8 Habits of Highly Healthy People

 

  1. At least 80% of their diet comes from whole foods
  2. They read at least 1 hour a day with the goal of improving themselves
  3. They don’t drink their calories–they enjoy concentrated sugar filled juices and alcohol in moderation
  4. They workout at least 3 times a week or total 180 minutes a week of moderate exercise
  5. They choose to eat healthy at least 80% of the time
  6. They do NOT obsess over the number on the scale, but rather how they feel and how their clothes fits
  7. They look at food and think “what nutrients am I being provided?” and not “How many calories is this?”
  8. They Sleep at least 6 hours a night-no sleep, no results.

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4 Best Pieces Of Exercise Equipment For Your Own Home

Sometimes our schedule does not permit us to make it to the gym.  Sometimes we lose the time we would need to actually drive to and from because life just happens.  But when life happens I recommend the following 4 pieces of exercise equipment for a killer home workout.

  1. Set of Dumbbells
  2. Exercise Bench
  3. Slam Ball
  4. Bosu Ball

The above 4 pieces of equipment for your home are great because they are INCREDIBLY versatile and also take up minimal space in the house!  Everything can be purchased for cheap on amazon, except the Bosu Ball!  Go to Bed Bath and Beyond and order that online using the 20% off and you can get it for cheaper than on amazon!

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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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10 Non-Fitness Facts About Me

  1. My favorite animals are Giraffes: Why? Aside from their awkward dimensions being their most beautiful asset. Their markings are like the human finger print, no giraffe has the same markings.  They’re vegan (goals!). Giraffa camelopardalis is there scientific name which came from the ancient greeks thinking they looked like camels with a coat of a leopard.  How do I know this?  I wrote a paper on them in General Bio a few years back.  So I could go on…
  2. I’m a workaholic:  To the point where I wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas running through my mind.  My brain does not shut have an off button and  I don’t take days off.  Even when I go to the beach., outing, etc. I have to answer to clients, talk to other people I meet about what I do, or create content. Even our honeymoon I worked everyday (a little less extreme than normal, but still got my 4-6 hours a day), but hey it pays off…lierally.
  3. I think I’m still considered a newly wed:  I got married on December 17, 2016.
  4. I have 3 pets:  They’re all hairless!  1 Chinese Crested Hairless dog (secretly looking for another) and 2 Sphynx sisters we recently rescued in January. It’s a lot easier to love on them when you don’t have hair going up your nostrils.  But seriously, they’re the best they don’t shed or smell!  My cats do require more baths than my dog though…the irony
  5. My favorite color is pink:  It’s just a happy color
  6. I have a shoe problem: Christian Louboutin to be exact.  Back when I lived care free at my moms when all I did was save money to reinvest in the future because I had no serious bills to pay my once in a while splurge would be a new pair.  Since my priorities have changed however I foresee my 7 pair collection to stay at 7 for a good while and that’s 100% ok with me.
  7. I have a mug collection:  I use about 3-4 a day, but somehow I’ve ended up with over 50 mugs (and counting…oops)
  8. I should not be allowed at TJMaxx or Marshalls:  Overtime I go it’s $70-$100 on new mugs, candles, or home decor.  (new homeowner with an empty house over here)
  9. I cannot be trusted at petsmart:  I go in for food or litter and come out with new outfits every time.  They’re more styling than I am.
  10. I hate sleeping in:  I feel like it’s wasting the day.  Don’t get me wrong I believe in sleeping 6-8 hours a night but definitely no more than that.

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Sleep Deprivation and Exercise Performance

We all sleep, we all lose sleep when things get crazy, and we all feel out of whack when we do start to lose sleep.  Some of us are athletes and are demanded to train at a certain level day in and day out.  Sometimes balancing our training and personal life gets so hectic that we sacrifice sleep in order to fit everything into our boys schedules, but what happens to our athletic performance when we lose sleep?

Studies have showed that a lack of sleep in an athletes body has lead to an inability to properly metabolize glucose as well as an increase in cortisol levels.  An increase in cortisol levels comes from our body’s increase in stress levels that are induced by sleep deprivation that sometimes we don’t notice.  It can lead to an impaired memory, age-related insulin resistance, and an inability for your body to recover it’s muscles.  Lack of sleep also decreases the levels of human growth hormone.

So what does the aforementioned actually mean for an athlete?

1. Glucose and Glycogen (stored glucose) are your muscles source of energy.  For an endurance athlete being able to utilize the glucose in your muscles and liver is extra important.  Not only does sleep deprivation decrease glycogen stores but it also decreases utilization, which greatly .

2. Raised cortisol levels mess with muscle tissue and repair, which is needed to full recover from a gruesome training day.

Recap: Many athletes think diet is the most important factor in recovery and taking your training to the next level.  In  reality, diet and sleep go hand in hand if you want to recover and be able to train harder the next day.

athlete being able to store glucose and utilize it 100% in your muscles and liver is extra important.