Saturday, May 19, 2007

Next Workout Plan

DAYS 1 / 3 / 5

CARDIO SET: (20 reps, 3 sets)
Jumping Jacks
Lunge Switch (stand in lunge position and hop to the other side)
STRENGTH SET: (15 reps, 3 sets)
Squat series (wide, feet together, 1 foot)
Arnold Press
Lunge Curl Overhead Press
French Press
CORE SET: (18 resp, 4 sets)
Jack knives
Knee pull-ups
Cross crunch

Days 2 / 4 / 6

Jog / Walk combo (25 minutes)
STRENGTH / CORE SET: (12 reps, 3 sets)
Heel Press
Call Crunch
Wall Push-up Rotation
Lunge Knee

Day 7:

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Notes on Nutrition

Soooo, many manufacturers realize a large portion of the world would rather eat healthier. We've all heard the eat lower calories, eat light, eat lower fat content etc. Because these "buzz words" are so popular amung those of us conscious about our bodies - that they needed to find ways of incorporating those words, without the cost of re-vamping their entire product line. How'd they do it?Light = can sometimes mean "Lighter in Color" or "Lighter in Net Weight" as long as the product is "lighter" than anything - it isn't classified as false advertising.Lower Calorie/Fat = if you love blue cheese dressing and want to find a "lower" product that will fit into your healthier eating -BEWARE. Lower cal/fat products are in reference to their full fat counterparts. Meaning with the blue cheese dressing (which is one of the Highest caloric salad dressings) if you get a lower fat/cal version of Blue Cheese it is less than regular Blue Cheese but still MORE than an italian or vinagrette. SO the comparison used to label some thing "Lower" isn't usually as straight forward sa we would like. Suggestions:As Dani as stated in previous posts READ THE LABELS, but not just that COMPARE!!! Compae the low fat/cal or light foods to their full fat compatriots to see if it is worth buying - you may find there is no noticable difference in one vs the other.

The NutritionData Nutrition Facts & Calorie Counter will help you do just that!

Portion Size
Understanding portion size is imperative in maintaining a healthy mind and body. It’s important that you notice how much you are eating, regardless of what food you are eating. There are many foods to consume in order to eat a balanced diet, therefore small portions of a greater variety are recommended. Selecting sensible portion sizes will help you maintain a desired body weight while achieving a more varied, balanced diet that includes foods from all the food groups.

According to the USDA, 1 serving equals:
The Grain Group
1 slice of bread
½ cup cooked rice, cereal, or pasta [size of a muffin tin]
1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal [about 2 handfuls]
1 tortilla, roll, or small muffin
½ English muffin, small bagel, or hamburger bun

The Vegetable Group
½ cup cooked vegetables [size of a baseball]
1 cup tossed salad [size of your closed fit]
1 medium potato¾ cup vegetable juice
½ cup raw chopped vegetables [size of a baseball]

The Fruit Group
1 medium whole fruit
¾ cup of fruit juice
½ cup canned fruit [size of a baseball]
¼ cup dried fruit

The Milk Group
1 cup milk
8 ounces yogurt [1 carton]
1 ½ - 2 ounces cheese [size of a book of matches]
1 ½ cup ice cream1 cup frozen yogurt

The Meat and Meat Alternative Group
3 ounces of cooked meat, poultry, or fish [size of a deck of cards]
1/4 pound hamburger patty
2 whole eggs1 cup cooked beans [size of your fist]
4 tablespoons of peanut butter

Fats, Oils, and Sweets
Use sparingly; use healthy oils such as olive oil and canola oil

Further Resources on Portion Size:
Making Sense of Portion Sizes A website funded by the Dairy Council of California that compares portion sizes to common items to help with estimating
"Portion Distortion" Quiz Quiz from the National Institutes of Health

Nutrition Fact Labels
As it is important to watch the amount you eat, it’s even more so to know what you are eating! Thankfully, we have Nutrition Fact Labels that list all the ingredients, as well as the nutritional information of each product. The Nutrition Fact Label is to help you make healthier food choices that will nourish and fuel your body. From the label, you can also determine the serving size; at first, it may be helpful to measure out serving sizes and before you know it, you will get an “eye” for proper portion size.
Why Use Food Labels?
1. It highlights information on saturated fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, and other nutrients that are of major health concern.
2. They give us % Daily Values. These % values help us see how a food fits into our overall daily diets.
3. They give us nutrition information about almost every food item.
4. They are easy to use and they give us important information to make healthful food choices.
5. Food Labels have consistent serving size amounts to make it easier to compare similar foods and make healthier choices.

