Fireside 2.1 ( Fit This in Blog Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:30:00 -0400 Fit This in Blog en-us Matcha Do About Nothing Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting Tue, 25 Sep 2018 06:30:00 -0400 a8965d49-aa8e-40bb-9d00-8e26e6fd6715 Cupcake recipe based on this Food Network recipe; frosting recipe is “Fit This In” host Jen Rehill’s own.


Matcha Cupcakes
2½ cups cake flour
3 TSP baking powder
1 TSP salt
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup canola vegetable oil
2 TSP vanilla extract
4 packets Aiya Matcha To Go green tea (reserve a pinch for dusting on top of frosting)

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter, softened
2 oz cream cheese, softened
2½ cups confectioners sugar
2 TSP vanilla
1-2 TSP Coffee-mate Natural Bliss vanilla creamer
Extra matcha for dusting


For the cupcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with 24 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the sugar, and mix until well blended.
  • In an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, mix the liquid ingredients (milk, oil, eggs, and vanilla) at medium speed for 2 minutes, until light and frothy. Switch to paddle attachment, and add the dry ingredients. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Add the matcha powder, and beat again for 2 minutes.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake liners, filling just two-thirds of the way. Bake cupcakes for 12-14 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Allow cupcakes to completely cool before frosting.

For the frosting:

  • Add butter, cream cheese and vanilla into the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix for 1-2 minutes on medium speed until well blended. Add sugar a little at a time, and mix at low speed until well incorporated.
  • Beat at medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Add creamer a little at a time, mixing another 1-2 minutes until frosting is smooth and creamy.
  • Fit pastry bag with a large round (or similar) decorating tip, and pipe on frosting. Sprinkle an extra pinch of matcha over the frosting on each cupcake.

Listen to the "Fit This In" crew taste test these cupcakes in the episode: Matcha-Do About Nothing.


“Fit This In” Team Finds Its Zen Wed, 11 Jul 2018 16:00:00 -0400 55df9a70-afdc-43b4-bd18-22a8b7036eaf Just a few minutes of meditation each day can yield some impressive wellness benefits. Learn more about meditation and why we decided to try it out in our latest episode. Like yoga, meditation has been practiced for centuries but only recently began gaining popularity in Western culture. Despite meditation’s history, modern scientists have just started scratching the surface of the connection between it and improved health.

Practicing meditation helps you get more in tune with your body, mentally and physically, generating myriad benefits for your health.

Practicing meditation:

  • Improves circulation
  • Lowers heart rate
  • Helps maintain a healthy heart
  • Improves immune system functions
  • Promotes positivity
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Improves memory
  • Enhances quality of sleep
  • Promotes self-acceptance and positive body image

“Apps for meditation are everywhere right now,” “Fit This In” moderator Jen Rehill said. “It’s kind of a modern twist of the ancient tradition.”

To test the benefits, the “Fit This In” team dedicated its latest episode to practicing meditation. Each member has had interest in trying meditation, or has fully intended to start incorporating it into her day — although it didn’t necessarily stick.

“I first started seriously thinking about meditation around New Year’s,” Noelle Feron said. “I was with some girlfriends who had tried it, and they said it had really helped even just doing it five minutes a day. It helped calm them down, it helped them prioritize things at work, and they really got a lot of benefits out of it. So I said I was going to try it — and never did. I’m excited that I am finally getting to try out meditation with the ‘Fit This In’ team.”

Marsha Reisinger and Megan Dapp have tried meditation apps but not necessarily practiced the art in the traditional form.

“I used the app ‘Headspace,’ and I really liked it because the guy who is your guide has a British accent, which apparently helps to calm me down,” Megan said. “But like Noelle, my New Year’s resolution was to be more present — I have trouble turning my brain off at some times — so I did five minutes a day for two weeks, but then my free trial was up and I stopped.”

“I have used a meditation app, but I have this problem where, if I know I’m supposed to be relaxing, I don’t relax,” Marsha said. “So that was kind of what happened to me. I was only a minute in and my mind was just racing about every other thing other than relaxing, and I haven’t done it since.”

The “Fit This In” crew members could all agree that turning off their brains and finding a calm, work-free state of mind is far from easy at times, but they anticipated overcoming that challenge as they took on meditation with an open mind.

Listen to the latest “Fit This In” podcast to hear what the crew thought of meditation and see if you should try to find your Zen with meditation, too!

Cat Cormany "preaches that gospel" of fitness to all of her classes Sat, 30 Jun 2018 16:00:00 -0400 334fc87d-31fc-427e-9deb-fa56fa1262b9 An extended interview with kickboxing instructor Cat Cormany. Jen and Cat

Fitness changed Cat Cormany's life, and she tries to "preach that gospel" to all of her classes.

Cormany is a cardio kickboxing instructor at the Harrisburg Area YMCA.

Listen here for her extended interview about her philosophy of fitness and what happens in a kickboxing class.

“It’s not about being skinny,” she said. “It’s not about what other people think of how you look or what dress size you’re wearing. Fitness is from the inside out. It’s about healthy living, healthy mind, body and spirit, and I try and bring that to all my classes.”

Cormany said cardio kickboxing is an amazing sport and that research has shown participants can burn up to eight calories per minute. Over 45 minutes, that’s the equivalent of a five-mile run.

Benefits for a class include improved stamina and muscle tone, stress release and weight loss. And for seniors, Cormany said, kickboxing can improve balance and reaction time, increasing overall wellness and quality of life. Kickboxing moves can also be modified for people with physical challenges, such as bad knees or back problems.

