Blog Archive

February 2020

R Kilfoyle - Friday, February 14, 2020

Health doesn't have to be one of the costs of a long commute For 15 years, April has been commuting from Southern New Hampshire to Brighton for work. Spending three to four hours a day in her car left her feeling stiff and sluggish. With the encouragement of a coworker, four years ago, April joined Mount Auburn Club. Today, she ..

January 2020: Paul Krueger

R Kilfoyle - Thursday, January 16, 2020

You can’t retire from health and life Everyone goes through challenging changes in life, but those challenges don’t mean you have to slow down. Paul Krueger is a testament to that. In 2015, Paul lost his wife and childhood sweetheart, Nancy, of 63 years. In his own words, “it was time for me to regroup and see my 84-year-old self ..

December 2019: Anita Robboy

R Kilfoyle - Friday, December 20, 2019

Longtime MAC member has not intention of aging out of exercise For more than 40 years, Anita Robboy has been a consistent face at Mount Auburn Club. In fact, she says if attendance were taken, as in most elementary schools, she would have received a near perfect on her report card! Anita has reaped many benefits from her commitment to e ..

What is a SMART goal?

MAC Nutrition Team - Sunday, December 01, 2019

With the New Year right around the corner, a lot of people are making resolutions and setting goals. So, this is a good time to discuss what a SMART goal is. SMART goals are: Specific: What exactly do you want to do? Get as detailed as possible. Instead of “I will eat healthier,” choose a specific area of nutrition to focus on ..

November 2019: Marilyn Bullock

R Kilfoyle - Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Weekly Goals Puts MAC Member on a Healthy Track Being in physical pain can make everyday activities seem challenging, just ask Marilyn. When she joined Mount Auburn Club about five years ago, she was suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica, severe arthritis and limited mobility. Along with those physical ailments she also had to co ..

October 2019: De Ama Battle

Lauren Prokator - Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Rehab takes center stage for MAC member De Ama is no stranger to living an active lifestyle, she has been dancing most of her life. Just about four years ago she faced the daunting challenge of rebounding from shoulder and knee surgeries. Not ready for a fitness finale, De Ama began looking for a health club where she could safely c ..

September 2019: Peter Merrell

Lauren Prokator - Saturday, September 21, 2019

“I never made fitness a priority in my life until my body pushed back. When it did, I listened.” Peter developed an autoimmune disorder 25 years ago that forced him to reassess his lifestyle. He always knew conceptually the benefits of regular exercise but, like many, after college, he focused on his career and fitness took a backseat. ..

August 2019: Joanne Silverman

Lauren Prokator - Sunday, August 25, 2019

She doesn't let distance get in her way Mount Auburn Club has been part of Joanne Silverman’s life for more than 30 years. She has fond memories of playing on clay tennis courts, “Round Robin Sundays” and tennis matches with friends after work. Most importantly to Joanne, she has developed lasting friendships through her frequent club vis ..

July 2019: Jerry Zuriff

Lauren Prokator - Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Don’t skip the locker room talk When Jerry joined MAC in 2008, he thought the club would merely be a place to get in a workout. A retired professor, Jerry lives by the mantra, “you are never too old to learn.” And learn he has at MAC, but not from those he thought he would. When Jerry first walked through the doors o ..

5 tips to stay on track during vacation

MAC Fitness Team - Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Integrating exercise into your daily routine can be a struggle, let alone while on your summer getaway. Vacation, however, shouldn’t be synonymous with being sedentary and unhealthy. Research shows a reduction in exercise for even a short period of time can have health consequences. You can still have a relaxing vacation and get  ..

June 2019: Kathleen Hagan

- Monday, June 17, 2019

One woman’s experience shows us that variety is the spice of life when maintaining a healthy lifestyle. MAC member since 2015, Kathleen has come to realize: “It’s not rocket science to improve one’s fitness level and protect one’s health, but it does require persistence…and patience. It’s a process and one to be enjoyed and n ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: June 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Saturday, June 01, 2019

Start-of-Summer Smoothie June marks the start of summer! In the summer, many people crave colder foods, and some may prefer to spend a bit less time cooking. Enter: a refreshing summer smoothie! This dragon fruit smoothie’s bright pink color just screams summer. Dragon fruit gets its name from the scaly spikes on its skin.  ..

