Less Stress, Lose Fat & Maintain Muscle

Stress & Fat LossAt Active Lifestyle, we often talk about stress levels and how they affect your body, health and overall fitness gains or fat loss. Stress is a serious roadblock to most gains both physically and internally. When your body is under stress, it tends to react neurologically in ways that can affect our fat loss or muscle gains, strength gains as well as mood and energy levels.

Usually people talk about the release of cortisol during stressful situations. Cortisol has been believed to switch on the body’s fat storage system, causing the body to hold on to more fat. If fat loss is your goal, then your job, relationships or even your foods could be hindering your progress. Read more of this post


World’s Strongest Child…Should Children Do This?

As I was looking through various fitness videos on youtube, I was shocked by what I saw.  The Video was entitled, “The Worlds Strongest Child and Me”.   Watch the video and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Not only does lifting heavy loads as a child have the potential to disrupt the growth plates, stunting the growth of the child, but there are many damaging effects on the connective tissue and potentially long term damage to posture in the future. Loading kids up with weight before they have reached a certain age is simply unacceptable. In my opinion, this father should be under serious scrutiny by child services. Is the child living out his own dreams or is this father simply living his own dreams through his child?

Have a look and you be the judge. Watch the Video

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Spice Up Your Green Tea

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So you don’t really like the taste of Green Tea but you’ve heard about all the health benefits it provides. Well here are a couple of ideas to help you spice up your Green Tea flavor and have you enjoying all the health benefits in no time.

I live in the hot city of Bangkok where having hot drinks just sounds unpleasant. Not to fear! We’ve got an ice cold solution for you. You’ve just come home from a visit with your personal trainer, where he seems to have put you through his own personal Boot Camp and you’re exhausted. Try a cup of iced green tea with a little bit of cinnamon and a dash of lemon to add that extra kick. It’s quite refreshing and delicious and is sure to hit the spot.

Wondering what to have before you hit the gym for some training? Food is often too heavy and your body will spend too much energy for the process of digestion when you really need it to focus blood flow to your muscles and extremities. So try having a pre workout shake with a few fruits, your favorite protein powder and use iced Green Tea as the liquid base. My personal favorite is vanilla protein powder, green tea, a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon; however you can mix whatever you like. The key is to experiment and have fun.

So there you have It folks; just a couple wonderful ideas to assist you along your path to a happy and healthy lifestyle. Drink up!

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By Rich Thurman, B.Sc., MA, CSCS, CPT

Health & Performance Coach

Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd

With a degree in Physiology from UCLA and a Masters Degree in Sports & Fitness Management, Rich combines his knowledge of rehabilitation and sports performance as well as nutritional studies to provide a complete and holistic approach to training clients. The focus is on lifestyle change which creates long term health.

Calorie Counting 101: Part 1 Busting Myths about Fat Loss

Class is in session guys, so get your pens and paper out and listen carefully. In today’s lesson we’ll be discussing a few myths associated with calorie counting.  Fitness Coaches and Personal Trainers rarely delve into these areas clearly enough for you to grasp, so at Active Lifestyle we’ve made it simple just for you. All weight loss isn’t good weight loss, but if it’s from body fat loss then you’re on the right track. Many Bangkok Personal Trainers are all about Fat Loss or Weight Loss and not about Lifestyle. We aren’t called Active Lifestyle just for the hell of it. Our coaches and clients live it daily. So here’s a few myths cleared up for you. Read more of this post

Skinny Dipping; A Few Healthy Dip Ideas

Do you find yourself sitting in front of vegetables wondering just what to do with them? I mean your personal trainer tells you that you should be eating many more vegetables than you are but you just don’t know how you’re going to get all those veggies in your tummy. What to do?

Well raw vegetables don’t have to be so bad. You can make them taste better quite easily with a little dip. Read more of this post

I Just Started Working Out; Why am I gaining weight?

So you’ve just signed up for a membership at your local gym, or you just began working with a personal trainer, but after the first two weeks you get on the scale and realize that you’re a kilo heavier. What’s going on? Well first of all, if you have a trainer I’m sure he or she has told you to stay off the scale. Time and time again as fitness professionals we find ourselves locked in battle with the treacherous scale as people obsess over weight instead of the stuff that really matters i.e., body fat, girth measurements and how your clothes fit. So first things first, throw that scale out the window. Whether you gain weight or not has a significant amount to do with many factors, including body type and nutrition. Read more of this post

Nutritional Value; Comparing Quinoa, Wheat & Rice

According to studies Quinoa has comparable levels of amino acids to wheat, soy and skim milk. Quinoa however contains an amino acid, lysine which normally isn’t found in vegetable proteins. Lysine is typically found in meat, fish and eggs. Have a look at the table below that shows comparable levels of essential amino acids between wheat and Quinoa; however Quinoa does not contain the gluten usually found within breads. Read more of this post

Stress Less, Lose Body Fat

Stress is a word often thrown around the office in relation to workload or relationships. We often don’t even realize that we’re stressed or what we are doing in relation to our stress in life. Many women may realize that they eat more when stressed or reach for fat loaded foods full of sugar in response to their stresses. Men also tend to eat when stressed. There are also those people who eat less when they are stressed. No matter which type of person you are, stress levels have an impact on the body and often times they are negative impacts.

For those of you, who desire a six pack, think again. If you’re suffering from chronic stress you can forget about it. Without going into too much technical detail, the body releases a chemical compound called cortisol in response to stress. It is believed that cortisol Read more of this post

3 Things to Help You Burn More Body Fat

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Well burning belly fat is going to be difficult any way you slice it. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you about that. The thing about fat is, we have no choice on where fat is removed from our body unless we’re using a scalpel.  So we want to teach our body as best we can to burn a higher amount of fat overall. When your body burns an overall higher level of fat, chances are you’re hitting the belly too. Here are a few things that are a must for anyone trying to lose body fat. Read more of this post

Kiwi for a Muscle Building, Fat Burning Workout

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These little fruits are often neglected in the diet and when I recommend to personal training clients that they should consume a variety of fruits and vegetables, I mean it! Many people limit their diet to a few different foods that they are comfortable with, but rarely do people think outside of the box and outside the norm of fruits. This brings me to this little punch packer, Kiwi.

Kiwi packs three grams of fiber at just 45 calories and a Rutgers University study named green kiwi the “most nutritionally dense” fruit. As all the vitamins and minerals are found Read more of this post

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