America’s Fittest Cities

Americas Fittest Cities…

Who is the F.I.T.T.E.S.T. of us all? Recently Men’s Fitness released their annual list of the top 10 fittest and fattest cities in the country – did you see it? I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to point out the factors that go into making a city fit or fat, and how this filters down to our own lives and individual fitness levels.

But first, let’s take a look at the list…

Top 10 Fittest Cities
1. Albuquerque, N.M.
2. Seattle
3. Colorado Springs
4. Minneapolis
5. Tucson, AZ
6. Denver
7. San Francisco
8. Baltimore
9. Portland, OR
10. Honolulu

Top 10 Fattest Cities
1. Las Vegas, NV
2. San Antonio, TX
3. Miami
4. Mesa, AZ
5. Los Angeles
6. Houston
7. Dallas
8. El Paso, TX
9. Detroit
10. San Jose, CA

So what makes a city fit or fat? According to Neal Boulton, editor of Men’s Fitness, the survey examines lifestyle factors in each city such as number of fast food restaurants and the average amount of television each household watches. All of these lifestyle factors were tallied to rank each city as either fit or fat.

We will touch more on lifestyle factors later…

You may be wondering, as I was, what motivated Boulton to create such a list. His answer, “to motivate folks to look at simple things in their lives they can do to be healthy.” He is concerned that America is always going to be a fast-food nation where people have long commutes and busy lives. But instead of a soft drink during the commute, he suggests, they can choose water; instead of a fast-food snack, they can eat almonds.

Another reason he publishes the list is to grab the attention of mayors and governors – after all, what mayor wants their city to be named the fattest in the nation?

“There’s a consciousness among mayors that they can motivate the population and go beyond the PR.,” said Boulton. “It’s more than just having a mayor run the marathon. That doesn’t motivate people. What motivates people is starting a Fit City program. … It takes action.”

Let’s look at the top 4 lifestyle factors that were used to compare cities, and examine how each one has a hand in your own fitness level:

Number of Gyms: While you don’t control the number of gyms in your city, you do have control over your own workout schedule. Take the time to exercise, preferably 3-5 times per week, and watch you personal fitness factor skyrocket.

Nutrition: This is broken down into the percentage of people in the city that eat 5 or more servings of fruits and veggies each day. What a great goal to have for yourself – imagine actually eating 5 or more servings of fresh fruits and veggies every day. It is a simple goal, but one that will dramatically increase your energy level.

Exercise/Sports: This is calculated by the number of city residents who are involved in fitness-related activities. Here is a simple way to join in this number: get started on a fitness program today – simply call me and together we will create a program that is designed around your goals.

Junk Food: Surveyors looked at the total number of fast-food places, pizza parlors, ice cream and doughnut shops in each city. Again, you don’t have control over the number of fast-food joints in your city, but you do control the frequency in which you partake in less-than-fit-fare. Enjoy in moderation.

Frankly it doesn’t matter what city made the fit or fat list. The fact of the matter is that you and I have full control of our lifestyle and eating habits. And best of all I’m here to help guide you to your fitness goals. Now all you have to do is reply to this email or call me at the number above and we can get your journey to fitness started!

The Triple Threat

There are three main components to quick and healthy weight loss. These are
1) A balanced, calorie specific meal plan;
2) A consistent aerobic routine; and
3) Regular resistance training. Be sure to include each component into your weight loss plan for exciting results!

Yogurt-Marinated Chicken

Give your traditional old chicken dinner some spunk with this exciting new marinade. Your taste buds will celebrate over the tender taste of yogurt and garlic with a hint of spice. Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 bone-in skinless breast halves (6 ounces each)

Instructions

  • In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine the first none ingredients; add chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  • Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill for indirect heat. Drain and discard marinade.
  • Grill chicken, covered, bone side down over indirect medium heat for 20 minutes. Turn; grill 20 – 30 minutes longer or until juices run clear.

Nutritional Analysis: One chicken breast half equals 149 calories, 4g fat, 2g carbohydrate, and 25g protein.

Workout Program – Day 1 : Focus on Chest

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Interval Training – 15 min.
Speeds: Walk/Jog/Run
(i.e: 3.5, 5.5, +7.5 on the treadmill)
*Always use common sense and keep safety first!

Workout of the Day
Bench Press
Find your 5 rep max.
15-12-10-8-6-5
then
Chest Fly
12-12-12-12
then
Incline Chest Fly
12-12-12-12
then
Pushups 100 Total (Get them done as fast as possible)

Abs Class
Crunches
http://bodyforlife.com/success-stories/#pg-8
then
Lunges
20-20-20

Post your scores to the Whiteboard.

Why Hire a Personal Trainer

We are living in a fast paced society where people everywhere are always on the run to meet deadlines, make more money and achieve greater heights in their careers. But this rat race has taken away our healthy lifestyle and replaced it with junk foods, stress and numerous diseases. Although people today are wise enough to perform some daily activities to keep their body fit, many a time these workouts do not yield the results they should have. This could be due to many reasons and can easily cause depression and heartbreaks followed by giving up the workouts. If you are in a similar situation then a personal trainer is exactly what you need.

Why would you hire a personal trainer?

Many people do not opt for personal trainers to save a few extra bucks and go about their workout regime by themselves. But often the results they expect do not come or the situation actually deteriorates. This is a matter of concern with only one solution. If you do not have prior experience in workout routines then always opt for a personal trainer. A personal trainer can give you the following benefits.

  • Proper and effective workout routines – A personal trainer is normally well conversant with exercising and workout techniques and can prepare you a routine that will help you achieve your goal most efficiently. If you are looking for fat loss or want to build muscles, your trainer can chalk out the most effective workouts suitable for your goal.
  • Avoid injuries – Many people go about their exercise routine without any idea about proper exercise forms or how many sets a particular workout warrants. Hence injuries due to over workout and improper forms are pretty common amidst amateur body builders. A personal trainer can help you overcome these problems with proper guidance.
  • Break through plateaus – A plateau is the situation when after generating some results initially, your workouts stop working i.e. they don’t improve the situation. This is often caused due to the body getting accustomed with your regular workout routines. An experienced personal trainer will be able to suggest new routines or tweak the current one effectively so that you start getting those results again.
  • Keep you motivated – The biggest problem with regular workout is to stay focused and motivated for long period of time. Most people leave the gym within the first month of joining. This not only breaks the good habit but also might cause harm to the body. A personal trainer can keep you motivated by changing routines frequently to ensure that boredom does not set in and you are challenged enough to keep pushing with a enthusiasm.

Money well spent

Remember the fact that no matter why you are working out, be it losing fat, building muscle, staying in shape or weight loss, like any other endeavor under the sun, you will need expert guidance when you are starting out. Appointing a personal trainer might seem costly at first but after a few months when you look at the changes in your body, you will have to agree that it was money well spent.