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Making Fitness Fun for Kids

A child’s weight can be a touchy subject.  Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get your kid moving without hurting their ego or making it seem like a chore.  Overweight children are more prone to heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and nowadays, social discrimination.  It is vital to take action today.  Aim for at least 1 hour of physical activity every day. 

Buy them a new toy.  We know how much kids love presents, get them one that they will love and will also give them some exercise.  Try a new bike, skateboard, or rollerblades.

Invite neighborhood kids over for an outdoor game.  With a big group the possibilities are endless!  Try Tag (for younger kids), kickball, hide and seek, double-dutch jump rope, etc.

Walk the dog.  If your kid is begged you for a dog, make them work for it!  Two walks a day could do wonders for your child. 

I encourage all kids to break away from the TV and videogames, however, the Wii Fit is a good option for those really really stubborn ones.  Just don’t tell them they are working out!

Jump!  If you have some faith in your child’s athletic ability and coordination, a trampoline is an amazing workout.  I personally had one growing up and jumped on it AT LEAST once a day.  If this makes you nervous though, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Trampolines can be dangerous if you are not careful!

Sports.  Find what they like and get them involved.  There are so many options out there; at least one has to fit!

 

Even if your child puts up a fight, it is so important for you to stay persistent as you are helping them in the long run.  It is estimated that nearly 1 out of 3 children and teens (about 12 million) are considered obese.  The chance of developing health problems as an adult only increases as your child’s weight increases.

Most importantly, you must set a good example for your child.  You cannot expect them to exercise and eat a plate full of veggies if they see you planted on the couch with McDonalds.  If they see you making healthy choices in the kitchen and in life, they are likely to follow in your footsteps.

 For more tips, see Fighting Childhood Obesity.

DarkFin Gloves

While these gloves might look like something out of a superhero movie, they are actually a great tool you can use to help develop upper body strength.  It should come as no surprise that treading water is a great cardio, as well as muscle-building exercise.  While your body is in suspension, you are using dozens of muscles across your upper and lower body to stay afloat.  The only problem is, your cardiovascular endurance lets you down well before your muscular endurance does.  Unless you are a Navy SEAL, your ability to tread water probably doesn’t last more than 5 minutes. 

What if you were able to tread water continuously for 30, 45, even 60 minutes straight?  The muscles in use would receive low-impact stimulation the entire time, thereby working them just like any other form of weight lifting or exercise.  What this would result in is a highly effective workout, that takes no more than 30-45 minutes, AND hits almost all of your upper and lower body muscles simultaneously.  The DarkFin Glove makes it possible to do just that.

By adding large webbing between the backside of each finger, these gloves increase surface area by 70%.  This results in your ability to tread water without over-extending your cardiovascular system.  What you get is a serious muscular workout that you can continue on with for much longer than you would have been able to otherwise.  Don’t worry about sinking to the bottom like a lead pipe after a few minutes anymore.  Focus on your muscles and be in touch with which ones you are using.  You can try varying methods of treading water, i.e. arms in circles, butterfly kicks, arms up and down, etc.  By spending a few minutes using different methods to keep yourself afloat, you will be sure to work your muscles in the best way possible. 

These gloves are a very reasonable $25 and are designed of light weight rubber that are built to last.  Check them out at their website.  If you decide to give these a try, let us know how they work out for you!

The Powerskip

Looking for a new extreme sport?? Check out the Powerskip. Looks pretty awesome as long as you aren’t afraid of being upside down 30 feet up in the air with nothing but hard pavement beneath you!

The GymBoss

Circuit training is a great way to train your body. When doing this type of training, it is very important to stay to an exact schedule. The amount of time to rest between sets isn’t some arbitrary number, rather, it is an integral part of your workout.

The GymBoss is an interval timer that serves this exact purpose. It has been shown that a person who works out with an interval timer will experience better gains over a period of time. The reason seems to be psychological as you always have something pushing you to keep going.