May 2019: Marie Trost

- Tuesday, May 21, 2019

An avid exerciser gets her best results from joining MAC Nutrition and exercise guidance helps MAC member get heart healthy. Marie had been doing the same basic workout on three machines for years. Then, she became a member of MAC and learned an array of exercises and the benefits of having variety in her workouts. Now, she is ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: May 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Springtime Salad As the weather gets warmer, sometimes people want to spend a little less time in the kitchen. When that’s the case, I’m a big fan of assembling a meal rather than spending a lot of time cooking. This Southwestern-style salad is a nice and quick dinner meal for a busy night. You can make it even quicker and easi ..

How to Optimize Sleep & Rest for Better Health

MAC Fitness Team - Monday, April 01, 2019

Joe McCormack's specialty is motivating his clients to work hard and focus on best efforts with every workout. He loves teaching safe and proper form on exercises, has experience working with clients of all ages, and will tailor each workout to an individual’s needs and ability levels. Being the father of two boys ..

What is Fitness?

MAC Fitness Team - Monday, April 01, 2019

Chris Hays, () Mount Auburn Club Fitness Department Manager and Certified Personal Trainer, brings over ten years experience to his craft. He believes in continuous learning and following today's best-practices, which allows him to coach his clients from a place of knowledge and confidence. His balanced approach to health and fitnes ..

April 2019: Carol Anderson

Lauren Prokator - Monday, April 01, 2019

One woman learns to overcome lifelong adversities! Since she was a young girl, Carol has suffered from knee pain, and exercising has often led to greater discomfort. In 2004, however, Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer. As she went through treatment and ultimately beat the cancer, she learned that regular exercise would be an  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: April 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Monday, April 01, 2019

Are you in need of a quick, healthy appetizer to bring over to your family’s get-together for Easter or another holiday? Or just a protein rich, fun snack? We’ve got you covered! I chose an Avocado Cilantro White Bean Dip from Jenn Laughlin (https://peasandcrayons.com/2014/06/healthy-white-bean-dip-with-avocado-and-cilantro.html) to sh ..

FIT30 Part 2: STRIDE30

MAC Fitness Team - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Stride30 is a 30-minute interval training program focused on cardiovascular exercise. Participants are typically coached while using the treadmill, however, a stationary bike, recumbent bike, or elliptical may be used instead to accommodate limitations, injuries or preferences. Interval training is known to improve endura ..

March 2019: Gary Cormier

Lauren Prokator - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

With our MAC Success Stories, we are proud to feature members of our community who have transformed or impacted their lives through healthy practices. Taking action often requires courage. We believe if people see others like themselves succeeding, it will help foster that courage. Our MAC team is here when they are ready to take the first step ..

Fad or Fiction - March 2019: Should You Hire a Personal Trainer?

MAC Fitness Team - Friday, March 01, 2019

Why Everyone Needs a Personal Trainer Chris Hays, Mount Auburn Club Fitness Department Manager and Certified Personal Trainer, brings over ten years experience to his craft. He believes in continuous learning and following today's best-practices, which allows him to coach his clients from a place of knowledge and confidence. His ba ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: March 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, March 01, 2019

Spring is just around the corner (finally)! For many people, this can mean a natural inclination towards slightly lighter food options, while still craving some warming foods as it can still be quite chilly out. A soup and a salad lunch or dinner can be just the thing this time of year: light yet satisfying, and refreshing yet warming.  ..

4 Hidden Benefits of Single-Leg Training

MAC Fitness Team - Friday, March 01, 2019

4 Hidden Benefits of Single-Leg Training Single-leg training is an important part of any strength training program and is especially important for athletes and adults who participate in fitness training. Some examples of single-leg exercises are step-ups, single-leg deadlifts, single-leg squats, and lunges. Find some examples thro ..

How to Eat for a Healthier Heart

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

How to Eat for a Healthier Heart Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States each year, and can be, at least partially, prevented and managed through lifestyle changes. What better time than February, the month dedicated to celebrating love and matters of the heart, to talk about heart hea ..

