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The Essentials of ANY Running Program (and how to incorporate Fit Radio!)

By Bianca M,

Feeling inspired watching the Boston Marathon? Thinking about lacing up the shoes and training for one yourself? Or maybe you want to start smaller, perhaps beginning with a 5K and working your way up. Whatever the decision, you’re ready to get moving! But where do you even start? We get questions all the time as to how to incorporate Fit Radio workouts into training for a race. First and foremost, know that there are a million ways to get from point A to point B when it comes to training. That’s why it’s usually pretty overwhelming for a newbie to google “Marathon Training Plan” – only 3,600,000 results! Easy. But even if you’re a veteran and looking to drop some time on your next race, there ARE common themes amongst these programs that lend themselves well to integrating Fit Radio into the equation along the way!

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Meet Cardio Coach Keisy – Our Certified Active Isolated Stretch Practitioner

By Maire,

Hey, Fit Radio Fam! It’s your coach Keisy Myumi, and for those of you who have not tuned into any of the Fit Radio workouts, my name is Keisy, and I am a certified master trainer and unconventional strength specialist. I have been an Active Isolated Stretch Practitioner for 3 years and I make it my business to be an advocate for consistent stretching. I have a background in ballroom, latin, and swing dancing, so flexibility for me is a gift and a curse. It’s great when it comes to my range of motion, but in order to really get a good stretch, it can sometimes be difficult alone.

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Meet SISSFiT Cardio Coaches!

By Maire,

Hey Fit Radio Fam!  We’re sisters, Lauren and Kelly of SISSFiT.  We grew up in Orange County, California and have played sports our entire lives.  We ran Division 1 Track and Field together at UC Irvine and upon graduating realized that we were not ready to give up our love for fitness!  Though we chose different career paths, we were constantly exchanging workouts with one another and when possible, meeting up for a little healthy competition and accountability!  We became the “go-to’s” in our friend circles for workouts and training and figured it was time to get certified and begin building something we were truly passionate about!  

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20 Awesome Indoor Workouts to Try This Winter

By Maire,

Winter Indoor Workouts

You’re not imagining it. Winter is coming. Now, there’s no daylight when your alarm clock goes off, you will log more miles than you’d like to count on the “dreadmill”, and — duh — it’s getting really cold out there. We’ve rounded up our favorite calorie-busting workouts that can be done indoors to get through these long weeks of winter. And who knows — you might even find a workout you’ll want to do all year long.

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15 Best Superfoods for Fall

By Maire,

Fall Superfoods

These amazing seasonal foods are the perfect excuse to visit your local farmers market.

Fall superfoods

The weather is getting cooler, but your produce choices are heating up.

These amazing superfoods are either hitting their peak in the garden or can easily be found in your local farmers market or grocery store.

They’re the perfect excuse to get cooking on cool nights!

 

Apples

Sweet or tart, apples are satisfying eaten raw or baked into a delicious dish. Just be sure to eat the skin—it contains hearty-healthy flavonoids. Health benefits include:

• Full of antioxidants
• 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving

Harvest season: August-November

Brussels sprouts

Made the correct way, these veggies taste divine. They have a mild, somewhat bitter taste, so combine them with tangy or savory sauces, like balsamic vinegar. Health benefits include:

• 1/2 cup contains more than your DRI of vitamin K
• Very good source of folate
• Good source of iron

Harvest season: September–March

Parsnips

Though these veggies may resemble carrots, they have a lighter color and sweeter, almost nutty flavor. Use them to flavor rice and potatoes or puree them into soups and sauces. Health benefits include:

• Rich in potassium
• Good source of fiber

Harvest season: October–April

 

Pears

The sweet and juicy taste makes this fruit a crowd-pleaser. Cooking can really bring out their fabulous flavor, so try them baked or poached. Health benefits include:

• Good source of vitamin C and copper
• 4 grams of fiber per serving

Harvest season: August–February

Rutabaga

A cross between a turnip and a cabbage, rutabagas are a popular Swedish dish. To utilize their earthy flavor, add them to casseroles, puree them with turnips and carrots to make a sweet soup, or roast them with ginger, honey, or lemon. Health benefits include:

• Good source of fiber
• Good source of vitamin C

Harvest season: October–April

Cauliflower

The sweet, slightly nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for winter side dishes. It’s wonderful steamed, but it can also be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup. Health benefits include:

• Compounds that may help to prevent cancer
• Phytonutrients may lower cholesterol” “Excellent source of vitamin C

Harvest season: September–June

Squash

Unlike summer squash, winter squash has a fine texture and a slightly sweet flavor. Because of its thick skin, it can be stored for months. It tastes best with other fall flavorings, like cinnamon and ginger. Health benefits include:

• Contains omega-3 fatty acids
• Excellent source of vitamin A

Harvest season: October–February

Pumpkin

A type of winter squash, pumpkin can be used for much more than jack-o’-lanterns. Its sweet taste and moist texture make it ideal for pies, cakes, and even pudding! Health benefits include:

• Rich in potassium
• More than 20% of your DRI of fiber
• Good source of B vitamins

Harvest season: October–February

 

Sweet potatoes

These veggies are for much more than Thanksgiving casseroles. More nutritionally dense than their white-potato counterparts, try roasting them—they’ll taste delicious, and you may maintain more vitamins than boiling. Health benefits include:

• Excellent source of vitamin A
• Good source of iron
• Anti-inflammatory benefits

Harvest season: September–December

Turnips

Tender and mild, these root vegetables are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. To flavor these veggies, use fennel, bread crumbs, or even brown sugar. Turnip leaves, which taste like mustard leaves, are easy to cook and dense in nutrients. Health benefits include:

• The roots are a good source of vitamin C
• Turnip leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, K, and folate

Harvest season: September–April

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Fit Radio Success Story – Meet JT M.

By Maire,

I’m a physical educator/coach and I’ve been teaching Physical Education for 17 years in Texas. I was at a conference in early June and another teacher told me they had read about Fit Radio and it might be a good app for us to use and safe to play for the kids.

After my 3 hour trial ran out I was SUPER sad! When I figured out that Fit Radio was $28 for the year I decided it was worth the investment. I’ve had Spotify Premium before, but felt like it was a little expensive. I don’t normally buy a year’s subscription to anything yet alone pay for a music service, but Fit Radio was SO dramatically different than anything I had used before.

Since July, I have deleted Spotify and Pandora.

Maybe it’s my ADD, but I like Fit Radio–even just to enjoy music–not necessarily for working out, but all the time.

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I plan tell our teachers about Fit Radio because it’s the perfect fit. You can safely play continuous music with clean lyrics without pauses or ads, you can start/stop whenever you want, and there are plenty of genres/mixes/etc. to choose from.

I also plan to use it for my after-school teacher workouts that I do for my staff members. I’m always genuinely excited to play Fit Radio during these classes because I know they will most likely ask what app I’m using. They agree, nothing is more annoying than using Spotify and having an ad interrupt a workout.

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Every Summer I try to find a few new games/activities/strategies for my gym – this year Fit Radio is at the top of my list!
Music is HUGE in my gym/classroom so Fit Radio is something that I need everyday.

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Pump Up The Jam – Positive Effects of Music on Exercise

By Maire,

The secret to scoring your best body ever is hiding in something you already carry around all day: your phone. “Workout music can increase endurance by at least 15 percent,” says Jacque Crockford, Exercise Physiologist/Education Specialist at ACE. With the Fit Radio app, you can enjoy hundreds of mixes from a variety of genres and stations curated specifically for you by professional DJs. Our motto has always been the same: Why spend time making playlists yourself when you can spend time sweating? Here are the top five reasons a killer curated workout playlist can change your workout forever:

1. Workout Music Helps You Keep Your Pace

For maximum benefit, your desired speed/heart rate should match up with each song’s beats per minute, or BPM. According to the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. “Synchronized music tends to drive exercise intensity.” Using your Fit Radio app, you have the ability to choose your workout music based on your desired BPM, or even your type of workout, and Fit Radio will deliver fresh new mixes that match your desired heart rate. Plus, through the new Running tab, Fit Radio will automatically detect your pace when you start running. From there, Fit Radio will take care of the rest and deliver the perfect running playlist that matches each footfall of your stride.

Music for your workout

2. Workout Music Increases Your Endurance

Remember those times you spent hours on the dance floor or jamming out all night at your favorite concert? You didn’t even notice because you got lost in the music! Music is proven to increase endurance because it serves as a (positive) distraction. When you turn on your Fit Radio app, our professionally engineered mixes are designed to not only keep you moving and motivated through your entire workout, but also having fun and getting lost in the beats. Your best workout always happens when it doesn’t seem like a workout.

Listening to Fit Radio

 

3. Workout Music Keeps You Focused

Everyone has that go-to song that always pumps them up no matter what. Believe it or not, there’s science as to why that happens. When you can associate songs with certain memories or tap into the emotions of the lyrics, it boosts the motivational power of a song. Each mix that is added to Fit Radio has been specially created by our professional Fit Radio DJs keeping the listeners in mind — thinking about what will help keep them motivated, excited, and wanting more.

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4. Music Can Elevate Your Mood

To music lovers, this comes as no surprise, but scientists have recently found that people can boost their mood by simply listening to upbeat music. Not to mention, recent studies have also found that randomness in music increases dopamine levels in your brain. Not only does the Fit Radio app house hundred of mixes from the genres and artists that you love, they’re engineered re-mixes designed to give you non-stop music while also surprising you at every turn so you never know what’s next. (Talk about a win-win!)

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5. Music Makes You Move

Researchers found that when music possesses “high-groove” qualities, the brain gets excited and induces movement in the listener. With your Fit Radio app, turn on any mix and it has the ability to make you move — no matter how much you’re dreading your workout.

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