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Great Moves On An Exercise Ball

As you go about your workout program, one piece of equipment that you should be sure you’re adding into the mix is an exercise ball.  Exercise balls are not only perfect for those doing home workouts since they’re so cost effective and easy to store, but they’re going to challenge your muscles in a whole new way.

Many people often make the mistake of thinking that they can only do ab exercises on an exercise ball, but this isn’t the case at all.  It’s very easy to move some of your usual standard weight lifting movements onto these so you can derive even better benefits from the activity.

Let’s have a quick peak into some of the top moves to perform on an exercise ball.

Push-Ups On The Ball

If you want a fast way to engage the core muscles while really hitting the chest muscles hard, doing some push-ups on an exercise ball is a perfect way to go about achieving that.

Simply place both hands on top of an exercise ball with the feet firmly on the floor and perform the push-up from there.

There’s no question that this adds a whole new element of intensity to the standard push-up exercise.

Plank On The Ball

If you’re a big fan of the traditional plank movement for targeting the core, you should also consider moving this one over to the exercise ball as well.

By placing either the hands or the feet up on an exercise ball as you go about this movement you’re going to force the ab muscles to work harder since now they have a reduced base of support.

If you want to make things slightly easier, place the feet up on top of the ball, while if you place the hands up, it’s going to be much more challenging.

Lateral Raises On The Ball

Moving on, one traditional exercise that you should consider moving to the exercise ball is your lateral raises.  If you can do single arm lateral raises rather than double arm lateral raises, this will be even better.

This is due to the fact that with only one arm out to the side of the body, you’ll really create a large degree of imbalance, causing the abs and the shoulders to work that much harder.

Just be sure to perform both sides equally to prevent any muscular imbalance from developing.

Hip Raises On The Ball

Finally, if you want to target the hamstrings and don’t have access to a leg curl machine, performing some hip raises on the ball is the perfect alternative.

For this one you simply place the feet up on the ball and then lift the hips up off the ground.

With the knees straight and once you’ve found your balance, slowly bend at the knees and roll the ball into the body to complete the rep. Once there, pause and then roll back out again.

So make sure you’re not overlook all that this piece of fitness equipment has to offer. Exercise balls are for more than just strengthening the abs and with these movements you can enhance the strength of many muscles in the body.

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Entertaining video. Let me know what alternative medicines you have had good results with, and which you feel are a bunch of bull!

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What food goes into a survival pack?

Surviver Supplies Picture 150x112 What food goes into a survival pack?

Most people go through life never thinking about the need to create a survival pack. However if an extreme event were to occur in your area, just think how much you would appreciate a stash of food that you could rely on a week or two weeks on. It doesn’t take much for supply chains to be cut off or electricity to go down.

For example, in December 2010 just a few days of heavy snow brought the UK to a screeching halt and I was not able to shop for food for 6 days as I live in a rural area that was cut off. Luckily I still had electricity so I could cook the food in my freezer but I was left painfully aware that if the power had gone off then I would have been down to three cans of tinned tomatoes, a pack of potatoes and half a loaf of bread that looked dubious even on the first day.

I am now planning a survival pack to keep in my house just in case something similar happens again. It will include:

  • Meals, Ready to Eat (MREs) that will keep for 5 – 10 years
  • A variety of tinned foods with a long shelf life
  • Pasta
  • Nuts and dried fruit
  • Boiled sweets
  • Crackers
  • Bottled water
  • Long-lasting fruit juice / squash
  • Honey
  • Multi vitamin tablets

Once my pack is set up I will store it in a solid box in the back of a cool cupboard where the items are unlikely to be affected by rust or sunlight. I’ll review it once a year and renew those items which are nearest to going past their expiry date so that the contents remain fresh.

There are many other items that I’m considering getting special set-aside storage for, such as batteries, toilet roll, first aid kit and wind-up radio and other manually powered electrical items that could come in useful.

When not planning for survival, Matt writes about John Varvatos, Kiehl’s and other men’s products.

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Household Appliances Should Work Like Apple Products

We have a great example of this: the Tyent UCE-9000 Water Ionizer has a fantastic interface inspired by the Apple iPhone. This is without a doubt, the easiest to use appliance you will have in your kitchen.

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All Household Appliances Should Be Made By Apple
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Like many of you, I am visiting family this holiday season and nowhere does gadget snobbery become more apparent than during gatherings with loved ones. Aside from the ubiquitous “Whose phone is faster?” question, which in my case led to an email race at Christmas dinner, there is endless potential for the marginally tech savvy to show off during the holidays.

But all the superiority gleaned from being able to load non-iTunes purchases into your mom’s iPod is tossed out the window when faced with a relative’s overly complex coffee machine, an arbitrarily complicated alarm clock and two separate indecipherable TV remotes for one TV.

In my first encounter with my family’s new Cuisinart Coffee Maker CHW-12 Cup Programmable with Hot Water System, I ended up confused by the superfluous “Hot Water System” and poured the water intended for coffee in there instead of the coffee maker, costing myself an extra 20 minutes trying to figure out how to extract coffee from the infernal thing. I almost went to Starbucks.

