Archive for April, 2013

After-Game Snacks for Youth Sports

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Here is the scenario: It is the day before you child’s baseball game. You’re browsing over the information for the game, trying to figure out what field they are going to be playing on. Suddenly, your eye catches the snack list and you realize its your week to bring the snacks. The first thought that goes through your head is, “I’ll just stop by the grocery store and pick up a box of snack cakes or chips and some sports drink.”

Although is sounds like the scenario came to an easy end, we’re here to tell you, it doesn’t’ have to be that way. We are sure the thought might not have crossed you mind first, but what about buying some healthy snacks for your kids and their teammates? Well, good news, we are here to offer you some suggestions of some great after-game sports snacks! Here is out list:

1. Trail Mix. You can make your own at home, or you can buy pre-packaged ones to hand out from stores like Trader Joe’s.

2. 100 Calorie Pack Chex Mix or other 100 Calorie Pack Snacks

3. Granola Bars (make sure they are single serving)

4. Pretzels

5. String Cheese (Would need to be kept in a cooler)

6. Graham Crackers or Graham Cracker Snack Packs

7. Raisins or other dried fruit

8. Drinks: Coconut Water (hydrating but not sugary), low-fat milk, flavored low-calorie waters, or reduced sugar 100%  juices

Whatever you end up bringing to he game, make sure it is something you’d serve in your own home to your own child. The after-game snack ritual is meant as a snack, not as a weekly treat. Maybe you should save that treat for a special victory or achievement during the season.

It’s gloomy outside, where do I find the motivation?

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Is it raining outside? Are you feeling down? Are you lacking the motivation to head to the gym?

Here are some helpful tips to get you going!

1. Get some energy! Low energy can cause you to not be active. Drink coffee or tea to give your body and energy boost to get you in the gym!

2. Bring a buddy. Having someone tag along, or join you in your exercise routine will help motivate you. If you know someone else is counting on you to meet them at the gym, you are less likely to let them and yourself down.

3. Picture a Positive Outcome. Remember that feeling last week after you went to the gym and you felt great? Try envisioning that happening to you again. It might be just what you need to turn that gloomy day into a good day.

4. Still don’t want to go to the gym? Try being active around your house. Do something productive like cleaning or gardening. It can work wonders and you accomplish a chore at the same time!

5. Give yourself a reward for making it out to the gym. Let’s say you weren’t feeling good, but decided that if you can make it to the gym three times this week, you can buy a new shirt, or a new gadget. A reward is a great way to help keep you headed in the right direction.

Most of all, it will be beneficial to get on a steady routine. If you find yourself too busy in the evenings, try the mornings. A personal trainer is also a great motivator (in fact, that’s included in the job description). Being accountable to someone or something will greatly help your cause.

Stay motivated!

–The Chicago Family Fit Team

Chicago Family Fit Celebrates One year Anniversary

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Happy anniversary to us! Did you know that April 28th marks the one year anniversary of Chicago Family Fit’s grand opening at 634 Busse Hwy. We are so excited to celebrate, because this past year has been wonderful! We want to thank all of our wonderful clients who have made this past year so great! Thank you for being with us! We hope for many more celebrations in the future.

To help us celebrate this wonderful occasion, we are holding a special one Year Anniversary Contest!

Stop in the gym anytime in the month of April and practice for the big contest to help us celebrate our one year anniversary. During the last week of April we will be averaging the scores from:

  • The fastest to 200 steps on the Jacob’s Ladder machine
  • Longest arm hang from the Pull Up Bar
  • Heaviest Dead Lift

Scores will be averaged together and the winners (Men/Women) will receive a shiny new Chicago Family Fit t-shirt and bragging rights for a whole year! Good Luck

Thank again for all of your support!

–Kyle and the Chicago Family Fit Team

Stretch!

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Stretching is an important part of any exercise routine. It’s also a daily life essential exercise. There are many benefits to stretching. From increased flexibility, better circulation, and less chance of injury. For years experts have preached the benefits of stretching, but we find that people often leave it out of their workout, and they consider it more of an afterthought. In reality, you should think of stretching as that little boost that will propel you forward. That extra something that will keep you going longer and harder. Stretching is a key to success.

You might ask yourself: “Does stretching really impact my workout? I can’t really feel a difference when I do”

Well, to answer your question it does! Stretching helps reduce your chances of injury, it also help with flexibility and strength. Therefore, stretching can help you have better workouts and recover faster from a tough workout. Even though you might not directly feel the results, it can allow you to workout faster, longer and harder this might cause you to burn more calories.

As we mentioned already, some of the benefits of stretching include:

  • Increased circulation
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced Stress
  • Increased Flexibility
  • Increased Range of Motion (ROM)

So in other words, stretch, you’ll feel better!