Summer BBQ’s and Staying on the Health Wagon 

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Summer vacations, family bbq’s, and informal get-togethers with friends are abundant. Here are a few tips to stay on your health and fitness wagon amidst pulled pork, potato salad, apple pie, bloody mary’s and other summer treats.

Tip #1:

Get it in! Get your workout in on the day of or the day before and after your social gathering. Cardio and strength training are excellent ways to burn calories during and AFTER your workout. The more muscle you build, the more calories you burn when RESTING and eating a veggie burger in the sun.

Tip #2:

Mindfully eat. CHEW. SAVOR. ENJOY. Eat until you are satisfied and not to the point of feeling stuffed. Also, gravitate towards the veggies! Take it easy on the condiments.

Tip #3:

Be actively social. Who says you have to sit and be sedentary when hanging out with others? Bring a frisbee. Bring a ball. Stand and talk. Take a short walk around the outdoor venue. Volunteer to watch/play with children, if present.

Tip #4:

Bring something you know you will eat. We’re often asked to bring a dish to the event. Why not bring something you know you want to eat? This guarantees something healthy-ish at the event. (smile)

Tip #5:

Remember, oftentimes the food present at these get-togethers are usually exceptions to your daily nutrition norm. If you are a social butterfly and go to all kinds of bbqs, happy hours, and such, you might want to consider eating a healthy meal beforehand or packing one on-the-go for your event.

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Host a “Roll & Sip” House Party!

A slight spin off those paint and sip events…

Instead of painting we’ll be FOAM ROLLING!
And we’ll be sippin’ on PROTEIN SHAKES!

Learn about the benefits of foam rolling and its positive impact on muscle soreness, recovery, performance, injury prevention, and range of motion. This workshop is highly interactive and incorporates self-myofascial release techniques that target sore, overworked, and tight muscles. Ideal for anyone looking to take their warm-up, recovery, and flexibility to the next level! Bring a foam roller, exercise mat (optional), towel, water bottle, and your favorite shake cup!


Invite friends and family, bring a foam roller (we have a few loaners),
try some protein shakes, and get your roll on!

All in the privacy of your home! 

$49 per person

Available:
Arden | Elk Grove | Natomas | Sacramento | West Sacramento  | Surrounding areas


The Fine and Amazingly Awesome Print:
(a) Price includes a list of recommended foam rolling exercises, a list of (low carb, low sugar) easy-to-make protein shake recipes, 20% discount off all Nutrology supplement products, a bonus secret giveaway, and eligibility to win raffle prize (FREE 2lb Grass Fed Whey Protein).
(b) Groups must be a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 10.
(c) If you host the event  in your home and confirm 6 or more people to attend (including yourself), your $49 fee will be waived.

(d) Yes, it’s FREE for YOU if you host 6 or more people!


Contact us today to schedule your Roll & Sip House Party!
info@CEbFitWell.com

P.S. Yes! We can also host a Roll & Sip for larger groups in public settings!

Early Bird Gets The Workout!

Of course it’s hard to get up early when you go to bed late. Early morning workouts are sooooo much better when you set yourself up for success. 

3 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Success

  1. Eat a balanced meal the night before.
  2. Oh, and better yet, try setting out your gym clothes the night before.
  3. Begin your calm and peaceful evening routine earlier in the evening so you’re ready to go to bed at a decent hour.
  4. Bonus! Figure out what you’re going to eat for your early morning pre-workout snack the night before. (Try some of these overnight oats recipes.)

Click for more pre and post workout snack ideas!


Life can be full of excuses…

Something came up. I’m tired. I’m hungry. Traffic is bad. 

Good news! It doesn’t have to be! Many of us are busy with schedules that get more and more unpredictable as the day unfolds.

The number one excuse for lack of exercise and physical activity is time.

 

The trick is blocking time off for yourself every single day. Whether it’s 5 minutes or 50 minutes, make sure to protect this time with all your might. Purposefully identify it and protect it. 

Not it’s time to ask you a very important question. Why NOT try early morning workouts? Please don’t say, “I’m not a morning person.” Wait. Have you tried working out in the morning at least 3 times?

Yes? How did it go?

No? When will you do it?


Did you know?  

