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Every now and again a good deal comes along on a fitness magazine subscription. If you know me, you know I love me some fitness and I love me some great deals!!!

Currently, Tanga.com is offering up a 1-year subscription (10 issues) to Men’s Fitness magazine for only $3.99 whenever you enter the promo code FITNESS at checkout! This magazine subscription normally retails for $47.40, so this seems like one heck of a deal! If you’re unfamiliar with this magazine, it’s a guide for fit and active men filled with information on training, nutrition, gear, apparel, relationships and adventure sports…and would make a great stocking stuffer for that special man in your life!

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When Illness Strikes

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Healthy Tips
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Well, I hate to say it, but it is that time of year again folks! ¬†Cold and flu season is upon us. ¬†It is inevitable that we will be struck with a cold or flu from time to time. ¬†It stinks to get sick. ¬†No one likes to feel crummy, especially when she is working toward a weight loss goal! ¬†What does this illness mean to a fitness plan? ¬†Let me help you prioritize…

We in “the biz” of ¬†like to refer to “the Neck Check” as a guideline for working out while sick. ¬†The “Neck Check” is simply a rule of thumb that if your symptoms are located above the neck¬†(stuffy nose, scratchy throat, headache), you almost certainly have a head cold and can hit the road or treadmill safely. If, on the other hand, you have a fever, congestion in your chest and lungs, or feel achy, it is probably a sign of flu, bronchitis, or another more serious ailment, and you should rest up. (Exercising with a fever will make you more vulnerable to dehydration, among other ill effects.)

The “Neck Check” is not foolproof however and a little common sense goes a long, long way here. ¬†If you truly are feeling lousy, even if you methodically went through the “Neck Check” check points, you need to rest! ¬†When your body is run down it sends you signals. ¬†Listen to these signals. ¬†If you are ill and you are craving loads of O.J. , go ahead and indulge. ¬†Your body is trying to tell you that it needs hydration and Vitamin C. ¬†If you find you are craving bizarre foods during your illness, go ahead and indulge. ¬†I give you my permission ūüôā ¬†Illnesses should be few and far between… ¬†when your body is fighting an illness, this is not the time to try some new diet plan or push on through week three of your cleanse. ¬†The deprivation will only set you back in the long run. ¬†Listen to your body. ¬†It knows what’s up ūüôā

Let’s start this blog off strong with a Stephanie’s Top 5! ¬†I love “top” lists… ¬†They are a straight-forward, down to the nitty-gritty, get-rid-of-the-crap way to get information. ¬†Drum roll please…

Stephanie’s Top 5 Reasons To Drink Water

  1. Water has ZERO calories.  You can literally drink it all day long!  You can lose up to 20 lbs in a year if you just switch out high calorie drinks (sodas, juices, etc) for water.  And it fills you up to wane off hunger pangs before you are able to make yourself a healthy snack.
  2. On average, 60% of your body weight and 75% of your muscle is made up of water.  Your body needs water to function, plain and simple.  Think of a droopy plant.  Give it some water and it perks up almost immediately.  The human body is no different!
  3. Water provides lubrication to your joints.  This lubrication can work to prevent injuries during tough workouts.
  4. You lose about 1 liter (32 ounces) of water from breathing, sweating, and going to the bathroom. ¬†I don’t know about you but ¬†my everyday life requires me to do a lot more than breath, sweat and pee during the day ! ¬†You need to drink water to replace the fluid you lose, ESPECIALLY when you plan to work out.
  5. Minor dehydration can reduce your motivation and ability to exercise and make you feel just plain lousy.  The same exercise will feel harder than if you were hydrated.

The good news is that you don’t have to walk around with an IV in order to stay at a healthy hydration level. ¬†20% of our hydration comes from the food we eat. ¬†The more regularly we eat, the more efficient our body works with us to stay hydrated. ¬†And get this! ¬†I was once thought, and you may have heard, that drinking caffeine (ie, the love of my life – coffee!) dehydrates you. ¬†Get ready to give me a virtual hug folks, this is not, I repeat, NOT true! ¬†If you are a regular coffee drinker, as I happen to be, drinking 8oz of coffee is equal to drinking 8oz of H2O! ¬†Same goes for tea but NOT for sugary sodas (those aren’t good for anything!). ¬†If you are not a regular consumer of caffeine, then that 8oz of coffee will equal about 4oz of water. ¬†Not too shabby!

So bottoms up folks!