My Story: Holly Stern

Holly Stern of Portland, Oregon, a professional violinist, shares her thoughts on Reliv.

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Reliv Regimen: Reliv Now®,Innergize!®, FibRestore®, LunaRich X™, Arthaffect®, ProVantage®, 24K™, ReversAge®

Seeing the Proof
I was introduced to Reliv by my father-in-law. He and his wife moved into a retirement center because of her joint discomfort. Someone there said, “We’ve got something for that.” After using Reliv, they were able to move out to independent living again when she was nearly 84.

Giving It a Try
My husband began taking Reliv, but I was already taking a powdered supplement. We traveled for Christmas and didn’t want to bring both, so I used his Reliv. My body told me, “This is the good stuff; don’t go back.”

Feeling the Difference
Reliv has given me more energy and mental focus and boosted my immune system. I think people who haven’t used Reliv don’t understand how good health really feels!

4 Hydration Myths Busted for Summer

With summer at the height of its heat and humidity, we love to cool off with afternoons at the pool or days at the beach. But in all the water fun outside, we can’t forget our water intake. Even if we know we can’t live without it, we may be a fuzzy on the facts: How can we hydrate? How much do we need each day? Here are four myths you may have heard about hydration, and the truth behind them — just in time for temperatures that push the triple digits. Continue reading “4 Hydration Myths Busted for Summer”

Beating Workout Boredom

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The tennis shoes sit inside your closet, staring you down. When are you going to take me to the gym again? You pretend not to notice them and reach for slippers instead, knowing you’ll have much more fun at home tonight. When was the last time I used a treadmill? You think for a moment, but realize it’s been too long to remember exactly.

If you’ve ever had this conversation with your tennis shoes, you might be battling workout boredom, which makes it easy to hit a wall in your motivation to exercise. If you’re losing the fight against apathy, here are three tips for breaking in your tennis shoes again while having fun.

1. Do what you love.

You don’t need to sign up for the yoga class if you’d rather take a nap on your mat than perform a Child’s Pose. A surefire way to kill your motivation is to make working out miserable — of course you won’t want to come back if you’re uninterested or overwhelmed! If you love dancing, try zumba. If you spend your free time at the pool, learn to master lap swimming. If you like the toned look from weight lifting, incorporate it into your weekly lineup.

Bottom line: don’t force the treadmill on yourself if you’ll go crazy. Of course, be careful not to overwork one part of your body or ignore another area — discipline is key and you’ll need to balance cardio and muscle building. You may be surprised, too — if you’re not sure about trying a new machine or set of repetitions, see Tip #3.

2. Work while you do what you love.

A trendy fitness trend all over Pinterest is television workouts, which suggest different exercises whenever something happens on a show. For example, a pin for one my favorite shows suggests performing 30 lunges each time one of the main characters drinks coffee and 20 crunches when another reads, both of which usually happen multiple times per episode. A similar one is a commercial workout, doing push-ups or jumping jacks when a car or insurance ad airs. (Something like this is perfect for a rainy or too-hot-to-breathe day, too!) Although this can’t replace your cardio, it’s a way to keep moving instead of staying a couch potato.

Another option? Crank up the tunes. You can motivate yourself to work out until a new album or playlist finishes. If you’re tired of the same-old, same-old on your iPod, check out this list of Top 100 Workout Songs from professional trainers. It includes everything from pop to hip-hop, oldies to today’s Top 40.

One more tried-and-true option is to enlist a friend in your regimen. Catching up on a walk burns more calories than doing it over a cup of coffee, and you can keep each other accountable to your routines.

3. Mix it up.

If you spend every morning staring at the same spot on the wall as you run the treadmill, no one would blame you for feeling bored. Routine can help consistency, but one of its dangers is monotony. Try using the elliptical for cardio one week and the stair climber the next.

Don’t be afraid to try something new, either! If you’re not sure where to start, check out a website like AceFitness.org, with videos and diagrams of routines, or sign up for a class at your local gym. Something as simple as running outside or lifting at a different time of day can spice up your ritual. Whatever happens, don’t let the exercise ennui set in again — variety will keep you moving even after you’ve settled into a new practice.

Remember to boost your performance and recovery with Reliv’s ProVantage® with LunaRich®. With 13 grams of muscle-building soy protein per serving as well as other advanced ingredients, ProVantage will give you edge you’ve been looking for. You can also stay in top form with Innergize!®, Reliv’s isotonic formula that features ingredients like ChromeMate® and OptiZinc®, the most readily absorbed forms of chromium and zinc available. Plus, Innergize! contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids to give you added energy, promote oxygen absorption and boost your immune system. It’s a win-win!

Be sure to talk with your physician before beginning any exercise program. Each individual has different health needs that should be considered before attempting a new program.

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A Guide to Cycling: Ready to Ride!

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Reliv Distributor and active cyclist David Clarke shares his advice and wisdom on introductory cycling.

You’ve been watching the Tour de France. You haven’t ridden a bicycle in 20 years, but you’ve decided to peel yourself off the couch! What a terrific way to get some exercise, be out of doors and enjoy the feeling of the wind through your hair.David-ClarkeProV1

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Because of Reliv: I Run Marathons

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Denise Curry,
Scarborough, Maine

I took up running 10 years ago to help a friend who needed a running buddy. My son did his first 5K at the age of 8 and completed it in only 24 minutes! He challenged me to step it up, so I gave Reliv’s 24K™ and Innergize!® a shot. I take some before my races and then put a few 24K bottles in my pockets. It helps keep me focused on the task at hand and gives me a boost of energy during my race. It pushes me through the moments when I feel like slowing down. I stay focused on my goal! The Boston Marathon this year will be my 6th full marathon!

Update: Denise and her son both safely finished the 2013 Boston Marathon.

My Story: Gary Allen

Name: Gary Allen
Hometown: Great Cranberry Island, ME
Gigs: Reliv, race director, motivational speaker, runner
Reliv Regimen: Reliv Now, Innergize!, ProVantage and 24K

Mile After Mile: I ran from Maine to Washington DC in January to support the Wounded Warrior Project and American Cancer Society. I’ve got more than 100,000 lifetime miles under my belt including 20 Boston Marathons and 14 NYC Marathons.
Integrating Nutrition: I started taking Reliv a few months ago, and have been amazed at the active energy boost I get! Guys my age do take notice when something we’ve been doing all our lives suddenly feels easier. Bouncy is how I’d describe it!
Overcoming the Wall: As distance runners know, the wall is a point where our bodies say ‘enough’ due to mental and physical factors. Reliv is helping to limit the physical part and keep me going.

Going the Distance with Gary Allen

Looking for some fitness motivation for 2013? Follow along with Gary Allen as he attempts to run from his home in Maine to Washington, D.C. by January 21. He began his run this morning, departing from the top of Cadillac Mountain and hopes to average 50 miles per day to arrive in time for the Presidential Inauguration. Best of all, he’s taking Reliv along for the run!  Continue reading “Going the Distance with Gary Allen”