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Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky

       

It’s finally Friday and time for Friday Finds!  I’ve been reading all sorts of great stuff the last few weeks.  Below you’ll find a handful of articles that stuck with me.    I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:

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8 Exercises You Can Do At Work Without Anyone Knowing
I’m not really sure why you would need to hide your little workouts at work, nonetheless, this article provides lots of interesting activities you can do while at your desk or in the office.  With any luck your co-workers will see you and get inspired to find time to add a little fitness to their work day too.  I especially like the seated reverse crunch and seated leg raises suggested in this article.  I would caution that the majority of the suggested exercises require a sturdy and stable chair, probably without wheels for safety.  You should exercise extreme care if you decide to try these exercise due to the potential for mishaps or injury.

Don’t Move a Muscle for Greater Strength and Stability
The Kiba Dachi stance proves to be an extreme challenge performed as an isometric exercise. Much like planks or wall-sits, the Kiba Dachi will engage a number of muscles all at once. In this exercise it includes your core muscles, hamstrings, quads and glutes. I was unfamiliar with this exercise, but like that it hits so many muscles, can be done anywhere and is appropriate for a range of abilities and skill levels.

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18 Amazing Foods For A Long Life
Even since I read SuperFoods Rx in 2005 I’ve been interested in the idea that certain foods were more valuable nutritionally than others.  This article from Time discusses 18 foods that should be on your grocery list and provides research backing up the positive claims.  My favorites from their list?  Red cabbage, garlic and berries.

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Bro, the Protein You’re Drinking Ain’t Good (and Might Be Super Dangerous)
This article was published earlier this year, but I just found it recently. I have found Greatist to be a reliable resource for both fitness and nutrition in the past so I was slightly disappointed that this was really just a short piece highlighting information from other sources. Still, the message is one that deserves a hard look. Protein powder seems to be in the cupboards of everyone from athletes to grandmas and there is really no way you can be 100% sure what’s in your mix. Is it safe?

Top 10 Protein Supplements
In taking a closer look at protein powders I found an incredibly interesting website called LabDoor where they actually get supplements tested for content through a detailed chemical analysis. This report on protein powders was just what I needed to see to make me feel better about powders I have used myself. Have you seen this report? Where did your protein powder fall? I’ve become increasingly weary of supplementing due to the fact that products aren’t always what they claim to be. It’s nice to know there are places you can go to help verify you are making the best decisions possible if you do choose to use supplements.
About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds - Fitness Articles

       

It’s finally Friday!  I’ve been reading all sorts of great stuff the last few weeks.  Below you’ll find a handful of fitness articles that stuck with me.    I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:

Fitness

The App That’s Better Than a Personal Trainer
I won’t disagree that there are cheaper ways to get in shape, but a personal trainer is not just providing motivation because of their cost. Yes, they do answer questions, yes they do teach you how to use equipment, but there is more to it that that. A good personal trainer won’t just teach you the how, they’ll teach you the why. They’ll design a program based on your goals, they’ll modify your routine on the fly based on your needs, they’ll motivate you at the instant you need motivation, they’ll correct your form as you go and so many other things. Can you get in shape using an app or a video or a printed program? Of course you can, but it will never be the same experience you’d have when working with a trained professional.

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Everblasting Life
Ever seen those infomericals for the Nutribullet?  They make it seems like the Nutribullet does something special.  So does it really? This author gives in and tries it.  I haven’t ever used a Nutribullet, as I am a huge Vitamix fan.  I have been caught up in the commercials though.  Their claims seem fantastic, but fantastic in a way that makes you wonder if what they’ve got is somehow better than whatever you currently use.  The only thing that seems really appealing is the format.  The single cup-like container for blending seems much easier to deal with than the bigger blenders.

10 Tips to Give Your Vegetables a Long and Happy Shelf Life
With summer in full swing and the bounty from farmer’s markets and home gardens beginning to increase, it’s a perfect time to learn about how to keep all those veggies fresh and tasty. The Vegetable Butcher offers tips from where to store them to how to revive them if they’ve hung around a bit too long.

