Travel Often? This App Helps You Adjust to Different Time Zones!

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Do you feel like you lose valuable vacation time because of jet lag? Is it hard for you to adjust to new schedules? Blame your circadian clock.

The circadian clock is, to put it simply, your internal clock. Powered by light, your metaphorical clock controls your sleep patterns. A new app called Entrain developed by the University of Michigan researchers can utilize what makes you tick to adjust to jet lag faster.

How does it work? Entrain’s app developers explain: your body is based on a number of rhythms, circadian rhythms, which regulate repeated patterns in your body such a temperature, immune system and sleep. 

The app uses answers you provide based on a number of questions, and then it tells you where you are in your daily rhythm based on a number of factors. Then, it provides suggested schedules so you can adjust to a new time zone faster.
"The schedules are computed using techniques from the theory of optimal control," the Entrain website states. "The big idea is that, given equations describing the human circadian clock, we can ask what light stimulus moves that clock from one ``phase'' to another in the least amount of time."

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Daylight Savings!

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With daylight savings coming to a close, we're about to see A LOT LESS sunlight over the next 6 months. It's a bummer, we know.... 

As we are all aware, we receive Vitamin D naturally through sunlight. With the winter months upon us, it makes it a much more difficult to get enough Vitamin D that our bodies need through natural sunlight. That is where our UpGraded D3 comes in great!  Simply by taking a soft gel in the morning before you start your day, you're ensuring yourself that you body is getting the Vitamin D it needs. 

Since Daylight Savings is coming to end this weekend, we thought we would share some Savings with you. This weekend only receive 10% off your bottle of UpGraded D3. Stock up for these winter months and help keep your energy and mood levels up! 

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Grains on the Brain? Think Again!

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Mental illness is a pervasive issue in the United States. An estimated 18.2 percent of the population suffers from ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar disorder or other mental illness annually, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Chemical imbalances, major life event, workplace or even diet can contribute changes in a person's mental state. And according to David Perlmutter, MD, what you eat could affect your mind more than you think.
Perlmutter, a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition who received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, explores how grains and carbs could be destroying brain cells in his book "Grain Brain."

Whether they're healthy or unhealthy, whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and mental illnesses, he says. In "Grain Brain," Perlmutter explains how the human brain actually thrives on fat and cholesterol, spurring brain cell growth. With changes in dietary choices and lifestyle habits, a person can remedy our most feared maladies without drugs, he says.

Have you found some foods affect your mental health more than others? If your answer is "I don't know," then read "Grain Brain" and think again.

This is Why Meditation is a Game Changer

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If you could be more productive, less stressed, and get a better night's rest, would you? We're going to take a wild guess that your answer is yes. But did you know that there's one simple solution to all of these problems? 

Meditation is the technique of resting the mind to attain a heightened level of consciousness and awareness. In this state, your mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. It's the perfect way to escape the outside world and focus on creating a better you. And it actually improves sleep, reduces stress, and increases productivity. Here's how:

SLEEP

The amount and quality of sleep you get in a night affects every aspect of your life. The average adult should be getting seven to eight full hours of sleep a night. So then why do only ⅓ of adults actually meet that benchmark? Stress. Stress is one of the main reasons adults have trouble falling asleep. Meditation can help fight insomnia and gives you the deep rest you need to be as healthy, happy, and energized as possible to hit the ground running the next morning. Remember, a productive day starts with a full night's sleep!

STRESS

Stress causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase, which has many negative side effects for your overall health. Meditation helps release unnecessary, built up tension. It can help you to relax, refocus, and recenter, and this peace of mind can ultimately help to better manage your stressors. 

PRODUCTIVITY

Meditation can help improve brain function and increase productivity. Everyone has busy schedules, and most of us don't put enough time aside to take care of ourselves.  However, studies prove that even putting 15 minutes aside for meditation can help improve decision making, focus, and clarity to make the rest of your day more productive. 

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SAY WHAT? New Study Links Mental Clarity to Alcohol

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We are used to seeing labels on alcohol bottles warning us that too much consumption can result in memory loss or a daze.  However, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Graz in Austria proves that alcohol consumption can actually lead to mental clarity and spark creative thought.

