• Waging War on childhood Obesity
• Fit Camp for Kids
• Exercise of the Month: 1 Arm Dumbbell Row
• Recipe of the Month: Salmon and Snow Pea Stir-Fry____________________________________________________________
Waging War on Childhood Obesity
The summer is a wonderful time for vacations and spending time with your family. I was very fortunate this year to have more than one lovely vacation; my favorite was spending the day at Cypress Gardens with my wonderful niece, nephew and their parents. It was definitely an action filled day as we left at 9am and returned home at 11pm. The day was filled with shows, rides, wave pools, waterslides and a 4 hour teenage concert. It was like a workout keeping up with them, I slept halfway home.
What was sad or distressing about the day was the state of the children I saw at the park. A good many of them were unfit, overweight and several were borderline to obese. The sun was beating down that day and you could tell by the look on their faces that they trying to enjoy themselves but it was difficult due to the extra weight they were carrying and their lack of physical conditioning. What concerns me most is the fact that they are heading for diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease about 2 decades sooner than their parents if these trends continue.
What trends you may wonder? I site 3 main factors: lack of physical activity in the schools and at home, too much fast food and too many hours spent watching television and playing video games. I realize that most of them were there for a day at the park. But the food available was a huge part of the contributing factors; nachos, greasy fries piled high with cheese, hot dogs and hamburgers on white bread, pizza loaded with cheese and pepperoni, sodas loaded with sugar, ice cream and funnel cakes. Not only is it making them fat, it is making them sick. There wasn’t a green vegetable or piece of fruit in sight except for a wilted iceberg lettuce salad in one pizza place. What’s a parent to do? You were not able to bring food in. Add this to the other 2 variables and we have a national crisis on our hands.
While we have no control over some situations; other we do and Jaguar Total Fitness wants to help. For those of you that have seen Shaquille O’Neal’s new reality show “Shaq’s Big Challenge”, you know what I mean. He is on the right track helping kids to eat right and stay fit.
Jaguar plans to do the same for our children on a local level in Tampa Bay!
Fit Camp for Kids
Beginning Sept 4th we are starting a fit camp for kids. The class will focus on physical fitness for children ages 7 to 14 consisting of exercises with balls, bands, bodyweight, light dumbbells and other fitness toys, games and fun. We want to get the children moving, to educate them in a creative and fun manner about healthier nutritional choices; and we will get the parents involved and later move into the school systems. It will take a team effort to help our children and youth become fit and healthy and Jaguar wants to help pave the way.
For your child’s health please join us! Classes will begin Sept. 4th and are every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00pm to 6:45 pm. Cost is $199.00 per child per month. Class size will be limited to enable individualized attention so please reserve your spot ASAP. For more information or to sign up please email Paul Jager at paula @crossfitjaguar.com
Exercise of the month: 1 Arm Dumbbell Row
The 1 Arm dumbbell exercise is excellent for developing pulling strength, the core and stability not to mention making the back look better.
Begin in a standing, staggered stance with the left foot forward and on the ball of your right or back foot. In a manner similar to starting a lawnmower, exhale and pull the right arm back and in towards your hip contracting the back muscles. Inhale as you return to the start position. Move through the movement with control taking care to focus on the muscles you are working as well as to engage you stabilizing muscles.
Perform 2-4 sets of 8-12 repetitions. For a beginner version, you may support your left knee and left hand on a bench if working with the right side. A one arm cable row is another variation.
Recipe of the Month
Salmon and Snow Pea Stir-Fry
Ready in 45 minutes*Makes 2 servings
6 –oz salmon filet, skin removed
¼ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup orange juice
1 garlic clove
1 tsp sesame oil
1 small onion, halved and sliced
6 –oz snow peas
1 cup cooked brown rice
Cut salmon into 1 ½ inch cubes. Place salmon chunks in a resealable plastic bag. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, juice, garlic and sesame oil. Pour half the marinade into the plastic bag with salmon. Marinate the fish for 30 minutes in the fridge. Reserve the other half.
Coat a nonstick frying pan or wok with olive or peanut oil. Remove salmon from bag; discard leftover marinade. Stir-fry salmon over medium-high heat, about 5 minutes. Turn salmon over gently so that ll sides cook evenly. Remove salmon and add sliced onion. Stir-fry onion until brown, about 5 minutes. Add snow peas and stir-fry until they turn bright green, about 3 minutes. Return salmon to pan and pour reserved marinade over fish and vegetables. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Serve with ½ cup of brown rice for each plate.
Nutrients per serving
With Rice: Calories: 411, Fat: 13g, Carbs: 39g, Fiber: 5g, Protein: 23g
Without Rice: Calories: 302, Fat: 12g, Carbs: 16g, Fiber: 3g, Protein: 21g
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