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Five Exercises to Tone and Strengthen Abs and Hips

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The most difficult areas of the body to lose fat are the belly and the hips. It is important to remember there are no “quick fix” solutions to getting rid of the fat in these locations. Rather, it takes a little bit of patience and persistence to lose fat and build muscle. In addition, it requires following a balanced routine of targeted strength building exercises, a healthy diet, and cardiovascular exercises. Combined, these three are the most effective ways to get rid of that unwanted fat on the hips and belly.

Strength building exercises are essential to build muscle and lose fat. Simply dieting to lose weight is not effective. Instead of losing fat, what occurs is a loss to muscle mass. While your scale might indicate the pounds are going away, it is most likely the result of less muscle, not less fat. Additionally, you should never use a scale as your sole method of measuring your progress, because muscle tissue weighs more than fat tissue. Use a tape measure to measure your belly and hips on a weekly basis, as the measurements will give you a better picture of your progress.

Exercises need to target specific core regions. It is equally important to strengthen both the front and back muscle groups. Five strengthening exercises that will help include:

  1. Push-ups: Use a chair or other stationary object and do pushups at an angle rather than flat on the floor.
  2. Sit Ups (Ab Crunches): Have someone hold your feet or put your feet under the sofa. You may also use a workout bench and lay on your back and do sit ups this way.
  3. Leg Lifts: Standing in an upright position, lift the legs upwards while bending at the knee, and raise the leg as high as you can unassisted.
  4. Step Ups and Downs: Use a flight of stairs in the home. Step up one stair, then down one, then up two, and, then down two, etc.
  5. Low Back Pull Ups: The lower back requires strengthening, too, as you lose belly and hip fat. Lean over a weight bench seat in an angled position at the waist, cross your arms over your chest, and pull yourself upright.

Avoid over exerting yourself too quickly. It is better to do one or two sets of each exercise, and then move on to the next one. As you become stronger, you can increase the number of sets.

Exercising should not be done on a daily basis. The muscles need time to rest. It is suggested to do exercises two or three times a week, every other day. On the off days, focus on cardiovascular training, like walking or jogging. Lastly, no regimen would be complete without the proper diet. Ideally, you should eat five to seven small meals and snacks throughout the day. For snacks, try nutrition bars, since they have vitamins, minerals, and protein your body needs.

For assistance in finding the best workout bars, feel free to contact Promax Nutrition today.

Posted in Fitness, Nutrition | June 26, 2015

Five Foods That Are Packed with Protein

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Protein is an essential part of every diet. It helps our bodies build muscle, improves metabolism, regulates blood sugar, and feeds us a steady stream of carbohydrates throughout the day. Our energy bars are designed to provide exercisers with a healthy dose of protein to power and recover from their workouts and help them achieve the healthy bodies they want. But, since not every meal can be a Promax bar (unfortunately!), we’ve put together a list of 5 additional foods that are packed full of protein.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. Greek yogurt gets its thick consistency from straining out the liquid found in regular forms of yogurt, and has nearly twice as much protein as the standard version (23 g per 8 oz. serving). In addition to being loaded with protein, Greek yogurt is also loaded with probiotic bacteria that improves digestion and calcium that helps keep bones healthy and strong.

If you’re limiting your sugar intake, be sure to pick up an unflavored Greek yogurt. The flavored versions can have up to three times as much sugar.

Eggs

Eggs aren’t just a dietary staple; they’re one of the most protein-heavy foodstuffs around. Eggs have an incredibly high biological value, which measures how much of the protein in a food item can be incorporated into proteins in the body. Biological value is largely determined by the amount of amino acids a food contains, and eggs are absolutely full of them. One large egg contains 6 g of protein; if you’re looking for food that will power your day, eggs are practically an essential.

