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The 15-Minute-A-Day Workout For Miracle Results

Modern times are fast and furious. And they demand the best from you. Great performance, total focus and an endless hunger for more seem to be the basic requirements to make it in a world where results are top priority and they need to be delivered on time.

Which is exactly what a lot of people out there don't have anymore. The ever-increasing pace the world moves by demands not only perfection, but a virtual omnipresence and the imperative need to multitask at the best level to meet our goals and still have time to look our best.

Slimming machines, miraculous pills and exotic weight-loss treatments, they all appeal to our lack of time and the desire to keep our self healthy, young and beautiful.

And let's be honest. In a world filled with instant gratification-seekers constrained in tight schedules we all love a quick fix, especially when it comes to our body.

"I love to take care for my body. Both for healthy reasons and for my job, but sometimes I just don't have the time. I take care of my family in the morning and by the end of the day I am usually just burned out to do any physical activity. My exercise routines usually take place during the weekends, but I am missing the energizing factor that regular exercise gives to a day".

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Debunking Lies You’He Always Heard About Skin Care

All your life you have been told certain things about your skin that you have simply taken to be true. Things like greasy food will give you pimples, or that you are bound to age just like your mother. Luckily for you there are several misconceptions when it comes to skincare and we’ve compiled a few of the most common below.

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Genetics plays the biggest role in how your skin will age.

Many people think that because their mother started getting wrinkles when she was 38 that they will too. You have been taught to believe that you will inherit your family’s tendency to develop wrinkles early or that we are going to be wrinkle free well into our 50s because our grandmother was. That is simply not the case. You have to consider the life you live including your stress levels, sun exposure, how well you care for your skin, your diet and so much more. True you are genetically predisposed to how you look, but your habits are a major factor in considering how you will age. So check your bad habits at the door. You can start by not smoking, wearing sunscreen, maintaining a healthy diet and finding a good skin care regimen that works for your skin and sticking to it.

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PowerLine PSS60X Squat Rack Review

It’s taken me about ten years to put it together, but I have a pretty decent looking gym in my garage at home. I have a few hundred kilograms of weights, a bench, chin up bar, boxing bag and a rowing machine; there’s very little that I can’t do in there.

If one thing annoys me, however, it’s that I can’t do squats properly. I don’t own a squat rack that can comfortably house the sort of weights that I want to lift. If I want to do squats, I usually end up doing squat jumps or front squats, as the weight that I use is lighter than when I perform traditional squats.

As a rugby player, this inability to do heavy squats at home can be infuriating. After all, as any rugby player will tell you, strength and explosive power in your legs is imperative in rugby, especially if scrummaging is part of your job, as it is with me.

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Get Skinny with Healthy Junk Food

If you want to get skinny, you’ll never do it by gobbling down junk food. You can’t do it on celery and water either. The key to shedding pounds and finally getting into shape is understanding your food cravings and responding to them appropriately.

You crave junk food for a good reason. For one, you need protein, fat, and sugar to survive. If you deny yourself these necessities, your body will go into starvation mode and you’ll never lose weight.

Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips

The burgers, fries, potato chips, and snack cakes you crave don’t give you the right amount of protein, fat, and sugar. Instead, they use chemicals to fool your body into thinking you’re taking in these necessities.

It has been proven that junk food manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars figuring out just how to fool their customers into thinking they’re eating something healthy. The New York Times put out a report earlier this year that really broke down, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”.

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What You Need to Do After Gastric Sleeve Surgery

Gastric sleeve surgery is an obvious and easy choice for those looking for a solution to their personal obesity. It's a choice made after failed attempts at just about every other option. It is not without pain or risk, but it can mean a much better future for the patient - given that the average weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is 60% of the excess weight.

How It Works

During surgery, about 85% of the stomach is removed. This creates a tubular or sleeve-like stomach with a capacity of 60 to 150 cc. The stomach is reduced, but it keeps functioning as before surgery. Any weight loss after gastric sleeve surgery is better than no weight loss at all. But, you still need to work on long-term lifestyle changes.

A 100- pound weight loss can be expected. And, once you are comfortable enough to move, you can expect the weight loss to continue and increase over a 12-18 month period. This is different for every one, but such results are not unreasonable.

Eating Once Again

The upside is that there are few restrictions on food selections after gastric sleeve surgery. The downside is that, with only half the stomach remaining, some of the nutrition absorbed by the stomach and of the hormones produced in the stomach disappear.

