There are a lot of myths and conspiracies in the world, from UFOs to 9/11 and ghosts as well, and there are a wide range of shows devoted to these topics. But myths can apply to your health, too. These are in the forms of myths like eating fatty foods can make you fat, foods with carbs can make you fat, and things along those lines. But which ones are fact and which are fiction?
I read many blogs, with one of my favorites being Lifehacker. Recently Lifehacker posted an article (linked below) which outlines a number of these myths and misconceptions. For instance, fatty foods don’t necessarily make you fat. In reality, our bodies need fat, the key is which fats you eat, and in what quantities. The right fats can also help you to feel full, and as a result, aid in weight loss.
Years ago the Adkins craze was in full swing, with tens of thousands of people cutting carbs out of their diets completely. Once again, moderation proves to be key rather than completely eliminating something from your diet. In the case of carbs, much like fats, the type of carbs you eat is what’s important.
Check out the full article for more details about food myths, including the ones mentioned above, along with others related to MSG, gluten, and high-fructose corn syrup. What the article finds is that some of these things may not be bad for you at all. There are also some myths related to exercise–such as exercises that purport to burn fat in specific areas–that I think readers of this blog, and those who are looking to lose weight and get healthier could really benefit from.
When I first started doing kettlebells, I did them without the help or guidance of a professional. I used videos and would follow along as best as I could. The one thing that jumped out to me right away was the kettlebell hitting my wrist. I wasn’t sure if I was doing them wrong or if the kettlebell slamming into the wrist was something you have to get used to.
It turns out that doing certain moves like snatches, cleans, and jerks, will lead you to bump your wrist with the kettlebell. If you’re doing things properly it shouldn’t really hurt you, and it definitely shouldn’t cause any broken bones–in which case you’re really doing things wrong–but I can completely understand how some people would find it uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a solution.
As I mentioned, I use kettlebells and have experienced slight discomfort from time to time while using them, but I never thought there was actually a product specifically for kettlebell users who want to protect their wrists. Of course Onnit comes to the rescue again, emailing me information about its brand new kettlebell wristguards.
While at first glance the Onnit kettlebell wristguards just look like overstuffed wristbands, they actually contain plastic “armor” inserts for additional protection. The wristguards work as sweatbands as well, so the kettlebell won’t slide around as much as it would on a sweaty arm. And don’t think that this is a product that is only for beginners who don’t know what they’re doing. Onnit recommends its kettlebell wristguards for beginners and intermediate users who are still working on their form, and for expert users who perform vigorous high-rep kettlebell exercises regularly.
Anyone who follows this blog knows that I’m a fan of Onnit as a company and of its products. I often talk about new products when they drop, review them whenever I can, and let you guys know when an Onnit sale is going on. Typically the sales are on the Onnit supplements and food products. Rarely do any of the Onnit coupon codes or discounts apply to the wide range of Onnit fitness gear.
That’s why I was surprised when I got an email from Onnit saying that it was slashing the prices of all its fitness gear by up to 25 percent. You’ll have to visit the Onnit Fitness page to view all the details, but you could save as much as 25 percent off any of the gear and exercise equipment that Onnit carries.
For the unfamiliar, Onnit has available traditional cannonball-style kettlebells, along with its line of Primal Bells, steel clubs, steel maces, clubbells, battle ropes, jump ropes, medicine balls, and more. It’s too much stuff to list right here, but there’s stuff if you want to build muscle or stuff if you want a more cardio-oriented workout as well.
This Onnit fitness equipment sale runs for less than a week and ends on October 9, 2013 at 11:59 CST, which is 12:59AM EST or 9:59PM PST. If you’ve been curious about any of the fitness gear that Onnit carries, now’s the time to place an order. I doubt this stuff will be on sale again before the end of the year.
For someone who is new to the world of eating better and exercising regularly, leading a healthy lifestyle can definitely be overwhelming at first. Maybe not so much the eating part, since eating is something we all do multiple times per day, but exercising certainly can be. When I first began, I didn’t know where to start, so I took Joe Rogan’s advice and bought some kettlebells and went for it.
Onnit has gone a step further and come up with a series of challenges to help you improve yourself. Each of these challenges has a very specific theme or goal, but ultimately you’re going to feel better, look better, and be in better overall shape upon completion of any of these challenges. Having a clearly defined goal is a great idea for anyone who finds they lose focus or motivation when it comes to exercising and eating right.
The first of the challenges that Onnit has created is the Onnit Primal Challenge. Essentially, this challenge is going to get you in caveman shape. You’ll be able to run, hunt, and make babies just like our cromagnon ancestors. This is achieved through a combination of exercise, diet, and supplementation, and it takes five weeks to complete.
If five weeks seems daunting and you just want to look good with your shirt off, the Onnit Naked Challenge is for you. This workout will certainly improve your health, but it’s designed to improve your self-confidence most of all. The exercises in this challenge are designed to help burn fat and calories even after you’re done working out.
Check out both the Onnit Primal Challenge and Onnit Naked Challenge if you’re looking to take the first step towards changing your life. Everything you need is on each of the challenge’s pages, including an introduction video, exercise routines, along with food and supplement packages designed for all budgets.
Last week I wrote about the iPhone 5 and why I was buying it. I currently have an iPhone 4S and the improved motion tracking capabilities of the new iPhone definitely piqued my interest, as it could replace those activity trackers like the Nike Fuel Band and FitBit. But then I discovered something else. Another activity tracker I hadn’t seen before: Shine.
Shine is an activity tracker by a company called Misfit Wearables. It looks nothing like what you think an activity tracker would look like, yet it looks exactly like what you think an activity tracker would look like if Apple designed it. The Shine is a shiny metallic miniature UFO-looking device about the size of a quarter and about as tall as a few of them stacked up, though it tapers at the edge. It also has lights that illuminate to tell you your progress or to display the time.
Though having an iPhone 5S with an activity tracker app cuts down on carrying any additional gear when you’re exercising, the miniscule size and weight of the Shine almost makes that a moot point. Plus there are a variety of ways you can attach the Shine to your body when you’re exercising, either with a clip or by attaching it to a (sold seperately, of course) wristband or necklace. On the other hand, because the device is so small and light it is possible to lose it, and from what I hear, rather easily.
But, there are times when you want to keep track of your activities without having your phone on you. Like sleeping, for example. The Shine can easily be clipped to you without affecting your sleep. The Shine is also waterproof, so you can keep track of your activity while you’re swimming, something else you won’t be able to do with an iPhone.
As you can see I’m on the fence about which way to go. Opting for the Misfit Shine is certainly the more economical choice, though I do love an excuse to buy a new phone. Maybe some of my readers who’ve tried activity trackers could chime in with their thoughts? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you keep track of your daily activities!