Rest and Revitalize for Superior Health

Vacation season is in full swing.  Whether you are traveling to the mountains or the beach, it’s the time of year when many of us start planning for a much needed break from the daily grind.

When you think of getting fit, resting is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.  It is true that becoming healthy and fit involves work.  It involves lots of effort and sweat and determination.  But it also involves taking time to rest and relax.  To reach your goals, you need balance:  both hard work and R & R.

Dangers of over training

In our enthusiasm to lose weight and get fit, it is tempting to focus so hard on effort that we overwork ourselves.  But this is unwise, because it brings undesirable consequences such as:

  1. Burnout. If you exercise too much with no breaks, you will likely experience burnout.  And this can be deadly as far as your goals are concerned.  Burnout leads to loss of motivation, and loss of motivation leads to giving up. Intense exercise day in and day out can lead to feelings of resentment toward your exercise times.  You may become sick of it.  A sign that you may be heading toward burnout is if you begin dreading your workout sessions; a change in attitude is often one of the first signs that you are losing momentum.
  2. Injury risk. Overtaxing your body with too much exercise and insufficient rest can lead to injuries.  During exercise, your body naturally experiences stress, strain and micro-injuries.  When you rest, these micro-injuries heal; this leads to improved strength and greater over-all endurance.  But if these micro-injuries do not have a chance to heal before you hit them with more exercise stress, they will give out and possibly succumb to extensive injury.  Moderation is the key, and moderation demands periods of rest and relaxation.
  3. Decreased life performance. An overworked and overtaxed body (and mind) simply gets tired.  And as you become more and more fatigued, you will become less productive not only in the gym, but also in your other responsibilities as well.  Your work, family and social life will suffer if you do not listen to your body and mind and give them some time off.

Tips for making the most of your vacation time

Taking time to relax each day is important, but so is taking a vacation each year.  There is nothing like getting away for a while to refresh your mind, body and spirit. No matter where you are headed for vacation, it’s okay to take some time off and simply relax and heal.  In fact it is crucial.

And if you choose to stay home this year on a stay-cation, be sure you really use that vacation time for all it’s worth.  You don’t have to leave home to relax, but you may find you have to work at it a little more.  Sometimes it is hard to relax when the daily to-do are staring you in the face!

  • Take some time by the pool. If the hotel you are staying at has a pool, be sure to take advantage of it.  There is something about sitting beside water that brings quick relaxation.
  • Sleep in. Vacation is the perfect time to let yourself get off schedule a bit and sleep later in the mornings.  Yes, you’ll have to readjust when life gets back to normal, but let your body sleep if it needs it.  Remember:  the point is healing and repair.
  • Sight-see during off hours. It’s hard to relax when you are jostled by people from all directions.  Fighting crowds tends to increase stress, not decrease it.  Pick your favorite attractions and try to visit during the least crowded times.  Staying calm is the key to getting the most out of your time off.

 

The Benefits of Beet Juice

The Benefits of Beet Juice

Anyone can greatly improve their progress and performance by carefully choosing what foods they eat and beat juice should be at the top of their list! Raw beets are loaded with a form of nitrates that are easily converted to nitric oxide in the human body. These healthy nitrates oxygenate the blood making the muscles respond better to resistance training! Moreover, the improved oxygen distribution to all parts of your body, including your heart and brain, will give you more stamina during workouts!

Please note that the healthy nitrates in beets are not the same as the “bad” nitrates found in processed meats like bologna, hot dogs, and deli meats. Beet juice has many other health benefits for bodybuilders too! Many studies have pointed to the fact that it lowers blood pressure. Beet juice also stabilizes blood sugar, leveling out the lows and highs after you eat. This will reduce lethargy, prevent depression, and help keep you more motivated to stay on track with your workouts. The beet root is exceptionally high in folic acid and manganese. The leaves and stems are exceptionally high in vitamin K at 500 percent the recommended daily allowance. This will help maintain your bones and prevent osteoporosis. Beet juice is also quite high in vitamin A vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, choline, and silica. This is why some nutritionists call beets and beet juice a superfood.

