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    • Miracle Tree: 6 Health Benefits Of Willow Bark To Get You Chomping At The Bit
      By ednachopin in ednachopin
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      When we have a headache or experience any kind of body ache, we open our medicine cabinets and reach for a bottle of aspirin. This pain reliever and heart attack preventer is a “miracle drug” that has been one of the most popular pharmaceutical agents for over a century, but its natural equivalent has been used for thousands of years. Willow bark, also known as “nature’s aspirin,” contains a precursor to aspirin, which essentially provides the same benefits as the tablet.

      Willow bark, specifically white willow bark, is available in the form of actual bits of tree bark for chewing, powder, and liquid extract. The usual dose of white willow bark, says the University of Maryland Medical Center, is 240 milligrams (mg) a day. Now, although willow bark provides similar benefits like aspirin, too much willow bark can cause its own set of problems.

      Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email, “The use of too much White Willow bark or Aspirin cause lead to gastric ulcers, which can be very painful and are associated with gastric cancers as well. Too much White Willow bark can also be the cause of Reye’s syndrome in children, which can cause liver and brain swelling and have a possibility of death.”

      In moderation and consumed responsibly, willow bark can be an excellent natural alternative to aspirin, eliminating the side effects of the tablet. So, get chomping at the bit!

      1. Alleviates Acne

      Willow bark extract can be found as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products due to its astringent, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties. It contains salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant used in several acne treatments because it can help skin shed dead cells while clearing pores. It also contains phenolic acids, including salicin, salicortin and flavonoids, tannins, and minerals, which help with skin rejuvenation.

      A study published in the journal Clinical Therapeutics found mild or moderate acne can be treated with nonprescription agents such as salicylic acid. This agent can reduce the number of primary lesions and therefore, the severity of all acne-related lesions. Salicylic acid has been shown to be more superior to benzoyl peroxide in reducing acne. Salicin in willow bark is believed to turn into salicylic acid when it's processed by the body.

      2. Reduces Headaches

      The consumption of white willow bark may help reduce the tension from headache-related pain. It contains the chemical salicin similar to acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin. The University of Maryland Medical Center states feeling the effects of willow bark may take longer to experience, but the effects can last longer compared to aspirin.

      3. Eases Lower Back Pain

      Willow bark supplements could be a natural remedy for lower back pain, neck, and muscle aches. Brennecke believes its fine to take white willow bark to help relieve some of that pain. “The components of white willow bark inhibit cyclooxygenase, which is responsible for the formation of prostaglandins, which is an inflammatory mediator. By stopping the formation of prostaglandins, white willow bark acts as an anti-inflammatory agent,” he said.

      A 2001 study published in the journal Rheumatology found in a group of nearly 200 people with low back pain, those who received willow bark showed a significant improvement in pain compared to those who received a placebo. Moreover, those who received higher doses of the herb, specifically 240 mg salicin, experienced more significant pain relief than those who received a low dose of 120 mg salicin.

      4. Reduces Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Pain

      Willow bark can be an effective treatment for reducing arthritis and osteoarthritis-related pain by decreasing the swelling. By inhibiting cyclooxygenase and therefore, prostaglandins, according to Brennecke, it will reduce inflammation, thereby lessening the crippling pain. It's suspected white willow bark extract may regularly suppress the progression and onset of the disease. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found people with osteoarthritis who took willow bark extract providing 240mg of salicin reduced their pain by 14 percent compared to two percent in the placebo in a two-week randomized controlled trial.

      5. Prevents Heart Attacks

      The American Heart Association acknowledges a daily low-dose of aspirin a day can prevent heart attacks and stroke. The tablet has been linked to reducing the risk of internal clotting, which is related to these two health conditions. Since the effects of aspirin and willow bark have been comparable, it is believed willow bark extract may reap similar benefits.

      “White Willow bark contains salicylates,” which means it has the same effect on the heart as aspirin does, according to Brennecke. Although drinking white willow bark tea can thin the blood like aspirin — making it less likely to clot — it’s important to know how much salicylates you get in each cup and monitor that amount.

      6. Soothes Menstrual Cramps

      Typically, menstrual cramps are usually the result of inflammation of the uterine lining and the contractions triggered by prostaglandins. Willow bark is believed to regulate the production of prostaglandins and reduce inflammation, which helps soothes not only cramps but PMS symptoms. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, professional herbalists recommend willow bark for menstrual cramps although there are no scientific studies to show it works.

      Brennecke disagreed and stated, “Ibuprofen is a better choice when it comes to PMS and menstrual cramps.” However, “It would be fine to drink white willow bark tea while PMS and menstrual cramps are occurring, but if taken while menstruating, [it] could increase the bleeding.” He advised pain killers are a better option because it doesn’t thin the blood nearly as much as salicylic acid does. 

      Willow bark is considered to be a safer and natural alternative for those who can’t stomach the side effects of aspirin.
       
