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10 Tips to Increase Productivity and Improve Health When You Work From Home

10 Tips to Increase Productivity and Improve Health When You Work From Home

All individuals working at home can take certain measures to improve their physical and mental health. Learn about the impacts of working at home, how to identify personal barriers to productivity and health, as well as our tips for the best ways to work from home.
Fighting the Flu Naturally - Dr. Tim Searle, ND

Fighting the Flu Naturally - Dr. Tim Searle, ND

It's still flu season. There has not been a better time than now, as we all watch the news anxiously awaiting more information on the Coronavirus, to consider natural preventions for viruses and flus.

Protection Against Viral Infection

Unlike bacterial infections, viruses are tiny bits of nucleic acids that contain information and use your body’s cells tor create more copies of themselves. The Coronavirus is an enveloped, positive-sense single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) virus belonging to the Coronaviridae family. The CoV family consists of several species and causes upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal infections. The best way to fight these is to support your immune system, wash your hands and avoid people who are visibly sick; however, there are also some herbs and supplements that are virus-specific that you may want to consider adding to your daily routine.

  • Vitamin D – you already have it in your medicine cabinet to beat the winter blahs.  An article in the journal of clinic virology states that the anti-viral properties of Vitamin D may be linked to its ability to up-regulate the anti-microbial peptides LL-37 and human beta-defensin
  • Vitamin C – known to support the immune system in general, vitamin C has been shown to have viral properties as it interferes with the assembly of viral RNA and DNA. In a 2012 study, in vitro experiments showed ascorbate’s ability to kill isolated influenza viruses, as well as viruses from normal human bronchial epithelial cells. Intravenous dosing has been studied (IVC) with optimal results.  Vitamin C can also enhance the production of interferon, which helps prevent cells from being infected by a virus.
  • Mushrooms have been shown to have powerful antiviral effects and can be used preventatively.
  • Herbs such as echinacea, St. John’s Wort, Pau D’arco, garlic, and even green tea have been shown to be supportive in the treatment of viruses.

Fighting the Flue

Why Women Should be Strength Training

Why Women Should be Strength Training

Lose weight, exercise more and get in shape are the most common things women want for their New Year’s Resolutions. Well, the most neglected or misunderstood part of the equation for achieving these aforementioned goals is strength training. Unfortunately, there are too many training myths centered around women when it comes to strength training.

Myths like: you will get “bulky” if you strength train or you have to “lift only heavy weights” or even the dreaded you are “too old” to strength train. All wrong, wrong, wrong.

If you strength train, you will:

  • Increase lean body mass
  • Lose unwanted body fat
  • Rev up your metabolism
  • Get a toned look
  • Reduce Anxiety
  • Increase “Feel Good” endorphins
  • Increase bone density
  • Reverse the aging process

You can start with the best strength training method in the world, your own body weight! And do not even think about saying you are too old. Strength training combats weakness and frailty. Read “Importance of Strength Training For Aging” for more info on this topic.

Women are just as capable as men to strength train. If fact, if comparisons are made relative to fat-free mass, differences in strength between genders tend to disappear(1). Meaning, there is no significant difference between men and women when you actually compare muscle quality.

That being said, yes women do have some differences in body composition (in terms of absolute strength, women generally have about two-thirds the strength of men(1)), hormonal profiles and susceptibility to knee injuries in sports; but not their ability to strength train. Since physiological characteristics of muscle are the same between the sexes, there is no sensible reason for women to train differently than men.

Getting healthy is about how you look and feel. Knowing you are making your body anti-fragile and age-proofing it. Being healthy is not by what some numbers on a scale tell you. The safest and most effective way to start strength training is with your own bodyweight. To learn a ton of great bodyweight exercises, browse our Lebert Fitness website. We are experts in bodyweight strength training. Our Lebert Fitness Education programs include online courses, live workshops, and an expansive Education Team. Our courses are creative, cutting-edge and highly effective for expanding your knowledge of our products.

By: Todd Cambio, BS, BA, CSCS for Lebert Fitness 

1. Faigenbaum, A., Age- and Sex-Related Differences and Their Implications for Resistance Training, Essentials of Strength and Conditioning, NSCA, p. 151.