To Be a Yogi or Not To Be…

So…  I haven’t done many fitness posts in a while but I have still be quite active.

I acquired a FitBit not long ago and since then aka late January I’ve been having lots of fun keeping track of my ‘steps.’  I have the Charge HR which helps better understand my heart rate and has an amazing alarm that has the perfect buzz to help me wake up.  According to the American Heart Association walking 10,000 steps+ daily can help reduce your risk of heart disease aka number one killer of humans.  This is much harder than it looks and the FitBit offers the chance to join ‘challenges’ that can be weekly or daily with friends, family, and coworkers.  I absolutely love being kept accountable when at work or even at home.  Try it!

Crossfit – back at it about 3-5x/week since January and super happy.  For two years I was strictly doing the Crossfit Powerlifting segment and got pretty bored so I went back to the basics.  My strength is much improved as well as my cardiovascular endurance (total bonus).  The negative includes shredding my hands on my first week back but then again I should have known to pumice it up in the shower the night before.

As many know, I’m pretty busy and tend to have trouble winding down, so after much thought, contemplation, and disagreements, I started doing yoga about once weekly.  It is a good way to stay grounded – literally.  My stability is on point but can clearly get better along with my flexibility which definitely needs a boost.  I’m loving the local classes at Mobile Om due their plan to take yoga out of the typical studio with four walls and popping up at unconventional spots like the Hays Street Bridge.

As a trainer I also like to put together my own workouts that include various plyometric and core movements.  My goal is to have a strong core as well as to continue improving my endurance through various movements which include those I detest (tuck jumps, jumping split lunges, 5K runs, and obviously burpees).  Check out my Workouts for the Modern Workaholic’ for ideas.

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Post-yoga feels at the Hays Street Bridge.

Here’s a sample of what my fitness regimen looked like last week (Monday, February 29th – Sunday, March 6th):

Monday:  5:30 am Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 9,138 steps

Tuesday:  4 pm Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 7, 412 steps

Wednesday:  5:30 am Crossfit class (60 minutes) – 10,253 steps

Thursday:  Plyometrics and Core Work (45 minutes) – 7,300 steps

Friday:  Plyometrics and Core Work (45 minutes) – 8, 604 steps

Saturday:  Stairmaster (20 minutes) in the morning followed by a 90 minute hike at Eisenhower Park – 16,069 steps

Sunday:  Yoga class (60 minutes) – 11,223 steps

The takeaway, I’m trying to illustrate is that no matter what you do, stay active, it is rewarding.  You will feel phenomenal.  Let go of your fears, forget about others, forget about winning/losing, and concentrate on being the best version of yourself.  Also, make a fool of yourself sometimes and laugh – I sure do, everyday.

xxx – Sarah

My Story

As a Long Island, NY native, I have always been involved in sports with a main focus in swimming and figure skating. Now as an adult, I am still passionate about fitness but have cultivated a love for nutrition. As a registered dietitian (RD) and holder of various personal training certifications I have realized there is a need to address both. It is important to be fit and to eat properly but whoever said the food should be bland or that exercise should be boring?!?

This site provides recipes for those following limited diets (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian) as well as for those without a roadmap but want to learn about nutrition and taste delectable foods.  Since nutrition is half the equation for healthy living, fitness ideas can also be discovered, ranging from cardiovascular to strength training programs.

The Fit Bon-Vivant

I am determined to touch as many lives possible with my joie de vivre for nutrition and fitness. 

Balance between fitness and nutrition is key – I strive for a clean eating lifestyle with the occasional pretzel bun here and there but for the most part I eat like a cavewoman… 

 

 

 

Education:

  • Sage Graduate School – Master of Science and Dietetic Internship
  • Rochester Institute of Technology – Bachelor of Science

Professional Fitness Background:

  • Equinox
  • The Sports Club/LA – Upper East Side
  • Midtown Fitness Club
  • PHA Rehabilitation Center
  • Various Crossfit Boxes

Professional Nutrition and Dietetics Background:

  • Foodlink
  • The Fort Orange Club
  • Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
  • ClearView Rehab Center
  • Albany Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • MacNeal Hospital
  • Kindred Hospital Chicago North
  • University of Chicago
  • Montgomery Place
  • Advanced Healthcare Solutions
  • Fresenius Medical Services

Favorite Areas of Expertise:

  • Weight Management
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Sport Specific Training
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Nutrition Support – Parenteral and Enteral

 

 xxx – Sarah