Fitness, Exercise, & Active Living Information & Resources

Welcome to NutrActive's section of the site dedicated to providing you with helpful resources. A key component to good health is overall fitness. Get motivated to get moving! The links below take you to useful fitness related sites covering a variety of exercise and sports related topics. Learn the muscles of the body through fun interactive games, find a new workout plan, discover a community of fit minded people, read some great exercise tips, learn my favorite "runner's cocktail", and more!

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American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Whether youíre a beginning exerciser who needs help getting started or someone who wants to add some spice to your fitness routine, the ACE Exercise Library offers a variety of movements to choose from. Browse through total-body exercises or movements that target more specific areas of the body. Each comes with a detailed description and photos to help ensure proper form.

Have you ever wondered, what happens to your body, when you start exercising? The changes to your body physic, your muscles, the mind, and the heart? This video explores just that. They say exercise is like taking a magical pill for your brain, and that if there were ever a drug that could do for your health everything that exercise can it would likely be the most valuable pharmaceutical ever developed. So, why is exercise so good for us?

President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN)

The Presidentís Council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and good nutrition. The Presidentís Council is made up of athletes, chefs, physicians, fitness professionals, and educators who are appointed by the President and serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Find ways to add in or mix up daily activity and discover a healthier you.

This video discusses how to create and design your own workout plan, program or schedule. The video includes different options from full body workouts, workout splits, cardio options and how often to workout.

National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

NSCA is recognized worldwide as an authority on strength and conditioning disseminating research-based knowledge and its practical application to improve athletic performance and fitness. Watch exclusive videos to enhance your knowledge of strength and conditioning.

Why am I not losing weight?? One of the most common questions trainers get asked. Here's a video sharing the top 5 reasons people stop losing weight on a weight loss journey and why some people start to gain weight back!

Muscular Anatomy Games

Anatomy Arcade makes basic human anatomy come ALIVE through awesome free flash games and interactives. Fun way to learn muscles in the body!

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans issued by the Federal Government. Includes description of the types and amounts of physical activity that offer substantial health benefits to Americans.

Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)

The AAU is a multi-sport organization dedicated to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. AAU is committed to improving the development, safety and welfare of athletes and participants involved in sport. Members can access athletic development and college sports recruiting tools used by millions of athletes, coaches, teams, and events.

WebMD - Health and Fitness Guide

Regardless of what you do, regular exercise and physical activity is the path to health and well-being. Exercise burns fat, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, eases stress and anxiety, lets us sleep restfully. In the guide, WebMD matches resources to your exercise needs -- at every fitness level. Information covers The Basics, The Benefits of Exercise, Overcoming Obstacles, Avoiding Sports Injury, Exercises for Upper & Lower Body, Different Types of Workouts, Fueling for Activity, and More:

Body Fat Calculator

Grab a tape measure then click on the link below to calculate your body fat index. site provides many other useful nutritional and fitness tools as well as great articles on weight loss plus workout tips and advice.

American Volkssport Association (AVA)

A Premier Noncompetitive Sports Organization promoting personal fitness sports and recreation program through noncompetitive walks, hikes, bike rides, swims, and in some regions cross-country skiing and roller or ice skating. Promoting well being and good health by providing safe exercise in a stress-free environment.

Sport Concussion Institute

Concussion facts and resources for athletes, parents, coaches, teachers, and healthcare providers. Learn the warning signs of a concussion. Never ignore concussion-like symptoms!

P90X Review and Recommended Beginner Program

From a nutritional standpoint, the p90X diet recommends starting off in the first 2 phases eating low carb and does not follow current healthy recommendations. NutrActive does not support low carb diet plans due to known health issues related to this type of dieting if followed long term. Approach the P90X recommended diet plan with caution. The last phase of P90X's diet introduces carbs back into the diet, "cleverly" relating it to energy boosting. This is simply due to depleting your stored energy in the first phases of the diet plan and then repleting the stores in the last phase with carbs. Not rocket science and not recommended.

As for the fitness regimen -- It's hard core and not for the beginner. If you already have a fitness good base, then by all means, give this fitness plan a try. Following P90X will produce results!

If you have no fitness base, begin with Tony Horton's other fitness program (not as well publicized) -- "10 Minute Trainer". This is a good program to start with and then you can move on to Tony's P90X.

Long Distance "Runner's Cocktail"

My Personal Experience:

For runs or intense activity that lasts longer than 1 hour, I use several key Advocare products. When timed out properly, it helps me keep my performance at a high rate. Note these are recommended based off what I personally use. You may try one or mix it up to see what works best for you.

ARTICLE: Combat Cramps During Exercise

If you are an athlete that trains outside in the summer heat, you have most likely experienced debilitating cramps. It does not matter how well conditioned you are, if you don't take the proper precautionary measures to avoid cramps, they will take you to your knees potentially leading to injury. While most cramps are due to overuse (exercising too excessive either by going farther or faster than in the recent past or not allowing proper recovery time), continuing to put yourself at your limit becomes especially problematic during hot summer days. Drinking an electrolyte beverage may help prevent cramping as it replaces minerals your body loses through sweating.

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