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St. Louis Fitness Blog | Exercise and Health News | Nutrition Tips
Saturday, 21 February 2015 00:06

Manage Your Weight In Winter – 5 Tips

With artic temperatures knocking on our doors this week, here are some simple tips from our St. Louis nutrition coach to help you maintain a healthy weight when it’s just too cold to exercise outdoors or even get to your gym.

1. What are you drinking?

Stop drinking all those calories you don’t need. Processed fruit juices and sodas are loaded with sugar and actually promote weight gain. Even those creamy hot drinks – the lattes, pumpkin or otherwise – are often high in calories.

Tip: Wean yourself off high calorie drinks. Buy natural fruit juice (no added sugars) and gradually add water to it. Work more water in until you reach a level you are happy with. Also, you can add fruit slices, drink an herbal or flavored hot tea, or make your own lattes using lower calorie milk and a pinch of sugar if needed.

Published in Nutrition
Friday, 13 February 2015 23:49

12 Reasons Why You Should Lift Weights

Perhaps you’re intimidated from lifting weights because you fear you’ll get too bulky, or you want to drop some pounds – not put on muscle. But you’re flat out wrong. While there is a big allegiance to “cardio” for weight loss and overall health, lifting weights not only helps your muscles stay strong, it can prevent disease, improve your mood, keep things from “sagging” if you will, and really help you lose weight.

Published in Fitness

Dumbbells and kettlebells offer benefits for your workout, but not the same benefits. Kettlebell exercises add more of an aerobic quality to your workout than dumbbells. “If your goal is to look stronger, dumbbells are superior,” says Bill Campbell, Ph. D., director of the Performance and Physique Enhancement Laboratory at the University of South Florida. Dumbbells are more effective at stimulating type II muscle fibers, which lead to an increase in muscle size. Conversely, kettlebell exercises typically use momentum as well as force and while those calorie-burning moves do use type II muscle fibers, they primarily activate type I fibers whose main function is to improve endurance – not growing muscle.

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