Are you “Active” or are you Fit?

You wouldn’t believe the number of excuses that I get from people on why they don’t exercise. 

Often times their reason is self-inflicted: I don’t have the time. 

Sometimes it’s procrastination: I’m going to start as soon as tax season ends. 

And occasionally the reason is downright funny: I don’t like to sweat. 

As you can imagine, I point out to these well meaning excuse-makers that, despite their legitimate reason not to, exercise is a vital part of cultivating a strong, healthy and attractive body.

In fact, if they would just exercise 2 to 4 times each week they would feel a dramatic improvement in their daily life, starting with renewed energy and strength.

I then bring up the health benefits and explain how many of their health problems would improve. I talk about how great they will feel, and look, dropping those extra pounds and rediscovering a slender figure.

However, there was an excuse that would always stump me.

The sneaky excuse of ‘being active’: Oh, I don’t need to exercise with a personal trainer – I’m very active. I play golf and tennis and Wii. 

Well, that is a good excuse, right? Golf, tennis and Wii are all active sports that burn calories. Maybe they can be fit without doing any other exercise…

Then I started noticing a trend.

The ‘golf’ people couldn’t touch their toes in a simple flexibility test. The ‘tennis players’ couldn’t jump rope for 60 seconds. The ‘Wii players’ needed a week to recover from a one mile jog. The so-called ‘active’ people encountered injury after injury.

And then it hit me.

You can’t become fit simply by being active.

Only by being fit can you become more active.

To be lean and to maintain a level of fitness there is no substitute for a consistent, challenging exercise program. It’s the only way, folks.

To truly be fit is when your body is able to do whatever you ask of it. This comes from a combination of flexibility, strength and endurance.

So, do you exercise?

Or are you fooling yourself with the idea of ‘being active’?

How do you feel about your current level of fitness? Are you able to do each and everything you want? Or do you end up opting out of activities that you know would be too challenging?

If you’ve used the excuse of ‘being active’ in the past, take a minute to reconsider your position. Don’t bank on your ‘active’ lifestyle with the hope of true results.

Contact me today to start an exercise program that will make you truly fit.

And if you’re furthest from active but simply want to lose those extra inches and pounds, make the decision to call or email me today.

As they say…there’s no trial run in the game of life.

Mini-Me 9-Week Body-Transformation Challenge!

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The new Mini-Me 9-Week Body-Transformation Challenge will run from Monday, Feb 4th through Friday, Apr. 5th. This time around you will have two options to pick from: 18 sessions for $228 or 27 sessions for $268This cost is 50% off the regular price of boot camp! You will be able to attend boot camp 2 or 3 times per week (depending on if you’ve signed up for 18 or 27 sessions) for 9 weeks and you’ll have access to our online nutrition and fitness management software. The nutrition component includes suggested meal plans with fat and calorie counts as well as more than 1,600 recipes, and the fitness component will allow you to enter and track your progress along the way. If you’re not already signed up for boot camp, what are you waiting for? Space is limited to only 20 campers.

Click here to sign up for 18 sessions for $228

Click here to sign up for 27 sessions for $268

Bean Quesadillas Recipe

Veggies, beans, and cheese sandwiched between two tortillas then heated in oil until golden on both sides.

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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and
  • drained
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
  • 12 (12 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
Directions
  1. 1.Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium heat, and saute the onion and garlic until soft. Mix in beans, bell pepper, tomatoes, and corn; cook until heated through.
  2. 2.Spread 6 tortillas with equal amounts of the bean and vegetable mixture. Sprinkle with equal amounts of the Cheddar cheese, and top with the remaining tortillas to form quesadillas.
  3. 3.Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place quesadillas in the skillet and cook, turning once, until cheese is melted and both sides are lightly browned.
Nutritional Information

Servings Per Recipe: 12 ,Calories: 504 Amount Per Serving ,Total Fat: 18.3g ,Cholesterol: 10mg ,Sodium: 913mg ,Total Carbs: 69.7g ,Dietary Fiber: 6.4g ,Protein: 14.7g ,:,

Congratulations To All of Our Winners

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Our first giveaway of 2013 was a huge success. We had 98 entries and over 102  social media shares. Thank you to everyone that participated.
We had so much fun that we will be announcing another giveaway very soon so stay tune.

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1. Angela F.- 1 month of unlimited Maplewood Boot Camps
2. Christina F. – $100 Gift Card
3. Viviana V. – Yoga Mat

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Maplewood Boot Camp Giveaway

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We just launched our first contest for 2013.

Click here for more info

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1. FREE month of Maplewood Boot Camps
2. $100 Gift card
3. Yoga Mat

Once you enter in your name and email address go to your inbox and confirm your entry.

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7 Easy Tips to Improve Your Family’s Health in the New Year

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We’re all used to making New Year’s resolutions for ourselves-which are often easy to neglect, and ultimately, abandon. Why not start this year off with a set of resolutions to make your entire family healthier because when we’re thinking of others, we’re more likely to stick to the resolutions we set! Read on for 7 easy tips to improve your family’s health in 2013.

1. Feed your family nutritious and beneficial foods that are free from preservatives and pesticides by buying organic as much as possible. Here are the top 10 foods that are most important to buy organic.
2. Use vegetable broth instead of oil (which is a concentrated fat) as a base in your cooking
3. Walk somewhere as a family that you’d normally drive to – in our area, we have a real advantage in that this can be done – walk to Maplewood or South Orange village – or to your child’s next play date!
4. Make at least one family dinner a week vegetarian – bring back Meatless Mondays! Here are some great vegetarian options.
5. Add flax seed to your pancakes or other baked goods – if your children don’t like fish, flax seed is a great way for them to get omega fatty acids, and it’s cheaper and fresher than omega supplements
6. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal (add spinach to your morning eggs, a banana to your lunch and healthy greens to your dinner)
7. Take care of yourself by committing to an exercise plan – the ones we sign up for are more likely to be followed – you take care of yourself, you’re taking care of your entire family.

Our first camp of 2013 kicks off this week.

Check #7 off your list by signing up for the next session of Maplewood Boot Camps and you can do so today for $50 off our already discounted price!

$147 for 12 sessions Click here

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$127 for 8 sessions Click here
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Once you’ve decided which healthy changes you plan to make in 2013, it’s time to make it official.Write it down, post it up, make it your status, tweet it, shout it from the rooftop, text your friends, put it in your journal, tell your mom, meditate on it and then….do it!

Turkey, Mint and Spinach Salad

Fresh orange juice, mint, apple and grapes make this turkey salad something special. This recipe is perfect to use leftover roasted turkey from your holiday meal, or even leftover chicken. Be sure to use organic ingredients to get the most flavor and nutrients. Servings: 4

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 cups shredded roasted turkey
  • 1 organic apple, chopped
  • 2 organic celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup organic, red grapes, halved
  • 4 cups baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • Stevia to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • dash of salt and pepper
  1. In a small bowl whisk the olive oil, orange juice, orange zest, stevia, Dijon, salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the turkey, apple, celery, mint and grapes. Toss with the dressing.
  3. Prepare each plate with a pile of spinach. Top with the turkey salad mixture.

Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals: 289 calories, 15g fat, 795mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 25g protein