Go Sport-It Leggings Review

I received a pair of Go Sport-It Capri Leggings to try and I’m happy to say, I love ’em! The fit, for me is perfect and I’m a big fan of the wide flat waistband. Super comfy! The company also carries a full length tight which I’m looking forward to trying.

Right now, they only come in black – I’m hoping that the company with expand their color offerings.

Here’s some additional info from their website:

Grab your things and look great while working out!

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Are you looking for the perfect solution to the challenge of ‘where to put your stuff’ while working out? Look no further!  The solution is here and it is flattering and effective!

HERE ARE THE TOP REASONS WHY THE SPORT-IT CAPRIS ARE PERFECT FOR YOU:

1. Unique Design – Offers a wide, flattering waistband that trims your waist and makes muffin-top disappear!

2. Integrated Runners Belt – 2 SLITS are located on the inside front of the waistband for unlimited pocket space.

3. Highest quality fabric –  Interlock seams reduce irritation. Edges lay flat to eliminate chafing

4. Internal pocket (that is the waistband) – Used to safely store your phone, cash, keys.

5. 80% nylon and 20% spandex – Easy to care for, hold their stretch, and look great.

6. Hold in the jiggles – Medium stretch allows you to move and stretch in style.

7. Sport-it reputation – We offer many fitness products, tons of satisfied customers, and great support.

8. Offers –  Discounts, contests, exercise guides and fun contests! Join the ‘Go Sport-it’ club!

9. Risk free – Refunds/ exchanges available- no questions asked!

 

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Go Sport-It Pilates Ring

The nice folks over at Go Sport-It sent me one of their Pilates Rings (aka Magic Circles) to test out. I’ve tried several of these in the past, from various manufacturers, and I’m happy to report that this one is very well made and is the perfect size. They send a workout guide along as well, although it is somewhat lacking. A quick Google search will provide you with plenty of ideas for exercises though. As far as the product itself goes, this one is an A+. And at only $24.99 on Amazon, it’s a great deal.

Joseph Pilates invented the Magic Circle back in the 1920s to help people feel their muscles more deeply, and to engage the Powerhouse more completely. These rings provide light resistance and and add versatility to your workouts. I think these make a great to tool to keep at home workouts interesting and effective.

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Diets Don’t Work. Lifestyle Changes Do!

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I’m starting to get really tired seeing stories of this trendy wonder diets and that fad miracle diet… It’s the same thing and happens at the same time every year with New Year Resolutions etc. (which is another totally bullsh*t concept in my book – I can never understand why people think they have to wait till a new year to make positive changes in their life?) When are people going to learn that “Diets Don’t Work” and that “Lifetstyle Changes”… DO!

The simple fact that diets (especially these fad diets) aren’t sustainable makes them a total waste of your time. Spend that time educating/learning how to eat properly (and healthier) and you will see amazing and (key word) “lasting” results!

Also get moving and more active….Daily exercise is a key component, although exercise alone won’t cut it. Don’t be fooled, you can’t exercise off a bad diet…! You really need these “two powerful” components (Diet & Exercise) working together!

So no matter what time of year it is, how old you are, how over-weight or out of shape you are.. Simply COMMIT and change your life. Commit to a truly healthy diet (educate yourself). Commit to daily exercise. Commit to a healthier, happier and more active you.

Trust me the rewards and benefits of living a healthier lifestyle will be great and well worth your efforts…. Make living a healthier lifestyle as routine as brushing your teeth every morning. Live it, work for it….don’t just wish for it.
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Mandala Massage Ball Review

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I had a chance to try out the Mandala Massage Ball recently. The nice folks over there sent me a sample to  try out. And I am really glad they did. They are the perfect tool to help you rehab  any sports injuries, loosen up tense muscles and work out trigger points. There are lots of similar products on the market, but I think these are a great value.