Seventy volunteers between the ages of 19 and 32 were given both alcohol-free and regular beer before taking a series of tests. The experiment showed volunteers performing better on a word problem test after drinking a pint of beer than they did after drinking the non-alcoholic drinks. The researchers did note, however, concentration and memory issues were apparent during other skill tests.

"While many activities usually benefit from high cognitive control, some may actually suffer from too much focus," said the study's lead author Dr. Mathias Benedek. "Alcohol may reduce fixation effects by loosening the focus of attention. Thereby, alcohol may facilitate a broader associative search and the effective solving of creative tasks that are prone to fixation effects."

The study states that although the pint of beer enhanced creativity, researchers never tested how consuming a higher level of alcohol would affect creativity and clarity.  Changing the age of participants and the amount of alcohol consumed could affect the outcome in a study like this.

So for those of you who like to kick back at the end of the day and enjoy a few beers, you might actually be benefiting from it.

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Sore Muscles? Try This!

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As we grow older even the most routine bodily movements can begin to cause aches and pains. But a recent study proved that these effects can be diminished with one common supplement: Fish Oil.

What Is Fish Oil?

Fish oil comes from the tissues of oily fish. The best sources of this oil are cold-water, fatty fish. When it comes to human consumption of fish oil, you can get it directly from eating seafood or by regularly taking a fish oil supplement.

Fish oil is a concentrated source of omega-3 fats, which are also called ω-3 fatty acids or n-3 fatty acids. Research has discovered multiple health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, and they have been proven effective in the treatment and prevention of hundreds of medical conditions.

Fish Oil Benefits:

One of the more recently discovered medical benefits of fish oil supplements and omega-3 fats is increased range of motion and reduced muscle soreness. This particular study included 24 young, healthy men who consumed either a fish oil supplement or a placebo prior to exercising.

After the 8 week study, the men who took the fish oil supplements had a significantly better range of motion in their joints compared to the placebo group. This study also found the fish oil helped reduce muscle soreness and fatigue after exercising.

What do you do to prevent muscle soreness after exercising? Have you tried consuming fish oil for this purpose? Go comment on one of our recent social media posts to let us know! 

Brain Boosting Tips

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Everyday life can be exhausting, making it easy to rely on substances like caffeine, sugar and energy drinks to keep up and remain focused. But did you know you can actually get the same, if not better results, with a few small adjustments to your diet? 

This week, we challenge you to save yourself the money and mental crash that come along with products like coffee and soda. Instead, try switching up your diet. Here are a few brain-boosting tips to consider:

1. Eat Real Foods

This includes whole, organic, fresh, local and unprocessed foods. Processed foods contain various chemical compounds that are harmful to your health. Always read the ingredients on the box before putting it in your cart.

2. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables

These colorful foods come loaded with brain-boosting stuff like phytonutrients. The reds, yellows, oranges, greens and blues mean these foods contain powerful anti-inflammatory, detoxifying antioxidants and energy-boosting, brain-powering molecules.

3. Eat Plenty of Healthy Fat

Many people don't realize this, but there are good fats and bad fats. Unsaturated fats are good for you. They are in foods like peanut oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and more. Try to eat unsaturated fats in place of saturated fats or trans fats.

4. Optimize Proteins

Most people need 30 grams of protein per meal to build muscle. When you lose muscle, you age faster and your brain takes a huge hit! Eat protein at every meal, including omega-3 eggs, protein shakes, peanut butter, chicken or tofu. 

5. Avoid 'Brain Poisoning"

Eliminate sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, trans fats, food additives and preservatives. They poison your brain and disrupt your biochemistry.

Have any other brain-boosting diet tips? Comment on one of our social posts to share! You might just inspire our next article. 

C'mon Get Happy: 4 Ways to Force Happiness

We've all had one of those moments in life where it seems as though things just couldn’t get any worse. In them, it's important to stay focused on the positive. Otherwise, the negative can completely consume you. Here are a few little things that can go a long way for your happiness when done consistently:

1.) Do A Good Deed

Giving back always feels good. Whether you partake in a 5k for charity, volunteer an hour of your time at a soup kitchen, or donate food or cloths to people who need them. When you give back, you put someone else’s happiness above your own. As a result, you feel happy that you were able to positively impact another life.

