What do you get when you mix acorns and leaves with push-ups and squats? HD FitPro’s Fall Scavenger Hunt, of course! Super simple, lots of fun, and guaranteed to burn tons of calories. Erin and Carey won this Saturday’s Boot Camp game – though Kasey and Jesica do have every right to file an appeal since their list did have an extra item! (How’d that happen? LOL)
Here’s how to play:
Make a list of items you are able to find outside this time of year – or just use the list I made below. Write each item on an index card. The teams will pull a card, run to find the item, and bring it back to the central meeting point. Before they can grab their next card and run to grab that item, they have to do the exercise for that round. To determine how many reps of each exercise the team should do, they roll 2 dice and double the result. Each team rolls for itself, so one team might have to do 24 reps, and the other 4, but that’s just part of the fun!
Team 1 flips their first card. It says “Orange Leaf.” They run to find a leaf with orange coloring. (The whole leaf doesn’t have to be orange because, well, this is Florida and most leaves are green!) After finding the leaf, they run back to the meeting point and the game judge tells them “jumping jacks.” They roll a 2 and a 6 and quickly do 16 jumping jacks. They pull their next card. It says “pine cone.” After bringing back a pine cone the judge tells them “crunches.” They roll a 5 and a 1 and perform 12 crunches before pulling their third card. (And so on!)
Here’s your challenge:
You know the usual routine that your family has right after eating the big Thanksgiving feast? The one where all of the women are in the kitchen cleaning and the men are watching football? Well the dishes can wait and DVR will pause the great game, so break the routine and have some FUN! Play our exercise scavenger hunt and make some room for that pumpkin pie!
Sample list of items: Acorn, Pine Cone, Yellow Leaf, Orange Leaf, Brown Leaf, Green Leaf, Pine Needle, Seed, Tree Bark, Stick
Sample exercises: Squats, Lunges, Push-Ups, Jumping Jacks, Tricep Dips, Crunches, Supermans, Mountain Climbers, Squat Jumps, Step-Ups
2009 is winding down and the holidays are approaching! And as if our lives aren’t busy enough already, they’re about to become busier with shopping, family and friend get togethers, and lots of other commitments we’ll add to our regular schedules. It’s important to take care of yourself always, but especially this time of year. And we’d like to add a little extra motivation and incentive for doing so. Join our last Boot Camp of 2009 and get up to 50% more classes for FREE! Yes….you read that correctly. If you join now, you can receive up to 3 WEEKS for FREE! Our regular 4-week prices apply, you’ll just get much more for your money. Lose weight this holiday season – when most people are putting it on! End the year with a BANG!
Today we had our first annual Easter Egg(xercise) Hunt! An incredible way to get in a great workout while having a great time. Try it at home with your family tomorrow! Our participants ran to find plastic eggs – each had a slip of paper with a different exercise in it. Congrats to Clarise – she won the hunt by gathering the most eggs and a total of 20 FitCredits to use towards a future package purchase. (Each FitCredit is worth $1, so Clarise basically got a free workout today AND $$ to use in the future!…….She definitely earned those credits, though…..She literally gathered every egg that had “up-downs” (burpees) hidden inside – close to 30 up-downs total! Quite a challenge!
Speaking of challenges – Easter Sunday is typically a day where you’ll be faced with many food challenges. The key is portion control, portion control, portion control. Other strategies include choosing larger amounts of the healthiest foods available at your feast and smaller amounts of the higher calorie (and fattier) foods. For example, it’s better to have more spoonfuls of fruits and veggies than potato salad. And really….if your “salad” has heaping tablespoons of regular mayonnaise in it, it’s really not much of a “salad” at all! Try using low-fat or fat-free versions of this item and others – like sour cream and cottage cheese. You’ll be doing your waistline a huge favor without notifying your taste buds.
Another tip is to make sure that you consume protein in addition to the readily available carbs and fat on most dinner tables. This way your body will have all of the building blocks you need. Ham and deviled eggs are great sources of protein (okay, it’s the egg-white that has the protein, not the mayo/mustard/yolk concoction piled high in the middle – a great place to use that “mayo tip”!) Finally, exert your own control of what you eat by preparing things yourself. If you take something to a gathering, that will be at least one food choice where you’ll know exactly what’s in it. One of the dishes I’m taking to my family’s gathering is Jell-O Jiggler Eggs. They’re delicious, and a much healthier option than consuming high calorie, fattening, and delicious sweet baked goods after dinner. Fix that craving for sweets without any guilt. J-E-L-L-O! Give it a try!
Happy Thanksgiving! This is a great time of year to pause and be thankful for all that we have – especially our health. Here are a few tips for maintaining your weight and keeping fit throughout the holiday season. Enjoy!
1. Stuff the turkey, not your belly! – When you’re full, stop eating. Besides, who really likes that bloated, achy feeling anyway? So once you feel satisfied, push your plate away from yourself – it’ll help stop the nibbling as you sit and chat with family and friends.
2. Throw away your “on the diet” vs. “off the diet” mentality. So you indulge a little on Thanksgiving day. That’s no reason to continue the trend on Black Friday and beyond. Return to the healthy habits the very next day and prove to yourself that YOU are in control.
3. Be active! Instead of sitting around with that sleepy feeling after you eat, resist the temptation and move a little! Grab a few of your loved ones and go for a walk around the neighborhood. Play freeze tag with the little ones – they’ll love the attention they’re getting! Toss a football back and forth during halftime of the game – who knows, maybe a little game of your own will break out. The opportunities are endless and can create memories that will last a lifetime.