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Step Ahead's Health Tip for Today... Drink Water!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 @ 06:47 AM

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WINTER SPORTS = CALORIES BURNED PER HOUR

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 @ 06:39 AM
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Take advantage of the winter weather! Get outside and enjoy some snow activities to burn calories and strengthen your muscles.  See chart below for winter sports calorie burn for one hour of the following activities!  And then get outside and enjoy the activities.
 
For more fit tips contact our fitness director, certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  For our latest weight loss offers, go to www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
 

Winter Sport

120-lb woman

150-lb woman

Skiing

273

340

Snowboarding

273

340

Snowshoeing

382

476

Cross-Country Skiing

436

476

Ice Skating

327

408

Ice Hockey

436

544

Winter Hiking

327

408

Shoveling Snow

273

340

Sledding

327

408

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Step Ahead Wellness Center Brings You CARB CHECK... Carb Blocking Supplement

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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If you've been battling carb cravings, Step Ahead Wellness Center can help!  We are thrilled to announce a new carb blocking supplement called CARB CHECK.
 
Carb Check contains a northern white bean that inhibits the breakdown of starch in the intestinal track, thus alleviating cravings for empty carbs. By blocking these empty carbs, you're energy/sugar levels remain steady throughout the day thus making it much easier to stick with your healthy eating plan, and your exercise regime!
 
Let us help you stay on your healthy weight loss track this holiday season and beyond!  Call today to learn more about Carb Check, and all of our weight loss programs:  Call 908-470-2235 or email drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.comwww.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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DON'T LET HOLIDAY TRAVEL SIDELINE YOUR FITNESS GOALS!

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 06:43 AM

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Don’t let holiday travel sideline your healthy fitness/weight loss goals! Many people find that during holiday travel, their workout regimen seems to get thrown out of whack.  Fortunately,
with a little planning and determination, you can maintain your fitness level, no matter where you are. 

Step Ahead’s fitness director, certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi, says “the key is to be creative and remember that even short workouts are better than no workouts at all.”

Here are a few tips from Noelle on how to stay fit while traveling this holiday
season…

Do An Intense Workout in Your Hotel Room or Wherever…

Customize your own 30-minute workout combining three lower body workouts (squats or lunges) and three upper body exercises (modified push-ups or chair dips).

Warm up and increase your heart rate with exercises like marching or jogging in place, then do 10-20 repetitions of a lower body exercise and 10-15 repetitions of an upper body exercise. Follow this with a minute of jumping jacks or jogging in place. Repeat this routine two or even three times and then add in some core work such as planks, lower back extensions and crunches. Finish with stretching.

Bring Tubes, Bands and More…

Don't leave home without easy to carry fitness equipment.  Bring your tubes, bands, bathing suit if you can swim, good music and you’ll be on your way to sticking with your fitness routine this holiday season. 

Get a Jump Rope...

Jumping rope is a great way to get in a few minutes of intense cardio workout and it can be done just about anywhere. If you don’t have a jump rope, climb the stairs several times at a
fast pace and feel your heart rate soar.

Remember to Plan to Relax…

Don't overdo it. Staying fit is important, but stay grounded and remember the real reason for the holidays is to spend quality time with those who are important to you.  Practice Yoga is a great way to regroup, relieve stress and relax your body. 

For more holiday fit tips, or fitness questions in general, contact Noelle Lusardi directly at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  Lastly, have a very happy and peaceful holiday from all of us at Step Ahead Wellness Center.  Check out our latest healthy weight loss special offer at
www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.

 

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Check Out This Killer Indoor Leg Work Out!

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 06:50 AM

While the weather outside is frightful, indoor workouts are delightful!  Check out this killer leg workout you can do wherever, whenever!  No equipment is needed.

 

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Let Step Ahead Wellness Center meet all your fitness, healthy weight loss goals... See our website at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for our latest special weight loss offer.

 

Email our fitness director, certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for more fit tips.

