Entries in Wellness (8)
With so many fitness methods out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the hype and lost along the way trying to choose the right one for you. Sometimes I get frustrated (and okay a little lazy) and end up spending money on a machine for home that becomes a dust collector and gets in the way because no, it didn’t easily store under the bed or in the closet as promised… (Ever notice how in infomercials the person easily and happily slides the machinery under their uncluttered bed that is also like 2 feet above the floor? Umm- not happening.) Anyway, I knew post New Year’s I needed more of a challenge and wanted to do something that was motivating but not super intense to start. I was never big into fitness, but I do enjoy a little cardio once in a while or even yoga. I then made the decision to take a Pilates class
SELF Magazine is back again with their Workout in the Park. This outdoor health and wellness event encourages women of all ages to join the fun with a transformative total-body experience that brings the pages of SELFto life and puts attendees in the center of the action with a day of invigorating exercise, beauty consultations, style savvy, nutritional know-how, and exclusive freebies and giveaways.
SELF has added a new city to its roster this year, San Francisco, which will kick off the events on April 30, 2011, followed by New York on May 7, 2011 and Chicago on May 21, 2011.
For one day, on April 18th, SELF is giving each person who purchases a Workout in the Park ticket a special WIP Starter Kit including a limited edition SELF notebook and water bottle. Record your progress, track your calories and stay hydrated!
Those who snag tickets will be treated to a day of fun and fitness with an added bonus with special celebrity guest appearances! Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and author of “The Mommy Diet” will be the special guest at the San Francisco and Chicago Workout in the Park events. Also new for 2011, and exclusively at Workout in the Park in New York, special guest emcee Danielle Monaro from Z100’s Elvis Duran and The Morning Show will host the day’s festivities and get the crowd pumped.
Check out the schedule for the “Quit Zone” to take advantage of short Pilates mat classes. Join other women excited about fitness at this unique event.
Hope to see you there!
SELF Magazine Workout in the Park
San Francisco (Little Marina Green): April 30, 2011
New York (Rumsey Playfield, Central Park): May 7, 2011
Chicago (Butler Field, Grant Park): May 21, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., rain or shine
Tickets for SELF magazine Workout in the Park are $20 and can be purchased in advance of the event at www.SELFWorkoutinthePark.com.
Pilates-Pro wants you to be healthy before you step onto the mat. That’s why we have another article on eating healthy (and colorful) meals. Enjoy!
It can be hard to maintain a healthy diet. Counting calories, deciphering ingredients – it can all get overwhelming. Well, forget that. We want to share one of the most basic ways to determine a healthy meal – just use your eyes.
See, the natural pigments that give foods like fruits and vegetables their color also have beneficial nutritional properties. By including foods in a variety of colors, you can add nutrition and vitality to any meal. We want you to literally eat a rainbow every day!
So why is it important to eat a rainbow and not just your favorite fruit or veggie? Well, a study in the medical journal, Nutrition states that the variety of vitamins and antioxidants absorbed from a range of sources can, even in small amounts, provide greater health benefits than consuming only a few types of vegetables in large quantities. Here are some good places to start:
Red. Colored by lycopene, red foods like cherries, beets, grapefruit, watermelon and even red potatoes and wine help reduce risk of several types of cancer, including prostate cancer.
Orange. Colored by carotenoids, foods like mangos, persimmons, apricots, yellow apples and sweet corn are vital to healthy eye sight and may reduce the risk of heart related diseases.
Green foods are colored by chlorophyll and lutein. Honeydew melon, onions, limes, kiwi and avocado can all help protect against cancer, fight cataracts and reduce the risk of birth defects due to the high amounts of folate often found in green veggies.
Blue foods like plums, eggplant, juneberries and raisins are colored by the pigment anthocyanin which is a powerful antioxidant helping to protect cells against damage and improve memory all while fighting against strokes and many forms of cancer.
So, now that you know the benefits – why not show us your plate? We want to see pictures of your favorite, colorful meals. Post pictures and recipes on Facebook and Twitter, join the conversation by liking us and participate to win prizes. What foods help you get through your workout?
