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  • Zumba at Redskins Park!

    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

  • Washington Redskins Cheerleader Lyndsay Reveals Her Get-In-Shape Secrets

    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

  • Stay Active This Winter with these Cold Weather Fitness Tips

    01.26.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • Take it With a Grain of Salt: Understanding Sodium Content

    01.24.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • Nutrition Wisdom from WOW Members: Learning from our peers and tackling the Nutrition Label

    01.18.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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.

    Even I’ve picked up several ideas and look forward to trying them out myself! One WOW member told us about an energy bar with low sodium here. She is smart to check the sodium ... Read More

  • How to Bust Through Weight Loss Plateaus

    01.17.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • 3 Things Every Exercise Program Should Have

    01.10.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • How to Keep Your Immune System Strong

    01.09.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • The “scoop” on Energy/Nutrition Bars

    01.04.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    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

  • Picking the Right Exercise Program for You!

    01.03.2012 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Becky Johnson, Certified Personal Trainer

    It’s a new year and a new beginning, and I love new beginnings because anything is possible. There are no limits and no boundaries and no reason you shouldn’t do whatever it is that you want to do. Your attitude is the only thing that can get in the way!

    We are going to start fresh this New Year. What do you want to get out of your exercise program? The answer to that question defines what kind of program will work best for you in the long run.

    Ask ... Read More

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