Site Navigation

Check out my latest Health & Fitness Newsletter

We may earn money or products from the companies mentioned in this post.

 

 


View this email in your browser





Are you interested in Shaun T’s new program, Let’s Get Up?  Not only are all challenge packs on sale for $20 due to the Beachbody Summer Strong sale, but you can also get a whole year of Beachbody On Demand ($99 value), a bag of Shakeology ($130 value), plus the new Shaun T program ($37 value) all for just $140.

If you are ready to get summer strong and are interested in Let’s Get Up or any challenge pack at $20 off, please contact me or go to teambeachbody.com. Sale starts Monday, May 3rd.

Mike

Cell: 508-423-0011
Email: mike.miele@comcast.net
Website: fitnesswithcoachmike.com
Facebook: CoachMikemjmFitnessPage

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Video: Introducing LET’S GET UP With Shaun T
  • 6 Ways to Relieve Spring Allergies
  • 10 Foods for a Strong Immune System
  • NEW! Enter the Shakeology Recipe Contest!
  • Save $20 on LET’S GET UP Challenge Packs
  • Summer Strong Sale – $20 off Your Choice of Challenge Pack!
  • Recipe: Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats
  • Video Recipe: Tony Horton’s Favorite Chocolate Shakeology
  • Join My Team!

 

It’s time for VIP Early Access for LET’S GET UP! with Shaun T — check out those 4-month transformations!

6 Ways to Relieve Spring Allergies

With frigid temps behind us, it’s time to say hello to singing birds, budding flowers… and spring allergies.

According to the folks at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, pollen from trees, weeds, and grasses can start kicking up as early as February. And that’s when symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, congestion, and watery eyes kick in, transforming up to 40 million of us happy-go-lucky human beings into miserable mucus monsters.

“An allergy is an immune system reaction to something that is normally not harmful, but the body thinks is harmful,” says Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS, and author of The Great Cholesterol Myth. “Seasonal allergies are triggered by substances that are more common at particular times of the year, like pollen. Your body reacts with some kind of inflammation, which produces a lot of annoying symptoms.”

In addition to nonstop sneezing, you might experience shortness of breath, coughing, and wheezing — all of which significantly decrease the odds you’ll want to work out — much less get in a good session.

Here are a few ways to relieve spring allergies:

1. Check the Pollen Count

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI) provides a helpful National Allergy Bureau (NAB) map that reports pollen and mold levels in your area. You can also sign up for personalized daily updates.

2. Attack the Dust Bunnies

Vacuum and dust your place thoroughly, paying close attention to crevices where dust bunnies and cobwebs can hide.

Then move on to carpets, pillows, curtains, upholstered furniture, and under the bed. Don’t forget to wipe down fan blades and vacuum and dust blinds and vents. Do this regularly. Remember that whenever you crack a window or keep the door open to let in fresh air you’re also inviting allergens to make themselves at home.

3. Replace AC Vents

On high-pollen, windy days, keep your windows shut. But if you need to cool your place down, doing so with a grungy AC filter is a bad idea.

Not only will it make your AC unit less efficient, it’ll also circulate tainted air throughout your home.

When purchasing a new filter, pay attention to the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) or high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) rating. 

4. Work Out Indoors

If you’re doing things outside on a windy day, you’re probably exacerbating your allergy symptoms by huffing and puffing mold and pollen.

Keep the windows and doors shut between 5 AM and 10 AM on blustery days. This can help shield you from allergy symptoms. But even if you’re not staying in, you do have options to mitigate your suffering.

Bowden recommends trying products by Similasan, a Swiss brand of natural eye drops, ear drops, and other remedies. “Some OTC drugs have a number of side effects that aren’t fun, like sleepiness and the jitters,” he said.

5. Boost Your Immune System

“Building up your immune system won’t stave off allergies any more than reinforcing your home will stave off hurricanes, but reinforcing your home may make it more likely your home will survive a hurricane,” says Bowden.

He recommends stocking up on immune-friendly foods (find examples in the next story) and supplements like olive leaf complex, onions, apples, coconut oil, and honey.

