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3 Easy Kettlebell Exercises that Get Results

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easy kettlebell exercises that actually get resultsAre you looking for an easy, effective, and fun way to switch up your workout routine? Look no further than the handy dandy kettlebell! They provide fun, targeted exercises that can really transform your body. Here are 3 easy kettlebell exercises that get results!

The benefits of kettlebell workouts

  • Increased endurance
  • Rapid fat loss
  • Muscular strength without the added bulk
  • Increased core stability
  • Full-body workout
  • Stronger back
  • Rehabilitated shoulders
  • Flexibility
  • Mental toughness
  • Decreased musculoskeletal pain
  • Twice the results in half the time

3 Easy Kettlebell Exercises that get results

1. The Swing

The Swing Kettlebell Workout

The swing is a simple and fast way to incorporate a very athletic movement into your routine while burning a ton of calories. It looks easy but can take time and practice to perfect. What’s great about the swing is that it combines strength training with cardiovascular conditioning AND fat burning. When I first saw someone doing this exercise at my gym it looked intimidating and challenging to me and felt awkward when I first tried it. Now it’s one of my favorite full body exercises.

The key to getting real results with this exercise is to work your way up to a heavy kettlebell to ensure you are pushing your body to full capacity. Start out with a 20 pound kettlebell and work your way up to a 35 or 40 pound kettlebell.

How You Do It

  1. Stand straight with your legs extended about a foot wider than your hips
  2. Hold the kettle bell with both hands by the handle in between your legs
  3. Hinge forward at a 90 degree angle swinging the kettlebell between your legs and then back up to should height in a controlled and fluid motion
  4. Make sure you are using the strength of your legs, arms and booty to lift and lower the kettle bell – not your back
  5. Perform 3 sets of 20

Works: hips, glutes, hamstrings, lats, abs, shoulders, pecs and grip

2. The Goblet Squat

goblet squat kettlebell workout

The trick to getting results with the goblet squat is by working your way up to a heavy kettlebell (35-40 pounds). Start with a 20 pound kettlebell and slowly work your way up. The other trick is to squat lower than you naturally would so you’re working your booty muscles at their highest capacity.  I try to make my booty almost hit the floor. I’ve definitely noticed my booty shape up over the last several months by perfecting this exercise and performing it on a regular basis.

How You Do It

  1. Lift the kettlebell holding both sides of the handle firmly in front of your chest
  2. Stand straight with your legs extended about a foot wider than your hips
  3. Squat as low as you can – projecting your booty out as much as you can while keeping your neck and spine in alignment with your movement
  4. Perform 3 sets of 20

Works: quadriceps, hamstrings, core, glutes, and calves.

3. The Row

row kettlebell workout

The row is an easy and effective way to build a sexy, strong back and core. The range of this exercise feels very short, which can cause a lot of people to pull the kettlebell up too far —don’t over exaggerate the range by pulling it up too far—, your elbows should just come past your ribs and that’s enough. I would start with a 10 or 15 pound kettlebell and work your way up to a 20-30 pound kettlebell.

How You Do It

  1. Hold the kettlebell handle in your right hand with your arms hanging straight at your sides. Step your left foot a few feet in front of your right foot
  2. Bend at your waist so your torso is at a 45-degree angle to floor, keeping your spine long and straight
  3. Lift the kettlebell to your stomach and lower it back down
  4. Perform 2 sets of 15 on each side

Works: upper back, shoulders, biceps, abs

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  • Visit www.tellftfm.smg.com to begin
  • You will need the 5 digit Fresh Thyme store number, ticket number, date of purchase, and time of purchase
  • All of the above information can be found on the Fresh Thyme receipt
  • A purchase is not required (see how to enter Fresh Thyme survey further in this article)

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Your feedback will help them improve your overall shopping experience.

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Sweepstakes Takes Place: January 1, 2019 – January 1, 2020

Winner Selection/Drawing: (4) Prizes (1 per quarter): $250 Fresh Thyme Farmers Market gift card

Limit: One entry per quarter is allowed. The minimum age limit for the sweepstakes is 18 years old or older.

Official Rules: https://www.freshthyme.com/sweepstakes/

How to Enter the Fresh thyme customer survey sweepstakes

Online entry:

With your receipt on-hand, visit the survey website www.freshthyme.com/survey. Enter the state, city, and store you shopped at, then you will enter the four-digit ticket number found on your receipt to begin the survey. Answer the questions about how you feel shopping at their store, their products, etc.

Mail-in entries (No purchase necessary)

Use a 3″ x 5″ card and write your full name, mailing address, and phone number on it. Place it in an envelope that is no larger than 4 1/8″ x 9 ½” and mail it to:

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Can Kids Drink Kombucha? The Benefits and Risks

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can kids drink kombucha

Can kids drink kombucha?

Kombucha tea is fermented green or black tea and sugar combined with a culture of bacteria and yeast. Many people refer to kombucha as “mushroom tea” since the combination of the tea and the culture of bacteria and yeast resemble a mushroom but that is only a misconception. There are several health benefits to drinking kombucha such as improved digestion, prevention of cancer, a boost in your immune system, and liver damage prevention. However, can kids drink kombucha? Though it’s safe for children to drink, you should give it to them only after consulting your physician to avoid its potential risks and side effects.

DOes Kombucha provide health benefits for kids?

