Midday Slugfest – What is slowing you down?

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Well, we’ve had quite the productive morning. Got those reports in, messages sent out, even had a few of those vendors billed. Now we sit at our desk and … fight sleep. What happened? You were so ready to seize the day when you walked in with your energy bar in your pocket and your venti coffee with three shots of espresso in hand. Now the coffee is gone and you’re eyeing the energy bar and OH WAIT! You have that 5 hour energy shot in your desk! You’re saved! Or are you?

Eating breakfast is your first step to stave off the sleep gremlins throughout your day. So, clearly the first mistake is missing breakfast altogether. You’ve got your body running on fumes. Or if your only bit of breakfast was your venti coffee then you’re running on a shot of NOS and that’s why you’re in neutral rolling backwards down a hill. We all know that you need to start the day with breakfast, but your breakfast food could be slowing you down. The obvious choices to avoid are sugar filled options. So forget the donuts, pass on the candy, and those frappuccinos have got to kick the bucket (for the morning ritual anyway)!

For those reading this going “psh, I knew that” we’ve got something for you too. That white toast you had with your Polaner all fruit jelly (I mean … spread…) is slowly trudging through your digestive tract right now. Your metabolism isn’t even giving it the time of day. Even you whole wheat bagel with some crazy thick shmear folks are in this category. Now if you had your low fat yogurt with almonds and cranberries and you’re feeling bright and chipper, seriously? Why are you reading this? (I’m kidding, please read on).

All hope is not lost, my friends! Right now you have a decision to make. Will you have something to eat (not drink) that will give you an energy boost or will you continue to pop the pills, knock back the shots, or have your usual chit chat with the barista while you wait for your third fourth fifth venti dark roast with three four five shots of espresso and a shot of caramel? (Please understand that is an over-exaggeration and unless you have some crazy metabolism that can handle all of that caffeine, you would have had a heart attack by now and not reading this blog.)

So this afternoon, when you go for lunch look for some bright and vibrant veggies for a salad. If a sandwich is more your style, make sure the bread is whole GRAIN not whole WHEAT. Your body has to work harder to digest those grains and in turn your energy will soar and not take a nose dive. An alternative to a sandwich is a wrap. Make sure the fillings are something along the lines of roast beef or chicken. Turkey at this point of the day can slow you down with its Mighty Mighty Tryptophan which will knock you on your keister faster than your boss’ lecture about not using company computers to browse NSFW content on Reddit.

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Decisions decisions….

 On your hunt for the perfect energy boosting lunch keep in mind that fish high in omega-3, non-creamy soups, and beans will aid in the fight against the sandman when you return to your desk. Instead of swinging by the Bucks of Stars for your java fix (you caf-fiend) ask for an herbal tea. Green tea or any white tea will give you the energy you need without the need for a nap once the last drop of boost juice is gone. All of this is easy to remember and most of us know this already. Even so, its good to be reminded every so often. Don’t forget our previous tips on making it through the day. Like get up and DANCE! Get the tunes moving through those eardrums and get your booty moving in the seat. Or take a small stroll through the halls and breathe easy. Post-work workout is the best way to end your day especially if it didn’t start off on the right foot nutritionally.

As always, VOLT FITNESS offers a free session for personal training, small group training and partner training to help you reach your fitness goals. The friendly atmosphere will be here to encourage you on your journey from the moment you step through the doors and even when you’re on your way out. With us, you’ll laugh, might cry, and possibly curse the day your trainer was born because they’re making you do something you don’t want to do but in the end you’ll leave with a smile and ready to finish your day with a healthy light dinner and a good night’s rest.

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have FUN!

VOLT FITNESS
(201) 857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com

Back in the Saddle Again

Cowboy on Horse

Wooo! Welcome back party animals! Welcome back to the comfort of your desk, the warmth of your office chair, and the glow of fluorescent lighting. Just yesterday you were drudging through the backyard bbqs, forcing yourself to laugh at your friends jokes, and barely being entertained by the kids running around, voices filling the air with glee. Wait, what? Let’s try this again.


