Posts by Jorge Martinez

  1. 10 Tips for Being Active Every Day

    The “sitting disease,” is a term used by our scientific community to describe individuals that engage in prolonged periods of sitting or overall inactivity. Even though sitting down all day may seem harmless, it has a negative impact on our health and it is literally making us sick and obese. This is why sitting is now considered the new smoking and too much sitting increases your risk of chronic health problems.

    Fit Kids are physically active and play for at least 1 hour every day and do activities that build their muscles, get their heart pumping, and make them feel good. A regular exercise program that includes circuit training exercise classes is ideal since it help kids to strenthen their muscles and get the cardio workout they need. Here are 10 tips to help your kids make physical activity a part of their day.

    1. Go for a Long Walk

    Go for a walk with your kids around your neighborhood or go to the nearby store instead of driving. Remember to always use sidewalks and crosswalks and take the stairs every chance you can get.

    2. Turn up the Music

    Dancing is a great way to get some physical activity and have some fun with your kids. Turn on your favorite hip hop, country, salsa, rock, or pop music songs and shake, rattle, and dance with your kids.

    3. Go Out and Play

    Badmington, basketball, soccer, and pickleball are all fun sports that you can play with your kids. Take your family to the local community center and choose an activity that everyone wants to do together.

    4. Plant a Garden

    Plant and grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables with your whole family. Creating a garden is tough work and a great way to keep kids fit. Get your kids to check on the plants and to water them every day.

    5. Be Active Inside

    A great way to stay active indoors is to workout with your kids. See how many jumping jacks, pushups, situps, and crunches they can do. You can also play a game of hide-and-seek or plan a scavenger hunt.

    6. Always Warm Up

    Always warm up with your kids before you do any physical activity and after exercising to cool down. Stretching warms the muscles up, makes joints more flexible, and may help protect against injury.

    7. Go Bike at the Park

    Grab your helmet and safety gear and go biking with your kids at the local park or greenway. Biking is a top-notch cardio workout that burns about 400 calories an hour and strengthens your lower body.

    8. Take Exercise Classes

    Exercising doesn’t have to be a boring.  Think outside the box by taking new classes. Mix it up by participating with your kids in classes that are more unusual, such as trampoline classes or dancing.

    9. Enter a Competitive Run

    Start small and sign up for a fun run. Just like you wouldn’t want to run a marathon as your very first race, children should build up to longer distances over time. Start with a fun run then go for the 5k run.

    10. Volunteer to Help Others

    Choose volunteer activities your kids can do where you will be on your feet and moving around. Make a difference helping others by picking up trash at the local park or helping a neighbor that is in need.

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    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  2. We Help Kids Master Good Habits

    It takes hard work and motivation to build healthy habits and get fit. That is why we are there for you every step of the way. While most programs only focus on exercise, nutrition, or support, our program includes all three. Our classes are especially designed for kids (ages 8-18) to completely transform their habits and change the way they think about food and exercise in a fun and positive environment.

    From the beginning, our coaches will guide your family through every phase of our Fit Kid Program – from developing a personalized nutrition plan to building healthy habits until eventually reaching your fitness goals. As your partner in lifestyle change, your coach is strongly committed to give your child the expert advice to realize their full potential and make changes that will last a lifetime.

    1. Nutritional Counseling and Personalized Meetings

    It all starts with a one-on-one nutritional consultation to better understand your child’s eating habits. Your health coach will prepare a personalized nutrition plan that gives your family the flexibility that is needed to make permanent lifestyle changes.

    We will also train your family on how to use MyPlate. This is an effective and simple way for your child to learn how to control their portions with an easy to understand illustration that will teach them how to build a healthy plate.

    Finally, your health coach will keep track of your child’s monthly progress and offer expert advice to help your family make better food choices. After all, the key to lowering and maintaining weight is to follow a balanced nutrition plan.

    2. Complete Support to Empower Kids (ages 8-18)

    All our group support classes are designed to help kids stay motivated and on track to reaching their fitness goals. And they will make new friends and get the encouragement they need from kids and teens that are just like them.

    With the assistance of an expert counselor, our group support classes discuss positive thinking, body image, self-esteem, anti-bullying strategies, dealing with stress, goal setting, problem solving, recipes, food labels, nutrition, and so much more.

    Our group support classes also have separate boys and girls classes to allow open communication. It is all about empowering our kids and teens with the tools they need to be successful and help them build their strength, confidence, and self-esteem.

