Gatorade VS. BODYARMOR: Which One Wins?!

Gatorade VS. BODYARMOR: Which One Wins?!

I used to be an avid soccer and basketball player. This meant that I was getting a lot of exercise. In the case of soccer, I was also having to be out in the heat.

Needless to say, I would get pretty sweaty!

I remember that I would look forward to getting a bottle of Gatorade after games to refuel. They always tasted good to me. When I stopped doing sports in 10th grade, I stopped consuming it for a long time.

Back in early January, my husband was sick. My mother-in-law brought over Gatorade and BODYARMOR for him to drink. I had never heard of the latter before but I was impressed with the flavor when I tried some. Since then, we have been buying them occasionally.

For this post, I will be comparing Gatorade and BODYARMOR.

Why sports drinks?

The main benefit of sports drinks is for hydration. When your body has been working hard, it needs to be replenished.  With sports drinks, one can achieve that in a tasty way.

They usually contain a light number of electrolytes because we lose some when we sweat. Drinking them will help with the recovery process from strenuous activity.

The drinks are also good for when one has been sick. In those situations, it is important that hydration is kept up with because eating might be a challenge.

Popular brands include Gatorade, Powerade, Propel and now BODYARMOR.

A quick look at Gatorade

Most people have heard of Gatorade before It has been around for a long time-since 1965! To this day, it is still extremely popular and will most likely continue to be.

At first, the drinks only came in two flavors. These were lemon-lime and orange. Now there are many other flavors which include fruit punch, grape, cool blue, mango, lemonade, glacier freeze and more.

Gatorade offers their regular sports drink (in bottles and powder form), a sugar-free version of the regular sports drink, Endurance drink (for more extreme exercise/sports), protein powders, shakes and bars. I will be focusing on their regular sports drink.

A quick look at BODYARMOR

BODYARMOR is relatively new- launched in 2011.These drinks are only sold in the form of bottles. The flavors include mango-orange, fruit punch, strawberry-banana, tropical punch, watermelon, strawberry, peach-mango and more.

BODYARMOR offers Superdrink, Lyte Sports Drink and Sportswater. I will be focusing on their Superdrink line.

A comparison of both

Gatorade and BODYARMOR may be marketed as both being sports drinks but there are differences between them. This is true when it comes to their ingredients, flavors, tastes and nutritional profiles.

A close up of a bottle

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What is the same on the nutrition labels- They both contain calories (obviously!), sodium, carbs, sugar and potassium. Since the bottles are different sizes, we have to do some easy math in order to compare them on these values. Here is the comparison:

*Per 20 ounces

Gatorade-

Calories: 140

Sodium: 270 mg

Carbohydrates: 36 grams

Potassium: 80 mg

Sugar: 34

VS.

BODYARMOR-

Calories: 150

Sodium: 50 mg

Carbohydrates: 35 grams

Potassium: 875 mg

Sugar: 35 grams

As you can see from this comparison, the potassium and sodium content is quite different with the Gatorade drink having more. There is no significant difference in the calorie, carbohydrate and sugar content.

Vitamins- What BODYARMOR’s Superdrink has that Gatorade’s drink does not, are vitamins. These include folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, Niacin (B9), vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Pantothenic acid (B5), Magnesium and Zinc. There is also coconut water in BODYARMOR.

Coloring- Both Gatorade and BODYARMOR have colors to their drinks. Gatorade uses dye for theirs and BODYARMOR uses natural coloring.

Sweetener: Gatorade sports drink (regular) just says, “sugar” on the label. BODYARMOR says it has cane sugar in it.

Taste- As per reviews (others and my own), Gatorade’s regular sports drinks range from tasting refreshing to some flavors being “chalky.” When it comes to BODYARMOR, there were many reviews saying how light and refreshing the drinks are.

Cost example- You can get a pack of 12, 20-ounce bottles of Gatorade sports drink for around $9. BODYARMOR is more expensive at $12-18 per pack of 12, 16-ounce bottles.

My opinion

While I do like both drinks, I have to say that BODYARMOR is better. Hands down.

The BODYARMOR flavors that I have tasted are all good. I do agree with other people that say they are light and refreshing. My favorite one is the orange-mango flavor.

The one thing I love about BODYARMOR is the nutrient profile. I am not only getting hydrated but I am also getting vitamins which only further helps in recovery from workouts and illnesses.

Another thing I like about the BODYARMOR drink is that there are no unnatural dyes used in it. I can feel better about giving some to my son who is sensitive to dyes.

Even though they are more expensive than Gatorade drinks, I am totally okay with spending more on them. The value is undeniable.

