Negative Impact of Workplace Snacks

Halloween marks the beginning of holiday eating. We don't realize it until January or even February rolls around and our muffin tops are covered by comfy sweaters but the majority of Americans eat on average 1,200 extra calories per week during the holiday period of Halloween to New Years.

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How is it that we can eat so many more calories without even realizing it? Blame it on the homemade cookies in the break room or left over Halloween candy circulating the office. Most people believe that just one cookie or just one piece of candy won't impact their waistline. The truth is, one cookie won't impact your waistline, but a study done by the CDC of 5,222 employees across the US found that employees were eating 70% more than usual compared to other periods during the year from free foods found at work. People spend about 50% of their time at work and the empty calories add up! For the average person that would equate to .5-1 lbs of weight gain per week over the holidays. 

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What can you do as an employee to help yourself and co-workers maintain dietary health through the festive holiday season?
1. Encourage your employer to offer wellness programs that promote healthier eating habits.
2. Encourage your employer to provide fruits, veggies, and other healthy options for snacks.
3. Organize a sexy salad lunch party in the office where each person brings a healthy salad ingredient to share and people build their own salads.
4. Bring in a nutrition counselor to help people better understand how what they are eating impacts them.
5. Organize a walking group that meets before work, at lunch, or after work. 

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You do not have to be another holiday weight statistic.

If you live or work in Oakland, Ca contact us today to help you get a nutrition or fitness program started!

Depression + Strength Training

Did you know that about 20 million Americans suffer from depression? This doesn't take into account all of the people who suffer from another anxiety disorder. It is believed that about 40% of the population of the United States suffers from depression, an anxiety disorder, or a combination of the both. This means that you very likely know someone who's life is impacted by these conditions.

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What if you could help them reduce their symptoms of depression just by getting #hellafit with them? What if there was research that demonstrated a link between strength training and the reduction of depressive symptoms? Would you drag them with you to the gym? 

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Dr. Brett Gordon, MS, from the University of Limerick, Ireland recently published data from a study that included 1,877 participants from 33 clinical trials that points to just that. While the studies did not determine precisely how the strength training might affect depression, Dr. Gordon offered a couple suggestions:


"Cognitive and psychological mechanisms [could] include the expectancy is improved mental health following exercise, social interaction and social support, and improved cognitive control."

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In short,  invite your friend who has been in a funk lately to get their pump on with you. The benefits could be limitless for both of you. Not sure where to start? Check out Yelp for reviews of local gyms in your area or Meetup for free fitness gatherings.

Ready to start a new training program or join in some awesome group fitness classes and live in Oakand or the East Bay? Check us out at Truve!

Barre vs Bar?

If you are like most of us, you see the word barre written on a fitness poster or schedule and you assume that either there is a British way to spell bar or the studio in question has no clue how to use spellcheck. In reality barre is a new-ish fitness craze. Barre took off in popularity towards the end of 2014. Despite its popularity barre is still relatively unknown to many. If you are one of those curious people still trying to figure out exactly what barre is.... read on this post is for you!

Barre is a workout style that combines elements of ballet warm ups, Pilates and yoga into an efficient and effective workout. Traditionally students us their body weight as resistance while challenging their core stability and balance. Many take barre classes in hope of creating the streamlined body of a dancer while reinforcing strength and muscle tone. No two barre instructors teach the same which means there is a style for everyone. Many instructors use bands, hand weights, and balls to increase the "burn" in their classes.

Barre is only for women.... right?!?!

Wrong! Everyone benefits from taking barre classes, especially men who often have room to improve their flexibility and need to improve the overall strength of their small stabilizing muscles. If you don't believe us, check out what  GQ had to say about it.

 

Not quite sure that you are ready to take a class? We've got you covered with this easy to follow barre movement you can do at home. The following video is part of a larger flat back series that is common in most barre classes. 

Now that you have a better understanding of what barre class is, we hope you will join us all February long for this awesome class. Remember for each barre class you take, you will be entered to win 3 free classes at Truve!!