Boost That Booty – Bum Exercises For A Great Arse

Want a bum you can be proud of? Want to feel less of a beached whale and more of a beach babe next summer? Don’t we all!

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Check out these exercises to give you a head start for the bikini prep season. It’s not as hard as you might think and you don’t have to have the physique of Beyonce or Nicki Minaj to achieve an eye-popping booty!

Plie:  No-Fuss Move

This really is a no-fuss move, simple and easy to follow!

Stand with your feet a little wider than shoulder width (Make sure your toes are pointing outwards)

Put both arms in front of you and lower yourself into the squat position

Rise back up into the starting position and repeat. (Try and go as low as possible into the squat, tuck your tail bone in and remember not to let your knees move past your toes!)

Do this for one minute, but after 40 seconds use the last 20 seconds to pulse at the bottom of the squat

Bottom Floor: (All the) Single (Ladies) Leg Raises

You can bet your bottom dollar Beyonce is a fan of this exercise!

Lay face up on the floor with both legs bent at the knee.

Raise your right leg up, in line with your left thigh.

Keeping your right leg up, raise your hips. It’s tricky to balance, so go slow.

Hold for 5 – 10 seconds.

Slowly lower your leg to the starting position.

Complete ten reps on your right leg and ten reps on your left leg.

This works those bum muscles like nothing else. Good luck with walking afterwards!

Squats: A Twist on the Old Favourite

When it comes to bum exercises, there’s no escaping the tried and tested squat. You can make it harder and add resistance by introducing weights to your workout. If you do decide to work-out with weights, make sure you train with a friend, unless the resistance is very light.

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This squat exercise not only makes your bottom pert, it also helps to strengthen you lower back. All you need is an empty wastepaper bin and a 5lb dumbbell.  

Place the 5lb dumbbell inside the bin

Position the bin by your right foot.

Stand with feet shoulder-width apart.

Squat to the right and using both hands, pick up the bin.

Use your heels to push down to the floor and bring the wastepaper basket to your waist height.

Twist and squat to return the basket to the floor on the left side.

Repeat ten times on each side.

Brilliant Butt Kicks: Kick Your Bum into Shape

This is a really simple exercise you can do in your bedroom before work. It’s perfect for shaping your behind and giving it some lift.

Start off on all fours on the floor.

Grip your hands together and in a controlled motion, lower your body onto your forearms. Your bum should be sticking in the air now.

Keep your hips level and your spine in a neutral position.

Slowly lift your right leg and bend your knee at a 90 degree angle.

Move your lower leg up and down, in a controlled manner.

Breathe in when you lower your leg and breathe out when you raise it.

Complete twelve reps of this movement.

Repeat same exercise on your left leg.

Corporate Bum: Booty Exercises for the Office

If you work in an office, you’re likely to be sitting on your bum for thirty-five hours a week. No wonder it’s probably looking a bit…. flat.

Fortunately, you can combat flat butt syndrome by working out whilst working at the same time – no sweat build up necessary!

Check out these three office-friendly exercises:

Squeeze: You can do this whilst checking your emails. Simply squeeze your bum muscles as tight as you can and hold for 5-seconds. Complete ten 5-second squeezes. Slowly work your way up, until you’re managing ten 10-second squeezes.

It’s so easy, I bet you’re giving it a go right now!

Invisible chair: You might have to do this one in your lunch break, or face concerned looks from worried colleagues.

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.

Slowly edge to sit down, as if you were sitting on an imaginary chair. Clench your hands and move your arms up to help you balance. Your legs should be at a 90 degree angle.

As you slowly stand up straight, move your right leg outwards. This should engage your hips and bum. Repeat the squat and lift your left leg this

time. This counts as one rep.

Do ten reps of this exercise.

Fake squat: Ok, you can return to your chair for this one.

Sit in your chair, take of your high heels and push your feet firmly into the floor. This mimics a squat, as you’re using the same muscles.

Same Genes – YOUR MUM!

