Women's Health

How Riding Bikes Can Benefit You And The Environment

How Riding Bikes Can Benefit You And The Environment by Kathryn Dawson

We have all heard of what is happening to our planet. Global warming is something we have all heard of or read about online or in newspapers and magazines, and have seen on TV. If every person in the world was to make a small contribution towards the betterment of the planet, it would definitely go a long way in reversing the effects of global warming. Riding bikes for short distances like going to the store or the house of a friend not only helps the environment, but you and your health as well. You do not have to be a professional biker to ride a bike, you can even be wearing cheap cycle clothing and no one would even notice. Plus, bike parts are not that expensive and are very easy to find. Here is a closer look at how riding bikes can benefit you and the environment.

Does Not Cause Pollution
Riding bikes is one way for people to contribute in helping save the environment. As we all know, bikes do not cause any pollutants and do not emit any harmful gases into the atmosphere. So if you are only going a short distance away, consider riding a bike instead of taking your car. You will be saving the environment from the harmful emissions of your car if you ride your bike.

A Great Form of Exercise
Riding a bicycle is a great way to exercise. If you cannot make time to visit the gym, riding your bicycle for short distances every day, or at every opportunity you have, is like getting a workout in itself. You can get your heart rate up and burn calories while riding a bicycle. This is a great cardio workout to help you sweat as well. A real bike is a lot better than a stationary bicycle, so consider getting a real one and get to enjoy the fresh air and outdoors while getting a work out.

Saves You Money
Obviously, bikes do not need gas, so they are basically a onetime investment. Occasional fees for maintenance are normal, but with the proper care, your bike will last for many, many years. The fact that you do not have to buy gas to use your bike is a great money saver. You can easily sit down and ride it without having to worry about anything else. A bike is obviously a lot less expensive compared to buying a car, and you can use it for a very long time. If you need some form of transportation for short distances, a bike is your best bet.

Saves You from Traffic
In case you are riding a bike to the store or a couple of blocks away to visit a friend, riding a bike saves you time in getting there. This is because bikes are smaller and will allow you to squeeze through small spaces where cars would not normally fit. So even if there is a traffic jam ahead of you, you can get your bike through by either passing between the vehicles or riding along the sidewalk. Of course, this should be done with caution.

Low on Maintenance
Another reason why bikes are great is the fact that it is low on maintenance. Unlike cars which need regular tune ups, bikes just need a change of tires when they get worn out and oil on the chains and that is pretty much all it needs. Even if your bike may need a part or two replacing, it does not cost as much as replacing parts of a car would. Plus, most bike parts can be replaced by you without the need for a mechanic to do so.

Riding bikes is a great way for you to help keep yourself fit and help the environment at the same time. Every small thing you do helps in a big way for the environment. There is plenty of cheap cycle clothing available to help make riding bicycles a lot more comfortable, and there are also different types of clothing available to help you stay cool even if the weather may be hot. There are also a multitude of stores which sell different bike parts at reasonable prices, so be sure to check those out. Compare different online stores to find out which bike store has the best parts at the best price.

Kathryn Dawson writes articles for Dotbike, an online provider of cheap cycle clothing and bikes. Dotbike sells quality bikes and cycling equipment in the UK, Europe and many countries worldwide. They offer the most affordable prices possible, whilst maintaining the very highest standards in customer service. Let the bike professionals at Dotbike guide and advice you on their vast range of bike parts, cycling clothing and cycling accessories that they have available.

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Dessert Recipes - With Vegetables Please

Dessert Recipes - With Vegetables PleaseDessert Recipes - With Vegetables Please by Jill Seader

In our effort to get healthier, eat better, and watch our waistline, we often take drastic measures like cutting all sweets out of our diet. And those diets rarely last because we feel deprived. So rather than going completely drastic, here is a question I ask you to consider: Why not try small changes that you can live with? So instead of cutting all sweets out of your diet, why not replace the typical sweets you eat with a dessert that is healthier and that you can feel good about? And what tastier way to help you get that daily intake of veggies than through dessert? Here are a couple of recipes to help you in your urge to get healthy but not feel deprived.

