August 2016

Monday Myths – The Longer The Workout The Better

Most people equate a good workout with long, boring gym sessions that last at least an hour or more. But you don’t need to spend hours in the gym to get in shape. In fact, 30 minute training can be as effective. Find out the benefits of HIIT and why less is more.

LONGER DOES NOT MEAN BETTER 

Conventional aerobic exercise performed at a steady, moderate pace for long periods of time has been considered as the “gold standard” of a successful workout. No wonder you see individuals spending countless hours in the gym, pounding away at the treadmill for 60 minutes at an even speed. I used to be part of this. With the belief that long workouts are better, I’d force myself to stay on the elliptical for a whole hour. I absolutely hated it but did it anyway as I was convinced spending more time working out was the only way to get into a better shape. Not only can this be extremely boring, many of us simply do not have the time to spend hours sweating with weights and machines. Luckily, according to the latest research, we can get away with, and even get better results with shorter workouts.

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Why Is Dad Bod Bad And 5 Ways To Get Rid Of It

What's A Dad Bod

YOU DON’T  WANT IT

The “dad bod” was first introduced to the world in an online essay written by Mackenzie Pearson. According to the student, “The dad bod is a nice balance between a beer gut and working out. The dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ ”  

In other words, think of Jason Segel or Leonardo DiCaprio on summer vacation or between movie roles. Strolling around the beach with a gentle paunch and subtle man boobs. These squishy, doughy men look more than content and apparently, women are very into it. Pearsons explained that girls like dad bods because they’re warm, cuddly, and unintimidating. However, to me, the idea that women are attracted to less-flattering bodies because it makes them feel better about their own shape is bogus and makes me furious. The argument that dad bods are better to hug makes more sense to me.

Anyway, forget what studies say about women liking pudgy, squishy men. Okay, Leo may be surrounded by Victoria Secret models but he’s Leo. You are not. Secondly, and most importantly, dad-bods are unhealthy.

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Monday Myths – Women Shouldn’t Lift Heavy Or They Will Get Bulky

Many women miss out on the benefits of strength training because of the myth that lifting weights will make them bulky. This article explains why this is not true and provides 8 key benefits weightlifting offers.  

WOMEN DO CARDIO, MEN LIFT

During your visit to the gym, you probably noticed a general trend. Men dominate the weight room while women do cardio. When it comes to female fitness, there is an insulting double standard. Women should be toned but not bulky because it is considered unfeminine. It is no surprise then, most women stay glued to the treadmill, the stationary bike or the elliptical machine to meet society’s narrow standard of female beauty.

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The Post-gym Snack Trap & 7 Tips To Stop Overeating After Workout

Follow our 7 tips to help you stop unhealthy-snacking after a workout. Read on to find the best healthy post-workout snacks to keep you fueled and help your muscles recover.

Are you one of those people who get that ravenous, want-to-eat-everything-in-sight feeling after your workout? It’s a vicious cycle. You sweat your butt off at the gym, and then eat an entire sleeve of cookies and crackers. Research suggests that such experience is very common and here are the reasons why:

WHY WE SNACK

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Top Apps To Track Calories and Macros

How do you keep your workouts and diets in check? We discuss the reasons and best apps for food logging and how they can help you measure your fitness progress.  

I am a big believer in tracking fitness progress. Doing so not only keeps you motivated, but it can also help you make sense of what is working and what is not. People are constantly on diets, trying to lose weight or gain muscle. But how do you keep track of your progress? Assuming you made progress because of the time you spent in the gym or simply listening to your body may not be the best method.

Read How Our Guide To Mindful Eating Without Calorie Counting

Knowing the specifics can help you set realistic goals, monitor your progress and maintain your motivation. In a series of blog posts, we will explore the different reasons and methods of keeping track of your fitness progress. We will start with nutrition as you all probably heard the saying that “Abs are made in the kitchen”. We will break this further, exploring why and how to track the following:

  • Calories
  • Macronutrients
  • Water & Sodium
  • Food & Emotions

This Article focuses on the first two points – calories and macronutrients. Diet is the most important part of reaching your goals whether you want to lose weight or gain muscle. Tracking your macros along with calorie counting is vital to achieving the shape you desire.

Tracking calories

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