Excercise Video Fails

In modern gyms there are knowledgeable regulars and amateur athletes. It’s only a matter of time before something goes horribly awry, and while we’d never laugh at a truly gruesome accident, some of these bloopers are just plain funny.

Regardless of whether the amateur athletes in the following videos set up for success or were doomed from the start, they all have one thing in common: complete and utter failure, immortalized on video.

1. This first video is really just incredible. Is it real? It seems quite possible. One moment, he’s stepping on what appears to be a perfectly innocent treadmill, and the next, well let’s say he’s just paid off his plastic surgeon’s student loans.

 
  
2. This one could have proven dangerous if he’d been alone, but as it were, this poor fellow failed in plain sight, at a weightlifting competition.  Yes, he gets the bar up, to the polite support of the audience. However, we have a feeling his recollection of the incident is a little fuzzy after that point.

 

3. Ever notice how no story that starts with a self-installed pull up bar never ends well? This home-gym genius receives a near perfect 10 for sheer execution points. Not only does he manage to completely tear down his newly installed supergym, he manages to knock the wind out of himself, and a recycling bin. Well done, sir.


4. Not only did this gentleman inadvertently turn himself into a human pretzel, but he had to then be rescued from his predicament by his fellow exercisers. They are both in for a major fall!

 

5. Social media has made team exercising a hot trend. Doing sit-ups on your friends back sounds like a cool workout, but what if your friend can’t hold you up?

 

6. Good Job! We know how much people like showing off with how much weight they can squat with. However, you should never try to squat with more than you can carry. This guy learned the lesson the hard way.

Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Food can be a medicine or it can be an ailment. Inflammation is one example of this. Inflammation is necessary when it comes to healing wounds or protecting the body. The problem is when the foods you eat are causing constant low-grade inflammation. When your body has to deal with this type of inflammation everyday for a number of years, your defenses weaken. You may notice achy joints and muscles but eventually something much worse could come about. Chronic inflammation in the body may play a direct role in a number of serious diseases and illnesses such as strokes, heart attacks, clogged arteries, and memory loss.

CUT OUT THE CULPRITS
While you don’t have to completely change your diet, it would be very beneficial to remove some or most of the foods that are directly responsible for the inflammation in your body. Once removed, you may notice an immediate difference in pain levels and you may even notice a boost in energy. The top foods that are known inflammation causers are as follows:

1. Sugar-based items such as soda, dessert, and candy
2. Gluten-based foods such as pasta and bread
3. Saturated fats such as those found in pizza and cheese
4. Refined carbohydrate based foods such as white rice, white bread, and white potatoes
5. Alcohol

BENEFITS OF ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS
When an abundance of anti-inflammatory foods are incorporated into your diet, you will notice a huge improvement in mobility and a reduction in stiffness and pain. For those who suffer from arthritis, this will be especially important. These types of foods also play a major role in protecting your heart as they help to keep your arteries clear and healthy.

TOP FOODS TO FIGHT INFLAMMATION

Fruits and Vegetables:

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– Blueberries
– Raspberries
– Acai berries
– Pomegranate
– Avocado

– Kale
– Spinach
– Broccoli
– Chard
– Sweet potatoes

Lean Proteins/Dairy
– Greek yogurt
– Trout
– Tuna
– Salmon
– Sardines

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Fats/Nuts/Oils
– Grape seed oil
– Walnuts
– Almonds
– Olive oil
– Pecans

Miscellaneous
– Apple cider vinegar
– Ginger
– Curry
– Maca
– Green tea

Oatmeal Pumpkin Smoothie

For coffee drinkers everywhere, it’s that time of the year again: the arrival of the pumpkin-spiced latte from your favorite cafes. It doesn’t stop there; soon shelves will be stocked with pumpkin pies, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin bread, and other pumpkin-related goodies. Aside from the delicious taste of pumpkin, what else do many of your favorite pumpkin-based treats have in common? Sugar, and a lot of it. If you want to enjoy the taste of fall without the added calories, then try out this Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie recipe by Peanut Butter and Peppers!

