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Summer Exercise to Beat the Heat

Summer Exercise to Beat the Heat

It might be hot outside, but you can still maintain your fitness and exercise goals during these scorching summer months. In fact, summer might just be the perfect opportunity to change up your exercise routine! Adding variety to your workouts helps prevent you from hitting a plateau, and can actually jumpstart your fitness and/or weight loss efforts.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

Get indoors and check out local gyms or community centers for special summer offers. Most gyms offer not just exercise equipment and free weights, but also group exercise like spinning, weight training, Zumba, etc.

If you’re used to running or walking outside, try bicycling, which gives you the added benefit of a breeze.

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Go out before the sun rises. Many cities and towns hold early morning “boot camps” in retail parking lots. Do a little online research, and attend a trial class for yourself. Boot camps are a fantastic way to challenge yourself, meet new people and get in your workout before the sun rises.

Ever wanted to try rock climbing? Try indoor rock climbing. It’s safe, it’s air conditioned, and it’s an incredible workout.

Get out after the sun sets. Evening walks are lots of fun. Be sure to walk in a well-lit area and pack your bug spray.

Stay home! Buy yourself some exercise DVDs, or download a fitness app, push the coffee table aside, and workout from the comfort of your own living room. When your gym is in your home, there are no excuses. Jump ropes, kettle bells, weights and agility ladders (all available at your local sporting goods store) also make great additions to your home gym.

Take a dip. Try stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, swimming or water aerobics. Getting into the water helps you keep your cool.

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Before and during any workout, make sure you’re adequately hydrated. And, to maintain your fitness over the summer, you’ve got to feed your body the nutrition it craves. Thrive offers the easiest, most nutritionally superior approach to health and wellness. This simple three-step regimen gives you the
staying power you need to make it through your workout and every curve ball the day throws your way no matter what the season.

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THRIVE Mix Can Help You Stay on Track This Summer

THRIVE Mix Can Help You Stay on Track This Summer

Le-Vel’s THRIVE Mix offers you a convenient, yet nutritionally superior option when you need to grab and go this summer. It’s easy to drink before you head out the door, but if you’re really short on time, throw a packet of THRIVE Mix in your bag, along with a water bottle and shaker container, and a rich and incredibly satisfying breakfast, lunch or snack is ready when you are. You can start your day knowing that you’re giving your body exactly what it needs.

Now that we’re into the summer months, your schedule may be busier than ever between work and family obligations. When life gets hectic, that’s precisely the time when people tend to fall back on poor nutritional choices: the fast food drive-through, the donut in the conference room, the snack packs you buy for the kids – that’s where THRIVE Mix comes in.

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THRIVE Mix Can Help Fill Nutritional Gaps

Take one look at the health food aisle of your local grocery or natural foods store, and it’s obvious: The market for nutritional shakes is huge. How are you supposed to choose? Your guess is as good as ours. All too often, shoppers rely on guesswork, or maybe taste, if they’re lucky enough to try a sample first. While taste is certainly important, it’s the ingredients you should be eyeing closely – both the variety and the quality. As they say, the devil’s in the details. Some of these products take shortcuts on quality to offer you a lower price. If you want a product that’s going to take your quality of life to the next level, give you more energy and fuel your body throughout the day, you need premium ingredients, without compromises or shortcuts.  You need THRIVE Mix.

The benefits of THRIVE Mix – including weight management and lean muscle support – last throughout your day. And, with the new THRIVE Mix sampler pack, you can even get all of your favorite flavors in one box: Vanilla, Chocolate, Creamy Strawberry and Apple Pie.

It is Easy to Take On the Go

And, if you’re going on the road this summer, you don’t have to ditch your healthy habits. The beauty of THRIVE Mix is that it is portable and travels easily, so you can keep your commitment to good health wherever life takes you.

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At Le-Vel, we believe that when it comes to your health, simplicity is key if you’re going to make permanent lifestyle changes. That’s why THRIVE is based on three simple steps that can be completed before you head out the door in the morning. You don’t have to think about it; all you have to do is get ready to reap the benefits.

History of Le-Vel THRIVE

When they launched Le-Vel in 2012, our company founders Jason Camper and Paul Gravette knew what it took to create the best products. They’d seen the good, the bad and the ugly among nutritional supplements. So, they committed themselves to sourcing the most superior ingredients available on the planet – ingredients with a higher bioavailability for maximum absorption. And, with the company’s virtual, cloud-based infrastructure, they’re able to deliver on that pledge.

THRIVE Mix represents the best of the best when it comes to nutritional shakes. It’s an ultra-micronized formula based on plant extracts, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and probiotics. Consume it first thing in the morning, along with THRIVE Premium Lifestyle Capsules and THRIVE Derma Fusion Technology, and you’re starting your day on the strongest possible footing.
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Want more information on THRIVE Mix and other products by Le-Vel?  Visit the Le-Vel THRIVE products section of our website.

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Nootropics: What are They, and How do They Work?

Nootropics: What are They, and How do They Work?

Nootropics make your brain a more efficient machine. Your brain changes every time you have a new thought or create a new memory. The more you learn, the fitter your brain becomes.

Many of us are frazzled, distracted and unable to concentrate. When we’re pulled in so many directions, it’s difficult if not impossible to perform at a premium level. Our brains aren’t open to learning. Instead, we’re just surviving – meeting the status quo.