Zucchini Crisp
5 cups sliced zucchini, peeled and seeded
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup water

Combine all of the above ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook the mixture until it starts to boil. Then boil the mixture for 15 to 20 minutes. Put the mixture in an 8- or 9-inch square pan.

Topping:
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, brown sugar, and baking powder. Mix well. Cut the flour into the mixture and combine until it is crumbly. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the zucchini mixture. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes.

Avocado Pie
1 (3-ounce) package lime or lemon-lime jello
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 can (8-ounce) crushed pineapple
1 medium avocado
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 package (3-ounce) cream cheese
1 cup whipped cream
9-inch graham cracker pie crust

In a large bowl, put the jello, salt, and boiling water. Stir the mixture until the jello is dissolved. Drain the pineapple juice into a measuring cup. Add the lime juice to it. Add enough cold water to make the mixture equal 3/4 cup. Add this mixture to the jello mixture. Put the jello mixture in the refrigerator until it is very thick. While that is cooling, peel and half the avocado. Cut up half of the avocado into small pieces. In a small bowl, mash the other half of the avocado until it is smooth. Add the cream cheese to the mashed avocado and mix until well blended. Add the cream cheese mixture, avocado pieces, pineapple, and whipped cream to the jello mixture. Mix well and put into the pie crust. Refrigerate until the mixture is firm.

With a passion for baking and story telling, Jill Seader shares baking recipes and stories at YourBakingStory.com. Come enjoy the stories and recipes or get some recipe scrapbooking supplies to create your own baking story. Happy Baking!

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How to Take Your Cardio Workout to a New Level

How to Take Your Cardio Workout to a New Level  by Machelle Lee

Can you think of anything more torturous than spending an hour pedaling away on a bike or plodding along on the treadmill? You're not alone. Most exercise enthusiasts dread conventional cardio - why?

Because it's b-o-r-i-n-g.

So why do it at all? The goal of a cardio workout is to lose the unwanted inches and to develop the efficiency of your heart and lungs. But new studies are out that show our slow-go cardio sessions may not be as effective for burning off that holiday bulge as we thought.

When you plod along on the treadmill at an even pace, your body enters what is called a steady state. This means that your body has adjusted to the pace and is now trying to conserve energy.

Conserve energy? But I thought the point was to burn energy?

And so your dilemma goes: You can't stand the monotony of traditional cardio and it leaves you with less than satisfactory results. So what should you do?

The answer is HIIT, a new training technique that blasts both boredom and fat.

"In research, HIIT has been shown to burn adipose (fat) tissue more effectively than low-intensity exercise - up to 50% more efficiently."

"HIIT speeds up your metabolism and keeps it revved up for some time after your workout. The bottom line is that HIIT training burns a greater number of total calories than low-intensity training, and more calories burned equals less fat on your body."

What is HIIT?

High-Intensity Interval Training: is an exercise strategy that improves performance with short training sessions. These sessions involve a warm up period, several short, maximum-intensity efforts that are separated by moderate recovery intervals, and a cool down period.

In other words, your 60 minutes of low-intensity cardio is replaced with more effective, High Intensity Interval Training for as little as 15 minutes. The addition of explosions of speed into your comfortable pace will increase your power, muscle tone, speed, strength, endurance and best of all will melt the inches off.

Here is an example of a HIIT program - this can be done on any form of cardio equipment or even jogging outside or swimming laps:

* Start with an easy 4 minute warm up, casually increasing your pace to the one that you usually maintain for your workout.

* Once you are sufficiently warm, sky rocket your intensity for 30 seconds.

* Return to your normal pace for the next 30 seconds and then sky rocket again.

* Repeat this 30-30 interval for 6 minutes and then gradually decrease your intensity as you enter a cooling off pace.

