Strength training: Get stronger, leaner, healthier

October 15th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Want to reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass and burn calories more efficiently? Strength training to the rescue! Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness for everyone.

Use it or lose it

Lean muscle mass naturally diminishes with age.

You’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose over time. Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass at any age.

Strength training may also help you:

  • Develop strong bones. By stressing your bones, strength training can increase bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Manage your weight. Strength training can help you manage or lose weight, and it can increase your metabolism to help you burn more calories.
  • Enhance your quality of life Strength training may enhance your quality of life and improve your ability to do everyday activities. Building muscle also can contribute to better balance and may reduce your risk of falls. This can help you maintain independence as you age.
  • Manage chronic conditions. Strength training can reduce the signs and symptoms of many chronic conditions, such as arthritis, back pain, obesity, heart disease, depression, and diabetes.
  • Sharpen your thinking skills. Some research suggests that regular strength training and aerobic exercise may help improve thinking and learning skills for older adults.

Consider the options

Strength training can be done at home or in the gym. Common choices include:

  • Bodyweight. You can do many exercises with little or no equipment. Try pushups, pullups, planks and leg squats.
  • Resistance tubing. Resistance tubing is an inexpensive, lightweight tubing that provides resistance when stretched. You can choose from many types of resistance tubes in nearly any sporting goods store.
  • Free weights. Barbells and dumbbells are classic strength training tools. If you don’t have weights at home, you can use soup cans.
  • Weight machines. Most fitness centers offer various resistance machines. You can invest in weight machines for use at home, too.

Getting started

If you have a chronic condition, or if you’re older than age 40 and you haven’t been active recently, check with your doctor before beginning a strength training or aerobic fitness program.

Before beginning strength training, consider warming up with brisk walking or another aerobic activity for five or 10 minutes. Cold muscles are more prone to injury than are warm muscles.

Choose a weight or resistance level heavy enough to tire your muscles after about 12 to 15 repetitions. When you can easily do more repetitions of a certain exercise, gradually increase the weight or resistance.

Research shows that a single set of 12 to 15 repetitions with the proper weight can build muscle efficiently in most people and can be as effective as three sets of the same exercise.

To give your muscles time to recover, rest one full day between exercising each specific muscle group.

Also, be careful to listen to your body. If a strength training exercise causes pain, stop the exercise. Consider trying a lower weight or trying it again in a few days.

It’s important to use proper technique in strength training to avoid injuries. If you’re new to weight training, work with a trainer or other fitness specialist to learn the correct form and technique. Remember to breathe as you strength train.

When to expect results

You don’t need to spend hours a day lifting weights to benefit from strength training. You can see significant improvement in your strength with just two or three 20- or 30-minute weight training sessions a week.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommends incorporating strength training exercises for all major muscle groups into a fitness routine at least two times a week.

As you incorporate strength training exercises into your fitness routine, you may notice an improvement in your strength over time. As your muscle mass increases, you’ll likely be able to lift weight more easily and for longer periods of time. If you keep it up, you can continue to increase your strength, even if you’re not in shape when you begin.

By Mayo Clinic Staff


Don’t Let Pain Sideline Your Workout

September 24th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Life comes with pain, but that does not mean you have to miss out on the moments that make up your life story. Thanks to Green Roads Muscle and Joint Relief Cream, you don’t have to worry about the minor aches and pains of life holding you back.

If you know me, you know that I am very picky about what I eat and put on my body. I choose organic all the time. I want to use the best and “cleanest” ingredients and stress this to my clients also. When a couple of clients asked me about CBD for pain and muscle soreness, I did my research. A trainer is only as good as their advice and guidance, and their clients’ well-being must come 1st! I chose to carry the Green Roads Wellness product and am happy to offer their CBD Pain Cream in my gym.

Green Roads CBD pain cream is infused with menthol, lavender oil, vitamin E, pure CBD & more. It is the best CBD topical cream for pain relief & inflammation and offers a great solution for aches and pains. Simply rub into stiff, painful joints and muscles for fast, effective relief.

