Health & Fitness

By Amy O'Connor

You’ll be inspired to get moving with a pair of New Balance Minimus 10v2 running sneakers. Designed for road runners, these sneaks are so light and comfortable they’re perfect for city runs, stair climbing or everyday zipping around town. For serious NB devotees the Minimus 10v2 represents a revolutionary high tech rehaul of the original Minimus sneaker. The vibram sole is lightweight and flexible but still offers cushioning and durability. The mesh upper has a mono-tongue construction to add to the natural fit and feel. It’s a perfectly balanced shoe with enhanced ground feel and control for serious runners with a predominantly midfoot ground strike. For well-meaning, casual runners like myself, just looking at these sneakers which come in fun color combinations like royal blue with pink is an instant energy boost!

Available online at http://www.newbalance.com and at New Balance 150 5th Avenue at 20th Street, 212-727-2520

A great way to get energized is with super-nutrient packed foods. Navitas offers a full line of organic superfoods that make healthy eating convenient and delicious. Coconut Water (freeze-dried, just add water), Power Snacks (Cacao Goji Superfood or Citrus Chia Superfood – both flavors a delicious amalgam of date paste, seeds, nuts and powders), Chia Seeds, and Chia Powder are just a few of the offerings from Navitas that will make you feel instantaneously more healthy and ready for anything.

Available online at Whole Foods http://www.wholefoods.com and at Westerly Natural Market, 913 Eighth Avenue, 212-586-5262

If, like many of us, you tend to exercise less and eat a bit more in the winter, now may be a great time to try The FastDiet by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer. The FastDiet aka the 5:2 diet has been popular in the UK since August 2012 when Dr. Mosley appeared in a BBC documentary about his experience on the 5:2 diet. The diet is based on research that intermittent fasting not only leads to weight loss but also reduces risk factors for a number of diseases such as breast cancer and Alzheimer’s. Research shows that intermittent fasting triggers the body to go into repair mode, lowers IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) which in high levels is linked to cancer, increases insulin sensitivity, improves cholesterol counts, BMI and body fat decreases and lean muscle increases. Of course, knowing that a diet may be beneficial doesn’t make it easy to follow, but The FastDiet offers an interesting proposition: eat what you like 5 days a week and eat 500 calories (600 for men) on 2 nonconsecutive days. Dr. Mosley and Mimi Spencer claim that by keeping busy on the low calorie days, hunger pangs won’t last and thoughts of unrestricted meals the next day make restraint possible (although in truth, most people don’t go overboard on non-fasting days). The book provides a month of 500 calorie meal plans which are divvied up between breakfast and dinner. There are nicely styled, glossy color photos of the meals, and though they look appetizing, there’s no question that these are mini meals. For instance, one 500 calorie meal plan includes a bowl of oatmeal with blueberries for breakfast and chicken stir-fried with some veggies for dinner plus a clementine for dessert and…that’s all! If you can manage it, The FastDiet could be a great way to get energized for spring.

Available online at http://www.amazon.com and at Barnes and Noble, see http://www.barnesandnoble.com for locations.

Originally published April 2013
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