Earn your Turkey on Thursday! With so much going on during Thanksgiving day, we know its hard to spend even a few minutes working out. But we promise that turkey will taste much better if you do.
Since you are likely on the road this Thanksgiving, we created three of our favorite Thanksgiving Day workouts in an easy save-'n-go format. This means no internet connection is required. Simply save these images to your phone and get moving!
If this sad looking pantry is looking all too familiar, it's time to upgrade your snack selection. We've compiled 12 of the most satisfying and energizing snacks. Not only will these snacks help you trim down, they are protein packed to help carry you through that afternoon lull. Let us know which is your favorite!
Leah Sarago's Ballet Body workout scientifically and creatively integrate body-weight resistance exercises with muscle elongating techniques to achieve a long and lean physique. Ballet Body implements the stretch-contract reflex principle, isometrics, and eccentric muscle contraction training to optimize muscle fiber lengthening to guarantee bulk-free muscle development. Lose inches while building lean muscle mass with variations and unique twists inspired by ballet, dance, pilates and yoga to achieve optimal results. This 70 minute workout will get your entire body toned and sleek. All you need is a chair for balance, light weights are optional.
You can see a preview of the video below and access the full workout here.
For today's Wednesday workout, we bring you two powerful yoga routines. The first is the very latest workout added to MoveMeFit- Pure Yoga Power with Sean Vigue. This 20 minute intermediate yoga workout will improve your strength and balance. Sean's fun sarcasm will keep you entertained throughout. The second workout is a core focused workout to help you tone your yoga belly- Core Strength Yoga in 10 Minutes with Kino MacGregor. This workout provides a combination of training techniques to get your core toned.
Have 30 minutes? Grab a mat, or find a soft surface, and do them both!
Do you ever feel like you are doing everything right and still aren't seeing the benefits you want? You are pushing yourself to workout and eating right, but don't see the results you expect in the mirror. There is one thing you should add to your diet to deliver the results you want: whey protein. Among other things, whey protein is known to improve muscle protein synthesis and promote the growth of lean tissue mass, as well as fight off the effects of disease.
What is Whey? Milk is made of two proteins, casein and whey. Whey protein can be separated from the casein in milk or formed as a by-product of cheese making. Whey protein is considered a complete protein and contains all 9 essential amino acids and is low in lactose content.
Although the list can go on, here are seven amazing benefits of whey protein:
Lose fat and preserve muscle (aka tone). Have you reduced your caloric intake hoping to shed some flab? If so, you might be interested to learn that researchers in Minnesota conducted a 12-week study where subject’s daily caloric intake was reduced by 500 calories. They then gave some participants whey and the rest were given an isocaloric mix beverage. Those consuming whey lost a significantly greater amount of body fat (6.1% total) and better preserved their muscles. If you have an urge to snack on something, try a whey protein bar.
Increase size and strength. Hitting the gym hard hoping to make strength gains? Researchers at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, took 19 men performing resistance training over a 10-week period and gave some of them 14 grams of whey and casein protein along with 6 grams of free amino acids, while giving the rest a 20-gram placebo. Those who consumed the whey had greater increases in fat-free mass and muscle strength. The key is to follow the example of the study and consume whey one hour before and after the exercises.
Reduce hunger. Hungry? Whey could help you reduce hunger and avoid developing a King of Queens character Doug Heffernan-like physique. Australian researchers had 28 obese men consume four different drinks. Those who consumed the beverage containing 50 grams of whey had significantly reduced levels of ghrelin (a hormone that tells your brain you’re hungry) up to four hours later. So instead of munching on unhealthy party snacks, drink a protein shake beforehand. With a little luck and a slimmer waistline, you might find a Carrie Heffernan who’s actually nice.
Fight cancer. Sadly there is no easy cure for cancer. Fortunately, there are ways to protect against it. One way is to get regular screenings for the specific type of cancer that may run in your family. Several studies have also concluded that whey protein may help in the fight against some common forms of cancer including colon and prostate cancer. If you’re at risk, remember to get screened, listen to the advice of your medical professionals, and consider including whey protein in your diet.
Lower cholesterol. According to a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, "there was a significant decrease in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol at week 12 in the whey group compared with the casein (group)".
Coping with stress. Do you feel stressed? Don’t even think about reaching for liquor because studies conducted in the Netherlands appear to have found a far better alternative for those vulnerable to stress. Researchers had 58 subjects go through experimental stress and found that those who consumed whey protein experienced fewer symptoms of depression and seemed in a better mood than those who did not. They concluded that there were likely changes in the brain serotonin. Another study from researchers at International Dairy Journal found that beverages that were supplemented with whey protein significantly reduced blood pressure in patients with hypertension, their risk of developing heart disease or stroke was also lower.
Improved immune system. Researchers at the University of Alberta found that male subjects involved in strenuous aerobic activity suffered from significantly reduced glutathione levels that could impact on such things as the nervous, gastrointestinal, and immune systems. However, they also discovered that by supplementing with whey protein, the subjects experienced a significantly lesser reduction in glutathione levels. If you like extended cardio sessions, but don’t want to risk a reduction of glutathione levels, combat those effects with whey.
How should you eat Whey? In a smoothie or shake! Add a couple of scoops to your favorite smoothie. Here we made a pineapple, apple and banana smoothie.
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