Microsoft Band And Tough Mudder: Partnership For Rugged Health

The Microsoft Band is now the official training wearable for the Tough Mudder this season. This will give way for users to train better and be fit enough for the Tough Mudder challenge. Windows blog explains that this is going to work with a Coach Mud app that can be used to make custom guided workouts and prepare participants for the tough event. The Microsoft Band can work with any platform – Windows, Android or iOS. It can be a guide when crossing rivers, trekking mountains, and climbing walls. What are the features? It will cater a heart rate and calorie monitoring system. It can also keep note of the cardio training and recovery time. It also has GPS that can be a tracking guide, and a barometer to detect elevation differences.Like us on Facebook NFL Playoffs 2016: Surface Tablets Ups and Downs This wearable tech is specifically designed for rough road challenges, made to withstand harsh conditions and can be used for great outdoor experiences. Since most people would prefer an outdoor health experience – Microsoft took the privilege of providing such kind of tech for everyone. Tough Mudder is the best partner for this rugged but beautiful tech. Since it is a team-oriented obstacle course for physical strength and mental abilities – Microsoft working with them is another yet game changer for the giant tech firm. This is not the first time Microsoft are tying up with Sports-related organizations – they once had a partnership with NFL for the official use of their Microsoft Surface Tablets for Football games. Though dismay was declared against them because of the tablet malfunction during the Semi-Finals last season. Yet, it seems like Microsoft isn’t finished yet with their brand. It looks like they are trying to win over their tech standing by immersing their products on tough conditions and harsh challenges – and prove the world that they are here to become the last one standing. Image Source: Wikimedia, Engadget

Shamrock Shake: Why Weight Loss Watchers Should Stay Away From It

Shamrock Shake, that green-tinted frozen milkshake treat, is back to woo consumers at McDonald’s. But mind you, it’s just not the drink for weight loss watchers. Shamrock Shake may be a popular seasonal beverage, which comes back on the McDonald’s menu every February and March, but there are several reasons for weight loss watchers to stay away from it. Though it’s universally loved for its taste, the whipped cream and maraschino cherry topping of Shamrock Shake packs it with calories and fat. What adds to the woes of weight watchers is the vanilla reduced-fat ice cream and the Shamrock Shake syrup. This mint-flavored drink, first introduced in Chicago in 1970 by Rogers Merchandizing, is high on calories and fat. Even the smallest size contains 530 calories and 15 grams of fat. And the large one is packed with 820 calories and 23 grams of fat, according to the Vox. The medium shake has 660 calories and 19 grams of fat.Like us on Facebook The large one thus translates into the same amount of calories as contained in 1.5 Big Macs, three 6.3 ounce Hot Fudge Sundaes or nearly three Egg McMuffins. McDonald’s Salad has More Calories Than A Big Mac! What that means for your weight is not something that needs elaboration. But nevertheless, if you’re curious to know, it will take you a five-mile run or 90 minutes of a bike ride to burn all those calories and fat away. Or if you prefer dancing as an exercise, try it out for 30 minutes after every drink of Shamrock Shake. Now if all this seems a tough proposition, perhaps you need to give up on Shamrock Shake altogether. But if you find that not a great option (after all, it does have awesome taste), try out a healthier version of it, as suggested by Fusion Fitness. This one contains 8-10 ounces of almond milk, one scoop of DotFit (whey smooth protein), five drops of peppermint and one scoop of ice. Whether the healthier shake will be as popular as the original depends, of course, on how well it’s able to satiate your taste buds. The competition is tough indeed, because since its introduction in 1970, 60 million of these drinks have been sold by McDonald’s, according to the CNN. And that was back in 2013, and not counting Shamrock Shakes sold thereafter! Photo Source: Flickr, Wikimedia

Ignition Lock Systems Trim Down Casualties Due to Drunk Driving

Drunk driving cause a number of unnecessary deaths yearly – and most could have been avoided with proper laws to control it. Therefore, it is proven that the mandatory ignition lock systems in some states are effective to trim down casualties of drunk driving. Medical Daily shows details about the said dangers and possible solutions. Driving under influence (DUI) is a common, yet avoidable traffic violation of drivers around the world. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1.4 million drunk driving arrests each year involve repeat offenders, which only shows that “discipline” is the only thing lacking for offenders. An ignition lock system is proven effective to gain control over these repeat offenders. It is a simple device that won’t allow a car to start unless the driver will pass a breathalyzer test – checking if the driver is under the influence of alcohol or not.Like us on Facebook Driving Distractions: Things To Limit Behind The Wheels From years 2007 to 2013, about more than 900 lives were saved because of the mandatory ignition lock systems, according to University of Pennsylvania. This, 15 percent reduction in cases is a significant improvement regarding the law. The mandatory ignition lock system is backed by a number of communities, including the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The organization is founded by a mother whose daughter was killed due to DUI case back in 1980. On her daughter’s case, the driver was a repeat offender of DUI for about 800 times before the incident occur – something avoidable if only laws and technology are good enough at the time. To date, there is an estimated two million drivers who still are on the roads despite being under alcohol influence – and most probably those people are just driving around you. So ignition lock systems can be the key for better driving experience. It is undeniable that DUI cases claimed millions of lives, and will continue to claim more if proper laws are not administered. With strict compliance to the law and proper use of technology, it is possible to stop cases of DUI even throughout the globe. Photo:  Pixabay, TheNYPost