Be aware that genetics play a big part in bums. Check out your mum’s behind – yes, I know it’s a bit weird, but can you see any similarities? A lot of our body shape is down to genetics. Unless your mum is Tina Knowles (Beyonce’s mum), it’s not likely you’ll be able to reach the bootiful standard of a Beyonce behind.

Saying that, with these exercises, you will definitely improve the shape and tone of your bum.

Follow these exercises, ditch the lift, say yes to stairs and remember; consistency is key. If you can stick with it, you’re well on the way to getting the best bum you can.

It goes without saying that you must take time to for a warm up and a cool down. Even if you’re only doing exercises at your desk, you should ensure you stretch before and afterwards.

Don’t go overboard with exercises. Make sure you give yourself a rest day during the week’s workouts. Drink plenty of water and watch your food intake. No amount of lunges and bum clenches is going to counter the effects of Ben and Jerry’s every night!

Hayley B is a Blogger for Results with Lucy, an online fitness workout website that stars Lucy Mecklenburgh from The Only Way is Essex and her Personal Trrainer. Hayley works closely with Lucy and Cecelia to offer the best fitness and exercise tips.resultswithlucy

Medical Marijuana

More American states are permitting the use of medical marijuana for treating different medical conditions. So what is this wonder drug really, and how does it contribute to the human body?

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The key reason people get a prescription of medical marijuana is to deal with the pain involved in different types of medical conditions. It can be pain associated with anything from a headache to life-threatening disease, such as cancer. Long-term medical conditions, such as nerve pains can also warrant a prescription of medical marijuana in some cases to deal with the constant pangs of pain.
How it Works?
Medical marijuana may be used to treat different conditions, such as:

  • Muscle pains arising due to multiple sclerosis
  • Nausea and pain associated with cancer chemotherapy
  • Weight loss and a poor appetite after a serious illness, such as nerve pain or HIV
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Seizure disorders

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary mind-altering ingredient found in medical marijuana. FDA-approved studies on THC have even led to the preparation of prescription drugs using the compound. The pills are used for improving appetite and treating nausea.
Interestingly, the medicinal studies on marijuana have also displayed its potential in treating other medical conditions. For instance, the pain associated with glaucoma, an eye disease that increases pressure in eyeball, is known to be relieved with the use of medical marijuana.
Another study on the effect of THC on revealed the ability to increase lung capacity and reverse the carcinogenic effects of tobacco. Cannabidiol, another chemical found in marijuana besides THC is known to stop the spread of cancer in the body. There is another study published by Harvard Medical School research that suggests the ability of marijuana in reducing anxiety.
How is Medical Marijuana Used?
The drug is used in a number of forms. It can be smoked, eaten, vaporized or consumed as liquid extract. Vaporization is different from smoking in that the former only requires the ingredients to be heated until they are released in the form of vapors without the formation of smoke.
Side-effects of Marijuana
Marijuana has some temporary side-effects that usually go away with time. The mild side-effects include drowsiness, dizziness, euphoria and short-term memory loss. In most cases, the side-effects last a few hours or overnight. In few cases, serious side-effects, such as psychosis and anxiety have been reported.
Where is it Legal?
There are as many as 23 American states that permit the use of medical cannabis or medical marijuana with another three awaiting the passing of law in favor of medical marijuana. Interestingly, stories have surfaced about people who shifted from one state to another only to gain access to medical marijuana legally.
If your state permits the use of medical marijuana, your doctor will issue a “marijuana card” that allows you to purchase cannabis or marijuana from dispensaries authorized to sell it.
Risks of Medical Marijuana Use
Unlike FDA-approved medicines, the use of medical marijuana cannot be monitored. While using it, you cannot be certain of its side-effects. In some cases, people smoke marijuana in harmful substances, such as tobacco. Likewise, you are also unsure of the potency and purity of the substance you consume.
Do not use medical marijuana unless you have a prescription card. It is also not permissible for marijuana to be administered to anyone below the age of 18. It is also advised that someone with a history of psychosis, a person with heart disease or a pregnant woman should not use medical marijuana.

