have to be careful not to exacerbate the situation."

Billy Beyer
FT Basking Ridge


"It of course depends on how sick you are and what kind of sick. If you have the common cold you can work out. But working out with a fever or stomach issues is not a good idea. Stay home before you get us all sick!"

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What Are The Dangers Of Overtraining?

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

Josh Bate
FT East Greenwich


"It all boils down to knowing your own body and knowing when it's telling you to back off. Overtraining for one person might just be the norm for another. Certainly if you push yourself too hard your body will react by being inflamed, injured, run down, extremely fatigued or any combination of the above.

"Your body is a machine much like an automobile. If you ignore your flat tire long enough, eventually the car isn't going anywhere. Same with your body. If you ignore that sore elbow or stiff knee long enough you are playing with fire."

Blake Beckcom
FT Mission Hills


"Outside of nutrition, rest is the most important component of a sustainable long-term fitness program. The body has to recover from bouts of exercise.  And the older we get, the more important this becomes.

"Listen to your body and to your state of mind. If you are dragging yourself to a workout and are tired, it simply may mean you need more rest in between workouts.  More rest equals peak physical and mental acuity and fends off injury.  You'll get where you want to go faster by getting more rest."

Malik Stevens
FT Central Georgetown


"While exercising regularly is a great habit, there is also a thing as exercising too much.  Overtraining occurs when a person exercises at an intensity, quantity and duration that is more than his body can recover from.  The dangers of overtraining include excess weight loss, fatigue, weakened immune system, chronic muscle and joint pain, and appetite loss.

"Although overtraining is not easily recognizable, one should pay close attention to any signs that they are not allowing their body adequate time to recover.  Inadequate recovery time can actually be counterproductive to any workout regime and potentially dangerous, causing not only physical but behavioral problems.  These behavioral signs include impaired athletic performance, poor sleep or insomnia, and loss of enthusiasm and in some cases may lead to depression, anxiety and increased irritability.

"Both these physical and behavioral symptoms combined can greatly increase the risk of injury during any workout, thus it it is very important to avoid overtraining and to allow your body the recovery time that it needs and deserves."

Billy Pratt
FT Avon


"Acute overtraining typically involves a localized injury -- too much volume and/or intensity being placed upon joints or tissues, causing them to degrade or hurt.  Chronic overtraining is more of a systemic condition where because one is training more than they can recover from, hormonal and metabolic changes occur which can lead to depression, loss of appetite, a decrease in performance, and/or greater susceptibility to illness.

"Overtraining in any of its forms and manifestations is dangerous and counterproductive, as the goal of any fitness program should be to enhance rather than degrade the health, function, and well-being of the trainee.  It's usually easier to spot the signs of overtraining in others rather than yourself, so if you don't have a fitness coach to monitor you then pay attention to any feedback you get from those around you regarding negative changes in your mood or behavior."

Bruce Kelly
FT Media


"First, there are few people that will really overtrain as most people simply won't push themselves that hard. But that being said, the dangers are two-fold: stagnation and a lack of progress, and increased injury potential.

"The number one rule in training is you should not get hurt while training.  Overtraining increases that possibility as both your central nervous system and your muscular system are in a compromised state." 

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Forecasting the Top 10 Nutrition Trends for 2014

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

It’s that time of year again: Out with the old and in with the new. It’s also the time when many people put their nutrition in the spotlight in an effort to plan out staying healthy and fit in the New Year.

Nutrition can be confusing.  First fat is out, now “good fat” is in.  Carbs are in, then out, and now “good carbs” are back in again.  And protein? Definitely lean protein is “in,” although VB6 (Vegan Before 6) is also hot, hot, hot!  Then there are the nutrition buzz words swirling around in our heads such as gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free and non-GMO.

To keep nutrition on your mind, here is a nutritionist’s prediction of the top 10 nutrition trends sure to be on the public’s radar in 2014:

1. Greek Yogurt
Going Greek is clearly in and shows no sign of abating as this exotic option has elbowed its way onto refrigerator shelves everywhere. Greek yogurt, packed with muscle-building whey protein, will surely continue to be all the rage in 2014. With Chobani leading the market, Fage is running a close second.

Fat-free Greek yogurt is both low in calories and high in healthful, live, probiotic bacterial cultures. Straining regular yogurt removes much of the liquid, lactose and sugar, thickening the yogurt and giving it that smooth and creamy consistency. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek contains roughly the same amount of calories yet can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half. Sounds like a fabulous trend to me.

2. Paleo Diet
This diet trend also shows no signs of abating in 2014. The good: The Paleo Diet nixes all refined and processed foods and is high in fresh veggies, fish, fruit and healthy fat. The not-so-good: The diet is very limited in carbs and healthy grains, foods which are the athlete’s nourishment of choice for better health and improved performance. Bottom line: Pick and choose from the better aspects of the Paleo Diet and you can concoct a healthy eating plan.

