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10 Fitness & Nutrition Experts You Need To Follow On Twitter

10 Fitness & Nutrition Experts You Need To Follow On Twitter

If you are not on Twitter this is the time to get on. If you have been looking to make improvements in your health, fitness and nutrition then you really want to start embracing Twitter.

THE EVOLUTION OF TWITTER

Twitter has changed from the days of people relaying messages about what they were going to have for lunch to mundane things such as “shopping for new shoelaces, #YOLO.” Granted those posts still remain, but Twitter has become a source of more instant information even in the internet age.

More breaking news now is shared through Twitter before any online news site is able to break it. People who are on the scene of any event can give an up to the second account of events allowing us to have a real-time connection. Due to its 140 character limit, tweets must be short, concise and to the point. It allows for the removal of rambling insights or editorials and gets to the heart of an issue.

Twitter is instant and able to reach a large audience. A majority of President Obama’s updates and shared information come via Twitter. Twitter is the best place if you follow celebrities, athletes, musicians or comedians. You get an up close and personal account of their lives from their own thumbs in real-time.

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TWITTER AND FITNESS/NUTRITION

If you are looking to make changes in your fitness, nutrition and health, Twitter can become your best friend. It has become easy to find and follow great accounts that keep you up to date with workouts, nutrition information and motivation. Here in no particular order are my top 10 fitness and nutrition experts to follow on Twitter:

1. DAILY FITNESS TIP@DailyFitnessTip

This account tweets a ton of great content regarding diet, fitness and general health information. They provide links to things like best restaurant meals along with information on different styles of workouts and exercise.

2. FOOD BABE – @thefoodbabe

Vani Hari aka the food babe is a writer and food activist who digs deep into uncovering what really goes into the food you are eating. She was behind the movement that successfully had Kraft foods remove dyes from their macaroni and cheese. She tweets a lot of amazing information on various food items and products and what is truly in them. She also exposes products that do not contain what they say they do.

3. MARK SISSON@Mark_Sisson

Mark Sisson is the man behind the Primal Blueprint and runs Mark’s Daily Apple. He is one of the leaders of the paleo/ancestral eating movement and always provides up-to-date and relevant information and studies on all things paleo. Mark is in incredible shape and tweets out great recipes that are of course 100% paleo.

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4. MONICA REINAGEL@NutritionDiva

Monica Reinagel is a nutritionist and best-selling author who runs the very popular nutrition diva podcast. It is one of the few podcasts that generally only runs 5-6 minutes in length and gives you quick tips to get you on your way. Monica uses Twitter in a similar fashion and tweets straight to the point on all issues nutrition with links to articles on the subject. Monica is extremely up-to-date on current nutrition topics, so if you hear about a recent study or nutrition issue you know she will be providing information on the topic very soon.

5. CHRIS KRESSER@chriskresser

Chris Kresser is a successful author who looks at all approaches to a healthy lifestyle. He will tweet about cutting-edge nutrition information but also includes information on topics such as stress management as well. Chris is one of my favorite people on Twitter as he covers a wide range of topics all involved in becoming healthy.

6. FITNESS & NUTRITION@FITNESS

A verified account with over 2 million followers @FITNESS is one of the go-to sources for fitness and nutrition information. @FITNESS provides bite-sized tips that are easy to take away. Tips and information are always good but it is sometimes an issue of putting them into practice and this account posts a great amount of motivational pictures and quotes.

7. DWAYNE “THE ROCK” JOHNSON@TheRock

Everybody knows The Rock and if you are a guy or girl into strength training you want to follow him. Dwayne Johnson is an extremely motivating and inspirational person who tweets pictures of his incredibly intense workouts as well as great motivational quotes and encouragement. If you think you have a good work ethic, follow along with The Rock and you will see what determination and focus really looks like.

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JUSTIN BIEBER – @justinbieber

Sorry I don’t know how that slipped in…

8. ROBB WOLF@robbwolf

Another leader of the paleo movement, Robb Wolf is a research biochemist and New York Times best-selling author. Rob tweets an incredible amount of valuable information. He is engaging with his audience and covers a wide range of information, recipes and paleo success stories.

9. JAMIE OLIVER@jamieoliver

This might seem like a bit of a weird choice for fitness and nutrition but bear with me. Regardless of your stance on him, Jamie Oliver has been a driving force behind the real-food movement in multiple countries. He has set out to make people healthier and trying to remove junk from many places including kid’s school lunches. The man knows his food as well as anyone in the world and tweets out a lot of great recipes.

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10. CROSSFIT@CrossFit

Whether you are involved in Cross Fit or not this account keeps you up-to-date with the popular form of fitness training. Tweets involve motivational success stories and pictures along with inspirational quotes and of course a lot of training information.

TWEET NOW OR FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE

With over 600 million users including people like the Pope and the Dali Lama, Twitter is not going away anytime soon. If you are planning to get fit and healthy now is the time to take on both approaches and arm yourself with the information to lead you to success.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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