How to live to be 100+


CrossFit Chicago Women’s Classes-1 FREE Month!

Are you a person that likes to leave everything on the floor at the gym?  No, not literally, but physically…You push yourself to your max and had one of those workouts were your muscles shake, but you feel so accomplished and proud.

CrossFit Chicago can make this all happen and more!  And they now have Women’s Classes that are held every Monday-Thursday.   These classes are lower impact using mainly body-weight movements focusing on agility and cardio.  Think toned, tight, well conditioned body-but not beefed up.

Need another reason to CrossFit?  CrossFit provides a sense of community, and the support you receive from those around you is second to none.  From those just starting a workout regimen to ex-college athletes, you challenge yourself, and yourself only with the help of trained coaches. 

So why wouldn’t you want to give it a try, especially if it is free for a month?  CrossFit Chicago is generously offering Healthy in Chicago readers 1 MONTH free of CrossFit classes.  Start the new year off right and do one thing a day that scares you-challenge yourself and look good while doing it!

Email to sign up today!

 Read more about the CrossFit workout here

25-29% of Illinois residents are obese..what can you do to change those numbers?

Obesity is on the rise.  The CDC states obesity is now an “epidemic” and a “major health threat in the United States.  This means the prevalence of those with heart disease, diabetes and premature death is increasing well.  This isn’t news to many of us, but is still alarming. 

Illinois falls in the middle of the statistics with 25-29% of our population in 2009 being obese (having a body mass index equal or greater than 30 or being approximately 30 pounds over weight) while 9 southern states top the list.  Colorado has the least amount of obese people. 

According to the CDC, over 34% of the entire US population is now obese.  That is over 73 million people!  In 2008, obese people costed our nation over $147 in weight related medical bills.

The light at the end of the tunnel? We can make a different in our city!  Obesity can be prevented by lifestyle choices.  People can lose weight and get healthy by working out, watching their portions, and eating more fruits and veggies.  Simple things make a difference!

Many of you already have chosen to be healthy, but do you know someone who may not be?  No one likes someone nagging them to workout, or to eat better, but there are small things each of us can do to make a difference.  Inspire others by how you live your life!  Ask a friend to a workout class, bring your parents fresh fruits from the farmers market, share this website or others with those looking for healthy resources.

Healthy In Chicago challenges YOU to help make our city healthier.  Whether it is just by keeping with your routines, or reaching out to others the simple and small things can make a difference!

What do you do to make Chicago healthy?

Calling all Chicago couples~TV Show casting!

The folks over at the Harpo Studios (Oprah) have given Healthy In Chicago readers the opportunity to participate in a taping of Dr. Laura Berman’s new show on the Oprah Winfrey Network!

See the information below!

Are you struggling with your sex life or relationship? Dr. Laura Berman can help!

Have you lost the spark in your relationship?  Is intimacy – or lack thereof – a source of conflict between you and your partner?  Are you desperate to reconnect but don’t know where to turn, or don’t have the resources to get the information you need?

Dr. Laura Berman, a world-renowned Sex & Relationship Expert, has a brand new television show on OWN – and she’s here to help you!

You’ve seen her segments on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Dr. Oz Show and heard her great advice on Oprah Radio, but now Dr. Berman has a brand new TV show, In The Bedroom With Dr. Laura Berman, fully dedicated to helping couples achieve greater intimacy and connection, not to mention better sex!

Dr. Berman understands the juggling act you go through every day and the significance of keeping your sex life a top priority. If you’re struggling with your intimacy, want a better relationship and long for a more fulfilling sex life,  Dr. Berman is here to shed some light. Let Dr. Berman show you how to get exactly what you want and need in the bedroom and beyond!

If you live in the Chicago area and want Dr. Berman’s advice, contact us today!  Please be sure to include a description of your family and the issues you’re dealing with.  Couples need not be married but must be committed to making a change and be willing to appear and discuss their private lives on television, if selected.

We look forward to hearing from YOU!

Heather Teta
Casting Director

Burn fat and lifts-Have you tried it yet?

