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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Hudson
Sticking to healthy habits can be difficult during the holiday season. Build your habits now by signing up for a free week of fitness classes at Farrell's. We'll teach you how to reach your long-term nutrition and fitness goals.
4 Helpful Tips to Navigate the Holiday Season 1. Set Your Alarm Clock Do your workout immediately when you wake up if your schedule allows it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to tick your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up later. 2. Plan Your Meals It’s easier to plan your meals a few days beforehand, instead of making poor decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning straightforward. Contact us to pick up your copy. If you’re going out to eat during the weekend, modify your meals during the week to keep your nutrition in check. Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works Sample Weekday Meal Plan Here’s an example of a daily meal plan you can customize: Breakfast: healthy protein shake Lunch: nutrient-dense salad with fresh veggies and protein Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato Here’s a simple brined chicken recipe from AllSpice Culinarium in Des Moines. You only need two ingredients: One whole chicken All Spice Brining Mix (half packet) Directions: Boil 3 cups of water in a small saucepan. Stir in a half packet of the brining mix and boil until the crystals dissolve. While you are waiting for the brine, rinse the chicken under cold water. Put the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully submerged. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to consistently distribute. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before baking it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken in a roasting pan, breast side up and brush olive oil or butter over the chicken. (Optional: Stuff with celery and onion.) Bake uncovered for 75 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees. Toward the end of baking, broil your chicken if you prefer it browned. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes. You can also follow this recipe to make your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the complete packet of brining mix. 3. Take a Cozy Break Get your favorite blanket, find a comfortable spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is rejuvenating and helps you keep healthy during the busy holiday season. If you need help getting to sleep, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest peacefully and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an irritating phone alarm. 4. Enjoy the Season Commit to find joy in the upcoming busy season. Schedule a supper with loved ones Reduce your everyday stress by spending time on Sundays meal planning Take a break when you need it Build Healthy Habits Today with FXB Now is the time to begin creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Hudson, we’ll instruct you on nutrition, exercise and more. Get started right away by claiming your free week of classes with us.">
How Exercise Affects Heart Health
Frequent cardio exercise is important for keeping a healthy heart. Find out three easy ways you can enhance your cardiovascular health. Kickstart your healthy way of life with a free week of heart-pumping and fat-burning classes at your local Farrells.
3 Ways to Improve Heart Health 1. Cardio Workouts Cardio exercise makes your heart stronger by upping your heart rate. Your heart sends more blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases. The extra blood flow causes a larger volume of blood returning to your heart. Over time, the larger blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re at rest. This lowers your blood pressure and lessens the amount of work your heart has to do. Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 2. Heart Rate Tracking At Farrell’s Hudson, we track how efficient your workout is. We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to gauge exertion during class. Exertion levels are monitored throughout class to optimize member results.  Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. Active recovery periods are maintained at 60-70 percent intensity. Related: Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat 3. Nutrition Cardio exercise isn’t the only way to keep your heart working well. Nutrition also plays an essential role in preventative heart health. Some of the best foods to eat are: Colorful vegetables Leafy greens Fibrous fruits Nuts and seeds Fish high in omega-3 And don’t forget to schedule your routine check-ups with your doctor! Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much? Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s Adequate nutrition and frequent exercise are important for maintaining a healthy heart. Get started by registering for a free week at Farrell’s Hudson.">
Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are recognized as the best approach to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they're short, so they're convenient for your schedule. Want to go to a HIIT class? Try week at no cost at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT exercises are quick and work with for your life. Even better is what your body does after you’re done. These classes create afterburn by increasing your metabolic rate. Simply put, you torch calories after finishing your workout—even while relaxing on the couch! HIIT classes add muscle and boost your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for increased periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories in less time Enhances endurance Strengthens cardiovascular functions Improves blood vessel function Promotes blood sugar stability Increases oxygen intake Decreases resting heart rate and blood pressure Negates age-related muscle decline Triggers human growth hormone production Expands fast-twitch muscles Benefits brain function Lessens anxiety and depression Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home Not close to a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve created an easy-to-follow yet effective HIIT workout you can do almost anywhere. No equipment necessary! Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each move. Do this circuit twice. Jump Squats Push-ups Burpees Alternating Side Lunges Mountain Climbers Plank Related: 6 Reasons Why Farrell’s Nutrition Works! Lose Weight and Burn Fat with FXB If you want to burn body fat, increase muscle and better your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into short, convenient workouts. Want to get started with an enjoyable and effective workout? Explore group fitness HIIT classes at a Farrell’s near you!">
9 Habits for Looking & Feeling Younger
Juan Ponce de Leon may not have found the mythical fountain of youth, but there are many habits you can incorporate into your daily routine to help you feel - and look! - youthful and refreshed.