The Flexitarian Diet Plan

The Flexitarian Diet is a plant-based or vegetarian style of eating that allows for some animal products in moderation. “Flex” comes from “flexible” and “tarian” comes from “vegetarian,” so a flexitarian is more or less a “flexible vegetarian.” In 2012, the term “flexitarian” actually entered the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish.” Another way to […]

How to Build Functional Fitness

We’ve covered a lot of different ways to increase and build functional fitness. But our article barely scratched the surface: Gymnastic rings would be a great way to promote functional fitness. Working your way towards your first handstand is fun strength practice. A yoga routine could also be considered as “functional.” A hike would be a great way to prepare for traveling through natural landscapes. […]

Is CrossFit Functional Fitness?

CrossFit claims to support “functional movements” by using “safe, effective and efficient movements similar to those you use every day in life.” So yeah, that does sound like what we’ve been talking about this whole time. The difference with CrossFit is the intensity. It’s something we highlight in our Beginner’s Guide to CrossFit. CrossFit does promote functional fitness. It’s why you’ll see […]

What Is a Functional Fitness Training Workout?

Now that we’ve gone over specific functional fitness exercises, let’s pull them together to build a workout routine! For most beginners, I recommend creating a full-body practice at first, which includes: Quads (front of your legs). Butt and hamstrings (back of your legs). Chest, shoulders, and triceps: (“push” muscles). Back, biceps, and grip ( “pull” muscles). Core (abdominals and lower […]

The 10 Best Functional Fitness Exercises

A functional fitness workout prioritizes natural movements that help us conquer the obstacles and tasks faced in our everyday life. Here are the best Functional Fitness Exercises: #1) Squats Squats are one of the most fundamental functional movements in our lives. Getting off the ground, moving in and out of chairs, and shoveling snow will all be easier after a regular […]

The Ultimate Guide for Functional Fitness: Exercises and Workout Plans

Functional fitness means training your body for everyday activities, and to make daily motion easier and safer. When we practice functional fitness, it’s for activities like: Carrying groceries Picking up small children Walking in nature Being mobile on the floor Fighting off sharks   Functional fitness seeks to build strength, flexibility, and balance for navigating the physical world and the […]

How Common Is Stress Eating?

The American Psychological Association has found that about a third of Americans respond to stress with food. This research was done BEFORE our global pandemic. So if you find yourself binging in response to the stress of our global pandemic, know that you are not alone here. Our coaching clients, and the NF Coaches themselves, have all found themselves turning […]

How Do I Stop Mindless Eating?

After documenting what sets off our stress eating, we need to formulate a plan on what to do when our anxiety rises. That means it’s time to build…a Stress Response Menu! Our Stress Response Menu will be a list of actions or activities you can do to de-stress outside of eating. Ideally, you’ll do them before an eating episode, but they […]

What Causes Stress Eating?

You may have been surprised in our video above when Coach Justin gives permission to  stress eat. Counterintuitive and seemingly counterproductive, I know. But this is going to be important for two reasons. How to Approach Stress Eating Step #1: we need to curb the guilty feelings about stress or emotional eating. I started this guide off by highlighting the frequency of […]

How to Stop Stress Eating

The above video from Coach Justin comes from the Nerd Fitness Prime “Mindset” video series. Justin covers three important lessons I want to highlight, but before we do that, we should ask ourselves a question: “What exactly is stress eating?” Stress eating is consuming food in response to negative emotions like fear, anger, or sadness. When we stress eat, food is […]