“According to a study recently published in the journal Obesity and highlighted by the New York Times, they may also be better at choosing healthy food over junk.” (source: www.nymag.com, 2017)

And on top of that…

A research team of a California-based biotechnology company 23andMe, attempted to uncover the genetic predisposition of morning and night people.  (N=89,283)

“The researchers found that after taking into account the effect of age and sex, morning people were likely to have lower – and thus generally more healthy – BMI, or body-mass index, a measure of the ratio between height and weight.” (source: www.theguardian.com, 2017)

Personally, I despise BMI (Body Mass Index) as a number to focus on when it comes to your health and wellness. It’s merely a ratio between your height and body weight and can easily be off-set for muscular individuals who may not be very tall.

After probing a bit deeper, I came across a study that found exercising 30 minutes on 3 mornings per week caused people between the ages of 40 and 60 years old to experience a 10% drop in blood pressure throughout the day.

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Read more about the benefits of early morning (and evening) workouts here.


So go ahead. Set your alarm.Go to bed early and hit the gym in the morning!

It’s Time! Spring Accountability Group Starts Monday!

DURATION: 7 weeks

START DATE: Monday, March 13, 2017
END DATE: Sunday, April 30, 2017


WHO SHOULD SIGN UP:

This Accountability Group is open to former Best Body Countdown participants and ANYONE who wants to learn, grow, and increase their daily fitness, nutrition, and wellness accountability. Our group is perfect for anyone who needs an extra nudge of accountability and support from a trustworthy, reliable, and knowledgeable certified fitness professional. You can participate from anywhere!

PURPOSE:

Our Accountability Group will help you stay committed to your health, fitness, nutrition, and healthy living goals. This is about building a health conscious community of like-minded people who are open to learning and filled with a desire to improve their fitness.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  1. Weekly E-Check-ins

  2. Interactive Group Texts & Check-ins (via GroupMe app)

  3. Interactive Closed Facebook Group

  4. Group Fitness Challenges

  5. Motivational Quotes

  6. Recommended Reading

  7. Reflective Questions

  8. Goal Setting & Accountability Activities

  9. Fitness, Nutrition, & Wellness Tips & Tools

  10. Access to Certified Personal Trainer

We will heavily rely upon online and mobile technologies for communication, accountability, support, and motivation! (e.g., Facebook, GroupMe, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, SuperTracker, Fitness Blender, SworkIt, and more!)

$12 per week
($84 total for 7 weeks)

Partial payments accepted. Ask me how to set this up.


DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. BE ABOUT IT!

Quick Guide: How to Tie Your Sneakers for the BEST Workout!

Tie your shoes properly before exercising. 

This should go without saying, right?

Are you guilty of what I do almost every day? Do you slide and wedge your foot into your pre-tied shoe when you put them on? Do you also use one foot to push down on the back of one shoe to take it back off?

If you’re like me, you have done this for years.

Technically, you should loosen your laces and gently place your foot into the shoe BEFORE lacing up. Likewise, you should loosen your laces and gently pull your foot out of your shoe when you are done.

Okay, that’s getting them on and off. Next, we need to learn more about how to lace them up!

Believe it or not, there are different techniques to tying your shoes based on your foot type!

The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (2017) recommends the following shoe tying techniques for various foot types.

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Narrow Foot lacing

Narrow Foot – Use the eyelets farthest from the tongue of the shoes. This will bring up the side of the shoe.

Wide Foot – Use the eyelets closest to the tongue of the shoe. This technique gives the foot more space.

Heel Problems – Use every eyelet, making sure that the area closest to the heel is tied tightly while less tension is used near the toes. When you have reached the next-to-last eyelet on each side, thread the lace through the top eyelet, making a small loop. Then, thread the opposite lace through each loop before tying it.

Narrow Heel & Wide Forefoot– Use two laces. Thread through the top half of the eyelets and the other lace through the bottom half of the eyelets. The lace closest to the heel (top eyelets) should be tied more tightly than the other lace closest to the toes (bottom eyelets).

So whether it’s your workout shoes or dress shoes, the same shoe lacing and tying strategies apply.

I don’t know about you, but all this business about shoe tying rocked my workout world. I hope it helps you, too!

Here’s an awesome infographic created by RunRepeat.

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Want to geek out about athletic footwear? Read the Athletic Footwear and Orthoses in Sports Medicine.

March is Colorectal Cancer Month!

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This month is nationally recognized as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older.

The best way to prevent colorectal cancer is to get screened regularly starting at age 50. There are often no signs or symptoms of colorectal cancer – that’s why it’s so important to get screened.

