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.

Top Tips for the Times You’re Stuck Eating Fast Food

people eating pizza at officeSo the gang is running out to pick up some lunch for the work meeting and you need to eat…or you’re on the road and the only nearby solution is to drive through and order to eat in the car.

Even when you are stuck eating fast food, you want a healthy choice—it’s not always easy, but we’ve learned it can be done! The key seems to be knowing ahead of time what you’re best options are for the kind of nutrition choices you want to make.

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How Fitness Changes Everything: Harold’s New Life

man working with personal trainerLast summer, XSport Fitness member Harold N. took a hard look at himself. The stressors of life had taken their toll on his weight, energy and mood. He decided he needed a change.

So Harold entered our Get Fit competition — but a major loss made his experience unlike any of the other finalists. Six months later, he’s a trainer at our Crestwood, IL, club where he trained last year to reclaim the body and lifestyle he once knew. And in the process, he also reframed his life on his journey to a new job, new outlook and new future.

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Testosterone Boosters: What Can They Do for You?

people doing curlsKeeping your hormones in balance is one of the benefits of maintaining good health, nutrition and an active lifestyle, but still—sometimes our bodies can benefit from a little tweaking.

Testosterone is one of three vital hormones (plus estrogen and progesterone), that our bodies use to support building muscle, burning fat and managing energy. Wonder if yours can use a boost?

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Why You Get Muscle Cramps & How to Avoid Them

woman stretchingMaybe it’s the end of a long, tiring day, or in the middle of a hard work out, or worst of all, when you’re out on the field or competing in a race… muscle cramps can really shut you down.

While they’re not uncommon, you want to avoid them. Aside from the obvious pain, these spasms can cost you your performance, or even your sleep, depending on when they occur. Because cramps seem to come on suddenly without warning, whether it be a stitch in your side while you’re running, or a “charley horse” in the middle of the night, prevention is ideal.

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Fitness as the Fountain of Youth – Science & Stats

people at gymYou might be exercising for health and you might be exercising for your looks—or maybe you’re doing it for the love of sport or desire to compete. Whatever your reasons, it’s good for you!

Of all its benefits, one stands out as a magical effect: lowering your biological age. In other words, exercise can offset the effects of aging, and studies show it can help you live longer.

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Simple Healthy Snacks for Busy Weekdays

Simple Healthy SnacksWhile a few snacks throughout your day can be a great idea, the quality of your selections makes all the difference—and the typical coffee and muffin can do more harm than good.

When your energy is falling, coffee (stimulant) with a sweet treat (sugar) gives you quick and boost, but is not the best fuel. Instead, balanced, simple healthy snacks with plenty of nutrients, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, will keep you energized and satisfied between meals—and that’s a boon to your diet.

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What to Look for in a Protein Bar

man eating protein barYou’re on the go, you’re looking for protein, and something to chew on, too. When you need a nourishing snack that supports your strength training goals, a protein bar can make total sense.

Then again, not all bars are the same. Are you getting the right ratio of nutrients, not too much sugar, and what about the taste? Let’s review some key qualities to consider in protein bars.

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Insanity – Should You Give it a Try?

people in insanity classPerhaps you’ve heard of the popular cardio-based, total-body conditioning program created by Shawn T. – it’s called “INSANITY” and it’s based on the principles of what he calls MAX training.

Most people who give Insanity a try feel it pushes them to new training heights, which can mean more calories burned, faster results and a more efficient metabolism. But is it for you?

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Facing Your Fears at the Gym

people at gymNo matter how dedicated you are to working out each week, there is likely to come a point when you reach a plateau or lose your steam. It’s the perfect time to try something new…

…if you can work up the confidence to venture into new territory at the gym. When you want to push forward with fitness, you might have to face your fears. Here are some fun ways to do it!

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Should You Ever Do as Many Reps as Possible?

man doing pushupsMaybe you’ve heard of “training to failure,” which requires you to perform a movement until you literally can’t anymore. Note: it’s not for beginners, and it’s not necessary for great results.

But there are other approaches to “as many reps as possible,” or AMRAP, which could be a great way for you to change up your workouts, break through plateaus and reach new goals.

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