Whittle Your Middle with Belly Dancing, a Sexy Way to Stay in Shape

For a sexy way to get in shape and stay in shape, try belly dancing. You can groove your hips and wiggle your way to a slimmer, trimmer figure while working on balance, coordination, and a beautiful flow of movement. You can whittle your middle with belly dancing while also picking up a few seductive dance techniques to show off for your significant other.

Belly dancing traditionally is an Arab style of dance that focuses on the hips, arms and much of the body, despite the name “belly dancing.” Belly dancing costumes often offer a sexy getup of fringe, dangling beads or coins, bared midriffs, and a skirt or harem pants. The vibrant colors and elaborate style of the belly dancing costumes make them very attractive, however, for workout purposes women can wear just about any type of athletic apparel as they begin to learn the belly dancing moves.

If you would like to get started in belly dancing, it is a fitness workout that helps your coordination as much as your physical shape. You can try to find belly dancing group classes near you if you like the social workout environment. If you tend to be a bit shy, you might consider beginning your belly dancing routine at home either by yourself or with a friend, sister, or neighbor. One good at-home workout to try is Jillina’s Shape Up n’ Hip Out Belly dancing DVD.

Jillina’s Shape Up n’ Hip Out Belly dancing DVD
offers a practical way to get down the belly dancing basics while also improving your physical shape and your dance moves, nonetheless. If you aren’t naturally comfortable with dancing in general, and/or if you’ve never done belly dancing before, the moves may feel a bit awkward or may seem difficult at first. However, as with most new things, the more you practice belly dancing with Jillina’s workout DVD, the more natural the moves will become for you.

Jillina’s Shape Up n’ Hip Out Belly dancing DVD features three 18-minute workouts, offering something suitable for the beginner belly dancer through the professional belly dancer who wants to try some new moves or enhance technique. Your choices when working out with Jillina’s DVD are Slow & Smooth, Rhythm Hips, and Turbo Hips – so you can work out at your own pace.

“Many women come to belly dance for the physical benefits but often discover a wealth of advantages  like self confidence and an opportunity to get in touch with their feminine side,” says Jillena of belly dancing.

Product provided free to writer for reviewJillina’s Shape Up n’ Hip Out Belly dancing DVD is available for sale on Amazon.com for $13.49 and it is eligible for free super saver shipping. For more information about the Shape Up n’ Hip Out Belly dancing DVD or information on Jillina, please see www.jillina.com.

1 lb Down in 5 Days Challenge – Fitness Tips from a Celebrity Personal Trainer

Kristin Anderson demonstrates atomic crunches.Repeat after me: “I am ready to be the fit and healthy person that I have always wanted to be.”  I am serious. Say it out loud because positive self-talk is going to help you tune out all of the other negative talk that keeps us from reaching our goals.
What I am about to say may sound too simple but it’s true. If you can lose 1lb, then you can lose as many pounds as you want. All you need to do is believe that you can. It’s as easy as cutting 200-300 calories out of your dietary day and committing to a little exercise. In losing the first pound, you’re establishing habits and laying the groundwork for pounds 2, 3, 5, 10, 20, etc…

These are your tools for success; Planks, Lunges, Abs, Cardio (PLAC), and writing down your food. If you are honest with your food and fitness, then you are guaranteed to succeed.

Here is a 5 Day plan to get you started:

Day 1 Plank/Cardio: 1-5 minutes of Planking and 30 or more minutes of cardio.
Tip: Write down your food and replace one after 4pm carb snack with a lean protein and/or skip bread with dinner.

Kristin Anderson demonstrates how the plank positon should look.

Plank – Come on to all fours and then lift your knees up so that your body is in a straight line. Your hands should be under your shoulders, your sternum should be lifted while your tailbone is slightly tucked under and your low belly area is engaged. Tuck your chin slightly so that your neck is long. Press into your heels and fire up your whole body. Hold for as long as you can. Keep scanning your body for your form.

Day 2 Lunges/Cardio: 1-2 minutes of Lunges and 30 or more minutes of Cardio.
Tip: Eat smaller servings at each of your meals today.

Kristin Anderson demonstrates lunges should look.

Lunges – Take a parallel stance and stagger your feet with one foot going front and one going back. Make sure you have a large enough stance. Bend both knees and lower yourself down until your front thigh is parallel to the ground. Your torso should be slightly hinged forward, your ribcage should be up, stomach pulled it and back leg engaged. Your weight is in the heel of the front foot and on the toes and foot of your long back leg.  Draw your torso back up with control and repeat.

Day 3 Abs/ Cardio: 1 min of Bicycle crunches, 1 min oblique crunches and 30 or more min of cardio.
Tip: Plan your strategy when eating out and stick with it.

Kristin Anderson shows off some atomic crunches.

