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May 31, 2012

Why You Should Be Working Out with Music


Working out with your favorite songs is a great way to make the time spent burning calories more enjoyable, but beyond offering your ears something fun to hear, recent studies and research have also suggested that working out with music can improve your mental acuity when you train. Music can also have the positive effect of helping you to train longer and harder by allowing you to concentrate on the rhythm of your workout rather than on the difficulty of your exercises.

Changing up Your Gym Mix

As it is easy to listen to an entire record of music from your favorite composer or band, knowing every beat, word and tempo of the songs you listen to during a workout can reduce your drive to push yourself to run further or lift more weights. To combat the slowdown in your workout that can be caused by predictability, employ the “random” function on your musical device.
Whether you’ve got an MP3 player attached to your arm while you run or a boom-box at your feet while you play some beach volleyball, mixing up the tempo can make your workout less predictable and more challenging when that fast tempo song fills your ears when you least expect it. Simply employing the radio instead of pre-recorded songs can also aid in keeping your ears and body guessing during a workout.

Is sweating a lot good for you?


Yes, sweating a lot is good for you, it is healthy. Your body is meant to sweat, it cleans out and opens up the pores in your skin. Sweating is the body's main method of cooling itself and the more regular sweating exercise you do the more effective your body will sweat. Some say your body releases toxins through sweating, and others say certain antibiodics that help your skin are produced through sweat. While different people sweat differently, generally it is a good indicator of how much exercise you have done. It is strongly recommended that you exercise some every day and by working up a good sweat while doing this you will know you have fulfilled this while cleaning out the pores of your skin.

Joint Pain CAUSES , SYMPTOMS , TREATMENT


Joint Pain Overview

Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease of the joint or adjacent tissues. A joint is the area at which two bone ends meet to provide motion to a body part. A typical joint is composed of bones that are separated by cartilage that serves as cushioning pad for the adjacent bones. Ligaments attach bone to bone around the joint. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs that provide a gliding surface for adjacent tendons. Tendons attach muscle to bone around the joint. Injury or disease to any of the structures of the joint can lead to pain in the joint. Joint pain is also referred to as arthralgia.

Joint Pain Causes

Joint pain can be caused by injury or disease affecting any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the joint. Injury or disease can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, and bones within the joint, leading to a painful joint. Pain is also a feature of joint inflammation ARTHRITIS and infection and can be a feature of rare tumors of the joint.

Joint Pain Symptoms

Joint pain can be aggravated by motion, pressure, or weight-bearing resistance with activity. Joint pain can be associated with local warmth, swelling, and tenderness.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have pain in the joint that persists after one week, it should be evaluated by a health-care practitioner. Moreover, severe pain in the joint should be medically evaluated as soon as possible.

Joint Pain Treatment

The treatment of joint pain is directed toward the precise underlying cause. If the problem is an injury, the initial treatment often includes rest, cold applications, and antiinflammatory medications. Additional medications for pain control may or may not be required. Gradual rehabilitation physical therapy may be needed.
If there is a form of arthritis causing the joint pain, antiinflammatory medications may be recommended, followed by other medications directed at the cause of the arthritis. If there is disease of the bone, ligament, or cartilage, surgical operation may be required.

Self-Care at Home

Initial treatment for joint pain at home might include rest, cold application, and medication to control pain and inflammation. With persistent pain, a medical evaluation by a health-care practitioner is warranted.

Medical Treatment

Medical treatment depends on the underlying cause of the joint pain as discussed above. If arthritis is causing joint pain, it can require antiinflammatory medication and a variety of other medications depending on the type of arthritis. Surgery can be required for cartilage or ligament damage.

Burn More Calories > Take The Stairs



Are you trying to burn more calories without spending more time at the gym? If your answer is yes, then get yourself to the nearest set of stairs!

Walking up and down the stairs is great exercise and burns calories. You can burn about 300 calories for 30 minutes of walking the stairs depending on the intensity of your workout. But, beware, 30 minutes is a lot of time to spend walking up and down stairs. It is hard work.
I used to take an exercise class where the instructor would have us walk up and down about 10 flights of stairs. Everyone was exhausted by the time we were finished.

