Want a Great Workout in 7 Minutes? Try This App

by Robard Corporation Staff April 25, 2016


You keep telling yourself you need to lose weight and get in shape. You make your New Year’s resolution. You start up your gym membership. Then inevitably around this time of year, you realize you haven’t been to the gym in at least 3 weeks. And with all your good intentions, somehow you’ve managed to GAIN a few extra pounds. Sound familiar?

If you’re like most people, you want to be healthier. But between work, kids’ afterschool activities, laundry, grocery shopping, and everything else you have going on in your to-do list, finding the time to go to the gym and work out never seems to make it into your week. Well, according to this new app, if you want to get in a great workout backed by science, all you need is 7 minutes.

The 7-minute workout, designed by Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology at the
Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, is a fast, science-based way to work out anywhere, anytime. No gym equipment required… all you need is a chair and a wall.

Downloaded by over 1.4 million people so far, the app is increasing in popularity, and there is a strong scientific argument to back its efficacy.

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Jordan. Other recent studies have agreed with this perspective showing that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.

The way interval training works is to combine periods of high intensity activity with brief periods of recovery, or rest. In the 7-minute workout app, this is structured as twelve 30-second exercises with 10 seconds of rest in between, designed to be performed in rapid succession. Additionally, the exercises are ordered in such a way that alternates emphasis on the upper body and lower body to provide additional rest to certain muscles while you work out others. Essentially, the complete workout makes the most of every single minute, and while it is described as very intense and uncomfortable, can you really complain when you’re done in 7 minutes?

If you’re intrigued, take a look at the app preview in the video below and check out the 7-minute workout website to learn more. The app itself is available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play, so give it a try!



Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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How ONE STEP Can Help You Overcome Your Weight Issues Starting Today

by Robard Corporation Staff April 7, 2016


THE GYM. Did the word make you shudder? In all reality, the gym can be a scary and intimidating place. Gym membership advertisements sell us these glamorous images of thin, fit people working out with smiles on their faces, and not a single bead of sweat on their brows. Clearly working out is easy and fun, right? Well… not necessarily…

For many average Americans, losing weight is something that just does not seem that simple. And while it’s obvious to most that exercise is a vital component of losing weight, where and how to start can be questions that many overweight and obese people just aren’t sure how to answer.

In a study by the Center for Disease Control in 2012, more than two thirds (69 percent) of adults are overweight or obese and more than one third (35 percent) are obese. And while the American Heart Association advises at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity for most or all days of the week, 80 percent of American adults do not get the weekly recommended amounts of physical activity. Moreover, a study last year linked physical inactivity to more than 5 million deaths worldwide per year, more than those caused by smoking.

Starting an exercise program or a gym membership can be tough, especially when considering some of the real (or perceived) barriers to physical activity that many people face. In a survey conducted by The National Center for Biotechnology Information, respondents reported barriers to exercising such as being too fat, being too shy or embarrassed to exercise; being too lazy or not motivated; having an injury or disability (males only); and being not the sporty type (females only). And when we look at those upbeat gym commercials, it feels easy to say, “I can’t do that.”

But actually… YOU CAN. And there is ONE important step that can get you on the path to a healthier you!

THE FIRST STEP

Exercising requires hard work and commitment, and it can even be dangerous for those who are severely overweight or obese and more susceptible to suffering injuries, as activities they participate in have the potential to place a significant amount of stress on their ankles, knees, hips and lower back. But with the will to make a change, you can choose wellness and life, and it can be as easy as that first step. And your first step does NOT need to be in a gym.

If you are committed to making a healthy change in your life and losing some weight, start by focusing on low impact activities. Thirty minutes a day is all you need, and you can even split up that 30 minutes into several smaller sessions, such as 10 minutes of brisk activity in the morning, during lunch, and after work.

Try to make your first step a nice walk. Throw on your headphones and take a walk around your neighborhood. Or for added cardio and strength, walk up and down a flight of stairs for ten minutes, and you’ll be guaranteed to feel the burn. Don’t forget to stretch! Warming up your muscles, especially when you are a beginner to exercising, can help you avoid injury.

Most importantly—DON’T GIVE UP. Taking that first step can be hard. Taking the next step and then the next can seem even harder. But the more steps you take, the easier it will become. And before you know it, a new you will be staring back at you in the mirror, and you’ll wonder why you hadn’t started sooner.

For some inspiration in getting your weight loss journey started, check out these video testimonials from people like Jim Carpenter, who lost more than 290 pounds and just participated in his first 5k walk, or Bill DiNicola, who was excited to ride a roller coaster for the first time in 15 years after losing an astonishing 226 pounds. 

If you are really concerned about your weight and want to also get your diet on track, consider seeing a doctor, dietician, or nutritionist who can provide even more comprehensive, personal, and specialized advice on how to lose weight safely. Find a clinic with a weight loss program here.

So are you ready to get started? What change are you going to make to your routine TODAY to be more active? Let us know how your first step went and keep us posted on your progress by commenting below.

