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Get An Inside Look At What Makes P90X2 A Killer Program

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When we last spoke of P90X2 nearly 2 months ago, there was very little in the way of program facts and information and it had yet to be released for preorder. Now that some time has passed, we’re beginning to see a clearer picture developing about this self proclaimed revolutionary fitness program. Anyone who’s considering taking on P90X2 should be made fully aware of what they’re getting into before they buy it. For that very reason we decided to make part 2 of our P90X2 review about getting an inside look into this new workout program.

In an interview recently, Tony Horton used the tagline “indoor training for the outside world” to describe his new workout. In other words P90X2 is designed to help you do outside/real world activities better. According to Tony these “real world” activities would range from reaching up high to get a can of beans off the top pantry shelf to those looking to shave a few hundredths of a second off their 100 yard dash time. P90X2 seems to be the swiss army knife of workout programs able to make just about anyone improve doing just about anything. The real questions are how does it do it? And what sets it apart from P90X? In order to get those questions answered we need to dig deep into the inner workings of this program.

P90X2 Cardio – A Hidden Secret: Cardio is an integral part of any workout routine and would not be complete if left out. Cardio was present in P90X as separate workouts entirely. It showed up several times throughout the program as Kenpo karate, plyometrics, yoga (certain moves), and standard cardio movements like jumping jacks and other anaerobic zone activities. When examining the list of P90X2 workout titles you might do a double take because no such cardio leaning workouts exist. How can this be you might be wondering? Well, while you won’t see any cardio in the title names, doing P90X2 workouts like Plyocide or P.A.P. Lower will train your cardiovascular system. In addition other X2 workouts have cardio woven throughout. Remember, the premise of P90X2 is efficiency and exercise moves that multitask. So you might be thinking you’re only doing one exercise but you’ll probably be covering multiple fitness areas at one time.

Less Is More: When exercise intensity levels increase the end result is that you need to spend less time actually doing them. As your muscles experience a greater break down, they need a greater corresponding amount of rest. This is the reason X2 was reduced from the standard d 6 day a week workout regimen to 5 days per week. This is not to say X2 is easier then P90X, it’s actually far more intense and therefore requires a greater amount of rest. With two days per week of rest, one of those days should theoretically be used as “active” recovery and not laying on the couch downing whoppers.

The 3 P90X2 Kits – A one Size Fits All Approach: From the get go P90X2 is being offered in three different kits. This is a turn form the standard when compared to any of Beahcbody’s other new releases. Normally, programs are released in a base format to allow time to pass to see how the public reacts to the program. After some time other versions are usually released. Maybe there’s an additional workout or two or some deluxe features like extra equipment that is added. This is not the case with X2. Beachbody decided right off the bat to offer P90X2 as a base kit, deluxe kit and ultimate kit. Because this program is a sequel to their best selling program of all time, there’s a built in customer base. This allows customers who may not have a surplus of cash to start with the base and tack on extras at a later date as well as still making available the extras to those who can afford it. The P90X2 price starts at $119.85 for the base kit and goes all the way up to a whopping $359.85 for the ultimate kit in blu-ray.

Not Up For P90X2 but Still Want to Test Drive Tony Horton: If you find that P90X2 may be out of your league, try not to fret. It’s not for everyone. P90X2 is an intense workout that plays off the results and endurance you should have already built up from its predecessor P90X. If you have not been able to complete P90X or never tried it before, or currently not in an active high intensity fitness program it may be best for you to shelve this one for the time being. This doesn’t mean you can’t still workout with Tony Horton and get accustomed to his style.

In 2009 Tony introduced a workout called 10 Minute Trainer that was designed for busy people who may only have 10 minutes a day to devote to exercise or beginners looking to start a new routine. With 10 minute trainer you can begin with just 10 minutes a day and slowly at your own pace workup to a 50 minute per day workout routine. It’s a great stepping stone that actually was derived from P90X. Many of the same exercise moves in 10 minute trainer can be found on P90X, but in much smaller doses. These doses are manageable and conquerable but still make you feel the burn and get results just like every other Tony Horton program.

