ACC Fitness Center Membership Updates

ACC Fitness Center cardio and weight machines

ACC Fitness Center cardio and weight machines

Welcome back to campus and 2017!

Many of you may have New Year fitness resolutions. The ACC Fitness Center staff members are here to help you toward your goals.

Beginning in February, we will offer a Healthy Living series, covering topics such as stress reduction, fitness in 20 minutes, healthy eating, and healthy home and well as an opportunity to learn to play Pickleball.

As we move into 2017, a different policy for employee memberships will be implemented. The details for this are as follows:

  • ACC employees, both full-time and part-time, who would like to use the ACC Fitness Center facilities will be asked to purchase a membership. The rate will be $40 for a four-month timeframe (that’s just $10 per month!). Get a discount if you pay for a full year membership – 1 year is $100.
  • With the purchased membership, extra programming such as listed above will be offered at no additional cost.
  • The FitPass option will continue as we have had it in the past with a $40 fee to purchase the pass. You can purchase the FitPass without purchasing a Fitness Center membership.
  • Employees will no longer need to bring an Employee ID as a means to check into the Fitness Center. Instead, a Fitness Center ID will be issued at the time of purchasing the membership and will be obtained at the Admissions and Records office as a patron ID. This ID will allow check in to the Fitness Center using the member check in computers, not the student check in computer and will be tied to membership data. As a convenience, these patron ID cards may be left in the Fitness Center to facilitate ease of checking in for workouts.
New yoga room

New yoga room

This new policy will be implemented on Monday, February 6. Membership paperwork, payments and IDs may be completed prior to that date at the Fitness Center desk. The ACC Fitness Center employees strive to provide a clean and safe facility for all of our students, employees and community members. The new fees for staff will help us purchase new equipment and add programs.

We hope to see you in 2017!

by Perri Cunningham, ACC Fitness Center Director

Tips for a Healthy Breakfast

Anthony Shaw, ACC Student

ACC Student Anthony Shaw

Unless you live under a rock, someone’s probably told you at least once in your life that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it’s true. That doesn’t mean whatever you put in your body that morning is essential. Our bodies need certain types of fuels to help launch us through the day, certain fuels that will go uncredited in all of your future success. Erica Giovinazzo, MS, RD, a nutritionist at Clay Health Club in NYC recommends aiming for a combination of protein, good carbohydrates, and fibers for a well-balanced breakfast.

Carbohydrates are the most important source of energy for the body. The digestive system changes carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar). The body uses this sugar for energy for the cells, tissues and organs. Anything that doesn’t come from an animal contains carbs so they aren’t hard to find. It gets tricky when searching for the good carbs. The first place not to look is in any foods with “added sugar” or “white” grains (i.e. white bread), those are bad carbs.

Whole grains are safe carbs because they are high in fiber which makes for a healthier digestive system. They also help stabilize blood sugar; diabetes can wait another day. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals that help boost nutrient density. Another pro is that they are slow digesting, keeping us satisfied longer—preventing any chances of overeating later in the day. A couple of easily accessible suggestions for this part of your balanced breakfast would be two slices of buttered whole wheat toast or a serving of oatmeal.

The next type of fuel that should be added to the morning routine is protein. Adding protein to the morning meal will satiate one’s appetite and keeps the mind free of potential candidates for lunch time and geared more towards future ambitions. A simple way to get this essential macronutrient is from any sort of meat, preferably white meats like turkey or chicken. Red meats are good for you, but too much red meat can cause a drastic increase in your cholesterol levels. Another good way to get protein is in eggs. The egg whites are loaded with protein, and if you take out the yolk (heavily equipped with fats), then it’s strictly protein consumption. Egg whites are also sold by the carton at the grocery store.

Fibers are underrated. Fiber helps assist in digestion and prevent constipation. Basically, fibers allow the food consumed to continuously move through the body. There are two types of fibers; soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber lures water and transforms it to gel during digestion. As a result, this slows digestive activity. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the body because soluble fibers aid lower cholesterol and in turn, prevent heart disease. Soluble fibers can be found in any kind of oat, nut, or bean. The other type of fiber is insoluble and those perform opposing duties by speeding up the digestion process. These fibers can be found in any vegetable or fruit. For the sake of this article, applying insoluble fiber to that morning meal will be more beneficial, a fresh orange should get the job done.

A side-note to keep in mind, for those who want to get all three nutrients into one packed source then Granola is your go-to. Dousing some milk (or almond/cashew milk) on a serving of granola will corral approximately 40 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber; plenty of energy to help make it to lunch time.

A nice simple, nutrient-dense breakfast will give a person that jolt start to the day and won’t provoke an “afternoon crash” by the time lunch rolls around. Combining carbs with protein to the morning regiment will eliminate the distraction of being hungry and energize the body. Don’t forget to include fibers too because they help strengthen the digestive system. Incorporating these three essential nutrients into the start of your day will do wonders for you.

by Anthony Shaw, ACC Student