The advantages of walking the stairs? They are many:
  1. You can walk the stairs anywhere there are stairs – offices, homes, stores
  2. We all know how to do it, no special training is needed
  3. No special equipment is needed, though if you are going to walk up multiple flights as exercise you need good shoes. I used to walk the stairs at work in high heels, but it was only for a floor or two. I had some scary moments, especially going down stairs where I almost catapulted myself over the edge a few times.
  4. You can do this exercise in short spurts. If you only have time to run a report up to a colleague two floors up from you that still counts as exercise even if you do not take the stairs again for another couple of hours.
  5. Stair climbing will exercise your legs particularly your quadriceps (front of the thighs) and your butt.
  6. Your heart will get a good workout
  7. It is low impact and safe for your knee joints

May 29, 2012

Ketchup vs Mayonnaise

Why the difference?

Ketchup is basically sugar. With 2 of the first 3 ingredients in ketchup being high fructose corn syrup and sugar, Ketchup fits America’s need for sweet products, sweet/savory combinations. Ketchup has no fat in it and is basically entirely sugar. This produces a drastically different hormonal effect in the body when consumed (sugar high, followed by huge insulin spike, followed by lethargy).
Mayo is essentially entirely fat with the main components being egg yolk and different oils (depending on the recipe). Strangely, mayo takes on different colors in America vs. Argentina. In the U.S. mayo is starkly white. This strikes me as odd for a food that is based on the yellow egg yolk because in Argentina, it is much more yellow.

The 100% fat content of mayo satiates the appetite and gives people a full feeling. This hormonal effect of satiation is much different than the roller coaster sugar high effect of ketchup.
Not to mention that the flavor of mayo is not sweet at all. It is entirely savory, another thing that illustrates the two countries’ preferences for sugar vs. fat, sugar high vs fat satiation, ketchup vs mayonnaise.
The odd thing about the practice of serving the two condiments is that ketchup in the U.S. is omnipresent. It’s on every table in every restaurant. ANYTIME fries are served, ketchup is there, even in high end establishments. Mayo would be odd in that circumstance. 

I'm still sore from yesterday's workout. Should I rest today or keep working out until the soreness goes away?

It's common for beginners to experience muscle soreness that lasts for a week or two, just as seasoned exercisers will be sore after a tough work out. Yes, you should keep working out even though you are sore, but there is more to it than that. 

Muscle soreness has two primary causes. The first soreness you experience happens during your workout ("the burn") and should subside within a couple of hours. This is caused by lactic acid production. When you are training and your muscles are not getting enough oxygen (anaerobic glycolysis), lactic acid builds up. You can break down lactic acid by continuing to move and by doing light aerobic exercise (such as walking) after your workout. This is why cool-downs are so important, especially for beginners. The longer you cool down, the faster that lactic acid will leave the muscles (typically within an hour).


The type of muscle soreness you are experiencing, up to a day or two (and sometimes even three) after your workout is known as DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). DOMS is caused by microscopic tears inside the muscles, resulting from weight-training or fully exhausting the muscles during cardio. This is normal. Again, beginners will be more sore and usually for longer, but if you really worked as hard as you should have during a weight-lifting session, you should be somewhat sore for the next day or two. 

This is where rest comes in. You absolutely must rest the muscles you worked for 1-2 days after a workout. Take at least one day off between strength training sessions, and if you are still very sore, take 2 days off. (This means from lifting, not from all exercise such as cardio). If you don't let your muscles recover and repair, they will continue to break down and you will actually get weaker. 

To help prevent soreness in the future, and alleviate some of it now, be sure to: 

1. Always warm-up for 5-10 minutes and cool-down for at least 5 minutes. 


2. Stretch after a warm-up, during your workout, and after you are done. Only stretch when your muscles are already warm from some kind of light activity. 


3. Stay active. The more your muscles move, the faster they will recover from exercise and soreness. If you choose to rest completely instead of "actively recovering" with light exercise, you'll probably be sore longer. 

