You don’t have to workout for hours to get significant results, period.

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The title of this post says it all.  How do I know this is?  Because I’ve experienced it first hand after pulling back and chilling out a bit with my workouts while getting the same results.  You don’t have to run 6 miles, 3 is ok and actually better for you overall.  You don’t necessarily have to do a 45-minute cardio circuit workout, 20-minutes will suffice.  And you certainly don’t have to do a an hour long yoga practice, unless you want to of course.

Why?  Well, in addition to the research to prove it, you can still make a significant impact on your body working out less and in addition, you could also be saving yourself from potential harm in the long run with the overuse of joints, bones and muscles.  This is what happened to me.  I was working out hard and long at least 6 days per week when suddenly my left knee gave out. I had a torn miniscus that needed surgery and rehab; which took some time and gave me a new perspective, but not enough.

I started working on my upper body more as I was recovering with lots of “hard” pushups, planks and weights; then came the bicep tendonitis.  At first I thought that I was just sore from all of the exercise, but when the pain started to spread down my arm, over my shoulder and up my neck, I knew something was wrong.  First order of business with a diagnosis like this is to stop doing any sort of upper body exercises paired with high doses anti-inflammatory drugs then rehab again.

Within one year both my lower body and upper body were screaming out for mercy, but since I knew that exercise will always be a part of my life, I had to find workouts that gave me the same results while not overpowering my body.  I simply had been working out too hard for too long and finally came to the realization that there’s no need for that to look and feel my best.

Here are 4 of my short effective workouts that offer a mixture of cardio, strengthening and elongating exercises that make me feel wonderful without taking too much of my time. Whatever exercises you choose to do, remember that something is always better than nothing, move your body, stay healthy and eat wisely.

akickJillian Michaels Kickbox Fastfix is a workout DVD that offers three tough 20-minute workouts that I do every week.  They fit into any busy schedule while giving you a kick butt workout that will break a sweat and make you feel strong, mentally and physically.

aphysPhysique 57 Thigh & Seat Booster is one of the most impactful body sculpting 30-minutes you’ll ever experience.  This barre type workout will tone your lower body like no other; while also strengthening your center at the same time.

ajackiewarnerPersonal Circuit Training with Jackie Warner offers 5 powerful workout options with 4 of them being only 15-minutes long.  You have the option to pick and choose which workouts you’d like to do each day with each one focuses on a different area of the body.  These workouts offer serious body-changing results that don’t take a lot of time.

aampedThe Ballet Physique “Amped Up” should be in every workout DVD library because it offers short bursts of exercises categorized into sections that work on different areas of the body or you can choose to do the whole workout in its entirety.  I love the thigh, butt and ab exercise options the most and will do 1 or 2 of them per day.

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Lemon Turmeric Water; reasons why you should be drinking it

aturmDid you know turmeric is potentially the most healthful herb in existence?  A medicinal spice that has been used in India for thousands of years is finally getting the attention it deserves.  There are numerous brain and health benefits that come from eating and drinking turmeric, here’s just a few of them.

  1. Turmeric contains compounds called curcuminoids that have powerful anti-inflammatory effects that fight foreign invaders and repair damage.  It’s been shown to successfully treat arthritis more effectively than anti-inflammatory drugs.
  2. Turmeric can prevent brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.
  3. Turmeric has been shown to improve the function of blood vessels, regulates blood pressure and fight heart disease.
  4. Turmeric helps play a role in preventing cancer and potentially even treating it by reducing the growth of cells, particularly digestive cancers such as colon.
  5. Turmeric can alleviate symptoms of depression and has been shown to be as effective as prozac by boosting the brain’s serotonin and dopamine levels.

Now that you know all of the benefits of turmeric, one of the easiest ways to start including it in your diet is in drink form.  This particular simple drink includes another beneficial ingredient, lemon; which you can learn about here.  Just mix 1 1/2 cups of water, 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and a pinch of cinnamon and drink up!  It’s actually quite tasty and knowing all the good you are doing for your body only makes it taste that much better.

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New study says drinking 1 glass of wine is equivalent to exercising for 1 hour

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Who wouldn’t rather drink wine than go to the gym? Well, it turns out, a new study is showing that one glass of red wine could be equivalent to exercising for one hour by offering the same benefits. How is that possible?

Let me first start by saying that I would never condone drinking alcohol as a sport over traditional exercise, but I do find research like this interesting. Understanding what a glass of wine does once it enters your body, good or bad, is educating and important information for health and wellness warriors like myself.

So here’s the lowdown. The University of Alberta in Canada conducted a study and discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, can provide similar benefits compared to an hour of cross-training type exercise. One glass of red wine, and only red wine, not white or any other type of alcohol, can positively affect physical strength and overall performance, in addition to heart function.

The study is also very specific in saying that only one glass of red wine should be consumed each day, any more than that will not count as another hour at the gym but counted as additional calories causing potential weight gain; the opposite affect.

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4 simple ways to reduce belly bloat

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Does it seem like your belly is always bloated?  With Spring is in the air, now more than ever, we all have a tendency to take a closer look in the mirror after a long Winter and almost always there seems to be an enlarged belly looking back at us.

It could be simply excess air trapped in our digestive tract.  It could be from drinking too much of anything.  Or it could be from specific foods that we’re eating that we had no idea would do this much damage.  Here are 4 simple ways to reduce belly bloat, things that you might be unknowingly doing that you can stop today and have a much flatter mid-section almost immediately.

  1. Soda is a no no!  So many of us are still drinking soda, a sugary, bubbly liquid that instantly bloats your belly in addition to making you gain unwanted pounds.  Believe it or not, diet soda is just as bad for your stomach because it’s full of artifical sweetners that are difficult to digest therefore swelling your center.  We’d all be better off eliminating soda from our diets for good.
  2. Processed foods should be reduced greatly.  Anything that is already made for you that comes in a can, box, package or bottle at the grocery store should be avoided because they are full of sodium.  Not only is excess salt causing belly bloat, it’s also bad for your overall health and can cause numerous diseases such as diabetes.  75% of your diet should be fresh foods, fruits, vegetables.  Learn how to reduce sodium in your diet today here.
  3. Eat more slowly because scarfing down a meal because you’re hungry or in a rush is doing damage to your gut.  Eating too fast increases the the size of your belly because you take in more air and it gets trapped, making you look and feel bloated.  In addition, this slows the digestion process; which only keeps you bloated longer.
  4. Don’t eat right before bedtime because the body hasn’t had the opportunity to digest and struggles to do so when you’re lying down.  If you do eat before sleep, you will find yourself waking up to a big bloated belly every morning.  Try to eat at least 3 hours before bedtime.

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