This morning, I had the privilege of starting off my day with a  Barre Bee Fit class and let me tell you, I am already feeling it! 

Barre Bee Fit is the newest barre-based workout studios to hit Chicago and Healthy In Chicago welcomes this new addition.  Why?  Because not only is the workout phenomenal, the atmosphere and energy in the studio is amazing.  Are you a person who gets nervous about trying something new?  Haven’t worked out in a while?  Feel insecure because you may not have the hottest workout attire?  None of this matters at Barre Bee Fit.  The instructors are welcoming, personable and the classes small, so you don’t feel intimated by what you are doing or where you are. 

Jillian, part founder and fab instructor, started class today with a cardio warm up and then progressed to strengthen training.  However, this was a different kind of strength training.  According to Jillian, using small isometric movements, each individual muscle group is targeted and worked to the point of overload.  With intermitted cardio bursts, to burn more calories, Jillian took us through more isometric movements as well as barre and yoga stretches ending the class with core work.  We did feel the burn for the full hour!

Why do this class?  According to Barre Bee Fit’s owners, Barre Bee Fit’s systematic approach burns fat and lifts and lengthens the body to yield quick noticeable results that we all want to see.  It can change the way your body functions and looks.  It is also very reasonably priced.  For just $125 a month, you get unlimited classes.  If you go 3 times a week, that is only $10 a class!  They also offer student and industry discounts, or pay as you go!  The studio itself is very clean.  Jillian, a self-professed germ freak, and her team of insructors (shout out to Michelle!)makes sure mats and equipment are wiped down between each class.   Parking is free if go you in the morning and it is conveniently located for anyone to go before or after work.  They also cap their class sizes so you actually have your own space to practice!  The only down we saw is that the studio doesn’t have showers.  However even with its intensity, we didn’t sweat much, and they keep it very cold in the workout room.

Bottom line:  Barre Bee Fit is Healthy In Chicago approved and recommended.  Not only is it a great workout, but the studio and instructors are unpretentious, personable and knowledgable.  A big plus, the classes are affordable!

Healthy In Chicago readers-Try a class!  Enter promo code 435 when you register and workout for FREE.

You are also invited to Barre Bee Fit’s launch party tomorrow at English from 6-9pm. 

$10 donation gets you 2 free drinks and another FREE class at Barre Bee Fit.  Even better, your donation goes to the Bright Pink charity.

To read more about Barre Bee Fit click here.

The Truth Will Set You Free

How do you mislead yourself?  How do you think, talk or behave in untruthful ways regarding your health habits?

Maybe you don’t complete cardio for the full 30 minutes, maybe you don’t eat the same way in front of others as you do alone, maybe you ignore what your body is telling you when an injury recurs because it’s better to be tough than care for the problem, maybe you have a gym membership with automated withdrawals that you haven’t used in over 6 months, maybe you are a size 14 but hold onto your size 8 clothing, maybe you say negative things to yourself about your body when the truth is your body does an incredibly effective job and generally looks quite nice.

Did something immediately pop into your head? When we strive to be healthier, slimmer, or more athletic we only stand in our way when we avoid the present truth. The fact is – if you don’t REALLY know where you are you can’t get where want to be.

This is not a guilt ridden suggestion. Having been privy to hundreds of individuals’ stories and struggles with weight loss, food and fitness programs, I want to help you see your habits clearly. When you truly see where you are you will know HOW to get where you’d like to be. Clearly seeing where we omit, exaggerate or (most popular) ignore healthy or unhealthy habits is an incredibly liberating experience. You will find room to celebrate how well you are doing in some areas and a clear perspective on the habits that are standing directly in your way.

How does one get honest about the big healthy habits?

