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Tips to Fuel your Fitness Motivation!

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1. WAKE UP EARLY! I love getting my workout over with before I have time to talk myself out of it, before it gets too hot, before my busy life decides to take over! Starting your day with a quick workout is a fantastic boost because of all the endorphins you are sending to your brain are screaming “Hey! Wake up! Let’s have an awesome day today!”

2. DRINK LOTS OF WATER AND FUEL UP, PRE- AND POST-WORKOUT! Drinking a large (8-16 ounce) glass of chilled water first thing in the morning is a great way to get your metabolism burning and helps purify your internal system. This helps your body absorb nutrients easier AND makes your skin glow! Also, make sure you are consuming the adequate amount of protein and carbs pre- and post-workout to get the most out of your sweat session. I always have half of a Promax LS bar before a workout and half, after.

3. CHANGE UP YOUR WORKOUTS! Take advantage of the summer by going on new hikes, kayaking on lakes you’ve never visited, or taking your bike or inline skates out on an adventure. Changing up your workouts will remind you that working out should be fun and will keep you from getting bored.

Posted in Nutrition | August 13, 2014

How to Get the Most from Your Next Workout

Working out — it is something that we all should be doing in order to live long and healthy lives. Unfortunately, many people do not work out enough. Others simply do not do a workout at all. Still others work out, but they aren’t working out in the manner that is best. For instance, they may be trying to lift too much, instead of starting slow and gradually progressing up in weight.. Promax is here to help you get the most out of your next workout because, let’s face it, our effective protein bars can fuel your workout, but they can’t do the workout for you!.

Make a Workout Work for You

Before we get into the tips for making your workout work for you, the first thing you have to do is come up with a workout plan. You may need a trainer to help you get started, but the important thing is that have a plan of attack that will help you to achieve your desired goals. Give yourself a pat on the back for taking action towards a long, healthy life, and strategize a game plan! Here are some ways to get more from your workout:

– Wear the right shoes. You may think that a pair of running shoes is perfect for every type of workout. You would be wrong. Running shoes are just that — made for running. So, if running is your workout of choice, or if it is a part of your overall workout plan, make sure you wear running shoes. Cross trainers are fine for lifting weights when you are at the gym, but these kinds of shoes are heavier than running shoes, and they don’t offer the same amount of support and cushioning. Choose running shoes for runs longer than 2 miles, choose Training shoes for your gym floor and boot camp workouts and for interval running.

– Know when to replace your shoes. Speaking of shoes, the average person can get about 400 miles out of a pair of running shoes. If you are on the heavier side, you can expect to get fewer miles before the midsoles have become too worn. Know exactly when you started using your shoes, then keep a running estimate of how many miles the shoes have. When you reach about 400 miles, it is time to buy shoes to ensure that your feet are always properly supported. Even if you don’t ever reach 400 miles, the man made materials of athletic shoes break down over time simply by being exposed to air. If your shoes are older than 6 months – irrespective of usage time – it’s time to spoil yourself with a new pair!

– Be consistent. Just like you had to choose a workout plan, you need to choose a time when working out will fit into your schedule. Research is conflicting; some suggest morning workouts when cortisol is high, and some suggest evening workouts to alleviate the stress from the day. Sometimes it’s just hard to arrange your workout at a convenient time. Therefore, the best time of day to work out is the time of day that you’ll actually do it! However, as long as you are getting off the couch and moving on a regular basis, the timing doesn’t really matter. Create a workout schedule that gives you the right amount of exercise at the time of day that is best for your busy schedule.

– Make sure you warm up before working out. This doesn’t necessarily mean stretching. What you want to do is get your body to a higher intensity level than when it is resting — but not as high as when you are working out. The name “warm up” is really misnomer. The goal of a warm up is to prepare your body metabolically for your workout. Take 10 minutes and gradually increase your heart rate through movement drills, walking or jogging around the block, or hoping on a piece of cardio equipment.

Contact us today at Promax to learn more about working out, fueling your body, and how our delicious, protein  bars can be a great addition to your healthy lifestyle.

