Today’s post is simply a list of health and fitness related things that I like. I use or advocate everyone of these things on a regular basis. So here they are...
Boar’s Head Deli Meats and Cheeses
I know that there are healthier options out there for eating quality and nutritious lunches but I still like a good old fashioned sandwich. It is easy to prepare, you can take it anywhere, you don’t need to heat it, and it is cheap. I make sure my sandwiches have meat, cheese, lots of lettuce, and some dressing(usually mustard and miracle whip). So when it comes to choosing the meat and cheese I always go with Boar’s Head.They use no fillers, gluten, artificial colors or flavors. A lot of their meats are also backed by the American Heart Association as heart healthy. They have tons of variety and some really awesome flavors. Right now I am eating the fiery chipotle chicken breast with swiss cheese. Even though Boar’s Head is healthier than other deli meats, it is still a deli meat. So I would limit consumption to once a day. Other meat servings throughout the day should be from fresh sources.
TRX Suspension Trainer
I can sometimes get carried away with this piece of equipment. If you have never heard of it or never used it, then google that sh*t. It is awesome. It just might be the most versatile piece of equipment on the market. I use it with many new clients and enjoy using it often in my own workouts. It utilizes the user’s bodyweight as resistance, which I highly advocate, and teaches the body to move and stabilize in all planes of motion. One of the company's slogans is," All core all the time." It only takes about one minute to get what they are talking about because with every movement you are bracing your core to stabilize your body. It is extremely functional, easily transported, and really fun. There is no one piece of equipment that completely does it all, but this one comes close.
GNC Amplified Wheybolic Protein
I like protein shakes for their convenience, low sugar and high protein content, and taste. They make it easy to ingest good calories to maintain or gain weight without having to eat solid meals all the time. They are also a post workout staple. I have tried various proteins and this one seems to taste the best. I don’t really believe all the hype on the label about how it is 1000% better than other proteins and is endorsed by Chuck Norris himself. I just want a simple whey protein that tastes good and this one does the job. It is more expensive, but if you get a GNC member card and buy it the first week of the month it is a good price.
A foam roller is a device than can cause just as much pain as pleasure. You simply place it on the ground and roll your body over it to release tension in your muscles. You can use it on just about any body segment but my favorite spots are the IT band on the outside of the thigh and hip, and the thoracic spine behind the shoulder blades. After I taught one client how to roll his upper back he said he stopped going to his chiropractor. It is that good!
Adidas Samba Shoes
I love things that are classic and this shoe first debuted in the 1970’s... so I would say it is a classic. I like them because there is not much to them. They have a thin, flat sole, are made of leather, and are plain black with white stripes. I am not really into the new fad of displaying an array of neon colors on my feet. Lately there has been a boom in minimalist shoes that promote natural movement patterns and increase foot and ankle strength. I think the vibram five finger shoes are a good idea but I cannot stand material between my toes. So I think these shoes are a great alternative and serve a similar purpose. They are ideal for weight lifting and general cross training, but I would not log many miles in them.
So there you have it. Five things that I like and use. If you have a list of five things hit me back with them. Until next time.