My 4 Tips to Slim Down

1- Drink a gallon of water. water-bottle-537x402

Due to the stomach having to warm the water and the energy used to eliminate waste from the kidneys, metabolism increases temporary.

2- Eat fruits and vegetables such as asparagus, grapefruit, spinach, and broccoli;  they are high in fiber and are non- starchy; this will  increase your metabolism and sustain your energy throughout the morning. Asparagus and grapefruit are diuretics as they help flush out water from the body.

3- Limit sodium intake as too much sodium in your body causes it to hold onto water; putting more stress on your heart.

4- Hit the treadmill or elliptical for at least 30 minutes.


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Benefits of Sprinting

Will sprinting help me burn fat? What are the benefits of sprinting?

Sprinting WILL help you burn fat and burn fat faster than a lower intensity workout such as jogging or going for a long run. Cardio fitness helps the heart to pump stronger and more efficiently and your muscles to use oxygen more efficiently. The pounding of weight-bearing activities like walking and running may cause more fat burning than a seated exercise like biking, or an activity like swimming where there is no pounding at all.
Professor James Timmons from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh reports that sprinting “can boost the body’s metabolism sharply, helping to prevent weight gain and diabetes.” He states “sprinting not only burns calories during its duration, but greatly improves overall metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories even when not sprinting.”
According to the Mayo Clinic “within two months of starting, frequent aerobic exercise can increase HDL cholesterol by about 5 percent in otherwise healthy sedentary adults.” One study showed individuals who ran more than 50 miles per week had significantly greater increases in HDL cholesterol (good fat) and significantly greater decreases in body fat, triglyceride levels, and the risk of coronary heart disease than individuals who ran less than 10 miles per week. In addition, the long-distance runners had a nearly 50% reduction in high blood pressure and more than a 50% reduction in the use of medications to lower blood pressure and plasma cholesterol levels.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that all healthy adults should do the following:
1. Frequency of training: three to five days per week
2. Intensity of training: 55/65%-90% of maximum heart rate
3. Duration of training: 20-60 minutes of continuous or intermittent aerobic activity
4. Mode of activity: any activity that uses large muscle groups, which can be maintained continuously and is rhythmical and aerobic in nature (for example, walking-hiking, running-jogging, cycling, bicycling, cross-country skiing, aerobic dance/group exercise, rope skipping, rowing, stair climbing, swimming, skating, and various endurance game activities or some combination thereof).
Sprinting does have many health benefits, especially for your heart and lungs. Regular cardio exercise is key to keeping up with your overall health and fitness!






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Leg Toning Exercises

Sure, summer isn’t for a while yet, but that isn’t an excuse not get into shape! To target these tricky-to-hit muscles (thighs and the surrounding ones,) beginners should do each of the standing exercises 15 to 20 times; the intermediate and advanced 25 to 30 times. This routine has been created by Matthew Hurst, who is the owner of Training Zone.

Wide-Stance Squat

(A) Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart and toes pointed out to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock.
(B) Slowly lower for two counts into a squat position. Hold the squat for one count, then straighten your legs for two counts to go back to the starting position.

First-Position Plié Squat

Begin with heels touching and toes slightly turned out. (A) Keeping heels together, rise up onto your toes. (Hold on to a wall if you feel wobbly, but maintain posture.)
(B) Bend your knees into a half squat for two counts, then come back up in two counts, keeping heels together.

Squat with Ball

(A)  Position your feet shoulder-width apart with toes pointed straight ahead. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your legs just above the knees.
(B) Squeezing your inner thighs to keep the ball steady, lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one, then return to standing for two counts.

Wide-Stance Arm Swing

(A)  Place your feet just wider than shoulder-width apart and point toes to 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Grasp a dumbbell (three to five pounds for beginners, 8 to 12 for more advanced) vertically in front of your stomach.

(B) With arms straight, lift the weight to shoulder height as you lower into a squat for two counts. Hold for one count, then slowly lower the weight and return to standing for two counts.

Inner-Thigh Press with Rubber Ball

Lying on your back on a mat, bend your knees so that the soles of your feet are flat on the floor. Place a medium rubber ball (or a knotted beach towel) between your knees. Contract your inner thighs to squeeze the ball for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds, then repeat the cycle four more times.




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Reiki- Reasons to Have a Treatment

Reiki- Reasons to Have a Treatment

Reiki can be defined as a non-physical healing energy made up of life force energy that is guided by the Higher Intelligence. It connects you to universal energy, thus allowing you access to healing for yourself whenever you might need it.

Reiki brings you closer to your Higher Self, which is an important part of anyone’s spirituality. You become more spontaneous, allowing you to make smarter decisions and giving an overall feeling of entirety.

It also lowers your stress. Reiki is an outstanding tool to keeping your heart and mind tranquil, and connecting to an inner peace that will be an advantage in bothersome times.

Finally, Reiki rejuvenates the body. Throughout the day, we put natural wear and tear on our bodies. Between that and the stress, our bodies need healing. Self-healing on a physical level can help prevent sickness, and aids our injuries in healing fully.



