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Save money. Invest in Corporate Wellness.

March 30, 2009

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I’m sure most of us are in dismay over rising healthcare costs. Salaries are static year after year while escalating health services continually dig in to our well-deserved earnings. US healthcare costs doubled from 1990 – 2001 and are projected to double again by 2012. Fortunately, there is a way to reduce corporate costs and losses that benefit both the employer and employee. It’s called Corporate Wellness. We here at New Performance Nutrition are firm believers that the health and longevity of an individual translates into greater performance and success on the corporate level.

                     Every one of us longs for that feeling of invigoration – that feeling of an acute mind, upbeat persona and healthy body. However, the American workforce today is tackling hazardous health issues such as obesity, tobacco addiction and stress – not quite the definition of invigoration. The average American works 47 hours a week and with a workload so heavy there better be a keen mind and strong body capable of sustaining those long hours. How fantastic would it be if your workplace could contribute to your feelings of rejuvenation? The truth is it can. The latest health research shows that corporations who utilize wellness programs enjoy a more harmonious office environment, reduced stress, less human error and more beneficial relationships among co-workers.

            So a word to all employers who are seeking to reduce costs yet desire to increase productivity at the same time – Corporate Wellness is the key. It can get you on the way to greater savings and greater returns. Statistics show that employers who invest in Corporate Wellness programs have the opportunity to see a return of $3 -$10 in savings per dollar spent. These savings are reflected in absenteeism, workers comp, disability, medical costs and on-the-job inefficiency. Corporate Wellness has proven a 28% reduction in sick leave, 26% reduction in health care benefit and 30% reduction in workers comp claims and disability. That’s incredible! Not only does it help prevent losses due to illness and time spent absent from work, but it also greatly enhances an employee’s endurance and ability to be productive while working those long 47 hours! You have to admit that it is very rare to find an opportunity where cutting costs benefits both the employer and employee.

            During our last 15 years providing wellness to the community, New Performance has had the opportunity to help many large corporations, such as one biotech leader Amgen for 6 years, by establishing corporate health behaviors and goals. The benefits to both employer and employee are remarkable as each individual employee participates in a personalized program based on his or her nutritional needs.  This healthy nutritional influence on individual wellness creates positive energy and satisfaction that is contagious throughout the office! That why I love what I do.  And that’s why we provide Corporate Wellness programs at New Performance. I know that many companies are looking to cut back during these rough economic times but many executives are not aware that nutritional counseling through Corporate Wellness is actually a great investment both, in your company and your employees. Our corporate nutrition wellness programs are designed, and proven, to help increase productivity, health and total well-being dramatically in clients and create a thriving corporate setting. Interested in finding out more about how you can save? Visit us at www.NewPFC.com.

How to Avoid Hitting the Walll

March 20, 2009

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 69 days and counting until the much-anticipated LA Marathon! Are you making the necessary adjustments in preparation for the big day? I have already given some pointers about pre-marathon nutritional and training programs; however, I thought I’d speak a bit about how the body functions DURING a 26.2 mile race while under constant pressure and exertion. Whether you are a marathon veteran or rookie, your body will undergo an extreme amount of stress and fatigue, especially during the last 8 miles. The trick is to know how to push through.

The first 13 miles of the race should be comfortable for you if you have done proper training. Naturally, you will break out in a sweat the first mile or so due to your increase in body temperature and rising heart rate. Your body will run off of stored glycogen produced by carbohydrates; and if you followed proper nutritional counseling about carb-loading” then you should be running at an easy and steady pace without feeling too fatigued. Never go out hard, no matter how good you feel. And here’s why: at mile approximately mile 13 (everyone is different) your glycogen levels will be running low and your body will switch gears to burning fat to power your muscles to keep it operating at a functional level. Keep in mind that 13 miles, although a great distance, is only halfway through the race and your body has already used up a significant portion of its energy supply.

