Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…DUFF on THE BEST SUNGLASSES FOR WORKING OUT

Now that the weather is looking up here in the LowCountry, exercise enthusiasts all over Charleston and Mount Pleasant are starting to take their workouts outside.  We DUFFNATICS are right there with them! But one downside to working out in the sunshine is dealing with SUNGLASSES!  While sunglasses are an important exercise accessory—as CNN explains, “To protect your eyesight, the most important recommendation you need to follow is to wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation whenever you go outside during daylight hours, according to the National Eye Institute.”—working out in sunglasses can be a pain!  They slide when you start sweating, they fog up AND nobody wants to subject their $300 Wayfarers to the abuse they’ll get while pounding the pavement. Luckily, there are several great designers out there who have created sunglasses that are STURDY enough to handle the toughest workouts but STYLISH enough to keep you from looking like an extra on Bladerunner!  Read on to check out our top picks for this season’s sportiest sunglasses! UA Battlewrap Polarized $145 Fitness Magazine features former pro footballer Curtis Williams’ advice: ”Silicon grips are important in order to keep the glasses from sliding off your face.  Vision and performance go hand in hand, and you want to make sure you can see and react to your coach during drills, and perform through the elements of the outdoor environment.”  From what we can research, it looks like these babies will even stay in place during burpees on the beach! Click HERE for more info. Native Eyewear Flatirons $129 We’re in love Health Magazine’s recommendation: “These plastic shades are lightweight and feature...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…DUFF on THE BEST FITNESS BLOGS OF 2018

Hey Mount Pleasant and Charleston DUFFNATICS: Looking for something inspirational to read while waiting in line at the bank/carpool/your child’s orthodontist/your turn for the bathroom in the morning?  Spark up your smartphone and put that good time to use!  Read on for our favorite (and often FUNNY) blogs of 2018. Blog Rec #1: FIT BOTTOMED GIRLS GreatList explains, “”Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead, the brains behind Fit Bottomed Girls, are real women with busy lives who understand that exercise should be enjoyable, not punishment. This popular blog has a lighthearted and practical approach to fitness that we seriously dig. It’s a great combo of real talk, laughs, workouts, motivation, and more.”  And WE love the fact that these fitness fanatics update their workout playlist section with new grooves to get your heart pumping!  To check that out, click HERE. Blog Rec #2: ACE BLOG HealthLine recommends The American Council on Exercise blog: “Offering science-backed training and information to U.S. fitness professionals and the general public, the aim of American Council on Exercise (ACE) is to reduce preventable, inactivity-related diseases by 2035. In addition to educational programs and training certifications, the nonprofit group shares in-depth articles by health and fitness experts, from certified professional trainers to college kinesiology professors. Some posts are geared toward fitness pros, like how to find a job as a personal trainer or creating effective treadmill interval workouts. Others feature tips for people looking to get healthy, like when and what to eat when you work out and yoga poses for athletes.”  We personally love the last one!  To read more, click HERE. Blog Rec #3:...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…DUFF on WAYS TO AVOID THE FLU!

It’s February here in the LowCountry and we are in the thick of it: FLU SEASON.  Poor souls all over Charleston and Mount Pleasant laid low with fever, hacking coughs and headaches.  We’ve already posted about avoiding the gym when you’re sick…but how do you actually avoid GETTING SICK?  Read some of our favorite expert tips on how to say well during this epidemic Flu Season! Flu Tip #1: Pass On That Second Glass Prevention Magazine explains in their article, 9 Ways Doctors And Nurses Avoid Getting Sick: “According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, studies have shown that excessive alcohol suppresses the immune system by reducing the ability of white blood cells to effectively kill bacteria—so you’d be wise to stick to the recommended one drink per day for women. Alcohol is also dehydrating and can disrupt your sleep—two more ways to lower your defenses. (Already sick? Romy Block, MD, an endocrinologist and assistant professor at Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, says that a single drink can lengthen the duration of the virus by a few days.)” Flu Tip #2: Get Your Beauty Rest Psychology Today explains, “That means at least 7 hours a night. Whether you stay up all night one night, or just consistently don’t get enough sleep (even just a few days in a row), sleep deprivation puts a serious damper on your immune system’s ability to fight off infection.” Flu Tip #3: Get Your Workout ON! We love this tip from the Today Show!  They explain that as long as you are NOT ALREADY SICK, working out is great for preventing...

Not Crossfit, better than Bootcamp…DUFF on THE BEST SHOES OF 2018!

It’s late January here in the Lowcountry and now that Mount Pleasant and Charleston have thawed out a little bit, we’re BACK ON TRACK with our 2018 fitness goals!  And what better way to bring some inspiration into our workouts than to gear up with the best that 2018 has to offer? This week we are going to focus on the 5 hottest new shoes of 2018!  Read on to hear what our favorite experts have to say and if you’re convinced, click on the links for more info! Reebok Crossfit Nano ($148) According to Esquire, these black beauties are great for training at the gym: “ Reebok has been dominating the Crossfit sneaker space, crafting shoes that enhance every piece of your WOD. They have a tight, barefoot feel—good for lifts—but aren’t too stiff for suicides.”  These come in Men, Women and Kid sizes so even your smallest trainees can rock them at the gym! Click HERE for more info and to buy. APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Phantom 3d Mesh Sneakers Gold ($185) Bring a little bling to your workouts with these sassy shoes that work great for running and at the gym.  The experts at PopSugar explain that these from APL “are a great low-profile shoe that work for the gym and the road.”  (ps. If gold is a little to flashy for your feet, APL offers several other colors including black, plum and peach). Click HERE for more info and to buy. Nike Metcon 4 ($130) The newest iteration of Nike’s immensely popular Metcon 3 is so amazing that GQ dedicated an entire article singing...

Not Crossfit, Better than Bootcamp…DUFF on The Excellence of EGGS!

Most of you know that we’re crazy about eggs here at DUFF.  They’re delicious and easy to make…and it turns out that research shows that eating eggs is GREAT for you!  In fact, regularly including eggs in a well-balanced diet can actually help your workouts at the gym, your physical fitness and overall health. Read on to discover why we’re EGG-cited about EGGS! EGGS ARE EASY With all of the snow and ice hitting the LowCountry last week, a lot of us around Charleston and Mount Pleasant have been stuck inside and scraping by on the dwindling contents of our refrigerators.  And we don’t know about you, but one of the best dinners-of-last-resort has always been to scramble up some eggs!  We almost always have them on hand, they’re easy to make, they are an ingredient in many delicious dishes… …BUT Unfortunately, eggs have had a bad rap in the health department—especially during the “Low Fat” craze in the late 90’s, where eggs were vilified for their link to high cholesterol and heart disease.  Picture a giant burger with a sloppy fried egg on top or a pile of scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage.  But it turns out that the EGGS were not the ones to blame for this unhealthiness—consider it guilt by association.  According to LiveScience, “Research has shown that we usually have our eggs alongside foods high in saturated fat, such as bacon, sausage and buttered toast. This meal pattern raises LDL levels and makes the effect of eating eggs worse than it actually is.”  So while things like Alfredo sauce, fried burgers, sausage and bacon are terrible...
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