Todd Nelson, D.Sc. trained at the International Center for Natural Health and Medicine, graduating with both a Naturopathic Doctor degree and a Doctor of Holistic Health Sciences degree. Aside from heading the Tree of Life Wellness Center in Lakewood, Colorado as a doctor of naturopathic medicine, Todd is also a co-author of 3 books.

Would You Prefer Sugar In Teaspoons Or Grams On Nutrition Labels?

We all ask for two spoonfuls of sugar rather than the same amount in grams – but would typical consumers prefer to use that measuring system all of the time?

Sugar. It’s something that dieters dread, kids love and we all know is bad for us in large amounts. When we read a label, it can sometimes be difficult to know just how much sugar a product contains. Yes, we know that there are percentages and figures out there that tell us much we should have, but when you are dashing around the supermarket before you go to pick up the kids from school, it would be good to make a decision that doesn’t require a lot of mental arithmetic. There are a growing number of people who believe that sugar content should be listed in teaspoons rather than grams on product labels, so that you can easily deduct them from your recommended daily allowance.

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A teaspoon is a measurement we all recognise

For most of us, when we go to add sugar to a cup of tea or our morning bowl of cereal, a teaspoon is our measuring instrument of choice. For some, it’s three sugars in their cuppa, or the barest dusting over their cornflakes. However much you like, a teaspoon is an easy and universal way of measuring it. After all, when someone is asked how much sugar they would like in their hot drink, nobody asks for eight grams instead of two tablespoons do they? How easy would it be to include this on a nutrition label though?

Converting teaspoons to grams

What a lot of people don’t realise is that there is a way of converting teaspoons into grams. Each teaspoon of sugar equates to roughly four grams, so you can then go about converting that into calories. For every gram of sugar, there are 4 calories. So how many does that mean a teaspoon contains? If you do a quick bit of multiplying, it comes to 16. So if there are 16 calories in a teaspoon, how much easier would you find it to simply count the number of teaspoons that you consume in a day? Well, it depends entirely on what you’re eating.

Teaspoons and grams have their benefits

When you do measure your intake by the teaspoon with foods such as granulated sugar, honey, syrup or other sugar alternatives, a teaspoon measurement on the label would certainly be handy. Provided that you know how many calories or grams the teaspoon equates to, it would be an effective way to count the amount you’re consuming. A teaspoon is an easy way for kids to measure their intake too, so it could be useful if you want to instil healthy eating habits in them from an early age. For those very same foods though, a grams measurement is equally helpful, especially if you are baking or cooking and the recipe uses grams. Recommended daily amounts are also included on labels too, so it’s easy to see how much a certain amount takes out of that allowance.

It’s a personal preference

What works for one person may not for another, and there are pros and cons to each argument. Teaspoons can vary in size, but then not everyone may have a pair of scales to hand. Perhaps if both were included on labels nutrition would be much more straightforward!

Tammy Wiltshire is the Marketing Manager for one of the leading manufacturers of swing tags, self-adhesive labels and admission tickets – Labelnet.

Avoid Cyberchondria | Rated Health Websites

At its best the internet can save lives by facilitating prompt diagnosis and treatment, but at its worst it can ruin them by misdirecting people to the wrong type of care, or worrying them to death by inducing “cyberchondria”.

The unfounded escalation of concerns about common syptoms based on review of search results online.

To get around this many doctors discourage the use of search engines such as Google and direct their patients to specific sites that can be trusted.

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Searching for health information has ranked as one of the most common reasons for surfing the internet since the earliest days of the worldwide web and it is a trend that shows no sign of abating. The UK’s most popular health website — NHS Choices — has had more than a billion hits since it was launched in 2007, and surveys suggest around a third of us are now “online diagnosers”, using the web to try to work out what is wrong with our own health, or that of someone we know.

The internet, though, is a double-edged sword. On the one hand it provides access in seconds to the sort of information that even doctors would have struggled to find just a decade or so ago. On the other, it is also a fertile breeding ground for quacks, charlatans and conspiracy theorists, and it can be surprisingly difficult to tell who is who in the murky ether.


