Fit as a Navy SEAL - Warrior Workouts

Ultimate Collection of Military and Tactical Fitness Workouts

Setting the new benchmark for challenging yet rewarding workout collections, Warrior Workouts, Volume 3 takes full advantage of the exercise expertise of legendary fitness expert and former Navy SEAL Stewart “Stew” Smith. Don’t settle for second-best when it comes to your fitness—push yourself to turn your everyday workouts into warrior workouts. Continue reading

Bike Your Way to Fitness

Low impact, time efficient, and adjustable to any fitness plan—cycling is one of the easiest and most effective ways to build cardiovascular strength, increase conditioning and improve overall health. Whether you ride a few times a week, or you’re training for competitive events or organized group rides, The Cycling Workout Handbook is perfect guide for you.

Expert and multi-sport coach Terri Schneider combines skill development with variations in speed, distance, resistance and technique for an effective and easy-to-follow series of cycling workouts designed to make you stronger, faster, and more proficient. Continue reading

Why You Should Keep Up with Exercise as You Age

As humans age and their bodies change, people often find themselves getting less exercise than they did when they were younger. There are a variety of reasons for this, including decreased mobility, disability, safety concerns, or lack of motivation. However, exercising can actually become more important as you age.

Keeping up an active lifestyle can help increase your energy, independence, and heart health, not to mention the benefits to your mood and memory. If you’ve been avoiding exercise because of foot pain, for example, consider investing in a pair of supportive sandals or sneakers before getting started.

Below you’ll find just some of the many benefits to exercising in your senior years, as well as how to overcome some of the common obstacles.   Continue reading

Panzanella (Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad) Recipe

Panzanella is a cold salad, full of summer flavors. It originated in Florence and had conquered all of Tuscany by the beginning of the nineteenth century. It is a rustic dish with a peasant birthright. In the past panzanella was made with basic ingredients such as crusty, day-old bread, tomatoes, onions and fresh basil tossed with a vinaigrette dressing. It is an example of how people did not waste any food….there was not a lot! Nowadays there are many richer variations with the addition of other ingredients. My recipe includes other vegetables and tuna, it is a Mamma Mia! Diet version. Actually, I tried this one in Viareggio in one of the outdoor restaurants along the beautiful beach and loved it. I made it to share with you as soon as I returned home. Continue reading

Mediterranean Summer Salad Recipe

This tasty and colorful salad is prepared with different Mediterranean vegetables that recall the beautiful summer sun. It can be served as a main course on a hot day when we appreciate a light and refreshing meal. The Mamma Mia! Diet is based on eating real, good food, while keeping processed and refined food at the minimum. It is a healthy diet for lovers of GOOD FOOD. Continue reading

Summer Fitness Reboot

It’s summertime. And that means more outdoor activity, less restrictive clothing, and quite simply, more of a visible you. Hollis Lance Liebman, author of Complete Physique has the following tips for anyone who wants to look feel and look their best hitting the beach this summer. It’s a great time to reset your fitness at every level.

TAKE IT OUTSIDE
With the inviting sun and fun weather, it can sometimes be difficult to get to the gym for the usual routine. You can renew your mental and physical spirits by getting back to basics by simply taking it outside. Pushups and bodyweight squats, along with running or biking can all be performed amongst the elements. Additionally, bands, Swiss Balls and other portable peripherals can add variety and fun to a sometimes stale and stagnant workout.

 

WORK YOUR ENTIRE BODY
Sure the chest and arm muscles receive a lot of attention, but keep your workouts in balance. A flawless upper body that sits upon stilts is not a good look, nor is it optimal for total body fitness. The often neglected muscles such as the calves, forearms, posterior deltoids, hamstrings and even your core, will definitely detract from you being all that you can be. You’ll not only look more balanced, you will actually be more balanced in your daily performance in life.

 

EAT SMART FOR MUSCLE TONE
Many fat-loss programs require drastic caloric restrictions and extreme amounts of cardiovascular exercise. The problem is that most also do a pretty good job of wasting away your muscle mass at the same time. Regardless of what your fat loss goals might be, losing muscle tissue is never a good idea–it slows your metabolism to a crawl. Instead of following a low-calorie diet, follow a dietary plan that will enhance your ability to both build and preserve muscle, and rev up your metabolism in the process.

 

STRETCHING IS ESSENTIAL, BUT DON’T GO BALLISTIC
Have you heard of ballistic stretching? It’s a kind of stretch in which you move into a position and then bounce to stretch the muscle. An example would be bending to touch your toes and then bouncing to reach them. Ballistic stretching can do a lot more harm than good, tightening the muscle and leading to injury. During and after your workout are ample times to stretch as your muscles and warm and pliable, unlike at the onset of your routine when your muscles are cold and restrictive.

 

PLAN TO LOOK GREAT…AND FEEL EVEN BETTER!
The desire to  look great in your swimsuit may be what’s inspiring you to get in shape, but remember that the results will be more than just cosmetic. As you build muscle and stamina, you’ll be able to excel at classic summer sports like beach volleyball, swimming, and surfing. The active habits that you form this summer will inspire you to stay fit year-round!

 

HOLLIS LANCE LIEBMAN has been a fitness magazine editor, national bodybuilding champion, and author. He is a published physique photographer and has served as a bodybuilding and fitness competition judge. Hollis has worked with some of Hollywood’s elite, earning rave reviews. Visit his web site, www.holliswashere.com, for fitness tips and complete training programs.

Fresh and Toasty Summer Bruschetta Bites Recipe

Providing healthy, vegan alternatives to the sorts of delicious comfort foods that everyone craves, Dirty Vegan by Catherine Gill makes it easier than ever to live the vegan lifestyle. Self-styled as “vegan junk food”–healthy vegan food that doesn’t skimp on taste–Dirty Vegan is a celebration of all the amazing tastes and dishes available to those on vegan diets. Enjoy this wonderful recipe from the book perfect for the upcoming summer. Continue reading