March is Nutrition Month. That means Pilates-Pro will be highlighting several super-foods throughout the coming weeks – foods that truly need to be a part of any healthy diet. Along the way, we’ll be offering some helpful tips and recipes making it easy to add a nutrition spike to any one of your daily dishes.
Pilates-Pro is back with another super-food, and it’s a sweet one. Now, before you get excited that we’re going to reveal the health benefits of cupcakes, we want to make it clear that this one is tasty in a different way – were talking sweet potatoes.
Although many of us picture sweet potatoes as a Thanksgiving Day food, they can actually be found year-round and are best during the spring and summer months. Aside from being easy to find and cheap, Sweet potatoes (or yams) are literally a powerhouse of nutrients and a great way to enhance any meal with few added calories.
A medium-sized sweet potato often contains more than your daily required intake of vitamin A, nearly a third the Vitamin C we all need every day and almost 15 percent of your daily dietary fiber intake. All this from just a simple side dish low on the glycemic index!
So – we all know you can just pop a potato in the oven or microwave for a simple and fast baked side, but we’re talking about super-foods here. We want to mix things up and really explore great ways to add health to our diets without being boring. Here are some great places to start:
How about Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad to start? Microwave your yams covered in plastic wrap for 10-15 minutes until tender (or bake in a 425 degree oven for about an hour). Then, mix black beans with some fresh diced tomato, olive oil, cumin and cilantro in a bowl. Microwave or simmer this mixture until warm and spoon on top of your halved potato with some low-fat sour cream. The cumin adds tons of flavor while helping aid in digestion. You can find a more detailed recipe here.
Or, if you’re looking to have some more fun, try Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Slice your potatoes into fries. Then, place them in a zip-top bag with some canola oil, cayenne pepper and pre-packaged taco seasoning. Shake the mixture and spread it onto a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes in a 425 degree oven and done! It’s a perfect side for those spring-time and summer barbeques. Find the full recipe here.
There are so many ways to add this super-food to any meal – why not take some time and discover some recipes of your own? If you’ve got any you’d like to share, we want to hear them! Join the conversation by leaving a comment or by adding your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter.
March is Nutrition Month and Pilates-Pro wants you to be the know about more than just Pilates. We’ll be highlighting several super-foods throughout the coming weeks – foods that truly need to be a part of any healthy diet. Along the way, we’ll be offering some helpful tips and recipes making it easy to add a nutrition spike to any one of your daily dishes. Next time your clients ask you about nutritional advice, tell them about super-foods!
Today’s super-food is an old – but underappreciated – standby: Yogurt.
Yogurt is loaded with vitamins like potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc and vitamin B5 just to name a few. And, aside from being a virtual powerhouse of vitamins, yogurt also contains healthy fats, protein and probiotics – an organism that serves as support to the groups of constructive bacteria in your body – helping boost your immune system and even providing protection against cancer.
The good news is yogurt doesn’t have to be reserved as a breakfast or snack food anymore. Here are two ways you can incorporate yogurt into any meal. Hey, one is even kid friendly and guaranteed to have them asking for more.
Tzatziki Sauce. Although hard to read, Tzatziki is a delicious cucumber and yogurt sauce commonly found in Greek dishes. It goes perfectly with chicken or vegetables and can easily be used as a dip or sandwich spread in place of mayo.
Just mix drained Greek yogurt with pureed cucumber, garlic, lemon juice and dill and you’re done! You can find a more detailed recipe with step-by-step directions here.
Yogurt Popsicles. This fun dessert is a great way to get kids to enjoy the all benefits of yogurt or just quell that sweet-tooth craving after a healthy meal.
Start off by taking your favorite yogurt (flavored or plain) and mixing in some honey or Agave nectar as a natural sweetener. Then, mix in some fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Place the mix into a popsicle mold with a tongue depressor for a handle. If you don’t have a mold, try using an ice cube tray or plastic cup with tooth picks for the handle.
Then, just pop it in the freezer and a few hours later you have a healthy, vitamin packed dessert.
Yogurt truly is a super-food and one we hope you can make a little more room for in your daily diet. If you have any tips or recipes for yogurt-based foods, be sure to share them. We want to hear from you!