Category Archives: Fitness

How Does Exercise Impact Sleep?

Being in the fitness industry, we know how important sleep is for the body. Getting fit doesn’t just happen in the gym, it also happens at home in your bed. Recovery is a huge part of fitness and if you just work out with no recovery, you can only get so far. Your body needs to recover, rebuild muscle proteins, and get proper rest. Good recovery tools include foam rolling sore muscles, icing and heating, proper nutrition intake, massage, and SLEEP. Want to build muscle? Get a good night’s rest. Exercise and sleep affect each other.

We would like to share an awesome resource and article with you guys to underline our point of how sleep can help you get fitter. The scientists behind the Casper mattress created a sleep blog called Van Winkle’s to share their science, health, and cultural discoveries with health communities like ours. If you haven’t already heard of Van Winkle’s, you should check them out here. They recently posted this article “7 Things to Know About the Sleep-Exercise Connection.” Did you know the reason “why” you workout also contributes to your sleep quality? Who would have thunk it? See below. Check out the article and tell us if any of these points resonate with you. And as always, stay hungry and fit!

“In one study, participants who got the best sleep reported getting (a lot of) exercise from leisure activities. People who were active for other reasons, e.g., due to occupational demands, reported worse sleep, as did people who didn’t exercise at all.”

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3 Tips to Choosing an Alkaline Water Machine Brand

If you haven’t jumped on the latest alkaline water bandwagon yet, then you are missing out on a lot of things. You could be losing on out on the health benefits that alkaline water gives. In today’s hectic lifestyle where we are left with our heads hanging due to massive fatigue from our daily schedules, an energizer in the form of our staple water will make a lot of difference. Alkaline water helps us relieve our fatigue and re-supply our bodies with new energy that will allow us to keep up until the end of the day. Now that is something that one would want, right? With renewed energy, we would be able to work harder and even have spare energy to spend our precious time with our families and friends. After all, what is the use of working hard when you don’t have the energy to have fun with your loved ones?

Now, the next question is how would you be able to get your hands on an alkaline water machine? The thing is, alkaline water has a high pH level that can balance the acid content on your body but at the same time, it can also potentially harm your body if the pH level is too high. A normal body should just have a ph level of 7- 8.8. An alkaline water can reach up to 14 pH rating, so therefore, you need to be careful and control the pH level of your alkaline water.

There are many alkaline water machine brands on the market today that one would definitely have a hard time choosing the best alkaline water machine for them. To help you in that aspect, here are 3 tips on choosing the right alkaline water machine brand for you.

  1. Collect information or seek a knowledgeable person

By having an alkaline water machine, you would be able to convert your ordinary tap water into alkaline water which will have a higher pH level compared to ordinary tap water. With that in mind, you should first determine what kind of tap water do you have at your home. This is very important as it will be the basis for controlling the pH level of your alkaline machine. If you don’t have the capability of determining yourself, then finding an expert in the field would be your choice. In most cases, there are people from the government agencies that are knowledgeable in this aspect. You can visit your local water supplier and ask for information about your tap water. This should contain the pH level, the various minerals, and other substances in your tap water.

  1. Research and list the different alkaline water machine brands

After determining the kind of tap water your household has, it is now time to find the right kind of alkaline water machine brand that will suit your needs. Take note that you are aiming for a 7. – 8.8 pH level. But, of course, if you have high acid content, then you can always adjust to a higher pH level. Visiting local alkaline machine brands will mostly do the trick as most machines have the specific details especially its pH level on their product quote. Asking the salesperson also greatly helps and can provide a reasonable guarantee with the product’s quality. You can also do a quick search on the internet to gather some useful information that will make your search more effective.

  1. Reputation and Warranty

After having a short list of the potential alkaline water machine brands, you must then check their reputation. Look for client reviews about the product and carefully decide if they should stay on your final list. Check the quality of the product, if it is consistent on delivering on its promised pH level and how often should you get them checked or replace the filters.

After determining the product’s reputation, you should also secure a warranty for your alkaline machine. It is very important that you have a guarantee on the product so that you can always return and have the machine replaced in case things go wrong. Remember that you are dealing with your family’s health, that is why should cover all of your bases and prepare in advance.

3 Tips to Adding Sports Supplements to your Daily Fitness Routine

Sports supplements have been incorporated into many athletes routines because of the benefits they gain from them. Athletes often go to supplements to gain a competitive advantage physically and mentally. Supplements make it easier to acquire the necessary nutrients that the body needs to build muscles and enhance your training when taken properly. It is well known for helping you lose weight without sacrificing your health.
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5 Top Mobility Aids for Seniors in 2017

There’s no escaping getting old. Despite the advancement of technology, our bodies will still experience wear and tear. Walking is one of the things that gets harder as time goes by. It’s a good thing that people have done innovations to make sure that the quality of life of seniors with a mobility impairment will not suffer.

