02.01.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Team Nutritionist
In last week's post, we discussed the importance of reducing salt in our diet. I mentioned that salt often serves as a flavor enhancer to our food, which may also be why it can be so difficult for some of us to reduce it in our diet! Many of my clients struggle to reduce the salt in their diet because they admit food can taste bland without salt.
I am a huge believer that food should be enjoyed and savored. Food is truly one of the pleasures ... Read More
01.31.2012 / Blog Posts Events Health and Wellness
By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer (ACE); IBNFC Certified Nutrition Coach
What were you doing on Sunday afternoon? Were you at the mall or grocery shopping? Maybe you were even working on your taxes?
Well, I was at Redskins Park, along with members of the Women of the Washington Redskins, taking a Zumba class and having a blast! It was great to see such a fabulous turnout. Our instructor, Nikki of Gold's Gym, Ashburn led us through the Latin-inspired dance-fitness program to awesome music.
The Zumba fitness party was easy to follow, thanks to Nikki, and so much fun ... Read More
01.27.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness Redskins
Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions are just around the corner and the first ladies of football are bound to have some helpful tips for getting into great shape. 2011 Rookie Cheerleader Lyndsay reveals how she got ready for last year's tryouts…
Preparing for the Washington Redskins Cheerleader auditions is always an exciting time - I mean, what girl doesn't love experimenting with makeup, eyelashes, hair styles and designing the perfect audition outfit? But for me, fitness is top of mind.
Being fit is particularly important because if you make this team, your uniform will be the traditional burgundy and gold ... Read More
01.26.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer
Of all the seasons, winter presents the most challenges to an active lifestyle.
After what little snow we had on Friday, all I wanted to do was nestle on the couch and watch a movie and it made me think of the long winter we still have ahead of us. After all, January and February are the months we get our coldest weather. While temperatures continue to drop, it’s still important to remain active and maintain our fitness programs. We are humans, not grizzle bears – we don’t hibernate until spring ... Read More
01.24.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
Jane Jakubczak MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN; Redskins Team Nutritionist
Dietary Sodium, or salt, is a nutrition topic that is often overlooked. Most people don’t think about sodium content in their food until they are told they have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), but did you know that if you reduce your sodium intake now you can actually reduce your risk of ever getting hypertension?
Hypertension is not just for the elderly or the overweight. I have recently worked with two Reskins players on managing their hypertension. They are both young and fit - proof that all ... Read More
01.18.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Jane Jakubczak, Redskins Team Nutritionist, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN
I’ve enjoyed reading the comments from WOW members on my blog entires and appreciate you all taking the time to share! I encourage everyone to read the recommendations your peers offer - I believe we learn best from our peers so don't be afraid to post your own experiences and questions below.
01.17.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer, Gold's Gym
The frustrating reality is that even well planned weight loss efforts can become stalled and being stuck at a certain weight can happen to anyone. Weight loss plateaus occur when you no longer lose weight despite continuing to exercise and eating healthy. Before you get too discouraged, you should know that it’s normal for weight loss to slow and even stall. At this point, you need to ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your current weight or if you want to lose more, in which case you ... Read More
01.10.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer
A complete, safe and effective fitness program includes various components, however there are three that stand out above the rest. Aerobic exercise, muscular strength and endurance conditioning, and flexibility exercise work together to make up an effective fitness program and are perhaps the most important components to consider when determining your fitness routine.
Aerobic exercise does good things for your cardiovascular system and is an important part of weight management. Muscular conditioning can improve strength and posture, reduce the risk of low-back injury and is an important component of a weight management ... Read More
01.09.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
There's still a few months to go until Spring time, which unfortunately means a few more months of cold weather and flu season. Luckily the Redskins team nutirionist, Jane Jakubczak, has some tips on how to keep your immune system strong throughout the winter!
What is the immune system?
The body’s defense system against foreign substances such as viruses and bacteria.
How can we keep our immune system strong?
- Plenty of rest
- Proper hygiene
- Adequate physical activity
- Good nutrition
Getting plenty of sleep enables the body to repair and restore itself.
- If you are fighting an ... Read More
01.04.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness
By Jane Jakubczak, Washington Redskins Team Nutritionist
I am often asked about the various energy and nutrition bars on the market today. These bars can play an important role in the “always on the go” lifestyle most of us lead. I am a true believer in “real food first,” however when you are in a pinch, a carefully selected commercial bar can play a part in a healthy nutrition plan.
The original energy bars were designed with the busy athlete in mind. The bars were developed to be a portable, non-perishable, easily digestible source of nutrients to fuel ... Read More
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