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Fitness Tip#304 - January 31, 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

4 Foods Accelerate AGING (1 of 4)

Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) ...
but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.

Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called "glycation", "inflammation", and "oxidation". When we talk about aging, we're not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is... we're also talking about factors that you can't see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading.

Food #1 that ages you faster: Wheat (yes, even "whole wheat")

This deals with "glycation" in your body, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.

So with that said, what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body? This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body. This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age. But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics. It can affect everyone.

Here is a little-known fact that's often covered up by the massive marketing campaigns by giant food companies that want you to believe that "whole wheat" is healthy for you... but the fact is that wheat contains a very unique type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar higher than even pure table sugar.
In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar more than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing.
As it turns out, baked wheat products contain carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc. These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked in studies to possible
increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging. Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SFENNER 1/31/2013 10:33AM

    It is hard to avoid wheat...

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TCMAKEUP 1/31/2013 10:22AM

  Thank you for this. We have been debating white or wheat at our house.

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Fitness Tip#303 - January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ditch the Belt

Limit the amount of time you wear a weightlifting belt in the gym. It should be reserved only for maximal or near maximal efforts. Using a belt too frequently can inhibit your ability to brace and stabilize your core muscles on your own.


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LIV2RIDE 1/30/2013 11:05AM

    Back in the day (and I won't date myself) that was the first thing you put on in the gym. I think that is why there was a lot of low back injuries back then.

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Fitness Tip#302 - January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Maximize Muscle Tension

There are two ways to make a muscle stronger. One is to make it bigger; the other is to make it contract harder. Whenever you do an exercise, be sure to maximize tension from head to toe: Grip the floor with your toes, flex your quads (pretend you’re pulling your kneecaps up), squeeze your glutes, and brace your abs like you were going to take a punch to the stomach. Try to crush the bar (or whatever implement you’re holding). This ensures maximal tension and thus maximal strength development. It will also greatly reduce the injury risk of whatever you are doing.


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JAN155 1/30/2013 1:52PM

    Very good advice. Just starting to do more weight training (with heavier weights) and I believe this will help me.

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RUN4FOOD 1/29/2013 7:56PM

    Another good point, thanks.

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RSSSLHB 1/29/2013 6:07PM

    emoticon emoticon

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Insanity (Round 1) Fit Test Results & Beginning Pics 1-28-13

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

DIG DEEPER!!!!! I completed the fit test yesterday morning. It was a little exhausting for 28 minutes. I can tell that I haven't done a workout in 28 days. The Ultimate Reset was good for my body, but at the same time it didn't really benefit my muscles. This is where muscle memory comes into affect. It will take me till the end of next week to regain my muscles and get to the point where they aren't hurting anymore.

Insanity Beginning Measurements:

Weight: 161.6
Chest: 37 1/2
Navel: 33 1/4
Hips: 35 1/4
Thighs: 20 1/4
Body Fat %: 16.89

Goal to reach is body fat% to be at 13.50 by end of 60 days of Insanity

Fit Test Results:

Switch Kicks: 55
Power Jacks: 39
Power Knees: 65
Power Jumps: 29
Globe Jumps: 12
Suicide Jumps: 13
Push-Up Jacks: 21
Low Plank Oblique: 40

Insanity Fit Test Results:

Time to workout!!

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BBGYRL4 1/29/2013 1:40PM

    Yay for starting!! I'm on week two right now. I'm excited to see your next pics!

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LIV2RIDE 1/29/2013 12:49PM

    Let the fun begin!

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Fitness Tip#301 - January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

Pay Attention to your Rest

Most people know how many sets and reps they plan to do in a workout, but not many know how much time they’ll spend resting between sets. This is a mistake. Taking 1 or 2 minutes rest” is like performing 10 or 20 reps -- it’s vague and unhelpful. To supercharge your workout, you need to keep track of how much rest you take between sets - and know whether or not that’s the right amount of rest for your goals. With all of the given gadgets people have in the gym these days, there’s no excuse not to track you rest interval.

My Insanity Fit test results tomorrow emoticon


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RUN4FOOD 1/29/2013 8:09AM

    I've never tracked my rest times.
Guess I should look into this.
Looking forward to hearing your Insanity Fit test results.

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