“Honey (raw, organic) is soothing for the throat, which is one of the areas most affected by inflammation and irritation,” he adds. “Green tea has many healing compounds; however, how much these things help depends on the severity of the reaction and the sensitivity of the individual.”

Two other supplements Bowden recommends are quercetin and stinging nettle.

Quercetin is “highly anti-inflammatory and particularly good for allergies,” he says. Stinging nettle may help combat the sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.

6. Roll Up Car Windows

Yes, it’s finally warm outside, but use the AC in your car instead of rolling the windows down to keep the pollen and mold on the outside of your car instead of inside your body.

10 Foods for a Strong Immune System

The immune system helps you stay healthy, and the food you eat helps to support it. At the end of the day, it is always best to get the molecular building blocks for a strong immune system from the foods you eat, and nature absolutely provides us with many foods that do a great job of helping the immune system when you eat them in their fresh, whole-food form!

This is because they have unique compounds that your immune system uses to help it stay strong. Here are just a few you can add to a healthy, whole-food diet.

Green Tea
L-Theanine and EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate) are two potentially immune-activating plant compounds found in green tea. Starting your morning off with a cup of green tea can be a wonderful ritual. Add a little lemon for a bit of vitamin C!

Oranges, Kale and Red Peppers
Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in many plants that helps enhance the function of the immune cells. Per the National Institute of Health, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90mg for men and 75mg for women. 1 large orange contains 97.9 mg, 1 cup of kale contains 80 mg, and 1 medium red bell pepper contains 152 mg. Add any to smoothies, stir-frys, or a salad to amp up your Vitamin C intake.

Blueberries, Blackberries, and Grapes
Anthocyanins (big word, right?) are powerful antioxidants that have been used historically in mixtures and extracts for their immune-supporting properties. Research has been catching up, showing that anthocyanins may exhibit significant health benefits. Anthocyanins are found in many foods, including blueberries, blackberries, and grapes.

All of these are delicious, sweet additions to any smoothie or salad. If they’re not in season when you are trying to find them, look for them in the frozen aisle. Frozen fruits and vegetables are perfect in smoothies because they are picked closer to ripeness and packaged shortly after picking, and they won’t go bad before you use them. Plus then can replace plain ice with flavor. Win, win, win!

Garlic and Onions
Compounds in garlic and onions may help enhance the fighting power of white blood cells. Garlic has also been shown to be beneficial to the immune system.

In one study, people took either garlic supplements or a placebo during cold season. Those who took garlic had fewer colds than those who took a placebo. And when those taking garlic did get a cold, their symptoms went away faster.

Shakeology
 designed Shakeology to give your body a nutritional boost every day, which is especially important when it isn’t possible to get in whole-food meals. Each serving of Shakeology contains the same nutritional value of:

  • 3 cups of romaine lettuce
  • 4 cups of raw mushrooms
  • 1 shot of wheatgrass
  • 1 bowl of exotic fruit
  • 3 raw onions
  • 7 raw carrots
  • 4 cups of non-fat yogurt
  • 4 cups of red radishes
  • 4 cups of raw broccoli
  • 1 cup of peas
  • and 10 cups of cauliflower

Also, Shakeology can help reduce your hunger and food cravings (which will keep you from making poor food choices that may drag your immune system down). And, like those immune-supporting foods, Shakeology also contains antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals to help support a healthy immune system.

When you have a healthy, active lifestyle, reduce your intake of processed foods, sugar, and alcohol, and eat a plant-based diet that includes dark leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains you’ll be giving your immune system just what it needs!

Good Clean (Eating) Fun!

Enter the First-Ever Shakeology Recipe Contest!

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own recipe video worthy of posting on social media, now is your perfect opportunity. Get ready to get creative in Beachbody’s first-ever Shakeology Recipe Contest!

The contest will be held on the Shakeology Instagram page through through May 17, 2021.

Your recipe can feature any Shakeology flavor and can be as imaginative as you are!

Simply create a video that shows how to make your recipe and enter the contest by posting as a REELS or IGTV video. with the hashtag #myshakeology. You must tag @shakeology and use the hashtag #myshakeology to qualify. Make sure to list each ingredient in exact measurements and include detailed step-by-step instructions so Beachbody can make and evaluate your recipe.