FIT30 Part 3: Tennis30

MAC Fitness Team - Saturday, February 02, 2019

What is Tennis30? Whether you play competitively, for fun, or just to stay in shape, Tennis30 offers cardio, strength, agility, and stretching exercises to help tennis players of all levels improve their game. Each session provides specifically designed warm ups and cool downs for your upcoming tennis match/lesson, but most import ..

How to Stay Motivated and Exercise Through the Cold Weather

Elizabeth Seibert - Saturday, February 02, 2019

How to Stay Motivated and Exercise Through the Cold Weather Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Feb 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, February 01, 2019

Lighter Valentine’s Day Indulgence From fancy dinners out to chocolates and other rich desserts, Valentine’s Day can bring its healthy-eating challenges. This chocolate mousse recipe is an attempt at making a dessert that tastes rich, decadent, and satisfying, with more balance, less saturated fat, and less sugar than many oth ..

February 2019: Mary Louise Piret

Lauren Prokator - Friday, February 01, 2019

February's Success Story Winner is Mary Louise Piret! She found much more at Mount Auburn Club than a place to be healthy! For Mary Louise, simply walking into the Mount Auburn Club and committing to a 12-month membership counted as a "win." From there, she promised herself she would come to the club regularly, get stronger, ..

5 Ways to Stay Motivated AFTER January 1st

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Happy New Year! If you’re like many people, with the New Year comes New Year’s Resolutions. And for many people, those resolutions involve changing their diet or exercise plan, adopting another health-related habit, or some combination of these elements. But, for a lot of these resolution-makers, those resolutions can quickly fall by the  ..

January 2019: Jerry Reisman

Lauren Prokator - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January's Success Story Winner is Jerry Reisman! How one man’s commitment to exercise saved his life! Jerry has been a member of the MAC since 1978, joining when it was just six tennis courts. As MAC has expanded and grown, Jerry has enriched his life by taking advantage of everything MAC has to offer. He met his wife through t ..

How to Recharge after the Holidays

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, January 03, 2019

Take Advantage of Nature's Caffeine “I have less energy than I used to.” “I feel tired all the time.” “What can I do to have more energy?” I often hear these questions from clients, particularly during this time of year, which can feel especially hectic and draining. The truth is that starting the morning with enough energy and maintaining i ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Jan 2019

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Energy Boosting Snack In the New Year, many people set resolutions, often health- or weight-related. This year, you may want to think about setting resolutions centered on how you want to feel, rather than focusing on something that is less present on a daily or even moment-to-moment basis, such as a number on the scale ..

Bones: They’ll Be Here Long after You’re Gone

MAC Fitness Team - Saturday, December 22, 2018

I studied with an osteopath who once told me, “Listen to your bones, for they will be here long after you’re gone.” There’s great wisdom in this advice. What happens if you have a joint that doesn’t have its full capacity to function? What can you do if arthritis or osteoporosis is holding yo ..

Fad or Fiction? - Jan 2019

MAC Fitness Team - Saturday, December 22, 2018

Should I be switching up my workout routine? Chris Hays, Mount Auburn Club Fitness Department Manager and Certified Personal Trainer, brings over ten years experience to his craft. He believes in continuous learning and following today's best-practices, which allows him to coach his clients from a place of knowledge and confidence ..

December 2018: Kitty Pechet

Lauren Prokator - Sunday, December 16, 2018

December's Success Story Winner is Kitty Pechet! Kitty has been a Mount Auburn Club member for four decades! When she joined the club, she was instantly charmed by the variety of exercise options, encouraging instructors, and friendly staff. Kitty's love of exercise gave her the confidence to try surfing at the age of 50. To her sur ..

FIT30 Part 1: TABATA30

MAC Fitness Team - Saturday, December 01, 2018

What is Tabata30? Tabata is a form of HIIT training (high-intensity interval training). The workout consists of performing one exercise for 20-seconds using maximum effort followed by a 10-second recovery period before a different exercise. In MAC’s Tabata30, the cycle lasts for eight rounds (four minutes). While short ..