As always, every Green Roads product is infused with hemp-derived CBD, extracted from the hemp plant via supercritical CO2 extraction, then winterized to purify the concentrated CBD and purge all unwanted plant products/cannabinoids from the final product. In addition, their Relief Cream is infused with menthol, chamomile extract, and lavender oil to bring you the relief you need and the pleasant aroma you desire, without leaving a greasy residue behind.

Wow, we have been waiting for this CBD Pain Cream. In the past, there have been pain creams for muscle and joint pain, but they were far too weak to be effective. We couldn’t understand why manufacturers were making these creams too low of a CBD concentration. This cream does the job with the right concentration of CBD with the familiar menthol smell you are already know – highly recommended!

Green Roads’ mission is to offer users a safe, effective alternative to prescription painkillers, other toxic prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs that contain harsh chemical compounds alien to nature’s perfect remedies. Their vision is to bring our customers natural products and understand that, “There’s Always An Alternative!”

Debbie Martilotta, Owner and CPT
DBM Strength Training


Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes, Herbs, and Goat Cheese

September 9th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients:
▪ 8 large organic eggs
▪ 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
▪ ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
▪ 2 tablespoons of filtered water
▪ 1 tablespoon clarified butter or ghee
▪ 1 small tomato, roughly chopped
▪ 2 ounces soft goat cheese
▪ ¼ cup fresh herbs (chives, thyme, parsley, dill, oregano), roughly chopped

Directions:
Step 1: In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, salt, pepper, and water.
Step 2: In a large nonstick skillet, warm the butter over medium heat until shimmering. Add the egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until the eggs form
soft curds, about 3 minutes.
Step 3: Fold in the tomatoes and remove the pan from the stove. Gently fold in the goat cheese and herbs, divide among four serving plates, and serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 250, fat 10 g, saturated fat 15 g,
cholesterol 359 mg, fiber 0.3 g, protein 16 g, carbohydrate 2 g, sodium 480 mg
Dr Hyman

Roasted Zucchini, Squash, Onions, and Tomatoes

August 14th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients

  • 2 small zucchini (1 lb), cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2 small yellow squash (1 lb), cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 med onion, cut into 1″ thick squares
  • 14 oz cherry or small Campari tomatoes, sliced in halve
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (1 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 1 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning (or your favorite dried or fresh herbs)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded organic Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh or dried parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line an 18 by 13 inch rimmed baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic and Italian seasoning (if possible let rest 5 – 10 minutes to allow flavors to infuse into oil).
  4. Place zucchini, squash, onions, and tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Pour olive oil mixture over top and gently toss with hands to evenly coat.
  5. Pour onto the prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle Parmesan over the top of each.
  6. Roast in preheated oven 25 – 30 minutes until veggies are tender and Parmesan is golden brown.
  7. Garnish with parsley if desired and serve warm.

Recipe source: Cooking Classy


Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

July 30th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, or large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • fresh parsley, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Using a vegetable spiralizer or a coarse cheese grater, slide the zucchini down the grater, shaving off long strips. Rotate the zucchini constantly, grating all sides, until you reach the seeds in the center.
  2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, nonstick skillet.
  3. Add the shrimp in and season with the salt, black pepper, red pepper (do not omit), and garlic. Sauté the shrimp evenly until they begin to show a pink color, about 3 minutes.
  4. Pour in the chicken broth and lemon juice, and let the liquid come to a simmer.
  5. Add the zucchini noodles and stir until everything is combined and the shrimp are fully cooked.
  6. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley leaves and serve.

Enjoy!
Serves 6


Curry Cauliflower Soup

July 30th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups halved and sliced onions
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of water
  • 4 cups chopped cauliflower
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini, about 2 small

Instructions
Coat the bottom of a large pot with oil and place it over medium heat.

