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HIIT: What is Tabata workout?

HIIT: what is Tabata workout?

First things first, before going into the description of the Tabata workout, let’s explain what is a HIIT training.

HIIT = High-Intensity Interval Training

This training style became very popular recently because it allows you to do a good training in a short period (perfect in you have a busy schedule).

This type of training will help you to lose body fat because, due to the high intensity, your body will continue to burn calories even after the training (afterburn effect). This is due to the fact that your body requires more energy (calories) to repair itself after this intense training.

The concept of this training is quite simple: performing short powerful movements, followed by regular resting periods. Rather than spending one-hour practicing moderating exercises, you will push yourself close to your limit for a short time.

Tabata is one of the most effective HIIT training. It was originally created by Japanese professor Dr. Izumi Tabata for the Olympic speed skating team.

Tabata HIIT = 8 x 20 seconds maximal intensity exercise + 10 seconds of rest between each lap = 4 minutes exercise

This type of training is really efficient because it will both strengthen your muscles and improve your cardiovascular system.

Here is an example of a Tabata workout with 2 different exercises that you can easily do at home, for the days you would like to skip the gym.  

Exercise 1: Perform squat during 20 seconds + rest for 10 seconds + Repeat again (8 times)

Rest for one minute

Exercise 2: Perform mountain climbers during 20 seconds + rest for 10 seconds + Repeat again (8 times)

You are done! Congratulations! You just burned 343 calories!

Don’t forget to engage your core during both exercises. Perform the mountain climbers at high speed in order to get your heart rate up!

 

Couscous Salad With Roasted Butternut Squash

Couscous Salad With Roasted Butternut Squash

17 Ingredients

710 Calories

40 Minutes

If you want to change your traditional salad for another healthy dish, this couscous salad could be a great fit! Beautiful colors, textures, flavors and perfect for your nutrition.

Ingredients:

🔸1 butternut squash

🔸2 tablespoons olive oil

🔸Salt

🔸Pepper

🔸1 1/2 cups pearl couscous (if you can’t find, replace it by orzo pasta or the traditional couscous).

🔸3 cups baby spinach

🔸1/2 cup red onions (thinly sliced)

🔸1/2 cup dried cranberries

🔸1/2 cup toasted pecans

🔸3 tablespoons orange juice

🔸1 tablespoon dijon mustard

🔸1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

🔸3 tablespoons honey

🔸2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

🔸1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven. Peel and dice the butternut squash and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and olive oil. Roast them during 20-25 minutes in the oven.

  2. Prepare the couscous (see package for cooking time and instructions).

  3. For the dressing, pour the orange juice, mustard, garlic powder, apple cider, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a mason jar. Screw on the lid and shake. Add salt and pepper if needed.

  4. In the bowl of your choice, bring together all the ingredients of the salad and gently add the serving.

  5. Ready to eat!

 

Hair care: the best essential oils

Hair care: the best essential oils

When it comes to taking care of your hair, whether your objective is to stimulate hair growth or to treat brittle hair, essentials oils are one of the few natural ingredients that can make your hair healthier. There are different essentials oils, adapted to each hair type. Do you have oily hair? Or dry hair? Let’s find out which essential oil suits to your hair needs, then try one of these simple ways to apply it!

If you are preparing your own shampoo or hair spray with natural ingredients, you can also add some essential oils. Otherwise, add it to your natural hair products. But don’t apply essential oils directly on your hair.

  1. Moisturize dry hair

If your objective is to nourish your dry hair, essential oils are the best way to seal moisture into the damaged hair. The best ingredients for dry hair are lavender, geranium, sandalwood, rose and chamomile, which help balance the scalp’s oil production and will naturally hydrate your hair.

How to apply it? Add 10 essential oils drops to 1 tablespoon of jojoba, coconut or olive oil, add the mixture to your bottle of shampoo and shake.

  1. Reduce oily hair effect

If you have oily hair, try to use shampooing less often. You can use the oils of lemon, clary sage, peppermint, geranium, and juniper in order to balance the oil production of your scalp.

How to apply it? Add 1 teaspoon bentonite clay (you can buy it on Amazon) and 20 drops of essential oil to your shampoo or pour the mixture to a salt spray and spritz the roots of your hair.

  1. Activate hair growth and prevent hair loss

Some studies have shown that essential oils could actively stimulate hair growth and could be used as conventional hair loss treatments. The essential oils with rosemary, peppermint, lavender, cedarwood and clary sage are the most effective.

