Beachbody’s P90X Goes Commercial, Atkins Is Bad For Your Heart, And Blog Giveaways.

It’s Friday, I’m In [Link] Love. 

Here are my picks for the week:  the latest health, wellness and fitness news of the week all for you on link love Friday.

A couple times a month I like to throw some health and wellness news at you in short bits with links so that you can go out and read more if you’d like.  I find this is a good way to push info out that you might not have discovered on your own.  This week there has been all kinds of interesting and amazing stuff going on in the world of health and fitness:

Beachbody Expands Influence To Commercial Fitness Industry:  Beachbody has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide training and certifications for people that want to teach the at-home workout P90X in a commercial setting.

For personal trainers and fitness instructors interested in attaining the certification and club owners looking to expand their offerings to include this insanely popular class, this is great news.  Beachbody is the creator of the Les Mill Pump programs offered in gyms around the world.  To find out how you can become a P90X certified instructor, go to

Fitness Myth: Isolation Exercises Build Stronger Muscles:  Ryan Egan, founder of Rebel Fitness Academy says that all of the bicep curls we do standing in front of a mirror are a waste of time and they severely decrease overall performance.  Egan says that complex strength training enhances running and cycling performance and reduces the risk of injury that isolation exercises can’t.  Read more from Ryan here.

Atkins-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems:  A recent study reveals that women who eat high-protein, low-carb diets may be raising their risk of developing heart disease by as much as 28%. Of the 43,000 Swedish women studied, there were more than 1,200 cardiovascular events over a fifteen year period.  More of these events occurred among women who followed a high-protein, low-carb diet.  The full report on the study is here.

Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories:  New research suggests that it’s not just how much you eat, but what you eat that’s important when trying to lose weight.  This study contradicts the Atkins-Type Diet to some extent.  It compares a low-fat to a low-carb diet and found that people on the low-carb diet burn more calories.  The researcher does mention that the low-carb diet – while it may burn more calories – causes inflammation which increases the risk of heart disease.  Anyone besides me confused? For more info click here.

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi Launches Fitness Apparel Called Tsu.ya:  If anyone could design a line of sassy, practical fitness wear it’s Kristi.  Adding her own special style, which includes a hint of ‘skating bling’, the clothing line is geared for yoga, workouts and running errands.  It will debut at Lord & Taylor in September.  Kristi says that the inspiration for the apparel came from working on the Olympic fashion committee for a number of years.  Can’t wait for the unveiling! Read more here.

Dreading A Task? Five Tips For Getting Yourself To Tackle It:  We all have to do things we don’t want to do – every day!  But sometimes dreading a task stymies our productivity and gets in the way of our ability to enjoy the things we do like (and want) to do.  The Happiness Project has tips on how to tackle those inevitable don’t-want-to-do chores.  I found Tip Number 3 especially helpful.  I too have a tendency to ‘get paralyzed’ by my inability to make minor decisions. Read all of the tips here.

Blog Giveaways:  Everyone likes free stuff, right?  Definitely!  This web site is totally about giveaways.  If you subscribe or add to your RSS feed you’ll know when a new give-away is posted.  To check out current give-aways click here.

Coming Soon To Put That Cookie Down Now! – I’ll be doing my own blog giveaway next month.  Stay tuned for details on what and how you can enter to win.

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  1. You are so right. The quality of the food we eat is every bit as important as the quantity. Thanks so much for your comment.

  2. Admin, what is your name? I agree that good food, good diet, exercising and having an active life style are all important factors, but what do you think about vitamins? do you agree that sometimes vitamins are not necessary if you have a well balance diet? the only vitamin that I think is a must if for people in climates like Canada where the winter is too long and you need vitamin D, what do you think?

    Thanks for sharing the post, I love PX90! use it 3 to 4 times per week
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    • I would agree with you that vitamins aren’t necessary if you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. However, studies have shown that Vitamin D – as you said – is a must for people that live in places that only have about four months of warm weather where people can be out without in the sun with their skin exposed, and then should wear sunscreen after the first 20 minutes. I do take liquid B12 just because I feel that it increases my energy level and improves my overall sense of wellbeing.
      Thanks for your comment. I too love P90X and Tony Horton!