Let’s flashback to the 2008 Beijing Olympics – Usain Bolt, the fastest man of all time, took the world by storm as he crossed the finish line first again and again. In 2008, the charismatic Jamaican sprinter won three gold medals in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter. That year Bolt also broke the world record for the 100-meter race, clocking in at and incredible 9.69 seconds.
You might remember his spectacular finishes as he left competitors in the dust and crossed the finish line first again and again. He left spectators in awe with his speed and grace. You might think that such an incredible athlete must have a spotless diet as well. But, not exactly. Do you know what Usain Bolt ate during the 2008 Olympics?
Chicken nuggets. McDonalds chicken nuggets.
And not just a couple, not just every once in a while, and not just on cheat day. Usain Bolt “reportedly ate 100 chicken nuggets a day while out competing in China as well as French fries and apple pies.” (1)
Obviously, eating 100 chicken nuggets a day isn’t the healthiest diet. But, if you are using the amount of energy an Olympic sprinter uses, well, it might work. And since he won 3 gold medals, we can’t really criticize his diet, right? Continue reading
Squeezing a daily workout into your busy schedule can be difficult. Between running errands, spending time with the family, and running kids to and from their different activities, most days you’re lucky if you can manage to fit 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule.
What if you could get all the benefits of a 30-minute workout in just a fraction of the time?
Recently, there’s been a lot of hype about 7-minute workouts. They are high-intensity, quick workouts without any equipment. And in just 7 minutes, you can be finished with your workout of the day.
But do they really work? Let’s look at the facts. Continue reading
Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (1) Every 11 seconds, an older adult is taken to the emergency room because of a fall.
Falls are extremely dangerous for older adults – in fact, they are “the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans.” (1) For seniors, falls threaten health and safety and can lead to multiple injuries.
But, falling is avoidable. And, according to one recent study, avoiding falls can be as easy (and fun) as…dancing! Continue reading
A few months ago, with all the lock downs, you invested in a brand-new elliptical or treadmill, so that you could keep working on your fitness goals – even when it seemed like the world around you was falling to pieces.
You know very well that investing in a piece of exercise equipment is no cheap endeavor, and now that you’ve used your new treadmill for a few months, you’re worried about keeping it in top-notch condition.
Maintaining your fitness equipment can seem like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never owned a treadmill or elliptical before. But, it’s not as hard as you think, and with these simple tips, your fitness equipment will last you a very long time.
You might think that since only you and the people in your household use your gym equipment, you don’t have to clean it as often as the equipment in a gym. Right? Wrong.
Every time you exercise, your sweat, germs and other bacteria from your hands and body get all over your floor, equipment, and the surfaces of your room. Getting rid of these bacteria can help prevent the spread of germs and keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Dr. George Nelson, an infectious disease doctor says, “bacteria can survive on hard surfaces for days and even months under the right (or in this case, wrong) conditions.” (1) That’s why it’s best to get rid of that bacteria as soon as possible. Continue reading
It’s almost spring, which means we’re about one-fourth of the way into the new year. A few months ago, you probably had lots of expectations and excitement for a fresh start and another opportunity to set goals and make progress in your physical fitness.
However, if you’re like most people, you’ve probably forgotten about most of your goals by now. According to some recent statistics, “less than 8% of people actually stick to their resolutions each year.” (1)
But, don’t let those dreary statistics get you down. You can still achieve your goals for 2021 with a little dedication and hard work. With these three helpful tips for achieving your new year’s resolutions, you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, happier, and more successful 2021.
For some folks, the cold months of the year can be a haven for depression.
Year after year, more and more people are reporting mental health problems. Anxiety, depression, and eating disorders are just a few of the many mental health illnesses that plague people young and old across the country.
According to Mental Health America, “even before COVID-19, the prevalence of mental illness among adults was increasing.” (1) And now, as we continue in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health has continued to decline.
New statistics show that this year, “the number of people looking for help with anxiety and depression has skyrocketed.” From January to September, there’s been a 93% increase in the number of people that have taken anxiety screens, and a 62% increase in the total number of depression screens. (1)
Now, more than ever before, depression and anxiety are problems that can affect every aspect of your daily life. Continue reading
Feeling fed up? Wondering if real weight changes are even possible at your age?
Don’t let yourself get down. Just because you’re a bit older, it doesn’t mean things are hopeless. You can still lose weight!
A recent study published in Clinical Endocrinology kept track of 242 obese patients and followed their weight loss over time. Researchers found that both the group of patients over the age of 60, and the group under the age of 60 had very similar weight loss results.
In fact, the older group cut their average body weight by 7.3%. It was more than the younger group, which had a body weight decrease of 6.9%. And, the older group even lost weight faster than the younger group – about 7 months faster! (1)
According to this study, age is no barrier to weight loss. People over the age of 60 can lose just as much weight as younger people if they make changes in their lifestyle. Dr. Thomas Barber, the author of the study, said “age should be no barrier to lifestyle management of obesity.” (1)
He continues to say that society’s myth that it’s harder (or even almost impossible) for older people to lose weight neglects older people and puts up a barrier for them to lose weight. Continue reading
It’s the holiday season – and that means pumpkin pie, stuffing, loads of mashed potatoes and gravy and, of course, turkey. This year, although your family gatherings were probably be a little smaller (or they might even be through Zoom), some things will never change – great food, football, and…. skipping your workouts for the next few days.
But instead of watching your treadmill accumulate dust while finishing off a turkey sandwich and pre-Christmas cookies, this year you can start working off that pumpkin pie with these three great post-thanksgiving workouts. These workouts are perfect for the day after a holiday to get your body back into workout mode.
Don’t be too crazy obsessed about calories for your holiday meal – after all, this season only comes once a year. But, don’t let your cheat meal turn into a cheat week, and make sure to get moving and do something active the day after your festivities.
We’ve prepared three great workout options to help you get moving and start burning off all those holiday calories. Continue reading
Lifting weights is part of a complete and balanced exercise regimen, just like fruits and veggies are part of a well-rounded meal. But this one piece of your fitness puzzle is doing a lot more for your body than just building your muscle strength.
When you start out with a weight training program, it’s easy to get really excited about getting strong and toned…but then you may feel like you aren’t seeing the results you’ve been hoping for.
There is a reason for this, and it has nothing to do with how hard you’re working. As it turns out, during the first few weeks of weight training, your body is actually strengthening your nervous system.
New research (1) reveals what goes on in your body during the beginning of a weight training regimen. Continue reading
With the pandemic still on the forefront of all of our lives, and with all the changes to the fitness industry, your daily workouts probably look very different from what they were a year ago.
There are benefits – you don’t have to commute to the gym, you can play your music as loud as you want in your living room, and you can avoid the smelly Steve at your local gym.
But you probably miss having more than one barbell to choose from, and you probably miss your favorite exercise machines too.
Since it seems like the virus isn’t going away any time soon, it’s probably time to take your home gym to the next level. With New Year’s approaching, soon you’ll have a chance to make New Year’s resolutions, new fitness goals, and change your workout routine.
And to make all of that happen, you need new fitness equipment. With Black Friday approaching, now is the time to buy exercise equipment. Continue reading