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.

What Does Healthy Eating Look Like?

Couple preparing healthy foodWith so many eating plans out there, it can be confusing to compare them all—protein, fat, carbs, portions, calories, organic…ever wonder what it really looks like to eat healthy? When you consider the healthy diets that doctors, nutritionists or trainers often recommend, they do tend to have a few things in common.

Healthy Eating is Balanced

Although different ratios of food items may end up being a mainstay of various eating plans, a healthy diet is balanced overall. This means it includes sources of the macronutrients protein and fat, plus carbohydrate as fuel to for your body systems to function. EAT HEALTHY in The XSport Life – How tos here

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