15 Reasons You Definitely Can’t Go To The Gym Today

1. It’s Sunday and you haven’t been to the gym all week.

What kind of maniac starts a workout regimen on a day other than Monday?

2. It’s any day in the second half of the month.

Fresh start on the 1st!

3. You really need to update your workout mix.

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And, honestly, a complete overhaul of your music library is long past due. This will take a while.

4. You had a bit of a headache earlier, and you don’t want to risk injury.

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Better safe than sorry!

5. It’s raining out.

The gym is so farrrrr.

6. It’s nice out.

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It would be a crime to miss it!

7. You just realized that you’ve been running in the same shoes for almost a year.

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Definitely need to buy a new pair, but not before researching all of the available options. Can’t overestimate the importance of arch support!

8. You wanted to finish that scarf you’ve been knitting, and tonight is really the only time you have this week.

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What are you going to do, NOT finish the super non-urgent project that’s gone untouched for months? Please.

9. You need to catch up on Game of Thrones.

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It’s a miracle you’ve even gone this far without hearing any Red Wedding spoilers.

10. You want to come up with a good excuse to give the gym employees when they ask where you’ve been.

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“I was working undercover … for research … for the screenplay I’m writing?”

11. You’re too hungry to work out now, but once you eat you’ll need at least a few hours to digest and by then it’s practically bedtime.

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It’s not your fault you don’t want to deal with indigestion.

12. You’ve been meaning to reorganize your spice rack.

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Thing’s a mess.

13. You can’t remember the last time you shaved your legs.

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It gets too hot running in pants, and you’re not ready for everyone to see your natural coat.

14. You’re going to start a new book.

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This one’s barely a compromise. You’re basically exercising, just working out your mind instead!

15. You just really, really, really don’t feel like it.

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The days are long, your bed is soft, and the gym will still be there tomorrow.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ariannarebolini/reasons-you-definitely-cant-go-to-the-gym-today

35 Books That Will Teach You A Damn Thing About Your Food

Spoiler Alert: No cookbooks.I have not read all of these but have read the reviews and have added them to my list. Be forewarned though you will never think the same about our food again after reading just one of these books! 

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1. For anyone who’s ever eaten at McDonald’s: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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If you read anything on this list, make it this. Though published 14 years ago, Fast Food Nation is no less relevant today, giving voice to the hardworking men and women behind the millions of nuggets, patties, pies, and fries that we continue to so mindlessly consume.

2. For anyone who’s ever eaten emotionally: Born Round by Frank Bruni

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Like many of us, Frank Bruni has long struggled with his weight. But what happens when the former chief restaurant reviewer for the New York Times turns a critic’s eye on his own eating habits? Born Round is equal parts heartbreaking and funny, a four-star read.

3. For anyone who’s wondered: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes

Random House

Science writer Gary Taubes brings his degrees in physics, aerospace engineering, and journalism to the human body to explain how weight is more likely the product of our anatomy than our appetites.

4. For anyone who’s been on Atkins or just really likes butter: The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz

Simon & Schuster

Atkins may have been right all along. According to Nina Teicholz’s research, the low-fat frenzy of the past half-century was based on bogus — if well-meaning — science. How this became federal policy and shaped generations of American dieting is a deeply compelling cautionary tale.

5. For anyone who still hasn’t read Kitchen Confidential: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

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Even 15 years later, Bourdain’s remains the preeminent curtain-pull among epicurean exposés. Somehow, his down-and-dirty account of the madmen and -women behind haute cuisine doesn’t detract from our enjoyment of the food. In fact, it might just make us enjoy it more.

6. For anyone who wishes Kitchen Confidential had been compressed into 24 hours: Sous Chef by Michael Gibney

Gibney takes two bold turns in this remarkable debut: 1) He limits himself to just 24 hours, and 2) he pivots to present it all in the second person. The result is an extra-urgent, in-the-trenches tumble through a day in the life on the line.

7. For anyone who liked Kitchen Confidential but wanted more sex and drugs: The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White

Perhaps the least polished and most profane of this list’s memoirs, White’s The Devil In The Kitchen is still a rollicking wild ride. Think Gordon Ramsey but more pissed off.

