3 Anti-Fitness habits to avoid this weekend!

Memorial day Weekend!!! The weekend we all fire up the barbecue, get out the coolers and open a cold one, right? Well think again my friends!!!

With the swimsuit season just around the bend, everyone is in fit-body-mode. The mode that says “hey, buddy! Your flab isn’t gonna be so pretty out on the beach. Time to make good on that new years resolution!” You know, the one where you may have enthusiastically declared “I’M LOSING 50 POUNDS THIS YEAR!” or “I’M HITTING THE GYM EVERY DAY, MY MAN, EVERY DAY!”

If you’ve actually stuck to those goals then, good on you! If you’ve just started then congratulations! If you haven’t started yet but want to make other people think you have then.. join the club! Just kidding.

Bad_Habits

No matter what stage you’re in, you’ll undoubtably still have some bad habits to kick. This weekend is a great weekend to kick the following:

  1. Drinking Calories. Soda/pop, coffee drinks, smoothies and fruit juices are filled with calories. Since liquids won’t give you a ‘full’ feeling, these drinks slide by without notice of how many extra calories you’re getting. Stick with water to avoid extra calories.
  2. Not Exercising!! Skipping the gym day after day, week after week, and month after month will lead to muscle loss and a reduced metabolism. Exercise 3-5 days per week to keep your muscles strong and metabolism high. That means your next visit after the parades should be the gym! Or your favorite workout spot.
  3. Eating a Heavy Dinner. Eating a large heavy dinner sets you up for weight gain. Instead of eating the majority of your calories late in the day, spread it out over the entire day. The grill will be hot for a long time! Don’t wait until the last minute to get all the meat you can. Be sure to be done before the sun goes down.

Most importantly, please don’t let this weekend go by without stopping to thank a veteran. If they’re in a wheelchair, or using a cane, don’t just pass by them. Let them know the damage they’ve suffered wasn’t all in vein. Applaud our soldiers as they pass by in the parade. Whether they’re home for good, or just home on leave, knowing they’re appreciated by at lease one clap, one wave, or a smile can give them hope in the darkest hour.

Happy Memorial Day Fitness Friends!

– Jay

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Healthy & Delicious Grilling/BBQ Eats!

Happy Labor Day

With Labor Day and the last days of summer right around the corner, BBQ-ing, grilling outside, enjoying the sun, taking a dive into a nice cool pool after a yummy meal (please wait an hour before doing this) is … coming to an end. Oh, don’t feel so depressed now! Personally, I am looking forward to fall. The cool breeze, color changes in the leaves, hoodies, hot coffee, pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving food .. well, now I’m getting too ahead of myself!

Now, before all of this occurs, we need to enjoy these days while they last! This is when BBQ’s kick into full effect. Now, you saw our post below, yes? About overeating, smaller portions, and making smarter choices at cookouts. Well, if you plan on throwing a BBQ or are attending one, I have got some delicious HEALTHY finger licking meals for you! Personally picked by yours truly.

Before we get into recipes to a few healthy eating BBQ meals, I just want to share with you a couple of my favorite foods. Macaroni salads, hot dog on a bun, red juicy meaty burger, with a nice cold beer to wash it all down. Who doesn’t absolutely just enjoy this? The good ol’ American way! But, that all comes with a price. Attending BBQs, cookouts, fairs, boardwalk grabs .. yes, folks, as we all know eventually it catches up with you. Now here is big question, “How can I eat deliciously and still feel satisfied?” Keep reading to find out how.

Happy Healthy Cookout

Get Low!

We all know the staple side dishes for any cookout are macaroni and potato salad. So to make it more figure friendly, try using low-fat mayo AND substitute half of the amount with low-fat sour cream. It’ll be half the fat, all the flavor. This tip was picked up from Eating Well’s website and I love it! SkinnyTaste.com posted a recipe for macaroni salad and while it calls for 7 tablespoons of light mayo, I’m going to change out half of that for light/fat free sour cream and see how it tastes. I can’t wait!

Some Like it Hot!

If the thought of something hot and spicy gets your taste buds going then this next recipe is for you! About.com posted a recipe to kick up your corn! This ingredient list includes cayenne, cumin, and so much more! Now while it does call for 1/4 cup of unsalted butter, keep in mind it is supposed to spread over at least 6 cobs. It also asks for a particular brand’s ranch salad dressing and if the thought of ranch dressing just made your heart skip a beat (not in the good way) then please, by all means, reach for the Fat Free or Light variety! Or hey, try bringing in that good ol’ sour cream!

