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Toenail Fungus Treatment and Why Proper Cutting of Your Nails Matters

Toenail fungus treatment options vary from unproven home remedies to somewhat dangerous prescription drugs.  However, some sufferers will see dramatic changes with basic and better care of their nails. 

In addition to the proper washing and drying of your feet on a daily basis, keeping your nails trimmed properly is crucial in fighting against nail fungus. 

Dangers of Not Keeping Your Toenails Cut

One of the ways that some people get toe nail fungus is from trauma or damage to the toe nail.  A gap or split in the nail may give an easy entry point to fungi looking for a new place to live. 

If your nails are too long, they may bang or rub against the inside of your shoe and cause an opening.  In addition, excessively long nails will often begin to curve and not grow straight.  This can lead to possible ingrown toenails which also lead to openings for fungi. 

Benefits of Keeping Nails Trimmed

1.  Less likely to get ingrown toenails which can lead to fungus invasion.

2.  Reduces the chance of nail trauma and expensive toenail fungus treatment. 

3.  Eliminates nail debris caused by fungi and may reduce foot smell. 

4.  May help to stimulate new and faster nail growth. 

Tips on Cutting Nails

It’s important that your nails are cut straight across the top and not rounded on the sides.  This could lead to ingrown nails.  Try cutting nails after they are softened from a shower, bath, or foot soak.  Use a file to smooth rough edges.  There are some electric devices that may make this task easier. 

Make sure not to use unclean clippers whether at home or in a salon.  Toenail fungus is very contagious and can be easily transferred to you from the use of contaminated nail clippers. 

If you are struggling to get clear nails again, there are several treatments for toenail fungus that use powerful antifungal ingredients like thymol, tea tree oil, and undecylenic acid to halt the growth of fungus safely and naturally. 

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Best NordicTrack Elliptical Trainer 2015 – 3 Options To Get Excited About!

Looking for the best NordicTrack elliptical trainer? With several different options on the market, how do you choose?

It can be confusing – especially since NordicTrack comes out with new models every year – and very often the stores only have models from last year (or the year before) available.

With that in mind, here are 3 new NordicTrack elliptical trainers that I think offer you the best value for your money:

#1. Best NordicTrack Elliptical Under $1000

The NordicTrack E11.9 gives you some incredible value for under $1,000. Why? Well, the main attraction here is the full-color web browser console.

Most elliptical trainers at this price point only give you a dual-color console (and no web browser). But the E11.9 is full-color and the web browser is touch-screen ready.

So you can surf the net, read emails and watch YouTube videos as you workout.

But it’s not all flash with this elliptical. You also get a super-heavy 20 pound flywheel for a smoother-feeling ride.

And the pedals are adjustable with 3 different toe-heel angles, so you can find the right fit for you.

#2. Best NordicTrack Elliptical For Crosstraining

The NordicTrack Freestrider is a new type of elliptical that gives you something completely different – a fully adjustable stride length.

In fact, you choose your own stride by using the pressure in your legs. So you can do short stair-climbing strides, longer jogging strides or extra-long hurdling-type strides.

While most elliptical trainers give you an 18 to 20 inch stride, the Freestrider can go up to 38 inch strides!

So you never have to sorry if the stride length is not comfortable for your (other users) height – you can easily find a comfortable stride for you.

The Freestrider is also more compact than a traditional elliptical which makes it great for smaller home gyms or smaller workout areas.

#3. Best NordicTrack Ellliptical For Entertainment Lovers

The Elite 16.9 is a premium trainer that gives you a web browser (like the E11.9 model above) but it also gives you a full-color, HD TV above the console.

You can watch TV or even connect it to a DVD player and watch movies as you workout. There’s lots of other entertainment options too like the touch-screen web browser on the console, iFit LIVE for online workouts and an iPod dock with console speakers.

The 16.9 also comes with strong construction, adjustable pedals and a super-heavy flywheel for a smother ride.

So those are 3 of the best NordicTrack elliptical trainers for 2015. They each have their own unique benefits, depending on what you want.

But the good news is that there’s never been a better time to start getting fit in your own home. You have some great elliptical trainer options to help you reach your goals and have fun!

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Are You Making It Hard To Be A Well-Paid Health & Fitness Professional? 3 Gut Checks Inside

You have your license to teach Zumba® and/or your certifications to teach all the hottest fitness formats. Sprinkle in that group ex certification, CPR/First Aid and maybe personal trainer, nutrition as well.

You work your ass off learning everything there is to know to teach an amazing class… and you’ve taught one amazing class after another. But some of your classes have been whomp whomp too.

