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A dynamic approach towards strength building- The Naked Warrior

January 23, 2014

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bodyweighttrainingBooks can prove to be your best friends because you can learn a lot from them. The good news is that you do not have to depend on fitness trainers or fitness cds to learn workouts and strength program. I got a chance to look into a great book related to strength workouts. Yes, people I am talking about The Naked Warrior. Frankly speaking, it is the first time that I invested in a fitness book. However, I am happy that I made the right pick, I surely have no regrets related to my choice, and I feel I made the right selection.

Most of us tend to get obsessed with strength training the great part is that this book specifically caters to this need. The book primarily focuses upon two exercises. The exercises revolve around the one-legged squat and one arm one-legged pushup. However, these exercises are sufficient to equip you with the strength that you eventually need. Now most of us are novice in the world of workouts. Therefore, I need to applaud this book on one thing it has made everything so easy that you will learn to handle the workouts as effortlessly as I did. Every step is explained in detail and you can be a good self-learner. Now we all know that images make the workout more interesting, because they are a self-explanatory guide and help you to understand the workout in a much better manner. Moreover, the book really goes well with those people who do not have the time to go to gyms or buy extremely expensive equipment at home. When you will go through the instructions, for each workout you will get a sense of independence and I am promising you one thing that positive results are bound to come your way. However, remember one thing that for any workout there is one rule of the game and that is that you have to follow the workout religiously if you want quick results.

The book the naked warrior explains the mechanism behind fitness and strength training. The mechanism is that the body muscles need to remain tensed and thus this would contribute to strength training. Moreover, you will learn the art of breathing through your diaphragm. You will get to know that breathing mechanism plays a key role in workouts and this technique will eventually help you in your future workouts as well.

Workouts only tend to become difficult if we take them as a compulsion. We need to take them as a fun activity and a step towards fitness and a healthier future. The naked warrior equips you with the basic requirement and that is strength. Once you develop the strength and endurance then believe me that other workouts become a piece of cake for you. Therefore, this book is a giving a new beginning to your fitness. Invest on your health and if you do you can look forward to a more active lifestyle. The workouts presented in this book are surely going to be a pleasure to go through.

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Has the Low-Fat Diet Myth been Busted?

October 27, 2013

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saturated fatsYou may be surprised to learn that the popular wisdom advocating the avoidance of fat in our diet has actually contributed to heart disease rather than reducing it.
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According to experts such as cardiologist, Aseem Malhotra and David Haslam, PhD and Chair of Britain’s National Obesity Forum, the standard advice of the past four decades to avoid all saturated fat has been the most tremendous medical error of recent times. In fact, experts say that this advice has actually caused many people to develop the risk of cardiovascular disease leading to incorrect prescription of statin drugs. [...]

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European Scientists Insist GMO Debate not over Yet

October 25, 2013

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European unionThe European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has come out to strongly criticize the assertion that genetically modified crops are now safe. This is after the biotech giants Syngenta and Monsanto were awarded the 2013 World Food Prize.

The coalition brings together over 90 academics, scientists and physicians. In a statement, the network seeks to address widespread claims in circulation purporting that the GMO debate is now over. [...]

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Health Insurance Tips for the Self-Employed

September 8, 2013

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self-employedBeing self-employed has lots of perks. You get to choose your own hours, hire whomever you want, and be your own boss. The downside is that your job doesn’t provide health insurance.  And if you own a small business, you’re probably too busy to even think about health insurance!

Most self-employed individuals just don’t have health insurance. The last thing you want is for a medical emergency to impede your flourishing new business. You need to have a backup plan in case of an emergency that involves you, your family, or injuries that may put your business at risk.

If you are currently uninsured and looking for health insurance, make sure to shop around first and consider all your options. Ask other business owners for advice. You can use the Internet to compare rates and find trusted licensed agents (like eHealthInsurance.com).

Assistance for workers who are retrenched or in career transition

If your self-employment stemmed from being laid off, there is another option available to you. COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) is a federal program that allows individuals to temporarily extend the insurance they had through previous employment (at their own cost). The federal government offers a 65% subsidy for COBRA premiums, making this a great option for many. COBRA is most attractive to those with pre-existing medical conditions that make it hard for them to qualify for coverage in other programs.

Look out for rate guarantees and tax deductions

When you decide to buy private health insurance, remember that the insurance company may increase your monthly premiums once in awhile. To protect yourself from this trick, look for a “rate guarantee.” Licensed health insurance agents can give you advice on which company to use and help you understand all the little details. Some companies offer to lock in your rate for a certain period of time if you pay a “small fee” each month. Do the math before you sign to ensure that you are actually saving money.

Some states allow qualified self-employed individuals to deduct health insurance premiums on their federal tax returns. There are rules to follow – make sure to ask a tax professional if you have any questions. Remember that you can’t deduct any money during any period of time in which you were eligible to participate in a health insurance plan sponsored by another employer.  A tax professional can also teach you about all the different types of self-employment statuses in your state and the associated tax implications.

Health Savings Account

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a good idea for many self-employed individuals. This account is set up with an HSA-eligible health insurance program. Compared to other plans, HSAs usually have high deductibles and low monthly premiums. With an HSA, you can deposit some of your pre-tax income into a savings account so that it can earn tax-free interest. You can use then that money to pay for medical expenses like copayments and deductibles. The money you don’t use builds up tax-free year by year.

No matter what type of health insurance you end up purchasing, make sure to speak with a health insurance agent and a tax professional so that you save as much money as possible. With a good health insurance program and peace of mind, you will have more time to focus on what’s really important: your business.

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