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Before and After a Workout — What to Eat

Exercise is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you are on a weight loss journey, trying to build muscle mass, or simply trying to maintain your current weight, you need physical activity. A strenuous workout is a great way to burn calories, build muscles, and get your body in shape. Eating right before and after a workout is also essential to healthy living. Here at Promax, we are committed to creating the best protein bars for before and after every workout. Our bars are  healthy and contain a nice balance of necessary carbs, proteins, and other nutrients. Snacking on one of our bars before or after a workout is a great way to fuel and refuel your body. Here are some other tips for pre- and post-workout nutrition.

– Remember: your body needs fuel before a workout. You might think that working out without eating means burning more calories. However, your body is going to get the energy it needs from somewhere, which means you could tap into muscle mass if you work out without fueling first.

– Before a workout, avoid a big, heavy meal. That is just more calories added to your diet and slows digestion keeping needed energy from your muscles. Instead, opt for something light and easy to digest, such as one of our bars. Similar to our bars, you want to include proteins and carbs, so some other good options include hard boiled eggs, low fat milk, bananas, brown rice, oatmeal, and apples.

– During your workout, it is important to stay hydrated. Keep water on hand and sip throughout your workout as you sweat those calories away. Since you have fueled your body the right way with a pre workout snack, you should be ready to maintain steady energy throughout the workout, so just remember to stay hydrated with pure, clean water.

– After your workout, your body needs refueling. The best time to refuel your body is right after you complete the workout. Again, one of our protein bars is a great choice. Packed with a nice balance of proteins, carbs, and nutrients, our bars will give your body the fuel it needs to restock energy stores and repair any potential muscle damage. You can then continue to refuel with other things as the day goes on. Some suggestions include: low fat proteins, multi-grain bread, healthy fats like olive oil and nut butters, steamed veggies, salad, and brown rice.

– Experiment with your nutrition before and after a workout. Research the different foods and discover which ones work best for your body and fitness energy needs. If ever in doubt, don’t be afraid to talk to your gym instructor or even your physician for ideas. It is possible to use engineered foods to fuel and refuel workouts but still enjoy real food, so find different recipes and give them a try.

Keeping your body fueled is a necessary part of fitness success. Exactly how you fuel your body depends on your personal preferences, workout needs and digestive profile. Our bars are not only packed with protein and essential nutrients, but they also pack a yummy flavor, to keep your taste buds happy, as well as your body.

Contact us at Promax today to learn more about our protein bars and how they can help you keep your body fueled.

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Posted in Nutrition | Tagged , , | July 22, 2014

Don’t let the summer heat affect your daily sweat!

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It’s getting hot, hot, hot!

You’ve been exercising all winter in preparation for the beach, but now it’s summer- and hot. Sometimes even dangerously hot, and seemingly too hot to go workout. But don’t let the summer heat affect your daily sweat! This workout from Promax Ambassador Holly Perkins is fast and will set you on the road to that bikini ready body.

Because you will be doing high intensity work here, it’s critical to refuel as soon as possible after your workout. Be sure to include a combination of protein and carbohydrate, with just a little bit of fat. Try the new Promax LS as a great option.

FIRST CIRCUIT
Jog in place: 1:00 / Jumping Jacks: 1:00 / Burpees: 1:00
Rest: 1:00 During this rest, walk around, drink water, just keep moving!

SECOND CIRCUIT
Walking Lunges: 50 steps (25 on each leg)
Push Ups: x15 (You can choose the style that you prefer!)
Squats: x30 (Any style)
Rest: 1:00

Repeat the First Circuit, including the Rest.
Repeat the Second Circuit, including the Rest.

Posted in Nutrition | July 16, 2014

The Truth Behind 5 Workout Myths

At this point in your journey to a fitter, healthier body, you probably have a pretty good understanding of nutrition — or you are at least learning about it. You know that your body needs the right balance of carbs, proteins, and other nutrients before and after a workout. You know that you can find that balance in our healthy protein bars, or you can find it in a selection of other foods. You know that your body needs a healthy diet, in general, as well as an exercise routine. When it comes to exercise, that is where your knowledge may be clouded. There are certain exercise myths sworn to be true, and Promax is here to debunk the myths and keep you on the right track.