Abs – Lie on your back with your arms extended over your head and legs straight out in front.  Lift your arms and legs slightly off of the floor then contract your abs until you are in a full crunch, balancing on your butt with your arms hovering over your legs. Lower yourself back down with control and repeat. For an easier version you may do this with your knees bent and your feet on the floor.

Day 4 Plank/Lunges/Abs: 1 min of Plank, 1 min of Lunges each leg, 1 min of Abs (bicycle crunches). Repeat 3-5 times.
Tip: Log your food as soon as you eat it or right before. The longer you wait the less honest you may find yourself.

Day 5 Cardio “Plus”: 30 minutes of Cardio plus an extra set of stairs, walk around the block, or set of push-ups against the kitchen counter.
Tip: Steak in salad can be more satisfying than chicken or fish, helping you not to snack afterwards.

Kristin Anderson shows us how to do a cardio workout.

Cardio – Cardiovascular fitness refers to the ability of your heart, lungs and organs to consume, transport and utilize oxygen. When your whole body is literally breathing, you naturally feel better. To do “cardio” is to persist in continuous rhythmic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging, swimming, aerobic dancing, rowing, cycling, step training, skating, and cross-country skiing.  IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT HEALTH-RELATED COMPONENT OF FITNESS!!!

You can start these 5 days whenever you feel ready and repeat them as many times as you want. Now you have the tools to do it.

You may substitute M-TRAIN workouts for 1 or 2 cardio workouts per 5 day cycle. This can help keep you from getting bored or hitting plateaus.

In case you get overwhelmed, here are some “Cliff Notes” to help you:
*Consistency= Results
*Community= talking to people about your goals
*Using your body as a weight makes you leaner

Losing weight is not that complicated. It feels like it is because we make it that way.  Getting out of your own way and simply getting started is the key to losing weight and getting fit.  Focus on that first and the rest will come pretty easily.

About the Expert:
Celebrity Fitness Expert Kristin Anderson is a highly sought after personal trainer in Los Angeles. Anderson urges her clients and Web following to take the “1 lb Down in 5 Days” challenge. By following the 5 day cycle of Plank, Lunges, Abs and Cardio (or M-TRAIN) and keeping an honest daily food log, Kristin guarantees results with this challenge. For more information, please visit www.m-train.com.

Top Five Reasons to Quit Smoking

If you smoke, you’ve surely been told by countless friends, family members, and doctors to quit smoking. Well, many of us know that is easier said than done. If you would like to quit smoking but need a few tips or some motivation to help you achieve your goal, here are the top five reasons to quit smoking from an emotional standpoint.

1. Quit smoking for yourself and a longer, healthier life. You’ll live longer. You’ll have fewer health problems and fewer potential complications and risk factors. It’s a win-win.

2. Quit smoking for your children. No one wants to bury a parent, so don’t up the odds for your own kids. If you don’t have kids yet, quit for your future children – stay in their lives as long as you can.

3. Quit smoking for your daughter’s wedding (or your son’s wedding). You want to be around for it, don’t you?

4. Quit smoking for your first grandchild — and your last. My grandpop died from lung cancer when I was seven years old. He didn’t even get to meet my baby sister or my baby brother who arrived three years later.

5. Quit smoking for the health and the lives of those around you. Secondhand smoke has very detrimental effects on those around you. Minimize the health problems of the ones you love by not exposing them to unhealthy secondhand smoke.

Try to think about the lives of the ones you love, and how they want you in their lives for as long as they can have you. Don’t cut that timeline short because of cigarettes. Give up smoking to extend the time you have with your family and friends.

Pink Ribbon Product Guide – Shop for the Cure: October 2009 and Beyond

This guide of pink ribbon products for October 2009 and beyond offers you a great way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can shop for the cure by making smart choices on breast cancer donation purchases this October, and for some products, even throughout the year. Many companies have joined efforts to find a cure for breast cancer. It’s easy to do your part, especially when you can contribute to the fight for a cure by doing things you normally would do anyway, like buying household goods, groceries, and gift items.

Pink Ribbon Product Purchases - SwitchFlops BCA Pink Flip Flop

Some companies and organizations contribute to breast cancer research and support groups by donating a portion of the proceeds of particular “pink” products or “pink ribbon” products. Some companies and charitable groups focus on an annual or even just a one-time special event that will benefit a good cause.

Jump for the Cause, the leading nonprofit group that organizes skydiving fundraisers, recently held a group skydive in Perris, California from September 21- September 27, 2009 to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for cancer research at City of Hope. In an effort to to build the new Women’s World Freefall record, the team skydive event required 10 planes to lift the 180 women skydivers to 17,000 ft. for about 30 jumps over the course of the single week.

Mallory Lewis, daughter of puppeteer Shari Lewis and sister to the adorable Lamb Chop, co-founded Jump for the Cause after Shari Lewis lost her battle with cancer in 1998. The famous, beloved puppet Lamb Chop joined in the skydiving fun by stowing away in one of the skydivers’ jumpsuits.