    • How Does Nattokinase Work For Good Blood Flow and Circulation?
      By ednachopin in ednachopin
         0
      Blood clotting is a normal process wherein blood thickens to form a protective barrier to stop bleeding. However, blood clots can sometimes form in places of the body which lead to various health complications such as heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and other problems that may be life-threatening. A potent anti-clotting enzyme called Nattokinase, which is extracted from the traditional Japanese fermented food Natto or boiled soybeans, has been found to aid the body in breaking up and dissolving blood coagulation. Find out more about Nattokinase by reading our article nattokinase-review. How does Nattokinase work to help the body achieve healthy blood flow and circulation?
      Nattokinase works in the following ways:
      -restores and supports normal blood pressure
      -dissolves existing blood clots as well as breaks down the fibers found in it called fibrin
      -prevents the formation of new, unnecessary blood clots
      -encourages the production of plasmin and other agents that aid in dissolving clots, like urokinase
      These enzymes bind with specific molecules of the body and then alters its structure in a manner that makes the cells function better. It basically hydrolizes proteins, and breaks them down into amino acids that can be easily absorbed and digested. Nattokinase breaks down the substance which makes arterial plaque sticky and thick, thereby thinning the blood and hastening plasmin production in a natural way.
      Scientific Studies on Nattokinase
      crystal structure of Nattokinase
      Research conducted in 1990 by Dr. Sumi and his team demonstrated the fibrinolytic effects of Nattokinase. It was tested on 12 healthy volunteers, 6 Japanese men and 6 women, aged between 21-55 years old. They were given 7 ounces of Natto before breakfast, and then tracked fibrinolytic through blood plasma tests. One test involved a blood sample being taken, then a clot or thrombus was artificially induced. The time that's typically required to dissolve the clot was incredibly reduced in half, merely within two hours of treatment. On top of this, the volunteers exhibited this enhanced ability to dissolve blood clots for another 2-8 hours.
      Another study conducted by the same team focused on inducing blood clots in the major leg vein of animals, who have received four Nattokinase capsules and a different animal group four placebo capsules prior to the test. The resulting x-rays of their blood vessels showed that the blood clots of those animals who had Nattokinase have fully dissolved with normal blood circulation restored, just within 5 hours of treatment. The group that was given placebo did not show improvement, with no dissolving noted after 18 hours of the treatment. Read our article on About Nattokinase Benefits to learn more.
      Thinner Blood for Optimal Health
      How does Nattokinase work towards better health? The body produces plasmin for dissolving clots, but its production is reduced as the body matures and ages. With the help of Nattokinase, which is even more effective and powerful than plasmin, the blood becomes thinner and therefore the body becomes stronger against conditions brought about by blood clots. It works naturally and promotes overall good health as the hearts is able to pump blood efficiently throughout your entire body.
    • Medicinal Properties of Grape Seeds
      By ednachopin in ednachopin
         1
      We all know that grapes have many health benefits; they are usually common gifts given to patients in hospital to help them through the healing process. Although, this is more of a tradition from Roman times than anything else, but grapes and especially grape seeds to have a natural healing ability, something that we call the Grape Cure.

      In terms of what they can cure, it’s been known that grapes can help cure everything from nausea and liver diseases, right through to one case of stomach cancer.

      The seed itself can be extracted from the grape in order to increase blood levels of antioxidants in our systems, improving how our body operates by fighting off free radicals which can lead to cell death and severe health problems.

      What Conditions Can Grape Seed Extract be used with?

      Chronic venous insufficiency

      Perhaps our first port-of-call is how grape seed extract can substantially help those that have these kinds of symptoms. Chronic Venous Insufficiency to put it in simple terms is when the blood in your body because clogged up in your legs, causing blood pools to appear. For anyone that suffers with this they can experience sharp pains, swelling of the legs, and fatigue.

      By introducing grape seed into the equation there have been many reports that this miracle cure has allowed the symptoms of CVI to radically reduce in a short period of time.

      High blood pressure

      High blood pressure is without doubt one of the most common health issues that we face as humans. The biggest problem is that most us will never know when we have high blood pressure simply because there are not any obvious symptoms. What we do know is that grape seed extracts provide a high level of antioxidants which the body needs to help protect blood cells from any serious damage.

      This alone will reduce the high blood pressure in the body, because blood cells and vessels will be much stronger to break thanks to grape seeds.

      Cancer

      In the 20th Century a writer by the name of Johanna Brandt studied controversial health subjects and she believed that grape seed extract helped cure her of stomach cancer. The truth is that grape seed extract has been substantially proven to help prevent the growth of various types of cancer such as lung, prostate, colon and the afore mentioned stomach cancer cells.

      Again, this could come down to the level of antioxidants that are found in grapes that cut out growth and development of cells.

      Edema

      By now you have probably realized the many health benefits to grape seeds, from the quickness of recovery to the antioxidants that can strengthen our blood cells. Edema is essentially the medical term for the swelling caused by either surgery or a major injury and we see this in all walks of medical procedures from breath cancer surgery to other major surgery types.

      With the introduction of grape seed extract studies have found that this works better than any other placebo. The pain and swelling of post-surgery tends to decrease at a substantial rate which allows patients to get back on their feet quicker.

      What Else Can Grape Seed Extract Combat?

      We have mentioned but a few of the health conditions that grapes can help with above, but there is also proven studies that show grape seed extract can aid in improving blood sugar control which is a massive step forward in combating the likes of Diabetes, as well as anti-aging and the treatment of hemorrhoids. Grape seed extract can also help improve night vision, whilst also slowing down the effects of Alzheimer.
    • The best gift for you
      By ednachopin in ednachopin
         0
      Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme extracted from pineapples, particularly the stems; thus Bromelain is sometimes referred to as Pineapple extract. People use it as a protein digestion aid, anti-inflammatory agent and meat tenderizer.
      About the measurement: The strength or activity level of bromelain is usually measured in GDU (gelatin digesting units) per gram. Gelatin is protein. GDU per gram is a measure of how much protein a gram of bromelain can digest.
      The pineapple (Ananas comosus), belonging to the family of Bromeliaceae, is a plant native to South America. The plant grows to a height of 1 m. It has adventitious root, short stem and needle like leaves that spiral around the stem in a tight rosette. After flowering the plant produces a cone shaped compound fruit that develops into the stem. Each of the eyes on the surface is the dried base of a small flower. The crowns from the top of the fruit are usually used for propagation because pineapples contain no viable seeds.
    • 16 Tips to Triple Your Workout Effectiveness
      By Health_is_Wealth in Health_is_Wealth's Blog
         1
      You don’t want to spend long hours at the gym, but you want to get stronger, fitter, leaner, and just plain look good. It’s possible that you’re not getting the most out of your workout time.
      It’s possible to get a super-effective workout in 30 minutes, and only do a few workouts a week, if you maximize your workouts.
      Disclaimer: First, I’m not a certified trainer. These are tips I’ve read elsewhere that work well for me. Second, you should always get a doctor’s approval of any new workout plan. This plan is especially intense, so if you have a heart condition or other condition that might be affected by heavy exercise, you should definitely refrain from trying it until you’ve gotten checked out by a doctor.
      And even if you have gotten checked out, or even if you don’t bother doing so, it’s still important to start out an exercise program slowly, until your body has the chance to adjust, or you will face burnout or injury.
      Don’t dive right into this program — it’s designed for people who have already been working out but want to see better results, quicker, and spend less time doing it. Here’s how to do it.
      1.  Limit your workouts to 30-40 minutes. Though the tendency of some people who really want to get a lot out of their workouts is to spend a lot of time at the gym, the truth is that after 30 or 40 minutes, the benefit isn’t as great. To go that long, you’d have to lower the intensity of the workout, and that means that you’re spending too much time working out. It’s better to work out at a higher intensity for a shorter amount of time.

