Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Peel A Banana
As you probably know, bananas are an excellent source of potassium.
It is not true, however, that bananas are the “fat-fruit” unless you eat
a few dozen a week! What you may not know though is that potas-sium is essential for your body to be optimally hydrated. A lack of
proper hydration is one of the top ways to depress your metabolism
since every single energy process in your cells relies on a molecule of
water at some point in time!
Potassium also aids in proper muscle contraction. It is important
for chemical reactions within the cells, stabilization of blood pres-sure and transmission of electrochemical impulses. Thermo gen-esis, which is crucial to a high metabolism, is strongly related to the transport of potassium ions across the cell membrane. A depressed sodium potassium pump will lead to a depressed basal metabolic rate!
In case you just can’t stand the flavor or the yellow mush of bananas,
other great sources of potassium include milk and oranges. LeanFactor
includes a particularly beneficial source of potassium aspartate
which vastly improves energy levels. EnerPrime contains potassium
citrate, which is under consumed by Americans and often depleted
due to overuse of sodium and caffeine. The combination of the potassium aspartate in LeanFactor and the potassium citrate in EnerPrime
makes them ideal supplements to your diet!
source: Ben Greenfield
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race (2 of 2)
5. Run Half Marathon
Best for: Intermediate runners who want a structured training plan
Cool features: This training program takes runners who feel comfortable running three miles a few times a week to completing a half marathon in just 13 weeks. The app features a built-in calendar to schedule your training runs, saves your stats (distance, pace, elevation, and calories burned), and checks off each completed workout on the calendar—how's that for a feeling of satisfaction? The developers also created 5K and 10K training plans in case you're not quite ready to take on 13.1.
6. Bit Timer
Best for: Advanced runners or anyone who wants to lose body fat, boost speed, or improve overall fitness
Cool features: Most runners (or gym goers) are familiar with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and its proven power to help increase speed and endurance. But rather than blindly poking at the treadmill console or constantly checking your watch, download this super-helpful app to stay focused on your footwork. Bit Timer, which promises to be the "World's Simplest Interval Timer Ever," has a clean and simple interface, making it easy to plug in your desired number of work periods, rest periods, and repetitions.
7. Best for: Cross-training
Cool features: To get in tip-top shape for your race, you can't rely on cardio alone. The Full Fitness app puts a comprehensive exercise library, most with accompanying videos, at your fingertips. You can choose from 30 workout routines designed by top fitness professionals and tailored to specific goal, whether it's losing weight, defining your legs, or improving overall fitness. It's like having a personal trainer in your pocket!
8. MyPlate by LiveStrong
Best for: Runners who want to shape up their diet
Cool features: Getting fit for a race involves more than just running—eating the right foods to fuel your body is just as important! With the MyPlate app from LiveStrong.com, you can track your intake of protein, carbs, fats, and more to make sure your nutrition is on-par with your training goals. With a comprehensive database of more than 1.3 million foods and restaurant items, you can easily keep track each morsel that goes into your mouth. It also features a community of members who can inspire you to stick to your goals.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
8 Running Apps to Help You Train for Your Next Race
1. Couch to 5K
Best for: Beginning runners
Cool features: This app from Active.com will make finishing 3.1 miles a breeze after you complete the nine-week training plan, running just three days a week. You'll pick from one of five different "virtual coaches" to guide you through each workout, plus the app tracks your distance, pace, and routes, and it even shares your progress on Facebook (if you so desire).
Best for: Runners who like a little friendly competition
Cool features: Hold yourself accountable for every mile with Proof, which lets users "compete" with Facebook friends or contacts in your smartphone to achieve fitness goals—or anything, really. Anyone can post a status that they just finished an 18-miler, but this app requires "proof" of completion—i.e. a photo or video. To keep things interesting, the app has a real-time leader board where users make bets, offer words of encouragement, or talk smack to fuel the competition.
Best for: Runners who prefer outdoor training
Cool features: With a database of more than 1.7 million user-contributed routes, filtered by distance and time, the WalkJogRun app takes the monotony out of race training. Choose a "training diary" from the app's pre-set plans or create your own for any distance goal. It's a bit pricier than many running apps, but the incredibly accurate GPS tracking system eliminates any chance for surprises on race day (Are you really running an eight-minute mile?).
4. Upbeat Workouts for Runners
Best for: Any runner in need of musical motivation
Cool features: We've all been there: You're logging miles like a pro with up-tempo tunes to help you keep the pace, when all of a sudden that 90s ballad comes on and totally ruins your stride. The Upbeat Workouts for Runners app uses beats per minute, BPM, to match your cadence with songs from your music library. So your run will never be interrupted by Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" again!
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