Tips, Tricks, and Truths

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Articles, Facts, S&S Workouts

It’s the middle of the week and now that you’ve set goals for your month/year, it’s time to keep you informed on what I’ve been hearing, seeing, and reading in the industry.

Fun fact! (That I didn’t know either): Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

A trick to help you cut back on sweets.

Tabatas! They are one of the best-kept secrets to whipping yourself into shape. And the great thing about them: it takes 4 minutes total, all you need is a stopwatch, and you can do them at home. Here are 10 tabata ideas.

Is grandma trying to push food on you again? Does your mother insist you try a bit of everything because she made it “just for you”? Try one of these lines to curb food-pushers.

From the December ISSA newsletter: In a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found that weekly yoga classes are as effective at relieving low back pain as regular intense stretching. Yogis also had better mobility and daily function for such tasks as bending over and walking up and down steps.

Also from the December ISSA newsletter: Munch on those carrots! And sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, spinach, and broccoli because they all contain beta-carotene, which helps with lung functioning. Most people’s lung functioning starts to slowly decrease in the late-20s, but a healthy diet—one that includes a lot of beta-carotene—may actually help keep the lungs more youthful. Why? Some of the beta-carotene that your body receives is converted into vitamin A and some of it is stored in body tissues, like lung tissue, and that’s what helps fight off free-radicals that your body ingests, thus protecting the lungs more!

It’s Lawrence! I met him! Oh man, he’s awesome. And he put together a great 15-minute cardio workout video, so if you don’t have time to go to the gym, pop open your computer and follow along!

You say you don’t have time to exercise? Think again! Here are 10 tips to fitting in workouts.

The 5 high-calorie condiments you should start to scale back on.

How do you stay on-track with your New Year’s Resolutions? Read this ACE Fitness article about how to meet some of the most popular fitness goals.

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