As an example of an annual event set to raise funds for breast cancer research, Massage Envy clinics across the USA participated in a one-day massage event, known as Massage for the Cure. Massage for the Cure took place on Tuesday, September 15 at all participating Massage Envy locations, 18 of which are located in the DC/Baltimore area. The one-hour massages given that day cost $35 and raised $10 per massage for the local Susan G. Komen affiliate. This year, 2009, is the first year the Massage for the Cure event went national, with all locations working together to raise money toward breast cancer education, screening, and treatment programs.

Vespa USA also contributes to this great cause by offering a number of exciting Breast Cancer Awareness events. A number of these events include:

Pink Ribbon Product Purchases - Pink Vespa Scooter

· The Breast Cancer Research Foundation: Highest bidder at their online auction on charitybuzz.com Sept. 29 – Oct. 22, 2009 will take home a pink Vespa.
· BreastCancer.org: Win a pink Vespa Vespa by participating in their Fuel the Cure event on Nov. 14, 2009 in Philadelphia, PA.
· Bright Pink: Win a pink Vespa on eBay during the month of October with eBay’s Giving Works
· The Cup with Love: Win a pink Vespa by entering their raffle from Oct. 1 – 31, 2009
· Dr. Susan Love Foundation: Win a pink Vespa by participating in their social media contest titled “How Would You Recruit an Army of Women?” through the first week in November 2009.
· Susan G. Komen: Komen Greater NYC will offer the pink Vespa LX 50 as the top prize in a drawing of 2009. Race registrants who raise a minimum of $250 between Sept. 14 and Oct. 31, 2009.
· My Vision: Make a minimum $100 donation through October for a chance to win the pink Vespa LX 50.
· Nueva Vida: Enter the raffle for a pink Vespa from Sept. 23 through Oct. 31, 2009.
· Prevent Cancer: Sign up for “Screen Your Boobs” alerts through October and participants are automatically entered to win the pink Vespa.
· Young Survival Coalition: Through Nov. 16, 2009 become a fan on the Young Survival Coalition’s Facebook page and you will be entered in the running to win a pink Vespa LX 50.

You can read more about Vespa pink ribbon promotions online.

To follow you will find a number of exciting “pink ribbon” products and items whose purchase contributes to Breast Cancer research and prevention when purchased during the month of October, or in some cases, on an ongoing basis. Check out our categories of breast cancer donation purchases that contribute toward Breast Cancer Awareness, research, and prevention.

From clothing to accessories and more, you can make a difference while changing up your wardrobe or your current look. If you love pink, or if you just love helping out a great cause, consider checking out some pink ribbon clothing, shoes, and accessories for yourself, your family, friends, and loved ones. Your breast cancer donation purchase makes a difference in the effort these companies are making to contribute toward various breast cancer support and research organizations.

Organic Products: Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste

For those individuals looking for organic toothpaste, Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste is perfect. Made from natural ingredients and certified as organic, this toothpaste is made from several ingredients including components of the leaves and bark of the Neem tree. In India, this tree is often referred to as the toothbrush tree since its twigs have long been used as flossers for better oral health. In fact, Neem products have been used for centuries.

I will say though that I had to get used to the look and consistency of Neem prior to using it. The consistency is much thicker than our traditional toothpastes that squirt out of the toothpaste tube almost effortlessly. Nonetheless, it isn’t difficult to squeeze Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste out of the tube once you get an understanding of the fact that you do need to apply a tiny bit more pressure than with those other brands.

The next hurdle that I needed to personally jump over is the fact that the toothpaste doesn’t have that bright, glistening appearance of many of the popular toothpaste brands out there today. In fact, far from the pristine white or speckled greens that make it consistently to the market, Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste is a muted brown shade that resembles the tan one often finds with furniture, wooden rulers and the like. I admit that I did not want to use it. In fact, it took me a full week before I could do so. I wanted the familiarity of my own normal brand of toothpaste and its pristine white coloring.

Eventually, I got over it and I did use Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste and I was pleasantly surprised that it did taste better than I expected. Plus, it wasn’t overpowering in the manner that some of today’s flavored toothpastes (lemon, vanilla, bubblemint) have become. This toothpaste is pleasant and mild to use so I suggest it for anyone who is looking for an organic option over other commercial brands of toothpastes. It leaves the teeth whiter and fresh tasting!

Unlike some toothpaste products, Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste does not contain any fluoride, parabens, saccharin, Lauryl Sulfate, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. You can try out Thera Neem Mint Toothpaste or Thera Neem Cinnamon Toothpaste. Formulated by a cosmetic chemist, Thera Neem Herbal Toothpaste can be coupled with Thera Neem Herbal Mouthwash for an optimal oral routine.

