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3 Spooky Martinis for Halloween Night

If you’re looking for the best way to celebrate Halloween night, you might want to try some delicious martinis. With their sweet flavors, martinis are perfect for holiday celebrations. Here we’ve included three different recipes to fit different tastes and preferences. If you like coffee and chocolate, cotton candy, or apple and lemonade, we’ve got you covered.

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7 Ways to get 7,000 Steps a Day

When you think of weight loss, it’s all about calories in versus calories out. If you want to lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you consume by moving your body. One of the easiest ways to burn calories is to simply walk. Almost anyone can do it, just about anywhere, anytime. All you have to do is take the first step and keep going. Here are 7 simple ways you can get in at least 7,000 steps each day.

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Nutritional Needs for Growing Teens

It’s no secret that kids are constantly growing and need plenty of healthy food in their diets. But what about teenagers? Many of them haven’t reached their full height, so what do they need? How about the teens who are full grown? Do their nutritional needs change as their vertical growth stops? Here is what you need to know to keep your teens well fed and healthy.

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Best Healthy Breakfasts for Fall

With each changing of the seasons, different fresh food options become available, and ready to land on your dining room table. As summer draws to a close and fall begins, it’s time to try some delicious fall recipes that remind you of coming home. They’re the flavors from your childhood that you remember eating after school, when the autumn leaves were coming down. Fall in love with these flavors all over again with a handful of healthy breakfast fall recipes.

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Heart Health Do’s and Don’ts

It’s no secret that a healthy heart can lead to a longer life, but why? What is it about the condition of your heart that can determine how long it may or may not be able to support your body? By learning about the anatomy and function of the heart, you can easily understand how it pumps blood throughout your body, and what you can do to make it’s job a little easier. Here are a handful of heart health do’s and don’ts to follow:

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4 Fitness Myths Debunked

Most of us have a desire to be physically fit, and do what we can do stay healthy. But what if there are myths out there there are actually causing your fitness to decline? If you could find these myths, and learn the truth behind them, you are much more likely to have success. Here are 4 popular fitness myths you may have heard.

Myth #1: Crunches will help you get a six pack

Crunches are certainly the most well known form of abdominal exercises, but are they the best? Do they actually help you get six pack abs? The short answer is no. The best way to get a six pack is to burn off extra fat around your abdominal region so your underlying muscles can be seen. Crunches don’t burn very many calories, so they won’t help very much. You’re better off doing exercises that move or flex your entire lower body because these usually include your shoulders and butt, which will burn more calories. A good example is full body planks.

 Myth #2: Running is bad for your knees

Although running is not as harmful as certain contact sports, it does come with some risks. However, the affect running has on your knees has less do do with the amount of miles you run, and more to do with the shape of your body. Women are actually 4-6 times more likely to have serious knee injuries from running as men due to their body proportions. They tend to have an imbalance in the strength ratio between their quadriceps and hamstrings (front and back thigh muscles), which can increase the risk of ACL injuries. For this reason, women runners may experience more success and fewer injuries by cross training.

Myth #3: Sweat equals calories burned

You may think the more you sweat, the more calories you burn, but this is not true. Although rigorous physical activity is usually accompanied with large amounts of sweat, it’s more scientific than that. Sweat is a biological response that cools your skin and regulates internal body temperature. The amount a person sweats is predetermined by his/her DNA. Some people sweat a lot, while others sweat very little. It’s all very personal.

Myth #4: You should exercise hard every day

Regular exercise is important, but so is rest. Mild bouts of exercise can be done every day, but vigorous exercise needs to be followed by a certain period of rest. When your body works out really hard, it breaks down your muscles. In order to allow those muscles to rebuild again, they must be allowed to rest. If you do want to exercise everyday, it’s recommended that you switch up your routine to allow different muscles groups time the time they need to rest.

 

 

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Celebrate Summer with these Berry Recipes

The sun it out, the temperature is hot, and berries are in full bloom! This is the time of year where in many places around the country you go pick fresh berries to eat. Some of these include strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, marionberries and many more. If you are lucky enough to get some of these fresh berries, here are some delicious recipes you can try!

Berry Greek Parfait

Protein Rich Greek Yogurt with delicious warm berries and a sprinkle of granola for crunch. Add nuts instead for extra protein or change the fruit for a completely different flavor.

Blueberry Acai Smoothie

Blueberry Acai Smoothie has a blend of so many delicious fruits, you won’t even know the spinach is there. It’s easy to make, and you can add any fruit you have on hand, or replace the almond milk with a milk of your choice.

