Our phones are always in the palm of our hands, so why not make them useful to our health. Here are ten great apps you can download to keep you healthy and motivated:
A wonderful exercise routine can only do but so much of the work, it is all about what you put into your body that counts. MyFitnessPal is a simple calorie counter that allows you to keep track of your food intake daily, setting caloric goals and factoring in your exercises to give you an accurate readout of how your diet shapes up every day.
Nike Training Club
It’s almost hard to believe that the Nike Training Club app is free. The app allows you to select workouts based on your desired goals which can include: sculpting, toning, strength and quick workouts that focus on different areas of the body.
Music is important and many of us set up workout mixes to help pump up our workout. A bad playlist can put a damper on your workout and you don’t want to spend your whole time looking through your endless music library. Fit Radio is the perfect solution.
If yoga is your thing, Pocket Yoga is just right. This app allows you to bring full yoga workouts right to your fingertips. Just roll out that mat and follow along with your phone. The app is even helpful to beginners and includes a dictionary describing each movement and pose in detail.
If you’re the kind of person you needs to track everything in order to stay on track with your fitness routine, Fitbit is the right app for you. The app allows you to map out routes to follow (running, hiking, or cycling.) You can also use a calorie tracker and gain access to graphs and charts that dive into your activity and more.
Workout Hero is one of the easiest apps to use. You can choose from over 700 workouts daily, logging activity and following your progress. You can also have reports delivered to you and shared on your social media, highlighting your progress. The most helpful, are the how-to videos and gym locator right on the app.
Everyone should want to make working out fun. The Fitocracy app is certainly worth checking out. The app helps you track your workouts, beat levels and fitness quest, and even earn points and unlock more features.
Gym Buddy is just that, a buddy on your phone while you’re at the gym. The app helps you keep track of all of your workouts easily and effortlessly.
If you want to get away while you workout, this app is definitely for you. Virtual app takes you virtually to some iconic race courses while you’re on the treadmill.
If you haven’t realized, the zombie fad is far from over. Think of this app as one of the apps to get you motivated in a different way. Once you download this app, plug in your headphones, press start and start running, once you do you’ll hear those zombies coming after you along with orders from voice recordings guiding you through a successful run.
With Spring Break near that means some traveling is set to happen and we’re often asked how do we stay healthy when we travel. Well, here are 6 easy tips to keep you healthy:
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Take a multivitamin to strengthen your body and immune system.
The slightest change in daily activity can cause the body to react, so strengthening your body and immune system with the appropriate vitamins can help keep you healthy.
Avoid crash diets that you will abandon as soon you start your vacation.
Crash diets are often you starving your body from the proper nutrients it deserves. You should never eat fewer than 1,200 calories a day because not only will it slow down your metabolism but it will cause your body to think that you are starving, shocking your body. Then once you begin to eat normally once on vacation your body will only feed on those fats causing weight-gain.
Make some time for a little exercise/ Weight-Gain associated with trips/cruises
Making time for exercise can never hurt anybody. Weight-gain is often associated with vacations, because we all tend to let go and enjoy the unlimited amounts of food our vacations have to offer. But wherever you go, it’s easy to take the gym with you without all the heavy machinery. Squeeze in a 30-minute workout daily, maybe first thing in the morning or before you go to bed at night. Taking a nice jog, brisk walk, yoga or even swimming a couple laps at the pool can help you keep the exercise on your agenda.
Disconnect from home and work (stress)
When we constantly are checking our mobile devices, including cell phone, tablets and laptops we are being disconnected from the main reason we decide to take vacations, relaxation. If you’re going on vacation during a busy time, you will most like be worried about what’s going on at the office instead of focusing on the fun causing you to stress. Stress is one of the most common factors in suppressing our immune systems, leaving us vulnerable to a common cold and sometimes worse.
Getting sleep is often hard to do on vacation when we’re so wired up on having fun and spending the night doing fun activities. But planning activities and planning times to sleep can help keep you smiling rather than yawning. Afternoon naps should be common in preparing you for night time activities. A lack of sleep can compromise our immune system’s ability to be our great line of defense.
Easily stay healthy on your vacation while enjoying every moment of your getaway.
