Friday, August 24, 2012

Team Beachbody Multi-Level Marketing For Health and Fitness Enthusiasts

Health and fitness enthusiast individuals, who want to earn extra income, find new friends and are truly interested in health and fitness can rely on Team Beachbody. This is a great way for you to get the body you've always wanted. The good thing is that you can also continue to earn more cash by retailing the available program DVDs and recruiting more people to enter the network. Here is some more information.
Being a Team Beachbody Member
As part of the MLM for health and fitness enthusiasts "Team Beachbody", you get a lot of benefits and advantages. As a Team Beachbody member you get a 10% discount on all purchases, personalized meal plans, access to our celebrity trainers and Beachbody experts. Members also get a chance to win up to $1,000 every day, just for working out and nutrition tips and delicious, healthy recipes.
All Team Beachbody members are assigned a personal coach to stay accountable to your workouts and message boards for advice and community support. Helpful fitness tools to get the most out of every workout and workout buddies to keep you motivated and inspired.
Members can expect to get healthier and physically fit, since you will be exposed to all the DVD programs and other manuals and items needed to effectively lose weight and get rid. You can gain rock solid muscle and be in the shape of your life in just a few weeks. Most of the workouts can also be finished in only 30 to 45 minutes a session.
Become a Coach
As a Coach of the Beachbody team, you get 25% off on all available products. You can choose to work either full-time or part-time. Start your own business and be your own boss. You can earn several hundreds or thousands of dollars each month by retailing the products at a profit and inviting others to join the network.
The program only requires a very affordable and low start up cost. You do not have to keep an inventory and can set your own schedule, earning income even while you rest. You can develop and build your own personalized web site and establish a solid reputation on the internet. You can quickly become a leader in the industry and gain the trust of thousands of affiliates and customers by using the tried and proven strategies.
You can provide more bonuses to your down line by staying on top of the trends and news. As a coach, you get a comprehensive business starter kit. This will be your first item in earning more money and expanding your network in the months to come. The business system is very easy to follow, so you can start immediately and earn residual income for good. You are also one of the few who get to receive information about the latest trends and changes in the health and fitness industry.
A Functional Formula
The good thing about joining the Team Beachbody is that you avoid most of the risks that other multi-level companies pose because the system is already proven and reliable. You can sell sought-after national brands supported by more than $100 million in advertising. You also get targeted training and support, thereby helping you understand the needs of your clients and boosting the opportunity to earn residual income. The program offers a very lucrative compensation plan, so the potential to earn is limitless. This is also one company that is really concerned about making people fitter and healthier.
What to Expect
As a Coach your duties will include researching more about the available programs and benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise. You can then sponsor more individuals to start your down line. You will receive income based on the total sales you and your team generate from selling the DVDs and nutritional products.
All new Coach gets reliable and supportive up line team that will help you to success. You will be provided with materials and other tools needed to ensure your success and progress. You should also expect to get regular updates and other bonuses available.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Dieting For Health And Fitness

For many of us, dieting for health and fitness is one of the biggest, but most overlooked challenges we will face in our lifetime. That may sound like a pretty tall statement, think about it though. What shortens our lifespan? What consistently has made us sick, unhealthy and ended our lives early? Heart disease, cancer, diabetes and almost all forms of modern disease trace back to our dietary choices.
I realize that pill is a little hard to swallow, but it is true, none the less. I was visiting with a friend a while back and the conversation went something like this; Fred: " That was an excellent dinner, want some dessert"? Michelle: "Maybe, it's not good for you though". Fred: "I know, it'll shorten our lifespan, especially that chocolate mousse." Michelle: "Ya, it comes off the end though, what are you having?"
The fact is, we all want to enjoy are lives, and food is a big part of it. So, what's the trick, how do we eat to enjoy food and eat for health and fitness.
Perception and attitude are the key factors that lead us into, or away from, dieting for health and fitness. With the advent of professional advertising agencies that are very skilled at marketing "stuff " that may or may not be in our best interest to buy. We have to be very careful to make up our own minds about what tastes good and is enjoyable.
A couple of obvious examples are fast food and fad diets of all sorts. According to the commercials for fast food, they're selling the nectar of the gods to us. If you're not used to fast food and their ads, it has a completely different effect on you. I quit eating fast food years ago and I don't watch any mainstream television. I use the internet to get the "news" and I rent or buy movies if I want to watch one.
The last time I visited my sister and her family we went to a fast food place for lunch. It was kinda disgusting, the place smelled terrible and the food wasn't edible. That might seem a little extreme to you. It's true though. If you're not conditioned to that poison, it's very hard to stomach. Look at booze or tobacco products. Until you have conditioned your body to tolerate them, they will make you gag, cough and be sick. Remember the first time you tried one of those products?
Here's my point, you can buy or make food that tastes good and is good for you, or you can make or buy food that isn't. The choice is yours, don't let someone convince you a poor choice is really alright because of very clever advertising gimmicks.
The fact is, there are just as many excellent tasting, very enjoyable food choices out there as there are poor choices. For reasons I don't understand, it seems the poor choices get more advertising dollars spent on them.
You can change your perception about food to one that matches a diet for health and fitness. Challenge yourself to change your attitude to one that will make you successful in achieving your health and fitness goals.
Visualization and meditation have helped me tremendously. Take a little time daily to see yourself with the body and eating habits you desire. Post a picture that you will see often of someone with the habits and physique you are going to have. With a little determination and sustained effort you will achieve your goals quite quickly.
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Three Time Free Strategies For Maximizing Health and Fitness