When your brain gets the nutrition it needs, it functions better. During an average day, our brains are on overload, and it can be difficult to concentrate, or take in and process information.

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History of nootropics

Dr. Corneliu Giurgea developed the first nootropic, called piracetam, in 1964 to treat motion sickness. He soon found that piracetam could impact the brain’s capabilities in a positive way. He later coined the term “nootropics,” a Greek combination of the terms “nous” (mind) and “trepein” (bend). Nootropics, he believed, could “bend the mind.” And that’s exactly what they do. They modulate the cognitive blueprint.

Expanding the brain’s capabilities 

It’s vital to take care of your mental and physical health. With that in mind, Le-Vel developed a premium nootropic, Expand. One of our most exciting product launches to date, Expand is a cognitive-supporting supplement. It supports improved concentration and focus, optimizing your ability to learn.

Expand reinforces the brain’s inherent capabilities — effectively and naturally. Like all Le-Vel products, Expand contains premium-grade ingredients. Its superior formula and delivery system delivers maximum results. It’s easy-to-use and you can carry it with you on the go.

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Take two Expand capsules a day, preferably with a meal.  Stay consistent with it as results are achieved with consistent daily supplementation.

Nootropics represent the next frontier of health and wellness. When you’re taking care of your mental and physical health, you can live life on all cylinders – and what’s better than that?

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It’s Time to Get Smart About Weight Management

It’s Time to Get Smart About Weight Management

At Le-Vel, we’re all about taking smart steps toward better health. That means no crash diets, fasts or subsisting on one food only. Our focus is on the long term.

Long term health means many things, but one of the big parts is maintaining a healthy weight.

Thrivers promote healthy habits you can stick with for a lifetime like these 3 Simple Steps. Your health and weight-management goals don’t have to consume your day.  Le-Vel recently came out with a new product, DFT Duo, that helps by supporting lipid metabolism and providing all-day weight management and appetite support.

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you pursue a healthy lifestyle:

Be specific, but take it step by step.

First, set a measurable goal, then break it into smaller, more short-term goals. Just saying that you’re going to lose inches is too vague and non-committal.

Once you’ve established a specific number in mind (for example, 4 inches), don’t fixate on the end number. Saying you’re going to lose 4 inches can make you feel like you’re standing at the bottom of a very tall ladder.

Instead, shift your focus to smaller, more digestible steps. If you’re taking a healthy approach, you’ll lose inches over time. Celebrate those accomplishments. Go to the movies with a friend, enjoy an afternoon to yourself, go on a hike, or, to celebrate your ultimate goal and size, buy a new pair of jeans.

Just move.

The experts debate on how much exercise is crucial. But the bottom line is this: Just move. Every day. Aim for 30 minutes or more.

Your activity doesn’t have to hurt or leave you exhausted. If you haven’t exercised in quite a while, walking can be your best bet to get started again.

Make your workout fun! Bring along some good music, maybe a good friend and you might even forget you’re exercising for a while. The best exercises are ones you enjoy and that can elevate your heart rate for a sustained period.

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Allow yourself some wiggle room.

Use the “80/20” approach – making healthy choices 80 percent of the time, and allowing some wiggle room (within reason) during the remaining 20 percent.

If you’re trying to cut back, you may wish to follow a 90/10 approach, then shift into 80/20 when you’re maintaining. Whichever percentage you choose, we’re talking about a single-scoop ice cream cone versus a pint of ice cream, or a piece of pizza on a plate loaded with vegetables versus three pieces of a meat-laden pie.

Snack (really).

Aim for 200 calories or less. Most snackers eat a snack in the mid-morning and late-afternoon hours.

Try unsalted raw almonds, an apple with tablespoon of almond butter or chopped veggies with a bit of hummus.

Snacks help prevent you from overeating later. If you’re not hungry, you don’t have to have a snack! It’s nice to know it’s an option if you need it, though.

Buy some snack-sized baggies, which help you portion everything out in the appropriate serving sizes. Incorporate fiber and/or small amounts of fat in your snack choices. You’ll stay fuller longer.

Never show up empty-handed.

No matter where your day is taking you, it’s a good idea to have a couple of snacks within your reach. When you’re prepared, you’ll never have to hit the vending machine out of desperation.

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Write it down.

A lot of us consume mindless calories while we’re chatting on the phone, watching TV or driving in the car. Keeping track of what you eat keeps you honest – and it may surprise you.

Sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation reported in 2016 that one-third of American adults sleep less than seven hours per night. Poor sleep can interfere with the hormone that regulates appetite, so get your Z’s!

Eat breakfast.

Breakfast-eaters tend to eat less over the course of the day. It stands to reason that if you’re not ravenous, you won’t overeat, right?

Breakfast doesn’t have to be complicated, either. With Thrive Premium Lifestyle Shake, feeding your body the nutrition it craves takes only minutes in the morning.

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Above all, keep it simple.

Finish Thrive’s simple three-step regimen (Thrive Premium Lifestyle Capsules, Premium Lifestyle Shake and Premium Lifestyle DFT) before you leave the house in the morning, and you’re done for the day!

And now with DFT DUO–step 3 for those focused more on weight and appetite management–you have a powerful, easy-to-use tool for reaching your nutritional and weight management goals.

For more information about DFT Duo, visit le-vel.com

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