Let Me See Ya Grill!

Woo! The flames are high and the charcoal (or wood, or both) are burning red! You can already feel the heat, can’t you? Well before you start tossing all the meat you can find on that grill, let me give you some alternatives that are sure to keep your guests happy. MyRecipes.com has two turkey burgers (yes, I said turkey) that will blow your mind. Well the first might actually calm your taste buds down after have that hot hot corn. In fact, this burger requires a pocket-pita which will cut down on your carb intake! See? We care about you. With some greek yogurt, tahini sauce (seasame seed paste), and much more you’re bound to enjoy this practically guilt free turkey burger pita with tahini sauce.

Now if you’re ready to ramp it up, you’ll love this Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burger with Papaya-Mango salsa. If you’re not the adventurous foodie then this burger is NOT for you. Jamaican jerk is a strong and hot seasoning, and while the papaya-mango salsa might cool down your mouth, both fruits pack a powerful punch. Each item in this recipe has a very strong taste but it all goes together so well. Just a tip: if you go for this recipe, please offer your guests some dairy to cool their mouths. Water will only spread the heat, and soda… just don’t.

Sugar! Awe, Honey Honey!

Dessert! Nothing completes a meal like a sweet! Now we’re not saying that it’s bad to indulge on apple pie, or ice cream but if you’d like to get that sweet satisfaction without loading up on the calories then this next recipe might be for you. Found on The Detoxinista’s site, this Easy Peach Crisp is an excellent way to end your meal. The recipe calls for quite a bit of pure maple syrup and some coconut oil, both of which (when consumed in moderation) are actually pretty healthy (in the grand scheme of things that is). Make sure that if you purchase maple syrup, it is PURE maple syrup. Why? Because PURE maple syrup contains really awesome things like ANTIOXIDENTS and minerals where as maple FLAVORED syrup has refined sugar. What does that mean? Well, PURE maple syrup has a glycemic index of about 54 where as table sugar has an index of 64. Coconut oil as a great substitute for butter and cooking oil. So, with this tidbit of knowledge you can enjoy your dessert without the guilt.

If You Like Piña Coladas!

Ok this isn’t actually about alcohol but I had to keep the song themed headings going. One of the owners and his kids recently gave us a recipe for all you nutribullet fans out there.

If that doesn’t do it for you then try this: take a bunch of your favorite summertime berries, and toss them in the freezer the night before your cookout. The next day, fill a pitcher with either cold water, or cold soda water (aka Seltzer) and throw in those berries! You’ll have a great drink that is refreshing and super healthy.

So there you have it folks! Enjoy your Labor Day weekend and be sure to get lots of activities in to burn off those cookout calories!

– Ingrid and Jay

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have FUN!
VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
www.voltfitnessusa.com

The Cookout Conundrum

Burgers on a plate with american flags

Well it’s that time again. Summer is winding down, and for most of us, school is.. NEXT WEEK! Before we dive into the first day of school, we have one more big holiday to celebrate. It’s LABOR DAY!! The day where America is supposed to sit back, relax, and reflect on all of its hard work. For those who have to continue working on this day, we bow our heads in a moment of silence for you.

Ok, now that that is over… in good old American fashion, we celebrate the blue collar folks with parades, and cookouts. The newest inclusion, is shopping! Cha-ching! BUT THIS POST ISN’T ABOUT THAT. IT’s about the cookouts, and all that lovely lovely food.

So for those of us who are trying to stay in shape and watch what we eat, we’ve gathered a few tips on how to keep that slim figure slim.

Hot Dogs and Burgers on the Grill

How to NOT Overeat at the Cookout

Survey the Land

The smell of grilling sizzling meat is in the air, the warmth of burning coal seeps out from the grill. The hunter instinct in you comes alive! Your mouth is alive with anticipation and you’re ready to pounce on the first sign of food! Then you see it, out before you is a marvelous spread of hamburgers (angus beef, am I right?!), steaks, hot dogs, brats with onions, potato salad, macaroni salad, ribs. There’s silver tins filled to the brim with fried chicken, and molten lakes of macaroni and cheese. Before that a table has been set aside for nothing but finger foods. Bowls of potato chips tower above cans of fluffy white dip that sit along side plates covered in pigs-in-a-blanket. Your tongue, unbeknownst to you, has slipped out and you lick your lips, awaiting the moment those succulent morsels of expertly grilled and friend meat can get past your teeth and send you reeling into a world of euphoria! BUT WAIT! Your emerging waistline, awesome cholesterol and blood sugar are telling you to put the brakes on all of that. What do you do with all is presented before you in the promise land of grilled goodies?

