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Are You Constantly Craving Sugar? Here’s Why

It’s safe to say that most people like sugar, at least to some extent. But sometimes sugar cravings can get so intense that you may feel they’re taking over your life.  We would never tell you to completely stop consuming sugar, especially if you have a sweet tooth (we do!). Because we know that that would only make you want more of it. Avoiding sugar altogether just isn’t sustainable for most of us. But we do think that sometimes we certainly eat too much sugar. With the so many treats available at any time, it’s never been easier to overeat the sweet stuff. However, there are things you can do to get a better hang of your sugar cravings and understand why they’re happening in the first place. […]

July 11th, 2017|2 Comments

Trouble Sleeping? You Might Not Be Eating Enough

Did you know that what—and how much—you eat can have a huge impact on how well you sleep? Well, it does. And more thank you think. Because while you might never have thought about how your nutrition may affect your sleep, it has a bigger impact than most of us realize. While society may constantly push the idea that eating less is better (and that we should constantly try to lose weight), sometimes eating more is the right answer—not only for your athletic performance, but also for your quality of sleep. […]

June 13th, 2017|Comments Off on Trouble Sleeping? You Might Not Be Eating Enough

7 Workouts to Help You Get Ready for Fun Summer Activities

One of our main goals here at 12 Minute Athlete is to encourage you guys to stay fit and healthy not just for the sake of working out, but to be in the kind of shape that allows you to enjoy your life more. As summertime approaches, there are even more reasons to maintain a good strength and conditioning level, or improve both of them even more. We really love being out and about, riding our bikes, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, etc.—basically anything you can do outside as soon as the weather gets warmer. And if you’re practicing your handstands, pull ups, or pistol squats, getting fit and strong now will make it even more fun to work on them as the nice weather gets more consistent! The seven following workouts will help you to improve your strength and stamina so you can make the most of your fun summer activities and stay strong for your skill practice as well: […]

May 30th, 2017|2 Comments

Don’t Fear Fats! Your Best Dietary Fat Sources

Despite the low fat diet trend of the 90’s, including fat in your diet is extremely important to keep your body strong, healthy, and kicking serious ass. To stay healthy, we should never try to leave fat completely out of our diets. All three macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fat are important for us and should all be present in a well rounded diet. Depending on a person’s individual needs and goals, the ratios of those macronutrients may vary, but in general, it’s never a good idea to leave out or extremely limit any of them. And fat is no different. […]

May 9th, 2017|2 Comments

9 Ways to Substitute Dumbbells in Your Favorite Exercises

We’re big fans of functional pieces of equipment like medicine balls, kettlebells, and sandbags here at 12 Minute Athlete, but we know that not all of you have these at home. And even if you work out at a conventional gym, they don’t always have kettlebells or medicine balls, and chances are that you won’t find a sandbag there. In that case, a simple set of dumbbells can successfully replace a medicine ball, kettlebell or even a sandbag in many of the exercises we do. Dumbbells are a great investment for any home gym, and we’ve never been to a gym that didn’t have at least a few sets of dumbbells laying around. Even most hotel gyms these days tend to have a few. Here are nine exercises that we typically do with other workout equipment, but that you can easily do with dumbbells as well: […]

April 27th, 2017|1 Comment

April Smoothie Challenge Week 4: Dessert Smoothies

We’re about to start Week 4 of the April Smoothie Challenge and round the challenge up with… dessert smoothies! If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge was Veggie-Based Smoothies, and in Week 3 we made some delicious Breakfast Smoothies. The theme for Week 4 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Dessert Smoothies. […]

April 24th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 4: Dessert Smoothies

April Smoothie Challenge Week 3: Breakfast Smoothies

We’re ready to start the Week 3 of the April Smoothie Challenge! This time, we’ll make breakfast smoothies that should hold you over until lunchtime or your mid-morning snack.  If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge was Veggie-Based Smoothies. The theme for the Week 3 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Breakfast Smoothies. […]

April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 3: Breakfast Smoothies

April Smoothie Challenge Week 2: Veggie-Based Smoothies

The second week of the April Smoothie Challenge is here! This week, we’ll be making veggie-packed smoothies.  If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Veggie Based Smoothies. Here’s why putting vegetables in your smoothies is an awesome idea: […]

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 2: Veggie-Based Smoothies

Are You Eating Enough To Make Progress?

Most people tend to think that eating less is the key to a stronger and healthier body. But that’s not necessarily true.  Because what you might not realize is that when you have fitness and skill goals, eating too little can actually hurt your performance. In fact, here’s what can happen when you try to significantly restrict calories when being active: […]

March 21st, 2017|4 Comments

Why I Finally Started Using the 12 Minute Athlete App: Kersten’s Story

Hey athletes! This post is by 12MA team member Kersten and her own perspective on the 12MA app. As always, I hope you find it helpful. You probably know that 12 Minute Athlete has a fitness app. But do you have it—and do you use it? If not, I’d like to give you a few good reasons why you should consider getting it and actually start using the app. At 12 Minute Athlete, we’ve always wanted to make working out accessible to everyone, which is why we have hundreds of free workouts available on our workouts page. We post three to four new workouts on the blog every week, so there should always be enough options to choose from and keep boredom at bay. At the same time, we also recommend people get the app, because it makes working out even easier. […]

March 14th, 2017|6 Comments
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