There are certain reasons why you might want to change your workout routine. It is important to not change your routines too often—otherwise, you will never receive the benefits of making the change in the first place. Most routines will provide the desired benefits, and changes are not always necessary as long as you do not have outrageous goals. However, there are times when a change is needed, such as:
- You change your goals. For instance, initially your goal was to lose fat, and now you want to build muscle. Adding weight training and replacing some, but not all, of your aerobic exercise routines will help start building muscle.
- You are getting bored with your routines. If you are getting bored, and it is affecting your motivation to exercise and train, a change could help reinvigorate your motivation. You might want to work with a professional trainer to create new routines that still address your goals and objectives.
- You have reached a plateau, and your routines are no longer working. It is worth mentioning, if you are just starting out, that it takes longer for your body to adapt and adjust, so it is essential to wait for a longer period of time, of about two months, before making any changes. If you have been working out longer, and your body and muscles have adapted to your routine, it could be time to consider a change.
- Something has occurred requiring a change. You may have injured yourself, your schedule has changed, or the weather has changed, and so on, forcing you to make a change to your routines. For example, you were in an accident and broke your leg. As a result, you are not going to be able to do some of your routines until your leg heals, but you should find others to do until it does heal.
These are the four most common reasons why you should change your workout routine. For most people, there should be no need to make changes unless their reason falls within one of these parameters. Rather, you should be patient and stick with what you are doing, as long as it is working and helping you reach your goals.
Keep in mind, changes are often subtle, so it may not look like you are getting any benefits from your current routines, when you are. One useful tip is to use a cloth or paper tape measure and record different body measurements on a weekly basis, like your hips, waist, chest, and so on. You might be surprised by the changes you notice when taking measurements. In addition, never, ever, under any circumstances, base your progress solely upon your weight, because fat weighs less than muscle. As your body starts shedding fat and building muscle, your weight can increase.
Additionally, changes to your eating habits and diet are highly recommended to help supplement your exercise and weight training goals. Your body requires additional nutrients, energy, and other vitamins used during your routines. This is why many people use energy bars, protein bars, and other such products, and incorporate them into their daily routines. To learn more about the nutritional benefits of using protein bars and related products, please feel free to reach out to us through our website.
CrossFit offers a variety of ways to tone up just about every muscle group, yet people are getting injured in high numbers while doing it. Since these sessions have trainers, why is it that so many people are getting injured? Like anything else, the issue most likely isn’t with the trainer, but with a lack of preparation. Even the best protein bar combined with determination and proper adherence to the CrossFit guidelines isn’t going to be enough if you don’t take the proper steps to prepare for a session.
One of the fastest ways to get injured when doing any kind of exercise program is to skip out on hydration. If you want to cut down calorie consumption, simply avoid drinks with refined sugar in them. Consider relying on natural juices and water, but avoid caffeine and refined sugar. You’re going to lose electrolytes and liquids when you start sweating during CrossFit training, and that can be dangerous. Keep something to drink on hand so that you can refuel as needed.
Use a Nutrition Plan
Skip the fad diets and use a nutrition plan that works for you. Maybe you’re trying to lose weight and want to reduce your calorie intake. That’s fine, as long as you are still getting your nutritional needs met. For example, instead of having a sandwich for a snack, enjoy one of our tasty low carb bars.
It’s a good idea to speak with a health professional who knows your unique circumstances so you can develop an appropriate diet plan. Otherwise, you could do more damage to yourself than good when you engage in CrossFit training. It’s even important to think about when you eat as much as you think about what you eat. For example, diabetics are encouraged to eat multiple small meals throughout the day in order to keep their blood sugar from spiking at any given time.
Stretch in Advance
Before you engage in any kind of training program, make sure you take the time to stretch your muscles. This helps loosen them up and prevents a lot of the pain that you may experience if you don’t stretch. On top of that, stretching helps you develop smooth, toned muscles instead of random bulky areas.