  1. Stop and take a breath! Seriously! You don’t want your mind to go into hoarding mode where you grab the first thing you see and let your plate pile up to overflowing.
  2. Decide what you want to eat first and even limit yourself to two types of food at a time and give yourself the option to go back. This way you’re not denying yourself something awesome to eat, and you’re not bingeing.

Pick a Smaller Dish

Ok, now you’ve checked out the spread and your stomach is rumbling, yelling at you for sustenance! Looking around, you find the plates and reach for the biggest one, the plate that could double as a trash can cover or even the hub plate cover for a Hummer. It’s time to go in! HOLD IT! Your stomach may be yelling FEED ME but your heart is telling you otherwise; in fact it would like to continue beating for a few more years. So what to do?

  1. Pick a smaller plate. If you grab the salad plate, dessert plate, or even the kids plate (if all of these are available) you’ll prevent yourself from over eating. Your portions will be kept smaller just because you know the plate can’t hold that much.
  2. Big plates make your portions look smaller so automatically you go to fill it to the brim. Your best bet is to go for the smallest plate you can find. If that isn’t an option then (if they are paper plates) then use a small spoon or a clean eating fork to select your items.

Limit the Liquor

You’ve done it! You planned out what you’ll eat and even went for the smallest plate you could find. Now all you need is something to wash it down with. In your head, you’ve got a cold one sitting comfortably in your hand, or a bottle cozy, and in between each delicious bite of burger you’re washing it down with that cool liquid gold. But what do the hosts have on deck? Some beer, maybe a little vino…. some sangria? Before you decide to wash away the afternoon, keep these tips in mind so as not to make your body dunk on the nectar of the gods, and your body fat on every yummy calorie.

  1. Alternate your alcohol with water and/or a low calorie non-alcoholic beverage. The amount of alcohol you consume will play on your senses. It may tell you “you can handle a big plate, you’re a grown man/woman” or it will tell you “EAT ALL THE FOOD” and before you know it, you’re overeating and over indulging and the next day you’re writhing in anguish and guilt! So avoid all of that by mixing it up.
  2. If your host happens to provide glassware to sip yourself into the night, pick the tallest glass. It will trick your senses into thinking you’ve had more when you’ve really had less.

So there you have it! Your organs will thank you, your doctors will thank you, your loved ones will thank you. Most importantly you’ll be happy with yourself because you didn’t binge, you won’t be in agony, and you can continue on your self-improvement journey.

– Jay

Get Fit. Make Friends. Have Fun!
VOLT FITNESS
566 S. Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com

Personal Trainers Tuck it in!

Tuck it in Tuesday with Jon and Sarah

More shenanigans at VOLT FITNESS, especially on Tuesdays! While some of us slave away in front of a computer, the trainers here have found a way to liven up the work week.

Trainer and clients tuck in their shirts for Tuesday.
Personal Trainer, Jon Marciani gets his clients in on the trend.
Tuck it in Tuesday with Jon and Sarah
Jon and Sarah, personal trainers at VOLT FITNESS, tuck it in for Tuesday!

The only thing we take seriously here at VOLT FITNESS is our clients. We make sure that they get the best of our services, the best of our knowledge and the best of our attention. We also love to offer the best products we can get our hands on. To that point, we are now offering Isagenix at VOLT FITNESS.

Isagenix offers health and wellness product solutions for weight loss, energy and performance, and healthy aging. The owners have tried it, the staff have tried it and even relatives have tried Isagenix and absolutely love it. Their meal replacement bars taste good. For real. There isn’t any chalky after taste and it does in fact make you feel good after eating it. Even the shakes are pretty tasty. All are included in the 30 Day Cleansing and Fat Burning system. Now to prove that this stuff works, you have to be very disciplined. Most products that are similar don’t require much work but Isagenix makes sure that you get to your goal in the safest way possible. Keep that in mind, because the next 30 days will not be easy! Then again, nothing worth while is ever easy.

If you’re interested in Isagenix from VOLT FITNESS (you can trust us) then go to voltfitness.isagenix.com and take a look around. Then give us a call at (201)857-3800 so we can take things from there.

Until next time, readers.

Get fit. Make friends. Have fun.
VOLT FITNESS
566 Broad Street
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
(201) 857-3800
http://www.voltfitnessusa.com