This product is distributed by Organix® South Inc, a company which also markets a line of other organic products. These items include an internal supplement for oral health, a 3-step skin care regimen, lip therapy products, shampoo, conditioner and more. Check it out by visiting their website at www.organixsouth.com!

Top 10 Ways to Get in Shape

Many of us always have a goal in mind to lose a few pounds, shape up, slim down, or simply tone what we already have. If you are looking to get in shape or stay in shape, remember that it takes time, effort, and dedication in order to see noticeable and lasting results. You must make a commitment to yourself that you will work out and keep up your exercise routine in order to make that difference in your body.

While working out to get in shape can be time consuming, the results are most often worth the sacrifice. We can motivate ourselves to get in shape with a new swimsuit, a pretty little cocktail dress, or another “reward” for getting back in shape. Staying motivated is one of the key elements in noticeably improving our bodies.

Besides staying motivated and physically exerting our bodies to get back in shape, we must try to keep a healthy diet and take in a lot of water to stay hydrated, especially when working out. In addition to a healthy diet and lots of water, consider these top 10 ways to get in shape.

1.    Running
– Running is a great way to get in shape if your body isn’t opposed. Run with a friend or a group for additional motivation benefits.

2.    Exercise Videos – Working out to exercise videos is a great way to get in shape and stay in shape – even for only a matter of minutes each day or every other day.

3.    Yoga – Practicing yoga can be relaxing and soothing while also providing a deep stretch to awaken the muscles. Yoga also helps to alleviate stress in many cases.

4.    Pilates – Like yoga, Pilates can positively impact the body and the mind. Practice Pilates for a deeper workout and a great way to strengthen, slim, and tone the body.

5.    Walking – Many folks prefer to walk a few miles as opposed to running or more physically exhaustive activities. Walking every day is a great practice to stay young.

6.    Actively Playing with your Dog – Not all people enjoy exercise and working out, but sometimes getting your pet involved can make the exercising more enjoyable. Stay in shape by playing fetch, Frisbee, chase, etc.

7.    Team Sports – Find a volleyball team, softball league, flag football tournament or another team sport to help keep you motivated and in shape.

8.    Lifting Weights – If you prefer the more solitary form of working out, opt for weight training. You can get in shape and tone your muscles without leaving the home gym.

9.    Swimming – Some people are more at home working out in the water. If this is you, consider getting a pool membership if you don’t have one and spend some time doing laps at the pool.

10.     Cycling – Spend some quality time biking with your significant other, close friends, family, or even your dog! (Yes, they now make a special doggie leash for cycling fanatics!)

No matter what your preferred type of exercise, remember to stay motivated, exercise regularly, eat a healthy and balanced meal, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Good luck in reaching your fitness goals!

ActiVwater: Talking Rain Review

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is drink plenty of water. Water is essential for your very survival. It is also something that covers 71% of our earth’s surface so you can’t say you don’t have any.

You can pretty much find bottled water in every store you enter. There are many brands and many flavors to choose from, but, nothing compares to the water I’ve just tasted. Nothing compares to the water I tried desperately to keep for myself but couldn’t. I couldn’t because my kids were looking at me like they hadn’t drunk a single drop of water all day. Yea, I caved in and shared with my kids…but that’s okay, I’ll have to buy more and I will.

If you haven’t yet, then I recommend you try ActiVwater. I was given an amazing opportunity to try 3 flavors from Talking Rain ActiVwater and I LOVE IT!!!

The only beverages I take part in consuming are; water, tea, flavored water and coffee (I love coffee). So when I was offered an opportunity to try Talking Rain’s new ActiVwater; I accepted graciously. So what’s so different and exciting about ActiVwater? Why, it’s only the best water around…and I do say this with the most honest thoughts possible.

For just $1.29 each, you’ll have 19oz of pure essential greatness. There are 8 flavors to choose from and each of them offer enhancements all their own. If you’re looking for water that will promote vigor, energy, balance, focus and/or power; if you’re looking to enhance your power, resistance or something that will help Wake you up then ActiVwater is the water for you.

Here’s what you’ll get with every bottle of water; ingredients include Vitamins C, B12, D and K; antioxidants from natural fruits; naturally occurring electrolytes and Erythritol. It also has 100% natural sweeteners with ZERO calories. Erythritol plays an important role in the fight against obesity (for those who didn’t know/like me).

My opinions of the Talking Rain ActiVwater are very high. My kids and I enjoyed every flavor, which by the way were Black Berry, Pomegranate Berry and Strawberry Kiwi and aside from the awesome flavors, each bottle was packaged refreshingly. I honestly didn’t expect to like it as much as I did; after all, it’s just water, but I did. It exceeded every expectation of what I thought it’d taste like and there was, not one, thing that I didn’t enjoy.

