5 Best Snacks For Busy People

Healthy Snacks

“I’ve just been running, running, running today!” No, that’s not a marathoner, telling you about their latest race, it’s your overworked friend telling you about her schedule. There really is no rest for the weary, and some people just seem to be on the go constantly. How do they get it all done? What they definitely don’t do, is feed themselves junk or rely strictly on coffee for their energy. Although we’re not judging your fourth cup. No sir. But if you feel like you’re always on the go, and you want to get it all done without being completely beat down at the end of the day, then you may want to take a second look at what you’re eating. It will come back to bite you if you aren’t getting the proper nutrition, so check out some of these great snacks for busy people.

Homemade or DIY Trail Mix

Trail mix is practically the king of healthy snacking options. That’s probably because making it yourself gives you an almost unlimited array of ingredients that can be thrown together. Cashews, almonds, peanuts, raisins, cranberries, pretzels, and yes, even a few chocolate chips, can all go into your homemade trail mix. It’ll provide you with tons of energy throughout the day, and making it yourself is usually cheaper than buying a bunch of bags from the grocery store.

Hummus and Veggies

A container of hummus and some celery or carrot sticks is a great tasting snack that will give you the energy you need to make it through your day. There are a ton of different flavored hummus options out there, or you can easily make it yourself.

Ants on a Log

There are a few variations of this one, but the most popular is celery sticks topped with peanut butter, topped with raisins. Feel free to use a different kind of nut butter if you want, and we’ve also heard of people swapping out the celery for carrots.

Kale Chips

Kale is in right now, no doubt about it. Some people aren’t too fond of the taste, but homemade kale chips let you spice things up a little without losing all the nutritional benefits. Wash your kale, tear it into pieces and set it on a baking tray. Drizzle it with olive oil, and add sea salt and spices. Then bake at 325 degrees for about 12 minutes or until crisp.

Hardboiled Eggs

Hardboiled eggs are incredibly easy to make, they travel well, and they’re full of nutrients to help you get through that busy day. They’ll help satisfy your hunger, and keep you from heading to the vending machine later on.

And of course, don’t forget about Promax protein bars – perfect for people on the go. A busy schedule might keep you from getting a lot of snacking time during the day, but Promax bars go anywhere you do. Packed with protein and nutrients, these bars will keep you feeling satisfied and productive throughout your day. So check out the Promax line today and find the perfect bar for you!

What Your Workout Style Says About You

Jogging

Most of us have a workout routine that we enjoy, and while it may be similar to others, it’s almost never exactly the same. The one thing that unites us all is that we feel like we could probably be in a little better shape. Or a little bigger. Or faster. But every individual has their own approach to making those improvements. What’s your workout style? Take a look and see if you fit into one of these categories, and what it says about you.

Machines and Treadmill-er

You hit the gym, take a seat on your favorite machines and then migrate over to the treadmill or elliptical for a little cardio. You know what you like and what works for you – and that carries over into the rest of your life, too. You’re sure of yourself and your choices, and you’re dedicated to following through.

ClassPasser

Bikram Yoga or SoulCycle? Pure Barre or circuit training? Your ClassPass means you don’t have to choose just one workout, you can dip your toe in all of them. Your interests are probably just as eclectic in the rest of your life, too – for example, you’ve probably tried all different kinds of diets, from paleo to vegan. Your varied interests give you plenty to talk about with friends, and lots of exciting new experiences to share with others.

Strictly Free Weighter

Your cardio is the walk from the car into the gym. You need two guys to spot your bench press, and you let everyone know that squats and deadlifts are the key to seeing some real gains. Supplements? Check. Gloves? Check. You don’t take the easy road in the rest of your life, either – you go all in no matter what goal you’re pursuing.

Marathon Trainee-er

This isn’t a workout, it’s a lifestyle. You’re pounding pavement day in and day out, working towards a huge goal that’s too daunting for most people. You’ve got more self-discipline than most, though, and it shows in the way you eat, work, play….and pretty much do anything.

Chronic Cheat Day-er

One on, four off? Is that how it’s supposed to work? Not really, no, but at least you’re making an effort. Work’s just been so crazy lately, right? Tough to find time to get to the gym with everything else going on. You’ve got the best of intentions and do your best to make them reality, but sometimes life just gets in the way. But no matter what, you never give up!

Whatever your workout style, you’re going to need a protein bar that can keep you going and help you recover when you need it. Try a Promax protein bar today—there’s a flavor for everyone.

Information and Tips for Training in the Summer Heat

Exhausted runner

Training in the outdoors during the hot summer months is more challenging than working out during the cooler spring and fall months. As the heat and humidity increase, your overall performance tends to decrease. This is largely due to the fact that the body, on the physiological level, does not function as well. The body sweats more, which translates to dehydration. In addition, the heart rate is much higher and blood flow is reduced. As a result, less oxygen is getting to the muscles.

Sweating cannot be helped while working out, especially outdoors in summertime. Sweat is the body’s own natural air conditioning system to help cool down the body. The sweat removes excess heat from within the body. As the sweat evaporates, it cools. However, the rate of evaporation is directly related to the humidity levels. Higher humidity means slower evaporation and less cooling.

With sweating also comes dehydration, because the body is losing water, salt, and electrolytes. Further complicating matters is an increase in heart rate. Normally it will increase about four beats per minute when working out at temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. As the temperature continues to climb, heart rates can increase 10 beats or more per minute, with increases in humidity further contributing to even higher heart rates.

In addition, as sweat is released, the volume of blood flow declines, too. This means there is less blood returning to the heart and lungs to get oxygen and supply that oxygen to your muscles. Since the muscles are getting less oxygen, they cannot produce as much energy, so you will notice a slowdown in your workout routine.

However, exercising outdoors in hot summer days does have its benefits. Mainly, your endurance levels and performance will increase as your body acclimates to working out in this type of environment. Even still, there are several precautions you should take, along with these tips to ensure a safe workout:

  1. Keep hydrated. Drink a few glasses of water before starting your routine, and take along plenty of water. Remember to drink a little water about every fifteen minutes, as well as few more glasses of water afterwards.
  2. Avoid the hottest times of the day. It is best to avoid working out from around 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., as this is when it is hottest. Try to fit your routines in either before or after this time.
  3. Remember to protect your skin. Wear a high SPF rated sunscreen that is waterproof to protect your skin, even on cloudy and overcast days.
  4. Wear light colored, breathable clothing. Light colors reflect heat, and breathable clothing helps keep you cooler.
  5. Replenish lost electrolytes and salt after workouts. Eat sports nutrition bars and drink water infused with electrolytes to restore the proper levels.

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