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How To Look Forward To Your Workout

For some people, working out is euphoric. For others, it’s a source of anxiety and apprehension. However, going to the gym or health club doesn’t have to be an exercise in motivation. By changing the way you think about going to the gym or health club, you might find yourself looking forward to your exercise time. Below are some helpful tips to make it happen!

Wear gym clothes that make you look and feel good. With the rise of fitness fashion, there are now countless options for workout clothes. Maybe you feel your best in leggings and a bright tank, or perhaps flowing muscle tees are more to your liking. By investing in a few good-quality pieces of workout wear, you might find you look forward to expressing yourself at the gym more than you do in your street clothes.

Download music that gets you excited. In the same way that your clothes define your style at the gym, your playlist defines your energy. Maybe the rhythm and bounce of rap music makes your time on the stair-stepper more tolerable, or perhaps blasting heavy metal motives you to reach for heavier weights when you would otherwise play it safe.

Check in on a fitness app. By using a fitness app on your phone, you can better keep track of your progress. Many apps will craft graphs and charts for you to record every detail of your workout and the duration of your cardio time. Additionally, some apps can be set to post on your Facebook and Twitter so you can let your friends and family know about your goals and progress. Members of your network might even feel motivated enough to pursue their own exercise routines.

Bring along a post-workout snack. A snack high in protein will facilitate muscle growth after you’ve been weight lifting. A good way to use the snack as motivation is to allow yourself to eat it only following a workout–don’t reach for it during other parts of the day. That way you’re not only developing a routine, you’re also incorporating a “rewards” system.

Use social media to stay updated on the latest fitness news and trends. Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are all great resources. Subscribing to a handful of fitness personalities on some social media sites will ensure that you’re presented with gentle reminders of your goals and the benefits of working out on a regular basis. That way, you aren’t researching pictures of the hottest celebrity bodies as an attempt to motivate yourself after a pizza binge. Instead, you’re receiving subtle, daily reminders that other people are going through what you’re going through as well. Their success didn’t happen overnight, and neither will yours.

While getting to the gym or health club every day or every other day does require discipline, the aforementioned tips can help you think of your gym time as an opportunity for personal development and expression. Working out can itself be a socially and personally rewarding activity, aside from reaching your desired fitness goals.

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Exercise Leads to Better Sleep

Millions of Americans are affected by sleeping disorders, but adding a workout to your routine might help alleviate your nighttime woes. According to a recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation, people who reported participating in regular exercise also reported having the highest quality sleep.

Nearly fifty percent of respondents who reported no physical activity also answered that they have very bad or fairly bad sleep quality. By adding light exercise–as little as a ten minute walk per day–the amount of people reporting poor sleep was cut in half, to just over twenty percent. People who participated in vigorous exercise every day had the lowest occurrence of poor sleep. It was also shown that those who did not exercise were more prone to daytime sleepiness while driving, eating, or participating in social functions.

The poll also asked its respondents how many hours per day were spent sitting. Unsurprisingly, those who spent the most time sitting also had the worst quality sleep at night. It is clear that there is a direct correlation between the amounts of exercise you do and the quality of sleep you experience. Adding physical activity, even just a small amount, can help you get that “shut eye” you most desperately need.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Simple Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels

 

It is important to be energetic throughout the day to be able to complete tasks and meet deadlines. If you suffer from lethargy and lassitude, do not worry. This article offers you simple and effective tips on how to increase your energy levels, and keep you active and alert all throughout the day.

  1. Eat Healthy Foods

Start your day with a nutritious breakfast. A hearty breakfast can fuel your vigor and prevent hunger pangs later on. Your diet should include plenty of whole grains, carbs like wheat bread and brown rice, meat, nuts, fruits, and vegetables. Magnesium is a great energy booster, and can be found in almonds, bran cereal, and fish.

Nutrition experts recommend eating five or six smaller meals during the day instead of three large ones. This is because digesting heavy meals taxes the body and zaps energy. Eating smaller meals at regular intervals also helps to keep the metabolism active, and provides steady energy throughout the day. If you feel hungry between meals, do not reach for junk food, but snack smartly with a banana or apple.

    2. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can deplete your energy and make you feel tired. Therefore, it is important to drink water during the day to stay hydrated. Avoid sugary soft drinks and stick to plain water. Drinking water can also help to curb appetite as well as flush out toxins from your body.

  1. Workout

If you feel languid, do not give in to the temptation to jump into bed and doze off. Instead, get cracking and hit the treadmill or yoga mat. This can help to stimulate your body and pump more oxygen into your blood, which will boost your energy levels. Excess weight consumes extra energy, so exercise regularly to stay slim and more energetic. Working out in the morning as oppose to the evening will help you to be mentally sharp all through the day.

