Category Archives: Fit Tip Tuesday

Rumble Boxing

One of my favorite parts about visiting NYC two months ago was taking a class at Rumble Boxing. I always love trying different workouts, so I figured why not try a boxing-inspired class during my birthday week. I follow Noah Neiman (cofounder of Rumble) on Instagram, and if you’re obsessed with all things Bravo like I am, once upon a time you saw him on Work Out New York. So naturally, I signed up for his class.

All I have to say about Noah is he is an AWESOME instructor and would take another class with him in a heartbeat the next time I am in NYC.

About the Rumble

  • Website: rumble-boxing.com
  • Location: 146 W 23rd St.
  • Price: $34 for 2 classes (new clients); $34 per class
  • Amenities: Filtered water, showers, towels, lockers
  • Gloves are available for $3 and wraps for $6

About the workout 

  • Incorporates boxing and strength training
  • Is a combination of HIIT and METCON
  • 45 minute long work broken into two parts: First half you’ll jab away at the tear-drop style, water filled bags. Second, you are at a designated station doing strength and conditioning exercises
  • Music is on point

Would I go back? Absolutely! Really hoping Rumble expands to the West Coast

 



Lagree Fitness

Meet my new obsession: Lagree Fitness. While there are a few similarities between traditional pilates and Lagree Fitness, there’s quite a few differences that make LF that much harder and an overall better workout.

Here’s a list of things that make Lagree Fitness that much better than traditional pilates:

Machine: First and foremost the machines are different. The machine used in LF classes is called a megaformer, where a TP machine is called a reformer. The megaformer is wider and lighter and has adjustable handlebars for different exercises.

Timing: One of the biggest differences is the timing. Usually, exercises last from 1-2 minutes. Specially, exercises are usually slow movements and target slow twitch muscle fibers. Compared to TP which targets the fast twitch muscle fibers.

Reps: Typically, movements last for 4-6 seconds for 1-2 minutes. This continuous slow movement allows for you to really work and target your muscles throughout the entire class period.

Muscle focus: Exercises on the megaformer allow you to focus on certain or all muscle groups at once. While it does take a few classes to get the hang of things on the megaformer, it becomes so much easier once you do. The best thing about LF is that you can NEVER plateau, you can always take it to the next level.

Core: Every exercise includes using your core. Given that your core is your powerhouse, it makes sense that you have to use your core in each exercise. A lot of the exercises in LF challenge your stability, leading you to work on your core.



Clean Sleep

Every day I promise myself I’m going to go to bed earlier than the night before. And it NEVER happens. I’ve recently made a habit of shutting every electronic off by 10:00pm and picking up a book. This usually does the trick, I normally fall sleep 15 minutes in to reading. I find that calming my mind down before going to sleep helps me get the best night of sleep possible. While there is always that restless night of sleep, getting a good night of sleep is imperative to your health.

Our bodies heal, our immune systems get revitalized, hormones and metabolism is balances and overall maintenance take place during sleep. A good night’s sleep, not just once in a while, but on an ongoing basis, is absolutely critical for your good health.

Here are some tips to getting that best night of sleep courtesy of Goop:

Daytime: 

1. Wake Up Right

2. Take Mindfulness Breaks

3. Get Some Natural Sunlight Every Day

4. Exercise

5. Avoid Caffeine

6. Try an Elimination Diet

7. Eat In Accordance With Your Body Rhythms

8. Pay Attention to Your Medications

 

Night:

1. Create a Regular Routine

2. Keep the Room As Dark As Possible

3. Keep the Room Cool

4. Block Out Noise

5. Skip Sleeping Pills

6. Don’t Use Alcohol to Fall Asleep

7. Take Nutrients That Calm Down the Nervous System

8. Try Some Melatonin at Night



Milk Alternatives

Along with limiting my sugar intake, I really try to limit my dairy intake as well. I’d much rather eat a wheel of brie cheese than to have skim milk in a latte. Priorities, people, priorities. I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been blessed with adult acne (thanks hormones) and avoiding dairy and sugar as much as possible seems to help, along with a slew of face creams, masks and peels, this all seems to work together.

I’m allergic to almonds, soy adds to my acne, so unsweetened coconut milk is my milk of choice. Lauren Conrad’s website provides a great breakdown of non-dairy milk options, which I’ve shared below:

1. Soy Milk. Soy milk is to be one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives there is. The Starbuck Soy Latte has become almost as ubiquitous as it’s dairy counterpart. Soy contains phytoestrogens that can disrupt hormones, with prevalent side effects including acne, hypothyroid, infertility and even cancer.

2. Almond Milk. Almond milk is a contender for “best overall milk alternative”. It’s lacking in calcium, but loaded with Vitamin D and E. It’s also low in calories for anyone for whom that is a concern. Just make sure you choose a variety with no added sugar, and watch out for carrageenan (a harmful additive) on the ingredients list.

3. Coconut Milk. Real coconut milk is another amazing pick! It is a great source of manganese and MCT fats. The lauric acid present in coconut milk is even antibacterial. Opt for a minimally processed variety without additives like carrageenan or added sugar.

4. Hemp Milk. Hemp milk ties with almond for “best overall milk alternative” according to Kelly. It has all essential amino acids; omega 3 and 6; four grams of protein; Vitamins A ,D, and E; folic acid; phosphorus; magnesium; 46 percent of your RDA of calcium; Vitamin B12; and potassium. If you are looking for an alternative milk that nourishes, hemp is a pretty good bet.