2.) Spend Time Outside

So many of us are cooped up in offices working our lives away that we don’t really realize how being inside affects our mood. During your lunch break or between meetings, try to get outside and walk for a few minutes. Fresh air clears the mind and leaves you in a better mood.

3.) Reflect on the Positive

At night, before you go to bed, write down three good things that happened that day. This is a great way to focus on the positive, no matter how big or small. That way, before you go to sleep, your mind is left thinking about the good parts of your day. This could even improve how you sleep at night.

4.) Practice Yoga

Yoga focuses on breathing control and getting in touch with your own body. 
Yoga helps the brain to produce more of the chemical GABA, according to an article published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, is a chemical that regulates nerve activity. It can impact mood and anxiety.


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5 Ways You Benefit from Infused Water

Health experts say that a person should drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Although doing so has several health benefits, there are some people who avoid drinking water simply because of the flavor - or lack thereof. That's where infused water can come into play! 

Infusing your water with different types of fruits tastes good and is good for you! Here are some ways infused water will benefit your health:

1. It gets more nutrients into your diet.

Mixing fruit in with an ice-cold glass of water packs your drink with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.  

2. It helps protect against disease.

Fruit infused water lowers the risk of diabetes, obesity, cold, flu and heart disease. It also decreases your chances of developing cancer by maintaining the body's pH levels in normal range. 

3. It boosts your metabolism.

The active compounds in fruit speed up metabolism, causing your body to burn more calories throughout the day.

4. It helps maintain a healthy body weight.

Infused water contains fewer calories and sugar than soft drinks. Some fruits suppress your appetite and reduce cravings. This will help you feel full longer between meals.

5. It gives you energy.

This high-vitamin drink provides energy with antioxidant and electrolyte power. 

So give it a go this weekend! Cut up some lemons, strawberries or both and add them to your bottle of water! You'll be surprised by how good it will taste and how great it will make you feel. 


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4 Foods that Fuel Focus

4 FOODS THAT FUEL FOCUS

You know what the say— when you eat better, you feel better. Food is the fuel that regulates your energy and mood, both of which can significantly affect your focus.  
 
Here are a few foods to work into your diet that are proven to increase concentration:

BLUEBERRIES

Blueberries have been proven to boost concentration and memory for up to five hours. The antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain and keep the mind fresh. 

GREEN TEA

Green tea helps you focus because it contains caffeine and l’theanine. L’theanine is an ingredient that’s been shown to increase alpha-wave activity. The two ingredients combined produce a better ability to focus attention, with improvement of both speed and accuracy.

NUTS

Nuts and seeds are great for your body in the long-term. They are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E. They’re also rich with essential oils and amino acids that aid your focus.

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate helps you focus because it contains a small amount of caffeine, which has been proven to heighten mental alertness. Dark chocolate also contains magnesium, which stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin. This release makes you feel energized while heightening your mood.


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Have You Heard of These Healthy Snacks?

If you're trying to lose weight or eat healthier, you're most likely focused on what you’re putting into your body for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But what about when those mid-day munchies arise? 

While a bag of chips from the nearest vending machine might be a quick fix, especially when you're at work, it's definitely not a healthy option. Just like you would prep your meals to ensure they meet your weight loss needs and goals, it's important to plan out your snacks! Here are a few that will keep you fueled, focused and most importantly—FIT!

APPLE NACHOS

This snack is made of four simple ingredients: apple slices, powdered peanut butter, cinnamon and dry muesli. Apple Nachos is a balanced snack that has a fix of protein and fiber. Just spread the peanut butter on the apple slice, sprinkle on some cinnamon and top it off with some dry muesli and your ready to go!

TUNA-STUFFED AVOCADO

According to author of Body Kindness Rebecca Scritchfield, R.D., the tuna and avocado duo is packed with protein and essential omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation and keep cholesterol in check. This is a good mid-day snack to keep you feeling full for longer.

MELON WITH HOT SAUCE

Sweet and hot? Trust me it tastes better than it sounds! This is a fantastic combo to indulge in. You are getting a sweet flavor and high-water and fiber content from the melon while receiving a pungent kick and added boost in your metabolism from the hot sauce. 

SPICED NUTS

Nuts are a great boost of energy. The best nuts to eat for weight loss are Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds pistachios, peanuts and cashews. Adding spice to your nut mixes like, for example, curry powder is not only good for flavor but also helps reduce inflammation and aids digestion.

