Well, Summer is here. And a cold, refreshing glass of ice tea can be a great thirst quencher for sure. Plus, it has a myriad of benefits to boot!
It has a lot of antioxidants, its great for hydration, it can assist with fat loss, and has been shown to lower blood pressure. And there are some indicators that it may prevent certain types of cancer. Tea is the most popular drink in the world. And I love a cold ice tea with lots of ice and a wedge of lemon. And there are many types & flavors of tea to choose from. Black, Green, Herbal, White, and Yellow. I recommend buying your own tea bags of your choice and making it at home and chilling it in a glass container in your refrigerator. Plus, there are many naturally fruit infused flavored teas with no sugar! If you must sweeten it, I recommend adding a small amount of raw, organic honey when its almost done brewing.
When you workout consistently everything gets better….Including Sex! One of Cardiovascular exercise primary benefits is circulation which leads to positive blood flow that keeps all the body parts in working order for a healthy sex life. Strength training is a must if you work out. It increases the production of testosterone which is the hormone of arousal. And Yoga, is great for your mind, your body, and keeping you limber and flexible. On top of all this, when we look and feel better we are more confident and more desirable to our mates…It’s a Win Win! So, grab your mate and head to the gym, take a shower together afterwards (conserve water too!), then burn some more calories in bed!
For a lot of people, there is a common misconception that when you’re lifting weights is when your muscles are getting bigger and stronger. The fact is the changes take place over the next several days when you are not using those muscles again in the same manner and allowing them to recover while feeding them with good foods and plenty of water. This is when the growth & change occurs. So, it’s important NOT to rework those muscles again until they are fully recovered. There are exceptions. If you did a weight workout with your legs one day, its okay to ride a bike the next day just not to intensely. The key is variety and common sense if it’s sore don’t work it again unless the activity helps it recover. Yoga, for instance, is great for relieving sore muscles & maintaining range of motion. Also, treat yourself to massage at least once or twice a month as this is another great way to help sore muscles recover and feels really good too! Plus, it’s a good part of a well designed balance fitness program.
We forget about breathing most of the time because its an autonomic function that works automatically. However, when we workout hard we notice that extra breath that we draw. Breathing can be controlled consciously also. The best way to utilize our breathing is too find a quiet space, close our eyes, and focus on deep breathing while also being aware of our surroundings, feelings, & thoughts. This is called mindfulness. It is a wonderful technique for reducing stress, increasing mental focus, and gaining clarity. It can also alleviate anxiety, decrease depression, and lower blood pressure. Deep breathing helps facilitate this process. So, find at least 10 minutes a day to practice this and your mind & body will thank you.
This morning I’m enjoying a small bowl of oatmeal. I added cinnamon, blueberries, vanilla Protein powder, and some flax & chia seeds. Yum! Good carbohydrates, fats, and protein, Well balanced. Although many people eat oats too they often make this HUGE Mistake:
The quality of the oats. Oats today all over the place….from highly processed packets of apples & cinnamon loaded with sugar to real oats that take 15 min to prepare. Remember the rule….Keep it Real!
So, the real oats are just simply oats and take about 15 – 20 min to prepare. Now, there is a quick oats version of this that is pretty good and is ready in less than half the time. Those are the only types I recommend. After that, its all down hill.
Plus, you should always add your own fresh ingredients:
Fresh or frozen fruit
Peanut or Almond Butter
Flax and/or Chia Seed
Grass Fed Milk, Almond Milk, etc.
Your Favorite Protein powder,
Mix, match, & enjoy! And ALWAYS Keep it REAL!