May 28, 2012

What Is The Best Post-Workout Food?


Its all about SPEED

Getting nutrients into your body quickly is critical when you’re working out. The faster the better. If you can nourish your body within 30 minutes you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good and this will help you with your weight training results.
These foods are called “recovery foods” and for good reason. You need to be giving your body the right kind of fuel and nutrients to recover from your high intensity workout. Lots of water is an assumption that we’ll make as well.

What to eat

Proteins such as found in meats and eggs are great but they take too long to digest and get used by your body after your workout. This is why a quality whey protein shake is a solid choice for your post workout proteins. It’s the fastest digesting protein that you will find.
Carbs do a couple of things for your body after a workout. They restore muscle glycogen and cause an insulin spike which helps your body get nutrition faster. Normally we like to eat lots of “good carbs” such as whole wheats, brown rice, etc but in this case we need a shot of fast action carbs to replenish our muscle tissue. Dextrose is the carb of choice in this case. ( TIP: This is also a good time to have some kind of candy if you have a sweet tooth and want a small cheat, BUT not too much )
Common practice is to have a shake with a combination of whey protein and dextrose immediately post workout. This will nourish and cause your body to heal and replenish your muscle tissue in the quickest time.
Protein bars or granola cereal can also be valuable. There’s even some recovery specific cereals available to buy. Another option is a fruit smoothie, preferably homemade, including ingredients such as banana, strawberry, mango, fat-free yogurt, etc.

What not to eat

Stay away from fats, both the good and the bad fats during your post workout meal. Fats slow down the digestion of the important stuff, your carbs and proteins. This is the opposite of what you want to take place after your workout.
It’s important to count your carbs, proteins and fats in your recovery foods. If you’re not careful you may end up with too many sugars or fat which will turn into to unwanted pounds.

May 25, 2012

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN FRIES?



The calories in french fries depend on how they are prepared. A medium, 4.7 oz. serving of french fries will typically contain about 427 calories, according to CalorieKing.com.

Range

Calorie counts in french fries vary. Restaurant versions typically range from around 300 to 400 calories per 4 oz. If you bake fries at home, a 4 oz. serving may have less than 200 calories. Proper portion size for french fries is 2.4 oz., or 20 shoestring fries, while most restaurants serve around 6.9 oz., or 50 shoestring fries, according to the Philadelphia Dietetic Association.

Nutrition

Many types of fries are high in total fat, saturated fat and sodium. Read nutrition labels or visit the nutrition section of restaurant websites to find out the nutritional value of your food. For the healthiest fries, make oven-baked fries at home.

Tips

If you're watching your weight, choose a baked potato, steamed vegetables or a side salad instead of french fries. If you do order fries, skip the chili, cheese, bacon and ranch dressing to save calories. Order a child-size version to reduce calories even further. Don't sprinkle your fries with salt.



May 24, 2012

Do you mind it when someone asks you for advice at the gym?

Honestly, I think it's cool when people ask me about what I'm doing...I can introduce people to new stuff in a very casual way."You can't give away what you 
don't own."It's a compliment when one can teach another. Not only does it help the individual seeking new knowledge, but it reinforces what you already own.I was always happy to answer any question that was thrown my way. I feel that we can always learn from questions because it may force us to look at something from a new angle .But as I grew professionally I began to understand you have to give a little to get! Many people don't understand (a lot of trainers not all) are very knowledgeable individuals .


Smiling is my favorite exercise  

May 23, 2012

White Meat vs. Red Meat

White meat is the contrast to red meat, and it is also referred to as light meat. White meat can also refer to lighter colored meat that comes from poultry, which is distinct from the dark meat of poultry. Though the precise definition of white meat largely depends on culture, time and location, it is commonly agreed that white meat consists of meats like rabbit and chicken. Meat that can be considered red meat most commonly comes from the flesh of big mammals like mutton and beef. Goose and duck can also be thought of as red meat, but this is changing in the industry. In the battle between white meat versus red meat, there are pros and cons for both.