Good afternoon, and welcome back to the work week. Unless you worked all weekend, then hey! Welcome to Tuesday! As the title of this post suggests most of us Monday to Friday employees are getting back into our usual routine. Turned on the computer, checked some emails (the ones you don’t check on your phone), poured some coffee and sat back to reminisce about the lovely weekend you just had, instead of getting to those TPS reports, and their cover sheets. Fresh memories of enjoying the sun and fresh air with family and/or friends are just running through your mind. If they weren’t before, I’m sure they are now. Remember the awesome food you enjoyed? Beefy hot dogs, soda galore, thick burgers and all the awesome-bad-for-you goodies we enjoy once the warm weather hits. Do you have the picture in your head? Mouth watering yet? No?

Backyard BBQ
Maybe this will help.

 

Ahhh we remember now. If you’re a health fanatic or if you were doing really well… the guilt should hit you… now! No, we’re kidding, but if you did perhaps treat yourself to a little too much yesterday, don’t worry there is a remedy. Ready for it? Its ground breaking really.

START AGAIN TODAY!

As long as the weekend gave you some great memories and remain as great memories then there is no reason to stay off the wagon. You had a fantastic time and that’s something we all need. A time to reflect on is a tool of rejuvenation and motivation. Use your cheat day to give you a reason to work on staying in shape or getting back to it. For some of us, the warm weather has just begun and you know you’ll look for ways to stay cool. This doesn’t include layering up to hide what you’re working on. Need a step back in the right direction? Check out this recipe pinned on our Pinterest board. There is a good chance you have most of these ingredients still in the house. If not, use it as inspiration to find something that will give you a boost for the rest of the day.

VOLT FITNESS
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com
(201) 857-3800

Excuse our dust… literally.

"Hey everybody" "Norm!"

Things have been on the move here at VOLT FITNESS, and we’ve been amazed at how a few changes have made a big difference. What “wows” us even more, is that our client base has grown amidst the flying dust and numerous “wet paint” signs. When asked, what keeps you coming, most have commented that it’s the atmosphere in the gym. We’ve been told that the staff is friendly and quickly become like family. Clients don’t feel intimidated but motivated. They find a friend from the ownership down to the trainers. The writer of this post can attest to that. We do have something of a cheers atmosphere here.

"Hey everybody" "Norm!"
“Hey everybody” “Norm!”

Next reason, is our knowledgeable staff. Our trainers know what they’re doing. You won’t find any meatheads here, mindlessly yelling orders out to their clients. There is a trust built between the clients and their trainers. The front desk personnel has in fact seen a drastic change in many of the people who come through our doors and its not just a physical change they see. There is a confidence boost, there is excitement when the clients see their trainers and that same excitement is heard in the voices of the trainers as they great their next appointment with a hollering “WOOO!!! YOU READY?! LETS DO THIS!”. Occasionally some clapping accompanies the holler. (Get the image of a clapping gorilla out of your head.)

Gorilla Clapping
I mean it! Clear it out of your mind right now!

If the author of this post didn’t work here, they would join the gym themselves. In this person’s experience, gyms aren’t necessarily the most fun and inviting place to be. The tightly grouped machines, blaring club thumping music, the super cut absurdly fit members anointing the equipment with their glorious sweat, and the overly pseudo enthusiastic (or blatantly apathetic) staff members don’t exactly scream “please, come in and use us to drop some lard”.

Now I know many may read this and think “GYMS AREN’T SUPPOSED TO BE FRIENDLY THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HARDCORE RAAAAAWWWWRRR (insert gym rage here)”; but if you’re just starting out and feel completely insecure (which many do, no matter what size, shape or level of fitness they are), none of that is encouraging. The rows of machines give the sense of a fitness factory, where the unfit rodents line up and mount the treadmills that are tightly packed together, and power the facility while doing their best to tune out the fact that there may be someone right next to them putting in double the amount of effort they are. Excuse me while I catch my breath.

Although this will sound like a catchphrase on ‘roids, VOLT FITNESS puts the personal touch in personal training.

Even with the advent of Small Group Personal Training, everyone still gets individual attention. The best phenomenon we’ve seen is that those who were once strangers, become friends in these small groups. Who knew? You can work with strangers and find friends as well as a great workout that wasn’t mass produced.

So if you’re in Bergen County, and need a gym where you feel free to get fit and would like to make some friends along the way, give us a call and come in for a free session. Or just come in to say hi.

Get fit. Make friends. Have fun!
VOLT FITNESS
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com
(201) 857-3800
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