Many people received iPads and iPhones this Christmas, and because of Apple’s legendary intuitive and straightforward design, could pull them right out of the box and commence using. Not the case with a battery powered pepper grinder one of my relatives received at our gift exchange. It took three people to put together and when we did get it to work, we hilariously realized that it had a flashlight at the bottom, for no reason. Novel? yes. Productive? No.

In my own home, I use a De’Longhi Magnifica espresso machine, which is the closest thing to what would happen if Apple made a coffee machine. With literally a push of a button, it grinds coffee beans, brews them and even cleans itself afterwards.

I am not alone in the quest for simpler appliance design, Coding Horror’s Jeff Atwood is similarly befuddled by the controls interface of a microwave:

“I was struck, the other day, by how much I had to think when attempting to heat up my sandwich in the microwave. There are so many controls: a clock, a set of food-specific buttons, defrost and timer controls, and of course a full numeric keypad. Quick! What do you press?”

The saddest thing is that appliances used to be simpler. Old style microwaves used to have one knob, that only represented time. Now we’ve got a controls for various foods and buttons for “More,””Less,””Dinner Plate,””Defrost,” the cryptic “Auto-Defrost” and so on when all we end up doing is putting our Hot Pockets in there and trial and erroring our way to the perfect cooking time. “Hmm, this looks like it is about done.”

Dieter Ram’s appliance designs for Braun, which inspired the design team at Apple, hearken to a pre-digital touchpad era when design aspired to help us understand products or at least be unobtrusive. I guess I have the seventies to thank for the fact that I’ve got a radio alarm clock next to me right now that I have never used because I seriously can’t figure out how to the set the controls to get it to wake me up. I use my iPhone.

Notice how the title of this post isn’t “All Appliances Should Be Made By Apple” or even “All Computers Should Be Made By Apple” (or the byline would be something along the lines of “MG Siegler”). There are moments in life where you need a PC, but there aren’t many where you need your coffee maker to also warm water for tea, your pepper holder to double as a flashlight, or one remote to turn on your TV and another to change the channel.

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Berkey Water Filters – Effective Against Cholera and More

From our friend Keith over at Survival Camping World: Berkey Water Filters have been one of our favorite solutions for staying healthy for quite some time now. These are used world-wide where there are problems with local water supply.

With the recent out break of Cholera in Haiti, I began to wonder if a Berkey Purification System were available to them, how effective would it be. The effectiveness of any Purification System is absolutely determined by the filter elements. The Berkey offers two types of elements, the White Berkey and the Black Berkey elements. The White Berkey elements have been tested to remove 99.99% of the bacteria that causes Cholera.  However I found that the Black Berkey elements, although superior in every way, have not been tested.

The Berkey is a versatile water purification system that is ideal for use at home by small to medium sized families while traveling, during outdoor activities or in an unexpected emergency.  The powerful Berkey will filter treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best.  Portability and the ability to filter water in an emergency or remote areas without the need of electricity or water pressure are the Berkey’s trade mark qualities.

It does not matter which type of filter system is chosen, it is strongly suggest that the water be pre-treated in an outbreak of any kind. This can be done easily by following the basic instructions below:

You can use granular calcium hypochlorite to disinfect water. To do this you add and dissolve one heaping teaspoon of high-test granular calcium hypochlorite (about one quarter ounce) for each two gallons of water, or 5 milliliters (about 7 grams) for 71/2 liters of water. This mixture produces a stock chlorine solution of approximately 500 milligrams per liter, since the calcium hypochlorite has available chlorine equal to 70 percent of its weight. To disinfect water, add the chlorine solution in the ratio of one part of chlorine solution to each 100 parts of water to be treated. This is roughly equal to adding 1 pint (16 ounces) of stock chlorine to each 12 1/2 gallons of water or (about one half a liter to 50 liters of water) to be disinfected. You may remove any objectionable chlorine odor by, aerating the disinfected water. This can be done  by pouring the water back and forth from one clean container to another.

A surprising fact that I found is that Cholera is a world wide problem that touches every continent and that a Berkey could benefit many people in fighting an out break of Cholera.

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Better off Working out at Home Rather Than Joining a Gym?

So much of this is oh so true. I much prefer working out either outside or in my own home.

We think so, especially with the availability of exercise equipment for the home.

Here’s seven reasons from thesmokingjacket.com

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Seven Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Gym

Posted 1/5/2011 at 2:00 pm by Kevin Klein

gymIt’s that time of year again where everywhere you turn, someone or something is telling you why it’s the perfect time to join a gym. DON’T! Sure it’s “good for you,” as opposed to, say, sitting on your bean bag chair eating piles of bacon-wrapped string cheese (e-mail me for the recipe), but most gyms are not all they’re juiced up to be. So, before you fall for this annual scam and bench press your savings account dry, read this…unless you’re on a treadmill right now, sucker.