8. For anyone who dreads grocery shopping, or just wants help doing it: What to Eat by Marion Nestle

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You know not to grocery shop when hungry, but do you know what to look for — and avoid — in each aisle? Marion Nestle’s blow-by-blow guide to supermarket shopping is a godsend: a delight to read and easy to reference on the fly.

9. For anyone who wants to know why they hate tomatoes: Tomatoland by Barry Estabrook

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Not all tomatoes are as bad as the ones you find in the supermarket. Estabrook tells us why and introduces us to the farmers — from Florida to Peru — who have worked to bring us the Big (bland) Red.

10. For anyone looking for a laugh with their Big Mac: Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

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Gaffigan brings his trademark wit to our cultural cravings, waxing poetic on everything from Hot Pockets to Cinnabon. Food: A Love Story is written for the everyman — the hungry man — who remains suspicious of kale and enamored with bacon.

11. For anyone who thought Eat, Pray, Love was overrated and really just wanted Julia Roberts to open a kick-ass restaurant in New York: Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton

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By far the best-written chef’s memoir on this list, Blood, Bones & Butter is clearly the work of a pro. And it makes sense, seeing as Hamilton holds an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, in addition to her stints as a dishwasher, underage bartender, world traveler, and catering director. If you’re ever in New York, her tiny restaurant, Prune, is worth a visit.

(Bonus good/bad news: The book has allegedly been optioned for a film adaptation, with Gwyneth Paltrow attached to play Hamilton.)

12. For anyone considering culinary school: The Making of a Chef by Michael Ruhlman

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Don’t let all these raucous, debauched restaurant memoirs fool you — being a chef takes hard work. Ruhlman’s detailed look inside the Harvard of U.S. culinary schools is proof.

13. For anyone who likes to learn (and fail) on the fly: Heat by Bill Buford

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If school’s just not your thing, you might identify more closely with Buford’s approach to the culinary arts. Bypassing any formal training — or even former restaurant experience — Buford jumped from his job at The New Yorker to the kitchen of Mario Batali’s famed restaurant, Babbo. His resulting education is hectic, hard-won, and hilarious.

14. For anyone currently watching Fresh Off the Boat: Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

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You might not recognize all of Huang’s many punchy pop culture references, but that doesn’t make Fresh Off the Boat any less fun. Whether discussing Asian-American stereotypes or soup dumplings in Taiwan, Huang writes with delightful verve. It’s easy to see why this book translates so seamlessly to the screen.

15. For anyone who wants to know where these truly upsetting retro recipes came from: Something From the Oven by Laura Shapiro

Shapiro roves from the origins of Betty Crocker to the miracle of canned bread, showing how mid-century feminism and postwar technology united to produce bizarre foodie fads unlike any we’ve seen since.

16. For anyone wondering why Lunchables are still a thing: Salt Sugar Fat by Michael Moss

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Investigative reporter Michael Moss reveals how big brands like Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestlé, Capri Sun, Cargill, and Oreo have engineered our addiction to their products. His in-depth look at the strange science behind processed food is at once fascinating and terrifying.

17. For anyone who really really likes corn: The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan is the king of contemporary food writing, swirling together history, science, and sociology with surprising élan. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is essential reading for anyone trying to grasp the full scope of food in America, which, it turns out, is mostly made of corn.

18. For anyone who really likes Michael Pollan: Cooked by Michael Pollan

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Seriously, this guy can write. In Cooked, Pollan invites us to learn alongside him as he masters the art of preparing food with the four classical elements — fire, water, air, and earth. So if you’ve ever consumed barbecue, bread, beer, or bourguignon and wondered how it all came to be, this book is for you.

19. For anyone with a casual Ph.D. in chemistry: On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee

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This is the brainier version of Cooked, with a legitimate “Chemistry Primer” appendix on molecular reactions and the like. But phases of matter aside, On Food and Cooking is a veritable kitchen bible, with how-to and tell-me-why chapters on everything from “The Problem of Legumes and Flatulence” to “Why Pain Can Be Pleasurable.”

20. For anyone who wants to drool: The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher

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M.F.K. Fisher is the writer you probably haven’t heard of but definitely should know. Whether she’s describing a tiny restaurant in the French countryside or how to properly savor a tangerine — even how to boil water — Fisher’s words practically drip from the page. The Art of Eating represents her collected works, a transcontinental record of how to best enjoy the simple pleasures of a meal.

