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In this article I want to share some of the best essentials that I believe you can have if you are serious about your training.
Having a water bottle is essential every time you work out. The body needs to stay hydrated properly to function at its best. Having your own water bottle is also beneficial for not mistaking a generic water bottle for someone else’s. With Covid constantly being a problem in our society, it’s very important to not drink after others whether it be intentionally or accidental.
Foam rolling is an essential tool for self myofascial release. Self myofascial release is just a fancy term for self massage. The purpose of this is to help warm up muscles, and to help your body recover from workouts by alleviating muscle soreness. You can also use a tennis ball or lacrosse ball as an alternative for pinpointing certain spots.
Yoga mats are good to have while performing exercises on a hard surface like cement, asphalt, hard wood, tile, etc. Doing ab crunches on a yoga mat is important to avoid irritating the spine on hard surfaces.
Jump rope is one of the best ways to get a cardio blast. It’s a full body coordinated movement that helps develop rhythm and athleticism. Jump ropes are also very affordable, usually ranging between $2 and $10. It’s best to jump for a certain amount of time. Usually a couple of three minute rounds of jumping is a good way to start a workout and get the body warm.
Get yourself a good pair of running shoes or cross trainers. Having the correct shoes will make a great difference in your training program and overall fitness. Usually most lower body aches, pains, and dysfunction is rooted in the arches of a person’s feet. Sometimes it is even necessary to add an extra pair of insoles to your shoes to better support your feet.
If you are serious about your health you must be willing to invest in your fitness. All of the items listed above are low cost and could easily be put into a budget. Remember good health is true wealth. Happy New Year!
Nutrition labels allow you to make educated choices about what you eat.
The serving size is at the top.
All of this information is based on this amount.
So you need to make sure that you compare this to the amount of food that you actually eat.
For example- eating a whole bag of chips when the serving size is only for 10 chips.
The serving size on the label is usually a much smaller amount than most people would eat.
Moving on to calories.
The number of calories listed is based on the serving size.
If you have more than the suggested serving size the calories will be higher, if you have less the calories will be lower.
Not all calories are created equal.
Empty calories void of nutrition and full of chemicals and preservatives wear down the body and add up quick.
Clean, whole foods are lower in calories and much higher in nutrients and fiber.
We need to take other things into consideration when choosing foods like the percentage of daily value.
This tells us how much of a nutrient a food contains.
5% of less is considered a little amount of a nutrient.
And 15% or more is considered a lot.
Nutrients to look for include:
On the flip side, nutrients to consume in moderation include:
Let’s take a look at nutrition labels for two similar products and see how they stack up.
By comparing these two cereal labels, let’s figure out which option is the healthier choice.
First, check the serving size.
Is it the same for both products?
Moving on to calories…
Product 1 has 110 calories per serving while product 2 has 120.
Now look at the percentage of daily value and see which nutrients each product is high or low in.
Product 1 has:
Product 2 has:
Even tho Product 1 has ten less calories, Product 2 is the healthier option.
It has 5x the protein (10g vs 2g)
It also has triple the fibre which will aid in digestion and help you feel full longer.
Product 2 also has less than half the amount of sugar.
There are some foods that don’t require a label including:
Ultimately, the information on a nutrition label is there to help us make informed decisions about what we eat.
Here is a quick lower body workout using a kettlebell. The focus of this workout is to strengthen the legs and glutes. I started the workout with a quick foam roll and jump rope warm up. After I was fully warmed up I grabbed a kettlebell and did overhead reverse lunges (2 sets of 10) and side lunges (2 sets of 10).
The overhead reverse lunge is a full body exercise that really works to build strength in the glutes, hamstrings, and quads. Holding the kettlebell over your head with one arm will also cause the core muscles the stabilize and load the spine.
The second exercise in this workout was the side lunge which is a variation of the lunge that stabilizes and strengthens muscles in the legs while working side-to-side along the frontal plane. It is important to move the body in multiple planes of motion to reach maximal mobility.
Try to add these exercises to your next workout routine. Subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more fitness content. Leave me a comment and let me know how it goes for you!
