Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine!

Spring Clean Your Fitness Routine!

Now that spring is officially underway, it’s time to start fresh. Why not spring clean your workout routine this year with LA Fitness? A new season is as good of a time as any to switch up your typical routine in the club and focus on trying out new machines, increasing your weights, or adding healthy and fresh seasonal ingredients to your nutrition plan.

Spring Produce

Try checking out a local farmers market to see what’s freshly available in your area. Some classic springtime staples include1:

  • Strawberries
  • Asparagus
  • Cherries
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Apricots
  • Artichokes
  • Rhubarb

Along with many other delicious produce choices, you may want to get creative and try something new, your diet may thank you!

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The Benefits of Switching Up Your Workout Routine

Have you ever found yourself so accustomed to a routine that you no longer even have to think twice about completing it? Think about waking up in the morning, getting in your car, and driving to work. If it’s the same routine day in and day out, after a while it may feel like second nature to you. You don’t have to think about it – you just go. Well, that’s similar to how the body gets without a change to the workout routine. Once your muscles get used to a certain routine, they no longer really have to work that hard. They are already conditioned to the preset activities. Switch things up and give your body a wake-up call to develop the results you’re looking for.

!! Fitness Tip:

LAF, LA Fitness, spring cleaning, spring clean workout routine, workout routine, working out, fitness, fitness routine, first day of spring, new workouts,According to an article in Women’s Health Magazine, try switching up your workout every 4 to 6 weeks2 in order to maximize your results.

How to Switch Things Up at the Gym

If group fitness classes are your thing, try out a different class. You can still have the support and gentle push of a group fitness instructor, while working out muscles your previous class may not have focused on. Another option is if you’re a cardio lover, try to add some strength training into your routine. A good place to start is with machines, as there are normally photos showing what muscle group that machine will help you work out and a description of how to do it properly. Maybe you’re really into weightlifting, but your body is lacking the cardio it needs to build up endurance. Try adding a quick jog to your fitness schedule. Whatever you choose to do, as long as it’s different from your current routine, you should start to notice that your body will feel like it’s gotten a better workout in.

Don’t Forget About Emotional Wellness

When you spring clean the house and spring clean your fitness, don’t forget about spring cleaning your emotional well-being. Make sure to get rid of the negatives in your life. A healthy mind helps build a healthy heart, aids in better sleep, and helps reduce stress levels. So, whatever that thing may be that’s preventing you from feeling your best, let it go and start fresh!

Check out our article, The Happiness Factor: How Happiness Affects Health.

Sources:

  1. Brooking, M.S., R.D. , Katherine. “Spring Clean Your Diet.” Cooking Light, 17 Mar. 2010, cookinglight.com/food/in-season/spring-vegetables-fruits.
  2. Fetters, Aleisha. “How Often You Should Switch Up Your Workout to Keep Losing Weight.”Women’s Health, 6 May 2017, www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/changing-up-workouts-for-weight-loss.

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Healthy, Hip, Haute Indian Cuisine

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Chef Meherwan Irani

QFor our vegetarian and vegan readers, what are some non-meat, high protein foods you’d recommend for those wanting to increase their protein levels?

Chef Meherwan Irani: Most Indians are either fully vegetarian or eat meat sparingly. Though the primary driver of vegetarianism is religious and cultural, many non-vegetarians still eat meat sparingly for economic reasons. So, as a country of now over a billion people, Indians have traditionally looked to legumes and dairy as the primary source of protein. Lentils, chickpeas, and beans are transformed into fragrant daals and stews, almost always served with rice. Dairy in the form of milk, yogurt, cream, and ghee (clarified butter) is also a big part of the diet, with ghee used for cooking more extravagant meals, and yogurt used as a ubiquitous heat quencher and digestive. For vegan versions of lentil dishes, skip the ghee and use oil – peanut, mustard, and coconut oils are traditionally used and packed with flavor.

QCarbs sometimes get a bad rap. At Chai Pani Decatur, what are some carb-friendly, healthy dishes that you’d recommend?