    3. Unlimited Exercise Classes with a Certified Coach

    All our exercise classes are designed to help kids get in shape no matter what their current level of activity is. Our circuit training classes focus on helping to stimulate the muscles while also keeping the heart rate elevated.

    By combining short bursts of cardio with recovery periods, your child will burn more calories than exercising at the same pace in just half the time. Studies show that this is the best way for kids to get the most from a workout.

    All our classes are an hour long and include 30 minutes of exercise as well as 30 minutes of group support to help our kids (ages 8-18) stay physically and mentally in shape. We are committed to help your child achieve their goals and get fit!

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    At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids the tools they need to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Our program is the only year-round, affordable fitness and weight loss program designed especially for kids and teens between the ages of 8 to 18.

    By combining personalized nutrition, group support, and exercise classes, we provide kids with a complete solution that empowers them with the tools to achieve their fitness and weight loss goals. We are driven by a strong belief that every child deserves the opportunity to realize their full potential.

    Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

     

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  3. Youth Fitness and Your Fit Family

    Studies show that to build lifelong healthy habits it is important to start early! The fact is fit people are healthier, live longer, and have a better quality of life. The risk of cancer, stroke, heart disease and many other life-threatening diseases increases in proportion to the amount of extra fat the body has to carry.

    This is why it is critical that we train kids how to build healthy exercise habits at an early age. We also need to teach them that being strong comes through being conscious of the foods they choose to eat. Our Youth Fitness Program gives kids (ages 8-18) the tools to build healthy habits that last a lifetime.

    Over the last six years we have helped hundreds of kids change their habits and transform their lives. We can also help your family get fit! Here are 10 simple ways for your family to lead a healthy lifestyle:

    1) Set Early Bedtimes

    It is important that kids get a healthy amount of sleep each night to stay focused. They also need more sleep than adults because they are in a time of fast physical, intellectual, and emotional growth. To help your child stay alert, experts recommend that they get at least eight hours of sleep each night.

    2) Eat Most Meals at Home

    Eating out can expose children to unhealthy food choices and inappropriate portion sizes. Studies show that kids who eat at home are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables than children who eat most of their meals at restaurants. Eating at home is also a great way to teach your kids how to prepare meals, cook, and enjoy family time together.

    3) Eat a Nutritious Breakfast

    Most experts agree that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and should never be skipped. It is also a great opportunity to get a healthy dose of essential nutrients. To get your kids ready for breakfast, consider making their bedtimes earlier each night so they have enough time to enjoy it.

    4) Limit Servings and Portions

    The main cause for excess weight is overeating. We want children to eat only when they are hungry and to stop when they are full. Since overeating is mainly a bad habit, limit your child to just one plate during meals. If he or she is still hungry always have veggies and salad available for a second serving.

    5) Make Fitness a Family Priority

    Take a walk early in the day with your family and again after dinner. Make fitness a family adventure! It’s the perfect way for your family to get physical activity during your special time together. Having the ability to move, breathe, and share life with your family will also help your kids feel more grateful.

    6) Stock up on Fruits and Veggies

    Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and very low in calories! A healthy snack will also help your child stay energized and alert during the day. To ensure your family gets plenty of fruits and vegetables each day, we recommend you always keep pre-washed produce available to simply grab and eat.

    7) Exercise at Least Twice a Week

    It is important that your kids exercise regularly not only to stay fit but also to perform better in school. According to experts “exercise boosts academic performance in various ways: allowing kids to focus on their school work; boosting their self-esteem and mood; and increasing blood flow to the brain.”

    8) Enjoy More Water, Less Soda

    When it comes to building lifelong healthy habits, drinking 8 glasses of water is a must. Kids cannot replace water with juices or diet sodas! Water helps us stay hydrated and increases our metabolic rate which is important for staying fit. On the other hand, juices and diet sodas contain artificial sweeteners that have empty calories and are devoid of nutrients.

    9) Avoid Skipping Any Meals

    Skipping meals seems like a good way to help your family lose weight but it actually slows down your metabolism and causes your kids to eat more throughout the day. Studies show that kids who skip meals are more likely to be overweight than those who make eating a balanced meal a priority.

