Shoes? Toning shoes? What’s best for YOU?

Everyone asks me, “What are the best sneakers to wear for a workout?"

I always encourage my clients to mimic their workout in the store before they buy.  Lunge, run, kickbox…just make sure your feet are comfortable!

Running shoes

My client, Miriam, has no problem doing walking lunges and squats around the shoe store. Some of the better shoe stores even have treadmills for you to experiment on. 
  
Ah, the anti-gravity toning shoe…lots of people are buzzing about their "super powers!” I can't wear them and I don't recommend them to anyone else with foot or ankle problems. And I certainly don't recommend them for anything other than walking, let alone staying in them for your daily errands!

Lots of you have asked about them, so I'll let the experts answer that one for you. Here’s a great article from the American Council on Exercise (where I have my certification in both group fitness and personal training): 

Will toning shoes really give you a better body?

It will definitely debunk some of the myths for you.

Your FUNIQ Fitness coach,

Bethanne

“Experts” suggest a shot of drugs with your fast food

So you walk into a fast-food place. You order a huge 1,000-calorie burger doing the backstroke in a pool of fat (and you add a side of fries cuz there’s really not enough fat on the plate)…and your smiling server hands you some cholesterol-lowering statin drugs.

Free.

“Experts” (and I use the term loosely) are actually suggesting that fast-food outlets give customers free doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to cut back on the heart risks of eating fatty foods.

Sure, that makes sense. Go ahead and inject cholesterol into your veins and then pop a pill to neutralize it.

I am not making this up. You can read about it here.

Are people going crazy, or is it just me?

Why not just cut back on fat in the first place? Take a few seconds to read the labels on what you’re about to put in your mouth. Look for “calories” and right next to that, “calories from fat.” 

How much of your calories are coming from fat? Your fat intake should be 30% or less of your total consumed calories.

Burgers, fries, hot dogs, pizza, and all the other “American” favorites have way more than 50% of their calories coming from fat. So if all of your meals comes from these types of foods, more than 50% of your body weight will be from fat!

Or maybe you eat the 50 Fattiest Foods Across the Nation. I don’t even have words for that one.

Remember: “You are what you eat!” 

If you can consume meals with lots veggies (starchy and non), fruits, whole grains, and low-fat dairy…we’re talking less than 25% of your calories from fat…this will absolutely result in a leaner you! 

Don’t cut the good carbs! Instead cut the processed sugary foods and the high-fat foods; reduce your consumption, rather than cut out a food group.

If you want a leaner body, this is the way to do it. Trust me on this. A fast-food burger loaded with fat will end up one place. On you.

Eating hamburger

Your FUNIQ Fitness coach,

Bethanne

Just call me “cover girl”

Guess which brilliant fitness instructor and personal trainer is featured in the latest issue of FamilyStyle magazine?

Publix cover--croppedYup, moi! 

No, that's not me on the cover…but I am on page 5.

FamilyStyle, which is published by Publix, interviewed me for an article called “3 Ways to Move More”—aimed at getting your kids off the couch and moving. 

Publix has more than 1,000 supermarkets throughout the southeastern US — so that's a lotta kids up and moving!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you know that childhood obesity is skyrocketing in the US. (Read about it at the Centers for Disease Control.)

We can turn these horrible statistics around. My article in FamilyStyle gives you 3 great suggestions for getting your kids up and moving.

If you live in the southeast US, drop by your fav Publix and pick up a copy of FamilyStyle, or subscribe here. (It’s free!) 

Flip on over to page 5, and you’ll see my story, "3 Ways to Move More."

Publix page 5--cropped

There are a lot more suggestions in every post on this blog. Just click on the Archives or Categories buttons and read all about it. 

Your FUNIQ Fitness coach,

Bethanne

So don’t listen to me. Listen to a medical school dean, okay?

You know how I always tell you to move it?

To “take steps to take steps”?

To avoid drive thrus…

To fidget while you cook or talk on the phone…

To bring your shopping cart back to the store instead of leaving it in the parking lot…

In general, to MOVE YOUR ASSETS!

So if you don’t want to listen to me, listen to the dean of the new medical school at the University of Central Florida.

This week UCF debuts its $65 million state-of-the-art medical-education
building. Here’s Dean Deborah German explaining why she wanted
the building designed the way it is.

If you walk up the stairs from the first floor [in the new med school],
cross the length of the second floor, and keep climbing and walking all
the way up, then go back down the same way, you walk about 1K, or about
2,000 steps.  It takes 12 minutes.

We so often feel trapped behind our
desks.  So I’ve challenged everyone, if nothing else, to do 1K a day.

UCF College of Medicine

I’m glad the dean of a med school agrees with me, LOL.  (She must read this blog.)

The whole idea of this new building is to get med students to move it!  What do I always say?  (Like here and here.) When in doubt, move those assets!

And if you don’t believe either of us, ask the person on the table in this photo of UCF’s new anatomy lab—who should have taken my classes!

Your FUNIQ Fitness coach,

Bethanne