Wisdom, Why HIIT Works and Weight Loss: It’s Friday. I’m in [Link] Love

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I ran across a few health and fitness links this week that I couldn’t resist sharing. Winter can be a tough time of year to stay on top of of your fitness goals, but the links below will help.

Happy Friday to everyone! It’s Friday and I’m in [link] love!

Positivity is Powerful

Even if you strive to maintain a positive outlook, some days it can be harder than others. The Power of Positivity web site and Facebook page provides daily positive affirmations that can help you on days when the struggle is real.  Below is an inspirational video created by the Power of Positivity that has been circulating social media sites.  Check out their site here:  The Power of Positivity.

HIIT Is Here to Stay

Every year the American College of Sports Medicine compiles a list of the trends they predict will become or remain popular in the upcoming year. This year, wearable tech, body weight training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) top the list.  HIIT workouts are popular because they can be done anywhere at any time and, in most cases, don’t require any equipment.

If you’d like to add some HIIT to your life, here’s a link to a 20 minute workout that you can do at home or on the road. Try this Calorie-Torching HIIT Workout from the Fhitting Room.

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Nail Your Resolution By Doing This

We’re half way through January. Are you nailing your goals so far?  This article has some great advice from the Triathlete and reaffirms what we talk about here at PTCDN.  Set practical goals.  Instead of saying you’ll never eat dessert again, resolve to have dessert in moderation.  For some advice that works,  click here:  Nail Your 2017 Nutrition Goals from the Triathlete.

Too Good To Be True?

Maybe not. Japanese scientists have concluded a double-blind trail on obese adults to determine what, if any, apple cider vinegar has on blood sugar and body fat.  The results were surprising and indicate drinking apple cider vinegar could be a viable tool to aid in weight loss.  Read about the study and results here: Apple Cider Vinegar Helps Blood Sugar, Body Fat, Studies Say.

There’s Strength in Numbers

Reaching fitness goals are not only easier, they’re more fun, with friends. Stride Kick lets you join – and even create – fitness challenges that you can invite your friends, family and co-workers to do with you.

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Challenge yourself by creating a fun fitness challenge with your own goal or invite friends and coworkers to join and motivate you. Don’t want to create your own challenge? Become a part of the Stridekick community and join a community challenge to earn badges for achieving your goals: Moving with Stridekick’s Fitness Tracker Challenge.

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Jillian’s Getting Soft, SLIM Super Bowl Party Recipes and a Goal Setting App. It’s Friday. I’m In [Link] Love!

It's Friday, I'm In Love.

It’s Friday, I’m In Love.

Friday.  The best day of the week and I have links that you will love. Jillian Michaels is getting soft, the vomiting flu is sweeping the globe (Yikes!), fitness-themed parties are in vogue and the CEO of Weight Watchers says to forget about willpower.  It’s Friday, I’m in love!

Jillian Michaels: Putting Family Over Fitness Has Given Me A ‘Softer’Body – Although I’m not one of  Jillian’s biggest fans, I do enjoy her workout DVDs that are always varied and challenging.  I like her even more after reading the article about how ‘real’ her life has become since adopting a two year old from Haiti. She says she just doesn’t have the time to work out like she used to!  Read more about Jillian’s softer side here.

US Hit By Stomach Bug Spreading Around Globe – If you did as the CDC recommends and got an influenza vaccine this year, you may still be susceptible to a new strain of stomach bug that is sweeping the U.S.  There is always confusion about what is the flu and what isn’t. Illnesses where symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea are present is usually something other than the flu.  This article gives details about the new nasty strain that’s making its way around the globe.  I don’t know if there’s any way to protect yourself except as always wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands!  Read  more about it here.

SLIM Super Bowl Party Foods from Simply Nutricising – If you’re working on your New Year’s resolution to lose a few pounds, don’t blow it by mindlessly grazing on high-calorie foods on Super Bowl Sunday.  Simply Nutricising is a one-stop-shop for party appetizers created by nutritionist Alyson Heller.  Sloppy Joe lettuce wraps, chocolate covered strawberry footballs, low-fat stuffed mushrooms with crab, and more can all be found here.