POPCORN

Popcorn is healthy but it depends on what you accompany it with. That movie theater popcorn covered with thick layers of butter and salt is definitely not what we are talking about. However, instead of butter try sprinkling nutritional yeast on your popcorn at home. Popcorn is full of fiber and has few calories and by adding nutritional yeast you’re also adding a great source of vitamin B12. This vitamin helps boost metabolism and burn stored fat and calories. 


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Foods That Fight Inflammation

5 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is the body's natural response to infection and injury. But it's not as terrible as you might think! Your body is actually bringing nutrients and immune cells to the inflamed area as a way of healing.
 
Ibuprofen is used to reduce common inflammations like headaches, toothaches, back pains or menstrual cramps. However, whole-body inflammation, which is a more chronic form of inflammation, is sometimes not cured as easily. Whole-body inflammation can form from arthritis, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. 
 
If you are suffering from severe inflammation, choosing to eat anti-inflammatory foods can increase your daily comfort. Here are a few to work into your diet:
 
1. Foods High in Omega-3s
 
One cause of inflammation throughout the body is an imbalance in the consumption of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.
 
Foods to try: salmon, avocados, nuts, trout, sardines and anchovies. 
 
2.  Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a natural anti-inflammatory agent and may be partly responsible for the low levels of heart disease. Use it for cooking instead of butter or vegetable oil.
 
3. Antioxidant-Rich Foods
 
These include fruits (non-citrus) and vegetables. The more colors you eat, the better. Each color represents the presence of different health-promoting phytochemicals. 
 
Antioxidant-rich foods to try: strawberries, blueberries, cherries, plums, watermelon, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers and sweet potatoes
 
4. Spices
 
Seasonings have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are a great choice to use when cooking. A little flavor will go a long way for your health!
 
Spices to always help in your pantry: ginger, garlic, cinnamon and turmeric
 
5. Green Tea
 
Green tea contains certain phytochemicals that help fight inflammation and preserve joints longer. However, studies suggest that consuming three to four cups a day would be needed to see benefits.


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Your Questions About Juicing, Answered!

Did you know that 95 percent of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in juice and raw fruits and vegetables? For this reason, many people have turned to a new diet plan referred to as "juicing".

Juicing is a detox diet that can last from a few days to several weeks. During the detox, you consume only fruit and vegetable liquids. Many people believe juicing detoxes improve health, mood and appearance. 

Here are some commonly asked questions:

Why is juicing better than eating whole fruits?

The equivalent nutrients to one 16 oz. juice would be the same as eating 2 lbs. of carrots, 10 to 12 apples, or 8 lbs. of spinach. When you drink juice you are putting highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes into your bloodstream, which, in return, gives your digestive organs a rest.

When is the best time to juice?

The best time to juice is on an empty stomach or at least an hour before eating a meal. That way you maximize on the amount of nutrients absorbed into the body. Juice can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days without going bad.

Does juicing help your immune system?

Juicing helps facilitate weight loss, increase energy levels, strengthen immunity and give your skin a glowing complexion. Additionally, research has proven that juicing reduces chances of heart disease, cancer and strokes, which are the three leading causes of death in the United States. 

On top of all of the benefits, juices can taste pretty great. Nothing better than a treat that's tasty AND healthy! Find a local juice bar near you this weekend and try one out. You won't be disappointed, and you'll reap some major benefits!


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Experience Caffeine's Greatest Benefits With This Simple Trick

Did you know that 54% of American's over the age of 18 drink coffee daily? You're probably not surprised since there's a Starbucks on seemingly every corner. And, heck, you might be one of them. But what you might not know is that their (your?) daily addiction is doing more harm than good, and it's not for reasons you might think.
 
If you recall your first cup of coffee (or tea for that matter), you might remember an overall sense of alertness, possibly even euphoria. We hate to break it to you, but if that feeling has diminished, you're suffering from a caffeine intolerance. And, yes, just one cup of coffee or tea per day can put you at risk.
 
The Benefits of Caffeine:
The benefits of caffeine go far beyond waking you up, which is why you don't want to take caffeine intolerance lightly. By consuming too much caffeine you prevent yourself from experiencing some of it's biggest perks, like enhanced cognition, increased power output during exercise, and not to mention it's fat burning abilities. 
 
