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The Power of 3 E’s

Continuing on in our regular series “The Vail Blog” – A monthly discussion on the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Personal Trainer, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog – “E”. . .

Effort, Energy and Enthusiasm

Express these 3 words to enhance your workouts! A statement I’ve developed which defines success: “Having the power, strength and vitality for exertion of physical or mental activity while eagerly enjoying the pursuit.” Constantly remembering to exude effort, energy and enthusiasm can bring your workouts to a higher level!

Nutrition With an “E”

The Incredible Edible Egg and Vitamin EE eggs

What a picture! Delicious and perfect for the pallet. Look at those yolks, deep yellow, rich with flavor and nutritious. Read on and try to enjoy some fresh farm eggs in the near future.

https://draxe.com/health-benefits-of-eggs/

 -Jackie


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On the Ropes in AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT

Don’t be intimidated by equipment you haven’t used before — it’s fun to try new things!

We use a lot of different equipment in AbsoluteFIT workouts; some of it, you can tell what it’s for (e.g. dumbbells are pretty self-explanatory), and some of it is … not. Heh. But the trainers explain everything, they’ll show you the form, they’ll make adjustments based on your fitness level and experience, and — this is the best part — using all this new stuff, you never get bored.

Case in point: Watch my friend Fiona give ‘em heck* on the heavy ropes:

Did she know how to do that before a trainer showed her? No — but look how awesome she is at it now!

Get into the studio and pick up something weird today!

—Lydia M. 

*it’s heck because she’s Canadian, eh.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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SMASH!

-via Lydia M., AbsoluteFITness Challege 2.0 participant

Sometimes the most fun things are also really beneficial, fitness-wise.

Here’s a slo-mo video of me smashing the 20-lb smashball — I only did it once for the camera, but Marie had us doing it over and over for 50 seconds at a time in last Tuesday’s AbsoluteFIT class, and BOY does that work out both your core and your aggression!

-Lydia


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5 Easy Tips to Make Your Green Smoothies Better

Adapted from simplegreensmoothies.com

1) Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks. [I personally think this one is the most important!] Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.

2) Follow the 60/40 formula. When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. Use the 60% fruit/40% greens rule.  Add chia seeds and/or some protein powder to round out your 60/40 formula, and voila! You’ve just created the perfect meal.

3) Freeze your fruits & forego the ice. Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).

4) Avoid juices and artificial sweetners. Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted date, we can easily avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars. The healthiest bases use filtered water or your favorite milk substitute.

5) Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food. Life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can prep your green smoothies and blend the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.

Daily Burn has some great GREEN smoothies that you can try at home.

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A Tale of Two Quizzes

Turns out, “I eat pretty healthy” is just, like, my opinion, man. 

At the beginning of the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0, we were all asked to complete two quizzes — one about our physical activity, and one about our nutrition situation. I thought I was a pretty healthy eater, in general, in that I don’t eat a lot of junk and I do hit most of the major food groups most of the time. But get a load of these:

See, I’m doing great with the exercise — yay me! But as you can see, I am woefully inadequate in the nutrition department. I don’t eat nearly enough vegetables, my plate doesn’t have enough color, I eat too much processed food. A person could despair of this, or — a person could take copious notes at the nutrition session led by AVAC’s own Laura Hsu, and put the things they learned into practice.

And that’s what I’ve started to do — I’m eating fruit three times a day, I have a crisper full of things like carrots and spinach and cabbage (which, yes, I’m incorporating into my diet), I’ve cut way back on sugar, I’m vindicated in my love of pickled and fermented foods (Laura says they’re good for your gut) … it’s a work in progress that’s definitely working, and I have the support I need to keep learning how to do this better.

What are your challenges? How are you working to get more nutrition into your life?

—Lydia M. 

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