Read more about the article The DAO of Fitness on Vacations
Building activity into your sightseeing and vacation plans is key to staying on track without worrying about finding a gym. Photo by Tron Le

The DAO of Fitness on Vacations

Here is an important point to understand right out of the gate – you are on vacation, not your hard eearned fitness gains. So how do you take your well deserved vacation and still stay on track for your fitness goals? The DAO guide follows.

Vacations have even more meaning now, after we are coming out of the COVID slump and working in dark basements like dungeon beetles. The main downfall of a vacation is that you are thrown off of your routine, so to the extent you can have a loosely structured routine that incorporates movement, you will be more active and less likely to feel uncentered. 

So how do you take your well deserved vacation and still stay on track for your fitness goals? The DAO guide follows, with the top 10 hacks. 

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Read more about the article Week of July 7 -DAOFitLife update
CEO of DaoFitLife Galaxy is flabbergasted by the possibility of collagen already being baked into a green tea matcha drink. No more clumps!

Week of July 7 -DAOFitLife update

This week, I talk about what I am obsessed with, from morning collagen Matcha to fitness themed shows and good workout soundtracks. What I’m obsessed with this week  Foodwise, I…

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Read more about the article Week of June 30 – DAO Meal and Exercise Plan Update
Galaxy, our CEO, has requested that each of my weekly roundups include a cute pic of her as the face of our brand. I wasn't really in a position to argue, even if she's not exactly a beacon of motivation for getting to the gym.

Week of June 30 – DAO Meal and Exercise Plan Update

This week, I have completed my shopping list collection for now with my Safeway and Costco guide. One way I love to get NEAT in is to grocery shop in…

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Read more about the article The DAO of Abs*
Did you know crunches are one of the worst ways to get a six pack (and can even harm your spine)? Read on to find out how to get that definition safely. Photo by Jonathan Borba

The DAO of Abs*

So let me ask you some questions. How many articles do you see that say, get a six-pack in 30 days? How many people do you see on the stretch…

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Read more about the article How to bounce back from that post – wedding post-graduation weekend hangover
Rule #1 of bouncin back: Relax and take it easy! You don't have to take over the world every day. Photo by Kinga Cichewicz

How to bounce back from that post – wedding post-graduation weekend hangover

In my last DAOFitlife update I talk wed about going to a wedding this past weekend. When we checked into the hotel, I noticed that there were lots of people clearly going to weddings and graduations… and of course, it’s the season! But this season is unlike any other because we are all like lions being let of our COVID cage. And as I discovered , I was ravenous for life – and food. And it was EVERYWHERE.

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Read more about the article Week 13 – DAOFitlife Meal and Exercise Plan
A good way to get HIIT: Sled push.

Week 13 – DAOFitlife Meal and Exercise Plan

This week I am focusing on split training that is the type of training where you focus on certain muscle groups at a time as opposed to doing full body strength training. The advantage of this type of training is also that it decreases the amount of total training time. So, for example, when you do a split with upper body lower body push and pull you can be in and out of the gym in about half an hour including the warm-up. And that makes things really efficient during work “busy seasons”, which we are all familiar. In my role, every day is busy season but right now there is a heightened energy and rush which is like running a daily marathon. I am sure you can relate!

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Read more about the article Week 10- DAOFitlife Meal and Exercise Plan
Taking progress pictures can help you stay on track. To the left: me at Equinox pre-pandemic; and then post-pandemic in May 2021. Notice how the exact same locker room changed, too!

Week 10- DAOFitlife Meal and Exercise Plan

Here is my weekly update on my meals, exercise, and recipes. RECIPES AVAILABLE HERE (UPDATED FOR WEEK OF MAY 6) Customizable DAOFitlife Meal Plan and Grocery List Links- Week 10 Customizable…

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Week 9 – DAOFitlife Meal and Exercise Plan

Week 9 of DAOFitlife meal and exercise plan has a few new twists. This week I have tweaked my diet in two ways:

I am starting to eat a little early breakfast before my workout. I do this by either eating a few bites of my oatmeal mix half an hour before my workout, or eating a date and a few nuts beforehand. A Medjool date is fairly big and good for a burst of instant energy. In my article on pre and post-workout nutrition, I outline the pros and cons of eating before the workout. I am going to as an experiment see how much my workouts actually benefit from eating a little beforehand.

The other major tweak to my diet has been NO SUGAR SUBSTITUTES. That means not just no artificial sweeteners, but also no “natural” zero sugar products like Stevia or Monk Fruit. This is purely a theory that I am testing, but I believe that these substances are robbing my body of energy I need from actual carbs and making me crave the sugar that I am not getting. In my post on protein bars, I rave about the “fake sugar” and its effect on our insulin sensitivity. Even though at first glance stevia and monk fruit may not have the same effect on insulin resistance, I believe that they are having a “sugar fake-out” effect on me.

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Read more about the article Why Down Dog is now my favorite fitness app
This is the HIIT feature of down dog. There are more customizations you can make based on type of body workout you want (upper body, core, legs, back, etc.).

Why Down Dog is now my favorite fitness app

During the pandemic, I have probably tried free trials and paid for subscriptions of no less than 50 fitness apps. Yes, this was mostly research for the blog – mapped out in my Fitness app decision tree.

But it was well worth the investment, because after countless hours of planks, burpees, and squats, developing a decision tree, and slogging through unbearably annoying instructors and lots of freezing issues, I have done it. I have found the holy grail.

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Read more about the article Saboteur Series part IV: The Sedentary Athlete
An hour long run doesn't mean you can lounge on the couch and eat chips the rest of the day!! Photo by Greg Lippert

Saboteur Series part IV: The Sedentary Athlete

Have you experienced starting an intense workout program, diligently sweating and working your butt off every day, and then gotten on the scale and seeing the number stay the same, or even go up? The Sedentary Athlete and Compensatory Eating saboteurs may be to blame. They go together like a couch and potato chips !

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