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The NHS Choices website is vast but if you want the facts on the latest “breakthrough” then head straight for the Behind the Headlines section (nhs.uk/news) where the team takes a critical look at the health stories making the news.
www.jbs3risk.com
One in three of us will be killed by a heart attack or stroke and this site is dedicated to predicting when that is likely to be. Download the free Heart Risk app at JBS3 — it uses your data (such as blood pressure, height, weight and family history) to work out your odds of having a stroke or heart attack over the next decade. And how long you are likely to live until you run into trouble (it guesstimates that I will be 78 before I have my first stroke or heart attack).
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Cancer is another of the big killers and one of the first things my patients do when they have been given bad news is go online to learn more about their disease, their odds of beating it, and to ensure that they are being offered the best treatment. And there is no better place to do this than at Cancer Research UK. I particularly like their find-a-trial service at cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/trials/ which directs you to leading research into new therapies for different cancers.

healthtalk.org
This website is based on the principle that a problem shared is a problem halved. If you, or someone you care for, has recently been diagnosed with anything from mental health problems to cancers of the breast or testicle and you want to hear the first-hand experiences of others then give this excellent site a try.

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NHS Choices may be the most popular destination for UK health surfers but for good basic information on medical conditions and treatments I prefer this site. And, if you want to see what your doctor should know about your condition, then check out the professional reference part of the website. Men may prefer the blokeish approach of the Men’s Health Forum at malehealth.co.uk.
drugs.com
This is the biggest medicines information website in the world with 22 million visitors every month. It is aimed at the American market, and some of the brand names are different, but it is the most comprehensive website of its type. It even has a pill identification wizard that can tell you what something is, based on its colour, shape and imprinted numbers or letters. The closest UK equivalent is emc.medicines.org.uk.
 talktofrank.com
While on the subject of drugs, if you would like more information about illegal drugs, including what to do if you are a parent and concerned about broaching the subject with your children, this is where to come.
margaretmccartney.com
Blogging is all the rage these days and there are some fantastic medical blogs out there. Glasgow GP and occasional Timescontributor Dr Margaret McCartney is one of the most respected UK bloggers and her musings give a refreshing insight into what doctors really think about health issues at the top of the NHS and political agenda. It will restore your faith in the profession.

Between them all these sites should cater to the needs of most people surfing the net for health information but I am always on the lookout for new ones to recommend, so please share your experiences — good or bad. Particularly if you have tried one of the burgeoning number of online consultation services where you pay to email or Skype a doctor.

Physiotherapy in Sport

Physiotherapy is one of the most common procedures undertaken by sports men and women who are looking to return to full fitness or recover from debilitating injuries. Without physiotherapists, athletes would not return to their sports after injury for a considerable amount of time, as physiotherapists look to speed up recovery rate and encourage the body to return to its usual healthy state.

People who exercise on a regular basis are likely to experience some kind of injury in the future, whether it’s a serious medical issue such as a pulled muscle, damaged ligaments or broken bones, or an injury as futile as a sore toe. However, some injuries can have a much more serious affect on an athlete’s future in their particular sport, despite the fact that it might not seem as serious as some other associated injuries.

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For example, goalkeepers in football require their hands, wrists and arms to be in good shape in order to complete a ninety-minute football match. Should they merely damage this particular area of the body in any way, they could be out for over a month. However, outfield players are often bandaged up and allowed to continue on the same day of a hand injury.

Physiotherapists are regularly called upon so that athletes can reach a stage where the recovery process incorporates their training programme, providing them with the opportunity to improve themselves throughout their recovery phase. Here are some of the ways physiotherapy is customised to suit a specific sport:

Tennis

Tennis players require the use of a variety of different muscles throughout their body in order to take part in the sport, whilst they also rely heavily on their speed, power and agility. Some of the most important areas of the body for any tennis player are the arm, elbow and shoulder joints, as this is where the most physical power has to be concentrated.

One of the most common injuries associated with the sport is tennis elbow, which can also come about as a result of bending the elbow repeatedly in other activities such as gardening, painting or playing the violin. Tennis elbow causes the tendons in the forearm to strain and unfortunately, tendons take quite some time to heal.