    10) Make it a Balanced Plate

    MyPlate is an easy to follow food guide that was created by the USDA to help parents feed their kids nutritious meals. With its new icon, MyPlate reminds us how to eat better by showing a balanced plate that divides the four food groups into equally sized sections: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, and Protein. During meal times make sure your child includes one food from each of the four food groups.

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    In our years working with kids and their families, we have observed that the number one desire of all parents is that they want the best for their child but they do not know where to start. So if you are a concerned parent our Youth Fitness Program was designed especially for you. It works for all kids!

    We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  4. Kids Exercise and Support Classes

    Our Fit Kid Program gives kids ages 8 and up all the tools they need to build healthy habits that will last a lifetime. By combining nutritional counseling, group support, and exercise classes, our program helps kids transform the way they think about food and exercise in a fun and positive environment.

    Whether doing lunges, jumping jacks, or practicing pushups, our kids move between strength and cardio stations to get a total body workout. Our kids also attend group support classes designed to keep them motivated and give them the encouragement they need to achieve their fitness goals.

    We will also train your family on how to use MyPlate. This is an effective and simple way for your child to learn how to control their portions with an easy to understand illustration that will teach them how to build a healthy plate. After all, the key to being fit and strong is to follow a balanced nutrition plan.

    All parents want their children to be healthy but sometimes they do not know where to start. If you are a concerned parent our program was designed especially for you. It is a program that works for all kids! But don’t take our word… read these reviews to find out what parents are saying about our program:

    Parent Testimonials and Reviews

    Lakisha Rucker Pride review – “Not only has my daughter lost weight, inches and body fat in one month, but most importantly her self esteem and confidence have improved. Jorge, Kalina, and the trainers are amazing, professional and so kind. Thank you for caring about our children. I definitely recommend the program!”

    Jenny Ledyard Bivona review – “We have been going 3 weeks now, drive over 30 minutes to get to class and are more than excited about this program. My daughter is getting so much out of it and the staff is amazing. Well worth the drive!!!”

    Shirma Stover-George review – “Thanks to the awesome people at Lean Teen for their commitment to helping young people learn the value of a healthy lifestyle! I have seen a HUGE difference in my Madison since starting the program in March. Thank you!”

    Joya Wilmot review – “My daughter enjoys this program immensely and has been working very hard at making better choices with her nutrition. She likes the trainers and I love hearing about her workouts and group meetings. We’re so glad to have found this program.”

    Beverly Knox Davis review – “This program has been awesome for my daughter. Her self-esteem has improved, she is losing weight and is much more motivated than I have ever seen.”

    Dolores Jarrin review – “The owners are genuinely caring people who have great dedication to truly helping children. We’re so excited to have our son start his journey here!”

    Stephanie Gainer review – “Thank you Jorge and Kalina for dedicating yourselves to our children! My daughter has learned so much in this program and has made life long changes! It has helped our whole family be more dedicated to achieving a healthier lifestyle! ♡♡♡”

    Mimi Griffin review – “My son really is enjoying this program. He loves the encouragement and he feels so comfortable. And meeting new friends he loves it.”

    Pam Wenzinger review – “I’m so happy to have found a place that my child can feel comfortable in learning about nutrition and exercise. Very positive environment with people committed in making a difference in the lives of children!”

    Tammy Ames review – “My niece has been in the program for a few months now, and she has not only lost 9 pounds, but she has gained confidence and good knowledge on what to eat and how to eat healthy! I would recommend the program to anyone looking for a complete package for their child.”

    Sharon McFarland review – “The availability of nutritional counseling, exercise, group sessions, and monitoring of weight & body measurements is great. There is accountability and follow up with each client. In addition to being Christians, Jorge & Kalina are very professional. My daughter’s motivated because she’s surrounded by peers who are able to identify with her struggle. Thanks Jorge & Kalina!!”

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    At Kalina’s Fitness, we believe that America is at a crossroads. Our kids are sacrificing their future for the immediate gratification of TV, video games, and fast food. By teaching children the value of exercise and proper nutrition, we can empower them with the strength, confidence, and self esteem they need to pursue their dreams. We can train them to build healthy habits and transform their lives!

    Our Fit Kid Program was designed by us to give kids the tools they need to achieve their fitness goals. We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your child become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. We look forward to serving you and your family with excellence. Thank you for visiting us!

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  5. Why Weight Loss Pills Don’t Work

    We live a world in which adults as wells as teens resort to extreme measures to lose weight including taking diet pills. Even though pills may sometimes result in weight loss, this is a short-term solution that is very dangerous for teens. Instead, it takes hard work to build healthy habits and lose weight.