Steak

When you think protein, you probably think meat. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that steak is a great way to add protein to your diet. If you’re concerned with the fats and calories that are also found in your traditional cut of steak, we have some good news: leaner cuts of beef, like bottom round and beef loin, typically have only 7 calories per one gram of protein; for comparison, a rib eye has 11 calories per one of protein. Even better news: round cuts are some of the least expensive cuts of meat. Just be sure not to overcook – rounds and loins are thin, which means that they dry out easily if cooked too much.

Wild Salmon

Think there’s no real difference between wild caught sockeye and farm-raised salmon? Think again: wild salmon contains nearly 25% more protein than fish raised on a farm, as well as more of the fatty acids like omega-3 that increase your body’s fat-burning power. A 3 oz. serving of wild-caught sockeye salmon has 23 g of protein. If you’re looking for a tasty way to add protein to your diet, salmon is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to do just that.

Edamame

Looking for a light snack that’s packed with protein? Edamame fits the bill with its 8 g of plant protein per ½ cup serving, along with a healthy dose of essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Shelled edamame can be found in most grocery stores’ frozen aisles, and taste great with a squeeze of lemon juice after cooking.

And, of course, Promax protein bars are a great, healthy source of protein. Ready to stock up? Check out our variety of products today!

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Promax_FF_062415_Photo_v1WHAT MAKES YOU THE FEATURED FAN?
I think I have a pretty remarkable story. I have been the typical 98 lb. weakling for most of my life. After hitting a fairly low point in my life where I was alone, unemployed, and incredibly depressed, I decided to do something to change my circumstances. The first thing I thought to do was change the way my body looked and felt. I started going to the gym every other day, and starting eating one Promax bar per day. Then it became two, then three, and eventually ate four bars throughout the day. After a few short months, I had gained 25 lbs. of lean, rock solid muscle. My confidence shot the through the roof. I suddenly wasn’t afraid to talk to people, especially women, and began going on a lot more dates. I am happy to say that I now have a beautiful and loving fiancée and I have a job that I love and am doing very well for myself. My friends and family are amazed at my transformation and constantly ask for advice on fitness and nutrition. I’ve been telling them that it has been simply from working out and eating healthy, but more specifically, I believe the real secret was/is eating Promax bars everyday! : )

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FLAVOR?
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WHY IS FITNESS AND NUTRITION IMPORTANT TO YOU?
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Posted in Featured Fan | June 24, 2015

The Benefits of Drinking 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Did you know that the adult human body is made up of 55 to 60% water? Drinking water daily is vital to your health for a number of reasons. Water keeps your digestive system flowing and helps your kidneys eliminate toxins. People who drink 8 cups of water every day are less susceptible to disease, including several forms of cancer. Drinking water also helps you lose weight by curbing your appetite.

Water is especially important for athletes to keep their muscles hydrated and lean so they can achieve peak performance. You can prevent muscle fatigue by staying adequately hydrated. That’s why you will often see top athletes drinking water at major sporting events.

Your skin needs water in order to protect it from exposure to dry environments so that you can look your best. Please see the infographic below for more information about the benefits of drinking 8 glasses of water every day.

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Posted in Blog, Fitness, Nutrition | June 19, 2015

Five Foods to Help You Lose Weight

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For many, the hardest part of shedding excess pounds is staying satiated between meals. When actively trying to lose weight, it’s best to eat foods that contain a mix of fiber, protein, and healthy fat to slow down digestion and absorption, to keep you full longer and without blood sugar spikes. Here are five nutrient-dense foods, like healthy energy bars or sweet potatoes, to incorporate into your diet:

Sweet Potatoes

Adding more sweet potatoes to your diet can help curb your appetite by providing a healthy dose of fibrous carbohydrates. This root vegetable is loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, yet low in calories. Sweet potatoes also contain potassium, iron, magnesium, and beta carotene to help nourish your body. Try drizzling baked sweet potatoes with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt for a great side to chicken or fish.

