Fitness Tip of the Week:
Hello spring and baseball season! You do not understand how excited I am that warmer weather is finally here. Nevertheless, as spring begins to bloom, unfortunately so do colds, allergies, and that pesky, ungodly lingering flu. No one likes missing a workout. Trust me, I get quite grumpy actually if I have to skip more than one day from being under-the-weather. However, it’s important to recognize when it’s worth fighting through the workout, or simply just exercising your pillows.
Many experts follow the above the neck rule when determining whether it’s safe to push through the workout or call it a day. Studies suggest that if your symptoms are above the neck, be smart about the situation but you can in fact proceed with caution. If your symptoms are below the neck, call it a day and rest up. You may feel bad for missing a workout, but you’re going to feel a lot worse trying to squeeze one in.
This kind of decision is worth sticking your neck out for!
Nutrition Tip of the Week:
Real Food of Deliciousness (Read as real men of genius)
Today we salute you, Chocolate Milk
For years you were shunned, living in the dark side of milk.
Living in the shadows of skim, 1%, 2%, strawberry, and the ill-advised whole milk.
(Who actually drinks strawberry milk?)
Until one day it hit us right in the mouth… whey protein, calcium, a ton of vitamin D.
(Recipe for recovery)
Umm, now that’s refreshment. Kind of like a protein shake but only sweeter.
So crack open that old school milk carton, chocolate milk style. And while you are at it, crack open another carton for post-workout… for your recovery.
A study published in the 2006 Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that chocolate milk is as good if not better than Gatorade in replacing glucose in fatigued muscles.
P.S. It also helps with muscle growth and speeds up recovery when consumed post-workout.
My Top 3 Songs of the Week:
- Midnight Hour – Talib Kweli (ft. Estelle)
- Dancing with Myself – Billy Idol
- Hip Hop Hooray – Naughty by Nature