You can’t stop thinking about all those little things you need to do in order to keep your fitness business going… marketing, advertising, practicing, the details with maintaining your space, how to get more peeps in the door, the latest thing you’re going to do, am I good enough to be successful?…

These thoughts of yours are running through your head while you are driving your kids to school (what did you say honey?), or making dinner (at the kitchen counter with your mind a million miles away), or washing your hair in the shower.. or putting veggies in your cart at the grocery store.

But there is something missing.

You are doing everything “right”.

You are following the advice that was given to you in all your different certification and continuing education courses.

You believe in what you are doing and you’re super passionate about it.

You’re a good person and you work hard.

So, why does it feel like such a struggle?

You are so busy, trying to juggle your fitness business with your personal life and the other paying jobs you have.

Being a full-time health & fitness professional is not happening, which is why you are pulled in so many directions.

You want a never ending stream of happy clients who are getting crazy results and who schedule their life around working with you (sorry Doctor, that’s my Zumba® day!).

You want to solely do health & fitness as your job, which really is your passion and purpose.

You want to use your expertise and passion for health & fitness to create a better life for yourself – have more control and freedom over your schedule and your lifestyle.

You CAN have those things. But let’s do a GUT CHECK first so you can get real with yourself.

GUT CHECK #1: ARE YOU A FRAUD?

Many fitness instructors feel like frauds – we call it “fitness fraud”. Feeling like a fraud can be described as “a high-achieving individual marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.”

What do I mean by that? In our industry, a health & fitness professional who feels like a fraud is overweight, underweight because of body image issues, battling food addictions and unhealthy eating habits, not practicing the healthy lifestyle that you preach, and not feeling like you are a modeling a good example of a healthy person with a healthy lifestyle (not walking the walk or talking the talk).

In other words, you are hitting the drive-through in a frazzled mess after you teach your fitness classes and preach to your peeps about drinking water and taking care of their bodies, yet you’re sucking down the sugary drinks and cocktail bevvies.

First of all, we are all human. Just because we look at someone who seems “big” doesn’t mean they weren’t over 300 pounds the year before and have actually lost a ton of weight!

Embrace the journey you are on and share your milestones along the way. You are not going to be perfect all the time.

#bossqueen Advice: If you are feeling like a health & fitness fraud it’s time for you to stop and go within. Ask yourself WHY this is happening to you. WHAT are you really looking for when you self sabotage? WHAT are you really needing?

Then, take action. Purchase that health & fitness program you’ve been eyeing. Hire a coach. Put yourself first.

GUT CHECK #2: SET YOUR MOTHER TERESA AVATAR TO THE SIDE

Having a big heart and loving to serve people is a pre-requisite if you want to be a successful health & fitness professional. However, if you want to have a thriving health & fitness business, you need to set your Mother Teresa avatar aside and get real with that it’s going to take for you to make some money.

You need to love business. Embrace the fact that you have to have smart and savvy marketing and advertising skills. Sharpen your leadership and your people skills, because business is no longer “just about business”, it’s very personal too.

At the end of the day, your bottom line that is going to make you money is if you are leading a vibe tribe – this is my term for your “niche” or your clients and future clients.

#bossqueen Advice: Sit down and answer these questions honestly.

Are you serving your vibe tribe in ways they can’t get from other health & fitness professionals that may be your competition?

Are you managing your day well enough to be a #bossqueen or are you just treading water, responding to the needs of everyone and everything around you and never getting ahead?

If your answers are no, then you need to get someone else’s perspective, such as a professional or coach who knows how to help you focus and create an intelligent, highly strategic plan of action.

GUT CHECK #3: THE LIMITING BELIEFS YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF

Limiting beliefs are beliefs we hold in our subconscious mind which constrain our lives and have far reaching consequences. They are toxic to your life and your business causing self sabotage and negative thinking which results into negative decisions, bad behaviours, and feelings of sadness, anger, and depression.

All of us are programmed with negative beliefs which run our lives. They began from the moment we were born (some people even believe that programming started pre-conception and during gestation) and continued on during our childhood based on the experiences we had and the relationships we formed.

By the time you completed about 7 years old, all of your subconscious beliefs about who you are, the world, your relationship with yourself, others, money, success, food, safety, sex, love, spirituality, work, etc. were programmed.

Unfortunately, many of us still operate from that negative, primitive programming.

#bossqueen Advice: If you are working your butt off, doing everything “they” tell you to do and still not experiencing the success you deserve and desire, then negative subconscious programming could be at play and you need an operating system update!

