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Reach Your Weight Loss Goal: The Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker App can help!

January 7th, 2011

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Okay, so it’s day 7 in your quest to keep your resolution to lose weight in 2011. How are you doing? Are you on the right track, or do you need a little boost?

Everywhere you turn there is someone or something that can offer you assistance in your weight loss challenge. In fact, your iPhone or iPod Touch may be just what you need. That’s because they are both compatible with the Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker application by MyFitnessPal. You can use this application to count calories, set goals, and track your progress. In fact there are over 600,000 foods in the database!

Even better, the application has an awesome tool that allows you to invite your family and friends to help motivate and support you while you are on your weight loss journey. This feature allows you to share any updates on your progress with your support system.

The best thing about this application is the fact that you can use your iPhone and get full access to your MyFitnessPal.com account. So, if you are out, and decide to stop somewhere for a quick bite to eat, you can log your meal information into your iPhone, and it actually synchronizes with the website! Oh, don’t worry about cost because the iPhone application and the supporting MyFitnessPal website are both 100% free!

Palm Valley residents, for more information about this awesome application, click here.

Photo Credit: Katie Lips

Let’s Bring in the New Year Palm Valley Apartments!

December 31st, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Hey Palm Valley Residents! Let the countdown begin to the new year! The time has come for New Year’s resolutions. Each year many of us vow to lose weight, quit a bad habit, or strive for more success.

There are others of us that have more interesting and exciting New Year’s resolutions? Do you have an unusual or different resolution for the New Year? If so we would love to hear from you!

Feel free to leave a comment…What’s your unusual or different New Year’s Resolution for 2011????

The staff at Palm Valley would like to wish our residents a wonderful and prosperous NEW YEAR!!!

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Apartment Health: Benefits of Yoga Class

October 26th, 2010

Taking a Yoga Class at Palm Valley Communities can have many Benefits

Have you thought about taking a yoga class, but decided not to do so because you didn’t think it would benefit you? A common thought is that yoga is an exercise that is only good for people in immaculate shape and flexibility out of this world. The truth is that yoga is beneficial to everyone. If you’ve stayed clear of it, reconsider trying it again. Besides helping your physical health like lowering blood pressure and improving diabetes, here are some other ways you can benefit from taking a yoga class:

Flexibility- If you’ve had a problem with flexibility, yoga can help you accomplish this. In fact, if you lost your ability to move and continously have tight muscles, it’s the perfect exercise to increase your agility and get stagnant muscles moving again.

Stress- One of the best ways to reduce stress is through exercise. According to WebMD, yoga helps reduce stress, especially through the meditation aspect of it.

If you’re reconsidering taking a yoga class you don’t even have to leave Palm Valley Apartments to do so. Yoga classes are available every Thursday. Even if you can’t attend every class, you can do yoga in the privacy of your own apartment. Stop by on of the yoga classes at Palm Valley Communities and learn how to improve your health with the benefits of yoga. You can see where the yoga classes are held at Palm Valley by going to the website and checking the residential calendars.

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Take a Break and Dance

October 18th, 2010

Learn the art of Aztec Dance in San Jose

Getting a little bored with your workout routine? Try a dance class. Dancing is a great aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping and provides you with a full body workout. Not only does it help you burn calories but it also helps tone muscle too.

Dancing for exercise has become more popular thanks to shows like Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance. Everyone is starting to take notice that dancing doesn’t just consist of ballerinas performing to Swan Lake. There are many different genres of dance that are great workouts and everyone can enjoy.

If you are looking for a fun class to break up your usual work out routine, there is an interesting class in San Jose that you may like called Tezatlipoka Aztec Dance and Drum. The class is inspired by the traditional Aztec circle dance, and provides you with a unique cultural experience and workout. The class is held within 10 miles of the apartment every Wednesday at the Roosevelt Community Center from 6:30pm to 8pm. The best part about the class is it’s free!

Don’t abandon your workout routine, but if you are a little bored, switch things up and head over to the Aztec Dance and Drum class in San Jose.

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How Healthy is Your Fast Food Breakfast?

October 14th, 2010

Fixing a Full Breakfast at the Apartment isn't always Possible, but Pay Attention to what you do Eat on the Go

Does your daily routine include a stop in the morning for breakfast at a fast food restaurant? For myself, I try to make breakfast at home, but there are those days when I haven’t done the grocery shopping and it leaves me with no choice but to get breakfast on the go. For others grabbing a quick to-go breakfast is apart of their daily routine.

You may think that eating at fast food restaurants everyday is horrible, but the problem with eating out has never been the mere action of doing so, it’s the choices that some of us choose on the menu.

We can all combat the ” eating an unhealthy breakfast” war by making ourselves aware of what the better choices are on the menu. WebMD has the perfect slideshow that shows the actual nutritional content of some poor choices from  breakfast at restaurants. It also displays better options that will help keep the pounds off and will definitely be better for your overall health.

What Carbohydrates are Good for You?

October 7th, 2010

Whole Grains help you Control your weight

How important is it to make the switch from white bread to whole grain bread.  From white rice to brown rice? If you are like me then hearing the truth may be hard to understand because when you look at the nutrition facts they look similar. The truth of the matter is that refined carbohydrates which include white bread, rice, and pasta should not be consumed in large amounts.

White carbs fit more in the category of the occasional splurge. Whole grains are better for you. They are a good source of fiber which is what you need. According to WebMD, diets low in fiber increase the chances of cardiovascular disease. Here is what a whole grain can do for you:

Digest Easier: Whole Grains break down differently in your body. White carbs break down into sugar where as whole grains are packed with fiber and help expel waste from your body.

Help Control Weight: Eating whole grain helps you control your weight. If just being healthy isn’t enough reason to make the switch, weight control should do the trick.

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Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

July 23rd, 2010

ChickenThis question has boggled minds for ages.  I think I first heard this question posed when I was in Kindergarten class.  And honestly, I have used many precious brain cells wondering what the answer is.  Well, I have to wonder no longer, because a group of scientists have finally cracked the riddle

It turns out that the answer may have been simpler than we first assumed.  It all comes down to one protein, OC-17.  This particular protein is used to create the egg shell.  And this ingredient is only found inside of the chicken, therefore there could never be an eggshell without the chicken.

Dr. Colin Freeman is quoted as saying “It had long been suspected that the egg came first, but now we have the scientific proof that shows that in fact the chicken came first,”  It’s believed that this discovery will help scientists find ways to create new materials by studying the chicken.  Now the only question is where did the chicken come from?

Stay Fit at Palm Valley Communities

July 6th, 2010

runner-stretchingHello Palm Valley! We developed Palm Valley with the health conscious resident in mind. Everything about our property promotes a healthy lifestyle. We wanted to make it easy for you to live and maintain the healthy lifestyle you enjoy.

For that reason, we offer evening Yoga and Cardio-Kickboxing classes weekly. If you prefer an individual workout our fitness center is open daily from 5a.m. to 12a.m. The fitness center is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment. As well, if you enjoy working out to the P90X we have the space you will need in our aerobics room.

Switch up your workout routine every now and then. Walk, jog, or hike along some of the best trails in San Jose immediately outside your apartment.  Swim in any of our resort style pools. Do not worry about getting a gym membership. Take full advantage of all the amenities Palm Valley has to offer. What do you like best about Palm Valley’s Fitness Center? Would you Change anything? Please share, we value your opinion.

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