By clipping it to your belt, you can program the timer to give a slight vibration when it is time to start the next set. For those that are into serious training, it might be a good idea to give a product like this a look.

Check them out at their site, www.gymboss.com.

Girdles For Guys

It’s amazing the lengths some people will go to, to avoid working out…

While throwing on your bra, girdle may be easier….wouldn’t going to the gym be a little less embarassing?

40 Most Common Restaurant Meals Exposed

Have you ever wondered what most Americans are eating when they go out?  Places like Olive Garden, The Outback, and PF Changs are all too familiar to us.  These places, and others like them, are the typical destination for Americans  going out for dinner.  In our minds, they are providing convenience, value, and quality; they seem like great options. 

When we look a bit further into them, things become a bit more clear.  These meals are packed full of sodium, saturated fat, trans fat, sugar, and ultimately, calories.  More often than not, the nutrition facts aren’t listed on the menu.  However, just a small amount of searching on the internet turns up the nutritional information of all these chains.  This is NOT something they expect the average customer to do. 

Sometimes we tell ourselves “Okay, it doesn’t matter where I eat.  I’m going to eat that salad and stay healthy”.  Unfortunately at these major chains, not even the salad is safe.  You see, these restaurants are in the business of making money.  In the restaurant game, you make money by serving foods that people want to eat more of.  For this reason, large amounts of butter, lard, salt, and sugar are used.  Sure these things make their foods taste savory, but they come at a heavy cost.  Take a look at the following three meals and take a guess at what they could be:

  • 1462 calories, 72 grams of fat, 1308 mg of sodium
  • 1,145 calories, 71 grams of fat, 1509 mg of sodium
  • 675 calories, 30 grams of fat, 1120 mg of sodium

The first is a the Thai Crunch Salad from California Pizza Kitchen.  The second is a Turkey Portobello Burger from Ruby Tuesday.  The last is grilled barramundi, New Orleans style, from Red Lobster.  Think about this for a minute.  Salad, turkey burgers, and fish are something we associate with healthy eating right?  Restaurants know this, and they use this to their advantage.  The salad alone has almost a day’s worth of calories for the average woman, over a day’s worth of fat, and an absurd amount of blood pressure raising sodium.  The barramundi at Red Lobster has almost 700 calories and 30 grams of fat.  Barramundi bought at the store and grilled the same way at home has 195 calories and 7.5 grams of fat.  Red lobster has added 20+ grams of fat and almost 500 calories to this otherwise healthy meal.  This probably comes in the form of butter, lard, and/or other artery clogging oils. 

What if you were shown a way to cook better tasting and healthier food, at a fraction of the price of these  garbage chains.  Matt Paley, founder of Share It Fitness has the answer for you.  Take a look at the meals below:

  • 498 calories, 11 grams of fat, 330 grams of sodium
  • 395 calories, 15 grams of fat, 366 mg of sodium
  • 480 calories, 7 grams of fat, 458 m of sodium

You’re already thinking to yourself, “Yeah, these are healthy, but they are probably bird food”.  Actually, these are the following meals:

  • Homemade Seafood Ravioli in a Red Pepper Cream Sauce – $4.89 a serving
  • Poblano and Skirt Steak Fajitas – $3.14 a serving
  • Wild Mushroom and Scallop Rissotto – $4.19 a serving

Not so plain and boring, huh?  And take a look at the price while you’re at it.  For a fourth of the cost you could be eating better and healthier in your very own home.  40 Most Common Restaurant Meals Exposed will bring you a variety of original, homemade recipes just like this.  We’re going to give you helpful tips on how to cut calories while maintaining flavor. We’ll show you how and what to buy to maximize your food budget.  Our book will show you easy ways to incorporate healthy living and eating into your every day life.