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5 Types Of Mobile Games That Can Actually Help Your Mind

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featMobile gaming is often viewed as a way to pass the time, or simply as entertainment. More often than not, these are perfectly fair descriptions. On other occasions, mobile apps and games can help optimize both body and mind!

Mobile Games & Puzzles for Brain Health

However, the mobile gaming market is vast, and among the offerings there are also some games that can help to train your mind in various ways, or in some cases improve wellness. Here, we wanted to give some examples of types of mobile games that can serve these purposes.

1. Escape Puzzles

In the real world, “escape room” attractions have become wildly popular in just the last few years. They’re generally seen as weekend recreation options for groups of friends or colleagues, but there are also those who believe they benefit your brain health. To our knowledge there aren’t in-depth studies into this phenomenon’s mental benefits just yet, but there’s certainly something to be said for the idea. Escape rooms lead to everything from positive moods to improved memory and heightened social skills. Escape puzzle games don’t carry all of the same benefits, but they are in many cases the mobile versions of the rooms, and they can certainly exercise your brain where concentration, patience, and problem-solving are concerned, at the very least.

2. Conquest Games

This isn’t quite as big a category as that of puzzle games, though there are actually different genres within the idea of a conquest-themed mobile game. What we’re referring to here though are games like the mobile versions of Sid Meier’s Civilization installments, which famously delve into real human history in quite a lot of detail. Simply put, games like these that teach real history can exercise the brain and help to improve memory, association, attention to detail, and specific knowledge.

3. Poker Games

Poker games are actually among the oldest ones available on mobile phones, though they’re steadily getting more sophisticated these days. Poker apps are included among the games spreading gradually into the U.S. through expanding gambling legislation, and even some free-to-play poker games are now employing advanced graphics and features that make them feel like the real thing. Whichever specific app you opt for though, you could actually stand to enjoy real mental benefits. Various medical studies have actually hinted at poker’s benefits in everything from improving focus and attention to detail to combating Alzheimer’s Disease!

4. Quiz Apps

Some might consider quiz apps to comprise their own category aside from gaming, but the distinction isn’t particularly important. Either way there are dozens if not hundreds of accessible quiz apps, and each and every one of them can teach specific knowledge and keep the mind sharp in general. It’s virtually never a bad idea to test your knowledge, and these kinds of games help people do it on a daily basis.

5. Brain-Trainers

Lastly, and most overtly, there are also apps specifically designed to train the brain. These are in some cases actually designed with medical input and consideration, but they’re still game-like in nature, or at least include games more often than not. The specific training varies from one app to the next, but this is definitely a category you’ll want to look to if you’re curious about using mobile games to improve your mind.

Final Thoughts

Mobile apps, games, and real-world puzzles such as escape rooms are sometimes purely for entertainment. Other cases, such as those discussed here, can be leveraged to help with brain training for better cognitive performance and perception. The best part is, these brain games can often be leveraged during times you’d otherwise be doing nothing else!

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Getting Your Health Under Control In 2019

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For many, having control over their health is a constant battle with a number of vitamin deficiencies as well as illnesses that are sometimes unavoidable it is crucial to ensure that your health is under control. Whether this is a visit to Finchley dentist to prioritise your oral health or a visit to the doctors for a checkup there are a number of ways that you can prioritise your health within a busy lifestyle.

Moving More And Sitting Less

During the course of the day, it is important to keep moving, with a lot of people sitting down throughout the day it is important to remember to move around. By adding a 10-minute walk to your daily routine this can help to improve mental health as well as your physical health. This small addition to your daily routine can help you to lose weight and maintain a suitable cholesterol level. This could help your health in the long term as this helps you to maintain a healthy weight.

The Power Of A Smile

Have you ever thought about how a smile can help you and those around you to feel better? The simple act of smiling releases chemicals into the brain helping you to channel positive emotions as a result. This act of smiling can also make you appear endearing and approachable to others allowing you to spread joy to those around you. This is something that can take practice to do but can have major health benefits. By making time to laugh and smile during the course of the day you can reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to improve overall happiness.