Fad or Fiction? - Dec 2018

Jason Deranian - Saturday, December 01, 2018

SPRINT 8 Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured fitness craze.  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Dec 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Healthy Holiday Treats For many people, cookies and other sweets are a big part of holiday festivities. You may have your favorites that you make every year and give out to your friends, family, and coworkers or bring to holiday parties. You may have a recipe that has been handed down from your grandmother. However you enjoy holi ..

All Dietitians are Nutritionists, but NOT all Nutritionists are Dietitians

Jennifer Jasmin - Saturday, November 24, 2018

A closer look at the difference between a Registered Dietitian and a Nutritionist. We get it, it’s confusing. Hopefully, this post will clear away some of the mystery surrounding what exactly a registered dietitian is, why our department is such a valuable asset to your membership at Mount Auburn Club and also ..

Maneuvering Through the Holidays

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Last month we covered some suggestions for getting the right mindset in place for maintaining your weight during the holidays. In this section, we focus on basic strategies to help you manage the multitude of holiday parties, dinners, and events while keeping your health goals in mind. Adjust your Exercise Routine Adding smal ..

Why You Should Say Yes to Dessert

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, November 16, 2018

The Sneaky Psychology of Dessert and Why You Should Enjoy It For many of us, the holiday season can pose a challenge when it comes to food and nutrition. Perhaps you’re trying to be “good” and stay away from sweets, or you have weight-loss goals, or you’re trying to cut down on the carbs. W ..

Body Neutrality: A Rest-Stop Between Body-Hate and Body-Love and How to Get There

MAC Fitness Team - Thursday, November 08, 2018

We, as perfectly-flawed humans, can be easily influenced by the media. How many hours are spent glued to cell phones, scanning the plethora of media outlets (social media included) for answers to our questions and solutions to our problems? Through the media, we can find ourselves exposed and somewhat vulnerable to the images ..

Fad or Fiction? - Nov 2018

MAC Fitness Team - Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Advice is everywhere. Should you follow a system when working out? Chris Hays, Mount Auburn Club Fitness Department Manager and Certified Personal Trainer, brings over ten years experience to his craft. He believes in continuous learning and following today's best-practices, which allows him to coach his clients from a place of kn ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: November 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, November 01, 2018

Healthy Thanksgiving Sides With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be starting to plan the holiday’s big feast. If you have a specific health or fitness goal or are interested in making the day’s offerings feel a little more balanced, you may want to think about making some simple ingredient swaps  ..

What's in Your Drink?

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Should You Rethink Your Drink? For many people, October marks the start of months of celebrations that are a bit (or a lot) more indulgent than the rest of the year. Halloween candy leads to mashed potatoes, gravy, and pie, which lead to eggnog, glazed ham, and plenty of cookies and sweets. It can all spill into the new year (plenty of  ..

Fad or Fiction - Oct 2018

Jason Deranian - Friday, October 12, 2018

Are All Machines Created Equal? Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured fitne ..

Osteoporosis and the Benefits of Strength Training

MAC Fitness Team - Thursday, October 11, 2018

You Can Effect Bone Health with the Right Exercise What is osteoporosis? Why is it so important (especially for women) to incorporate strength training into your exercise routine? Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become brittle and fragile due to loss of tissue. This means that bones may become weak and people are mo ..

Are numbers keeping you from your goals?

MAC Fitness Team - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Going Beyond Sets and Reps When performing a strength training workout, many people emphasize and depend on counting sets and reps (repetitions). Oftentimes, we see a workout on the internet or in a magazine and think, “aha I need to do 4 sets of 20 reps to tone,” or “I need to do 3 sets of 8 reps to build strength". As h ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Oct 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Monday, October 01, 2018

Nutrient-Dense Dessert As the weather gets colder, many people find themselves craving slightly heavier foods, and foods made with comforting, warm spices. This dessert or snack bar packs a filling, satisfying, flavorful punch. It features the comforting flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, and it is made with mostly whole, unpr ..

