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Fitness Tip#328 - March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Early Morning Workout?

We all know how important sleep and exercise are for our health -- so if you got a bad night's rest, is it better to sleep in for an extra hour, or push through your morning workout?

One of the most important recovery, mental and immune system boosting activities for the human body is sleep. If you're short on sleep, you experience higher levels of inflammation and a decrease in the hormones that help you lose fat and stabilize your appetite. For this reason, you should never sacrifice sleep to exercise -- as you're likely to put your body into an unhealthy state.

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RUN4FOOD 3/6/2013 8:50PM

    I'm sure this is very valid, but I think I could build this into an excuse if I tried.
Actually I'm lucky, one of my best talents is sleeping.

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GRACEISENUF 3/6/2013 5:02PM

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Fitness Tip#327 - March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Fat Vs. Protein

If your only protein choice for hours is high in saturated fats, should you eat a bit, or skip it?

Try your best to avoid a high saturated fat protein source. It would probably make you feel sick. People who eat a lower fat diet and then dive into a high fat meal tend to complain of stomach aches. When you look at the nutrient analysis for protein sources that are high in saturated fat like fried fish, the amount of protein is very low. Therefore a protein source that is high in saturated fat like fried fish, the amount of protein is very low. Therefore a protein source that is high in saturated fat may not always be your best source of protein. Best bet is to plan ahead. Try to carry nuts or roasted edamame to fill in any gaps of missing protein.


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IVANETTER 3/5/2013 10:21AM

    thank you..great advice!

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Fitness Tip#326 - March 4, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Rushing At The Gym
If you only have 15 minutes to exercise, is it better to opt for cardio or weight training?

If you only have 15 or 20 minutes to work out, your goal should be to subject your body to an ideal combination of muscular strain and cardiovascular stress. While this may sound unpleasant, it's going to give you the most bang for your buck if you want to get lean, strong and fast in as little time as possible. To achieve this effect, use any of my favorite resistance training exercises that "crossover" to also be cardio exercises, including: Dumbbell or Kettlebell Swing, Squat to Overhead Press, Turkish Get-Up, Uphill Sprints Holding or Carrying a Weight and Burpees.


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GRACEISENUF 3/4/2013 11:48PM

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MOMOF4FOXES 3/4/2013 8:51PM

    Good ideas.



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LIV2RIDE 3/4/2013 5:02PM

    You can also try a deck of cards workout. I love it for travel and when I'm in a rush.

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CAROL494 3/4/2013 4:41PM

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BRITTTURTLE 3/4/2013 4:39PM

  Thanks so much for the suggestions!

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Fitness Tip#325 - March 1, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

Restaurant Indulgences

If you've decided to indulge in one thing while out for a meal, which should it be: the bread basket or dessert?

I think it's better to share a dessert (of course be the last to taste so there's only a bite or two left). The bread basket is a trigger point for the whole meal. Once people make the choice to have the bread they are subconsciously choosing to let the whole meal go and they ultimately end up eating dessert too. If you save it for dessert (eating clean the whole meal before and skipping the bread), you'll save a ton of calories.


Have a great weekend!
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ASHPATCH11 3/4/2013 9:25AM

    great veiw point! i will do this b/c bread over chocolate never!!

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ADELCASALE 3/3/2013 7:40AM

    Great point. My other choice is 2 glasses of red wine. Being married to an Italian immigrant, I have come to really enjoy red wine. Through practicing mindful eating, I have come to really savor it when I allow myself the treat.

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RUN4FOOD 3/1/2013 8:36PM

    I like to save the bread and eat it for dessert.

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COOP9002 3/1/2013 5:58PM

    Interesting. Thanks for the insight.

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GRACEISENUF 3/1/2013 5:05PM

    I think it is a good tip too. My problem is I usually indulge in both. :)

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PARKERB2 3/1/2013 2:59PM

    Never thought of it that way but it makes sense.

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Fitness Tip#324 - February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Organic Quinoa, Amaranth and Millet Benefits

These three grains are known for having an almost complete array of proteins, a fact that sets them apart from other more common grains, they of course also provide other nutrients and benefits.

Manganese is one mineral that these three grains have in relatively high degrees. One cup of cooked millet can supply about 23% of the body’s daily need for this nutrient. Quinoa is higher with a 58% daily value. The really abundant source is amaranth, providing more than a 100% at the same serving.

As whole grains, quinoa, amaranth and millet are naturally rich in dietary fiber. In 100 grams of either quinoa or amaranth, there are 7 grams of fiber available. Millet is a bit more variable and depends on the type. Barnyard millet seems to be highest with 10 grams for every 100. Whole grains, including these three, are typically considered as heart-protective because of the significant presence of soluble fiber in them. This is the kind of dietary fiber that can regulate blood sugar levels and lower cholesterol.

I personally love quinoa!

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