Rely on Professionals
When it comes to specific programs like the CrossFit program, make sure the trainers are certified to teach you and aren’t just someone who happened to use the program once and then decided to start training others. Relying on someone who isn’t properly trained is an almost guaranteed direct route to a future injury. It’s also important that you speak with your trainer to discuss your current abilities and limitations. In some cases, you may need to start out with a less strenuous program in order to help your body get used to exercising on a regular basis before starting the CrossFit program.
CrossFit is an excellent way to get into shape fast, but you need to take the right steps to get there. Don’t assume you can safely go from the couch to hand-stand push-ups without expecting some kind of injury to follow. Be sure to check back here regularly for more tips on how to bring your A-Game in a way that’s both smart and safe.
Nutrition, a proper sleep schedule, and keeping hydrated are all important elements of maintaining a healthy body. A good meal can go a long way, but sometimes you need to tweak it and add a protein bar or something similar to your day to boost energy. Just like you tweak your diet, you may need to tweak your form and posture while exercising, not just so you don’t hurt yourself, but also so that you get more out of your workout.
Importance of Posture
Poor posture is not only unattractive; it can also be bad for your health—and not just your back. The structure of your body was developed the way it was because it has a specific function. Yes, it allows you to do specific activities, but it also protects you at the same time.
Consider your rib cage. It is designed to protect your internal organs from injury. Since the human body is so amazing, it doesn’t just rely on the rib cage, but other elements as well. For instance, when you go into shock, your limbs get cold because your body senses an emergency and is diverting everything to your organs. Likewise, when you don’t use good posture, your organs may be facing unnecessary pressure. That means you aren’t going to get the right amount of oxygen, blood flow, and other things that your body is trying to do to keep you healthy.
When you exercise, bad posture leads to improper positioning of the organs, so it may not just be your back that you are straining. When it comes to exercise, proper posture helps your body evenly displace weights and pressure so that the areas you are trying to work on get the maximum benefit rather than causing injuries.
Importance of Form
Consider your posture to be the foundation of everything you do, and your form to be the management of all the details in between. When you work out and your trainer tells you to adjust your form, it isn’t just to be strict, but to make sure that you get the benefits you’re looking for. For instance, squats might seem easier when your knees turn inward, but, if anything, they need to be facing more outward. This allows the weight to fall where it needs to, rather than making your back and knees take all the pressure of the squat.
One common mistake that people make is locking their joints. This is dangerous for several reasons. For one thing, there are major arteries in those areas, so that if you lock your knees for too long, you may pass out or lose vision. At the very least, you’re putting an unnecessary strain on your heart. It also means that the weights or exercises you are doing are putting a strain on the joints rather than working the muscles.
Before your next workout, have a chat with your trainer. Ask for tips on improving your form and your posture in general. Every activity you do can benefit your body if your form and posture are correctly managed. And don’t forget to supplement your newly improved workout with a delicious Promax protein bar while you’re at it.
Sea Salt Chocolate Candy Corn
Salted Caramel Raisins
Pretzel Gold Fish
Salted Caramel Peanuts
Salted Caramel Almonds
Cut the Promax bar into small pieces.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl
Recipe and photo courtesy of Instagram user @kimhoeltje
2 tbs coconut flour
1 tbs Whey Vanilla
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 truvia packets
1/4c egg white
2 tbs Greek yogurt
1 Promax Chocolate Peanut Crunch Bar
2 tbs almond milk
I wanted a mint flavor so I added about 1/8 tsp of mint extract. You can omit extracts all together or add any flavor you want! I microwave mine for 2.5 minutes.
Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @lindseyecooley
-1 Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Promax bar
-Cut bar into small pieces
-Place on baking sheet (parchment paper highly recommended)
-Bake at 350 for 6-8 min
All the cookies – 290 calories
7F 37C 20P
Recipe and photo courtesy of Instagram user @kimhoeltje
Ingredients: serves 1
½ cup peanut butter
1 can Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
1 scoop Peanut Butter Protein Powder
1 Promax Nutty Butter Crisp Bar
- Remove skins from beans as much as possible, pulse in processor/blender until pulverized
- Add in peanut butter, then protein powder until the mixture is uniform and crumbly
- Cut Promax bar in half from the side and continue to cut into smaller, thin squares. Microwave pieces for 8 seconds.