Understanding Grains

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, September 20, 2018

Are Grains the Enemy? With the rise of fad diets such as the paleo diet and the ketogenic diet, which reject grains, grains have ended up with a rather bad reputation. Many people express a desire to “stop eating bread” or “cut carbs.” However, such blanket statements about an entire food group fail to take into acc ..

Fad or Fiction? - September 2018

Jason Deranian - Friday, September 07, 2018

Small-group Personal Training By Jason Deranian Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’ ..

How to Tell if You are Exercising with the Right Intensity

MAC Fitness Team - Thursday, September 06, 2018

Are You Pushing it too Far or Exercising Hard? – a closer look at exercise intensity. When exercising, do you know the difference between working hard and pushing too far? To answer this, we must first look at what makes an exercise or workout challenging: duration, intensity, and mode of exercise. Duration refers to how long you a ..

Why Rest Needs to be Part of Your Training Program

MAC Fitness Team - Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Why do I need to let my body recover? Making time for muscle recovery after physical activity is an important component of a safe and efficient strength training program. To understand recovery and the need for it, let's look at what occurs to your muscles during strength training. During a strength training session, the goal sho ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Sept 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Saturday, September 01, 2018

Back-to-School Snack As life gets a little busier in the fall, staving off hunger pangs when you’re out and about can get more and more difficult. Trail mixes are a great strategy for snacking on the go. Depending on how you prepare them, they can be well-balanced in protein, carbohydrate, healthy fat, and fiber. This trail ..

The Case for Eggs

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, August 23, 2018

Can an egg a day keep the doctor away? For years, eggs have been villainized for containing high amounts of cholesterol. The common belief was that high-cholesterol foods could raise cholesterol levels in the body, making them detrimental to heart health. Two recent studies, however, have added to the growing evidence that eggs ar ..

Fad or Fiction? - August 2018

Jason Deranian - Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wearable Technology By Jason Deranian Jason Deranian is MAC’s Fitness Director. As a devoted Personal Trainer and health enthusiast throughout his adult life, Jason created MAC’s fitness philosophy to prioritize expertly developed exercises over unfounded wellness trends. Here is his take on this month’s featured  ..

Mindful Eating for a Fresh Start

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Mindful Eating for a Fresh Start As we head towards September (just a few short weeks away!), the prospect of summer vacations ending, fall activities starting up again, and life getting busier may seem a little bit daunting. This can be especially true in the realm of food. Maybe you wanted to take the summer to improve your d ..

7 Ways to Flip Your Core Switch

MAC Fitness Team - Tuesday, August 07, 2018

By Chris O'Laughlin Move Better and Prevent Pain with these 7 Core Practices Muscles are similar to light bulbs. They can be turned on and turned off when you need them. Like a broken light bulb in a cluttered room, disengaged or deactivated muscles, are not helpful and may even cause accidents or injuries. Now think about yo ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Aug 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Balanced Summer Dinner Sometimes on a hot summer day, all you want to eat is something that can be thrown together with little to no time in a hot kitchen. To make this salmon salad, roasting the salmon in the oven or grilling it outside means you won’t need to be working over a hot stove all night! This salad is a well- ..

Do as the French do!

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, July 26, 2018

Do as the French Do! A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who eat in the “French Eating Model” tend to have a healthier weight. The study, done on 47,219 participants, analyzed eating behavior and BMI. It looked at the number of meals per day, snacking frequency, meal time, ..

Fad Diets

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Fad Diets: Are they really worth the hype? MAC Registered Dietitian, Louisa Paine gives us her take! It seems like just about every time you open your computer, read a magazine, or look at your smartphone, another diet is trending. These popular diets gain interest because they often make lofty promises to help you lose weight  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: July 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Sunday, July 01, 2018

Healthy Beach Snacks Summertime can be a big snacking season. From beach snacks to cookout nibbles, all kinds of chips, pretzels, and other snack foods make an appearance. If you’re looking for a lighter, more balanced alternative to a crunchy snack, look no further than roasted chickpeas! This homemade snack has the fla ..

How to Navigate Summer Barbecues - Five Expert Tips!

