Balance Bar Welcomes Summer With Shape-Up Challenge
The Balance Bar Summer Shape-Up Challenge kicked off yesterday to help consumers move more, eat healthier, and feel great while enjoying summer. The 40-day Challenge will be filled with 30-minute workouts, healthy eating tips, and multiple social media giveaways on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter. Holly Del Rosso, an NASM certified personal trainer, created the exercise program which includes 18 different 30-minute workouts focused on different parts of the body such as abs, legs, and back.
"It's important to do at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day like walking, running, or just moving your body, and making nutritious meal and snacking decisions is critical for getting the most out of your fitness routine," said Holly Del Rosso, personal trainer and Balance Bar spokesperson. "I always tell my clients to eat a small meal or snack like a Balance Bar at least 90 minutes before any workout to ensure they have the best levels of energy."
Holly shares her summer workout philosophies and tips on Balance.com, which include the following ideas:
- Take your workout outside. Outdoor workouts are challenging and refreshing so try paddle boarding, surfing, cycling, yoga in the park, or group runs such as a 5K.
- Eat seasonal fruits and veggies. Most fruits and veggies are at their peak during summer months and by eating them you're adding more nutrients to your diet. Look to add a host of different colors to your meal with various fruits and vegetables. Try grilling vegetables (corn, eggplant, or zucchini) for a delicious side to your dinner or add juicy fruits (blackberries, peaches, and melon) to your morning breakfast.
- Find a buddy to work out with. By partnering with someone, you're more likely to work out when you say you will and it's also a great way to catch up with old friends. Some of my favorite "buddy workouts" include biking, outdoor dancing classes, canoeing, and, of course, hiking (with a healthy picnic at the end).
- Drink more "fun" water. It's important to drink plenty of water, especially in the summer when you're more prone to dehydration. I like to make infused water mocktails to make water more exciting and delicious, and it usually only adds 20 calories or less. Buy some fresh fruits, slice them up, and add to your water. My favorite combinations are peaches and strawberries, strawberries and mint, or cucumber and watermelon--and you'll want to drink it all day in fun infusers like these from the Ball brand.
- Eat many small meals. When you eat smaller portions more frequently, your metabolic rate tends to be higher (meaning you can burn calories more easily). I always tell my clients to eat 5 to 6 small meals a day that are packed with nutrients, including a snack in between each meal with something like a Cookie Dough Balance Bar, which will keep you full longer and help satisfy your appetite. Balance Bar is also a great snack to put in your purse or gym bag so you always have a nutritious snack on hand and can avoid making those bad snack choices at the last minute and when on the go.
Balance Bar offers more than 20 varieties of bars based on the 40-30-30 nutrition principle–a proven formula developed by scientists to help maintain your blood sugar levels already within a normal range. They help fill you up and give you energy that lasts through your workouts and daily activities.
"Summer is a great time for people to refresh their daily routine and get outdoors," said Katia Facchetti, Chief Marketing Officer for Balance Bar. "With Balance Bar's portion controlled serving size, it's the perfect snack to bring along with you while you're hiking, biking, and/or walking outdoors, providing lasting energy to feel and look your summer best."
Source: Balance Bar, Balance.com