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A workout playlist motivates you more than you think. Listening to a variety of songs will help you concentrate on the rhythm of your workout as it gets more difficult. Having upbeat music in your ears encourages you to climb to the peak of your workout!

As you get to the end of each workout, it becomes even harder to finish, but having motivational songs makes finishing a workout a little easier. Enjoy this playlist as you get from start to finish with no sweat!

1.      David Guetta ft Ne-Yo, Akon – Play Hard

2.      Ariana Grande / Iggy – Problem

3.      Kylie Minogue – Into the Blue

4.      David Guetta / Usher – Without You (maybe)

5.      Rita Ora – I Will Never Let You Down

6.      Icona Pop – All Night

7.      Pitbull ft Christina Aguilera – Feel This Moment

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1 week, 2 days ago


Newly married? Been married for years? Couples who live together tend to gain and lose weight together due to the shared environment. If you thought it was a strange coincidence, it isn’t! Makes sense, right? You eat your main meals together and people tend to eat more if they are eating with someone else rather than by themselves.  If you and your significant other are experiencing a weight problem, then tackle the problem together!

Losing weight as a couple

Due to biological differences, it tends to be easier for men to lose and keep weight off. Totally not fair, right? On a positive note, people who try to lose weight together (either with a partner or friend) tend to be more successful than those who go at it alone.  It also helps to know that some of the weight you lose is water and men have a higher concentration of water in their bodies—hence the reason they shed the pounds quicker! So, ladies, if your partner is a man, don’t get discouraged because you’ll see results too!

Quick tip

One thing to make a note of though…don’t set up a bad cop-bad cop situation where one of you polices about dieting and the other about exercising—this could cause problems between the two of you and we don’t want that! It works better if both of you are on the same page and have similar routines.  No matter what your reason may be to lose weight, help each other through the challenge of weight loss. It will be tough and you may want to bite your partners head off, but it will help to realize they are in this with you and only want you to succeed. Keep on encouraging each other!

Tell us: have you and your partner attempted to or successfully lost weight together?

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1 week, 3 days ago


No matter what generation you fall into, more energy is desired by all. It is the one thing that most people say they could use more of on a daily basis. Especially this time of year when there is so much going on! The good news is several ingredients are available that have been shown to have direct effects on both physical energy levels as well as mental energy. If looking for that extra push to get through the day, some of the following ingredients could provide benefits.
 
Caffeine is one of the more common ingredients known to promote energy, and possibly the most frequently used stimulant among athletes. It works by stimulating the central nervous system.  Specifically, it works to block adenosine receptors and this blockage is thought to increase the release of neurotransmitters like dopamine. It also works to stimulate respiration and decrease airway resistance by blocking adenosine receptors and inhibiting phosphodiesterase, an enzyme that breaks bonds within the body. In addition to producing energy, caffeine has also been shown to promote focus and alertness.
Several natural ingredients are sources of caffeine. Some of these include guarana, green tea and yerba maté. Caffeine sensitivity is varied for everyone so it’s important to know how your body responds to caffeine before choosing this ingredient as an energy enhancer.
 
Advantra Z® is a patented extract of bitter orange, also referred to as Citrus aurantium. This patented ingredient for weight loss and sports nutrition is strongly backed by clinical data for its effectiveness in increasing energy and promoting thermogensis. The primary active components in bitter orange are adrenergic amines, including synephrine. Synephrine is similar to ephedrine and acts as a natural stimulant. Studies show that Advantra Z increases resting metabolic rate and promotes the breakdown of fat. These effects are achieved by stimulating the beta-3 cell receptors which help the body’s response to adrenergic amines such as adrenalin and noradrenalin. The beauty of Advantra Z is that this is achieved with minimal impact on other receptors which are responsible for increased heart rate and heightened blood pressure. Because many stimulants can have been associated with negative impacts on health, it’s important to note multiple safety studies have been conducted on Advantra Z. There are now more than 20 studies evaluating the safety of Advantra Z. In fact, the FDA released a report attesting to the safety of Advantra Z specifically. The numerous studies make this ingredient one of the most patented thermogenic ingredients with effects and safety in the weight management, sports nutrition and energy categories.
 
