My first run as a 32-year old has been my strongest of the entire summer. Today I ran 7.28 miles in 1 hour and 17 minutes. I burned 1,412 calories. I ran from Battery Park to 42nd street and back. My body feels great right now. (Great in a sore kinda way.) The run up to 42nd was very easy, but the run back to Battery Park was arduous. The wind was blowing very strong and even though I was wearing a sweater, the cold was really kicking in. But I made it, and I felt like a million bucks upon finishing.
Tonight I had black bean quesadilla and steamed broccoli for dinner. The broccoli was delish, I made it myself. (That may not sound like a big deal, but I’m not much of a cook, so to me it is!) So overall, I had a strong workout and a very nutritious dinner. Now to relax and watch some TV. Recuperate a little. Ahhh!
Yesterday I wrote a mini review of my Breville juicer. I also mentioned how juicing helps me maximize my workouts, especially cardio. Here are some extra reasons why you should juice via the website, Juicing for Health.
Beets: This is a powerhouse of a vegetable. Beet juice detoxifies not only the liver, but also the entire system of excessive alcohol abuse. It reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body. It also normalizes blood pressure, lowering high blood pressure or elevating low blood pressure. Other benefits include prevention against varicose veins, kidney ailments, and certain types of cancer.
Broccoli: Another powerhouse, this cruciferous vegetable stimulates production of antibodies to help fight cancer. It’s especially rich in vitamins A, C, K, B6 and E, as well as calcium, folic acid, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium.
Carrots: In addition to keeping your eyes/eyesight in excellent shape, carrots can also help lower your cholesterol levels. Its anti-inflammatory traits help reduce arthritis, rheumatism, gout and even acne.
Celery: Drinking celery juice every day for a week significantly helps lower blood pressure. A compound called phtalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing blood to flow normally. Celery juice has also been shown to effectively and significantly lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Cucumbers: There’s a reason why people put sliced cucumber on top of their eyelids. The high amount of vitamin C and anti-oxidants in cucumber makes it an important ingredient in many beauty creams for treating eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Cucumber can also help fight inflammation in joints and is beneficial to people who suffer from arthritis, asthma, or gout.
Asparagus: Asparagus helps to cleanse the body of waste material. As a result, some people pass smelly urine after eating asparagus. This is simply a sign that your kidneys are functioning as they should. The diuretic effect of asparagus juice helps relieve premenstrual swelling and bloating while the magnesium helps relieve irritability, fatigue, and depression.
Obviously there are countless more vegetables and fruits that you can juice, each with its own beneficial properties. I wrote this entry simply to get people interested in juicing. When you think of it, it’s a small financial investment with an amazing range of payouts.