Some people have success with meditation, affirmations, positive thinking, and/or reading personal development. Those are all great forms of helping you create self awareness and become a better, more successful person in life and in business.

Personally, my method of choice is PSYCH-K®. It’s a technique to access your subconscious mind and transform negative beliefs that are controlling your life into positive, self enhancing beliefs.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Adjustable Dumbbells

If you are thinking of buying your very own weight set, you might be torn between the adjustable dumbbell set and the hexagon solid dumbbell. The adjustable sets have replaced the traditional fixed dumbbells in terms of popularity. But if you are going to ask the traditionalists, they still go for the conventional design. However, for the modern fitness enthusiasts, the opinion differs. To help you make a better decision, here are some of the advantages of adjustable ones over the fixed types.

Advantage #1: Space Saver

The adjustable dumbbells such as the Cap Barbell Classic 50 lb dumbbell save you a lot of space. With only one set, you can take away your several fixed types equipment. After using them, all you need is to place them in their rack and keep them under your bed. If you live in small apartments or you are renting a small room, these adjustable versions are better than the fixed types. In case there is a need to bring them to your vacation, you just have to pack them at your car’s compartment and you can stay fit while on vacation.

Advantage #2: Cost Efficient

If you are going to buy the Cap Barbell Classic 50lb adjustable dumbbell, you can save hundreds of dollars. Some people might raise their eyebrows on this. But, yes, the adjustable dumbbells appear to be cheaper in the long run. With only one set, you can finish the whole course of your strengthening training. Although the fixed hex dumbbells cost less initially, if you will add up all the equipments that you have to buy, they can also cost you a fortune. Thus, if you are serious with your training, the adjustable types are highly recommended.

Disadvantage #1: Can Only be Used by One Person at a Time

If you are thinking of having a commercial fitness center, you should not go for the adjustable dumbbells. This is because they can only serve one client at a time. Of course, you do not want to see your customers fighting over one piece of equipment.

Disadvantage #2: Not as Durable as the Fixed Types

Adjustable types are less durable compared with the fixed type hexagonal equipments. The solid cast iron of the hex dumbbells provides longer durability. Thus, you can expect longer service from them. Since you do not have to change plates every now and then, you do not have to worry about loose spare parts. Most buyers who took the adjustable sets face problems on lost and damaged parts. For better security especially if you are not organized with your things, better get the fixed types.

With these very objective assessments about the adjustable dumbbell, you can make better decision of which type of dumbbell to purchase. In the end, it will all boil down to your personal preference, your intention in using them and of course your budget. With these three considerations in mind, you can now go out and purchase the equipment that fits you.

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How To Get The Most Out Of Your Cross Trainer Workouts

Today, there are various machines that you can use to burn calories and have a toner body. One or the most popular fitness machines today are cross trainers.

Cross or elliptical trainers are the ideal fitness machines for giving individuals the total cardio workout. According to various studies, working out for at least 30 minutes on the cross trainer burns between 270 and 400 calories. These numbers can go higher or lower, depending on the person’s body weight.

If you own this fitness machine or regularly use one at the gym, there are some tips you can follow to make the cross trainer even more effective in helping you achieve your weight loss goals. These tips include the following:

Make sure the cross trainer you will use have the right settings. If you will be working out at the gym, ask a trainer to assist you in setting up the machine to meet your personal needs and capabilities. If you will be using your own personal machine, make sure the equipment’s stride length meets your physical requirements.

Know the minimum amount of time you need to work out each week. Use this machine for at least 75 minutes a week if you’re working at a high intensity. However, if you train at low to moderate pace, 150 minutes is enough. According to fitness experts, these specified minutes are the amount of aerobic training needed for people to experience health and weight loss benefits.

Divide the time you need to train into three separate workouts. If you’re new to using a cross trainer, you may find that trying to do your whole weekly training time in just one or two workouts can be too hard. However, by splitting your workout into shorter sessions, you will be able to work harder in each and burn more calories in the process.

Lastly, try doing HIIT on your cross trainer workout. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is better than steady-state cardio for weight loss and fat burning. To perform HIIT on a cross trainer, start by warming up for five minutes then go as fast as you can for 30 seconds before returning to a steady pace for 90 seconds. Repeat this process eight times, and then cool down for five minutes. You should also aim to add an extra sprint every session. Once you are capable of doing 12 sprints, increase the work to rest ratio to 40:80. Also, to get the most out of your workouts, alternate an HIIT session with a steady-state one.

