MAGAZINE: Nov/Dec 2008 Fitness

23 10 2008

I bought the November/December 2008 issue of Fitness today¬† ūüôā¬† This is a monthly magazine aimed at women in their 20s and 30s who are interested in fitness and living a healthy life.¬† Focused on publishing timely, well-written non-fiction articles, I love buying this magazine sporadically and mainly for doses of writing inspiration.¬† Being so entrenched in fitness, health, and well-being, what is common sense for one person can be completely foreign to somebody else.¬† There is such a wide spread range of health literacy it’s almost fascinating ( you can be sure I’ll be writing on this topic).

So when I pick up magazines like Fitness, I get a feel for what issues, concerns and events the average woman my age are thinking about and participating in.¬† It’s dubbed “reading with intention”. Writers influence one another and this capacity to nourish and be nourished by other writers is truly the great gift of the reader’s writing life.¬† And with Fitness Magazine, I feel confident that I can find many interesting articles to read and just as many article ideas to query on…

Source:  http://www.fitnessmagazine.com

Fitness Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 Cover

Fitness Magazine Nov/Dec 2008 Cover

Topics I am interested in writing about right now include:

  • Sleep disorders (Why Can’t I Sleep?). I’ll be checking out the feature on “The New Way to Never Feel Tired” on p. 80
  • Energize & motivate me.¬† I’m hoping that the stress free 20 minute meals on p. 89 will give me the kick in the ass I need to go to the gym
  • Balancing a Busy Life (How to Juggle Different Hats). I’m looking forward to reading how 4 writers learned to manage negative self talk and love the skin their in on p. 121
  • Antibiotic resistant organisms (AROs). With winter around the corner, I am interested in the growing number of AROs such as E.Coli, C.Diff and MRSA.¬† (I’m still trying to figure out the difference!)¬† There’s no mention in this mag… hmmmm…

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ARTICLE: The Secret to Fitness is in the Bedroom

20 10 2008

In a January 2007 press release by the Better Sleep Council on Canada,¬† it was reported¬†that only 10% of Canadians think good sleep is critical to fitness, yet nearly 30% admit that a “lack of energy” is the greatest barrier to improving their fitness.¬† Not surprising considering that in today’s world,¬† sleep is undervalued and having 8 hours of sleep is considered a luxury of time.

Sleep loss, however, is associated with significant health problems, such as depression, headaches and impaired heart function.¬† It has been linked to poor concentration, lower productivity and poor work quality –¬† skills required to work efficiently.¬† Sleep loss can interfere with memory, reasoning and concentration – skills required when taking advanced learning courses.¬† Lack of sleep make us irritable and can obviously strain our relationships with co-workers, friends and family.

Sleep Well to Keep Fit

Sleep Well to Keep Fit

Dr. Stacy Irvine, Chiropractor and Fitness Expert on behalf of the Better Sleep Council Canada stated that “regular exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress, and the physical exertion helps our bodies crave rest for a more deep and restful sleep.¬† The benefits of sleep and fitness are reciprocal”.

Tips to have a good night’s sleep:

  • Unwind. Put any type “work” away, dim the lights and focus on taking deep breaths.¬† By separating your day’s activities from your sleep, you begin to train your body to relax.¬† (This is the hardest tip to follow but critical to a good night’s sleep).
  • Be consistent. Try to get up at the same time every morning and go to bed at the same time in the evening, seven days a week.
  • Mattress check. If you sleep better in someone else’s bed, it might be¬†time to get a new mattress.
  • Exercise. Incorporate fitness into your daily schedule; at least 45 minutes a day.¬† Include cardio, weight training, yoga, sports¬† and stretching into your weekly activities so that your body and mind remain active during the day and ready to retire at night.

Click here for Health Magazine’s Celebrity Secrets and What You Can Learn From Them

Source: http://www.bettersleep.ca/

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BLOG: The Brinkzone Blog

18 10 2008

¬†“My blog will be a little different to the deluge of fitness based blogs which seem to be 99% advertising and 1% content…you’ll find (Brinkzone) full of science based information rather than generic information you can find elsewhere”

Brinkzone Blog is a mix of well researched information and honest to goodness truth.

Brinkzone Blog is a mix of well researched information and honest to goodness truth.