A run down on ActiVwater flavors and their enhancements:

1.    Black Berry: Balance for greater intensity (Vitamin A-Zinc, Gota Kola electrolytes and Glucosamine

2.    Tropical Citrus: Energy for greater recovery (Vitamin B, Tea Extract and Caffeine)

3.    Lemon Lime: Essential-E for greater nutrients (Vitamin A, B, E)

4.    Dragonfruit: Focus for greater clarity (Vitamin A-Zinc, Gingko Biloba, Gota Kola)

5.    Strawberry Kiwi: Power for greater strength (Calcium and Magnesium, Vitamin C, B12, D, K)

6.    Pomegranate Berry: Resist for greater antioxidants (Tea Extract, grape seed extract, Vitamin A, B, C)

7.    Triple Berry: Vigor for greater vitality (Vitamin A, B, C and tea)

8.    Orange Mango: Wake Up for greater Strength (Vitamin C and Green Tea extract)

The mission of TalkingRain Beverage Company is to develop and market functional, natural beverage products in unique packaging for calorie-conscious consumers. Founded in 1987, TalkingRain Beverage Company is headquartered in Preston Washington. The plant’s 100 employees produce a wide range of low calorie, good-for-you beverages under the TalkingRain brand including TalkingRain sparkling ICE, TalkingRain Botanicals and airwater. Please visit www.talkingrain.com to learn more. ActiVwater is also available nationwide.

How to Treat Individual Symptoms of Hay Fever and Seasonal Allergies

If you are one of the 50 million Americans Seasonal allergies can be more than a nuisance, so be sure to treat your individual symptoms when you find that you are miserable from the pollen or other allergens.or others worldwide who suffer from allergies, you may be delighted to learn of some at-home remedies for all the most common allergy symptoms, such as coughing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, post-nasal drip, and more. The following suggestions by Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia and Dr. Maoshing Ni (Dr. Mao) should help you to alleviate specific individual symptoms of hay fever and seasonal allergies (or pet allergies).

To best soothe the symptoms of your allergies, first determine the most troublesome allergy symptoms and then begin targeting relief. Remember to speak with your doctor about severe allergies or any remedies you plan to use if you are not completely aware of interactions that may result.

Q. – What are some natural or at-home remedies for a runny nose caused by hay fever?


A. – Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia: I’m a huge advocate of nasal rinsing. The concept is to cleanse the nose with a saline water solution to remove particles like dust, allergens, dander and pollutants so you can breathe more freely. There are a number of ways to practice nasal rinsing – for instance, the neti pot is a traditional technique. One of the newest forms of nasal rinsing, which I recommend is Afrin PureSea because it’s easy to use and effective. It is made entirely of 100 percent purified sea water, it comes ready-to-use with no ingredients to mix and the contents stay sterile even after the product is used.

A. – Dr. Maoshing Ni (Dr. Mao): Make tea by boiling three slices of ginger, 2 stalks of scallions, and one orange peel. Drink three cups a day until symptoms clear.

Q. – How can allergy sufferers treat and soothe itchy or watery eyes?

A. – Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia: I tell patients to start out with an eye wash or saline eye drops. There are also homeopathic eye drops available; I suggest consulting a doctor who specializes in Integrative or Alternative Medicine to get more information.

Use a peppermint tea bag to help soothe your itchy eyes caused by seasonal allergies.A. – Dr. Mao: Use a peppermint tea bag as a warm compress for eyewash by steeping tea bag in hot water for 30 seconds. Let cool to warm and place against eyelids. Repeat for five to ten minutes. Also, take stinging nettle in capsule or tea form.

Q. – During hay fever season, some people find it difficult to sleep through the night. Do you have any tips on sleeping more comfortably when you are suffering through allergies?

A. – Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia: It’s important to control the symptoms of nasal allergies because this can disrupt sleep. I suggest using an all-natural nasal rinse right before bed (like Afrin PureSea) to clear your nostrils. You can also elevate your head using a wedge (instead of extra pillows) and decrease the pollen in your home.

A. – Dr. Mao:
Improve sleep by taking a steam shower before bedtime to help drain the sinuses. Make sure to prop up your head to help sinuses drain properly.

Q. – When spring allergies cause a cough, what can be done to prevent or get rid of the cough?

A. – Dr. Mao: Cough and allergies are often due to post-nasal mucous drip. Dry up mucous by drinking tea from mustard seed and orange peel.

Q. – If chest congestion becomes an issue for allergy sufferers, what can they do to alleviate their discomfort or clear up the chest congestion?

A. – Dr. Mao: Relieve chest congestion by rubbing tonic oil on chest and upper back. Tonic oil is made from wintergreen, peppermint, fennel, cinnamon, and other essential oils that help to loosen up congestion in chest and promote circulation.

