Ok, this may cause a bit of controversy but I’m basing this on facts. Juicing or buying juice can definitely be very tasty and simple to do.
However, juice spikes your insulin levels, the fiber is missing, other nutrients are depleted, and most store bought juice is highly processed. (Juicing at home is better but I still don’t recommend it)
5 Reasons that eating Whole Fruits is better than Juicing
Exception to the rule: I’m okay with blending also know as a smoothie.
Hot Tip: if you blend, add some flax seed and/or chia seed as this will add more fiber.
In today’s society we are flooded (literally) with so many beverages! Rock Star, Gatorade, Monster Energy, Powerade, Red Bull, Flavored Waters, Juices, Soda, coffee, tea, Diet Soft drinks, coconut milk, almond milk, milk, milk products, soy milk, beer, wine, booze, and alcohol of all kinds flavors, etc. etc.!!!
Now, some of the above are ok and certainly some are subject to debate like dairy. Plus, alcohol in moderation has shown some benefits. Nevertheless, water is # 1, not flavored or infused water….just plain water.
Now, of course, good clean pure water is best especially if you can get spring water that is untouched by any tainting such as pollution, etc.
So, always, always make Water # 1 on the list every day, all day. You’ve heard it before and it’s true…your body is comprised of mostly water and needs a continual supply to help it function properly, efficiently, and Keep it Healthy!!
Here’s the short list of the Benefits of Water:
- Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
- Promotes Weight Loss
- Flushes Out Toxins
- Improves Skin Complexion
- Maintains Regularity
- Boosts Immune System
- Natural Headache Remedy
- Prevents Cramps & Sprains
- Puts You In A Good Mood
- Save Money!
Water, water, water…..Any Questions?
One of the best and most efficient ways to get in shape is resistance training. It builds muscle, strength, and bone density (and many more benefits). Now, you don’t have to be a power lifter or grunt & groan with massive amounts of weight but you do need to challenge your body.
Think about it, before the modernization of our society people had to perform lots of manual labor. Most of that is gone today. However, by lifting weights 3 times a week you can achieve a healthy, strong body.
The best place to start is with a personal trainer. They can assess your current strength levels and then design a balanced program to help you get stronger over a period of time by incrementally increase the load, utilizing various techniques, and adding in lots of variety.
Plus, they can teach you how to warm up, lift with proper technique, and they can also track your progress and demonstrate how much stronger you become.
So, don’t be afraid to lift some weight!
Ok, maybe you’ve about HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) or you’re not quite sure what it is. Basically, it’s doing some type of cardio for a shorter period of time, with shorter rest periods or slower active recovery then bursts of high speed or intensity!
There are many variations of this that can be utilized. For example, if you go to a field and do sprints. Maybe you sprint for 40 yards then job back and do it again for 8 times. Sprint, jog back, repeat.
Another example would be on an elliptical machine. You could go for 1 min on a resistance of 6, then crank up the resistance to 12 for 30 seconds and repeat that for 15 min.
So, you could take just about any cardio, exercise, etc. and use the above formula. As you become more fit, you can increase distance, duration, speed, resistance, etc.
Why do HIIT? HIIT is very effective in many ways. It’s takes less time (my favorite), really challenges you, burns a lot of calories, revs up your metabolism, increase your VO2 Max (oxygen intake/cardiovascular system) and gets you in great shape!
Start off slow and gradually increase your variables while tracking your results. And do different things! Variety is the spice of Fitness!
Summer is here and there are a ton of great vegetables and fruits available right now! They are perfect for salads! Loaded with fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrient rich contribute to overall health & have been shown to help prevent disease.
And you can be very creative with many different ingredients. For example:
Cucumber, Bell peppers, Tomato, Onion, Radishes, Green Beans
Strawberry, Mango, Berries, Watermelon
Salmon, Chicken, Steak, Shrimp, Scallops, Turkey
And this is the short list!
So, mix, match, experiment and Enjoy!