Monthly Archives: October 2017

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Herbal Life Weight Loss Plan

Herbal Life Weight Loss Plan

Weight loss is one of the biggest dreams of most people today. With the increasing number of people who need some weight loss plans or programs that will guide them to achieve better weight loss results, many companies are continually developing and providing some weight loss programs for those weight loss dreamers. In particular, one of the notable companies that provide a great weight loss plan is Herbal Life. But what is herbal life?

Herbal Life is actually an independent distributor of herbal life weight loss diet and some products. As such, most of the items that they offer are geared toward helping the people in losing weight. One of the recent herbal life weight loss plans is what they call as Thermojetics Green Weight Loss Management Program.

This particular herbal life weight loss program is basically offered for the people to lose weight without going hungry or depriving oneself from eating delicious foods. Many claims have stated that with this herbal life weight loss program, everyone will feel marvelously energized in the process.

The Thermojetics Green Weight Loss Management Program, as an herbal life weight loss plan, has greatly aided thousands of people all over the cosmos lose weight. According to the herbal life’s exclusive Cellular Nutrition standards, this herbal life weight loss plan greatly gives the nutrition the body needs for best possible health condition and then gives you the great chance for achieving your dreamed weight. So since this herbal life weight loss plan will aid you to obtain healthful minerals, vitamins, and supplements, it is no wonder that you will feel energized than ever.

It is interesting to know that this mentioned herbal life weight loss plan is not just a mere program for ridding off those unwanted pounds, but it is a plan that will enhance your health. So in addition to losing weight, you will definitely feed your body with the nutrients it needs to obtain and sustain the most favorable health.

This plan is coupled with some products that will aid in achieving the best results. It mainly includes some products that work synergistically to aid you in losing weight and reinforce your body at peak performance. And to better serve the customers, they then developed other scientifically advanced herbal life weight loss plans that involve a variety of Thermojetics Green Weight-Management items. These alternatives are greatly coupled with some nutritional supplements that are developed to feed the body with the essential nutrients for better health. That is how great the herbal life weight loss plan is.

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Exercise Bikes And Working Out

Exercise Bikes And Working Out

The exercise bikes are an excellent way of working out. They are high impact cardio vascular workout machines. They help in losing weight by shedding the calories and also help in toning up the muscles of the lower body especially the lower limb and the calf muscles. It’s very convenient for people to listen to music or read a book while they are on the exercise bikes. Its convenient as exercise bikes can be installed at home. Unlike treadmills and fitness rowers, which take a huge amount of pace. Therefore even in a small area, you can have a great workout. The popularity of the exercise bikes is second to that of treadmills.

The exercise bikes are available for as little as $200 for the stationary exercise bikes and go up to $3000 for an exercise bike with all the frills added. Exercise bikes work on the principle of resistance to magnetic, air or a flywheel. All have their own advantages, therefore before you make purchases, read the these reviews of exercise bikes available on the Internet as well as in many magazines. Almost all exercise bikes will also have some sort of a control panel. This control panel gives the display of the heart rate, the calories burnt, the distance covered etc.

Before you buy a exercise bike, look for the reviews in various magazines as well as websites. See whether you require a simple exercise bike or a more advanced exercise bike. You can also opt for an used exercise bike. You can also ask your personal trainer for giving you the reviews of the exercise bike will be beneficial as they will give you an impartial advice, versus the salespeople of the exercise bike company. Also ask the advice of those who have already used or are currently using an exercise bike.

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The 3 Core Muscle Building Exercises You Should Be Doing

The 3 Core Muscle Building Exercises You Should Be Doing

When it comes to building muscle I like to keep things simple. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of hot new products and exercises that promise to be the next best thing in muscle building. Theses fancy exercises and products use long “scientific like” words and explanations to show you they work to build the most muscle.

In this article I am going to get back to basics. I am going to show your three muscle building exercises you can’t afford not to do and why you should be doing them. These three exercises are the grass roots of building muscle and are essential for any serious training program.

You might find it hard to believe, but with these three exercises alone you can pack on a serious amount of muscle. I refer to these exercises as the “core” to any good program. When I start planning I muscle building program for a client I always start with these three basic exercises and build the program around them.