At about mile 18 runners sometimes hit the wall.” Legs are on fire, stomach stitch or two and the mind starts to wander. With all glycogen stores exhausted and fat cells being exploited to energize the body, the runner feels a deep impact physically and mentally. You can do it, you’ve prepared and all will be fine just hang in there… Muscles begin to cramp due to lactic acid build up and the depletion of sodium within the body. Knees and joints become sore caused by constant pressure. Mental awareness can become hazy as blood sugar and oxygen levels have dwindled. Dehydration is very likely because of deficiency in electrolytes. You can do it… So how do you come out on top with drastically less than adequate fuel? Quite simply: you need to have prepared properly. While this phase is painstaking, there are precautions that can be taken to best assure you that you will push past the Wall and easily make it to the finish:

            1. Weeks before the race find out what supplements are going to be offered on the course. Try these products out on one of your training days to see how your body breaks it down while under physical strain. You might find that you are able to endure longer on your own supplements rather than what is being offered in which case you might want to carry a fanny-pack to hold your own, personalized supply.

           2. Perform a proper carb-load before running. A proper carb-load should never only be performed the night before or else you’ll be carrying all that extra weight around during the race. A carb-load diet should commence 3 days prior to the race with each meal consisting of 60-70% carbohydrates. Do not over eat! Keep your caloric intake at its normal level.

           3. Exercise less the week before. Many think that this is the week to pump it out their hardest. But, this intensity will only decrease your performance level by exhausting your muscles. Lower your workout, relax, and get some rest.

          4. Take Kre-Carbolyn Nitric Oxide before the race. Kre-Carbolyn Nitric Oxide acts like a pump by forcing carbs, water and nutrients through the stomach to facilitate immediate support to muscle growth and recovery. Also, give this a try before one of your long workouts leading up to the race to gauge your body’s reaction to it.

          5. You’ll be losing water through sweat during the race, so hydrate properly. But don’t overdo it either. Gulping down tons of water at each station may result in cramping. Consider bringing a water bottle with you to stay consistently hydrated by taking sips every so often. But always avoid rapid consumption.

         6. To prevent cramping you need to replenish yourself in sodium and electrolytes which are lost through sweating and dehydration. You can replenish these nutrients through sports drinks or gel paks found at running stations. You can carry our D-Ribose Plus which creates ATP (energy) in your fanny pack and add it to water or any sports drink provided on the course. This stuff is fantastic and a great help in these last few miles on the course.

           While conquering miles 18 to 26.2 can be difficult, it is manageable and will bring about great satisfaction if properly planned for. For more on preparation stay tuned tot our food planning schedule that co-ordinates with the running schedule provided by the LA Marathon staff. New Performance offers various products like Kre-Carbolyn Nutric Oxide, Kre-Alkalyn Creatine, Electro-Mix, and D-Ribose to help you during your vigorous training and to for the big day! Visit us at www.newpfc.com for learn more.

It’s Not a Sprint, It’s a Marathon.

March 12, 2009

marathon2   To say we’re excited about May 25th around here would be an understatement. On May 25th the LA Marathon will take place and New Performance will be an Official Nutrition and Supplement Sponsor. As such, I thought it would be worthwhile to give some pointers to all those who are ambitious enough to take this race on – but don’t be mistaken, these tips can be used by anyone wanting to better their physical endurance and athletic performance.   

      Physical training should precede any athletic undertaking – especially if you’re in for the long-haul 26.2. Marathon athletes should train three days a week between Monday and Thursday. There needs to be a recovery day allotted between those 4 days and Fridays are ALWAYS exercise-free. Your body needs time to recoup and heal torn muscle tissue, which will only increase your strength. Saturdays should be your most strenuous training days. The LA Marathon and the LA Roadrunners have generously provided a training schedule, so take a gander and see what you’re in for when it comes to marathon training.

     While physical training is imperative to running a marathon, your nutritional training is just as important, if not more crucial. The most essential thing you can do for yourself nutritionally is eat three balanced meals a day that include carbohydrates, protein and fat. Why is it so important to have all three? Well, let’s look at each individually and I’ll show you exactly what role they’ll play in helping you cross that finish-line.

