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 Bring New Life to Your Deadlift

Woman lifting weights as a deadliftThe deadlift is a classic strength exercise for good reason: it works most major muscle groups and can be modified to fit your fitness level. To help bring new life to this fan favorite, here are several variations to keep your body guessing, target different muscles, avoid overuse injuries and help you be fit. But first, let’s go over the conventional deadlift with an eye on its benefits and technique.

The Basic Deadlift

The deadlift is one of the most popular strength exercises because it also is one of the most effective. As a compound, or multi-joint, move (meaning it works more than one joint at a time) it’s especially useful for training the lower body, involving hips, knees and ankles. BE FIT in The XSport Life – Learn how here

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