Paleo Diet For Lenten Season: A Start Of Healthy Living

During the Lenten Season, a Paleo Diet can suffice for the Lenten Diet every devout Catholic can do. But starting a Paleo plan for the season can also signal a start of a healthy living beyond. PaleoPlan gives us insights regarding the benefits of a Paleo diet for every one – not just for devout Catholics that will commemorate the sacred season. The Lenten Season starts on Ash Wednesday and concludes up to the Easter Sunday. This is a sacred season for the Catholic Church since it is in connection to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Therefore, many decide to use this time of the year to give up something (or many things) to reflect on their faith and show gratitude to God. It is a period of sobering, sacredness, and self-denial.Like us on Facebook Paleo Diet Can Actually Make You Fat And Diabetic, Shows New Study Many Catholics also do fasting during this season, and every Friday, many would stick to the tradition of not eating meat. While others would prefer to get themselves away from personal vices like social media, TV, internet, smoking, and alcohol drinking. But popular things people give up would always be related to food and drinks. Many would give up sugar, meat, sodas and the like. And this self-denial can have a good health result. Fasting and self-denial can be beneficial not just for those who will commemorate the Lenten Season, but also for every one that intends to have a healthier way of living. The Paleo Diet can be the best option for the Lenten season. Since it encourages to give up grains, dairy, meat, and processed foods. The Paleo would encourage to mainly snack on vegetables and fruits – which shows a healthy outcome even for non-religious individuals. If you are already into Paleo, you can add some tweaks to your diet, like eating more vegetables so you can benefit greatly from the good results of the diet. The point is, you may use the Lenten Season as a starting point to try out Paleo. If by any chance you see that it has good results for such a short period – and you enjoy it that much – you may extend throughout the year even after the Lenten season concludes. It is an opportunity to start a healthy living. Photo: YouTube, Pixabay

Food For Thought: Eating Healthy On Palm Sunday

As Palm Sunday is celebrated across the world, here comes the million dollar question – how to eat healthy during this special day? Well, rather than tucking into chocolate eggs and rich meaty dishes, it’s time to turn healthy for this important day. Here’s more food for thought. The Holy Week Begins Palm Sunday was celebrated on Mar 20, 2016. It marks the first day of the Holy Week. It is also one of the most important dates on the faith calendar for believers.Like us on Facebook Between Holy Saturday (before Easter Sunday) and Palm Sunday, people all across the globe remember the time when Judas betrayed Christ. The trial and the execution on the cross are also remembered. How To Keep A Healthy Diet This Easter Palm Sunday actually marks the moment when Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem in triumph riding as crowds cheered him on. He would later be crucified in the city. On this day, palm leaves are waved in procession and blessed with Holy water. Why Is It Called Palm Sunday? The term Palm Sunday comes from a tradition of worshippers being given palm fronds. The palm leaves are used to reenact the coming of Christ to Jerusalem. Palm branches symbolize peace and victory. The significance of palm is that it was thrown at the feet of a hero in homage, during olden days. When Christ came to the Holy City, it was said people paid homage through palm branches and clothes at his feet, the Mirror.co.uk reports. The Old Testament says that people would praise the Messiah when He rode into the city and lay palms at his feet. During Mass on Palm Sunday, palms are given to people carrying them in a church procession. Palms are blessed with holy water. Small crosses made of palm are then given to the people. Later, these crosses are burnt and placed on the forehead during Ash Wednesday before lent starts. Where palm trees do not grow,olive branches or blooms are used, according to the news site. What to Eat? Pax cakes, which can be traced to Herefordshire were handed out during Palm Sundays. These healthy biscuit-like cakes have stamps of a meal and a flag. The symbols signify goodwill and peace. Jesus’s symbol was the “Lamb of God.” Pax in Latin means peace. The practice of having pax cakes dates back to the Middle Ages. Little biscuits were handed over during this time then, with a flagon of beer, according to the news site. Figs are another traditional favourite during Palm Sunday. They are also very healthy. Palm Sunday, in fact, is also known as Fig Sunday. Jesus ate figs after coming to Jerusalem. Dried figs are still eaten today on Palm Sunday. Peas or carlings are another healthy option on Palm Sunday. So much so that this became known as Carling Sunday or Car Sunday in Scotland. You can have porridge or soup made of peas… it’s really healthy. If you can, try and go vegan because low levels of cholesterol and saturated fats will be the result. Salads with different ingredients can be really tasty as can meat free chili. Visit a health food store and try to eat a nourishing meal. When in doubt, opt for fish. Fish oil contains Omega 3 fatty acids which are amazing for your health. If you have health issue, make sure Palm Sunday is not an excuse for unhealthy eating, urges Fitnowtraining.com. Make sure you are fit and fine on this important day.   Photo Sources: LisaClarke/Flickr, FourthandFifteen/Flickr.

