Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Do you have a 2017 new year's resolution?? Not sure how to actually reach your goals? Check out our professional suggestions below to help you take action TODAY so that you begin moving towards your goals sooner rather than later.
Still need help figuring out how to reach your goals?! Click here to email our General Manager, Beth to better understand what services are right for you!
Saturday, November 05, 2016
“Give me a diet, and I will eat whatever you tell me."
Dozens of women knock on our doors pleading for a manual, a script for what they should eat each day. This is understandable; people are busy, overwhelmed with work responsibilities, home life, and other demands. Sometimes it is easier to have someone tell you what to do. But this approach fails to consider several important things: your lifestyle, budget, medical history, and food preferences, to name a few. The most delectable of meal plans will sit untouched if the recipes are too challenging, too expensive, or simply don’t appeal. And without your medical history in mind, a meal plan may undermine your health goals.
What works for one person may not work for the next!
Our dietitian will take the time to get to know you, and from there, will work with you to create goals and strategies that fit your lifestyle. We teach our clients how to make good decisions and build their own meal plans. Many would like to lose weight. Some struggle with medical conditions like anemia, high blood pressure, IBS, osteoporosis, or high cholesterol. Others are struggling to feed their families well because they are so busy. Still others lack confidence in the kitchen and simply need some guidance. And while each client brings unique challenges to the table, we have identified some common themes and plenty of strategies to address them.
Rather than diets, we encourage behavior changes that will last a lifetime. Start with one or two behaviors and focus on those until they become second nature. When those become a habit, choose a few more.
Use the following checklist to help identify if there are areas you can improve upon (answering yes or no):
Take note of your responses, and identify TWO things that you can take action on right away. If there are more than a few, maybe you need a little bit of help!
Our Registered Dietitian, Alison Doak, works with women and children on all of the above challenges, and much more. Alison serves members and non-members alike, and accepts most major Health Insurance plans.
By: Alison Doak, MS, RDN, LDN
*This was originally published in the Milton Times, October 2016.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Away for the summer? Vacationing down the Cape? Looking to exercise outdoors? Try this total body workout when you can't make it to the gym to burn calories and build strength. You don't need any equipment and it can be done at home or at the beach!
Perform each exercise for 45 seconds with 15 sec rest in between and repeat twice:
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
First of all, a BIG SHOUT OUT for Lauren Gendreau for working so hard over the last few years and becoming super healthy - you are a true inspiration! And a BIG THANK YOU for all of her hard work at Fitness Unlimited and for being an amazing person to work with and be around - Lauren we already miss you but we know that you're going to do great in Denver and wish you all the best, you deserve it!
Here's Lauren's Story:
My weight was something I used to just brush off by trying to avoid scales, mirrors, crowed places, etc. However you can't ignore how your body feels and at 20 years old and 250 pounds I had hit the point where I couldn't ignore it any longer.
I had a panic attack December 2012 which my doctor informed me was a result of being severely overweight and that I was on my way to a heart attack if I didn't do anything to change it. This event scared me enough to cause me to start changing my eating habits. I went from eating out constantly and drinking soda with almost every meal to cutting back on sugars, monitoring my food intake and light exercising.
The need to change my lifestyle really hit home the day I started classes at Suffolk University. Things as simple as waking the campus and looking at other young girls who seemed to fit in while I stood out drove me to make some serious changes. It can be tough to exercise a 250 pound body so I start with walking a mile a day. That led to longer more aggressive walks, and eventually running.
After losing 50 pounds I hit a wall and decided I needed help, that is where Fitness Unlimited came in. I joined in June 2013 and engaged one-on-one fitness training with Ann Marie. I can truly say that Ann Marie changed my life. She challenged me to believe in my body and to push myself beyond my limits. After working with her for 5 months that last 60 pounds was melting off and I realized by true physical capabilities. I have continued to train with her for the last 3 years and have seen my goals change from weight loss to getting faster running times and eventually increasing strength.
It honestly amazes me how your body can change with persistence, diligence, and some motivation and guidance from people who truly care about your wellbeing.
I am stronger, more confident and happier than ever. I am so lucky to have been a member and employee at Fitness Unlimited, I am so grateful to have met you all!
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