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Cosmetic Surgery Addiction - How To Know When To Stop

For most people, cosmetic surgery is a one off occurrence.  Usually, these people will keep saving up so that eventually they can afford to alter the part of their body they are least happy with.  This might involve a nose job, breast augmentation or a facelift.  However, for some, cosmetic surgery is an addiction and it’s important that you know the warning signs before you get hooked on altering your body beyond recognition. 

Is There Really Such a Condition as Cosmetic Surgery Addiction?                                                      

Cosmetic SurgeryWhen we think of the word ‘addiction’ we tend to think about substance abuse or gambling addictions, to name a few examples.  However, addictions have many forms and can manifest themselves in ways that can take us completely by surprise.  Cosmetic surgery addiction is a behavioral addiction - sufferers become addicted to seeing the changes in their body and develop a skewed image of themselves and unrealistic expectations. 

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The 2 Minute Workout that Will Kick You Into High Gear

Do you have too much stuff to do? Like you, every day I deal with Facebook posts, tweets, work and family. Finding time to go to the gym is getting tough! Well, don't worry. I have put together a workout you can do anywhere called the 2 Minute Workout that only takes, you guessed it, 2 minutes! This workout will get your blood pumping, increase your energy level, burn some calories and strengthen muscles.  Not a bad way to spend 2 minutes!

Perform each of the below exercises for 30 seconds .

Quad Hop

Get on your toes and place your palms on the floor facing each other. Keep your back parallel to the floor. Push up off the floor.

Quick video of me doing Quad Hops

Sky Kicks

Sit on the floor with your hands pointed toward your toes. Push up until your arms are straight. This is the starting position. Alternately kick your feet up and down.

Quick video of me doing Sky Kicks

Switch Backs

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How To Get Back in Shape After Quitting Smoking

Congrats: you finally quit smoking! What happens next? Initially, your palate and metabolism will return to normal, meaning food will taste better but fat will be more difficult to break down. However, your lung capacity will gradually improve, giving you more freedom to enjoy physical activities. Once you quit smoking there are many ways to get back into shape and, of course, most of them involve some form of exercise. Have you ever wondered what makes a workout actually work? Why does working out make you healthier? Regular workouts help your body in a variety of ways. For starters, working out helps to promote:

  Healthier digestion

  Healthier circulation

  Healthier lung capacity

  Bone health

  Heart heath

  Increased cognitive abilities

  Better moods 

  Reduced stress

  Healthy aging

  Weight management

 

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Walking Increases Lifespan, Regenerates Brain, Study Finds

As a podiatric physician and walking instructor at FloWalking.com, I am always reading new research on walking. People ask me why I bother: hasn’t it all been said?

No, it has not. In fact, some of the findings about walking are vexing, perplexing and downright mystifying. Other research is fascinating and motivating.

One constant seems to be that every research team sets out knowing great things can happen for walkers.

In fact, many of the studies are based on the premise that bare minimums of walking can do amazing things for your health and increase your lifespan (more on that later). But in every case, walking remains the winner.

I’d like to use this space to summarize the most enlightening (and some surprising) studies from the latest walking research.

The Basics: Just Minutes of Walking Can Add Years to Your Life

When people tell me they don’t have time to walk (too many texts to send, I suppose), I jump out of my chair to tell them about this study by the U.S. National Cancer Institute. It wasn’t a casual headcount, either – over 650,000 people were involved in their research, which covered decades of statistics.

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J/fit Balance Pods Review

As a former professional rugby, albeit only for a year, I know how important balance and core stability can be when it comes to playing sport at a high level; it’s often one of the assets that separates elite sportsmen and women.

I still play rugby regularly, although I’m strictly an enthusiastic amateur nowadays, and as such I perform some form of core stability work during each and every gym workout. Whether I’m on a stability ball doing squats, or performing weighted lunges on a wobble cushion, I always try to throw in some core work to every workout routine.

Balance and core stability are essential in every aspect of rugby, whether you’re breaking tackles and trying to stay on your feet, whether you’re scrummaging or you’re trying to sidestep an opponent.

I’m always on the lookout for exciting new ways of improving my balance and core stability, which is why I’m so excited to have come across J/fit Balance Pods. They offer a versatile means of adding some much needed, and extremely beneficial, core and balance work into my exercise routine.

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