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How to Stay on Track During the Holidays in Omaha
Keeping healthy habits can be tricky during the holiday season. Enhance 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 first thing in the morning if your schedule has room for it. The last few months of the year are busy, but it’s better to check 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 ahead of time, instead of making bad decisions when you’re hungry and without a dinner plan. Our Simple Meal Plan makes grocery shopping and meal planning easy. Contact us to pick up your copy. If you’re eating at a restaurant during the weekend, modify your meals on weekdays to keep your nutrition in check. 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. Sprinkle 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. Put the chicken in a large stockpot with cold water and ice until the chicken is fully covered. Pour brine into the stockpot and stir to evenly distribute. Cover with a lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day, rinse the chicken before cooking it. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rest 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 want it browned. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for 15-20 minutes. You can also follow this recipe to cook your Thanksgiving turkey. If cooking turkey, use the entire packet of brining mix. 3. Take a Cozy Break Grab your favorite blanket, find a comfy spot and take a nap. A 30-minute nap is refreshing 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 meal with loved ones 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 creating healthy habits to carry you through the holidays. At Farrell’s Omaha, we’ll teach you about nutrition, exercise and more. Get started now by claiming your free week of classes with us.">
How Exercise Affects Heart Health
Regular cardio exercise is critical for maintaining a healthy heart. Find out three easy ways you can increase your cardiovascular health. Kickstart 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 strengthens your heart by raising your heart rate. Your heart sends more blood to your muscles as your heart rate goes up. The increased blood flow causes a larger volume of blood returning to your heart. Over time, the higher blood volume enlarges the left ventricle, which is responsible for sending oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. Your heart cavity can now keep and distribute a increased volume of blood, even when you’re resting. This lowers your blood pressure and reduces 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 Omaha, we track how productive your workout is. We use Myzone, the industry-leading heart rate monitor, to record exertion 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 sets. Active recovery periods are maintained 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 part 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 routine check-ups with your doctor! Related: Carbs—Too Little or Too Much? Strengthen Your Heart with Farrell’s Good nutrition and regular exercise are essential for maintaining a healthy heart. Get started by claiming your free week at Farrell’s Omaha.">
Why HIIT is Good for Losing Weight and Burning Fat
HIIT workouts have been verified as the best way to lose weight and burn fat. Plus, they don't take a lot of time, so they're convenient for your calendar. Want to go to a HIIT class? Try a week on us at your local FXB.
12 Benefits of HIIT HIIT exercises are fast and are convenient for your routine. Even better is how your body acts after the workout. These classes lead to afterburn by increasing your metabolic rate. Simply put, you keep burning calories after finishing your workout—even while relaxing on the couch! HIIT routines build muscle and speed up your metabolism. This helps your body burn fat for increased periods of time. Here are 12 more benefits of HIIT: Burns more calories faster Builds endurance Strengthens cardiovascular well-being Improves blood vessel activity Promotes blood sugar regulation Increases oxygen use Reduces resting heart rate and blood pressure Reverses age-related muscle decline Encourages human growth hormone generation 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 simple yet effective HIIT workout you can do almost anywhere. 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 want to burn body fat, build muscle and enhance your cognitive health, HIIT is for you. Plus, it packs all the benefits of other exercises into quick, convenient workouts. Looking to get started with a likable and effective workout? Check out 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.