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Dieters Funding Fab Vacations by Losing Lbs.

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mountain 3732779 LOWith spring break and summer travel planning looming, many are starting to sweat the imminent budget bump needed to make their hopeful getaway a reality. Helping alleviate the stress, financial assistance is available from an unexpected source.  Those would-be wanderers who’d benefit from shedding some extra pounds can parlay their weight-loss into monetary winnings to readily fund a fab vacation. This as HealthyWage—the pioneer and industry-leader in fiscal prize and incentive-induced weight loss—has spent over $20 million dollars to date rewarding dieters with cold hard cash for their weight-loss success.

Need proof? Here are a few notable examples of travel-focused folks—a woman and a man—who dieted-for-dollars with HealthyWage and spurred their ability to get out of Dodge for doing so.

The first is Ashley Hayward from New Castle, Delaware. She won a whopping $2,591.14 for losing 65 pounds in just 8 months – her before and after photo can be viewed here. “I used my HealthyWager winnings to take a 2-week trip to Kauaii!,” Ashley said. After browsing the Internet for fitness and weight tips, Ashley came across HealthyWage. “I got really excited because it seemed like something that would help motivate me really well [to lose weight] because I’m not one who wants to put out money and then not get it back. So, it was a good way to help motivate myself other than just seeing the progress or the numbers on the scale. It was nice to actually be like ‘if I don’t [meet my goal] then I’m basically spending money for nothing,’ which helped pushed me get to my specific weight loss goal within a specific time.”

Another big winner is Brian Young from Maple Valley, Washington. who earned $1,974.95 for losing 120 pounds in 12 months – his before and after photo can be viewed here. “Next month my wife and I are taking a trip to Italy for our 20-year anniversary and I will be using my HealthyWager winnings for the trip,” Brian notes. “After having 3 siblings pass away within 7 years, I found myself weighing the most I ever had at over 346 pounds. I decided it was time to get the healthy to make sure I will be around for my family for a long time. I signed up for HealthyWage to help keep me motivated since my sedentary desk job can make losing weight difficult. I tracked my calories and committed to exercising at least five times a week. It wasn’t easy, but I worked hard and stayed committed for the entire year and lost over 120 pounds in the process. I am much healthier and happier.”

Answering the foundational question as to why these people have realized such success, HealthyWage co-founder David Roddenberry explains, “HealthyWage is founded on research and ‘double-incentivization’ methodology that proves cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight loss programs. Studies show that monetary incentives serve to enhance the effectiveness of, and duly complement, weight-loss programs of any and all sorts, especially when paid out quickly like our various programs.”

One of the company’s programs is called “HealthyWager,” which allows participants to make a wager upfront ranging anywhere from $20 a month to as much as $500. Participants then commit to a specific amount of weight loss in a specific timeframe, for which they’ll receive a cash prize payout if they achieve their goal in the allotted time. “The average participant roughly triples their investment if they are successful at achieving their goal. The financial upside potential is impressive,” Roddenberry notes.

Various study findings ostensibly substantiate HealthyWage’s approach. One study published in the journal Social Science and Medicine further proved that money is an effective motivator to “increase both the magnitude and duration of weight loss.” The same holds true in business for staff wellness initiatives. Results from one study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicated that “’Loss Incentive’ Motivates Employees to Take More Steps, ” finding that financial incentives framed as a loss were most effective for achieving physical activity goals.

“These studies, and throngs of others, reiterate the importance of the ‘stick’ in the design of a wellness incentive program, whether for individuals at home or for employee groups,” notes Roddenberry. “Many studies have demonstrated that the threat of losing something of value is much more effective than the opportunity to win something of equal value. That’s precisely why we advocate that program participants ‘pay to play’ and make an investment out of their own pocket in order to win rewards—in our case large cash prizes—for losing weight and getting more active in the program.”

Speaking of staff wellness, HealthyWage is also a prolific corporate and group wellness purveyor. Roddenberry says that, since 2009, the company has worked with an array of hi-caliber participants on workplace and staff wellness initiatives, including Old Dominion Freight, ConocoPhillips, and more than 25 percent of the largest school districts in the country. HealthyWage also reports that it has, in fact, formally created competitive, cash-fueled programs for more than 700 Fortune 500 and other public and private companies, hospitals, health systems, insurers, school systems, municipal governments and other organizations throughout the U.S., and their program has been more informally run at more than 3,000 companies and organizations seeking to bolster staff health and well-being, and boost bottom lines in kind.

So whether you’re motivated to lose weight and gain cash in order to pay for a travel endeavor or just generally profit from your pound-shedding plight, HealthyWage is one way you can get paid for successful weight-loss…and even have some competition-fueled fun in the process.

