We all know that networking events can often be dull and boring, and can sometimes feel like they drag on for much longer than they need to. Dozens of people making small talk, typing away on their smartphones to look busy, waiting until they can go home, make dinner, and hop into bed. But what if networking didn’t have to be the same, mundane scene every time?
When it's time to pack your bags for a trip, the last thing you want to make room for is your workout gear, but you should (they fold up tightly). Just because you're on a trip, it doesn't mean that your fitness routine should be on vacation. Consider the following before leaving the sneakers and sweat gear out of your suitcase:
Everyone knows that motivation is hard to come by in the winter months. With the chilly, sometimes gloomy weather outside, it can be easy to convince yourself that it’s always a good day to stay home, cozied up in your blankets and fuzzy socks. But a relaxing, restful day always feels better when you know you’ve done something productive, and knowing you’ve earned it makes it that much more enjoyable.
With Christmas only a few days away, many people are getting in that last minute shopping spree, buying for grandma, niece, uncle, and everyone in between. Finding that perfect gift can be hard work… much harder than you think. In fact, it can be so hard, you may burn a whole days worth of calories! Christmas shopping, with all of the rushing and pushing through the throngs of people downtown, can be a major workout, and can actually be a great way to burn off some of those holiday treats. Check out all of the ways you can maximize the burn of your Christmas calories without even having to think about it!
Are you a frequent traveler and also a fitness addict? Do you love seeing the world but also love keeping yourself in shape? Does work keep you on the road but you are determined to stick to your fitness routine? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re a fitsetter! Find out if you're a fitsetter here!
Whether you’re on a strict diet or just trying to keep your eating schedule on track, Thanksgiving can be intimidating. The first of the gorge-yourself, eat-until-you-can’t-move holidays of the season, it can be easy to fall off the wagon into the New Year. This holiday can be scary for some, and it’s important to know how to pace yourself throughout the day and portion throughout the meal. We want you to enjoy your evening without the stress the day often brings, so we’ve compiled some Thanksgiving Day tips to help you stay healthy this Turkey Day.
We’ve all experienced it: You wake up in the morning, ready for your flight, and fill your tummy with a delicious and hearty meal, figuring it will hold you over until you reach your destination. Three hours in, it hits you – the hunger. You panic. Frantically, you reach into the seat back pocket, pull out the menu, and find and array of disappointing and expensive options. A $9 ham and cheese sandwich. A chef salad drenched in thick buttermilk dressing. The $12 ‘healthy’ snack box filled with chocolate covered raisins and Baked Lays. You wonder where they got their definition of ‘healthy’.
It happens to the best of us. Airplane food is generally processed, bland, and undesirable, and can make you feel like you are getting your travels off to a bad start. To avoid this problem, there is a simple solution – pack your own snacks!
Though traveling can be an intensely rewarding and exciting experience, the process puts your body under stress you may not even realize. Jet lag, bloating and irregularity, and tenseness in the legs and feet are some of the not-so-appealing parts of flying, and they can make you feel a little bit off your game. Luckily, getting up and moving can be a quick fix for most of these issues, increasing your blood flow and getting your body clock back to normal.
You’ve booked your trip to New Orleans. Now comes the fun part - deciding what to do and most importantly - where to eat! This city is filled with everything from delicious bar food to white table cloth upscale dining. Nothing disappoints, except your growing waistline.
Meet Molly Kimball, a registered dietician who spearheads Eat Fit NOLA an initiative to expose gastronauts to the healthy and wholesome dishes of New Orleans. Partnering with restaurants around the city, Molly and her team identify healthier options right on the menu by placing their "Eat Fit NOLA" logo next to the reduced calorie delight. After two days of decadent dining in this city, finding an Eat Fit Nola logo next a menu item is a shining beacon of hope for your waistline.
Welcome the jungle!
Without question, the best athletes on the planet are, you guessed it, wild animals. Think about a cheetah sprinting at 70 miles an hour to catch a gazele. Remember Shark Week when we all saw a great white shark surging it's entire 1-2 tons of mass straight out of the water with a chubby seal in it's jaws? Ever seen a jaguar haul an animal nearly twice its body weight up a tree! You get the point. Wild animals are bad ass. Ok, but what about humans?
Surviving 48 Hours In New Orleans: The Ultimate Itinerary
Planning to come to NOLA for a couple of days? Scared shitless that the waistline that you have so arduously sculpted will start to dribble over your belt and your hangover will last 3 solid days?