Label Watch.comLabel Watch.com provides ingredient labels for over 25,000 foods and even breaks the ingredients down into categories:  Beneficial Ingredient, OK Ingredient, and Cautionary Ingredient.  If you’re trying to limit – or eliminate – your consumption of processed foods, this is an excellent resource.  The site also compares brands so, for example, if you search for English muffins you’ll see a list of about 15 labels.  Remember, often times more than five ingredients is an indication that the food has been heavily processed and is therefore lower in nutrition.

Fitness Themed Parties Gaining In Popularity – Don’t you hate it when you’re working towards a goal to lose weight and along comes a special event, such as a birthday, that you want to celebrate.  Usually that means dinner, drinks, and cake or other desserts.  All diet sabotages!  A fitness-themed party would be a way to celebrate that event in a healthier way.  You’ll burn calories and avoid all of those guilty pleasures that come with celebrations.  Get inspired to have your own fitness-themed party and start a trend where you live

Active Goals App – We already know that goal setting and tracking is the key to successful behavior change. A new iPhone app called Active Goals is designed to motivate you to do just that.  Active Goals allows you to set, keep and log personal goals whether they be running, swimming, biking, etc. The app is new on the market and getting good reviews. It’s available for $1.99 at the app store.  To read a review and find out more about the app click here.

Weight Watchers CEO: Forget Willpower and Do This Instead – David Kirchoff, the CEO of Weight Watchers, has tips to help people be successful.  Weight Watchers is considered to be one – if not the – best weight loss systems available.  In this video interview you’ll learn that even the CEO of Weight Watchers is tempted by his children’s candy.  Check out the interview here.

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Share the Link Love or add to it.  Feel free to drop a link to your blog, web site, app, or favorite wellness resource in the comment box and I’ll mention it next time I spread the love.

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Butt Shaping Exercises, A Give-Away You Can’t Resist, and Two Thumbs Down for Junk Food. It’s Friday. I’m In Love.

It’s Friday. I’m In [Link] Love.

Friday.  The best day of the week and I have links that you will love.  Thumbs up to military retirees, Mayor Bloomberg, Gaiam Fitness, George Takei, and a mommy blogger that loves wine.  It’s Friday.  I’m in [link] love.

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Retired Military Officers Want Junk Food Out of Schools – What’s in your child’s school lunch?  If retired military officials have their way it will undergo a drastic make-over.  “Three-quarters of those ages 17 to 24, or about 26 million young people, cannot serve in the military, a quarter of them because they are overweight or obese, says retired Air Force lieutenant general Norman Seip, a spokesman for Mission: Readiness.”  Seip and a group of retired military personnel think that improving the school lunch programs is a good place to start in combating the child and youth obesity epidemic. Read the full article here.

New York City Hospitals Cracking Down On Junk Food – The school lunch program isn’t the only menu under ‘review’.  In New York City, public and private hospitals are the most recent target of Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-obesity campaign.  If the mayor gets his way, a vending machine filled with candy bars and a cafeteria menu that includes an order of fried chicken will be a thing of the past in hospitals in the Big Apple.  Mayor Bloomberg is getting plenty of flak for this recent healthier-hospital-food campaign which comes on the heels of the gigantic soda ban controversy.  The full article from The Associated Press is here.

The Couch Potato Workout – If you have time to watch T.V. you have time to exercise.  In fact, why not exercise while you watch your favorite shows?  The couch potato workout (click here for link to the video) shows you how you can get in 18 – 20 minutes of exercise during screen time.  For even more tips on making the most of screen time, check out a recent article I wrote on the topic here.

Five Butt Shaping Exercises From Fitness Magazine – Fitness Magazine shows five exercises that will help you tighten and tone your tush.  I can’t think of a reason why you couldn’t do these in front of the T.V. too.  For those of us that sit at a desk for most of the day, we should be doing specific exercises to prevent the sprawling behind syndrome that is the result of being in a chair for several hours at a time.  Check out the exercises here.

