Magnesium sulfate, more commonly known as Epsom Salt, assists in increasing the amount of magnesium in the body, resulting in an increase in serotonin produced by the brain. The increase in serotonin creates a feeling of relaxation and well-being. The additional magnesium helps the body produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) at the cellular level. These chemical benefits help lower blood pressure, increase relaxation and improve sleep. When used in the bath, Epsom salt reduces pain and swelling.
When it comes to exercise, there are countless options of where to start, how to train, what to use and why it will or will not work for your body. Unfortunately there are also a countless number of exercise myths, bad habits, and ways to injure yourself. How are you supposed to know what is right for your unique body..and what is detrimental to your goals? Get the facts by training with a personal trainer. The benefits of using a trainer are incredible, and here at Luna Fitness, our trainers will personalize a workout with only one person in mind... you.
Strength Training is an important part of any fitness program. It is necessary to incorporate both strength training and cardiovascular exercise into your program in order to achieve maximun results. For those who are not very familiar with the gym, free weights, cable machines, and weight machines can feel very overwhelming. Unfortunately, this anxiety can paralyze some into working out only with equipment they feel comfortable using.
All too often I hear people saying "I hate cardio." It's like a dark entity that we all need to battle at some point or another in order to improve our overall fitness, and for many, to lose weight. With a few tricks and tips..I challenge you to re-frame the way you see cardiovascular exercise, and learn to love, if not cherish, it's benefits and the way it makes you feel.
Many would agree that it's not difficult to start a fitness routine. The problem, of course, would lay in sticking it out. All too often we have that drive and enthusiasm in the beginning, but somewhere along the way we throw in the towel. And yet, there are many who don't and go on to continue their fitness journey with ease. You might be asking, how do they do it? The exact reason for each person will vary, but after reading countless articles and thinking of my personal experience I've decided that a common key to success was to make working out a priority in your life.
Many of us are guilty of it.... Going to the gym, spending ample time warming up and working out, but spending little to no time stretching. This has got to stop. There are countless benefits of stretching, including better breathing, less pain, and more flexibility. These benefits aren't generally realized through static stretching, which is what many people think of when they think of stretching. Try out one of the stretch classes we offer to feel the benefits of stretching. Better yet, sign up for a stretch assessment with one of our stretch therapists!
It seems as if Kale is gaining popularity and according to MindBodyGreen, it's the "queen of green" and rightfully so! This leafy powerhouse is full of vitamin A, C, and K as well as minerals like iron and potassium. At 33 calories and 5 grams of fiber per cup, it's a delicious addition to any meal. It is also great for cardiovascular support for it's ability to help lower cholesterol levels! This leafy green is not just good for you, but taste great too! Below is my favorite recipe for Spicy Lime Kale Chips!
1.Preheat your oven to 300 degrees
When was the last time you made it into the gym? Has the week gone by, a month, or longer since you made time? All of us struggle at times to find the balance between work, family, school, the gym, and life in general. Recently, I found myself falling off the "fitness wagon" and feeling the self control slipping away.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. So, it is no surprise that turmeric is part of the healing systems of India, China and the Polynesian islands as an anti-inflammatory. One of the compounds contained in turmeric, curcumin, is thought to be most responsible for turmeric's medicinal effects. Turmeric is known for alleviating arthritis and joint inflammation, and is often used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. There are at least 30 published studies indicating that curcumin has an anti tumor effect. Curcumin also has a positive effect on cholesterol.
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