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Drink to your Health !

Part of my new eating routine involves juicing because of all of the nutritional advantages it offers and because of the weight loss benefits.  I recently picked up the book, “The Complete Book of Juicing”, by Michael T. Murray, N.D. and I would highly recommend it as a guidebook to getting started making your own juices.  As detailed by Murray, fresh juice offers concentrated nutrition that our bodies easily absorb, offers a rich supply of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.  Juicing influences weight loss in three main ways;


First, juicing can be considered a raw-food diet that is more satisfying to our appetites because it contains all of the water soluble vitamins that we cook out of the foods we eat.  By keeping the vitamins and minerals in the foods we consume through a raw-food diet we are giving our body exactly the nutrients it needs to keep running. Thus, it boosts your metabolism.


Second, through research doctors have found that raw foods lower blood pressure partly from the fiber and potassium in the juice.


Third, a diet which 60% of the calories ingested come from raw foods reduces stress on the body.  This is due to the enzymes in raw foods.


Juicing helps the body’s digestive process by allowing the body to quickly absorb high-quality nutritious foods.  This helps boost your energy levels and speed up your metabolism resulting in weight loss.  I know a lot of diets can leave you feeling fatigued and tired and less motivated to get in the gym.  It sounds pretty unproductive to me.  I highly recommend speaking to your doctor about juicing if you have any more questions about it.  Please contact me for a diet evaluation today. Contact Brenda Bark at 480-699-3162 or check out website at www.myfocusonfitness.com

New Work Out Clothes Could Keep You Off The Couch

Do you know that feeling you get when you buy a new dress, new shoes, or something stylish that you have been eyeing and you can’t wait to get home and put it on or wear it to work the next day?  Maybe it is a new swim suit that you want to look good in this summer?  You can use this tactic in a similar way when it comes to motivating yourself to get to the gym and in doing so you’ll probably look even better in that new swim suit you just bought.


This is no new concept, in fact most people find retail therapy not only lifts their moods but also builds confidence in their image.  I would suggest taking time to assess what you currently have in your workout clothes drawer and clean it out.  Taking extra thought into weeding out what pieces no longer fit, are too worn, and those that might not smell clean even though they are.  Since you sweat more in your workout clothes they tend to wear much quicker then regular everyday clothes. Also, it is extremely important to discard items that are too big for you because you will look bigger in the mirror in them and they won’t flatter you or the hard work you have already put in to your workouts.  I also recommend assessing your shoes.  Proper shoes are essential to overall body, back, and foot health, and are crucial to any workout you do.


Now comes the fun part! I suggest starting at discount stores to find new gear.  They usually have the best prices on all the current styles and always have great fun colors to choose from.  It is important to find the right sizes that flatter your figure so I would make sure to take your time trying each piece on, especially sports bras.  I do however recommend buying the right shoes for your feet and running stores are a great place to have your feet and stride assessed to find the right pair for you. Fashionable is important but good support is also key.


Buying yourself new workout clothes will pay off.  Not only will you feel good in them but your figure will be flattered by clothes that fit and hopefully it will motivate you to stay focused on your fitness goals.  I think you should consider it a sound investment.

For more information about how I can help you meet your fitness goals please contact me today at 480-238-6630.