health and fitness

Does Exercise Make You Fat, Paleo, How Much Sleep Do You Really Need and More!

Today’s post is part of my series on Health and Fitness for mums.

Being a blogger, I spend a fair bit of time reading other blogs. Over the last six months I have started reading more health and fitness type blogs. Sparked predominately by searching for a miracle cure for my running injury. I never found it, time was the only answer, but I do now have a great collection of blogs to read on all sorts of fitness / health topics.

So to fit in with the health and fitness series, I have collected 9 of my favourite posts I have read recently. Some of the posts themselves are a few years old, but they are new for me. They cover a wide range of topics and the bloggers may not all be of the same opinion on all topcis. That is the beauty of the blogosphere – you find so many different opinions on the same topic!

As always, feel free to add links in the comments below to any recent Health and Fitness articles you have enjoyed.

Does exercise make you fat..and what about quitting sugar?

This post is from Last Chance Training, written by Liz a Queensland based forty something exercise enthusiast. It is a well thought out response to debates going on as to whether or not exercise is beneficial to weight loss. You can read the post here.

Top 5 Reasons to Drink Green Tea

I am a recent convert to green tea and I am now at a place where I actually look forward to having a cup of green tea. Katie180 is a very new blog and is written by a long term reader of this blog. You can read Katie’s well informed post on why you should drink green tea here and take some time to check out her other stuff too, as she has many well researched nutrition based posts to delve into.

Personally I really rate green tea for its anti-oxidant properties.

How to not suck at working out

I am spending time going back through the extensive archives of this blog as I enjoy the forthright opinion of the author and always pick up great technique tips. If you are a regular gym goer, definitely read this post. I was guilty of sucking at a number of things. Note that it is aimed at more weight bearing type exercise.
You can read the post here.

How much sleep do we really need to work productively?

This was a particularly interesting read for me, as I often fall short in the sleep department. This post quotes recent research and discusses the science behind sleep deprivation.

In his most recent study Kripke found that “people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, live the longest, are happier and most productive”.

You can read the post here.

7 Traits of a Highly Effective Mindset

A post aimed at mental health, referencing the late Stephen Covey. If you are trying to make a change in your life or are feeling a little flat, this is the perfect post for you!  You can read the post here.

Can eating ‘paleo’ improve your waistline?

This post is from the very lovely Australian foodie blogger Jules at Stone Soup. I really like this post because Jules tells her personal experience with Paleo and then has sought the professional opinion of three nutritionist friends to give a broader view of Paleo.

You can read the post here. Jules has also just this week written about Paleo again – 3 reasons I (mostly) eat paleo.

What’s the fuss with coconut oil

I have started experimenting with coconut oil in my cooking and I have had a couple of emails from readers asking why. If you have wondered why, here is some reading for you:

The Best Minimally Processed Foods for Runners

We all know less processed is best, so this list is a handy checklist for me for both before and after running.  You can read the post here.

Eating Out Tips

This post is from Lisa of the Dr Joanna blog. Dr Joanna is Vice-President of the Australian Lifestyle Medicine Association (ALMA), a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and The Nutrition Society, and an Ambassador for the Skin & Cancer Foundation.

In this post Lisa gives solid, simple advice on how to make smart choices when dining out.  You can read the post here.

What have you been reading lately on the subjects of health and fitness?