An Easy Guide to Reading Nutrition Labels
BREAKING DOWN THE NUTRITION FACTS LABEL: Reading Nutrition Facts labels can be difficult, especially if you don’t know what to look for. The Nutrition Facts Label gives a lot of information but the key is to know how to use it to help you make healthy food choices.
This is the food’s recommended serving size. It can include a weight measurement (for example: one cup) or a number of pieces of food (12 pretzels).
Serving per Container: This is the suggested number of servings. For example, if a food has four servings per container and you eat half of the bag, you would be eating two servings. It is always important to look at these numbers because you may be eating more than you think!
This is the amount of calories per serving (using the correct serving size). Eating too many calories promotes weight gain. Calorie needs are based on individual needs.
Calories from Fat: These are calories solely from fat. Choose foods with less than 30% of calories coming from fat.
This is the total fat per one serving in grams and in % Daily Value. Choose foods with less fat.
Saturated Fat: This is fat from animal and dairy products and tropical oils measured in grams. A diet high in saturated fat is a risk factor for coronary artery disease. Choose foods with 2 grams or less saturated fat.
Labels may also list monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are unsaturated fats that may help protect your heart, however all fats should be used in moderation.
Trans Fats are to be on every nutrition label by January 2006. Trans fats are formed by chemically changing the oil called hydrogenation, which increases product shelf life and flavor. A diet high in Trans fats have shown to increase cholesterol levels, which increases risk of heart disease. If a food has the words “partially hydrogenated oil” on the label it contains Trans fats. It is recommended to avoid Trans fats.
This is another form of fat measured in milligrams. Too much dietary cholesterol is another risk factor for heart disease. Cholesterol is found in organ meats, dairy products, shrimp, and egg yolks. Limit intake to 300 milligrams daily.
Use foods with 5% or less saturated fats and cholesterol and avoid those with over 20% of the daily value.
This is a nutrient that helps regulate blood pressure and fluid balance measured in milligrams which most people consider “salt”.
Research has suggested that a high sodium intake can be related to high blood pressure. The RDA for sodium is 2400 milligrams per day. For example, one teaspoon of table salt has ~2400 milligrams of sodium.
This is the amount of total carbohydrate per serving measured in grams. Carbohydrates are primarily found in starches, vegetables, fruits, sweets and milk. Carbohydrate counting is used in diabetes meal planning.
This is the amount of indigestible bulk from plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, oats, nuts and seeds and is measured in grams. Foods high in fiber are shown to be beneficial for weight control, diabetes, high cholesterol and some forms of cancer. Foods with five grams of fiber or more are considered “high fiber” foods.
These are part of the Total Carbohydrate content and are measured in grams. These contain sugars from natural and artificial sources. There are no daily reference values for sugars.
This is the amount of total protein the food contains measured in grams. Protein contains amino acids found in meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, beans, grains and some vegetables. Protein needs are individualized based on height, weight, age and physical activity level.
These are micronutrients measured in percentages. The goal is to consume 100% of each of these nutrients daily to prevent nutrition related diseases.
The Percent Daily Value shows the amount of each of the nutrients listed above needed daily in a 2000 and a 2500-calorie diet. This is the percentage of each nutrient recommended to meet the needs of the average person each day and is measured in grams and milligrams depending on the nutrient. The Percent Daily Values are listed on the top half of the food label and are based on recommendations for a 2,000 calorie diet, not a 2,500 calorie diet. Five percent or less of the % Daily Value is considered low, whereas 20% or more is considered high.
The ingredient list is another part of the Nutrition Label. Items are listed by weight in descending order of predominance. Spices, artificial coloring and flavors are listed on the ingredient list.

Hope this helps clear things up!

