Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an In-Home Personal Trainer

While some people enjoy exercising and can motivate themselves to follow a fitness program faithfully, others may need someone to guide and motivate them to achieve their fitness goals. It is a good idea to engage the service of an in-home personal trainer if you are new to exercising or have a busy lifestyle. Here is a look at how hiring an in-home personal trainer can be beneficial to you. 

Saves Time

In-home personal training eliminates the need to spend time packing a bag, traveling to the gym and finding a parking spot. This is especially important if you have trouble finding time to exercise. An in-home personal trainer will arrive at your home at the scheduled time, and you can focus on exercising during the allotted time. Once the session is over, you can rest or do other things in the comfort of your own home. In-home personal training also gives you the flexibility to plan your own workout schedule. Click here for more information about in-home personal training.

Little or No Equipment Needed

In-home personal training usually involves exercise techniques that can be performed with little or no equipment. If you have your own equipment, your trainer may ask you to use it during your workouts. If you don’t, he or she will most likely bring everything that is needed for an effective workout. Most personal trainers know how to help you achieve the best results without expensive equipment.

Comfort and Privacy

If your body is not as good-looking as you want it to be, you may feel self-conscious when you are exercising in a public gym. This can make you feel uncomfortable and affect your exercise performance. If you hire an in-home personal trainer, you will have the privacy and peace of mind you need to concentrate on working out. Not only can you work out without an audience; you can also control the temperature and music to suit your personal preferences.

Personal Attention

Personal training in a gym or recreational center is usually standardized, and it is not catered to individual needs and goals. By hiring an in-home personal trainer, you will get one-on-one attention and a fitness program that is specially tailored for you. It will help you overcome your limitations and achieve your fitness goals more quickly.

Accountability

If you enroll in a fitness program at a gym, there is a greater likelihood that you will skip your workout when you are not in the mood to exercise. A personal trainer who shows up at your door can help you stick to your exercise program more faithfully. Scheduled appointments will help you stay on track toward your goals and your trainer will keep you motivated throughout your fitness journey.

While in-home personal training offers a lot of benefits, it may not be the best fitness solution for everyone. It is advisable that you consult a fitness expert to find out whether or not it is the right option for you. Click here to learn more about the benefits of in-home personal training.

Tips for Making Great Sports Drinks at Home

Those sports drinks you are purchasing at the grocery store or health club may come in fancy packaging and be convenient, but you are paying four to five times more than you would for the raw ingredients to make these nutritious drinks at home. Sports drinks are great for helping to replenish the body’s energy either before or during exercise and every nutritious sports drink requires a combination of water, electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, and carbohydrates.

The Most Economical Mixtures.

One of the most economical and satisfying sports drinks you can concoct at home that costs only pennies per serving uses 8 ounces of water seasoned with two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a dash of sea salt and one-half teaspoon honey. This concoction can be prepared in the morning, then refrigerated and taken with you to your health club or other workout location.

Good old chocolate milk makes a good sports drink because it contains both protein and carbohydrates to replenish the body’s energy reserves. Unsweetened coconut water, mixed with a little bit of honey, orange juice or green tea is another winning sports drink mixture that is easy on the budget.

The Gatorade Alternative

Buying bottles of Gatorade at the supermarket on a weekly basis can really cut into your household’s food budget and  what you are really paying a premium price for for is the marketing and advertising of this popular sports drink. Did you know that you can create your very own healthful version of Gatorade in your home kitchen? Squeeze enough Valencia oranges to make one-half cup of juice, then blend this with three and a half cups of water, two and a half tablespoons of local honey, and one-quarter teaspoon salt. This recipe will make four 8-ounce servings, each containing 14 grams of carbohydrate and 160 milligrams of sodium, all packaged in a delicious low-calorie (50 calories) drink.

You can vary this Gatorade recipe by using one-half cup of lemonade, grape juice or cranberry juice in place of orange juice. You can also help to bump up the flavor of this beverage by mixing in a little sugar-free lemonade mix without increasing the calorie count beyond 50 calories per serving.

Go Organic

It’s easy to create an organic sports drink at home by filling a juice bottle with one-half water or freshly brewed green tea, and then blending with your choice of organic fruit juice, such as orange, lemon, apple, grapefruit or blueberry. Shake the container after you’ve added a pinch of organic sea salt and you are ready to enjoy.

Replenish Electrolytes

It’s important to keep replenishing your electrolytes during exercise and workout routines, and consuming sports drinks rich in electrolytes can help you maintain your energy level even during the most challenging workouts. For a great tasting homemade sports drink, combine 4 cups of hot water with the juice of one whole lemon, which is about one-fourth cup of lemon juice. Fresh is always the best ingredient, but use bottled lemons if you don’t have fresh. Then blend this mixture with one-fourth teaspoon sea salt and two tablespoons of your favorite honey variety, perhaps clover or orange blossom. Then chill this mixture overnight and pour it into several different sports bottles for easy transportation to and from your health club.

Experiment with different fruit juices and honey varieties and always taste the mixture right after you prepare it to ensure that it offers you a refreshing taste. Store homemade sports drinks in clean containers and be sure to wash and dry containers after use before refilling with a new sports drink mixture.

Susan writes for allpro.eu, mostly about college football.

