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Sharing the Joy: How to Get Certified as a Yoga Teacher

Although there is no single over-arching organization that can claim authority over yoga practitioners all over the world, there are national and regional organizations that can take on something of the same role if you are interested in teaching yoga. Such organizations can either provide you with the training needed to teach yoga or help you find a recognized school to do the same. Furthermore, such organizations can also offer you recognition of your ability to teach as represented in their respective certifications.

You do not need certification from such an organization if you want to become a yoga teacher, but it'll help you get on your way and open up doors that were previously inaccessible. Depending on the organization that you approach and its reputation among yoga practitioners, a certification can not only confirm for you that you have the expertise to teach yoga but also demonstrate that fact to others.

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Ditch the Soda-Pop and Lose Weight

A study published on September 21, 2012 in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that the “replacement of a sugar-containing beverage with a sugar-free beverage significantly reduced weight gain and body fat gain in healthy children.”  It confirms what we already should have known, that sugary beverages cause weight gain – duhhh.

The Study

Researchers conducted a double blind, randomized study of 641 Dutch children from 4 to 12 years of age.  The study ran over an 18 month period.  They started with healthy children who already consumed sugar-sweetened beverages and split the children into two groups.

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Electric Shocks Could Help You Lose Weight

Bliss Spa is a well-known resort in the United States. The operators claim to have found an innovative procedure to help patients lose weight. According to a spokesperson who applies the procedure, patients can lose weight by applying electric currents over their muscles.

The new treatment has been hailed as a revolutionary approach to promote weight loss. Rather than discouraging the patient from eating by manipulating his or her senses, the treatment (known as FatGirlShrink) is believed to promote weight gain directly by targeting excess water weight.

PHOTO: The new weight loss technique,  which claims to remove inches within minutes, stimulates muscles through electrical currents and gets rid of water weight (source).

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Study Links BPA to Childhood Obesity

Obesity is quickly becoming a national epidemic, with over 45% of the nation slated to be obese by 2030, and with some states destined to have obesity rates over 65%. The number of adults with diabetes is also skyrocketing, and the rate of diabetes is growing rapidly amongst children too. That is why it is becoming increasingly essential to understand the causes of obesity, especially when it affects children.

A recent study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a provocative connection between the amounts of Bisphenol A  (BPA) and the levels of obesity in children, and hints at the complex nature of weight gain.

Children with High Bisphenol A are More Likely to Be Obese

Almost all Americans have trace amounts of BPA in their bodies, but the study found that children with the highest amounts of BPA in their urine were twice as likely to be  obese as opposed to the children with the lowest. While this connection is alarming, the researchers were quick to point out that there were many other reasons why children gain too much weight, and urged that people not draw hasty conclusions.

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Green Coffee Beans Extract – FACT, FAKE, or SCAM?

Green coffee beans extract is now very popular in the wellness and weight loss community. However the hype over green coffee did two things. First, it publicized the green coffee extract as a viable solution to weight loss. Second, this very publicity killed its credibility as a weight loss supplement as more marketers and bogus wellness companies are capitalizing on the hype by selling it extensively (creating false promises) and by adding a lot of fillers to the products tampering with its natural properties.

 This created a lot of confusion and mixed reviews. This article will dig deeper into the green coffee bean extract’s claims and the science that is behind its promises. This is the only way to prove facts, spot fake claims, and scam marketing.

Why do coffee beans extract work for weight loss?

Let us get into the facts first. Green coffee is basically raw, unroasted coffee beans. Because it is not cooked at 475 degrees Fahrenheit, it retains its high chlorogenic acid content. This natural substance is actually the key reason why green coffee is very good for weight management.

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The Benefits of Fighting and Training to Lose Weight

Keeping yourself fit and healthy is a key aspect of both your physical and mental health. Exercising, whether it is being involved in a sports team, a session in the gym or just going for a run has a whole host of benefits. Combat and fight inspired training has been popular for many years but since the popularity of MMA (mixed martial arts) and UFC (ultimate fighting champion) significantly increased, it has become the number one choice for many wanting to improve their fitness and wellbeing.

So why is it becoming so popular? Here are some of the great ways fighting- and fight-influenced training can benefit your body and mind.

Great for fitness

Professional fighters, in particular boxers and MMA fighters are some of the fittest athletes in the world as their sport is so physically demanding. This kind of training promotes endurance, core strength, coordination, resilience and flexibility making it the popular training and fitness programme it is today.

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Weight Loss and Older Adults: A Caregiver’s Guide

By Sarah Jennings

Sarah Jennings has been taking care of others her whole life. In 2005, she moved her mother into her family home. She uses her personal experience to share with others about caring for the elderly. She currently writes for Brookdale assisted living


For those of us that specialize in the care of older adults – whether we work in an assisted living facility or provide in-home care for our elderly parents – concerns about weight loss can manifest themselves in different ways. 

For some senior citizens, shedding a few pounds through healthier eating and the incorporation of a more physically active lifestyle can be tremendously effective in prolonging and increasing the quality of life.

On the other hand, in some instances the loss of weight among older adults – especially if it occurs in a rapid fashion – is the cause for major concern and a sign that there may be some potentially lethal underlying issues that must be dealt with immediately. 

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The Possible Post-Exercise Effects of Testosterone on the Brain

At this point, it is a widely-known fact that maintaining a regular exercising regime has some effects on the brain, with the main ones being an improved memory and thinking capability.

As a matter of fact, scientists have actually demonstrated that exercising can stimulate the growth of new brain cells. However, until recently, it was widely unknown why exercising had such effects on the brain. Why until recently?

Well, a study was published not long ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrating that right after exercising, sex-related hormones shoot into the brain, something which heavily contributes to its transformation. While the study was only conducted on male rats, the researchers are positive it applies to females as well, not to mention, humans.

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5 Ways To Get Fit Like a Fighter

For Mixed Martial Arts enthusiasts (like we are over at Havoc), nothing is better than watching two professionally trained fighters go toe-to-toe in a ring. But if fitness, not fighting, is more your thing, there’s a lot to learn from these incredible athletes. Their sport requires them to have the explosive strength to charge, the maximal strength to lift an opponent, and the cardiovascular endurance to stick through several rounds of intense competition!

So while you may not want to take a beating like contact athletes do, you can still take a page from their training logs. Here are 5 easy ways to integrate the training of contact sports into your workouts!

#1. Get Heavy With It

Hitting a heavy bag (aka a punching bag) is a fantastic workout. Not only will you get an abdominal, shoulder and triceps workout from punching, you’ll also work on your cardio as you duck, dodge, and move your feet. Make the most of your heavy bag use by constantly moving to keep your heart rate up.

Netball for Fitness and Weight Loss

Played by over 20 million people in more than 70 countries, netball is now one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S, having been introduced to core USA education curriculums.  It’s a fast paced, exciting team sport which has a lot in common with basketball, although there are seven players per team and the rules and equipment used differ slightly.

Netball is predominantly played by women and girls (it was originally known as ‘women’s basketball’) and as well as offering fitness benefits it is generally a very social sport and a great way to build confidence and meet new people while getting fit at the same time.

About the game


Two teams of seven players compete on a rectangular court. Each team has three attackers, three defenders and a center who is the ‘all-rounder’.  The aim is simply to score more goals than the opposing team. Only two players from each team (the goal shooter and the goal attack) can score goals by shooting the ball through a 10-feet high hoop – and unlike basketball, there is no backboard. Typically a game consists of four quarters of 15 minutes each, although sometimes games can be shorter.

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