Q. – Is there anything you can do to your home to help reduce the pollen that gets inside?

A. – Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia: When walking outdoors you are exposed to pollen. The pollen becomes deposited on our clothes, shoes and hair which we carry indoors. Tips for reducing pollen in the home include: shower and wash hair before bed (the pollen from your hair rubs off onto your pillow, and you are directly exposed to the pollen all night long), take off shoes before entering your home , and keep windows closed on high pollen count days.

A. – Dr. Mao: Reduce pollen in your house by keeping doors and windows closed during day. Air out at night by opening doors and windows when pollen count is at its lowest. Use a HEPA air filter to mop up pollen inside your house.

Q. – Can altering the diet improve allergy symptoms?

A. – Dr. Mao: Clinically, it has been found that by reducing food made from wheat, dairy, and refined sugar, patients will often experience reduction of allergies and hay fever symptoms, sometimes even elimination. This is especially critical and effective during hay fever season.


Please consult your physician for any allergy concerns or health issues you may experience.

About the Experts:
Dr. Mary Jo DiMilia is an internist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She practices Internal Medicine and Pediatrics as well as Integrative Medicine in New York City. Dr. DiMilia is the founder and former director of the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency and holds faculty positions as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. DiMilia is quoted regularly in many national publications such as the NY Times, Daily News, Parent Magazine, Redbook, Glamour, and WebMD.

Dr. Maoshing Ni (Dr. Mao) is an expert on organics and natural health remedies. Dr. Mao (as he is known) is the author of SECOND SPRING: DR. MAO’S HUNDREDS OF NATURAL SECRETS FOR WOMEN TO REVITALIZE AND REGENERTE AT ANY AGE (Free Press; April, 2009). He is a bestselling author and a 38th generation Chinese Doctor of Medicine, as well as a Yahoo.com Health Expert. He works with scores of celebrity clients, including Sheryl Crow, Denzel Washington, Helen Hunt, Angelica Houston, Reba McIntyre, Fran Dresher, Debbie Allen, Arianna Huffington and many others. For more information, visit online at www.AskDrMao.com.


How to Stay Motivated to Work Out and Meet Your Fitness Goals

Meeting your fitness goals can be challenging even for the most adept athletes. Working out regularly can be a lot more difficult if you aren’t participating on a sports team with a regimented schedule. When you can only count on yourself to do the workouts you plan, your success rests on your own efforts alone. If you want to meet your fitness goals, the most important thing is to keep yourself motivated throughout your workouts and during the time in between workouts.

Different people find different techniques to be helpful in staying motivated and meeting their fitness goals. From music to tracking progress and even working out with other people, it is important to find a motivational technique that works best for you. Consider the following tips for staying motivated during, before, and after your fitness workouts.

Keep the Workout Fun
“Keeping the workout fun helps me stay motivated!  Dancing, swimming, or working out with friends makes it more of a good time than a workout.” – Katie Brown, FL

“Workouts should be enjoyable or a person would look on it as a chore.  The more fun, the better and you’ll be on your way to better health.” – Angela Jacobs, CA

Motivate Yourself with a Special Reward
“Personally, I have a certain little dress that keeps me motivated to lose weight and remain healthy!”
– Angela Winesburg, MD

Work toward a Healthier Image
“The thing that really helps keep me motivated when working out is picturing what I am going to look like once I get in shape. I also remind myself how much easier life will be for me when I am a more healthier weight, and how much better my relationship will be when I can actually be comfortable in my own skin and see the beautiful girl he has always claimed to see.” – Allison Wilson, OR

Motivate Yourself with Music
“Good music and seeing results get me going!” – Ed Nemmers, IL

Alternate Your Workout Routines to Avoid Boredom
“I’ve been working out for my entire adult life, and unlike many of my friends, I have never gotten burned out and given up on my commitment to fitness.  My secret has been finding several alternate routines that work for me, and mixing things up when I get bored with a certain routine.  I make sure I incorporate cardio and weight-bearing exercise, as well as a good cool-down and stretching routine.  I know that even when I don’t feel like working out, the endorphins will kick in and I’ll be glad I did. This is my motivation.” – Melissa Darwin, MD

Work through the Initial “Hurt”
“I’ve found that you need to work through the initial ‘hurt’ and once you get over that hump, you start to feel more energetic and motivated. If you quit when you hit that initial hurdle, you’ll feel like it’s just too hard – and it isn’t! Once you make it through that, it starts to feel good. That’s what I always keep in mind.” – Megan Bialy, CA

No matter how you motivate yourself to workout, stay focused and keep working toward your goals. Remember – any progress in the right direction is good progress. Don’t expect results overnight!

Yoga and Exercise for Allergy Relief – It’s All a State of Mind and Body Balance

Try Yoga to alleviate the symptoms of your allergies.As anyone with allergies can attest, the symptoms can be incapacitating at times, causing so much distress to your body – especially to your sinuses and respiratory system. Even with prescription medication, allergy sufferers still may not find full relief during the days of peak pollen during allergy season. It’s times like these that those with allergies may wish to consider alternatives to allergy medication to soothe their symptoms. That’s where yoga comes in.