White Meat

White meat is best known as meat that is lean, especially in comparison with red meat. The big point about white meat is that its fat content is less in comparison with red meat. Meats traditionally thought of as white (such as veal and even lamb) have been reclassified as red meats. Another advantage to eating white meat over red meat, which is also why health experts recommend it over red meat, is the lower number of calories that it contains. However, the difference in calories between white meat and red meat is not so great that it will absolutely ruin your waistline if you choose to eat some red meat once in a while.

Red Meat

Red meat is the victim of stereotypes that have been exaggerated to the point where it is today somewhat stigmatized as a food that is linked to cancer and higher fat and caloric content. While the cancer issue depends on what studies you look at and the higher caloric content is not that much over white meat, red meat does have benefits that white meat simply lacks. For example, the nutrients zinc, iron, thiamine and riboflavin (in addition to vitamins B12 and B6) appear in much greater abundance in red meat. Moreover, red meat is a great source of muscle-building protein as well as being the best source of the antioxidant called alpha lipoic acid. Still, red meat has been the subject of a lot of studies that connect it to health problems beyond cancer, like cardiovascular disease and even arthritis and hypertension.

Which One to Choose

The bottom line is that no matter which meat you eat, you can guard yourself against health problems if you eat in moderation. While white meat is not tied to as many health problems as red meat is, it does not feature many of the benefits that you get in red meat, such as the vitamins and minerals. So if you want to get a dose of said nutrients, you should eat more red meat, but do so in a way that is only moderate.

May 22, 2012

8 WORKOUT tips for beginners

If you've just started working out, here are some more tips that you should remember:
  1. Start Slow: Don't jump into it all too suddenly: increase workout intensity gradually and avoid hurting yourself.

  2. Do it Daily: Working out daily is the only way to stop yourself from slacking off. It may sound difficult, but it's actually easier than exercising 3 or 4 days a week. Just do it!

  3. Alternate: Just because you're working out daily doesn't mean you push yourself every day. Alternate with one day of strenuous exercising, and another easier day which will let your body recover and your muscles build up.

  4. Listen to Your Body: Working out can be difficult for a novice. Make sure you don't over-exert yourself, and always listen to your body. Feeling tired is good: feeling a sharp, jabbing pain means you need to stop at once.

  5. Ice Yourself: If you do manage to get hurt, use an icepack. Professionals swear by them.

  6. Buddy Up: If you can't afford a trainer or a great instructor, or you don’t think you’re ready for one yet, grab hold of a friend with similar goals. Push each other, and hold each other accountable for showing up and working out.

  7. Fast Music is Your Friend: One of the easiest ways to get through a grueling workout is to listen to fast, fun music. It may be corny advice, but fast music really does make it easier to slog away at whatever form of cardio you’re doing.

  8. Talk to Yourself: But do it silently, so that people don’t think you’re crazy.

    Shutting out negative thoughts, like, “Ugh, I’m so tired” or “I hate coming to the gym” helps, but replacing them with positive thoughts is better. Try to reframe your situation so that you actually enjoy what you’re doing. Tell yourself that yes, you’re tired, but that’s good, because it means you’re a lean, mean, calorie-burning machine. Self talk like “I love the gym”, “I love the post-workout high” and “I love doing these terrible crunches because I’m going to love my six-pack” might sound dumb in theory, but in practice, it really helps you to work out harder, more effectively, and more cheerfully.
Good luck!

May 21, 2012

If your losing MUSCLES your definitely doing the following ...

