Halloween Tricks for Too Many Treats


Here at higherpower we love Reese's peanut butter cups! Everyone has their favorite kind of Halloween candy but it's easy to overdo the amount of sweets you eat.

Sure your cycling and yoga habits help with the indulgences but here's a few more tips for staying on track while the candy is 'staring you in the face.'

1. Skip the value packs. Limit the amount of candy you bring into the house by avoiding the giant bags of candy sold in stores. 
2. Spend a little more for better quality treats that you can savor. Dark chocolate is a great choice! Remember to look for 60% or greater cacao content. 
3. When a craving hits indulge in fun non-food treats like chocolate flavored lip balm. Our favorite is Burts Bees Blueberry and Dark Chocolate lip balm.

Shower Your Muscles With Water

Winter is quickly approaching and as the temperature decreases our bodies need for fluids increases. On average our lungs expel between 2-4 cups through normal breathing, but during cold months their work is kicked up a notch. Add cold weather with a hour spin class and your body is begging for the hydration. Dehydration occurs with a loss of 10% of water but negative effects to athletic performance and mental clarity can start as soon as a 2% loss. Your water bottle is the best workout buddy! The benefits don’t stop at your mat, hydration helps circulation, transportation of nutrients and can even prevent getting the unwanted winter cold.

A great way to keep yourself on track is to take your body weight and put an “oz” behind it, that is your goal. If you weigh 140 lbs, set out to drink 140 ozs of water a day, which is about 8 small water bottles. Always keep that bottle close so you can react to the initial warning sign...thirst.


Inside our newest workout: TRX


Q&A with Mark Berger about the newest workout at higerpower: TRX

Q: What is TRX? Where did it start? 

A: Randy Hetrick, a former Navy Seal and Stanford MBA graduate, developed the Total Resistance eXercise (TRX) equipment in the 1990's and started marketing it in 2005.

Q: Suspension training? What is that?
A: Suspension training is an approach to strength training that uses a system of ropes and webbing called a "suspension trainer" to allow the user to work against his own body weight. Suspension training develops physical strength while using functional movements and dynamic positions.

Q: What is the workout like?
A: The workout is similar to a simple version of reformer Pilates or antigravity yoga, TRX offers a total-body workout, centered on your core and relying on your body weight.
Q: What can I expect in the gym?
A: Expect an individualized and amazing workout. The exercises can easily be adapted to your fitness level. Be prepared to start slow, as little by little you can train up to the full position. Breathe through the movement, and always listen to your body. 

Q: Results?
A: You can expect improved core strength and joint integrity.

Q: Who else does TRX?
A: Celebs like Mary J Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Ellen Pompeo, and Jaimie Pressley are rumored to be fans of the workout. 

At higher power, it's all about cycling and yoga, but there are always ways to round out your practice with special workouts like TRX. Find your high here in New Orleans and get inspired to look your best for the holidays! TRX classes start soon, check out the website for a complete schedule! 

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