Better Call Saul Commercial: What is a Chia?

If you are able to watch the latest episode of Breaking Bad’s amazing spin-off Better Call Saul, then you may be wondering what Chia is. James McGill, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, is watching TV when a commercial of Chia popped out of the screen and stole the audience’s attention. What is a Chia? Better Call Saul is set in the early 2000s where there was a craze for animal-shaped terra-cotta pottery and growing into Chia pets. ‘Ch-ch—hia!’ PixabayPower of the Mind is the New Cure for Chronic Back Pain–Study as the TV ad may confuse the young viewers of the critically-acclaimed show, or jolt some serious nostalgia for the older people. Chia are not just plants that are used as ornaments or “pets”. Chia seeds are one of those extremely healthy food sources that far exceeds their reputation of just being a novelty item.Like us on Facebook   Chia seeds belong to the Salvia Hispanica family. This makes them family members of mint. Just like mint, chia seeds are prized commodity by the ancient civilizations of both Aztecs and Mayans. Chia literally means strength in Mayan. Chia indeed is known for having great energy boosting properties. Chia seeds are actually a source of protein, aside from being known to hold healthy fats, dietary fibers, minerals, among a bevy of other great things most notably anti-oxidants. Flax seeds have similar properties, but Chia seeds have an advantage of being easy to prepare (no need to ground) and does not get stale rather easily compared to flax. “Chia seeds are going to absolutely replace flax seeds… They’re the absolute best source of omega three fats on the market, hands down, when you consider the ratio of omega three to omega six,” according to Drew Rosin, New York City’s Whole Fods Market Tribeca teacher in an interview with ABC News. Chia seeds might have a few seconds of screen time in Better Call Saul but is enough to warrant more attention because of its health benefits.    

Better Call Saul Commercial: What is a Chia?

If you are able to watch the latest episode of Breaking Bad’s amazing spin-off Better Call Saul, then you may be wondering what Chia is. James McGill, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, is watching TV when a commercial of Chia popped out of the screen and stole the audience’s attention. What is a Chia? Better Call Saul is set in the early 2000s where there was a craze for animal-shaped terra-cotta pottery and growing into Chia pets. ‘Ch-ch—hia!’ PixabayPower of the Mind is the New Cure for Chronic Back Pain–Study as the TV ad may confuse the young viewers of the critically-acclaimed show, or jolt some serious nostalgia for the older people. Chia are not just plants that are used as ornaments or “pets”. Chia seeds are one of those extremely healthy food sources that far exceeds their reputation of just being a novelty item.Like us on Facebook   Chia seeds belong to the Salvia Hispanica family. This makes them family members of mint. Just like mint, chia seeds are prized commodity by the ancient civilizations of both Aztecs and Mayans. Chia literally means strength in Mayan. Chia indeed is known for having great energy boosting properties. Chia seeds are actually a source of protein, aside from being known to hold healthy fats, dietary fibers, minerals, among a bevy of other great things most notably anti-oxidants. Flax seeds have similar properties, but Chia seeds have an advantage of being easy to prepare (no need to ground) and does not get stale rather easily compared to flax. “Chia seeds are going to absolutely replace flax seeds… They’re the absolute best source of omega three fats on the market, hands down, when you consider the ratio of omega three to omega six,” according to Drew Rosin, New York City’s Whole Fods Market Tribeca teacher in an interview with ABC News. Chia seeds might have a few seconds of screen time in Better Call Saul but is enough to warrant more attention because of its health benefits.    

Better Call Saul Commercial: What is a Chia?