Saturday, May 5, 2007

This weeks Workout Plan

Days 1, 3, 5: Intensive Circuits
Circuit 1 -
Jog (outside / treadmill) 5-10 min
Squat - to - Overhead Presses
Chair Dips
Circuit 2 -
Jacks 25 repetitions
Reverse Lunge - Fwd Raise
Lateral Raise- Twists
Circuit 3 -
Squat Hops (open & close) 25 repetitions
1 - Leg Squat Resch
Dumb bell Pullovers
Circuit 4 -
Lunge - Rear Leg Fwd Kick 20 reps (each leg)
Around The World Lunges (Fwd / Side / Reverse)
The Hundred
Circuit 5 -
Ball Bridge Leg Curl
Ball Crunch
Ball Cross Crunch

Days 2, 4, 6 - Cardio Mix-Up
Circuit 1 -
Jumping Jacks (30 reps)
Lunge Rear Leg Front Kick 15 reps (each leg)
Circuit 2 -
Jog / Fast Walk (15 min)
The Hundred
Side Crunch
Reverse Crunch

Strength Exercises : 15 Repetitions

Repeast Each Circuit 2 - 3 Times

Optional Cardio/Strength Suggestions:
**On rest days cardio/spinning classes are optional. Especially if you snacked this week.
**KEEP YOUR STOMACH SUCKED IN AT ALL TIMES!! (like trying on a tight pair of jeans)
**Watch your knee placemetn on all leg exercises (like squats and lunges) your knee should remain over your ankle and ou should be able to see your shoelaces at all times.
***If you are unable to get to the gym and have no Stability Ball you can exchange the Ball exercises for the floor: Floor Pullover, Crunch, etc. (Instrad of Twists - Floor Cross Crunch; Instead of Ball Bridge Leg Curls - Floor Bridge and Floor Heel Presses)

*On a day where the 'sweet tooth' killed you and you snacked the best thing you can do is some Cardio. This will help take off the effects of snacking. Add 15 minutes worth of cardio on days you snacked.
* Try keeping healthy snacks in the house. Iif you start to get peckish try eating some carrots or a piece of fruit. People often forget that fruits and veggies have Fructose sugar in them satisfying many a craving for something sweet. If you don't have junk on hand it's easier to grab something good.
*Try keeping healthy snacks in your car. Eat one on the way home so you don't feel the need to chow once you get home. Have a bottle of water always handy - as thirst accounts for much of our peckishness.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Weightless Training

Dumbbells are not a requirement for getting in shape - strength training is. It is sometimes easier to do 1 or 2 exercises spread out over the day rather than spending 90 min at a gym. I get that. So for those home bound moms - here is a list of Weight-less training exercises.

Reps: 18 - {The number of times to repeat an exercise}
Sets: 2 - {The number of times to come back to an exercise}

**Keep all movements extremely slow
Tempo - 4 / 4 / 2 for most unless indicated otherwise
***SET POSITION: stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees soft, abs sucked in like trying on a tight pair of jeans, shoulders rolled back, chin slightly tucked.

Hydrants: (*bad knees lay over stability ball)
Kneel on all fours, with hands directly under your shoulders andknees directly under hips. Roll back your shoulders and tightenyour abs. Lift one knee out to the side to hip level (like a dogdoing his business on a hydrant ;D). Release knee back toward the mat.

Knee Lifts:
Stand tall in Set Position. Hands can be wherever is comfortable(usually on hips or held at chin level). Lift one foot off of the floor bending the knee. Try to bring the knee as high to your chest as possible without sloughing. Lower foot to the floor andrepeat with the other leg.

Lunge Knee:
Set position - (I like my hands up at chin level for this one). Stepone foot back about 2 1/2 feet. Lower rear knee to the floor untilboth knees are bent to 90. Without straightening first - push thelead heel into the floor to come up, balancing on the lead foot asyou lift the rear knee to the chest. Release to set.

Lay on mat on your belly. Place hands directly wider than your shoulders, legs outstretched with the feet hip width apart. Curl toes into the mat. Push your body off of the mat, balancing on your hands and toes. Tighten your abs to keep your spine straight and roll your shoulders away fron your ears. Bend your elbows lowering your chest toward the floor - only until your elbows arebent to 90. Don't dip your head or drop your pelvis toward the mat.

