A Talk With Jared Hightower

Jared is a local trainer in Ottawa and was kind enough to offer his expertise in an interview, of which I of course wanted to take advantage of.

My questions are in bold, the italics are his answers.

What is the Biggest Myth of Nutrition

Probably that saturated fat is bad for you.  For decades the common person has thought that eating eggs will lead to heart attacks, but there simply is not any science to back this up.  Recent studies in the most reputable journals have only further supported that there is no link between dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, and that there is no link between saturated fat and heart disease.

How Can a Busy Person Eat Well?

The key is in planning ahead as much as possible.  If you work a typical office job try to make lunches and dinner beforehand on the weekend.  This will help you avoid the temptation of buying unhealthy fast food.  

What if you Forgot a Lunch and are stuck at Work?

In this case you should turn to a healthy meal substitute like a protein bar.  These bars are low in calories but high in protein, but make sure you only get the quality bars.  Beware of bars with added sugar. (My Note: You can use bestproteinbarshq.com to see if there is sugar added)

One Last Question Jared, what do you think about Pre Workout Supplements?

I get this a lot, and my main opinion is that if you stick with the most popular ones once in a while, they’re no problem at all and can be beneficial.  On the other end of the spectrum, there are sketchier products that aren’t so good for you, and if you use most pre workout supplements too much you could have some health issues.  Always stay on the safe side.

How I Stay Fit

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m kind of a jock.  Sports always came naturally to me unlike academics and technology based hobbies.  So I know that I can’t write much on the newest gadgets and whatnot, but what I can do is try to help people understand the human body better and how it works.

How to Train the Body

The first thing you need to do to get fit is to get a training schedule together.  I don’t care what you do, run, jump, lift, hop, skip, walk, just do something and you will start getting results.  Don’t focus too much on what you should do, just take action and do it.

The next thing you need to do is lock down your nutrition.  No more candy and junk food, you don’t need it, they’re empty calories.  Spend some time reading about the paleo diet and understanding why we eat the foods we do.

Now finally I want to look at ways you can speed up and boost your results.  My favorite ways to do this are to use different supplements.  I recommend starting with protein powder, you can use the guide at http://bestproteinpowderhq.net/ in order to learn which ones are the best.  Secondly, you want a creatine supplement so that you can work harder doing whatever activity you chose.  Similarly you can find the best one at http://bestcreatines.net/.

I don’t want to overwhelm you with information so I think I’ll stop here for now.  Send me your feedback and I’ll write more posts about it in the future addressing your fitness concerns.

Running in Winter

John here for a quick post for all of our running readers.  I know from first experience that the winter and the cold can trigger Hip pain running, so here’s how to deal with it.


RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The RICE has been a recommended method in addressing strain, sprain, and hip flexor pain.

Rest is said to be a vital treatment on all kinds of injuries, particularly the 24-48 hours after the said injury. It is in this initial period, where the affected part is relieved from getting further complications that may cause more pain to the person. A part of this method is the use of crutches, sling, and splints as these instruments minimize the impact imposed on the affected part while performing simple functions.

Ice helps especially if there is swelling. Icing is significantly effective when treating an injury but its effect reduces after 48 hours. It is advised to use ice packs or ice massage on the affected area for not more than 20 minutes at an interval of 3-4 hours. Make sure not to go over 20 minutes. Otherwise, it will only complicate the whole situation and may even cause damage to the other tissues.

Compression can be done using bandages to snugly wrap the affected area.

Elevation method can be done by placing your legs on pillows during night time although you can also use other hanging devices to elevate your legs.