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Fueled By The Fit Life

October 25th, 2014

By Terri Hilmey

_DLC8693The restaurant business can be exhilarating, exciting, but exhausting at the same time.  You’re working long hours, and your customers are looking to you for more than just good food – they’re looking for great service, a cheerful and attractive atmosphere, and a full dining experience.

Justin Bingel, owner of Yolo Restaurant & Lounge, on Transit Road in East Amherst, has to run on all gears, almost all of the time.  His exercise routine at Hive is critical to his success, and his overall well-being.  “It keeps your mind at ease,” says Bingel, “when I’m at the gym it takes my mind away from the restaurant, and even when I am thinking about work, I’m getting good ideas, thinking of new dishes…”

Exercising, and living a healthy lifestyle does more than just keep you looking good.  “It keeps my energy going,” says Bingel, “and if I don’t get to the gym, I’m just not in the same mind frame.  I need to always have that great customer rapport that depends on me being in a good frame of mind.  I want to welcome my customers, I need to make sure they’re happy.”

Justin’s overall commitment to a healthy lifestyle ext_DLC8798ends also to the choices he makes at his restaurant.  “I’m big on eating healthy and eating in moderation, instead of the Buffalo tradition of having huge portions, and either trying to eat all of it, or take some of it home.  Food is healthier when it’s fresh, and when you’re served a proper portion, you get the full benefit of not only the great taste, but alos the nutritional benefit.”

Bingel has created healthy menu options a Yolo, working in some of the latest healthy eating trends, offering a gluten-free menu, and even going the extra mile with extremely rigorous cleaning routines.  “It makes a difference in the quality of the food,” says Bingel. “Clean cooking helps to make some of Buffalo’s traditional options healthier, because we’ll offer Buffalo wings, but our fryer is cleaner than most restaurants, so you’re going to get a better chicken wing, and you won’t have that bloated or sickly feeling afterwards.  It really matters.”

Bringing a little bit of downtown to the suburbs, Bingel has created a healthy, chick restaurant that embodies everything he personally feels about a healthy, energetic and well-balanced lifestyle.

Create A Love Affair With Cardio & Your Body Will Thank You

September 4th, 2014

GeorgeSpreeLately it seems that cardio training has been the recipient of a great deal of scrutiny leading to some confusion on what’s the best way to get your heart pumping. Remember, the “right kind” of cardio is one that you both enjoy and helps you reach your personal fitness and wellness goal.  For example, if fat loss or muscle maintenance is your goal then a shorter, more intense interval style of training will prove most effective.   However if running a marathon or cycling your first century is something you have always wished to complete then longer bouts of cardio and a structured base training program will be in order.  So how much cardio do you need?  The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommendation is for most adults to engage in at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.  So head outside for a walk, hop on the elliptical or crush a 30 minute tabata class, whatever you choose just start moving.


Start living the “sweat life”Kathleen Spree

Cardio not only has a powerful effect on our weight loss goals it also provides a myriad of well-researched and documented health benefits.  Here are 5 reasons we have a love affair with cardio.

1. Reduced body fat and /or weight loss – The more calories you burn, the more fat you  lose and short high intensity cardio workouts are virtual fat incinerators.

2. Better Mental Health – Cardio is a natural mood enhancer and an effective way to lower stress.  Cardio has been shown in several studies to be an effective method for reducing symptoms of major depression.

3. As fitness goes up, the incidence of heart disease goes down – Several health factors associated with increased risk of heart disease including high blood pressure, high resting heart rate, high cholesterol, and high triglycerides can be improved upon with cardio.

4.  Perform Better – A conditioned cardio-respiratory system is more effective at sustaining activity and/ or recovering from it which allows you to play harder and longer.

5.  It just feels good to sweat!

30 minute treadmill interval workout

When you’re not raring to go but in need of a quality cardio session, let this treadmill workout come to the rescue. Have fun!

Time  Incline Pace HR Intensity %
0-5 0 warm-up
5-7 2% sprint 75-85% Max
7-9 2% jog 55-60%
9-11 3% sprint 75-85%
11-13 3% jog 55-60%
13-14 4% sprint 75-85%
14-16 4% jog 55-60%
16-17 4% sprint 75-85%
17-19 3% jog 55-60%
19-21 3% sprint 75-85%
21-23 2% jog 56-60%
23-25 2% sprint 75-85%
25-30 0% cool down

A Thin Thanksgiving

November 15th, 2012

Tips to Trim the Fat from your Holiday Dinner

Why do you feel so sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner?  No, it’s not tryptophan.  It’s most likely over eating!  Experts agree that although tryptophan is found in turkey–there’s not enough of it to make you sleepy.  And at Thanksgiving dinner, over eating is especially easy to do when there’s so much tempting food around.

Did you know that the average Thanksgiving dinner contains 3000 to 5000 calories per person?  So how do you enjoy Thanksgiving while staying on pace for your fitness goals?

Here are a few tips to help you survive–and enjoy–this year’s feast.

  1. Start the day with Buffalo’s Annual Turkey Trot.  Some of your favorite Hive trainers and team members will be representing Hive Lifespan at this year’s annual (and sold out) Turkey Trot.  If you’re attending the Turkey Trot, we’ll see you there.  If you can’t join us, make sure to get to the club early in the day, so you won’t have to stress out about it later.
  2. Avoid pre-dinner snacks.  Pre-dinner grazing calories add up quickly.  If there’s a veggie platter, situate yourself in front of it.  Crunching on carrots is much better than diving into the higher calorie appetizers.
  3. Be aware of portion size.  Fill your plate with mostly fruits and veggies (candied sweet potatoes don’t count as veggies).  Limit the carbs and keep your protein (i.e. Turkey) to a portion that is the size of your fist.  Try really hard to eat slowly, drink plenty of water, enjoy each bite–and avoid filling your plate up for seconds.
  4. Save leftovers for the next day.  It’s OK to eat leftovers the next day, but not for a midnight snack.  It’s best to stop eating altogether a few hours before you go to bed.
  5.  Watch your cocktail calories.  If you’ll be enjoying a cocktail–go with a lower calorie drink.  A glass of wine is better than an apple martini.  A light beer is better than a holiday ale.  Have common sense and again–watch your portion size.

What it you overindulge?

The good news is, you can work off those calories at Thanksgiving Boot Camp on Saturday, November 24 at 9 a.m.  Our amazing trainers have been working hard on planning a Thanksgiving Day boot camp you’ll be talking about for weeks to come.

Call 716.625.4483 to sign up for this event.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hive!

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