Worry not friends! The Sweat Social has come to your rescue and curated an itinerary just for you. You won’t miss a po’boy, delicious cocktail or late night jazz club. The idea is to have sh*tloads of fun with out going past the point of no return.
New Orleans is full of sweet, savory, succulent and picante food options. The cuisine here is unlike any other and if you’re in town for business or pleasure you would be a fool to miss some of the best eats in town. That being said, after two or three days of indulging in too much butter, sugar, salt and Tabasco your body is likely going to start giving you subtle (or not so subtle) hints that things are going to be very bad if you don't eat something a bit lighter and healthier. Enter, Meals from the Heart Cafe. A fresh, healthy respite amidst all the naughty food that is NOLA. Started by Chef Marilyn Doucette, Meals from the Heart Cafe has a fantastic location is the Historic French Market. Saddle up to the counter and enjoy some fresh, local and healthy food made with tons of love.
We love the food in New Orleans, but there are only so many po' boys and bowls of gumbo one can consume before things start to expand, literally. Finding a decent meal in the Big Easy if you are gluten free, a vegan or vegetarian is a real challenge. Although most restaurants claim to cater to these diets, you'll likely be served iceberg lettuce topped with carrot shavings and doused in oil and vinegar.
Understanding the problem firsthand, The Sweat Social team has been on the hunt to find you delicious, nutritiously balanced gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options in New Orleans.
So, you're planning a trip to the Big Easy? Amazing choice! This city has something special for everyone and is truly one of a kind. There is so much fun to be had, culture to soak in and delicious cuisine to try. Caution: if you don't want to go back home as a larger version of yourself, check out the tips to avoid gaining 5 pounds on your trip. I call this phenomenon the dreaded "Nola 5."
5 Tips to Avoid the "NOLA 5"
1. Limit yourself and indulge in one special meal per day. This is hard, there is so much sinfully delightful food here. Plan where you are going to eat before you arrive and you will be more disciplined and look forward to those few restaurants you've been dying to try. I suggest Commander's Palace or Muriel's for a special meal. And walk there and back...Actually, walk everywhere.
If you ever get nervous before a workout, you are not alone. May people fixate their minds on the impeding struggle and pain to get through their next tough workout. Sometimes nerves can be good, but the last thing you want is to be on the mental fritz before every workout. Here are a couple tips to ease the nerves.
- Don't worry about the outcome, instead focus on the purpose and stay in the moment. Don't worry about beating your personal record, just worry about doing as well as you can on the way to the finish line.
- Stay positive, nerves before a workout means that you are taking it seriously and want to see the benefit. That's a good thing though sometimes it can be confused with anxiety when it's really excitement. Keep your mind on the positive, you are doing a workout, that's an amazing thing.
HIIT training is the new kid on the fitness block, but like most effective training routines, it's been around forever. It's tried, tested and proven and is clearly distinguishing itself from the rest of the pack as a time saving, highly results oriented method of training. Olympic sprinters, gymnasts, football players, dancers and countless other athletic disciplines leverage HIIT or some derivation thereof. With the blessings from the fitness Gods, high intensity interval training has turned into one of the most effective and sought after training techniques today. The science behind the jaw dropping results achieved in half the time of other training methods is complex, but here are the highlights you should know:
After a HIIT workout, your body has depleted the fuel in your cells required to function. Your body needs amino acids to repair muscle tissues and carbohydrates to restore glycogen. Therefore, within 30-60 minutes of an intense workout, you should eat some protein and carbs to replenish your cells. Otherwise, your body will start eating itself, beginning the feast with your precious lean muscle!
Enter chocolate milk.
Getting in a workout when you are traveling for a conference or work event can be tough. Many hotels do not have gym facilities and the ones that do often charge a fee and are as stale as those 8 Minute Abs VHS tapes. The food at these events is decent, but usually very heavy. What's worse is that you are likely sitting down all day and when you get a break you are hard pressed not to hit the snack bar stacked high with candy, pastries, and other fried sugary substances. Then comes dinner and drinks.
On a recent adventure to find a place to call home in New Orleans, our wonderful real estate broker suggested that we needed to stop for a drink. Where he would stop would cause a love at first sight reaction from the team at The Sweat Social and numerous subsequent visits. Nestled near beautiful City Park and Bayou St. John (home to oldest grove of mature weeping oak trees in the world) lives the Pearl Wine Co. Started by Leora Pearl, the establishment is part wine/liquor store, part bar in an amazing combination that works beautifully.