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I will continue to practice what I want to see happen in my life. I will be patient and know that all is coming.

   
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10 Amazing Benefits of Exercise and Fitness

1. Exercise Super Charges Brainpower

Not only does exercise improve your body, it helps your mental function. Exercise increases energy levels and increases serotonin in the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity. All that makes for a more productive day and happier employee which equate to better employee retention.

People who are active and who exercise are much more productive at work. Improved productivity not only makes you a better worker, it makes things better for everyone in the workplace. Companies with less wasted work hours and less sick time end up with lower health care costs — and an improved bottom line. That is why so many companies either have gyms at their offices or help to pay for employees to have gym memberships.

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Build Strong Muscles Without Weights or Gym

People can build muscle without lifting weights by following a muscle building program that blends together the right workouts and a clean, balanced diet.

Key points to note:
1.The foundation for muscle growth is created by an overloading stimulus.
2.Weights can be substituted with the body weight, gravity, instability, or momentum.
3.A thorough workout without weights can be just as taxing – and effective – as one with weights.
4.Use slow-motion training by taking 12 seconds for the positive phase and 6 seconds for the negative phase of each rep. Reframe from locking out in the top position and resting in the bottom position, and change smoothly from the positive to the negative.
5.Reduce rest time, or no rest time between sets and alternate type of exercise so no two body parts are being worked back to back in the same workout.
6.Iso-Tension, or pose and flex the muscles you are working hard and hold it for a count of 10.

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How Fit Are You? 4 Fitness Tests

According to the American College of Sports Medicine and YMCA, performance-related fitness is linked to athletic performance (for example: a 50-yard dash time or the ability to maneuver around obstacles quickly) and is linked to speed, reaction time, and coordination.

Health-related fitness is linked to fitness components that may lower risks such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or low back pain. Health-related physical fitness includes the following components:

•Aerobic fitness – ability of the heart and lungs to deliver blood to muscles,
•Muscular strength and endurance – enough to do normal activities easily and protect the low back,
•Flexibility – ability to move your many joints through their proper range of motion, and
•Body composition – not too much body fat, especially around the waist

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Blast the Cellulite Away- 5 Moves to Slim and Tone Your Behind

Okay, let’s face it. Most of us are not too hip on the way our behind looks. This is what everyone sees as we walk away, and how many of us have walked sideways just to ensure the person behind us doesn’t get a “true” view? We all know that the best way to attain a beautiful behind is by eating right and exercising, but sometimes we need a little guidance on how to rid cellulite or what moves help lift and tone our butt. So while you maintain a healthy diet, I’m going to give you five butt exercises you should perform if you want a slim, round, sexy bottom!

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Top 10 Core Exercises for a Strong and Solid Foundation

A strong core is essential to correctly perform strength training exercises, to lift a maximum amount of weight and to reduce your risk of injuries. There are many different techniques you can use to vary your core training and avoid a plateau. Here are 10 top power core drills to incorporate into your workout for a strong, solid, foundation.

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10 Tips on Running for Beginners

If you have been itching to start running for better health, for that lean, sexy body, or just to experience the runner’s high phenomenon, but have some reservations whether or not running may be for you or not, the following tips can help ease the fear and help motivate the true inner athlete in you!

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Releasing Tight Muscles: 5 Simple Yoga Stretches

Stretching is probably one of the best things you can do for your body.  Stiff muscles can eventually turn into injured ligaments, bones, back pain, shoulder pain, etc.  I think it’s just one of those things we normally leave out of our regular exercise routine.  We think after we have a great workout that we’ll just go home after the gym or run and do some stretches when we get home, but by the time we get there we forget about it.  Well, I am here to tell you that there are some great simple yoga stretches that can really help complement any type of exercise regime you might have quite well, so that you don’t feel tight after, say a long run or hitting the weights.

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Pregnancy and Yoga: Basic Tips on Why You Should Practice

Prenatal Yoga is a great way to stay healthy and to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Prenatal Yoga helps women work on strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and stability, while focusing on breath and relaxation; this will of course help make labor and delivery easier. (not easy, but easier.) Yoga helps us learn how to, and remember to breathe, something that is not always easy when a woman is trying to balance life with a baby growing inside her.

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Getting In Balance

Consider every crumb of food you chew, every drop of liquid you swallow, every zero calorie artificially sweetened chemical you ingest…a drug. Your relationship with these drugs will shape and mold the physical landscape of your reality. Without having to look too long or hard around you, the effects of overdosing can be easily seen.

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Ujjayi BreathTo Optimize Your Yoga Practice

One of the most important elements in yoga practice is the breath. Ujjayi means “victory” in Sanskrit, so this is the breath of victory. Ujjayi warms the breath as it enters the lungs, helping to build heat in the body so that stretching is safer and the inner organs can be cleansed of any toxins that have accumulated. Through this heat, the internal agni or ‘fire’ is stoked, and a powerful healing process is unlocked.

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