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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.

Featured photo credit: born1945 via flic.kr

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Last Updated on October 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

Why you can’t sleep through the night

The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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Stress

If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

Exposure to blue light before sleep time

We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

Eating close to bedtime

Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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Medical conditions

In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

The vicious sleep cycle

The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

You get a bad night’s sleep
–> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
–> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
–> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

    You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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    How to sleep better (throughout the night)

    To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

    1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

    What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

    Here are a few suggestions:

    • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
    • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
    • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
    • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
    • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

    2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

    What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

    • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
    • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
    • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
    • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

    3. Adjust your sleep temperature

    Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

    Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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    Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

    Sleep better form now on

    Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

    I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

    As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

    Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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