If you are living with a senior or would like to help a senior family member or friend with their mobility impairment, here are some products that you can buy for them. Note that under each category are a variety of products still. You may do further research to know which one fits your need and budget. The important thing is that whoever you will buy it for will feel more comfortable. Continue reading

TGIF Workout

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Another week has passed and I hope you have some fun (or relaxing) things planned this weekend. Get jazzed up! But you know what will make this weekend even better? A TGIF workout. Yep, you knew it was coming. No, it’s not just because we’re fitness freaks. Getting some exercise in before a weekend can make you feel so much better. We tend to get a little lax when it comes to eating over the weekend, so doing a workout beforehand can remove some guilt that may creep up. This one is for anywhere, you just need to find some type of hill! If you are using a treadmill, just put that incline up!

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3 Remedies for Arthritis and Joint Pain

Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in America, affecting more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children. The term arthritis actually refers to any joint pain or joint disease, rather than referring to one specific disease. In fact, there are more than 100 different types of arthritis. The symptoms of arthritis include pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion and can be mild, moderate or severe. Inflammation is a key player behind the pain associated with arthritis and treatments generally aim to reduce inflammation and pain in order to improve quality of life. Below are three ways that may be used to alleviate joint pain due to arthritis. Continue reading

Meditation to Find Your Center

In this rough and tumble world, it can be exceedingly difficult to find grounding. Most of us live in an environment of stress where it feels like we are just bouncing along and unable to get a grip. The stress whips us up and it’s hard to find grounding and perspective. The tornado of stress is the center of our attention and everything else falls to the wayside. It feels turbulent, dangerous, and unsettling. There could be a myriad of factors that play into this: your work, your partner, your boss, family life, money, and so forth. Unfortunately, the list of stressors is a lengthy one.

I find that the meditation below helps calm the world around me down and reminds me that everything I need is already inside of me. I hope you find it useful.

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KISS Workout!

No, this has nothing to do with the band or the action. And no, this isn’t a risqué workout to do with your partner (but you can totally do it with your partner!). If you’re a chef or a fitness person, the phrase KISS means… keep it simple, stupid. That is exactly the point of this workout and while we are going to give you an actual workout to do, this is more about considering an extremely different approach to your training sessions, no matter what your level of fitness is.

A handful of people in the gym will go on a piece of cardio equipment for an hour, a handful of others will perform 10-15 different exercise just for their biceps, and a handful of others will try whatever circuit they read about in a health magazine. Sure, there are tons of others as well, but here’s a different way of considering a workout.

Take some of the best exercises possible for a muscle group and focus on those few movements. Perform at least 4 working sets, which involve a high level of effort… warm-up sets don’t count towards that goal of 4. Push yourself by going heavy and hitting a high(er) rep range (8-12) and give yourself ample rest in between sets. This is a hybrid-style workout in some ways.

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3 Ways That Shapewear Can Enhance Your Style

Most magazines feature models and celebrities that appear to be in “perfect” shape. There is not an extra ounce of fat to be seen on their bodies and they are all dressed beautifully, hair all in place, and makeup applied with precision. Often times, these models and celebrities are also airbrushed or “photoshopped” by magazine editors to enhance their appearance and create an unrealistic appeal that is impossible to match. Because of these periodicals or tabloids, society begins to accept these looks as ideal and what is real when in fact, it is anything but. Women these days suffer from body image issues because of weight gain and constantly comparing themselves to those they see in the limelight. This is yet again unfair and unrealistic, but it is a scary truth that is more common than you realize. While it may seem like an uphill battle to look thinner and feel better about yourself, there are ways to do so. This article will provide examples of 3 ways that shapewear can enhance your life and your personal style. Continue reading

When to Prioritize Cardio & Strength Training to Fit Your Goals

It’s hard to know when to work out or even what to workout. Our goal is for you to be hungry and fit, and whatever we can do to take out less work and thinking for you, the better! Should you focus on cardio or strength training? How often for each? We want you to be able to dive into a plan of action without having to do too much studying up on something. This is why we are happy to share an awesome infographic with our friends from Health Perch to make it simple as possible to recognize your goals and go forth and achieve them. You can click on the actual article to find more sample workout weeks. Enjoy!

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“When to Prioritize Resistance and Aerobic Training to Fit Your Goals” on Health Perch

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