This isn’t your typical breakfast smoothie. This is one healthy and nutritious smoothie that still packs a flavorful taste. Best of all, it is made with real pumpkin! You’re also going to throw Greek yogurt, maple syrup, oats and unsweetened coconut milk into the mix. Let’s take a look at the full list of ingredients you’ll need.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3/4 cup coconut milk, unsweetened from carton (you can also use non-fat milk)
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin, (do NOT buy pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt plain (or vanilla for extra flavor)
  • 1 cup ice

 

DIRECTIONS

  • Pour the milk, maple syrup, and pumpkin seasoning into a blender.
  • Blend on low for 15 seconds.
  • Add in the canned pumpkin, oats, yogurt, and ice.
  • Blend for a full minute.
  • Note: For a very rich smoothie, blend the ingredients 4 to 6 hours before you drink it. This will allow the oats to expand. You may need to blend it again just before you drink it.

CHANGE IT UP

If you want to turn your breakfast smoothie into a power smoothie, use a scoop of ISS protein powder! You’ll swear you’re drinking a pumpkin pie as you provide your body with plenty of protein, complex carbohydrates, and minerals! Start your day right with this delicious smoothie and a complete Bariatric Advantage multi-vitamin.

Fight the Freshman 15

You might be a college freshman who is packed and ready for the school year, but are you mentally prepared for the health-related challenges you might face?  Read the following tips to help navigate the first year of college while sticking to a healthy lifestyle.

Some Causes of Freshman Weight Gain:

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Cafeteria dining
  • Poor choice of snacks

Practical Steps to Stay Healthy in College

spin class won't bulk you up, in fact it promotes weight lossHave an Exercise Plan 
Raising your endorphin level is great for your body and mind. By planning out regular exercise times, you can alleviate any academic and emotional stress.  We suggest exercising for 30 minutes, 3-4 times each week.

Choose Active over Sedentary
Making little choices throughout the day can boost your activity level. For instance, use the stairs instead of elevators.  Take study breaks and physically walk around inside or outdoors for a few minutes to clear your mind and increase your blood circulation.

Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Dorm 
Keep healthy snacks in your room. For example: fresh fruits, dried fruit, and nuts. Check out Nashua Nutrition healthy snacks and treats for some great healthy snack options like HealthSmart Protein Yogurt.

Avoid High-Sugar drinks
nashua nutrition - cold weight loss drinks Water is the best low-calorie drink option. For other low-sugar drink options, try Nashua Nutrition’s cold drinks.

Have a Strategy 
When dining in the cafeteria, try to find fresh fruit and veggies, whole grains, and other foods that are high in protein.  When choosing restaurants, check out their online menu to make sure they offer a substantial variety of healthy options (salads, fresh fruits/veggies, low-calorie soups, whole grain breads, brown rice).

Prioritize Sleep
Studies have proven that lack of sleep contributes to weight gain.  This is because quality and amount of sleep directly impacts your body’s hormone level, which in turn impacts your appetite.  Getting enough sleep (experts recommend 6-8 hours a night) will stabilize your body’s hormones, which in turn, will stabilize your food cravings.

Accountability
Ask a few friends for accountability with exercise and eating goals.  There are also smart phone apps that help the health-conscious by listing calories.

How to Choose Healthy Fats

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Fats are an essential part of your diet. However, unhealthy fats may have bad effects on your health. That is why it is important to know the difference between healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Incorporate more monounsaturated fats in your diet as they are good for you, whereas saturated and trans fats can prove to be harmful. The following is a list of popular food items in both the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fat category:

Good Fats

Eating good fats keep you healthy and energetic, and they also help you lose weight. Here are five good fats that you should eat:

Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains a high concentration of healthy monounsaturated fats that are very healthy for your heart and also aid in lowering blood pressure.

Peanut Butter

Adding peanut butter (natural, no salt/sugar added!) to your diet can reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes up to 21%. Some say that munching on nuts and seeds can also help you lower the threat of heart attacks up to 35%.

Avocado

Avocado is high in fat, but most of it is monounsaturated. Adding avocados to your diet plan can certainly reduce cholesterol and other blood fats problems.

Olives

Olives and olive oil are rich in monounsaturated fats and consuming them protects your heart and also helps in fighting diabetes.

Fish

Fish is the best source of omega 3 fatty acids, which is the best of all fats. Eating more fish can help lower risk of heart attacks up to 36%.