      2. High-intensity workouts. If you’re just starting out with exercise, it’s best to take it slow. If you’re running or cycling, for example, build up your endurance for at least a month before you get into anything more intense. That means going at a rate where you can easily talk without being out of breath. However, once you have that base of endurance, step up the intensity to step up the effectiveness of the workout.

      3. Protein. Many people don’t pay enough attention to getting the protein their muscles need to rebuild. If you don’t, you are going to get very little out of your workout, as both cardio and strength workouts require protein for building muscles. I recommend either whey or soy protein shakes.

      4. Water. Be sure to hydrate throughout the day. It takes a couple of hours for your body to absorb the water, so you can’t just drink right before exercise. Make it a habit to drink water regularly throughout the day.

      5. Carbs. Although the low-carb craze might say otherwise, carbs are our body’s main source of fuel. If you do intense workouts, you will need carbs, or you won’t have enough energy. If you do a shake, be sure to include carbs — or a banana is a great source of low fiber/high glycemic carbohydrates that you need for exercise.

      7. Shake before and after workout. It’s best to take a protein/carb shake just before your workout and then just after. Taking it before your workout increases the flow of amino acids to your muscles during training, giving them the building blocks they need. After the workout, the shake stimulates muscle growth. Also take a small protein/carb meal 60-90 minutes after a workout — a meal replacement bar would work fine.

      8. Slow lifting. Many people contract their muscles slowly and then release more quickly. But if you lift slowly in both directions, you are maximizing each move. Lift and lower to a 5-second count in each direction.

      9. Heavier weight. When you’re starting out, it’s best to start with lower weights so you can focus on good form. But once you’ve gotten your form down, it’s best to lift the heaviest weights you can lift while still keeping good form. Don’t sacrifice form for heavy weights — that is ineffective. But heavy weights, with good form, can give you better results in a shorter amount of time. Heavy weights are not just for those who want to bulk up — that’s a common misconception.
      One set, to failure. Instead of doing 2-3 sets, as many people do, maximize your effectiveness by doing just one, with heavy weights, until you can no longer keep the proper form. Lifting to “failure” doesn’t mean that you should lift the last few times with a wobbly or inefficient form.

      10. Compound exercises. Instead of isolating your muscles with exercises such as the bicep curl, you can maximize the time you spend in a workout by doing exercises that work out multiple muscle groups at once. With just a few exercises, you could get a full-body workout. Another benefit is that your muscles are working together as they do in the real world, rather than alone. Some great compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, good mornings, lunges, pushups, bench presses, military presses, rows, pullups, dips, and more.

      11. Balance lifting. Instead of having exercises where you’re sitting down or holding on to something or otherwise stabilized, it’s more effective to do them standing up, or on one leg, or on a Swiss exercise ball. These types of exercises force you to balance yourself while lifting, which brings your core muscles into play. This gives you a stronger overall body and allows you to lift more over time.

      12. Pick a cardio exercise you enjoy. It’s no fun to exercise if you hate it. And you won’t keep it up for very long. Pick something that’s fun — running, walking, swimming, biking, hiking, rowing, stairmaster, etc. After the initial phase when you’re getting used to exercise, you’ll start to have a blast and look forward to it.

      13. Mix it up. Don’t stick to the same workout routine for too long, or your body will adjust to the stress level and you won’t be getting an effective workout. For strength training, change your routine every few weeks. For cardio, it’s best to cross train rather than, say, to run every time.

      14. Good form. For strength training especially, and swimming, form is very important, but it’s also important for other types of exercise. If you’re strength training, start with lighter weights so you can work on your form. It’s good to have an experienced spotter or trainer who knows good form to help you for the first month or so. Never sacrifice form for heavier weight. For swimming, you’ll need to get a coach to teach you form.

      15. Hills. If you run or bike or walk for cardio, you’ll want to incorporate hills (after the first month or two of doing it at an easy pace on flat ground). These will make you stronger and make your limited workout time even more effective. Take them easy at first, but once you’re used to hills, you can get a good pace going. Either use a hilly route or do repeats on one hill.

      16. Circuits. One mistake that people make is to do multiple sets of the same exercise without rest between the sets. This doesn’t allow your muscles to recover and it’s a waste of your workout. But instead of doing a set, resting, and then doing your second set, it’s more effective to move on to multiple exercises in a circuit, so that you don’t rest between exercises but do rest each muscle group. This will give you a good cardio workout while you do your strength training.
      The ideal workout plan

      If you take all of these tips into account, the ideal plan would be to alternate 2-3 days of high-intensity strength training with 2-3 days of high-intensity cardio. You could get by with 4 days of exercise if you do them at high intensity.
      The high-intensity strength training would be 30-40 minutes of circuit training, with no rest or little rest between exercises within a circuit, and a short rest between circuits if you do more than one. The circuit should work out your entire body, using compound exercises such as the squat, deadlift, pullups, good mornings, etc., and either standing or using a Swiss ball so that you are working out your core. You should use heavier weights, one set for each exercise, doing them slowly (5 second up, 5 seconds down), and to exhaustion, making sure to have good form on each exercise.
      You would have a protein/carb shake before and after the workout, and a small meal of protein/carbs within 60-90 minutes of the workout. Water is also important for both types of workouts.
      The high-intensity cardio would be something you enjoy doing. You would do interval training, at a rate where you couldn’t talk, with short rests in between intervals. On some workouts, you would incorporate hills.
      Remember, these high-intensity workouts are not for people just starting out. You should build up an endurance base before doing the high-intensity cardio, and start the weights with lighter weights, stressing good form.