Here’s what the company has to say:

Product Description:

If you are looking to relieve tension and stress at home, Mandala Massage Balls can help. Through self-myofascial release, Mandala Massage Balls target key “trigger points” of tension and stress throughout the body. Using ones own body on the “sweet spots” for 2-3 minutes can quickly and effectively reduce built up stress. They are an excellent addition to any yoga practice, for prenatal massage, as well as crossfit programs. Made of solid rubber, they will not collapse or pop like tennis balls. They are easy to clean, just use a little soap and water.

 

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Train Your Lungs

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Strong legs on the bike won’t mean much if you’re gasping for a breath. “Your respiratory muscles are in constant use during cycling,” say exercise physiologist Budd Coates, co-author of “Running on Air.” If they fatigue.. guess what, so do… you!

Research shows that strengthening your “diaphragm and intercostal muscles” (the muscles that hold your ribs together) can greatly improve endurance. And a study published in Journal of Applied Physiology reported that such training may also reduce inflammation and help speed up recovery.

But “if you don’t exhale completely and forcefully” say Coates, you can’t inhale completely.

* This exercise confines your inhales and exhales, forcing the respiratory muscles to work harder. In time you’ll be taking deeper breaths and giving your body what it needs.

> Breathing exercise: Ride easy for 20 minutes to warm up, increase the intensity until you start to breathe a little harder. Close you mouth and breathe through your nose for one minute, then open you mouth and breathe for one minute. Repeat 10 to 20 times in a row.

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My Morning Enlightenment: Nov. 26th 2013

It’s was awesome meeting Charles this afternoon and I’m looking forward to getting to know him better.

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Today I rode out to the time trial loop to get in a quick, high intensity 25 mile workout since I was short on time. As I approached the east to west turn I saw this homeless man camped out as he always is on the grass strip. I’ve seen him a million times but never thought to stop and say hello or offer him anything that I had with me to help him out a bit.

Early this morning I read a very cool story that my friend posted about this war-photographer friend of his. The story was kinda the same as the one I’m telling.. We both saw a homeless man camped out in the same spot day after day and one day, decided to talk to them. In the photographer’s story while talking to the homeless man, he found out that he was at one time a war photographer as well, working for Getty images in the Balkans. The man didn’t really go into how he wound up homeless, but did mention that everyone in his life died off in a matter of a few years. (His wife of 12 years to cancer I think, all his friends etc.) It was an interesting and thought provoking story.

After I read that photographer’s story this morning, it got me thinking a little differently about how I looked at some things, (plus, earlier I had been thinking about the up coming Thanksgiving holiday and how grateful I am for all that I have).

So on my last lap and got off my bike and walked over to the homeless man’s camp site. I said, “Hi.. my name is Markus.. I’m out here all time going around in circles” and handed him the $10 bill I always have stashed in a water bottle with my tube and tire irons. I told him to have a nice holiday meal and that the next time I head out that way that I would bring him some more useful stuff to help make life a bit easier.

The homeless man said, “I’m Charles, thanks a lot, I really appreciate that. I watch you guys riding wearing all your fancy uniforms all the time!” Then Charles started asking me about my tri bike which I must admit made me feel guilty that I was riding this $3,000 Cervelo and he was sleeping outside on a grass strip at night. To be honest I’m kind of still processing that.

My Morning Enlightenment:

Like most people, I think, (I’m being totally honest here) when I see a homeless person I don’t often go out of my way to make eye contact with them or to say a simple hello and smile. We almost treat them like Lepers for some reason. (I understand many homeless people unfortunately suffer with mental illness, but a lot of them are just everyday people that just had a few bad breaks, it’s easy to quickly see the difference I think. It took no time to realize that Charles was intelligent, he spoke well, had a good sense of humor, was organized and had a beautiful electric warm smile.)

I feel I learned a valuable life lesson today and for that I am grateful.