To increase awareness about the importance of colorectal cancer screening, C.E.b. Fitness & Wellness is proudly participating in Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. At a state level, colorectal cancer kills more Californians more than any other cancer, except for lung cancer (Facts about Colorectal Cancer in California, 2009). In 2012, there were 14,114 cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed and 5,189 deaths as a result of the disease in the state of California. (Colorectal Cancer in California: 1988-2012, 2011).

People over age 50 have the highest risk of colorectal cancer. You may also be at higher risk if you are African American, smoke, or have a family history of colorectal cancer.

Everyone can take these healthy steps to help prevent colorectal cancer:

  • Get screened starting at age 50.
  • Encourage your family members and friends over age 50 to get screened.
  • Quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke.
  • Get plenty of physical activity and eat healthy. <—that’s music to my ears!

Looking for ways to increase your physical activity and eat healthier? Look no further! Contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals!

The Ultimate Workout Couples!

ultimate-couplesIn the spirit of Valentine’s and celebrating the power of individuals and complementary couples, we wanted to highlight two of the best exercise couples. These aren’t any type of couples–they are SUPER SET couples!

What’s a super set?

“The superset system uses two exercises performed in rapid succession of one another.”

Couple 1: Bench Press + Push Ups

This is an example of “performing two exercises for the same muscle group back to back.” Completing exercises in this format improves muscle endurance and size. If you want to kick it up a notch, try adding one or two more exercises targeting the same muscle. Using the example above, you could add a Dumbbell Chest Press and Resistance Band Chest Press.

Couple 2: Squats + Dead Lift

This is an example of “performing two exercises back to back that involve antagonist[, or opposing,] muscle groups.” Performing super sets in this manner allows you to place a higher load on target muscle(s) in each exercise. While one muscle group is working, the other is resting.

Want to learn how to integrate super sets into your workout routine? Contact us today!

Source: (National Academy of Sports Medicine, 2014)

“Oh No She Didn’t! OMG, Stop It!” – 15 Things to Do or Not Do at the Gym

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There’s a fine line between making eye contact and giving a head nod–whether it’s to the music in your ears or to the person who caught you looking–and inappropriately staring at someone at the gym. Let’s face it. Everyone is at the gym for a different reasons and each person has different levels of experience, knowledge, and good ol’ fashioned home training–or the lack thereof. 

So, the next time you’re at the gym, please keep a few things in mind as you get your workout on.

  1. Do not step on someone’s exercise mat. That’s just plain out rude.
  2. Speaking of exercise mats, when you’re done, clean it off and put it back where you found it. It is simply disgusting to put back a sweaty mat.
  3. Unload and re-stack weight plates on exercise equipment. Everyone can’t lift a 5, 10, 20, 30+ pound weight. Plus, stop inconveniencing someone else’s gym flow by making them waste time unloading your weights.
  4. Try your best not to walk in front of someone who is noticeably looking at a mirror to help improve their exercise form.
  5. Do not take photos of yourself or your friends with other people you do not know in the background. Better yet. If you do need your phone, don’t use it to take photos at the gym. Go ahead and use it for music and other fitness apps, but please do your best to minimize taking photos. It’s an unnecessary distraction to others.
  6. Clean equipment after use. See #2.
  7. Respect everyone’s purpose at the gym. Do not judge fitness levels and motivation based on size, clothing and/or perceived ethnicity, gender, or ability.  You do you. Let the person next to you do their thing. If anything, encourage and uplift one another. Oftentimes, it takes a tremendous amount of energy just getting to the gym.
  8. If you see someone struggling with lifting a weight, please don’t ignore them. HELP them! Of course, it’s not your job to spot strangers, but come on… it’s just the right thing to do.
  9. Share equipment. Don’t stay on the elliptical forever and don’t put your towel on the bench, your water bottle next to the rowing machine, and your notebook on the calf machine to “mark” your territory at the gym. Inform others about working into your set. It is possible to stay focused, be efficient, and share equipment.
  10. Hygiene. Hygiene. Hygiene. Just let that marinate for a minute. Wash your hands. Don’t come to the gym sick and spread germs. Use deodorant. See #2 & #6.
  11. Use your inside voice. Yelling can often times scare others and inadvertently make someone drop a weight and hurt themselves or trigger PTSD and other mental illnesses. Breathe, yes. Small grunts, sure. Yelling and blatantly dropping heavy weights, no. No bueno. If you love yelling and dropping heavy weights, find a gym that embraces that culture. Yes, there are gyms where yelling and dropping heavy weights are the norm.
  12. Remember, group fitness classes are for the group. Don’t go to group fitness classes and insist on doing your own thing for the entire class. Trying to outshine others or up the instructor is not a good look.
  13. Speaking of group fitness classes, arrive early if you’re new or have a recent injury. Let the instructor know so they can properly set you up on equipment and safely modify any exercises for you during class.
  14. If you don’t know how to use a piece of equipment, ask a staff member. Why set yourself up for a potential injury? Grab a trainer and ask them to show you how to use it. Can’t find anyone? Don’t use it. Perhaps you can schedule a quick appointment with a trainer the next time you’re at them gym to show you how to use it.
  15. Do not wear your street shoes and/or clothes in the sauna. Better yet, shower or rinse off prior to going in. It’s just plain out nasty to go in the sauna fully clothed, dirty shoes on the benches, and funky. The sauna is hot and a breeding site for bacteria to multiply. Why bring in extra cooties into this space? Also, the temperature in a sauna is 100+ degrees. It’s not safe to wear all of those clothes in such an environment. You could overheat. The heat will open your pores. If you don’t shower beforehand, any and all lotions, deodorants, fragrances, and germs will seep inside your skin. Nasty, huh? Read more about why and how to use a sauna