- Add pieces to mixture, and with hands or spatula mix evenly throughout
- In an 8×8 pan lined with parchment paper, evenly spread the mixture and smooth out across the bottom, pushing down with spatula. Set in freezer for 1 hour. Cut in 5×5 pieces. Store in fridge.
- ENJOY! J
Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @gfree_protein_queen
Ingredients: serves 1
- Preheat oven/toaster oven to 350 degrees
- Cut bar into 10 piece and roll with hands into balls
- Place in oven on parchment for 4-5 minutes until they just begin to brown (careful – they’ll burn quick!) remove and let cool. All yums in less than 10 minutes! 290 cal. 6f/39c/20p for ALL!
- ENJOY! J
Recipe and photos courtesy of Instagram user @gfree_protein_queen
In the war for better fitness, sugar can be fine in moderation. Dieters and exercise enthusiasts work hard to avoid sugar when in reality, a little bit of sugar isn’t bad for you. Eating sugar that digests quickly can help fuel your workout and help you recover quicker. Knowing the different industry names for sugar in food will help health enthusiasts ensure that the protein bars, shakes, and other food they consume sugar in moderation.
The following are some of the clever and misleading names food manufacturers use to include sugar in foods:
1. Agave Nectar
2. Barley malt
3. Blackstrap molasses
4. Beet sugar
5. Brown Sugar
6. Buttered Syrup
7. Cane juice crystals
8. Cane sugar
10. Carob Syrup
11. Castor Sugar
12. Confectioner’s sugar
13. Corn syrup
14. Crystalline fructose
15. Date Sugar
16. Diastatic malt
18. Demerara sugar
21. Ethyl Maltol
22. Evaporated cane juice
23. Florida crystals
25. Fruit juice
26. Fruit juice concentrate
28. Golden Sugar
29. Golden Syrup
30. Grape sugar
31. High-fructose corn syrup
33. Icing sugar
37. Maple syrup
39. Muscovado sugar
40. Organic raw sugar
42. Raw sugar
43. Refiner’s syrup
44. Rice syrup
46. Sorghum syrup
49. Turbinado sugar
50. Yellow sugar
Sugar should only about 5 percent of your diet. That’s about six teaspoonsful per day for most people. Being aware of the many names that sugar goes by, consumers can make better choices concerning their sugar intake and the foods they eat.
In addition to keeping a closer watch on food labels to identify sugar names, consumers can also reduce sugar intake by:
• Drinking water instead of sports drinks. Even the all-natural fruity ones contain sugar.
• If you must have something sweet, get it from fruit rather than cookies, pastries, soda, or candy.
• Select your breakfast cereal carefully, as many brands have an enormous amount of sugar.
• Eat more vegetables.
Reducing your sugar intake will help you avoid a wide variety of illnesses that stem from obesity, such as heart attack, stroke, and respiratory problems. Cutting your sugar intake also reduces your risk of developing diabetes.
What’s great about Promax is we have a lower sugar protein bar option that has 18 grams of protein to replenish your body, and up to 14 grams of fiber. The Promax LS Lower Sugar contains as little as 3 grams of sugar, compared to other protein bars which can have 13-23 grams of sugar. Because we sweeten our products with stevia, we have eliminated artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, maltitol, or gelatin.
Sugar is extremely helpful when it comes to workouts that are longer than 90 minutes. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, drinking a beverage that contains sugar can help increase your endurance. Once you are done exercising, additional carbohydrates may be necessary to help replenish your body.
Promax gives people who want better bodies the natural protein, vitamins, and minerals they need in delicious, gluten-free, vegetarian snack bars. To learn more about Promax products, feel free to visit our products page.
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