The Obesity Initiative

ImageI am very excited to announce that NYC Adventure Boot Camp for Women will host a donation based boot camp class this Saturday in Central Park NYC to raise money for the Harlem Children’s Zone.

The program that I am choosing to help is the Obesity Initiative. It is a multi-pronged program designed to help children and their families reverse the alarming trend toward obesity and its corresponding health problems in the community.

It is very important for me to make sure that children and their families are educated about the importance of eating healthy and getting exercise. There are so many benefits that one receives from exercise. The earlier that kids learn about the connection between exercise and your overall health and quality of life the more of a difference it will make in their lives. Not everyone is privileged to eat healthy meals with their families and participate in sports. But with the help of programs like these, we are on the way to making a difference in many children’s lives.

Come join the ladies of NYC Adventure Boot Camp this Saturday morning September 14th and again on Saturday October 5th at 9:30Am on 97th & Fifth Avenue in Central Park. Donate as much or as little as you can. If you have any questions please send an email to stacy@nycadventurebootcamp.com

I can’t wait to see you all there but if you can not make it please email me and I will forward you the contact information at the Harlem Children’s Zone to put you in contact with the program leader if you want to make a direct donation to them.

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Staying Fit in Your 30s, 40s, and 50s

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Getting older is inevitable in life, and as we age, the needs of our bodies will change. This is true for staying active and implementing a healthy lifestyle. As we head into our 30s, 40s, and 50s, our bodies slow down and start to reflect the choices we’ve made. For example, in your 30s, 40s, and 50s, you are no longer able to eat burgers and fries without seeing it in your waistline! It also will take your body longer to recover after intense exercise.

On the other hand, athletic performance tends to peak in your late 30s, and there is no age limit for healthy living. Instead of slowing down your lifestyle as your body ages, you can still be active and fit as you age. Here are some tips for staying fit into your 30s, 40s, and 50s:

  • Cross-Train – Performing a variety of exercises will continue to benefit your body as you age. In order to stay active, incorporate a variety of activities into your daily routine like swimming, running, biking, hiking, aerobics, boot camp and yoga. As you get older, you will also begin to feel more strain on your joints, but swimming and water aerobics are especially easy on them. Triathlons are great for people in their 30s because they force you to cross-train, and as you near your 30s and 40s, it is important to include flexibility and balance exercises.
  • Include Both Cardio and Strength Training – In order to reduce the amount of bone density and muscle mass loss you experience as you age, incorporate both cardio and strength training. Strength training is especially important for women who tend to suffer from osteoporosis in their later years. Strength training is critical for those in their 50s and should be done three times a week targeting the major muscle groups.
  • Pay Attention to Diet and Weight – As you age, it is even more important to watch what you eat and maintain a healthy weight. When you get older, you won’t need as many calories as when you were younger, so it is important not to overindulge and eat more foods that are nutrient dense. It is also critical to incorporate calcium and dark green, leafy vegetables into your diet.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp please visit  NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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Super Foods You Should Be Eating

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Super foods that Every Woman Should be Eating

We have all heard the term super food but might not know what that means. Super foods are those that provide a large amount of nutrients but are light on calories. Super foods often contain nutrients that we need which our bodies do not produce naturally. Also, if you are a woman, your body has needs for certain nutrients that may be different from what men need. Here are some of the super foods that every woman should be eating:

  • Blueberries –Studies have shown that blueberries help to lower blood pressure, improve motor skills, and prevent memory loss. Plus, these berries are rich in antioxidants that fight wrinkles and signs of aging, and they are low in calories. Although experts say that wild blueberries are the best, you can find fresh blueberries or frozen ones at almost any supermarket.
  • Broccoli – This dark green vegetable is rich in many nutrients that women need including calcium iron, potassium, fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C. There is also research that suggests eating broccoli can help prevent breast cancer by fighting excess levels of estrogen.
  • Walnuts – Walnuts are packed with all sorts of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber, protein, and heart-healthy omega-3s. Moreover, studies have shown that walnuts help to fight cancer, lower cholesterol, make your sleep better, and help you cope with stress so you don’t turn to junk food when upset or anxious.
  • Greek Yogurt – Not only is Greek yogurt delicious, but it is also high in calcium which is important to keep your bones strong and prevent osteoporosis. Plus, Greek yogurt is high in probiotics which helps to keep you regular and ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, a condition that affects mostly women.
  • Dark Chocolate – Yes, dark chocolate not only tastes amazing but it is good for you! Dark chocolate has a ton of antioxidants and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It also contains important minerals for strong bones including magnesium, zinc, copper, and phosphorus. Be sure to keep your daily intake to just one-quarter of an ounce!

