HIIT of the Day – 04.24.14

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Equipment: The road, field, or a track

5 Rounds:
2 min Zone #3
30 sec Zone #6
1 min Zone #4
30 sec Zone#6

Cool down

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HIIT of the Day – 04.23.14

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Equipment: You

Walk 2 miles @ ZONE 4

GUT CHECK

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70%-90% of immune system function occurs in the gastrointestinal tract, and is dependent on balance between beneficial bacteria, and harmful bacteria.  Antibiotics wipe out all types of bacteria, and it is essential to reseed the GI tract with the “good” bacteria (probiotics) after taking antibiotics to avoid dysbiosis (imbalance).  Non-pasteurized, fermented or cultured foods are a great natural source of probiotics (think fresh, sauerkraut, kimchi, Miso, or Tempeh).  Probiotic supplements with multiple strains and up to 15 Billion units are also now available.  To maximize health add probiotics to your healthy diet, especially after taking antibiotics, or if exposed to antibiotics through secondary sources such as non-organic meats, or antibacterial hand soap.

Also use prebiotics. Prebiotics are foods that create a healthy environment for probiotics, and include foods such as asparagus, bananas, legumes, honey, artichokes, oatmeal, and red wine.  In general, most fiber-based foods like fruits and veggies help create a nourishing environment in which probiotics can thrive.  To maximize health, add prebiotics to your healthy diet.

HIIT of the Day – 04.22.14

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Equipment: Versaclimber or Stairclimber

4 Rounds:
30 sec fast (highest level/least resistance)
30 sec  rest

Then…

4 Rounds:
20 sec fast (highest level/least resistance)
40 sec slow (lower level: 3 or 5)

Cool down

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Weekly Intel – 04.21.14

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A CHERRY WAY TO HELP YOU SLEEP

Studies show that tart cherries contain a considerable amount of the phytonutrient melatonin, a useful and natural hormone for maintaining sleep. If you have trouble getting to sleep, or staying there, consider consuming an 8 ounce glass of unsweetened cherry juice or a bowl of fresh cherries before bed to increase melatonin levels and improve sleep quality naturally.

YOU CAN REALLY DIE FROM A BROKEN HEART

Studies show that deep emotional trauma, like the death of a loved one, really can break your heart. The chance of having a heart attack the day after the death of a significant other increases by 21%, and remains increased above 6% for the next week, probably due to stress hormones and their effect on the heart. When emotional trauma strikes, take extra care with yourself and rest, find emotional support, eat well, find an emotional release, and be aware that your heart really is vulnerable after emotional trauma.

MAN MAKER

HIIT of the Day – 04.21.14

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Equipment: The road, field, or a track

8 Rounds:
20 sec run (as fast as you can)
10 sec rest (dead stop)

Cool down

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