How to Make Weight Watchers Work for You

For people looking to lose weight, there is a plethora of options on the market. Weight Watchers is one such program that has become quite popular over time. With its unique ‘Points’ system, Weight Watchers delivers what it promises in its title: enabling people to watch their weight. Yet, the program may not work for you. This may be due to the nature of the program itself but more often than not, customers don’t know how to make Weight Watchers work for them. This is something you need to know about from the outset so that there is no problem later on.

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After all, what’s the point of starting a weight loss program that you are eventually going to give up on? Keeping this in mind, here are some pointers on how to make Weight Watchers work for you:

Maintain a Journal

From the outset, you need to maintain a journal of your progress on the program. As mentioned above, Weight Watchers has its own ‘Points’ system. You need to earn a certain number of points to complete the program. You have to keep track of how many points you have earned since you started the program which you can do by maintaining a journal. This will not only help you understand which stage of the program are you at but looking at the points you have earned will serve as a source of motivation for you.

Work Out

Now, this is something which is a must for every person following the Weight Watchers’ program. If you are not getting enough exercise, you might not lose weight as quickly as you expect to. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to spend a couple of hours at the gym every day. A light cardio workout is all that is needed. You can walk, cycle or jog for half an hour on a daily basis. Surely you will be able to spare 30 minutes regardless of how packed your schedule is. Once you join Weight Watchers Online, you will get access to a library of video exercise demos that will guide you to perform the right exercises.

Cook Yourself

You should try and prepare your own meals to eat while following the program. Weight Watchers will provide the guidelines regarding what you should eat throughout the course of a day. Moreover, you can find hundreds of tasty recipes on their official website. You can try them at home and make your own food. It is better to eat organic, healthy meals. Convenient though they are, packaged and processed foods don’t pack the same nutritious punch as the food you cook at home.

Shop with a List

Studies have shown that shopping lists clearly affect the shopping behavior. Make a list of the food items you are allowed to eat on the program so that you will stay within your allotted Points Plus. Having to remember the food items you need while you are out grocery shopping could prove to be a challenge. Therefore, make a list of the stuff you need. Also, add some pointers as to the variant of each item you have to buy. For instance, you might want to buy fresh meat instead of frozen. Leslie Fink, RD, has put together a useful Weight Watchers Shopping Guide.

Use Coupons

Coupons will make your weight loss more affordable to you. Weight Watchers has promotional deals all year around. Go to weightlosstriumph.com/ for the current promo codes.

Drink More Water

Last, but not the least, you have to drink more water. This is a tip that works for non-dieters as well. Getting sufficient fluids in your body makes you feel fuller for a longer time. As you don’t feel hungry every few hours, your food intake is reduced naturally. Plus, drinking water is necessary for your health and wellbeing. You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of fresh water a day. Water was the fountain of youth for a woman who claims that drinking 6 bottles of water a day took 10 years off her face.

These are some of the tips that will you make Weight Watchers work for you. As you can see, it doesn’t take too much effort to stay on track and lose weight. If you are apprehensive about the cost of the program, you can always find coupons online. Avail the discounts and follow Weight Watchers. Who knows, it may be the perfect weight loss solution for you.

American Heart Month and Quaker #QuakerHearts #spon

Kids Riding BikesDuring American Heart Month, Quaker is teaming up with heart-throb chef Fabio Viviani to energize and inspire women to take action for their hearts.  I must admit I am always on my kids about how staying fit, trying to eat healthy and making good decisions in your lifestyle is what can help keep your heart healthy. I have a Grampa who has had bypass surgery of some sort, I am not fully educated on what happened but from what I *think* is true is that the pipes leading all to his heart and such are no longer the real arteries, they have been replaced. The strong willed farm man, my Grampa, is close to or right at 90 years old and still working on the farm to this day. He is a fighter but having had this come up about heart health really reminded me of him.

Each time I catch my kids begging for junk fast food meals or not being more active I harp on them how it’s not heart healthy to be inactive. During the Winter months we are famous for letting things go; from lack of outdoor activities to the laziness factor that comes with lack in sunlight, shorter days and cold weather. I try my best to educate all of my kids, who like me, struggle with keeping weight off, the importance of being heart healthy. This is why I try to partake in campaigns such as this one with Quaker, to help bring awareness to others on the topic of heart health. What you eat, your fitness level and your overall health not only affects your body image and your moods, but it affects ultimately your heart health!

 

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Quaker’s Epic Hot Breakfast Sweepstakes

Another way Quaker is helping encourage heart health this American Heart Month is to host a sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is super easy to enter, simply watch the Quaker’s Epic Hot Breakfast video on YouTube and share this on Twitter using the hashtag #QuakerLove between 10am Central Time February 14, 2013 through 11:59pm Central Time February 28, 2013.

One Grand Prize

One lucky person will be randomly chosen to win a chance to enjoy a spa treatment, and dine at Siena Tavern in Chicago with a guest of their choice.

Runner Up Prize

At the end of the month, 15 participants will also be chosen at random to receive an “Ultimate Hot Breakfast” prize pack complete with Quaker Oats, signed items from Fabio Viviani, and additional items to help start your day.

How Can you Learn more about Keeping Heart Healthy?

Join in the fun conversation Friday, February 15, 2013 during the Twitter party. You may RSVP over at Resourceful Mommy for your chance to win awesome prizes and partake in a conversation around Quaker and American Heart Month. There will be 4 $50 Visa Gift Cards given away during this Twitter party.

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