Curing Caffeine Intolerance:
The cure to caffeine intolerance is simple - consume it less frequently. Obviously, it has some pretty cool benefits. But by desensitizing yourself to caffeine you simply don't get the best out of it. Try to limit yourself to just a couple (1-2) of cups per week to get the most of each dose. You know what they say, less is more.
 
How to Cope with Caffeine Cravings:
To keep yourself from feeding your cravings, be sure to drink plenty of water and get a full night's rest. When you truly can't help yourself, reach for the decaf. The aroma and flavor might just do the trick.

While limiting your caffeine intake might be difficult at first, it's well worth it. Set a goal date for yourself and slowly ween yourself off if you have to. Your effort will be worth the energy - literally.


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4 Ways to Find Happiness

Day in and day out, the concept of happiness plays a big role in many of our lives. Whether you regularly stay late at work, moonlight, or even hop from job to job, chances are these actions are being fueled by a deeper desire. The desire to find happiness. But what if we told you that happiness actually precedes success and is not in fact a direct result of it

That’s what author Shawn Achor discusses in his book The Happiness Advantage. We don’t want to spoil it for you, because it truly is a great piece. However, we did want to share his logic with all of you and encourage everyone to try it for themselves. According to Achor, here are a few things that you can do for as little as 2 minutes per day to train your brain to default to positivity and happiness.

Document Gratitudes: This can be really easy or extremely difficult depending on your current outlook on life. Simply write down 3 things that you are grateful for. It can be very general or a recent occurrence. Just try to be specific, and don't default to the same responses day after day.

Record a Positive Experience: This tactic requires you to recall a positive experience you had and relive it by writing it down. Putting pen to paper can be extremely powerful, so can taking the time to appreciate an event you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy and/or acknowledge in the moment.

Workout: Exercise is packed full of benefits for your brain. Just getting your heart rate up for a few minutes a day can make a huge difference in your happiness levels.

Be Kind: Conducting a random act of kindness has dual benefit: it surprises and delights the recipient, and makes you (the giver) feel good, too!

According to Achor, it only takes 21 days of doing just 1 of these tasks per day to see a difference in your overall level of happiness. You can learn more about his studies by watching his 12-minute TED talk, here. If you decide to give these techniques a try, be sure to fill us in on your progress. We would love to hear how it goes. Above all else, always remember - happiness is a choice, a feeling; it's not a destination. 


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3 Affordable, Easy-to-Follow Workout Plans

We’re officially into February, and while we’re not sure how we got here so quickly, we’re thrilled that warmer temps are on the horizon. If you’re looking to shed a few pounds before it’s time to shed some of your clothes, the best way to get there is with a plan. We know, we know, we’ve said this once or twice before. To help you out, though, we decided to sort through all of the easy-to-follow workout options out there and deliver a few of our favorites to your inbox. Here you go!

Beachbody On Demand: Beachbody is the creator of iconic at-home workouts like P90X and the 21-Day Fix. Their affordable streaming service brings these workouts and more to you so that you can workout anywhere, at any time. Some equipment is necessary, but it just depends on the workout. There’s something for everyone, whether you have 25 or 60 minutes to dedicate per day. Try it free for 30 days here. After that, it's under $10 per month.

Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide: These plans are priced affordably (around $50), and boy do they work. Don’t believe us? Do a quick search for “BBG” on Instagram and look at all of the before and after photos. Since these workouts come in the form of a PDF (there’s an app, too), it’s a bit different than an instructional video because you can go at your own pace. 

Tone It Up: The “Tone It Up” girls are similar to Kayla Itsines in that they provide detailed nutritional plans and workout routines at an affordable price point. They also offer a lot of freebies and challenges. Their community is huge and great for motivation, encouragement and accountability.

If you’re new to fitness, or just want to try something new before buying into it, keep in mind that YouTube is a great resource. You can find a variety of instructional videos, from yoga to pilates and even high intensity interval training. There’s enough out there for you to get a taste of your favorite style(s) before making a larger investment. Regardless of the workout plan you choose, just be sure that you’re consistently working a variety of muscles. And don’t forget - if you’re not sweating, you’re not working.


