Month: March 2018

How to Cut Out Processed Foods

At Synergy we are huge proponents of an integrated approach to exercise. Each of our small group training classes is a mix of cardio and strength training moves that have been proven to help people change their body composition and replace fat with healthy, lean muscle. But we also know that there’s more to getting fit and healthy than just working out. That’s why we also help many members get better results by changing the way they eat.
The thing we see so often with members in our nutritional counseling sessions is that many of them are consuming an over abundance of processed foods. These are foods that come in a bag, box or a can. The reason these foods are troublesome is they are usually loaded with additives, sodium and sugar to enhance their flavor, artificial preservatives to lengthen their shelf life and unhealthy fats. Research has proven time and again that these ingredients are linked to serious health issues like obesity, diabetes, heart disease and even certain types of cancer. So, while popping a frozen dinner in the microwave may be convenient, you’re really doing yourself a disservice even when you eat those that are marketed as “healthy.”

It’s not hard to cut processed foods out of your diet.

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Want to Get Into Running?

Have you ever looked at a friend’s post on social media about a race they’ve just finished or a terrific run they’ve had and thought, “I wish I could do that?” Running is one of the most effective cardio workouts you can do, but while many take to it naturally, many others struggle to build up the stamina and endurance that running requires. If you’re in the latter group, don’t despair! As long as you don’t have a physical injury or medical condition that’s holding you back, just about anybody can run.
Training for a 5k race is a great way to get your feet wet and see if you enjoy running. There are several websites and apps that you can download to help you through the process, the most popular of which is Couch to 5k. The approach most of these programs suggest is pretty consistent. As a newcomer to the sport of running, it’s best to start off slow. We mean that literally and figuratively. Running injuries are fairly common among inexperienced runners. So start with a slow pace and be careful not to let an over-zealous approach stop you even before you even get to the starting line.

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