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>Flamingo Stand

Category : Healthy Eating

>OK, I’ll admit standing on one foot sounds a little silly, but try it and you’ll understand why I use this technique with nearly all of my clients.

1) Can you stand on one foot for 30 seconds without tipping over?
If not, you now have your first goal. The ability to support your body weight with one leg is key to preventing falls. Be sure to keep your hips level in the left photo and avoid the right photo!




“This!………………………………………………………….. Not This!!!”

2) So, you can stand on one foot, what about the other foot? Can you stand on one foot significantly longer than the other? If so, start working on the weaker side. The more equal your strength from left to right, the less risk you have of injury.

3) If you have good balance, and can stand on each foot for 30 seconds it is time to start challenging your balance by moving non-weight bearing leg. Focus on standing tall, and lift one leg out in front of you with your foot about 12 inches from the ground, then move it out to the side and finally to the back. The first time you try this use your arms for balance, then make it more challenging by crossing your arms over your chest.

4) Strength training on one foot is a great way to trick your body into using your core muscles as stabilizers. Try doing any strength training move that you usually do either sitting or standing on two feet while standing on only one foot and you will definitely feel some extra muscles kick in! For example: bicep curls, lateral shoulder presses, overhead presses.



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>Skiing/Sledding Expedition

Category : Healthy Eating

>When? Sunday, January 27; 11am-3pm

Join us for cross country skiing and sledding at one of our favorite Brown County Parks
http://www.co.brown.wi.us/parks/parks/neshota-park/. Boasting a nice sledding hill and warming shelter with fireplace, not to mention superbly groomed ski trails this is one of our favorite winter wonderlands! Cost is equipment rental if needed and trail passes for skiers. Ryan will provide lessons for beginners (stride or skate) email ryan@xofitness.com for more details and to reserve your spot. xo fitness clients, families & friends are invited but please RSVP.

Sorry, not everyone gets to ride on Ryan’s shoulders!

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>Ribbon Cutting!

Category : Healthy Eating

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A huge THANK YOU to the De Pere Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for helping us cut the ribbon!!




Also, we greatly appreciate Tricia Kann contributing her time to give complimentary chair massages.

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>Is it FOOD or FOOD PRODUCT?

Category : Healthy Eating

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Nutrition Suggestion #1:
Eat ONLY whole foods (whenever possible)! If your grandparents wouldn’t recognize it or it’s ingredients, don’t put it in your mouth!

Nobody’s perfect, so follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time, eat whole foods. The rest of the time, eat things that are as whole as possible.

Your assignment: Take a look at the foods in your home. If they have more than 6 ingredients it’s probably a food product, despite all the healthy labeling. If you don’t want to eat it THROW IT OUT! It’s way easier than trying to burn off the calories.

The next time you are at the store…
· Look at the labels: Is it FOOD?
· Skip the cracker & cookie aisle: There’s zero FOOD there.
· Skip the liquid calorie aisle of juices and soft drinks (not FOOD!)
· FOOD never uses any of the following words:
hydrogenated
high fructose
· FOOD usually has:
an expiration date
little or no colorful packaging
few health claims

Brief Disclaimer: xo fitness, LLC and employees do not claim to be dieticians and cannot render specific nutrition advice related to a medical condition or provide detailed nutritional analysis. Individuals seeking these services should see a registered dietician. The information provided here is intended to reflect healthy eating habits as promoted by the USDA’s ‘My Food Pyramid’.

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>Move of the Month

Category : Healthy Eating

>Squats anytime & anywhere.
They are great for your butt & thighs…
The only equipment you need is a chair!

What to do…
1) Begin in a standing position, feet about hip distance apart.



2) Slowly lower yourself down as if you were going to sit in the chair & lift your arms out in front of you to help you keep your balance.


3) As soon as you feel the chair with your butt stand up again. The object is to keep your weight on your feet and not transfer it to your seat. The chair is only there for security…in case your arms don’t work as ballast and you have to sit down!

How many?
Start with 10 in a row (repetitions) and work up to 15.
Take a break and do 10-15 more.
Alignment
Try to keep your knees over your ankles with your weight on your heels. They may move forward slightly, but never allow them to go past your toes.
Also, your knees should not cave in toward each other.

Need more challenge?

Try the Wave
When you stand up, raise your arms overhead and lift up onto your toes…imagine “doing the wave” at Lambeau Field!!
Be sure to do this during the commercials next time you are sitting on the couch watching the Packers…your friends will love you (just kidding!!)


Try Speed Squats
Do as many chair squats as you can in 30 seconds. These are one of my favorites…they will really get your heart pounding!
Sit and rest for 30 seconds, repeat

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>Flamingo Stand

Category : Healthy Eating

>OK, I’ll admit standing on one foot sounds a little silly, but try it and you’ll understand why I use this technique with nearly all of my clients.

