As every aspect of our lives becomes more automated, it’s no surprise that the variety and options of fitness gadgets on the market are growing at an exponential rate. Whether you’re interested in tracking heart rate, calories, miles, steps or blood pressure, there’s a fitness gadget out there to meet your needs. If you’re in the market to digitally and automatically track your fitness journey, Dina Whalen, Fitness Together Lynnfield personal trainer and studio owner, has shared some personal and industry guidelines to help you decipher what’s what in today’s fitness gadget world.
Are you curious about the gluten-free movement that has captured the nation? An amazing thirty percent of the American public has or is trying to cut back on gluten intake, so obviously this is a popular nutrition topic. If you are considering going gluten-free, here are a few facts that can help you decide if this dietary strategy is for you:
First we are told to avoid fat, now we are told to eat fat—just make sure it’s the “good” kind. Eggs are full of cholesterol and cause heart disease, but no, wait, eggs are healthy and don’t cause heart disease…Oh boy, nutrition advice can definitely be confusing! This situation is most likely due the endless contradictory nutrition messages that bombard the airwaves, all from purported nutrition “experts.” What’s a health conscious person to believe? Here are 5 common food misconceptions and the real truth behind the hype:
A lot of time and energy is spent during the months leading up to summer getting your body fit and ready for swimsuit season. But, now that the first month of summer is coming to an end, you might feel like you’re in a fitness rut. If you’re feeling hesitant about pulling out your stars and stripes swimsuit and you’re not feeling great about what you’ve accomplished this year in your fitness journey, it may be time to break out of your exercise rut by re-tuning and revamping your summer fitness plan.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy and “fast” way you could lose weight? That’s the appeal of the latest “fasting” diet strategy depicted in the wildly popular two-day-a-week fasting concept, and offered in the book The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley, MD, and Mimi Spencer.
Is this radical diet something you should try? Here are some thoughts on this controversial diet strategy, also known as the “5:2 Diet.”
Kids are like sponges that absorb every attitude, approach and response they see from their parents as they go through their daily lives. When it comes to living a healthy and fitness-oriented lifestyle, kids can be one of the best indications of how important eating healthy and exercising regularly is to their parents.
Making a healthy lifestyle more of a priority for your family starts with parents leading the way and setting good fitness examples for their kids.
Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner, making it a popular time for setting and checking in on your weight loss and fitness goals. If you’re thinking about shedding the final pounds of your winter weight before swimsuit season is in full swing or you’ve signed up for a summer endurance race to challenge your fitness level, it’s important to make sure that your goals are SMART -– specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely –- so you can successfully follow through on meeting your expectations.
Protein Bars: Pros and Cons
Let’s face it: Protein bars are an incredibly convenient (and tasty) way to take the edge off your hunger. Throw them in your backpack, purse or gym bag and you have an easy way to get some extra grams of protein into your diet. They can help you gain or lose weight, depending on your goals.
Let’s take a look at how the different bars’ ingredients stack up and what to look for:
“You are what you eat,” is a common saying. But when it comes to optimizing the nutrients you put into your body, when you eat can be a significant factor to your body’s performance and energy levels.
By using a concept known as nutrient timing you can fine-tune your body’s performance, recovery and metabolism by being deliberate with when and what you eat as it relates to your daily activity.
Mom was right when she said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After all, breakfast means “breaking the fast,” starting your day after a night of not eating with the energy and nutrition you need. A healthy breakfast can help you concentrate better, give you strength and even help you to maintain a healthy weight.