      Carbohydrates are our bodies’ quickest source of energy. Upon consumption, carbohydrates are broken down into smaller sugars and converted into ATP– energy that is instantaneously available to working muscles. Since carbs are quickly utilized they can become depleted rather rapidly as well, leaving an athlete weary after only an hour or so of exercise. That’s why you hear athletes talk about “carb-loading because it is important to have enough carbs in storage to keep your body fueled during an extensive workout. This is called Glycogen. Glycogen is stored carbs waiting to be called on. In a depleted state your muscle can store 40% more glycogen if properly loaded! That helps immensely for the big day! Grains, pastas, yams and potatoes are just some examples of complex carbohydrates that will provide your body with the energy it needs and can build up glycogen storage. Be careful though, during training most people make the mistake of eating too many carbs and actually gain weight during this training time. Mind boggling! 

      Although carbs provide a quick energy fix, fat has the highest concentration of energy of all nutrients. While carbs will help you chug along, it is your fat that will carry you all the way through the 26.2 miles. Fat is a stored nutrient, which means that the body burns other nutrients before it digs away at its reserves.  Fat gives 13.5 times more ATP per gram than carbs do! That’s right, eating good fats also help lower cholesterol levels. Once your carbs are down to a minimum, then your body will start to burn its fat storage to enable you to perform at a longer, albeit usually slower, endurance level. Eating animal foods like milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, egg yolks and meat (fish and chicken preferable over red meat) will help you build up your fat.

      Now that you’ve got amazing stamina, you need to have the muscles to expend that energy. Proteins support your body in its repair of damaged muscle tissue that has been broken down during physical activity. Protein is a nutrient that is not stored in your body so a regular intake is necessary to aid your body in muscular strength and endurance. The great thing about eating protein is that it can be found easily in a lot of healthy foods already listed like animal meats, cheese, yogurt and eggs. And for those of you who prefer a more vegetarian diet, you can fulfill some of your protein needs by consuming incomplete protein foods like vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and legumes.

      The important thing to keep in mind is that everyone is wired differently. An ample amount of carbohydrate, protein and fat intake for one person might be overwhelming or inadequate for another. Every individual person requires a specific amount of energy and burns that energy in a very specific way. That’s why our program at New Performance is different than any other nutritional or training program because we recognize that energy expenditure is not uniform across the board. So, whether you’re a potential marathon athlete or a treadmill-frequenter, we can design a nutrition and athletic program that will fit your individualized needs and get you up to your most optimal performance levels using your whole blood and lipid profile to determine exactly what your body needs. Find out more at http://www.newpfc.com/main/default.aspx

 

 

4 New Reasons to Get Excited About Supplements

March 11, 2009

       One of the things I like most about the Nutritional Supplements industry is that there is always something exciting happening. Besides our new website and the fact that New Performance products will soon be available retail, I wanted to let you in on 4 other really amazing advancements in the category. They are: Kre-Karbolyn Nitric Oxide Matrix, Kre-Alkalyn, D-Ribose/Malic Acid, and L-Glutamine. Each of these new wonder supplements has a specific job for a specific person. And if you get them from New Performance, they’ll also be 98% pure, pharmaceutical grade. 

 For the Athlete: We all know that “bread is the staff of life,” or rather that carbohydrates are the staff for life as an athlete. Kre-Karbolyn Nitric Oxide Matrix is the best supplement to get those carbs quickly manufactured and accessible to working muscles. Kre-Karbolyn acts like a pump by forcing carbs, water and nutrients through the stomach to facilitate immediate support to muscle growth and recovery. The intense sensation of muscle expansion that is experienced with weight lifting is produced by Nitric Acid. Muscle enlargement and reduced muscular stress are both fast and safe advantages to the intake of Kre-Karbolyn Nitric Oxide Matrix.