3 core muscle building exercises:

Squat
The squat is the biggest exercise for packing on serious poundage. There’s no argument about it. The squat is primarily a leg building exercise. You start the exercise with a barbell resting across your shoulders standing straight up. Then bending at the knees and hips you lower the barbell down until your thighs are almost parallel to the floor. And then push the barbell back to the starting position.

The main muscle groups pulled into action for the squat are your quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes. Secondary muscle groups include the lower back, adductors and to a certain extent your shoulder muscles. As you can see many muscle groups are recruited for this exercise making it the biggest exercise and biggest potential muscle builder.

Like all the core muscle building exercises, you should make the squat the first exercise you do on your leg training day. Because it’s the biggest exercise you want your legs to be fresh and ready. If muscle building is your goal, aim for about 8-12 reps on the squat. Because you’ll be lifting heavy weights a good warm up is vital. Squatting is very stressful for the lower body, especially the knees, so 5-10 minutes on the treadmill and some lights squats first up are recommended.

Bench Press
The bench pres is the king of upper body building exercises. For years the bench press has been used to measure a lifter’s strength. How many times have you been asked “how much do you bench?” I bet you’ve never been asked how much do you squat or how many chin ups can you do.

The bench is a simple yet extremely powerful exercise that targets the entire chest (pectorals), front shoulders (deltoids) and triceps. To perform a bench press you must lie on your back on a flat bench, grip the barbell at slightly wider than shoulder grip and press the bar straight down to your chest.

The bench press is the biggest upper body builder because it allows you to move the most amount of weight possible. This is its advantage over the dumbbell press. With the help of a spotter you can also push yourself to lift heavier weights. There are also other advanced bench press techniques like board presses, bench press negatives and chain presses. See our link at the bottom for more details.

Wide grip Chin Up
If you were only going to do one exercise to work your back this would be it. The wide grip chin up is the ultimate test of a lifters power to weight ratio. This muscle building exercise is very demanding on the body.

The wide grip chin up primarily hits the lats, but also targets the entire upper back, biceps and forearms. To execute this exercise you need a chin up bar or assisted chin up machine. Hold the bar in a wide grip (greater than shoulder width) with your palms facing away from your body. Start in a “hanging” position with your arms fully extended. Pull yourself up until your can get your chin over the bar and lower back to starting position.

Most people will not be able to do wide grip chin ups without some lat/back training first. You can use the assisted chin up machine or lat pull down machine to strengthen your lats before attempting wide grip chin ups. This is the most demanding back exercise you can do so it must be the first exercise in your session.

When you should be doing these exercises

Like I mentioned previously in this article, these exercises are the biggest muscle builders and also the most taxing on your body so they must be done at the beginning of your workout to get the maximum benefits. I recommend that you do up to 5 sets on each exercise and vary the way you perform these sets each week. For example, the first week you do pyramid up sets, the second week you pyramid down and the third week you do straight sets. This keeps your muscles from getting accustomed to your routine. Good luck packing on some serious pounds!

