Save Money – NOT – Calories!

Hey everyone!  As we inch closer to Thanksgiving Day – one of the heaviest EATING holidays of the year – I thought that this might be an appropriate topic to cover.  Please enjoy, and as always feel free to share the link to this blog with your friends and family.


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Save Your Money – NOT – Your Calories

SPEND-SPEND-SPEND!  That’s my advice when it comes to calories.  Creating an excess in the form of saving or storing is great when it comes to our money.  Spend less than you make is sound financial advice.  Yet, when it comes to our health, creating a deficit in our ‘calorie bank’ is one of the best ways to improve our wellness.  In my opinion, too often the message and approach espoused in the media is focused on reducing the number of calories that you eat — in other words dieting — while not enough attention is given to creating that calorie deficit through exercise.  Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a place in most of our lives for reducing the amount that we eat.  However, there is definitely research out there that shows that taking that path without increasing our activity level may actually have the opposite effect of what we are trying to accomplish — lose weight.

I love analogies, so continuing on my spending and saving analogy, if I’m saving money in the bank and I simply reduce the amount of money that I add to my account with each deposit, while my bank account balance will increase more slowly, it doesn’t go down in value, it just goes up slower.  I can even stop making deposits altogether and while my account balance will not increase (ok I know about interest, but work with me here) it also does not go down.

Take that analogy to the eating-exercise scenario and by simply reducing my food intake/calories I may be reducing the amount of increase or weight gain that I experience, even to the point of reaching a zero sum or stabilizing my weight, but may NOT be doing much to actually lose weight.  In both scenarios, in order to reduce my balance I need to spend!  Spending calories equates to exercise.

So, keep saving your money, but please get out there and spend those calories.

ALWAYS consult with your physician or healthcare provider BEFORE you begin ANY exercise to ensure that exercise is appropriate for you!

This Fitness, Health and Exercise Facts publication is brought to you courtesy of LEC Fitness, LLC

Join Us: November 23rd For a Fun Post-Thanksgiving Day Small Group Workout to Help You ‘Spend’ Some of Those Excess Turkey-Day Calories! Space is Limited So Register Now by Clicking Here.


Tennis and Fitness Event

Hi everyone!  This past Saturday (October 13th) my company and I participated in a wonderful Tennis and Fitness event at the George Washington University Tennis Center in Washington, D.C.  It was a beautiful Fall day with temperatures in the mid-60’s with lots of sunshine!  With about 40 people participating in the tennis clinics, round-robin play, games and  my fitness clinic there was plenty to keep everyone entertained and busy!

I had a blast at the event as I pushed each participant through a series of exercises designed to improve their tennis games, as well as improve their overall health and fitness.  I think that quite honestly I had as much fun as the people attending the event! I’ve attached a couple of photos from the event.

Thanks everyone for attending!  I look forward to my next small group training session.

In Health and Fitness,


LEC Fitness at Inova Physical Therapy and Sportsplex

Media Release

LEC Fitness, LLC is very pleased to announce that it has agreed to provide Personal Training and Sports Performance services and programs at the Inova Physical Therapy and Sportsplex clinic. The programs and services will be available to both Inova patients and to the general public on an appointment basis. In addition, LEC Fitness will be offering small group fitness classes at the Sportsplex twice a month.

LEC Fitness will be providing programs and services targeted to help clients of all ages reach their individual fitness and wellness goals. Reduction in body fat, post-rehab training following injury or surgery, sports performance and conditioning, ACL injury prevention training, fitness training for children and adolescents, fitness training for the elderly, and training for special events such as preparing for weddings and more are all fitness goals that can be addressed through this training .

LEC Fitness owner, LaRue E. Cook says “this is a wonderful opportunity for fitness clients of all ages, whether they are an Inova patient or not, to receive fitness and personal training services in a more intimate clinical setting that is not membership based. This will allow me and the client to focus more on achieving their fitness goals with fewer interruptions and no crowding as in your typical gym setting. I look forward to having the opportunity to work with local athletes, and general fitness clients in continuing to make a positive impact on their health and fitness, and in helping them achieve their individual goals.”

For more information or to make an appointment for training please contact LaRue at:

Fitness, Health and Exercise Facts by LaRue: Proper Hydration


Hello everyone! With the first month of 2012 under our belt the New Year’s eve “charge” towards better health and fitness continues for many of us. Here’s some “common sense” advice on a health topic that oftentimes goes unnoticed – proper hydration – just click on the link above to read this Fitness, Health and Exercise Facts blog.   Enjoy, and “keep drinking!”

In Health and Fitness