When the oil is hot, add the onion and curry powder, sauté until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Stir in the broth, water, and cauliflower, add the salt.

Raise the heat and bring the liquid to a simmer, stirring gently for 15 minutes.

Either blend the soup using an immersion blender or transfer it to a blender or food processor in batches. Blend until smooth.

Return the soup to the pot (if you took it out) and add all but 2 Tbl of the shredded zucchini, stir gently to reheat.

Remove from heat and ladle into 4 bowls and garnish with the reserved zucchini.


Weightlifting Is Better For Your Heart

July 15th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Strength training is better than cardio for reducing dangerous fat in the heart to protect against cardiovascular disease, according to a recent study conducted at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.

The researchers wrote in the journal JAMA Cardiology: Overall, our results suggest that resistance training may be superior to endurance training as resistance training reduced pericardial adipose tissue and improved fitness and strength, while endurance training only improved fitness.

The team found that a type of heart fat called pericardial adipose tissue was reduced among participants who did weighted exercises such as lunges with dumbbells or weighted push-ups, but not among those who did endurance training with aerobic exercise.

In individuals with abdominal obesity, both endurance and resistance training reduced epicardial adipose tissue mass, while only resistance training reduced pericardial adipose tissue mass.

Both types of exercise did reduce levels of another type of heart fat called epicardial adipose tissue, which has also been associated with cardiovascular disease.


Grilled Salmon With Mustard Sauce

July 15th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients
4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each)
1 lemon, cut in half
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Sauce
1/2 cup Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, or
1 tablespoon dried dill
1 handful chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Rinse the fillets under cold running water and pat them dry. Squeeze the juice from 1/2 lemon over the fillets, then season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat grill or broiler.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the sauce: Whisk together the mustard, olive oil, and dill in a small bowl. Add the basil and the juice from the other 1/2 lemon, mixing well.
  4. Grill the fish on high heat or broil until desired doneness, but do not overcook. Spoon the sauce over the fish and serve immediately.

Serves 4
Per serving: Calories 236, Fat 8.5 g, Saturated fat 1 g (32% of calories from fat), Protein 36 g, Carbohydrate 3 g, Cholesterol 88 mg, Fiber 1 g

from The Healthy Kitchen


7 Tips For Staying Fit On Vacation

June 19th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

1. Prepare Ahead of Time
As cliche as it may sound, failing to prepare, is preparing to fail. If you are traveling to your vacation destination by car, pack yourself a portable cooler with some of your favorite nutritious snacks like:

• Fresh fruit
• Raw vegetables
• Yogurt
• Hard-boiled eggs
• Ready-to-drink protein shakes

Remember to pack a small ice pack and a few bottles of waters in your cooler. Or if you don’t have an ice pack, just freeze the water bottles and drink them as they thaw.
Packing several of your favorite dry-food items is also a great idea. Whether you’re taking a car or plane, it’s much easier than many people think to stack your bag with healthy treats. Try any of the following:

• Protein bars
• Jerky
• Nuts
• Dried fruit
• Protein powder in a shaker cup

If you are traveling to your vacation destination by car, pack yourself a portable cooler with some of your favorite nutritious snacks.

2. Become an Educated Consumer
When you head to a new restaurant, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of eating out, which can lead to impulsive eating and overindulgence. To combat this, do your homework ahead of time. If you’re staying at a resort, hotel, or condo of some sort, check out the surrounding restaurants you may want to try in advance.

Peruse the menu ahead of time to identify meals that are appealing but fit within the parameters of your diet. You may even want to call ahead and ask if the restaurant can prepare off-menu meals for you, especially if you’re getting ready for any sort of competition.

3. Grocery Shop
Once you arrive at your destination, locate a nearby supermarket or grocery store. If you are staying at a condo or hotel for several days, don’t rely on restaurants for every meal. It’s costly, and there some things you can’t always control. Instead, swing by the closest supermarket or grocery store.