Everyone is always trying to "get fit" but for many working adults there aren't enough hours in the day. Four evenings in the gym can take away as many as eight hours out of an already busy schedule. While the hours in the gym may be rewarding, the hours stuck in traffic on the way to the gym are just wasted time. However, going to the gym isn't the only way to improve your health and get fit. Here are three simple "time-free" things that all adults can do to improve their fitness and stay in shape.
Maximize the time doing "chores" - Chores are a tedious time consuming activity, but are still essential to having a clean, nice home. So why not maximize the time you spend doing chores and get fit at the same time? When looking to maximize your chore-time; think outside the box. For example, use an old-fashioned traditional broom with a heavy wooden handle instead of a lightweight plastic broom. Sweeping a kitchen floor with an added three pounds can increase the calorie burn and help tone muscles.
Walk and Climb - It's becoming a cliche to 'take the stairs' or 'walk more'; but that doesn't make it false. People often waste time driving to the gym in order to walk on a machine for thirty minutes when they can do the same activity at home or at work. With a pedometer you can easily track your additional steps. The Harvard Alumni study of walking showed that walking 6,000 steps in a day can help maintain health and fitness and 10,000 can significantly help lose weight. The good news is that it is easy to begin to maximize your steps while doing everyday activities. For example, rather than spend two or three minutes driving around looking for that "perfect parking spot"; park in the back and enjoy the extra exercise. Often you'll actually save time by parking in the back of the lot and walking the extra distance instead of driving around looking for that "perfect spot."
Multivitamin and Nutrition - The truth is, no matter how much you exercise, you cannot stay healthy and be fit while depriving your body of needed nutrients. Fortunately it can be easy to get needed nutrition (for you AND your children) by making a few simple changes. You can adjust the nutritional intake in your diet by simply substituting pastas and breads made with whole grains rather than the old white flour. You can buy juices and snack drinks made with real fruit juice rather than 'juice cocktail.' And you can readily and easily take a multivitamin to help cover your daily needs. Multivitamins are like a safety net for any balanced diet. They provide blanket coverage of your daily nutritional needs, independent of the particular meals for that day. And because it almost impossible to get "too much" of a vitamin, multivitamins are safe to take daily.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

One Day We Might Be Able to Have a Diet of Junk Food Without Affecting Our Health and Fitness

