My New Favorite Things

My New Favorite Things

Every once in awhile I get a chance to get caught up on some of the blogs and newsletters I subscribe to.  One of them is the American Council on Exercise (ACE) blog which is chock full of excellent fitness articles, scientific studies, recipes and training tips.

In the blog post These Are A Few of the Pro's Favorite Things, ACE wrote:

Do you have a favorite piece of equipment, outfit, app, or snack that you feel you just have to have before, during or after your workout? Regardless of what that item is, many of us feel that having it plays a role in making our workout successful. Fitness pros are always trying out the latest fitness products, so we asked a few of them to share that favorite thing they can’t live without:

What a great idea!  I'm constantly reading and trying out new products and training systems, and I get asked all the time about what I recommend.  So, I'm going to play along and share my own.

  Deb Preachuk, ACE Group Fitness Instructor & Corrective Exercise Specialist  

My New Favorite Things

I have three new favorite things: An ap called RevolutionaryAct, Reebok Oly Lifter Shoes, and SFH Liquid Fish Oil! 

1.  The RevolutionaryAct ap is AWESOME! —  You can download their whole 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy Manifesto for free as an ap for iTunes, Google Play or KindleFire.

I first heard about RevolutionaryAct from their sister company Experience Life Magazine, and it caught my complete attention right away with the statement "The time for complicity is over. Being healthy is a revolutionary act

I first heard about RevolutionaryAct from their sister company Experience Life Magazine, and it caught my complete attention right away with statements like  

  • The fact that we live in such an unhealthy culture is a huge bummer. Fortunately, the resistance is alive and well!
  • In case you haven't noticed, we live in a society where the idea of health and fitness is wildly popular, but where actually becoming a truly healthy person is mighty difficult to pull off.
  • There's a reason so many of us are sick, overweight, depressed and stressed out: We're living in a society that is *wired up* to make us sick overweight, depressed and stressed out.
  • The U.S. currently produces more obese, ill and depleted people than it does fit, resilient ones — and this trend is worsening.
  • We can change this mixed up reality. We can reclaim our well-being and create a better, more blissful world. But it's going to take some revolutionary moxie to make it happen.
  • If you're up for that, welcome to the revolutionary club!
  • There's strength in numbers. Stand up and be counted as part of the healthy revolution!  In an unhealthy society like ours, being healthy has become a revolutionary act.
  • The time for complicity is over. Being healthy is a revolutionary act. 

The Manifesto is an amazing resource.  Since I found it, I've been using it daily as inspiration and have shared it with all of my in-studio clients.  

Each day you get a Revolutionary Act of the Day which is a daily motivational statement to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.  When you click Learn More on the statement, you'll get a follow-up with a description of that healthy act, along with numerous articles (which get updated frequently) on the topic.  You can also browse all of the 101 Ways, share articles with your family and friends via social networking.  

It's a hero!

2.  Reebok CrossFit Lifter Shoes - Okay.  I have to admit I resisted investing in these shoes for quite some time.  As many of you know, I've been doing CrossFit as my personal workout of choice for the last two-and-a-half-years.  Considering I'm all about good footwear and open to new ideas, I don't know why I put off buying myself these bad girls.  

My Coach Sean at CrossFit Templar recently said "I have been pestering all of you about investing in a pair of Weightlifting shoes. They are a vital piece of equipment for any committed CrossFitter. They'll last for years, too. The Reebok Lifters are a good all around shoe for CF."

Well, what can I say.  He's right.  If you do any amount of weight lifting, and in particular the Olympic Lifts, I highly recommend the investment.  Since I've purchased these shoes, I've been able to sting together more repetitions of higher weight loads than ever before without losing my center of gravity or technical form.  Other noticeable benefits aside from the good snug fit is how it assists the ankle, knee and hip through a loaded squat.

Now let me be clear, you shouldn't buy the shoe assuming they will substitute for working on your mobility and technique, however, they will help you maintain good stability while setting up and landing your lifts.  Now that I've experienced them, I do recommend them and can't imagine lifting without them or why I waited so long.  It's made a huge difference in my workouts.    To learn more, visit my ReebokOne Page where you can shop all Reebok gear for all your fitness needs no matter what the activity.  

3.  SFH (Stronger Faster Healthier) Omega-3 +D3 Fish Oil - Oh boy.  Fish oil.   I thought long and hard as to wether I actually love fish oil, because come on, it's fish oil!  But let me tell you, if you are taking the right dosage and do it on a daily basis, this stuff really works.  

So the back drop to this is that I've pretty much committed to a dietary lifestyle that you'd call Primal/Paleo (I do have milk/cream in my coffee) and follow the Whole9 Nutrition guidelines which can best be described as .  

I eat “real” food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit.  I choose foods that are nutrient dense, with lots of naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition.  And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat comes from, and buy produce locally and organically as often as possible.

It’s not a low calorie “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy and a healthy weight.  In fact, my diet is probably much higher in fat than you’d imagine.  Fat isn’t the enemy – it’s a great energy source when it comes from high quality foods like avocado, coconut and nuts. And I’m not trying to do a “low carb” thing, but since I’m eating vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal and pasta, it just happens to work out that way.

Eating like this is good for maintaining a healthy metabolism, and reducing inflammation within the body.  It’s been doing great things for my energy levels, body composition and performance in the gym.  It also helps to minimize my risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack and stroke. (source Whole9 - The Paleo Pitch)

When you eat nutrient dense food, you really do not ned to take supplements for the most part.  However, I exercise regularly and that combined with wanting to help my body heal from years of aggressive histamine response to food allergies and a leaky gut, and help my body learn to use fat as a fuel source, fish oil is one recommended supplement.

So why SFH Fish Oil?  Well, theres a few particular reasons.  With research I've learned that the body better absorbs it in it's liquid state.  I wanted a product without fillers, that was GMO free, and was recommended by trusted resources.  Because my life has been radically changed for the better by following a Whole9 dietary plan, I chose to go with the brand they recommended.  The SFH Fish Oil is flavored, so it doesn't actually taste like fish at all and there is no after taste or nasty burps that come with taking it.  It met all of the criteria I had in a product.  NOTE:   Not gonna lie, I AM still working on the fact that I'm swallowing oil which does gross me out, but I do it anyway.

After using the product without any noticeable differences, I was not sure it was worth the investment until I recently took a Precision Nutrition Seminar with Dr. John Berardi.  I wasn't even remotely dosing correctly to get the full benefit of the product.  Once I learned about how for formulate the correct dosage and made the adaptation, I noticed a change within 24-hours.  I am recovering from my heavy and intense training days much faster.  I have overall less length of time in DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and by body composition appears to be changing.  I'll measure that in a few more weeks time, by going in for a DEXA scan at the end of March.  But for the improvement in muscle recovery, taking a proper dosage of fish oil supplements has made a huge and positive difference in my overall health and wellbeing.

So there you have it folks.  My Three New Favorite Things.  What are some of yours and why?  We'd love to hear about it.