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  1. When we have a headache or experience any kind of body ache, we open our medicine cabinets and reach for a bottle of aspirin. This pain reliever and heart attack preventer is a “miracle drug” that has been one of the most popular pharmaceutical agents for over a century, but its natural equivalent has been used for thousands of years. Willow bark, also known as “nature’s aspirin,” contains a precursor to aspirin, which essentially provides the same benefits as the tablet.

    Willow bark, specifically white willow bark, is available in the form of actual bits of tree bark for chewing, powder, and liquid extract. The usual dose of white willow bark, says the University of Maryland Medical Center, is 240 milligrams (mg) a day. Now, although willow bark provides similar benefits like aspirin, too much willow bark can cause its own set of problems.

    Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Clinic in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email, “The use of too much White Willow bark or Aspirin cause lead to gastric ulcers, which can be very painful and are associated with gastric cancers as well. Too much White Willow bark can also be the cause of Reye’s syndrome in children, which can cause liver and brain swelling and have a possibility of death.”

    In moderation and consumed responsibly, willow bark can be an excellent natural alternative to aspirin, eliminating the side effects of the tablet. So, get chomping at the bit!

    1. Alleviates Acne

    Willow bark extract can be found as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products due to its astringent, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties. It contains salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant used in several acne treatments because it can help skin shed dead cells while clearing pores. It also contains phenolic acids, including salicin, salicortin and flavonoids, tannins, and minerals, which help with skin rejuvenation.

    A study published in the journal Clinical Therapeutics found mild or moderate acne can be treated with nonprescription agents such as salicylic acid. This agent can reduce the number of primary lesions and therefore, the severity of all acne-related lesions. Salicylic acid has been shown to be more superior to benzoyl peroxide in reducing acne. Salicin in willow bark is believed to turn into salicylic acid when it's processed by the body.

    2. Reduces Headaches

    The consumption of white willow bark may help reduce the tension from headache-related pain. It contains the chemical salicin similar to acetylsalicylic acid in aspirin. The University of Maryland Medical Center states feeling the effects of willow bark may take longer to experience, but the effects can last longer compared to aspirin.

    3. Eases Lower Back Pain

    Willow bark supplements could be a natural remedy for lower back pain, neck, and muscle aches. Brennecke believes its fine to take white willow bark to help relieve some of that pain. “The components of white willow bark inhibit cyclooxygenase, which is responsible for the formation of prostaglandins, which is an inflammatory mediator. By stopping the formation of prostaglandins, white willow bark acts as an anti-inflammatory agent,” he said.

    A 2001 study published in the journal Rheumatology found in a group of nearly 200 people with low back pain, those who received willow bark showed a significant improvement in pain compared to those who received a placebo. Moreover, those who received higher doses of the herb, specifically 240 mg salicin, experienced more significant pain relief than those who received a low dose of 120 mg salicin.

    4. Reduces Arthritis and Osteoarthritis Pain

    Willow bark can be an effective treatment for reducing arthritis and osteoarthritis-related pain by decreasing the swelling. By inhibiting cyclooxygenase and therefore, prostaglandins, according to Brennecke, it will reduce inflammation, thereby lessening the crippling pain. It's suspected white willow bark extract may regularly suppress the progression and onset of the disease. A 2004 study published in the Journal of Rheumatology found people with osteoarthritis who took willow bark extract providing 240mg of salicin reduced their pain by 14 percent compared to two percent in the placebo in a two-week randomized controlled trial.

    5. Prevents Heart Attacks

    The American Heart Association acknowledges a daily low-dose of aspirin a day can prevent heart attacks and stroke. The tablet has been linked to reducing the risk of internal clotting, which is related to these two health conditions. Since the effects of aspirin and willow bark have been comparable, it is believed willow bark extract may reap similar benefits.

    “White Willow bark contains salicylates,” which means it has the same effect on the heart as aspirin does, according to Brennecke. Although drinking white willow bark tea can thin the blood like aspirin — making it less likely to clot — it’s important to know how much salicylates you get in each cup and monitor that amount.

    6. Soothes Menstrual Cramps

    Typically, menstrual cramps are usually the result of inflammation of the uterine lining and the contractions triggered by prostaglandins. Willow bark is believed to regulate the production of prostaglandins and reduce inflammation, which helps soothes not only cramps but PMS symptoms. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, professional herbalists recommend willow bark for menstrual cramps although there are no scientific studies to show it works.

    Brennecke disagreed and stated, “Ibuprofen is a better choice when it comes to PMS and menstrual cramps.” However, “It would be fine to drink white willow bark tea while PMS and menstrual cramps are occurring, but if taken while menstruating, [it] could increase the bleeding.” He advised pain killers are a better option because it doesn’t thin the blood nearly as much as salicylic acid does. 

    Willow bark is considered to be a safer and natural alternative for those who can’t stomach the side effects of aspirin.
     

  2. You don’t want to spend long hours at the gym, but you want to get stronger, fitter, leaner, and just plain look good. It’s possible that you’re not getting the most out of your workout time.

    It’s possible to get a super-effective workout in 30 minutes, and only do a few workouts a week, if you maximize your workouts.

