Health & Fitness

By Amy O'Connor

Don’t make the mistake of wearing running sneakers during bootcamp classes. It’s hard enough to keep up with all the jumping jacks, burpees and lateral exercises without the extra strain of foot and ankle instability that comes from wearing running sneakers designed for forward movement and speed. The Asics Gel-Blur33 TR is a perfect choice for any gym class or activity that involves lateral and forward motion as well as jumping and high impact moves. Though it’s a lightweight, open-mesh shoe, the Gel-Blur33 TR supports from top to bottom with a supportive external cage for the upper and the shock absorbing Asics Gel Cushioning System underfoot.

Available online at http://www.asicsamerica.com and at ASICS 51 W 42nd St. 212-35l4-1908

The Lunaire Maximum Control Coolmax Sports Bra gives full-figured women much-needed support without sacrificing comfort and style. Designed to be worn under a tank or a tee, the Lunaire Sports Bra is made from lightweight, breathable, moisture-wicking Coolmax performance fabric, has a floating underwire that moves with your body as well as adjustable straps for a perfect fit. With a Lunaire Maximum Control Coolmax Sports Bra you’ve got all the support you’ll need, but you’ll still have to get through bootcamp class or around the track on your own steam.

Available online at HerRoom http://www.herroom.com and at Linda’s Bra Salon, 828 Lexington Avenue, 212-751-2727

Whether you need a quick meal on the run or a healthy, high protein energy boost, Komplete Ultimate Shakes from Kate Farms are a perfect choice. The creamy shakes available in three delicious flavors are non-GMO, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and soy-free (which means they’re hypoallergenic), and they’re chock full of twenty-one all natural, organic superfoods such as acai, mangosteen, black currants, raspberries, and green tea extract. Developed as a healthy meal replacement shake for a four year old with digestion problems and other health issues, Komplete Ultimate Shakes are a delicious, convenient source of nutrition, powerful antioxidants and vitamins for the entire family.

Available online at Kate Farms http://www.katefarms.com and at Westerly Natural Market, 913 Eighth Avenue, 212-586-5262

Bestselling author, physician and founder of the UltraWellness Center, Mark Hyman, has coined the term diabesity to describe the epidemic of obesity plus the diabetic spectrum ranging from mild insulin resistance to full blown type 2 diabetes that one in two Americans suffer from. Hyman attributes the root causes of diabesity and a number of other serious ailments such as cancer and dementia to a diet of factory-made foods full of fat, sugar, salt and foodlike substances. In the The Blood Sugar Solution he offers a six week action plan that will allow anyone to achieve the balanced insulin levels which are key to optimum health and weight loss. This book describes how you can “eat your medicine” following either a basic or advanced plan and includes diagnostic self-tests, shopping lists, delicious recipes based on a diet of lean protein, vegetables, legumes, and gluten-free grains. There are 175 recipes in The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook that allows you to easily make at home for a fraction of the cost, the kinds of tasty, gourmet prepared dishes you might pick up at Whole Foods. With the tools from these books you’ll know how to give your body the nutrition it needs to balance hormones, reduce inflammation, optimize digestion and metabolism and maintain wellness.

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

Originally published May 2013
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