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Koons Biggest Loser Challenge 2014 is under way!

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Collectively, Americans gain over 300 million pounds around the holidays. That is the equivalent of 838 jumbo jets!  It gets worse, of those pounds gained at least one of them will be a persistent pound.  Put another way, if the average American adult consistently gains one pound per year, and does not change anything about their habits, they will be at least 55 pounds overweight by age 75!

We care about all of our employees and we want to help them achieve their goals, our Biggest Loser Challenge is there to do just that” stated Mr. O’Connell

For 4 years, Koons has been one of the Washington Business Journals Best Companies to Work For.  Why? Because, there is a pervasive atmosphere of caring.  Here is one example: Every New Year, Koons Management runs an Annual Biggest Loser Challenge for its employees.  All Koons employees are eligible to take part in the challenge but are not required to.  Jim O’Connell, President of the Koons management team has made it very clear that this program is to promote good life habits and healthy choices. It is about being aware of what you eat, how that affects your health, and eventually how your health affects your co-workers.  “We care about all of our employees and we want to help them achieve their goals, our Biggest Loser Challenge is there to do just that” stated Mr. O’Connell.

We are all familiar with the routine by now, on January 1st we all make BIG pronouncements about how we’re going to change, get rid of a habit, adopt new ideas, and be a better person!  There are all kinds of resolutions, but there is a consistent 3 that seem to always make the list year over year.  For every 100 people who make New Year’s Resolutions here’s how the top 3 break down:

  1. 62% vow to exercise more
  2. 60% promise to eat better
  3. 46% state their goal is to lose weight

By the end of week 7, only 60 people of the original 100 of any given resolution will be left trying to stick with it, and by the end of week 12 there will only be about 30.  For the past 4 years Koons Biggest Loser Challenge (#KoonsBLC) has been trying to help all of those employees who commit to losing weight attain their goal.  So when they hit week 7, they have a reason to keep going, they have others on their team to encourage them and they have incentives.  Everybody needs motivators, a light at the end of the tunnel to keep them going; in this case, it is prizes!  This year’s challenge runs from January 6th to April 7th and the grand prize is a 2014 Corvette!

There are other prizes and incentives, and like every challenge there are rules that have to be followed but ultimately we all win.  It may sound sappy and mellow dramatic but it is true and it is what makes Koons Automotive such a great place to work.  Over the next few months we will be posting our progress here in this blog so come back and see how it is going.  This year we have 729 employees taking up the challenge and we will report on the total amount of pounds lost and the total number of employees who finish.  We wish them all luck and the best of health!

#FitnessFriday: Get Out, Get Active!

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The first step to getting active is to get motivated. Several things could be inhibiting your energy levels and your diet could be the culprit. For some tips on diet and food choices, check back to our Tips To Get You Moving post from last week.We’d like to supplement what we had there with more tips to help your workout and to keep you motivated.
  1. Work up a sweat.
    Vigorous work-outs – when you’re breathing hard and sweating – help your heart pump better, give you more energy and help you look and feel best. Start with a warm-up that stretches your muscles. Include 20 minutes of aerobic activity, such as running, jogging, or dancing. Follow-up with activities that help make you stronger such as push-ups or lifting weights. Then cool-down with more stretching and deep breathing.
  2. Get fit with friends or family.
    Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week.
  3. Join in physical activities at school.
    Whether you take a physical education class or do other physical activities at school, such as intramural sports, structures activities are a sure way to feel good, look good and stay physically fit.
  4. Make healthy eating and physical activities fun!
    Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous – try new sports, games and other activities as well as new foods. You’ll grow stronger, play longer, and look and feel better! Set realistic goals – don’t try changing too much at once.

Be Happy! Be Healthy!

-TK

Fitness Friday Tips: Wanna Burn Fat? 6 Things NOT to Do

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Mistake #1: Doing isolated exercises

Doing isolated exercises like bicep curls and tricep kick-backs will not get you any significant results. These one-muscle-at-a-time moves simply don’t stimulate enough muscle fibers to build lean muscle or expend enough energy to maximize your calorie burn.

If you want to build lean muscle while burning fat so you can get serious definition, you need to perform exercises that stimulate as many muscles and expend as much energy as possible at the same time. Using these types of exercises (which I’ll reveal later in the post) will dramatically accelerate your results.

Mistake #2: Working out with machines

Fancy machines may make the gym look high-end, but truthfully, about the only thing they’re good for is for sitting down while you tie your shoes or catch your breath! The problem is this: Machines alter the way your body naturally moves and restrict your range of motion. This severely limits your ability to fully activate all of your muscles fibers — that means less fat burning and less muscle definition. Worse yet, machines can cause excessive strain on your joints, leading to nagging injuries down the road.