  1. Think Positive

Negative thoughts and emotions can drain energy and make you feel down. So, try to think positive, and be optimistic even if you are having a rough day. Be aware of your mental states, and replace negativity with constructive thoughts to stay strong and upbeat throughout the day.

 

 

 

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3 Core Exercises That Will Tone You Up Fast

Core workouts are a necessity for any weight loss or strength training program.  Core exercises integrate movements that work all of your major muscle groups.  From your abs to your back, your central muscles will become toned faster.  The best thing about core workouts is that you don’t need any equipment at all to perform them–all of the resistance comes from the weight of your own body.  The only equipment you may want is a floor mat for comfort or a mirror to check your form, but neither is an absolute necessity.

You’ve probably already done several types of core exercises.  Crunches, push ups and planks fall into the category of core workouts.  However, there are more intense and more effective exercises that you can do to really push your progress forward.  Some of the exercises in this article may seem particularly challenging for those who are just starting out, but the more you work at them, the easier they will become.

Before You Begin

Stretching before any type of strength training is necessary to prevent injury and excessive soreness after the workout.  Take a couple minutes to stretch out your whole body.  After stretching, try five minutes of light cardio to get your blood flowing and warm up your muscles a little more.  Jumping jacks or running in place are a good choice.

Core Exercise #1: The Dolphin Plank

Get into plank position by stretching out your body, putting all of your weight on your elbows and toes, and holding your torso above the ground.  Make sure that your back, rear and thighs form a straight line.  Hold this position for a count of ten and then shift your weight backwards, lifting your rear into the air.  Hold this position for ten seconds and return to the starting position.  Repeat ten times.

Core Exercise #2: The Legwork Plank

Again, start in plank position.  Lift one leg into the air and hold it for a ten count.  Lower it to the floor and move your knee up to your chest.  Hold this position for another ten count before returning to your starting position.  Repeat with the other leg.  Do each leg ten times.

Core Exercise #3: The Burpee

Burpees are not an easy exercise for beginners, so don’t work yourself too hard the first few times you try them.  To perform a burpee, squat with your hands on the floor before you, shoulder width apart.  Using your arms for stability, jump back into the push up position and do a push up.  Jump back to your original squat position, jump into the air as high as you can and land back in a squat.  Repeat the exercise.  Burpees are most effective when performed in rapid succession, so add a little speed once you get the flow of movement down.  Repeat ten to times or more if you feel up to it.

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Five Reasons You Should Exercise With Your Dog

 

Dogs make for excellent workout partners. Studies have shown that dog owners are more active in general. Most dogs love to be active, and they therefore contribute toward keeping the whole family active. Even if you already take your dog for regular walks or throw a ball around the backyard, there is no reason that you cannot make the family pet part of your actual workout routine. Dogs’ love hiking, jogging, running, even cycling! Here are five reasons that you should consider working out with your dog regularly.

1. Dogs Keep You Motivated

Dogs love walking and running, and there are no reason that the enthusiasm might not be contagious. Many people find it easier to follow a training plan when they have a partner to train with, so why not make your “best friend” your training partner? Dogs love to jog and run, and even if your fitness plan calls for something a little more sedate — such as long brisk walks — your canine friend will still love it. Dogs will encourage you to follow a routine, such as going for a run after work every day, and they can also turn your exercise sessions into a more positive experience.

2. Working Out With A Dog is Safer

If you run alone, a dog can help you to feel safer, especially if you run or hike on remote trails, or at night. Although running with a dog does not guarantee safety (running at night or on trails always has a small element of danger), it makes it more unlikely that you will be approached or attacked if you are running with a dog, especially a large one.

3. Dogs Make Exercise Fun

You might not always look like you’re having fun when you’re running, but your dog will. Most dogs love to run and walk, so that means that the both of you will be having fun. In fact, if you are working your way up a difficult hill or going for a personal record, your dog may have more fun than you do! On those days when training seems difficult, your dog’s energy and happiness can be contagious.

4. Running is Good for Your Dog, too

Like humans, dogs were “born to run”. Running will help your dog to maintain weight and muscle tone, make for a healthier heart and circulatory system, and help your dog to build and maintain endurance. Also, similar to humans, regular exercise will contribute to good canine mental health. If you deserve to be fit, healthy, and happy, then your “best friend” does too. As your fitness improves, your dogs will too.

