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  • 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

  • Redskins Nutritionist Explores the Top Nutrition Myths for Women

    12.28.2011 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Jane Jakubczak, Washington Redskins Team Nutritionist

    A large part of my time as a Registered Dietitian (RD) is helping my clients navigate through the jungle of nutrition information that are bombarded with everyday. Throughout the year, I will be addressing various dietary myths to help you decipher truth from fiction.

    As a Registered Dietitian (RD) I am committed ethically to base all my dietary advice and nutrition information in sound scientific research.  To earn the credentials RD, one must earn a four-year degree focusing on the science of food as well as the science of the human ... Read More

  • Finding Your Inner Balance

    12.22.2011 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

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    By Rebecca Nenner, Certified Health and Wellness Coach

    Have you ever wondered why some people just seem to have it all? They can juggle their home and work life effortlessly and do it well? Why is it that some people are on top of their game and others seem to find life so difficult and laborious?

    The answer lies in the ability to find your inner balance. No it’s not like walking on a tight rope; it is finding the peace within you. There are many steps that you can take to find the calm within you ... Read More

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