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Eating Schedule : Before and After Workouts

Written by Lisa Jillanza

personal trainer Dedicating yourself to a healthy lifestyle by eating the right diet and living a more actively seems simple. But it entails a lot of discipline and a little know how. This is true especially for those who are planning to spend a couple of hours at the gym.

The body needs a steady source of energy and nutrients. This holds true for those planning to lose weight or adding muscles. Energy is needed to power your various workout exercises and getting enough energy is essential to proper functioning in the gym. What happens after workouts is also essential. It determines the most safest and opportune time to eat and help your body in the recovery process.

Before Workouts

If you're planning to go on a workout it is important for you to adjust eating times accordingly. Working out with a full stomach could have a negative effect on your workout. The body spends energy digesting, energy which is needed during a workout. This only makes you tire easily as your body divides itself between digesting and providing you with energy during workouts.

Working out in the gym entails focus both mentally and physically. And a full stomach could make you feel lethargic or overly relaxed. Lifting weights especially free weights can be taxing mentally and needs full focus. Hard to do when your body is still busy digesting a meal.

Eating after Workouts

Your body's natural reaction after a workout is to replace lost energy stores. Strenuous workouts may have caused minor muscle tear which require immediate repair. Feelings of hunger is triggered, signaling you that your body is in need of instant nourishment.

If you're about to go through a long workout, one or two hours for example. Be sure to have something handy to provide you with a quick energy source. Eat snacks rich in protein and carbohydrates. Bring snacks in the gym to immediately replenish energy and jumpstart the repairing process. Water is also essential. This is needed to prevent dehydration after a grueling workout.

A 15 minute minimum is required after exercising before you eat.

For those not hungry

For some especially for those whose goal is losing weight, eating after your workout could be detrimental to your weight loss efforts. Eating after a workout actually helps the body restock lost fats which might have been lost during the workout. If you feel hungry, only consume that which is enough to keep you going through the day.

Drink water, pure fruit juices or an energy drink to prevent dehydration and replace lost electrolytes. Even when you're not feeling hungry or trying to lose weight, replacing lost electrolytes is essential for maintaining proper energy levels.

Eating habits before and after workouts

Working out in the gym is one of the best and fastest way to a healthier body. But it entails an extra sense of discipline. This includes proper eating habits to maximize every second you spend in the gym. So the next time you plan on going to the gym, take note of this simple guide on eating before and after workouts.

Fitness for All Amazing Abs: August Abs Challenge

Written by Lisa Jillanza

Even though summer is almost over, there is still time to get those fabulous abs.

 

This month we offer our Amazing Abs in August Challenge. Follow this 31-day workout to start building those abdominal muscles today! 

Day 1: 20 crunches

Day 2: 25 crunches

Day 3: 30 crunches plus a 30-second plank

Day 4: 35 crunches

Day 5: 40 crunches

Day 6: 45 crunches plus 2- 30-second planks

Day 7: 50 crunches

Day 8: 55 crunches

Day 9: 60 crunches plus 3- 30-second planks

Day 10: REST

Day 11: 65 crunches

Day 12: 70 crunches plus 2- 45-second planks

Day 13: 75 crunches

Day 14: 80 crunches

Day 15: 85 crunches plus 3- 45-second planks

Day 16: 90 crunches

Day 17: 95 crunches

Day 18: 100 crunches plus 1- 60-second plank

Day 19: REST

Day 20: 85 crunches

Day 21: 80 crunches plus 2- 60-second planks

Day 22: 75 crunches

Day 23: 70 crunches

Day 24: 65 crunches plus 3- 60-second planks

Day 25: 80 crunches

Day 26: 85 crunches

Day 27: 80 crunches plus 2- 60-second planks

Day 28: 85 crunches

Day 29: 90 crunches

Day 30: 95 crunches plus 5- 60-second planks

Day 31: 105 crunches

Fitness for All: Firecracker Frenzy Fourth of July Challenge

Written by Lisa Jillanza

The Fourth of July brings food, picnics, swimming, fireworks and so much more. 

Why not kick off this Fourth of July with a bang and not just end it with one? 

This month we offer you this “Firecracker Frenzy: Fourth of July Workout Challenge”.

 

 Start off with these warm-ups:

*30-second march in place

*20 glute kicks

*20 squats

*20 jumping jacks

*30-second march in place 

And the workout:

 *25 jumping jacks

*20 side lunges

*25 jump squats

*15 push-ups

*10 burpees

*20 crunches

*20 sit-ups

*30-seconds to 1 minute plank

Repeat full circuit one time. 

Cool Down:

*30-second march in place

*Stretch 

Have fun and Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

 

Fitness for All Jiggle-free June: 30-Day Triceps Challenge

Written by Lisa Jillanza

With 30 days in the month of June, it is the perfect time to take on this next challenge- Jiggle-free June. This “jiggle” that we referring to is that jiggly area underneath your arms – the triceps.

 

Tricep dips can easily be done at home with these easy steps:

  1. Sit on a chair. Keep your hands wide and your elbows slightly bent.
  2. Stretch out your legs with your knees slightly bent.
  3. Using your arms, lower your body to the floor.
  4. Raise your body to the starting position, making one full rep.

Here’s how to complete the challenge. Perform the following reps each day and say goodbye to that jiggle. 

Day 1: 5 dips

Day 2: 10 dips

Day 3: 15 dips

Day 4: 20 dips

Day 5: REST

Day 6: 20 dips

Day 7: 25 dips

Day 8: 30 dips

Day 9: 35 dips

Day 10: REST

Day 11: 35 dips

Day 12: 40 dips

Day 13: 45 dips

Day 14: 50 dips

Day 15: REST

Day 16: 50 dips

Day 17: 55 dips

Day 18: 60 dips

Day 19: 65 dips

Day 20: REST

Day 21: 65 dips

Day 22: 70 dips

Day 23: 75 dips

Day 24: 80 dips

Day 25: REST

Day 26: 80 dips

Day 27: 85 dips

Day 28: 90 dips

Day 29: 95 dips

Day 30: 100 dips