Friday, May 29, 2015

Regular Guy Reads of the Week: May 29th

I mentioned this on Twitter the other day: This has been a banner week for good fitness reads. Let me know which one is your favorite!

It's Time to Finally Convince Your Clients the Scale Doesn't Matter: A lot of factors go into your weight, and you can be making good progress without actually shedding any pounds.

61 Percent of Your Calories Are From Highly Processed Food: I'm not an anti-processing zealot, but that's too much. Processed foods tend to be nutrient-poor and less satisfying -- meaning you eat more of them.

This Is How Many Calories You Actually Need: This is a pretty good calculator and explanation from Buzzfeed. Figure out your basal metabolic rate, then add in your activity level and voila!

The Worst Diet I've Ever Tried: The Tomorrow Diet: This is the dietary complement to my Inertia article. It's hard breaking out of a rut, but Erica House gives you some good ideas on how to get your diet straightened out.

Is Perfect Form Actually Important?  Yes and no. You don't want to leave yourself susceptible to injury, but everyone's body is a little different, so there's no one perfect way to do any exercise.

Plank to Be a Stronger Runner: Core strength is key to any fitness regimen, and the plank is a great way to achieve it. RunBuzz gives us some variations for people who've never planked before.

Is Your VO2 Max High Enough to Prevent Heart Disease? The maximum amount of oxygen your body can process is a strong indicator of your heart health. That improves through exercise.

The Truth About Caffeine and Endurance Performance: I rarely link videos, but this is a good one. Caffeine can help you in races, but only if your body isn't acclimated to it. 

Here's Why You Should Run Hard on Trails: Off-road running presents different challenges, and you'll make more gains if you attack those challenges. Alex Hutchinson gives us some specific suggestions on how to get the most out of trail running. 

How Fixing Muscle Imbalances Is the Secret to Less Injuries: Part two of The Flog Blog's series -- this one focusing on the fixes, once you've diagnosed the problem. (The copyeditor in me is screaming at the usage error in the title, but the article is spot-on.)

No More Training Cults: This could apply outside the lifting community, too. Hard work and consistency will go a long way for you, regardless of your program. So don't ridicule people for doing something different.

Maintain Your Strengths While Working on Your Weaknesses: Some suggestions on how you can actually burn the candle at both ends.

The Disturbing "Pro-Ana" Boards That Pinterest Banned: You know how much I hate "fitspo."  It's not just counterproductive, it's dangerous.

Strength Workouts May Yield Significant Improvement in 5K Times: We've been through this before -- you need both cardio and strength training.

10 Steps for Making Hot Weather Tolerable: Sure, you could just take your training indoors all summer. Or you could try some of these suggestions for how to get it done during the summer.

Getting Started With Strength Training: This is an absolutely fantastic breakdown of the different types of strength training and how to make it work for you. A must read for Regular Guys. 

Six Exercises for a Stronger Core: Some of these I do, some look frightening.

Why Do Some Experts Recommend Alternating Between Two Pairs of Running Shoes? Studies have shown that you'll get more life out of your shoes if you give them a rest.

12 People Who Lost 50+ Pounds Share Their Best Advice: This is solid Regular Guy thinking -- stuff like: "Make healthy changes one at a time and build on each one."  

Out There: Locker Room Etiquette: Basic rule of thumb: Don't be a creep. Limit your naked time, and leave other naked people alone.

Train That Brain:  A big part of improving is removing the mental barriers that hold you back. Nobody's saying you're headed to the Olympics, but you are probably capable of more than you realize.

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