Opposite Arm / Leg Lifts:
Kneel on all fours with your hands directly below your shouldersand your knees directly below your hips. Roll your shoulders back away from your ears and tighten your abs. Inhale. As youexhale extend one of your arms overhead - straight out from the shoulder. At the same time extend the opposite leg, straight outfrom the hip. Hold for a moment. Release and repeat. (I suggestyou stick to one side through the set before repeating on theother side.)

Up Dog / Plank (Stability Ball optional)
FLOOR: Lay on mat on your belly. Place hands directly wider than your shoulders, legs outstretched with the feet hip width apart. Curl toes into the mat. TIGHTEN YOUR ABS (or you'll feel discomfort in your low back) Push through your palms to straighten your arms, lifting your entire torso off of the mat (includign your pelvis.). Hold for a moment. Bend elbows to 90 as you push through your toes to lift your legs off of the mat. Hold for a moment. Release to lying on mat.
BALL: Lay ober ball with the ball under your lower pelvis. Toes curled under andin contact with the floor. Walk hands up the ball (With Abs VERY tight) until yourupper body is lifted toward the ceiling. Hold. Walk the hands back down to the floor,arms straight. Lift both feet off of the flor - keeping your legs straight. Hold. Release.

Wall Pushup Rotation:
Stand about a foot away from the wall in Set position. Place hands on thewall at about shoulder height and wider than shoulder width. Lift onto yourtoes slightly (like your heels are on an air-hockey table). Slowly bend your elbows to bring your face toward the wall - stoping at 90. Keep your spine straight - don't dip your head toward the wall. Push through pals to straightenyour arms. Slowly swing one arm out wide to point behind you - turning your whole body in the prosses to look down the line of your arm (Like a ballerina). Untwist, placing your hand back on the wall. Repeat.

Squat Set (Wide, Narrow, 1-leg):
Stand in Set but with feet wider than shoulder width. You can place yourhands wherever is comfortable (I like the hips for this one). Slowly loweryour rear toward the floor by bending your knees and sticking your rear back (like tring to sit back onto a chair) Keep your knees directly over yourankles. Push through your heels to straighten your legs. Repeat 15 times. Push your feet together. Again lower your rear toward the floor sticking yourrear back but keeping your knees over your ankles. Push through your heelsto straighten your legs. Repeat 15 times. Pick one foot off of the floor. Lower your rear toward the floor by bending knee - keeping it over your ankle. Repeat 15 times. Repeat whole series 3 times.

Lay on mat on your belly. Arms outstretched overhead straight out from theshoulders, legs outstretched with the feet hip width apart. TIGHTEN your abs.Press your legs into the floor. Inhale. As you exhale Lift your upper body off ofthe mat, swinging arms outwide until they touch your hips. Keeping your torsolifted, swing arms back overhead. Lower arms and torso onto the mat. Repeat.

Seated Kicks: (*good for most knee issues)
Sit on the edge of a chair or bench. Place hands on chair slightly behind you for balance (gripping the edge slightly). Place your feet flat on the floor. Roll yourshoulders back and tighten your abs. Lift one foot a couple of inches off of the floor (keeping knee bent). Slowly Kick foot toward the ceiling until the leg is straight. Release the knee back to 90. Lower the foor back to the floor. (*If you start to cramp in the hip joint, stretch then repeat without lifting the foot off ofthe floor before kicking).

Step-up Lateral Lifts: (*NOT for Knee Issues)
Use a step, stairs or bench (heck you could even use the couch if you wanted to:))Stand perpendicular to the step. Place one foot on step with the knee bent to 90,knee directly over the ankle. Press through your heel to lift your body up, balancingon the step. Correct your posture. With your dangling leg straight toward the floor -Slowly lift leg out to the side as high as is comfortable. Release leg, lower off of step.

Bridge Leg Curls - STABILITY BALL
Lay flat on the mat with feet up on the stability ball and hands down by yoursides. Tighten your abs. Lift your pelvis off of the mat by pressing your feetinto the ball. Stabilize. Slowly, pull your heels toward your rear by bending your knees, until your feet are flat on the ball. Stabilize. Slowly extend your feet back out until your legs are straight. Lower your rear back onto the mat.