Shop for your favorite quick-and-easy dry foods mentioned above so you always have a snack on hand. If your condo or hotel has a refrigerator or mini fridge, purchase some of your favorite nutritious foods that pack well and are easy to grab on the go. Instant oatmeal is a great way to start your morning if you have access to a microwave, and simple sandwiches make excellent on-the-go meals.

4. Make Smart Swaps
Simply omitting a creamy sauce or substituting a rich sauce with marinara can significantly reduce calories in a meal. Ordering a dish with a different cooking method than what’s advertised on the menu—grilled instead of sautéed in butter or oil, for example—can also cut calories tremendously.

If weight loss or maintenance is your goal, opt for grilled and baked dishes in lieu of their fried counterparts, which are typically higher in fat and calories. Communicate your nutritional needs with your waiter or waitress when dining out. Request minor modifications to your meal as you see fit, and certainly don’t feel badly about it. After all, you’re the guest!

Asking for salad dressing on the side or substituting steamed vegetables for the usual sides like mashed potatoes are more great ways to reduce the caloric composition of your meal. Most restaurants have nutrition facts posted on their website, which is also a great resource for looking for the caloric content of your meal.

If you’re visiting family and anticipating robust, home-cooked meals prepared by your family members, just keep the overarching principle of moderation in mind. You are on vacation. Do not deprive yourself of enjoyable foods, but practice sensibility and control toward your nutrition.

5. Don’t Skip Meals
Whether you’re busy rushing to tourist sites all day or kicking back on the beach for a full afternoon, it’s easy to lose track of time and skip a meal on vacation. This might seem harmless, but skipping a meal can easily lead to consuming too many calories at your next meal. Keeping your hunger in check is key, so pack a few of your favorite snacks whenever you head out.

If you really want to keep things on point and avoid binges or cravings, a good recommendation is to eat every 3-4 hours. If your goal is to add lean body mass, making sure you are eating enough protein rich snacks and meals, even while on the go, to support your calorie goals.

6. Stay Hydrated
Traveling can dehydrate you. Staying out in the sun longer than your body is used to can also dehydrate you. When you don’t take in enough fluids, it’s easy to mistake dehydration for hunger. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can cause you to believe you need food when, in reality, you just need some sweet H2O.

Recommendations for fluid intake vary from person to person, but an easy way to check your hydration is to, well, check the color of your urination. A well-hydrated individual should have clear or pale yellow urine. Dark yellow or amber urine is typically a sign of dehydration.

Remember, you are likely already dehydrated at the initial sign of thirst. If drinking a gallon of plain water just isn’t your thing, try adding zero-calorie liquid water enhancers to your water. After all, no one said reaching your fluid-intake goals had to be boring! I always bring an empty shaker bottle with me whenever I know I’ll be spending time at the airport. There are water fountains located in every terminal, and this will save you from spending $5 for a bottle of water.

7. Keep Energy Balance in Mind
Dedication to training and nutrition is a great attribute, for sure. But the truth is some time off from training can be beneficial for recovery purposes. However, if you’re not going to train while traveling, you still need to keep the energy balance equation of “calories in versus calories out” in the back of your mind to keep yourself from overeating.

Energy expenditure also plays a key role in maintaining your weight while on vacation. Make an effort to incorporate physical activity into your daily routine while on vacation like walking, playing volleyball in the pool with other vacationers, or getting outdoors and doing more sightseeing.

Want more? Read this: 9 Fun & Fast Ways We Stay Fit While Traveling

by Lou Martilotta


Spicy Shrimp Ceviche With Cilantro

June 5th, 2019 by Debbie Martilotta

Ingredients

  • 1 lb peeled large shrimp, cooked
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 chopped scallions
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped peeled jicama
  • 3/4 cup orange sections (less or no orange for DBM diet)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine ingredients; chill 1 hour. Serve cold. How easy is that!

Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

Calories per serving 80
Protein per serving 12g
Carbohydrate per serving
6g Fiber per serving 2g