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6 Ways to Stick to Your Resolution

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Year after year many of us set goals in January with full intention of seeing some sort of positive result down the road. But did you know that only about 8% of people actually achieve their new year’s resolutions? We want you to be one of those people, so here are 6 things you can to do end the year on top.

1. Have a Plan A, but not a Plan B.

Achieving any goal requires a plan of attack. A good plan will include a collection of daily activities that will navigate you to success over time. Whatever it looks like, and no matter how many times it has to be iterated, the end result should always remain the same - your “Plan A”. Having a “Plan B” will give you reason to slack off, but mentally accept the reduced effort. You set out to attain a specific goal for a reason, so don’t compromise that by giving yourself a way out.

2. Break your big picture goal into smaller, more manageable goals.

If your goal seems too big, break it down into more manageable pieces and chip away slowly. Reaching even the smallest milestone will give you momentum to keep going, so enjoy the ride and celebrate all the little victories.

3. Tackle the hardest things first.

They say that you’re supposed to move your “big rocks” before your “little rocks”; this is the same thing. If an action step towards reaching your goal is something you dread, get it done early in the day when your willpower is at its height. It will keep you from making excuses later in the day.

4. Write your goals down and revisit them daily.

Write down your goals and be extremely specific. If you want to lose weight, write down how you’re going to do it. Are you going to eat smaller portions? What constitutes a “smaller portion”? The more specific you can be, and the more you remind yourself of what you’ve set out to do, the more likely you are to be successful.

5. Track your own progress

Measuring your goals allows you to keep track of where you are and where you’re going. If you don’t know how to start, there’s literally an app for that. Apps like coach.meWay of Life and Productive were all developed to help you quickly and easily measure your efforts. They will also give you a big picture view of your journey, so you can adjust as needed. 

6. Ask yourself why you’ve set out to achieve the goal

Have you ever asked yourself why you want to achieve a specific goal? Questioning your motives will help you get beyond the surface and find deeper intentions (if of course, deeper intentions exist). You’ll either give yourself a boost of motivation, or realize you’re just not that into it. It's a win either way!

Regardless of what you’ve committed to achieve in 2017, we encourage you to keep these 6 suggestions in front of you. So bookmark this page, or copy and paste the text above into your notes. When you’re in a slump, remember to revisit this article to reset your mind, body and soul. 


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How to Lose Weight, Not Money in 2017

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If you’ve committed to drop a pant size or two in the new year, you’re not alone. Weight loss was the top new year's resolution made in 2015, with 38% of people who made a resolution choosing it as their end goal. While the surge in gym traffic this time of year is a common complaint among fitness buffs, we’re all for people who want to improve their health and wellness. In fact, we encourage it, and there’s no better time to get started than right now. Literally. Here’s why…

Someone You Know Wants to Lose Weight, Too
With statistics like those listed above, it’s inevitable that someone in your network will be working to shed some weight come 2017 as well. Ask them to be your accountabilibuddy! Set goals together, check in with each other, and motivate each other throughout the journey. You definitely don’t have to do this alone!

You’ll Pay Less for Your Gym Membership
If you really plan on committing to the #fitlife, you’ll get a heck of a deal by signing up for your membership in December or January. Gyms tend to take advantage of all the new year’s resolutioners because they know that a great majority of them will rarely (if ever) use their memberships, despite good intentions. If you are confident that you will get your money's worth throughout the year, try to negotiate a 12-month pass at a lower monthly rate. Once everyone’s fitness fever cools down in February, you’ll truly reap the benefits.

You’ll Have the Pick of the Gym Litter
Since most gyms are working overtime to sign on new members during December and January, it’s a great time to shop around. Rather than choosing your fitness center based strictly on price, you’ll be able to get trial memberships to test the water. Then, once you’ve narrowed down your options, you can negotiate with them for the best pricing. Nothing is set in stone. Let them compete for your business, not the other way around.

Truth is, 67% of people who have a gym membership never use it, and gym owners are well aware. If you are willing to commit and negotiate, you’ll end the year with skinnier jeans and fatter pockets.


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Cryotherapy: It's What Your Body Needs

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The one-stop-shop for weight loss, anti-aging and overall recovery for the body and mind.