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Five Tips on How to Navigate Summer Barbecues It’s that time of year…beach cookouts, Fourth of July barbecues—all that summer fun! But with summertime celebrations can come some nutrition-related challenges. These celebrations can be laden with heavy foods that may not be the most helpful in reaching  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: June 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, June 01, 2018

Healthy Summer Cookout The weather is warming up and summer is just around the corner, which means summer barbecues and cookouts! One classic cookout food is hot dogs straight from the grill, but the high sodium and saturated fat content of these frankfurters can make them less than ideal to eat on a regular basis. Hot dogs ar ..

The MIND Diet Beyond Food: Three Non-Food Changes You Can Make Today

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, May 17, 2018

The MIND Diet Beyond Food: Three Non-Food Changes You Can Make Today Rates of Alzheimer’s and dementia are on the rise, and many people want to know how they can prevent cognitive decline. One dietary pattern, the MIND diet, a Mediterranean-style diet, has been shown in large-scale epidemiological research to be c ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: May 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Antioxidant-Rich Treat If you’re like most people, a little something sweet after dinner usually hits the spot. I’m all for a decadent dessert, such as a piece of cheesecake or chocolate mousse, but those fat- and sugar-laden sweets should be saved for special occasions (and should be truly savored and enjo ..

DBHITL Division 3 Champions

Lauren Prokator - Saturday, April 21, 2018

2017-2018 DBHITL (http://www.dbhtennis.org) Division 3 Champions! Mount Auburn Club celebrates the 1st place victory! Photo from left to right: Coach Matt Gelotte, Mollie Miller, Captains Jenny Payette and Peggy Garland, Marnie Crawford Samuelson. Congratulations to the team!! For more information about Tennis Leagues at ..

Strength. What's food got to do with it?

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Increasing Strength and Muscle Mass with Diet Increasing muscle strength isn’t just important for athletes and competitive weight lifters. As we go about our daily lives and as we age, having adequate strength in the upper body, core, and lower body is essential. Adequate strength helps us to better avoid falling  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: April 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Sunday, April 01, 2018

Balanced Post-Workout Protein Smoothie Refueling after a tough workout is extremely important. The refuel meal or snack gives your body the carbohydrates needed to replenish glycogen, which is the storage form of carbohydrates that your muscles rely on during prolonged exercise. Refueling also provides protein to help you ..

Go Further with Food

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, March 22, 2018

Happy National Nutrition Month! March is National Nutrition Month, a time for us to continue the conversation about nutrition and why it matters so much. This year, the National Nutrition Month theme is “Go Further with Food.” Food gives us energy for our daily lives and fuels our fitness, professional, and  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: March 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Ultimate Balanced Plate for a Nourishing Start to Spring Grain bowls and grain-based salads make for a wonderfully balanced meal as we transition from winter to spring. Their inclusion of whole grains, vegetables, and lean protein means you get a nutrient-dense meal that will be satisfying and delicious. You can mi ..

Cardio Exercise - Think Outside the Box (of Chocolates)!

MAC Fitness Team - Saturday, February 24, 2018

Notes from this month's MAC Blog Contributor, Fitness Professional, Nina Fanning: (http://www.mountauburnclub.com/fitness-staff/nina-fanning) Your Heart. It’s an important muscle that needs its own type of workout! As we near the end of our Febru ..

5 Things You Can Do Today for Your Heart Health

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, February 22, 2018

February is the month for all matters of the heart, so what better time to talk about heart health than this month? Diet has a large impact on heart health, so whether you are managing a heart condition or just want to keep your heart as healthy as possible and avoid any heart problems, we have five tips for simple ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Feb 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, February 01, 2018

Dinner for Chilly Nights February is Heart Health Month, bringing our awareness to all of the factors that affect this vital organ, one of which is, of course, the foods we eat! February is also a chilly month, so what could be better than a warm, hearty, nourishing bowl of chili (pun intended)? This recipe uses ground turkey  ..