5. Running Will Make Your Dog Tired!

If you are troubled by your dogs’ destructive tendencies or overabundance of energy, you are certainly not the only one. Many dog owners forget that dogs need a lot of exercise. There is no guarantee that regular exercise will turn your dog into an angel, but a tired, happy, satisfied dog is more likely to be a dog that won’t be a tear around the house, chewing up your favorite pair of running shoes, or dig its way to freedom under the backyard fence!

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New Retail Displays

  

After over 7 years of selling direct to consumers online, Body Wipe Company is entering the retail (brick and mortar) market space. These POP (point of purchase) displays were specially design for our Tat Towels and Paper Shower dual wet and dry towel pack products. Another  POP display was also designed for our Dog Bath in a Pack  product www.dogbathinapack.com

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The Healthy Perks of Exercising 30 Minutes Per Day

  

In addition to temporarily losing a few pounds, starting and maintaining a regular exercise routine can be an effective way to ward off certain physical and mental issues. Just 30 minutes a day spent being physically active can bring about impressive results within a relatively short amount of time.

Losing weight may be the most popular reason many people begin an exercise regimen. Depending on a person’s weight and the intensity of the workout, approximately 90 to 360 calories can be burned in a single 30-minute workout. At half an hour a day, 5 times a week, the pounds can begin to melt away surprisingly quickly.

Exercising to prevent heart and cardiovascular disease is an excellent way to be proactive about personal health. Walking, running or doing a moderately intense workout for 30 minutes strengthens the heart muscle, lowering the risk of getting heart disease by nearly two times. Regularly exercising also raises HDL levels, the ‘good’ cholesterol, and lowers LDL levels, the ‘bad’ cholesterol. This can lower blood pressure, decreasing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

A 30 minute per day workout schedule can help to regulate your blood sugar and burn body fat, leading to a decreased chance of developing type 2 diabetes. If type 2 diabetes is already an issue, exercising can help keep the important blood glucose levels in the safe range.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety can ease during and after physical exercise. The body releases endorphins, a ‘feel-good’ chemical while exercising. Another positive aspect of having a regular exercise routine is that it’s something that can be started right away, without the need to make an appointment or drastically alter a day’s schedule. Just a 30-minute walk during lunch hour or after work can have a considerable healthy effect on the body and mind.

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Shark Tank Audition Video

 

Body Wipe Company Co-Founders, Joel Saban and Jim Bahcall, star in a final audition video for the ABC hit show Shark Tank.

Once you get to the video audition round, you are considered a finalist. There are 160 finalists chosen out of over 35,000 applicants each year. The producers then invite 80 from the 160 videos submitted to come to Hollywood to appear on the show.

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Getting Started With Yoga

 

 Are you looking to add something new to your exercise routine? Are you growing tired of your current fitness classes? Do you work out consistently, but have reached a plateau in your weight loss progress? Would you like to try yoga but are unsure which class to take?

Yoga is a form of exercise based on Eastern philosophy. The word “yoga” loosely translated means “to yoke”, or “to join”. Yoga aims to join the body and the mind through movement and breathing. There are many styles of yoga practiced by people of all ages all over the world. Some popular styles are listed below.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic style of yoga that develops muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. Deep, rhythmic breathing is used throughout the practice to energize the body. A typical Ashtanga class lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. This style is recommended for reasonably fit individuals.

Hot Yoga

Known by various names in different areas, hot yoga is a series of yoga postures performed in a heated room, typically 92 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat warms the muscles, helping them to stretch. The body releases toxins out through the skin as sweat. This style is recommended for reasonably fit individuals and usually lasts 60 to 90 minutes.

 Yin Yoga

Yin yoga is a less dynamic style. Yin yoga positions are deep muscle stretches that lengthen connective tissues and increase flexibility. Most postures are seated postures, performed from a sitting position on your mat. These postures are held for 3 to 5 minutes. This gives the muscles ample time for a complete stretch. Yin yoga is appropriate for all fitness levels. Classes are typically 60 to 90 minutes long.

 Hatha Yoga

Hatha yoga moves through a series of postures designed to develop muscular strength and create a sense of well being. An emphasis is placed on breathing deeply into each posture to move oxygen efficiently throughout the body. A hatha yoga class can run anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. It is considered appropriate for all fitness levels.

Yoga is a wonderful way to stay active. There are a variety of styles to suit different tastes and fitness levels. Recently hybrid classes have become available in many areas. Hybrid classes blend yoga with more familiar forms of exercise such as pilates, ballet, cardiovascular training, weight training and dance. Try a yoga class and discover which style works for you!