Considering how good super foods taste it is not a chore to eat and take good care of your overall health. Try to think of foods as nutrients not only as a way to get “full”. Many foods have medicinal purposes and help ailments. Research your food a little, you will be surprised by what you may find.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp please visit  NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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Weight Loss Supplements That Really Work

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Diet pills are expensive and useless at best, and at worst, they can cause damage to the body and its vital organs. While you may lose some weight at first with diet pills, this is usually water weight and comes back quickly. However, weight loss is difficult and many people need a bit of a boost. What are some safe, all natural weight loss supplements that really work?

Whey Protein

Most people typically use whey protein to build muscle, however, new studies are revealing that whey protein can aid in weight loss as well. Whey protein will fill you up faster and keep you feeling full for longer, helping you to eat less and feel satisfied. It will still help you build muscle, but without excessive bodybuilding, the muscle will be lean and help you burn even more fat.

Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a thickening agent extracted from the konjac plant and is typically used in Japanese cooking. It’s a sugar, so it does have a few calories in it, but when taken as a supplement, it will expand in your stomach by absorbing water. This will help you to feel full without consuming a large amount of calories. You will naturally feel full, all while eating less.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has long been touted as a folk remedy to boost weight loss, but does it really work? Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help stabilize blood sugar and prevent highs and lows that contribute to hunger pangs. This will help suppress your appetite and keep you from snacking in between meals. It will not help you restrict your calorie intake by significant amounts, but blood sugar regulation will help you to eat well balanced meals and feel satisfied more easily.

Acai Berry

Acai berry supplements can be useful when used for weight loss, but you need to be careful about which formula you purchase. Many “diet pills” that contain caffeine or other harmful chemicals contain acai berry as an additive, but it is not the primary ingredient. If you want to use acai berry to lose weight, make sure you are purchasing a supplement that is just acai berry.

The powerful antioxidants and vitamins in acai berry will help increase your energy and boost your metabolism, helping you to stay up on your exercise and burn fat more effectively.

If you choose to use supplements for weight loss, stick with natural, plant based supplements and stay away from mixed formulas or anything with caffeine or chemicals. Do your research and consult your doctor before starting any diet or weight loss plan.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp  please visit  NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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How to get rid of holiday flab!

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Gaining weight over the holidays is common, especially with all of the delicious food that is served over Thanksgiving and Christmas. However, when New Year’s rolls around, you want to get that extra flab off and get rid of the muffin top that is now hanging over your jeans. You also want to do it fast – you don’t want to keep holiday fat on until April! Here are some easy ways to banish holiday flab in a hurry.

Kick The Salt

Of course, you need to start eating healthy ASAP. Start subbing in fresh salads, fruits, vegetables and lean meats for breads and pastas and pass up on the salt. Salt causes you to hold more water, and it’s likely that a good portion of the weight you gained over the holidays is “water weight.” This is because most holiday fare is laden with sodium and extra salt. Don’t use salt in your cooking, and avoid prepackaged and convenience foods, which have a lot of salt built in.

Drink Plenty Of Water

You may think that drinking lots of water will actually cause you to gain more water weight, but actually, the opposite is true. Drinking plenty of water will help you to flush out the extra sodium in your body, which in turn, will help you lose water weight. Aim for at least eight 8 oz. glasses of fresh, cold water each day.

Sit In The Sauna

If you have access to a sauna (many gyms have them), have a good sweat session or two. This will also help rid your body of extra water weight, salt and other toxins, leaving you slimmer and feeling better after the holiday overindulgence. Just remember to use good judgment when you visit the sauna – don’t sit for too long and don’t make the sauna too hot. If you start to feel too warm, dizzy or lightheaded, get out of the sauna right away and sit somewhere cool until you start to feel better. If you have health issues like heart or breathing problems, you may want to consult a doctor before using a sauna. Using saunas on a regular basis, however, can help keep water weight from sticking around.

If you are in New York City and interested in joining an all woman’s boot camp  please visit  NYC ADVENTURE BOOT CAMP, mention that you found us through our blog for and extra 15% off a membership. Come work out like a GIRL!!!

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