Sticking to Resolutions - Our Top 5 Tips

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, January 25, 2018

Five Ways to Stick to a Resolution in 2018 If you’re like many people, you might have set a New Year’s resolution on January first. And, if you’re like most of those people, you might have already given up on your resolution. Or, you’re losing confidence that you can actually do it and th ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Jan 2018

MAC Nutrition Team - Monday, January 01, 2018

Nourishing Winter Breakfast It’s January, and the weather outside is frigid to say the least. Oatmeal is a nourishing, warm meal that’s perfect for a winter morning. Oats are high in fiber and also have some protein, making oatmeal a filling and satisfying meal. Adding nuts and nut butter brings in more protein and ..

Reconnect over the Holidays

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Five Ways to Reconnect With Your Goals During the Holidays In our last Nutrition Workshop at the Mount Auburn Club, we discussed the difficulty that the holiday season presents to anyone who is trying to eat well. From Halloween all the way through New Year’s (and even Valentine’s Day), the fall and winter months are  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Dec 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, December 01, 2017

A Versatile Dish for Holiday Celebrations Quiche is one of those dishes that can go well with most occasions. It can be a delicious breakfast for when family is in town, or it can act as a perfect appetizer or even side dish for holiday meals. This version is made with eggs, potatoes, and roasted vegetables, making it a  ..

Happy World Vegan Month

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

November is World Vegan Month! The term “vegan” is controversial, to say the least. To many people, it sounds like an extremely restrictive “diet,” while to others it is a way of life that makes so much sense that they’re not sure why everyone isn’t doing it. In honor of World Vegan Month, let’s br ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Nov 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Happy World Vegan Month! November is World Vegan Month. It also happens to be the month of Thanksgiving! It may seem like the turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie that are typical of the Thanksgiving menu mean that this holiday is impossible to be made vegan. You might also wonder why anyone would even want to  ..

How to Make Comfort Foods Healthier

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, October 19, 2017

5 Ways to Make Comfort Foods Healthier As the weather gets colder and the holidays loom in sight, we often crave (or have on the holiday menu) heavier comfort foods such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and baked goods. For those of us with health and fitness goals, overindulging in foods like these more than once in a  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: Oct 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Sunday, October 01, 2017

A Very Autumn Protein-Packed Breakfast It’s October, and you know what that means…pumpkin in everything! If you’re like me, you welcome the addition of this delicious and nutritious (it’s super high in vitamin A) ingredient in foods both sweet and savory alike (pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin gnocchi, pumpki ..

See the Bigger Picture

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, September 21, 2017

The MAC Now Has the InBody 570! Have you ever been frustrated when the number on the scale just won’t budge? Maybe you feel you’ve been working really hard at the gym and trying to eat well, and you can’t figure out why your weight isn’t going down. This can be incredibly discouraging, and you may e ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month - Sept 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Friday, September 01, 2017

As fall comes around, our schedules often get busier and we can be short on time. These energy balls are quick to make and even quicker to eat, allowing you to get in a nutritious bite even when you're on the go. Protein and healthy fats from nut butter are balanced by the carbohydrate from dates, making this a well-balance ..

Eat the Rainbow!

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, August 17, 2017

It is important to get all the various vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that our bodies need in order to support the biological processes that keep us alive and healthy. However, chances are you don’t calculate your intake of every nutrient—that would be quite time-consuming and tedious. So how do you make sure you&r ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month - August 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Eat the Rainbow! One of the easiest ways to check if you are eating a healthy diet full of vital micronutrients is to make sure you are “eating the rainbow”—eating a wide variety of colors of fruits and vegetables. Each color often represents a different set of micronutrients, so getting the entire rainbow of ..

Cup or Cone? A closer look at our food choices!

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, July 20, 2017

July is National Ice Cream Month. Wait a minute…am I telling you that you should eat ice cream? Not necessarily. But, National Ice Cream Month offers us the opportunity to have a conversation about food and its more social, cultural, and emotional aspects, as well as about treats, treating ourselves, and having t ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: July 2017

MAC Nutrition Team - Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Image Source July is National Ice Cream Month Ice cream is delicious in all its creamy sweetness. However, when it comes to saturated fat and added sugar, it really packs quite the punch. Luckily, there are ways to make your own more nutritious version of the sweet treat so you can celebrate National Ice Cream Month while  ..