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STAY FIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH STEP AHEAD WELLNESS CENTER'S FOUR EASY FITNESS TIPS!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Dec 04, 2013 @ 07:46 PM

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Stay fit this holiday season with Step Ahead Wellness Center’s four easy tips…

Set Realistic Goals:

Knowing it's a busy time of year, think ahead and revise your schedule if necessary, and then stick to it!  Think quality rather than quantity.  If you can’t squeeze in concentrated exercise,
move as much as possible throughout your day and stay away from the sweet treats to maintain healthy weight loss between Thanksgiving and New Years.   

Be Creative with your Time:

If you are finding it difficult to keep up with your fitness goals and the parenting demands this holiday season, then work out with your children.  Need to go Christmas shopping? Go to the mall for an hour or so before it opens and walk with your kids (maybe bring the hand-weights too
to increase the intensity). Or, go to a local gym and play basketball or go ice skating or swim at an indoor pool with your kids.

Stick to a Routine:

As much as possible, try to have a general schedule for your days. You and your family will be much happier if you do. Don't think you need "to do it all." You'll be surprised how much your kids would love to help with the baking, wrapping and decorating. You may have a little extra time here and there if you let them help, and more importantly, you'll be making great memories with them.

Take Care of Yourself:

It is so easy to get stressed with all the shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, family obligations, parties, but breathe and relax.  As much as possible, strive for 7-8 hours a sleep a night, drink plenty of water and continue to eat well.

It's okay to enjoy holiday parties, just don't indulge in all those sweet treats. Have a taste, then move on to something a bit more healthier.  Don't forget to set time to exercise; you'll feel much better and will be able to maintain your healthy weight loss goals this holiday season.

For more holiday fit tips, contact our fitness director, Noelle Lusardi, at noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com or visit us at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com.  We’d love to hear from you… which health, wellness, weight loss, fitness topics are you most interested in learning more about.

 

 

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Dr. Neiman's Thanksgiving Day Tips!

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and it is a time to enjoy family and friends- NOT to worry about your weight loss journey.  Here are a few tips to add to your planning that will make it easier for you to put aside your fears and ENJOY TURKEY DAY without any regrets:


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  1. STOP looking for the closest spot to the store- NO MATTER HOW COLD it may get.  The more steps and activity you can get into the days leading up to the holiday, the better!

  2. Track your steps throughout the days.  10,000 steps a day is ideal, but remember, just DO YOUR BEST- make an effort to increase your steps every day and it helps you burn more calories and feel better.  For every 2,000 steps- you have burned 100 calories- keep track, it helps motivate you!  

  3. DON’T wait for January to dust off your exercise equipment at home- start NOW.  It will make your holidays easier to enjoy and you will be one step ahead of any New Year’s Resolution you may make for 2014.  Start slow, 10 minutes every other day, and then work your way up as best that you can.

  4. If you are a member of gym, make sure you sign up for 1 or 2 classes, with the early sunset and cold weather, it is easy to convince yourself out of a trek to the gym.  Commit to a class schedule, better yet, do it with a friend, and it will force you to get out, at least 1 or 2 times a week.

  5. There are many community led events this time of year.  Check your local area paper or website and look for any walks, hikes or other interesting going-ons that may keep you moving on the weekends.  It is a great way to enjoy your town, meet others and keep yourself burning those calories!

  6. MAKE MORE work for yourself- DON’T carry decorations, packages or other things in large bundles through your house- make MORE trips- either up the stairs or through the house.  Make a commitment with yourself that you will not overload your arms – it will make your holiday routine more efficient with calorie burning!


OKAY- This is a start- try these steps out to start and look for more tips to enjoy the holidays as the week goes on.  If you have any questions, feel free to call, our Personal Trainer, Noelle, is always happy to help with any questions!

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Tips to drink smart while dieting

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

Tips to drink smart while dieting

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As a dietitian and as someone who enjoys socializing over cocktails, I believe that you don’t have to give up alcohol just because you are trying to lose weight. This is supported by research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found that light to moderate drinkers actually gain less weight over time than teetotalers, and they also have a lower chance of becoming overweight or obese.

I know this from experience working with my clients who consistently lose weight without abstaining from alcohol. Instead of asking them to cut out alcohol, I help them learn to drink a bit smarter by avoiding unnecessary calories.