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Is My Massage Therapist Judging My Body?
When you’re stripping down for a massage and you’re covered only by a sheet then feelings of self-consciousness might pop up. I thought this was a good article because all of us have those moments when we think we might be judged and sometimes we even avoid places where we feel like this might happen. Your massage therapist has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of bodies – some better and some worse than yours. They most likely don’t care and aren’t giving it a second thought. I hope this article gives someone the courage to seek out this or other similar therapy if they’ve been avoiding it out of self-consciousness.
I hope you enjoy these articles and have a wonderful weekend!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky- H ealth and fitness articles

       

It’s finally Friday!  I’ve been reading all sorts of great health and fitness articles the last few weeks.  Below you’ll find a handful of articles that stuck with me.    I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:

Fitness

Secretary Spread: 4 Exercises to get Your Booty Moving Instead
Do you sit all day? Have you been doing it for years? Have you noticed the toll it’s taking on your backside and your body in general? These 4 easy exercises are perfect to combat some of that stress to you body. Do them multiple times throughout the day and be sure to get up from your chair often.

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A Woman’s Guide to Intermittent Fasting
Have you ever tried fasting? It seems to be a pretty polarized practice – some think it’s great while others exclaim it’s terrible for you.  This article was written by an MD and specifically addresses fasting for women.  It’s no surprise that our bodies would react differently to food restriction so it’s interesting to learn more about it as it applies to us.

How I Survive/Thrive on $50/Month For Food
$50 may seem pretty slim depending on your diet and habits, but Farrah from Fairyburger offers some great strategies for reducing and extending your food budget.  Not every idea or tip may be practical for your situation, but I definitely think you might pick up a money saving trick or two.

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23 Unexpected Ways to Hack Your Health
Greatist is a treasure trove of useful information when it comes to fitness, health and wellness. This article offers up plenty of tips in all of those departments. One of my favorites on this list was number 12 – Cut calories with smaller plates. I have found that to be an extremely useful solution in my own practices.

 

I hope you enjoy these articles and have a wonderful weekend!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky - health and wellness articles

       

It’s finally Friday!  I’ve been reading lots of health and wellness articles for Friday Finds and this week there have been some really fantastic articles out there on food and nutrition.  I also found an article on weight loss that’s probably one of the best I have ever read on why it’s so gosh darn hard to change your weight permanently.  I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:

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Nutritional Science Isn’t Very Scientific
I feel like everything we (think we) know about nutrition is getting kicked in the face lately – and I’m okay with that.  We’re also getting a lot of mixed messages from various sources.  From this article:

“[T]he David-and-Goliath narrative of science versus Big Ag may be blinding us to another, even bigger problem: the fact that there is often very little solid science backing recommendations about what we eat.”

So, that’s definitely something to think about the next time you hear nutritional information. I am certainly not saying that what you hear will be wrong, but it might not be right either. We don’t know everything and we don’t even know what we don’t know when it comes down to it. The duel of real food versus supplements is one example where we aren’t even sure what we are missing because there are many elements and relationships in real food that don’t exist when substances like antioxidants, vitamins or minerals are isolated. Take the time to learn as much as you can about what you are consuming and, as always, double check the source of any information you hear. The source can be mighty revealing.

The FDA Says Some KIND Healthy Bars Aren’t Healthy Enough For The “Healthy” Label
So just when you think you are making healthier choices an article like this comes along and turns things upside down. The proliferation of bars, balls, chips, cookies and other “healthy” snacks over the past few years has been astounding to me. I remember going to the health food store/co-op back in the day (like early 90’s) and I don’t recall seeing 1/10th of the stuff you see now being peddle as “health food”. It only makes sense that along with the rapid growth of this market segment there would be some loosey goosey interpretations of what is actually healthy.  If anything, I think articles like these are great reminders that 1) you need to read labels, 2) you need to use your head – a chocolate and peanut butter snack bar *might* be healthy, but it sounds more like a candy bar.