Both are great products

Gatorade and BODYARMOR both offer great products for athletes and the average person. Although they are different in various ways, we are assured a level of hydration after consuming them.

Let me know which one you prefer!

Thanks for reading! #sports  #hydration  #gatorade  #bodyarmor  #health   #fitness   #workout   #covid19   #stayathome

Working Out At Home? How Is It Going?

Working Out At Home? How Is It Going?

Hmmmm. Future home workout routine?

Because of this awful pandemic, gyms/fitness centers are most likely closed everywhere (or they should be). Good thing that there are so many ways to get in shape or maintain fitness levels at home!

I have been working out for years at home. As you can probably see, I am really fit. What I like about home workouts is that I am not competing for equipment. I also have an aversion to seeing myself in gym mirrors.

I thought I would post my current workout regimen that I will be doing for 4-5 more weeks. Feel free to start doing it too!

The routine!

I am doing an upper body/cardio with abs/lower body schedule with one day off in between. The upper and lower body days combine one minute of cardio along with the weightlifting moves.

Upper body (each group done two times)-

A1. Star Jumps A2. Chest flies

B1. High knees B2. Bent over rows

C1. Burpees C2. Back flies

D1. Mountain climbers D2. Shoulder press

E1. Turn jumps E2. Lateral raises

F1. Butt kicks F2. Curls

G1. Jump forwards and backwards G2. Triceps extensions

Lower body (each group done two times)-

A1. Jump squats A2. Legs-together squats

B1. Star jumps B2. Forward lunges

C1. Jump lunges C2. Single leg deadlifts

D1. Jump forwards and run back D2. Side lunges

E1. High knees E2. Regular deadlifts

F1. Lateral hops F2. Hip thrusts

Cardio with abs-

I choose the level 4 or 5 cardio/HIIT workouts from Fitness Blender on these days.

Being gym-less

Like I said before, I am accustomed to working out at home so this pandemic isn’t bothering me in that regard. I understand how the change can be tough for other people though.

Just look around the internet to find a ton of different routines you can do in your home with whatever amount of space you have. It is important to keep active and stay as healthy as possible during these unprecedented times.

What is your fitness routine like these days? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#fitness #womenshealth #pcos #weightlifting #cardio #hiit #covid19 #stayathome

My Time on WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

My Time on WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

I was watching YouTube videos and I came across some women talking about being on Weight Watchers (now called WW). It brought me back to the summer of 2007 when I signed up with them to get help with losing weight.

For this post, I wanted to share my experiences with the company.

A little about WW

WW started in 1961 by a woman named, Jean Nidetch. It was at first a weight loss support group that would meet in her apartment. Eventually, it blossomed into what it is now!

They are still big on support and community when it comes to weight loss. You can go to meetings in-person, chat or by phone.

The points system wasn’t actually started until the 90s (I had no idea until recently!). Food is given points based on their nutrition and you get a certain number of points a day. Not everyone’s number will be the same.

The WW brand also sells food products in grocery stores. These are great because you don’t really have to calculate the points yourself.

This page breaks WW (and other diets) down really well: https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/weight-watchers-diet

After graduating high school

My senior year of high school involved eating mainly junk food and not exercising. I would drink a lot of pop, consume high calorie drinks from coffee shops, eat Chinese take-out multiple times a month etc.

It was bad!

I got to July of 2007 and I realized how chunky I was. I immediately wanted to change and get healthier. I told my mother about how I wanted to lose weight and she suggested trying Weight Watchers with her.

I had heard about it from commercials, but I didn’t know what it was all about. Admittedly, I was kind of embarrassed to be starting it because it seemed like only older women did it. My determination to get slimmer made me move forward with it though.

Starting and doing WW

My mother and I signed up for the online plan. This was because we were both uninterested in attending any of the support meetings but still wanted to try out their program.

Since it was a long time ago, I don’t remember the exact details. I do recall that we ended up getting different points. I know for a fact that we were very excited to get started though!

The first few days were eye-opening when it came to the amount and kind of food we were able to eat. We realized what serving sizes really looked like.

Our snacking at night stopped due to our needing to not go over our points for the day. What I was pleasantly surprised about was how full I felt on the reduced amount of food. My mom felt this way too.

We were able to find a lot of different meal recipes that fit in our diet. They all tasted good to us which was a great thing. It kept us going.

After four weeks of being on WW, I noticed on my plan account that there was a space to put that exercise was done that day. It showed that I would get more points if I did that (again, this was a long time ago so I might be a little wrong). This excited me and made me interested in starting to exercise regularly.

