Category Archives: News Roundup

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Rules for Getting Ripped, Fitness Startups & More!

38 Excuse-Proof Reasons to Get to the Gym: Feeling unmotivated? Scroll through a few of these 38 motivators from Anytime Health and you’ll soon be sprinting to the gym. A workout can make you smarter, increase your social skills and give you a confidence boost – read it to believe it!

The New Rules for Getting Ripped: Whether you want to get ripped or just fit, these tips from Men’s Fitness  will help you see results without starving yourself or spending hours in the gym. These tips include keeping carbs in your diet and eating more fat – sounds like a good plan to me!

The 50 Most Innovative Health, Fitness, and Happiness Startups: Just a few people really can make a difference in the world. Greatist lists 50 apps, bloggers and companies that have been keeping people motivated to reach all sorts of health-related goals.

I Ran 50 Marathons in 50 States, All While Battling Cancer: This will inspire you, motivate you and make you cry. Don Wright is one inspiring fellow and his story of battling cancer while reaching goals is worth a read.

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Reasons to Start Lifting, 23 Healthy Workout Habits & More!

The 5 Best and Worst Nutrition Bars: Nutrition bars are great on-the-go snacks, especially if you need something to fuel your workout or help you recover.  Well+Good NYC lists the best and worst of them, so you can treat your body pre and post-workout the way it deserves!

Need-to-Know Nutrition Advice from The Biggest Loser’s RD: I may not completely agree with this show, but it’s addicting! Plus these tips that Cheryl Forberg gave Fitness Magazine sure come in handy when it comes to eating healthy!

20 Reasons to Start Lifting: Do you find yourself avoiding the weight room and always signing up for the treadmill? If you’re obsessed with cardio, these reasons to start a strength training routine from Fitbie may turn you into a lifting fan.

23 Healthy Workout Habits to Start Now: USA Today gives us a long list of reasons of workout habits, like “multitask your movements” (e.g. lunge and bicep curl combo) and “run faster.”  Picking out a few of these will make fitness more enjoyable and you’ll see results!

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Best Fat-Loss Workout, 50 Healthiest Snacks & More!

How to Baby Step Your Way to a Big Goal: Maybe you’ve got a resolution to run a certain amount of miles before 2014 or gain some weight so you can bench press some extra pounds. Whatever your fitness or nutrition goal is, read these tips from FitSugar that’ll help you accomplish great things one step at a time.

The Best Fat-Loss Workout of All Time: These moves from Shape combine weight training and plyometrics to build muscle and burn fat. Add this routine to your weekly schedule a few days a week and you’ll be feeling stronger and looking toned up in no time.

The 50 Best Snack Foods in America: Not sure what to buy at the student stores or grab on your next grocery shopping trip? Check out the 50 greatest snacks from Men’s Health, including everything from granola bars to fruit smoothies.

Burn the Buns: In need of a new buns and leg workout routine? Here’s a 30 minute one from Anytime Health and you can do one or all exercises! Even better – if you’re not sure how to do the move, click on the link and it’ll show you the steps.

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Holiday Survival Guide, Treadmill Interval Workouts & More!

20 Best Fitness Tips: Self lists the best motivators, the best arm toning move, the best cardio for faster speed and more.  Put some of these 20 tips into action and you’ll feel more fit before Winter Break!

Your Holiday Weight Gain Survival Guide: Speaking of break, with the holidays come cookies, egg nog and huge slices of pie topped with ice cream (am I the only one getting hungry here?). Here are 17 tips from Fit Bottomed Girls that’ll help you make it to New Year’s Day happy and healthy.

How to Choose the Right Athletic Shoes: Whether you’ve got wide feet, flat feet or you’re prone to getting blisters, there’s a shoe made for you.  Check out this guide from Real Simple on picking the best athletic shoe – and then go shopping!

Tricks of the Tread: Treadmill Interval Workouts: Some days, it’s too chilly to run outside. The treadmill (or dreadmill as I sometimes call it) can get, well, rather boring.  Whether you’re a runner, walker or a combination of the two, Fitness Magazine gives us three exciting treadmill plans.  Print one out and get going!

Avoid the Cold – Attend a Group Fitness Class

What happened?! It went from being 80-something degrees every day to feeling like the middle of winter in Chicago (okay…well maybe not today, but the cold will kick in soon enough!). With the chilly weather, sometimes it seems easier to lay around in your sweatpants, drink hot chocolate and watch repeat Friends episodes. If you are an outdoor runner, heat or cold, all the power to you! But for those of us who need a little motivation to exercise, check out these indoor classes! They’ll get your heart pumping, and despite it being freezing outside, you’ll be sweating!

Cycle: Between the sprints and the hills, you’ll get lots of quick bursts of intense cardio. This is one of my favorite classes, and it’s offered every day of the week! Read my review.

High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T): If you’re a morning person, go to this class! The time flies by, you get an effective workout due to the tabata style, plus, it’s just fun! Read my review (and learn more about tabata).

Turbokick: This class is a cross between kickboxing and dancing. So if you love Zumba, try this class! You can read my review first, and then read all about the benefits of kickboxing.

Zumba: Speaking of dancing… Advice from the most uncoordinated student at UNC – take a Zumba class! You won’t know you’re working out (til you wake up slightly sore the next day). Dancer or not, this high-energy class is filled with students of all abilities. Read my review.

Pilates: No it’s not exactly cardio, but this class will get you sweating! Aside from being completely relaxing and reenergizing, this class helps your flexibility and strengthens your muscles. Read more of its benefits here and then read my review.

