Exercise of the Day!! Bosu Swimmers!

Firstly, a little about the bosu.  The fantastic thing about Bosu Balance Trainer’s ability to simultaneously train every muscle in your body lies in the fact that it provides your muscles with an extreme amount of imbalance against which they must work.  This imbalance forces all the muscles in your body to contract, in order to balance the body.

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Though it may seem a bit silly, this exercise is a great way to tone, strengthen and elongate all of the major muscle groups in your body.  Position your body with your midsection across the rounded top of the bosu.  Lift both arms and legs up off of the ground so that you are supporting yourself with only your midsection on the bosu.  Flutter your arms and legs, as if you were swimming.  Shoot for 90 seconds of fluttering!

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Exercise of the Day! Skater Plyos!

Plyometrics (also known as plyos) is a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system, generally for the purpose of improving performance in sports.  Skater Plyos are a fantastic exercise to help you build core strength, balance, increase your speed and get your heart rate up.  Here’s how to perform this exercise:

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Set two markers four feet apart (for beginners, I find using the width of a yoga mat works well).  Start with your right leg in front and your left foot behind you.  EXPLODE to the left and land on your left foot, bending your left knee to cushion your landing.  Immediately jump back onto your right foot, like a speed skater.  Try to get in 2 sets of 10.   

Apple Cider Vinegar and the Ways You’re Missing Out On Using It

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Apple cider vinegar….we all remember our grandmother’s having a gigantic bottle of it somewhere in the kitchen. What is it exactly that apple cider vinegar can do that we’re missing out on? I know, a bit off topic, but anything I can find that will save some cash AND cover a multitude of problems i’m all for!! Here’s 10 reasons you should have some apple cider vinegar somewhere in your house.

1. Your Pets!

Apple cider vinegar makes a fantastic, all natural flea and tick treatment. Just bathe your dog, pat dry, and spray down with a mixture of 3/4 parts apple cider vinegar to 1/4 parts warm water. Not only will it keeps ticks and fleas away but will help your dogs coat stay shiny and beautiful! Let’s not forget the cats though! If your cat has been having accidents in the house, clean the spot well first, then spray with an ample amount of apple cider vinegar to deter your cat from messing in his ‘spot’ again!!

2. Allergies!
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural way to combat sinus congestion and reduce mucus. Adding a teaspoon full of apple cider vinegar to your tea, or taking it straight followed by a glass of water should do the trick, without all the nasty side effects of over the counter allergy medications.

3. Keep Your House Smelling Fresh!
If you spritz apple cider vinegar around your house you will be left will a clean, apple type smell. It works better than febreeze and is much easier on the wallet!

4. Facial Toner!

egar can act as a natural anti-imflammatory for your skin. Be sure to dilute by using 2 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Cover a cotton ball in the mixture, apply to your face for tighter skin and fewer breakouts.

5. Make Your Hair Glow!
If your hair is looking dead and dull try running a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after you shampoo. It will help to wash away buildup, seal cuticles, reduce frizz and stimulate hair growth.

6. Use it as a Disinfectant!
If you’re looking for a product more environmentally conscience than the ones sold in stores look no further. Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water and use it to wipe down your kitchen and bathroom. If you leave the vinegar in your toilet overnight, it will practically do the cleaning for you!

7. Whiten Your Teeth
The same way in which apple cider vinegar can remove stains from your home, it can remove stains from your teeth. Just rub and scrub apple cider vinegar directly onto your teeth and notice a difference much quicker than other at home methods.

8. Help That Sunburn!
To help your burn, soak a washcloth in apple cider vinegar and apply to your skin. The vinegar is going to help relieve pain and prevent future peeling.

9. Get Rid of Your Garden Weeds!
One part apple cider vinegar to eight parts water, spray on weeds. Voila. It will kill the weeds and keep the rest of your garden there to thrive with no nasty pesticides.

10. Washing Your Produce!
Stop wasting money at the store to buy a produce wash! Instead, mix 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 gallon of cold water and rinse all the nastiness off of your produce, including bugs, dirt and pesticides.