Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 7/13/14

10 Mistakes Women Make in the Gym– I am still surprised by how many women I know that work out all of the time, but still feel like cardio is the only way to lose weight and stay fit. They completely neglect weight training, which I believe to be key in staying in shape. “Too often women end up blending elements of all those practices and as often happens when you combine too many recipes, that dish won’t cook. Women make little progress and often end up looking worse than when they began, sometimes developing a body that’s “skinny fat,” a cruel, paradoxical condition where they appear thin in clothes, but actually have a higher body fat percentage than they did before they started to exercise because they lost muscle instead of body fat.”

 Training Footwear 101– One of the most important things when working out is making sure you have the right gear to do it in. Shoes are key. For someone like me who is an avid runner I have to replace my shoes very frequently. If not my body can feel it.This article does a nice job of laying out how footwear geared to what you are doing is key.

Study of Organic Crops Finds Fewer Pesticides and More Antioxidants– “A comprehensive review of earlier studies found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic fruits, vegetables and grains compared with conventionally grown produce.”

Workout Nutrition Illustrated– In a great fitness book I read it broke out bodies into 3 types and talks in depth how you have to cater how you work out and eat based off of your body type. This illustration captures it quite nicely and is a good first step in my opinion.

Do Carbohydrate Sources Matter?– The writer of this article definitely has a strong opinion, but the topic is one that I feel a lot of people are curious about and so I wanted to include it. “Some studies show that a lower GI diet may help with cholesterol and in lowering inflammation levels in the body [4][5]. I do believe that the majority of your diet should be made from those types of foods.”

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Photo from Huff Post

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