Gaiam TV Giveaway – Over at Cranky Fitness Crabby is giving away a three month membership to Gaiam TV which, by the way, I subscribe to and can tell you that it is a quality streaming Internet channel that has a huge library of exercise DVDs.  Along with fitness DVDs, Gaiam has an abundance of wellness videos that focus on meditation, inner exploration, inspiration and the connection of mind, body and spirit.  Three months of free streaming  – which Cranky is giving away – will give you a chance to try it out before you commit to a subscription. Check out the details for the give-away here.

The last two links aren’t related to health and wellness, but are just for fun:

Cloudy With A Chance of Wine – Dani Ryan is a blogger that left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom.  Dani describes herself as a high-strung introvert and social media junkie that likes to drink wine and watch trashy reality TV. (What’s not to love about her?)  Her blog is witty and broaches a wide range of subjects – from condo living to PMS to the trials of being a stay at home mom – but not in typical mommy blog style. Check out Dani’s blog at: Cloudy With A Chance of Wine.

George Takei Facebook Fan Page – You may already be a fan of George Takei’s Facebook fan page. (He has 2.7 million.)  If you’re not a fan you should be. For a daily dose of pure fun in your Facebook news feed, ‘Like’ his page (click here) and participate in the absurdities that follow.

 George delivers these funnies daily.  On good days you’ll receive two or three.

Happy Friday! 

I love link love Fridays because I have a tendency to get lazy by the end of the week and this allows me to pass along some great stuff without doing too much work.  I hope you enjoy the links.

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iPad Wellness Apps, Fad Diets, Free Workout Music. It Doesn’t Get Better Than This.

It’s Friday . . . . .  I’m In [Link] Love

What a great week.  I have post-Olympic inspiration, phone and iPad apps you can’t live without and free fitness music.  It’s all here on Link Love Friday.

It’s Friday. I’m in Love!


Three Fitness Games For Social Butterflies Who Love Their Smartphones – I have both addictions this article plays to:  An addiction to fitness and to my Smartphone.  The Daily News picks the top three fitness apps that use social networking to motivate users.  You can see their picks here.

The Top Ten Health and Fitness Apps for the iPad – Several of these apps take a step outside of simply tracking calories and workouts  – not that that is simple.  They provide symptom checkers, average wait times for emergency rooms, and disease risk calculators.  There’s also a menu planner and fun app for children that shows them what they will have to do to burn off their favorite foods. Check out the apps you can’t live without here.

Five Crazy Diet Trends You Should Avoid – From the General Motors diet to going gluten free, this slideshow provides a pictorial – and some good advice – about diet trends you should avoid.  Following the likes of Mylie Cyrus and Lady Gaga can put you at risk for not getting the nutrients you need to function efficiently each day.  I know we all know that fad diets aren’t long term solutions to weight management, but this is a good reminder of what to avoid. Link to the slideshow from here.

IFBB Bikini Pro Amanda Latona Launches Her “Miracle Butt Workout” Only For $5 – I couldn’t pass this up. It is only $5 and it looks like it would be a good butt workout from the promo that Latona has on her site.  The Virtual Strategy.com article talks about the process that Latona when through to make this workout affordable to the public and includes a link where you can go to purchase if interested.  Check out the VS article here. I’m thinking about buying one.  If you beat me to it let me know what you think!

Free Workout Music Playlist from Shape Magazine – Shape posts a monthly playlist of fitness music that you can download for free. The August play list consists of Good Time, Want U Back, World-Hold On, All Over the World, and Whistle.  I downloaded and added it to my iPod.  Not bad!  The music is re-mixed by WorkoutMusic.com so you won’t hear the voices of the original artists, but I’m not hung up on that.  For years I’ve taught fitness classes using re-mixed music and find that working to a specific BPM (beats per minutes) help me stay motivated and moving consistently.  Check out the link to download the music here.

Chris Cardell’s Review of The Olympics 2012 – Over, but not forgotten, the 2012 Olympics in London were an inspiration to people around the world.  Chris Cardell’s review of the games captures the extraordinary spirit of the Olympics, and gives some take-aways we can apply to our own lives.  For example:

“I didn’t see any gold medal winners who got there by making a vague decision about how successful they’d like to be, putting in the same effort as the masses and not working weekends.  You get gold by getting up when everyone else is asleep and putting in the work others won’t. Then you do it again and again through rain, sleet and snow.  You get gold by failing and coming out of that failure with an iron resolve that nobody will shake.  You get gold by doing the gymnastic leap of your life, with a bandaged broken toe.”

