USEFUL LINKS

NUTRITION

  • Precision Nutrition The most scientific way to boost your metabolism and get the body you want
  • PN Forums Access over 39 000 posts on every nutrition-related topic under the sun, plus the exercise database, downloads, video and audio libraries, and blogs. An amazing resource
  • Burn the Fat Blog Great blog by fitness guru Tom Venuto
  • USDA Nutrient Database Gives breakdowns of nutrient contents for foods
  • WholeHealthMD Reference Library Great resource on foods and supplements – balanced and well researched. Some of the articles, particularly on supplements, do not have the latest research, but dates are clearly marked
  • FitDay Online food/exercise journal site. See Tools below for full review.
  • Making recipes Healthier A fact sheet from Ohio State University on some useful substitutions for making recipes healthier
  • The Cook’s Thesaurus A mind-bogglingly brilliant site, with practically every ingredient under the sun listed, many with pictures, all with descriptions, and lots with suggested substitutions in case you can’t find it, including what difference the substitutions will make to the recipe and how to adjust accordingly. I can never believe this resource is free and has no advertising
  • The World’s Healthiest Foods Another fantastic resource – everything you ever wanted to know about food, nutrients, and healthy eating and cooking. Great search facility. Sign up for the emails for daily recipes and healthy eating tips and answers to common questions

FITNESS

  • Self magazine My all-time favourite women’s health and fitness magazine. Great workouts, mostly equipment-free; fitness tools; great articles
  • Turbulence Training Get the body you want in less time
  • Women’s Weight Training Funny, informative, and reliable
  • Muscle & Strength Accessible and well-organised source of information despite lots of ads
  • Testosterone Nation Hard-core bodybuilding website
  • The Shaw Method The Shaw method applies the Alexander Technique to swimming. Helps you unlearn bad habits, develops body awareness, promotes good alignment in the water to make your strokes more efficient and minimise your risk of injury. Currently at venues in the UK, US, Canada, and the Netherlands. Good for complete beginners, to improvers, to triathletes.
  • Swimming Workouts Fitness swimming for all levels
  • Collage Video Exercise vids and DVDs for sale (US site), all with thorough reviews by ACE-certified instructors, breakdowns of each segment, and additional reviews by users allowed.
  • Exercise Videos Reviews Just what it says on the tin. This site is by an ACE-certified trainer who analyses the workouts herself. Aerobics and Mind-Body mainly, and aimed mainly at other instructors, but still useful.
  • Video Fitness.com More reviews – all kinds of workout, from aqua to kickboxing, pregnancy to sports conditioning. You can also add your own review.

TOOLS

  • BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play 60 minutes of steady-state cardio distraction fresh on your plate daily
  • Self Diet Club Food log, exercise log, meal planner, nutrient database, BMI calculator, results tracker, the works. And it’s all free. Oops, 30 days free, and free to subscibers (only $16 for 2 years/24 issues)
  • ClubPed If you’re trying to walk more, this site allows you to track your pedometer steps, charts your results, and gives you little rewards for reaching your daily goals
  • Body Fat Calculator Uses 13 circumference measurements (eg. waist, hips, etc.) to calculate your BF%. Easier than calipers. Also calculates other health indicators, such as BMI and waist-to-hip ratio
  • FitDay Online food/exercise journal site. This is an absolutely fantastic site, with great usability, and an enormous amount of information available in the free version. There is a premium version, that you pay for, but just about everything you could ever need is available in the free one. Input your foods, create your own recipes, add your nutrition, your goals, your moods, your body measurements, whatever you like. There are dozens of different reports available, from your nutrient intake as a % of the RDIs, to your daily calorie deficit, to your average distance over time for different activities. It is easy to use, and has a good graphics interface. The site is pretty US-centric, so if you use a lot of processed foods that are not available in the US, then the database will probably not contain them and you will have to look up the nutritional info on another site. If, on the other hand, you are mainly eating whole unprocessed foods this will not be a problem.
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  • 1. healtheforum  |  October 17, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    This is a great blog. Here’s to all you have and will accomplish.

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