Guaranais a shrub which primarily originates from Brazil. Its seeds have been traditionally used to increase mental alertness and decrease fatigue. Guarana naturally contains caffeine and this active component is responsible for its effects. The caffeine works by stimulating the central nervous system and increases the release of important neurotransmitters like dopamine. Guarana also contains theophylline and theobromine, which are chemicals like caffeine and work very similarly. Studies also support guarana’s role in extending the duration of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange), working synergistically with that ingredient for a more pronounced energetic effect.
 
B Vitamins are no stranger for their roles in health and various functions within the body. Specifically, each of the Bs have roles in enhancing energy and also improving cognitive function, or “mental energy.” Collectively, they work to enhance overall energy and improve aerobic capacity. Vitamin B6 supports the normal synthesis of neurotransmitters in the brain. It also promotes the conversion of glycogen to glucose for energy in muscle tissue and promotes optimal mental performance. Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, promotes the conversion of food into energy and acts as a cofactor for activating B6 and folic acid. Vitamin B12 plays a critical role in the Krebs energy cycle, which helps promote optimal energy levels. Folic acid helps facilitate the production of neurotransmitters and promotes healthy neurological functions. Lethargy, mental and physical sluggishness, can also be caused by a vitamin B12 or B5 deficiency. When possible, supplementing with the activated forms of the B vitamins helps the body to work less to get the vitamin into a usable form, leading to increased utilization. It is important to mention that our bodies do not store B vitamins, so it is imperative that they are replenished daily through the diet and dietary supplementation.
 
If your desire is to boost energy levels, both physically and mentally, a number of ingredients have been shown to provide significant benefits. Natural ingredients including vitamins and certain herbals have all been studied for their energy-enhancing effects.
 
 
 

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1 week, 4 days ago



by Theresa Greenwell
International Science

Holidays are a very stressful time for most of us. Normal activities like working, paying the bills, feeding the family, keeping in shape or even driving the kids around can often leave us feeling run down and stressed. When holiday activities are added to everyday activities, many find that their health, mood and even sleep are affected. Stressors can lead to
headaches, insomnia, weight loss or gain, irritability or anxiety, inability to concentrate or think clearly, digestive or bowel problems, as well as a lack of interest or pleasure in holiday festivities.
 
There are several things that can be done to reduce holiday stress.  Setting realistic gift giving and shopping goals is a good start, while setting a budget can help to keep your finances healthy. Attending every party that you are invited to sounds good in theory but can be a strain on you time.  Concentrating on the ‘now’ rather than everything else that needs done can help you to slow down and stay positive. Finally, eating healthy, getting plenty of sleep and exercising at least a few times a week can help to keep energy levels high and stress low. 
 
Nutritional supplementation can also be beneficial and can help by improving sleep, promoting relaxation and providing more energy. Adaptogens such as ashwagandha and eleuthero root are great for improving the body’s response to stress and by encouraging relaxation without losing focus. Lemon balm and tryptophan are both good for those individuals who may be experiencing sleeping problems and can help the body to better handle the anxiety that comes with the holidays. A multivitamin can provide the extra vitamins and minerals that are needed to get through long shopping trips and a good B-complex can give that extra boost of energy to keep going.
 
During the holidays, as with any time during the year, it is important for all of us to eat right, get plenty of sleep and exercise in order to keep our bodies and minds healthy. This holiday season try to slow down, set reasonable goals and stay positive in order to make this the wonderful time of year it should be.
 

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1 week, 5 days ago


Tis’ the season for holiday parties! For the ladies, this typically means dressing up in festive cocktail dresses. Use this workout plan to tone your arms in time for the Holidays. No need to fear the strapless sparkly dress you’ve been wanting to rock. The only equipment needed is a pair of dumbbells and a “let’s do this” attitude.

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2 weeks, 1 day ago
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