    Disclaimer: First, I’m not a certified trainer. These are tips I’ve read elsewhere that work well for me. Second, you should always get a doctor’s approval of any new workout plan. This plan is especially intense, so if you have a heart condition or other condition that might be affected by heavy exercise, you should definitely refrain from trying it until you’ve gotten checked out by a doctor.

    And even if you have gotten checked out, or even if you don’t bother doing so, it’s still important to start out an exercise program slowly, until your body has the chance to adjust, or you will face burnout or injury.

    Don’t dive right into this program — it’s designed for people who have already been working out but want to see better results, quicker, and spend less time doing it. Here’s how to do it.

    1.  Limit your workouts to 30-40 minutes. Though the tendency of some people who really want to get a lot out of their workouts is to spend a lot of time at the gym, the truth is that after 30 or 40 minutes, the benefit isn’t as great. To go that long, you’d have to lower the intensity of the workout, and that means that you’re spending too much time working out. It’s better to work out at a higher intensity for a shorter amount of time.


    2. High-intensity workouts. If you’re just starting out with exercise, it’s best to take it slow. If you’re running or cycling, for example, build up your endurance for at least a month before you get into anything more intense. That means going at a rate where you can easily talk without being out of breath. However, once you have that base of endurance, step up the intensity to step up the effectiveness of the workout.


    3. Protein. Many people don’t pay enough attention to getting the protein their muscles need to rebuild. If you don’t, you are going to get very little out of your workout, as both cardio and strength workouts require protein for building muscles. I recommend either whey or soy protein shakes.


    4. Water. Be sure to hydrate throughout the day. It takes a couple of hours for your body to absorb the water, so you can’t just drink right before exercise. Make it a habit to drink water regularly throughout the day.


    5. Carbs. Although the low-carb craze might say otherwise, carbs are our body’s main source of fuel. If you do intense workouts, you will need carbs, or you won’t have enough energy. If you do a shake, be sure to include carbs — or a banana is a great source of low fiber/high glycemic carbohydrates that you need for exercise.


    7. Shake before and after workout. It’s best to take a protein/carb shake just before your workout and then just after. Taking it before your workout increases the flow of amino acids to your muscles during training, giving them the building blocks they need. After the workout, the shake stimulates muscle growth. Also take a small protein/carb meal 60-90 minutes after a workout — a meal replacement bar would work fine.


    8. Slow lifting. Many people contract their muscles slowly and then release more quickly. But if you lift slowly in both directions, you are maximizing each move. Lift and lower to a 5-second count in each direction.


    9. Heavier weight. When you’re starting out, it’s best to start with lower weights so you can focus on good form. But once you’ve gotten your form down, it’s best to lift the heaviest weights you can lift while still keeping good form. Don’t sacrifice form for heavy weights — that is ineffective. But heavy weights, with good form, can give you better results in a shorter amount of time. Heavy weights are not just for those who want to bulk up — that’s a common misconception.
    One set, to failure. Instead of doing 2-3 sets, as many people do, maximize your effectiveness by doing just one, with heavy weights, until you can no longer keep the proper form. Lifting to “failure” doesn’t mean that you should lift the last few times with a wobbly or inefficient form.


    10. Compound exercises. Instead of isolating your muscles with exercises such as the bicep curl, you can maximize the time you spend in a workout by doing exercises that work out multiple muscle groups at once. With just a few exercises, you could get a full-body workout. Another benefit is that your muscles are working together as they do in the real world, rather than alone. Some great compound exercises include squats, deadlifts, good mornings, lunges, pushups, bench presses, military presses, rows, pullups, dips, and more.


    11. Balance lifting. Instead of having exercises where you’re sitting down or holding on to something or otherwise stabilized, it’s more effective to do them standing up, or on one leg, or on a Swiss exercise ball. These types of exercises force you to balance yourself while lifting, which brings your core muscles into play. This gives you a stronger overall body and allows you to lift more over time.


    12. Pick a cardio exercise you enjoy. It’s no fun to exercise if you hate it. And you won’t keep it up for very long. Pick something that’s fun — running, walking, swimming, biking, hiking, rowing, stairmaster, etc. After the initial phase when you’re getting used to exercise, you’ll start to have a blast and look forward to it.


    13. Mix it up. Don’t stick to the same workout routine for too long, or your body will adjust to the stress level and you won’t be getting an effective workout. For strength training, change your routine every few weeks. For cardio, it’s best to cross train rather than, say, to run every time.


    14. Good form. For strength training especially, and swimming, form is very important, but it’s also important for other types of exercise. If you’re strength training, start with lighter weights so you can work on your form. It’s good to have an experienced spotter or trainer who knows good form to help you for the first month or so. Never sacrifice form for heavier weight. For swimming, you’ll need to get a coach to teach you form.


    15. Hills. If you run or bike or walk for cardio, you’ll want to incorporate hills (after the first month or two of doing it at an easy pace on flat ground). These will make you stronger and make your limited workout time even more effective. Take them easy at first, but once you’re used to hills, you can get a good pace going. Either use a hilly route or do repeats on one hill.


    16. Circuits. One mistake that people make is to do multiple sets of the same exercise without rest between the sets. This doesn’t allow your muscles to recover and it’s a waste of your workout. But instead of doing a set, resting, and then doing your second set, it’s more effective to move on to multiple exercises in a circuit, so that you don’t rest between exercises but do rest each muscle group. This will give you a good cardio workout while you do your strength training.
    The ideal workout plan


    If you take all of these tips into account, the ideal plan would be to alternate 2-3 days of high-intensity strength training with 2-3 days of high-intensity cardio. You could get by with 4 days of exercise if you do them at high intensity.

    The high-intensity strength training would be 30-40 minutes of circuit training, with no rest or little rest between exercises within a circuit, and a short rest between circuits if you do more than one. The circuit should work out your entire body, using compound exercises such as the squat, deadlift, pullups, good mornings, etc., and either standing or using a Swiss ball so that you are working out your core. You should use heavier weights, one set for each exercise, doing them slowly (5 second up, 5 seconds down), and to exhaustion, making sure to have good form on each exercise.

