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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Bloomington
Following healthy habits can be tricky 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 accomplish 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 jam-packed, but it’s better to tick your workout off your to-do list—instead of telling yourself you’ll make it up tomorrow. 2. Plan Your Meals It’s easier to plan your meals a few days beforehand, instead of making unhealthy decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning easy. Contact us to receive your copy. If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, adjust your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition proportioned. 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. Place 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 uniformly distribute. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking 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 like 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 entire packet of brining mix. 3. Take a Cozy Break Locate your favorite blanket, find a cozy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is reinvigorating and helps you stay healthy during the busy holiday season. If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest peacefully and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not an annoying phone alarm. 4. Enjoy the Season Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season. Schedule a dinner with family Reduce your daily 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 making healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Bloomington, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.">
How Exercise Affects Heart Health
Routine cardio exercise is critical for maintaining a healthy heart. Learn about three easy ways you can improve your cardiovascular health. Begin your healthy habits 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 healthier by upping your heart rate. Your heart pumps additional blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes higher. The increased 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 hold and distribute a larger volume of blood, even when you’re resting. 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 Bloomington, we track how effective your workout is. We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to record activity during class. Exertion levels are recorded throughout class to maximize member results.  Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity sets. Active recovery periods are kept 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 regular check-ups with your doctor! Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much? Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s Adequate nutrition and routine exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart. Get started by registering for a free week at Farrell’s Bloomington.">
Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are proven to be the best way to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they don't take a lot of time, so they work with your lifestyle. Want to experience a HIIT class? Try a week on us at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT workouts are quick and are convenient for your life. Even better is how your body responds after the workout. These workouts lead to afterburn by raising your metabolic rate. Simply put, you keep burning calories after ending your workout—even while relaxing on the couch! HIIT classes add muscle and boost your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for extended periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories in less time Creates endurance Strengthens cardiovascular well-being Improves blood vessel function Promotes blood sugar management Increases oxygen intake Reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure Undoes age-related muscle decline Stimulates human growth hormone creation Develops fast-twitch muscles Promotes 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 by a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve developed a basic yet effective HIIT workout you can do at home. No equipment necessary! Do 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 need to burn body fat, build muscle and improve 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 a likable 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.