What have you seen or experienced that needs to be added to this list? Let us know!

Top 5 Fitness Holiday Gift Ideas

Are you thinking about purchasing a gift for an active person in your life? Does that active person happen to be you? Check out our top five fitness gift ideas for 2016.

  1. Apple Watch Series 2 – Water resistant. GPS. Heart rate sensor. Activity tracker. Workout apps. Sync third party apps. Receive notifications. Ask Siri a question. Coaching. Wheel chair use feature. Breathe app. Customized bands and faces to dress up or down. Be careful. This little shiny gadget costs a pretty penny. Save up and invest in you! Be on the look out for the new wireless airpods to listen to your music! ($300-$1000)

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    Over time, the elasticity wears out and sometimes you see other signs to throw them away…

  2. Socks – Most of us do not replace our athletic socks often enough. Remember that soft, cushy feeling of brand spankin’ new socks freshly pulled out of the plastic bag at the store? Well, that’s the way your socks should feel. Believe it or not, good socks tend to be a bit expensive, too. Look for sales online or discounts at warehouse stores. Take care of your feet. They are the foundation of everything you do that uses them. ($10-$30)backbeatheadphones
  3. Bluetooth Headphones  – Confession. I’ve tried 6 or 7 brands. I honestly felt like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears during this process. Headphones were too tight. Ear buds were too small. Headphones were too big. Headphones were too small. No one could hear me on voice calls. And the list goes on and on. Needless to say, I ended up liking the Plantronics Backbeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones (they come with an arm band). They are over ear headphones and sound great! It looks they are on sale at Costco now. ($90-$150)

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  4. Underwear – Not trying to break the bank? Time and tested again and again by grandmother and mama gift-giving everywhere! Cotton underwear is best for breathability and comfort. You definitely need a pair that fits and isn’t too small. Talk about a workout buster…who likes underwear creeping up and in unwanted places while trying to do a burpee? You can find good deals at your local sports store, bulk item warehouse store, and outlet malls. Check out Men’s Health Magazine’s top 10 athletic underwear picks. Shape Magazine offers a similar list catering to women. ($10)
  5. Foam Roller – These are excellent for muscle recovery and preparing for productive workout! They are so amazingn that I already schooled you about them way back in 2014.  My favorite brand is TriggerPoint. Take a gander at their foam rollers, cold rollers, and guidebooks. CEbFit is a TriggerPoint affiliate and receives sales commissions from our client referrals. NOTE: You must access the TriggerPoint website from these hyperlinks in order to accurately track sales referred by CEbFit. Or you can copy and paste: http://shrsl.com/?~98l1   ($25-$65)

And there you have it! But before you rush and buy anything, ask yourself the following question.

“Have I paid all of my bills for this month and will I have enough money to pay my bills next month after I make this purchase?”

If not, give the gift of time and share a walk, run, sled ride, ice skating, or hike with your family member or friend. timeisfree
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