If you want fast results, it’s critical that you incorporate exercises that allow your body to move naturally with full range of motion so you can skyrocket your metabolism and tone your entire physique. Later, I’ll explain the 6 primary movements that are the foundation of these full-body exercises…and I’ll also fill you in on the best types of weights to use for your workouts.

Mistake #3: Doing long bouts of cardio

Look, you need to do cardio if you want to lose weight and burn fat…BUT there’s a right way and a wrong way to do your cardio workouts. If you’ve been pounding the pavement or the treadmill with nothing to show for it (except sore joints and a pair of stinky worn out sneakers), you already know it takes a lot of effort to get minimal results.

In this article, I’m going to reveal the most effective way to pump up your cardio routine that will get you insane results in half the time of your regular cardio workout — without causing unnecessary stress on your joints. Seriously, don’t skip this article because once you learn this simple trick, you’ll kick yourself for not doing it all along.

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Mistake #4: Doing crunches and sit-ups to get 6-pack abs

If you want washboard abs, doing traditional ab exercises like crunches and sit-ups WILL NOT get you a six pack. In fact, doing any exercises that target your abs won’t get you a six pack either! These so-called “ab” exercises are a complete waste of time. They don’t make your abs get any more defined and they definitely don’t burn any fat.

The key to getting sculpted abs is to burn off that stubborn layer of belly fat that’s hiding them! In the next few minutes, I’ll show you how to burn away the “ab flab” while stimulating all 6 of your abdominal muscles at the same time so you can finally carve out your six pack abs.

Mistake #5: Repeating the same workout routines over and over

Repeating the same workouts over and over is a surefire way to STOP getting results. We’re creatures of habit and we tend to stick to things we’re familiar with and good at. But when it comes to your workouts, if you want to keep making progress and keep seeing changes in your body, you’ve got to start switching things up.

You see, your body has an amazingly ability to adapt quickly and when it does, that’s when you hit the dreaded plateau and you stop making progress. I’m going to tell you exactly how often you need to change up your workout routine so you can keep your body guessing to accelerate the results process.

Mistake #6: Doing long workouts

Longer workouts do NOT equal better or faster results. If you’ve been slaving away at the gym and your body isn’t visibly changing, you can’t do more of the same thing and expect a different result.

When it comes to getting lean and fit, your body responds to quality over quantity. I’m going to tell you the #1 way to super-charge your workouts — this simple, yet overlooked method is the single fastest way to getting lean and ripped while cutting your workout time almost in half. No joke – this technique will open up a can of whoop-ass on your workout!

Stop doing the same old workouts that haven’t gotten you any results 
and find out the TRUTH about how to get lean and ripped 
with shorter, more effective workouts.

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BE HEALTHY! BE HAPPY!

-Tiffany Koons

Put it in Writing: Food Journals

The advice to keep a food journal or diary is not new but stands to be repeated because it’s been proven to work. Write down what you ate and when, and how you felt as you ate it. Being accountable and honest will help you in this journey to keep track of your progress and see where your weak links are. When you write things down, they click in your head. Review your journal frequently to chart your progress. Look for unhealthy patterns and continually update your goals. BE HONEST! Use your food diary/journal everyday as an essential tool for taking the weight off and keeping it off.

 

“You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.” ~Mike Murdock

 

BE HAPPY! BE HEALTHY!

-TK

Announcing the Koons 2012 Biggest Loser Challenge!!

Koons is pleased to announce a company-wide effort to get fit, and get happy – the Koons 2012 Biggest Loser Employee Challenge!

One team will have a chance to win a weekend at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Resort & Spa in Cambridge, MD after thirteen weeks of sticking to a healthy diet and strict exercise regimen.

Here to help us on our way is our very own certified personal trainer, Tiffany Koons! She’ll be here every week for the 13-week challenge to blog about fitness and give us some motivational tips!

Here’s Tiffany:

Congrats, you have managed to get through the first week of a better life. The first week can often be the most challenging. What is challenged is your will power – can you get up 30 minutes early and squeeze in a jog or do a fitness DVD? Are you able to control your portions while dining out? Can you resist those homemade treats that fill your workplace? Each time you make the smart, healthier decision you will be strengthening your control and willpower. Making smart choices and wise changes will pay off big time in the long run. You will look and feel your best.

“You cannot expect to achieve new goals or move beyond your present circumstances unless you change.” ~Les Brown

Be healthy, Be happy!

-Tiffany Koons