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10,00 Steps that’s all it takes!!

Per Dr Oz –

Do Your Penis a Favor . . .
. . . and step on a treadmill. Men who exercise enough to burn 200 calories a day significantly lower their chances of impotence. That’s because impotence often has the same cause as heart attacks: blocked arteries. Your penis is like a dipstick for your arteries, so check it. If you’re interested in keeping it up later in life, lace up the sneakers now.

Read more: Dr_Oz_Tip_23

Now is the time in this fabulous weather to start the walking habit.

While it’s beautiful take advantage and walk the streets, greet your neighbors, smell the flowers, hear the birds and get to know the neighborhood pets.

Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise.  Fairly safe (watch for cars and bikes), gentle and low impact it has a waist of benefits!!

Our waist lines often are the first sign we need to move – move – move.  And walking is an exercise that transports well!!  No special equipment required.  From lowering LDL and raising HDL levels, to managing Type2 diabetes or even preventing it’s on set, to lowering blood pressure and increasing heart and vascular health walking 10,000 steps is a key to unlock the easiest health door. 

A brisk walk is best but it’s ok if that’s not as brisk as someone elses – it’s the movement that truly counts.  Start slow if it’s been a while, choose a smooth surface if balance is an issue then put one foot in front of the other.
There are lots of conversations on foot wear.  My thought is respect your feet and legs.  if they aren’t happy then you won’t walk.  Don’t over do, go slow, respect your body and cruise in what ever makes you happy.  Yes even barefoot just watch for things that can cut or damage your feet.  Thus most people find shoes the ebst thing to wear.

Use a pedometer!!  How do you know how far you’ve gone – how many steps there are in your day?  A Pedometer!!!

A pedometer doesn’t have to be expensive to work it just has to work.  I think my last one was $3.00.  Sadly I lose mine to my son.  He likes to see how far he goes then finds other uses for the batteries – yep there is a pattern to this lol.  Yet a cheap pedometer has served me well.

Once you are walking regularly adding in some weight is a good idea.  I’ve sued all sorts of weights over the years.  From ankle and wrist to hand held.  I often go onto http://www.freecycle.org and find whatever anyone is sharing and that’s what I use.  I usually stay under 5lbs each but that’s really a personal preference.  Just be safe – no need to strain or sprain anything.

And WATER!!  Water you!  Staying hydrated is so important.  The general agreement is weight divided by 2 = the ounces one should take in each day.  Many of those come form fresh fruits and vegetables and the rest should come from water.  Check with your doctor though if there is anything in your health that requires his attention he may have another formula for you specifically.

WATER Works

But it can be boring so why not bump it up!!

Add a slice of lime, orange or lemon to your water.
Try coconut water with no additives
Add a bit of salt just to help replace the salt you sweat out.
Add a bit of ginger
How about mint, lemon grass, or parsley?

These same lovelies can be added to sparkling water.  A great “bar” drink that’s good for you!

Pass on coffee though.  Alcohol and coffee dehydrate plus they don’t replenish missing vitamins and minerals.


Delicious – Refreshing – Healthy

Mock Sangria

This recipe could be lightened by using low calorie juices but those often contain chemical sweeteners or un-researched sweeteners.  I prefer real sugar over fake.  I believe it healthier for the system.  I also replaced the lemon-lime soda often found in these recipes with sparkling water or carbonated lemonade.  This helps cut the sweet.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups  orange juice, chilled
  • 1 cup  unsweetened white grape juice, chilled
  • 1 cup  cranberry juice
  • 1 1-liter bottle  sparkling water or carbonated lemonade, chilled
  •   Ice cubes
  • 2 cups  assorted fresh fruit (such as oranges, cut into wedges; thinly sliced and halved lemons and/or limes; pineapple wedges; seedless red or green grapes; sliced, peeled and pitted peaches; and halved strawberries)
  •   Fresh mint sprigs

Directions

1
In a large bowl or pitcher, stir together chilled orange juice, white grape juice, and cranberry juice.
2
Add the sparkling beverage; stir gently.Add the fruit so it can marinate.
3
Fill glasses about two-thirds full with ice. Pour juice mixture into glasses. Add some fresh fruit.  Garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
Makes 10 (about 6-ounce) servings.
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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea. http://matchagt.com/ http://www.smoothieessentials.com/

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