3. Good Carbs and Ancient Grains
Quinoa, barley, beans, bulgur and sweet potatoes are all considered “good carbs.” Unprocessed and filled with fiber, these should be your nutritious carbs of choice in 2014. Forget the white rice: half a cup of cooked barley contains just 99 calories, negligible fat, 23 grams of carbs and two grams of protein. This side will also provide you with a whopping three grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber (beta-glucan).

4. Eating Clean
“Eating clean” means simply avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods. This whole foods concept focuses on eating for health and not necessarily for weight loss. Clean eating also means consuming a primarily plant-based diet, meaning foods from a tree, bush, plant, and vine or out of the earth. The idea is to stay away from foods that have been altered by food processors. Sounds good to me!

5. Going Vegan, Part-Time
Mark Bittman struck a chord in the American mindset with his wildly popular book, VB6. The diet basically promotes going vegan until dinner, then eating whatever you want. The appeal? No calorie counting and no banned foods; have your steak and eat it, too! Many people love the idea of going vegan (no animal products whatsoever) for better health and weight control but simply can’t fathom cutting out their favorite foods (meat). This part-time concept is sure to remain in vogue in 2014.

6. Nuts and Seeds
Playing off the protein trend, nuts and seeds are sure to remain big -- including portable peanut butter spreads and 100-calorie packets of nuts and chia seeds.  Dole has introduced individual packets of chia seeds that can be taken on the go and mixed into foods or stirred into drinks.  Hemp seeds have also popped up on the public’s radar. Packed with “good fats,” fiber, vegetable protein and antioxidants, these original health foods are sure to continue in popularity.

7. Focus on Sustainability
The public clearly supports making sustainable environmental and social practices through the food choices we make, like the impact of our health on national healthcare costs and the environmental impact of a meat-heavy diet. Sustainable eating also means eating locally and seasonally.  The concern is that the industrialized food system is dependent on foreign oil, destroys the soil and contaminates the water. Every dollar spent at a farmer’s market is one less dollar supporting the industrialized food system.  Eating seasonally and locally will surely continue to be front and center in 2014.

8. Natural Sugar Alternatives
The move away from white sugar to more natural sweeteners (from plants) continues to accelerate. Agave nectar, stevia, monk fruit and coconut nectar will continue to crowd the sweetener shelf in the health food section. The new kids on the block such as monk fruit will probably gain in popularity.

Monk fruit is native to China and its extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar.  So a little goes a long way. Monk fruit sweeteners such as “Monk Fruit in the Raw” and “Nectresse” are made from monk fruit extract, and are touted for having zero carbs and low or no calories.

Eating less sugar is a fantastic goal for 2014 so sweeten up your days with these sugar alternatives in 2014.

9. Cocoa
Cocoa, used throughout history as a folk medicine, is now known to have significant health benefits and will surely continue its surge in popularity in 2014. The health benefits in dark chocolate come from the polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa -- flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee. Flavonoid-rich cocoa (translation: dark chocolate not processed with alkali) consumption is linked to reductions in risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and Alzheimers. One caveat: Eat your cocoa by the piece and not the pound as chocolate is also high in fat, sugar and calories.

10. Green Smoothies
This is one fad that shows no sign of slowing down in the coming year. Green smoothies are simply a blender concoction of fresh veggies and fruit. Many people find it easier to get their fruit and veggies in this way. First start with the liquid -- either water, fresh juice or almond milk -- then add the greens.  Then lastly, add fresh fruit such as bananas, apples or berries. Kale, spinach and Swiss chard are some of the more popular fresh veggies. Others add herbs such as parsley or mint. The bottom line? Any fad that helps people eat kale sounds pretty good to me!

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Forecasting The Top 10 Nutrition Trends For 2014

by @ Fitness Together - Avon

It’s that time of year again: Out with the old and in with the new. It’s also the time when many people put their nutrition in the spotlight in an effort to plan out staying healthy and fit in the New Year.

Nutrition can be confusing.  First fat is out, now “good fat” is in.  Carbs are in, then out, and now “good carbs” are back in again.  And protein? Definitely lean protein is “in,” although VB6 (Vegan Before 6) is also hot, hot, hot!  Then there are the nutrition buzz words swirling around in our heads such as gluten-free, soy-free, wheat-free and non-GMO.

To keep nutrition on your mind, here is a nutritionist’s prediction of the top 10 nutrition trends sure to be on the public’s radar in 2014:

1. Greek Yogurt
Going Greek is clearly in and shows no sign of abating as this exotic option has elbowed its way onto refrigerator shelves everywhere. Greek yogurt, packed with muscle-building whey protein, will surely continue to be all the rage in 2014. With Chobani leading the market, Fage is running a close second.