Berry Season

MAC Nutrition Team - Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Very Berry Season! So often, when speaking about nutrition and food, the focus can be on what to leave out, cut out, and reduce. But equally, if not more, important than focusing on what to take out is concentrating on what to add in. By shifting the focus to what we should be having more of, we escape a sense of depr ..

Movement Analysis - MAC Movement Philosophy Part 4

Jason Deranian - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Understanding pain during and after your workout can be challenging: Is it pain or discomfort? Here are some tips from this month's MAC Blog Contributor, Fitness Professional, Nina Fanning (http://www.mountauburnclub.com/fitness-staff/nina-fanning) to help navigate. At some point, most of us will experience aches  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: June 2017

Jennifer Jasmin - Thursday, June 01, 2017

Enjoy the Bounty of the Season with this Simple Summer Salad June 21 marks the first day of summer! Take advantage of summer produce with a fresh salad to bring to warm weather cookouts. Strawberries and radishes are at their best in June, so throw in these delicious pops of color at every chance! Strawberry Radish Sala ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: May 2017

Jennifer Jasmin - Monday, May 01, 2017

Cheery Cherry, 7-ingredient Balanced Breakfast! Yogurt can be such a versatile ingredient. It is a key ingredient in traditional dishes of many cultures and can be used in dishes that are sweet, savory, bitter or sour. It is often found in baked dishes, creamy salad dressings, dips and spreads. Personally, I like yogurt in all fo ..

Rough day? Shift your mood with food!

Jennifer Jasmin - Thursday, April 20, 2017

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Did you know that 60% of all human illness and disease including heart disease, heart attack and stroke, is caused by stress and that 40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy foods*? What we put in our bodies can either help relieve tension or make stress worse. Choosing the  ..

Diet and Exercise Choices Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

Jason Deranian - Thursday, April 06, 2017

Make good diet & exercise choices today for a healthier tomorrow! Ask us how we can help!  ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: April 2017

Jennifer Jasmin - Saturday, April 01, 2017

Spaghetti Squash with Spinach, Mushrooms, Ground Turkey & Goat Cheese Spaghetti squash is available year-round and makes a great low carb substitute for pasta. It is typically golden yellow in color and has a delicious nutty, buttery flavor. The strands are crunchy and provide a nice mouthfeel. It can be prepared several ways, but  ..

Put Your Best Fork Forward

Jennifer Jasmin - Thursday, March 23, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages you to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” in celebration. You might be asking yourself what this means? Nutrition experts and everyone here at the MAC agree that making healthy food choices and staying active are the keys to you being your ..

Movement Analysis - MAC Movement Philosophy Part 3

Jason Deranian - Thursday, March 09, 2017

Got pain? First move well, and then, move often. Notes from this month's MAC Blog Contributor, Fitness Professional, Chris Hays: (http://www.mountauburnclub.com/fitness-staff/chris-hays) (http://www.mountauburnclub.com/fitness-staff/chris-hays)Your bones and joints are meant to align in a specific arrangemen ..

MAC's Recipe of the Month: March 2017

Jennifer Jasmin - Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Pasta that’s healthy and high in protein!!! Notes from our MAC Registered Dietitian (http://mountauburnclub.com/nutrition-staff): Gluten free pasta can be made from a number of non-wheat flour options, but several companies are now making really tasty versions made from protein-packed legum ..

A healthy heart needs more than love!

Jennifer Jasmin - Thursday, February 23, 2017

If you're like most Americans, you already know the 'Bacon Burger and Fries' aren't doing your heart muscle any favors, so what the heck should we eat for better heart health? Notes from our MAC Registered Dietitian (http://mountauburnclub.com/nutrition-staff): February is American Heart Month. What a great time to think about sett ..

Movement Analysis - MAC Movement Philosophy Part 2

Jason Deranian - Thursday, February 16, 2017

Is your workout working for you? One day you're feeling fit and the next day you feel some aches and pains dragging you down. Like most of us, your doctor is checking your general health and your dentist is taking care of your teeth, but who's checking to see if your body's movement is serving you well? Part Two of the MAC Movement P ..