Best Whey Alternative: If drinking whey protein shakes makes you feel bloated, a great alternative is Egg White Protein by Jay Robb. It’s available in chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavor and sold in packets or tubs at Whole Foods Market. One scoop or packet has 120 calories, 24 g protein, 0 g sugar, 0 g fat and 4 g carbs.
Best Low-Glycemic Carb: Most fitness enthusiasts know brown rice, sweet potatoes and oatmeal are among the best low-glycemic carb choices. But not everyone knows about quinoa. It looks somewhat like rice, but here’s the hot tip: It’s actually a complete protein that includes all nine essential amino acids. This also makes quinoa an excellent choice for vegetarians.
Quinoa (pronounced keen-o-wah) has a high amount of the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. It’s also a very good source of magnesium, iron, copper, phosphorous, the B-vitamins and folate, another essential nutrient needed for the formation and development of new and normal body tissue. Quinoa also provides riboflavin – or B2, which is necessary for the proper production of cellular energy in the body.
Best Lower Body Exercise: Lunges are great when you want to target quads, hamstrings and glutes. You don’t need gym equipment to do them, although you can hold weights to increase the intensity. Here’s another tip: Rather than always lunging forward, try stepping sideways into your lunges to improve results from a new angle and increase balance and flexibility.
Best Arms Ever: If you want your arms to look super, here’s a great tip from the publishers of Oxygen fitness magazine: Do Supersets. In other words, boost intensity and move through arm workouts faster by alternating exercises that work opposing muscles and cutting downtime between sets. Less downtime between sets increases metabolism because your heart rate remains higher and your body has to work harder to recover. Effective Superset combos include lying tricep extensions alternating with barbell curls; and rope pushdowns alternating with preacher curls.
Best Fitness Fashion Websites: You look great when you go out, so why not look your best when you work out, too? It’s “no sweat” to find great fitness fashions on these websites: SandiegoFit.com; Bodyfitboutique.com; Yaninasportswear.com; Fitnessetc.com; BodybyBrazil. com; Pezzi.com; Bodyangelactivewear.com; KosUSA.com; Bluefishsport.com; Activewearusa.com; Vumawear.com; Energyxpressions.com; Fabletics.com; Bebe.com (click on Bebe Sport); Victoriassecret.com (click on Sport).