Lighten your usual drink

It’s easy to order a less caloric version of your usual drink. For example, have vodka, tequila or other spirits with zero-calorie club soda and a splash of juice instead of an 80 calorie cup of tonic. For nearly the same calories, you can relax over two rum and Diet Cokes or have one specialty cocktail, such as a cosmopolitan.

Make yours a spritzer

Do like the Europeans and have a wine spritzer (half wine, half club soda) that’s refreshing and waist-friendly at about 50 calories a glass.

Beware of mixed drinks

A single margarita or other sugary cocktails can pack anywhere from 450 – 600 calories! Opt instead for tequila with a splash of juice and a wedge of lime, or order a drink made with light vodka in your favorite flavor mixed with zero-calorie soda water.

Sip wine and spirits

Your best bet for low-cal drinking is wine and spirits, because these contain about 90 calories per drink.

Pace yourself

If you plan to have only one drink, order one that you will linger over. For example, a martini is practically straight liquor, but shaken with ice and an aromatic splash of vermouth, it is a reasonable 160 calories per 2.5-ounce glass. If you expect to have more than one cocktail, try alternating with a glass of water or seltzer with a wedge of lemon or lime.

Tip: Try my lighter twist on a classic cocktail – Basil Bloody Mary 

By Tanya Zuckerbrot

Published November 06, 2013

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The five R's of Motivation

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

Getting Motivated to Change

If you are struggling to follow your weight management program, it may be because you are having difficulty maintaining motivation and commitment to weight control. Understanding the process required to increase your motivation may help you put your knowledge into action.

Motivation is more complex than simply wanting to do something. Your motivation to pursue a particular behavior is a reflection of your biological programming and psychological factors, such as your value system and the price you attach to success.

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The Five Rs of Motivation help you determine how motivated you are to lose weight. Ask yourself:

  1. Relevant – How is weight management relevant in my life?
  2. Risks – What are the risks in my life if I do not manage my weight?
  3. Rewards – What are the rewards if my life if I manage my weight?
  4. Roadblocks – What are the roadblocks to weight management in my life?
  5. Remove – How can I remove the roadblocks in order to manage my weight?

It’s important to acknowledge the cost of making a change so that it does not subconsciously undermine your motivation to change. It’s even more important, however, to focus on the value of the change in terms of your overall lifestyle. Motivation needs to be combined with readiness to change in order to stimulate action. Change rarely occurs in a straight line, and you may move back and forth through stages of readiness to change before you commit to making a lifestyle change. There are five stages of readiness for weight control – precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. These stages of readiness can be helpful to long-term weight management and lapses.

Lapses are a normal and common part of changing behavior. The important thing is not to give up simply because you’ve had a setback. Every step, even a step backward, is informative if you analyze and learn from it, using it to help you move toward the point where you can maintain your commitment to weight control.

*from the OPTIFAST Lifestyle Education Series™ 'Motivation to Change'

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Tips to Avoid Tempting Halloween Sweets

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Oct 28, 2013 @ 02:54 PM

Tips to Avoid Tempting Halloween Sweets

Keep your weight loss on track during the Halloween season with our simple strategies to enjoy the holiday without sacrificing your diet.

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Halloween brings many sweet temptations, each luring you away from heart-healthy eating. Our tips will help you navigate the ghoulish season with confidence -- from treat shopping to dealing with candy leftovers.

Rule No. 1: The basics of healthy eating don't go away during a holiday.

"Eat well," says Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D. "Three nutritious meals with no more than four hours between them will keep you sated." Satisfied, with your blood sugar in check, the sight and smells of Halloween temptations -- be they waving from the grocery aisle, your candy-stocked cupboard, or a friend's party -- are less intense.

Most of us do better with healthy snacks between meals, so be sure to include them in your eating plan, Larsen says. Planning (not grabbing) is the key to keeping your overall daily intake of calories, fat, sodium, and cholesterol on track

Another tip: Stay hydrated, because thirst often masquerades as hunger. You may be tempted to eat a Halloween treat when you're really just thirsty.

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    • Buy Candy Late

       

      Having tempting candy around can be a big diet challenge. "There's no logical reason to purchase candy in advance of trick-or-treat night," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D.

