Archive for August, 2014

Finally a food revolution we can get behind…sort of

Monday, August 25th, 2014

This interesting article came across our desk the other day and we’d like to share it/comment on it:

Well its not a perfect solution to the problem, its a start in the right direction. For years, eating your fruits and vegetables were more like doctors orders and less like the fun thing to do. It’s admirable to see a company doing something good and marketing a “healthy” product to children.

Our society and our grocery stores have a long way to go until the food we buy is better for us, but seeing this attention to healthy food gives us much hope for the future. We at Chicago Family Fit always say, you can’t outrun a bad diet. This is true at any age. It is important to build a foundation from an early age. Just like we preach exercise and an active lifestyle, we need to promote healthy eating.

Next time you go to the grocery store, check out some bolthouse farms products. And don’t forget, you can’t outrun a bad diet, so eat healthy and exercise!

Back to School Essentials: Part 2

Monday, August 11th, 2014

If you’d like to check out Part 1, you can read it here:

For some, it’s a dreaded season: BACK TO SCHOOL. Each year there are lists of school supplies, books (that always seem to get more expensive), clothes and sundries that need to be purchased. It’s a busy time with vacations wrapping up, activities already starting and kids/parents getting anxious for school to start.

During this time it is easy to get overwhelmed and to let things slip. But while back to school is on your mind, consider investing/buying these 5 things:

1. New gym clothes. Have you ever bought a nice dress, skirt, shirt or top that you’ve been eager to wear out? Well the same thing goes for the gym clothes. Buy some nice new apparel for the gym and you might find yourself more motivated to workout. Plus and investment in your health is always a good thing!
2. Water bottle (1 for home, 1 for school). Most of us don’t drink enough water in the day. Sometimes we get swept up in our daily lives. Getting a new water bottle might help you drink more water or be more aware of your water intake. You can even get fancy and buy one that keeps track of your water intake for you:
3. Shoes. Maybe you are buying your kids new shoes for the school year; you should also consider buying yourself a new pair. Believe it or not, sometimes your shoes wear out (even if they look fine). Shoes are an essential piece in reducing injuries during your workout. The right footwear can make all the difference.
4. Website or Fitness App for your Smartphone. There are some great tools to help you track your health from home. We encourage you to explore the find one that fits your needs. One we like to use is called My Fitness Pal (you can find out more about it here: It’s a great use of technology to help you achieve or keep your fitness and nutrition goals.
5. Healthy snacks. Keep your home, office or car loaded with healthy snacks. If you driving the kids home from school, driving home from work or on your way to soccer you might find yourself getting hungry. Having healthy snacks on hand will help reduce your desire for unhealthy ones. Conveniences of having snacks will encourage you to eat more of them. Give it a try.

For now, good luck as you or your child goes back to school. Good luck to you in journey, and don’t forget to get a little something for yourself too. Sincerely, Your Friends at Chicago Family Fit!

Does Losing Weight Mean You Are Fit?

Monday, August 4th, 2014

By Jon Kahney, MS, CSCS

If you went to the doctor with an ailment, you would expect the doctor to find a cure. The doctor would look at your symptoms and eventually, after several tests, pinpoint the cause of your ailment and suggest a course for treatment. A good trainer will follow a similar process and help you eliminate the causes of your ailments. Unfortunately when it comes to fitness in the United States, we tend to treat the symptoms rather than the cause of being overweight. Making weight loss a goal instead of a byproduct of exercise is doing just that, treating the symptoms, instead of finding a cure.

People come from all walks of life, but all usually have one thing in common, they sit too much. Sitting too much is the cause of a chain reaction in the body that leads to poor posture, eventually leading to chronic joint pain in the knees, hips, lower back, and neck. As the chain reaction continues and the person finds mobility difficult, even painful. Lack of movement tends to lead to weight gain. Therefore weight gain is only a symptom.

If you only focus on weight loss as your primary goal, you might be setting yourself up for failure and leaving the door open for further pain and even injury.

At Chicago Family Fit, if we only provided you programs that focus on weight loss, rather than treating its cause, we would be doing you a disservice. Instead we focus on more important goals like getting you to look, move, and feel your very best. We focus on programs that give you proper structural integrity, get you to move pain free, and let you capably perform the daily tasks within your lifestyle. Weight loss is considered a byproduct of exercise.

Here is a portion of a testimonial from a current Chicago Family Fit client that truly illustrates our mission for you:

“When I started training with Jon, I had already lost about 30 pounds, but I was not in great shape. My balance was poor, my strength had declined and my flexibility was strained. My knees and hips were painful. I had difficulty ascending and descending stairs. Walking was causing me some knee pain as well. When Jon had me try to do balance exercises, he would set me up near a wall because I couldn’t keep my balance. My flexibility, especially in my shoulders and hips was lacking. I started seeing Jon twice a week and gradually increased my training to four times a week. My balance has improved, I am much stronger and my flexibility and endurance have increased significantly. In addition, I have started losing weight again. I now walk without pain and I can climb and descend steps without holding on to hand rails with no pain in my knees and hips. I am able to walk four to five miles at a time.” “I consider Jon a trainer, a mentor and a friend and a crucial part of my health improvement over the past years. I have now lost 45 pounds and I am able to do things that I never imagined that I would be able to do. Jon is a positive influence, encouraging me to try more difficult exercises and discouraging any negative “self-talk”. I am losing weight, becoming stronger and managing my health issues, and I appreciate his help immensely. “ -Sharon

Our goal is to help you live a pain free life of enjoyment, capable of doing whatever you choose to do. Stop focusing on the scale and start focusing on becoming the best you can be.

To find out more about Chicago Family Fit, call us at 773-706-8705 or email us chicagofamilyfit (at)