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Do Not Skip Meals to Lose Weight

Do Not Skip Meals to Lose Weight

By skipping a meal you are training your metabolism to slow down.  Your body goes into starvation mode and begins to slow down to try and store fat.  It is are bodies way of keeping us alive.

Instead of skipping a meal to lose weight, plan your meals ahead of time and pack them.  Plan on having 5-6 small meals throughout the day.  All meals should consist of lean protein to keep you full and satisfied and lots of non-starchy veggies.  Add some fruit, starches and good fat as well.  If you are trying to lose weight, go easier on the starches, fruit and fats- but do add some to keep your meals balanced.

Never skip meals!!





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Weekend Workout

Weekend Workout

jackie13Here is a nice little Tabata style workout for you to try.


Warm up for 8 minutes.  Jog, walk, march, stretch,etc.


Repeat each exercise for 20 seconds then take 10 second break. Repeat sequence 8 times.



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Squats (or hop squats)


Cool down and stretch!!! Great job!!!



Remember to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program!



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Meditate and Rejuvinate

Meditate and Rejuvenate

Just a few minutes, a few deep breathes and you will be feeling refreshed!

Try my technique:

• Find a quiet place where you can completely relax. Allow yourself to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Tell yourself you will awaken refreshed after 10minutes. (5 minutes will work!)
• Begin by focusing your eyes upward above your line of sight. Take in a long, slow, deep breath. As you slowly exhale think “relax, relax within”. Another deep breath in and on the exhale repeat to yourself “relax, relax within”. Repeat approximately six more times. Your eyes should start to become fatigued. Close them.
• You may repeat the phrase quietly to yourself “ I close my eyes and I revive”
• Imagine relaxation beginning in your toes. You may imagine it in the form of a color, such as a soothing aqua blue liquid. Allow that relaxation to spread upwards into your feet and ankles. Allow that feeling of relaxing to spread upward into your shins and calves, knees and hollow of your knees, your thighs and back of your thighs. Allow that relaxation, that soothing liquid to flow up into your abdomen, your chest, heart and lungs. Continue this process throughout your entire body.
• Next, imagine yourself in a special place of relaxation. We’ll call it “your place.” It might be lying on a beach on a warm summer day, or relaxing in the country by a peaceful river or stream. You might prefer being in your backyard or garden or even in your home.
• Count yourself up with 1-10 giving suggestions for well being, energy, happiness.


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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Health Benefits of Pumpkin
It’s  apumpkinsutumn in the Northeast. Breathtaking fall foliage, neighborhoods readying for Halloween, hay rides and pumpkin patches!
When you stop by the farmers market pick up a pumpkin. Here’s why:
Pumpkin puree contains fiber, iron, vitamin E and A. Stir it into your soups and sauces. Add pumpkin puree to your oatmeal for extra nutrition!

Make sure to eat the seeds as well. Raw seeds! They are packed with nutrients such as
copper, zinc, magnesium, omega 3’s and protein. The high amount of zinc can aid in prostate health.

Pumpkin can reduce inflammation which can lead to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and Type 2 diabetes.

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Today’s Wellness Tip: Add more green veggies to your meals!



Today’s Tip: Add more green veggies to your meals!



Add more green veggies to your meals!

Here’s why:green-vegetables-1ff5a7
Green vegetables are one of the most health-promoting food groups. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.
By adding greens to your diet you can manage healthy weight loss, increase energy and boost your immune system.
Research suggests an overall healthy diet filled with green vegetables is key to prevent heart disease, diabetes, and possibly cancer.


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5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates


5 Reasons You Should Be Doing Pilates

Pilates is a system of exercises that is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility and posture, and improve your mental awareness. Here are 5 reasons why you should start doing Pilates today.

1)      Improved Flexibility- The constant bending and twisting throughout the day can cause a lot of stress on your muscles and joints. However, Pilates can correct this tension, allowing you to do the things you love. A flexible muscles is a healthy muscle, and a healthy muscle can handle stressors that may lead to injury.

2)      Better Sleep- A stress hormone called cortisol is released following a stressful event; it is important that cortisol levels return to normal after. Unfortunately, in our high-stress society, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal. Exercise “eases” these hormones, allowing you to be more focused throughout the day, and tired at night. Pilates is great, because it doesn’t wear out your muscles, so there is no soreness later on.

3)      Weight Loss- If you practice Pilates regularly, you will change your body. Pilates creates long, lean muscles. It may be low-impact, but it isn’t easy. Once you have the routine down, expect to work up a light sweat. The formula for weight loss however remains the same: burn more calories than you consume. And Pilates (being a full body workout) will do exactly that.

4)      Lengthens the Spine and Improves Posture- Poor posture creates a string of structural changes throughout the body that can cause pain and imbalance in the shoulders and neck. This may cause migraines, neck, and lower back pain. Pilates targets the deep postural muscles creating a strong, aligned core.

5)      Mind and Body Connection- Pilates practice gives complete attention to every movement by instructing the brain to release tension, control movement and breath with precision and flow.







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