The Importance of Flexibility

The Importance of Flexibility

Flexibility is the third pillar of fitness next to cardiovascular conditioning and strength training. Common behaviors like hunching over a computer can shorten muscles, along with the natural loss of elasticity that occurs with aging. When you stretch a muscle, you lengthen the tendons, or muscle fibers that attach it to the bone.  The longer these fibers are, the more you can increase the muscle in size when you do […]

Watch For Too Much Sugar!!!

We get so many questions on sugar but we hate to make sweeping assumptions that one food or substance is the root of all evil!  I usually leave the nutrition talking to Tiffany, our weight loss director, however, you can’t watch the news or read a fitness or health magazine and think that sugar isn’t at least contributing to America’s Obesity epidemic!  So, let’s take a look! CLICK TO WATCH […]

Summer Chicken Saute From Ellipse Fitness

Summer Chicken Saute 2 Cups Fresh Green Beans, cut into 2” long pieces 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil 1 Lb. Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breast Halves, cut into 1” pieces 1 Tbsp. Oregano, chopped 2 Cups Sliced Yellow Summer Squash (or Zucchini) 1 Can (15 oz.) Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed ¼ Cup Reduced- sodium Chicken Broth 6 Cloves Garlic, minced 1 Cups Cherry Tomatoes, halved 1 Tbsp. Basil, chopped ¼ Tsp. […]

Almond Strawberry Salad from Ellipse Fitness

Tip:  Kraft Reduced Fat Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad dressing makes a terrific dressing for this colorful salad!   Almond Strawberry Salad 3     Cups Fresh Baby Spinach 1/2 Cup Fresh Strawberries, sliced 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds 1     Tbsp. Cider Vinegar 1     Tbsp. Honey 1     Packet Stevia   Directions:  In a large serving dish, combine the spinach, strawberries, and almonds.  In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the vinegar, honey, & Stevia; […]

Muscle Weighs More Than Fat?

I can’t tell you how many times over the past 9.5 years I’ve heard this statement. 🙂 Let’s clear this up. Muscle DOES NOT weigh more than fat.  5 lbs is 5 lbs. The amount of space and the function they serve in your body is different.  When a person loses 5 pounds of fat and gains 5 pounds of muscle, that darn number on the scale doesn’t budge.  Don’t […]

Avocado Salsa from Ellipse Fitness

Tip:  This recipe is perfect to take to a party and serve with whole wheat pita chips.  It will give you a guilt-free option to snack on vs. eating guacamole that is loaded with fat and calories! Avocado Salsa 1      Medium California Avocado, peeled, pitted, and finely chopped 1      Small Tomato, finely chopped 1/4  Red Onion, finely chopped 1      Clove Garlic, minced 1      Tbsp. Chopped Fresh Cilantro Juice of 1 […]