What gives beets their color is a class of antioxidants called betalains, including both betanin and vulgaxanthin. These antioxidants are among the most powerful anti-inflammatories and fungicides known. Thus, beet juice will help your joints ache less after your workouts and will keep your feet free of fungus. Research has also shown that betalains retard cancer tumors. While the betalains are spread throughout the beet plant, they are most highly concentrated in the peel of the beet so you should never peel beets before you juice them. Continue reading The Benefits of Beet Juice

Stubborn Fat: The Beginning

EVERYONE walking the face of this earth has an abundance of
fat cells throughout their bodies. In fact, if you’re a healthy
adult with normal body composition, you have approximately
30 billion fat cells. This is an astronomical number when you
think about it. Did you ever wonder why you have so many?

Have you ever wondered what those fat cells are for?

Fat Cells Are Genetically Programmed

The answer is, fat cells are part of our genetic code and they
enable us to use stored energy when food is scarce. This survival
mechanism works very much the same today as it did 10,000
years ago. However, there is an abundance of food in modern
society today, and we no longer need to store so much fat to
survive.

When you consume too many calories, your body goes into
storage mode for the “lean times,” so to speak, but the lean
time never comes. So your body simply stores those extra
calories as fat. When you eat fewer calories than your body
demands, your cells release stored fat for energy. Pretty simple
equation; however, not all fat is the same.

Placement of Fat Deposits in Your Body

The placement of fat deposits on our bodies varies depending
on each person’s genetic influences, lifestyle choices, and
nutritional intake. Men tend to store their body fat around their
bellies and chest. Women tend to store it around their hips,
buttocks, thighs, and the backs of their arms. A complete
discussion of hormones and fat storage is beyond the scope of
this article, but let it suffice to say that certain hormonal
processes do determine body fat distribution.

Essential Oils: Powerful Natural Promoters of Health And Wellbeing

Essential oils are powerful natural agents that have a myriad of benefits to improve your health and well being. Essential oils are derived from the flowers, leaves, stems and bark of plants. The use of these oils for health can be traced back many centuries ago – all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Depending on the type of essential oil, they contain antibacterial, anti fungal or antiviral properties. They have a variety natural healing qualities that can be used to prevent and treat a wide range of physical and emotional ailments.

There are numerous types of essential oils out there. Some of the most common oils that are used include eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, lemon, cedar and chamomile essential oils. There are a number of ways essential oils promote your health and well being, including their ability to fight infections, provide pain relief, reduce stress and tension, enhance the mood and energize the body. Continue reading Essential Oils: Powerful Natural Promoters of Health And Wellbeing

DMAE – Is It A Miracle Supplement DiMethyl Amino Ethanol

Are you sleepless because of the new aging spots visible on your skin? Does your face look dark and patchy? Well Face-lifting, skin toning, plastic surgeries can now take a back seat unless you want to look a celeb’s identical. Pigmentation and wrinkles are two persisting problems common to adults. These problems which starts in early 30s, often gives victims sleepless nights as they realize that their days of youth would soon be past and so would be their good looks. To counter fight early aging you do not have scarcity of anti-aging creams and lotions. But are you aware as to which one will suit you the best? Or which one has better effectiveness? If you are clueless then use DMAE and know the results for yourself. Does this interest you? Keen to know more? Then read on…

What is DMAE?

DMAE or DiMethyl Amino Ethanol is the “smart drug” that has multiple benefits. It can cure your irritability, enhance your memory, work upon your focus level, improve your mood and also make you look glamorous. This organic compound is also an energy booster and at the same time it has proven anti aging properties. There are several success stories of DMAE and numerous case studies prove how it is benefited many people in diverse aspects. However before we go any further it is essential for us to know how exactly DMAE functions. Continue reading DMAE – Is It A Miracle Supplement DiMethyl Amino Ethanol

The Benefits Of Walking And Drinking Water

So many people struggle with their weight. Whether its just a few pounds they need to lose or much more, it seems that weight loss is on the minds of more than half of the population at any given time. There are countless ads everywhere you look on how to effectively lose weight. No matter if it’s on television, the internet or billboards on the highway, you will see products and gyms that are so quick to promise you the results you’ve been waiting for, if you just try what they have to offer.