How to apply it? Add 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops of peppermint (or 15 drops of one of the other oils) to your shampoo or conditioner bottle and shake. In order to stimulate hair growth, massage into your scalp each time you are washing your hair.

You can also use it as a hair serum, by applying to the roots of your hair, leaving it on hair overnight and washing your hair in the morning.

  1. Get rid of dandruff

Many essential oils are great to combat dandruff. Lemongrass is the most effective, then you can also try tea tree, rosemary or peppermint.

How to apply it? Add 20 drops of essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner or let the essential oils rest overnight as hair mask with tea tree and peppermint oils.

  1. Itchy scalp

Essential oils are great to calm irritated skin. Lavender, rosemary, clary sage, chamomile, and tea tree are naturally anti-inflammatory.

How to apply it? You can add the essential oils to an apple cider vinegar scalp scrub or some drops of chamomile and lavender to a honey hair mask.

With all these essential oils, you are ready for your daily hair care!

The Best Food To Eat In October

The Best Food To Eat In October

Each month and season has its own products. As it is always better to eat seasonal products (freshness, better taste, and quality), we have prepared for you a list of the best food to consume during the month of October.

🔸Beets

We admit that beets are not the most loved vegetables but beets can be delicious if you roasted them, if you serve them in a salad or even mixed in a homemade beet hummus!

 

🔸Broccoli

Steamed, boiled or grilled, broccoli can be integrated into a lot of dishes! Moreover, broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, folate, potassium and fiber which may help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and improve heart health.

 

🔸Figs

Figs are one of the sweetest fruits and are rich in fiber and antioxidants! Figs combine perfectly with a creamy goat cheese and some crunchy pine nuts.

 

🔸Cucumber

You can integrate cucumbers into almost every dish: salads, sandwiches, tabbouleh, quinoa, etc.

 

🔸Leeks

The colder months are arriving and we will be happy to warm up with a leek and potato soup! Beyond the comfort, the leek soup also offers a variety of benefits for your health: reinforce bones, increase weight loss, improve heart health and vision.

 

🔸Pears

Pears are known to boost the immune system, improve digestion and clear your skin. Pears are a great combination with blue cheese or goat cheese, walnuts and balsamic as a part of a salad.

 

🔸Pumpkin

How would be the month of October and Halloween without its pumpkins? As part of a soup or grilled with olive oil, feta and oregano, pumpkins are deliciouuuus!

 

🔸Sweet potato

We all have heard the hype about sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are now essentials pieces to have in the kitchen! Our favorite way to eat it is toasted with a mashed avocado on it! Yummy!  

 

Now that you have a selection of the best food to eat in October, you are ready to prepare your shopping list and hit the supermarket!

 

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

Sometimes you feel like you need to hit the gym, and on other days, motivation has totally disappeared.

Then what are the options?

Option 1: Missing one day at the gym (nobody will see the difference, isn’t it?).

Option 2: Workout at home! Even if you don’t have any equipment, your body resistance is all you need.

Our tip:  If you don’t feel motivated, listen to music while exercising! Listen to the beat and motivation should come!

🔸Lunges

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

Begin the movement in a standing position, feet hip-width apart. Take a step forward with one leg, shift weight and lower your body until your opposite thigh is parallel to the floor. Your knee should lightly touch the floor before going back to the initial standing position.

Do 15-20 lunges per side during 2-3 sets.

🔸Plank

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

Get yourself into the plank position, tucking your tummy. Hold this position for 90 seconds. You can also add some variations for the next 45 seconds: raise one arm and tap the opposing shoulder, by alternating right and left arm.  

🔸Tricep dip

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

For this exercise, you can use a bench or a chair. Sit down with your feet flat on the ground and place your arms behind you, leaning on the bench. Lift your butt and slowly lower down your body by bending the elbow.

Do 30 reps.  

🔸Sumo squat

Begin in a standing position and place your legs in a distance apart wider than your hips. Get as low as you, just like you’re going to sit down on a chair. You can place your hands in front of you to help you with balance.

Do 30 reps.

🔸Ab bikes

Lie down on a mat. Cradle your hands with your head and bring one elbow to the opposing knee.

Do 30 reps for each side (left elbow-right knee and right elbow-left knee).

🔸Pushups

6 efficient exercises for your workout at home

The full pushups involve doing the movement in the plank position so that you are lifting a lot of your weight. With the micro pushups, you do the movement by resting in your knees (easier). 

