Fruity, Over-the-Top Drinks Make the Holiday Season Go ‘Round

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At this point you’re probably thinking “Do these guys do anything but cook and eat?”

The answer is yes… We like to drink fun drinks too!

Here’s a drink recipe that will really hit the spot after you finish cooking and decorating for the holiday’s. Don’t worry, if you’re not much of a drinker, we have a virgin recipe just for you! Continue reading

Get Back to Schooled on Fitness Habits

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Every grown-up has a similar pang of nostalgia — or panic — when summer fades into fall and kids start heading back to school.

Going back to school each September is such a significant part of our formative years. Being a student is the time when most of us develop our strongest organizational and other positive habits, building the blocks that prime us for a lifetime of continuous learning and personal achievement.

So, it’s no wonder that we feel this annual urge to make positive change and shift from lazy days of summer to a more productive and structured routine. That is what puts many of us in the perfect mindset come autumn to start — or restart — healthy fitness and nutrition habits.

Here are a few ways you can feel like a kid again and apply some healthy back to school strategies to your fitness and nutrition plan.

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Host the Most Gorgeous, Most Delicious Fourth of July Cookout Ever – Without Cheating on Your Diet

 

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A big part of living the fitness lifestyle is staying dedicated to eating right each day (well, most days…) so that you get the best results out of your workout regimen.

And then summer rolls around. Somehow, you’ve offered to host the annual Fourth of July cookout.

You find yourself browsing the aisles at the local warehouse food store staring at super-sized containers of fatty options. Creamy pasta salads. Cheese and crackers. S’mores. Sausages and hot dogs. Sugary sodas. Unnaturally orange nacho-powdery triangular-shaped chips. Queso dips.

Not this year.

This year, you can have the most delicious and gorgeous Fourth of July cookout ever, still keep to your healthy eating plan, and make your guests believe you’ve trained with Ms. Stewart herself.

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Barbie Finally Gets It: One Size Does Not Fit All

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Mattel announced that Barbie will finally start to look like real women – tall, short, flat-footed and even curvy.

Over the past few years, Mattel has released Barbie dolls with more realistic body shapes and a variety of skin tones and hair textures representing the diversity of the children who love to play with them.

This year, Mattel has taken this a step further, announcing that Barbie dolls will now be available in a variety of new body types – Tall, Petite, and Curvy.

For parents of young children, and for those of us in the fitness industry, this is great news. For too many girls, being stick-skinny and “perfect” is a very real, and potentially dangerous, aspiration. It starts at an alarmingly young age, and continues on into adulthood for many women.

Here at Koko FitClub, we see far too many clients come to us feeling broken, having carried around the physical and mental burden of a negative body image their entire lives.  Each has different needs and requires an individualized solution and coaching to restore confidence and rebuild a healthy body, undoing years of damage to body and mind.

We do not live in a one-size-fits-all world, and we applaud Mattel for making these important changes to reflect our many shapes and sizes.

Our differences are what make us human, and wonderful. Moving away from the one-size idealized Barbie of the past, and allowing children to choose a doll that more closely resembles the real women in their lives, is a big step towards redefining the modern standard of healthy and beauty for our children, and ourselves.

— Lauren Dell’Olio


 

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About Lauren Dell’Olio

Lauren Dell’Olio is a Fitness Life Correspondent and Managing Editor of The Stronger Blog. Lauren brings her perspective as a working mother of three, lifelong fitness enthusiast, marathon runner and “foodie” to the Stronger Blog. Lauren joined the Koko FitClub corporate team in 2008 as one of the company’s early employees and currently serves as Director of Marketing, with a focus on member experience, content development, social media and digital strategy. Since Lauren joined Koko, the company has grown from 1 to 125+ locations nationwide, serving over 20,000 members. Lauren and her family live in Norwell, MA.

Avoid These 5 Epic Fails at the Gym

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There’s no joy in celebrating failure. So, let’s consider every failed attempt at fitness as a learning opportunity, a chance to do it better next time. Here are our top 5 ways that gyms can fail you, and how you are going to avoid them this year.

  1. Walking around and never actually exercising. You see this often at “big box” gyms: members wander around, wondering what to do, grab a snack, and leave. This one is easy to fix. When you go to the gym, exercise.
  2. Not showing up. Hard to succeed at the gym if you don’t go. Another easy one to fix. Make a commitment to yourself and your fitness goals. Schedule your weekly workouts, and get yourself to the gym.
  3. Working only half the body. When it comes to strength training, most people don’t know what to do. As a result, they exercise only their favorite muscles, not all of them. Total body workouts are key for overall conditioning and a more sculpted physique.
  4. Not doing enough cardio. If your goals involve weight loss, then make sure you add sufficient high intensity interval training (HIIT) into your weekly workout mix. If done correctly, just 15-30 minutes a day, 3-4 days a week, is all you need to rev your metabolism and burn extra calories.
  5. Not working with an expert. Incorrect use of equipment is perhaps the most hilarious — yet dangerous — epic gym failure of all. Not sure what to do? Don’t worry, you don’t have to go it alone. A coach can help you get the most out of your gym experience. A coach will build a customized plan, show you the right exercises and the right way to do them, properly measure your success, and keep you motivated for continued progress.

 

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About Lauren Dell’Olio

Lauren Dell’Olio is a Fitness Life Correspondent and Managing Editor of The Stronger Blog. Lauren brings her perspective as a working mother of three, lifelong fitness enthusiast, marathon runner and “foodie” to the Stronger Blog. Lauren joined the Koko FitClub corporate team in 2008 as one of the company’s early employees and currently serves as Director of Marketing, with a focus on member experience, content development, social media and digital strategy. Since Lauren joined Koko, the company has grown from 1 to 125+ locations nationwide, serving over 20,000 members. Lauren and her family live in Norwell, MA.