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Protect Your Heart, Part 2: The Best Heart-Healthy Foods

Protect Your Heart, Part 2: The Best Heart-Healthy Foods

March 12, 2019

Any trainer will tell you that what you put into your body is just as important as the workouts you put it through. Diet plays a major role in heart health, so check out our list of foods that give your cardiac system exactly what it needs.

1)    Berries

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are full of antioxidants that your body craves! Eating berries is also associated with lower systolic blood pressure and reduced inflammation. The Catalyst shake to try: Berry Berry Good

2)    Greens

Kale and spinach are full of vitamin K, which protects your arteries and helps clotting, and high in nitrates, which can reduce blood pressure and improve blood cell function. The shake to try: Tender Greens

3)  Beets

Low in calories, high in nutrients, and youeither love or hate the actual taste. Beets are highly concentrated withnitrates, which can lower blood pressure, and can also increase athleticperformance by improving your oxygen use and time to exhaustion. You can’t “beet”that. The shake to try: Red Velvet

 4)    Avocados

Smashed on toast, chopped on a salad or ground into guacamole, avocados have become America’s sweetheart. Full of the “good”fats and potassium, avoca-don’t skip adding this to your diet. The shake to try: I Love Veggies

 

5)    Grains

Carbs are not the enemy here. Whole grains, besides being high in fiber and helping to reduce cholesterol, can also aid in reduced blood pressure. Some of our favorites are quinoa, barley and rye. The shake to try: Cracker Jax

 

6)    Nuts and Seeds

While all nuts are not created equal, some are incredibly nutrient-dense. Walnuts are another great source of those “good”fats, as well as being packed with fiber. Almonds are high in nutrients (as wellas overall calories, so portion control is key), and full of fiber. For seeds, many contain essential amino acids that your body needs. Chia, hemp and flax are some of our favorites, and all help support healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The shake to try: Banana Nut Blast

 

7)    Dark chocolate

You didn’t think we’d leave this off the list,did you? 'Tis the season to indulge in this heart-healthy treat, which is loaded with antioxidants and lowers the risk of heart disease. We can’t think of anything sweeter than that. The shake to try: Chocolate Frosty

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5 Ways to Actually Stick to Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 15, 2019

Passing the weight ball

Right about now is the time where most people give up on their resolutions.Be honest with yourself- where are YOU with your own personal goals?Are you on track to lose those 10 extra pounds? How are those jeans fitting? Is every macro really getting tracked?

Getting back to your pre-baby figure or losing your love handles are worthwhile endeavors, for sure. But to keep your motivation from flagging, you need to focus on something deeper — a goal that will sustain you well beyond 2019 while giving you a profound appreciation for the transformative power of exercise.

The good news: it’s never too late. Science has proven it takes three weeks to develop a habit, and we haven’t hit that yet! So rather than aspiring to a purely aesthetic goal, dig deeper with these five resolutions:

Be a goal-GETTER, not just a goal-setter

Commit to participate in at least one fitness event that you’ve never tried before. Choose something appealing and challenging, whether itbe a new niche class, a fun local 5k or a yoga fest. Make it even more meaningful by signing on to an event that raises money for a cause,like the Ride for Roswell. Then, dedicate yourself to training toward that goal.

Rewrite your genetic blueprint

Does heart disease run in your family? Start running! Exercise has a remarkable ability to help us overcome our genetic lot, whether it’s a predisposition to a physical illness or a mental disorder. Take your fitness regimen the next level and make yourself the strongest branch on your family tree.

Model a healthy lifestyle for others

When your health improves, it shows — and not only on your waistline.Taking care of yourself gives you more confidence and improves your mood. Yes, your family and friends might give you some good-natured teasing as they see you entering macros into My Fitness Pal or getting up early to hit that 6AM Sprint class, but in time, they’ll be inspired to follow your lead. By modeling a healthy lifestyle,you’re doing a good deed for those you care about — and gaining new training partners in the process!

Perform better

Staying active helps us move through our days with ease. We have better balance and straighter posture. We eat more mindfully and sleep more deeply. We take fewer sick days and have fewer problems concentrating. When you resolve to improve your performance in 2019,you resolve to become the most resilient version of yourself.

Bring structure to your life

In order to dedicate yourself to healthy living, you have to allocate time in your schedule to working out. When you do that, your days become more structured, helping you stay organized and on top of your goals — personal and professional. At the same time, you’re more adaptable when life throws disruptions into your routine.


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