10 Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund on Health and Fitness

Here are 10 gift suggestions, on how to invest your tax refund, into health and fitness, for yourself, a family member, or a friend.

  1. PORTABLE JUICER:  Buy a juicer and start drinking fresh juice instead of store bought juice, or soda pop.  Click on the link to read more about this fruit juicer, and smoothie maker. This one is priced around $23.00 on Amazon.
  2. RICE COOKER: Buy a rice cooker to prepare brown rice, instead of that white yucky rice that gets stuck to the bottom of the pan.  Click on the link to read about an Oster brand for around $20.00 at Amazon.
  3. VEGETABLE STEAMER: This link will take you to Amazon where you can read about simple, inexpensive stainless steel steamers, and more complex digital models.  Cooking vegetables in a steamer retains the vitamins, minerals, taste, color, and texture of food.
  4. OLIVE OIL MISTER-SPRAYER: Fill the mister with oil and herbs and mist your food instead of dumping excess oil over your meals.  This device allows you to control your portion, and helps to cut back on calories.  This mister sells for around $20.00 on Amazon.
  5. QUICK VEGETABLE SPIRAL SLICER: Instantly turns zucchini into spaghetti.  Cut back on grains, and add more veggies to your diet with this easy-to-use, hand-held, kitchen gadget..
  6. EXERCISE MAT: Treat yourself to a thick exercise mat instead of that old worn out excuse-for-a-mat that you’ve had for longer than you remember.  MatsMatsMats.com sells a wide selection of exercise mats.
  7. SUBSCRIPTIONS: There’s a magazine for every type of  recreational activity.  Magazines educate, inform, and keep you up-to-date on your sport.  If you’re planning an adventure recreational adventure magazines will help you plan your trip. Here are ideas: Cycling, Backpacking, Downhill or Cross Country Skiing, Yoga, Pilates, Bowling, Running, Kayaking, Climbing, Canoeing. Search either of these websites for fitness and health magazine subscriptions: Magazine.com , Amazon.com.
  8. TRAVEL YOGA MAT: Travel mats fit into packs, bags and suitcases.  Get yourself a light weight, foldable Yoga mat at MatsMatsMats.com
  9. TRX HOME GYM: Get an anywhere workout with this device. Adaptable to out or indoor envirnments.  Take it to the beach, park, hotel, or your home.  Sets up fast.  Order it from TRXTraining.com.
  10. HIKING BACKPACK: Visit L.L. Bean if you’re looking for a backpack.  They’ve been around since 1912, and specialize in outdoor fitness gear, and clothing.  REI.com is another very good source.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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May Is National Posture Month: Start Training Your Core

Weak abs and back muscles result in poor posture.

A Strong Core Improves Posture

The muscles that comprise your core are the abdominals, backside, hips, and back. Weakness in these muscles results in poor posture.

An fitness routine isn’t comprehensive unless it includes core strengthening exercises.

Poor Posture and Pain

Poor posture can lead to low back pain, inadequate breathing, digestive problems, neck pain, spinal disease, muscle imbalance, deficient sports performance, and quality of life issues.

Upper Back Exercise

Muscle Imbalance Pain

When your core muscles weaken from lack of exercise, your body signals you with discomfort, or pain. When muscles receive inadequate exercise, they become imbalanced.  That means one muscle might be stronger, and overpower another.

You may often feel as though you have “pulled” a muscle.  The sensation of pulling a muscle is called a muscle strain.  Strains are mild to severe, and can take a few days, or several weeks to heal.

Abdominal Exercise

Winning Athletes

If you’re an athlete, you want to win.  An athlete with a strong core, generates power through their core, not through their arms or legs. A weak core in an athlete leads to ineffective sports performance, injuries, and poor posture.

Core Exercise on BOSU Trainer

Succeed In Business

Good posture is important for business people, and political leaders.  When you stand tall, you emanate confidence, and vigor.

In addition to affecting your image, perpetual slumping while standing or seated,  eventually affects spinal health, and digestion.

Improve Quality of Life

Poor posture may result in chronic back pain.  The pain might be so severe that you can’t sit down, or move efficiently.  Chronic pain makes you irritable.  When you become a long-term grouch, it affects your relationships with friends, family, and companion animals.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain from poor posture, the first step is to visit a healthcare provider and get a diagnosis. Exercising when you’re in pain, may make it worse.

Irene Picassa Portrait Pink BorderIrene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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May Fitness Quote

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

Copyright 2016 Irene Pastore and Tour De Core.com

Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich Recipe

Reuben Sandwich with Vegetable Chips and Dill Pickle

A traditional Reuben Sandwich is made with Pastrami (smoked beef), Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut, Rye Bread, and Russian Dressing.  

The Vegetarian Reuben Sandwich is made with the same ingredients except the beef.

Vegetarian Deli Slices replace the Pastrami, with Vegetarian Ham Slices, Turkey Slices, or Hickory Smoked Deli Slices.

HOW TO PREPARE

Ingredients

To replace the Pastrami, use either Lightlife or Tofurky brand deli slices.

1-2 Slices: Lightlife Vegetarian Deli Ham Slices or Deli Turkey Slices, or Tofurky Hickory Smoked Deli Slices.

2 Slices Caraway Seeded Rye, Seedless Rye, or Pumpernickel Bread.

1-2 Slices Vegan Swiss Cheese.  If you eat dairy, use Swiss Cheese.

Thousand Island Dressing

1/4 Cup Sauerkraut

Margerine or Cooking Oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat large skillet, or griddle on low heat.  If the heat is too high, the bread will burn.
  2. Lightly coat one side of both bread slices with margarine or oil.  The oiled side will be placed in the skillet.
  3. Spread non-oiled sides with Thousand Island Dressing. Place layers of deli slices, cheese, and sauerkraut on one slice.
  4. Put both sides together, and grill sandwich about 15 minutes each side, or until browned.
  5. Serve hot.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Trendy Gym Equipment: Cycling In A Hot Tub

The Fit Wet Bike

What happens when you cross a stationary bicycle with a jacuzzi?  You get an $18,000 cycling machine, called Fit Wet.

Fit Wet bikes are mounted inside individual cabinets that fill up with fresh, warm water in three minutes.

The manufacturer claims that Fit Wet burns more calories than stationary bikes, reduces cellulite, provides injury therapy, and eliminates skin toxins.

VINTAGE WATER CYCLING

Vintage Hydro Bicycle 1900

The concept of water cycling isn’t new. Hydro cycles came about around 1890. Do-it yourself bicycle frames were mounted on pontoons, and fitted with propellers.  The pedals provided power as the water bikes floated on water.

FIT WET ISN’T FOR EVERYONE

Aside from price, the Fit Wet hydro bicycle isn’t recommended if you fall into any one of these categories:

People under 4’9″  in height.
People under the age of 16 years old.
People who weight over 440 lbs.
Anyone without physician’s release. 
People who have cardiovascular disease, heart failure, hypertension, or phlebitis.
People who have skin infections.
People who have tumors.

Happy Riding.

Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Vintage Hydrocycle An Early 20th Century Contraption