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New Workout Routine

New Workout Routine

Whether you are just starting out or you are looking for something different, it’s important to find something you enjoy.  The activity will improve your ability to stick with the new routine for the long haul. It is equally important to challenge yourself along the way. This will slow down the chances of you becoming board and ditching the program.

Task 1

Decide whether you want to exercise at home, group, or fitness center.



Task 2

List the activities you enjoy. Here is a sample to get you started:

  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • Running
  • Lifting Weights
  • Plates
  • Tennis
  • Fitness Video’s
  • Rowing

The idea of this exercise is to list as many activities as you can, that you enjoy or are interested in. Adding something new is always a good choice. If your focus is a group or fitness center, you have the opportunity to join a new fitness family. I like to call them motivators.

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Deadlift. Why You Should Do It?

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Deadlifts added into any workout routine will assist in the development of several muscle groups. Specifically, you will improve your grip, strengthen the abs, shoulder, the entire back, buttock, and the list just keeps going. Good for any age group.

If you are unfamiliar with this move, start by using a barbell without weights. Try to train for two days per week depending on your workout schedule. Move weights up as the current weight becomes too easy.


Variation is also important to training. Work on developing:

  • 1 rep max
  • 3 rep max
  • 5 rep max
  • 3 or 4 sets of 10, 12, 14 reps

Mix it up each time you perform the deadlift.

Form is the most important part of the movement. Without proper form, you can certainly expect an injury.
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4 Must Have Kitchen Appliances l Food Fitness Dogs

I love to cook. I love to cook for friends, events, and of course meals for myself. The size of my meals could feed a small army, but that’s ok because what I prepare is really good. Something else I love equally, my kitchen tools. I don’t really call them gadgets because they have been kitchen staples for such a long-time. The kitchen tools you own can help you out of a jam or get you into one. Here are my favorite kitchen tools.





I honestly can not say enough about this little powerhouse of a multipurpose machine. Some of my favorite things to do is prepare my own salad dressings, condiments, marinara sauce, soups, ice cream, nut butters, and smoothies. Perfect for juicing.  I also love to chop and puree things up like vegetables, cauliflower for mashed potatoes, and make ground meat from flank steak.

A few more things the Vitamix can do that I have not tried… mixed drinks, salsa, cocktails, and dessert.

I purchased mine from QVC and as a bonus it came with a very thick, worthwhile cookbook along with some other accessories.  The cookbook has a section for Appetizers, Soups, Main Dishes, Sides, Desserts, Drinks, and much more.  Definitely worth the value.  Now you can also purchase this at Vitamix or do your own search for this multipurpose kitchen tool to find the best deal for you.

Yes, a high ticket price. It does come with a lifetime guarantee.  While I have had mine for 3 years or so, I have no complaints.

Whatever you choose to prepare… it’s just minutes from raw ingredients to something presentable. A true kitchen time saver.
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Cheap Home Gym Equipment for Flabby Arms l Food Fitness Dogs

Tone Up With This Piece Of Equipment In Your Home Gym
You can sculp sexy, toned arms at home by using this piece of inexpensive home gym equipment: a Walker.

Walker For Dips Toning Triceps

Walker For Dips Toning Triceps

It is lightweight and will fold up, if you are limited on space, to be stored in a closet or under your bed. Where can you buy this piece of equipment? If you love garage sales, you might be able to find a walker for a couple of dollars. That is were I found mine. Or, you can try a medical resale store. A friend of mine was able to purchase a walker for less than $15.00 dollars. Medical walkers retail for about $40.00+. A friendly tip… stay away from the walkers with wheels or you might be using it to walk if the walker gets away from you!
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Home Gym Equipment – Kettlebells

Kettlebells are a great addition to your home gym. There are so many things you can do with just one Kettlebell. You certainly do not need to buy a whole set unless you can master the bell that you have. I would recommend starting with two different weights. A challenging weight for Turkish Get-Ups, which are great for working your core and balance. A heavier challenging weight for all other exercises. You can really get a great overall body workout with this equipment. I have provided you with a couple of videos you can use to start your workout.

This is an example of a Turkish Get-Up

Here are great full body exercises.

I have an app that I use on my iphone that provides 4 different types of timers. It is called Pocket WOD. You can use the stopwatch timer to perform certain exercises for a number of minutes. You can use the AMRAP timer to do 20 second drills with a 10 minute rest. AMRAPs (As Many Reps As Possible) are generally 8 rounds of drills. You are performing the same exercise for 8 rounds and then you can pick another exercise and do the AMRAP. Each time you will want to write down what exercise you performed and how many reps you completed. This will provide you a good measurement or baseline of where you started, so that the next time you do that particular exercise you will know if you are improving. Then you have the Interval timer you can string several exercises together and use the same time as the AMRAP. Last is the Tabata timer that you can set up your own timer. It should be set 2:1, go time to rest ratio.