Apples and Pears

Both fruits make a satisfyingly sweet snack that can also help you lose weight. A single piece of fruit contains less than 150 calories and plenty of fiber, plus helpful compounds like polyphenols to promote growth of friendly intestinal bacteria. Increasing levels of good bacteria help fight bad bacteria in the gut, restoring microbial balance. In the long run, a balanced digestive tract can reduce chronic inflammation throughout the entire body, and help counteract the risk of obesity and diabetes.

Beans

Incredibly high in fiber, beans are slow to digest and keep you feeling fuller, longer. Beans are very inexpensive, as well – especially when sold by the pound – and are incredibly versatile. Try a sweet potato loaded with black beans and salsa for a filling lunch, or puree white beans and garlic to make a delicious dip for raw veggies.

Almonds

Like fruit, almonds are a great on-the-go snack. They’re a high-calorie and high-protein food, so a small handful is all you need per serving. In addition to containing fiber and healthy fats, almonds also have vitamin E to help promote healthy skin, hair, and nails. Pack a bag of almonds in your gym duffle, or grab some in between meetings to keep hunger pangs at bay.

Avocado

This creamy fruit has a reputation for being high in fat, but weight-loss seekers need not fear. Avocados are a primary source of heart-healthy monosaturated fat. Plant-based fatty acids like those found in avocados have anti-inflammatory benefits that can help arthritis symptoms and lower the risk of heart disease. Similar to olive oil, another good fat, avocado increases absorption of soluble nutrients and can make almost any meal more filling. Avocado tastes great as a topping for salads, or mixed into a side like quinoa or rice medleys. You can also use avocado as a tasty substitute for mayo on a sandwich or wrap.

If you’re looking for foods that will keep you powered for a workout, as well as satiated between meals, try a protein bar from Promax. Our great-tasting bars are lower in sugar, yet high in fiber and protein, to contribute to a healthy diet. For more information, visit our product page or our blog.

 

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Five Foods that Burn Fat

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If you’re looking to lose weight, try eating fat-burning foods frequently throughout the day. The best strategy for shedding pounds is to consume five to six small meals daily, like snacking on fresh veggies or grabbing nutrition bars on the go. Eating frequently will keep your metabolic rate accelerated, especially by incorporating the foods below:

Spices

Many common spices have thermogenic properties, meaning they can boost metabolism upon consumption. For example, capsaicin found in hot peppers has been proven to increase body temperature and metabolic rate simultaneously, melting calories away. Try adding cayenne pepper to stir-fries and sautés, or folding green chilies into an egg white omelet.

Other mild spices can help your weight loss goals as well, by improving overall health and assisting your workouts. Ginseng is one such herb, known to boost energy. Others include ginger, to help digestion, and turmeric to break up fat.

Egg Whites

Whereas weight loss coaches and healthcare practitioners often shun yolks, egg whites are perpetually praised as a source of good fat. Egg whites are chock full of protein, which means they’ll keep you full longer. If you’re bored by egg white omelets and scrambles, try a frittata! It’s a delicious way to use up leftover veggies, and a great low-calorie meal for any time of day.

Green Tea

Used for centuries for health and wellness, green tea contains a high amount of polyphenols, which can counteract harmful triglycerides that lead to weight gain. Green tea also provides potent antioxidants that can stimulate your body’s metabolism and promote weight loss. Along with the caffeine found in green tea, these antioxidants boost the central nervous system and allow fat to be released into the blood stream and used as fuel.

Nuts

A handful of nuts is a no-frills yet delicious snack that can keep you full and powered for hours. Stay away from sweetened trail mixes or nut blends with added fat. All you need is a little bit of salt for flavor. If you can’t handle nuts in their purest form, try chopping and mixing into a salad or side dish.