Proof of her beautiful prose, and inspiration for any aspiring food writers out there: “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others. So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and hunger for it … and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied … and it is all one.”

21. For anyone contemplating going gluten-free: Grain Brain by David Perlmutter

Little, Brown & Company

Definitely a pro-gluten-free screed, Grain Brain presents the science on the side of our most recent de rigueur diet. Great for those with celiac disease and gluten intolerance, and maybe better taken with a grain of salt by the rest of us.

For a more even-handed look at Big Bad Gluten, try Michael Specter’s piece in The New Yorker.

22. For anyone who salts their watermelon: Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky

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Another “wait till you hear where your _____ comes from” book, but somehow Kurlansky manages to make salt — yes, salt — a compelling protagonist. Who knew that this familiar, meek little mineral could have been the impetus for so many revolutions, conquests, and wars?

23. For anyone who wants to know what it really means to “live off the land”: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

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Having heard the virtues of Locavore and Slow Food diets endlessly extolled, Barbara Kingsolver decided to give it a try. Her whole-hog endeavor — transplanting her family from Tucson, Arizona, to rural Virginia, where they only consumed produce that they’d personally planted or raised — is drastic, but ultimately rewarding. She shows us how to reconnect with the land and ourselves, thinking mindfully about what we eat and how it’s made.

24. For anyone who really identified with the critic in Ratatouille: Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

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How do restaurants actually earn their stars? Go undercover with renowned New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl to see how egos, infighting, anonymity, and authenticity co-mingle to determine the fates of restaurateurs and their reviewers.

25. For anyone wondering where the phrase “You are what you eat” comes from: The Physiology of Taste by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

43 Workouts That Allow You To Watch An Ungodly Amount Of Television

I know a lot of you love some of these popular network shows so why not get your exercise in while watching! 

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1. Scandal

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2. House of Cards

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3. Game of Thrones

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4. MasterChef

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5. Orange Is the New Black

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6. Walking Dead

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7. Orphan Black

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8. Doctor Who

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9. Nashville

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10. True Blood

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11. The Vampire Diaries

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12. Bones

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13. The Bachelorette

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14. Supernatural

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15. Arrow

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16. Cosmos

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17. Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars

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18. Suits

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19. Dexter

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20. The Tudors

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21. Bob’s Burgers

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22. Teen Wolf

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23. Revenge

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24. 24

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25. How I Met Your Mother

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26. America’s Next Top Model

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27. Friends

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28. New Girl

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29. Modern Family

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30. Glee

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31. Keeping Up With the Kardashians

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32. Boy Meets World

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33. The Office (U.S.)

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34. Gossip Girl

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35. Breaking Bad

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36. Seinfeld

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37. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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38. Lost

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39. NCIS

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40. So You Think You Can Dance

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41. 30 Rock

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42. Grey’s Anatomy

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43. Gilmore Girls

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Breaking Habits That Drain Energy

Everyone has a few bad habits and let me tell you I have plenty myself. But some habits are worse than others, and can actually drain your energy. In a day and age when we are constantly on the go and always “on” we are self sabotage ourselves. So, it is time to take stock of some of the most common bad habits most of us are doing to sabotage our energy.  Let’s take a look at some of the bad habits that could be draining your energy.

Energy TriggersAlways saying “yes”

Do you always help a friend or coworker in need? Want to know a little secret? Everyone knows this, and they are taking advantage of you. Your own life and responsibilities are hard enough to handle. So when you consistently say yes to everyone else’s requests for help, you end up drained and frazzled. Learn to say no. Not only will it feel good, but you will experience a calming peace that revitalizes and energizes you.

Not exercising consistently

You know you should exercise, so why don’t you? Rocket science is not at work here. It is very easy to understand. When you physically stress your body, your bones and muscles become stronger. The stronger you are, the more energy you have. Get started today exercising on a consistent basis, 3 to 5 moderate to intense 20 minute sessions a week for starters. The rewards of consistent exercise are many, and plenty of energy is just one of them.

Not drinking lots of water and green tea, and drinking soda

When you are hydrated properly, your natural body systems work at the peak of efficiency. This helps oxygen travel efficiently through your body, and you are energized. So get lots of water in your diet, starting today. Also, green tea is a natural provider of energy. It tastes great and hydrates you while delivering healthy antioxidants. And green tea does not let you crash after your energy boost like unhealthy sodas and sugar-filled drinks, which you should avoid at all times.