Now, go get a Kettlebell or two and get moving!

Fresh Marinara Sauce

Marinara Sauce is best when you make it fresh instead of from a can.  Actually, making fresh anything is always best.  I was not sure if I was up for the task but I jump right in and it was well worth it.  My recipe for a quick marinara sauce usually came from a couple cans of tomato sauce and a can of tomato paste.  I would sprinkle in my seasonings, basil, garlic, oregano, and so on to the tomato sauce.  It was quick and it was easy enough.


I took to the web to find my inspiration because I have never attempted to make fresh marinara sauce.  I found my inspiration from Life as a Plate.

Fresh Marinara Sauce

Fresh Marinara Sauce

This is my picture of roasted Roma tomatoes for the fresh marinara sauce. My place smelled like an Italian restaurant for days! It was great.

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Body Bench and The Body Bench Workout

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Body Bench was created by Prescott Ellison just this year. I have never seen anything like this on the market. I do not think there is a body bench on the market that is transportable. This is great if you travel because the bench breaks down and fits into a bag. The body bench is a great addition to your home gym! Take a look at the Body Bench Video!  I do not have to really sell this equipment, but the uses are endless.

If you are interested on adding this to your equipment, you can contact Prescott through the Facebook Page of Body Bench.

How To Select The Right Food For Your Dog

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Selecting the right dog food is such a difficult, overwhelming task when there are so many dog food brands to choose from for wet and dry. Just before I purchased my dogs, five years ago, I did some research on the various brands of dog food because I knew I wanted to feed my pups the best that I could afford. One think I learned very quickly is that most dog foods are heavy on fillers and weak on meats. I should also say that I found this to be the case in most mass production dog foods. Typically, the more fillers in the dog food the more food you have to give your dog. Low quality can also be seen in the dogs waste, which tends to be darker and rock hard.

Dog food ingredients that are higher quality, high percentage of meats and less fillers tend to be the best for your pet. You also feed them less food. Unfortunately, they also tend to be the most expensive. There is a great website that I had came across to help me select the right dog food. It is called Dog Food Advisor. The site provides a grade 1 – 5, 5 being the best on both wet and dry dog foods. I chose Horizon Pulsar for my pets and it scored 4.5. I couldn’t be more pleased.

I will share a story with you. I was watching a friends two little poodles. They were being fed a mass production brand of dog food. Now, my dog weighs about 80lbs and gets two cups a day of dog food. These two dogs together probably weigh 50lbs. or just shy of 50lbs and eat 1 1/2 cups of dry dog food each and 1/2 can of wet. That was just for breakfast. I was shocked and mentioned that to my friend. It just doesn’t pay to feed your pet low quality food.

Take a look at the website and find your dog food. How does it rate?

Healthy Meatloaf with Spinach and Cauliflower Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Healthy Meatloaf

Healthy Meatloaf

Meatloaf is comfort food when it’s cold outside, not to mention that it is pretty damn easy to put together.  It is great for lunch and dinner.  You can pair meatloaf with something as simple as a salad. Pair your meatloaf with what you like.

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Home Gym – Resistance Bands

Resistance bands are available in many sizes and strength.  You can get a really good workout whether you are at home or traveling. I have been exercising for about 20 years and during that time I had been pretty creative in the gym until I met CrossFit. You can use the resistance bands the same way you would use free weights and do just about everything. These are also great to bring to the gym with you in case someone is tying up equipment you want to use.

If you are searching for things to do with your resistance bands here are a few websites to checkout:
33 Resistance Band Exercises You Can Do Anywhere
Easy Resistance Band Exercises
Complete Guide to Band Exercises

Do not underestimate the power of the band. If you feel that the one you are using is too simple, simply increase the resistance band strength.  <!–more–>

Here is a video of some resistance band exercises. Do not feel intimidated by the model in the video, just focus on the workout. If you incorporate healthy eating into your daily intake, exercise regularly and treat yourself in moderation you will reach your goal.

I chose this resistance band video because there is no talking.  I like to get right to the workout.  Resistance band exercises are low impact workouts.  You can always go through each routine 3 to 5 times for a really good workout and add some cardio before, in between, and/or afterwards.

Setting up a home gym does not have to cost you thousands of dollars.  Focus on some small powerful pieces and get moving.  What is in your home gym?


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