Body FX Blog
By, Charlotte Snow Okay, for those of us who are fitness competitors, we all know ridiculously intense our diets are during competition season! I mean, we are talking no joking around, crazy, hard - core diets. When clients or friends express interest dieting down to achieve this “stage look”, but have no intention of ever competing, I try to explain to them that eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is a much healthier, better route to go. When we, competitors, are on prep, we are weighing all of our food, literally every ounce of food we consume we strategically weigh and pack in Tupperware to take with us for the day. We have to make sure there is no added salt, unknown spice or any kind of oil or such on our food. So, we are limited in the sense that we can’t easily just grab something on the road. Seems kind of strict, huh? Well, it is. This is my life on season. No questions asked. However, off season is a little less strict. I still weigh and pack my food for the day, because I do stick to an off season diet, but, if I am out and want to grab lunch with a friend, I can easily order something healthy at a restaurant. I allow myself the freedom to change up my meals. As long as I am eating healthy, making clean choices and sticking within my range of macros for the day, I am okay. I maintain my healthy lifestyle, a physique I am happy with and optimal energy! This is what I recommend to anyone looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I would never put my clients who are uninterested in competing on a strict competition diet. It’s hard, very trying and truly unnecessary if you’re not planning to step on stage.
What is organic exactly? Organic food is food produced without the use of artificial or chemically formulated substances. GM, genetically modified, have been researched to have negative side effects on rats. There are studies that show depressed immune systems, reproductive dysfunction, cancer, allergies, toxicity and more. Genetically modified foods are suspected to cause allergies and decreases your immune system. Here are some of the other benefits to going organic: Less Antibiotics Organically raised animals are not given antibiotic additives; therefore organic diary and meats products do not contain these residues. Consistent exposure to low doses of antibiotic residues can also disrupt the normal flora for humans. This will reduce the number of “good” bacteria and leaving humans more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and illness. This is how the immune system can get weakened. Less Pesticides Many consumers choose organic produce because they desire to lower their exposure to the pesticides found on commercial produce. Certified organic produce is free from pesticide residues. Higher Antioxidants Antioxidants are important nutrients found in fresh fruits and vegetables. They have great benefits such as prevention of many cancers. Some studies show that organic foods may have more antioxidants compared to the genetically modified fruits and vegetables. Better Taste Try tasting an organic fruit or vegetable compared to commercial ones. Many fruits and vegetables look better, but the taste will have no comparison. Eating all organic can be pricey, so if you want to start of small there are some foods that tend to be higher in pesticides. These foods you would want to consider getting organic: Meat and poultry Dairy products Strawberries Bell peppers Spinach; Cherries Peaches Celery Apples Green Beans
By, Jen Delgado The significant benefits of core training follow through to whatever you are involved in, because the area around your trunk and pelvis is where your center of gravity is located. A strong core gives you: • Better posture • More control • Improved, more powerful performance • Injury prevention and rehabilitation • Increased protection and "bracing" for your back • A more stable center of gravity • A more stable platform for sports movements When you have good core stability, the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work together. They provide support to your spine and help transmit increased power and performance for just about any activity. A weak core makes you susceptible to lower back pain, poor posture and a whole host of muscle injuries. Strong core muscles provide the brace of support needed to help prevent such pain and injury and this discovery is why core training has become so popular among elite athletes. Other benefits include a toned torso and abs and a healthy and flexible lower back. Your lower ab muscles are drawn in towards the spine to help you sit up straight, improving your posture. Core training is an intelligent training structure, because it strengthens weak muscles and imbalances from the inside out. Core stability exercises boost performance by building up weak areas and help to avoid a variety of injuries, especially those involving the back, groin, hamstrings and knee. The reason most athletes skip or sometimes avoid on this vital part of their workout is because the benefits are simply overlooked. Core stability training, while presenting the performance advantages to most athletes, it must be approached in the right way. With the popularity of pilates and yoga and other core muscle exercise programs the far-reaching benefits of this kind of training has become well known. Plus, the best thing of it all if having great abs!!!