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The Many Branches Of Yoga

The Many Branches Of Yoga

People have used yoga techniques for more than 2,000 years. Over these centuries, yoga has developed into a system of widely varied practices, much like an ancient tree with many branches.
Each branch of yoga was developed to serve specific human needs. As a general rule, though, they all serve one primary purpose: to bring into equilibrium the human mind and body.
Let’s take a closer look at 5 of those branches of yoga.
Hatha Yoga
If enhanced well being is your goal, you should consider the practice of hatha yoga. In addition to meditation, which is a common technique in4 all yoga branches, hatha yoga teaches a series of postures (known in yoga terminology as asanas) and breathing exercises (called pranayamas). Hatha yoga is considered to be one of the primary antecedents of modern physical therapy.
Karma Yoga
Another popular branch is karma yoga, which operates under the principle that everything that happens to us in our life is a direct consequence of our past actions. As a result, karma yoga encourages practitioners to eliminate negativity and selfishness from their current lives, to avoid having to deal with future consequences. Karma yoga is practiced throughout one’s day, including at work. Activities undertaken with the goal of helping other people, such as volunteering at a soup kitchen, are associated with the karma yoga path.
Raja Yoga
A branch of yoga which places an even greater emphasis on meditation is raja yoga. Known also under the name of classical yoga, raja is a more advanced discipline. Practitioners usually start with hatha yoga in order to prepare the body for this advanced training. Studies have shown that people attracted by this form of yoga are generally more introspective and more drawn to profound meditation. Various religious groups devote themselves to this yoga path, which is similar to a monastic or contemplative lifestyle.
Jnana Yoga
This branch of yoga is directed mainly to scholars. It involves development of the intellect through the study of yoga tradition, scripts and texts. It is also known to be the yoga of the heart and wisdom. Although it is described as the most difficult of all yoga practices, jnana yoga is also considered 1 of the most direct and rewarding paths.
Bhakti Yoga
Bhakti yoga promotes the ideal of devotion. The principle message of this yoga path is the presence of something divine in every form of creation. Hence, it is important to tolerate, accept and respect any form of life with which we come into contact.
In Conclusion
These are only a few of the numerous yoga branches and paths. Whatever your needs, you can find a suitable yoga practice and, through it, find equilibrium and inner peace.

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Effective Golf Fitness Equipment

Effective Golf Fitness Equipment

Golf fitness equipment is designed to help a golfer build strength in certain muscles so as to improve their golf game and lower their scores.

The problem is that there are so many different golf fitness equipment in the market these days that it is difficult to identify the really effective ones and the duds or inappropriate ones.

The situation is hardly helped by the fact that clever marketing is usually put to use in promoting a vast majority of golf fitness equipment. The result is that many disappointed golfers have ended up with loads of the stuff in their garages that has hardly improved their game.

In fact you would find some who would confidently tell you that their game has gotten worse rather than better.

Golf fitness equipment that I have found to be very effective is the weighted club. This is a very golf-specific piece of equipment because one ends up going through the exact same motions you do with an ordinary club but with more weight.

This greatly helps in strengthening and conditioning all the relevant muscles used in the golf swing.

The inside approach is another great golf fitness equipmentto help improve any golf swing. This particular device is extremely useful for slicers and helps deal with this problem fairly quickly.

As golf fitness equipment,exercise tubing is very affordable and yet very effective. The strength of this device is in its’ ability to break down the golf swing into as many different phases as you would like to focus on for the sake of improvements. It offers specific resistance training for each phase.

Golf exercise balls are the sort of golf fitness equipment that any golfer with a bad back should have. There are almost countless different stretch exercises that you can with it.

And what makes this golf training aid even more attractive is the fact that you can do your exercises in the office or at home when you have a moment.

Simple dumbbells can also be very useful golf fitness equipment to have around.

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Why Most Women’s Self-Defense Programs Are Wrong

