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A Little Berry called Acai

Have you heard about Acai? Pronounced AH-CY-EE. It’s from Brazil, it’s a berry, and it’s packed full of antioxidants (kind of like red wine :))

Here is a little blurb on some research done at Texas A and M University on this super food:

AgriLife News.

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Consumer Updates Hand Sanitizers Carry Unproven Claims to Prevent MRSA Infections

Not all hand sanitizers are created equal!

Check out this latest report from the FDA:

Consumer Updates Hand Sanitizers Carry Unproven Claims to Prevent MRSA Infections.

Wash your hands like your mom always told you 🙂

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How Many Calories are You Burning?

The burning question of the day is…how many calories are you burning doing X?

Weight lifting, rowing machine, elliptical…yardwork, office work, house cleaning…if you’re moving your body in some way, you are burning extra calories on top of what it takes for you simply to exist.

I found this awesome site that has almost every activity you can think of (applying makeup!) to figure out your calorie burn.

http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php

Check it out and find out where you’re at. Are you surprised?

 

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What the Heck is the TRX??

If you’ve been in a gym lately,  you may have seen some yellow and black straps with handles hanging from a beam or other stable surface lately.

So what are these yellow straps, and how can you use them?

The TRX Suspension Training System is a newer fitness tool that has been infiltrating gyms and personal training facilities for the past year or so.

This device is very versatile, portable, and open to use for absolutely anyone. Don’t like weights? Give the TRX a try. Want to work out at the playground while your kids play? Again, give it a try.

Here a couple of videos to give you an idea of what you can do on the TRX. Remember, beginners can do much more basic exercises, but as you progress, the options are endless for how hard you can make your workout.

 

 

 

 

 

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Exercise and Post Polio Syndrome

Maybe you know someone who suffered from polio as a child, or maybe you yourself did. 25% of people who had polio can start to see signs and symptoms of the disease once they reach the ages of 50-60 years.

Post Polio Syndrome is a degenerative disease that has no cure. You may not want to exercise due to the fatigue and muscle pain that you experience, but research shows that some types of exercise are important in keeping you healthier than you would be without it.

Check out these links for more info: http://www.ncpad.org/exercise/fact_sheet.php?sheet=107&section=812

http://www.post-polio.org/edu/pphnews/pph19-2a.html

Always make sure to monitor your body as you exercise; excessive muscle pain or joint stiffness should be taken care of by stopping and taking a break.

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Awesome Back Exercise!

This is a great exercise that I use in my core class and with personal training clients to help strengthen your Quadratus Lumborum (QL) muscle in your back.

This muscle is essential in gaining a strong, functional back.

Here is a link to the muscle itself:

http://www.floota.com/QuadratusLumborumStretch1.html

 

Here is the exercise:

http://muscul.az.free.fr/uk/a22.htm

 

 

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