Move to the Beat!

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff September 3, 2014

Music has the unique ability to be many things to many people. It can be a mood changer, mood-setter, or simply express our current mood in a more artistic and creative way. What can music do for you while you’re exercising? Regardless of the setting you will find headphones in the ears of the majority of the people you see working out.

Why? For starters, music is a great motivational tool for us. It can be a welcomed distraction to the amount of exertion we are using, allowing us to push that much more.  A study even showed that music can improve performance by up to 15 percent.  That number maybe high and also varies depending on the person, but it also makes sense.

What songs tend to have the best effects? Typically songs that have a 120-140 beats per minute (BPM) ratio have the most significant change in an exerciser. Meaning a song like “Timber” by Kesha and Pitbull (130 bpm) could have a different effect on you compared to “Burn” by Ellie Goulding (86 bpm). Both songs can serve a purpose, the lower rate for warm up and the higher rate for cardio.

Depending what you are listening to music can either keep you on pace, or erratically change it.  While exercising, we often find ourselves working out to the rhythm of what we are listening to.  We would like for that rhythm and pace to be steady, however some music can cause dips and spikes in our pacing.

Find out what works for you! The great part about music is one size doesn’t fit all, but there is something for ALL of us. 

Links: Webmd, Huffington Post,

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Filed Under: Exercise | For Dieters | Healthy Lifestyle

Product Spotlight: ShapeWise® Chews

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff September 3, 2014

Small Size, Big Results

Dieters need something for those inevitable cravings that come during the day. Robard’s ShapeWise® Chews are bite size taffy-like treats that assist them with compliance, satiety, and—most importantly—reaching their weight loss goals!

ShapeWise comes in delicious Chocolate and Lemon flavors. Some of their many features and benefits include:

• 50mg of milk calcium (milk calcium has shown to help enhance weight loss when on a LCD)

• Sugar-free and aspartame-free

• 20 calories

• 0 grams of available carbohydrates

ShapeWise Chews can enhance your dieter’s weight loss experience. They can grab a couple when they are feeling hungry between meals, or they can keep a bowl of them in their office or at home for easy access when they are craving something sweet for instant gratification!

For more information on our ShapeWise Chews, please contact one of our Business Development Manager at 800-222-9201. You can explore Robard’s full product catalog here.

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Filed Under: About Robard | For Providers | Weight Loss Maintenance | Weight Loss Programs

Product Spotlight: Berry Drinks

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff July 29, 2014

When the perfect weather requires the perfect drink, look no further than Robard’s new Cranberry Grape and Mixed Berry Drinks with Fiber! These two new beverages from Robard provide the unique blend of superior nutrition with a delicious taste making it the ideal drink to bring increased retention to your program!

Only being 70 calories, these drinks are an optimum substitute to other less nutritious, more sugary alternatives. Need a post-workout drink? Packed with 15 grams of protein, pour two of these into your bottle, mix with water, and your dieters have a protein supplement that rivals the nutrition of any protein shake they can find, with none of the fat!

Both of these beverages offer 3 grams of fiber to provide your dieters added satiety and energy, as well as keeping them on track for their proper daily dietary fiber consumption. With providing hydration, nourishment, and nutrition, Robard’s Cranberry Grape and Mixed Berry Drinks are assured to play vital parts in your dieter’s program, and your program’s retention rates.

These drinks also come in 12 gram protein, 0 gram fiber options. Aside from these drinks, Robard also offers Wildberry and Strawberry Kiwi flavors. For more information on these beverages or to look at the rest of our wide variety of products, explore our full product catalog here, or contact one of our Business Development Managers.

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Filed Under: About Robard | For Providers | Products | Protein Supplements

Weight Loss is the Best Medicine

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff July 15, 2014

From hypertension to bad knees, nowadays you can get a prescription for practically any ailment you have.  However, medication can only provide relief fora certain amount of time and even though you are treating the ailment, you may not be treating the cause.

Obesity can be the cause of many health risks such as elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol, back pain, diabetes, the list can get extensive but I think you get the point. Even though you have different complications they could all be coming from the same source.

Take Jim Carpenter for example, he once weighed 518 pounds, and had the health risks to prove it. Jim suffered from heart failure, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, stage one kidney failure, knee pain, and other health issues. Needless to say he took a multitude of medication for these varying ailments. But guess what medicine worked best for him?

After Jim lost almost 300 pounds he no longer needed medications for his diabetes, blood pressure, kidneys, as well as decreased his cholesterol medication. All this from losing weight! Weight gain and obesity can bring on many health problems and risks, but WEIGHT LOSS can potentially to do the exact opposite, without the medications that only deal with the surface and not the underlying problem.

Recent study found that doctors find it more and more difficult to talk to their patients about their weight. As a result when the patient brings up a health problem, instead of getting to the core of the issue, they write a prescription. As a provider, don’t fall victim to filling out prescriptions when there are better more effective ways of treatment. As a dieter, medicine will alleviate the pain (even if temporary), but see if there are other ways to improve your quality of life!

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Filed Under: Eating Habits | Exercise | For Dieters | For Providers | Setting Goals | Weight Loss Programs


by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff July 2, 2014