You can find out more about Cat Cormany on Facebook at ZumbaWithCat.

“Fit This In” Team Goes Kung Fu Fighting Thu, 21 Jun 2018 17:00:00 -0400 86de40dd-f447-4097-9646-9dffe890f1af The idea of kickboxing may seem a bit intense for someone who has never done it before. Learn about its benefits and try it out with the Fit This In crew! Throughout history, boxing has been a sport known for its extremely fit athletes. Whether you remember the training Sylvester Stallone went through for his role in “Rocky” or just the impeccable physique Muhammad Ali maintained, you probably associate boxing with athletes who went through intense training to be all-around fit — in terms of strength, power, speed and agility. Because of this, many trainers began to see the benefits of boxing exercise and decided to modify it into a group workout class that could help the average person improve their fitness levels and overall health.

Thus, the ever-so-popular cardio kickboxing class was born.

Cardio kickboxing classes have gained popularity for many reasons, with two of the biggest being the time-saving aspect and the accountability group workout classes promote. Because kickboxing is a high-intensity interval workout (H.I.I.T.), participants can raise their heart rates and improve their strength, balance and agility in a shorter amount of time than running or biking might require to burn the same number of calories. When you become part of a class such as kickboxing, you are much more likely to stick with it once you know your fellow class members — and break a sweat together.

Cardio kickboxing has many benefits beyond these two, including:

  • Improved coordination
  • Weight reduction
  • Improved cardiovascular health
  • Strength building
  • Improved self-defense skills
  • Reduced stress levels

The idea of kickboxing may seem a bit intense for someone who has never done it before.

“Fit This In” podcast moderator Jen Rehill said: “You gotta love how incredibly fierce it looks but what I want to know is, what is a class actually like? Is it just for elite athletes or is it something that works for all types of fitness levels?”

To explore this trend, find some answers and see if they’d recommend it to a friend, the “Fit This In” team decided to give cardio kickboxing a go.

“Fit This In” crew member, Megan, said she tried a kickboxing class a long time ago and woke up feeling it the next day.

“When I woke up, the only thing I could move was my eyelids,” she said. “I could feel it all over just from one workout.”

Crew members Marsha, Megan, and Noelle were both excited and apprehensive about taking on this trend. Marsha, who is a huge fan of H.I.I.T. workouts, was intrigued by the fat-burning and full-body workout that kickboxing classes can provide in such a short amount of time.

“When I go to the gym, I want to make the time I spend there is well worth the trip,” Marsha said. “Cardio kickboxing classes usually last around 45 minutes to an hour, and depending on your weight and fitness level, you can burn anywhere from 400 to 800 calories per session.”

Noelle loves the fact that you can find kickboxing classes online at home if you are anxious about going straight to the gym.

“I always get nervous going to a new fitness class for the first time because you think: ‘Oh my gosh, everyone is looking at me and thinking about how uncoordinated I am and I don’t know what I’m doing,’” Noelle said. “So it’s nice to have the option to do my own private, first attempt at kickboxing at home.”

Listen along as the “Fit This In” crew members discuss the cardio-kickboxing trend and report their results to see if a kickboxing class is worth your time!

“Fit This In” Team Tries Kombucha: The “Good-for-Your-Gut” Wellness Trend Wed, 06 Jun 2018 16:00:00 -0400 e1c6c6b3-c21b-4e4f-afdf-98a379cc3f43 For our first episode of "Fit This In," the crew tried kombucha, a fermented and sweetened tea that has gained popularity despite being around for thousands of years. Learn about its benefits and tips if you decide to try it yourself! Every year, the amount of health and wellness trends seems to grow. This may be because our culture has become increasingly interested in health and wellness, or because we have more channels and outlets to hear about every new trend people are trying.

One trend you might have heard of is kombucha. Kombucha is a fermented and sweetened tea that is said to have originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. The first recorded use of kombucha was in China in 221 B.C.

While it has taken thousands of years to gain traction in the U.S., kombucha is now one of the most popular trends around. It is said to have many benefits because of its probiotic properties.

Noticing this increasingly emerging trend, the “Fit This In” team members dedicated the first episode of their podcast to trying “The Tea of Immortality” to see if kombucha is something they’d recommend to a friend.

Before taking a stab at kombucha, “Fit This In” started considering all of the benefits proponents of the drink say it can provide.

Fans claim kombucha:

  • Promotes disease prevention
  • Supports a healthy gut
  • May improve mental health
  • Protects the lungs
  • Fights bacteria
  • Helps manage diabetes
  • Benefits the cardiovascular system
  • Helps maintain a healthy liver

Listen to the first episode of the health and fitness podcast “Fit This In,” as the panelists give their takes on kombucha after trying it for the first time.

After hearing their takes on the trend, if you think kombucha is worth a try, here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you choose the right kind.

  • Make sure it’s certified organic
  • The ingredients list should be short and easy to understand
  • Check the vitamin listings. If the label doesn’t list vitamin B, the tea might have been pasteurized with heat, which ruins some of the vitamins
  • Look at the color and the bubbles. Kombucha is naturally a light tan color, and it should smell like a sweet vinegar. Bubbles also are considered to be a sign of a healthy fermentation

Despite the increasing number of people including kombucha in their diets, there is still room for more studies to be conducted to prove kombucha works in the way people claim it does.

In recent years, there have been reports of adverse effects, such as stomach upset, infections, and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers, according to Mayo Clinic. This could be because of homemade brewing in unsterile conditions, which is why you should always be thorough when making a kombucha purchase.

As with any new wellness trend, it is important to talk to your doctor before trying kombucha to make sure it is right for you.