National Walking Day

Today, April 6, 2016 is National Walking Day!

The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week for adults… That’s only “20 Minutes” per day… easy cheesy…

It’s so easy to do…

  1. Work full time?
    1. Get up from your desk and use your 15 minute breaks to walk the stairs or walk around your complex
    2. What about your lunch breaks? Can eat and walk at the same time LOL
  2. Going shopping?
    1. Park your car in the farthest spot you can find and walk to the shops
  3. Going out to eat?
    1. Can you walk there? Why not right?
  4. Going to the Beach?
    1. Try taking a walk when you’ve had enough of laying on the sand
  5. Have a dog?
    1. Well.. that’s easy… doggies need exercise too!

See.. it’s really easy to get in 20 minutes of walking every day. And before you know it, you’ve created a new habit to last a life time!

Try it.. GET UP NOW!

#NationalWalkingDay2016 #GetupandWalk #YouCanDoIt #randisfitnessWalking

4 of the Most Common Weight Loss Mistakes


  • Everyone NEEDS carbs to survivekeep-calm-and-eat-carbs-13
  • Carbs are you PRIMARY “Energy” source
  • Carbs are converted to glucose, which is taken up by your brain and skeletal muscles
  • The rest is stored in the liver as glycogen, which can be used as an immediate energy source or stored for future use


  • Protein is not an energy course, but can AID in replenishing glycogen repletion
  • Protein creates better muscle refueling and rebuilding
  • Protein reduces Cortisol, a hormone that breaks down muscle
  • Amino acids from protein, if readily available, enhances muscle repair and reduces muscle soreness
  • Protein HELPS BURN FAT!!


  • Skipping meals can actually have the reverse effect than you’d expect
  • When skipping meals, your body goes in to the “fed-fast” state (starvation mode)
  • Your brain will use all the carbs you ate to function and your body will go into lipolysis – in essence, turns everything else in to fatty acids and stores it in your adipose tissue


  • What works for your friend MAY NOT WORK FOR YOU!   Advice Square
  • Everyone’s body chemistry is completely different
  • Weight loss strategies MUST be individualized to YOUR needs, likes, goals, and comorbidities, that all need to be considered when starting a new program that’s going to produce RESULTS!

What you always wanted to know about macronutrient metabolism when working out!


  • Would you drive your car without gas? No… because you won’t get tfueloo far!
  • Then why would you exercise on an empty stomach? Exercising whenyou are under-fueled is like running on fumes and results in sluggish performance. And does not help you burn fat!
  • If I were to eat better, would I recover faster?
Energy is stored in the chemical bonds of macronutrients as Carbohydrates, Fat and Protein. Carbohydrates and fat are the primary energy source, while amino acids from protein are used infrequently as a fuel source for physical activity – they are primarily used for structure, function and regulatory purposes.
OmeletDietary fats are stored as triglycerides in adipose tissue and skeletal muscle.
Intramuscular triglycerides are an important fuel source especially during prolonged aerobic activity.
By weight, fats provide more than twice the amount of energy than carbohydrates or protein. Therefore this is an efficient way to store energy.
Dietary Carbohydrates are converted to glucose and stored in the liver as glycogen. Liver releases glucose as needed to maintain normal blood sugar. Glucose is then taken up by the brain and skeletal muscles. Glucose can then be used as an immediate energy source or stored in the liver and muscle tissue.
Carbohydrate is the primary fuel source during physical activity and is transformed into carbohydrate storage areas. The carbs are ultimately stored as muscle & liver glycogen and blood glucose. Because these stores are limited it is crucial to consum
e adequate amounts of carbohydrates on a daily basis in order to replenish your muscle and liver glycogen between daily training sessions. If you are exercising for 60 minutes or more
you need to balance water and energy output with enough fluid to match your sweat loss and enough carbs to provide energy and maintain your blood sugar levels.


