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#Fit614: Take fitness resolution straight, no mixer

614now Staff



Hard day at work? Wind down with a glass (or three) of red wine.

Best bud gets a raise? Celebrate with a cold one.

Reunion with old college friends? Pitchers of margs all around.

No matter the occasion, there’s always an excuse to drink. And while there are some positive health benefits to alcohol, we always manage to find a way to abuse it. We’re not here to preach to you—we’re all adults here—but if you’re not drinking smart, you’re basically raising two, big middle fingers to your New Years resolution of improving your health.

What’s going on inside when you drink.

When we drink, our bodies literally stop everything to get those poisons out. Depending on what you’re drinking, the amount of calories you’re consuming varies. However, Lindsay Mathes, a nutritionist and dietician from Columbus, says every single calorie we consume through alcohol is empty. Not only does your alcohol consumption interfere with your digestions, but it also leaves your body with less nutrients than it started with.

And what about your sleep? 

Let’s just say after a few too many drinks, you won’t be counting too many sheep because they’re drunk too. Though alcohol can make us pretty drowsy, Mathes says it can prevent us from reaching our deep stages of sleep. Even though you sleep till 2pm, we assure it wasn’t restful.

Oh, and the hangover. 

Goodbye Planet Fitness, hello fourth cheat meal of the day. When you wake up with a hangover, you’re bound to spend the day on the couch, scrolling through UberEats to find the most greasy food known to mankind. Plus, your plan to hit the gym is 110 percent shot.

We don’t expect you to stop drinking.

We’re not unreasonable, we too love to indulge in a frosty pint of CBC IPA from time to time but there is this notion of “drinking healthy.” Rule of thumb: avoid sugary cocktails and dark liquor whenever possible. When the hankering for a little liquid coolant/confidence comes a-knocking, spring for any of the following low-cal bevs:

  • Champagne: 84 calories
  • Rum and Diet Coke: 85 calories
  • Vodka soda: 97 calories
  • Gin and diet tonic: 115 calories
  • Tequila and soda with lime: 95 calories
  • Bud Light: 110 calories

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5 unique ways to improve wellness without a treadmill

Jeni Ruisch



big percentage of the resolutions we make every year involve getting in shape and/or improving our overall wellness. But running on a treadmill is only slightly more attractive an activity than, say, waiting in line at the DMV. And unless you can sit still for more than two minutes, meditation is out of the question. If you want to really challenge yourself to step outside your normal bubble, face your fears while finding balance. You’ll conquer your phobias AND the scale.


True REST Float Spa

You can achieve a state of buoyancy akin to floating on a cloud. The key is a pod filled with hyper-salinated water, heated to the temperature of your skin. Reduced Environmental Stimulus Therapy can help your mind find peace.


Life Energy Yoga

Did you ever dream of becoming an acrobat? This exercise consists of poses done with a partner. You can make human pyramids, or even learn to stand on each other’s shoulders, or contort yourselves into knots of fun.


Infinity Aerial

Raise your skills to the roof with aerial silks, the skill made popular by Cirque Du Soleil and performing artist P!nk. A long swath of fabric pours down from ceiling supports, and the performer uses friction and strength to support themselves in poses among the waterfall of silk.


Columbus Scuba

The depths of the ocean hold more mysteries than the surface of the moon. Brave men and women strap Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus to their backs every day the world over, and dive into the unknown.


The Buckeye Bounce Club

If you thank your lucky stars for gravity, and the hard ground under your feet, maybe it’s time to shake yourself free of the terra for a few ticks. The Buckeye Bounce Club is a gym where the workouts are done on wall-to-wall trampolines, or rather, ceiling-to-ceiling, as the walls themselves are bounceable, just like the floors.

Originally appeared in (614) Magazine December 2017

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC



@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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