Truthfully, it isn’t as complicated as some would have you belief. It is by no means easy but it is completely doable with the implementation of two key things: water and walking. Both of these things used together will definitely have you seeing significant changes in your weight. You don’t need to shell out tons of money for diet products, special foods or gym memberships. Water and walking will quickly have you on your way to losing body fat and reducing your weight. Continue reading The Benefits Of Walking And Drinking Water

10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

2,459 people have already ordered the newly updated Vince’s book in the past 13-hours.
Were you one of them?
Here’s a some great articles about Vince and his training.
Vince Gironda Legend and Myth by Alan Palmieri is the most complete and comprehensive writing on Vince Gironda…Ever!

This is a must read for anyone interested in Vince Gironda.The “Iron Guru” was perhaps at his pinnacle of fame in the “Golden Years” of bodybuilding, the 1960’s. During that time, Vince dominated the scene and Vince’s Gym, was known as the Mecca of bodybuilding. Continue reading 10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

Recover Right after Workouts

Recover Right after Workouts

Proper recovery is important to feeling great, keep soreness at bay,improve muscle density and stay injury free. I highly recommend after a workout a drink consisting of a 2-1 ratio of protein to carbs ratio.This helps prevent the hormone cortisol from breaking down muscle tissue.Post workout stretching and low impact cardio such as biking can also help in proper recovery. You can get a great organic whey protein at this link below http://budurl.com/defensenutrition

It is very important that you recover right after a workout. The activities you carry out after your work can impact greatly on your fitness gains and overall performance. So you just need to have a good fitness recovery plan.

Ways to recover right after an exercise

There are many methods in which athletes can follow to recover from their workouts, and I will just mention a few on them. Continue reading Recover Right after Workouts

Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Tom Venuto’s Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.

Good news: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained is much more modest – just over a pound.

Bad news: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain – even just a pound – is the kind of weight gain that most people don’t lose when the holidays are over; it simply adds to the weight creep that sneaks up on you as you get older.

People often wonder how it’s possible to wake up one morning at age 40 or 45 and “suddenly” they’re 30 pounds fatter – or more – than they were in college. Mystery solved. Continue reading Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Nutrition Secrets for a flat, fat- free tummy

I’m often asked to pick my favorite “to do’s” when it comes to slimming the waistline. So here they are:

1. Cut Calories

Cutting calories is the key to maintaining a trim midsection. The only way to see a solid set of abs is in the absence of body fat. To achieve this goal a person must reduce calories. However, what I find is people go whole hog and drop caloric intake too much and too fast. When reducing calories make sure it is not too drastic. This slows your metabolism and allows you to store more stubborn fat. When you reduce calories and increase energy output the body will be forced to burn fat all over, not just in one area. I’m not saying to starve, simply drop the junk food and reduce calories by 10 to 15percent. That may mean cutting out the donuts.

2. Eat at Least Five to Six Small Meals Per Day

Small meals eaten frequently help to keep your metabolism high, allowing you to burn fat, even while you sleep. This approach is in vogue with many fitness authorities. The main reason is stoking the furnace within your body. The more you practice eating small meals more often, the more you will find body fat leaving your body. For more information on this check out “Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle” mentioned at the end of this manual.

3. Reduce Carbohydrate Intake at Night

Since the majority of carbs consumed are complex (slow release), tapering them off toward the end of the day will minimize the possibility of carb-to-fat turnover. This is a proven fact eat, carbs at night and you will gain body fat. Think about it, if you eat late are you ever hungry in the morning? No! Blood sugar levels are still above average. So what happens? You do not eat a good breakfast …and poof you eat like a hog at lunch so you’re not hungry again until late at night….and the cycle continues over and over.

4. Eat a Healthy Serving of Fiber with Meals

Fiber helps with the digestion of protein, carbs and fat. It is the key to burning the sugar from carbs making muscles leaner. Adding fiber to your diet is one of the best things you can do. Also, anything containing fiber is usually going to be low in calories (i.e. vegetables). Get as much of this stuff as you possibly can. Fiber is necessary for a balanced nutritional plan. Continue reading Nutrition Secrets for a flat, fat- free tummy