Iced Coffee Calorie Bombs

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Fast food thirst quenchers hit the spot during the warm-weather season.  But some of the creamiest, tastiest drinks such as milkshakes, smoothies, and blended frappes can be a big threat to your swimsuit figure.  Yes, even iced coffee can be a threat.

Although a simple iced coffee with skimmed milk in a sixteen ounce [...]

What is Chi?

Chi is a Chinese word meaning aliveness, life force energy, or life breath.

Traditional Chinese medicine asserts that ‘Chi’ (pronounced Chee), is the vital life force energy of the Universe, present within every living thing, the life force energy which flows through the pathways of all living forms – in order to maintain health and wellness, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Chi is at the foundation of many health and fitness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Martial Arts, Reiki, Feng Shui and Acupressure.

The history of Chi is much older than Western Medicine and as far back as 2690 BC the study of chi was a Chinese natural science that was called Tao- the way of nature.

The knowledge of the treatment of Chi has been around since the beginning of medicine yet has never really been understood until more recent times.

Some practitioners and individuals use aqua-chi “machines”  to treat Chi, aqua-chi meaning water, and chi meaning living energy or life force.

This video demonstrates the results of one such aqua-chi treatment as it enhances the life force of a tomato:

Aqua-Chi tomato test

The ancient Chinese strived to learn how to generate, conserve, and channel Chi for health and longevity. It was the element water that motivated the early practitioners to form their understanding of Tai-Chi, meaning the river of energy that unites the Yin and Yang into a dance to flow into the sea of energy.  Continue reading What is Chi?

Marathon World Records

Vibrant Health marathonThe marathon is instituted in commemoration of the renowned long distance run coming from Marathon to Athens in ancient times. The actual distance for the very first modern Olympic in 1896 is about 40,000 meters. Because marathon race intervals have been preserved, the world record time has slipped by more than 30 %, from 2:55:18 to the recently set record of 2:03:38. Exploring the advancement of times and the factors that contribute to a runner’s success is important whether you are in the middle of your first marathon training or seeking to observe what are the ideal marathons to see.

An athlete who breaks a record doesn’t always mean that he actually breaks the world record time. The International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) needs to ratify and approve it first. This particular international athletic governing panel only began documenting marathon world record times in 2004, and they have founded strict, continually-evolving regulations regarding precisely what events and times count as world stats. A lot of records are not accepted since the standard regulation which was made in 1921 is not followed like the exact distance and the way it should be measured..

One of the most recent changes to the criteria include disqualifications of competitions for inclusion in world record data according to elevation drops, tailwind, or whatever they label “artificially fast time” aspects.  Because of this, a record-breaking 2:03:02 time in the Boston Marathon by Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya was recorded as “fastest marathon ever run,” but not as a world record breaking time.  Continue reading Marathon World Records

Dealing with Muscle Fatigue

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BJJ Baltimore students know that having your muscles fatigue on you is one of the worst feelings your body can feel.  The main cause of muscle fatigue can be tied to exercise intensity and duration.   During workouts of high intensity the muscles will become fatigued because there is a depletion of the [...]

Easy Workouts For Abs And Fat Loss Revealed

Amazing abs for vibrant healthTo quest for the ultimate six-pack and flat stomach is what most people want to achieve . People can obsess over this and ultimately lead to paralysis by analysis.

There really is no magic formula to get flat abs . However, there are 2 methods that are commonly used. Surprisingly to many, both these workouts for abs involve more weight training than direct ab exercises.

+ Superset’s with intervals

A great workout for the beginner to intermediate trainer . The superset’s method involves 1 exercise being followed straight away with another exercise. This usually involves opposite muscles (e.g. chest then back) or upper versus lower body (chest then a leg exercise).

The upper/ lower body method is a excellent way of boosting your metabolism, and when done with weights will really help to get the shape you want .

An example of this would be a dumbell bench press and then straight into a bulgarian split squat or another example would be a lat row followed by step-ups.

Instead of slow steady-state cardio, interval training has been proven over and over again to massively boost your metabolism. There are many different varieties of interval training from 60 second’s at a reasonably tough pace to 60 seconds easy, right down to 8 seconds sprinting with 12 seconds rest.  Continue reading Easy Workouts For Abs And Fat Loss Revealed

The Dangers of Anabolic Steroids – A True Story

I am not the author of this true story about anabolic steroids.  I’ve included it here with the author’s permission. – Admin.

Male physique after anabolic steroid useThis article is for info purposes only and provides an insightful account of one individuals dealings with the use of anabolic steroids in the fields of sports activities and body building.

All through my teen years I suffered low self esteem induced by my belief that larger was always better. By the age of 18 I stood 5’07” high and weighed in at only 9 stone. I started to compete in mixed martial arts and drug free body building in the hope of silencing my diminished ego. 

