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Friday, May 03, 2013


If you want to be able to increase your metabolism at any time of the day, month or year, no matter where you may happen to be, you must know at least 3 variations of the pushup. Why? Because a pushup involves your facial muscles, neck, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, core, pelvic musculature and legs. I suggest that you start with the standard-grip pushup, the narrow-grip pushup and the fist pushup. If you do not have the strength to complete a pushup in the normal position, then complete a knees-down version. Switch between the standard grip and narrow grip to incorporate different
muscle groups in the chest, shoulders and arms. Use the fist pushup when your wrists are tired or when you donít want to get your fingers too familiar with a germ-ridden surface. Hereís a good starting point: three times a day complete the maxi-mum number of pushups that you can perform. Throw this habit into your next vacation or long day at work and youíll be guaranteed a burst in your metabolic rate.

Have a great weekend SPARKERS!!!!

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PAMDAQTPI 5/4/2013 1:20PM

    I hate push ups, but they do a body good that's for sure.

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MOMOF4FOXES 5/3/2013 11:03PM

    I must remember this!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/3/2013 8:50PM

    Thank you.

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SISTERPRETTY 5/3/2013 8:36PM

    Food for thought emoticon

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thank you for your advise. I appreciate it.

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Boost strength instantly by training one limb at a time

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Boost strength instantly by training one limb at a time

While the benefits of using dumbbells are many, there is one that stands out for those looking to get stronger. Research shows that one-limb (unilateral) training allows you to recruit more total muscle fibers, making you approximately 20% stronger on each rep.

For example, if you were able to curl a 50-pound barbell for 10 reps, you could reasonably expect to curl 30-pound dumbbells (or 60 pounds total) for as many reps. As a bonus, if you should fail before that 10th rep, you can use a free hand to spot yourself through a few forced reps.

Unilateral training is also safer, since there is no risk of getting pinned beneath a barbell. Using dumbbells allows you to recruit more total muscle fibers in order to stabilize your body through each rep, which makes for better gains in overall body composition in the long run.

source: Prayfit

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PAMDAQTPI 5/2/2013 5:02PM

    Humm, that is interesting. You always have some interesting tips, I'll have to remember to come back to your blog again and again.

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(FINAL Fitness Tip) - Fitness Tip#365 - April 26, 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013

The day has come that 365 days of fitness tips have been posted. Amazing how fast the year has gone by. I hope everyone has benefited from 1 or more of the tips. I will continue to post blogs every now and then. If you want to continue learning with me about nutrition and fitness come visit me on my FB page. Due to Sparkspeople rules and regulations I can't post the link here. You can search "TEMPLEFIT". It should be the first one and click "like" Everyone is welcome!!!!

Now for the #365th Fitness Tip

Fitness Tip#365 - April 26, 2013

Cup Oí Joe

Caffeine ingestion can increase your metabolic rate and energy expenditure
by over 10%, and coffee is one of the most inexpensive and convenient
ways to achieve this effect. In addition to stimulating the central nervous
system and increasing both mental and physical energy, caffeine can im-
prove memory, enhance athletic performance and help you burn more fat as
a fuel, especially during aerobic activity. Caffeine can also inhibit the growth
of new adipose cells (your bodyís fat storage tissue) and when taken with a
meal can improve fat-burning. In order to maximize the beneficial effect of
caffeine on your metabolism, you must consume coffee or caffeine supple-
ments only in moderation. If these supplements are consumed in excess,
your central nervous system and hormones can adapt and grow non-re-
sponsive to the metabolic effect. In addition, excessive caffeine can cause an
increase in your heart rate, blood pressure and release of your bodyís adrena-
line hormones which can eventually lead to physical stress and breakdown.
Excessive caffeine consumption has also been linked to headaches, restless-
ness, irritability, insomnia, anxiety, dehydration, stomach irritation and heart
palpitations. A metabolic increasing dose of caffeine is about 100-200 mil-
ligrams daily, which is the equivalent of one or two small cups or 10-15
ounces of coffee. For the best effect on exercise, consume it about 45-60
minutes prior to the workout, which will result in an optimal carbohydrate
sparing and fat burning effect. Coffee in the morning prior to about 20-30
minutes of light to moderate exercise, followed by a complex breakfast is a
great fat burning strategy. Because it contains all the benefits of coffee with
less caffeine, delta-E is a healthy and more energy stabilizing alternative to
regular coffee.

emoticon ALL for reading these and I pray that you have learned a thing or 2 during these 365 days. I know I have!

God bless,

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MOMOF4FOXES 5/3/2013 11:01PM

    Thanks so much for all you have shared. I haven't read them for that long, but I enjoyed reading them when I was on here and had time. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the rest of us. Truly an inspiration!

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Awww, it's your last one! :( 365 went by FAST!!! One of the things I admire about you most is your dedication to your commitments. Once you commit to something, no matter what, you will see it through. It is admirable and I love you for it. :)

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xx me

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JAN155 4/26/2013 3:40PM

    Eric, I have really enjoyed your tips. I know I wasn't always able to read them all, but the ones I got to read were great. How did you manage to save my favorite healthy thing for last? : ) I have ALWAYS been a coffee freak and finding out it helped my workouts was a super bonus (not that I needed one - ha!) Thank you again for your dedication to helping others be their healthy best! Have a great weekend!

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ALNEAGLE 4/26/2013 1:44PM

    Thanks for ALL of the tips! They have been GREAT!


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LIV2RIDE 4/26/2013 1:03PM

    Thanks Eric!

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GRACEISENUF 4/26/2013 12:34PM

    Thanks Eric and yes I have. I don't belong to FB but I sure appreciate all the tips you have posted for so long.

Blessings to you and your entire family!

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"TEAM SHADDEN" second of glory on the news....

Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Team Shadden" have a second of glory on the news :) If you pause it at 01:20 you will see me running and if you look to the right you will see my AWESOME wife taking pictures.



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ALNEAGLE 4/26/2013 9:22AM

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That's so awesome!

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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2013 11:21PM

    COOL! I saw both of you. Way to go...what a great cause, congrats to Team Shadden!

After one of my hubby's military deployments back in 1994 our family was followed on two separate interviews (one in our home) by a news channel in Florida. They filmed his homecoming after a long 8 months. It was so exciting, our son was a baby and our daughter was nearly three. We have a tape of it..good times.

emoticon emoticon Team Shadden, well done!

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Fitness Tip#364 - April 25, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013


Garlic juice and garlic oil has been observed to reduce levels of circulating fat in the bloodstream, stabilize blood sugar levels and improve the fat burning rate in the liver. It also stimulates adrenaline hormone production in your body which can trigger fat release from storage tissue and use of these adipose stores for energy. So utilizing this potent flavor can actually help whittle away the waistline! Furthermore, garlic can stabilize cortisol levels reducing lean muscle mass breakdown which simply means youíre burning fat and building protein. You donít have to actually drink or gargle garlic juice. The more convenient and less face puckering alternatives include whole bulbs,
minced garlic and supplement capsules. Keep a small bowl of gar-lic on the kitchen counter and include it in omelets, salads, stir fries, sauces and dressings. Just remember to brush your teeth. The supplement, EnerPrime, contains high allicin potential garlic concentrate, used since Biblical times for endurance and strength. In this form, the garlic is activated by water to form allicin which has powerful antioxidant and cardiovascular-supportive properties.


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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2013 8:52PM

    Love garlic, yep sure do.

interesting tidbit on the biblical uses, ty

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