Oh, acronyms. People in the health and fitness world really seem to love them. One buzz-phrase known as BCAA--short for branched chain amino acids--is hugely popular among powerlifters, body builders, CrossFitters, and many other fitness enthusiasts. Thousands of people buy BCAA supplements every year, a considerable nod to the ever-growing market of nutritional and sports-enhancing supplementation.
When you think of a really good toast, you might conjure up an image of a charming best man giving a hilarious, yet sentimental speech that makes reception guests laugh through their tears. But, there’s another cool toast in town of the hot bread variety that marries together textures and flavors that will have your body grooving as smooth as the group that takes over the dance floor at your best friend’s wedding.
An apple a day? Maybe. But some people swear by a grapefruit a day. Grapefruit has long been thought to have significant health benefits for athletes and other people alike. In addition to being packed with Vitamin C that boosts the immune system, some studies say grapefruit consumption can help lower bad cholesterol and is a good source of antioxidants. Also on the list of good stuff inside fiber rich grapefruits are lycopene, copper, Vitamin A & B1.
Vegetarians may choose to forgo meat for a variety of reasons--but that doesn't necessarily mean they're looking to forgo healthy nutrition, too! Preparing fresh, delicious, good-for-you vegetarian dishes can seem a little overwhelming at first glance, but it can actually be a lot easier--and faster--than you may think.
For a lot of us, staying motivated to workout is easy. Getting to the gym is easy. Even grinding through a hard workout is, well, kind of easy (at least in terms of maintaining the discipline to do it). What's not easy is improving our mobility. Sure, we may like to roll around on a foam roller for a minute or two, but are we really doing enough to make improvements in our joint range of motion?
Cinco de Mayo is a great time to try a new spin on a melt in your mouth Mexican classic. Cook up some healthy turkey enchiladas! The popular dish can either bomb your nutrition or be a nutritious bomb. If you’ve been working to meet nutrition and fitness goals, chances are you are looking for the latter. All it takes is a little creativity to revamp a recipe.
Leg machines: we love 'em. They're easy to adjust to your size and skill level, safe (assuming they're used correctly of course), and a great way to target specific muscle groups. And while we'll never give up our love for barbell squats and other free weight movements involving your legs, we certainly think that adding leg machine exercises to your gym routine is a great way to enhance those glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves.
Cardio is perfect for keeping your heart healthy, your brain happy, and your body lean. But there is so much more to it than stepping on a treadmill for a 30-minute stroll. Instead, boost your results and beat boredom by combining interval training and steady-state cardio.
Ok, you’ve got your gym bag packed and you're heading for the gym. As you enter the gym, you notice everybody’s drinking brightly colored liquid from their shakers. You turn and ask a Thor look-a-like what everyone’s drinking, and he answers “BCAAs Bro!”