It's not too late to start training for some of these races! Remember...having a clear goal in mind can be the key to motivation.
Check your Cholesterol! Did you know that September is National Cholesterol Education Month?
Make a Fast and Healthy Chocolate Shake. Did you know that September 12th is National Chocolate Milkshake Day?
Try making this easy, delicious salad at home!
If you have bad knees, the first thing that you should do is check your form while doing exercises. For example, a lot of knee pain can be avoided during a squat making simple changes like keeping your weight on your heels and making sure your knees are not past your toes in the squat position. If you have had a knee injury or persistent knee pain, strengthening your weaker leg muscles will help take some of the pressure off of the knees. Start with lower impact exercises performed on both legs such as squats or single leg exercises such as lunges or split squats de-loaded with a TRX or cable. As you get stronger, more intense exercises can be incorporated to further strengthen and protect your knees.-Kristen
Different knee injuries or reasons for having "bad knees" will dictate different exercises that should be done. Avoiding high impact exercises is a good start, and performing targeted exercises to build strength around the knees are good places to start. That being said, exercises such as squats and step ups that people might feel they shouldn't do don't necessarily need to be avoided. When done with proper form and a trainers oversight many lower body exercises are OK unless someone has a specific documented injury. Often times the exercises that seem uncomfortable initially are the exact ones that should be done.-Keith
If you have bad knees, the best kind of exercise is low impact and performing exercises that help strengthen the muscles around the knee. Some of these exercises include quarter squats, hamstring curls, band walks and modified wall sits. Always remember to only push through a range of motion that is comfortable. -Sara
Try Elderberry Jam! Elderberries are at the height of their season August and September. Elderberries are a popular health food in Europe with purported anti-viral and cholesterol-lowering properties. Elderberries are edible when cooked. They can be used like blueberries in pies, muffins, pancakes, teas and a wealth of other foods. Jams are quite popular
There are a few different reasons why men can lose weight more easily than women. One of these reasons is because men naturally carry more muscle and tend to have less body fat than women. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat which enables men to burn more calories throughout the day than women. This may not seem like a huge difference, but day after day it can really add up. While it is understandable that many woman do not want to "bulk up", the weight loss benefits of carrying a little more muscle is a great reason to incorporate strength training into all fitness programs. -Keith
Eat a slice of Fresh Peach Pie! Did you know that August 24th is National Peach Pie Day? One slice (1/6th of a homemade 8-inch single crust peach pie) usually contains under 300 calories and is one of your best nutrition bets for a delicious summer dessert treat.
When you stop training, your muscles do not 'turn into' fat. After a few weeks or even days you make feel weaker and after a more significant amount of time your muscles will atrophy, which means they will get smaller. Because of this, your metabolism may slow and you will not be burning as many calories as you were when you were training, so it will be much easier to gain weight. So muscles don't turn into fat, but fat can be gained in response to a slowed or stopped training regimen.-Kristen
No this cannot happen as muscle and fat are simply two different substances. What will happen though is that your muscles will slowly shrink if you stop working them, and fat cells may replace some of the muscle you once had but your muscles will not turn to fat. If you are forced to break from your regular exercise routine some loss of muscles mass is inevitable. In order to prevent gaining weight, and presumably fat, make sure you refigure your caloric intake at a level of reduced activity.-Keith
If you stop your physical activity, your muscles will not turn to fat. Muscle and fat are made up of two separate tissues so it is impossible to turn muscle into fat and fat into muscle. It is likely that if you stop doing any type of physical activity that you will accumulate more fat tissue which will cover the muscles. –Sara
Go to a Farmer’s Market! Did you know that August 5-11 is National Farmer’s Market Week? When you shop at your local farmer’s market you are truly living the “buy local” movement meaning you are supporting your local farmers and getting fresher, more nutrient-rich produce as well.