Prizes for the 5 winners include:
Your choice of either all 3 of our Shakeology Boosts, a Shakeology hoodie or a BlendJet 2. The first place winner will also have their recipe featured in our upcoming Shakeology recipe book.

Click here for some tips and tricks to help you get started making a fun and engaging recipe video, and learn more on the @Shakeology Instagram page!

Get the Benefits of Dance Conditioning With LET’S GET UP!
 
Shaun T’s new program, “LET’s GET UP!!” is here! It’s available with VIP early access challenge packs May 3, with $20 savings this month! Shaun’s dance fitness program emphasizes fun, positivity, and feeling good while getting a truly effective workout.TRY A FREE SAMPLE WORKOUT!

“There’s a warm-up, a tone and tighten section, an INSANITY section to get the heart rate spiked, and then the dance portion that’s broken up into two formulaic blocks where you essentially learn a routine,” says Beachbody Technical Fitness Advisor Amanda Lopez.

Even for the exercise-averse, dance conditioning can offer an enjoyable workout option.

“Who doesn’t love to dance around like no one is watching every once in a while?” Lopez asks. “You’ll still get all of the squats and lunges, but you won’t even realize it.”

But just because dancing conditioning is fun doesn’t mean that it isn’t hard work.

“The sweat is REAL!” Lopez says. “You’ll 100% feel the burn.”

LET’S GET UP! combines heart-pumping cardio and resistance movements, so it’s possible to lose excess weight and gain muscle definition with dance conditioning.

Dance conditioning engages your entire body and its full range of motion, says Tracy Fitzpatrick, Founder of Aline Studios Pilates Yoga and Gyrotonic in Newport Beach, California.

“When you only move, let’s say, on a stair climber for cardio, you are only accessing a small range of your hip joint,” she says. “With dance conditioning, you will be investigating the full range of that joint and learning what it can and can’t do.”

New to Dance Conditioning Workouts?

LET’S GET UP! provides clear directions, modification options, and an encouraging instructor with a wide range of music and dance styles, from hip-hop to disco to musical theater.

“Shaun’s motivation is like no other,” Lopez says. “He’ll help you get there.”

LET’S GET UP VIP Early Access Challenge Packs – SAVE $20

Summer Strong Sale! $20 off Your Choice Challenge Pack

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

1 SERVING

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (not packed)
  • 1 packet no-calorie sweetener
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 drops almond extract
  • Dash cinnamon
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or thawed from frozen)

In a medium jar, combine all ingredients except blueberries. Mix thoroughly. Stir in blueberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, until oats are soft and have absorbed most of the liquid. – SOURCE hungrygirl.com

 

Beachbody’s Shakeology Recipe Contest (see above) reminded me of this classic recipe by Tony Horton. Enjoy!

It’s a Great Time to Be a Beachbody Coach!

Now more than ever, I am very thankful to have something I can do to help others from my own home! I’ve met so many people and built meaningful friendships through the Beachbody coaching opportunity. I love the providing and receiving accountability, and I love having the the opportunity to pass on what I’ve learned on my own fitness journey. 

Coaching can change your life
I’m always looking for individuals who want to change their life physically and/or financially. Our team wants to share with you how to build an in-home business from the ground up and how to make a part-time or full-time income while doing it.

We will personally mentor and train you, show you what we are doing and how we are doing it, and give you step-by-step guidance on how to get there PLUS so much MORE.

We have: weekly training calls, a training boot camp, social networking How-To’s, templates, and access to an exclusive group of other successful business owners. The training is 100% FREE once you sign up to be a Coach on our team. This is something you don’t want to miss! Oh, and did I mention Coaches get 25% off Shakeology and other Beachbody products (10% off clothes), and if you’re active duty or honorably discharged from the US Armed Forces, there’s an additional thank-you-for-your-service discount?!

If this sounds like a good fit for you, contact me! 
** Team Beachbody® does not guarantee any level of success or income from the Team Beachbody Coach Opportunity. Each Coach’s income depends on his or her own efforts, diligence, and skill.


 

The following two tabs change content below.

mmiele

Latest posts by mmiele (see all)

Comments

comments