Monday, March 21, 2016

How is Your Strength Training Looking?



When you go to the gym, you probably see this scenario: lots of ladies on the cardio machines (elliptical, treadmill, StairMaster, etc.) pounding hard to shed those few pounds, and then you see the gentlemen by the weights piling on as much as they can with no interest in cardio. I will only address the ladies today and explain why strength training is equally as important to help you shed those pounds. I know it doesn't seem intuitive, and I know you probably detest lifting weights, but it is necessary.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Do Spicy Foods Really Help You Lose Weight?



Have you heard time and time again how capsaicin (the active ingredient in a few types of peppers) aids in weight loss? Have you heard that all you need to do is to amp up this heat level on your food and you'd be burning mad calories? If this is true, we need to all run to the store today and buy all sorts of peppers for an easy weight loss option.

Let's assess the theory, shall we? When you eat spicy foods, you experience a very warm feeling that makes you sweat, maybe shake a little bit, do a dance, etc. So you feel like this heat must be burning all kinds of things in you. I believe it is the same reason why believe believe spicy foods cure colds or other sicknesses.

Now, it is not totally untrue that capsaicin does speed up your metabolism a little, but this increase has been shown to be very negligible and will most likely not affect you overall if you eat and exercise the same. But you do FEEL like you are losing more because you are sweating. Another theory is that because spicy foods make you feel fuller quicker (or simply because you can't eat as much as you're sweating and blowing), you probably can't eat as much as you would regular food. This means smaller portions, not a considerably faster metabolism.

While spicy food is yummy, and while it does make us feel like we're achieving something, there really is no evidence to definitely say it helps a lot. But it doesn't hurt as well ;) So continue with your spicy food, but please make sure that you get the right diet and exercise if weightloss is your goal.

Cheers Eights & Weights!


Monday, February 29, 2016

Creating a Diet That Can Help You Pedal Easier



Today, we have a guest writer (Shelly Stinson) who is an avid cyclist with a huge focus on nutrition. I am so glad she has been able to share some knowledge to readers about how to make sure your diet is appropriate for the energy levels you need to cycle. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Want a Discount on a Quality Sports Bra?



Influenster sent me the C9 sports bra from Target free to review. Let me describe the product a little so you get a sense for what it is like. It is made of a thick compression fabric and has no padding. So when I first saw it, I was thinking I would not like it since I'm kind of on the smaller bust size scale. Also, they were pink and so that probably skewed my opinion on the negative side.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Booty Strength Training with Weights


A lot of the workouts I show here are body-weight exercises, but I do a lot of lifting, especially on leg day. So I thought I'd share some of that. Here is a great sequence you can try to work those glute muscles. To get larger muscles in your booty and legs, you need to challenge your body with weights. In this video, I am using 70lb weights (in the deadlifts and squats) and 10lb ankle weights (in the standing leg lifts).

Do 10 reps of each exercise and repeat 4 times! Watch the form before you start as I've slowed down the videos so you can see.

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Learning to Make Greens More Delicious



I hear you read that topic and go "Yea, right"! Can greens actually be delicious without bathing them in blue cheese? Recently, I have been exploring a lot more with vegetables, and I have come to the conclusion that you can make greens delicious. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year and New Year Yoga Challenge



Hello readers! 

I'm sorry for being MIA for a few weeks. Work and the holidays were both a tad hectic. But happy new year! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration with your families and friends.

Now, speaking of the new year, it is also a great time for people to do some re-purposing and identify areas in their fitness regimen that they want to work on or improve. I have heard so many resolutions about getting healthier and fitter. Here is something that may help you if you are in that boat. The yoga website that I love so much - Do Yoga With Me - is having a 14 day yoga refresher online. You do 1 video each day for 14 days. It gets you in the habit of doing yoga daily, and it helps get you body and mind on track for the year. Check it out. It did start yesterday, but you can always join in and finish a day later :)

There also are a lot of yoga and fitness challenges on Instagram that can help push you. @yogahermit has a #StartYourYoga challenge, @fitmrsfats has a 7 day cleanse, and so on. Get into a challenge as it helps you connect with others as well!

Do you have fitness resolutions? Are you looking to start the year right? Share them with us :)

Cheers Eights & Weights!
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