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Low-Calorie Ice Cream That Fitness Fans Can Enjoy

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, June 30, 2019

Soft frozen treats like ice cream can help you cool off on summer days. However, commercial ice creams have high sugar content which means a threat on your low-calorie diet. Fret not, here's an ice cream recipe you can indulge without feeling guilty afterwards. This creamy treat only contains 105 calories and 2g fat per serving.

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Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients:

2 frozen, ripe (but not too squishy) bananas, sliced (freeze for at least 3 hours, overnight is best)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Put frozen sliced bananas in a blender, and blend for 2.5 minutes (you will need to scrape the frozen banana time to time). Add 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Blend for another 2.5 minutes. The bananas will turn into a consistency similar to frozen custard. Scrape into a serving dish or cone, add a little chocolate syrup, raw cacao chips, or fresh fruit (be sure not to overdo your toppings to stay under 200 calories), and enjoy!

Makes 2 servings

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Fitness For Kids

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, June 23, 2019
Answer is Fitness in Foxboro, MA

Fitness is not just for adults. As a parent, it's to your child’s lifelong benefit to introduce various exercises to your child and teach them to enjoy fitness. There exists a wide variety of activities that will work out their young bones and muscles. Bringing them to your fitness center is one marvelous health benefit for your children.

Answer is Fitness in Foxboro, MA now offers family memberships for all ages. There are workouts exclusively created for kids. Kids doing workouts in professional fitness centers will not only benefit their physical and mental development but their social progress as well. Fitness centers can be a great avenue to mingle with other kids since they are going to perform exercises with a group. This can be fun and awesome experience for them.

So start molding your child's interest to fitness. Making it fitness a regular routine in their younger age could increase the chance of bringing this habit when they turn adults. Contact Answer is Fitness and get your kid a family membership. Fun perks await active kiddos!

How Pilates for Runners Works

Joseph Coupal - Saturday, June 22, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Pilates classes in Foxboro, MA

Joseph Pilates created his exercises as a way to increase overall fitness for anyone. Because graceful flowing movements are part of the Pilates exercises, and because they build strength without building bulky body mass, Pilates was quickly adopted by dancers and gymnasts. Runners didn't consider the benefits of Pilates until it was more widespread.

For example, runner Chaz Nasca says, "After the first few months running, I added Pilates to my workouts to increase my flexibility and strength. I find that it reduces my muscle soreness and my knees tend to feel better. I think the loosening of my muscles reduces the strain on my ligaments." While all runners should stretch before they run, some runners' training programs don't focus enough on stretching. Strength and endurance training alone won't provide the progressive stretching that regular Pilates workouts will. Insufficiently stretched muscles can cause many problems for a runner, slowing them down at best, or leading to a serious injury at worst. Just like stretching, Pilates helps runners focus on their breathing. This benefit is synergistic with the stretching because warming up the core helps the intercostal muscles that connect the ribs. This makes it easier to breathe smoothly using all available lung capacity.

The focus on breathing helps devotees in other sports as well. Runner Erica Turner Nasca says, "Pilates seems to help with both strengthening and stretching muscles, so I definitely notice a difference in any athletic endeavor I attempt, whether it's running or soccer. During a 'no-Pilates' week, my muscles seem to remain sore for a longer period of time following other sports."

A runner endures constant impact while running. The force of each step travels up from the legs to the lower back and rib cage. The core strength acquired through Pilates not only makes those areas better able to deal with the impact, it improves body alignment and balance, helping the runner distribute the force of running throughout the body more efficiently, instead of just dumping it all onto a few muscles. As a result, they won't feel nearly as sore after a hard run.

If you're a runner and would like to incorporate Pilates Training to your regular runner's training program, contact Answer is Fitness.

Source: howstuffworks.com

Summer Safety Tips When Exercising Outdoors

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, June 13, 2019
Answer is Fitness - Foxboro, MA

Summer is a great time to get back in shape. The warmer weather permits enjoyable outdoor activities such as running, swimming and cycling. However, the summer heat can be extreme and ruthless. It can take an adverse toll on your health. So before your scurry out and do your daily routine, make sure to take note the following tips.

  • Avoid exercising under the scorching heat of the sun. As much as possible, defer from working out at 10am to 3pm outdoors.
  • Dress for the weather. Choose loose, cottony shirts to help evaporate sweat and light-colored clothing to help reflect heat. This type of clothing will keep you cooler while doing your outdoor workout.
  • Use SPF-50 sunscreen to protect your skin.
  • Keep hydrated. Bring a water bottle and take a drink at least every 15 minutes. You may also drink beverages that can replenish salt and electrolytes.
  • If you are feeling dizzy out in the sun, stop your activity immediately and find a shaded area to rest.
  • Check for any heat wave forecast. You might want to postpone your outdoor workout and take your fitness regimen indoors instead.

For more summer fitness tips, contact Answer is Fitness.

Cardio-Strength Training For Safe Weight Loss

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Answer is Fitness Weight Training in Foxboro, MA

If you are trying to lose weight, you know the drill. The formula is pretty simple. You need to burn more calories than you consume. Some people attempt this by opting for fad diets. Most fad diets are unsafe considering the unnatural ways they restrict important nutrients in exchange for rapid weight loss. You can consider them as unbalanced diet to lose weight easily with minimal need for exercise. But when food intake is unbalanced, expect some nutrient deficiencies surfacing to your body.

Still the safest and most efficient way to lose weight is a good blend of cardio exercises and strength training, and a healthy low-calorie diet. Why is cardio and strength training considered key component to weight loss:

  • Increasing your heart rate within safe heart rate zone stimulates the body to burn more calories to cope up with the energy consumed to sustain the activity.
  • Strength training can help you gain more muscles. When you gain more muscle mass, your metabolism will bump up as well.
  • When you burn calories through exercise, you no longer have to slash more calories from your regular diet so long as you don't overeat right after you do your workout.

For more information about the benefits of cardio-strength training, contact Answer is Fitness.


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