Moms, your family would love it if you could learn to cook like this for them.  Guys, you’ll look infinitely more baller if you can stay at home and whip up a Braised Veal Osso Bucco rather than taking your girl out to the lame Cheesecake Factory.  This book is a must have; stay tuned in the coming weeks for its revolutionary debut.

Unhealthy Health Products

With the light airy colors, a well-funded marketing campaign, and healthy spokespersons, many people think vitamin waters are healthy.  What could be better than quenching your thirst and getting a healthy dose of vitamins at the same time?  Sure, there are some vitamins in these products but are they even necessary?  The average American is already getting a surplus of these vitamins without drinking this product.  Any added vitamins found in this product are most likely going to end up in the toilet when you urinate.  The body simply doesn’t have a need for this excess.  Combine that with the multiple lawsuits these companies are facing, and it should at the very least make you skeptical of their claims.

However, the real reason these products are so bad for us is black and white.  A simple look at the nutrition label can be a bit startling.  One bottle of vitamin water (as pictured above) contains 125 calories and 33 grams of sugar.  Let’s think about this for a minute.  A can of Coke contains 110 calories and 30 grams of sugar.  Would you really be running to slam an icy cold can of Coke when you left the gym?  Of course not.  So why would you run to replenish yourself with this stuff?  Don’t let these “healthy” products trick you.  Vitamin water is nothing more than over hyped sugar-water that is making you fat.  Stick to good old-fashioned water before, during, and after exercise.

The 8 Best Ways to get Your Body into MMA Shape

 

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is one of the most physically and mentally challenging sports there is. On television it may seem like nothing more than a brutal combat sport, but beyond the caged octagon there is a lot more going on which goes unnoticed. Leading up to a competition, there are endless MMA training exercises that a fighter utilizes.  They push the boundaries and test the very limits of their mental and physical toughness to see what their body is truly capable of.  All things considered, there really is an artistic aspect to exercising when you take into account the time, effort and attention to detail that goes into sculpting the human frame in preparation for competition.

With regards to MMA, if the body is the art form, then the MMA fighter is the artist, and the exercise training routines are the tools. As with most types of art, the artist with the best tools and the most talent will produce the best work.  Over time, the fighter with the highest level of motivation and the most challenging, intense, well-rounded workout routine (tools) can develop a greater set of skills, strength and stamina (talent) and ultimately produce the body with the best physical and mental fitness (human art).   It is apparent that a majority of MMA fighters possess excellent physical and mental fitness.  Therefore, one could arguable say that the MMA Industry is home to some of the best human art forms.

While MMA fighters must possess the motivation and fighting techniques required to take part in competition, the workout routine that they use to get them there is what separates them from the rest.  Below is a list of some of the tools that a mixed martial artist utilizes:

  • Hill Sprints: No workout is really complete without a good cardio session and MMA fighters have a difficult but rewarding one. Hill sprints build stamina and teach the body how to recover while acting as a perfect warm up to a great workout.  Yet, this isn’t a workout for everyone and is best done with the right equipment like comfortable shoes that soften each step and MMA t-shirts that help keep the body from overheating during the session.

 

  • Dive Bombers: Dive Bombers may seem like nothing more than push ups but are actually much more. Unlike a simple pushup, dive bombers work many muscles that can go unused during normal push ups thus working many different muscles groups which MMA fighters love utilize much more frequently than others.

 

  • Burpees Burpees don’t require many resources to take advantage of them.  In fact, Burpees could be done from the comfort of your own home. However, these exercises can be difficult to maintain and do push the body to work as one fluid unit. Many MMA fighters use this exercise as one of the basic foundations to their workouts because of its effectiveness.

 

  • Mountain Climbers: For many MMA fighters Mountain Climbers  are the best abs workout there is. This is another example of a simple workout that’s quick but gets the job done. It’s also great for someone who is looking for an alternative to sit ups and crunches.

