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:
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.
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.
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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