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Be Prepared Before Participating in Extreme Sports

If you are serious about playing extreme sports, you had better be serious about your training. You cannot responsibly participate without being properly prepared. The result may end in injury and serious setbacks in your physical health.

Extreme Sports is an allure for many that cannot be ignored. It is an itch that must be scratched. Extreme Sports that have become most popular in recent years are rock climbing, trail running, and maybe even the most recent is bicycle motocross. These are action sports that demand mental and physical control.

There is also the more known extreme sport that has made a resurgence. Skateboarding started in the 50’s and restarted in the 70’s. In the 90’s it lost its momentum and has now regained popularity and is experiencing an evolution into high-tech that ensures this sport is here to stay.

As The Bootcamp states in its article Preparing for Extreme Sports: Training for the impossible

“Cardiovascular training is another often neglected aspect of many workout regimens. While HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is often recommended for most athletes, something that drains your energy within 20 minutes isn’t going to be much help when you’re faced with a marathon up ahead. You must condition your muscles and lungs to be prepared for longer excursions and to teach yourself how to efficiently spend your energy. These conditioning exercises must be well thought out prior to embarking on your extreme sport escapade to avoid injury and above all; enjoy your time!”

cardiovascular exerciseTime can be the issue that causes this sensible advice to be ignored. Check out our post on How Do I Improve My Health With No Time Available For Me. In addition, consider getting an in-home gym set. Do your research. Get what fits your body’s needs and your health goals. If you need help in making that choice, call us at AddvantageUSA at 888-601-5527.

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Staying Fit During the Cold Holiday Season

It’s easy to be focused on getting in shape leading up to the summer months, but once the cooler weather arrives and we say goodbye to swimsuits and shorts, many people seem to lose that motivation. Even worse, the holiday season coincides with the cooler weather and we go from eating leftover Halloween candy to Thanksgiving meals to multiple holiday parties with rich food and irresistible sweets.

So what can you do to stay fit during the colder holiday months?

Water – You’ve heard it before, but drink LOTS of water. Besides the health benefits of drinking water, it can also suppress hunger leading you to eat less food at those holiday gatherings.

Endurance TF3i Folding TreadmillStay Active – Whatever you do, make sure that you keep moving. When it’s cold outside, it can be difficult to convince yourself to get out of your cozy bed in the morning to exercise. If it’s too cold outside, jump on a machine like the Endurance TF3i Folding Treadmill in the warmth of your own home.  Further, with holiday family gatherings, we quickly make excuses that we have no time, but don’t buy into these excuses. Make exercise a priority and schedule it into your routine so that it doesn’t get overlooked. In the post How I Stay FIT During the Holidays, Tara suggests working out in the morning to get it done. She says, “No one wants to miss out on family fun, games, treats, and memories so they can go hit up the local gym.  So, just make it happen first thing in the morning and then you get to forget about it the rest of the day!”

Moderation – Especially in the height of the holiday season, you may find yourself missing exercise more often than you’d like, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a break sometimes. Of course moderation is key! In the post New Year’s Resolution Reboot, it states, “Generally, you will need to burn around 500 calories more than what you eat per day for a whole week to lose about a pound.” Be realistic and know that this may not be likely during Thanksgiving week, especially if you’re on the road or have more than one group with which you share a Thanksgiving meal. But at the same time, you can make good choices like stopping after your first plate of food instead of going back for seconds or deciding to drink water instead of soda.

Accountability – Finally, don’t try to go at it alone. Find someone who shares your desire to stay healthy no matter what the season and encourage one another in your journey.

Don’t be intimidated by what this holiday season can do to your health. Rather set yourself up to enjoy the season and stay healthy while doing so.

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Tips for Keeping Beautiful, Healthy Hair

We all have at least one friend who seems to have the perfect hair every day. It can be really irritating when you feel like you’re stuck having a bad hair day for life. Don’t fret. With a few simple beauty tips, you can turn yourself into that person who’s known for having beautiful, healthy hair all the time.

Diet Matters

Start off by caring about what you’re putting into your body. A balanced diet can enhance the health of your hair more than you realize. Eating plenty of protein, fruits, and vegetables is a key component in keeping your hair healthy and young looking.

Clean Matters

You may think that clean hair means washing it every day, but in actuality you only need to wash your hair two or three times a week to keep it clean. Washing it more frequently can lead to stripping your scalp of natural oils.

The more important thing is to wash properly. Shampoo should be used mainly around the roots. Make sure you massage the shampoo into the scalp, which stimulates circulation and promotes healthy hair. Also, be sure to thoroughly rinse all of the shampoo out of your hair. When using conditioner, instead of concentrating on the roots, focus on the ends of the hair.

Heat Matters

Washing hair properly is helpful, but the temperature of the water is important too. It’s better to stick with cool or warm water, as hotter water can dry out your hair and even lead to your hair breaking more easily. This is also true for the use of styling products. When using a hairdryer, use a cool setting and try to hold the dryer further away from your head instead of right on top of it. You may want to use a flat iron to reduce frizz or a curling iron to add body to your locks, but try not to overdo it, and when possible, use lower heat settings with those as well.