Why Most Women’s Self-Defense Programs Are Wrong

In the world of women’s self-defense training, there are two generally accepted "schools" of thought. Unfortunately, both take extreme viewpoints and are usually founded on nothing more than the so-called "expert’s" beliefs. Without real-world experience, and instructor teaching self-defense to anyone, but especially to women, is quite likely putting their students in severe danger.
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Women’s self defense issues are constantly in the news and a ‘hot’ topic for conversations. It seems that everyone from police officers to karate instructors has his or her own philosophy and theories about the how’s and why’s of self defense for women and girls.
The truth is though, that many of the same techniques and tactics taught to men for self-protection simply will not work for a woman. Why?…
… because attacks perpetrated on women have, at their foundation, certain inherent problems, issues, and conditions that are often very different for men who find themselves in defensive situations. Women have to deal with things that, quite frankly, men don’t.
Click on the link at the end of this article to get more information about real-world self defense for women designed around issues specifically related to womens self-defense.
Now, before some of you start rolling your eyes or nodding your head in agreement, this is not a women’s lib issue or anything of the sort. It’s simply the way it is.
What kind of things make self-defense for women different? I’m glad you asked.
Well, for starters, physiologically speaking, there is a 7-to-3 strength ratio between male and female bodies. That means that if you were to stand a man and a woman, having the same height, weight, and build, side-by-side, and all things considered (health, fitness, etc.)…
… the man would still be two-and-a-half times stronger than the woman!
This is not theory or one person’s belief over those of others. It’s scientific fact.
Next, women are more likely to be slapped, grabbed and pinned than punched or kicked. For men, it’s just the opposite. The fact is that, most of us have been conditioned since childhood to act, play, and, yes, fight with each gender very differently. And attackers are no different.
The good news is that more and more women are being drawn to the life-enhancing benefits of the martial arts and basic self-defense programs for increasing their level of self-confidence and overall feelings of safety and security. The not-so-good news is that…
… there is a shortage of:
* Martial arts instructors who understand scientific self-defense, ‘and’ have the necessary life experience to be able to teach from a perspective that shares that experience.
After all…
… if an instructor has never been in a real-world self defense situation themselves, it will make it nearly impossible for them to teach real self defense to anyone – let alone self defense for women. It’s kind of like going to a priest of counselor for marriage counselling who has never been married themselves. They both have information passed on by others but, neither has anyway of expressing that information based on real-word knowledge.
However, there is an over-abundance of…
…so-called self-defense experts who are of the tough-guy, fighter type or the "This is Reality – Deal With it! macho-type.
These people, by their very nature are the "slugger-types" who rely and depend on speed, strength and size to win. Since self defense situations usually involve a bigger, faster, stronger attacker victimizing a smaller, less-prepared target – and, that’sexactly what most women are up against when they’re attacked…
… these instructors, and their "strike-first-and-crush-them-where-they-stand mentalities, are far from being suited, knowledgeable, or able to deliver the necessary lessons needed by women to effectively protect themselves from an assailant intent on dominating them physically.
Other Considerations for Girls and Women’s Self-Defense
The following is a partial list of some of the other major differences between self defense for women and men. The important thing to remember is that…
… a self-defense situation is very different from a sport or competition-based contest where the individuals are willing participants. They are evenly matched to insure for a "fair fight." I have been in contests and I have been attacked and I can tell you without a moment’s doubt that…
… there is nothing "fair" or "even" about a real attack. NOTHING! And, once your personal space is invaded by another human being wanting to beat you to your core, you will know what I mean and never, ever, buy into the crap that most of these so-called experts are shovelling.
With that said, please know that I have not said that every self-defense or martial arts instructor is full of it. Just that you must know what you need and make sure that that’s what you’re getting. Remember – you’re not buying a couch that you can take back. A mistake in this area could literally cost you your life!
Here are some other differences between men’s and women’s training that a good program must address:
* Cultural Influences – girls have been taught from a very early age that fighting was not "lady-like."
Oh my god! What would people think!
* Situational Self-Defense – rape and sexual assault are two of the biggest differences between the genders when it comes to suriviving an attack.
The fact that men are usually dealing with the more obvious situations (muggings and competitive ("oh-yeah! let’s go!"-type fighting), while women, and more and more young girls, are required to deal with subtle tactics like date-rape or being ambushed by a group.
Add to this the strength differential discussed earlier, and you have a very different situation, requiring very different self-protection tactics.
* Incorrect Information – I believe that the majority of teachers and instructors mean well. They aren’t out to con you. It’s just that they have no real experience to go on so they do what everyone does when they don’t know any better…
… they make assumptions that seem logical and rational within their own frame of reference.
The problem is that we’re talking about self-protection here…
… self defense for women…
… girls self-defense. Not…
… vegetable soup. Where, if you make a mistake, you can just dump the pot and start over.
As I said earlier, a mistake in a women’s self-defense situation, in any situation requiring defense against an attack from an assailant bent on damaging you, could be very, very costly indeed.

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Should You Join an Online Weight Loss Program?

Should You Join an Online Weight Loss Program?

Have you ever heard of an online weight loss program before? If this is your first time hearing about an online weight loss program, you may be wondering whether or not you should join one. If you are, you will want to continue reading on.