 

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Torch Major Calories With This Basic Tabata Protocol Workout

Torch Major Calories With This Basic Tabata Protocol Workout

Untitled-1TWTwet_ppggggIf you haven’t heard talk of Tabata training, you will soon, and with good reason—who doesn’t want to boost their fitness in four short minutes?! What began as a high-intensity interval training protocol performed on a cycling ergometer by Japanese Olympic speed skaters has since morphed into Tabata-inspired workouts that feature strength-training exercises and plyometric moves. These highly effective routines use the same format of eight cycles of 20-seconds of work followed by 10-seconds of rest. To determine the benefits of this intense type of training, the American Council on Exercise (ACE) enlisted the research team at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse to create and examine the true calorie-burning potential of a 20-minute Tabata-inspired total-body workout.

Led by John Pocari, PhD and Talisa Emberts, MS, the research team recruited 16 moderately fit to very fit men and women ages 20 to 47 to participate in the study. Each subject completed a total of two 20-minute Tabata-style workouts. The complete workout consisted of a five-minute dynamic warm-up, followed by four rounds of Tabata (eight cycles of 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest) with one-minute of rest in between each round, and concluded with a 10-minute cool-down. During the 20 seconds of intense work, subjects performed as many repetitions of each exercise as possible, all of which were movements they had practiced beforehand and demonstrated proficiency in.

Measuring heart rate, blood lactate, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE), the researchers found that during the Tabata-workout subjects averaged 86 percent of HRmax and 74 percent of VO2max, both of which meet or exceed industry guidelines for improving cardio fitness and body composition. On average, subjects perceived the workout to be challenging with an average RPE of 15.4—rated as ‘hard’ on the 6-20 Borg Scale—which would seem to make sense considering that participants burned between 240 and 360 calories. With an average of 15 calories torched per minute, the findings of this study support that full body Tabata-style workouts can prove powerful in terms of enhancing health and facilitating weight loss.

This time-efficient approach to exercise is all about intensity, so while four minutes of hard work can certainly enhance health and fitness, the complete 20-minute total-body workout experience can elicit even better results while still easily fitting into a busy schedule. Stay safe by heeding Emberts’ recommendation of performing Tabata-style workouts two to three times a week, allowing at least 48 to 72 hours rest between each workout since you’ll be working every major muscle group during each session.

Ready to give it a try? Check out the 20-minute workout protocol from the ACE Tabata study below in which a set of each exercise is defined as 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. Be sure to allow for one full minute of rest following each of the four rounds and be ready to break a serious sweat!

Round 1 (4 minutes) 2 sets of high knees 2 sets of plank punches 2 sets of jumping jacks 2 sets of side skaters

Round 2 (4 minutes) 2 sets of jump rope 2 sets of high/low boat 2 sets of line jumps 2 sets of push-ups

Round 3 (4 minutes) 2 sets of burpees 2 sets of Russian twists 2 sets of squats 2 sets of lunges

Round 4 (4 minutes) 2 sets of mountain climbers 2 sets of push-ups 2 sets of split squats 2 sets of box jumps

* Keep in mind that there are various variations of the Tabata Protocol workout. For the most part rounds remain the same, however exercise and rest times may vary a bit, as well as exercise movements. (I personally like the 30 second of exercise with a 10-15 second rest period) If you are looking for a highly effective- ass kicking workout (and don’t have a lot of time) introduce the Tabata Protocol training method into your training routine.

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Five Reasons to Consider a PLANT STRONG (Vegan/Vegetarian) Diet

Five Reasons to Seriously Consider a PLANT STRONG (Vegan/Vegetarian) Diet

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Even if you’re not interested in becoming a vegetarian or vegan, there are plenty of reasons to up your intake of plant-based meals. In my private practice, more of my clients are experimenting with meatless cuisine than ever before, and they’re reaping the rewards. Here are five powerful benefits to embracing your inner herbivore–even part-time.