MI:

  • Daal – we make ours Gujerati style, with a tadka of cumin, hing, turmeric, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds, tomatoes, and tamarind.
  • Chole – a chickpea stew with tomatoes, chillies, garam masala.
  • Kale Pakoras – kale dipped in a batter of chickpea flour, seasoned with cumin, caraway seed, chili powder, turmeric.
  • Corn Bhel – roasted corn niblets tossed with fresh cilantro, onion, cucumbers, tomatoes, and mint with a cumin-lime vinaigrette

Q: How did you choose your featured dish (Desi Salad)?

MI: Indians don’t really do salads. We like our greens dark, leafy, and stewed, braised, or fried with spices. But I personally love salads, and came up with the idea of a crunchy, crispy salad that had Indian flavors and wasn’t overwhelmed with spice, but instead is light, bright, and flavorful. Topped with toasted masala cashews and a skewer of grilled paneer (Indian farmer’s cheese) or tandoori spiced chicken, it’s a low carb, high protein dish that’s so delicious you might just forget you’re eating a salad!

Q: What are some health-conscious and unique Irani foods you’d recommend our readers try when they want to mix things up?

MI: Irani’s do love meat and tend to cook heavy. For my restaurants, I took some of my favorites and lightened them to be not only healthier, but more flavorful. For example, Kheema Pav (a spiced lamb hash) is usually pretty fatty and greasy (although delicious) in traditional Irani cooking. I often substitute ground turkey or chicken for lamb, and add tomatoes and lots of fresh cilantro to lighten the dish and add a punch of flavor and fragrance. Serve it over rice, on a low carb bun (sloppy joe style) or in a corn tortilla with lots of fresh herbs, red onion, radish, diced tomatoes and yogurt for a high protein meal that’s tasty and unique. It’s a one pot dish and easy to make in an Insta Pot or slow cooker. It can stay refrigerated for days, is easy to heat up, and versatile for use in salads, tacos, sandwiches, etc.

Chai Pani Decatur’s Desi Salad


Chai Pani Decatur is located at: 406 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

Chai Pani Decatur

Distance to closest LA Fitness: 1.7 mi. (1496 Church St., Decatur, CA 30030)


DESI SALAD

Cumin-Lime Dressing 

  • 1 T                    sugar
  • 3 T                    rice wine vinegar
  • 3 T                    fresh lime juice
  • 1 t                     salt
  • ½ t                    cumin powder
  • 2 cloves            garlic
  • 2 T                    diced red onion
  • ½ bunch           cilantro
  • ¼ C                  olive oil

Masala Cashews 

  • ¼ C                  whole cashews
  • Pinch                sugar
  • 1 t                     salt
  • ½ t                    chili powder
  • ½ t                    cumin powder
  • 2 t                     oil

Salad

  • 4 C                   green cabbage, shredded
  • 1 ½ C               red cabbage, shredded
  • ½ C                  carrot, peeled and grated
  • 1 t                     salt
  • 2 t                     toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 T                    cilantro, chopped

Method

  1. Combine all of the above except the olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Set the blender to lowest speed and slowly pour olive oil in through opening in blender lid.
  3. Blend on low until all of olive oil is incorporated and dressing is emulsified.

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 320 degrees.
  2. Season cashews with all of the above, mixing thoroughly.
  3. Spread on a small pan and bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and mix, then bake for an additional 5-6 minutes.

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

  2. Add the toasted masala cashews and blended dressing.

  3. Mix well and let the cabbage marinate for a few minutes.

  4. Serve cold, topped with grilled chicken or grilled vegetables as desired.

Serves: 2-4


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March to LA Fitness

March to LA Fitness

Welcome to month 3 of 2018! Congratulations to those of you who have stuck with your New Year’s resolution to make fitness a priority in the new year. However, we know that some of you may not be as focused as you once were.