Physiotherapists will often look to address the cause of the injury and recommend that no further tennis or other racquet sports be played in the near future. They will then carry out a few manual therapy techniques, including massages to reduce stiffness and relieve some of the pain. They may also provide you with a brace should the pain be too severe upon movement.

Rugby

Physiotherapy for rugby players is essential, especially as the sport involves contact and aggression. Whilst many sports, including tennis, will have physio’s standing by to provide treatment during a match, rugby is a sport that requires physio’s to be on their toes at all times. However, this is still one of the least important jobs that a physio will have.

As is the case with any sport, physiotherapists in rugby are needed mostly to help prevent injury. Due to the fact that it can be quite difficult to identify the reasons behind an injury in the middle of a scrum, physiotherapists in rugby often have to ask the players exactly what happened and where the pain is emanating from.

As physios are required to be available during a game of Rugby, their job is hugely substantial. Once a game is over they will have to assess players who report injuries and carry out physiotherapy techniques to ensure the injury isn’t aggravated. What’s more, injuries are commonplace in the sport, meaning physios are often in high demand.

Football

Football is famous for bringing many previously unknown and complicated injuries to light. Both David Beckham and Wayne Rooney have famously damaged tendons in their foot, whilst muscle ruptures and ligament damage are regularly referred to in modern media.

Physiotherapy in football is similar to that of rugby, in that injuries are commonplace and often have to be treated instantaneously. The difference is that rugby is far more aggressive, meaning serious injuries are often less prepared for. Unlike in rugby, physios can only assess a player’s fitness once the referee decides to stop play.

Injuries in football are very common and can occur throughout the body. In most cases, muscles are overused and strained or pulled in the legs, with the hamstring, calf and quadriceps being most affected. To combat the recurrence of lower body injuries in football, physios will often focus on leg strengthening exercises; exercises that help to relax the muscles and strengthen bones and joints.

Golf

Golf is an immensely popular game with amateurs, which has resulted in many people with different fitness levels visiting physiotherapists in the hope of perfecting their swing, as well as dealing with associated muscle injuries.

Golf is a sport that requires a strong, well-drilled upper body movement in order to play professionally, so many physiotherapists look to encourage strength training in the arms, shoulders and back. However, amateurs are often affected over time by poor swing consistency, resulting in various injuries throughout their playing time.

Physiotherapists often apply muscle strengthening techniques when dealing with golfing injuries, which can range from a simple muscle sprain to back problems and spinal injuries. Once the muscles have fully recovered, a physio might introduce an alternative swing method to practice which negates the likelihood of future injuries.

Having suffered a couple sports related injuries, Mike James has personal experience of physiotherapy and writes for The Therapy Centre, a multi-practice therapy centre based in mid-Sussex and offering varied treatments and exercise programmes.

How To Keep Track Of Your Fitness

It’s important to make sure you’re tracking your progress when carrying out a fitness programme as you need to make sure you’re on the right track when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. Sounds easy enough, although there are plenty of ways you can improve you’re tracking methods to really enhance your understanding of your fitness progression. Whether you’re relying on the latest gadgets to keep you informed of your exercise strategies or a few useful fitness tools online instead, here are some of the ways you can effectively track your fitness regime.

Pinching

It’s got nothing to do with technology whatsoever and it’s probably one of the older methods of checking how your fitness regime is turning out. Pinching yourself can be a really helpful way of measuring your excess body fat. Professionals carry out similar body checks when working with their patients, so it can give you a simple and accurate assumption of how your regime is going. The best area of the body to pinch is the arms or waist as both these areas will see a gradual and consistent reduction in body fat over time.

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Heart Rate

 When you first start exercising after a long time away from any consistent physical exercise, you might notice that your heart rate is part is much faster than that of an experienced athlete. A good way to check your progression is to monitor your heart rate every week. A resting heart rate that is getting slower over time is good sign of a working fitness regime. The heart doesn’t have to work as hard during exercise if the resting heart rate is low.