    The key to achieving your weight loss goals is to focus on building healthy habits and making your meals balanced and nutritious. You also want to develop a regular exercise routine that includes both strength training and cardio. Here are 6 reasons why the risks of pills far outweigh any of its benefits:

    #1: You Will Lose Muscle Mass

    You will lose weight by dramatically cutting calories but it will also cause all kinds of health problems. When you take pills, your body goes into conservation mode and breaks down a mix of both fat and muscle to get the fuel it needs. Muscle is important since it helps your metabolism to burn calories.

    Your muscles require more calories than fat to be maintained so the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn. As a result, losing muscle is never a good idea if you want to lose weight long-term. Instead, focus on doing strength training to increase muscle mass and achieve your fitness goals.

    #2: You Will Lose Mostly Water

    Most of the initial weight lost due to taking pills is primarily “water weight” and not fat. However, your body needs water to burn calories it intakes through eating. When you use pills you lose water and slow down your metabolism. This is the main reason why any lost weight usually comes back quickly. 

    Instead, to lose weight focus on drinking at least 8 glasses of cold water a day. Studies have shown that drinking a glass of water before a meal increase your resting metabolism by up to 30%. This calorie-burning effect is even greater if you drink cold water since your body will use its energy to heat it up.

    #3: It Will Slow Your Metabolism

    Your metabolism converts what you eat and drink into energy. Even when you are at rest your body needs energy for all its functions including breathing, repairing cells, circulating blood, and adjusting hormone levels. The number of calories your body uses to carry out these basic functions is known as your basal metabolic rate or metabolism. When it comes to weight loss, this is your superpower!

    So to do anything that will slow down your metabolism is never a good idea. Unfortunately, when you eat less food than your body needs to function, your body goes into starvation mode. To save energy, your metabolism slows down and any energy that is not burned is stored as fat. This is why when you are done taking pills and you go back to your usual diet, you regain the weight you lost, and more.

    #4: Has Dangerous Side Effects

    There are many side effects to taking pills including dizziness, headaches, fatigue, and low blood sugar. It also causes vitamin and mineral deficiencies, diarrhea, and muscle breakdown. The longer you take pills the more severe the side effects are including anemia, kidney damage, and an irregular heartbeat.

    The reality is that short-term wins on fad diets and fasting almost always fade away. However, the long-term consequences are there to stay. Fasting not only damages the immune system but negatively affects many of the body’s organs and interferes with vital bodily function. It can even result in death.

    #5: Leads to Nutrient Deficiencies

    Your body needs vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients from food to stay healthy. If you take pills, you will miss out on essential nutrients. This is because eating less calories will make it harder to meet your nutritional needs. Taking pills is especially dangerous for kids and teens since they are growing rapidly.

    A nutritional deficiency will occur when your body does not absorb or get from food the necessary amount of a nutrients it needs. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can lead to a variety of health issues in kids and teens including digestion problems, skin disorders, and stunted or defective bone growth.

    #6: Can Cause an Eating Disorder

    While taking pills may lead to short-term weight loss, it can also be a downward spiral to eating disorders. Many studies show that this is one of the major precursors to developing an eating disorder. According to psychologist Louise Adams, “we know clinically that restriction leads to overeating.”

    Studies also show that teenagers who diet, skip meals, and otherwise reduce caloric intake are more likely to develop an eating disorder and to be overweight than their non-dieting peers. The most common eating disorders among adolescents are anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorder.

    Focus on Building Healthy Habits

    Most people that start a fad diet or begin fasting struggle to stick with it for a prolonged period. Fad diets don’t work simply because we need to be able to continue the changes we make for the rest of our lives. There are also many dangerous side effects to fasting that far outweigh any of its benefits.

    Experts agree that to successfully lose weight long-term you have to focus on building healthy eating and exercise habits as early as possible. Being fit is all about learning balance and consistency while having the right guidance and support to be successful. At Kalina’s Fitness, our mission is to give kids and teens (ages 8-18) the tools to transform their lives and build healthy habits that will last a lifetime.

    By combining nutrition, group support, and exercise classes, we provide a complete solution that empowers kids and teens to achieve their fitness goals. We are driven by a strong belief that all children deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential. Let us help your teen become an amazing version of themselves and schedule your free class today. Thank you for visiting us!

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