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north sound living vol 4 #1 » Add healthy ingredients that benefit your body to your daily menu. For example, relaxing with a cup of natural tea can help you reduce body fat and increase your metabolism rate. Oolong tea contains rich amino acids and cellulose, which can help lower your cholesterol levels. Green tea leaves contain vitamins C and E and a good amount of fiber. If you prefer black tea, its benefits include help with digestion. » Drinking a cup of tea (without the sugar or cream calories added) after each meal will help you slowly dissolve fat in your body. Premium tea leaves give you the best quality and best taste. Teawan (www. Teawan.com) has both quality tea and teaware products from Taiwan. You can choose tea bags or loose leaf options, depending on your preference. » Do your own home workout. Grab a full jug of laundry detergent and use it for some lifting. If you're looking for something lighter, fi ll a plastic bottle with water to use as a weight. Start dancing around your house and in no time you'll break a sweat. This is great for cardiovascular exercise, and enjoyable if you can crank up your favorite tunes. » Borrow a fitness video from the library and tone your body with the experts. Repeat the video several times and then switch it for a new one from the library. If you have cable or satellite television, tune into some of the fitness channels for different programs. You'll find styles ranging from yoga workouts to belly dancing to step aerobics. Set specific times each week to run through a 30-minute workout. » Clean the house. Pushing a vacuum at a rapid pace is good exercise. So is scrubbing floors or bathtubs. These activities also are good for toning muscles. Don't let money keep you from accomplishing your goal of losing weight and getting fit. If one exercise or activity gets boring, switch to another to keep your 32

workout fresh and to target different muscles. And organize a plan with a friend or family member so you can help keep each other on task to accomplishing both of your goals. Courtesy of ARAcontent

Post-Workout Protocol Experts Say Post-Workout Routines Are Critical for Summer Exercise (Family Features) As summertime workouts heat up, proper post-exercise cool-downs become even more important. Whether you are a weekend warrior playing in local summer leagues or a serious runner getting ready for fall marathon season, warmer weather activities increase sweat, break down muscles and deplete the body of electrolytes and other essential nutrients. While most people know what to do before and during a workout to keep their bodies fit during the warmer summer months, many fall short when it comes to following a proper post-exercise routine.

» Refuel Smart: After a tough workout, grab a nutrient-rich drink for maximum benefits. Henry shared, "It's essential to get protein back into your body to help rebuild and repair muscles. Ice-cold chocolate milk, such as protein fortified low-fat Rockin' Refuel from Shamrock Farms, tastes delicious and helps your body recover after exercise with 20 grams of protein and nine essential nutrients -- making it a great on-the-go choice after a game or workout." » Take A Breath: Take a few minutes to relax and reflect on what you have accomplished. Whether you are focused on fun, fitness or both, keeping an eye on and acknowledging where you have been and where you want to go can be a great motivator. Remembering simple tips can help maximize your summer workout. For more information on the healthy benefits of refueling with chocolate milk, please visit RockinRefuel.com. Source: Shamrock Farms

Fitness expert Lorrie Henry says, "What you do after your workout is just as important as a pre-workout routine, especially during the summer when people tend to be more active." Henry has shared some of her post-workout tips to help everyone have a fun and healthy summer season: » Cool It: Take the time to cool-down after an intense workout. Spend the last five to seven minutes of the workout on a lower speed or intensity to return your heart rate to normal, and consider walking the last two minutes on a treadmill. » Stretch Out: Avoid next day soreness and stretch your muscles immediately after exercise. Do the basic arm and leg stretches and move your joints by rotating your wrists, ankles and neck a few times. » Keep Track: Write down what you did during the workout (i.e. miles ran, fitness classes attended, etc.) to help keep you on target with your fitness goals. Volume 4 - No 1 • North Sound Living

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