How to Eat Healthier by Breaking the Junk Food Habit

The Addictive Properties of Junk Food

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We can all relate to this feeling: you’re sitting casually watching TV and all of a sudden you have an urge for a late-night junk food snack. It starts small and you tell yourself that you’re not really hungry, that you really don’t need anything else to eat tonight. Then it gets stronger, almost as if the potato chips are screaming at you from the pantry. Ultimately you give in, finish the bag of chips and promise yourself that this won’t happen tomorrow. You may attribute this behavior to a lack of self-control… but did you know that these cravings have an evolutionary component and, in some cases, junk food manufacturers have actually exploited these properties to make them more addictive?

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Is Vitamin Enhanced Water Healthy?

Post-Workout Drinks and Vitamin Enhanced Water

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Are Enhanced Water Products Really Good for You?

Enhanced water products are beverages that are primarily water with additional ingredients, such as natural or artificial flavors, sugar, sweeteners, vitamins, minerals and other “enhancements.” Sometimes they are marketed as sports beverages or “healthier” soda alternatives because they may have electrolytes for workout recovery.

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Lose a Dress Size in 4 Weeks: Week 4

LOSE A DRESS SIZE IN 4 WEEKS : WEEK 4

Shrink your waist… whittle the middle… kick those extra fluffy pounds to the curb!!! That should be enough mental motivation to keep you on track to lose weight fast and slip into your sexy dress. We are well into the ‘Lose a Dress Size’ series, with just one week to go. I must ask, how are you feeling mentally and physically? Are you eating clean and keeping up with the weekly workouts?

Here are a few extra tips to keep you motivated and soaring ahead to accomplish your workout goals.

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Strengthen and Stretch to Alleviate “Clicking Elbow”

Do Your Elbows Click When Lifting Weights?

Does your elbow click when you lift weights? Causes of “clicking elbow” can range from ligamentous sprains to muscular strains, which can create nerve irritation that leads to numbness, tingling and decreased strength at the elbow, wrist and hand. “Clicking elbow” may also stem from a systemic origin such as hormonal imbalance or even antibiotic use.

Unfortunately, it’s often a cycle of poor biomechanics leading to greater muscular strain or ligamentous sprains, which then contributes back to the poor biomechanics. To stop this cycle, rest and conservative management techniques such as medicine or physical therapy are recommended. In some cases, surgical intervention is needed. Since many of the elbow muscles originate or insert at the shoulder, wrist and/or hand, it is important to look at the entire upper body. Thus, physical therapy that focuses on stretching and strengthening from the shoulder to the hand can be beneficial. The use of an elbow brace can also alleviate strain to corresponding muscle(s). If pain and clicking continue, seek a trained medical professional.

As a therapist treating elbow pain or clicking, it is important to assess the cause of the symptoms – typically, poor technique and decreased strength and flexibility of the muscles surrounding the elbow and the shoulder. Shoulder strength is important part of treatment, as well as prevention.

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Upper Body Pull-Up Workout

Total Gym Pull-Up Workouts

Looking for an upper body workout to chisel out the classic V-shaped torso or perhaps the sexy rock climber physique? The Total Gym Pull-up Challenge focuses on just the right muscle groups to augment your upper body and empower you to pull your own bodyweight. Challenge yourself to stick with the program for 30 days and share your baseline and weekly results in the comments section below.

Muscles Worked: Latisumus dorsi (Lats), biceps, triceps (long head), teres major, biceps and forearm musculature
Benefits: Strength, Power & Endurance

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Lose a Dress Size in 4 Weeks: Week 3

LOSE A DRESS SIZE IN 4 WEEKS: WEEK 3

If you’ve been following along with the Lose a Dress Size in 4 Weeks series then you’re halfway there! Just joining in? No problem. You can jump in with the Week 3 workout plan, but I recommend starting at the beginning with Week 1.

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Is A Glass of Red Wine A Day Good For Your Health?

Red Wine Consumption and Health: The Truth About One Glass a Day

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Is a glass of red wine a day good for you?

If you’re someone who skips the occasional drink thinking you’re protecting your health, you may want to give that notion a second thought. Although there is conflicting research as to whether or not red wine has health benefits, most research supports the notion that moderate drinking is protective to your health. Moderation is the key word. Moderation is defined as one drink per day for women and two for men. A drink is 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of beer, or 1.5 ounces of spirits.

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Avoid Back Pain and Visits to the Chiropractor with These Back Exercises

Total Gym Back Exercises to Avoid a Chiropractor

I love my holistic chiropractor! He has put me back together many of times. Holistic to me means he gets to the cause of the problem and helps me make the proper corrections. He would be the first to agree that the following exercises will help you avoid the need for his services. Good chiropractors are wonderful when we need them, but let’s try and avoid them if we can. That is the goal of this blog post.

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Total Gym Challenge: “The Workouts”

Total Gym Challenge: “The Workouts”

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The Total Gym Challenge is an exercise program developed by fitness trainer Rosalie Brown. It consists of 14 workouts in 18 days using The Total Gym. In addition to working out, there is also a nutritional plan you can follow to help ensure you get maximum results. Participants are also encouraged to limit their alcohol and carbohydrate intake during the Challenge as well. Before starting The Challenge or nutritional plan, please consult with a physician. Results may vary.

Some words from Rosalie…

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“I developed The Total Gym Challenge with one goal in mind…RESULTS. There are many “Get Fit” quick programs out there but The Total Gym Challenge is a safe all natural way to lose weight and get the body you’ve always wanted. Like anything, the key to success starts with discipline and consistency. Stick to the fitness and nutritional plan and you’ll do great. Congratulations on your decision to achieve better health and fitness!”

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Lose a Dress Size in 4 Weeks: Week 2

Lose a Dress Size in 4 Weeks Workout: WEEK 2

Losing weight, dropping a dress size, or getting into better shape isn’t something that happens overnight. With your goal at hand you will be on your way to feeling better each day!

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