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Friday Finds

   

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:

Fitness

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.

Food

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

   

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.

Food

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 5-29-15

   

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.

Food

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 8-22-14

   

Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky
Happy Friday!  Today’s post features a round up of excellent articles from around the web that I have found interesting this week:

       

Fitness

Back to School Workout
A shameless plug for my own routine 🙂 I love this workout because it gets your heart pumping and takes only minutes.

Food

‘Salt Sugar Fat,’ and Why Michael Moss is Right
Some interesting and scary facts on sugar, salt and fat.

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Health as a Positive Experience, not a Relentless Burden
A good reminder that the journey of trying to be healthy shouldn’t cause you strife.

My Weekly Workouts and Trying New Things
A post from Ashley Pitt that highlights how important it can be to try new things in the gym.
I hope you 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 sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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Friday Finds 7-18-14

   

Friday Finds from Former Fitness Flunky
Happy Friday! This week has felt long so I’m glad it’s almost time to kick up my feet and relax. Today’s post features a round up of excellent articles from around the web that I have found informative this week:

       

Fitness
Healthy & Fit Travel: Staying Active

Food
FitYaf’s tips on how to stock your pantry

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Can We Just Be Kind?
Bullying . . . a little off topic, but something that touched my heart yesterday

 

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 sessions 7 days a week both in the Kansas City metro and virtually.

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