Posts Tagged ‘Family Fit’

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

5 Quick Tips For Health and Wellness: Stretching

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Welcome back to our, “5 Quick Tips For Health and Wellness”. Today our series will continue with some insight into stretching and a few quick way for you to do it and fit it in to your busy life.

Here are 5 tips for you:

1. Try doing some basic stretching when you make up and before bed. It’s a great way to start and finish your day.

2. If you’re not a fan of stretching, try using a foam roller or equivalent equipment to keep yourself loose.

3. Stretching can help reduce your chance of workplace injury. If you have an active job, stretching before work is essential. Not only that it is also a great way to help your body wake up naturally (without a caffeine boost).

4. Active stretching before workouts can help improve performance. Also, to ensure a better recovery, make sure to also stretch directly following your workouts.

5. A common misconception about stretching is that you have to feel pain to have a good stretch. When you stretch you must find a balance between giving yourself a good stretch and potentially hurting yourself. It’s best to not be in pain when stretching. You should aim for a palatable medium.

Those are your 5 tips for the day! Enjoy them, share then, and tune in for next week’s addition of 5 Quick Tips.

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Thinking Spring

Monday, March 16th, 2015

by Jon Kahney, MS, CSCS

Chicago’s winters can be some of the toughest around, but we are just as tough. Chicago’s winters can be tough both physically and mentally but they also make us get the most out of spring, summer, and fall. Spring is also a time of renewal and rebirth. We may not be out of the woods just yet, but it’s time to get prepared. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of spring.

Evaluate and Set Some Goals for Summer. Assess your current fitness situation and then take a look at where you want to be in 3 months. Set realistic goals and map out how you plan to achieve them. Remember don’t say, “I can’t” but rather say, “How can I?”

Check Your Structural Integrity. It can be hard to keep moving through the winter and you may have sat around a little more than you would have liked, causing your posture and movement patterns to get a bit out of whack. At Chicago Family Fit, we can help you address improper movement patterns and give you strategies to get you back to proper posture and get your joints moving safely and effectively.

Focus on Flexibility. It’s an easy thing in winter to become compressed and tight as we find any way to stay warm. The body unconsciously tightens up and compresses to conserve heat any way it can. You may notice some neck pain from tight traps or back and knee pain from tight hamstrings. Take this opportunity to address this tightness by focusing on flexibility stretches and exercises.

Make an Area Family Fitness Day Get Away. Here are great local attractions you and your family can go for a day for some fun and fitness.

Libertyville Sports Complex
www.libertyville.com/index.aspx?nid=95
1950 U.S. 45, Libertyville, IL 60048
(847) 367-1502

Emily Oaks Nature Center
www.skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center
4650 Brummel Street, Skokie, IL 60076
Phone:(847) 677-7001

Busse Woods
Higgins and Golf Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone:(708) 366-9420

Moraine Hills State Park
dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/PARKS/R2/Morhills.htm
1510 South River Road, McHenry, IL 60051
(815) 385-1624

Lincoln Park Zoo
www.lpzoo.org/
2001 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 742-2000

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