Fitness Secrets I Didn’t Find Out About Until Much Later: Part 1

Fitness secrets don’t have to be secret when you hang with me. I am sharing what took me years to realize and learn right here on the blog to help you reach your goals!

When I began this journey a little over 4 years ago, I basically knew nothing about fitness. When I named this blog Fit Found Me, it was truly because that is what happened. The only goal I could fathom at the time was to be a size 8 again to comfortably ride horses. The exercises I was doing was to lose weight and regain some muscles. Building muscles sounded too much like “manly muscle building” to me and frankly, I knew very little about true fitness. I knew how to restrict my food to lose weight and that is what I was doing.

I was a widow at the time and when I met Andrew he was in great shape after doing various Beachbody workouts for over a year.

Slowly, I began to get interested in working out with Andrew, again, without any real goals in mind. At some point, I started reading articles on fitness, learning tidbits here and there about being healthy.

Sometime in that year, I realized I was stronger than I had ever been as an adult and fit into a size 2/4.

In that timeframe, there were a few supplements I started taking. Some from recommendations of employees from GNC (I went there to get the replacement meal shakes, really helpful – read more here on that topic), some supplements came from trying what Andrew used and others from learning from fitness articles.

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I am still learning about the science of our bodies and the nutrients needed to build a healthy, fit, toned body but I know enough to realize some basic principles of muscle toning.

When I first began losing weight, I thought supplements were harmful and dangerous. Of course, there are supplements that are very harmful and you should always check with your doctor prior to starting.

This fitness secret will definitely keep you feeling great through additional hydration. Read this to find out more about hydration and the weight loss benefits of staying hydrated.

Here is one supplement I have found super helpful…

Advocare’s Rehydrate as opposed to typical sports drinks

From Advocare’s website, “AdvoCare Rehydrate® provides the necessary nutrients to maintain proper metabolism, delay the onset of fatigue, and hydrates your body by re-establishing your electrolyte balance. Rehydrate has a 1:1 ratio of sodium and potassium, two of the most vital electrolytes that are lost when we sweat. Rehydrate can help prevent cramping by providing calcium, magnesium and L-glutamine to support the contraction and relaxation phases of the muscles. Overall, Rehydrate includes antioxidants A and C, carbohydrates, electrolytes, Sustamine® and other nutrients that effectively promote optimal hydration and recovery.

Sustamine® is a patented ingredient that works on multiple levels to help rehydrate the body and sustain energy levels during exertion. Ultra-pure, clinically tested, Sustamine® is produced through a patented fermentation method to create a unique dipeptide that is more easily absorbed by the body than complex protein molecules. This makes Sustamine® a highly effective ingredient for hydration, endurance and recovery.”

The advocare’s rehydrate is so much healthier than Gatorade. One doctor visit we were told Gatorade and other sports drinks are basically sugar water and to stay away from them. He put sports drinks and soda into the same category of unhealthy beverages. Here are some details on Gatorade:

Note what Dr. Salerno has to say about Gatorade on his blog:

“Depending on your busy schedule, a little bit of extra energy never hurts. But if it added up to costly medical bills later on, would you still savor the taste of a quick, cheap, and highly addictive energy drinks? Considered a healthy drink option for aspiring athletes, runners, and active individuals worldwide, the owners of Gatorade, PepsiCo, are indirectly asking the general public if toxic colorings, chemical additives, and copious amounts of sugar are sensible health solutions to an already ailing society.

So what else is inside a serving of Gatorade? For starters, a single serving of Gatorade contains 14 grams of sugar. This isn’t the simple table sugar your familiar with, but a potent mix of heavily refined sucrose syrups, think liquefied empty calories, and glucose-fructose. According to modern statistics, Americans already eat 2.5 pounds of sugar weekly. Diseases, including conditions of the heart, joints, bone, brain, blood, liver, and connective tissue, have all been implicated in the use of various sweeteners.

What about all those important electrolytes? Yes, Gatorade does have them, but in unreliable amounts. Gatorade, which actually contains more than twice as much sodium than potassium, is an unlikely candidate for any beneficial electrolyte restoration. When the body experiences short periods of exhaustion and fatigue, the last thing it needs is more sodium. Add loads of colorings to the growing list of ingredients, and you have mystery cocktail of unknowing health consequences. In fact, yellow number 5, used in many tropical flavors, have been implicated in asthmatic health issues.

Like other sugary drinks on the market today, Gatorade uses bromine brominated vegetable oil (BVO). BVO, used to increase fluidity and uniformity, is also used to create lead dissolving additives for gasoline, photographic paper films, fire-extinguishing materials, and agricultural fumigants. And if that wasn’t a call for alarm, more than 100 countries have outlawed the substance altogether.

Whether you play sports or just love to stay active, it’s important to eliminate all dietary toxins including so-called sugary sports drinks from your diet.”

While I don’t use the rehydrate every day, I reach for it on days of long tough workouts or when I begin to feel a little rundown. It’s important to listen to your body and replenish vitamins and electrolytes when needed. If we take care of our body, our body can take care of us! Fitness secrets don’t have to be secret anymore…stay tuned, I will be sharing everything I have learned to help you!

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About Stephanie

Just an everyday stay at home mom who one day decided I didn’t want to become the stereotypical overweight, middle-aged, out of breath, mom anymore. One day at a time, one meal at a time, one workout at a time and I became the athlete I never knew existed. Read more...

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