After your HIIT session you can expect to burn more calories due to an increase in your metabolism - sounds good, right? If you aren't ready to jump into a full-fledged HIIT session, try on of the following modified HIIT workouts:

Modified HIIT 1:
* Start with at least a 5 minute warm up, casually increasing your pace to the one that you usually maintain for your workout.

* Once you are sufficiently warm, increase your intensity for a full minute.

* Return to your normal pace and remain here until you have recovered enough to go again.

* Repeat this 1 minute interval with full recovery time between each one for the full extent of your workout and then gradually decrease your intensity as you enter a cooling off pace.

Modified HIIT 2:
* Start with at least a 5 minute warm up, casually increasing your pace to the one that you usually maintain for your workout.

* Once you are sufficiently warm, change your speed and intensity for 2 minutes.

* Return to your normal pace for 2 minutes and then change your intensity and speed again. The key is to keep your body guessing - you aren't doing full intensity work, but you also aren't staying at the same pace for the entire length of the workout.

* Repeat this 2 minute interval for the full extent of your workout and then gradually decrease your intensity as you enter a cooling off pace.

There you have it - all you need to take your cardio workout to the next level.

Machelle Lee owns and operates The Invisible Gym in Santa Cruz, CA. Her mission is to inspire people to become physically active and enjoy the benefits of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. For more information and questions you can visit her website. www.the-invisible-gym.com

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Maintaining Your Sump Pump

Maintaining Your Sump PumpMaintaining Your Sump Pump by Kevin Germain

Where do you store things that treasured such as holiday paraphernalia, off season clothes, toys, sports equipment and all of life's accumulated stuff? The basement is the area in most people's homes that stores the goods that are important but not needed on a daily basis. So when a sump pump fails and water damage occurs how do you start the cleanup to repair your space and belongings? How can you protect yourself from sump pump failure in the future? This article will look into way to clean up and prevent future water damage due to sump pump failure.

Prevention is the key in any catastrophe. Was there something that could have been done sooner to prevent the issue from occurring in the first place? Regular maintenance to your sump pump can help prevent failure. One way to do this is to check for built up debris in the pump. This can happen when small toys or debris are left to sit and hinder the float device in the sump pump from working. The float needs to be tested frequently as it took can wear out without the help of kid toys and debris. The float allows the pump to start and stop as needed. It is essential that the float is in proper working order for the sump pump to continue working as it should.

Regular cleaning of the weep hole is also encouraged in order to keep the pump functioning normally. You can clean the weep hole using tooth picks or a small tool to remove excess debris. Whatever you do be careful not to break anything inside the weep hole as this will hinder the function of the pump.

The impeller is a small filter that can easily be clogged with debris. If you hear a whining noise this is the first thing you check. It might just need a good cleaning however you will need to check and make sure the impeller has a good connection to the pump. Most impellers are connected with blots.

The water in the sump pump can become stagnant causing a foul odor to be emitted. By filling the basin with a bleach and water mixture. Doing this and filling the basin will cause the pump to cycle and help eliminate any odor. Another great idea in preventing sump pump failure is a backup power supply that kicks on automatically if the power fails. This is an expensive option but will be paid for during the first storm and power outage.

What do you do if your sump pump fails and you are looking at a basement full of water damage? The first thing that needs to be accomplished is fixing the pump. Make sure you unplug electrical devices. Once the water is being pumped out evaluate the damage. If it is minimal bring the damaged items into a dry space and turn a fan on them. However, if the damage is significant you will want to call in the professionals. Water damage can be worsened if not properly dealt with. The last thing you want to be handling after a sump pump failure is mold remediation so make sure the water is cleaned up properly the first time.

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Preventing Heatstroke

Preventing HeatstrokePreventing Heatstroke  by Ann M Stewart

As the weather continues warming up, keeping your dogs cool should be at the top of your priorities. Year after year we hear of pets dying in hot cars, sometimes after being left for mere minutes. What we don't commonly hear about are the countless dogs that suffer from heatstroke just playing in the yard.