Check out this recipe: The Super Smoothie Recipe
Grows by 7.2 Percent to Over 71,000 Attendees
Predicts the Macro Trends for Natural, Organic and Healthy Products
Boulder, CO, March 10, 2015 – The 35th annual Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products event, took place March 4-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The event grew 7.2 percent bringing together an inspired community of over 71,000 industry members, more than 2,700 exhibiting companies and 634 first-time exhibitors. The event is produced by New Hope Natural Media.
Co-located with Natural Products Expo West was Engredea, the event to source new ingredients, packaging, technologies, equipment, and services for cutting-edge products, and the Fresh Ideas Organic Marketplace, an innovative outdoor event that combines a traditional farmers’ market feel with the business-building power of a trade show.
Due to demand, New Hope expanded the event’s exhibit space to encompass the entire Anaheim Convention Center campus. In addition to traditional Exhibit Halls, new exhibitors showcased new products at the Hilton Hotel Anaheim, which also offered an extra day of exhibits on March 5. NEXT Forecast estimates the industry natural and organic products industry is expected to grow to $252 billion by 2019.
First time exhibitor, Keith Mullin, Founder of Zippy’s based in La Jolla, CA said, “We launched a new product at Natural Products Expo up in the new products area at the Hilton. We had some really high-quality conversations with retailers and received great feedback about how they perceived our product and how we can expand and grow with their companies.”
“Thanks so much for having us; we had a really great time at Expo West. We love the new changes this year! Loved the Thursday hot products at the Hilton, loved seeing all of the new things coming out and are excited to come back next year! See you in September for Expo East!,” added Beth and Amy Soergel of Naturally Soergel’s based in Wexford, PA.
Matt Stearn, Project & Social Media Manager of Derma E based in Simi Valley, CA commented, “As a company that has been coming for over 30 years, we have to say that this is our best Expo West ever! Everybody has been so awesome and we are ecstatic about the audience that we saw this year.”
Fountain outside Convention Center on Grand Plaza Exhibitors and Attendees in all their awesomeness!
This year the conference program was extended to four days of robust education. The program offered a full docket of education topics as well as keynote presentations from Mark Bittman, food journalist at The New York Times, regular guest on the Today Show and author of How to Cook Everything series and VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 and Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM, board-certified Neurologist, fellow of the American College of Nutrition and New York Times bestselling author of Grain Brain.
New Hope’s team of editors and analysts identified the five macro trends influencing the marketplace. They include:
Transparency advancements: Consumers are increasingly demanding to know what is in their food, and brands are responding by using technology and other innovations to provide greater transparency and traceability for their products.
Ancient Wisdom Gets Wiser: Brands continue to innovate by producing simple, delicious products that take minimally processing to new levels and contain short lists of nutrient-dense ingredients.
Paleo 2.0: Paleo-positioned products were even more prevalent. The newest Paleo offerings are popping up in every product category, from English muffins to chocolate.
Packaging Innovated: From edible cups to packages featuring famous cookbook authors, the packaging innovations made advancements in sustainability, consumer education and shelf stability.
Protein Invasion: Responding to consumers’ insatiable hunger for protein, natural and organic brands are packing new offerings with protein in every conceivable form.
“Advancements in transparency, clean product development and sustainable packaging created a rich environment of inspiring product innovation at this year’s Expo West,” said Carlotta Mast, Executive Director of Content and Insights, New Hope Natural Media.
Many companies were recognized with awards at Natural Products Expo West.
The official Natural Products Expo West “Best of West: Press Award” went to Justin’s Mini Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Runner ups include: Noosa Yoghurt, LLC’s Vanilla Yoghurt and Brandstorm, Inc.’s Dark Chocolate Covered Chia Seeds The winner of the NEXT Accelerator Natural Products Business School Pitch Slam was Loliware.
Expo West and eTown hosted a sold out benefit for Just Label It to help fight for federal mandatory GMO labeling. The evening of musical entertainment and interviews included performances by Ziggy Marley and Aimee Mann.
Natural Products Expo East 2015 will return to the Baltimore Convention Center, September 16-19, 2015 in Baltimore, MD. Natural Products Expo West 2016 is scheduled to take place March 11-13, 2016 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
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New Hope Natural Media is the leading media resource and information provider for the natural, organic and healthy products industry, with print, in-person/event, and e-business products and services.