For those of you struggling to keep the momentum going, or even those of you who feel like you’ve already fallen off the fitness wagon – fear not! Many of you may think that a new healthy habit should begin upon the start of a year new, new month, or new week. We’re here to tell you that you can start at any time – it doesn’t matter as long as you start.

This is why LA Fitness has deemed this March as #MarchtoLAFitness. If you want to see changes, you’ve got to put in the time! Tired? Everyone is. Busy? Most people are. However, being tired or busy and not setting aside the time you need to make yourself healthy is a lose-lose situation. If you’re feeling lousy about excess weight, poor nutrition or a tired mind, starting a healthy habit is what your body needs.

The American Psychological Association (APA) suggests changing one behavior at a time. Swap out that quick fast food meal for a home-cooked one instead. Get an extra hour of sleep or add an extra day spent at the gym to your weekly schedule. Unhealthy behaviors or habits typically develop over the course of time, which means you can’t expect healthy habits to develop overnight. It’s going to take discipline and practice. Worried that you don’t have the willpower or determination to make these changes? Try this:

Set Realistic Goals

Let’s say you want to lose a certain of weight. A reasonable goal is to allow yourself enough time to make this goal come to fruition. Try setting short and long-term goals. For instance, a goal to lose 1 pound a week is a lot more realistic than wanting to lose 10 pounds. Be realistic with yourself and know what fits your lifestyle. Hitting a short-term goal (i.e., losing one pound in a week), will leave you feeling accomplished and will help develop the healthy habits you need to continue working toward your long-term goals.

Involve a Friend

Did you know that having someone to help you along the way can help you stay motivated? Whether that person is a family member, significant other, friend or coworker, you may want to invite someone who shares a similar goal to join you on your way to success! Looking to sweeten the deal? LA Fitness offers a program called VIP Rewards where you can invite a friend or family member to join you at our club while earning points that can be redeemed for LA Fitness gear. (Check out rewards here!)

Habit vs. Lifestyle

Developing healthy habits can lead to a healthy lifestyle, but how long does it take exactly to start a new healthy habit? This number has been debated a lot, with some thinking it takes 21 days to develop a habit while others believe it can take up to 90 days. How true are these numbers and what does that mean when setting a goal to sticking to consistent, healthy habits? An article published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) references an article1 focused on the psychology of ‘habit-formation’ and general practice. Below is an excerpt taken from the study:

Unrealistic expectations of the duration of the habit formation process can lead the patient to give up during the learning phase. Some patients may have heard that habits take 21 days to form. This myth appears to have originated from anecdotal evidence of patients who had received plastic surgery treatment and typically adjusted psychologically to their new appearance within 21 days.22 More relevant research found that automaticity plateaued on average around 66 days after the first daily performance,9 although there was considerable variation across participants and behaviours. Therefore, it may be helpful to tell patients to expect habit formation (based on daily repetition) to take around 10 weeks. Our experience is that people are reassured to learn that doing the behaviour gets progressively easier; so they only have to maintain their motivation until the habit forms. Working effortfully on a new behaviour for 2–3 months may be an attractive offer if it has a chance of making the behaviour become ‘second nature’.

Uh oh… I Slipped Again

Don’t let a day (or two or three) skipping the gym deter you from getting right back on track! Did you eat unhealthy over the weekend? Perhaps you maybe indulged a little too much on last night’s dinner. Well, this means all your hard work and progress is gone, right? Wrong! A little misstep is no reason to feel like you’ve failed at working toward your goal. Don’t wait until next week, next month, or next year to get back on track – do it today because the time spent waiting to fix what you want to change can be time spent actively working towards your life’s goals.

You’ve got this. We believe in you. #MarchtoLAFitness

Sources:

  1. Gardner, Benjamin, et al. “Making Health Habitual: the Psychology of ‘Habit-Formation’ and General Practice.” The British Journal of General Practice, Royal College of General Practitioners, Dec. 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3505409/.

Referenced:

  1. “Making Lifestyle Changes That Last.” American Psychological Association, American Psychological Association, www.apa.org/helpcenter/lifestyle-changes.aspx.

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