Fat-free Greek yogurt is both low in calories and high in healthful, live, probiotic bacterial cultures. Straining regular yogurt removes much of the liquid, lactose and sugar, thickening the yogurt and giving it that smooth and creamy consistency. Compared to regular yogurt, Greek contains roughly the same amount of calories yet can pack up to double the protein, while cutting sugar content by half. Sounds like a fabulous trend to me.

2. Paleo Diet
This diet trend also shows no signs of abating in 2014. The good: The Paleo Diet nixes all refined and processed foods and is high in fresh veggies, fish, fruit and healthy fat. The not-so-good: The diet is very limited in carbs and healthy grains, foods which are the athlete’s nourishment of choice for better health and improved performance. Bottom line: Pick and choose from the better aspects of the Paleo Diet and you can concoct a healthy eating plan.

3. Good Carbs and Ancient Grains
Quinoa, barley, beans, bulgur and sweet potatoes are all considered “good carbs.” Unprocessed and filled with fiber, these should be your nutritious carbs of choice in 2014. Forget the white rice: half a cup of cooked barley contains just 99 calories, negligible fat, 23 grams of carbs and two grams of protein. This side will also provide you with a whopping three grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber (beta-glucan).

4. Eating Clean
“Eating clean” means simply avoiding processed and refined foods and basing your diet on whole foods. This whole foods concept focuses on eating for health and not necessarily for weight loss. Clean eating also means consuming a primarily plant-based diet, meaning foods from a tree, bush, plant, and vine or out of the earth. The idea is to stay away from foods that have been altered by food processors. Sounds good to me!

5. Going Vegan, Part-Time
Mark Bittman struck a chord in the American mindset with his wildly popular book, VB6. The diet basically promotes going vegan until dinner, then eating whatever you want. The appeal? No calorie counting and no banned foods; have your steak and eat it, too! Many people love the idea of going vegan (no animal products whatsoever) for better health and weight control but simply can’t fathom cutting out their favorite foods (meat). This part-time concept is sure to remain in vogue in 2014.

6. Nuts and Seeds
Playing off the protein trend, nuts and seeds are sure to remain big -- including portable peanut butter spreads and 100-calorie packets of nuts and chia seeds.  Dole has introduced individual packets of chia seeds that can be taken on the go and mixed into foods or stirred into drinks.  Hemp seeds have also popped up on the public’s radar. Packed with “good fats,” fiber, vegetable protein and antioxidants, these original health foods are sure to continue in popularity.

7. Focus on Sustainability
The public clearly supports making sustainable environmental and social practices through the food choices we make, like the impact of our health on national healthcare costs and the environmental impact of a meat-heavy diet. Sustainable eating also means eating locally and seasonally.  The concern is that the industrialized food system is dependent on foreign oil, destroys the soil and contaminates the water. Every dollar spent at a farmer’s market is one less dollar supporting the industrialized food system.  Eating seasonally and locally will surely continue to be front and center in 2014.

8. Natural Sugar Alternatives
The move away from white sugar to more natural sweeteners (from plants) continues to accelerate. Agave nectar, stevia, monk fruit and coconut nectar will continue to crowd the sweetener shelf in the health food section. The new kids on the block such as monk fruit will probably gain in popularity.

Monk fruit is native to China and its extract is nearly 300 times sweeter than sugar.  So a little goes a long way. Monk fruit sweeteners such as “Monk Fruit in the Raw” and “Nectresse” are made from monk fruit extract, and are touted for having zero carbs and low or no calories.

Eating less sugar is a fantastic goal for 2014 so sweeten up your days with these sugar alternatives in 2014.

9. Cocoa
Cocoa, used throughout history as a folk medicine, is now known to have significant health benefits and will surely continue its surge in popularity in 2014. The health benefits in dark chocolate come from the polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa -- flavonoids are antioxidants that are commonly found in fruits, vegetables, tea, wine, and coffee. Flavonoid-rich cocoa (translation: dark chocolate not processed with alkali) consumption is linked to reductions in risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke and Alzheimers. One caveat: Eat your cocoa by the piece and not the pound as chocolate is also high in fat, sugar and calories.

10. Green Smoothies
This is one fad that shows no sign of slowing down in the coming year. Green smoothies are simply a blender concoction of fresh veggies and fruit. Many people find it easier to get their fruit and veggies in this way. First start with the liquid -- either water, fresh juice or almond milk -- then add the greens.  Then lastly, add fresh fruit such as bananas, apples or berries. Kale, spinach and Swiss chard are some of the more popular fresh veggies. Others add herbs such as parsley or mint. The bottom line? Any fad that helps people eat kale sounds pretty good to me!

 

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What’s all the noise about AVON AF33 the Wrinkle Fighter? If you are anything like my AVON customers, you will have heard already about AVON AF33….it’s been in the newspapers, magazines, websites and even on day-time TV.  So what is all this all about and how can you get it? What is AVON AF33 – ANEW Clinical Pro Line Corrector Treatment? ...

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