Archive for August, 2012

Health Tips – From Chicago Family Fit and Everyday Health

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Here at Chicago Family Fit, we are a great source of information. From fitness, to wellness, to family friendly advice, we are very experienced. Sometimes we give advice, and when we do nice to know that other people are sharing the same advice too . Our friends over at Everyday Health do a great job of sharing some of the same advice we do. They recently posted an article including some weight loss advice from top trainers.

You can find the article here:  My No. 1 Weight-Loss Tip. The tip that we like most in this article is the one by Charles Platkin: “Find your motivation”. Part of we do at Chicago Family Fit everyday is help people keep their motivation going in the right direction. It all fits back into our philosophy of Exceptional. Personal Training.

Make sure to visit Everyday Health and of course stay tuned to Chicago Family Fit’s blog for all of our latest news, advice, and information.

5 Back to School Essentials for Adults; Why Now’s the time to get back in your exercise routine!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

1. Spend your new found free time getting back in shape. a. Did you eat a few too many burgers over summer? Did you indulge too much while on summer vacation? No fear, all progress is not lost, now is the time to start getting back in shape! Make sure to schedule times in the week that you commit to exercise.

2. Plan out your meals for the week. Also, when packing your kids lunch, pack yours too!

a. On Sundays take a few minutes and plan out the food that you’d like to prepare for the week. Need some ideas, here is a great resource: http://allrecipes.com/menu/62617824/a-week-of-kid-friendly-favorites/detail.aspx?lnkid=lp4116_l3

b. As a parent, you encourage your kids to eat healthy. Well, it’s good to practice what you preach. When you are packing you kid’s lunch, set aside a serving of carrots/celery/pretzel/yogurt for yourself. Packing a lunch for everyone at the same time is a good way to keep the whole family on the right track.

3. Plan a visit to the gym during the daytime hours. If you can’t make it to the gym during the day, go for a lunchtime walk or take in an exercise class at work.

a. Gyms are often less busy during the day when most people are at school and work. If you have the time and flexibility, it’s a great time to schedule a workout with your personal trainer at Chicago Family Fit, or get in some cardio on the treadmill. Either way, you’re going to have a better experience because the gym will be less crowded.

b. If you can’t make it to the gym because you are stuck in the office, try taking a walk at lunchtime. If your company offers an exercise class, make sure to take advantage of that. If you don’t want to get too sweaty during the day, opt for a yoga class and work on your balance and flexibility.

4. Make it a habit! a. Homework is a habit for the kids to get back into, Have you thought about giving yourself exercise as homework? Work at least 30 minutes into your daily routine, and if you can, work your way up to 60 minutes a day. Make sure you choose a variety of activities to keep your interest level high. Some suggestions include walking the dog, hiring a personal trainer, or taking a bike ride after work. Find something that you enjoy, and stick with it to make it a habit!

5. Get a jump on your New Year’s resolution. a. Yes, it’s only August, but it’s not too early to start thinking about next year. If you make an exercise related resolution now, you can work towards your goals before all of the gyms get too crowded. Keep your eye on the clock: http://5 Back to School Essentials for Adults, and get started today. Even if you didn’t complete your goals for this year, renew your commitment to them, and get started today. Don’t wait until tomorrow, do it today.

Check out Chicago Family Fit!

Monday, August 13th, 2012

See our new commercial on YouTube: Chicago Family Fit Commercial  or for a download  Chicago Family Fit Commercial!

We’re not quite famous, but wanted to let a few people know about what we do here. There will be more fun videos to come, its just the start!

Enjoy!

— The Chicago Family Fit Team

Beer Consumption and Personal Training

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Beer and personal training, two things that are pretty much opposite from one another. Well, today I am going to share with you how they are not so far apart. Life is a balancing act. We need to balance our time with our families, friends, homes, jobs, exercise and everything in between.  Each day we make choices: we chose between healthy or un-healthy food, we choose to go to bed early or stay up late.  It’s important not to be too strict on certain things or else you will never be able to succeed in your goals.  That’s why it’s important to enjoy life in moderation at times. It’s important to exercise each day (get in a session of personal training if you can), but it’s also important to enjoy the lighter side of life. So have a beer…

Did you know that most alcoholic beverages don’t have to include calorie and carb content on their labels?  Often times, consumers can’t make informed decisions about the drinks they consume because they don’t know their nutritional information. Alcoholic beverages like red wine often get talked about in the news as being healthy; whereas beer is often seen as a gut-buster drink.  Did you know that most American beers: ales and lagers have fewer calories than a equal size serving of 2 % milk or orange juice.  Be a smart consumer and do the research.  We picked a few popular beers and researched their nutritional content.  Some of our findings are rather surprising.

  • Guinness Draught: Did you know that a serving of Guinness only contains 126 calories.  That is 19 calories less than a Budweiser and 24 calories less than a Heineken.  Part of the reason for this is because Guinness has an alcohol content of 4.0% abv.  But it’s still a tasty beer for only having 126 calories.

Guinness Draft (Beer): Serving Size: 250 ml, Calories: 126, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 9.9g, Protein: 0.3g

  • Rolling Rock: A serving of rolling rock contains 120 calories.  For classic American ale, this green bottle is not too heavy on the calorie side, but still tastes pretty great. Also note that this beer is on the lower side of the carb portion, clocking in at only 10g of carbs per serving.

Beer (Rolling Rock): Serving Size: 1 Bottle, Calories: 120, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 10g, Protein: 1g

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale is an IPA which means that it has more hops content than your average beer.  Often times, more hops means a higher alcohol content and more calories.  A serving of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale contains a reasonable 175 calories for a beer that has an alcohol content of 5.6% abv.

Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada): Serving Size: 12 oz., Calories: 175, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 14.1g, Protein: 1.5g

  • Sam Adams Light: This is the light version of the famous Sam Adams Boston Lager.  Clocking in at 119 calories, this is the “healthiest” beer on our short list today. Besides being slightly better for you, it’s also a full-bodied, non-typical light beer that tastes closer to the real thing that its other “light beer” competitors!

Sam Adams Light (Beer): Serving Size: 12 oz, Calories: 119, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 9.6g, Protein: 1g

In conclusion, it’s all about being a smart consumer and making educated decisions.  It’s important to balance your life in a healthy manner.  It’s ok to have a beer ever now and then. It’s important to remember to consume everything in moderation and to make sure that you exercise on a regular basis.

For further information, please see the source for the statistics in this blog topic at: http://www.beer100.com/beercalories.htm

If you want to get in some exercise and drink some beer, check out this fun local event: https://www.cityfit.com/events/view/burgers-and-beer-5k-race