Dubbed the No. 1 Science Based Health & Fitness Blog, I stumbled upon Will Brink’s site a few months ago doing a search for the best ab workouts for those who hate doing it.¬† I browsed around his two sites:¬† http://www.brinkzone.com & http://www.brinkzone.com/blog/¬†and felt that his information was straight forward, no beating around the bush talk.¬† With articles like “The Terrible Triad:¬† Why Your Workouts Suck“, ¬†“Do Vegetarians Disgust You?”¬†and “Exotic Cars Increase Testorone Levels” there’s a mix of well researched information,¬† feature writers and honest to goodness truth.¬†¬†And¬†the¬†odd time, some great sarcastic humour (for those who know he’s even being sarcastic!!)¬†

My only wish is that in the future, he would include female feature writers and perspective.¬† His straight forward talk is what some of us need as much as it may have an “ouch!!” rating of 10/10.¬†¬† His one blog on Women and Weight Training:¬† Debunking the Myths¬†caught my eye because I have plenty of family and friends who refuse to lift weights on the sheer fear of bulking up.¬†
Myth 1: Strength training causes women to become larger and heavier.
Myth 2: Women should use different training methods than men.
Myth 3: Women should avoid high-intensity or high-load training.
C’mon females, we know all this right?¬† Right?¬† We don’t have as much testosterone as males do so some of us already know we can work out heavy and not bulk up, but,¬†like one blog reader stated “people like to stay within specific, gender-identity comfort zones”.¬† When will we ever change ladies?¬† Subscribe to the Brinkzone blog.¬† Not only do you get weekly updates in your e-mail on what’s new, if you sign up now, you’ll receive 3 free e-books including one on¬†developing the perfect abs.¬†

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MAGAZINE: Sept/Oct Issue of Muscle and Fitness Hers

13 10 2008

I am a big fan of fitness magazines.¬† I like to subscribe, buy them, keep them and read them over and over for motivation.¬† A staple in my collection are issues of Muscle and Fitness Hers.¬† It’s¬†focused on fitness and health and the women that grace the pages of the magazine are in beautiful shape — not too skinny like fashion magazines and not too muscular to turn you off.¬† They are toned, feminine and sexy.¬† One Ohio reader raved, “Thanks for using models who epitomize the beauty of a naturally toned and muscular body.”

Aimed¬†at “women who want more out of fitness“,¬†the common theme is that you CAN fit fitness into your lifestyle and you SHOULD.¬† There’s no excuse¬†they don’t provide solutions for.¬† The layout is great with a balance of pictures, content, graphics and advertisements.¬† The information is varied, interesting, helpful and clear.¬†¬† And instructions¬†are easy to follow,¬†straight forward and motivating enough for me to want to try recommendations at my next meal and workout.

Source:  http://www.muscleandfitnesshers.com/features/19

muscle & fitness HERS cover

muscle & fitness HERS cover

 

  • Bored with your cardio routine?¬† Check out p. 50 for steps on how to run with true purpose
  • Do you really kill it at the gym?¬† Test your strength and endurance¬†against the workouts on p. 72
  • Keep working at it but you just can’t lose any weight?¬† Be sure to review the 5 possible medical reasons why this may be on p. 84
  • Think that white meat is better than dark?¬† So did I until I read p. 70
  • The magazine is available in at major chain stores and retails¬†in Canada for $6.99.¬† If you pick up the Sep/Oct issue, there’s a savings voucher.¬† Get 6 issues for $14.97.

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    ARTICLE: Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Packing the Pounds

    11 10 2008

    Thanksgiving is just around the corner.¬† How can we NOT know?¬† I go to Starbucks and the feature flavor is pumpkin spice latte.¬† My cousin and favorite chef advertises on Facebook that she’s making pumpkin pie from scratch and not the can.¬† My¬†co-workers bringing in the bite sized chocolate bars in preparation for Halloween.¬†¬† And what does this all mean?¬† It’s the start of festivities and food.¬† Lots and lots of food.¬† My mouth is already watering for turkey, cranberry sauce and sweet yam… followed by the pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream.¬† ¬†Mmmm….

    The average weight a person gains between the months of October (Thanksgiving) to December (Christmas) is 7 pounds.  How do I avoid that? 

    Physique morphing expert, Herve Duchemin obviously knows my woes.¬† He’s written articles like “Controlling Late Night Binge Eating” and “How to Recover from an Episode of Binge-Eating“.¬† So when I read his article focusing on the Thanksgiving holidays, I thought what better time to remind you of the importance of still focusing on your health.¬†

    Many times when holidays, special festivities and events come up (which can be very often!!), we either do one of two things:¬† not eat all day in preparation for the holiday binge or give up every inhibition and enjoy every guilty pleasure.¬† Well…. you DO have another option and that is, making healthy choices.¬†

    Herve offers some practical but oftentimes, ignored eating and cooking tips for making healthy choices during the Thanksgiving season.¬† Here are the ones I’ll make sure to remember:

    1.  Load up on meat and vegetables and keep the carbs to a minimum.  Keep your protein intake high by eating more skinless turkey pieces and vegetables.  By having a salad before the main meal, you fill yourself up with goodness first, guilty pleasure last.

    2.¬† Drink more water.¬† Besides helping you stay hydrated, it can also delay your feelings of “drunkeness” as you also toast to give thanks.¬†

    3.¬† Converse more, masticate less.¬† It’s a time to get together with family and reunite to share experiences of what’s happened in the last year.¬† It’s quality time wih friends and with family that you should focus on.¬† In other words, don’t hang out at the dinner table.

    For more tips and suggestions for holding on instead of gaining more weight during the holidays, check out this article.

    Source:  http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/herve12.htm