Grapefruit

This citrus actually lowers insulin levels to prevent our bodies from storing excess sugar as fat. Decreased insulin levels can also curb your appetite, making grapefruit a great weight-loss tool. Grapefruit is also known as a “negative calorie” food, meaning a single fruit has fewer calories than it takes to digest. Though the most health benefits can be found in fresh fruit, grapefruit juice is also incredibly beneficial.

Eating healthier can provide the nutrients your body needs while adding to a reduced-calorie diet plan. Many nutritious foods, such as nuts or fruits and vegetables, have also been scientifically shown to help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and making it easier to shed pounds. If you’re looking for a delicious workout snack to power your active life, try a protein bar from Promax. Our bars are great-tasting and packed with replenishing protein, and do not contain artificial sweeteners or preservatives. For more info about Promax, check out our product page or our blog.

 

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Posted in Media, News | June 18, 2015

The Top 5 Benefits of Exercising in the Morning

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No matter what time of day you exercise, you are going to reap some benefits. It just so happens that exercising in the morning has benefits other than simply keeping you fit. The next time you grab your morning energy bar, consider the benefits below to see why you should follow it up with a morning work out, even if it’s just a jog around the block.

1.) Get Motivated for the Day.
When you start your day out with exercise, it helps motivate you for the rest of the day. It isn’t just because you already accomplished something, either. It’s because you got your blood flowing and released endorphins that will give you that little extra boost you may need throughout the day.

2.) Clear the Schedule.
One of the most common reasons that people don’t exercise is because they get busy doing other things. In order to exercise, they have to stop what they are doing and maybe even change clothes. Sometimes that just isn’t feasible with a busy schedule. However, when you do your work out before you do anything else, you don’t have to worry about clearing any time in the schedule for it, because it’s already done.

3.) Get Your Metabolism Going
Exercising is just one of the methods you use to boost your metabolism. Your gluten-free protein bars, avoidance of fast food, and strict schedule are other methods. When you start your day with a boost of your metabolism, it helps you keep your metabolism going for the day. Since the hard part is over, keeping it going for the rest of the day starts to seem easy. Before you know it, all the little things you do add up to a healthier body and better lifestyle choices.

4.) Be More Alert.
Because exercise does get the blood flowing, it also gets more oxygen to the brain. Instead of relying on a pot of coffee to wake you up and get your brain going, the extra oxygen will do it for you. This means you can do your job better or perform your daily tasks easier, without having to stop and think about them. If you happen to have academic functions to perform, couple your exercise with a brain-boosting breakfast or protein bar in order to further enhance your intellectual performance.

5.) Keep on Track
When you exercise in the morning, you set yourself up for success for the day. You will think back to the effort you put into that exercise, and you won’t want to waste it by making unhealthy choices later on in the day. If you are someone who has problems with feelings of guilt, your morning exercise will stave those off and help prevent actions later in the day that will make you feel guilty. In other words, you will concentrate more on making healthy choices because you started the day off with one.

These are just a few of the benefits of exercising in the morning. There are so many more that it would be difficult to list them all. As you start your morning routine for the first time, keep in mind that doing something for 21 days in a row will help make it a habit. Make this day one of your three week introduction to a new life.

For more information about how to make the most of your workouts, check back each week for tips from Promax Nutrition.

Posted in Blog, Fitness, Running | June 12, 2015

6 Reasons You Are Not Exercising Effectively

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It’s almost summer time, so you’ve had months now to work on those New Year’s fitness resolutions. How are you doing? Have you seen the progress you anticipated? Are your goals in sight?

If not, it may be time to re-evaluate your fitness routine. How effectively are you using your energy? If you feel like you’re working yourself to death and not getting any results, check for these eight symptoms you aren’t really giving it your all. There is still plenty of time to make adjustments and reach the goals you desire.

Reasons you are Not Getting Results from Your Workout

1. You focus on problems rather than progress.

Stop and consider if this is a true plateau. Look back over the last few weeks – are you getting stronger? Making slightly better time? Going further? Have you gained strength? Lost a couple pounds or inches? It’s possible you have been making progress but just didn’t realize it.