Strength & Flexibility

 During exercise our muscles work harder than usual, so much so that they have to recover after an intense workout. The recovery period is essential if you want your muscles to repair themselves and come back even stronger. If your exercise regime is working, you might notice that you can carry out more demanding exercises as a result of a greater strength and flexibility. For example, touching the floor with both hands flat on the surface whilst keeping your legs straight is a tough task, but it might be easier for someone who has managed to improve their hip flexibility.

Pictures

Whilst the scales can deceive, pictures certainly can’t. If you’re about to embark on a new fitness programme that lasts for a certain amount of time, you might want to take pictures of yourself every few weeks to see how you are progressing with regards to body shape. However, it’s important not to take them too frequently as you might not realise your change in body shape due to obsessing with the prospect of change.

BMI

I know I said scales can deceive but they’re actually an incredibly useful tool most of the time. Make sure you measure your weight at the same time after a meal to be as accurate as possible, before throwing your results online. A BMI calculator can tell you whether your weight is healthy for your age, height and gender.

Mike James has a regular fitness regime he endeavours to stick to all the time. Inevitably this sometimes lapses but his eagerness to maintain a certain level of fitness means that getting back on the healthy wagon is easy to do! He also regularly plays tennis at Wickwoods Country Club where there are indoor and outdoor courts.

Myths About Whey Protein Supplements Debunked

There’s a lot of conflicting information out there about the benefits and apparent drawbacks of using whey protein supplements as part of your workout plan – so much so that it’s reasonable for even the most seasoned of bodybuilders to feel unsure about the effectiveness of the supplements they’re using in their daily routine.

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In the interests of offering some reliable insight to our customers on this topic, we’ve done some research and officially debunked six of the popular myths surrounding whey protein use.

Whey protein powder makes you fat

Adding whey protein supplements into your diet has actually been proven to help you lose weight; a study published in a 2008 edition of the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism found that female bodybuilders taking a whey protein supplement lost more fat and maintained more lean muscle mass than those on a similar diet with no whey shakes.

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Whey contains the BCAA (branched-chain amino acid) lucine, which, according toMcKinley Health Center, actually makes whey protein comparable with soy, milk and egg protein for its fat loss-promoting properties.

For general improvements in body composition and fat loss, McKinley Health Center suggests consuming 20-25 grams of whey protein per day is ideal.

Whey protein supplements weaken the immune system

According to a report published in theJournal of Sports Science and Medicine, whey protein actually contains antioxidant properties that help to boost your immune system, especially when combined with creatine.

The high concentrate of the amino acid cysteine found in whey protein can help to boost levels of the bacteria- and virus-battling antioxidant glutathione, thus helping to make your immune system stronger rather than weaker.

Whey protein improves muscle mass even without training

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It is a misconception that taking more supplements means you don’t have to put in as many hours in the gym to get the results you want.

Supplements will help to bolster your training efforts, and can even improve your health overall – but it is important to remember that these substances are not quick fix, magic solutions that will yield overnight results.

Whey protein supplements are bad for the thyroid

This myth most likely started based on the assumption that a high soy protein intake can lead to thyroid problems, or exacerbate existing thyroid-related conditions.

On the contrary, however, whey protein has actually been found to possibly be the best choice of protein for people with thyroid cancer.

The A.P. John Institute for Cancer Researchrecommends a food program for thyroid cancer patients that encourages a high whey protein intake, so that patients’ daily requirements of amino acids can be met more easily.

Whey protein powders don’t taste good

Many people are put off whey protein supplements – especially powder shakes – because they assume they will have an artificial or unpleasant taste, or will only be available in the standard Strawberry, Chocolate and Banana options. Cheap, low-quality protein powders also tend to not mix very well, which further contributes to a poor taste.

However, advancements in the supplements industry have resulted in many more diverse flavours becoming available, and a much more palatable consistency for protein shakes.

Whey protein supplements should be taken immediately after exercise

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t actually an optimum time of day to consume whey protein. It is commonly believed that protein shakes are best drank immediately after an intensive workout; however, research suggests that “when” isn’t nearly as important as “how much” when it comes to whey protein consumption.

A study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition compared two groups of female weight lifters: one group consumed 42 grams of protein powder immediately before and after training, and the second took the supplements at times more distant from their lifting sessions.