 

Sources: CBS News, Center for Disease Control, The National Center for Biotechnology Information, Livestrong


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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The Media’s Role in Obesity

by Robard Corporation Staff February 16, 2016


In many ways the media drives the thought process of the general public. What is reported and, more importantly, how it’s reported plays a key role in how we can look at a certain subject such as politics or social issues. In many cases, it can lead to division amongst the masses. It’s no different when talking about the media’s role in how obesity is viewed.

Yes, just like many other issues, the media has an influence on how obesity is viewed in the United States. Researchers from Chapman University, UCLA, and Stanford, sought to examine the effect media has on the general population’s view on obesity-related policies as well as their bias towards obese people. They did this by conducting experiments where people read news articles with rhetoric that put obesity in a certain frames. The context of the articles touched on the following subjects:

• “Fat Rights,” which emphasizes the idea that obesity is a positive form of body size diversity and that discrimination and prejudice is unacceptable
• “Health at Every Size,” which emphasizes the fact that body fat level is only weakly associated with health once a person’s exercise and dietary choices are taken into account (i.e. a person can be both “fit and fat”). This viewpoint encourages people to focus less on what the scale says and more on exercising and eating healthy
• “Public Health Crisis,” which presents obesity as a public health crisis warranting government intervention
• “Personal Responsibility,” which suggests bad food and exercise choices — as opposed to genetics or social factors — make people fat.

What they found was people that read the “fat rights” or “health at every size” articles said women could be healthier at a bigger weight at a far higher rate (65 and 71 percent) than those who read the “public health crisis” and “personal responsibility” articles.

“This is worrisome because there is extensive evidence that weight-based stigma negatively affects health, equal access to employment, earnings, education, and medical care,” says David Frederick, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chapman University and lead author of the study.

A spotlight is shining on overweight people as of late and America’s obesity epidemic has been at the forefront of a lot of conversation. Outside of the potential health risks obesity may bring, being overweight could also affect other parts of a person’s life from their earning potential to insurance rates. And with the emergence of “fat-shaming,” which is criticizing and ridiculing someone simply because they are overweight, being overweight appears to be more than a health issue; it can be viewed instead as a taboo and something that should be looked down upon. Some will say the media has done nothing to dissuade such feelings, but rather reinforce them.

It’s a lot easier for decision makers to make the choices they want to make when they have the backing of the people it could possibly affect. One way to get that backing is to have people view the issue from a certain lens — something the media is well equipped to do. From employers to politicians, if the people are with you, that’s most of the battle to navigate things to your point of view. The media can play a key role in whether something can happen or not. The media has that power. Whether they use it for good or evil is subject to interpretation.

Source: Chapman University

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation

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How to Lose 200 Pounds in a Year!

by Robard Corporation Staff January 5, 2016


One of the worst things about being obese is how simple tasks become increasingly difficult. Such as driving a car like Jim Carpenter, cleaning the house like Julie Roth, or even going on a leisurely stroll like John Blair. For nearly 500 pound television producer Bill DiNicola, it was the inability for his safety harness to fasten on a roller coaster he was attempting to ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. Things that we take for granted can be insurmountable for some. “You’re that person who can break furniture by sitting on it, by doing what it is designed to do,” says DiNicola.

Bill didn’t always have issues with his weight. He was a high school athlete, but when the activity decreased and the food intake rose, Bill added weight at an uncontrollable pace to the tune of 476 pounds. Bill knew that his weight was an issue, but when he was unable to fit into a size 4X jersey, he knew he had to take action. The sobering moment came with a revelation. “There’s one thing you can do right now, and that’s change and switch it,” he says. And that’s exactly what Bill did.

In January 2015, Bill went on the New Direction System as a part of the Bon Secours nutrition and weight loss program. Under the medical supervision of Dr. Phillip Snider and his staff, Bill lost 227 pounds. The hard work and dedication it took pales in comparison to the feeling of accomplishment and renewed vigor for life Bill has. That roller coaster harness that wouldn’t latch over 200 pounds ago now does so with no problem, and Bill is back to enjoying the thrills of riding the roller coaster with the thoughts of the shame he had before being a distant memory.  Take a further look into Bill’s story with the video below:




The New Direction System has done this for countless people throughout the country and can do it for you too! If you are a dieter and ready to start the New Year with a new you, fill out a Find a Clinic form and let us help you find a weight loss program in your area. If you are a provider and would like to help your patients get a new grasp on life, fill out our Become a Provider form and find out how you can better treat obesity at your practice.

Blog written by Marcus Miller/Robard Corporation


Dear Millennials: Eat Less and Exercise More

by Robard Corporation Staff October 12, 2015


Older adults tend to feel that the younger generation has it “easier” than they did. However, when it comes to weight, the tables may be turned. A recent study from York University’s Faculty of Health concluded that for Millennials to maintain the same weight as people in the generation before them, they would need to eat less and exercise more.

