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Top 4 Travel Destinations for 2014
Posted By on January 13th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 70
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Travel is an important part of your overall health, as it helps to break habits and change up a regular routine. But you don’t have to think small. Go big in 2014 and set your sights on these fantastic travel destinations. This year, save up your vacation days and hit some of these top four spots for travel. 1. Cape Town, South Africa Travel here if you want to develop your meditation techniques in the place where Nelson Mandela found inspiration. In a speech, Mandela once said, “To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return.” Visit Robben Island prison, and the fist place Mandela made his home as a free man. The country has since transformed and offers fashion shows, architecture open houses, sustainable farms, galleries and performance spaces and welcomes the public to art studios for an annual visual arts spectacular making Cape Town a cultural destination. 2. North Coast, California Just over a hundred miles north of San Francisco sit the bluffs of the Mendocino Coast. Travel here and observe marine life and view humpback whales as they pass, sea lions, and watch the foamy waves ebb and flow here. With over 1,300 acres of hiking access to 12- miles of coastline, fields of wildflowers, cypress forest and cliff areas, the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands is a great place to see the North Coast. Also home to the California Coastal National Read More »

3 Yoga Workouts Just for Energy
Posted By on January 13th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 70
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Yoga workouts provide so many benefits to your health, and while some poses are for muscle building and some burn tons of calories, Yoga as a practice is one of the best workouts for energy. Many workouts offer the idea of an energy boost but can cause you to feel tired, fatigued and sore in the long run. There are two different types of exercise: aerobic and anaerobic. While any physical exercise will boost feel-good brain chemicals, burn calories and help you to break a sweat to release toxins, aerobic exercise can also leave you feeling tired shortly afterwards. If you are looking for an anaerobic workout that provides benefits to your brain power, and your energy levels without leaving you feeling even the slightest bit tired, try yoga. While some forms of yoga are more tiring than others, by doing a simple combination of poses called asanas, you can boost energy levels without exhausting yourself. Here are a few yoga poses you can do, even if you are a beginner: Yoga Pose #1 –  BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna,
baddha = bound 
kona = angle Sitting with your legs out in front, raise your pelvis with a blanket if your hips or groins are tight. Exhale, bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together. Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can. With the first and second finger and thumb, grasp the Read More »

6 Recovery Workouts for Rest Days
Posted By on January 6th, 2014 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 69
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Recovery workouts are workouts that are simply easier than your regular routine. If you went a little too hard on your first few days of the new year, you may be sore. But that doesn’t mean that you get to take the day off, it just means that you need to go easy on yourself on the days that follow those exhausting workouts. This can help keep your momentum going and keep you on track to achieving your goals. Here are 7 recovery workouts you can do to stay active during your resting phase: 1. Walking is a great workout for your recovery period. You’ll burn tons of calories and be able to get outside to improve your overall feeling of wellness. Based on your fitness level and soreness of muscles try for at least 15 minutes and up to 45 to stay on your training schedule. 2. Weight Lifting is a recovery exercise that still works when you are sore. While you can’t lift the heavy weights on rest days, you can still use the lighter weights to restore activity levels during the recovery phase. 3. Hiking is like walking but burns more calories and can be tailored to fit your fitness level. If you went for an intense workout to start out strong for your new years resolution, you might feel worse if you don’t continue to workout. Hiking is a great recovery workout that gets you outdoors and keeps up intensity levels. 4. Swimming works all muscle Read More »