Beginning to exercise really accelerated my weight loss rate. I had been losing one pound a week, but it became more like 2.5-3 pounds. I also started losing inches off my waist and thighs.

In October, my weight was at around 120 pounds. At that point I was barely counting points and doing anything with my WW plan, so we decided that I was going to cancel my account with them. I didn’t need WW to be healthy anymore.

What I gained from doing WW

As I mentioned, I don’t remember exactly how the plan worked but I do know what I got out of doing it.

The love of exercising regularly was one big thing I gained from it. It hasn’t let up yet and I don’t think it ever will.

Another thing I got out of it was the idea that eating healthier can still taste good. In fact, I really like a lot of healthy food (like steamed broccoli). Diets are even more important when it comes to maintaining a lean body.

I am grateful

Even though I didn’t need WW after a little while, it wasn’t a waste of time. It helped me on the path to a better, healthier life. For that I am very thankful.

I think it is a great choice for a diet program and I do recommend it. The support meetings that are part of the program were not something I utilized. That kind of thing is helpful for a lot of people though.

Have you done or know someone that has done WW? How did it go?

Thanks for reading!

How I Lost My Baby Weight

How I Lost My Baby Weight

A lot of women are concerned about their bodies after pregnancy and how they will lose the weight they gained. I was one of these women. Fortunately, I ended up getting the body that I wanted afterwards and I know other women can too.

To be honest, I was not at the weight and shape that I wanted to be at when we had our surprise pregnancy. This worried me because I knew that weight gain during pregnancy was inevitable. So that meant even more weight to get off after I gave birth.

Although it took me a while to lose weight (my snap-back was slow!), I still accomplished my goal of getting a nice figure back. I wanted to do a post about it and maybe help other women who are trying to get pregnant, are currently pregnant or just gave birth.

Shortly before pregnancy

I didn’t weigh myself due to past eating disorder struggles. I do know though that I was a little out of shape and softer than I like to be. Not to say that I was exactly huge or anything.

At that time, I was pretty much eating pure junk. I did not watch any calories, sugars, carbs or fats. My favorite thing to eat was puppy chow and I would eat a LOT of it when it was around.

I was eating bad and exercising four times a week until around a month before I found out I was pregnant. Shortly before that positive pee stick, I started embarking on a journey to live a healthier life.

I began to eat better and started a more intense exercise program (called War Room Strategies). My goal was to start losing some fat so that my body could look better

Once I found out I was pregnant, that could no longer be my goal.

Weight gain and exercise during pregnancy

I did experience bad evening sickness from weeks 10-17. After that it was smooth sailing. I ended up eating more than I should have for a while.

My weight gains pretty much stopped at around 28 weeks. I started eating better at that time so I am guessing that is the reason.

I don’t recall doing formal workouts while pregnant in all honesty. My job of working as a float in a daycare seemed like enough exercise to me. If I were to get pregnant again I will definitely keep up with my regular exercising.

I gained a total of 28 pounds during the pregnancy.

No weight loss through breastfeeding

I had planned on breastfeeding, so I thought that that was going to help me lose all the weight. It was only until a week after I gave birth that I found out that having tuberous breasts may make it difficult to breastfeed.

In my case I barely made any breast milk at all despite pumping and putting my son on my breasts a lot. Losing weight through breast-feeding was definitely not going to happen.

I had to put in some hard work without the aid of burning calories from breastfeeding.

What I did to lose weight and get in shape

I wanted to start exercising and watching my calories right away. My motivation to get healthier and fitter was strong. There was no stopping me!

I only lost about 12 pounds right after giving birth, so I had some work to do. My abdomen area also turned pitched black. I was worried it was going to stay that way.

Here is a list of things I did to lose weight:

1. Bodyweight workouts to start- A couple days after giving birth I decided to start a bodyweight workout regimen. This was to just get back into the swing of things due to me not working out during my pregnancy. I combined these workouts with some cardio as well.

2. Pregnancy Pilates- Along with the bodyweight workouts, I also did a post-natal Pilates workout DVD (see here: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Pilates-Post-Pregnancy-Susan-Moran-Perich/dp/B00020VZYS/ref=sr_1_53?keywords=pregnancy+postnatal+pilates&qid=1580059766&sr=8-53). This felt so refreshing to do. I highly recommend it or other DVDs like it to other women who have given birth recently.

3. Calorie counting- I decided to watch the calories that were going into my mouth! That is the most effective way to lose weight. I stayed at 1400 calories for a while.

4. Weightlifting- I started weightlifting after a few weeks of doing bodyweight workouts. I went to two lower body days and two upper body days. I lifted as heavy as I could.

