By: Chris Mekota, Internet Lurker
Welcome to the May edition of Chris’s Favorite Reads. Doing my part to educate the RF family and friends by tirelessly lurking around the internet, hunting for the best fitness and nutrition articles to bring to your inbox. I’m like a tall, gangly cat that drops a dead mouse on your back porch. I’m desperately seeking your approval and a can of tuna. Here’s my favorite three this month. And now you know. Because knowing is half the battle. Enjoy.
1 // IS R.I.C.E. ALL WRONG? | By: Jim Thornton
Sunshine and warmer temps tend to spark something deep inside of us. It’s this feeling that grows and grows until you decide, “dammit, I’m going outside to do something athletic.” Or what we think is athletic. Pause for a moment and figure out if this is really something you want to do. I recently had my own mid-life athlete crisis when I tried to start playing basketball again. After playing, my whole body ached as if I had been put in a barrel and sent over Niagara Falls. I’m not trying to discourage you from getting outside and playing sports, it’s that we’re all another year older and for me that’s another year past my “prime” so there are going to be bumps and bruises. When that inevitably happens, think twice about taking it easy for a few days and slapping on an ice pack.
New research shows that for most common aches, pains, and injuries attributed to exercising and playing sports, recovery would be quicker if we ixnayed the ice and rest. Ice does not contribute to the healing process and may actually slow it down. Weekend warriors would also be wise to choose careful muscle activation instead of resting to help the body heal. Keeping the injured tissue moving helps to clear waste and increase blood flow. Read more over at Life.Spartan.com in th
Youth coaches and dads everywhere just got that smug “see I told you so” smile on their faces after telling kids for generations to “Walk it off. Rub some dirt on it. You’ll be fine.”
2 // (NOT BORING) CHICKEN BREAST RECIPES MADE FOR MEAL PREP | By: Anisha Jhaveri
Based on feedback from the 8-Week RISE UP challenge I believe people wanted to see more recipe ideas. I am a man of the people and I intend to give you what you want. I dug deep into the bowels of my inbox, researching for almost 6 minutes to find suitable recipes.
That’s right juuuuusssst chicken recipes. No wagyu beef. No wild caught salmon. No organic, free-range bacon. And definitely no soy. Eww get that ish right outta muh face! Just chicken. You know why? Because I feel like chicken gets overlooked because it’s a team player. It doesn’t need to be the star of the show. It’s the humble protein that willingly accepts its role in your meal. For all of you that say chicken is soooo plain jane, these 21 recipes give chicken the “She’s All That” Laney Boggs’ makeover.
3 // 6 EASY WAYS TO MAKE YOUR WEEKEND HEALTHIER | By: Brian Syuki at mindbodygreen
This past weekend was brutal for me so I actually searched for this type of article. I had a great week of training and eating and then dinner on Friday came around. Pizza. Panic starts to set in. Calm down Chris. You can handle this. Just have one piece and then have a salad with chicken. Nope. 8 pieces later I feel disgusted with myself. Then I had a few beers. Which made me sleep like crap. Saturday AM: Good morning Ghrelin! Soooo good to see you again. Yes, I’d love a doughnut. Then with lunch I ate an entire bag of Reese’s Pieces. Annnnnd…OH MY GOD, I’ve turned into a binge-eating monster. I’m out of control. Somebody stop me! Thankfully my superhero wife came to my rescue and made me a steak salad with a mountain of greens. Because I was about to go HAM on a Chipotle burrito. Read 6 Easy Ways to Make Your Weekend Healthier and you’ll see I violated every rule for managing my nutrition on the weekend.
It’s almost time for me to turn my alabaster skin into a slightly more reddish/bronzey hue of alabaster. Which means shirtless yardwork season! Which also means I gotta get this weekend eating figured out. If you’re like me, eat pretty good during the week, but feel like you’re on the nutrition hamster wheel due to your weekend eating, then give this article a read. It has some simple rules for keeping yourself in check. Before you ask, yes, this is the exact information Josh and Matt have been preaching for years!
Hope you found these articles helpful. If so, check out my other round-ups HERE. I’ll be back in June with another edition of my fave reads!