Researchers reached this conclusion by analyzing diets of 36,400 adults from 1971 to 2008, and the physical activity of 14,419 adults from 1988 to 2006. According to Ruth Brown, lead researcher of the study, “for a given amount of self-reported food intake, people will be about 10 percent heavier in 2008 than in 1971, and about five percent heavier for a given amount of physical activity level in 1988 than 2006.”

What does this mean? Although maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity are imperative to the overall health of a person, there are other determining factors that are possibly leading to weight gain and contributing to the obesity epidemic. What factors? According to Professor Jennifer Kuk in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, these may include, “medication use, environmental pollutants, genetics, timing of food intake, stress, gut bacteria, and even nighttime light exposure.”

Further research has shown that genetics may play more of a role in our weight than originally thought; however, many external factors possibly contributing to weight gain can be linked to environment and circumstantial necessity. For example, prescription medications can have multiple side effects — including weight gain — that one can reasonably question if the adverse effects are outweighed by the benefits. And we recently wrote about how certain chemicals we are all exposed to in everyday life are linked to obesity.

“Ultimately, maintaining a healthy body weight is now more challenging than ever,” says Kuk. She may be right. But challenging doesn’t mean impossible. If we all have to work a little harder to strive for a healthier lifestyle then that’s simply the reality of the new world we live in.


Source: York University

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Eat More, Exercise Less...?

by Robard Corporation Staff June 29, 2015

Quick: What’s the first thing you think of after you eat a Clif Bar or a bowl of Wheaties? Do you want more? You wouldn’t be the only one according to a recent study published in the Journal of Marketing Research which states that not only will you eat more of these “fitness foods,” but you will also exercise less. Researchers believe the root of this comes from “fitness branding” where marketers promote their products as “fitness foods” resulting in the mental relaxation of how much food you’re actually consuming, and you’re your physical activity.

I was a little taken back when I saw this. I’m a fan of Quest Bars personally, as well as Robard’s very own protein supplement bars. But I tend to limit myself to one bar a day, and in the case of me eating more than one, I certainly wouldn’t charge it to “well, its fitness food, so it must be OK.”

But then I noticed that “restrained eaters” were used as the subjects of the study. Restrained eaters are eaters who are chronically concerned about their body weight and, probably most importantly, they are susceptible to overeating. This is a stark contrast from a “natural eater” who “usually eats when hungry, stops when sated, and doesn’t think much about food in-between meals.”

Participants were given trail-mix marked both “Fitness” and “Trail Mix,” and were told to “pretend that they were at home helping themselves to an afternoon snack.” Then, they were given eight minutes to taste and rate the product. Now even though the study wanted to see how the branding of the snacks would affect the eaters, wouldn’t the type of eater they are also play a factor into how they would react?

Studies have been conducted between the correlation between obesity and restrained eating, partially because being a restrained eater could lead to overeating. Signals of hunger, satiety, and other factors that play a role in how you eat aren’t necessarily concise with a restrained eater. However, it is in the natural eaters’ nature to only eat when they have to, no more no less.

The study’s ultimate goal was to have marketers of these products do a better job of including other fitness cues that are a part of being healthy as well as letting people know that there is more to fitness than just the products they are marketing. But don’t we know that? What do you think?

Source: American Marketing Association, Calorie Count

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Get Back on Track

by Robard Corporation Staff February 2, 2015


Here’s a scenario: You’re a month into the New Year and there’s a problem with your New Year’s resolution: You aren’t where you want to be with your weight loss. You set a goal, but at this point you’ve either stopped making progress or haven’t started at all. Anxiety might be setting in.

Don’t fret! Here are some things that you can do to regain control:

You’re still eating the same calories: Sometimes we can be under the misconception that, just because we exercised, we can consume our regular amount of calories (or even more) and still reach our desired effect. The problem is that diet is just as important to weight loss as exercising; if you are consuming a high amount of calories, the calorie deficit benefits from exercise won’t be enough to see any significant changes in weight. Cut the calories.

Not enough volume:
When adding muscle, the most important thing is to continuously add more reputations, weight, or both. The point is, as you build muscle, you must build resistance to continue to benefit. If you aren’t increasing your volume you’re leaving yourself susceptible to plateauing. Gradually add more weights and reps to your routine, but make sure you don’t overdo it. Slow and steady wins the race.

Where’s the cardio? Compared to other exercises, cardio is essential to weight loss because it allows you to burn more calories at an accelerated rate. Although JUST cardio won’t do the job, it should definitely be integrated into your regimen if you have your eyes set on losing weight. Take a walk, swim, or bike ride. Just get moving.

Get some help: If you don’t feel you are heading in the right direction, it may be a good time to call in the reserves. Whether it’s your personal physician, certified physical trainer, dietitian, or friend, there’s someone that can help you with the knowledge and support to get you back on track. You just have to look for it. Never be afraid to reach out.

Remember, falling off track or feeling like your goals are stalled is never a reason to give up completely. The sun rises each day to meet the challenges of a new morning. You can too.

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