After 10 weeks, no tangible differences were found in the strength or body composition between the two groups, suggesting that you can have your protein shakes whenever you want – and that perhaps quantity is more of a factor.

Have you come across any other questionable information about whey protein supplements that you aren’t sure are fact or fiction? Get in touch with the team at Optimus Protein and we’ll do our best to set the record straight.

 

 

Back To Basics

These days barely an hour, let alone a day, goes by without a new headline appearing warning us of the perils of some aspect of our modern lives. You could be forgiven for thinking that we will all shortly expire and the very future of humankind is on the brink of extinction. Whilst I don’t believe that the health implications of wearing body shaping underwear or the toxins in children’s clothing are going to lead to the apocalypse in the next few days, there are some important messages here that cannot be overlooked.

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Modern Innovations

It would certainly seem that the introduction of any modern innovation to make our lives easier or more appealing will be inevitably followed by a health scare. New materials are branded carcinogenic, synthetic textiles are toxic and our lingerie can give us a deep vein thrombosis. Throw in processed food and sedentary lifestyles and it is a miracle that there are any of us left. Life expectancy should have fallen through the floor but of course it hasn’t and we are all living longer. As we constantly invent new ways to kill ourselves the medical profession are finding better methods to save us.

Diet and Exercise

I am not overly anxious about my lingerie constricting my blood flow or my t shirt leaching toxins into my body but I am concerned about the bigger picture here. Nature doesn’t cope well with being tampered with and it might be time to consider going back to basics. There is little doubt that an unhealthy diet and a lack of exercise is affecting our well-being and so we are going to need to spend more time in the kitchen creating food from scratch and also a few hours exercising our bodies.

Killing Desire

Interestingly taking these simple steps towards a healthier life will ultimately lead to ridding ourselves of the necessity and the desire for the other things that are killing us. If you exercise and get in shape you won’t need those body shaping pants and if we all take to our road bikes for exercise, there won’t be so many cars on the streets polluting the atmosphere. Exercise gives us a natural high which should keep us away from the need to do drink and drugs to feel better. We will all be so busy that we won’t get addicted to mobile phones, Facebook and our gadgets because we will be far too busy to look at them.

Giving Ourselves Time

The modern world has brought with it every innovation that we need to do our work for us saving us an incredible amount of time and effort but sadly the lack of effort and the use of that new found time to sit in front of a screen is doing us no good at all. The valuable time that we have created for ourselves with the invention of washing machines, vacuum cleaners, motor vehicles and computers needs to be spent preparing food and getting active because otherwise our time will literally run out.

Sally Stacey is a keen writer and business owner who divides her time between writing and running her shop.

Old Ones Are The Best

Getting older doesn’t mean that you have to be down in the dumps.

Ok, so maybe you don’t look forward to those birthdays quite as much anymore and your idea of a birthday treat may no longer involve painting the town red but involve a more sedate family meal.

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However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a laugh or two at the expense of Old Father Time.

From jokes about losing your hair to amusing quotes on using stairlifts, if you want to lighten the atmosphere at the next birthday bash, then here is our selection of 14 cracking jokes about getting older, starting with some wise words and funny quotes.

Funny Age Quotes

On the topic of getting old you can always rely on Mark Twain to have a quote:

1. “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” Mark Twain.

Finding stairs a challenge? Well you’re not the only one:

2. “Two things are bad for the heart – running up stairs and running down people.” Bernard Baruch

As for what happens when you fall down the stairs, well apparently that’s the stuff of comedy:

3. “If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.” Tina Fey

Stairs are quite a menace it seems, particularly when it comes to keeping one foot in the past:

4. “Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.” Rudyard Kipling.

5. And the last word is given to Rohan Candappa who states: “One of the benefits of getting older is that for some obscure reason there lingers around the peripheries of most societies the quasi-folkloric idea that the old can be very wise. Frankly, this is too good an opportunity to miss. That’s because it provides you with a licence to talk cobblers dressed up in profundity.”

Age Related Jokes

From wise words to jolly jokes now with a few puns to keep you chuckling away no matter how old you happen to be.