Better health: A study out this year, the largest yet to compare heart disease rates between vegetarians and meat eaters, found that a vegetarian diet can reduce the risk of heart disease (the No.1 killer of both men and women) by a third. Another 2013 study, from researchers at Loma Linda University, followed over 70,000 adults in their mid to upper 50s, and found that over a six year period, the death rate from all causes was 12 percent lower for vegetarians than for meat eaters. And according to the American Institute for Cancer Research, vegetarian and vegan diets significantly reduce cancer risk, including stomach, colon, pancreatic, breast, uterine, and ovarian cancers.

In addition to these long-term health benefits, I’ve seen immediate improvements among my clients in cholesterol profiles, blood pressure, blood sugar levels, immunity, and digestive health. Many have also reported fewer aches and pains, likely due to the anti-inflammatory effect of consuming more plant foods, which may also fight aging, as well as conditions like Alzheimer’s.

Weight loss: In an Oxford University study of nearly 38,000 adults, researchers found that meat-eaters tended to have the highest body mass index (BMI) for their age and vegans the lowest, with vegetarians and semi-vegetarians in between. Another published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared over 10,000 vegetarians and nonvegetarians, and found that BMI values were higher in nonvegetarians in all age groups for both genders. In addition, weight gain over a 5-year period was lowest among people who adopted a diet containing fewer animal foods.

The reason? Plant-based meals tend to be richer in antioxidants and fiber, which are both tied to weight loss, and researchers have seen an increase in calorie burn after vegan meals. Just be sure your veggie-derived meals are made from whole, nutrient-rich foods, not processed “junk food” like vegan versions of hot dogs, cookies, and donuts.

Improve your mood: In addition to transforming your body, eating more plants can have a powerful impact on your mind. In a study published in the British Journal of Health Psychology, nearly 300 young adults completed daily food diaries for three weeks, which included mood ratings. Scientists found that a higher intake of produce resulted in more energy, calmness, and greater feelings of happiness, effects that positively impacted the volunteers not only on the days they ate fruits and veggies, but also throughout the following day.

According to the latest data, roughly 75 percent of Americans fall short of the minimum recommended five daily servings of produce. Eating more plant-based meals can help fill the gap, and then some.

Look better: In my previous post about how to get gorgeous skin, I shared research about how a higher intake of produce can literally create a healthy glow, because antioxidants improve circulation, and alter skin pigment.

Eating more fresh, raw veggies can also help you avoid nasty substances called advanced glycation endproducts, or AGEs, which are produced when food is cooked to high temperatures using dry heat. AGEs have been tied to premature aging, wrinkles, and in a recent animal study, an increase in belly fat.

Better sex: Eating more veggie-based meals can help you shrink your shape, and studies show that losing just 10 pounds is enough to boost sex hormones and improve your love life. In addition, the most powerful libido-boosting foods are plant-based (check out our list of libido-boosting foods). And avoiding meat may be the key to improving your “aromatic appeal.”

A Czech study compared body odor pads collected from meat-eating and non-meat eating men, and found that samples from the latter group were rated as significantly more attractive and pleasant.

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Did You Know: Eating Processed Meats Increases Your Risk of Cancer!

Did You Know: Eating Processed Meats Increases Your Risk of Cancer!

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Consuming processed meats increases the risk of pancreatic cancer, says new research conducted at the University of Hawaii that followed nearly 200,000 men and women for seven years.

According to lead study author Ute Nothlings, people who consumed the most processed meats (hot dogs and sausage) showed a 67% increased risk of pancreatic cancer over those who consumed little or no meat products.