5. Rice Milk. Rice milk has more carbohydrates than cow’s milk, without the fat or protein. It’s basically just starchy sugar water with very few real nutrients. Rice milk is what people who suffer from severe food allergies to dairy and nuts often turn to, but it’s not the best option out there if you can drink the others without issue.

 



Apps I love: Charity Miles

I recently heard about Charity Miles from a co-worker and completely loved the idea behind the app.

Having grown up volunteering with two different charities, I love that Charity Miles combines two of my favorite things: Giving back and logging those steps.

Charity Miles works with large corporations to donate money to over 30 charities on your behalf for every walk, run or bike ride taken. All you have to do is launch the app, pick a charity and head out for your choice of physical activity. Below is a breakdown of how money is donated for your choice of exercise:

  • Run / Walk: 25 cents a mile
  • Cycling: 10 cents a mile

Some of favorite charities participate on this awesome app: ASPCA, (RED), Stand Up To Cancer, charity: water, World Wildlife Fund, Nothing But Nets, to name a few.

Being able to help to a few of my favorite charities during my day to day activities is so easy to do and there’s really no excuse not to.

 

 

 

 

 



Health Benefits of Kombucha

If you know me, you know I’m obsessed with Kombucha and have one everyday. I typically have a Ginger GT Kombucha during dinner every night and love it. Not only do I find kombucha to be refreshing in taste, but it comes with a slew of health benefits.

{Courtesy of Dr. Axe}

Kombucha is a variety of fermented, lightly effervescent sweetened black or green tea drinks that are commonly intended as functional beverages for their supposed health benefits. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a “symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast”. Kombucha originated in what is now Manchuria around 220 BCE, and is said to have been imported to Japan around 400 CE by the physician Kombu.

Two of my favorite kombucha brands are: GT’s Kombucha and KeVita.



Sneaking In Your 10,000 Steps

 

Without a doubt, my everyday accessory is my Fitbit Alta. I never leave the house without it and if I forget to put it on before leaving for the day, it throws my whole day off. I’m a total fitness fanatic and love staying active. Being able to track my steps is one of the healthy habits I swear by! Fitness experts recommend walking 10,000 steps a day. Adding a yoga or pilates class to that is also another way to stay active. However, if you miss out on one of your favorite classes, logging those 10,000 steps a day is just as good! While it’s easier said than done to get those steps in, below are a few tips to reach that daily goal before you know it:

  1. Take the stairs
  2. Park as far away as possible from the store you’re going to
  3. Take a walk during lunch
  4. Walk around your neighborhood or city
  5. Start a (friendly) competition

If you’re looking for a simple way to start your workout regimen, walking is one of the best ways to kick it off. Being able to reach this daily goal also brings amazing health benefits, wanted to share some of the ones you too can experience:

  1. You get a workout
  2. You feel relaxed
  3. You sleep better
  4. Helps with digestion
  5. Eases back pain
  6. You lose weight
  7. Improves posture

 



Dry January

I partook in Dry January, not consuming alcohol for the month of January, last year and decided to do it again this year. Some may do it as a New Year’s resolution, while others see it as a way to detox from the holidays. I’m a little over two weeks in to this and feel great, but what I’ve noticed the most is a few things:

  1. I don’t miss alcohol
  2. I really don’t like the taste of alcohol
  3. My bank account is loving this
  4. I actually enjoy going out more being sober and have just as good a time

Whatever your reason may be, there’s a TON of benefits that come with this pledge. Which include:

  1. Better liver function
  2. Greater hydration
  3. Clarity
  4. Overall healthier feeling
  5. Increased bank account

 

 



Staying Healthy During the Holidays

 

holidayGuys, Thanksgiving is a few days away! If you’re like me you love the food and family aspect of this wonderful holiday. Between November 24 and January 2, your days may be filled with baked goods, holiday gatherings and festive holiday drinks, making it nearly impossible to not pack on a pound or two. I’ve shared some of my go-to tips for surviving those seasonal indulgences, with a side of self-control. Here’s what you need to know:

Schedule your workouts: This is about the last thing any of us want to do during the holidays, but I promise this is the biggest help to keeping everything right and tight. Making time to sweat it out will not only make you feel good, additionally, it will boost your metabolism.

Think before you eat: It’s hard to pass up on all of the sugary treats at your disposal during the holidays, however, be conscious of just how many cookies you’re eating. All of that sugary goodness will catch up with you one way or another. Keeping tally of just how much you are putting in your mouth will help you manage your weight during this festivity filled months.

Food + drinks: When it comes to all of the holiday gatherings, be sure you don’t go in on an empty stomach! You’ll end up eating more than you think, and to be frank you’ll waste calories and fat enriched foods. As for my favorite part of the holidays: The drinks; be sure to stick to drinks low in calories, so again you’re not wasting calories, but also you’re not drinking empty calories.

Here’s a few quick links to  some of my favorite workouts:

10-Minute Barre Abs

8-Minute Full Body Tabata

 Bikini Workout

30-Minute Butt and Abs Pilates



Detox: Gua Sha

gua sha

One of my favorite all natural remedies for detoxing is: Gua Sha. This traditional East Asian medical treatment involves scraping the skin with a jade rock to produce a very light bruising. It’s believed that gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured area and stimulates blood flow and healing.

According to Arya Nielsen PhD, gua sha produces an anti-inflammatory and immune protective effect that lasts for days after a single treatment. Some of the main things treated by gua sha include: pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, and is effective in treating acute and chronic organ disorders.