Try to do 15 full pushups and 10 micro pushups.

 

How to lose belly fat? 6 tips proven by science

How to lose belly fat? 6 tips proven by science

Besides the fact that having a belly fat can really look bad, having lots of fat in this area is also strongly linked to diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Indeed, having a flat tummy has lots of benefits for your health!

How to know if you have abdominal obesity? If the circumference around your waist is above 102 cm for men and 88 cm for women, that means that you should have a look to 6 following proven strategies to eliminate belly fat!

 

🔸Banish sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks

The consumption of sugar is one of the main cause of excess fat in the belly. Studies have shown that eating a lot of added sugar will force your liver to turn the overloaded fructose into fat.

Liquid sugar is even worse: when you drink sweetened beverages (fruit juices, sugary sodas, sports drinks), you will eat more calories. Indeed, a study demonstrated that sugar-sweetened beverages may increase the risk of obesity in children to 60%.

So our advice is to reduce the amount of sugar you are eating and to banish sugary drinks forever.

 

🔸Eat more protein

Increasing the amount of protein in your diet can boost your metabolism and reduce hunger and cravings which can significantly help you to lose weight. Different studies have shown that protein may help to reduce belly fat accumulation and that people who ate more protein, had much less belly fat.

So our tip is to integrate more high-protein foods into your diets such as eggs, fish, seafood, legumes, nuts, or meat.

 

🔸Cut carbs from your diet

Eliminating carbs from your diet or at least reducing your amount of carbs to 50 grams per day is very effective to lose fat. A study has shown that people who cut carbs, have a smaller appetite and lose more weight.

Studies have shown that low-carb diets specifically target the fat in the belly and around the liver.

So our advice is to reduce the amount of refined carbs from your diet (sugar, candy, white bread, etc).  

 

🔸Eat foods rich in viscous fiber

Soluble and viscous fibers may effectively help to reduce the amount of belly fat. A study demonstrated that an intake of 14 grams of fiber per day was linked to a 10% decrease in calories and a weight loss of 2kg over 4 months.

How to get more fiber? Eat a lot of plant-based foods like vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole oats.

 

🔸Exercise

Exercising is the best thing you can do to: burn belly fat, reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar levels and avoid disease. However, there is no point to do endless amounts of abdominal exercises because losing fat in one area is not possible.

Then, what type of exercise? Aerobic exercises (walking, running, swimming) are very effective in belly fat reductions.

 

🔸Track what you eat

In order to really know what you are really eating and optimize your diet, tracking your food intake is important. You don’t have to do it during your whole life but just doing it for a few days can help you to have more control and to get closer to your goals. 

Let’s do this! 

 

4 homemade face scrubs to treat your skin as a princess

 

4 homemade face scrubs to treat your skin as a princess

After the sun baths of summer, it’s time to revitalize your skin! Find out here four natural recipes for facial scrubs that can be prepared with the ingredients of your kitchen!

Exfoliation is an important step of your daily facial routine and we recommend to do it 2-3 times a week. Why exfoliation is so important? Because it will help your skin to get rid of dead skin cells by uncloging pores. Try one of these homemade face scrubs and give us your opinion!

🔸Oat Face Scrub

This face scrub is very easy to prepare! You just need a blender, water, and ½ cup old-fashioned oats.

In a blender, blend the oats until ground. Take the ground oats in your hand and add water in order to obtain a pasty form. Spread gently the mixture into a clean face and neck. Rinse with warm water. If you don’t use all the mixture, you can store it in an airtight container for the next use.

🔸Honey & Brown Sugar Face Scrub

For this scrub, you need 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix together the sugar and the honey. Apply to clean face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and use a washcloth to remove all the mixture.

🔸Baking Soda cleanser

You can use your cleanser and double its function by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda: you created an exfoliating cleanser.

🔸Coffee & Oil Face Scrub

If you have a coffee machine with grounds, then reuse the coffee grounds from your morning cup! Use 1 tablespoon coffee grounds and add 1 tablespoon of oil (olive or rosehip). You have a scrub ready to use!

 

Watermelon: 9 benefits for your health

Watermelon: 9 benefits for your health

Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit and the most important: good for your health!

It contains only 46 calories (for 340gr) and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and other plant-based compounds.

Discover 9 health benefits:

🔸Hydration

Watermelon is composed of 92% water, which can hydrate your body and may increase the feeling of fullness.

