Weightlifting and Raising Metabolism.

My favorite part of exercising is weightlifting. You don’t have to lift heavy weights to look fit and have a great body, you just need to do it regularly and know the techniques.

Why is weightlifting such a great way to stay fit? It isn’t just because of the great look you will get-weightlifting has a multitude of health benefits because it raises your metabolism.

Metabolism, as we know, is the problem word when it comes to trying to lose weight. The slower our metabolism the harder it is to lose fat and keep it off. Now there are hundreds of theories why one person has a slower metabolism than another. Certainly life-style and eating habits have a lot to do with it, as do genetic factors. Plus everyone’s metabolism, no matter how good shape they are in, slows with age. There is however one undeniable biological fact- muscle raises your metabolism,fat does not. The more muscles you have the more calories you burn. Weightlifting builds muscles.

Experts agree that to raise your metabolic rate and keep it higher, it is the best to combine weightlifting with other exercises and increased physical activity.

And finally, while weightlifting and exercise are the surest way to give your metabolism a boost, you also must adjust your diet and limit your fat intake.

The best way to keep a revved up metabolism going is to give your body constant fuel to burn, eat small amounts of food all day long.

Think about it like keeping a fire roaring in the fire place, keep throwing in wood and it will continue to consume fuel and burn bright and powerful-don’t feed it and what happens? It will slowly die down until it goes out.

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Bulu Box. August. Review.

Last week I got my second Bulu Box.

What is BULUBOX?


Bulu Box is the first health, nutrition and weight loss discovery box designed to help you feel your best. Each month, you’ll get a custom box filled with a new mix of 4 to 5 premium samples from top brands to try. Every sample is sufficient enough to decide if the product is right for you. Of course, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime. Share your thoughts about each product in our sample surveys and you can earn 50+ Rewards Points (that’s $5!) each month! Use your points to purchase your new favorites in full size at BuluBox.com.

This months I got:

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1.CocoaVia. Heart Healthy Mix.

This mix supports cardio-vascular health with the natural taste of rich chocolate packed with cocoa flavarons. You suppose to mix it into your milk, oatmeal, yogurt or protein shake.

I saw it at the store before, but didn’t want to buy the whole package, so I was happy to try it from the Bulu Box. It tastes pretty good, and I might have it sometimes in my protein shake.

The ingredients though didn’t make me happy: soy lecithin, carrageenan, sucralose etc. NATURALLY FLAVORED on the package flashes the RED LIGHT for me. This ingredient always hides tons of chemicals in it:(

2. Shapeology Burn Blend.

I got it this month again. I already said what I think about supplements like this.

Never tried it.

3. PowerBar Performance Energy Blend.

Fuel your body before, during and after exercise with natural ingredients like bananas and blueberries. Energy Blends make the perfect on-the-go boost for the endurance athlete in you.

Sounds good, and tastes good, but it’s easier for me just eat the real fruits. If I don’t have anyhing to snack on, and can’t get any fresh fruit, I would probably go with it. But you can also buy just baby puree food and have it as a snack.

4. Twin Lab Power Fuel.

Power Fuel intensifies your muscle pump to boost performance and ignite strenght gains. It utilizes four types of carbohydrates, absorbed sequentially, to put your muscles into overdrive and keep them there rather than spiking and crashing.

It’s a good supplement for heavy-weight lifters. I can use it from time to time, but in general, I feel totally ok during exercising without it.

5. Garden of Life RAW Organic Protein Powder.

Packed with protein, vitamins and live probiotics, Garden of Life Raw Protein is a great meal replacement or post workout drink. Raw Protein is vegan, gluten, dairy, soy free and still tastes delicious.

I love Garden of Life. I had their protein powder(chocolate) before, and it tastes good. This time I got Vanilla Spiced Chai and it tastes delicious. This sample was good.

6. Online Training. Daily Burn.

Get your sweat on and burn fat anywhere with access to an enormous library of workouts spanning all areas of fitness at DailyBurn.com.

