Some the recent goings-on here at GroupFit Boot Camp as well as healthy tips.
So you want to lower your body fat percentage? Here’s your guide, broken down into 3 categories: Diet, Exercise, and Sleep.
It is commonly accepted that about 70% of your weight/fat loss results are determined by your diet, if not more. Too many people think that because they work out, they can eat whatever they want. For almost every adult, that is not the case. Here’s some of the best strategies you can adopt to clean up your diet and really see that body fat fall off. The more of these you adopt, the more body fat you will ultimately lose:
- Cut out all added sugars. Ditch the soda, stop the pop! Look for products that tout “No Added Sugar”. Read food ingredient labels and avoid any foods with “sugar”, “syrup”, “agave”, and any word that ends in “ose” (like “sucrose”).
- Go Grain-Free. Cut all grains and flours from the diet, and most people will tend to lose weight AND feel better. Again, you will need to carefully read your labels.
- Lower Your Carbs. Try to keep your daily carb total under 100-150 grams. If you’re very active you will need more, but generally this is a good range for most people. You can use an app like MyFitnessPal to track your intake to help you.
- Eat Whole, Real Foods. If it comes in a package, or if the list of ingredients has more than one ingredient, odds are that it’s not a whole real food, and you would do better without it.
- Go Paleo. If you’ve come this far, go the rest of the way! Also known as the hunter-gatherer diet, paleo (as in paleolithic era) means eating only lean meats and seafood, eggs, nuts and berries, some fruit, and a ton of greens and veggies. No sugar, grains, dairy, or legumes (sorry peanuts). Here’s a great site to help you get started on your paleo journey.
- Meal Replacement. Some of the above choices involve major changes to your diet. If you’re not quite ready for that, but still want an effective fat-fighting tool and want to get healthier, try a meal replacement system. Our favorite is Shakeology.
- Join a support group. Sharing ideas, recipes, and getting feedback from others is a great way to stay on track. You’re always welcome to join our healthy eating Facebook Group.
- Intermittent Fasting (IF). A preferred choice here at GroupFit, IF entails going long periods without eating. More and more research is revealing that when we eat, can be as important as what we eat. Here’s a great guide to get you started. The easiest method is to simply eat all your day’s food in a 6-7 hour window that starts around noon or 1pm.
Exercise has too many benefits to list, including helping to strengthen your heart, improving bone density, increasing your mood, and more. Here’s some strategies for being active:
- Get vigorous activity 3-4 times a week for at least 30 minutes. If you’re a regularly attending boot camp member you’ve already nailed this one.
- Try some home workouts. Great for your off-days. We send them out free daily. Get them here.
- Walk more. Walking is an almost forgotten past-time with many health benefits, including to your mental health, so grab Fido and hit the road. Try to walk 30 minutes a day. You just might find it’s the best part of your day.
- Sleep 7-8 hours. Too little or too much sleep can impact your health in many different ways, including your cognition and mood.
- Stick to a schedule. Having a set sleep and wake time helps your body get into a routine.
- Create the mood. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet around bed time. Consider heavy curtains, shades, blinders, and even “white noise” machines.
- Get your exercise. Those who exercise regularly sleep better. See section 2 above.
- Avoid naps. Tempting though they are, napping can take you out of your sleep schedule.
- Invest in your bed. You spend 1/3 of your life in bed…it’s worth the investment.
Have some strategies of your own you’d like to share? Comment below…read more
You may have seen this on The Biggest Loser this week…but we did it first! All you need is a deck of cards!
Shuffle up a deck of cards. Flip over the first card. The suit you pick corresponds to a specific exercise you must perform:
Spades– Pushups (advanced: double the pushups)
Clubs– Squats (advanced: Squat Jumps)
Diamonds– Crunches (advanced: V-Ups)
Hearts– Standard Burpees (advanced: forward/backward burpees!)
Whatever number is on the card is how many reps you need to do. So the 8 of Spades requires you to do 8 push-ups. Face-cards count as 10. Aces count as 11 – just like Black Jack.
Goal: Complete the entire deck in under 30 minutes!
Shuffle Up!read more
Target Time: 45-55 Minutes
Kick it Up: Do 20 reps each for part 2 and 3
OK, campers. You asked and you shall receive! Here are a few boot camp workouts you can do on your own while at home. (Note to those with FitDecks, you can do your FitDeck workout in place of or in addition to the following workouts).
Also, we all know we need to do benchmarks on Monday, so I expect everyone to have those done and to email me the results so I can put them in our sheet. If you’re foggy on how to do them, you can review that HERE.
All workouts are to be started with 10-20 minutes of cardio (jogging, elliptical, etc…) followed by 5-10 minutes of active and static stretching. Choose from the following choices you should be familiar with from class:
- Arm Circles
- Leg Swings
- Runners’ T-Stretch
- Ankle Circles
- Neck Rolls
Workout # 1
Perform the following exercises in a row with 15 seconds of rest for a total of 3 sets. Advanced campers, add 10 reps to each:
- 20 Pushups
- 20 Squats
- 15 Alternating Lunges (double count)
- 20 Up & Downs (aka Pushup to plank)
- 10 Star Jumps
- High Knees
- Mountain Climbers
- Half Burpees
- Squat Jumps
- 1 minute- squat, right heel kick, squat, left heel kick, repeat…
- 1 minute crunches
- 1 minutes squat jumps
- 1 minute wall sit
- 1 minute- squat, right side kick, squat, left side kick, repeat…
- 1 minute crunches
- 1 minute- lunges
- 1 minute side leg lifts (right then left)
- 1 minute- reverse (backwards) lunges
- 1 minute reverse crunches
10 minute arm circuit. 30 seconds rest between exercises.
- 1 minute- while in a squatting position, alternate right/left jabs (make sure when you punch you breathe out & keep your abs tight)
- 1 minute dips (can use chair)
- 1 minute- alternate right/left upper cuts
- 1 minute arm circles
- 1 minute- wide pushups
- 1 minute oblique twists
- 1 minute normal pushups (go all the way down!)
- 1 minute jackknife crunches
- 1 minute- alternate right/left jabs but this time go as fast as you can
- 1 minute narrow (diamond) pushups
Additional ab workout
- 10 leg lifts followed by 10 crunches
- 20 bicycle crunches followed by 10 crunches
- 10 glute plank marches
- 15 pikes
- Repeat the cycle as long as you can go!
- Hold plank (.5 points/second)
- Jumping Jacks = 1 point
- Seal Jacks = 1 point
- High Knees = 1 point
- Plank punch (double count) = 1 point
- Mountain climbers = 1 point
- Glute bridge march (double count) = 1 point
- Cherry pickers (double count) = 2 points
- Pushups = 2 points
- Squats = 2 points
- Squat thrusts = 2 points
- Star jumps = 3 points
- Half Burpees = 3 points
- Full Burpees w/ pushup = 5 points
So add this to the growing list of reasons you should be eating green leafy vegetables at the rate of a crack-addled rabbit. According to a new study released in the February issue of Cell Metabolism, foods high in inorganic nitrates, as most leafy green vegetables are, have been found to help us consume less oxygen when we work out (http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/retrieve/pii/S1550413111000052). Apparently, these inorganic nitrates help increase the efficiency of our mitochondria, which as you might remember from high school biology, are the “power house” of the cell.
We already knew that a diet rich in fruits and green, leafy vegetables helps protect against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and a host of other major disorders. Until now though, very few tests had proven the specific benefits of individual nutrients, such as nitrate. Well, now we can chalk up another one for asparagus!read more
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