    You would have a protein/carb shake before and after the workout, and a small meal of protein/carbs within 60-90 minutes of the workout. Water is also important for both types of workouts.

    The high-intensity cardio would be something you enjoy doing. You would do interval training, at a rate where you couldn’t talk, with short rests in between intervals. On some workouts, you would incorporate hills.

    Remember, these high-intensity workouts are not for people just starting out. You should build up an endurance base before doing the high-intensity cardio, and start the weights with lighter weights, stressing good form.

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  3. Looks like JumpStretch is no longer in the heavy duty resistance bands business, but luckily Amazon has picked up the ball and now sells a large variety of resistance bands. They have the hard core power lifting bands and the other types of resistance bands. 

    I have not yet tested any of the resistance bands on Amazon, but they look identical to the ones JumpStretch sold years ago. 

  4. Many times I am asked, "is it possible to turn fat into muscle?". The answer is, no, it's not possible to turn fat into muscle. They are completely different types of body tissues. Muscle is muscle and fat is fat. 

    This myth has been around far longer than I have, and I am not sure if it will every go away, but the answer is, with 100% certainty, no! You cannot turn fat into muscle. 

  5. Would you like to know how you can make your business cards sticky so your clients just can't throw them away?

    How about a card that forces your potential clients to take the next step and sign up for your services ... today? 

    If you read my last article, you know how to make your business card stick out. You know how to catch potential clients attention, how to test your card, and make a card that kills the competition. Now it's time to make your card valuable to your potential clients. 

    So how do you make your business card valuable to your potential personal training clients? It's just a card after all, but what if there were a way to make that card valuable, perhaps worth $100 to that specific client? It's amazingly simple to do. 

    All you have to do is ... 

    Make A Limited Time Offer

    Advertisers know how well this works, which is why they always include a limited time offer. You can do the same thing with your business card. On the back of your business card you should have some kind of limited time offer. 

    You can use your imagination for this, but something like 1 free training session with the presentation of this business card (limited 1 per customer). Now the potential client has a reason to keep your business card. It now has value. 

    You should also mention how much of a value this is. For example, if you charge $75 a session, you should put (A $75 value) on there too. 

    You're off to a great start, but you're not done yet. If the potential client thinks the offer will last forever, they have no reason to act. They will simply put it in their wallet and forget about it. It's human nature, you have to give them a reason to act ... now! 

    Now you must force them to act by making it a limited time offer. Or you can limit the number of potential clients who will be able to get the offer.

    For example, on your business card you can state the offer is only good until a specific date that should be rather close, perhaps a few weeks out. Or you can state that you will only accept the first 10 clients who contact you within a specific time frame. Both work to get serious potential clients to act. 

    This means you will want to purchase a smaller number of more specific business cards. It's worth it because a card that pulls in clients is worth its weight in gold! Don't fall for the trap of ordering thousands of useless business cards that will do nothing to pull in clients. 

    Next we will talk about making a name for yourself, starting with a good website that pulls in clients like a magnet. 

    Please add your own comments, tricks, suggestions below. Let me know if you find this information valuable. 

     

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  7. Learn How To Make Your Body A Fat Burning Machine!

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    Carbohydrate increase insulin levels in your body. The causes two major problems.

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  8. Losing excess weight seems to be of concern for most of us. That extra flab can be a deciding factor for a lot of diseases. So, there’s a necessity for weight loss, and these days almost everyone is feeling the need to shed those extra pounds. There are many ways to accomplish this. You can try out a regular exercise routine or go on a strict diet.

    But, does it feel good having to say no to your favorite dishes and comfort foods? Of course not. So, you must find a few ways to lose weight and still get to indulge in your favorite dishes every now and then. Yes, you must follow a nutritious and well-rounded diet, but there are a few tricks that can help you keep the fun alive as well. Here’s a sneak peek at some of those tricks.

    Love Junk Food, Don’t Get Addicted

    It can be difficult to do away with junk food. Surely, it is too delicious to stop eating it completely. Besides, leaving junk food altogether will only make you crave it more, which, these cravings if not satiated, will only lead to further weight gain. However, the best way to solve this problem is to continue eating your favorite dishes, but only once in a while. You might love these foods, but make sure that it’s okay for you to go without them for some time as well, if necessary.

    Plan a Proper Structure for Your Meals

    You are on a diet, and you have quit eating almost every delicious dish that you loved. Yet, you are not experiencing the desired results. Well, are you following a proper eating schedule? It is important for you to ensure that there are no long lapses between your meals. Try to fill up these particular lapses with healthy snacks. This will also ensure that you are not feeling too hungry between and during your meals, as it can result in overeating. Therefore, it is essential to have a proper structure for your meals, which is sure to help you lose weight.

    Never Ever Skip Breakfast

    While dieting, there is a common trend among a lot of people. They try to lessen the amount of food they eat, which is quite obviously not the best way to go about losing weight. However, they still tend to skip a few meals, and the majority of them select to skip breakfast. Well, skipping your breakfast usually has multiple severe and negative impacts. It can affect your:

    ● Weight loss goals

    ● Blood pressure

    ● Risk for diabetes

    ● Risk for heart diseases

    In fact, it is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, it’s imperative for you to eat your breakfast before starting your day’s work. In fact, you should have a full breakfast to ensure that you remain full for quite some time.

    Avoid Late Night Snacking

    Snacks are among the most favorite foods of a lot of people. They might also be yours as well. But, that does not mean you should always eat them. In fact, many of your favorite snacks can be quite high in calorie content. So, it is essential to avoid them. However, you can have healthy snacks between meals to keep yourself full to avoid overeating. But, you should always stay away from late night snacking. Try to have your last meal of the day about three hours before you go to bed. Sleep slows down your metabolism. So, the fat that you consume late at night hardly gets burned. Instead, it is stored in the body, thus making you add on those extra pounds.

