8 Common Misconceptions about Exercise

  1. Lifting Heavy Weights as a Woman will Bulk You Up:   I promise you, you will get a lot more done with 15 pound dumbbells compared to 2 pound dumbbells.  As a whole our bodies do not have enough testosterone to create that bulky appearance.  The way our muscles look has a lot to do with how we eat, how we exercise, and our genetic predisposition.  I’ll also let you in on a little secret, most of those “bulky” “manly” looking women that scare non weight lifting women into training with weights use steroids.  But I’ll just leave it as that as it’s a touchy subject.
  2. I Don’t Want to Lose Weight:  Guess what? You should be working out for LIFE!  Life is demanding and if you’re unfit you have a higher probability of aches and pains as you age and injuries from simple daily tasks.  No one wants to be the person known for throwing out there back trying to move a chair…it happens…I see it all the time!  Usually in those who live a sedentary life.  Our heart, lungs, EVERYTHING benefits from exercise.
  3. No Pain No Gain:  For the general fitness goer you really shouldn’t get passed a moderate level of soreness.  If you are so sore it severely impairs your ability to carry out regular activity you may not be sore?  Felt a sharp shooting pain during your workout, maybe you should stop and make sure you didn’t pull/strain/injure anything…DO NOT keep going.  ESPECIALLY if the pain persists.
  4. You Have to Be In the Gym for hours on End:  FALSE!  For the average gym goer MAX 60 minutes for warm up workout and cool down.  As little as a properly thought out 14 minute workout science has now found can be beneficial when done right!  It’s about QUALITY not QUANTITY.
  5. When you Stop all your muscle become Fat again:  That’s like saying when you stop eating an apple it turns into an orange.  One cannot become the other.  If you stop exercising for a period of time your muscle shrinks (atrophies).
  6. Ab Exercises will Give You a 6 Pack:  Everyone has a 6 pack, but because of genetics some people have to be more strict about their diet and cardio regimen to see it!  For some it is easier than others, but we all have them other wise we’d be flopped over (our abs help keep us uprite).  Ab exercises actually contribute to a minimum when you compare ab exercises to diet in their relevance to obtaining a 6 pack.
  7. You can do the same thing every day and get Results:  FALSE your body adapts.  And QUICKLY!  Changing things up is how you will see better results over a long period of time.
  8. The Machine says I burned 300 Calories:  The machine and what you actually burned are different as calories burned is different for everyone due to mass, metabolism, etc.  What the machine calculates it’s is own RPM (rotations per minute) not your actual energy output.

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5 Top Apps To Help You Get Fit

  1. My Fitness Pal:  It hands down my favorite way to track food.  While the major con is it does not teach people about ho important macronutrients is in making up total calorie intake for the day it does a pretty great job at estimating total calorie needs as well as macronutrient and micronutrient needs depending on the persons goal.  The food library is also the most complete I have seen, you can even go out to eat and enter a popular restaurants menu and it will pop up!  Do NOT use it to input calories burned….it gives you 10x what you actually burned…Also, For those who wish to get more specific about nutrient timing you can get the premium app and set nutrient needs for each meal.  With premium you can also set up specific macros.
  2. My Wod:  While I no longer crossfit I do still use this app to track my weight lifting records and as a timer.  You can set it up for a tabata, standard, coundown, or interval timer so it makes life easier by providing a timely beep.
  3. Fooducate:  While this app can double as a food diary it is not as complete as my fitness pal.  Where this app is amazing is that you can scan any barcode at the grocery store or look up the food and it will give the food a rating from A+ to F and tell you why that food got that rating.  It is a great tool in teaching people what to look and look out for at the grocery store.
  4. Daily Water-Drink Tracker:  For those that struggle to remember to drink water and stay hydrated this app helps you track your water and will send you reminders to drink water if you are slacking for the day.
  5. Map My Run:  Every blue moon you may find me out on a run.  This app tracks distance, time, pace, and routes for your running or walking bouts.

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6 Supposedly Healthy Foods You Should Be Avoiding

The thing about the food and fitness industry is, marketing and advertising goes farther than science.  It’s a sad reality, and is one of the reason so many people are quick to fall for gimmicks, nutrition labeling etc.  Just today I went grocery shopping and was baffled at how the industry charges more or hides poison in their labeling.  Here were the top 6 offenders that stood out to me today.

  1. Fit and Active brand popcorn versus the generic brand popcorn:  Fit and Active brand was almost a dollar more expensive and when you compare the labels…the EXACT same thing.  Just because something is labeled fit and active or something along those lines does not necessarily make it any better.
  2. Sugar: A bunch of BS, and WORSE for you! Your brain gets the same stimulation only instead of being natural, it’s synthetic, can mess up insulin regulation, and most are metabolized in to carcinogens…cancer causing agents.  Go for REAL sugar, avoid the sugar alcohol.  Even in moderation, real sugar is better than fake.  Same goes for regular vs diet sodas
  3. Arctic Zero Ice Cream:  People love it because it is low calorie, has minimal protein, but just like sugar free labels are ridded with sugar alcohols.  Limit sugar alcohols as much as possible (generally anything that ends in “ol” ie. sorbitol, erythritol, maltitol)
  4. Low Fat anything:  Your body NEEDS healthy fats.  Low fat labels are usually a guise for companies to add sugars and MORE sugar alcohols in order to make the food tastier since removing fat makes food less appetizing. Whole fat is totally OK!
  5. Organic Tostitos:  While the ingredients may be “cleaner” they have more sodium and do in my opinion more harm because people consume more of it thinking it’s healthier.
  6. Organic Granola: uhmmmm 36g of sugar per serving and only 8g of protein? what?! READ your labels!! Ideally there will be no added sugar.