 

Also for the athlete, there’s Kre-Alkalyn Creatine, which benefits those who perform at high-intensity levels by speeding up their production of ATP (the transporter of chemical energy within cells) during short, explosive periods of activity. Kre-Alkalyn operates like creatine but it absorbs into your body at pH levels of 17 and 18 which is a patented and trademark formulation. The major benefit is that it does not break down and produce the same negative side-effects of stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, muscle cramps or weight gain.

 

For the Fatigued: No one ever wants to experience an energy crisis. But most of us do, especially around 4pm each day. The supplement D-Ribose has the ability to stimulate the release of adrenaline, increase strength in heart and muscle tissue, and minimize levels of fatigue by flooding the body with the fuel necessary for full recovery – especially after exercise. In cases of fibromyalgia, where fatigue is accompanied by soreness or pain, the supplement D-Ribose along with Malic Acid works to maintain the oxygen levels in your muscles and improve your cells production of ATP. This product is used widely in all sporting activities to enhance performance. I recommend it anybody.

 

For pretty much Everyone: Glutamine is the body’s most abundant amino acid and makes up 61% of skeletal tissue. With such a vital role in the body’s infrastructure, everyone from the professional athlete to the stay-at-home Mom should always maintain a high level of glutamine in their body. L-Glutamine is a pure supplement designed to keep your Glutamine levels at their optimum. Taking L-Glutamine benefits the immune system, oxidation of blood, preservation of muscle, overall health of the intestinal system, quickens injury recovery, and strengthens mental awareness and memory.

 

I know we all work hard on our diets and fitness to obtain our healthiest self. But, often times, there are additional measures that should be taken to help keep our bodies running at their finest. Kre-Karbolyn Nitric Oxide Matrix, Kre-Alkalyn Creatine, D-Ribose/Malic Acid, and L-Glutamine currently sit at the top of my list to help you get there. As always, if you’re interested in finding out more about these 4 new supplements, or any of our 98% pure, pharmaceutical grade products, feel free to visit us at NewPFC.com.

 

 

The Two Key Componants in Attaining Killer Abs

February 11, 2009

crunchesOne of the most common questions I get at my fitness center is, “how can I get killer abs?” The answer to that question isn’t as straight forward as you may think, because it involves diet as much as it does exercise. In order to get that long, lean, flat look most people desire, you have to reduce your body fat before you see any results. The reason for this is because excess fat wraps around your abdominal muscles like a blanket, covering up what you are building underneath. So before I move on to the type of exercises you want to do to build up your core muscles, let’s take a look at how your diet plays a part. 

 

Diet:

 

To begin with you want to avoid any junk foods that are filled with empty calories. Instead, your diet should contain proteins such as lean meats, beans and tofu because it helps repair muscle tissue damage done after exercise, and it is this cycle of damage and repair that builds up the muscles in your abs, as well as the rest of your body. Keep in mind your goal here is to lower your body fat, so stay away from fatty foods and foods filled with a lot of sugar. Instead of high calorie options, try choosing snacks and meals that are high in vitamins and energy and low in fat such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Not only will this type of diet help you get the killer abs you are looking for, it is far healthier for you and gives you the energy you need to keep up with your workout.

 

Exercise:

 

Once you have gotten your diet in check, it’s time to move on to a workout routine that properly targets your abs. Now when most people think about abdominal exercises, they think of crunches. The problem here is the fact that most people do them incorrectly, which not only gives them little to no results, even if they have lowered their body fat, but also, increases the risk of back injury. The key here is to do your crunches in an unstable environment. In order to achieve this, you want to make sure your feet are securely planted on the floor by weights-or anything else that will ensure they don’t move while you’re exercising-and that your body is raised by placing pillows beneath you or sitting and/or lying on an exercise ball. Doing your crunches this way gives you more bang for your buck because it A) targets more muscles in your abdomen and B) burns more calories.