Consuming carbohydrates prior to exercise helps your performance by “topping off” the muscle and liver glycogen stores.
It is recommended that you consumer 1.0g/kg carbs 1 hour before moderately hard exercise or 2.0g/kg 4 hours before. MilkConsuming a small amount of protein before exercise (such as a glass of milk or a yogurt) can optimize recovery by providing a “ready-and-waiting” supply of amino acids after exercise.
Consuming carbohydrates during exercise can improve performance by maintaining blood sugar levels. During a moderate to hard endurance workout, carbs supply ~50% of the energy. As you deplete carbohydrates from your muscle glycogen stores, your body relies on blood sugar for energy.It is recommended that consuming 100-250 kcal (25-60 g) of carbs per hour during endurance exercise (after the 1st hour) can increase stamina – this can be mixed between carbohydrate rich foods or fluids (such as energy drinks containing carbs). water
Consuming carbohydrates  after glycogen-depleting exercise restores your muscle and liver glycogen and stimulates the release of insulin (hormone) helping to build muscles
It is recommended to consume 1.5g/kg immediately after exercise. If you’re not hungry it is recommended to consumer a high carbohydrate drink. Consuming carbs after your workout helps enhance the rate of muscle glycogen synthesis because the muscle cell is more likely to take up glucose and because the muscle cells are more sensitive to the effects of insulin during this time which promotes synthesis. Therefore eating the appropriate foods and fluids can affect your recovery.
Adding to post exercise carbohydrate meal may enhance glycogen repletion; Creates  better muscle refueling and building response; Reduces cortisol, a hormone that breaks down muscle.Having amino acids from protein readily available enhances the building and repairing of muscles as well as reducing muscle soreness.Peanut butter toast
It is recommended to consume 10-20 g of protein after exercise!
Now this is not a “one size fits all” set of recommendations because everybody’s body shape and size are different. Not all individuals work out at the same rate of intensity, nor for the same amount of duration.  These are basic recommendations and can obviously be “tweaked” to fit your individual needs!
Happy eating and exercising!
Randi Drasin, MS, RD
Nancy Clark “The Science of Eating for Sports Success”
Mary Dunford “Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals 4th Edition”


Randi’s Fitness for Kids After school program is in need of an ACRO/TUMBLING/GYMNASTICS INSTRUCTOR to teach starting in September. Interviewing begins THIS WEEK (Aug 5-9th)

Fun, energetic, bubbly personality a must. Reliable, dependable. Prior teaching a PLUS. Own transportation to classes a MUST. 3 sessions per school year 24-26 weeks of workGymnastics equipment will be supplied by Randi’s Fitness. Music (if wanted) to be supplied by instructor.

Class locations – Woodland Hills

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Funky Fast Fitness When on the Run!

Do you have days or weeks that seem to fill up so fast that your gym time is now pushed aside? If you’re like me and have several contracted jobs that change often, you know that things can and will change at the last minute, and your regularly planned gym time is dust in the wind. That’s why I’ve come up with a quick – at home – workout ideas that can jump start your day, and even be done in the middle of the day when you have that 1 hour of down-time between gigs.

First off, make sure you have some music to play to get you in the groove. I swear this helps me concentrate and prevents me from watching the clock :-). 15 – 30 minutes is all you need….of course you can always do more if time permits.

You’re going to do this non-stop.. no more than 5 second rest breaks between each set and or exercise grouping.. It is also important to make sure that you squeeze and concentrate on the body part you are working in order to get the most effective workout you can in a short period of time. You will feel the calories burning up………

Equipment ideas: weighted ball (4-6 lbs), 5 or 10 lb set of dumbbells, 6′ flat resistance band, weighted twist bar, yoga mat, yoga block.Randi Workout

Make sure your sets are at least 10 -15 repetitions. If you’re really in a hurry, scale this down to 1 set of everything! Don’t forget to stretch before and after to loosen up your arms, shoulders, back and legs!

Randi’s Funky Fast Fitness 

  • 2 sets • 50 jumping jacks
  • 2 sets • 25 twists  (if you have: hold a yoga block or weighted ball between your hands and squeeze to tighten your core)
  • Super set with 2 sets • Side bends (holding either your block or your dumbbell)
  • 2 sets • Upright rows (holding your block, 1 dumbbell or twist bar)
  • Superset with 2 sets • Overhead tricep extensions (holding 1 dumbbell, yoga block or twist bar)
  • 2 sets bicep curls (using dumbbells, resistance band or twist bar)
  • Super set with 2 sets • overhead shoulder press (using dumbbells, resistance band or twist bar)
  • 2 sets • Plie-style knee bends, to work your inner thighs (holding 1 dumbbell or yoga block down in front of you)
  • Superset with 2 sets • alternating lunges (holding dumbbells for extra resistance or hands on hips)
  • 4 sets • Pushups
  • Superset with 4 sets • Plank for 20-30 seconds (holding on hands or elbows – your choice or which ever suits your level)
  • NOW to ABS!!!!!
  • 4 sets • 25 crunches alternating your leg positions: 25 bent knees with feet planted on the ground, 25 legs straight up in the air, 25 legs bent in a table top position, 25 legs straight on the ground
  • 4 sets • 25 crunches with knees bent, feet planted on the ground then turned down to the left, then the right (this is working your obliques)
  • 2 sets • 25 side crunches laying on your right side – put your left arm behind your head (other arm will be on the ground in front of you) and crunch to your left – then alternate to your left side)
  • 2 sets • 25 bicycle crunches

BREATHE…. You’re all done!! Woo hoo… you should be full of energy now to start or complete your day.

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts after you try this…..