New Study on BioCell Collagen Published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (JISSN)
Supplementation with BioCell Collagen was shown to favorably impact key biochemical markers of connective tissue and enhance stress resilience following weight training exercise.
Newport Beach, CA – February, 23 2015 – BioCell Technology announced today the publication of a new clinical study on BioCell Collagen®. The study, now indexed on PubMed, describes the potential of BioCell Collagen® for protecting the connective tissue of the musculoskeletal system and enhancing recovery from intense exercise. The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study was carried out by investigators at the Center for Applied Health Sciences (CAHS) who presented data in June at the 2014 International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA.
Earlier clinical studies of BioCell Collagen® have substantiated its safety and efficacy in promoting joint health and skin beauty. As these studies provide evidence that the patented healthy aging ingredient supports various connective tissues throughout the body, this proof-of-concept study was conducted to investigate whether daily intake of BioCell Collagen® for six weeks could protect skeletal muscle connective tissue following an intense exercise challenge, and also enhance recovery. Data from the study showed that BioCell Collagen® attenuated deleterious changes in muscle tissue damage and inflammatory biomarkers including creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, and C-reactive protein. In addition, subjects who took BioCell Collagen® appeared to show a more robust “repeated bout effect” as compared to placebo, suggesting augmented tissue recovery and remodeling.
“Extending its market-leading position as a key joint and skin health ingredient, this new clinical study in recreationally active healthy subjects provides intriguing dataset suggesting that this patented, research-backed dietary supplement has promising new applications in sports nutrition” says Suhail Ishaq, president of BioCell Technology, “This opens up a new category in sports nutrition regarding connective tissue protection and recovery from post-workout soreness and limiting repetitive, overuse related injuries.”
Healthy joints are essential for any sports related activity, from cardio to resistance training. Equally important are the neighboring connective tissues surrounding the joints such as tendons and ligaments, which help facilitate flexibility and movement while protecting against injury. Whether you are aiming for prevention or trying to return to normal training after an injury, you need a consistent supply of connective tissue-specific nutrients that provide the biochemical precursors and building blocks needed to promote optimal joint health. BioCell Collagen has these molecular components which were found to impact key biochemical markers of connective and skeletal muscle tissue damage and enhance stress resilience following intense resistance exercise – without the potential undesirable side effects of pain medications.
The details of the abstract are published in the JISSN website.
You may be missing ingredients in your daily diet that supply your body with nutrients needed for better workout performance and healthy living. These six power foods will give you a boost in all the right places:
Banana: Effective in keeping your electrolytes balanced just like sports drinks do but without all the sugar.
Pistachios: They help to curb post-workout hunger without adding all the extra stuff.
VeganSmart: VeganSmart is 20G non-GMO protein, plus vitamins, minerals and more.
Oats: Oats help you retain your energy and help keep you fuller, longer.
Raisins: Gain some energy with a handful of raisins during a long workout. Raisins are a natural energy boost.
Edamame: Soybeans are high in protein and fiber.
Check out this recipe: Vegan Vanilla Chai Shake Recipe
Eating healthier can really be quite simple by making a few changes and swaps to the use of your daily ingredients. Here are four simple ingredients you can trade into your kitchen for quick and easy ways to eat better daily:
Now we’re not saying you need to get rid of coffee all together but if you swap out one cup of coffee for tea once a day you can help lower stress levels all while reaping the benefits and nutrients of herbal tea.
Although coconut oil may mean there will be an extra couple of dollars coming out of your wallet, your waistline will thank you later. Coconut oil has tons of health benefits that your vegetable oil doesn’t and it also can help keep your appetite under control.
More dark leafy greens
Let’s forget about what we need to get rid of in your diet. Think proactively and think of what you should be adding to your daily diet instead. Dark leafy greens tend to be high in antioxidants, fiber iron and more nutrients your body deserves.
Prepare more meals at home
Spending your time prepping, washing, and chopping in the kitchen is always worth the effort. Being able to see exactly which ingredients are going into your meal will allow you to avoid all the unhealthy fats and sugars.
Try this healthy, vegan lettuce wrap recipe!
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Learn more about Naturade and the faces behind the brand that make us unique.