Perhaps, the biggest sign that you should think about joining an online weight loss program is if you are looking to lose weight. Whether you are interesting in improving your appearance, improving your health, or doing both, weight loss can be a stressful time. Many weight loss programs assist you by having a daily food or exercise log for you to fill out. This has been known to motivate many online weight loss program members. Depending on the online weight loss program that you join, you should also get access to fun workouts and healthy recipes.

Another one of the many signs that you should think about joining an online weight loss program is if you regularly find yourself pressed on time. Whether you have a family to take care of, a demanding job, or both, you may find it difficult to eat healthy or maintain a regular exercise program. Joining an online weight loss program is a nice alternative to attending a local weight loss program, one that often requires you to meet for an hour or two a week.

Another one of the many signs that you should join an online weight loss program is if they are able to find an online weight loss program that is perfect for you. What is nice about online weight loss programs is that they come in a number of different formats. For instance, it is possible to find “generalized,” online weight loss programs, which are designed for all different individuals. On the other hand, there are themed weight loss programs, like ones that are designed for men, women, and senior citizens. Finding the perfect online weight loss program makes it well worth it for you to join one.

Speaking of finding the perfect online weight loss program, the best way to find one is to perform a standard internet search. When performing a standard internet search, you may want to search with phrases like “online weight loss programs,” or “online weight loss plans.” If you are looking for something specific, like an online weight loss program for women, you will want to incorporate that into your standard internet search. You can also ask those that you know for recommendations or find online discussions where online weight loss programs are being discussed.

When searching for an online weight loss program, you will likely come across multiple programs that may interest you. When it comes to choosing an online weight loss program to join, it is advised that you take the features that you have access to, like online message board communication and healthy recipes, as well as costs into consideration. An online weight loss program that has more features or online resources for you may be worth paying a little bit more money for.

If you fit the above mentioned criteria, you may want to look into joining an online weight loss program. In fact, you may even find an online weight loss program that gives you a free trial period. This is the perfect opportunity to determine whether or not an online weight loss program is right for you.

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Weight Loss And Cardio Go Hand In Hand

Weight Loss And Cardio Go Hand In Hand

Weight loss and cardio workout plans can help you reach your goals to shed those extra pounds. Although many people would prefer to forget exercise altogether, the most effective way to lose weight is to combine a healthy diet with regular cardiovascular activity. Keep in mind that your cardio workout should be something that you practice consistently and, if possible, that you enjoy.

So, how do you go about establishing a solid weight loss and cardio plan that suits you and your lifestyle? Take a moment to consider how much time you can dedicate to working out, how in-shape or out-of-shape you are, what kinds of activities you enjoy (or don’t mind) doing, and your final goals.

If you’re biggest obstacle in terms of exercise is squeezing in the time to do it, then your best bet might be an elliptical trainer (stationary exercise machine) that really gets your heart rate up and allows you to burn a lot of calories in a short period of time. An elliptical trainer simulates walking or running but it lessens pressure on the joints which can cause injuries. You can choose your level of intensity and most people who are just starting out will only do a couple of minutes at a time. As you continue to exercise consistently, you will be able to gradually increase how many minutes you work out each session.

If you have more time and/or if you find the machines boring, you can try an aerobics class, boxing, kick boxing, swimming or other more stimulating activities. If you prefer to be outside for your activity, you can try walking or jogging.

It’s really important that you choose something that you like for your regular activity. This is not something that you should practice only when you’re trying to lose weight but something that you should be able to maintain as part of your lifestyle, maybe in a less intensive way than when you are in a weight loss phase. You can also switch your exercise routine around a little bit every day to provide some variety. Or, if you walk or run for your exercise, go a different route every day.

If you find that you aren’t yet in good enough shape to do a cardio workout, start out with something very small and work your way up. Just make sure you are doing something. Dedicating even just five to ten minutes each day to some kind of activity is better than not doing anything at all. Remember that this is all a process that will allow you to start losing weight effectively and maintain a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and activity. Consider parking at the end of the parking lot when you go to stores or getting up walking around during commercials while watching your favorite television program. All of these small things can get you results with your weight loss and cardio plan.