Ditch the alcoholic beverage and try this!

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Raw Basil Lemonade
• 3 cups (720 ml) reverse osmosis or purified water
• 1 1/2 lemons, peeled, halved, seeded
• 1/4 cup (50 g) raw organic honey
• 1/2 cup (20 g) fresh basil leaves
• 1 cup (240 ml) ice cubes
Place all ingredients into your blender
Blend for 1 minute or until desired consistency is reached.

Increase Your Mental Threshold During Reps

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Every muscle has a strength threshold. However, in most cases you mentally give in before muscular exhaustion has set in. Sometimes a simple head game can get you pushing farther than before. Next time you’re working out, instead of counting your repetitions forward, count backward. When your almost at the end of your set, you’ll be focused on how many reps you have left instead of how many you’ve done.

YOUR BELLY FAT IS A TESTOSTERONE KILLER

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Listen up guys! Your waist circumference is the most strongest predictor of how high or low your testosterone levels are. Simply put YOUR BELLY FAT IS A TESTOSTERONE KILLER! Men with high levels of body fat tend to look more curvy than cut because they have extra estrogen floating around in their body. That extra belly fat triggers a major slowdown in the production of testosterone and increases the levels of estrogens in the body, the main sex hormone in women. The more estrogen you make, the more belly fat you accumulate and the lower your testosterone levels go. It’s a vicious ugly cycle. There is good news though! You can reverse those effects and jump start your body’s testosterone naturally by simply losing weight and exercising! Also, be aware that excess alcohol speeds the conversion of testosterone into estrogen. So if you want to maximize the testosterone production in your body you need to improve nutrition, increase fat loss, increase muscle gain and cut down on your drinking…seriously!

Keeping physically fit means keeping mentally fit as well.

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Keeping physically fit means keeping mentally fit as well. That means finding healthy ways to deal with strong emotions – such as anger, sadness, aggravation, fear, etc. — and reinforcing the positive emotions and behaviors in our life. It means fueling your body properly everyday, It means getting enough quality sleep each and every night, it means finding positive ways to relieve stress through exercise and it means keeping tabs on your potentially dysfunctional actions, such as avoidance, starving, bingeing, over-exercising, addictive behaviors related to substances or any other negative behavior.

Frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberries

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If you’re looking for a fun, healthy and different Valentine’s Day snack idea, check out these beautiful and delicious frozen Yogurt Covered Strawberries.

Ingredients:
1 Container Organic Vanilla Yogurt
Preferably Greek Yogurt Since It Is Thicker
Organic Fresh Ripe Strawberries

Directions
1 Slice strawberries in half. Spoon Greek yogurt onto a shallow dish and dip the strawberries in the yogurt. Place dipped strawberries in a plastic container lined with parchment paper and freeze.

Build Amazing Calves!

calfNot only do amazing calves make your legs look great, but they’re easier to build than you think! You just have to hit them hard. Think about it, every day when you are walking around you are using your calves. You are pushing at least your body weight every time you take a step. Therefore, if you go too light when working your calves, you really aren’t doing anything to increase growth.. In addition, don’t limit to one exercise, perform both standing and seated calf raises. You are certain to get better results that way. Since your calves are made up of 2 different muscles, you have to perform both bent-leg versions as well as the straight-leg versions of calf raises to nail them both. Your calf strength should be proportionate to the strength of your hamstrings or quadriceps. If you have a weak link between your larger leg muscles and the ground, it will limit performance and perhaps cause injury.

What Kind of Stretch Should I do?

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Static stretching exercises are different than dynamic stretching exercises. With dynamic stretching, you use continuous movement throughout the exercise to gain muscle flexibility. With Static stretching a stretch is held in a position for an extended period of time. I recommend “dynamic stretching” prior to exercise and “static stretches for post workouts.

Dynamic stretching exercises are much more effective in “warming” up your muscles and promoting blood flow. By doing so, you prevent injury to those “cold” muscles. During dynamic stretches, the muscles are lengthened and released quickly. That allows your muscles to release effectively, helping you gain more range of movement with each repetition, In addition, dynamic stretches are much more comfortable to do than static stretches because the muscles are not held in one position for an extended period of time. Think about when you try stretching a muscle too long, too far, it’s painful. Unfortunately most people tend over-stretch when doing static stretches to cold muscles. So practice dynamic stretching exercises prior to working out and save the static stretches for cool downs!