1. YOU DON’T EAT ENOUGH (FOR FEAR OF GETTING FAT) 
Yes, extra calories can mean extra belly fat, but if you’re lifting consistently and correctly, most of what you’re taking in should be converted to muscle. The truth is your muscles will never grow without a surplus of calories. For a lean guy looking to put on muscle mass, 2,000 calories a day won’t cut it. In fact, this kind of restricted diet is actually the ideal recipe for losing muscle tis- sue and sparing fat, as it causes the body to shift into starvation mode and shed calorie-consuming muscle. It also makes you store fat for emergency energy. And the less protein you eat, the less of a chance you give your muscles to recover after a workout.
2. YOU AMP UP YOUR CARDIO 
There are three ways that cardio typically cancels out muscle gains: doing it too often, doing it for too long, or doing it on an empty stomach. In general, daily cardio sessions simply burn too many cumulative calories to allow you the surplus you need for muscle mass, and the same can be said for sessions that last 45 minutes or more. Work out in the morning before breakfast and you only compound the problem. When you wake up, your body is already in a catabolic (muscle-burning) state, since a night’s sleep—time spent without eating—empties your tank. Working out immediately just reinforces this condition and costs you intensity—whether on the treadmill or with the weights. The end result: You burn muscle as fuel in place of calories you should have consumed at breakfast.
3. YOU WORK TO EXHAUSTION 
If the biggest musclehead in the gym has taught us anything, it’s that doing lots and lots of sets and reps to the point of total collapse (he can’t even muster his signature grunt!) is the best way to build muscle. Never mind that he’s a genetic freak and/or probably on steroids. More than 20 total sets per muscle group, or more than 15 reps per set, may leave your muscles swollen (hence the ego-enhancing “pump”), but it will be from inflammation, not actual muscle growth. Any weight that allows that much work is too light to cause sub- 
stantial growth, and you’ll reap no lasting gains.
4. YOU FAVOR BODY-PART WORKOUTS 
Breaking your training down into chest days, back days, and arm days over- works some muscles and neglects others. It’s an old-school way to train—and it’s incredibly outdated. Most guys still do it, and many make gains for a while, but their progress eventually comes to a halt, usually due to injuries. Body-part routines also prevent your biggest muscles from ever learning to work together in the kinds of coordinated effort you need to lift really heavy weights—another major avenue for fast growth.
5. YOU SHUN STRETCHING 
Boring? Definitely. But stretching has been shown to speed up recovery and increase a muscle’s range of motion, making more room for muscle fibers to grow. Simply lifting weights will increase your risk for injury and se- verely limit your ability to move athletically—so no matter how big you are, you’ll probably be picked last for teams.
6.YOU ONLY EAT SPORADICALLY 
It’s true: Eating infrequently is nearly as bad as not eating at all. When you go more than three hours without food, your metabolism slows significantly.When that happens, every time you do get a meal, there’s a good chance that a large percentage of it will be stored as fat. Why?Blame your body. Without food, it slips back into starvation mode and starts to think it needs to hold on to every calorie it can get.
7. YOU RARELY ALTER YOUR ROUTINE 
Doing the exact same workout week after week will, at best, prevent new gains, and, at worst, lead to burnout. Failing to impose any new challenges on your muscles—such as by increasing the weight you use or the number of reps you perform—simply helps keep them the same size, whereas pushing yourself harder than you’re accustomed to will actually spur new muscle and strength.
8.YOU ONLY TRAIN WHAT YOU SEE IN THE MIRROR
Focusing your workouts on trophy muscles such as the pecs and biceps may be more fun, but it won’t do much for your overall development. Since 70% of your body’s total musculature is located in your legs and back, your main potential for muscle gains will remain untapped. Furthermore, this kind of trainingwill leave you with muscle imbalances that lead to injury—and that can keep you out of the gym permanently.
9. YOU DON’T DRINK SHAKES 
Chugging a protein-and-carb mixture after your workout starts the recovery process immediately, replenishing lost glycogen (your muscles’ energy stores) and providing the nutrients your body requires to repair muscle and grow more of it. Skipping the shake and casually waiting an hour or more for your next meal is like ignoring a cry for help.
10. YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH REST 
Sleep is when muscle repair happens, so getting six or fewer hours of shut-eye a night limits your body’s natural production of crucial muscle-building chemicals, such as growth hormone. Too much activity outside of your workouts, such as playing sports, all-night dance parties, and extra stress—all of which are permissible now and then, but dangerous in excess—also cut into muscle gains. 