Jane Foody, a professional yoga teacher (ERYT, recognized by Yoga Alliance), recommends practicing yoga to help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Foody directs a yoga school in Orlando, Florida and lives in New York. She is also a certified and professional hypnotist and studying to be a Doctor of Physical therapy. In her experience, she has seen private yoga clients specifically for relief from allergies.

To help her clients alleviate their allergy symptoms via yoga, Foody instructs the following steps in sequential order:

Step 1:
“With index and middle finger, massage around the eye socket in circles, (starting between the eye brows, moving down the sides of the nose and through the temples) this massages and breaks up congestion in the sinuses.”

8 circles in each direction, roughly about two minutes.

Tip: Remember to your relax jaw here.

Step 2:
“Lay in child’s pose and roll the forehead side to side in order to massage the frontal sinuses and loosen up the congestion.”

Directions: Slowly roll forehead side to side for one to two minutes.

Step 3:
“Bellows Breath – take deep forceful inhalations and exhalations through nose. With each inhalation, the belly blows up like a party balloon and with each exhalation the belly is forcefully drawn towards the spine. This forceful breath powerfully lowers and lifts the diaphragm, which helps push out debris and toxins in the lungs. (A box of tissues is recommended at this stage and frequent stopping to blow nose when needed is a normal response to the bellows breath practice.)”

Directions: Do this breathing for one to three minutes, blowing your nose as necessary.

Warning: Slow down if you begin to feel light-headed.

Step 4:
“Relax the face and jaw and repeat step 2 again.”

Step 5:
Cleanse with Netti Pot.

Step 6:
“Lay on the back in a comfortable position and allow the whole body to become loose, limp, and relaxed from head to toe, remembering to breathe slowly and evenly in and out through the nose.”

Hold this position and breathing pattern for at least five minutes to allow the nervous system to naturally balance itself.

“Allergies become much worse when we are stressed,” Foody says.

About the Expert:
Jane Foody is an experienced registered yoga teacher and certified hypnotist. For more information, visit online at www.YogaJaneTraining.com.

Gentle Over the Counter (OTC) Allergy Relief Products to Try When Meds Aren’t Enough

When your hay fever or seasonal allergy medication just doesn’t cut it, you desperately need to find relief somewhere. After calling your doctor and pharmacist to learn that you cannot combine or double-up on medication, you’re desperate to try anything to escape the uncomfortable allergy symptoms you face every year. Chloraseptic Allergen BlockRather than suffer or wish you could do something about the allergies, why not try some handy over the counter allergy remedies?

Here are a few handy OTC allergy relief products you can try out to help alleviate the symptoms of your spring allergies, hay fever, fall allergies, pet allergies, or other seasonal allergy woes.

New Chloraseptic and Little Allergies Allergen Block
Answering the cries of many allergy sufferers, new Chloraseptic and Little Allergies Allergen Block products help to prevent the pollen from getting into your respiratory system so you don’t have to suffer with the awful aftereffects. The products are easy to use and safe for even the most sensitive skin – especially those raw nostrils after days of sneezing and blowing your nose.

Chloraseptic Allergen Block and Little Allergies Allergen Block products are simple to use – Chloraseptic Allergen Blocksimply squirt out a tiny amount of the product onto your finger tips, massage to spread the product evenly, and apply to the entire nostril area, inside and outside your nose. The Allergen Block products act like a sticky barrier to prevent pollen particles from getting into your nose.

I tested this pollen blocking product during the peak pollen days this spring and found it to be successful beyond my wildest dreams. Using Chloraseptic Allergen Block, I was able to go to work, be in my own home, and even do gardening outside without the usual unbearable allergy symptoms I’ve grown so accustomed to, and the results were immediate. Simply apply the product before you start your day and reapply as needed. You’ll notice a difference and your body will thank you for it.

Little Allergies Allergen BlockI absolutely loved the fast and effective Allergen Block products and highly recommend them. The effectiveness truly makes these gels a must-have during allergy season. The texture and consistency of the gel is a bit yucky, but the product does its job and washes off your hands very easily. Beyond this very minor and nit-picky observation, the product is perfect in every way.

Chloraseptic and Little Allergies Allergen Block products are drug-free, topical gels that do not have side effects or drug interactions with your existing allergy medications. These products work to prevent the allergy symptoms rather than treating them. The gels are positively charged to help filter the negatively charged allergens, such as ragweed, pet dander, and dust mites, from the air.

New Chloraseptic Allergen Block and Little Allergies Allergen Block are available at all drugstores and mass merchandisers like CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens. The retail price is $14.99 and each tube contains roughly 150 applications, which could last a month or more, depending on the frequency of use. For more information on Allergen Block, visit www.allergenblock.com.

