As someone who is really into working out, eating well, and being healthy, I follow a lot of fitness and nutrition bloggers. One of my favorite podcast networks is Quick and Dirty Tips because they have an expert for almost anything, including a Get Fit Guy and a Nutrition Diva. Today, we’re going to hear from Nutrition Diva about common nutrition myths, the relationship between exercise and nutrition, and what she thinks of Stack Exchange. Read on!
Meet Danny Bouman, he starred in a Dutch TV program called Obese last week. Danny weighed 270 kg (!) at the start of the TV program. The goal of the program was to help him lose as much as weight as possible in 300 days. The methods used involved a radical life style change (gone was all the bad food) and daily exercise.
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Every time I run a race, the three things I want immediately after finishing are a bottle of water, food, and a massage. So when Stack Fitness sponsored the Rock ‘n’ Roll 10k, we brought custom water bottles, chocolate chip nutrition bars, and a massage therapist. Look at all these goodies. Makes you kinda jealous, huh?
I’m a nerd. I’ve always been one since I was a kid. I never grasped the rules of sports that other kids just seemed to innately understand. I lacked coordination, strength, and speed which resulted in me being picked almost always last for any kind of team sport. That was a regular experience for me since early elementary school all throughout the end of high school.
Despite my lack of physicality, my mom signed me up for various activities to keep me moving and not sitting at home doing nothing. I took tennis lessons when I was six, but it never stuck with me. Swimming lessons were a routine part of my childhood years though I never developed proper skill in the sport. Most of the time I struggled to do a proper stroke, and I ended up with a fear of the deep end of the pool. I no longer have that fear, and at least I know how to swim. Swimming was marginally enjoyable at best.
In November of last year, I had undergone some major changes in my diet and exercise routines (namely, I started watching what I ate and walking once or twice a week). I really wanted to start running, though. So, after having walked a couple times a week for a few months, I decided to try it.
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When the Fitness Stack Exchange site had just begun we got a question about What are the downsides of minimalist running shoes? My answer was that there’s nothing inherently bad about them, but as the saying goes: “if the shoe fits, wear it”. The shoes aren’t for everyone, so while it may be great for some, they can be harmful to others.
Now when I wrote that answer I didn’t have any first hand experience with actually wearing minimalist running shoes like Vibrams, so I decided to go to my favorite running shop and picked up a pair.
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Every programmer knows the problem: you curse the weight scale in the morning, because it started moving towards the 200 pounds again… The cause is simple: we sit on your ass all day doing nothing and hardly do any exercise. Luckily, we have some great suggestions for exercises any programmer should be able to do.
Above all else, try to get outdoors more. We spend 8 hours a day working behind a desk and maybe the same amount of time when we get home. Getting outdoors means you get some fresh air and probably means you won’t be sitting and we all know sitting is killing you. more »
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Weightlifting is one of the most popular tags on Fitness and Nutrition Stack Exchange. We all know that weight training involves moving chunks of metal around, but beyond that it can get confusing. One reason for this is that information about training can be based in science or based in anecdotal evidence (personal experience). In this article, I will summarize basic, scientifically-established weight-training advice. That said, I’m not saying you shouldn’t try other things: sometimes athletes get ahead by taking a chance on an anecdotal technique, and it ends up giving them an edge. This usually piques interest in the scientific community, leading to studies which may provide more legitimate support for the technique. more »
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