I got the gift card to use on this site, to upload different workouts and exercises and use them for 1 months for free, and 20$ store credit to spend on nutritional supplements .

I always look for new workouts and exercises to try, so this gift card is used already:)

In general I like my first box more than the second one, but I still found some nice samples in August box to use. I will definetely share my experience with the next month BULUBOX.

But for now if any of you want to try the BULU BOX there are a few promo codes that you can use to save money.

1. Follow this link:

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2. You want to try BULU BOX for FREE? Use this code BULUGAN227 and you will get 10$ off from you first box . That means you get your first box for free, and don’t need to pay for shipping.

Or sign up for 3,6 or 12 months and get 50% off

The code BULUGAN227.

Running.

Running is probably the most convenient workout. There is no equipment involved; you don’t need to be a member to the gym; you don’t need to be a skilled athlete. It’s also one of the most eficient ways to blast fat and burn calories-about 600cal an hour. You’ll also reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, boost your mood, temper stress and build the muscle, especially in the lower body and core.

Running is my favorite type of cardio. I feel so good after every workout, it makes me happy, gives me the energy and my body feels great.

When my daughter was born, I didn’t workout for almost a year, and when I came back to the gym, I started from running. I ran 5-6 times a week, for 45-60 minutes. I lost some weight pretty fast, but it wasn’t enough for me.

I read a lot of books and changed my diet multiple times. I changed my workouts, tried different combinations. Some of them worked, some were not.

Last winter, I was running too much, and my toes started hurting. I could barely walk, and stopped running for a while.

For today, I run 2-4 times a week. I wish, I could run more, but I just don’t have time. I also do some weight lifting workouts and it really helps.

I probably made a lot of mistakes during my fit jorney, but I learnt some lessons:

1. Pick the comfortable shoes for running. It is really important. I personally use Asics Gel-Speedstar Running Shoes. Make a small investment in gear now and you’ll feel more comfortable and avoid aches.

2. Eat before the running workout, otherwise you will eat “a cow” afterwards. But don’t eat too much-a full stomach can be a culprit. It is very important to eat 1 hour before your run. Some of the choices might be brown rice- gives you energy, while fiber keeps you feeling full; berries-their antioxidants can work to help promote a healthy heart and even stave off soreness; nut butter-a tablespoon of nut butter spread on a piece of whole-grain bread can power up your run; protein shake- works great if you run early in the morning, and don’t have time to fix the breakfast. It will give you the energy and make you full for a few hours.

3.Don’t start too fast. Give your body some time to get used to the demands of running. Walk for 2-5 minutes. You have to condition your muscles, tendons and bones, not just your heart and lungs.

4. Turn up the music. Music can power you up that hill. It really helps you run faster, motivates you and just boost your mood.

I love using some of the Apps on my phone.

Fit Radio

Pandora.

FTNS

AudioFuel Running Music

5. Do different running workouts every week. It will help your body to get stronger and leaner and also you won’t get bored from the same routine. You can try intervals training-start with a two-minute speed burst at a challenging but sustainable pace, followed by three minutes of easier recovery jogging. Repeat six times for a total of 30 minutes. Try different combinations of running, jogging and walking. If you use the treadmill, try to do the work out with incline( very effective).

6. Decide what your goals are. If you are trying to loose weight, it’s better to start your workout with running. If you’re trying to build the muscles, do the cardio at the end of workout, or as a separate workout the other day.

7. Drink plenty of water. Don’t drink too much, just try to have little sips during your run. Coconut water works great as a post workout drink because it rehydrates and provides important muscle relaxing nutrients to help in recovery.

8. Listen your body. If you feel you can do more, just increase your speed, push yourself to better results. If you feel the opposite, do it slower, let your body rest, avoid injuries. One injury might keep you away from the gym for weeks,so you have to learn listen to your body and find the right workout for yourself.

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