Making Healthy Food Choices In Our Busy Lives
You already know how important it is to make healthy food choices for you and your family. But how can you fit the best choices into your busy life?
You’ll be pleased to discover that a hectic life doesn’t mean that every meal has to be fast food on the run! Sometimes it’s difficult to make healthy changes, but with a little planning and know-how, it can be done.
Here are some strategies to help you and your family make healthy choices:
When you begin to look at mealtime as a social experience, it becomes easier to make the right choices about healthy foods. Suddenly you aren’t so worried about rushing through and making it quick.
Dinner becomes a great experience when you’re able to enjoy healthy foods together. Take time to eat as a family and enjoy a real conversation with each other. Talking will naturally slow down your eating pace, while also reconnecting you with your family members.
Using these techniques will bring all kinds of healthy benefits to your family and teach your children a healthy lifestyle. Healthy food choices are a possibility in your busy life if you take the time to plan ahead and make dinner time a priority in your home.
Natural lemon tea is so easy to make and has great health benefits! If you want to improve your immune system or boost your metabolism just follow these simple steps!
It’s that simple!
Hot lemon water helps stimulate the body’s immune system and prevents illness in the most natural way possible. This is because lemons are rich with Vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that plays an important role in causing resistance against many diseases. The hot temperature of the water, along with the Vitamin C will help in reducing coughs and loosening the thickness of mucus forming bacteria.
Another benefit to drinking hot lemon water is that it can be a natural aid to helping you regulate, or even lose some weight, if that is a goal of yours.
This is a more strategic approach, as the timing of your intake can help boost your results. Drinking hot lemon water in the morning is the best time for losing weight.
This is because warm water raises your body temperature, which increases your metabolism. Your metabolism is naturally higher in the morning as opposed to later in the evening. So it’s best to begin your day with an extra boost and start burning more calories early.
I hope you found this information helpful. Enjoy!
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What Is A Muscle Strain?
Have you ever felt like you pulled a muscle and wondered what the heck just happened? Well, it was most likely a muscle strain. A muscle strain is the over stretching or tearing of muscle fibers. They are classified in three different grades of severity. A Grade I strain is a mild strain where only a few muscle fibers are damaged. Grade I strains most likely will feel tender and painful, but the muscle will still have normal strength.
A Grade II muscle strain is a little worse and there usually is a loss of strength. You would be able to tell if the injury was a Grade II strain if there was swelling or a bruise on the area that’s hurt.
A Grade III muscle strain is the absolute worse. This is when the muscles tears all the way through. When this happens you feel a “pop” sensation as the muscle rips away from the tendon. These type of injuries require immediate medical attention because there is usually a loss of muscle function. The Grade III muscle strain usually causes the muscle to look deformed where there is a “dent” in the muscle where the muscle fibers have detached from the tendon.
How To Heal Muscle Strains
Grade I and Grade II muscle strains can be treated with the R.I.C.E. healing method. R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Rest is very important because most muscle strains are caused by over working or over stretching the muscle. Your body is telling you to “chill out!”. While resting you should be applying ice to the injured area frequently.
Ice will help the inflammation and swelling go down. I personally recommend icing for about 20 minutes every few hours. Compression is also necessary to reduce the swelling. Keep it wrapped up with compression clothing or sleeves (you could even use an ACE bandage). You want the compression to be tight but not too tight to the point where you aren’t getting blood circulation to the area.
Lastly, it is important to keep in mind that the injured area should be elevated above the heart. This will keep the swelling down. It is pretty evident that the overall goal for allowing the muscle to heal is by reducing inflammation and swelling. This can all be done at home, but keep in mind this is only for Grade I and Grade II muscle strains. As mentioned before, Grade III muscle strains require immediate medical attention. Depending on the severity of the injury surgery may be needed. The length of recovery depends on the individual and the grade of muscle strain.
Muscle strains are caused by over stretching or over working a muscle. There are three different grades of muscle strains. Grade I and Grade II muscle strains can be healed at home with the R.I.C.E. method of healing. It is recommended that Grade III muscle strains receive immediate medical attention.