Are All Calories Created Equal?

There’s a pretty simple formula that most people can easily understand when it comes to weight control: If your calorie intake is greater than your calorie expenditure, you will gain weight and visa versa. According to this understanding, it doesn’t matter what food source that calorie came from – all that matters is the numbers. […]

10 Strategies for Healing After Athletic Injuries

You train to be stronger, healthier, faster – better. It can be incredibly frustrating, then, when you have to deal with an injury that takes you out of your routine for long stretches of time. To help you get back to it faster, and avoid future injuries, here are 10 strategies for healing after athletic […]

Casein vs. Whey: Which One is Better for Your Needs?

Among the many protein sources available in supplements, there are two that are consistently in the lead: whey and casein. Claims abound about the benefits – and superiority – of each but, ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for. What should you consider when looking at a protein powder? In the debate between casein […]

Losing Weight Isn’t Going to Improve Your Strength-to-Weight Ratio

If you’re an athlete whose performance depends on body weight, then you probably believe that your body weight—and particularly your fat—is a significant factor in your performance. After all, you have to carry all that weight, and no matter how strong you are that weight will still influence your strength-to-weight ratio, right? Well, yes and […]

5 Tips for Making a Healthy Smoothie

Loaded with fruits, vegetables and all manner of healthy-looking foods, smoothies just seem like the perfect option for a fast, convenient meal. The problem is that store-bought smoothies can be loaded with excess calories from added sugar and a number of not-so-great additives. A much better option is to take the few extra minutes to […]

Why Sports Nutrition Is For Everyone, Not Just Pros

If you’re an athletic person, you’re probably at least vaguely aware of “sports nutrition”—a discrete branch of nutritional science that focuses on increasing performance. You might also be aware that pro athletes often hire sports nutritionists to help them get the most out of their diets, and that major league teams usually have a sports […]

Toning vs. Bulking Up: The 5 Most Common Myths

The health and fitness realm is loaded with all sorts of myths – some are just confusing and counterproductive while others can be legitimately dangerous. To help clear things up, let’s focus on two of the most common fitness goals – toning and bulking – and the myths surrounding them. Spot training – Sometimes called […]

Top 5 Cardio Workouts To Burn Fat the Fastest

For years, cardiovascular training has been the go-to method for reducing body fat. And, although recent research has shown that strength training is a more effective way of improving body composition and keeping body fat low in the long-run, a solid cardiovascular routine still has it’s place. But “cardio” is a pretty troublesome umbrella term […]

7 Tips to Keeping the Weight Off

While you may not what to hear this, it’s an important truth: Dieting is risky business. In fact, many sources as much as 80 percent of people who lose weight on a diet gain it (plus more) back after just two years. How can you lose weight and keep it off it avoid adding to […]

The Truth About Antioxidants and How They Work

The health and fitness world is fueled by buzzwords; Words or phrases that immediately make us believe that a food is infinitely better for us, or even required for us to live healthy lives. Beginning with research in the 1990s, antioxidants entered the public consciousness and were instantly hailed as nutritional and biological heroes. But, […]

5 Training Techniques For Beginning Swimmers

Swimming is an incredibly effective way to increase both strength and cardiovascular fitness. But, while many people know how to swim recreationally, getting in the water as a form of exercise is a much more demanding and difficult process. Some endurance events, like triathlons and obstacle races also include a swimming portion. So, how can […]

4 Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer

Here’s a few things that you’re probably extremely aware of already: First, the summer is hot. Second, heat makes you sweat. Finally, that sweat means that your body is literally losing water, headed toward dehydration. This whole equation gets even worse if you plan on exercising in those elevated temperatures. So, then, how can you […]

Gnarly’s Summer Bucket List – 2015

These days, everybody’s got at least one bucket list – even Gnarly. And summer is the time to get junk done. So, what does Gnarly want to do this summer? Get some ideas with our Summer Bucket List for 2015. Start the Seven Summits. The highest peak on each of the seven continents are collectively […]

5 Ways To Stay In Shape On Vacation

A few weeks ago, we gave you a few tips on maintaining a healthy diet while on vacation. In keeping with Gnarly’s efforts to help you stay active, healthy and awesome regardless of where you are,  we’re going to look at another aspect of vacationing: Activity. Depending on your vacationing style and destination, it can […]

The 10 Most Gnarly Adventures

There are plenty of so-called “classic” vacations destinations that people immediately think of when they start planning their travels. Unfortunately, most of these are actually pretty… well, boring. For many, a vacation is a time of idleness, inactivity and even a break from any healthy lifestyle habits you may have developed. But you aren’t like […]

3 Tips for Exercising in the Heat

People naturally just want to get outside during the summer. It’s warm (or hot), the sun is out and we tend to have more time off. It’s perfect. But that glorious temperature could also make it difficult – or even dangerous – to stay active outside. So, to keep you safely moving in the wonderous […]

3 Ways to Avoid Overeating on the 4th of July

Here, in the U.S., July 4th – Independence Day – is rapidly approaching. Along with the time off and fireworks displays, this particular national holiday is typically characterized by another of the nation’s favorite pastimes: eating mass quantities of grilled meats. Beer is generally also involved. And, let’s be clear: this one day of indulgence […]

Five Benefits of Yoga You May Not Know About

Yoga is good for you; You’ve heard that before. The 5,000 year old form of exercise has persisted for so long because it works – for both mind and body. But there are several things that yoga has been proven – scientifically – to do that many people are unaware of. Let’s take a look […]

Cardio Showdown: Steady-State vs. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Even though it’s lost some popularity in the fitness world recently, cardio is important. As it’s full name – “cardiovascular”- suggests, cardio focuses on your heart. And your heart is pretty key to your overall… being alive. Another – less common – term for cardio, however, is cardiopulminary training which also highlights the involvement of […]

10 Ways to Eat Healthy on Vacation

There’s a pretty strange relationship between fitness and vacationing. People tend to workout with the goal of transforming themselves for their vacation. But, there’s a problem with this: Most of the time, that healthy diet you’ve been sticking to for months falls apart as soon as you enter vacation mode. So, let’s get to the […]