It’s never easy to get back into a routine after taking some time off, but everyone needs a vacation now and then. One thing’s for sure: this lady is very determined to worker harder than ever to reach her goals! Read her post on her blog, SingleMamaNYC.com.
Water is one of the most important nutrients that our bodies need. This is understandable, being that our bodies are made up of approximately 65% water. The benefits of drinking water include: increasing cardiac output, promoting delivery of oxygen to working muscles, reducing muscle cramping, and eliminating unwanted waste and toxins from the body.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that people drink 2 cups of water about 2 hours before exercise to help promote adequate hydration and to allow time for the body to eliminate any excess water. It’s also important to drink at least 2 to 4 ounces of water every 15-20 minutes during your workout. If you are exercising outdoors in the summer, you may need more, due to increased water loss from sweating.
After your workout is complete, you should recover by consuming about 2 to 3 cups of water. If you weigh yourself before and after your workout, you need to replace each pound of body weight lost with 2 cups of water. So, make sure you drink up!
Last week, we hosted our first Women’s Weight Loss chat on Stanzr.com, and it went great! Dr. Emily and Nutritionist Natalie were in our online chat room to answer questions from our gym members (or anyone else who wanted to join in). The following are some of the highlights from the chat. If you want to view the full transcript, you can do so here.
This is what the chat room looks like:
(Want to join in the conversation? Find out how at the end of this blog post!)
Q: Which activity is best for losing weight–weights or cardio?
Dr. Emily: The secret to losing weight is not necessarily in the activity you do but in HOW you do it. Both lifting weights and cardio provide different benefits to losing weight. To maximize your time, doing a combination of weights and cardio in an interval-based workout is one of the most effective and time efficient ways to work out.
Q: Which is best for losing weight–low-fat, low-carb, or low-calorie?
Chocolate Mint Shake
- Crush 4-6 ice cubes in a blender.
- Add 10-12 0z. of water or fat-free milk. (Use soy or lactose-free, if you prefer.)
- Add 2 low-fat or fat-free chocolate mint cookies.
- Add 1 scoop of LiveRite Chocolate Quicky Meal shake mix.
- Blend and enjoy!
Lucille Roberts LiveRite weight loss shake mixes are available at all Lucille Roberts gyms for $19.99.
This weekend likely will bring many reminders of 9/11–on TV, in the newspaper, online. Remembering a grave event, particularly if you have a personal connection to it, can bring up difficult emotions. The same is true of other stressful situations, such as moving, relationship struggles, or challenges at work.
Whether you use this weekend as a time to decompress or as an opportunity to get things done, being mindful of your feelings will help you cope with them in a way that’s healthy and that won’t undermine your diet. One thing to watch out for is the urge to overeat. By recognizing it, you give yourself the chance to choose a better method of coping with the root cause.
Jenn shares the latest in her Blogger Makeover journey on her blog (and she says some very nice things about the Lucille Roberts blog, which we so appreciate!). Her new workout video is so cute! It will give you a sampling of what you can expect from working with a personal trainer at Lucille Roberts. Watch the video below or at GaffneysGabs.com.
Keep up the great work, Jenn!
This is the time of year when many of us are rushing around, trying to adjust to changing schedules, fall weather, and the daily demands of life. I hear often from my clients, “I just can’t get to the gym unless we have an appointment!” While that is a great reason to hire a personal trainer, it may not get you to your weight/fat loss goal as quickly as desired. Let’s face it. We want results, and we want them fast. Don’t let the demands of daily life get in the way of your fitness goals!
Whether you are looking to shed five, ten, twenty pounds or more, or you just want to stay fit and toned, Tabata training will put some pizzazz back into your workouts this season! Tabata training can be done after a class at the gym, with your trainer, or even at home before you jump in your morning shower.
It requires no equipment and will boost your level of fitness, getting you closer to your fat loss goals. And it takes only 4 minutes—literally!
You go to the gym to work up a sweat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous doing it! We tested out two waterproof CoverGirl mascaras to see whether they could survive a hard workout, and we’re pleased to report that the answer is yes!
The first one we tried was the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Water Resistant Mousse Mascara. It goes on so smoothly–no clumping!–and makes your eyelashes look like they’re naturally longer and thicker. We completely forgot we were wearing it while working out, and an inspection in the mirror afterwards revealed that sweat–not makeup–was the only thing running down our face!
The second product we tested was the CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Blasting Waterproof Mascara. This one really lives up to its name; it makes your lashes voluminous and extra long. We were a bit skeptical that a mascara with so much thickening power could actually be waterproof, but it definitely is! Even a hardcore cardio workout couldn’t make this mascara smudge one bit!
So both of these products get our seal of approval for sustained fabulousness in the gym! For a more natural look, go with the NatureLuxe; for a more glamorous look, LashBlast is your new best friend.
See you in the gym!
Sue Wacyra is a member of Lucille Roberts Fair Lawn. Here’s her inspiring story, in her own words!
Back in August 2010, I injured my knee in a cardio class–due to my own carelessness, not that of the instructor. I ended up having to go to physical therapy for a month and could not run for a month after that. My doctor freed me to back to cardio classes with some restrictions in October 2010 and cleared me for running in November. I was able to get back into the cardio classes, with modifications; certain moves continued to bother knee. After class, I always iced my knee.
I really wanted to get more into toning and strengthening classes, so I spoke to one of the instructors about personal training, and she recommended Mary Katz, who trains at Lucille Roberts Fair Lawn. I told Mary about my knee but also emphasized that I wanted her to push me as hard as she could. She worked on strengthening all of my muscles but took care to insure that my knee was o.k. Mary stresses doing the moves correctly, and, while I thought that I had been doing my squats and lunges properly, I soon learned that I hadn’t been doing them correctly. Mary corrected my moves, and I could REALLY feel the difference.