For years athletes have been immersing their bodies in ice baths for rehabilitation purposes, but if sitting in 45 degree water for up to 20 minutes is not quite your thing, you should try Cryotherapy!

While the typical ice bath puts you at risk for hypothermia and can promote skin diseases (and, let’s be honest, can be entirely uncomfortable), Cryotherapy is quite the opposite. While it does help rehabilitate the body, the process is completely dry. It involves exposing the body to extremely cold air (approximately -220 to -280 degrees fahrenheit) for just 2 to 3 minutes. Since the body cannot fight this extreme cold, it takes unique, but beneficial action. Explore all that Cryotherapy has to offer below, and if you decide to give it a shot, let us know how it goes!

Cryotherapy Benefits in Fitness: Unlike ice baths, the muscles do not freeze during Cryotherapy. That said, there’s no recovery time required. After a session, an athlete can jump right back into a workout, which is great for those who train multiple times per day. Other benefits include:

  • Decreased muscle soreness pain and inflammation
  • Increased energy and peak performance
  • Improved muscle strength and joint function
  • Decreased injury recovery time
  • Improved immune system
  • Decreased fatigue

Cryotherapy Benefits on Health: Wellness centers, physical therapists and chiropractors are leading the way in Cryotherapy because it is Holistic and non-invasive. It has been used to treat:

  • Depression and mood disorders
  • Central nervous system disease
  • Degenerative disease of joints and spine
  • Muscle pain and inflammation
  • Inflammation of tendons, bursa, joint capsules

Cryotherapy at the Spa: Cryotherapy stimulates collagen production, so naturally it’s being added to spa menus as an anti-aging and cellulite reduction service. Since the process of Cryotherapy surges the metabolism and consumes 400 to 800 calories, it is quickly becoming an answer to weight loss as well. Other reported benefits include:

  • Stronger, fuller hair and nails
  • Less skin blemishes
  • Increased libido
  • Faster surgical recovery
  • A boost in lymph draining and blood circulation

Source: www.wholebodycryotherapy.org


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Cold Showers Can Improve Your Health

There’s a solid chance that showering is part of your daily routine, but did you know that the temperature of the water used can actually affect your health? For thousands of years, cold water therapy has been credited around the world for it’s tremendous health benefits.The basic concept behind this notion is that your body gains resistance and vitality through managed stress - similar to intermittent fasting, which we previously discussed. It’s the brief exposure to this stress where all the benefits lie, and a quick cold shower can do the trick! Here are 5 health benefits you could reap by taking 4 cold showers a week!

Improved Immunity

The Lymphatic System runs throughout your body and provides you with a means of flushing out toxins and bacteria. Since your body relies on muscle contractions to move lymph fluid throughout the body, it’s imperative that you find ways to get your lymph muscles to contract. One way to do it is by exercising, but another is to practice cold water therapy. The muscle contractions will prevent bacteria and toxins from remaining stagnant and manifesting in colds, joint pain, infection and even disease. Thus, improving overall immunity. 

Increased Metabolism

Cold water forces your body to work harder to keep you warm. This, in turn, enhances metabolic function and burns calories. You can literally shed pounds by turning your shower dial from hot to cold - imagine that.

Improved Mood

Cold water releases endorphins and stimulates sensory nerves leading to the brain. The result is an enhanced mood, and it can also prepare you mentally for taking on new challenges. Cold water therapy is credited with treating depression symptoms, and when done regularly it has the potential to be more beneficial than using prescription drugs.

Improved Cardiovascular Function

Cold water therapy improves cardiovascular circulation by stimulating blood flow, which ultimately improves heart health and mental performance. It also boosts the immune system and allows us to have more strength and energy throughout the day.

Reduced Soreness

Have you ever seen an athlete soaking in a tub of ice water? That’s because cold water therapy lowers the temperature of damaged muscle tissue and constricts blood vessels. The result is the reduction of swelling and inflammation, as well as the numbness of nerve ends for nearly immediate relief. If you find yourself sore for whatever reason, take a quick cold shower. You’ll find that this is a great natural way to speed up the recovery process.


Modern day science has also credited cold water therapy with improving sleep patterns in those who suffer from insomnia. It’s even said to potentially benefit those with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, and some cancers. Who knew such a small adjustment to your daily routine could have such a substantial impact on your overall health? Well, now you do!


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