Category: Fitness

Quick Guide to Lunges

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Lunges are a foundational movement exercise that can be done anywhere and everywhere. They are easy to do and there are so many variations that make them a great exercise. However, they are one of the most butchered exercises in the gym and have caused injuries. Lunges allow you to elevate your heart rate and target several muscle groups at the same time. The targeted muscles include the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and the calf muscles, abdominal muscles, and back muscles act as stabilizers.

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Paleo Diet: Good or Bad?

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The insanely popular Paleo diet cuts out dairy, legumes, grains, and processed junk foods in favor of nuts, meat, and other foods said to be preferred by our ancient ancestors.  The concept behind the Paleo Diet is that Humans evolved on a diet very different from today. Therefore, it is argued that to be healthier, leaner, stronger and fitter, we must change our diet and remove foods that the cavemen couldn’t eat. The diet promises that you will have more energy, weight loss, and clearer skin. While the Paleo Diet might have good qualities let’s take a closer look to see if it is actually good for you.

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Create your own full-body workout

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There are a lot of factors that go into finding the best workout for your body.  A workout program should be developed around a person’s biology, age, goals, diet, time, etc. Developing a workout routine for yourself can be nerve-racking but its really not difficult and can be a game changer once you understand the basics. When it comes to full body workouts, you are basically doing the same basic movement patterns and just adding weight or making the movement more advanced. The basic movement patterns include:

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5 Tips to Perfect your Plank

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Planks are one of the most effective workouts you can do. They work all parts of your body at the same time giving you a better full-body workout.  Planks are also great because they achieve substantial results in a relatively short amount of time. Work your core and support your spine by doing planks everyday.

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Eight Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so skimping on it simply isn’t an option. To stay in good health and to get into optimal shape, eating a good breakfast each day is a must.

This can be difficult if you have to hit the ground running each day – getting kids to school or clocking in early at work. Luckily, there are many great options for a quick and healthy breakfast, including nutritional bars and shakes and more traditional fare.

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Last Minute Summer Travel Spots For The Most Unique Workouts Of Your Life

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Summer might be beginning to wind down, but you’ve still got plenty of time to plan yourself a vacation if you’ve been putting it off. Take that PTO and find somewhere beautiful to hang out for a week or two. But if relaxing on the beach with a G&T isn’t really your style, then check out some of these summer travel spots. You get a gorgeous destination, and you can actually spend time getting in shape and recharging your mental batteries. Because let’s be honest, you’d rather head home with some toned muscles than a hangover.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Have you been dying to learn how to surf? Or are you already an expert and just want to find a new spot to hit the waves? Lucero Surf gives you 4 hours of private lessons a day, and you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own equipment—everything is included. We dare you to come back from your vacation not looking bronzed and toned after spending it surfing in Costa Rica.

The Appalachian Trail

You’ve probably heard one of your more outdoorsy acquaintances talking about that time after college when they hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. The entire trail is 2,190 miles long, so no, you probably don’t have time to do the whole thing unless you plan on quitting your job or haven’t taken a vacation day in years. Regardless, there are plenty of stunning hikes that you can take for a few days, and because the trail runs through 14 states and 8 national forests, you’ll be getting one-of-a-kind adventure wherever you hike.

Gauley River, West Virginia

If white water rafting is your thing, then you definitely want to check out the Gauley River. It offers a 35-mile stretch of Class V+ challenges with more than 100 rapids ranked as some of the most technically difficult in the country. But don’t worry if you aren’t an expert, you can take a ride on the more laidback Upper New River and still get a great experience.

Grand Teton National Park

This is one of the premier alpine-climbing destinations in the United States, and you’ll be able to rock climb in cool, beautiful weather, with unbelievable scenery all around you. And if you get tired of climbing, well, you are in one of our most treasured national parks. Take some time to hike and explore while you can. Rock climbing is a workout like none other, and you’ll come back feeling fit and refreshed.

So don’t waste anymore time this summer. Make some reservations, book a flight and get yourself to one of these scenic destinations for a totally unique workout. And don’t forget to bring along some of your favorite Promax bars for refueling after a tough day!

 

10 Ways To Stay Fit At Work

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We’ve all been tempted to use the excuse that we worked all day to avoid going to the gym. It’s tempting because work can really be mentally exhausting, and the hours of sitting seem like they actually make you more tired than a workout. But what if there were some ways you could stay fit while at work? Now, we’re not suggesting that these will replace your regular workout routine, but many of them are simply good habits to get into, and others can help supplement your fitness on a day when you know you won’t make it to the gym.