1) Can you stand on one foot for 30 seconds without tipping over?
If not, you now have your first goal. The ability to support your body weight with one leg is key to preventing falls. Be sure to keep your hips level in the left photo and avoid the right photo!




“This!………………………………………………………….. Not This!!!”

2) So, you can stand on one foot, what about the other foot? Can you stand on one foot significantly longer than the other? If so, start working on the weaker side. The more equal your strength from left to right, the less risk you have of injury.

3) If you have good balance, and can stand on each foot for 30 seconds it is time to start challenging your balance by moving non-weight bearing leg. Focus on standing tall, and lift one leg out in front of you with your foot about 12 inches from the ground, then move it out to the side and finally to the back. The first time you try this use your arms for balance, then make it more challenging by crossing your arms over your chest.

4) Strength training on one foot is a great way to trick your body into using your core muscles as stabilizers. Try doing any strength training move that you usually do either sitting or standing on two feet while standing on only one foot and you will definitely feel some extra muscles kick in! For example: bicep curls, lateral shoulder presses, overhead presses.



Comments Off on >Skiing/Sledding Expedition

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>Skiing/Sledding Expedition

Category : Healthy Eating

>When? Sunday, January 27; 11am-3pm

Join us for cross country skiing and sledding at one of our favorite Brown County Parks
http://www.co.brown.wi.us/parks/parks/neshota-park/. Boasting a nice sledding hill and warming shelter with fireplace, not to mention superbly groomed ski trails this is one of our favorite winter wonderlands! Cost is equipment rental if needed and trail passes for skiers. Ryan will provide lessons for beginners (stride or skate) email ryan@xofitness.com for more details and to reserve your spot. xo fitness clients, families & friends are invited but please RSVP.

Sorry, not everyone gets to ride on Ryan’s shoulders!

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>Ribbon Cutting!

Category : Healthy Eating

>
A huge THANK YOU to the De Pere Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors for helping us cut the ribbon!!




Also, we greatly appreciate Tricia Kann contributing her time to give complimentary chair massages.

Comments Off on >Is it FOOD or FOOD PRODUCT?

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>Is it FOOD or FOOD PRODUCT?

Category : Healthy Eating

>

Nutrition Suggestion #1:
Eat ONLY whole foods (whenever possible)! If your grandparents wouldn’t recognize it or it’s ingredients, don’t put it in your mouth!

Nobody’s perfect, so follow the 80/20 rule: 80% of the time, eat whole foods. The rest of the time, eat things that are as whole as possible.

Your assignment: Take a look at the foods in your home. If they have more than 6 ingredients it’s probably a food product, despite all the healthy labeling. If you don’t want to eat it THROW IT OUT! It’s way easier than trying to burn off the calories.

The next time you are at the store…
· Look at the labels: Is it FOOD?
· Skip the cracker & cookie aisle: There’s zero FOOD there.
· Skip the liquid calorie aisle of juices and soft drinks (not FOOD!)
· FOOD never uses any of the following words:
hydrogenated
high fructose
· FOOD usually has:
an expiration date
little or no colorful packaging
few health claims

Brief Disclaimer: xo fitness, LLC and employees do not claim to be dieticians and cannot render specific nutrition advice related to a medical condition or provide detailed nutritional analysis. Individuals seeking these services should see a registered dietician. The information provided here is intended to reflect healthy eating habits as promoted by the USDA’s ‘My Food Pyramid’.

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>Move of the Month

Category : Healthy Eating

>Squats anytime & anywhere.
They are great for your butt & thighs…
The only equipment you need is a chair!

What to do…
1) Begin in a standing position, feet about hip distance apart.



2) Slowly lower yourself down as if you were going to sit in the chair & lift your arms out in front of you to help you keep your balance.


3) As soon as you feel the chair with your butt stand up again. The object is to keep your weight on your feet and not transfer it to your seat. The chair is only there for security…in case your arms don’t work as ballast and you have to sit down!

How many?
Start with 10 in a row (repetitions) and work up to 15.
Take a break and do 10-15 more.
Alignment
Try to keep your knees over your ankles with your weight on your heels. They may move forward slightly, but never allow them to go past your toes.
Also, your knees should not cave in toward each other.

Need more challenge?

Try the Wave
When you stand up, raise your arms overhead and lift up onto your toes…imagine “doing the wave” at Lambeau Field!!
Be sure to do this during the commercials next time you are sitting on the couch watching the Packers…your friends will love you (just kidding!!)


Try Speed Squats
Do as many chair squats as you can in 30 seconds. These are one of my favorites…they will really get your heart pounding!
Sit and rest for 30 seconds, repeat