Naturade has been well known for its commitment to improving the health and well-being of consumers with innovative, natural products since 1926. For seven decades, the company has developed a range of beneficial products that improve health and beauty by restoring the natural balance between nutrients and foodstuffs. Naturade has taken the reins as an innovator in the natural products industry as a provider of natural health products worldwide.
Naturade pioneered the introduction of soy protein powders in the 1950s and over the years, Naturade has manufactured and distributed a variety of health-related products including vitamins, nutritional supplements, skin care and hair care products. In 2005, Naturade expanded its Naturade branded product portfolio with the acquisition of Ageless™, a line of anti-aging products, and Symbiotics™, a colostrum-based line of products to enhance immune system functions.
Naturade’s commitment to quality is well regarded as a standard of excellence in the dietary supplement industry, thus offering a healthier way to life naturally. The company’s priority and standard of excellence demands effective, nutritional quality controls. These controls are integrated through every phase of product development and production. Naturade’s commitment inspires the company to pursue greater and more advanced technology to ensure only the highest quality possible in its products.
Today’s post is about getting back into a groove, finding a routine that works for you. Maybe you’re the type of person who doesn’t enjoy working out and you struggle to drag yourself to the gym everyday. Maybe you used to workout often, but your priorities have changed as you’ve gotten older. Maybe you workout regularly, but have noticed you’ve plateaued and are no longer seeing the results you want. If you fit any of these characteristics, it’s time to change it up!
The great thing about exercise is that it comes in all shapes and sizes. From hitting the gym, to hitting the court, there are so many ways to get your heart rate up. If you’re stuck in a fitness rut, try something new, something fun and engaging, something that sparks your interest and will keep you coming back for more. My number one recommendation, take a spin class!
Don’t be intimidated by the idea of indoor cycling. Go in with an open mind and leave wanting more. It’s a great workout, it’s fun, it’s low impact, and it really makes you sweat, what more can you ask for?
This may be just the thing you’ve been looking for to jump start your fitness regime as well as boost your motivation and confidence.
When you workout, your body releases serotonin, a chemical in the brain that regulates your mood, appetite, and sleep cycle. The more you exercise, the more serotonin is released into your brain, and the better you feel. The better you feel, the more motivated you are to workout, and the cycle goes on. You just have to find something active that you enjoy doing and you can find a groove that works for you. So go out there, try something new. Take a spin class, get active, get moving, and you’ll get back on track!
After a workout, enjoy this recipe or a refreshing smoothie: Vegan Meal Substitutes-Lettuce Wrap Recipe, The Super Smoothie Recipe
It’s February and your New Year’s resolution is still going strong, you’re eating healthier and working out more but you may be making some common fitness mistakes. We’ve all made these mistakes at one point or another, so don’t worry!
Correcting these mistakes and learning the right ways to take care of yourself is the best way to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are 6 common fitness mistakes you might be making:
Spending too much time at the gym
You wouldn’t stop to think that spending too much time at the gym may be a problem, but it’s not about how long you spend on a workout its about your determination and hard work during the workout. Instead of spending two plus hours working out, switch up your routine to 30 minutes of a high-intensity workout. A high-intensity workout can help you burn more calories in a shorter time.
Wearing the wrong shoe
Sneakers aren’t just sneakers, especially not when it comes to fitness. Different sneakers are designed for different reasons and specific areas of athletics, from basketball sneakers to cross-trainers and running sneakers. Not wearing the right one can result in injury.
Walking in the gym without a plan
Always plan for success. Walking into the gym without a plan will leave you with no structure and will take up too much time just figuring out what you want to do. Planning is the only way to make progress. Once you have a plan you can also set your goals.
Magazines and books
When some people workout they see it as having some down time and try to sneak in some reading while on the treadmill. However, that may not be the best idea. Thumbing through that book or magazine will take your focus off of you pushing through the workout, so put down that book and turn up the intensity.
The perfect routine
The perfect routine is only perfect for a short amount of time. Once your body adapts to a workout routine it becomes less effective and doesn’t produce as many results. Your routine doesn’t need to be changed completely but you should always try adding in something extra and more intense to keep the workouts working.
Living a healthy lifestyle is key. Diets and fads don’t produce the same results that changing your lifestyle can. Creating a habit of working out and eating properly consistently can change your life.
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