A lack of the ‘B’ vitamins in your life

The 8 ‘B’ vitamins contained in most B complex supplements promote healthy oxygen delivery, red blood cell growth, proper digestion and a strong immune system. B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12 and Biotin are the wonderfully natural vitamins a B complex supplement delivers that virtually guarantee you have all the energy you need every day. Also, if you struggle with sleep B2 and B6 are great for helping you get more sleep at night

Too much sugar

You’ve probably heard this a million times before… but it’s worth repeating. Added sugars (like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. For this reason, they are called “empty” calories and although you may get a quick burst of energy after your sugar crash you are left sometimes more tired than before!

There are lots of bad habits that can sabotage your energy and maybe one or two of the ones listed above happen to be yours. If so, make it your goal to eliminate those bad habits from your daily routine and I promise you will begin to feel different and have more energy throughout the day.

If you would like to learn how you can make some simple hacks to get more energy I have put together a special report that you can download for Free and start feeling more vibrant and full of energy today!

To your success,

Coach Dave

P.S. You will see down below this post where you can get your Free Energy Triggers report.

Duh! Science Says Working Longer Hours Leads People To Drink More

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Leaving the office late might be changing the way you drink.

A comprehensive study recently published in The BMJ concretely identified a link between working more than 48 hours a week and “risky” drinking habits.

A research team from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health studied data from 61 studies created in 14 countries around the globe, tracking the average amount of drinks as compared to the amount of hours worked each week.

It’s important to keep in mind Finnish standards define excessive drinking habits for women as 14 servings per week and 21 for men.

However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define heavy drinking as only eight drinks per week for women and 15 for men.

After analyzing the data of more than 330,000 people, the team found those who spend more than 48 hours per week working are up to 13 percent more likely to drink heavily than those who stick to a regulation 40-hour schedule, regardless of socioeconomic class, age or gender.

Perhaps it’s an attempt to release stress quickly after work before an early start at the office the next day, or helps employees feel they’re getting in the appropriate amount of social time with friends and coworkers.

As lead researcher Marianna Virtanen explained to New Scientist,

We think that some people may cope with excess working hours with habits that are unhealthy…

The symptoms they try to alleviate with alcohol may include stress, depression and sleep disturbances.

Excess alcohol consumption can lead to cirrhosis of the liver, flagging work performance and weight gain.

Be careful to watch the way those drinks add up, and consider taking up a stress-relieving hobby or sport instead.

One glass of wine is fantastic, but more can create a problem that won’t help you get ahead at the office.

Read more: http://elitedaily.com/news/world/working-longer-hours-lead-people-drink-more/907643/

11 Forgotten ’90s Dance Jams That Will Seriously Change The Way You Move

Get ready to sweat until you bleed.

1. Snap, “Rhythm Is a Dancer”

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What they want you to do: Let the rhythm ride you, guide you, and sneak inside you to set your mind to move.Dance/rhythm is: A source companion. Where can you FEEL it? In the air and everywhere. TBH it’s probably inside of you right now.

2. Technotronic, “Move This”

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What they want you to do: Move this, groove this, shake that body.Dance/rhythm is: What you do when the jam is pumpin’.Where can you FEEL it? I dunno, but you’ll feel the mellow crawlin’ fast.

3. Black Box, “Strike It Up”

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What they want you to do: I’m pretty sure they want you to strike it up.Dance/rhythm is: What will keep you from feeling lonely.Where can you FEEL it? Straight in your mind.

4. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, “Good Vibrations”

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What he wants you to do: Dance until you have sweat coming out of your pores. Dance/rhythm is: His occupation. Where can you FEEL it? Somewhere? You’ll feel it though. I don’t know what Marky Mark will do if you can’t feel it.

5. C+C Music Factory, “Gonna Make You Sweat”

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What they want you to do: SWEAT until you BLEED.Dance/rhythm is: Something that will take hold of your heart and soul.Where can you FEEL it? Your body, which might be hurt by the end of this song.

6. Deee-Lite, “Groove Is in the Heart”

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What they want you to do: Dip to the dive and get funky.Dance/rhythm is: In your heart!Where can you FEEL it? Uh, your heart.

