“So what supplements do you take?” This is often how we decide for ourselves what supplements we should take – a stratagem that’s based strictly on another person’s results, lifestyle, and nutrition choices, let alone their personal health history. The decision of what supplements you should take should be based on your OWN health history, your unique lifestyle, and above all, your personal health and fitness goals, not someone else’s. Continue reading How To Find Your Perfect Supplement
So we know that amino acids are organic compounds that serve as the building blocks for proteins. We know that some amino acids are considered “essential,” because the body cannot make them on its own. Many of us are familiar with the branched-chain amino acids, commonly referred to as BCAAs in the world of fitness and health, those precursors to proteins (a.k.a. proteinogenic amino acids), like leucine, isoleucine, and valine. But how do they help us lose fat and lean out? Continue reading Lean and Tone with Aminos
Protein powders are a long-standing staple of any fitness enthusiasts’ pantry, and with the advent of new protein powder types, it’s time to consider if whey protein is right for you.
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From the end of October to the end of December, the average American gains 8-10 pounds. Well, it’s no surprise when we have three holidays focused around eating within a 90-day period, or make it four holidays if you count New Year’s too! Sure, making smart food choices is always going to be helpful. Yes, going to the gym consistently can make you leaner and stronger. But what about your internal system running the whole show? If your lymphatic system or adrenal glands get burned out due to environmental stressors, poor food choices (i.e. Halloween candy), or excessive use of stimulants, your body won’t be functioning in optimal condition, and that IS going to put a hamper on your upcoming holidays.
Did you know 1 in 4 Americans eat the same type of food every single day? Even if that food is healthy, it could be making it more difficult for your body to shed extra pounds. Every food and macronutrient seems to provide unique benefits to the body. Anthropology shows that the “hunter and gatherer” ancestors ate a wide variety of foods to help stave off disease and maintain health. Thus, eating a wide variety of foods not only keeps us from food boredom, but actually benefits our gut health and metabolism! So here are some ways to help you change it up.
Continue reading Leave Boring Nutrition Behind
Since we don’t plow the fields and milk the cows each day anymore, we have become a modern, industrialized society of sitting. Most of the population spends 10+ hours in the day just sitting, whether we are working in front of a computer, checking messages on our phone, eating meals with friends, or lounging in front of the TV. Of course in an ideal world, all of us would have the time to go to the gym for an hour each day, but if you get too busy and have to skip a day, here’s a few suggestions to get just a little more movement out of each day.
Nothing kills the “psyched-up to workout” mentality than getting derailed before you’ve even begun. Here are five tips to make sure you get the most out of your workout!
One guarantee in the life of an active exerciser is there will be a day or phase when we just don’t feel like it. Whether that’s because we are in a stale routine, plateaued, have little energy or zapped strength…it is going to happen and the reasons why can be numerous. Maybe that is not you right at the moment and you’re dialed in and getting your workouts in. But you could still use a little extra boost to performance, intensity and recovery, right?
And just like that, Springtime is on its way out and Summer is just around the corner! Wait, did you just realize that your body is still stuck in winter mode? No worries. There’s still 4 weeks before Memorial Day weekend! You can hit the workouts hard and burn the extra calories AND get a little boost along the way with the Summer Shape-Up Package.
Amino acids are the buzz in the health and fitness industry, and many people take them for various benefits. There are so many different options available with some being “essential” and some described as “branched chain.” What part do they play in the body and what benefits do they provide?
What are Amino Acids?
First, amino acids are organic compounds that serve as the building blocks for proteins. There are twenty amino acids that exist naturally. These compounds are made up of a central carbon atom, a hydrogen atom, an amino group, a carboxylic group, and an R-group or side chain. The R-group or side chain is what makes each amino acid unique. Continue reading Amino UP