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Lift that weight – don’t carry it!

It may sound silly but weight training does in deed build mental focus and thus strengthen your mind as well as your muscles.  Bicep curls and leg lifts are easy and can be done even sitting; squats are a bit more challenging,  All are considered strength training and have been shown to  decrease insulin resistance, decrease resting blood pressure, reduce arthritis pain, even improve memory.

Start with stretching!

Even those confined to a chair can stretch.  Reach for the ceiling and reach for the floor.  Reach while hugging yourself!  Reach for that refridge door!  Don’t forget to do each side equally.  Hold a can of beans in each hand while you do it and add just a touch of extra weight without over doing it.  Have a rubber band well give it some tugs – about 12 will do.  Pull out slowly and gently as far as feels good then back in again slow and gentle.

Remember – SLOW and GENTLE!!

Fast is great for the heart but sprains don’t always heal well.  Slowing down and doing less but with greater focus improves your strength and your focus affecting both your muscles and your brain.

Have you considered TAI CHI?

Tai chi is sometimes referred to as “moving meditation”—practitioners move their bodies slowly, gently, and with awareness, while breathing deeply. The slow movement and self control moves one gently while building strength with no accessories but the natural resistance of gravity and self.

Per Dr Oz

Add Some Weights

Just 30 minutes twice a week spent lifting weights can build significant muscle mass. What’s more, working all that muscle burns tons of calories, making it a great way to lose your gut, too. Don’t have weights? Try lifting yourself: Pullups are the most valuable muscle-building exercises I do. Oprah’s trainer, Bob Greene, pointed out to me that pullups work the back, pecs, arms, and belly all at once. And since you’re lifting yourself, you’ll think twice before eating that doughnut, because you’ll just have to lift it later.

Read more: Dr_Oz_Tip_19

Rehydration Smoothie

from O Magazine

serves 1

1 cup watermelon chunks, frozen*

1/2 cup coconut water

1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lime juice, from 1/2 lime

4 to 5 mint leaves

4 ice cubes

Combine ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

*A little hint about freezing melon chunks. Chunk the melon fairly small, into about 1/2-inch cubes. Also, freeze the cubes flat, in a single layer.

Variations: Mango, honeydew, strawberries, blueberries, even a bit of frappe mix or matchagt!

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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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