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Stuff for sharing: spotting bullshit fitness advice, how exercise makes us happy, sugar-free brownie recipe and what oils to cook with

Sunday, 8 June 2014

There are so many amazing blogs and websites out there that have great information we can use to make our lives a little bit better/healthier/fitter. I’m starting a regular thing where I share some of the good stuff I’ve come across and think you might enjoy reading too.

Here are last week’s highlights:

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Are There Any Exercise Machines I Should Absolutely Avoid?

Women’s Health magazine website published an article last week called “Q&A: Are There Any Exercise Machines I Should Absolutely Avoid?”. It was totally full of bullshit, which isn’t new for a women’s magazine (yes, even the health ones) but what’s good about this article is the comments that people left – looks like more and more women are starting to smell bullshit fitness advice and that is music to my ears.

The article was eventually deleted from the website but once you publish something it can never really go away so you can read it on a cached page here.

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What happens to our brains when we exercise and how it makes us happier

This is a great article about the positive effect exercise has on our brains.  Exercise is not about getting rid of excess calories, exercise benefits our bodies in a multitude of way and it also benefits our brains.

“If you start exercising, your brain recognizes this as a moment of stress. As your heart pressure increases, the brain thinks you are either fighting the enemy or fleeing from it. To protect yourself and your brain from stress, you release a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). This BDNF has a protective and also reparative element to your memory neurons and acts as a reset switch. That’s why we often feel so at ease and things are clear after exercising and eventually happy.”

The good news is that you don’t have to run marathons every day to get the happy kick from exercise,

“…you can relax and don’t have to be on the look-out for the next killer work-out. All you have to do is get some focused 20 minutes in to get the full happiness boost every day.”

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Beanie brownies

I baked a few batches of brownies last week, first to aid the firstborn in studying for his exams and then because both boys loved them, I baked some once the exams were over.  I made plain old brownies with plain old sugar but then came across this recipe for date sweetened brownies that have beans in it for extra protein and fibre. I will definitely give this recipe a go and I’m pretty sure the boys won’t detect the beans!

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FAQs: What Are Safe Cooking Fats & Oils?

Coconut oil is the best (safest/healthiest/yummiest) oil to cook with. Fact.

This whole what-oil-should-I-use business seems to be confusing for some people still though so I’m sharing this great article on what the difference is between oils and when to use what. It’s very informative, and brief and clear.

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That’s all for this week. What great reads have you come across lately?

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