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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Minneapolis
Sticking to healthy habits can be hard 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 Complete your workout immediately in the morning if your schedule permits 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 get your copy. If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, modify your meals during the week 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-rich salad with fresh veggies and protein Dinner: chicken with a salad, acorn squash or sweet potato Here’s an easy-to-follow 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 underwater. 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. Put 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 whole 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 reinvigorating and helps you remain healthy during the busy holiday season. If you need help sleeping, check out the Calm app. You’ll rest calmly and wake to a pleasant chorus of birds, not a loud phone alarm. 4. Enjoy the Season Remember to find joy in the upcoming busy season. Schedule a supper with family Lower your weekday 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 get going on building healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Minneapolis, we’ll show you how to manage nutrition, exercise and more. Get started today by claiming your free week of classes with us.">
How Exercise Affects Heart Health
Frequent cardio exercise is essential for keeping a healthy heart. Learn about three easy ways you can increase 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 strengthens your heart by raising your heart rate. Your heart pumps extra blood to your muscles as your heart rate increases. The increased blood flow causes a bigger volume of blood returning to your heart. Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for distributing 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 Minneapolis, we track how effective your workout is. We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to record effort during class. Exertion levels are recorded throughout class to optimize member results.  Our certified instructors keep class between 80-90 percent exertion during high-intensity intervals. 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 healthy. Nutrition also plays a crucial 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 Proper nutrition and frequent exercise are important for maintaining a healthy heart. Get started by signing up for a free week at Farrell’s Minneapolis.">
Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts are recognized as the best method to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they're short, so they work with your calendar. Want to go to a HIIT class? Try week at no cost 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 exercises lead to afterburn by increasing your metabolic rate. Simply put, you torch calories after ending your workout—even while relaxing on the couch! HIIT routines build 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 more quickly Enhances endurance Strengthens cardiovascular functions Improves blood vessel capacity Promotes blood sugar stability Increases oxygen intake Lowers resting heart rate and blood pressure Negates age-related muscle decline Triggers human growth hormone creation Builds fast-twitch muscles Promotes brain function Fights anxiety and depression Related: What is Strength Training and Why is it Important? 12-Minute HIIT Workout You Can Do at Home Not near a Farrell’s? No problem! We’ve developed an easy-to-follow yet effective HIIT workout you can do at home. No equipment required! Complete each exercise for 45 seconds, then rest 15 seconds between each move. Repeat 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’re looking to burn body fat, add muscle and improve your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into fast, convenient workouts. Looking to get started with a fun and effective workout? Look at 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.