Ah, yes!  Thank you, Chris.  I needed to read this today.  Do you need to be inspired? You can read the entire article here.

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Say Hello To Wello, FitWire and the Most Outrageous Fitness Moments In Music Videos.

It’s Friday, I’m In  [Link] Love 

I love Fridays when I get to share a whole bunch of links with you.  This is a collection of need-to-know stuff that I’ve found this week, but haven’t had a chance to share until now.

Also, we have a winner to the Wellness Code book giveaway.  Announcement on Saturday! A big thank you to everyone who entered.

 

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Say Hello To Wello –  This was all over the web this week. Wello is a new video-service that offers a wide variety of fitness classes and instructors, plus personal training options for people that want a gym-style workout without going to a gym.  The on-line fitness club has over 100 instructors for you to choose from once you register.  You pick the class, instructor and the length of the workout.  The catch is each workout is individually priced and, in my opinion, a little pricey.  In most cases a 25 minute session is $25.  The link to Wello.com is here.  (BTW – if you check it out I would love to know what you think.)

Olympians Defend Jones On Question Of Fitness – Leisel Jones has won eight medals in swimming for Australia and will compete again this year in London.  The primary concern – for some in the Australian press – is her appearance.  Some of the media outlets went so far as to poll readers to see if they thought she was fat.  It’s raised a storm, but other Olympic athletes have come to her defense which is refreshing. Read about how her fellow athletes are sticking up for her here.

The Unproven Claims Of Fitness Products – Beware of claims that weight loss and fitness products can help you melt fat, lose weight and improve performance without having to put out much (or any) effort.  Most – if not all – of those claims are unsubstantiated according to Dr. Matthew Thompson, a senior clinical scientist at the University of Oxford.  Dr. Thompson examined the claims made in advertisements for sports drinks, oral supplements, footwear, clothing and devices like wrist bands and compression socks.  You can read what they learned here.

FitWire Health and Fitness Social Networking Site Connection Fitness Professionals With Prospects – If you are a fitness professional and would like some help getting connected to clients, FitWire may be able to help.  “The site connects regular users seeking fitness experts and their advice with health and fitness professionals.”  The site is for personal trainers, physical therapists, nutritionists, athletes, athletic trainers and other service providers.  The site launched on July 24.  Read more about it here and visit the FitWire site here.

Small Investment In Fitness Can Lead To Major Boost In Motivation – If you’re in a slump and finding it hard to stick with your exercise and nutrition programs spending a little cash on an item that will help you reach your goal is well worth is according to Stacy Johnson.  In this article she talks from personal experience about some of the things she’s purchased to stay motivated.  It may give you some ideas to get back on track too.  Read the full article here.

The Most Outrageous Fitness Moments in Music Videos – Just for fun, check out Huff Post’s outrageous fitness moments in music videos here.  Some of them are scary but maybe that’s because I’m old enough to remember them.  Keep in mind – laughter is medicine.

The 10-Minute Workout, Times Three – While it might not be new news, it is reassuring that studies continue to show that even if you don’t have an hour and a half everyday to work out you can still make improvements in your health in as little as 30 minutes a day.  Even if those 30 minutes are divided into three ten minute sessions.  Dr. Glen Gaesser, a professor and director of the Health Lifestyles Research Center in Arizona State University oversaw a new study about the effects the 10 minute workout, times three on high blood pressure.  Read about Dr. Gaesser’s findings here.

Fire Roasted Tomato Gazpacho from Eat Better America – Not in the mood for hot soup?  I bet you’ll change your mind with this cold – but firey – gazpacho.  Prep time is 15 minutes but it needs to chill for at least an hour and a half before serving.  It’s delicious! Eat Better America is my favorite healthy recipe web site. Check out the gazpacho recipe here.

Happy Friday, share the love, and have a great weekend!