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Mediterranean Do It Better

Apart from living in Greece, you can still lead a Mediterranean lifestyle, by eating the foods they eat on a regular basis. Why should you eat like the Greeks? Because over the years, countless studies have proven that specific foods in the Mediterranean diet are linked to longer life, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as reduction in the risk of being overweight or obese. If that’s not a good enough reason for you— then I don’t know what is!

Mediterranean diet are items like fish, cheese, yogurt, fruits, vegetables and grains, olive oil, nuts, legumes, seeds, herbs and spices, grape leaves and, YES, red wine. All of these foods have one thing in common and that is that they are nutrient-dense—meaning they are full of the vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants our body benefits from.

Good sources of protein and ones most commonly found in the Mediterranean menu are fish and shellfish, eggs, lean beef…

Proper Squat Execution

Squats have long been criticized for being destructive to your knees, but research shows that when done properly, squats actually improve knee stability and strengthen connective tissue.
Below are safe squat techniques for proper execution.  Warm upStand with your feet just over shoulder width apartKeep your back in a neutral position, and keep your knees centered over your feetSlowly bend your knees, hips and ankles, lowering until you reach a 90-degree angleReturn to starting position -- repeat 15-20 times, for 2-3 sets for beginners (do this two or three times a week)Breathe in as you lower, breathe out as you return to starting position
Be mindful if the Mind-to-Muscle Connection!  If you are uncertain of your capability, it is alway best to consult with a personal trainer! 

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced, do not underestimate the benefits of a properly performed squat!