Monday, November 5, 2012

Health and Fitness and Doing It Pain Free

When it comes to health and exercise maybe you have this image of you just munching through tons of salads, nibbling on raw carrot sticks... and generally eating fairly boring food.
If that's what you're thinking, I have some good news: Eating raw foods does NOT have to be boring. All you need is a little creativity and some special kitchen appliances to create some pretty amazing dishes. Read on...
Blender: If you're drinking whey protein shakes, you may already be using a blender. You can use this blender to make your protein shakes more interesting, such as by adding oatmeal or bananas to the shake. Or you can make fruit smoothies (for breakfast or anytime). For example, make a strawberry-banana smoothie. You can add flax, oatmeal or just about anything else to the smoothie for extra taste, texture and nutrients.
Juicer: If you recall from back in the nutrition lessons, I mentioned that you should avoid any juices that have added sugars or other ingredients. That means you should avoid most juices, because most of them are processed. And sometimes it's hard to find fresh juice.
Here's your solution: Get a juicer. Not only can you make your own fresh orange juice, grapefruit juice and other fruit juices, you can also make vegetable juices (like carrot juice) and seaweed juices. You can even combine different fruits and vegetables. For example, you can use a juicer to create carrot-orange juice or strawberry-grapefruit juice.
Food Processor: Yes, you can do everything with a set of kitchen knives that you can do with a food processor. But the thing is, you can do it much faster with the food processor. In other words, a good food processor can save you a lot of time on cooking day.
Now, obviously, if you're making just one meal, then it doesn't make sense to haul out the food processor. That's because you need to take into consideration the amount of time it takes to clean the machine when you're finished. For a small amount of food (a meal or two), any time savings you create over using a knife is lost in the time it takes to properly clean the machine.
Point is, it's a great time saver... but only if you're using it on those days when you're doing some bulk cooking. Food Dehydrator: While cooking nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies using high heat will rob the food of its beneficial enzymes and some of its nutrients, you can "cook" the food using low heat. In other words, you can dehydrate your food (preferably using a food dehydrator, since your oven probably doesn't have a low enough temperature setting).
Snack idea: You can dehydrate fruits to make fruit chips, like apple chips or banana chips. Then mix your dried fruits with nuts and seeds for a delicious, nutritious snack.
That's it for this time. Next time you'll find out what to do when you want to get more muscle...
Looking forward to talking to you again.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Have Health and Fitness Smartphone Apps

Health and exercise gurus who have weak knees for technology have reason to rejoice! These days it seems there is a smartphone app for just about everything, including personally training, dieting, and tracking medical records.
We have done the research and found the best health care apps for your iPhone, BlackBerry, or Android. These apps make exercising fun, calorie counting easier, and medical research a snap.
Workout Apps
The iPump series for iPhone is a set of five apps designed to make pilates, yoga, stretches, abs and core exercises, and cardio workouts easy. Complete with pictures and step-by-step workout directions, these apps also make it easy to track workouts.
Blackberry's iFitness app has pictures and instructions of more than 230 exercises that target different areas of the body. The app also has features for logging workouts, creating custom workouts, and setting goals.
GymTechnik for Android is an excellent app that takes users through workouts, uses checklists, keeps statistics to help with goal setting, and so much more!
Exercise Tracking and Goal Setting Apps
iPhone lovers looking for an easy way to track their workouts and set goals need look no further than Pocket Coach . This extremely robust and pleasing-to-the-eye app has daily exercises, a goal calendar, accountability reports, push notifications, and even a suggested reading section.
The Total Fitness app for the BlackBerry is the perfect way to meet exercise goals, track fitness progress with graphs, view reports, see exercise animations and instructions, and even track nutrition.
Android users should download the WorkItOut app so they can start logging workouts, scheduling routines, and see their progress.
Running Apps
LogYourRun is an app that routes runs, complete with maps and elevation. It also has the ability to upload workout information to the company's website to present running information as graphs. Users can share their running data on Facebook and Twitter and can even have updates automatically sent to Twitter while they are running. The app also features training programs, a heart rate counter, and playlist options.
For BlackBerry and Android fans, SportyPal is the king of running apps. Users of this app can view their workout on a map, set goals, share their progress on Facebook and Twitter, see their progress on graphs, and more. This feature-packed app can also be used for walking, biking, and even rollerblading.
Nutrition Tracking Apps
With the amazing, and almost unbelievable, app called FoodScanner users can actually use the camera on their iPhone to scan UPC codes on foods to get nutritional information about foods. They can also track their caloric intake, sync with the company's website for more features, and keep a list of favorite foods for quick access.
BlackBerry users can use Calorie Counter to find nutritional information on foods, keep a dietary journal, track daily activity to see burned calories, and keep track of what they are eating.
Calorie Counter for Google Android is a great app for finding nutritional values of foods by searching by food name, restaurant name, grocery store name, and even restaurant name. Like the iPhone app, this app also lets users scan UPC barcodes with the camera on their phone and find nutritional information quickly.
First Aid Apps
iPhone users can have peace of mind when they download Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association . This app has instructions for emergency procedures, first aid checklists, and so much more.
The Complete Home First Aid Course app for the BlackBerry prepares users and trains them in how to handle poison cases, heart attacks, wounds, bites, shock, how to perform CPR, and that's just scratching the surface.
The First Aid app for Android does much the same thing and includes videos, illustrated instructions, and a place to store emergency numbers.
Medical History Apps
Imagine sitting in the doctor's office and having your medical history right your fingertips. The Family Care app for iPhone makes that possible. The app organizes medical history, immunizations, personal information like height and weight, blood pressure, allergies, prescriptions, insurance information and so much more, all by family member.
BlackBerry users can download the My Family app and keep track of virtually the same information, so their doctor's visits can go smoothly and be effective. Users can enter information including medical conditions, personal information, medications, immunizations, allergies, and more.
The motionPHR Health Record Manager is perfect for Android users looking for a way to keep their medial history, conditions, family history, immunizations, and more handy and easily accessible.
Medical Resources
The WebMD Mobile iPhone app is the ultimate go-to resource for medical issues. Users can research symptoms, cheek for possible drug interactions, and get instructions for first aid procedures.
BlackBerry users can use Medscape to research drugs and possible interactions and supplements. The app also provides medical news.
Skyscape is an excellent resource for Android fans looking for a way to find medical information. The app includes information on drugs and medicines as well as a medical calculator.