7. La Bouche, “Sweet Dreams”

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What they want you to do: Move and groove your body.Dance/rhythm is: A creation, a better sensation, that will lead you through the night.Where can you FEEL it? In your sweet, sweet dreams.

8. Amber, “This Is Your Night”

What she wants you to do: To feel what she feels.Dance/rhythm is: What will get you through this night. Where can you FEEL it? In your body the moment you feel “brand new.”

9. 2 Brothers on the 4th Floor, “Dance With Me”

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What they want you to do: Dance until you go crazy.Dance/rhythm is: What will hypnotize you.Where can you FEEL it? Inside, making you feel alive.

10. Real McCoy, “It’s on You”

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What they want you to do: Dip, dip, die. Also: Clean up your ears and open your eyes. Dance/rhythm is: Your motivation to do anything.Where can you FEEL it? In your muscles.

11. Corona, “Rhythm of the Night”

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What she wants you to do: Give her love again by using the power of THE RHYTHM. Dance/rhythm is: Her night, her life, your voice, it’s basically everything.Where can you FEEL it? In your body when you think of her and “burn.”

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25 Ridiculously Unreasonable Fears

While some phobias are actually quite useful and probably aided humanity in its survival there are others where it can really be hard to see the usefulness or purpose behind them. From ebulliophobia (the fear of bubbles) tolepidopterophobia (the fear of butterflies) these 25 ridiculously unreasonable fears are hard to justify.

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25. Fear of opening closets

Not exactly a word used in everyday conversation, the technical term for this fear isauchloclaustrophobia.

24. Fear of sleeping in the dark

Apparently, according to various studies, nyctophobia affects more adults than one would think.

23. Fear of swimming in dark, murky water

Although there is no medical term for this fear it is probably one of the most common fears in the world and to be honest probably doesn’t even belong on this list. If you think about it, being afraid of dark, murky water is actually quite reasonable and probably useful for survival.

22. Fear of dentists

As common as it is this fear doesn’t come with a cool name. It’s just plain old dental phobia.

21. Fear of butterflies

While arachnophobia (fear of spiders) makes sense to most people, lepidopterophobia (fear of butterflies) is a bit more questionable.

20. Fear of fire escapes

Probably related to being afraid of heights it should go without saying that this is not a good fear to have.

19. Fear of standing on glass flooring

Another fear related to acrophobia (fear of heights), standing on glass flooring high above the city streets can give some people white knuckles.

18. Fear of women

Known as gynophobia its counterpart (fear of men) is called androphobia.

17. Fear of living in a ground floor flat

It may come as a surprise but there are actually several phobias that contribute to having a fear of living on the ground floor. Everything from claustrophobia (due to fearing a building collapse) to agoraphobia (fear of all the people passing by) can be factors.

16. Fear of the color purple

If any of your friends are terrified of the color purple make sure to let them know they’re not alone. It’s called porphyrophobia.

15. Fear of sharks and whale’s tails

Known as galeophobia this is another one of those fears that really isn’t that unreasonable and is actually probably quite healthy.

14. Fear of being out of mobile phone coverage

Yes, it’s a real fear with a real name – nomophobia.

13. Fear of showers

Probably not the best fear to have in terms of hygiene, ablutophobia could probably cost you some friends.

12. Fear of cockroaches

Of course, to someone with katsaridaphobia this fear might be quite reasonable and who are we to argue? Those little monsters have managed to live through nearly every major catastrophe to befall the planet since the beginning of time. That’s terrifying.

11. Fear of walking down stairs

Another fear related to acrophobia (fear of heights) if you have this phobia you had better check the building for elevators (and hope you don’t have claustrophobia). Otherwise you’ll probably just have to walk down backwards.

10. Fear of bubbles

Ebulliophobia, it’s one of the fears you’ll probably definitely get made fun of for.

9. Fear of large sewer rat in the toilet

While there’s no official name for this fear (toilet rat phobia?) a quick google search will confirm that it is actually quite common.

8. Fear of open spaces and crowds

Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces or large crowds. In some way though it is possible to see the anxiety related factors affecting this phobia.

7. Terrified of driving or walking under bridges

Gephyrophobia is an unreasonable fear or anxiety induced by bridges.

6. Fear of death

While you might think to yourself “how is that an unreasonable fear?” if you consider the fact that death is an inevitable part of life it is easier to see why fearing death may be a bit unreasonable.