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Elliptical Machine Reviews – Which Elliptical Trainer Is The Best?

An elliptical is a great way to get your aerobic exercise. They are perfect if you want to reduce the amount of impact on your joints but still get a good workout. They are usually stationary machinery that help you to walk and/or jog. They provide you with a low impact workout while giving your body more of a workout than a simple treadmill can.

Some examples of ellipticals are the Ellipse by NordiTrack, Cyclone Crosstrainer by Quantum Television, Power Train by Ruthy-Renker and the HealthRider Elliptical CrossTrainer by ICON Health and Fitness.

An elliptical trainer can also be known as a cross trainer. The best ellipticals will help you with your aerobic exercise, cardio and strength training.

1) The benefits of an elliptical – an elliptical can offer you a whole body workout with a low impact, meaning your joints will be a lot safer when using an elliptical because you are not slamming your feet down on a treadmill or the ground. You simply keep your feet where you are supposed to, like when you use a stationary bike. Using an elliptical on a regular basis can help you with your cardio, aerobic exercise and even your weight training.

2) The best elliptical trainer – There are so many elliptical trainers out there, it was difficult to choose an outright winner. The one that has it all in the end is the Precor line of elliptical trainers. They are dependable, durable, easy to use for beginners, have options for more advanced ones, twenty resistance levels, a twelve to twenty degree incline and a cool nineteen-inch long stride. Precor even has a childproof safety feature because they know parents often worry about exercise equipment being in the home with their children.

The best part is that Precor elliptical trainers don’t have a weight limit. You can search for more information on the Precor line of ellipticals.

Even though I chose Precor as the best elliptical trainer, you might find that another better fits your needs. Do your own research on ellipticals and what would best suit your needs.

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Bodybuilding Workouts – 6 Tips To Remember

Many individuals discover it tough to develop their bodybuilding exercise strategy for faster outcomes. Picking the best workouts is another huge job. Here are some tips when it comes to bodybuilding workouts.

1. Raise More Weight With Time

And to get muscle, you will have to keep including weight to the bar. The concepts you have set will not matter if you do not put more pressure on your muscles as time goes by.

2. Do not over-exhaust your muscle.

Do not totally tire your muscle or you will run into severe issues, such as your anxious system tiredness. Of course, you must extend your muscle by raising much heavier weights.

3. Concentrate on Substance Workouts

The 3rd pointer is to select substance workouts. You have to choose a set of exercises that will work for the best muscle groups.

Many of your exercise strategies must consist of workouts that will extend a minimum of 2 muscle groups in your body. Another essential exercise is bench press as it will work your chest, biceps, triceps muscles, and shoulders.

4. Feed Your body Before And After Exercises

Consume the correct amount of food before and after each exercise session. Your muscles require amino acids or carbs to develop brand-new muscle tissues. You will not be able to see the outcomes you desire if you do not feed your body before doing your exercises.

5. Prevent the Plateau

Exactly what would you do if you get in a plateau? Eventually, throughout your exercise schedule, you might wind up with a plateau. In case you do not know, a plateau is a point where you see no development for over two weeks.

All you have to do is to keep altering something in your exercise schedule. You can adjust the order of the workouts you do at the fitness center, or it might be a modification in the type of activities you do.

6. Taking Rest is a Should

You cannot construct muscles without taking adequate rest. Your muscles require time to recuperate after each training session. If you do not let them relax, your muscle will slowly break down.

As a basic guideline, you might wish to take 24 Hr of rest after each weight lifting session. Aside from this, if you are cardio-minded, the guideline does not indicate you must do an extensive cardio workout for 45 minutes. This implies you ought to rest your body for reaching its optimal capacity.

Follow these 6 tips, and you will get more powerful muscles before long.

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Turbo Jam Review: Can You Lose Weight Your First Week in Turbo Jam?

You have probably seen the infomercial on TV for the workout program, Turbo Jam, and wondered are the results real? Does this program really work? Can this program help me to get real results? You might have even seen the turbo slim rapid results program that comes with Turbo Jam featured in the infomercial that guarantees results of up to 10 lbs of weight loss and 10 inches lost in up to 10 days, but do fast start programs like that really work?

I tested the Turbo Jam program being 20 pounds overweight and after battling chronic fatigue for 6 years due to my autoimmune disease ulcerative colitis. I hadn’t worked out in over 2 years because of the chronic fatigue associated with the disease. I decided to give it a try after wanting to lose 20 pounds, shed the tire around my waist and get more energy. I didn’t really know if the program would work for me seeing how I was out of shape, suffered from a chronic illness and hadn’t worked out in over 2 years. I was surprised by the results.