Top 8 Foods Highest in Sodium

Sodium is an essential nutrient required by the body for maintaining levels of fluids and for providing channels of nerve signaling. Deficiency of sodium is rare, however, can occur in people after excessive vomiting or diarrhea, in athletes who intake excessive amounts of water, or in people who regularly fast on juice and water. Over-consumption of sodium is far more common and can lead to high blood pressure which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The current percent daily value for sodium is 2400mg, however, the American Heart Association recommends that people with high blood pressure eat less that 1500mg per day, or less than 3/4 of a table spoon of salt. Since sodium is required by all life to exist, it is naturally found in all foods and rarely does salt ever need to be added. Steps you can take to ensure low sodium eating include: avoiding canned foods, avoiding pickled food, choosing low sodium cheeses, and substituting herbs and other spices in place of salt. Below is a list of high sodium foods, almost all these foods should be avoided.


#1: Table salt, baking soda, and baking powder
Table salt is 40% sodium by weight, and easily the number one source of sodium for almost everyone. 100 grams of table salt (1/3 cup) provides 38,000 mg of sodium or 1615% of the DV. One teaspoon of salt provides 2325mg of sodium or 98% of the DV. One teaspoon of baking soda provides 1368mg of sodium (57% DV), and one teaspoon of baking powder contains 530mg (22% DV). 



#2: Bouillon cubes, Powdered Broths, Soups
Salt is widely used as an agent to dry and preserve foods and soup broths are no exception. A typical 5 gram bouillon cube contains 1200mg of sodium or 50% of the DV.



#3: Soy Sauce, Other Sauces, and Salad Dressings
Soy sauce is commonly added to East Asian cooking, and now comes in low sodium varieties which are recommended, check nutrition facts of specific products for sodium content. One teaspoon of Tamari (Soy only) soy sauce contains 335mg (14% DV) and one teaspoon of Shoyu (Wheat and Soy) Soy Sauce contains 282mg of sodium (12% DV). In addition to soy sauces, be sure to check labels of most sauces and salad dressings in general, as these foods can be surprising high in sodium. 


#4: Salami and Cured Meats
Salt has long been used as a preservative for various meats, and so it is not surprising to find a high amount of sodium in them. One slice of bacon (8 grams) contains 194mg of sodium (8% DV), while one slice of salami (10g) contains 226mg (9% DV), and 1 large piece of beef jerky (20g) contains 443mg of sodium or 18% DV. 




#5: Sun Dried Tomatoes
Sun Dried Tomatoes are delicious in a sandwich or as an ingredient in pasta sauce. 100 grams (about 2 cups) will provide 2095mg of sodium or 87% of the DV. A single piece (2g) contains 42mg of sodium (2% DV).




#6: Cheese
Most cheeses are packed with sodium, and combined with high cholesterol levels, can be a disaster for your heart and cardiovascular health. The cheeses with the most sodium per 100 gram serving (about 5 one inch cubes) are Roquefort (75% DV), Cheez Whiz (71% DV), Parmesan (71% DV), Cheddar (66% DV), Swiss (65% DV), Blue (58% DV), Romano (50% DV), Feta (47% DV), Edam (40% DV), Provolone (37% DV), Camembert (35% DV), Gouda (34% DV), Fontina (33% DV), Limburger (33% DV), Mexican blend (32% DV), Tilsit (31% DV), and Mozzarella (31% DV).




#7: Snack Foods (Pretzels, Cheese Puffs, and Popcorn)
It should not be news that most processed snack foods are bad for you, and their high sodium content is just another reason not to eat them. 100 grams of pretzels (15 medium twists) contain 1715mg (71% DV) of sodium. Cheese puffs (~15% DV per oz) and regular popcorn (~12% DV per oz) are just as bad. As with all snack foods, be sure to check the labels for specific information. 




#8: Pickled Foods
Pickled foods are typically pickled with salt and thus have very high sodium contents. 100 grams of olives, for example, will provide 1556mg (65% DV) of sodium. That is 3% of the DV per large olive, or 1/5 of your total percent daily value in 7 olives! As for dill pickles, a single large pickle will pack half of the DV for sodium! 