If that is the case, start celebrating! Watch for these milestones, small as they may be, and reward yourself for the effort by acknowledging your gains or losses.

2. You are too competitive.

Are you judging your progress based on your own growth, or are you constantly comparing yourself to others? Unless you are training for the Olympics, you should not expect yourself to be the fastest or strongest in town. Instead, set personal goals and celebrate progress based on your own achievement, regardless of that of others.

3. You are not setting long-term goals.

Why are you in this to begin with? Are you training for a marathon, slimming down to a healthy BMI, or getting in shape for a sports team? Give yourself a measurable goal with an achievable deadline. This helps you work forward toward it and see progress over time.

4. You make inconsistent effort.

Are you really as faithful to that diet and exercise program as you think? Most diet failures are due to inaccurate food diaries – not truly accounting for the hidden calories or measuring portions carefully. Exercise progress is seen only with regular practice; don’t skip days and then wonder why you aren’t getting stronger. Before you give up, renew your commitment to staying consistent with your exercise and careful with your diet choices.

5. You are neglecting strength training.

Aerobic exercise isn’t enough; you need to build strong muscles, as well. Be sure that strength training is a part of your workout routine. Those muscles will help you burn more calories even when you are at rest, and a stronger physique will help your endurance and stamina, as well.

6. You consume insufficient protein.

Your body uses protein to recover from workouts as well as to build strong, healthy muscle tissue. The more you workout, the more healthy protein you need to meet your needs. Be sure to eat a protein bar after workout and to include healthy protein choices in every meal and snack.

For more information about how to make the most of your workouts, check back each week for tips from Promax Nutrition.

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5 Things You Can Learn from Exercising with Your Children

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Do you enjoy exercising with your children or teens? In a busy day of work, community, and family, it’s natural to look forward to alone time. Running down the street with your tunes in your ears and the sun in your face – alone – is great therapy.

But believe it or not, there are many benefits from exercising with your children – for them and for you. One of your kiddos may just want to get in shape, another might be training for soccer, and the youngest might simply want to spend more time with you. So why not tie on your running shoes and bring someone along with you for that afternoon run? Here are some lessons you may just learn along the way.

Daily exercise is just as important for them. Though we may think back fondly to our younger years, when we could run a mile without thinking about it and played team sports before, during, and after school, our children don’t have as active a lifestyle. More of their day is spent sitting at school and sitting in front of computers and TVs, so they can use the encouragement to get more exercise.

A healthy lifestyle must be taught. Young people don’t instinctively make right food and exercise choices. They need information, the why behind the diet, and encouragement. It might take daily reminders to drink enough water and to include healthy proteins in every meal before these habits became natural.

Children start off with less strength and endurance. This may sound obvious, but you might be surprised at first. Though most of us consider ourselves much more sedentary than our children, it will probably take a few weeks before they develop the strength and endurance to keep up with a longer workout.

It will be much more enjoyable for everyone, then, if you keep the sessions short, about 20 minutes of moderate activity. After a couple weeks, you can add more time or a little more strenuous workouts. Before you know it, you might be the one struggling to keep up! But at first, it’s important to pace yourself.

Young people like to be included. And this doesn’t just mean letting them tag along. Children and teens like to choose the activity – shall we run or play an hour of indoor soccer? – and the gear. The more input they have, the more they’ll take ownership of their own healthy lifestyle. That is completely worth the compromises.

Like any workout plan, this takes commitment. You’ll need to make a commitment to yourself and to your children that you’ll include them in your daily workout. This keeps you and them accountable. On running days, your teens will be ready to improve on their time and keep you puffing down the street. On walking days, your youngest will look forward to telling you everything on his mind.

Working out with children is a great way to pass on healthy habits to the next generation. Why not find a young person in your family or community that you can help today?

For more information about exercise, check back each week for tips from Promax Nutrition.

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