Amanda, a biracial New Englander, served as a military officer for eight years after attending Boston University. She's a Le Cordon Bleu educated chef and attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Additionally, she obtained a wine degree in Paris and races marathons and Ironman triathlons for Endure to Cure, a pediatric cancer non-profit she sits on the board of. She also participates in fitness competitions, is one of Travel Channel's on-air hosts, and writes for various outlets about lifestyle, food, fitness, and military affairs.
The slew of new fitness and sports-performance technology increases with each passing month. From devices to apps to treatments to clothes that read your body, I’m sifting through all the products available on the market. The following five tech innovations can get you bigger, make you faster, evaluate your hydration, and get your skin glowing on the path of least resistance.
CrossFit is the hottest thing since skinny jeans, and with all the hype and attention, there is bound to be some hate. But, unlike the Kardashian mania, this hate is unwarranted. Here I present some CrossFit misconceptions and share my experience as someone who has belonged to two “boxes” --- that’s lingo for a CrossFit gym. I also offer some insight from CrossFit coaches and sports medicine professionals.
Ever caught yourself confused, frantic or short of breath because you’re running late, stuck in traffic, waiting in a hellish line, or just unable to fall asleep due to the thoughts running through your head? That feeling of unrest, accelerated heartbeat, sweats, and just wanting to scream, or choke someone is called anxiety.
As the mercury rises — and we are in the thick of it — it can be hard to keep hydration at an optimal level to ensure quality exercise, avoid fatigue, and prolong endurance. Soldiers, sailors, athletes, spouses and kids; no one is immune to dehydration.
Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Paolo Bayas
When I was in the Navy, one of the most common questions military spouses asked me was, "How do you stay so fit working these long hours?" Well, many of them worked long hours, too. While we were out in the field, they were raising young families and managing a household, often as a full-time job.