6. “I bought a new locket to keep a keep a lock of my husband’s hair in as a memento.” “But your husband is still alive!” “Yes I know, but his hair is gone.”

7. The good thing about being senile is that you can hide your own Easter eggs.

8. Just before the funeral service for her husband, the undertaker approached the widow and asked:

“How old was your husband?” She replied… “98, two years older than me”. “So you must be 96?” He replied. “Yes.” The widow responded. “Hardly worth going home is it?”

9. A 97 year old man walks into the doctor’s surgery and says;

“Doctor, I need my sex drive lowered.” “Sir,” the doctor replied, “at 97 years old surely all your sex drive is in your head?” “You’re darned right,” replied the man. “that’s why I want it lowered.”

10. The Senility Prayer:

“Lord, grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do and the eyesight to tell the difference.”

11. You know you’re getting older when it takes you longer to get over having a good time than it took to have it!

12. I’m not saying she’s getting older, but when she lit the candles on her birthday cake, five people passed out from heat exhaustion.

13. An elderly man was driving on the motorway when his mobile phone began to ring. It was his wife warning him to be careful as the news was reporting on a car driving the wrong way down the motorway. “One car?” he replied… “there’s hundreds of them!”

14. A 104 year old woman was being interviewed by a journalist who asked her what the best thing was about being 104. She replied simply; “No peer pressure.”

This post was brought to you by Anne Richardson carer and lifestyle blogger

Choosing Where To Purchase Defibrillators

In the event of sudden cardiac arrest, automated external defibrillators (or AEDs) could save lives. However, most cases of cardiac arrest happen at home or in public places. As such, often the sufferers can’t be saved because devices aren’t readily available.

defibrillator sign

The solution is for businesses, government officials and homeowners to start keeping AED equipment nearby in every possible location. If you are considering purchasing a defibrillator for your home, organization or business, here are four criteria you should use for your purchase.

1) Make Sure Each Vendor is FDA Approved & Authorized.

First and foremost in terms of importance is being able to count on your AED if it is ever needed. The best way to know that you will be getting an efficient, high-quality machine is to shop only with dealers that are authorized. Also, make sure that the tools they are selling are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Better Business Bureau members with high ratings that also meet the above criteria are probably some of your safest bets.

2) Ensure There is a Range of Products to Choose From.

Periodically, there are articles in the media about certain brands or models of AEDs malfunctioning in a time of need. If this is something that concerns you, it is best to shop with web-based stores that offer a range of products.

Some top manufacturers of these devices include Medtronic, Philips, Cardiac Science, Zoll, HeartSine and others. You may also want to choose your item based on its features, portability and design. Ease of use can vary for each individual and each device, so it’s a good idea to shop around before choosing.

3) Look for Money Back Guarantees & More.

Especially when it comes to a lifesaving device such as this one, being sure that it functions effectively is absolutely necessary. After all, you may be spending more than a thousand dollars on most models. Many products can be tested or can do self-tests daily to ensure proper function.

However, if you receive your item and it does not work the way it should, you are entitled to a 100 percent refund. Make sure that you only shop with those retailers that will give you all of your money back (or exchange your item for another that works correctly, if you prefer that).

Free shipping and discounts for buying in bulk, which may be applicable if you’re ordering for a business or large organization, are also not to be overlooked. With the variety of different vendors you can choose from online, there is no reason to have to buy from those who don’t offer these customer service perks.

4) Shop Where You Can Purchase Accessories.

Finally, you should look for merchants that also offer the accessories you may need to go along with your AED. Some things that you may require down the line include batteries, pads, wall cabinets, oxygen, signage and more.

Some examples of retailers that carry defibrillators and/or accessories for the apparatuses include AED Brands and Amazon.com.

Justin is the owner and operator of a fitness center, where he has several AEDs available in case of sudden cardiac arrest among his patrons. He has only had to use one of these devices on rare occasions, but knows they have saved lives and are entirely worth having on hand. He hopes others are encouraged to check out online retailers and purchase AEDs for their homes or businesses.