 

  • Kettlebells: For MMA fighters it’s important to have strong, big muscles, but more important to have muscles that are sleek and lightweight. Kettlebells allow different weight training exercises to be incorporated into a routine other than the standard curls and bench presses. However, this is an intense workout for most average gym goers and should be done with MMA gear to help ward off injury.

 

  • Jumping Jacks/Jumping Rope: These two workouts may seem unlike the others, but don’t ignore the importance of jumping jacks and jumping rope. They help to build balance, speed, and stamina and are a great way to keep the blood flowing towards the end of the workout.

 

  • Climbing Rope: Climbing rope may be the exercise that everyone remembers hating from grade school, but it’s one of the best workouts for building the arms and for pushing someone to their limits.  The simple nature of them forces an individual to complete the exercise because if you quit in the middle, you’ll be suspended in mid-air.

 

MMA workouts can seem complex, difficult, and intense at times, but they are designed to be for a reason.  If you can incorporate any aspect of an MMA workout routine into your daily regime, you too could develop the necessary tools and talent to become the next top notch human art form.  All you need is the right frame of mind, in some cases the correct MMA equipment, and a strong desire to improve your overall health.

Article Via MMAindustries

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P90X Review

The P90X training system has been getting a lot of coverage lately.  While it has been around for some time now, like most fitness trends, it’s popularity surges and falls over a period of time.  p90X is geared towards both men and women who want to lose body fat, tone up, and “get ripped”.  Each DVD in the system features a series of exercises that must be carried out in order.  The goal of the system is to introduce “muscle confusion” to the mix.  Most people use the same, or similar workout, for months, or even years on end.  Their gains are minimal at best.  This in turn causes them to lose motivation and quit; an all too common occurence. 

P90X combats this by offering different training routines than most people are used to.  The intensity is also higher than most people are used to.  For 3-4 months, P90X seems like a great investment.  After that however, you face the same problem; performing the same routine over and over again.  P90X isn’t the be all end all.  Even training with this method will lead to plateaus (making minimal gains).  The issue now, however, is you are out $120 dollars and need to now turn somewhere else.

For the same price you can receive, not pre-recorded, but live fitness instruction from a real person on Share It Fitness.  You and your very own personal trainer will be working on your issues and goals together.  Workouts will vary week to week, which will continually confuse your muscles, keeping your gains and fat loss maximized.  Meeting via webcam with your trainer and having the ability to ask questions about an exercise or workout routine during the week are just two things P90X cannot deliver.

P90X makes a solid effort to help people get fit.  It achieves its goals on a short-term basis.  However, for long-term health and fitness, a finite set of pre-recorded workouts is not going to be the lifestyle changer you need.  A change of this magnitude requires a human touch, which Share It Fitness is prepared to offer.

Enlyten Electrolyte Strips

Electrolytes are the “medical” terminology for salts, more specifically, ions.  These little electrically charged particles are important because they are what your body cells (muscle, nerve, heart) use to keep constant voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses (nerve impulses, muscle contractions) across themselves and to other cells.  Your kidneys are responsible for keeping electrolyte balance constant in your blood.  For example, when you exercise intensely, you lose electrolytes in your sweat, particularly sodium and potassium.  In order to continue to perform at peak performance, many athletes ingest electrolytes in the form of sports drinks, powders, etc.  Unfortunately many of these sports drinks are also high in sugar, carbs, and calories. 

A new company called Enlyten has made it possible to get your necessary electrolytes without having to down giant bottles of sports drink, dozens of grams of sugar, and hundreds of calories…

Enlyten Electrolyte strips come in a small carrying case, making them possible to take on the go.  Running a marathon?  Be sure to pack these in your pocket.  Good luck lugging around all that sport drink while you are on the go.  Being able to provide your body with a constant supply of electrolytes WHILE you are exercising will help you avoid muscle cramps and poor performance.   These are a great product and should be an essential item to every athlete, hardcore or casual.

Check out all their great products at Enlyten.com

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