But researchers failed to accurately identify the culprit responsible for this increased risk of pancreatic cancer, says one author. The true cause of the heightened cancer risk is the widespread use of a carcinogenic precursor ingredient known as sodium nitrite by food processing companies, says nutritionist Mike Adams, author of the just-published Grocery Warning manual at: TruthPublishing.com

* Nearly all processed meats are made with sodium nitrite: breakfast sausage, hot dogs, jerkies, bacon,lunchmeat, and even meats in canned soup products. Yet this ingredient is a precursor to highly carcinogenic nitrosamines — potent cancer-causing chemicals that accelerate the formation and growth of cancer cells throughout the body. When consumers eat sodium nitrite in popular meat products, nitrosamines are formed in the body where they promote the growth of various cancers, including colorectal cancer and pancreatic cancer, says Adams.

“Sodium nitrite is a dangerous, cancer-causing ingredient that has no place in the human food supply,” he explains. The USDA actually tried to ban sodium nitrite in the 1970′s, but was preempted by the meat processing industry, which relies on the ingredient as a color fixer to make foods look more visually appealing. “The meat industry uses sodium nitrite to sell more meat products at the expense of public health,” says Adams. “And this new research clearly demonstrates the link between the consumption of processed meats and cancer.”

Pancreatic cancer isn’t the only negative side effect of consuming processed meats such as hot dogs. Leukemia also skyrockets by 700% following the consumption of hot dogs. (Preston-Martin, S. et al. “N-nitroso compounds and childhood brain tumors: A case-control study.” Cancer Res. 1982; 42:5240-5.) Other links between processed meats and disease are covered in detail in the Grocery Warning manual.

Adams wrote Grocery Warning to warn consumers about the toxic, disease-causing ingredients found in everyday foods and groceries. “There are certain ingredients found in common grocery products that directly promote cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoporosis and even behavioral disorders,” Adams explains. His Grocery Warning manual covers them all, teaching readers how to prevent and even help reverse chronic diseases by avoiding the foods and food ingredients that cause disease.

According to Adams, consumers can help reduce the cancer-causing effects of sodium nitrite by consuming protective antioxidants before meals, such as vitamin C and vitamin E. But no vitamin offers 100% protection. The only safe strategy is to avoid sodium nitrite completely.

Adams especially warns expectant mothers to avoid consuming sodium nitrite due to the greatly heightened risk of brain tumors in infants. Parents are also warned to avoid feeding their children products that contain sodium nitrite, including all popular hot dogs, bacon, jerkies, breakfast sausages and pizzas made with pepperoni or other processed meats. “Sodium nitrite is especially dangerous to fetuses, infants and children,” says Adams.

* Sadly, nearly all school lunch programs currently serve schoolchildren meat products containing sodium nitrite. Hospital cafeterias also serve this cancer-causing ingredient to patients. Sodium nitrite is found in literally thousands of different menu items at fast food restaurants and dining establishments. “The use of this ingredient is widespread,” says Adams, and it’s part of the reason we’re seeing skyrocketing rates of cancer in every society that consumes large quantities of processed meats.”

Some companies are now offering nitrite-free and nitrate-free meat products, which are far healthier alternatives, but those products are difficult to find and are typically available only at health food stores or natural grocers. Consumers can look for “Nitrite-free” or “Nitrate-free” labels when shopping for meat products. They can also purchase fresh meats, which are almost never prepared with sodium nitrite.

The new research on processed meats points to a chemical toxin as the cause of the increased cancer risk. A heightened cancer risk of 67% is “gigantic,” warns Adams. “This is clearly not due to macronutrient differences. This is the kind of risk increase you only see with ingredient toxicity. Something in these processed meats is poisoning people, and the evidence points straight to sodium nitrite.”

As always it is recommend staying as close to nature as possible. Everything you put in your mouth leaves a trail and/or has a trail from where it originated. The shorter the trail (or better yet no trail between nature and you) the healthier. The closer you stay to nature the less processed your food will be. The more processed it is, or the less it appears like the way nature intended it, the less healthy it becomes.

Be very, very leary of foods with health claims and foods which are infused with “healthy ingredients”.

