Winning Weight-Loss Strategies
No doubt if you’re a skier you’re looking forward to being more active with the winter weather just around the corner. If not, you may not be as active and weight loss during the winter months may be challenging. In this talk, I’ll provide useful weight-loss strategies, including the following items:
- Healthy food choices. From understanding what the healthiest options are…to how to splurge responsibly at places like the local ice cream shack.
- Tools of the trade. From water bottles to portion control plates to food logs—this section will discuss items that’ll keep your weight-loss goals front and center in your mind without being intrusive on your life (or wallet).
- Staying motivated. From setting realistic goals to tips on how you should reward yourself once you meet them, this section will offer ideas on how to stay motivated while still having fun.
Walking Your Way To Better Health
One of the most affordable, most convenient and easiest ways to stay in shape is walking. Whether you trek neighborhood trails, take to the treadmill in your basement or gossip with friends while doing laps around the mall, the places you can walk are many. So are the benefits. This talk will give you ideas on how to get the most from your walks. Some of the items presented will include the following:
- Trekking poles/walking sticks—how to use them to increase your aerobic workout
- Pedometers—measuring progress, setting goals and increasing steps
- Weights—how to use them safely and effectively
- What to wear—for maximum comfort and safety (think knees and feet)
- How to take your pulse to ensure your heart is pumping like it should
- Ways to fit in a five- or 10-minute walk, even when you think you can’t.
The Power of Portion Control
When discussing the obesity epidemic in America, people often whine about European countries, many of which are known for rich, fattening cuisine. How come Europeans aren’t as overweight as Americans? One of the main differences is portion size. Remember, the trick isn’t depriving yourself of yummy foods—it’s eating them in moderation. But how do you combat the super-size mentality, which pervades grocery stores and restaurants? This talk will provide tips and strategies for exercising better portion control when dining in and out. Items presented will include the following:
- Portion control plates—from ones that are specifically designed for portion control to the concept of simply using smaller plates you have on hand, such as a salad plate, for the main dinner plate
- Visual cues. Not having a sense of what constitutes “one serving” is often what dooms healthy eating. This section will offer visual cues: one serving of meat should be the size of a deck of cards. One serving of pasta should be no bigger than a tennis ball.
- When dining out, visit the restaurant’s website first. More and more are including nutritional information. If you’re dying for an appetizer and dessert, look at the nutritional information, make an informed choice and then consider getting one or the other…or splitting both with your dining partner.
- Portion control no-no’s, such as never eating directly from a bag or a carton and never eating everything that’s put in front of you at a restaurant. Plan on eating one third (one-half, at most) and bringing the rest home.
- Set the example. You know the saying “Monkey See, Monkey Do?” Well, if your children see you being active they will be more active as well.
Family Fitness & Healthy Eating
Studies have shown that families that sit down and eat dinner together tend to be closer and enjoy doing other activities together. Children also tend to eat healthier at the family dinner table. This talk will discuss how you can make eating healthy and fitness a part of your family life. Items presented will include the following:
- Fun Family Meals – How do you get your children to eat their vegetables? Including the children in cooking the meal will make them more invested in eating what they cook. Growing your own vegetable garden makes eating the vegetables from your garden fun.
- Active Family Life Style – Planting and working in your family garden not only helps to get the kids to eat their veggies, but it gives everyone exercise at the same time. Do active things together like going for a walk, rake leaves and jump in the piles. When the snow comes embrace it and go sledding with the kids. Snow shoeing is great for all ages. Ski trips are fun or go cross country skiing in your back yard or local trails.
- Be supportive of children’s sports and playing outside. As a family go for a bike ride or watch your son or daughter’s soccer game together.
Fitness for 4 Busy Executives
Life is busy, but that doesn’t mean that you should neglect your health. Executives often tend to neglect themselves as they work hard to achieve success at work and meet the demands of their home life. This talk will show you the (unhealthy) profile of a busy executive. Then you’ll learn how to prioritize taking care of yourself – no excuses – and improve not only your health, but your quality of life, too. Some of the items presented will include the following:
- Exercise 10-20-30: Start feeling the benefits of exercise in as little as 10 minutes, and learn how just a little more time spent can help even more!
- Workouts programs for your timeframe, even if it’s only 10 minutes: These exercises can be done at home or on the road with minimal equipment. Make your fitness time a priority. Afterwards, you’ll have energy for your busy day!
- Sensible eating strategies: Ensure a full day of energy without overdoing the calories.
- How to get proper rest and relaxation: Get a good night’s sleep and make relaxation a part of your life.
Stress & De-Stress
Stress is actually sometimes beneficial in small doses and for short periods of time. But, too much stress or being under stress for too long can cause a lot of problems. This talk will help you to understand stress and then learn what to do to identify, lower, and cope with the stresses in your life. Some things discussed during this presentation are:
- Defining and understanding stress
- Physiology of Stress
- Symptoms of Stress
- Physical and Emotional Effects of Stress
- How Stress Affects Your Health
- Common Causes of Stress
- Keys to Reducing Stress
- Techniques for Reducing Stress
Strength Training Essentials
Learn the science behind and benefits of Strength Training. Then, learn how to get started on your own Strength Training Program. This talk will discuss the Kinetic Chain of muscles, bones, and brains and the physiology of strength training in addition to Strength Training moves and routines. Some of the topics presented will include:
- Types of Strength Training
- Goals of Strength Training
- Benefits of Strength Training
- Strength training movements for Functional Fitness
- Creating a personal Strength Training program starting with an assessment of current state of health and level of fitness
- Strength Training Phases
- Nutrition tips for Strength Training
- Sample Strength Training workout
How to Fit Fitness In to Your Busy Life
This workshop will educate you on how to eat to lose weight or maintain weight (especially when dining out for business). Participants will learn how to fit fitness into their busy lives and feel the benefits of accomplishing that. They will learn “Helpful Holly Hints” on how to fit exercise into their day (one set at a time) from doing squats while brushing your teeth, push ups on the counter while waiting for the microwave or bicep curls with a gallon of milk at the grocery store. Every little bit helps to get in shape and feel energized.
Eat to Speed Your Metabolism
Do you know what foods will help speed up your metabolism? You don’t have to go hungry to lose weight. This informative seminar with certified nutrition specialist, Holly Kouvo, will teach you the combination of foods which will help you to lose weight and feel great! Through various visual aids the message you receive with stick with you for a lifetime. Tools for weight loss are also presented to help you successfully achieve your goals.