  1. Cut Your Commute

If you can bike or walk to work, well, lucky you. That’s not always practical for everyone, although it is a great way to stay fit. However, think about giving yourself some extra time in the morning and parking farther away from your building. The walk will help wake you up on the way in.

  1. Take The Stairs

Same concept. Unless you’re running late and work on the 16th floor, take the stairs as much as possible. You have to get your exercise in where you can, and stairs are actually perfect for this. There’s a reason they have a machine called a StairMaster at your gym.

3. Print Documents At The Furthest Printer

Are you noticing a theme? Sitting down all day is not exactly great for your body, so doing whatever you can to get up and be active is essential. Print those documents on the other side of the office and then go fetch them.

  1. Seated Leg Lifts

Bring your legs up straight under your desk and then tighten your leg muscles and hold for ten seconds. It won’t interfere with your work, and they actually feel really good after an hour of sitting.

  1. Glute Scrunches

You’re doing the same thing, but with your glutes. Tighten them together, hold for ten seconds and then release. You can do this one on the down low pretty much anytime you’re sitting.

  1. Bring Your Lunch

Yes, we know that everyone’s going out to lunch, so if you want to spend time networking then don’t do this every day, but bringing your lunch is the best way to ensure you’re getting a healthy meal. Your burrito bowl is not actually “healthy” when you eat a portion that large. Sorry to break it to you.

  1. Lunchtime Workout

Speaking of lunch, you can use it as an opportunity to get more walking in, and even something more challenging. Walk to where you’re grabbing lunch, but throw in some lunges along the way. Yes, you will look silly. No, you shouldn’t care.

  1. Desk Pushups

Maybe sneak these in when no one’s looking. Stand up, lean against your desk with your arms extended, and slowly bend your arms until your chest is nearly touching the desk. Then bring it back out. Do ten reps.

  1. Wall Squats

Find a quiet room that’s not in use, and lean up against the wall. Slowly squat down with your feet out in front of you until your knees are at 90 degrees and you back is flat against the wall. Hold this for as long as you can.

  1. Water, Water, Everywhere

Stay hydrated while you’re at work. It can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re staring at spreadsheets. Plus, you can get up from your chair to hit the water cooler (and the bathroom), which is never a bad thing.

And if you’re feeling tired or sluggish, grab a Promax protein bar to help you refuel without unnecessary carbs and sugars that will only leave you crashing a couple hours later. Check out our selection and pick the one that’s perfect for you!

Four Must-Do Warm-Ups Before Training

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Planning on jumping right into the most strenuous part of your workout routine the minute you hit the gym floor? Think again. Failing to properly warm up before exercising can make injury more likely and can also reduce the effectiveness of your workout.

Warming-up before exercise is just as important as every other aspect of your exercise plan, such as doing the right exercises and using nutritional bars and protein supplements to enhance muscle-building. Exercise experts suggest the following workouts to ensure a safe and effective workout:

Increase Your Heart Rate

Pumping up your heart rate helps prepare your muscles for exercises and activates your nervous system. Before your workout, briefly jog, or run on the treadmill or bike. Jumping jacks or skipping rope can also help get your blood pumping at a faster rate.

Stretches Matter

Dynamic stretching can help prepare you for a workout. Make continuous motions to stretch your muscles and prepare them for a workout. Some suggested exercises include: moving your arms in circles, toe touches, and kicking your legs forward. You should avoid static stretches, as these stretches are detrimental to exercise performance.

Warm-Ups Before Training

Try a Few Lunges

Rotating lunges are great warm-up activities because they help to build balance and stability. To perform a rotating lunge, stand with your feet spread hip-width apart. Hold an object at chest level, and then take a big step forward with your left leg.

Bend your left knee and move downward until your thigh is more or less parallel to the floor. Next, hold and turn your torso to the right for a few seconds while keeping the object you’re holding in front of your chest. Then rotate back to the center and stand up again. Next, repeat this exercise with your right foot.

For Squat Enthusiasts

Pre-squat warm-up – Squats have become incredibly popular in recent years as they are great for building muscle and burning fat. However, there is a risk of injury involved that a proper warm-up can mitigate. If you’re planning to do squats, perform a kneeling glute mobilization warm-up. This movement helps to increase mobility in your hips.

To perform the kneeling glute mobilization:

  • Get on your hands and knees, and keep your hands beneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips.
  • Cross one ankle behind the opposite knee, pushing the knee of the crossed ankle/leg into the ground.
  • Gradually ease your rear back to your heels. While doing this, keep your arms straight and your abs tight.
  • Sit back until you feel that the glute on your crossed ankle side has been stretched. Once it has, return to the starting position.

By getting a good warm-up in before you exercise, you maximize your potential gains from your workout and reduce your chance of injury. It’s well worth the investment of 5-15 minutes.