7 Running Tips to Step Your Game Up
Posted By on December 30th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think Issue - 68
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Running is a fabulous cardiovascular workout and creates space for you to listen to your breathing, and build a strong mind/body connection. Runners usually love what they do and are in it for the long haul.  If you are a runner that wants to just step up your game, or a beginner who needs some tips to get started, here are 7 ways to amp up your running performance and progress. Accept a challenge. Beginning a running program means you’re going to have to go against what your body is telling you (I can’t).  But you can, and you should because soon you’ll be flying down tracks, trails and pavement loving every minute of your run. Shoot for small improvements. Running just 10-15 minutes a week has been shown to significantly increase aerobic capacity and provide many of the benefits needed to reduce your risk of coronary health problems. Splurge on gear. If you love what you’re wearing – that’s great motivation. Not only that, but good running shoes should last between 400-500 miles. They are also one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll purchase. Chat it up. It’s called the “talk test.” If you can’t say full sentences while you are running out loud to yourself or partner, you are working too hard and need to slow it down. Choose a mantra you can repeat out loud if you’re running solo, or trade verses to a motivating song with your running partner to take the test. Relax. Read More »

10 Stress Relievers That Work in Less than 5 Minutes
Posted By on December 23rd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 67
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Stress can build up over the holidays and sometimes there just isn’t enough time to unwind. But you can sneak any of these stress relievers in (for just 5 minutes) and get back your sense of serenity. 1. Have a Laugh. Keeping your good humor and having a laugh has short-term effects on your stress levels. The physical change that occurs in your body as a result of laugher relieves your stress response and also relaxes muscles. So take a time out and make a joke for an instant stress reliever. 2. Repeat a Mantra. Keeping your thoughts focused on positive ideas can really help reduce stress. Here are 5 mantras for stress relief you can quietly repeat to yourself when tensions get high, to bring your awareness back to the present moment: Everything I do is by choice. I’m not supposed to have all the answers. I will slow down and become conscious. This too shall pass. I will accept the things I cannot change. 3. Take a Step Outside. Breathe in the fresh air and fill your lungs. Slowly release the breaths and let them clear your mind of all thoughts just for a few minutes. If there is sunshine, try to soak it up. Researchers say that the vitamin D in the sun’s rays has the ability to boost your mood. 4. Listen to Music. Put on your favorite playlist, sing along to one of your favorite songs, or just play something you have never heard before Read More »

Fast Yoga moves That Spare the Spirit
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Yoga postrues can help you feeling energized and in the spirit during the holidays. When things start to move fast your holiday spirit can get depleted. Keep up with the season with these fast Yoga moves that offer an boost in needed energy and a good mood so you can stay present and take in all the holidays have to offer. Inverted Yoga Position #1: Legs up the Wall Pose: Viparita Karani This pose is known to ease anxiety, reduce stress and lower blood pressure while stretching the hamstrings, legs and lower back. 1. Find an open wall space. Start seated beside the wall, with your feet on the floor in front of you and your left side body in contact with the wall. On an exhale, gently lie down on your back and pivot yourself so that the backs of your legs are pressing against the wall and the bottoms of your feet are facing up. You may need to wiggle around to find your way into this position. 2. Your sitting bones should now be pressed up against the wall, or slightly away from the wall, and your back and head rested on the floor; this will form approximately a 90-degree angle in your body. 3. If you find this position uncomfortable in any way, or just wish for extra cushion, you can use your prop here. By pressing the bottoms of your feet into the wall, lift your hips slightly and slide your prop underneath your hips. 4. Read More »

Holiday Workout Playlist: 50 Songs That Keep You Moving
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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Holiday songs keep you in the spirit, and when you’re working out you may want to have a playlist that keeps you in the mood. Since the season only comes once a year, make the most of it! Here is a holiday workout playlist you can also take into the kitchen to keep energy levels up. Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Jackson 5 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Mariah Carey Jingle Bell Rock by Glee Club Ensemble Baby It’s Cold Outside by Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga, Space Cowboy Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays by N Sync Frosty the Snowman by Jackson 5 Merry Christmas, Baby by Rod Stewart, Cee-Lo Green, Trombone Shorty Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys Deck the Rooftop (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry Last Christmas (Glee Cast Version) by Glee Cast Beautiful Christmas by Big Time Rush Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Glee Club Ensemble Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley Last Christmas by Wham! All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy William with Robert Mersey & Orchestra My Only Wish (This Year) by Britney Spears Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas by Justin Bieber Wake Me Up by Avicii Wild by Jessie J, featuring Big Sean Touching Your Face by Party Supplies Work B**ch by Britney Spears Team by Lorde Dance a Little Closer by Holy Ghost! Read More »