Bad Fats

Eating unhealthy fats can be bad for your health and can increase the risk of diabetes and heart attacks. Here are five bad fats that you should avoid eating:

Ice Cream

Certain flavors, such as the staple vanilla contain large amount of trans-fats.

Cake Mixes

Cake mixes and frostings boxes usually have the word “shortening” on the ingredients lists, meaning these cake mixes also have trans-fats. These exist in small quantities but can contribute to health problems.

French Fries

French fries are made with trans-fats and hydrogenated oils, and hence they can harm your cardiovascular health.

Fried Chicken

Fried chicken contains huge amounts of trans-fats that increase the risks of heart strokes, diabetes, and other heart related problems up to 25%.

Microwave Popcorn

Finally, microwave popcorn contains trans-fats and other forms of shortening or hydrogenated oils. Moreover, microwave popcorn is also loaded with salt and preservatives, increasing heart and cholesterol related risks.

Now that you know the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats, try to avoid eating fats that can potentially harm your health. Try replacing them with foods that keep you healthy and energetic.

Food Myths That Drain Your Energy

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A healthy diet is necessary for people that want to stay fit and have enough energy to get through their daily routine. You may be doing all things right, but there is still the chance that you don’t have sufficient energy to fulfill your responsibilities. You are sleeping on time, eating right and even working out, yet, you don’t have energy. What could be the problem?

It might be due to some food myths you believe in. People make mistakes when deciding what they want to eat after reading about some common myths. They don’t realize that the very myths might be draining their energy. Here are some food myths that drain your energy:

1.    Obsessing Over Carbohydrates

Among the most common food myths is obsessing over carbohydrates. People focus on avoiding carbs and forget what foods they should be replacing the carbs with. Fruits and vegetables are healthy foods you should be eating, but you shouldn’t forget about eating healthy proteins. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy. You need to eat a sufficient amount of protein to maintain your energy levels. Proteins such as lean meats, eggs and raw nuts are essential. You need to consume them in sufficient quantities to gain energy.

2.    Eating Infrequently

Eating infrequently can cause laziness – a factor that contributes to your energy draining. Avoid skipping meals as doing so can contribute to stress causing your blood sugar level drops, making you feel exhausted and burned out. So, it is vital for you to keep a healthy eating routine. Don’t skip breakfast and have small meals throughout the day.

3.    Excessive Sugar

Sugar is stored as fat in your body. Avoid eating excessive sugar as it can lead to your blood pressure spiking up and then crashing, causing a major drop in your energy level. Develop a habit of reading product labels and descriptions, as products that claim to be “fat-free” usually contain more sugar.  There are snack brands like Healthsmart that have satisfying products with little to no sugar.

4.    Food Sensitivities

Many people think that food sensitivities are different from food allergies. If you haven’t been diagnosed with a disease or allergy, this doesn’t mean it is safe to eat everything. If you eat a food your body is sensitive or allergic too, you will experience symptoms ranging from bloated lips to joint pains to nausea.

So, now that you are familiar with these four food myths, make it a point to ignore them. You can visit NashuaNutrition.com for more information.

June Slim-Down Challenge: Day 2 – June 2, 2014

meal replacement mondayWelcome to Nashua Nutrition’s second day of the June Slim-Down Challenge!

Today is our first “Meal Replacement Monday” – and that means exactly what it sounds like. Pick a meal (ideally breakfast or lunch) and replace it with a healthy, nutritious alternative. We offer many varieties of meal replacements, including grab-and go shakes, healthy smoothies, bars and more.

Other options for meal replacements include:

  • Make a juice: use a blender, juicer or nutribullet (our fav!) to blend greens, veggies fruit and water
  • Make a smoothie: blend ice, fruit, yogurt and liquid of your choice
  • Eat a nutritious protein bar (great for on the go!)

Don’t forget to check out our selection of meal replacements, and from now until June 30th use promo code JUNE5 at checkout and get $5 off any order (limit one per customer)!

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Nashua Nutrition’s June Slim-Down Challenge is Here!

Ok ladies and gentlemen, the official June 2014 Slim-Down Challenge has arrived. Download the link below that features a calendar with tips about food and exercise that will push you to be a better YOU in the month of June.

Check back here each day, or follow us on Facebook to learn more about each daily challenge. We’re here for you, so leave us a comment with any feedback!

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