Coconut Raspberry Pops

Coconut Raspberry Pops are a delicious treat to enjoy as a snack, or nice creamy frozen dessert on hand. Coconut Raspberry Pops are easy to make and very creamy.

Mixed Berry Acai Scones

Make this fun breakfast treat with a little kick of Acai Berries. Mixed Berry Acai Scones are great treat with your morning coffee or just enjoy it as a dessert.

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7 Benefits of Yoga

You’ve probably heard that Yoga is good for your health, but how? Will it help you lose weight, or increase muscle tone? Can it help you get better sleep at night or make you have a smooth complexion? Here are 7 benefits of yoga that definitely should know about.

Tones Muscles

Although most yoga movements are static, they fully activate muscles all over your body. Every time these muscles are activated, they get stronger. The more yoga you do, the more tones your muscles will become, especially if you accompany yoga with a healthy diet.

Increases Flexibility

Yoga is unique in the way it flexes your muscles while stretching and lengthening them. As you move through different yoga poses, your muscles warm up and are then able to stretch even further. The more you perform these exercises, the more flexible your muscles become.

Strengthens your Immune System

Yoga has been shown to lower stress hormones. The more stress hormones your body body releases, the weaker your immune system becomes. Yoga also stimulates your lymphatic system, which plays a role in your emotions, and helps rid your body of unwanted toxins. All of these combine to help your body fight off unwanted diseases.

Aids in Weight Loss

Although running, lifting weights and playing organized sports may burn more calories per minute than yoga, it’s not uncommon for yoga to aid in weight loss. It does burn calories, but it also lowers your stress level, which can help you lose more weight.

Increases Energy

Stress and energy levels are often opposites of each other. The more stress you feel, the less energy you have, and the more energy you feel, the less stress you experience. Doing yoga on a regular basis will lower your stress level, providing more natural healthy energy.

Balances the Body and Mind

Unlike some other types of exercise, yoga isn’t about speed or competition, it’s about getting more in touch with your body. As you put your body in different poses, you focus of breathing, and feeling all your different muscles flex, strengthen, and relax. It helps you step away from whatever else is going on in your life, and take a few minutes to just stop and breathe.

Aids Digestion

The key to this benefit is proper breathing. When you inhale, let your belly expand from the diaphragm moving down, and when you exhale, relax the stomach and let it fall in. This can reduce all the tension that might get in the way of this natural movement, and improve digestion.

Are Smart Textiles the Clothes of the Future?

Carbon Fiber Cloth Fabric.We have smartphones, smart TVs and smart cars, but what about smart clothes? Could this technology find it’s way into the very fabric of our lives? One company has done just this, and here’s how it works.

Scientists in the U.S. and China have been able to design a fabric that can harvest energy from sunlight and body movements that could continuously power a mobile phone or electronic watch. Made with lightweight polymer fibers that are coated with semiconductors and metals, this fabric is low cost, measures just .01 inches thick, and requires the use of commercial weaving equipment.

This fabric is also breathable, adapts well to regular human movements, and easily integrates with other fibers and electronic devices. We won’t go into the specifics regarding how this technology works, but in short, the materials become electrically charged when they rub against a certain material, causing electrons to flow from one another, charging the desired device.

Although more tests are in the works, the results so far show no drop in performance over the course of 500 cycles of bending. Plans are also in place to use this new technology to create other items like tents or curtains. This could allow more natural and renewable energy to be harnessed.

 

Fire and Ice for Sore Muscles

B_FireAndIceForSoreMuscles_Have you ever gone on a really long hike, or worked out really hard and ended up with sore muscles the next day? What was your solution for getting rid of the soreness? Did you try drinking extra water, take pain medication or just try to not move your sore muscles at all? You may have even tried a heating pad, or ice pack, but did it help? Heat and cold are both good for sore muscles at different times, but how do you know when to use which method? Here are some quick tips for when to use heat and when to use cold.

The short answer is to use cold first, then heat later.

 

 

 

Ice Therapy

When your muscles are inflamed or swollen, the best way to reduce this inflammation is to apply ice. This reduces the blood flow to the area, causing the swelling to go down. It’s best to apply an ice pack, cold compress, or bag of frozen peas to the swollen area on an off for 3 days. Do this every 4-6 hours in 20 minute intervals. This works best with recent injuries, so try to do it as soon as you feel sore. Applying a cold pack to an old injury could actually make it worse.

Heat Therapy

After the swelling has gone down, it’s time to help your muscles relax with some heat. You can do this by using a heating pad, or taking a hot bath. Just like with ice, apply heat to the affected area about 3 times a day for 20 minutes each. Bare in mind that heat only helps to relax muscles. It won’t help with infections, scrapes or burns.