Hire an expert or write it down. I inadvertently did both – and even as a fitness professional for almost ten years with plenty of great healthy habits – I had a moment that wasn’t pretty. About a year ago, while seeing a chiropractor, I was asked to keep a food log. No problem I thought, I have clients do this all the time – had the form already in my files and was almost proud to share my diet. In the prior two years, although good to begin with, I had revamped our household’s cooking and eating patterns. We had fruits and veggies coming out our ears, variety on the plate, seasonal foods incorporated, lean meats and fiber gracing every dinner and occasional indulgences to keep the balance. So, I was shocked and a bit more than embarrassed to see that in one day I had consumed four cans of Orange Fanta. Yes, FOUR. I might as well have been injecting high fructose corn syrup and Yellow Number Three. I’m not oblivious. I know the importance of diet much more than most but, even an as an expert in the field, I had slowly developed a bad habit.

How do you develop a bad habit?

Take a look at the first habit that popped into your head. Usually, rationalizing and no self monitor facilitate untruthfulness. In terms of my experience, when I quietly noticed that the pop seemed to be gone rather quickly, I thought: “someone else must be drinking it too” (nope – hubby, babysitter and toddler are not to blame) or “it was OK because I had such an active job” (ignores the detrimental effect on my teeth, bones or organs), or “it wasn’t really that much because I have no other vices or indulgences” (that’s akin to: “I don’t have to change the oil in the car because I always rotate the tires.”) I share this with you to remind you that it happens to all of us and to offer my support and encouragement.

What you can do

I invite you to take a look at your habits – see where you really are and you will absolutely be better suited to get where you want to be. Do you remember the thought that popped into your head at the start of the article? I suggest this is your starting point. Keep a log for one week; whether it’s exercise, taking your medicine, negative chatter about your body or what you are eating. Follow the steps below:

  • Focus on your immediate thought to “How do you mislead yourself?”
  • Write down that habit/thought pattern honestly for one week
  • Take look once the week is up
  • Decide how you could best help yourself (remove the candy jar from your desk and buy yourself fruit for break time, complete your cardio during your favorite show, see a physician regarding that injury and really follow their advice, donate the “skinny clothes” to a charity, replace the urge for negative chatter with thoughts about the assets your body has)
  • Implement and record the new healthier habit and/or enlist the help of a professional
  • Celebrate your new, heathier habits

Give yourself that sense of perspective and accountability. My sincere hope is that you find success by being willing to take an honest look because even in healthy habits, the truth will set you free.

Michelle Blakely, NSCA-CPT, USAW

President, Blakely F.I.T. Inc., Outstanding Personal Training Exclusively for Women

Email with your story or questions.


Chicago Women ~Take the Challenge!

Bright Pink, the only national non-profit organization with an exclusive focus on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in high-risk young women, is hosting FIT FEST 2010 on Sunday, May 23rd and Healthy In Chicago readers are invited! 
Bright Pink was founded in 2007 by Lindsay Avner, and empowers young women to take care of their health and become educated about their risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.  Lindsay was inspired to start Bright Pink from her own experiences as a high-risk young woman.  At age 23, she made the decision to get a preventative bilateral mastectomy because so many women in her family suffered from or died of breast cancer.  She made an educated decision and took control of her future. Lindsay now strives to raise funds for this cause and educate others to do the same.
Why you should participate in Fit Fest 2010? 

Not only will you have the opportunity to participate in physical challenges like Yoga, Core Fusion, Cardio Striptease and Pilates, but you will also be contributing to a great cause.  By accepting the Fit Fest Challenge, you will directly impact the lives of high-risk women around the US through your commitment to raise $200 for Bright Pink.  Bright Pink makes it easy to raise funds by inviting you to set up your own personal fundraising web page and achieve the $200 goal.  At Fit Fest, enjoy chair massages, healthy snacks, manicures and more to make you feel fit and healthy!  This event is hosted by Brooke Johnson, Julie Selakovich, Kelli Zink, and Ashley Bond.  

Click on the event below and register today!
The average woman has a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer sometime in their life and that risk can be doubled or more, if the women has a family history of breast cancer or carries certain genetic traits. Visit and educate yourself today!
 With more than 10,000 members, 10 chapters, and 9 different educational and support programs nationwide, Bright Pink enlightens and empowers women to take control of their breast and ovarian health and in turn, grant them the freedom and peace of mind to live a beautiful and fulfilling life. Visit online at

Register Today!