Archive for October, 2015

Halloween Candy: the Real Trick or Treat

Monday, October 26th, 2015

It comes over year, on the same day, the 31st of October. Whether you like it or not, Halloween is a big holiday. From candy at your desk, to pumpkin spice everything to candy in the house. It’s not a good time of year if you are trying to stay away from the “good stuff”.

We’d like to share a few facts about candy that we came across, as well as a few solution for those cravings:

A whopping 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays. Almost 65 million pounds is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds during Valentine’s week.

The top selling candy: Candy Corn. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of it a year, though it is unlikely that every last one of those millions of candies was actually consumed.

The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy. Now, that’s a lot of candy.

Now here are a few tips to help you out:

If you have the craving for candy, give in a little. Remember, everything in moderation. Set aside 3 small pieces of your favorite candy.

Ditch giving out candy at the house and go trick or treating with your kids or family. This will allow you to get in some good walking/exercise for the night.

Have to go to a Halloween party? As the host if you can bring some healthy snacks, that way you are guaranteed to have something healthy to eat.

Hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween from the Chicago Family Fit Team!

Is Personal Training Right for Geriatric Populations?

Monday, October 19th, 2015

As baby boomers are getting older, there is an increased demand for this population to stay healthy. One way to do that is by hiring a personal trainer to help maintain independence, body function, and overall health. The goal of training is no longer motivated by how much weight a client can lift or if they have 6 pack abs; instead it shifts to posture, endurance, balance, and flexibility training.

In this population, one of the major risk factors is falling. By being proactive with training, one can improve the common muscle groups that increase fall risks. For example, many older people slouch which shifts the center of balance. Also, as you age, the ankle joint become stiff and leads to shuffling while walking. By improving these areas we can help clients move better and be more confident getting around.
Another area of concern is bone density. As we age, bone density is something that also decreases.

By adding strength training we can help to maintain a healthy bone density. Strength training for older adults is much different than for younger populations. Instead of focusing on how much weight you can lift, we shift towards exercises that mimic daily activities such as carrying groceries, lifting grandchildren, and getting out of a chair. These are things that will help to maintain independence going forward.

The biggest and most important reason to invest in fitness training for older adults is to maintain independence. Whether it’s maintaining a home, or going on dream vacations, everyone wants to be able to spend their retirement doing things they want to do. Staying fit is paramount in being able to enjoy your life well into your older years. At Chicago Family Fit we have had numerous clients take the dream vacation they never thought they could have handled before training.

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Sports, Sports, and more Sports – How to stay active while watching all of your favorite sports on TV.

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

In Chicago we are in the midst of quite a time in sports. There is Cubs playoff baseball on TV, Blackhawks hockey, Bears football, college football, bulls basketball and so much more.

The question you might be asking is: how do I avoid becoming a bum watching all of the great sports on TV? We have the answer for you with a few suggestions below.

1. In general sitting and watching TV is not great for your health. One suggestion is, if you are watching a long game, walk around at commercial breaks (there sure are plenty of them). Or better yet, try mixing in some exercises during the commercials (sit-ups, crunches, or even a pullup).

2. Instead of watching on your big TV at home, try going for a walk in your neighborhood and listening to your old fashioned radio while you walk. PRO TIP: if you don’t have a radio anymore, you might be able to stream audio for free via a smartphone.

3. Subscribe to a steaming video service (WatchESPN, BTN2go, MLBtv, etc.) and watch your favorite game while on the treadmill or other exercise machine.

4. Lastly, you can take the stress away by just putting down the remote, turning off the TV and going to workout, catch the score and highlights when the game is over. We know this isn’t that much fun, but you didn’t think we’d tell you to sit on your couch all day did you?

Hope you enjoyed our tips! Best of luck to all of your favorite sports teams out there!

–The Chicago Family Fit Team