  1. You can spot-train certain areas of your body, such as your abs. Well, you can target any area you want, but if you are looking for a six-pack, it doesn’t really matter how many crunches you do. If your abs are hidden behind body fat, until you get rid of the body fat, you will never see your abs. Instead of focusing on specific target areas, concentrate on a more full-body workout that is going to reduce body fat — then you will start to see the results you want.
  2. You must stretch, or you could be injured. Studies have shown that stretching is not a necessary pre-workout routine. It can help a little, but it may not necessarily increase your range of motion. In some cases, stretching too much can make you a bit unstable, which could lead to an injury. Also, research has shown that intense stretching before strength workouts actually decreases a muscle’s ability to generate force. Try a quick warm-up exercise routine to get your heart pumping and your muscles warmed up.
  3. You burn more calories during cardio with weights. While this is true, it’s not so true that you need to make it a necessary part of your exercise routine. In other words, holding weights during your cardio workout is going to burn a few more calories, but not enough to make a huge difference. What it will do is put you at a higher risk for a possible injury. The human body isn’t designed to have heavy hands or feet! Find other ways of burning extra calories, such as hopping on the treadmill at a faster speed.
  4. Exercising about 45 minutes every day will keep you healthy, no matter what. Sure, you need daily exercise. However, exercise isn’t going to keep you healthy by itself. If you exercise for an hour each day, but spend the rest of the day eating junk food and watching TV, your body is going to show the effects. Focus on a lifestyle change, instead of just adding exercise to your daily life. Exercise and healthy eating go hand-in-hand.
  5. “No pain, no gain” is the way to go. The truth is that it is fine for your workout to push you to the edge of your comfort zone — and even out of it. But if you are feeling intense pain during your workout, if you are on the verge of losing consciousness, or are otherwise completely uncomfortable, then you are pushing yourself too far. Your workout should test your limits, but never to the point of severe pain. Know your limits, and slowly expand your comfort zone over time.

Contact us today at Promax to learn more about exercise myths, nutrition, and how our  healthy bars can be a great addition to your daily workout routine. 

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Posted in Fitness | Tagged , | July 15, 2014

5 Most Commonly Asked Questions about Protein

Monitoring nutrition should be a part of everyone’s life. It is essential that we all know what we are putting into our bodies, from protein bars to sugar-packed sweets. Knowing the amount of calories, carbs, and nutrients your body receives on a daily basis will help you reach your body goals, such as losing weight, gaining muscle, or just being healthy. Protein intake is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle. However, protein is not always easy to understand, especially when there are conflicting opinions about it. Here are 5 common questions about protein, so you can make informed decisions about your own protein intake:

  1. Can too much protein be harmful to my body? The short answer — yes, but only in certain circumstances. If you suffer from chronic kidney disease, then you need to stay away from a diet that is high in protein. However, if you are in general good health, and you want to pursue a high-protein diet, you should be good to go. Just make sure that you don’t go overboard with protein consumption — you can always talk to your doctor to review your dietary plan.
  2. Can I build muscles faster if I consume lots of protein? Protein can help you build muscles, but it can only do so much. When you consume a lot of protein, you may think that all of it is going towards building muscles, but the truth is that, once you reach a certain level, the protein will be converted into energy that is stored as fat. So, if you take in more protein than you need, you are not going to see muscles develop any faster than with an appropriate amount based on your needs and activity level.
  3. What foods are the best choice for protein? Our protein bars are a solid source of complete protein — you can easily meet your dietary needs by adding our bars to your daily food intake. However, if you want to eat “real” foods for protein, your choices are abundant. Eggs, meats, poultry, fish, dairy and tofu  are all great choices for giving your body plenty of whole food protein.
  4. I can’t get fat from protein, right? Wrong! Your body may have a harder time turning proteins into fat, but if you give it more protein than you need, you are probably feeding your fat cells. Be sure to find the right amount of protein per day based on your body goals, fitness level and workouts. Body fat is a reflection of calories in versus calories out. Too many calories in any form means an increase in your body fat
  5. Can my body only process a certain amount of protein at once? Everyone processes protein differently. There is some research that suggests you can only assimilate a certain amount of protein per eating, but the jury is still out. Your tummy is not counting grams of protein — that’s your job. Most likely, the amount of protein you take in is the amount of protein that your body is going to process. Keep it to a reasonable level and enjoy the benefits of protein without going overboard – otherwise you could end up eating more calories than you need for your daily intake..

Contact us today at Promax to learn more about our protein bars, and how they can help you take in enough protein without going overboard.

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