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Sexy at Seventy-Five!

By Sherry Brooks
January 20, 2014
File under: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Vegan

A juice cleanse sounds so intriguing.  Imagine all those toxins leaving your body as you become more svelte, while downing those trendy bottles of colorful juice.

It can be very affordable and fun to make your own juice at home if you have the time and a good juicer, but if you have to purchase the cold-pressed concoctions from retailers or juice bars it can get costly.

For instance, just two 12-ounce bottles of BluePrintJuice® would set you back about $25 –and that’s before lunch.

To do a proper cleanse, six bottles a day at $75 adds up to $525 for the week.  Hmmm, that’s $525 a week to feel  — weak. That may well be less costly than a spa vacation, but there has to be a better way to achieve beauty and vitality.

Perhaps you’ve heard of Mimi Kirk?  She’s the 75 year old raw foods vegan beauty voted “Sexiest Vegetarian over 50”?  …read more of Sexy at Seventy-Five! here

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7 Reasons Why Folding Bikes are Not Just for Commuters

By Sherry Brooks
September 10, 2013
File under: Fitness, Green Lifestyle Tips, Saving Money

Most people would think that folding bikes are only practical for urban commuters.   If you think that they are exclusively for those who cycle from the train, stashing their folded commuting bike at the office, it’s time to shatter that myth.

Ever since I got my folding bike last month, I have fallen deeply in love with them.  I keep asking myself “why didn’t I get one of these years ago?”

I don’t commute and I don’t live in an urban area, so you might be wondering, why all the sudden passion?

There are so many reasons beyond my initial motive, which was avoiding the whole bike-rack-on-the-car thing.   Been there, done that, ugh. …read more of 7 Reasons Why Folding Bikes are Not Just for Commuters here

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10 Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat of Summer

By Debbie Friend, MSc
July 19, 2013
File under: Fitness, Health Concerns

It’s summer! Take advantage of longer days, warm weather and the myriad of summer activities available this time of year. However heat and humidity can put an extra strain on the body and lead to heat-related illness.

Follow these guidelines:

Check the heat index. This is not the actual temperature. The heat index is the combination of the air temperature and the humidity level and an indication of how it actually feels.

Exercise indoors. If the heat index is 90° or above use extreme caution and consider exercising indoors.  When the air is that hot and humid, it is important to reduce the intensity of your workout and slow your pace.

Pay attention to heat advisories. When a heat advisory is issued, it means that the air pollution and ozone levels are high. Airborne pollutants can damage the lungs, so in the event of a heat advisory, it would probably be better to exercise inside.

Use caution in dry heat.  In this environment, sweat evaporates so quickly that you may not realize how much fluid you are losing. It is very important to stay hydrated in order to avoid heat-related illnesses. Drink fluids before, during and after exercise activity. …read more of 10 Tips for Exercising Safely in the Heat of Summer here

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Stretching for Strength and Flexibility

By Debbie Friend, MSc
February 1, 2013
File under: Fitness


You know how wonderful it feels to savor a long, luxurious stretch upon waking? It can be both relaxing and invigorating and should not be limited to mornings or naptime.

Stretching is instinctual. It is a natural and worthwhile exercise that is an important component of maintaining physical fitness that ought to be practiced daily.

Benefits of Stretching

As we get older our muscles tighten and shorten and the range of motion of our joints can decrease. Stretching can help keep our muscles long and supple and our joints flexible.

Flexibility keeps us agile by aiding in maintaining balance and coordination, sustaining proper posture and reducing our risk of falling. …read more of Stretching for Strength and Flexibility here

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Resolve to Get Fit in Three Easy Steps

By Debbie Friend, MSc
December 14, 2012
File under: Fitness, Weight Control

As the year winds down and the festivities pick up, celebrating, feasting and socializing have replaced our usual routines.

Tempting our taste buds, challenging our willpower and seeming to appear everywhere we look, high-caloric tasty treats and libations beckon us to indulge.

This time of year,, schedules filled to the brim, short days and cold weather create the perfect storm for putting exercise on hold.

For now, you may just enjoy yourself and go with the flow, but before you know it, 2013 will be here. And with the New Year comes the opportunity to make a fresh start and create healthy new habits. …read more of Resolve to Get Fit in Three Easy Steps here

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