I started with the Turbo Slim 10 day rapid results program that comes with Turbo Jam. It is a 10 day fitness and meal plan that is an additional plan to the regular and advanced workout schedules and meal plan that is included with the workout program. During the 10 day program, you workout for 10 days straight and follow a meal plan that consists of real food! No starvation here! I was surprised to find the meal plans included real everyday foods that people actually have time to prepare and consists of ingredients that people already have around the house. My favorite meals were the tuna salad, chicken pita, turkey burger, and chicken burrito with rice and beans. Real easy to prepare and fix. The magic of the 10 day rapid results meal plan and fitness plan is that it is high in protein and low in carbs and helps to rev up your metabolism to burn a lot of calories. The 10 day kickstart program really delivered results. I lost 7 lbs and 3 inches in 10 days following the plan. This weightless motivated to complete the entire program and go on to lose 12 lbs and 8.5 inches in 38 days with the program.

So if you are a woman considering purchasing Turbo Jam and you struggling with low motivation whenever you don’t see results and see some result during your first two weeks of a program, and you want to lose weight quickly and shed inches from your waist, I highly recommend the program.

To learn how you can use the 10 day rapid results program during a 90 day Turbo Jam challenge to lose weight, drop inches from your waist and have more energy, go to: turbo jam review.

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Trampoline Springs – Keep Your Trampoline in Good Condition

People from all over the world have enjoyed jumping on trampolines for many years. It has even become so popular that is has been made into a competitive event at the Olympics. Nowadays, trampolines are made of an aluminum framing with a special taut fabric attached to it using trampoline springs. This simple construction helps kids and adults of all ages defy gravity and enjoy bouncing high into the air.

Most trampolines can be separated into two main categories; recreational and competitive. Recreational ones are mainly used by the everyday family in their back yard. These are used for fun and sometimes a little workout. The competitive kinds are usually made to be bouncier, and are portable so they can be easily carried to events and competitions. The main differences between these two types are the quality of the fabric, and the tension of the springs.

The springs of the trampolines are the most important parts. Spring-based trampolines are usually more durable and provide more bounce compared to their elastic band counterparts. The stronger the springs and the more the tension there is the greater bounce you can get with it.

Most trampoline springs are created using a galvanized metal. This type of metal keeps the springs from getting rusty while outdoors. Zinc and steel are the most common metals used to make the springs.

Because the springs of your trampoline are the most important aspects, you should learn when it is a good time to replace them if you want to continue to have the best bouncing and safety. The more times you use your trampoline the more stress is placed on your springs. This causes them to wear out. Even though your springs are made of high quality galvanized wire, they will still stretch and get weak over time. You should always keep an eye on your trampoline and make sure that it is still in good condition before you use it.

To keep your springs working well for longer, cover up your trampoline while it’s not being used. This will help protect it from the sun, rain and snow, and keep it from getting rusty. Also, it is worth spraying the springs with some anti-rust products like WD40. If you do not take care of your springs now, they could end up snapping or breaking while someone is jumping away on the trampoline.

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How Training Your Legs Affects Training Your Upper Body

Men, lets not lie here. For most men, a prominent display of a powerful chest, strong arms, wide back, and low body fat, has alpha male written all over it right? Since looking good in a tight shirt can help bring the ladies around, lets not even worry about doing legs anymore, I mean you can always cover up with some jeans right? Well what if training your legs had a direct impact on training your upper body? Studies show that overall fitness can be increased due to leg training.

Testosterone is a powerful muscle building hormone found more in men than women. This hormone is responsible for increasing muscle size and strength, as well as decreasing overall body fat. When you train smaller muscle groups such as the biceps or calves, testosterone is released to help aid in muscle recovery which increases strength and muscle size over time. But only a small percentage of testosterone is released for these smaller muscle groups. Larger muscle groups, such as the chest and back, require more testosterone to be released into the system to recover the larger area and stress these bigger muscles have created.

The quadriceps are the largest muscles in the human body, and therefore require an increased amount of testosterone to recover. Throughout the course of a week, for example, without training legs you would not reap the benefits of your body’s full production of testosterone. Training the legs will increase your overall muscle size, not just the legs, and can help you to lose a little more body fat when your cutting up.

So next time you think that you can just cover up those chicken legs, remember that you could be bigger, stronger, faster, and leaner if you would just take one day out of the week for some good leg training. If not for the legs, do it for the rest of your body.

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