1. The Contract

contract

In general, a gym contract is like a regular contract…on steroids. And, if you look at them closley, you’ll see another 3-letter word besides “gym” that pops up quite often; “FEE.” Turns out your monthly charge covers everything except… anything. Bring a guest? Fee! Go to the same gym closer to your work? Fee! Use that fancy new equipment upstairs? Fee! Got to use the bathroom? Pee! But it’ll probably cost you!

You get the idea. These contracts have you by the balls so tight, it’s no wonder why we’re already too sore to use the stationary bike. Some gyms advertise “NO CONTRACTS” which is great until your monthly rate jumps higher than that strange Asian guy using the mini tramp in the corner.

2. Naked Dudes

Naked Guys

Even if you only use the locker room to take a leak or grab a towel, you are guaranteed to come face to dick with naked guys. From the proud peacock who likes to strut around the tile floor like it’s an ice rink at a nudist colony, to the blatant asshole who blow-dries his junk skunk in front of the mirror, naked guys are everywhere you turn in a gym locker room. I blame this on a combination of global over population and guys with too much dignity or none at all. There really is no excuse for the prolonged dong, as most locker room users have not one, but two sets of clothes and a pile of free towels as far as the eye can see…if only that naked old guy wasn’t standing in the way.

3. This Guy

Muscle Guy

Every gym has a few of these guys sauntering around, making the rest of us look bad. You do three sets, he does four sets. You go five days a week, he goes six. You lift 150 lbs, he lifts your car. This guy is not just a “gym rat,” he’s a gym. His muscles are bigger, his grunts are louder and he has decided to make the gym his second home…and his first home. And, as if it’s not bad enough that this guy hogs the equipment, his biceps are also hogging the fire escape route. He knows everyone, knows how to use all of the equipment and he doesn’t mind drinking his water out of a gasoline can…which he doesn’t need because he can drag his car to his bouncer job.

4. The Food Sucks

Healthy Food

I know that a gym snack bar isn’t going to serve onion rings floating in gravy (e-mail for recipe), however, is it possible to have a few normal items that don’t have to be blended or served in bar form? Most gym food is as disgusting as it is expensive. “You mean, you add a scoop of even grosser shit on top of my gross shit for only $5 more?” Yes, please!

The secret to the gym food is that it is so gross you won’t eat it, and boom, you’re skinny. How about instead of a Soy Milk Tofu bar and a tall spinach shake, you offer up a nice healthy rotisserie chicken and a beer…ok, light beer.

5. Weird Classes

gym classes

Every gym claims to be “revolutionary,” and they try to live up to this claim by inventing some of the most ridiculous shit I’ve ever seen. What started with Jazzercise classes in the 80’s morphed into Boot Camps and spinning and the strange witchcraft pictured above. I know it’s probably good for me if I hang upside down from a basketball hoop while curling a potted fern plant and breathing deeply, but that doesn’t mean they need to offer that as a class.

These days, you need a translator just to figure out what these gym classes even are: “Breath of Fire 3,” “Feel It Burn,” “Be You”: I don’t know if this is an exercises class schedule or a Cinemax movie marathon (which can sometimes lead to the best exercise anyway).

6. Personal Trainers

Personal Trainer

As the saying goes, “Those who can, go on ‘The Real World Road Rules Challenge;’ those who can’t, train.” When personal trainers aren’t busy hitting on every girl at the gym, they’re trying to sell you on how, for an extra $75 an hour, they can “improve your form.” How about I pass and improve my cash flow instead? Trainers are usually served up as some sort of gym gateway drug. New members will almost always get a few free sessions (taste), before they are on to harder drugs named Thor and his 25 session Training Package. There are a few good trainers, but unfortunately they are lost in a sea of sweat and wanna-be actors who are just killing time until the “big break.”

7. The Smell

smelly

Fill a storage locker with a few hundred people sweating, breathing heavy and drinking vegetable shakes, and what do you expect? Even “high end” gyms smell bad, so you can forget about the bargain gyms. As a general rule of thumb, the less the gym costs, the more it will smell. That’s why free gyms are pretty much homeless storage with a few rusty weights holding the floor together. The real problem here is the group-stink. If hell has air fresheners, they probably come in “Gym Scent”…that, and “Hitler’s Taint.”

If you really want to get in better shape in 2011, take the stairs once in a while and limit your funnel cake intake to every other week, but don’t get suckered into joining a place that is crawling with naked guys, green drinks and stank. My plan for 2011? I’m going to a remote part of Africa. No long contracts, annoying juice-heads or supplement charges; and have you seen these guys?

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Tyent Water Ionizer Installation Howto Video

Many of our Tyent water ionizer customers ask about installation, so we thought a quick video would be helpful.  This applies to the Tyent MMP Series (5050/7070/9090).  This is completely different than the installation for the Tyent 9000 Under Counter Water Ionizer, which is slightly more involved with installing hardware above and below the sink.

Installation of a Tyent 7070 Turbo or Tyent 9090 Turbo Extreme is quite simple as you will see in the video below.

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These water ionizers are very cool. Take a look at the various models, and it’s pretty obvious why Tyent is so popular. It’s also pretty obvious why Better Health Innovations is the number 1 Tyent dealer.