Improves Digestion:

Kids are picky eaters, which can make it difficult to get them to eat the right foods that promote a balanced amount of gut bacteria. The probiotics in kombucha increase the healthy bacteria in their guts, bringing balance to their digestive systems. It  can help relieve upset stomach symptoms such as constipation or bloating.

Supports a Healthy Immune System:

Kombucha could also help improve their immune systems since recent studies have found that up to 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. The healthy gut bacteria teaches your immune cells the difference between a foreign substance and the body’s own tissues, which is an important process in teaching your body what is healthy and what needs to be attacked.

Help Fight Depression:

Kombucha contains vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12, which helps combat depression and improve concentration significantly in kids.

Contains Healthy Acids:

Glucuronic acid: a powerful detoxifier that cleanses the body and supports the liver.

Acetic Acid: helps the body absorb minerals and balance several systems, including blood glucose regulation and the cardiovascular system

Lactic Acid: improves digestion, prevents constipation, improved blood circulation, balances the body’s pH,  helps reduce bad bacteria while promoting the good, and increased nutrient absorption.

Promotes a Healthy Nervous System:

Kombucha is rich in vitamin C, B9 and B vitamins, amino acids, methylxanthine, and alkaloids, which promotes the functioning of your child’s nervous system to fight off epilepsy, nervous disorders, stroke, and headaches in kids.

Treats Microbial Infections:

Kombucha is rich in organic and acetic acids, enzymes, proteins, and bacteriocins that provide your child anti-microbial benefits that work against pathogenic bacteria, such as Salmonella and E Coli, and cure infections.

Aids in Iron Absorption:

Kombucha is rich in vitamin C, which aids in iron absorption. Drinking the fermented tea on a regular basis will help boost hemoglobin count and treat the symptoms such as fatigue and dizziness.

Prevents Joint Problems:

Kombucha contains Glucosamine, which supports the preservation of cartilage and joint collagen. This will help prevent and joint related problems and damage in kids, as well as prevent pain.

what are the potential risks?

There are a few potentially serious risks you should be concerned with:

Caffeine

Since kombucha is made with green and black tea, it contains a lot of caffeine – about 40mg per 8 oz. serving, which is a lot of caffeine for a child – about the same amount as a cup of coffee! The current guidelines for children ages 4-6 years old is less than 45mg a day. So as long as you limit their intake to 8oz. a day you should be within the recommended guidelines.

Contains Alcohol

Since kombucha is fermented, it contains a trace amount of alcohol. The vast majority of store bought kombucha have only .5% ABV, the same amount as a glass of orange juice. However, a lot of home-brewed kombucha typically contains about 3%, which is almost as much as beer!

what are the potential side effects?

There are a few potential side effects (mostly when over consumed) you should be concerned with:

Diarrhea and Bloating:

Just like most things in life, moderation is key. Drinking too much kombucha can make your child suffer from bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Heartburns, ulcers, and other gastrointestinal disorders are also some of the effects. Consult your physician for the required dosage.

Lightheadedness:

Excess of kombucha can cause dizziness, drop in the blood pressure, urination, shortness of breath, throat tightness, liver inflammation, nausea, and vomiting.

Affects Immune System:

If your child has a weak immune system, the small amounts of wild yeasts or pathogenic bacteria can adversely affect their immune systems.

Words Of Caution

Do not give kombucha tea to babies since their digestive systems aren’t completely developed. They may not digest kombucha well, affecting their health adversely.

Don’t feed your child your home-brewed kombucha since it contains higher amounts of alcohol (unless you’ve tested the alcohol levels yourself.) You can feed your child store-bought kombucha but try to keep the dose under 8 oz. per day to prevent them from drinking too much caffeine!

Did you give kombucha to your child? What was the reaction? Let us know below.

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LonghornSurvey.com Survey Sweepstakes

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Longhorn Steakhouse Survey Sweepstakes

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Eligibility: Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec). Participants must have reached the legal age limit in their jurisdiction at the time of entry.

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random drawing dates

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Disney.com/FamilyVacation – Win a Trip to New York City or Los Angeles!

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Disney TOY STORY 4 FAMILY VACATION SWEEPSTAKES

Enter to win a family vacation to the Big Apple or the City of Angels in the TOY STORY 4 FAMILY VACATION SWEEPSTAKES!

Visit www.Disney.com/FamilyVacation to enter.

You must be 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the United States in order to enter.

Ends on 7/7/2019.

A purchase is not required and a purchase will not increase the odds of winning the trip.

Disney.com/FamilyVacation Prize Details

  • Grand Prize is a four day/three night trip for one Grand Prize winner (“Grand Winner”) and up to three guests
  • The guest will be chosen by Grand Winner
  • The dates will be selected by the Sponsor
  • Grand Prize Trip locations include New York City, NY or Los Angeles, CA or Austin, TX or Washington, DC.

Disney Family Vacation Prize Package

The trip will include hotel accommodations, a $1,000 Visa Gift Card, round-trip coach airfares between the major U.S. gateway airport closest to Grand Winner’s residence, and a Toy Story 4 prize pack that includes Toy Story 4 branded items chosen by Sponsor and assorted vouchers for Clorox products.

The $1,000 gift card is designed to be used on trip expenses such as dining out and Uber rides.


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Disney Toy Story 4 Winners List?

A list of winners can be obtained by writing to “Toy Story 4 Family Vacation Sweepstakes, c/o Ventura Associates International, LLC, ATTN: HD, 494 Eighth Avenue, NYC, NY 10001”.

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