Unfortunately my size constantly seemed to hinder me in all my targets regardless of whether that be my social life, love life or my career. I realized that however fit I became it was irrelevant as I still appeared small from a visual perspective.

By the age of 21 having trained in the gym on and off for approximately 3 years I started to read regarding anabolic steroids. The more I learned the more persuaded I grew to become that my life was incomplete without having steroids. I examined other individuals encounters with various kinds of steroids and the phenomenal results these folks had achieved in such a brief space of time. I understood that I could train all my life and still not be the size that I wished due to my poor genetics.  Continue reading The Dangers of Anabolic Steroids – A True Story

Burn Fat By Using A Treadmill Described

Treadmills are by far one of the best ways to burn fat.  Treadmills have become such a main stream item in the fitness industry that you can find them at any gym, hotels, resorts, and in most people’s homes.

If a treadmill is used properly it can be one of the most effective means of burning body fat, along with having the ability to give you a great workout.  The increase in technology has made treadmills so advanced that you can vary speed, incline and resistance .

By integrating High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) with a treadmill you will increase your body’s ability to release a natural and healthy fat burning hormone called Human Growth Hormone (HGH).

When we are young, our bodies produced large amounts of this hormone.  As we get older our bodies quit producing as much hormone and start to slow down our metabolism.  These are the two main factors for gaining weight in our older years.

Below I’ve given some examples of how you can incorporate HIIT with your treadmill.

A very simple HIIT workout:

1. You will want to warm up on the treadmill for about 5 minutes.  This can be done at a slow to moderate pace (about 3.5 or 4.0 on most treadmills).
2. Once you have completed your warm up, you will want to increase the speed to a jogging pace for at least one minutes (about 7 or 8 on most treadmills).
3. After the one minute, you will want to slow down to a moderate speed for another minute.
4. Then again speed up for another minute, but this time increase your speed slightly.  Continue reading Burn Fat By Using A Treadmill Described

Which Diet Is Best For You?

Popular diet plans for vibrant healthOkay, you’ve made the decision to lose some weight, maybe a little, maybe a lot.  If you’re typical, you’ve dieted before.  At any given time, nearly 50% of American women and 25% of American men are on a diet.

A survey of 4,000 women by the Society for Women’s Health Research found that, on average, women go on two diets a year with each diet lasting about five weeks.  This means that by the time she’s 70 years old, the typical woman has been on 104 diets and spent a total of 10 years counting calories.  41% of the women surveyed said they felt they were constantly on a diet.

One-fourth of the women in the survey admitted that despite their efforts to lose weight, they didn’t lose anything at all.  The average woman has failed at 10 diets in her lifetime.

There are so many different diets out there that it’s difficult to determine which one is the best for you.

Advertisements on television feature claims to melt the fat off and show before and after pictures of men and women who have been successful.  They all look miserable and desperate in their “before” picture and bubbly and cheerful in their “after” picture.

I wish they’d publish the name and telephone numbers of these people so that I could check up on them a couple of years later!  Maybe I’d ask them to send me a picture.  I suspect they’d be looking more like their “before” picture than their “after” picture.  Odds are that they’re already searching for a different diet to try.

In an effort to help Americans weed through what seems like an endless array of weight-loss plan options, the magazine U.S. News & World Report recently published the results of their six month study on the best diets.   Continue reading Which Diet Is Best For You?

Beginner Running Tips – How To Make Your First Runs Easier Explained

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The easy run is just what it sounds like.  This run is performed in a slow and easy pace .  If you are beginner, this type of running is ideal for you because it will allow you to get used to the activity of running without straining yourself or getting injured. Your goal [...]

Back Pain and Extra Fat – Reduce with Yoga.

Yoga for weight lossBack pain can be a quite common problem, and you may even have experienced this pain at one point in your life.   Athough it may be a slight problem and it can be relieved to a small degree by a little bit of rest, it may become severe if it’s terribly frequent.

Back pain, typically experienced as a short-term low back pain, generally lasts for a short time and in some cases for a few days and weeks. There are several reasons for this pain within the back.

Sometimes if one stresses his body an excessive amount, that may directly have an effect on the rear and cause severe pain within the muscles.  This pain may even be caused by any injury or stress within the back joints. There are other symptoms of back pain.

Sometimes one also can feel the strain within the back or inability to face straight.  Back pain is additionally referred to as as chronic back if it doesn’t disappear after an interval of three months.

Changing life designs raising issues

Peoples’ lives have changed drastically in recent years.  Life has become much more stressful with prolonged operating hours, leading to neglection towards health.  Most people are avoiding exercise and are turning their back on nutritious food. Continue reading Back Pain and Extra Fat – Reduce with Yoga.