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Welcome to the Mountain Life Fitness bi-monthly Wellness Newsletter. Exclusively for our Personal Training Clients. Aimed at taking your nutrition, personal training and overall wellness to the next level.

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Summer Beverages that won't blow your fitness plan! 
Avoid simple syrups, added sugars & "punches".
Use sparkling water to lighten your cocktails.
Drink small amounts of low-carb Prosecco or unflavored sparkling wines.
Blend your drinks to add volume.



Avoid sugary bases for drinks, like simple syrup, added sugar, regular soda or fruit punch. Instead use fresh fruit juice. Try our Pineapple-tini. Combine 2 oz. coconut
rum and 2 oz. pineapple juice in a shaker glass. Add a scoop of ice, cover and shake. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

Avoid sugary bases for drinks, like simple syrup, added
sugar, regular soda or fruit punch. Instead use fresh fruit juice. Try our Pineapple-tini. Combine 2 oz. coconut rum and 2 oz. pineapple juice in a shaker glass. Add a scoop of ice, cover and shake. Strain and pour into a martini glass.

Use fruit puree - Peach Fizz. Blend 2 ripe peaches, 1 ripe mango and 1/2 cup of orange juice. Pour into 8 glasses; top each with 1 shot peach schnapps and 1 shot of sparkling wine (or ditch the alcohol and add orange-flavored sparkling water).

Sparkling wines- Raspberry Orange Sunrise. Blend 1 cup of orange juice and 1 oz. of organic raspberries; pour into 4 champagne glasses and top each with 4 oz. Prosecco or Cava (or sparkling water for alcohol free).

Fruit-filled ice-cubes - Place slices of fruit or whole berries in each opening of an ice cube tray and cover with water. Place in the freezer until frozen. Use in your drink for a pretty presentation.

Fresh herbs- Mint, rosemary and thyme add a big punch of flavor to any drink. Try our Blackberry Mojito. Use the end of a wooden spoon to gently crush together 1 cup of blackberries with 2 mint leaves. Add a shot of rum and top with sparkling water (omit the rum for a mocktail).

Blend it - Blending gives your drink more volume. For a Strawberry Margarita, blend 1 cup of frozen strawberries with one shot of tequila, the juice of 1/2 a lime and a splash of triple sec. The frozen berries takes the place of ice and the longer you blend the more air that gets whipped into the drink, yielding a berry big drink! (Use only juice and fruit for a virgin margarita.)

Use what's in season! Let fresh fruits (berries, peaches, mango, pineapple, watermelon) flavor your drink instead of sugar, as in this summer sangria. In a large pitcher, place 1 pint of organic strawberries, hulled and halved, 2 oranges, halved and sliced into 1/4-inch smiles, 2 fresh peaches, pitted and cut into chunks, and top with 3 bottles of white wine (dry, such as Pino Grigiot) and let sit at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, add 1 liter of sparkling water (orange essence) to the pitcher.

Try low-calorie alcohol bases- Shochu (Japenese) and soju (Korean) have only 35 calories per 2-ounce serving (compared to 120 calories for 2 oz. vodka). Try this Rockin'

Mix 1 oz. shochu with 1 oz. Chambord, 1 oz. orange juice and the juice of 1/2 a lime. Shake in a martini shaker and pour.

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As always, we at MLF encourage you to please drink responsibly and in moderation! 

Three Exercise Don’ts
By:           Jackie Wright
While I am not a proponent of the “good exercise, bad exercise” training approach because there are exercises that might be contraindicated for one client and not for another, there are a few exceptions in terms of the method of performance or execution of certain exercises that I would strongly advise against performing.  This usually is a result of a thorough risk-benefits analysis on each of these exercises following the ten observational essentials which enables fitness professionals to determine what the best method of performance and execution is for each exercise we prescribe to our clientele.

There are three exercise technique/form “don’ts” featured below that I would strongly advise you to avoid. The modifications are easy to implement and do not diminish the effectiveness of the exercise yet may prevent serious injury from occurring.  As always, prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Exercise #1          Lat Pull Downs – this exercise is specifically designed to train the latissimus dorsi (wide part of the back) as a primary mover and the deltoids and biceps as secondary/tertiary movers.  Many exercisers bring the bar down behind the neck during the down phase of the lat pull.  This places unnecessary strain on the posterior cervical spine, rotator cuff and prevents adequate range of motion for the muscle group.  Instead, bring the bar down to mid-chest anteriorly which provides a full range of motion for the lats, training this muscle group safely and effectively.
Lat Pull Downs
Exercise #2          Barbell Bench Press – this exercise is specifically designed to train the pectorals (chest) as a primary mover and the deltoids and triceps as secondary/tertiary movers.  The optimal range of motion which has been tested via EMG studies determining muscle engagement for the pectorals, is at 90 degrees of elbow flexion with the upper arm parallel to the floor and the forearm perpendicular to the floor.  Dropping the barbell below parallel places unnecessary load into the rotator cuff tendon/muscles and anterior shoulder joint.  Therefore, since there is no benefit to dropping beneath parallel, please avoid this position.  Lastly, when the barbell is allowed to hit the chest, momentum is used to “bounce” the barbell upward off the chest, rather than authentically lifting the barbell. And, hitting the chest, is unnecessary and unsafe for the sternum and other important soft tissue and viscera such as the heart!
Barbell Bench Press
Exercise #3          Lateral Raises (shoulder abduction) – this exercise is designed to train the medial deltoids (center of the shoulders).  Many exercisers use momentum by throwing the arms above shoulder height, to such an extent that the medial deltoids, which are the primary movers, do not stand much of a chance of authentically abducting the arm from the shoulder joint.  The arm should abduct to shoulder height or parallel to the floor with the palms facing the floor, during the lifting phase and to perpendicular to the floor on the down phase palms facing the lateral aspect of the thighs.  Abducting the arm above shoulder height may create impingement syndrome at the shoulder joint, leading to rotator cuff tendon injury.  Often, the best remedy to correct this issue is to utilize a lighter load and use the medial deltoid muscle to abduct the arm to shoulder height safely and effectively. 
Lateral Raises
Meditate WHILE you workout!!! 
In her article about how to meditate while working out, Laurie J. Cameron offers some incredible tips on how to bring more mindfulness to your workout and thus improve your overall fitness! 

A few excerpts include: 

"For devoted and aspiring exercisers, here is some good news. Research suggests that those who intentionally focus on the feeling of moving and deliberately take in their surroundings enjoy exercise more. After tracking how much people exercised, how mindful they were while doing it, and how satisfied they were with their workouts overall, scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands suggest 
“mindfulness may amplify satisfaction, because one is satisfied when positive experiences with physical activity become prominent.” What that means for your daily routine is that being mindful can support your exercising habits, and vice versa."

"Harmonizing your mind and body is powerful. You’re making strides—figuratively and literally—for your physical and mental health. And, if the research holds, you’re enjoying it more. With that reward potential, a sweaty mindfulness session might be easier to put permanently on the calendar."

At MLF, we continue to support expansion of your overall wellness plan to include the addition of mindfulness. 

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