Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Too Fat To Work, Yoga Giveaway and More - March 17 to March 23

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As fabulous as we at That's Fit think this blog is, the truth is there are hundreds of wonderful blogs on healthy living to be seen all over the blogosphere. So in this feature, Fit Links, we'll introduce you to some that have caught our eye.

Crazy but true -- as "Parentdish" tells us, a British family of four is considered too obese to work and have been living on the taxpayer's dollar for 11 years because of it. Sounds like they could use some help from our own Fitz!

It's neither Christmas nor Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean you should avoid cranberries. At "Love + Blueberries," they're extolling the virtues of this tiny, nutritious snack.

What do you keep in your gym bag? "Fitsugar" counts down the top items that you absolutely must have in yours.

Speaking of bags, "Green Daily" is giving away a super handy, super stylish yoga bag, so hurry up and enter the draw! Yes, it's the same one we're giving away, but why not double your chances?

What does Joy Bauer, nutritionist for "The Today Show," keep in her pantry? Head over to Slashfood to find out.
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Think Outside the Peanut Butter Box

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MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Cashew Macadamia ButterPeanut butter isn't the only nut butter packed with omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, iron and more. "RealAge" recommends these five other grown-up spoonfuls of spreadable joy, and the best brands to try.

Just beware, nut butters are high in calories and fat (though mostly healthier fats). Spoon just a tablespoon or two in your oatmeal, on your toast or on that crispy apple for a tasty afternoon snack:

  • Almond butter -- perfect for dipping. Choose a jar with lots of brown flecks (almond skin) and you'll get more vitamin E. Try Whole Foods' house brand, 365 Everyday Smooth Almond Butter at $5.99.
  • Cashew butter -- not as high in fat as other nut butters. Besides spreading it on a snack, you can stir in soups and sauces. Try Arrowhead Mills Creamy Cashew Butter at $5.99.
  • Macadamia nut butter -- yikes, at 24 grams of fat per two tablespoons, I'd stick to just one tablespoon of mac butter heaven. Melt and brush on broiled fish or spread on a lightly salted rice cake. MaraNatha Creamy and Roasted Macadamia Nut Butter is $5.99.

Don't miss "RealAge's" full spread on Pecan Butter, Walnut Butter and reader-recommended Sunflower Butter, too.

Get a Good Walk - Take 100 Steps a Minute

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treadmillThe pedometer tops the list of simple tools that track fitness, and most fitness experts will tell you to rack up 10,000 steps a day on yours. But while a pedometer can tell you how many, what it can't do is tell you if you're stepping fast enough to really do your body any good.

Moderately intensive physical activity -- we know we need to get at least 30 minutes of it a day, but what exactly is it? Researchers at San Diego State University think they know. They put volunteers on treadmills, then used pedometers to count their steps and monitors to track the volunteers' heart rates. The results? 100 steps a minute is the perfect pace for fitness.

"Because health benefits can be achieved with bouts of exercise lasting at least 10 minutes, a useful starting point is to try and accumulate 1,000 steps in 10 minutes, before building up to 3,000 steps in 30 minutes," says lead researcher Dr. Simon J. Marshall in a news release.

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Yogoco Yoga Bag Giveaway

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Yoga is a beautiful thing, but carrying all your crap? Not so pretty. You almost need both arms for your mat, and then there's your water bottle, towel, keys, extra clothes ... it's easy to either leave something behind or look like a circus act trying to juggle it all. Until Yogoco came along.

The Yogoco yoga bag has a section for your mat, a section for your stuff (yes, all of it -- even shoes), but it's sleek and stylish. Also, it's eco-friendly -- each bag is made from recycled t-shirt scraps. And now, you have not one, not two, but three chances to win the Yogoco bag of your choice!

We're giving a Yogoco bag away to one lucky That's Fit reader, and our girls over at StyleList blog and Green Daily are also giving one away, so you can enter at all three sites! Here's how to enter:

  • To enter, leave a confirmed comment below telling us what you are always leaving behind when you go to the gym or yoga class.
  • The comment must be left before 5pm ET on Friday, March 27, 2009.
  • You may enter only once at That's Fit, once at Green Daily and once at StyleList blog.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing at each site.
  • One winner will receive his or her choice of Yogoco bag (valued at approximately $89).
  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.

Click here for complete Official Rules.

Winner is notified by email, so make sure to check next week to find out if you've won!
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Shin Pain - Prevent It or Make it Go Away

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Spring is in the air, and the sidewalks are finally bustling again. Walking and running are perfect activities, but sometimes along with the good, comes the bad. Fitness expert Fitz, of Fitzness.com, explains where shin pain comes from, how to avoid it and how to get rid of it. These simple steps will keep you training productively and out of recovery.

For more innovative training videos, visit Fitzness.com.

Aerobic Exercise - Not just for Weight Loss

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Jonny Bowden, author, nutritionist and weight loss coach cuts through all the misconceptions about diet and fitness to help you transform your body, your health and your life.

OK, I admit it -- I've not been a fan of long mindless aerobic exercise, certainly not when it comes to weight loss. Recently I wrote a piece -- "The Problem with Cardio"-- that might have led you to believe I think cardio is a waste of time. That's not actually true. I think that aerobic exercise is way oversold as a weight-loss strategy, and truth be told, most people could get positive calorie burning effects in a much shorter time with high-intensity interval training. But just because jogging an hour a day may not be the most effective way to lose weight, doesn't mean you should abandon your cardio work.

Not long ago, scientists at McMaster University Department of Medicine, Health Sciences and Rheumatology Division, compared the findings of 17 studies examining the effects of exercise on anti-aging and the immune system. They wanted to answer the following question: What, if any, are the effects of regular aerobic and/ or resistance exercise on the immune system in healthy older adults?

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Tuna Salad Sandwich - How Many Calories?

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When you're picking up lunch in a rush, you know a few rules of the game: One, stay away from fast food restaurants. Two, make sure you get your share of veggies. Three, fresh is best.

It would seem, then, that a tuna salad sandwich is the perfect fix for your mid-day hunger pangs. It's got healthy fish, it's got veggies (hence the word 'salad'), it's typically freshly-prepared and if you get it on brown bread, you've got all your food groups covered in one go.

But is a tuna salad sandwich your best lunchtime bet?

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