10 Strategies To Prevent The Holiday Bulge

Since the holiday season is almost in full swing, check out these strategies that can be used to avoid packing on the pounds between now and New Years!! Enjoy!

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via Kim Mueller – Active

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‘Tis the season for holiday feasts, a calendar packed with holiday parties, and weather that can diminish our motivation to train. In November and December we’re faced with every culinary temptation imaginable, which makes it difficult to maintain peak fitness.

In fact, it’s common for some to pack on five to 10 pounds of body fat onto their normally “cut” athletic bodies during the holiday season, which can compromise performance at winter races and make for a slow return to peak form in the spring.

Fortunately, the situation is far from hopeless. It’s possible to enjoy all the festivities–including the special foods that help make the season so enjoyable. Read on to learn about 10 nutrition and fitness strategies that will help you maintain peak fitness during the holiday season.

1. Eat four to six smaller meals rather than “saving” yourself for that special holiday…

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When you are in the gym and you don’t know what to do, #QRCode

How cool would it be to have a personal trainer attached at the hip (or arm depending on where you secure your phone when you work out) throughout your whole work out? Someone who could answer your questions about how to properly use a machine, or give you ideas of exercises and workouts you could do.

The answer lies in QR codes

Imagine yourself at the gym, you’re feeling ambitious so you go over to a machine that you have never used before, sit down, and then realize you have no idea how to work the equipment. You stare at the diagram and directions and it still isn’t click. Now you have to decide, “Do I go and ask someone what do to, or just skip the exercise and move on?” You are still feeling extra motivated so you go to the front desk, ask for some assistance, but as you are approaching the machine with the staff member you find there is someone using it. Great, now you have to make small talk with the staff member until the person is done and you are wasting valuable workout time.

You know what would have made this situation a whole lot easier: QR codes.

If there was a QR code on the machine people looking to learn how to use the machine could quickly scan it with their phone and they would be connected to a video of someone talking them through the exercise, and giving them tips and tricks about how to use the machine.

This isn’t the only way QR codes would be helpful in a gym…

How many times do you find yourself sitting on a mat at the gym unsure of what core exercise or stretch you should do next? What if there was QR codes on the mat that you could scan to bring you videos of a series of exercises and stretches to do? How cool would that be!

Jenna Crupi

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If you are unfamiliar with QR codes this is what they look like, you can find them EVERYWHERE. By scanning these codes with your phone you are brought to different content on the Internet that the creator of the code wants you to see!

Fitness Challenge!

See if you can get all the way down to 10 seconds!

60 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

60 seconds jumping jacks

60 seconds of high knees

60 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

50 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

50 seconds jumping jacks

50 seconds of high knees

50 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

40 seconds of two jumping lunges then a squat continuously

40 seconds jumping jacks

40 seconds of high knees

40 seconds of burpees

1 minute rest.

Continue taking 10 seconds off each round until you reach 10 second intervals!

Jenna Crupi

Getting LinkedIn to Fitness.

 Before I begin a little background information is needed: “LinkedIn is a social networking website for people in professional occupations,” basically Facebook for professionals…

When I think of LinkedIn I think about jobs, resumes, job postings, and professional networking. LinkedIn has always been a place where I could connect with people I know in a more professional way then I would on Facebook. I update my LinkedIn profile with my latest education, awards, and work experience, not with pictures I took last weekend.

That being said, I did not realize there was more to LinkedIn than work accomplishments, lists of degrees people received and job information.

HOWEVER, there is more.

Next time you are on LinkedIn hover over the “Interests” tab and click groups, then feel free to search any topic you’re interested in.

I searched “fitness”

Boy did I discover a lot! There were pages and pages of different fitness groups. Some of the groups were open groups that anyone could check out and others were closed which means you have to request to be apart of the group and the administrator of the group approves you to see the group’s posts.

All of groups unique so I decided to check out a few of them. The group I visited was called “Diet and Fitness”. This group asks viewers to join however, you can still see all of the content without joining. There are three types of posts in this group, general, job, and promotion. I found that most of the posts are articles sharing information about diet and fitness. The posts do not seem to get a lot of recognition (likes and comments). A variety of people have posted in the group but there are a few accounts that show up multiple times.Screen Shot 2013-11-19 at 10.11.27 PM

The next group I checked out was called “Fitness and Health Professionals”. This group looks a little more professional, the manager of the page has his picture posted on the main page, there are over 40,000 members in the group, and there is a banner running across the page telling viewers to “join the group to receive daily or weekly activity updates.” This group also has members posting interesting articles about health and fitness that are supposed to be sparking discussion between members however, just like the previous group there is very little interaction. This group has one post that has 373 likes and 3,162 comments but it is from March 2011! And after that post the interaction between group members takes a plunge.

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The information and articles that are being posted in these groups’ looks very interesting, which makes me wonder even more why group members aren’t likeing or commenting on the articles. I believe that it could be because people are not actually going to LinkedIn to look for articles like this, people are going to LinkedIn to do the things I mentioned earlier, looking for jobs, posting resumes, etc. People can go so many other places to get interesting, informative articles about health and fitness, so why would they use LinkedIn?

What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below!

 

 

Jenna Crupi