Month: August 2017

Replacing My Juicing Machine

I knew it had to happen eventually and now it has finally happened. My adored juicer, which I had for several years, finally died and now I am scrambling to find a replacement. Of course, I have high standards when it comes to juicers because I use them on a daily basis. For me personally, I believe that juicing just goes hand in hand with my healthy lifestyle. Granted, it is a bit more extreme than most people, but I decided a few years ago to take it to the next level and I refuse to go back.

Once I bought my first blender, it has made it quite easy for me to maintain my level of health and add the enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals I need on a daily basis to receive the benefits. I now know, after extensive research, that live nutrients are the way to go if you want to get the most from the fruits and vegetables you buy. I know that since I have added a blender to my kitchen, my health has steadily increased over the years and I cannot imagine going back.

Studies have shown that eating your way to health is ideal, but I have to also argue that juicing gives most people added doses of things their bodies otherwise would not receive, plus they’re nutritious. And let’s face it – with so much to do every day, there never seems to be enough time in the day.

With a juicer, I only need a few minutes to turn a pile of fruit into a meal replacement. Now that I have the experience with juicers, I can lend my advice to those that may be interested in adding one to their own kitchen. Start juicing today and change your life! Here are a few of the juicers I have researched lately and you can look over the finished product.

But before I get into the details of a few of these juicers, there are a few questions you should be asking yourself before you narrow down your search even more.

  • What are the ultimate prerequisites for buying a juicer?
  • What functions should the juicer have?
  • What are the most affordable options available on the market?
  • What type of juice (centrifugal or masticating) do you prefer?

Masticating juicers are primarily for cold presses, while centrifugal – which is my preference – are more affordable and the most popular. Centrifugal machines come equipped with toothed blades that separates juice from the pulp and often come with two speeds for both soft and hard fruits. What I love about centrifugal juicers is that they are usually smaller than masticating juicers and work very quickly, making them perfect for my kitchen.

Some of the centrifugal juicers I have had in the past didn’t even require me to chop up the fruit or nuts. I could just drop them in the juicer and blend away. But if you plan to use primarily berries and greens, then I suggest you use masticating juicers. Masticating juicers can crush fruit and vegetables slowly and some can even grind coffee as well. But as they are slower, I don’t always have the time for them. Read more here and after that, here are a few of my favorite juicers.

Braun Multiquick Juicer

If you’re searching for a machine that can really get the vegetables and fruits extracted properly, this is the juicer for you. I had one and found that it really cut through both hard and soft fruits with ease. And all of this was done quietly and is simply to use, complete with a wide chute. What’s even better is that it is dishwasher safe and a cinch to clean. This model even comes with recipes for health that can give you pointers on how to make the best drinks.

 Omega 8006

My absolute favorite juicer is this model, which can extract just about anything from kale to greens and everything in between. Of course, it costs a lot more, but it is well worth the investment and it lasts for years. If something is not crushed enough, you can place it back through the pulp to extract more juice.

Elliptical Workout – Are You Doing It Wrong?

As a personal trainer that works with people from various walks of life and different stages of their development, I have seen just about every mistake made, form the rarest to the most common. It doesn’t really matter how or when the mistakes crop up. The important thing is to eradicate them as soon as possible before they become a mainstay in your workout routine.

What I love about helping people elevate is their fitness levels is that they are eager to see how their bodies react to physical exertion and the rewards that go around with it. I cannot even tell you how proud I am of the people I have helped transform their bodies because I know first-hand the amount of dedication and work it takes to reach peak physical fitness. When it comes to elliptical workouts, it is important to pay attention and ensure that you are getting it right.

There are common mistakes and there are obscure ones to look out for. Take these suggestions into consideration and you will be doing yourself a ton of favors during your training sessions.

No Resistance, No Results

In order to get the most benefit and earn the best results, you’re gonna need to add some resistance. Ensuring that you are pushing and pulling through each stride. Once you’ve found the best tension, then you should continue at a predetermined moderate pace until failure.

Don’t Be a Slouch

Your core is the most important part of your body and standing upright helps lengthen your abdominal region and gives you the opportunity to work your upper body more effectively. Even leaning on an armrest and stretching can burn calories.

Enter Your Info

The machines these days can take your height and weight and personalize your workout, so know as much about your own body as personal to keep fatigue and hunger at bay. Your aim should be to burn approximately 100 calories every 10 minutes.

Not Changing Directions

Moving backwards isn’t just to stop boredom, but also changes which big muscle groups are exerting the most energy. Moving forward can fatigue the quads, but backwards has been shown to stimulate the hamstrings and the gluteus maximus. In order to maximize the effect, be sure to maintain knees at a 90-degree angle.

Your Workout Remains the Same

Adding intervals is an excellent way to boost the calories you burn and add another element of excitement in your workout. Escape the doldrums in a couple of ways by leaving resistance ready and switching up the pace. Another way to change up your routine is to add a juicing machine for your dietary needs.

The Pressure On Your Feet

This is one of the most common mistakes and it means that you are placing an inordinate amount of pressure on your toes. Instead of this approach, try to sit back to allow bigger muscle groups to work optimally and add stamina as you continue working out. If done effectively, your heart rate will be elevated and metabolic rate as well.

Benefits of Weight Training

Of course, most people understand the benefits that come into play once a weight training regimen has been implemented. As a trainer and instructor, my job is to help others find the best workout routine to lead them towards a healthier, more productive life. No matter what your personal fitness level may be, there are weight training exercises that you can use that will get you to the next level over time. Whether you are a beginner or you have been training for years, if you have a passion for weight training, you can reap the rewards by finding a fitness routine that is perfect for you.

It is not actually true that only experienced athletes exercise at a certain level. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Even if you are not at an advanced fitness level, that doesn’t mean you cannot benefit from the many great aspects of strength training from a workout schedule. The following are just some of the reasons why you should include strength training as part of your weekly routine:

  • Strength training improves the ability to execute daily activities and increase your daily workload. Once you’ve worked out enough, you will be able to last longer during your strength training exercises.
  • Improve your bone density once you begin a weight training routine. As we age, this becomes even more of a concern and just another reason to incorporate weight training.
  • Lean body mass also develops during strength training and is great because as we age we tend to store more fat.
  • Improve motor reflexes once your connective tissue, muscles, tendons, and more lead to greater motor performance and less susceptible to injuries
  • As you have more confidence, the quality of life makes you fitter and stronger

Getting Started

My clients first make an appointment with me and then we go over the initial steps towards creating a weight training routine. My main goal is to help clients remain focused, explain proper form and the basics of weightlifting, and what to expect in order to yield endurance and strength gains.

Putting a Program into Play

My first piece of advice for my clients is to start slowly in the beginning and then work your way up as you gain trust in your abilities and know the best way to reduce illnesses, soreness, and injuries. At first, you should start with one set, then move on to multiple as your power grows. Be sure you use the proper weight when lifting as form can be compromised with weights that are too heavy. If you cannot keep your form during a set, then you should lower the weight. Your muscles need time to recover as well, so I recommend at least 48 hours between sets between workout routines. Also, weight training can be just as fun as any other activity and can boost your metabolism in the process. Remember to keep your routine as varied as possible so you won’t get bored and stop working out. It is your mission to excel and reap all the benefits possible from weight training.

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