I love shopping for fitness clothes and accessories so it's no wonderthat when the new shape-up shoes hit the stores, I was intrigued to
say the least. But do they really work? I have the scoop for you in
my "Ask Valerie" section.
I've talked with a number of folks who are struggling with the sweet
cravings. I can understand especially with the parties, family
gatherings, and vacations this summer. Below I'll give you some tips
for how to conquer your sweet tooth and avoid the unwanted weight gain
that happens during this time of year.
This month is all about accountability. I'm starting an
accountability group on my Facebook page so if you want to check-in
with me "real-time," upload some photos or just get some encouragement
in your journey, be sure to login to plus get my fitness tip-of the-day on Twitter. Until next time, take care of yourself - your body's depending on you.
Peace and blessings,
Are You a Sugar-holic?
It's challenging to eat anything without sugar. In fact, if you read
most labels there's sugar in the ingredient somewhere in the form of
sucrose, lactose, or fructose. Our bodies aren't designed to avoid
sugar altogether but they definitely aren't designed to consume too
much of it. A recent study by the American Heart Association shows
that the average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. That's
the equivalent of just two sodas! So the next time you're at a mall,
amusement park or party, beware! Eating sweets on a regular basis is
detrimental to your health. In fact, no studies to date have shown
the effectiveness of eating too much sugar - on the contrary - the
impact on your teeth and the effect of over-indulging can cost you for
years to come!
So what can you do you do to beat the sugar cravings? Tossing
cookies, candies, and other tempting treats is the first step. Even
if you just bought something yesterday, it won't do you a bit of good
to keep it. Make it your goal to avoid buying sugary sweets, instead
opt for healthier sweet treats like fruit. Fruit is naturally sweet
and full of many cancer fighting properties. Fruit will give you that
sweet fix and provide you with all the healthy benefits. Some other
- Limit your sugar intake to no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of sugar a day and 9 teaspoons (37.5) grams for men.
- Switch from regular soda to sugar free (eventually ditch the soda altogether).
- Avoid sugary coffee drinks - they're loaded with sugar!
- Use sugar alternatives such as Stevia, cinnamon, or purees.
- Eat better-for-you ice cream such as Klondike 100 calorie sandwiches.
I know it can be tough to conquer the sugar cravings but you must do
it! Trust me, an apple will do a lot more good on your teeth, waistline, and mood than a brownie. Set out to conquer your kid's sugar addition today! Check out my post on helping your kids lose the sugar cravings.
Ask Valerie: Do Shape-up Shoes Work?
Buying Shape-up shoes is like setting money on fire! In a recent
study by The American Council of Exercise, researchers found that
there was absolutely no difference in muscle activiation, exercise
intensity, or caloric expenditure between tone-up shoes and regular
fitness shoes. It's a shame that through sleek marketing efforts,
consumers have been caught up in erroneous claims and mis-leading
results. The study also found that tone-up shoe effectiveness claims
were supported by the manufacturers own studies; sounds a little
biased to me.
So if you're trying to decide between some $100 tone-up (no such thing
as toning but I'll address that later) shoes or quality fitness shoes,
choose the the fitness shoes. In fact, with on-going summer sales,
you'll find some great deals on fitness shoes and you may even be able
to get a cute outfit too!
Fitwell Personal Boot Camp
Next session: September 8 - October 1, 2010
Fitwell Personal Boot Camp is not your ordinary boot camp - it's an
experience! This boot camp provides you with all the boot camp drills
customized to your fitness level. So if you don't like to run, you
don't have to run. You can still participate in a cardiovascular
program that will get your heart in shape and help you lose those
stubborn pounds. Here's what you can expect from each boot camp
- World-class training from Discovery Health Fitness Expert, Valerie Merriweather.
- Weekly motivational tips and nutrition guidance.
- Customized workouts that help you achieve your fitness goals, prevent injury. and perform better in everyday life.
- On-going support and coaching from Valerie.
- Additional nutritional services such as RMR (resting metabolic rate) at a reduced rate, just for being part of Fitwell Personal Boot Camp.
and much more....
Sign up today! Hurry, space is limited. Can't do all 8 sessions? No problem, just drop-in for only $30 a session.
Fitwell Training Solutions Goes Corporate!
Have you considered a wellness program in your organization but don't know where to start? If so, Valerie has a solution for you with the launch of her Corporate Fit Challenge program. Corporate wellness is a great way to invest in the health of your employees, increase productivity and improve company morale. So what are you waiting for? Contact Valerie today at 301-476-4580 for more information on how Fitwell can help you reduce your healthcare costs.
The babyShape Show
Yes, you can lose weight while breastfeeding! Check out my interview with Pat Shelly, Director and founder of The Breastfeeding Center for Greater Washington. The babyShape Show airs every Wednesday at 2:30PM EST. I will share my secrets on maintaining fitness during pregnancy as well as all life stages we encounter. My goal is to inspire you to be in the best shape of your life!
babyShape Prenatal Workout DVD
As a busy mother of four, I know how difficult it can be to get to the gym, especially during pregnancy. babyShape Prenatal Workout DVD is ideal for getting a workout in at home, whether you are in your first trimester or near delivery.
Strength training is critical for maintaining muscle necessary to burn fat during pregnancy and recovery. This is the key for moms who are having trouble getting back into shape after delivery and great preparation for everyday moves required for lifting, moving and caring for baby.
babyShape Prenatal Workout DVD is a excellent resource for you and a great gift idea for an expecting mom. Get your copy today!