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Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Low-Cal Snacks, Boosting Your Metabolism & More!

88 Unexpected Snacks Under 100 Calories: Hungry? Grab one of these 88, yes 88, snacks. Each recipe is only a sentence long and under 100 calories! Greatist’s list includes sweet, salty and a combo of both, so you’re bound to find something you’re craving.

7 Ways to Increase Your Metabolism: Burning extra calories can be as simple as boosting your metabolism.  Men’s Fitness has given us seven ways to increase your metabolism. It can be as easy as eating protein at breakfast and staying hydrated!

9 Easy Ways to Ditch Exercise Excuses: Do you find yourself using more energy deciding whether or not to skip a workout than the actual workout itself? Whether you’re prone to skip in the morning, after class or on the weekend, Health has nine tips that’ll help you never miss a sweat session.

How to Eat Healthy When Others Don’t: Maybe you’re surrounded by friends who aren’t so health-conscious. Don’t let their indulgence of half a pizza or a coffee shop treat stop you from your nutritious habits. FitSugar gives us tips on making the best food choices when others don’t.

Halloween Health and Fitness Roundup

UNC is known for a winning basketball team, its academic success and Halloween on Franklin Street.  This candy-filled holiday is just a couple days away.  Check out these articles to enjoy the delicious day.

Your Guide to Halloween Candy: Thanks to this list from Health, you’ll learn how to avoid overindulging in every popular Halloween candy.  Oh, and fun facts are included – did you know 9 billion pieces of candy corn will be produced this year?

Frighten-Away-Fat Halloween Workout: If you’re not in the mood for the elliptical this Halloween, try this spooky workout from FitSugar.  It includes moves like “Creepy Crawler” and “Scared Black Cat.”  Bonus: you’ll work everything from your triceps and buns to your lower abs and thighs.

10 Low-Calories Halloween Treats: Whatever black or orange baked treat you’re craving, Shape has a healthier alternative.  Whip up some “Bewitching Brownie Bites” or “Punk-in’ Mini Muffins” to treat you and your friends to a fall dessert.

Fitness Themed Halloween Costume Ideas: Okay, so this article won’t help you become fitter or healthier.  But it’s perfect for all you last minute planners in your search for the perfect Halloween costume.  The Huffington Post includes everyone from the “P90X Man” to “Unimpressed McKayla Maroney” (the classic meme Olympic gymnast).

Have a healthy, safe and fun Halloween!

The Latest Fall Workout Clothes and Accessories

Looking to invest in some fall workout gear? Check out the latest and greatest clothes and accessories:

C9 by Champion Long-Sleeve Tee: FitSugar features this women’s long-sleeve tee that has the ideal bit of stretch and the perfect price tag.

Slub Foldover Yoga Pants: If you’re looking for comfort, check out these gray yoga pants featured in InStyle.

Nike Sphere Men’s Running Shirt: LiveStrong raves about this shirt that’ll wick sweat away during those warmer autumn days.

Lululemon Brisk Run Neckwarmer: This adjustable neckwarmer featured on Fitbie will keep you warm on those crisp fall runs.

Like these clothes? Check out the top rated fall running shoes here! Happy shopping!

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: Morning Workout Benefits, Healthy Fall Foods & More!

Top 50 Fall Diet Foods for Weight Loss: Fall means a new selection of produce, spices, seeds and anything else that makes up a recipe.  Shape lists 50 fall foods to keep your meals healthy.

Morning Workout Benefits Include Curbing Appetite and More: Huffington Post gives us five awesome reasons to wake up to exercise before class.  After reading this, you’ll pick out your gym outfit and hit the hay early so you can feel energized by the time the sun rises!

Halloween Candy to Pick or Skip: Even though we graduated from elementary school years ago, we still buy bags of candy at just about any store we walk into.  Health Magazine lists the candy you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in and the candies that are simply empty calories.

61 Push Ups, in 60 Seconds: This one is just for fun.  A 24-year-old woman completed 61 pushups in one minute.  The catch – she is balancing her entire bodyweight on three medicine balls.  Check out this video from Greatist.

Fitness & Nutrition Roundup: No Equipment Moves, Fair Food Indulgences & More!

The 16 Most Effective Fat Loss Moves – No Equipment Required: Want to know some moves that will boost your metabolism and give your whole body a workout?  Look no further than LiveStrong where you’ll learn how to do everything from frog push-ups to squat walks.  Go through a series of these for a tough workout or throw some moves into your strength training routine for a cardio and muscle boost!

How to Indulge in Fair Food Without Going Overboard: We are less than a month away from the State Fair in Raleigh.  Before you stuff your face with a fried Twinkie, the world’s largest turkey leg and a buttered up corn on the cob, check out this article from CNN.  Don’t hesitate to indulge a little, just do it in moderation!

Group Fitness 101: How to Always Make the Most of a Class: Show up to the gym at about any time of the day and some sort of fitness class is going on.  If you’ve never taken a class before or are hesitant to return, read these tips from FitSugar.  Being stress free and giving 100 percent are a few keys to success.

10 Healthy Cooking Substitutions: A healthy lifestyle doesn’t include heating up a Hot Pocket or a cup of Easy Mac at every meal (this may be unfortunate news for you non-chefs).  Thankfully, nutritious recipes don’t have to taste like cardboard.  Check out these cooking substitutions from The Biggest Loser Cookbook author Devin Alexander on Fit Bottomed Girls.

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