3 Ways Nature Acts as Inspiration
Posted By on November 25th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 63
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Nature is what connects us to other people, our pets and our  deeper selves. Ever do your Yoga routine on the top of a mountain, in the grass or on the beach? Sinking your hands into the ground and feeling the earth beneath you in it’s many forms has a way of creating a connection that eases tension in every day life, and lasts much longer than the time you spend out there in the elements. But it’s so easy to get caught up in a fast-paced lifestyle and start to worry more about whether you have toothpaste than your connection with nature. So here are a few things to remember so you don’t neglect your time with Mother Earth: 1. Nature inspires you imagination. Wondering how to handle the holidays this year? How do you get that perfect gift for the special people in your life? Set aside an hour or two this week to get away from magazines, catalogs, the television and other things that can get in the way of your imagination. Get out and do your cardio in the park instead of on the treadmill and see what comes to mind. Handmade gifts that celebrate your memories with that person like a custom painted flower pot or picture frame might be better than anything you can find in the stores. So let those creative juices flow, and see what you come up with. 2. Nature enriches your life. When you stand and gaze at a beautiful Read More »

Everyday Getaways You Can Take Close to Home
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Getaways don’t have to take you so far from home that you don’t get through the laundry, miss the kid’s game, or forget to stock the fridge. You can break away from hectic schedules and your everyday lifestyle, even for a few minutes a day and feel like you’ve been away all weekend even if you can’t afford to go too far from home by taking a mini getaway. Try these simple “getaways,” this week to break free from the grind, without going far from home: Try Mind/Body Exercise: You may fee like you’re on another planet the first time you hear someone say “breathe in happiness, and breathe out anger.” But the truth is, group meditations and mind/body classes that challenge your comfort zone really can take you away. The combination of calming and invigorating fragrances, people that may, or may not have anything in common with you and a new ideas for your mind to process can help you break away from those day-to-day habits that can leave you feeling stuck. So grab some free flowing clothes and give Yoga, Tai Chi or group mediation and take a getaway! Go Where Your Pet Would Go: If you have a four-legged friend, imagine where they would go if they stepped out your door for a getaway. Take them along with you to a nearby park, or natural reserve and just play. Walk, run, skip, toss a ball around, and bring along a set of headphones if you want. Make Read More »

Performance Enhancing Fitness Gadgets to Try
Posted By on November 18th, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think - Issue 62
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Fitness goals, whether they’re long-tern or short term can be easier to reach if you are able to track your progress. There’s no better motivation than beating your own time, and improving your won performance, but how can you do that if you aren’t able to record your stats? Here are a few of the hottest new fitness trackers to try that can amp up your performance: Amiigo Fitness Bracelet synchs with iPhone and Android so you can measure all your exercise stats and see results immediately. Get data including reps, sets, heart rate, calories and more with a comfortable bracelet that automatically differentiates which exercise you’re doing. You’ll be able to stay motivated by sharing the results of your latest workout with friends and workout buddies on your favorite social networks. Engage with others online and store results right on your PC, laptop or smartphone to compare results over time. The Amiigo system is designed to customize your fitness experience, and even suggests personalized workouts based on past training sessions. Make fitness more fun, with Amiigo! Tinké Fitness Monitor is a device that measures your heart rate, respiratory rate and blood oxygen levels in the blood, and also provides detailed information on heart rate variability to indicate your relaxation levels. Tinké synchs with your iPhone to maximize your workout performance and helps you understand the physiological parameters the exercises you do so you can reach fitness goals! This ultra-compact mobile fitness monitor comes in a variety of colors and Read More »