How Flavor Drives Nutrition
I think the importance of flavor is probably evident to anyone who has ever eaten home-grown produce. The things we get in the store just aren’t the same – sometimes not even close (I’m looking at you tomato).  The huge problem with this is that as things get less flavorful their nutrition may actually be diminishing too.  We’ve also managed to mangle up our biological ability to sense how things taste and how nutritious they are with the increasing use of added flavorings.  Moral of the story here is to eat more real food to help combat the mixed messages processed food sends our bodies.

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You should never diet again: The science and genetics of weight loss
Oh. My. God. I love this article, not because it removes responsibility for weight from the individual, but because it explains why some a lot of people have such a wildly hard time with their weight.  It’s really not because some people are weak or aren’t trying, it’s because they are fighting the very biologic code their body is built with.  Can you change your body?  Of course.  Is it going to be easy?  Not likely – and this helps explain that part of it.

I hope you enjoy these articles and have a wonderful weekend!

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky

       

It’s finally Friday!  I’ve been reading and collecting lots of articles this week for Friday Finds that are really important to me regarding fitness and general wellness. This week I’ve found some really intereting stuff that touches on being happy with our bodies and celebrating them just as they are.  I hope you find these as useful, interesting or thought provoking as I did:

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Improving your fitness could improve fitness of your spouse
It makes sense that if your spouse jumps on the fitness band-wagon you may not want to be left behind. Your spouse can provide a huge source of support when it comes to changing exercise and eating habits.

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Why You Shouldn’t Trust Calorie Counts

Research is showing that calorie counts may not be as accurate in some foods as previously thought based on the method scientists have been using to calculate them. Additionally, a person’s calorie burn may not be as clear cut as it’s often presented. Factors like how many calories are burned during non-exercise activity and even how much activity is carried out by your digestive system impacts your numbers. Even though calorie counts may not be exactly what we thought, it doesn’t mean that it’s a waste of time to keep track. If you’ve found that counting calories and tracking food works for you then there is no reason to abandon your practice.

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This Woman Will Completely Change the Way You Think About Weight Loss
This a perfect and beautiful example of why the size of your body isn’t an indicator of how happy you are going to be. The woman in this story achieved what many may consider an ideal body and then decided that body wasn’t for her. Say what?! I know, right? The effort involved in maintaining what she had achieved did not make her happy so she changed how she looked at herself and how she lived in her body. She is actually happy with herself now (gasp!!). This story is a great lesson in throwing out the all or nothing attitude that gets proliferated in the health and wellness realm. You can enjoy activity without having to run marathons. You can enjoy food without having to count every calorie. You can love your body without worrying about the number on the scale.

How to Talk to Your Daughter About Her Body

“How to talk to your daughter about her body, step one: Don’t talk to your daughter about her body, except to teach her how it works.”

How many times have to either told your daughter she looked good or heard this from your own mother? How many times have you told someone else they look great or heard it yourself? How how is made you feel? I , for one, am worn out on this whole way of communicating. Seeing this article only strengthens my position that we need to stop fixating on these physical things. We need to stop teaching and perpetuating the analysis of ourselves and other purely based on physical attributes. I really hope that you read this article and take away all of the other, beautiful, ways we can communicate that looks are not the most important thing to focus on.

Your Body Ain’t Wrong, Girlfriend. {67 Untouched Nude Photos}
I found and then re-shared this article of Facebook earlier this week to extremely warm reception.  These brave women and the woman behind this story, Jes M. Baker, are the perfect celebration of being a beautiful woman.  One thing that we have yet to embrace is that you can be healthy (and happy!) at different sizes.  Skinny or muscle bound chicks don’t have the market cornered on being all that.  I can’t say for sure that all these women are, in fact, healthy, but they do all share the very important trait – they are happy in their own skin.

 

About the Author
Alicen Ronan is a Kansas City personal trainer, fitness coach and writer. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009 when she decided that she wanted to help others make positive lifestyle changes. She is available for personal training and fitness coaching 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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