Heart Rate Recovery Test

Heart Rate Recovery Test
A useful procedure for assessing your cardiorespiratory fitness is the heart rate recovery test in the form of a step test. Stepping on and off a bench for a 3 to 5 minute time period at a selected cadence has long been used for rating a person’s physical capacity for hard work and evaluating the effects of training.

Although not considered the best predictor of cardiorespiratory fitness, the heart-rate during recovery from a standardized step test is a simple way to evaluate the heart’s response to exercise. The faster your heart rate recovers after the standardized exercise

By |July 3rd, 2015|Fitness|0 Comments

Natural Teeth Whitening

Natural Teeth Whitening with Strawberries
Strawberries can actually whiten your smile!

Combined with baking soda, strawberries become a natural tooth-cleanser, removing stains from coffee, red wine and dark sodas.
Natural Teeth Whitening Recipe
1 ripe strawberry
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Crush the strawberry to a pulp, then mix with the baking powder until blended.

Use a soft toothbrush to spread the mixture onto your teeth. Leave on for five minutes. Brush thoroughly with toothpaste to remove the berry-baking powder mix.

Floss to remove any seeds and rinse. Use once a week.

Note: Be careful not to use this too often as the acid could damage the enamel on your

By |June 24th, 2015|This 'n That|0 Comments

Frosty Fruity Favs

Frosty Fruity Favs for Summertime Treats
Following are some of our most popular refreshing, frosty fruity favs and even a slushy for healthful and cooling summertime treats. I’ve also added a recipe card image if you’d care to download and print that way. Click on each “card” for a larger, crisper copy.
Chocolate Banana Pops Recipe
Servings: 8 bananas
Prep Time: 10 minutes

4 ripe, firm bananas, peeled and cut into half crosswise
1-1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or white chocolate
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup toppings such as chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, grated coconut, etc.

Insert stick into the cut end of each banana.
Freeze banana for

By |June 13th, 2015|Food Fitness|0 Comments

Evaluating Flexibility

Evaluating Flexibility
Evaluating flexibility is important. Flexibility is the ability to use a muscle throughout its maximum range of motion. The loss of the ability to bend, twist, and stretch is often a result of muscle disuse. Disuse can come from long periods of sitting or standing.

Sedentary living habits can lead to shortened muscles and tendons. This can cause lower back pain and imbalance in the strength of opposing muscles. The shortening of the hamstrings (back of the thighs) is a very common disorder. Long periods of sitting or standing lead to poor muscle and tendon adjustments and a loss

By |June 5th, 2015|Fitness|0 Comments

Confetti Grain Salad

Confetti Grain Salad Recipe
Confetti grain salad is a very healthful and satisfying salad with brown rice, tangy lemon juice, green onions, parsley and your favorite vegetables.

Brown rice will only last about six months before it gets stale. When it get stale, it is very difficult to get it tender. You can cook brown rice the same as white rice, just increase the recipe listed above by 1/2 cup liquid.

 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups brown rice, uncooked
3 cups water
Juice of 2 lemons
3 green onions (also called scallions)
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil, or other vegetable oil
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Camping Breakfast Recipes

Camping Breakfast Recipes
Camping season is almost upon us! For die-hard campers, it never really ends. Following are some delicious recipes to fuel you up for your busy outdoor camping excursions.

Delicious & Hearty Camping Breakfast Recipes
Campfire Eggs
On a 3-day camping trips? Save the remainder of the bacon from these camping breakfast recipes for the next day’s breakfast.

Ingredients:
8 slices bacon
1-1/2 cups frozen hash browns
Sweet onion
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs or 1-1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese

Directions

Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crisp. Remove and crumble bacon. Pour off all but 2

Orange Juice or Milk?

Milk Calcium vs. Orange Juice Calcium
Is the calcium  you get from supplements or fortified orange juice absorbed as well as the calcium from milk?  Scientists at Tuft’s Mineral Bioavailability Laboratory say, “Yes”.

The results of an experiment done by Tuft’s showed that blood and urine tests proved that calcium from all three sources was equally absorbed.  This is good news, especially for people who do not like or cannot drink milk. A glass of orange juice can make up for the milk many people get in their  daily morning cereal.

However, it is worthy to note that this doesn’t make the

An Active Lifestyle

Living An Active Lifestyle
An active lifestyle is more than simply visiting the gym for an hour or jumping around in the living room to an aerobics tape. Be creative and find ways to incorporate physical activity into almost everything you do.

Here are some suggestions to get you started and help you boost your activity level. Believe me, if you make a conscious effort to integrate more activity into your daily life, it will eventually become second nature. Give some of these suggestions a try! You may have heard some of these before, but they bear repeating as a reminder.
Tips

By |May 12th, 2015|Fitness|0 Comments

Home Grown Herbs

Home Grown Herbs Uses and Storage Ideas
Many home grown herbs will freeze beautifully to extend their shelf life. For best flavor, use herbs fresh out of the garden whenever possible. Always pinch back basil, thyme, oregano and chives so that you get fullest production out of the season.

Plants like rosemary need a good cutting now and then to keep them from getting too woody. If you haven’t planned a meal around your pruning, try some of these ideas to preserve your herbs.
Freezing Herbs
Wash herbs very well and gently pat dry with paper towels. Wrap leaves or sprigs in freezer

Wild Berry Crumble

Wild Berry Crumble
This wild berry crumble recipe turns out a simple to make, delicious, and very healthy alternative to standard cooked berry crumbles.

By keeping the fruit raw, this recipe has an alkalizing effect on the body. Cooking fruit has an acidifying effect on your body.

Wild Berry Crumble Recipe
Base:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons unpasteurized honey

Combine the above ingredients in a food processor. Process until mixed, but still slightly coarse. Divide evenly among small dessert bowls (approximately four).

Fruit Filling:
2 cups mixed berries, frozen or fresh

Divide the fruit among the four dessert bowls, placing it on top of the