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As a branding pundit, wellness industry veteran, consumer health advocate and influential media voice, Merilee Kern spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers.  Also a two-time fitness champion, her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers and educators is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids.” Merilee may be reached online at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided or arranged at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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The Life Fitness G5 Cable Motion Gym System Review

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If you are looking for conventional strength training as well as motion enhancement exercises without having to face the inconvenience of going to a fitness centre, then the G5 Cable Motion Gym System from Life Fitness could be perfect for you. This is a full-feature home exercising system complete with flexible Cable Motion technology for a resourceful conditioning program. As with any other productive piece of gym equipment, it requires simple and routine gym equipment maintenance, preferably from a good service provider. Here are some of the features and positive aspects of the Life Fitness G5 Cable Motion Gym System:

G5 Cable Key Features

Quick Lock cable end connections which will permit effortless changing out of attachments
Three ergonomic handle attachments
Space-saving layout to accommodate compact spaces
Three V-groove pulley zones
Foot strap
Space-efficient design ideal for small places in your home
Measurements when assembled: 89 inches in length x 54 inches in width x 83 inches in height (226 x 137 x 211 cm)
Removable bench extends a continuous variety of inventive functional power exercises.
Cast-iron weight stacks
Heavy-gauge steel tubing with rust protection
Double seam-stitched vinyl upholstered pads
Fibreglass-reinforced nylon pulleys
Tutorial DVD
Limited lifetime warranty on the welds, pulley, frame, and parts, plus a three year warranty on upholstered pads and cables

Additional Positive Aspects of the G5 Cable Motion Gym

This extraordinary Cable Motion technology allows the user to manage his/her entire exercise regimen, with the liberty to engage in the functional motions of particular activities, full-body motions which reinforce your core, or traditional routines. Case in point, the G5 Cable Motion System enables you to imitate the action of a tennis swing, a baseball swing, or a golf swing: this action will strengthen the precise muscles necessary for each individual sport. Additionally, you can perform traditional chest exercises like chest press, pec flies, etc. You can also perform back and shoulder area exercises such as lat pulldowns, lateral raise, shoulder presses, and seated row. Furthermore, you can choose to do bicep and tricep exercises like tricep extension, curl, etc. And let’s not forget leg exercises such as hip abduction, standing leg extension, calf raise, etc. Finally, the G5 offers a multitude of core exercises, such as abdominal crunches with the pulley, oblique twists, and seated ab crunches.

The G5 Cable Motion Gym System allows numerous exercises in a comparatively small area. This exerciser fits in practically any space, with a compacted footprint which manages to offer all the diversity of a packed exercise machine that extends a full-body workout. With some elective extras, you can create even more exercise range without the necessity of extra space. You can have it all in one multi-talented power machine. Also considering that it’s manufactured by Life Fitness–a top supplier of commercial fitness equipment – the G5 is truly built for endurance. Additionally, each machine endures a high-tech robotic welding procedure that provides a resilient configuration that will last continuously. Note that all mechanisms are attached meticulously and carefully.

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Sewer Repair

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Several occurrences can cause sewer-related problems in the home. It is very important to be aware of these possibilities, as they can lead to serious issues if undiagnosed. Read on to learn more.

Potential Problems

Clogs that lie at the main line going out of the house can lead to toilets backing up. Sewer lines can collapse, creating a project too big to be taken on without help. Stray tree roots can also cause plumbing problems, as they intrude through joints in the system or through ruptured piping. Aged pipes and their seals can even crack, corrode, or collapse on their own. Those who live in more rural areas may have septic tanks. These have their own common issues such as becoming too full of solids, or problems with the leech bed. Furthermore, heavy rains can bring to the surface issues that have been buried underground for some time.

What Did I Do?

Misinformed use of one’s home plumbing is a common cause for several typical blockages. Flushing or dumping many substances, including paper products, grease, or larger objects like food, can cause immediate or long-term issues. Grease build-up can block not only your household plumbing but the public sewer system as well, as sewers lines become coated with solidified grease and develop a reduced capacity to convey wastewater. This cumulative effect can easily go unnoticed until it is too late. Note that if you experience a backup in a single sink or tub and the other facilities in the home are draining properly, it’s likely that the one drain in question is blocked and the main sewer lateral is fine.

Damaged sewers can cause a few highly unpleasant effects, including sewage backing up into the home through toilets or tubs, and intense smells becoming evident in yards or public outdoor areas. Unfortunately, possible damage in the pipes and sewer lines in your home can often be difficult or impossible to see without going behind walls and into other hard-to reach places, so be sure to schedule checkups and maintenance as regularly as recommended by your plumber. If not detected early, blocked sewer pipes can cause the release of untreated sewage onto the streets, thus creating an environmental and public health issue.

Professional Plumbers Prevail!

Please be sure to find a plumber that you trust. Sewer repair is a tricky business with real safety and health concerns involved. Professional plumbers have the qualifications and training to anticipate problems and undertake difficult investigations and fixes with the proper care. They also have coverage in case of unforeseen issues, and can take care of them much more quickly and efficiently than untrained individuals.

