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Friday, March 09, 2012

Working Out Smart & Eating #Wholesome Meals @McDonalds_ATL

I've joined McDonald's and National Fitness Expert Andrea Riggs on a Wholesome Choices Challenge! Over the last several weeks, I have been sharing my own tips and ideas for making more wholesome choices in my every day life. Through the McDonald’s “Made For You” cooking system, you can special order various menu items to help meet your nutritional needs. A range of serving sizes make it easy to create meal combinations that work for you and your family.

Andrea stays committed to living a Wholesome lifestyle and I'm on a mission to join her! Here are her tips to getting back into good health:

  • Andrea Tip # 1 – Strength Training – commit to 3-basic strength exercises to tone your upper body, lower body and abdominals and boost your metabolism and target belly fat. See 30 day exercise program on the website.
  • Andrea Tip # 2 – Alternate Cardio – to increase calorie burning and speed recovery after total body exercises, perform 30 to 45 minutes of cardio activity (walking, jogging, biking).
  • Andrea # 3 – Eat Right Foods- add green tea, nuts, avocados and yogurt between healthy balanced meals.

Like Andrea, my twin brother, Joshua Marable, has some sick abs. Washboard sick. His abs put Usher, Ochocinco, and David Beckham to shame. When working out he suggests that you should be, "fully present in the moment, during training, is the most powerful way to increase athletic performance. Centered and focused with attention and interest, active intelligence is literally sewn into the physical atoms of the body. Strength, balance, coordination, and responsiveness are heightened, as well as adaptability to adverse situations. True alignment is attained by a sound mind, calm emotions, and willful body. This state of synthesis transfigures the form."

Socketball II- Joshua Marable

Joshua also advises people to stay positive while working out. "Thought is energy. We often waste this precious energy on needless thinking. Do not chase the mind when it runs rampant, for you will become easily fatigued. It is important to focus and steady the mind with conscious clarity when training. You will get much more out of the exercise. Time in the presence is time well spent.

3 Treadmills & The Xerball- Joshua Marable

Follow McDonald’s Atlanta on Twitter @McDonaldsATL and check out their website for real-time promos, meal ideas and how to make the most of your McDonald’s experience:

Joshua Marable is the creator of the innovative athletic program Ra Magna, Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and a Laughter Yoga Group Leader. He is also a freelance and sculpture model.

Disclosure: McDonald’s partnered with bloggers such as me to participate in its “Wholesome Choices” Blogger Program. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used, and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. McDonald’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

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