4 Strength Training Tips Everyone Should Know

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By Fit3 Head Coach Tina Van Horn

For many people, turning 40 can be a dreaded milestone. For the health and fitness conscientious, however, turning 30 could be considered the new 40.

Why 30, you may ask? From the time you were born until around the time you turn 30, your muscles grow larger and stronger. But during your 30s, you naturally start to lose muscle mass and function. This is called sarcopenia or “muscle loss with aging.”

The good news? Muscle-strengthening activities help increase or maintain your muscle mass and power. Steadily increasing weight and repetitions will give you even more benefits, no matter your age.

That’s why, if you haven’t already, it’s time to get serious about adding strength training to your workouts. I know machines at the gym can be confusing, so don’t even look at the intimidating guys (and ladies) who hang out in the free weights area!

Strength training for most of us isn’t about bulking up and getting ripped. (Sure, having defined muscles would be nice but isn’t very realistic when you live in the “real world” and eat “real food.”) It’s really about building lean muscle mass that supports a healthy metabolism and promotes functional fitness.

Just Do It

You don’t have to go to the gym and lift super heavy weights to get the benefits of resistance training. But you do have to do something!

Strength training can be approached lots of ways: Fast and intense, slow and easy, or somewhere in between. You can do full-body sessions or upper/lower body splits. You can change grip, feet position or equipment. The main thing is to keep it enjoyable and experiment with your fitness goals.

Resistance training for muscle gain

Examples of resistance training that promotes muscle growth include the use of free weights, weight machines, resistance bands and your own body weight.

Here are my 4 favorite tips:

  • Train just two or three times per week to give your muscles time to recover. If you’re tempted to train more often, remember that muscle growth occurs during recovery.
  • Choose compound exercises that work multiple major muscle groups, for example, the squat and bench press.
  • Make your workouts short and intense rather than long and leisurely.
  • Seek professional advice. A gym instructor, personal trainer, exercise physiologist or physiotherapist will help make sure you are doing each exercise correctly. Good advice will increase your gains and reduce your risk of injury.

Want to get started with me now? Visit the Fit3 site and click “Join.” Here you can sign up as a customer or distributor and get access to all of our workouts, including my strength training videos.

Form a Reliv-Vitamin D Friendship

By Copywriter Alisa Reale

When it comes to your body getting enough of this vital nutrient, just 15 minutes soaking up the sun (without sunscreen) every day will increase your vitamin D production. And, on days when the sun isn’t shining, one serving of Reliv Now® or Reliv Classic® contains 400 IU, which is 100% of your recommended daily value. One scoop daily of Reliv Now® for Kids contains 50% of the recommended daily value for children.

In other words, vitamin D and Reliv go hand in hand for your overall health.

Putting it in Perspective

Twenty to thirty minutes of sun exposure each day produces approximately 10,000 IU of vitamin D in the skin. Kids and those with darker skin will need more sun than this. In comparison, drinking 6-8 ounces of pasteurized milk gives your body only 100 IU. Continue reading “Form a Reliv-Vitamin D Friendship”

Reliv Podcast: Helping Americans Get Fit & Feel Great

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What can happen in 30 days when you follow the Fit3 program? Amazing things! In this episode of the Tom & Tina show, they’re catching up with Reliv Distributors all across the country who are getting incredible fitness and weight loss results with Fit3. And stay tuned because Tom and Tina will also announce an exciting new Conference promotion, plus give you an update on how to register your Fit3 team for the upcoming team challenge that starts April 1!

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Reliv Podcast: Tom & Tina Announce Free Fit Kit Winners!

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We’re raising our Reliv shaker cups to the long list of winners from our free fit kit promotion! Join Tom Pinnock and Tina Van Horn to hear the winners, plus find out which country’s life expectancy just went up. They’re talking fitness, nutrition and sharing the two big Fit3 promotions now extended through March 2017! Tune in every Monday night at 8:30 p.m. CST for a new episode! 

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New Year, New Exciting Reliv News: Reliv January 2017 Prodcast

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In this month’s prodcast, Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn sits down with one of the most respected food scientists in the country… our own Dr. Carl Hastings. In this special interview, we share some unexpected exciting news that happened at Reliv recently, including the highly anticipated launch of our new fitness and weight loss program, Fit3. It’s going to be an incredible year at Reliv!

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How To Have A Healthy Holiday Season: Reliv December 2016 Prodcast

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The holidays are almost here and that means cookies, candy, wine and all kinds of indulgences. But fear not! Your host Tina Van Horn has you covered when it comes to having a healthy holiday season that’s still full of treats. She sat down with a few Reliv friends who are dishing up their favorite tips for a healthy holiday. You’ll also hear some favorite holiday memories shared.

 

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Why Fitness Friends Are So Important

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By Reliv Product Marketing Specialist Tina Van Horn

I prefer to exercise in the morning. It’s the time of day when my energy is the best and also the only time of day that I can consistently make time to work out. So you might assume that I leap out of bed and grab my running shoes when the alarm goes off at 4:30 a.m., right? Well, not exactly.

There is generally some grumbling as I reach for the snooze button and my brain starts to process why I am getting up so early. About two minutes later, I am making my way to the kitchen for a shot of Reliv 24K® and to check my phone. At this point, I’m trying to figure out how I can squeeze in a workout later and secretly hoping for a text from Sara, my workout partner, to let me know that she can’t meet this morning to run. I am completely deceiving myself — I don’t have time later and Sara NEVER cancels. To be honest, I never cancel either. That’s the beauty of having a workout partner — motivation and accountability. Continue reading “Why Fitness Friends Are So Important”

Travel Tips: How to Have a Healthy, Inexpensive Vacation

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Are you in need of a fun trip, full of activity but hesitant to take your trip in fear of breaking the bank? You’re in luck! There are lots of great places to visit that give a lot of bang for a little buck. My fiancé and I recently returned home from a super relaxing yet active trip to the breathtaking Smoky Mountains! We did a lot of research on where we wanted to spend our vacation and looked for fun, free activities to engage in while we were there. Getting prepared ahead of time allowed us to have a fun-filled trip while sticking to our budget! Here are some tips to help keep your costs down and have a wonderful, guilt-free vacation! Continue reading “Travel Tips: How to Have a Healthy, Inexpensive Vacation”

4 Tips To Break Your Winter Workout Rut

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Snowflakes are falling, it’s 15 degrees outside, and you have zero desire to get your routine workout in. I don’t blame you! It’s so easy to fall into a slump during the winter and forget all about your regular regime. During the winter, we generally eat more, endure higher stress levels, and rest less so it’s especially beneficial to push ourselves to get our legs moving and our hearts pumping! Here are some pointers to help you get back in the groove. Continue reading “4 Tips To Break Your Winter Workout Rut”