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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 »

Fat Burning Workouts for Your Hot Party Dress
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Fat burning workouts that work fast so you can slip into that sexy black dress? Yes, please! You can eat most of the foods you want to during the holidays but if you want to also look hot in that little black dress, you may need an intense fat burning workout to do before you try to get into it. Here are some hot & heavy, fat torchers that can help you look and feel the way you want during holiday get-togethers. Fat Burning Workout #1: HIIT You can get through this workout in less than ten minutes. You’ve got the time, and the space for this fat burning circuit. You can do all the exercises at home! Jumping Jacks Wall sit Push-ups Crunches Chair step-ups Squats Triceps dips Plank High knees / running in place Lunges Push-up rotations Side plank Get through these fat burning exercises by doing each for 30 seconds, followed by a 10-second rest period when needed. 3 reps. This is a HIIT workout (High Intensity Interval Training) so to burn the most amount of calories in the least amount of time, keep up the intensity. And shorten rest periods. Push yourself hard for each 30-second spurt and repeat the circuit up to 3 times for maximum results. Fat Burning Workout #2: Total Body 10 burpees 20 squats 30 alternating lunges 40 toe touches 50 jumping jacks 60-second plank Alternate these exercises with a 60-second rest period. You’ll get fat burning effects all over the body, Read More »

Getting a Better Deal is Just a Workout Away
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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Need more reasons to work out? Recent research has shown that your bargain abilities may improve after just a short workout. If you’re getting ready to hit those sales, you may want to get a workout in first. The Study Published recently in the journal Psychological Science, this study involved two different experiments. One compared the experience of subjects who negotiated to buy a car on a cellphone while walking briskly on a treadmill (their heart rates averaged 117 beats a minute) against the experience of others who walked at a more modest pace (88 beats a minute). The second experiment compared the experiences of subjects negotiating for job terms on a cellphone; some subjects took a casual walk, while others sat in a chair. Results showed that those who dreaded negotiation performed even worse when they exerted themselves. What was more surprising was that those who looked forward to negotiation displayed the opposite results. In the job-negotiation experiment, they performed better and felt better about their performances when they were walking. In the treadmill experiment the confident negotiators felt that they performed better when their heart rates were elevated, even more than equally confident people who walked at a modest pace. So What Does This Mean? For negotiations that you’re looking forward to like a shopping bargin, getting in a workout before you go may improve your abilitites to spot a good deal, or negotiate the price of something you want. For those who lack the confidence to negotiate Read More »

3 Drink Recipes That Spare Your Holiday Waistline
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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‘Tis the season… for decedent flavors and time off! It’s a wonderful season but the time off from your diet and your hectic schedule may take a toll on your waistline. But you can still take part in all the holiday events & flavors while keeping your six pack intact with these 3 satisfying drink recipes. 1. Creamy Cocoa Chocolate cravings aren’t easy to satisfy but when you find yourself wanting to reach for a chocolate bar, whip up a frothy cup of cocoa. This drink will give you that mood boost you want, chocolate flavor and creamy texture your taste buds crave. Ingredients: 4 1/2 cups low-fat milk 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon Directions: Whisk together 1/2 cup milk, sugar, cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Heat the remaining 4 cups milk in a medium saucepan until steaming. Remove from heat and whisk vigorously. Whisk the cocoa mixture into the milk and pour into mugs. Drink in the chocolaty flavor to satisfy holiday cravings. 2. Sugar & Spice Oh, it’s everything nice unless is comes in the form of high calorie pies and cookies. Trade out those temptations for a cup of this spiced hot cider drink. With fewer calories, and the same traditional flavors you can keep your flat belly and still take part in the season. Ingredients: 4 cups apple cider 1 cinnamon stick 5 whole cloves Read More »

11 Things You Don’t Need to Forgive
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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Forgive and forget right? WRONG! There are somethings that are simply unforgivable. And at some point you just need to say to yourself, “It is what it is” and know there’s no need to look back. Here are 11 things you don’t need to forgive a mate, or a date for: 1. Not telling you upfront that they are separated or not actually divorced. This really just means they are still married. That’s a no go. If they cheat on this one, they will cheat on you. Maybe not with another, but in some significant way. This isn’t something to fib about. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 2. Not changing their choines (that’s underpants) every day. Keep it clean! You go to great lengths to stay presentable for them, the least they can do is maintain a clean daily wardrobe. Maybe he wore that t-shirt yesterday, but those boxers? Ew! 3. Trying to tongue kiss you with morning breath. That’s just not the time for a passionate kiss. If they haven’t considered that you may not like the taste of what lingered in their mouth all night, they may not be the type of guy to hold the door open for you, or girl that attends to any other things you may need her further into the relationship. Ask them not to and if they continue, see if this lack of consideration extends beyond the bedroom. Don’t forgive it, forget it. 4. Falling asleep while you are talking. Listening is a Read More »

3 Essential Oil Uses for The Holiday Season
Posted By on December 2nd, 2013 in Vitaminfix Think – Issue 64
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Essential oils offer tons of uses and benefits when used alone, or in combination as a synergistic blend. But during the holiday season and through the winter, they offer some uses that you may find particularly interesting. Here are 3 ways you can use essential oils during these cold winter months, and warm holiday season to keep your home and your families healthy & bright. Sop Stuffiness and Congestion A combination of a few essential oils and a hot pot of steaming water fresh off the stove can ease pressure on sinuses in a way that also pleases other senses. Get a double dose of congestion relief and relaxing aroma therapy with a blend of your favorite fragrant essential oils. Add your favorites to the classics for sinus relief. Add just a few drops in hot water and breathe in a blend of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, lemon and rosemary oil vapors for fast and soothing relief. These essential oils have been used separately and in combination for centuries to clean out congestion and relieve sinus pain. Add just a few drops of to full glass of water and these oils also work from the inside out! Naturally Fragrance a Room Don’t need any chemicals in the air this holiday season? Us either! Create a naturally sweet smelling room that’s inviting and healthy without the use of those common household air fresheners that can irritate your health, and the health of your guests. Try a blend of traditional favorites like cinnamon, 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 »

Fix Picks: Top Digestive Support Formulas
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Your digestive system may take a beating this season as you deviate from your clean eating habits and celebrate meals with family and friends. Just because the people around you don’t have a strict diet like you do doesn’t mean you can’t sit down and eat all of the things they made. Hey, that’s half the fun of the holidays anyway right? Cheating is oh-so-fun but may wreak havoc on your digestive system. If you need a little extra support to keep from shoveling in those tasty treats this year, here are our top Fix Pics for digestive support: Nature’s Bounty Papaya Enzyme Chewable Tablets offer your body a specific enzyme that helps break down proteins in the digestive tract. This makes things a little easier on non-meat eaters turned people pleasers during the holidays. If you aren’t usually a heavy meat eater, holiday meals can be difficult to handle. Go easy on yourself and add this formula developed by one of the leaders in the industry to reduce gastrointestinal upset like cramping, irregularity and gas. Great tasting chewable tabs go to work fast when taken before or even during a meal. Nature’s  Bounty Acidophilus Capsules make your digestive system a more favorable environment. By providing acidophilus bacteria, these easy-to-swallow caps help balance flora in the gut to improve digestion, reduce common upset and relieve discomforts like bloating. Offers millions of live active acidophilus microorganisms for digestive support. Sundown Naturals Whole Ginger Root Capsules offer this root herb in a Read More »