At XSport, we believe fitness is more than just working out, it’s a way of life. We hope you enjoy our newsletter and find some helpful takeaways for staying healthy as you Eat Smart, Be Fit and Live Well in your XSport Life.

How to Stop Taking Stressors to Heart

Woman MeditatingReducing stress and managing your emotional state is sound advice for keeping your heart healthy. Strategies to reduce your heart attack risk can also teach you how to live well.

Perhaps it’s not surprising that feelings, especially stress, fatigue, depression or anxiety, can have a profound impact on the heart. Studies have shown that intensely negative emotions, especially from major life events like losing jobs or loved ones, are risk factors for stress and anxiety—and it’s these emotional states are shown to be risk factors for a heart attack.

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Using Your Heart Rate to Guide Your Workouts

woman checking heart rateThe heart is the most vital muscle in your body, so improving its strength and condition is an ultimate fitness goal. But do you know how your heart rate affects your workouts?

When you’re working hard to be fit, it can be truly helpful to know if you’re training in a beginner or warm-up zone, an aerobic heart rate zone, or an anaerobic zone so you can build muscle more efficiently. And if your exercise is focused on keeping your heart healthy, you might like to know how your cardiovascular system is working, recovering and supporting your goals. BE FIT in The XSport Life – Learn how here

A Simple Approach to Heart Healthy Eating

healthy food displayFebruary is American Heart Month, the perfect time to make changes that minimize the risks associated with cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death and disability among U.S. adults.

Overall, it is the collective pattern of your lifestyle and dietary choices that will make the largest impact on your long-term health status—and a simple first step is to eat healthy for your heart.
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New Year, Be Fit: Total Body Workout List

woman getting a total body workout on exercise bikeA highlight of each New Year is when you start to make resolutions about fitness and weight loss. If you want to be fit from top to bottom in 2018, use this list of workout ideas.

  • Arms & Shoulders. If you want to build bigger arms, it’s a great idea to concentrate on heavy multi-joint exercises that also work on your shoulders, like military press or overhead press, plus the dip and burpee shoulder press we include here. To add more definition as you work toward that sculpted look, add some isolation work for your biceps and triceps, too: BE FIT in The XSport Life – Learn how here

New Year, Eat Healthy: Meals & Shopping List

woman eating healthy meals2018 is upon us and most of us are thinking about what we’d like to improve in the New Year—if “eat healthy” is one of your resolutions, use our list of ideas for meals and shopping!

  1. Purge your pantry. You can tackle many of your healthy eating goals by paying close attention to the food you have on hand. A deep pantry purge helps you clean up your diet and start the year right! Read our streamlined instructions for getting rid of the unhealthy culprits, restocking with ingredients that are not only good for you, but have flavors you enjoy EAT HEALTHY in The XSport Life – How tos here

New Year, Live Well: Setting Goals that Stick

coffee and inspirational saying about setting goalsMaybe you’re dreaming of change…or chasing a dream. One of the best ways to get to your goals in the New Year is to follow a smart map to your destination and stick with a simple plan.

No need to formalize your own goal-setting process with the kind of methodologies you might use to develop a corporate strategy—you’re simply trying to make sure you live well and achieve. But, it is helpful to have a vision of where you’re headed and what it looks like along the way, so you can create a plan with a purpose. LIVE WELL in The XSport Life – Start here

How Ankle Mobility Problems Can Hold You Back

woman on treadmillYou’ve heard “the hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone,” right? In our bodies, the energy directed to the movement of joints is key to our mobility. This is known as the kinetic chain.

You might be surprised at how aspects of strength, speed and pain can be related to ankle joints, but it’s true: improve your ankle mobility and you can improve your fitness, too.

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Healthy Fats: Good Food for a Good Mood

family eatingWe’ve all heard that you are what you eat – while it’s not exactly a foolproof rule, there is plenty of science to back up the idea that when you eat well, you’re more likely to feel well.

Choose whole foods from natural sources, and that includes healthy fats. Research has shown not only are heathy fats good for your body, they are also good for your mind and mood.

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Build a Beautiful Back – 3 Key Exercises

woman doing rows to strengthen back musclesIt’s not surprising that many of us don’t leverage back strengthening exercises to work on the posteriors of our bodies as much as we should – we can’t see them in the mirror! And yet, back muscles are involved in so much we do.

The muscles supporting your spine are key to everyday movements from sitting up to carrying a child. Whether you’re an athlete or a desk worker: build your back to feel and look better!

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Popular Diets: Is One Right for You?

person planning dietYou have hundreds, if not thousands, of diets to choose from, ranging from popular fad diets to medically prescribed eating plans. If you’re trying to choose a popular diet for yourself, learn about them first.

Below is an overview of several popular diets, with a review of what they are about, what you can or can’t eat on them, and what to watch out for. Maybe one will sound right for you!

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