Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tabata Intervals

tabata intervals

One of the exercise routines that I started doing are Tabata Intervals.  Tabata Intervals is the most intense 4 minute workout that you'll ever do.  The key is to go as hard as you can 8 times for 20 seconds followed by 10 seconds of rest time after each rep.  You can do this with a variety of exercises such as Jumping Jacks, sprinting, Knee Highs, Jumping rope, dead lifts, mountain climbers, and Burpees.

Tabata Intervals will help you raise your heart rate and Metabolism.  You'll burn fat during and even for many hours after the workout during rest. This high intensity workout originally designed for professional athletes to burn as much fast as fast as possible while not losing any muscle mass as opposed to tradition methods of weight loss such as long distance cardio that eat up more muscle than fat in the long run.  That is why you see so many joggers (especially long distance runners) who are not over weight but have no muscle mass or definition.  This is a good exercise if your a person who's short on time.

The workout I will be doing will consist of Burpees, Knee highs, Jumping Jacks, and Moutain climbers as shown in the video below.  You can mix and match any routine you'd like.

Update this my 2nd attempt at tabata intervals

Good Luck, stay healthy, stay confidnet, and believe in yourself

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Benefits of Pho


One of my favorite things about Saturday is hanging out with  a good friend of mine who is Vietnamese.  We almost always meet up at a restaurant in Little Saigon in Orange County where they serve the delicious and incredibly healthy Vietnamese national dish: Pho! I have been eating Pho for the past 2 years and still enjoy it to this day.
nuoc beo

Pho, besides being a complete meal in itself with its perfect balance of protein, healthy carbs and packed with nutrients and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. the antioxidant effect can also be enhanced with  basil, culantro, lemon and bean sprouts that always accompany it as sides.  A big secret is that you can ask for a side of nuoc beo, which is the rendered  beef fat (suet) left over from simmering the bones to make the Pho broth.  It gives it a thicker, rich flavor and keeps the broth hot longer. And as the Mexican I am,  I always put a lot of blended chili!

Here is a list of Vietnamese herbs.

pho with bean sprouts and chili

The full meal pictured above contains:
Bone Broth
Beef Balls
Rice Noodles
Green Onions
Bean Sprouts
Rendered Beef Fat
Blended Chili

Remember stay confident and believe in yourself