5. Fear of spontaneously combusting

Probably one of the most unreasonable fears on this list, there isn’t even one scientifically confirmed case of spontaneous combustion in human history.

4. Fear of thinking out loud

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but it’s real and some people really believe it.

3. Fear of physical deformity

If you are a professional boxer, football player, or contortionist, this fear may not be that unreasonable. For the rest of us though, its usefulness is questionable.

2. Fear of bumps on the body

Probably a form of hypochondria (constant anxiety about your health), this fear may actually be useful when it comes to catching cancers and other diseases but it can also lead to a lot of undue stress.

1. Fear of stepping inside an elevator

Whether it stems from claustrophobia, acrophobia, or any number of other phobias, there are a lot of ways to be afraid of elevators. But really, how often do you hear about people meeting their demise because of an unfortunate elevator incident?

Read more: http://list25.com/25-ridiculously-unreasonable-fears/

Easy to Pack High-Energy Snacks

Easy to Pack High-Energy Snacks

When you need a boost on the go, you want something that is portable, healthy and great tasting. The American Dietetic Association explains that snacking between meals throughout your day keeps you from suffering the energy highs and lows which accompany the traditional breakfast – lunch – dinner meal plan.

Snacking also keeps your metabolism revved up, meaning you are burning fat and calories more efficiently. Keep the easy to pack high-energy snacks listed below handy, and you will stay energized all day long without the accompanying crash that comes from sugar-filled and carbohydrate-rich energy drinks and treats.

high energy snacks Here are a few snacks that are easy to pack and transport to keep you satisfied and help your energy levels!

Hard-boiled eggs

Refrigerated eggs last for about a week if they are kept in their shells after boiling. You can cook a dozen eggs at the beginning of the week and keep them on hand for a quick energy boost. They are extremely high in what scientists call HBV protein (high biological value). This type of protein is excellent for an energy punch. Eggs also deliver all of the B vitamins, both vitamin A and D, as well as healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Chocolate milk

Chocolate milk available in half pint servings made for on-the-shelf storage is an excellent protein source, also delivering the benefits of dairy. Just make sure to choose a low-sugar variety.

Go nuts!

Walnuts, pistachios, almonds and other varieties of nuts provide a very densely packed protein pop. Just 1 ounce delivers a full 9 grams of protein. Aside from being extremely portable, they also deliver an excellent shelf life. Stick to the low-salt and no-salt options if you can.

Celery with peanut or nut butter

Nut butter made from cashews, walnuts or almonds is excellent for a healthy energy kick. And celery makes the perfect peanut or not butter vehicle with its natural U-shaped groove. Celery also provides the added benefits of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium and at least a dozen other wonderful nutrients and vitamins.

Fresh apples and bananas

Delivering antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin C and an excellent energy boost, bananas and apples also require no refrigeration. You can pop them in your purse, briefcase or office desk drawer for a fresh, healthy and tasty vitality boost that is also low in calories.

Hummus

Hummus provides both “good carbs” and dietary fiber. But it is also loaded full of vitamins and nutrients that give you the proper type of energy. Available in a wide variety of flavors, you can always jazz up your hummus with diced vegetables or red peppers to make even a healthier vitality booster.

If you plan in advance and eat some of these high energy snacks I have listed I can promise you that you will begin to see improvements in all areas of your health and not just your energy levels.

In health,

Coach Dave

High Heels Could Be Causing Your Knee Pain

Hey everyone! today’s post is from a guest author and is geared to the females. Sorry guys I will get something out there for you so don’t get upset with me!

High Heels Could Be Causing Your Knee Pain

I know, they are cute and you have to wear them.

They are so stylish and make you feel great.

The but is, they maybe the thing that is causing your knee pain or will lead to your knee pain.

Yes, they are your high heels. It is common knowledge that those cute high heels lead to achy feet but they also can lead to achy knees.

Let me explain how and why.

Increase Stress on Your Knee Cap

Your high heels lift you up on your toes.  This leads to your thigh (quadriceps) muscle working a lot more then usual.  The thigh muscles pulls on your knee cap (patella).  When the quadriceps pulls on the knee cap, it presses the knee cap against the knee joint.  This leads to greater stress on the knee but also can leads to osteoarthritis of the knee, ouch!

Increased Stress on Inside of Your Knee

Being propped up on your toes makes you legs look great but they put more stress on the inside part of your knee joint.

