Always Learning

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One of my favorite quotes is one attributed to Socrates, “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.” Even when we think we know it all; there is more to learn. That goes for fitness and nutrition, even for a health coach.

This morning, I was trying to figure out what I wanted for dinner. I have a bootcamp style class at 5:30 and I’m running  to an event at 6:30, so I need something that’s quick, easy, and healthy. I decided I would stop at a Lenny’s (a NYC chain) for a quick salad or sandwich. I looked on their website to see what the choices were and found that they provide a handy nutrition counter so you can try different options and their nutritional value. I looked at the bread choices and immediately went to the whole-wheat wrap. I was surprised to see it was so high in calories! The bigger surprise was that the whole wheat roll was less than half the calories and much less fat.

As I played around with the website a little more, I was surprised to see how much I didn’t really know about the nutrition in bread. Bread is one of those things that I generally avoid; choosing whole grains when I do indulge. Clearly, I never paid close attention.

Learning something new doesn’t mean you weren’t doing well before; it just means you have one more tool in your arsenal to help you make the best choices possible. For me, this is one more lesson that I can give to my clients, one more tip to help them on their weight-loss and fitness journey.

Here’s the link, if you’d like to take a look for yourself. What I love about resources like this is you can use it for other restaurants that don’t do such a great job of posting information.

Have you ever been surprised by the nutrition information in your favorite foods? What’s one small thing you’ve learned that’s made a big impact?

App Review – Seven

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I love that there are apps for practically everything and there are TONS designed to help you lose weight and get in great shape.  I’ve tried many of them and one of my favorites is called Seven. 

In 2013, The American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal found that high-intensity interval training can actually give you the same benefits of a longer workout but in less time.  The key is intervals of super intensity (read uncomfortable and unpleasant) with brief periods of rest in between.  Enter Seven.  Seven is a 7-minute workout based on this theory and runs you through 12 different exercises – each one is done for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.  With the free version you get the full body workout but you can unlock workouts that concentrate on upper or lower body, or abs.  In the newest version, you can even create your own workout.  You don’t need any equipment and the audio guides you through each move so you don’t need to keep checking your phone.

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Try it out and let me know what you think! Click here!