March 8, 2017

4 Signs That You’re Aging Well

In a survey conducted by Pew Research Center, nearly 70 percent of adults in America said they want to live to see 100. But true longevity is about aging the right way. The goal is to optimize your energy levels; stay active, mobile, and strong; and enjoy your life to the fullest.

All it takes is a little common sense and the application of proven methods. Keeping an eye on certain indicators will help you combat the results of aging.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly pertains to aging, as well. Aging well means slowing the decline of your physical and mental health.

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February 14, 2017

3 Recovery Methods to Optimize Performance

Any CrossFitter will tell you it’s the intensity of the routine that separates him or her from the pack. But research shows that doing CrossFit too frequently without making some key adjustments can have undesired consequences.

Training consisting of a lot of volume and intensity produces substantial amounts of lactic acid — a compound created by the breaking down and oxidizing of glucose — and your muscle pH drops. When your body tries to rebalance the pH after a workout, it pulls glutamine — the most abundant amino acid in your body — from the muscle. This causes muscle tissue to break down in excess.
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February 13, 2017

The Top 7 Exercises You’re Not Doing

It’s human nature to want to perform the exercises you’re good at. If you’re great at dips, you’ll be more inclined to do them. If you struggle with pull-ups, you might prefer the lat pulldown as your vertical pulling exercise.

Your body functions more efficiently (and is less injury-prone) when the strength between its antagonist muscles is properly balanced. Unfortunately, many people overdo the exercises they excel at and neglect to exercise other parts of their bodies.
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February 1, 2017

3 Snacks That Will Crush Your Sugar Cravings

A decade ago, critics were skeptical about the addictive properties of sugar. But new studies are pushing more and more prominent experts to speak out about the legitimately dangerous aspects of sugar consumption and addiction, especially as high-fructose corn syrup has become more common.
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January 4, 2017

How Women Can Get Their First Pull-up

On average, women have difficulty firing from their lat muscles. A majority of gross motor skills develop between the ages of 8 and 10. Unless you were a gymnast or spent a lot of time on the monkey bars, vertical pulling may not be a movement that comes naturally to you.

Women may also have a lack of relative strength, which is the measure of how strong you are in relation to your body weight. Improving body composition by adding muscle and decreasing body fat goes a long way towards completing your first pull-up, as does your diet.
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December 23, 2016

Hormonal Imbalance: 5 Foods That Wreak Havoc

Hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, cortisol, and insulin are invaluable chemical messengers that affect many aspects of your overall health. The glands and organs that make up the endocrine system, including the thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, ovaries, testicles, and pancreas, are in charge of secreting and controlling these hormones, and if just one part of this system is even slightly imbalanced, it can cause major health problems.
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December 6, 2016

4 Fitness Experts Share How They Get Clients Lean

Extra body fat does more than make your clothes tighter and your self-consciousness more pronounced; it also places your health and well-being at risk. For example, being overweight increases your risk of heart disease and stroke — two of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Excess fat also increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and has been linked to increased mortality rates among patients with all types of cancer.
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November 21, 2016

4 Ways the Fittest People Tackle Business Travel

Traveling business professionals have always faced challenges being away from home so often. These days, it’s no longer the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers who make up the largest traveling business force — it’s Millennials. The good news is that being more tech-savvy than any generation before them makes it easier for Millennials to find out-of-town options for staying on track with their health and fitness goals.

Still, mastering your smartphone doesn’t mean it isn’t difficult to adhere to your routine when traveling. You may be more open to mixing work with play and exploring the gyms, yoga classes, or healthy lunch spots you discover in a new city, but several factors make sticking to healthy choices difficult when business takes you out of town.
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October 20, 2016

Workout Nutrition 101

When it comes to working out — whether that means some light exercise to shed a few pounds or heavy training for competition — many people don’t realize that the food they eat is fundamental to their success. And that goes for what they eat before, during, and after their workouts.

The fuel you put into your body before, during, and after your workout is what largely determines whether that exercise will deliver results.

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