Sleep

Having enough sleep is something that can be very difficult with a busy lifestyle. However, it is important to make the time. With the recommended sleep time aimed between 7-9 hours per day, it is important to look at how much sleep you are getting and how much this can affect your overall health.

If you are feeling like you cannot concentrate or are having trouble being able to focus on simple tasks, this may be a consequence of lack of sleep. In order to sleep accordingly make sure that your day is filled with exercise and activities. By filling your day with exercises and activities you will wear yourself out. This will allow you to stick to a simple sleeping schedule throughout the week.

If you struggle to fall asleep at night try relaxing before bed, whether this is through having a bath or shower or even reading a book to help you unwind, this can help you to fall asleep almost instantly.

Relaxation

Another important aspect of your health is relaxation. It is not good for your heart or your mind to be stressed 24/7 therefore, it is important to practice self-care wherever possible. With a number of meditation apps available to you both free and paid you can have a completely customisable experience based around your specific needs.

By adding ten minutes of meditation into your daily routine you can help to reduce stress and anxiety whilst helping to lower blood pressure. So with all this in mind, there are a number of considerations when thinking about your health in 2019 that are well worth considering.

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Intermittent Fasting – Introduction and How-To

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Intermittent fasting is becoming increasingly popular. It appears that apart from marketing, losing weight is the most popular topic to be discussed online. People want to get rid of all those pounds, whether extra or seemingly extra to attain the ideal body shape. A multitude of diet plans have been devised; from cabbage soups to high protein diet to eight losing herbs and supplements, everyone is trying everything that might have the slightest notion of producing likable results. But in most of these diet plans, one has to give up eating their favorite foods. No more pizzas and pastas, some happily adopt an herbivorous lifestyle, just to lose weight.

But what if you do not have to give up eating your favorite dishes? What if you don’t have to try any experiments with artificial supplements on your body? What if weight loss could happen with you eating what you generally eat, and in the quantity you eat but still losing weight? Sounds elusive, right?

The truth is that it is possible. And this is not a new found theory, but it has been around for quite a while. Surprised?? Wondering what exactly is this magic diet plan? It is called, “Intermittent Fasting”.

Intermittent fasting is the trick to adopt. It requires a person to go on a fast for 24 hours, once or twice every week depending on the individual capability, and having a large intake of water/green tea during this time span. With the lifestyle we all lead, packed with work, food, more work and a truckload of responsibilities, it is not only difficult to take out time for gym and aerobic classes but truly impossible. Similarly, even following a diet plan can become monotonous, and everyone is aware of how diet plans quit working after some time since the body becomes immune to them. So you might just lose weight during the first month of your diet plan routine, it is assured that the results will start to wear off once the body becomes accustomed to the routine. On the opposite end, Intermittent Fasting will help you consistently lose weight and also maintain it. The routine is not difficult to adopt.

Steele Williams a leading celebrity PT and personal training course expert from TRAIN says that studies dating back to 1945 proved that Intermittent Fasting (IF) extended the life of mice. More recent studies on humans show that alternate day fasting increases SIRT3 proteins, which scientists believe are responsible for longer lifespans.

Also, IF has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity, therefore reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes. It’s also been shown to reduce inflammation, blood pressure, and “bad” cholesterol.

All you have to do is pick a day or two in the time frame of a week when all you are going to be consuming is water, or better still, green tea. That one day where the intake of liquids is going to be on the rise; it will allow the metabolism to flush up and work off all those stored fats in the body. Take it more like a body cleansing day. Just like a shower is vital to rid the exterior of all the germs, a day on water is pivotal to rid the body of the harmful fats that are stored up.

In the remaining days of the week, keep on going with your normal diet. You do not have to give up food at all during that time. Sounds great? Well you will feel great once you try out this truly genius form of putting off those extra pounds!

Have you tried intermittent fasting? What are your thoughts?

 

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