If you are able to watch the latest episode of Breaking Bad’s amazing spin-off Better Call Saul, then you may be wondering what Chia is. James McGill, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, is watching TV when a commercial of Chia popped out of the screen and stole the audience’s attention. What is a Chia? Better Call Saul is set in the early 2000s where there was a craze for animal-shaped terra-cotta pottery and growing into Chia pets. ‘Ch-ch—hia!’ PixabayPower of the Mind is the New Cure for Chronic Back Pain–Study as the TV ad may confuse the young viewers of the critically-acclaimed show, or jolt some serious nostalgia for the older people. Chia are not just plants that are used as ornaments or “pets”. Chia seeds are one of those extremely healthy food sources that far exceeds their reputation of just being a novelty item.Like us on Facebook   Chia seeds belong to the Salvia Hispanica family. This makes them family members of mint. Just like mint, chia seeds are prized commodity by the ancient civilizations of both Aztecs and Mayans. Chia literally means strength in Mayan. Chia indeed is known for having great energy boosting properties. Chia seeds are actually a source of protein, aside from being known to hold healthy fats, dietary fibers, minerals, among a bevy of other great things most notably anti-oxidants. Flax seeds have similar properties, but Chia seeds have an advantage of being easy to prepare (no need to ground) and does not get stale rather easily compared to flax. “Chia seeds are going to absolutely replace flax seeds… They’re the absolute best source of omega three fats on the market, hands down, when you consider the ratio of omega three to omega six,” according to Drew Rosin, New York City’s Whole Fods Market Tribeca teacher in an interview with ABC News. Chia seeds might have a few seconds of screen time in Better Call Saul but is enough to warrant more attention because of its health benefits.    

Better Call Saul Commercial: What is a Chia?

If you are able to watch the latest episode of Breaking Bad’s amazing spin-off Better Call Saul, then you may be wondering what Chia is. James McGill, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk, is watching TV when a commercial of Chia popped out of the screen and stole the audience’s attention. What is a Chia? Better Call Saul is set in the early 2000s where there was a craze for animal-shaped terra-cotta pottery and growing into Chia pets. ‘Ch-ch—hia!’ PixabayPower of the Mind is the New Cure for Chronic Back Pain–Study as the TV ad may confuse the young viewers of the critically-acclaimed show, or jolt some serious nostalgia for the older people. Chia are not just plants that are used as ornaments or “pets”. Chia seeds are one of those extremely healthy food sources that far exceeds their reputation of just being a novelty item.Like us on Facebook   Chia seeds belong to the Salvia Hispanica family. This makes them family members of mint. Just like mint, chia seeds are prized commodity by the ancient civilizations of both Aztecs and Mayans. Chia literally means strength in Mayan. Chia indeed is known for having great energy boosting properties. Chia seeds are actually a source of protein, aside from being known to hold healthy fats, dietary fibers, minerals, among a bevy of other great things most notably anti-oxidants. Flax seeds have similar properties, but Chia seeds have an advantage of being easy to prepare (no need to ground) and does not get stale rather easily compared to flax. “Chia seeds are going to absolutely replace flax seeds… They’re the absolute best source of omega three fats on the market, hands down, when you consider the ratio of omega three to omega six,” according to Drew Rosin, New York City’s Whole Fods Market Tribeca teacher in an interview with ABC News. Chia seeds might have a few seconds of screen time in Better Call Saul but is enough to warrant more attention because of its health benefits.    

40-Day Fasting: Things You Need To Know

Fasting became a religious sacrifice for some in pattern to Jesus Christ’s 40-Day Fasting period after his baptism. Today, whether religious in nature or not, people do fast for a number of reasons, and there are things you need to know about it. eHow gives us tips on how to prepare ourselves if we plan to embark on a 40-day fast. For some religious individual, fasting can signify a spiritual restoration and resolute, therefore, preparation beforehand is essential so as not to end up being physically damaged after the long period of sacrifice. Using the power of internet, you may research on different ways on how to do a 40-day fast. Some cases may only let individuals to drink “just” water or healthy liquids, while there are those which allow minimal intake of healthy food.Like us on Facebook Paleo Diet For Lenten Season: A Start Of Healthy Living Keeping your goals in clear sight can keep your motivations up – whether religious or personal in nature – just make sure to see those goals so that you can finish the 40-day period swiftly. Since fasting usually are religious in nature, praying can give a great motivational boost for everyone. Since fasting will take the most out of you – stamina, muscle composition and energy – you might as well prepare physically beforehand to sustain your body for the next few days without regular food diet. A month before your planned fasting, keep yourselves free from coffee, tea, nicotine or anything that is sort of addictive. You must also start reducing fat and sugar intake little by little so as not to give your body of shock due to sudden change in diet. During your 40 day period, physical activities must be trimmed down as much as possible – though light exercises are still required since it can give your body the needed “maintenance”. Also, never chew gum during the 40-day period of fasting – it can deceive your brain into make your digestive system work as usual even it has nothing to digest at all. Photo: IAmChampionAire, Metrochicsite