©2005 Kari Tse
Welcome to 2005!!!!
The start of another new year and with it comes the inevitable new year's resolutions.  Mine is to finally finish my life coaching certification! The fitness center and studio will be busy with new clients and students and with all those new people, comes new energy!!!! We, of course, are already working on our health and fitness goals and are way ahead of the pack!!!
 
Eating Tip of the month!!
 
Eating before your workout provides the body with food for energy which ensures a good and productive workout session. A pre-workout meal consisting of carbs, a little fat and some protein will be the ticket to improved endurance and eye-hand coordination during those exercise sessions I like to put you guys through.
 
New information!!!
 
According to an article published in the latest edition of Fitness Matters by the American Council of Exercise, lactic acid is not responsible for the muscle soreness after a workout and is not a by-product of fatigued muscles but acts as a facilitator in the electrical transfer that triggers a muscle to contract.  Eventually the body reaches a threshold in which too much lactic acid is being produced that can be converted to energy and the muscles can no longer contract.  It has also been found that although a massage after a workshop can increase circulation to the muscles, it doesn't help to remove lactic acid build-up as it has now been found that lactic acid is rapidly removed by the body when no longer needed and by the time an athlete gets a massage after a workout, the lactic acid levels in the body have probably returned to normal.
 
 
Recipe of the Month!!!
 
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies-For comfort food on cold winter days what could be better than fresh-baked cookies?
Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup softened unsalted butter or margarine
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 egg whites
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal

6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large bowl, beat sugars, margarine and applesauce until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat well.

In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Gradually add to sugar mixture and mix well.

Stir in oats and chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoon size dough onto greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10-13 minutes.  Cool for 2 minutes on baking sheet; then move cookies to wire racks.

 

Calories: 100
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 1g
Sodium: 76 mg
 
Taken from Nutrition Insights
 
Again, Happy New Year to all and for those that I haven't seen in a while, I hope to see you soon!  Let's make 2005 an even more fit, healthy, positive year than 2004!