Whenever I hear about some new drug or technique to tackle obesity or protect us from diet-related disease I always think of the professor from Futurama. For non-Futurama fans: the professor typically begins "Good news everybody!" before announcing some incredibly sophisticated, yet crazily inappropriate invention which has either fundamentally missed some basic point or is ludicrously over-engineered.
These days there seems to be a prevailing sense that we are entitled to derive pleasure from everything we do; because of this, many people don't get the idea of permanently giving up foods they like. Instead, we encourage scientists to find professor-like solutions to what they see as the problem. "Good news everybody! Using my digesta-block-a-tron I can stop fat from being metabolised. I just install this dial in your chest and you can choose how much fat from a meal gets digested!"
The basic point apparently being missed - the elephant in the room, if you like - is that if we all stopped eating junk, we would start enjoying the basic food we currently think we are not able to enjoy and the medical problems we are spending billions trying to resolve would begin to diminish in the population. Of course I accept the near-impossibility of this - I still daydream about cakes thanks to my latent sugar addiction. We have been led by the nose into a mire of confused cravings and unclear directives from organisations with misguided and dubious agendas.
Yet it's by no means clear the scientists' intentions are quite so innocent. A cynic would say that their 'solutions' are not driven by the desire to uphold our right to enjoy our food, but by the desire for money - for them, their employers, or both. A cynic would say they are not missing the point at all - they simply don't care.
The rest of us are missing the point precisely because of the scientists and what they tell us:
Well hey, the scientists have found the problem - we just to turn off those obesity genes!
...or maybe we all just need to take some drugs like statins to prevent us getting heart disease!
...and it's not that we shouldn't eat so much sweet food - we were just sweetening it the wrong way!
...and it's not that we should eat less starchy food - we just have to remember to block its digestion using more drugs!
So imagine this: you eat a piece of chocolate cake. It looks like chocolate cake, tastes like chocolate cake and has the texture of chocolate cake. Yet when you have finished eating it, you are not left with that wired, sugar-loaded feeling, and more to the point, do not experience the sugar low 30 minutes later. The reason these expected feelings did not transpire is that it was not chocolate cake - at least not as we currently understand it. For reasons I will come onto, what you have just eaten was nutritionally equivalent to a steak of grass-fed beef, servings of carrot, broccoli and zucchini, and a handful of wild-growing berries and nuts.
There are likely to be billions of research dollars being pumped into taste research, given the potential for commercial applications. If at some point, scientists are genuinely able to create the cake described above, and if it genuinely has precisely the same impact on our bodies as the steak, vegetables, berries and nuts, would any of us still want to eat healthy food? Would the doctrine of self-discipline central to the health and fitness industry lose its meaning? If we could choose what we thought we were eating but ensure that what our bodies were getting was nutritionally optimal, would it all become too easy?
How might the scientists achieve this? What follows is educated speculation. For the purposes simplifying the discussion I talk about food as if it were made up of a homogeneous mass of the same molecule.
One possibility, and the one we are most familiar with today, is trying to find molecules that taste like one thing but are in fact another - just as we have done with artificial sweeteners. Yet the problems with this approach became evident soon after well-intentioned but deeply misguided regulatory bodies allowed them to be included in our foods.
Until now we have been less interested in what a molecule does once it has passed the taste test. Imposter molecules like Aspartame have successfully made things taste sweet, but then had other, undesirable effects. Finding a molecule that tastes like one thing but digests like another might be an approach doomed to failure. After all, our bodies are used to dealing with molecules that occur naturally in food - so unless the molecule that is digesting really is the naturally occurring one, we are back in the Aspartame situation where there are potential side effects.
Yet maybe there is a way the molecule of real food could be cloaked by another molecule, only to be released by the digestion process. The cloaking molecule has one taste, but when digestion begins it releases the molecule of genuine food. Of course for this to work, the cloaking molecule would have to be a harmless by-product. Not only that, but by changing the digestion process it's possible that however harmless the by-product of de-cloaking, something will be different. You can't fool millions of years of evolution that easily.
If there is a safe way this can be achieved, it's likely to be by going straight to the brain. We are already close to commercially available computer game controllers that use brain signals; and Sony clearly thinks there might be a future in sending signals the other way so that senses like taste can be controlled externally because it has just patented a mechanism by which this might be achieved. This is another area into which billions of research dollars must be being poured. Might the two areas of well-funded research meet?
If we can fool the brain into thinking the food has the right taste and texture then all we have to do now is make it look like the food we like - much easier. In 10 years, when the Wii comes with a standard headset for controlling games with your mind and receiving feedback from the game, could there be a 'Wii Taste' game which has an accompanying range of Nintendo foods?
If this does happen in our lifetime, what does it mean for us? Should we be glad that we can now eat junk but still have a healthy diet? Would there be a hole in the life of those who gain satisfaction from sticking to a rigorously healthy diet? Perhaps they would find other outlets for this need.
And what about our palettes? These would still face ruination with the constant barrage of junk taste, regardless of the nutritional value behind it. Perhaps this would not matter if we are free to eat junk all the time anyway -we might no longer need a sensitive palette.
However, we might not have to worry about these questions any soon, as even the Wii Foods approach may present problems. It seems that when we chew and swallow food, the body does more than just tell us how it tastes. Recent research into artificial sweeteners has linked their consumption to obesity. The theory is that the sweet taste is a cue for the digestion system to prepare to receive calories. When these calories do not materialise, those changes end up making us even hungrier than we were before.
So although this is an area that will be inevitably be pushed hard by science, in the short to medium term it is unlikely to herald a new age in which the meddling of scientists with our food and taste does not have unintended consequences. Perhaps eventually they will become such skilled manipulators of the brain and food that we will be able to enjoy virtual junk food without any adverse affects on our bodies, but in the meantime we would do well to continue our quest for self-discipline.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Current Trends in Health and Fitness-2012

