Just One Sugary Drink a Day May Raise Heart Disease Risk

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

SodaPut down that Soda.

For 22 years, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health tracked nearly 43,000 male participants, ages 40-75 in a health They also collected blood samples from more than 18,000 men who were demographically similar to the other participants.

Just 12 ounces of regular soda, fruit drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages daily was associated with a higher risk of heart disease, even after controlling other cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol use and a family history of heart disease.

The news isn’t much better for women either. Another study from 2009 found that women who drank one or less than two sugary drinks per day had a 23 percent increased risk of a heart attack.

Rock Creek Sports Club Now on Google Plus

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To help all of our members keep up with our news and events here at Rock Creek Sports Club, we have now joined Google+!

You can check it out here: Rock Creek Sports Club on Google+

For those of you unfamiliar with Google+, it is Google’s social networking platform. Many people refer to it as the anti-Facebook or the Facebook alternative. It’s a way of sharing information, photos, links, and more with friends, family, and colleagues. Many are also using it to connect with people with similar interests to them, such as history or… fitness!

10 Mistakes Every Cardio Lover Can Make

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

You know who you are. You crave those long morning runs on the treadmill. You love sweating it out during Rock Creak Sports Club Spin classes. You preach the the benefits interval training on the elliptical. We get it, you can’t get enough Cardio!

As you probably already know, cardiovascular workouts are incredibly beneficial for your health. They improve heart function, muscle mass, and blood cholesterol. All of this, while reducing your risk for heart disease and osteoporosis.

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your workout though, check out this list!

Morning Work Outs May Increase Weight Loss

Written by Paul. Posted in Blog, Wellness Bites

All of you who love coming in to Rock Creek Sports Club first thing in the morning will be excited to hear that researchers recently found working out before breakfast may be the best option for weight loss.

Belgian scientists put three groups of healthy men on a high-caloric diet. One group didn’t workout, one worked out before breakfast, and the other did the same workout after breakfast. No big shock here, the group that didn’t workout, gained weight. What’s interesting, though, is the results from the other two groups.

The group that worked out after breakfast still gained some weight (although not as much as the first group,) and reduced their sensitivity to insulin (a factor that lead to diabetes.) The group who worked out before breakfast however, didn’t gain weight and their sensitivity to insulin remained high.

Want to give morning workouts a try? Check out Rock Creek’s early morning classes such as Hatha Yoga from 7-8AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, or Bootcamp Conditioning on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 AM.

Quick word of advice! For some, working out on an empty stomach can make them feel weak or nauseated. If you are one of these people, try eating a small breakfast or snack first. Also, waiting to eat until after your workout is not the best idea if you’re trying to increase strength or improve your performance for a particular event, such as a race.

Members Of The Quarter: Tracy Mulligan & Tracy Mulligan, Jr.

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The RCSC management team is pleased to announce our third quarter Members of the Quarter are the father/son duo Tracy Jr. and Tracy Mulligan. The younger Tracy joined Rock Creek Sports Club in 2008 and encouraged his dad to join in February of 2010. At almost 94 years of age, Dad is a true inspiration, coming to the gym once or twice a week while the younger Tracy works.

Members Of The Quarter: The Minnick Family

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Rock Creek Sports Club is pleased to honor the Minnick family as our Members of the Quarter for the fourth quarter of 2010. Our management team selected the Minnicks because they embody the spirit of a family staying fit together. Susan joined the club in December 2003 along with her daughter Morgan. John followed in December of 2007. Despite jobs, school and travel all three family members have made a commitment to come to the gym regularly and to improve their health by attending classes and working with personal trainers.