    Try to Avoid Eating Out

    You can plan to have a healthy lunch. But, it’s difficult to have that when you continuously eat out. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why you should always try to avoid eating out. Instead, bring your own lunch from home and pack only healthy foods for lunch or dinner. It will help you remain fit and healthy. Besides, you can also save some extra money this way. However, if there’s no other way for you to eat but to dine out, try to go for baked and boiled foods. It’s a good way to remain healthy despite having to eat out.

    Follow the Best Dieting Habits

    Well, this is one of the most important things you need to do while dieting for weight loss. And, this holds true even if you are not getting the results that you want despite remaining on your strict diet. You should try to eat slowly and savor any food that you are having. And, you need to do away with the unhealthy habit of rewarding yourself with only foods.

    These are just a few tricks you can try while dieting. You won’t need to work too hard to achieve these, but the results can be wonderful.

    Losing excess weight seems to be of concern for most of us. That extra flab can be a deciding factor for a lot of diseases. So, there’s a necessity for weight loss, and these days almost everyone is feeling the need to shed those extra pounds. There are many ways to accomplish this. You can try out a regular exercise routine or go on a strict diet.

    But, does it feel good having to say no to your favorite dishes and comfort foods? Of course not. So, you must find a few ways to lose weight and still get to indulge in your favorite dishes every now and then. Yes, you must follow a nutritious and well-rounded diet, but there are a few tricks that can help you keep the fun alive as well. Here’s a sneak peek at some of those tricks.

    Love Junk Food, Don’t Get Addicted

    It can be difficult to do away with junk food. Surely, it is too delicious to stop eating it completely. Besides, leaving junk food altogether will only make you crave it more, which, these cravings if not satiated, will only lead to further weight gain. However, the best way to solve this problem is to continue eating your favorite dishes, but only once in a while. You might love these foods, but make sure that it’s okay for you to go without them for some time as well, if necessary.

    Plan a Proper Structure for Your Meals

    You are on a diet, and you have quit eating almost every delicious dish that you loved. Yet, you are not experiencing the desired results. Well, are you following a proper eating schedule? It is important for you to ensure that there are no long lapses between your meals. Try to fill up these particular lapses with healthy snacks. This will also ensure that you are not feeling too hungry between and during your meals, as it can result in overeating. Therefore, it is essential to have a proper structure for your meals, which is sure to help you lose weight.

    Never Ever Skip Breakfast

    While dieting, there is a common trend among a lot of people. They try to lessen the amount of food they eat, which is quite obviously not the best way to go about losing weight. However, they still tend to skip a few meals, and the majority of them select to skip breakfast. Well, skipping your breakfast usually has multiple severe and negative impacts. It can affect your:

    ● Weight loss goals

    ● Blood pressure

    ● Risk for diabetes

    ● Risk for heart diseases

    In fact, it is often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, it’s imperative for you to eat your breakfast before starting your day’s work. In fact, you should have a full breakfast to ensure that you remain full for quite some time.

    Avoid Late Night Snacking

    Snacks are among the most favorite foods of a lot of people. They might also be yours as well. But, that does not mean you should always eat them. In fact, many of your favorite snacks can be quite high in calorie content. So, it is essential to avoid them. However, you can have healthy snacks between meals to keep yourself full to avoid overeating. But, you should always stay away from late night snacking. Try to have your last meal of the day about three hours before you go to bed. Sleep slows down your metabolism. So, the fat that you consume late at night hardly gets burned. Instead, it is stored in the body, thus making you add on those extra pounds.

    Try to Avoid Eating Out

    You can plan to have a healthy lunch. But, it’s difficult to have that when you continuously eat out. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why you should always try to avoid eating out. Instead, bring your own lunch from home and pack only healthy foods for lunch or dinner. It will help you remain fit and healthy. Besides, you can also save some extra money this way. However, if there’s no other way for you to eat but to dine out, try to go for baked and boiled foods. It’s a good way to remain healthy despite having to eat out.

    Follow the Best Dieting Habits

    Well, this is one of the most important things you need to do while dieting for weight loss. And, this holds true even if you are not getting the results that you want despite remaining on your strict diet. You should try to eat slowly and savor any food that you are having. And, you need to do away with the unhealthy habit of rewarding yourself with only foods.

    These are just a few tricks you can try while dieting. You won’t need to work too hard to achieve these, but the results can be wonderful.

    Shannon "The Cannon" Hudson, founder and CEO of 9Round Franchising, For Fitness franchise and Gym franchise contact 9Round

  9. I got side tracked on this blog and I apologize to anyone who may have been following along. I ended up moving to another state and wasn't able to stay on track, but I will get back on this with regular updates.

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    This blog will follow my own quest to follow my dreams and start my very own gym and any pitfalls that I may fall into along the way. I plan on opening my own health club in about 6 months to a year, and I am in the very early planning stages. I am planning on starting small, maybe a personal training studio, and the goal is to start with as little as $30K. The funds will be cash and not from a loan, so anything I make will go directly to running costs and profit, not loan repayment. I am very curious to see if a gym can be started and successful for only $30K. It’s an experiment if you will. This blog will follow that quest.

    I will be purchasing used equipment and looking for a location with fairly cheap rent and an unsaturated market. So far this has been extremely difficult to find, but I am prepared to move my family to see this dream of gym ownership become a reality. My first object is to find a good location. Location, location, location. I have found a few target markets that either have very few gyms, or which have no personal training studios. Which one I plan on starting will depend on the location and competition.

    I will be updating this blog with real time information as it happens, and I will post how much I spend and on what. Of course I will not post any information on where my club will exist until I get all the pieces in place, but I will post all other details for anyone interested.