Earlier this year I attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainers Conference. During the conference, I learned some useful information and received validation that I am on the right path when it comes to my personal approach to workouts and fitness in general. Since these types of conferences are a good reflection of current trends and future directions of the health and fitness industry, at least among true fitness professionals, I thought you might be interested in learning about the most discussed topics during the conference.
On a side note, there are always personal trainers and other health and fitness employees who have no interest in increasing their knowledge or providing better information to their clients/customers. These people are not representative of the entire health and fitness industry, although they do make up a significant portion of it. The true professionals realize that health and fitness information is constantly evolving and we have to keep learning if we want to provide our clients with the most accurate information and the best quality service.
Personal trainers and other health and fitness employees who are not interested in improving their knowledge or staying up to date with information are usually more concerned about making money than they are about their clients. Naturally, it is best to avoid these people whenever possible, because they generally provide lower quality products or services that will not help you effectively reach your goals and generally result in disappointment and frustration.
Okay, with that little diversion out of the way, let's get back to the conference. There were many different topics covered during the conference including nutritional issues, performance enhancement for athletes, training special populations (children, elderly, people with injuries, etc.), and more. However, even with this wide variety of topics, there were some topics that seemed to keep coming up over and over in different presentations.
Probably the most frequently discussed topics were related to movement, specifically the importance of moving correctly and training to correct poor movement patterns. If you have followed my writings over the years, it should be no surprise that proper movement is very important to me and it is great to see that movement issues are taking a more prominent role in the health and fitness industry.
There are many reasons why movement technique is getting more attention, but one of the driving forces is actually the rising cost of health care. As health care slowly shifts from just treating problems to actively preventing them, research has found that people who have incorrect movement technique are more likely to develop muscle and joint problems later in life, which results in higher numbers of joint replacements, falls, and other major problems. To make matters worse, these problems are not only found in the elderly.
With the removal of physical education from many schools, children are growing up being less active. This not only has implications for increasing levels of childhood obesity, but it has consequences for movement as well. We are finding that inactive children are much more likely to have poor movement technique when they grow up, which results in premature deterioration of their body. Younger people commonly have physical problems that should not occur for another 10-20 years or more and many of these problems are the direct result of poor movement technique putting excessive wear and tear on their muscles and joints.
The good news is these incorrect movements can be retrained and when poor movement patterns are replaced with correct ones, people can dramatically improve their long-term health. Unfortunately, training biomechanically correct movements is more complicated than just performing random exercises and exercising on traditional machines will generally not do the job. It takes concentration and awareness of what muscles are contracting and how each segment of your body is moving, along with the knowledge of how each movement is technically supposed to be performed.
When all these elements are put together in a well-designed training program, people of all ages and ability levels can improve their overall health and physical function. This was evident at the conference, because there were sessions on exercising and training movements with many different types of people including, children, elderly people, athletes, pregnant women, and people with injuries. It is clear that training is advancing past simply working individual muscles and becoming more about training each muscle to work correctly with the rest of the body.
Proper movement was not the only topic covered and many of the usual subjects were represented as well. On the nutrition side, protein intake and supplementation are still popular, because people are always interested in learning things they can do to improve their results. Another topic that continues to be noteworthy is eating disorders, along with the importance of developing good eating habits. People with bad eating habits (eating too much before they go to bed, eating too few calories, etc.), almost always have a hard time making progress, because even a great exercise routine can be undone by poor nutritional habits.
There were also many sessions with practical information about different types of training and demonstrations of new training equipment. Much of the focus was on training to improve specific attributes, such as speed, agility, power, and balance. Improving these different characteristics is important for improving physical performance in athletes, but they also have applications for improving performance in everyday tasks and improving the quality of life in all segments of the population.
Of course, no conference would be complete without sessions on core training, because everyone cares about their abdominal muscles. Fortunately these sessions were not about generic topics, such as training to get 6-pack abs, but rather training to improve the function of your body. The core muscles are essential for protecting your spine, maintaining good posture, preventing back pain, and much more, but many people still only think about how they look and not about how they function.
The topics discussed above were not the only ones covered during the conference, but they were the most common ones. When looking at everything, it's clear the overall theme and general direction of the health and fitness industry is learning to use specific exercises and movements to improve physical function in people of all ages and ability levels. As time progresses, hopefully training not just to improve appearance, but also to improve physical function, will become a standard for personal trainers and others in the health and fitness industry. Unfortunately, right now we are still a long way from that happening.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Diet Health and Acid Reflux