      Resist the urge to buy a bag of Skittles a month before the big night. By only storing the goodies for 24 hours, you can save yourself a lot of temptation. Also, you can usually find big discounts on candy sold that late.

       

    • Buy Candy You Don't Like

       

      Keep cravings at bay by purchasing treats that won't interest you. "Select trick-or-treat candy that you don't personally enjoy," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D. "Then you won't be tempted to eat it."

      Not a coconut fan? Buy coconut-filled chocolate candy for your trick-or-treaters. Or maybe nut-filled treats don't tempt you -- Snickers or peanut M&Ms may be a good solution for your candy dish.

       

    • Store Halloween Treats Out of Sight

       

      Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D., notes that we're much more likely to dip into food, regardless of whether we're hungry, when it's within view and in 2 yards' reach. So, store treats in drawers, behind doors, on high shelves, or in out-of-the-way pantries.

      Better yet, resist the temptation to open the bag. Once it's open, it's too easy to slip in for a quick bite.

       

      Eat Just the Best Parts of the Treat

       

      Baking Halloween treats at home can be its own temptation. Here's a trick: Don't eat the whole treat, just go for your favorite part. For example, if you love the tops of cupcakes best, eat just them; there's no rule saying you must also eat the base of the cupcake. It's not a free ride -- you're still consuming calories and fat -- but you're slimming down your totals with the smaller portion.

      Also, get rid of additional servings of Halloween candies. It's not budget-conscious, but it is belly-conscious. For example, if you love mellowcrème pumpkins but can't find them in a single-serving pack, set aside your allotted amount, then sit and nibble at each one, slowly, attentively. Then toss what remains

      This may seem wasteful, but in lieu of eating the whole bag during a sweet craving, give yourself permission to let the rest go. Or have a back-up plan like a friend at work who also enjoys the treats and will take the extras off your hands.

       

      Enjoy Parties for the Atmosphere, Not the Food

       

      Attend Halloween parties for the fun and friends, not the food. Note: Parties are full of fun distractions, including fun decor, making it a challenge to fully enjoy food and drink. Why waste allotted indulgences then?

      Joanne Larsen, M.S., R.D., L.D., suggests these Halloween party tips:

      - Have a healthy snack before you go so you arrive sated.
      - Plan ahead what you'll allow for food and drink, then stick to your plan.
      - Choose a small plate, allow yourself one trip to the spread, and sit and savor your food.
      - Position yourself away from food during the Halloween party.

      • Make Your Own Halloween Treats

         

        Halloween party is going to be full of tempting treats. Bring your own dish that you know you can healthfully enjoy.

        Be sure to bake shortly before the party rather than in advance so the dish won't tempt you for days. Divvy up any leftovers right at the party -- don't plan to take any home with you.

         

        Handle Halloween Temptation at the Workplace

         

        In a meeting where treats are served? You're a captive candy audience. "It's really, really difficult to pass up treats when someone brings them to the morning staff meeting and plops them on the table," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D. "If you just can't resist, sample one small goodie or even just a bite-sized piece. Once everyone's had their turn at the offering, say, 'These look so good!' and move them to a side table where anyone wanting more will have to be deliberate about it or wait until the meeting's dismissed."

        This may seem a gutsy move, but most likely others will be grateful.

        If your workplace is a Halloween-treat offender (either before the season when coworkers are shopping or afterward when they dump their extra treats on the office), then hold off people by stocking the communal treat dish yourself. Hemminger suggests stocking the dish with treats you don't like so you won't even be tempted or fill it with healthier choices, such as plain nuts or small portions of these Heart-Healthy-approved candies.

        Another strategy is to reroute your normal walking path if you pass baskets of tempting candy. If you don't see it and aren't reminded of the treats, it's a lot easier to say no.

         

        Pack Sugar-Free Chewing Gum

         

        One simple, cheap strategy that works wherever temptation strikes -- at home, the workplace, or while shopping -- is to keep a stash of sugar-free gum on hand.

        "Faced with a temptation -- say, a sweet-smelling candy aisle or a pan of goodies awaiting departure to a party -- you can pop a piece of gum, deflecting temptation with bit of sweet chewing," says Jane Hemminger, R.D., L.D.

       

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