Afrin Pure Sea Nasal Rinses
Afrin PureSea Nasal RinseFor extreme allergy sufferers, Afrin PureSea Nasal Rinses can help to stop up your runny nose and post nasal drip fast. Afrin PureSea rinses offer a hydrating effect rather than drying you out, and they are made from 100% purified sea water, from the Bay of Saint-Malo in France, for a healthy and natural cleansing routine.

Afrin PureSea products cleanse your nasal and sinus passages of mucus, pollutants and irritants, which is a major benefit during allergy season or even with the common cold. Because Afrin PureSea is non-medicated, you can safely use it in conjunction with your other prescription or OTC allergy medicines or cold medication.

These all-natural nasal rinses easily dispense from a specially designed applicator that fits nicely within the nostrils. During the first use, application can seem a bit awkward, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it in order to find relief from your allergy or cold symptoms. The immediate sensation of using this product may be best comparable to getting a bit of sea water or pool water up your nose, but much more gentle with less of a stinging sensation. The salt included in Afrin PureSea products helps to prevent discomfort and stinging.

Use of Afrin PureSea clears your nasal passages so you can breathe freely, although I did find more relief with seasonal allergies and less relief with a very stubborn sinus cold.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from Afrin PureSea Medium Stream and Gentle Mist, as approved for adults and children ages two and older. For children six months and older, choose Ultra-Gentle Mist.

Afrin PureSea is available at most drug stores, mass retailers, and grocery stores nationwide, as well as on Amazon.com. The retail price is roughly $10 to $13. For more information, please visit http://afrinpuresea.com.

Excessive Sweating, We’ve Got You Covered – Certain Dri Antiperspirant Product Review

Okay, so you’re sitting there, minding your own business when all of the sudden – you start sweating… PROFUSLY!

Please don’t feel bad – it happens to the best of us.

This is not uncommon really. The strength of your typical antiperspirant just doesn’t control excessive underarm sweating. For some, this is known as axillary Hyperhidrosis (a condition of excessive sweating of the underarms). If you or someone you know is dealing with this issue on a daily basis, I’ve got some news for you; some really exciting news!!

Here’s a little hint to help you: Try Certain Dri roll-on or solid. Simply apply your antiperspirant before… bedtime? Seriously, when your body’s dormant (at rest) your glandular activity slows down, inhibiting sweat and reducing pore size by temporarily “clogging pores” to block perspiration… It’s funny; I’ve been doing this since I can remember, and I thought it was just another OCD issue I was blessed with… but, alas, it’s proven to help perspiration issues when you use Certain Dri sparingly at bedtime at least a few times per week.

If you are looking for relief from excessive perspiration in a product available at your local drug store, you need to find one that contains aluminum chloride, such as Certain Dri.

Certain Dri formulation consists of 12% aluminum chloride and is one of the leading, dermatologist-recommended products for excessive underarm perspiration. It is the strongest available “over –the-counter” formula at stores nationwide. Certain Dri provides up to 72 hours of protection with each use. You won’t even break your bank; from $5.50 – $5.99 you can have a perfectly formulated antiperspirant for about 40% less than that of the typical “clinical strength” antiperspirant.

Product line available:
•    Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant Roll-on
•    NEW! Certain Dri solid Anti-Perspirant
•    Certain Dri A.M. Underarm Refresher
•    Read the latest on Certain Dri Feet products (yes, they heard you and they have great products for those with excessive sweating and smelly feet!)

Information for Certain Dri products:
Topical, over-the-counter antiperspirant roll-on is prepared with prescription-strength formula used for reducing excessive underarm perspiration (axillary hyperhidrosis).Certain Dri utilizes prescription-strength aluminum chloride (12%), preferred by dermatologists to treat excessive perspiration. Unlike its prescription competitors, Certain Dri is formulated with water (not alcohol), helping to minimize drying and stinging of the skin and allowing it to be available without a prescription.

The fact is, I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing these products. The antiperspirants have a very pleasant smell, they work great at reducing sweat, and in the course of just a few days I saw a drastic change in how I held myself.

The way I held myself, you ask; yes – when you have a problem sweating (a lot), you begin to feel self conscious, you begin to worry about how to dress, how to move and frankly; you feel imprisoned by your own body because you’re just not in control of the situation. With Certain Dri, I was able to wear what I wanted to wear without worrying about color, style, and thickness of my wardrobe. I felt free of all these stresses and in the end – I felt in control. So, for those who know what I’m talking about (you know who you are), you can find comfort in knowing that Certain Dri will be there for you. They’ve heard your cries and came to the rescue.

Certain Dri Roll-on

For more information about excessive underarm perspiration, Certain Dri Products, or to sign up for the new “Make certain you’re Dri” consumer blog, visit www.certaindri.com or www.nosweatfashion.com.