Your diet health is critical if you have acid reflux and don't want to experience all of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition. Therefore, you need to educate yourself on what foods you should be eating.
Many doctors and other health experts will tell you that there isn't really any specific diet to help acid reflux sufferers and you really have to find out what you can and can't eat for yourself by trial and error.
That is such nonsense and doesn't solve anything. You don't have to experience more uncomfortable symptoms just to find out what you can't eat.
Diet Health and Fitness Never Fails
What you need to understand is that you didn't just happen to get acid reflux. Diseases don't just happen to people. They are caused by the way people think and the lifestyles they live.
Your reflux was probably caused by poor diet health and lack of fitness in your life. If you are sick of the uncomfortable symptoms of this condition you need to get honest with yourself and focus on making some positive changes. These changes include a strict diet change, exercising hard everyday for one hour, and making a commitment to feeling good and living a long healthy life.
The exercise is often the hardest thing for people who have lived a sedentary lifestyle to get the daily motivation for. So try to always do something that is fun for you. A lot of people think fitness has to be done with weights in a gym or pounding the pavement for five miles, but that is not true.
Just get out and move. Have fun, do whatever you want as long as you are getting significant exercise. Also, once you make it through the first two weeks of consistent exercise your body will want to exercise and you will enjoy it even more.
If your acid reflux is severe you may need the help of your doctor to help you make some of these lifestyle changes. But the good news is that these diet and health changes, once you make and work at them, will enable you to completely rid yourself of the condition.
The Diet
You need to switch your diet to one that is full of organic fruits and vegetables and nuts. I know you have probably heard this before and it may sound to simple to be true, but I assure you it works.
Have you ever really tried eating a healthy diet for a prolonged period of time? Probably not if you have acid reflux, so give it an honest try for six months and see if you have any problems anymore.
However, there are just a few foods in this group that you may want to avoid because they could spur symptoms. They are:
* Raw garlic
* Tomatoes
* Raw onions
* Fats and oils
* Peppermint
* Citrus fruits
Get real with yourself and understand that the days of eating processed food and going out to eat at restaurants all the time are over. You can still eat unhealthy sometimes if you want to. However, if you really want to feel better you need to mostly make healthy choices when it comes to your diet health.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Improve Health and Fitness With Nutrition

Vitamins and minerals supplement can improve your health. There were controversies about the daily use of supplements. Many studies have proved that taking multivitamin and multi mineral supplement regularly does not cause any harm but helps in improving the health and fitness. They facilitate the smooth functioning of the entire body by providing the essential nutrition.
It is proved beyond doubt that anti oxidants are more effective when taken for long periods. Vitamin A, E and C are known as anti oxidants. They have the ability to remove toxic free radicals or cells from the body. These toxins and free radicals cause various diseases from allergy to cancer. Anti oxidant vitamins, gradually, build up the resistance power.
B vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine and B12 helps in over all body functions. Vitamin D strengthen the bones, vitamin K and folic acid helps blood. A multivitamin aids many body functions.
Minerals are also essential. Calcium is needed in plenty for the bone, marrow and blood. Other minerals like potassium, iodine, sodium, selenium, zinc, copper etc. are required in small amounts. Some of them help in hormone production. Iodine helps in producing thyroid hormone. Some helps in body protection like selenium and potassium.
Hence, a multivitamin and multi mineral supplement helps in improving over all body functions like circulation, hormone production, digestion, assimilation and nerves.        
We can not get the daily requirement of essential vitamins and minerals from our best nutritious food. It is always not possible to eat nutritious food either despite best of our intentions. Addition of a multivitamin and multi mineral to the regular food sounds practical and useful.
Deficiency of vitamins and minerals in our body can cause variety of health problems. Vitamin A deficiency causes night blindness and reduced vision, vitamin D deficiency causes rickets, vitamin C deficiency causes scurvy. Similarly a host of diseases are caused. Some may become chronic with passage of time.
Good news is that we may avoid vitamins and minerals associated health problems with proper supplements and care. But, you should always remember that supplements are supplements and not replacement of healthy food. Without food, they will not work. Their nutrition providing ability is nullified. Taken under proper guidance, they can prove to be be very beneficial. You become healthy, fit and radiant.
Quality of life also improves and gets better when you are physically fit and healthy. That, in turn, improves your mental health too. You become more positive and confident. I believe the old proverb 'sound mind in a sound body'.
I am running an internet business. I keep myself healthy and fit as i combine healthy food with good supplements barring very occasional splurge of rich food. After all, i am human too. I believe, being health conscious and proactive is very beneficial.