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Top 10 Reasons to Oppose GMOs & Genetic Engineering

Top 10 Reasons to Oppose GMOs & Genetic Engineering

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The U.S. is the largest producer of genetically modified crops. Many other countries have completed banned genetically engineered crops and GMO foods – for good reason.

1. Consumers’ Choice Is At Stake:

Here in the United States, genetically engineered (GE) foods are not labeled or separated from conventional foods. Because of this, we do not have much of a choice. Although regulations in Europe require mandatory labeling of GE food, consumer’s choice is still threatened because of cross-pollination and contamination. When genetic engineering is planted in the fields, the family shopper really has no choice. Is this how we want our food treated?

2. Health risks:

Genetic engineering can make foods that were once safe to eat a threat to people with allergies. Because this process is unpredictable, new substances can develop in engineered foods. The FDA knows this and does some testing, but there are no guarantees.

Besides the new allergies, inserting genes into plants and animals can cause existing genes to react in unknown ways, including reduced nutritional values and changes in organism quality.

3. Ecological risks:

There is no such thing as a free lunch. By engineering plants to be resistant to pesticides and herbicides, we necessarily affect the web of life. Other plants and animals not considered will be impacted. As has been said, when one string in the web is tugged, it pulls all of the others.

4. Biodiversity in danger:

Engineering specific traits into select species threatens the planets biodiversity by upsetting the natural balance. Engineered organisms spread uncontained into the wild. They also spread their genes into the gene pool. Once engineered organisms are released, there will be no recalls, and as they continue to upset nature, it may be impossible to undo the damage.

5. Genetic engineering is about corporate control of agriculture:

The reason to engineer and patent a seed is to make money off of a captive market. Although some family farmers in the US are using this technology, they are not the driving force behind its creation. Genetically engineered crops further lock farmers into a cycle of dependence on quick fix techno schemes with royalty fees and debts to the bank.

6. Organic Agriculture is at Risk:

Genetically engineered plants do not recognize buffer zones and containment fields. They will drift and they will be carried wherever fate will have it. Contamination of conventional and organic crops isn’t a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. These new creations have proven impossible to contain outside of a lab.

So who will be liable when this contamination occurs? Not the Biotech companies. Currently there are few if any laws assigning liability to life’s new architects. The laws that do exist are concerned with intellectual property rights. It seems the court want to be certain you pay for every GE seed that grows, whether you planted it or not.

7. Economic misjudgments:

These crops cost more money than expected. They also carry loads of new risks. Scandals like the Starlink contamination caused Asian markets to shut down to American corn imports. This risk of loss of foreign markets resulted in the abandonment of genetically engineered wheat in 2004.

8. Increase in insecticide and herbicide use:

When plants are engineered to resist insecticides, farmers spray more insecticide o­n the plants. Couple that with pests building up insecticide resistance because of the larger usage and you have a company selling more chemicals, an environment more polluted, and a farmer more dependent.

9. Monopolization of food production:

The spread of genetic engineering coincides with widening legal possibilities to patent plants and their genes. Patents o­n food bear the intrinsic danger that a few transnational corporations obtain exclusive control over the whole chain of food production, from the gene to the dish. Initial conflicts over patent rights in Northern America show how, in the future, farmers may lose some of the rights concerning their crops. Patents o­n life are not compatible with the concept of intellectual property rights. They confer rights which go far beyond what the “inventor” has really accomplished.

10. The myth of fighting world hunger:

The promise to overcome worldwide hunger with the help of genetic engineering is not credible. Research and development of genetically modified plants are organized privately and lie in the hands of o­nly a few big corporations in the North, which protect their products through patents. This development is addressed to the needs of intensive industrialized farming in the earth’s temperate zone. The genetically modified plants don’t yet contribute to the solution of agricultural problems in the tropics. Patents and technology fees prevent the transfer of technology from North to South. Deficient nutrition is not a problem of food quantity, but of power and distribution. There is no scarcity of food in the world, but grave deficiencies in access to food and distribution.

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