May 20, 2012

How to Straighten Your Back

Hush ... NO MORE EXCUSES


Step 1

Swap your shoes for something more supportive. When you put your feet into shoes like high heels, your body is forced to adjust your back to make up for the difference in balance. This often causes the compression of the bottom of the spine. Wearing unsupportive shoes like flimsy slip-ons, flip flops or moccasins can cause too much pressure in the back as well. Instead, look for supportive shoes with square toes and less than a one inch heels.

Step 2

Visualize keeping a taut string attached to the top of your head. Visualizations can help you improve your posture and straighten your back. If you think about a string coming from the top of your head like a puppet, you'll immediately straighten your back and neck as you walk. Anytime you feel yourself slouching, the imaginary string can help you keep your back straight while sitting, standing or walking.

Step 3

Adjust your chair at work for the best possible posture while you're in the office. Ensure that your feet reach the floor, and that you're able to sit up straight or slightly recline, says the McKinley Health Center. If your chair doesn't have lumbar support, use a lumbar cushion so you sit on the edge of the seat, rather than relying on the back of the seat to hold your weight.

Step 4

Post notes and reminders around you so that a straight back becomes a habit. At first, it may be all too easy to revert to your old ways by slouching while you walk and sit. By reminding yourself daily, you'll gain a straight back as a way of life instead of an occasional goal. Set reminders on your phone, post reminder notes on your computer screen and in your car so you remember to straighten your back.

Step 5

Enroll in a fitness class that focuses on strengthening the core and lengthening the back muscles. Yoga and pilates are both excellent ways to strengthen and straighten the back, notes "Marie Claire" magazine. Both focus on maintaining the correct posture while strengthening the core muscles that allow you to keep a straight back.

DEADLY TRUTH ABOUT PORK


Pork is known for its living parasites.

 
We tend to think of parasites as something people pick up when they travel in some third world country, but parasites are far more common in the "civilized" world than people imagine.

Eating pork is often a direct route to becoming infected with parasites. Pork often carries parasites, some of which can survive even the high temperatures of grilling.


 
PIGS are SCAVENGERS and will eat ANY kind of food, INCLUDING dead insects, worms, rotting carcasses, excreta including their own, garbage, and other pigs.

 
There are many diseases carried from swine to man, particularly parasite infestations.


Influenza (flu) is one of the most famous illnesses which pigs share with humans. This illness is harbored in the lungs of pigs during the summer months and tends to affect pigs and humans in the cooler months. 


Trichinosis Worm

 
Trichinosis, also called trichinellosis, or trichiniasis, is a parasitic disease caused by eating raw or undercooked pork and wild game infected with the larvae of a species of roundworm Trichinella spiralis, commonly called the trichina worm. Thousands cases in the United States are mostly the result of eating undercooked game, bear meat, or home reared pigs. It is most common in the developing world and where pigs are commonly fed raw garbage.

May 19, 2012

How many calories are in your cupcake !


Sprinkles Pumpkin Cupcake w/o frosting
Calories: 272
Total Fat: 8.75g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 0
Carbs: 34g
Protein: 0

But who eats a cupcake with frosting? Add Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 5.5g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 0
Carbs: 19g
Protein: 0


Red Velvet Cupcake w/o frosting
Calories: 130
Total Fat: 1g (Sat Fat: 0)
Sodium: 240mg
Carbs: 29g
Protein: 3g

Not bad...for a cupcake with no frosting. Get ready for this.

Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting

Calories: 497
Total Fat: 26.8g (Sat Fat: 16g)
Sodium: 412mg
Carbs: 61.5g
Protein: 6g

How many calories burned doing house work?


Type of housework 
Calories burned per half-hour




Doing laundry 73
Making the bed 68
Cooking 85
Washing the dishes 78
Ironing 78
Dusting 85
Sweeping 112
Vacuuming 119
Scrubbing the floors 129
Rearranging furniture 204

Yard work 170
Washing windows 102
Washing the car 102
Carrying a small child (up to 15 lbs.) up and down stairs 289