Admittedly, my results were slow. My body only started changing when my son was eight weeks old.

After six months, my body was pretty much back to being acceptable to me. The darkness on my abdomen even went away! I was elated.

My body currently

My body looks even better now five years after giving birth. This is due in part to my consistent workouts and intermittent fasting.

My pre-pregnancy jeans are loose on me surprisingly enough. My lower abdominal area has some extra skin and wrinkles, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

I don’t have a perfect body, but I am learning to love myself regardless. My hope is that other women can get to that point too!

Tips for other mothers

I am not an expert in losing weight or anything like that. All I am trying to do is be of help to other mothers out there.

Here are some tips I came up with:

1. Don’t compare yourself- Everyone’s body is unique. Some women may get their pre-pregnancy body back sooner. Some women get it back slower.

2. Enjoy your baby- It is fine to want to start losing weight/getting back into shape, but you should also try to enjoy your new baby. Take a balanced approach to your life.

3. Do it the healthy way- Losing weight should be done in a healthy manner. This is especially true if you want to keep it off for as long as possible. Don’t go crazy by severely restricting your calories, exercising like crazy, taking diet pills etc.

4. Be realistic- Our bodies go through a lot of changes during pregnancy. We might not have the same exact shape as we did before. This means that our pre-pregnancy pants and/or tops may not fit the same even if we have lost the weight.

5. Try not to mourn- Don’t dwell on the body you used to have. Look to the future! You can still have a great looking body even if it is a little different.

6. Get some new clothes- Having nice looking clothes that fit your post-pregnancy body will make you feel a lot better about yourself.

In summary

Our bodies may change after giving birth. It can be hard to accept at first but over time, self-love can be achieved. The best thing to do is stay healthy.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! If you have anything to add to this topic, let me know!

#pregrancy #weightloss #fitness #calories #breastfeeding #postpartum #motherhood

Personal Training: Ways to Tell Your Client is Suffering from or Headed Towards an Eating Disorder

Personal Training: Ways to Tell Your Client is Suffering from or Headed Towards an Eating Disorder

Eating disorders are nasty things that infiltrate people’s minds to become daily, unwelcome guests. I have first hand experience with this. It took over my life for 1.5 years.

When I started to gain a little weight towards the end of this phase, I decided to go to a trainer in desperation. My mind was all messed up going through the recovery process alone (not recommended) and I wanted to remove the numbers I saw on the scale.

As the personal trainer was working with me on body fat testing ( I was 11% at the time) and figuring out exercise routines for me, she didn’t catch that I was struggling with an eating disorder. She probably didn’t know the signs. Not everyone can spot them.

All personal trainers should know about eating disorders if they will be advising people on things that relate to their health. This post will show some signs that a client may be struggling with them.

First, an extremely quick overview of eating disorders

Eating disorders are serious and can be fatal. They also do not discriminate- anyone can suffer with them. There are several different types which include the following:

1. Anorexia Nervosa- Involves an intense desire to lose weight. People who have anorexia will often starve themselves and exercise a lot.

2. Bulimia- Eating large amounts of food and then forcing themselves to vomit. They may also try to over-exercise to burn the calories they ate off.

3. Orthorexia- Obsession with eating only “healthy” foods.

4. Binge eating disorder- Eating large amounts of food and often.

Signs to look out for in your clients

Based on my personal experiences with an eating disorder (anorexia and exercise bulimia), I am familiar with the signs people with one or more of these conditions give off. Here is a list of some of them:

1. Excess weight loss: Your client losing an excessive amount of weight during the time that you are working with them is a red flag. This is especially true if the goal was to maintain weight and get stronger through weightlifting or lose weight the healthy way.

2. Excess Weight gain: The opposite of the last sign can also be a red flag. If weight gain is not the plan and they seem to be gaining at a fast pace, it is time to look into it more.

3. Obsessed with measurements: If a client comes to you demanding measurements right away and seems to get overly upset at the result, this is a problem. I had this issue. My low body fat percentage was still too much for me.

4. Food log anomalies: If you have your client keep a food log of their daily diet, make sure to check for discrepancies and problems. This could be that the amount of food is not matching up with their body composition/measurements or that the kinds food they are eating (if they are being honest) is troubling in some way.

5. Personality changes: If they start acting differently the more you work with them (seem moody, depressed, combative etc.), there might be something going on. It might not be an eating disorder but it is good to check and see if they are struggling with something.

6. No-shows and lateness: If your client is being late or failing to show up frequently, this could indicate a problem.

Are these right? Are there more signs?