In your knee joint there are two knuckles (condyles) in the thigh bone that connect with the lower leg to form the knee.  The knuckle that gets more weight of your body is the one on the inside.  This is also the side that is likely to get osteoarthritis.

If you wear high heels, it will put more stress on the inside knuckle which will help your knee lead to osteoarthritis, speed up your arthritis or flare up your arthritis.

What About Little Heels?

I know what you are thinking, I don’t wear really high heels that often, I wear little heels.

Sorry to say, little heels do the same a big heels.

Even in heels that are 1.5 inches in height there was a 14% increase in stress in the knee while high heels had 23% increase in stress.

Yes, high heels are worse but you do get an increase stress with little heels.

The Last Word on High Heels

I am sorry for the doom and gloom article but if you get achy knees, look at your high heels.

I will do another article for Coach Dave on what you can do with your heels in order to decrease the stress and pain on your knees.

Until the next article, have a great day!

About the Author

Rick Kaselj is a personal trainer in Vancouver, Canada that specializes in designing exercise programs for clients recovering from injuries.  Rick has trained thousands of clients and completed his Master’s of Science degree focusing on injury recovery and exercise.  Rick shares with other fitness professionals and exercise enthusiasts, the exercises he uses to prevent knee injuries and overcome knee injuries in the Knee Injury Solution program.

 

6 Energy Starter Foods to Give You More Energy Throughout the Day

High-Energy-Foods for People over 40

 Use these 6 High Energy Starter Foods to Get More Energy

As we get older the hormones in our body change, which can lead to lower levels of energy and fatigue. I don’t remember at what age it started but I started to realize that midway through the day I would start to feel worn out and drained. I knew it wasn’t because of lack of sleep so I started to research what it could be. After searching online and speaking with the RD that worked with me I realized it was my diet and the foods I was ingesting. You see it is just like when the battery is running low on your smartphone, you plug it up. Instantly you see your battery charging icon get a boost. Well, it is no different with your body and energy levels. If you want to get that quick boost of energy back you and do it in a healthy way you can. It is as easy as feasting on these wonderful energy-boosting foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and natural energy sources.

High-Energy-Foods for People over 40Manganese rich pineapple

A single cup of pineapple delivers enough vitamin C to fulfill your daily requirement. And because pineapple is very high in manganese, this natural vitality booster delivers instant energy whenever you need it. And by the way, pineapple tastes delicious!

Quinoa the wonder grain

As far as versatility goes, quinoa offers limitless possibilities. In salads, soups or by itself, this low glycemic index food does not give you a dangerous spike in blood sugar or energy. Since it is composed of approximately 60% complex carbohydrates, the energy it provides is slowly and regularly absorbed by your body. This means a day’s supply of energy, along with the benefits of high fiber and protein.

Carbs and protein for breakfast

Researchers have discovered that people who eat protein for breakfast generally eat less food throughout their day. This means fewer calories, and less of a chance to consume simple carbohydrates and sugars which cause an energy crash and burn. And complex carbohydrates regulate your energy for high levels all day long.

Salmon and eggs

Eggs are incredibly versatile. Hard-boiled eggs can last up to one week in your refrigerator. And salmon is an excellent source of healthy fatty acids and protein. When you get your B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, all day energy flow is headed your way, and these 2 super foods provide those healthy nutrients and others.

Oranges, grapefruits and other citrus foods

Vitamin C is excellent for boosting your immune system. It also helps deliver natural energy, and the way your nose reacts to citrus scent gives you an instant boost of alertness and mental clarity. Have some low sugar citrus juice with your breakfast, and enjoy an orange or grapefruit in the middle of your day.

Melons

Whether you enjoy watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe or some other melon, you are fighting fatigue when you eat it. 90% of the weight of these fruits comes from water. And you know how important it is to keep properly hydrated. When your body has all the water it needs, it functions properly, leveling your energy distribution throughout the day.

I am going to conclude with this cheesy analogy and that is your body is like a car. If you want to perform sluggish then eat crap food. If you want it to perform like a race car and at high precision feed it the best nutrients you possibly can. If you just tweak your diet slightly I guarantee you will begin to get more energy throughout the day and especially after you ingest it.

Let me know what high energy foods you eat to give you a boost!

In Health,

Coach Dave