Stuck in your health conscious routine? Have no fear! This week’s blog post is here to help you bust through plateaus. We’ve got the lowdown on creative ways to workout with dumbbells, which nutrition-packed fruits you might be missing in the grocery store, and how taking your temperature isn’t just for the flu.
Try out dumbbell moves you’ve never seen.
If you’re feeling less motivated to lift weights or have noticed a plateau in gains, it might be time to spice up your routine. Add challenge and variety by trying some creative dumbbell movements. Instead of the usual dumbbell curls, try body bear crawls with dumbbells, which hit the biceps as well as core and shoulders. Instead of plain old bent over rows, how about dumbbell push-up rows—or renegade rows—which target your back, chest, and core while also challenging balance and coordination. If you’re getting bored with regular planks, try a front plank with a weight transfer. For this move, hold a plank while passing the weight from one hand to the other and keeping the hips and core stable and engaged. For more ideas, take our creative dumbbell workout quiz.
Take an exotic produce vacation.
If you’re tired of the same old apples and oranges, it might be time to explore the world of exotic—and nutritious—fruits. Tropical kiwi fruits are vitamin C superstars and available at most grocery stores. This slightly sour fruit adds zing to any fruit salad or snack. Star fruit—from Southeast Asia—is as pretty as it is delicious. Imagine the taste of an apple combined with a plum—all with the crunch of cucumber. This high-fiber fruit is great on salads or fruit platters. And don’t forgot about cactus pears—aka prickly pears. This mild and sweet fruit—which tastes like a cross between a watermelon and a lemon—is high in magnesium and is best served chilled.
What can your temperature tell you?
Most people only take their temperature if they think they have a fever. But body temperature can be a great way to track a host of useful health information. Body temperature can help indicate if we’re experiencing the physiological symptoms of chronic stress, help us find out if our circadian sleep schedule aligns with our work schedule, and help us discover if our metabolism is changing along with diet, exercise, and weight loss. Since taking body temperature is easy, safe, and noninvasive, why not get in the habit of checking yours? Just remember that body temperature fluctuates about 1-2 degrees throughout the day, so for biometric purposes it’s best to take it at the same time every day. P.S. 98.6°F is just an average—so don’t be surprised if your average body temp falls a little above or below that number.
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