 

This is just a general idea of the best way to get those killer abs so many of you are looking for. The specific type of crunches you do and whether or not you do them on pillows, sitting on an exercise ball or lying on one depends on what area of your abdominals you want to target. The most important thing is that you get the most out of your workout. Combining the proper diet-that helps you lower your body fat-with the proper workout, will help you get the results you are looking for. But keep in mind that every person is unique and different and may require their own individual workout routine and diet. Because of this, we at New Performance Nutrition work with our clients to put them on a personalized plan that is suited for their individual needs.

 

So whether you decide to seek out professional help, or you want to take it on yourself, remember to start off slowly and build up, incorporate a healthy diet that will lower your body fat and do your crunches in an unstable environment and you will be well on your way to a flatter, tighter stomach.

 

If you would like anymore information on fitness, nutrition or pharmaceutical grade supplements, please visit us at www.newpfc.com

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Better Health for the New Year: Have You Given up on This Resolution Yet?

January 29, 2009

New Years has come and gone, and with it so have many people’s resolutions to implement a new health regime. Starting a new fitness routine is easy, but maintaining it is a different story. Just take a look around the gym, and you’ll see a lot more exercise equipment available now than you did the first couple of weeks of the year. One of the major reasons this particular resolution fails has to do with proper nutrition, or the lack there of.

If you think you’re alone, think again. In an article for The New York Times online, Alex Williams writes “research shows that about 80 percent of people who make resolutions on Jan. 1 fall off the wagon by Valentine’s Day,” according to Marti Hope Gonzales, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota. But before you beat yourself up for being part of that 80 percent by giving up your new health plan, take a look at some of the reasons this happens.

I don’t have anymore energy to exercise

Like many other people, you probably cut back on your caloric intake and stepped up the exercise you do, in order to lose weight. While you will see weight loss in the beginning by doing this, it will quickly taper off and you will gain it all back and than some very fast. This is because the weight loss you experienced was muscle tissue, which weighs four times more than fat. On top of that, muscle tissue is vital in burning actual fat, so you do yourself no favor embarking on this rollar coaster of weight gain and loss.

When you work out you actually need to increase your caloric intake, because your muscles need this to repair themselves and provide your body with the energy and nutrition it needs to keep up with your new fitness routine. Eating three well-balanced meals a day and two snacks consisting of 10 nuts (of any variety) and one piece of fruit, will maintain the energy level you need to keep up your workouts. This nutritional combination of protein and carbohydrates not only helps with your energy level while exercising, it will also help repair the muscle tissue you’ve broken down while working out. This cycle is what helps build your muscle tone, which in turn, helps burn fat.

I want to keep exercising, but I injured myself

So your will to workout is still there, but your health won’t cooperate. This is very common and goes back to nutrition as well as implementing a proper exercise schedule. To begin with, your muscles need protein in order to repair tissue damage caused by working out. Secondly, you have to take a look at what your fitness level was in the months leading up to your resolution. You have to build up your exercise slowly, so if you didn’t work out at all in Nov and Dec, walking 30 minutes a day three days a week is plenty to start off with. You also have to rotate the body parts you concentrate on. For example, if you’ve worked out your upper body on Monday, switch to your legs on Tuesday. This gives your upper body a couple of days to rest and repair itself. If you don’t allow for this rest period, you can experience what is called catabolism.

Catabolism happens when muscle tissue is broken, which is what you are doing when you work out, and you don’t give it the proper amount of time to heal. Furthermore, if you throw yourself into a hard core workout routine too fast and don’t allow the correct amount of rest time, the weakened muscle tissue can no longer support your ligaments and tendons. That is when injuries occur and your health goes down the tubes.

Improving and maintaining your health is a great goal to have. But without following the proper steps, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. Good fitness involves proper nutrition as well as exercise, and setting up the right plan ahead of time will help you stay on track. Have you experienced anything i’ve discussed here? Have you fallen off the fitness wagon, and if so why? Please leave your comments, questions or suggestions, and let me know how exercise and nutrition have impacted your life.