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New Year’s Resolution Reboot: Is it too Late to Lose Weight for Summer?

Summer is just around the corner, but the thought of being seen in a swimsuit at the pool, lake, or beach is altogether traumatizing. You had every intention of shedding those excess pounds at the start of the New Year, but somehow the months slipped by and the resolution to get in shape got lost in the midst of the chaos of life.

Is it too late to get started now? By all means, NO!

It’s never too late to start making good choices regarding your health and fitness. Although you may not see the change you would have if you had been eating well and exercising regularly since the beginning of January, if you start putting those practices into play now, you will be surprised at how quickly you do start seeing a difference in how your clothes fit, as well as how great you feel.

Start off by working on a healthy diet. In the post, The Basic Equation for Weight Loss to Keep That New Year’s Resolution it states, “You can reduce “calories in” by choosing leaner meats, substituting vegetables for carbs, and reducing sugar-rich drinks throughout the day – easily eliminating 1,000 calories per day.  There are also nutrition supplements on the market, which help increase your metabolism and curb your appetite.  These can help you reach your desired outcome faster.”

Follow up your healthy diet with exercise. Generally, you will need to burn around 500 calories more than what you eat per day for a whole week to lose about a pound. You can achieve this through a variety of types of exercises or stick to one form of exercise you really enjoy.

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How I Convinced My Picky Child to Eat Vegetables

By: Lauren Lowery

I have nightmares from childhood of sitting at the table for what seemed like hours with different colored vegetables staring me down. I hated them. I didn’t care if they were good for me. And I definitely didn’t appreciate having to stay at the table until I ate them all. As I matured, I learned to like them somewhat better, and I definitely gained respect for their health value in my diet.

Then I had my own kids and faced the same fight I put my parents through as my kids wanted nothing to do with these same foods. I felt my kids’ pain remembering many of the bitter flavors that made me wish we had a dog who would rescue me from this torture, and yet I understood the need for nutrition in their growing bodies.

My world was turned upside down, in a good way, when I finally tasted my first fruit and vegetable smoothie and realized it was really good. I had heard of people adding things like kale or broccoli to a smoothie, but the thought of it made me cringe imagining how terrible it would taste. But one afternoon, I was convinced to taste a smoothie with broccoli and spinach, balanced with yogurt and fruit. To my delight, it was delicious, and I haven’t looked back since.

I started making them more and offered them to my children as well. To my utter surprise, even my pickiest little eater drank it all right up. As we have grown more adventurous in our smoothie making, we have tried all different kinds of vegetables, fruits, texture enhancers (i.e. yogurt or avocado), and add-ons (which can add flavor and/or nutrition). Almost every time, we have a winner that the whole family enjoys.

The post A Healthy Beverage is a Choice, states, “Health begins with what we eat and drink.” It was difficult for me to believe that drinking blended fruits and vegetables counts towards health. I figured blending it up stripped it of its nutritional benefits. However, my doctor persuaded me that blenders keep good nutrients and fibers in the smoothie. Further, I’ve learned that you can pack a smoothie with such a variety of powerful ingredients that you end up getting more nutrients and benefits in one smoothie than you would often get in one meal.

The key is making sure you are putting good items into your smoothies and using a quality blender that can provide a nice consistency. The post Health Benefits of Smoothies suggests, “The best smoothies are made with natural, all real, nutrient-dense ingredients that provide vitamins and oils necessary for good more complete nutrition.”

So what are you waiting for? Go try a fruit and vegetable smoothie today, and don’t be surprised when your kids ask for seconds.

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The Basic Equation for Weight Loss to Keep That New Year’s Resolution

You can manage your weight through a basic equation: Calories Consumed – Calories Burned

It’s the New Year and the time is right for all kinds of New Year’s resolutions, including “I’m going to lose weight” or “I’m going to be healthier”.  The US Government has an entire web site dedicated to weight management and physical activity.  It’s no surprise that this resolution is so popular, because it can also be the most complex.  But it doesn’t have to be.

Start with the basic equation: calories in minus calories out, with the objective to have a negative number in the end, and customize the routine specifically for you.

You can reduce “calories in” by choosing leaner meats, substituting vegetables for carbs, and reducing sugar-rich drinks throughout the day – easily eliminating 1,000 calories per day.  There are also nutrition supplements on the market, which help increase your metabolism and curb your appetite.  These can help you reach your desired outcome faster.

For the “calories burned” side of the equation, things get exciting and fun!  There are a variety of ways you calorie burn throughout the day, from walking and running to weight training and interval training, but it should start with a goal.  Keeping in mind that 3,500 calories represent one pound of fat, you can set your weight loss goals with a target weekly pound loss target and calculate the calories you need to burn (based on your target calorie intake) to reach that goal.

Here are the three keys to health & fitness success:

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