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Day 27: Share you favorite fitness blogs

I actually am not a big fan of most fitness blogs and here’s why:

  • If you go online to many of the top fitness magazines (they all have online blogs) you see that the contributors listed most have their masters or even phD in exercise physiology, however if you look up their online blogs it’s loaded with celebrity “fitness and nutrition” tips.
  • Many blogs are filled with verbage that’s easily marketable but scientifically misleading.

However the blogs put out by NCSF (National Council of Strength and Fitness) are all factual and incredibly helpful.

When choosing a blog to read ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Who’s the writer?  Do they actually have a fitness/nutrition education or is it simply a holiday?
  2. Do they wear waist trainers with magic sweat creams?  If they do, don’t even bother!
  3. Is it a celebrity telling you how she got magically hit her goals?  Newsflash, if they didn’t crash diet they paid a professional trainer and dietician to get them there because they’re clueless.

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New Nutrition Labels

A while back I did a post on how to read nutrition labels, but that post will soon be irrelevant as nutrition labels are changing for the better!

There are 6 key “things” that will be rolling out from summer of this year all the way until July of 2018!

  1. Serving: “The number of “servings per container” and the “Serving Size” declaration have increased and are now in larger and/or bolder type. Serving sizes have been updated to reflect what people actually eat and drink today. For example, the serving size for ice cream was previously 1/2 cup and now is 2/3 cup. There are also new requirements for certain size packages, such as those that are between one and two servings or are larger than a single serving but could be consumed in one or multiple sittings.”
  2. Calories: Soon will be bigger and bolder
  3. Fats: “Calories from Fat” has been removed because research shows the type of fat consumed is more important than the amount.”
  4. Added Sugars: ““Added Sugars” in grams and as a percent Daily Value (%DV) is now required on the label. “Added Sugars” include sugars that have been added during the processing or packaging of a food. Scientific data shows that it is difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar.”
  5. Nutrients: The lists of nutrients that are required or permitted on the label have been updated. Vitamin D and potassium are now required on the label because Americans do not always get the recommended amounts. Vitamins A and C are no longer required since deficiencies of these vitamins are rare today. The actual amount (in milligrams or micrograms) in addition to the %DV must be listed for vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. The daily values for nutrients have also been updated based on newer scientific evidence. The daily values are reference amounts of nutrients to consume or not to exceed and are used to calculate the %DV.
  6. Foot Note: “The footnote at the bottom of the label has changed to better explain the meaning of %DV. The %DV helps you understand the nutrition information in the context of a total daily diet.”

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My Challenges Help me more Than my Clients

I Run 3 challenges every year:

  1. A 90 Day New Year Kick Off Challenges with my Fitness Programs
  2. A 4 Week Gallon Challenge utilizing the Herbalife Nutrition Products
  3. a 6 Week Challenge Incorporating my Fitness Programs WITH the herbalife nutrition products

We are mid way through week 2 of 4, of my Gallon Challenge with my herbalife ladies and I am reminded daily about why these challenges benefit me more than everyone else.  I mean yes, I coach everyone personally and my accountability chat is a challenge favorite, but the one who truly sees motivation and gets inspired daily is me.

  • Seeing how everyone motivates each other is such a beautiful thing.  It really does show how people are inherently genuine and authentic.  Everyone wants everyone to do well and get used to this lifestyle change and establish a healthy balance.
  • I love getting recipe, snack, and meal ideas from all of the ladies
  • I stay in check with my own meal plan and exercise routine.  After all what kind of a coach and leader am I if I don’t get on my own goals.  For example I had been getting comfortable only making it to the gym 3 times, when I know I would personally benefit from 4-5 times per week on the program I’m on.  Seeing how one of my fit moms and a full time student who is also working full time (dejavu) made it to their 5 day goals the first week has pushed me to make sure I get my 5 days in as well!  Whenever I feel like overindulging, I think of all of my challengers learning how to establish their balance and learn to choose healthy 80% of the time, my desire to indulge dwindles.
  • Our weekly check ins add more fuel to my fire seeing how much progress everyone makes in just one week including my self is just a motivational bonus!
  • I am always grateful for those who choose me as their coach and allow me to guide them on their journey, but if only they knew they’re the ones that inspire me to keep going when I lose my own motivation.

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Exercising When Sick

I get asked all of the time, is it ok to exercise when sick? Should I take off?  Obviously, at the end of the day we need to listen to our bodies, however here’s what science says:

  • It is ok to exercise if your symptoms are above the neck.  For example, runny nose, congestion, etc.  Obviously, you shouldn’t expect to be able to exert maximum speed, agility, force, strength, etc. as your body is fighting off a virus
  • If your symptoms are below the neck, ie. body aches.  It is definitely not recommended to exercise even if you don’t have a fever.
  • If you have a fever, even if your symptoms are only above the neck, it is also not recommended to exercise and let your body rest and battle out the virus.

Now, is there a way to strengthen your immune system via exercise? There is! Science Says:

  • The best exercise and really only type of exercise that has been proven to strengthen your mine system is aerobic aka cardiovascular exercise.
  • These days, resistance training is gaining popularity as people mainly women are realizing how great it is to strengthen and shape up your body.  In terms of immune system strengthening however, it actually hurts your immune system and does nothing to strengthen it.  That being said, it does not mean you shouldn’t do resistance training exercise, it just means you should consider adding cardiovascular training and a clean diet to help strengthen your immune system as resistance training has an amalgam of other benefits, which I have previously blogged about!

 

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