Pokemon GO – Taking Fitness by Storm

 

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Are you a young adult, have children, know someone with kids of their own? Chances are then you have heard the term Pokémon! Pokémon is a game marketed on most of the Nintendo portable gaming systems the kids these days are always inside playing. Even if they are told to go outside and play; they simply bring the system outside with them and proceed to sit somewhere comfy to continue their play. Not a very healthy hobby now is it? The creators of Pokémon themselves (The Pokémon Company) have made the solution that has swept the newspapers, the television, and the online world; its name is Pokémon GO!

 

With this application (on both iPhones and Android based phones), the game lets the player create a virtual trainer to catch Pokémon with, so what’s the difference you ask? Well being a phone based game, it relies on your phones GPS signal to tell where you are, and creates a world of Pokémon through your phone and its camera! Different Pokémon will only be able to caught in certain locations, such as water-types being near lakes, rivers, oceans, etc. This means if the person playing wishes to capture all of them, walking and travelling is required! This is added to by having landmarks as something called PokeStops (visit these to gain in-game items) and gyms (battle for your chosen team to claim that gym for them and yourself).

 

This game has already engulfed the young and old, even just talking to a few local store associates I visit frequently, many people are commenting on the steps of their Ftibit being over 20,000, the feeling of increased lung capacity, and the weight they are losing. I see so many smiling about getting out for a walk, or even upwards of 5 a day, just to catch their next Pokémon and keep growing in the game! I believe once the gam becomes widely available across the world, and as long as people watch their phones safely and obey the traffic laws (and general safety of oneself), I believe this is one video game I would make anyone play. Now go outside an catch em’ all!

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Is Timing Everything? – Protein Shakes

IMG_6913.JPG            When someone begins to enter the world of fitness, one word becomes the vain of their existence, protein. Our bodies need it, our muscles crave it, and there are many supplements to help you achieve your daily protein intake goal! Now why is protein so important you may ask, the simple answer is that during training your muscle fibers are ‘torn’. To repair these tears, our bodies undergo something known as protein synthesis in which protein and various amino acids (that’s another article folks!) are broken down to repair the muscles, growing in place of the tears to create the muscle growth you are looking for.

 

With all the scientific talk out of the way, lets tackle another starting question; “when should I take my protein shake?”. The answer is really simple, in the way that a protein shake can be consumed anytime that you feel you could use the extra boost. However, with that being said, there are times which can maximize the effects and benefits of a protein beverage, like LeanFit. First and Foremost is within around an hour post-workout. This is where you have broken down the muscles and they will be needing that protein they crave to be able to repair themselves and come back bigger and stronger!

 

Other important timings for protein consumption can help with hunger and putting off ‘starving the body. Both before bed and upon waking up from bed are important times. We all know the saying about getting 8 hours of sleep, correct? Well our body doesn’t exactly like to go to 8 hours without some proper nutrition; a shake with low sugar and carbohydrate values, like LeanFit Whey or Whey Isolate (a purer whey without many other macro nutrients), is a perfect way to feed the body without hindering sleeping efforts or starting the morning with a sugar rush. Another important time to mention is before working out, around 30 minutes prior. While a pre-workout meal is important, if there is enough protein in your system prior to a workout, it creates what is known as an ‘anabolic window’, which in turn will help the effects of weight training become less severe (you won’t hurt as much afterwards!). I hope this brief overview will help you realize how versatile, and important, protein supplements can be to helping you achieve a better you!

Looking to Grow? – Gaining Mass

NLQP5696It’s easily agreed upon that most men seek to build and sculpt their physique into their ideal image of themselves, which usually mean putting on a few extra pounds of muscle! This is known as bulking; which can be done slowly (250cals extra every 2 weeks) over time to reduce the amount of fat gained alongside muscle, or a more even gain between the two (500cals extra every two weeks) for faster results. The way to gain more mass is simply, increase your daily calories (or in simple terms the amount of food you consume). Many people look to do this easily be either resorting to more “unhealthy” food options, or supplements mass gainers. Mass gainers can be made well, however most are filled with chemicals, with most also containing large amounts of sugar to increase the carbohydrate value (and calories!).

 

The most important aspect in bulking up and doing it right, is the choice in foods. Whole foods beat any mass gaining supplement on the market and usually leaves me more satisfied in the long run. Easy foods to add or changer in your diet can be oats, a different mil, nuts, and fruit are just a few things that can easily be added to any meal, or even a shake, to boost the caloric intake you need to grow! For example, a LeanFit shake is around 100-120 calories, if we add a 1/3 cup of oats (180 calories), 1 ½ cups of frozen fruit (80 calories), and a medium banana (120 calories); you not only have all of the protein your body craves after a workout, but slow digesting carbohydrates and fats (the oatmeal), simple sugars (from the fruit), and potassium to prevent the build-up of lactic acid (your muscles wont hurt as much!). This takes a simple 120 calorie shake, to one around 500 calories! Experiment and see where these easy, and affordable, foods can get you on a bulk! You’d be surprised how easy and cheap it can be to build mass!