So these are all of the signs that I could think of. Maybe I am totally off base with these. If I am please let me know. If you know of more signs that a client could be dealing with or headed towards an eating disorder, feel free to comment about that too!

#eatingdisorders #neda #anorexia #fitness #personaltraining

Thanks for reading!

Health and Fitness Magazine Obsession

Health and Fitness Magazine Obsession

Lots of magazines on shelves

I was waiting in line at the grocery store the other day and saw a magazine stand that is typical of checkout lines to have. The magazines are always there but for whatever reason I paid attention to them more this time. Memories suddenly came flying back in my head after reading their titles.

My love of magazines started early

I remember back when I was around eight years old, I came across my dad’s magazines that were about running (he ran marathons). This was not really an interest of mine but I decided to start reading them anyways. I eventually found myself pouring through all of them (a huge box full).

It was amazing to me that people could come up with all of the articles I read. I even dreamed about starting my own magazine company when I was older. That clearly did not and was not going to happen but that is okay. A lot of dreams that kids have for their futures do not always come true.

I ended up reading each magazine probably around 20 times. That sounds absolutely crazy looking back on it. I even remember one story word-for-word because it was so haunting. It involved a runner going missing and it still has not been solved to this day (see this case here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Amy_Wroe_Bechtel).

Once my dad got rid of these magazines the obsession went away for a few years.

Cue the start of my interest in Fitness

Once I started getting into regular exercise at my home and gym, I wanted to learn as much as I could about it. I took notice of the health/fitness magazines that were at stores and began to buy them.  The ones I bought were Women’s Health, Health, Shape and Oxygen. 

 At the beginning, being on the cardio machines (elliptical and stair master) was all mainly what I wanted to do in terms of exercise. I would place a magazine on the dashboard and get to work. I did not understand until a little later on that that is not the way to get a good workout in.

I let the magazines keep piling up as I went through my eating disorder phase. The fact that I read them during my college classes (when I should have been listening to the professors) was a sign that things were getting WAY out of hand. 

I do not need them anymore

As I moved out of my eating disorder phase, I also moved out of my health/fitness magazine collecting phase. I realized that they were not crucial in my journey to healthiness. 

The day that I recycled all of them was a step in the right direction for me. I am not knocking anyone that likes to read them but they were unnecessary for me.

I also think that my obsession with the magazines had to do with me being on the autism spectrum. Who knows though!

 

 

A Blast From The Past- 30 Minutes To Fitness: Muscle Definition Kelly Coffey Meyer

A Blast From The Past- 30 Minutes To Fitness: Muscle Definition Kelly Coffey Meyer

I was cleaning out my closet and I came across a lot of things from my past (okay not that long ago!). Instead of continuing to clean and organize I found myself just sitting in the middle of the huge pile I made. Memories came flooding in and paralyzed me.

2010: Back to health

This workout DVD pictured above was the start of a turning point in my life. I had just come off of a years worth of disordered eating and exercising. The anorexic voice was still there in my head but it was slowly being shoved away by a newer, healthier voice.

I did not always feel like walking to the fitness center at the college so I decided to do this DVD in my dorm room. From seeing the recommended weights of the dumbbells I thought it was  going to be really easy. I was surprised at how wrong I was.

In this workout DVD there are full body and upper/lower routines to choose from.  The weights are to be from five to twelve pounds. I ended up doing the full body workouts  three times a week for a couple of months using eight and twelve pound dumbbells.

Yes, I know that is not very much weight!

I realize that lifting heavy weights is a wonderful thing to do. However, this was still a great workout that I would totally recommend to other people. I can honestly say that I did get more arm and leg definition doing it.

This is great for someone who wants to work out at home and has a few dumbbells laying around. Do not expect any cardio and a happy, chipper trainer though. She is just there to make sure you get a great workout in.

Maybe I should buy more of her DVDs and make a three month routine out of it? That sounds like a good idea!

Cue the tears

Just seeing this DVD made me well up in tears. A lot of the visions from nine years ago came back to me. It was the time I took my health back. The time I broke free from the disorder that kept me in its strong grasp.

The good and bad memories that came back while I was staring at the cover are important. They are a part of my past and now I have moved forward.

I was feeling lost in life these past few months but finding the DVD filled me with hope and positivity. It showed me that I can do whatever I set my mind to. I have worked hard to get to where I am today so any sense of failure should be sent packing.

 

If you are reading this and you have been feeling awful about yourself lately, better days are ahead. Trust me. If you need extra help outside of yourself, then make sure and get it. Sometimes it is hard to get going in the right direction but you can get there.