🔸Nutrients and beneficial plant-based compounds

Watermelon is low in calories and rich in nutrients, especially carotenoids, vitamin C and cucurbitacin E, all linked to many health benefits.

🔸Cancer prevention

According to some studies, watermelon has some compounds that may help prevent cancer, such as cucurbitacin E and Lycopene. Lycopene is associated to cancer reduction for cancers of the digestive system. Cucurbitacin E is linked to a slowdown in tumor growth.

🔸Heart health

Watermelon contains beneficial compounds for your health, such as lycopene, citrulline and other vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, B6, C, magnesium, potassium). Some studies suggest that lycopene may help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure.

🔸Inflammation and stress

Lycopene and vitamin C are antioxidants that can treat inflammations and oxidative stress.

🔸Macular Degeneration Prevention

Lycopene, with its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, can help to keep your eyes healthy and protect you against age-related macular degeneration.

🔸Relieve muscle soreness

Eating watermelon can help relieve muscle soreness. This is why watermelon juice is a good drink after workout thanks to its high content in citrulline.

🔸Skin and hair care

Different nutrients in watermelon are good for your hair and your skin.

🔸Digestion

Watermelon is rich in fibers and water, both important for healthy digestion.

 

Do we need to stretch before exercising?

Do we need to stretch before exercising?

A few years ago, to stretch before exercising in team sports was an activity widely recognized, especially the static stretching during which you undertake a pose and you hold it from a few seconds to long minutes.

However, recent studies have demonstrated that a prolonged static stretching could cause reactions in the nervous system that might weaken temporarily the stretched muscles and the performance of athletes.

Many coaches and sports organizations recommend the dynamic stretching because your limbs and joints always stay in motion.

With the purpose to analyze the effects of dynamic stretching on performance, some scientists have tested different stretching routines on 20 young male athletes in team sports (rugby and football) for 4 days.

In order to have the best conditions for the study, the warm-up consisted of a few minutes jogging, a stretching and then 15 minutes of intense sprinting, jumping and other fast moves. During the 4 days, only the stretching was changed.

The first day, during their warm-up, the athletes completed 9 basic static stretching for different muscles, each of them last 5 seconds. The second day, the same 9 stretches were completed again but for 30 seconds each. The third day, the same stretches were done but with the dynamic version. And the last day, no stretching was done during their warm-up. The athletes had to complete tests every day to measure their flexibility, agility, jumping and sprinting.

Results: the performance of the athletes didn’t change, regardless of the type of stretching (dynamic or static) and even without any warm-up. So, to stretch before exercising?  It’s up to you to decide! The answer will depend on how do you feel about stretching and the type of exercise do you want to do!

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

Even the healthiest people may go through some overeating periods during which they eat too many sweets, snacks, or fatty burgers. The reason? Too much work or stress, too many office events, weddings, birthdays… Every opportunity is good to break your diet!

The problem happens when you associate this type of food with these events and occasions (bad habits). For example, every time you are under stress or you are tired, you will eat a pint of ice cream to “feel better”. And the worst, is that this type of pleasure is ephemeral.

The solution to get back on the right track is not by depriving yourself.

Find out our tips to establish achievable goals and recover after eating too much: 

🔸Change your way of thinking

Depriving yourself of the “unhealthy” foods you love, and being frustrated is not the solution. You have to maintain a balance: find a healthy way to eat your favorite meal. For example, replacing the butter with coconut oil or extra virgin oil is a good step.

Fix objectives you can achieve: for example, one healthy meal by day in the first instance. 

🔸Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods

If you eat foods rich in fibers as well as a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and other plant-based proteins, you will feel full longer which reduces hunger and may help you lose weight. In addition, most of the time, the foods rich in fibers are also rich in antioxidants, which can help treat inflammations in the body caused by stress due to unhealthy eating habits.

We recommend the green smoothie bowl, rich in fibers and low in sugar to reset your body after overeating.

🔸Follow a meal plan

The best strategy to fight overeating is to create a meal plan that includes your breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert and healthy snacks for every single day. Prepare a shopping list for the all week, you will be less tempted to buy unhealthy foods and it will help you to have more control over what you eat.

🔸Move

There is no secret: nutrition and sport go hand in hand. If you eat too much, your metabolism will slow down because you are consuming more calories than you are burning. By working out, your body understands how to use carbs and fats efficiently.

Moreover, exercising can help you to reduce stress and can help reset your body for new healthy habits.

 

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