Summertime Fit Activities

It’s summertime and the beach is calling so most people don’t want to stay in the gym all day. That’s why I came up with a lift of popular activities that you can do with your friends or on your own:

 

1. Swimming

Of course! It’s hot out so why not go for a swim? Swimming is low impact activity that you can do at the beach or at your pool. You are required to use your full range of motion, so it will help increase your flexibility and ease pain within your joints.

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2. Surfing

Head down to your local aquatic center and learn how to surf. Surfing is a great way to increase your overall body strength. Your upper back and shoulders will be worked through paddling. Your legs and core will take a beating from standing up and staying up. Not only is it challenging at first, but its also fun.

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3. Stand up paddle board

If you thing this is way too easy, think again. Similar to surfing stand up paddle board is a fun and great way to get out in the middle of the ocean and get a great workout. Your core will be screaming after your first session.

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4. Bike riding

It’s nice to actually get out and use a real bike, instead of that stationary one in the gym. You get to feel the wind in your hair and the nice summer sun. Be sure to wear sunblock if you burn easily. If you don’t have a bike, there are plenty of shops that would be happy to rent you one for the day.

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5. Beach Volleyball

Want something more competitive? Try beach volleyball. Get some friends to go out and have a beach day and have a little competition. If you don’t have friends, challenge some of the people already playing.

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There you have it! Five activities that you can do this summer!

 

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Crash Dieting: The Bad and The Worse

Written by Deirdre

If you type in the phrase “lose weight” in any search engine you’ll be presented with millions of articles. The most popular articles are the ones that use words like “fast” or “easy” in the title. By observation I can safely guess that the reason for this is that most people want instant gratification, which is completely normal. But when it comes to dieting, overnight results are nonexistent.

With that said, one of the most popular methods of weight loss is go on a crash diet. Crash diets are extreme in a sense that it involves severe caloric, and therefore nutritional, restriction.  I’m not a dietician but I have spent a considerable amount of time as an outpatient in an Eating Disorder Program. A dietician came in every day to help educate us on the widespread myths of crash dieting.

Simply put: they don’t work.

Yes, you will lose weight with one of these diets but you’ll just end up gaining it back, and sometimes a bit more. Completely depriving yourself of necessary nutrition will cause your body to go into starvation move so it will do everything it can to keep your next meal in your stomach, no matter how small it is. Not only that but you’ll eventually get so hungry that you’ll end up binge eating. And that’s where the weight comes back.

The sole purpose of crash diets are to help you lose weight quickly, in an unhealthy way might I add, but not to maintain it. That’s what you should strive for. Don’t just strive to lose weight; strive to maintain it. I mean what’s the point of losing weight when you’re just going to gain it all back anyway?

The other path to these types of diets leads to an eating disorder. For some, especially ones with obsessive personalities, it’s not just a diet; it becomes a way of life. Soon, the person won’t even know that hunger feels like because their body’s signals are completely off.

So instead of severely restricting your caloric intake for a short period of time make it a habit to eat consistent, balanced meals. Everyone’s body is different so a diet that works for one person may not work for another. Just try to get all of your daily nutrients. It will take a little longer to see results, but health is all about patience.

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If you’re ever played a sport that required you jump, then you know the higher your jump the better. I remember watching basketball when I was younger and dreamed of being able to dunk like Michael Jordan. However, I was on the shorter side: 5 feet 5 inches with a standing reach of 7 feet 1 inch. This didn’t stop me from figuring out how to reach the heights that(taller) professional athletes achieved. It took a lot of work and experimentation, but I figured out a way to increase my jump from 15 inches to a massive 36 inches! I still can’t dunk, but I’m getting closer. And I’m going to show you how I doubled my vertical jump. Continue reading Increase your Vertical Jump

May Athlete of the Month: Rachel

Ever since I can remember I have been going to or playing in sports tournaments. I started out watching my sister play soccer and softball and I soon followed suit. I played softball at the local league but I was never really that good. I remember drawing during the innings in the outfield. Until my last two seasons of softball I played outfield. When my coaches (my mom and my aunt) decided to give me more responsibility on the team they played me at shortstop and catcher. I soon after had to choose between year around soccer or softball. I chose soccer because I knew my mom would never be my coach on the soccer field! Continue reading May Athlete of the Month: Rachel

Simple Recovery

by Derrick Luque

There are many factors that are involved when it comes to proper recovery for an athlete to be able to compete at their maximum potential. If you’re a type of athlete who doesn’t always have the time to be able to fully delicate yourself to recovery every day you can get by with three methods. The essential recovery methods are broken down into three group’s food, sleep, and ice/deep tissue massage are grouped as one. Continue reading Simple Recovery