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Tips for Staying Physically Fit and Motivated During the Summer Months

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Working out during the hotter summer months can make you want to retreat to the indoors and avoid going outside until fall. However, with some minor adjustments, you can maintain your routines and stay fit. If you are going to train outdoors, you will want to avoid the hottest parts of the day, which are from around 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

It is recommended to work out early in the morning before heading off to work. Not only is it much cooler outside, your body will have increased energy and higher cognitive functioning throughout the day. If you are unable to get to your routines at this time, consider doing them in the evening after the sun has started to set.

If you are a night owl, you could even get in your workout routines in the evening, when it is much cooler. Just remember to wear reflective, brightly colored, or white clothing, and carry a flashlight to make it easier for motorists to see you.

One viable alternative for summertime workouts is to spend more time swimming and in the pool. There are plenty of water-type physical fitness exercises you can perform to help maintain and improve your abilities.

Regardless of the outdoor routines you prefer, remember to slather on the sunscreen and reapply frequently to protect your skin. You should also wear a baseball cap to shade your eyes, and UV protectant sunglasses. Take time to rehydrate yourself while working out by drinking plenty of water. Most people suggest drinking a small amount every fifteen minutes.

If you simply cannot handle the heat of the outdoors, look for a gym or fitness center in your area that offers short-term summer memberships. These facilities offer the comforts of air conditioning and access to a wide array of equipment you can use to ensure your entire body gets the attention it needs.

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If you are finding it hard to stay motivated, even with these various options, try implementing these tips:

  • Start listening to music to liven up your mood and motivate you to exercise.
  • Take time out to reward yourself for reaching fitness goals. Schedule a massage, go shopping, have a “cheat” day, or anything else you like.
  • Set easy-to-obtain goals. During the summer months, you will want to adjust your short-term and long-term goals. It can be harder to set higher demands on your body and, if you fall short, you can be discouraged and lose your motivation. For instance, if a short-term goal is to shed 10 pounds in a month, you might want to adjust this to losing a minimum of a pound a week for 10 weeks.
  • Don’t punish yourself if you skip working out for a day or two. If it is simply too hot outside, and you need to stay indoors, avoid feeling guilty about it. Instead, do some pushups, sit ups, or house cleaning to get in some physical activity.

After intensive workouts during the summer and throughout the rest of the year, remember to refuel your body with workout and sports nutrition bars from Promax Nutrition. Order yours today online, or call us at (888) 728-8962 for further help in selecting the right bars to fit your needs.

Does Exercising In The Heat Really Help You Lose Weight?

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We’ve all heard the stories of boxers trying to make weight or pro athletes coming to camp out of shape—they have to lose some weight in a hurry, so they put on a sweat suit or plastic trash bags and start running. But is it true that exercising in hotter temperatures will help you lose more weight? It may certainly feel like you’re sweating enough that you should be losing weight, but that’s not always a great indicator of a successful workout. So what’s the deal with exercising in the heat?

The way your body burns calories depends on a number of different variables, but it is true that working out in the heat is different from working out when it’s cold or mild outside.

  • You will actually burn more calories if you work out in the heat rather than in cold weather. That’s because your body is working extra hard to keep itself cool, and it needs more energy to do that. However, this doesn’t mean that running in the hottest temperature possible, or putting on a trash bag will actually give you the weight loss you’re looking for. That’s because when your body is pushed hard in the extreme temperatures, you’re burning more carbohydrates than fat.
  • In fact, it appears that moderate to warm temperatures are best to work out in if you want to lose weight. The reason being that you can actually sustain a longer workout under those conditions. Yes, you might be sweating buckets and feel like you put in a ton of work when it’s extremely hot out, but that’s mainly due to the fact that your body is working so hard to pump blood to the skin and help you sweat. Working out in moderate temperatures means you can keep your body in a fat burning state for a longer amount of time.
  • Running or working out in more moderate temperatures also lessens the likelihood of overheating or dehydration—two things that will stop any workout in its tracks, as well as put you in danger. Even the weight you lose while working out in the heat is probably not going to stay off very long. That’s because you’ve most likely lost a lot of water, not fat. If the scale reads that you’ve lost a pound after a workout in the heat, remember that you’ve been sweating, and that you would have to burn 3,500 calories to actually lose a pound during a workout.

Simply put, there isn’t an easy way to lose those pounds—it all comes down to regular exercise and your diet. The only thing you’ll be losing in an extreme-heat workout is fluid, which can be dangerous.

So stick with your normal workout regimen, go for runs in the morning or evening when it’s cooler, and make sure you always refuel your body with the water and protein it needs after a hard workout.