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Fitness Walking Meditation

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Fitness walking meditation is a form of moving meditation. Unlike traditional meditation, which is practiced while sitting quietly, moving meditation uses the movements that accompany any repetitive continuous physical activity as the focal point. Walking, running, swimming, bicycling, and cross-country skiing are examples of repetitive, continuous physical activity that typically is sustained for at least twenty minutes and can provide an aerobic training effect as well as a meditative benefit.

Walking is an excellent activity to use to learn moving meditation because it is safe, can be practiced by almost anyone, and can be done both indoors on a treadmill and outdoors. It also is an excellent starting point for those who ultimately want to begin a running program. During fitness walking meditation you focus on the individual components of each step (lifting the leg, bending the knee, stepping forward, heel touching, toe touching, etc.), the process of walking (feelings in the feet, legs, back, etc., one’s balance and sensation of movement), and your breathing. Regular practice of fitness walking meditation will not only help you relax through meditation, it will help increase your fitness level.

In this combination of moving meditation and fitness walking you walk at a pace and for a sufficient duration of time to obtain an aerobic training effect. You focus your attention on each footfall, extension, bend of the knee, and redirect your thoughts back your walking when they stray. You can use your cadence of footfalls and your breathing pattern to help you minimize distracting thoughts while you focus on what is going on in your legs, feet, and hips as you walk. You can count “one, two, three, four” in synchrony with the beat, time, and rhythm of your steps. You can also determine how many steps you take with each inhalation and exhalation and synchronize them. For example, I take six steps with each inhalation and six steps with each exhalation when I am walking. When I am running I take three breaths with every inhalation and three with every exhalation. This helps me keep my thoughts on my breathing and my footfalls rather than the thousand and one other things running around my brain when I walk or run.

To achieve an aerobic fitness training effect when performing mindful moving meditation you must keep your heart rate between 60 percent to 85 percent of your maximum attainable rate for at least twenty minutes of continuous activity.

Instructions: The following instructions are for an indoor program using a treadmill. You can modify the instructions to accommodate outdoor walking on a trail, sidewalk, or path. 1. Stand on the treadmill and hold onto the railings for support. 2. If you have a heart rate monitor make sure your heart rate monitor is on, adjusted properly, and ready to use. 3. Turn the treadmill on to the lowest setting. 4. Start walking at a slow pace to warm up. 5. After a few minutes of walking at this slow pace to warm up, check your pulse by hand or with a monitor. 6. You may want to stop the treadmill when doing this. 7. Start the treadmill and increase the speed or incline to get your heart rate into the 60-85 percent of maximum heart rate range. 8. Focus on your breathing and count the number of paces it takes for each inhalation. 9. Use this number to count to yourself with each inhalation and each exhalation as you continue to walk. 10. Shift your attention to your feet, legs, knees, and hips as you continue to walk. 11. Start to pay attention to each footfall (striking with the heel of your foot, rolling forward onto the ball and forefoot, pushing off gently with your toes). 12. Pay attention to your footfalls for several steps. 13. Shift your focus to your ankles and lower legs as you continue to walk. 14. Note how your ankles and lower legs contract and relax in relation to each footfall. 15. Pay attention to your ankles and lower legs for several steps. 16. Shift your focus to your knees and upper legs as you continue to walk. 17. Pay attention to your knees and upper legs for several steps. 18. Shift your focus to your hips as you continue to walk. 19. Note how your hips sway in relation to each step. 20. Feel your hip muscles contract and relax in relation to each footfall. 21. Pay attention to your hips for several steps. 22. Shift your focus to the complete walking process from footfall through hip contraction and flexion. 23. Try to focus on the fluidity of your stride as you walk effortlessly on the treadmill, breathing deeply and steadily and counting off your cadence to yourself. 24. Do not be critical of yourself if your mind wanders or if you have a difficult time focusing on your muscles. Simply note what is going on and get back to your breathing and observation of your walking. 25.Continue walking for 20-30 minutes. 26. At the end of this time, slow the treadmill down, decrease the incline, and continue walking. 27. Slowly return your focus to your surroundings. 28. Continue walking at a slower pace as you fully adjust to your surroundings. 29. After about five minutes stop the treadmill and carefully step off.

To get the maximum benefits of meditation and aerobic training you should practice this activity four times a week. If you find the 40-45 minutes it takes to do this too long, walk for a shorter duration and gradually work your way up to the full-time. You can also walk at a slower pace for the full-time if you can’t maintain your target heart rate. If you are not interested in achieving an aerobic training effect, disregard the part of the instructions that deals with checking your pulse and walk at a comfortable pace. In about three months you should start to experience some of the benefits of increased aerobic fitness and meditation.

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