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    Ya know...you have to give them credit. McDonald's is trying to make everyone "believe" you can eat healthy and lose weight there with their salads, but this place isn't holding anything back!

    The Heart Attack Grille is located in Las Vegas, NV and blatantly states that if you are 350lbs or heavier, you get to eat free. They have four different types of burgers there, ranging from the bypass to the quadruple bypass.

    Wow! Can you imagine if you actually had a heart attack while eating there? Ummmm....you might want to click here below:

    Man Suffers Heart Attack at the Heart Attack Grille

    It's all fun and games until someone has a heart attack at the Heart Attack Grille!

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    I purchased Practical Programming For Strength Training about two weeks ago. Since I love reading everything related to fitness and strength training, I gave this book a once over.

    If you are looking for a book that covers just program creation, then you may be disappointed by this book. When I read the introduction, the author made some very good points regarding the fact that most books seem to fall short when it comes to actual program creation. The author mentions Zatsiorsky, verkhoshansky, and a few other Russian authors and suggests that most of the information presented in their books are based on unproven theories. Rippetoe does make some good points regarding Russian training, but the gist is that the information and literature to verify the information is lacking. The authors also make some valid points regarding periodization and the lack of research in this area as well, all valid points IMO.

    The part where I have to disagree with the authors is when it comes to the actual creation of programs, reps, sets, etc. Of course you have to get through a few chapters of basics before you get to the actual programs the book presents, but if you have little to no experience in the field, this information will be useful for you, but if you are looking for just a book on program creation, then you might want to skip the first few chapters. The book goes on to present basic programs for each level of training. There are a few things in this book that I have to call into question, such as using the same novice routine for all trainees, which seems to violate the laws of individual differences, but it probably doesn't matter with novice trainers who will react positively to nearly any type of program thrown at them.

    Overall, I would suggest this is a good book to read just to get some ideas on how others may train, and of course I would suggest you give the workouts a try to see how they work for you. You never know when you will find an excellent workout that produces superior results, so always remember to have an open mind when it comes to new training techniques and programs. I wish this book would have stuck to program creation instead of the basics, but it is what it is.

  12. Alright, I wanted to post a sample copy of my workout log. This is posted in word document format so it can be easily formatted to your own liking, but I hope it's helpful for anyone who is looking for a workout log they can easily modify and print. I have had a lot of people tell me they don't use a workout log because they are not sure how to set one up or use one. This one is very simple, and anyone can quickly edit it to their own liking.

    This one is based on a 4 day workout split, but you can easily add more workout days or change it to suit your own needs. I filled in the first portion so you can see how I keep track of sets/reps/weight. I don't usually write each set, but rather just use the reps/weight to keep track of how many sets I have completed.

    Workout Routine.docx

  13. Fats are created when you consume more calories than you burn. Most of people simply aren't able to measure how much they eat and how much are they active daily. Many other things affect on the energy balance, like high level of cortisol (hormone which is related to stress) which slows down metabolic functions and increases creating fats. You can decrease the level of cortisol by less exposure to stressful situations and organizing your daily schedule. But these changes are almost insignificantly. It's on you only to pay attention on your calorie intake.

    You probably know that fats in your organism are stored in fat cells. Most of those cells are directly under the skin, but small part is located in abdominal cavity and is called abdominal fat. Fats can even appear on undesirable places like liver or pancreas. Your look depends about those fats under your skin. Getting or losing fat depends about calorie balance. Fat surplus occurs when creating amounts of fat exceeds ability of fat oxidation. Fat deficit occurs when amounts of fat are smaller than ability of their oxidation.

    When you eat fats, you won't stimulate them to better oxidation as is the case with proteins and carbohydrates. Fat intake doesn't have any impact on absorption of other nutrients.

    Carbohydrates are converted to fats only when you overeat with them, when you consume huge amounts of carbohydrates daily. Amount of carbohydrates which will be converted to fat depends about your daily activity and size of your muscle mass. When your amounts of carbohydrates are filled and you consume too much calories daily, the rest of carbohydrates you consume will be converted in fat, what is more often in people with too much level of insulin who have more developed lipogenesis. Those people are predetermined to weight gain more than others. Lipogenesis is the process of fat production. The opposite effect is called lipolysis, what means degradation of fat.

    When you eat too much carbohydrates than your body needs, your organism precipitates more fat. It's happening because surplus of carbohydrates stops fat oxidation (fat burning). While you are in carbohydrate surplus, all fats you eat are precipitated as fat cells.

    It's the same story with proteins. When you eat too much proteins than your body needs, oxidation of carbohydrates and fats is decreased. This way is created bigger surplus of carbohydrates and fats. That means that too much proteins can indirectly make you fat. Consumed proteins are most burned because they release most of warmth. It is very hard to be in protein surplus so it's little probability that you get fat because of too much protein intake.

    If you don't understand everything, I can explain you all this on the other way. Amount of fats that you consume isn't changed, but surplus of the carbohydrates or proteins causes decreased oxidation of fats. Carbohydrate surplus causes increased oxidation of carbohydrates and decreased oxidation of fats, therefore most fats that you consume are stored as fat cells. However, it's very little chance for you to get fat of too much proteins because it's very challenging to consume sufficient amounts of proteins per one kilogram of bodyweight if you are bodybuilder. It's much easier to overeat with carbohydrates because most of the food contains great amounts of carbohydrates. Junk food is very rich in sugars (fast absorbing carbohydrates). Many people who are overeating with that kind of food have problems with overweight.

    Have you ever asked yourself why not to completely eliminate fats from your diet plan? If you think that non-consuming of fats will help you to lose weight, you are wrong. When you eat too much of carbohydrates or proteins or both, lipogenesis is guaranteed and you are getting fat. If you consume too little fats, then your body starts to convert carbohydrates, and in rare cases proteins, in fats. The main point is very simple: Don't eat too much because you will get fat. Pay attention on those things when organizing your diet plan.

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