The primary concern with the warmer weather is heatstroke. Some people refer to it as heat exhaustion, which is another name for mild heatstroke. According to peteducation.com, a dog experiences a mild heatstroke when the core body temperature is between 104-106 degrees (Fahrenheit). A sever heatstroke occurs at anything over 106 degrees.

Know the Symptoms

Knowing the symptoms for heatstroke is critical in getting treatment for your pet before it becomes severe. The symptoms to watch for include:

    • Rapid Panting

 

    • Bright Red Tongue

 

    • Red or pale gums

 

    • Thick, sticky saliva

 

    • Depression

 

    • Weakness

 

    • Dizziness

 

    • Vomiting - sometimes with blood

 

    • Diarrhea



If your pet starts showing any of these symptoms, seek veterinary care immediately. Also work to slowly bring down the body temperature by offering cool liquids, and bringing them into a cooler environment.

BE AWARE: do not pack ice around your pet, give extremely cold drinks, or bring from the excessive heat into an excessively cool building. Doing so could cause your pet to go into shock.

Know the Prevention

Preventing heat exhaustion is much easier than treating it. Here are some things to consider while it's warm outside:

    • Give your dog plenty of water. If you leave a dis outside, make sure to get new water every 2-3 hours or use a circulating bowl to keep the water form getting too warm or growing dangerous bacteria or algea.

 

    • NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A PARKED CAR.Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures can quickly exceed 140 degrees on a sunny day. This can be lethal to an animal after only a few minutes.

 

    • For outside dogs, provide access to shade during the most intense part of the day.

 

    • Move your exercise routine to less heat intensive hours or reduce simply your routine.

 

    • Wet your dog with a hose. Simply giving a soaking bath can help keep body temperatures under control.

 

    • Leverage a high quality doggie daycare, where your pooch will not only have the critical physical needs met, but also have fun while having a watchful eye looking out for danger signs."



Here's to a great summer!

Owner of Advantage Pet Center, Ann Stewart has the pleasure of working with dogs, cats, lizards, and guinea pigs, just to name a few, by offering doggie daycare, cat and dog grooming, and pet boarding for all varieties of pets. Ann is continually looking for ways to help the owners of these animals maintain a happy home for the entire family.

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Home Based Internet Business - Top 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail

Home Based Internet Business - Top 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs FailHome Based Internet Business - Top 5 Reasons Entrepreneurs Fail by Josh Boxer

With over 200,000 people per week joining the home-based business industry, there are some great statistics around that identify why not many will ever make any significant income in this industry. I will talk of what I feel are the top 5 reasons that many will fail and miss the target.

Reason #1 - Not knowing their target markets needs and desires.

This is the business of providing solutions to people. You need to know precisely what your potential consumer wants in order to begin the process of connecting with those people. You cant sell a service or product to someone who has no want or desire for what you're offering.

If you want to do well in the home based business industry, step one is to take out a sheet of paper. Start describing the individual you want to to attract to you. Describe what their age is, what kind of clothes they wear, movies they watch, the things they eat, where they vacation and what kind of home they reside in. Have they got children? You need to have a very clear picture of your target to be able to hit your mark once you pull the trigger in your marketing to them.

Reason #2 - Creating programs without doing market research first.

Not doing market research is much like committing business suicide. That would end up like someone opening a restaurant in a very remote area without having traffic. Unearth where your target market is. Where do they hang out online? What websites do they visit. Don't assume that your target market has to be on Facebook because there are over 400 million users.

Always test before you launch. If your doing pay-per-click, CPA ads or banner advertising, you need to carefully test out your campaigns prior to deciding to ramp them up. Once you have done your research and you have data, then you're able to make an educated decision.

Reason #3 - Not Establishing Enough Trust

It's a must to connect before you pull. Establish trust through offering VALUE FIRST. This is the difference between the seasoned veteran and the newbie who thinks that their product is so hot that everyone will be dying to grab it if they just shove it down peoples throats. Wrong Pal.... Very Wrong.

People want to do business with individuals they know, like and trust, PERIOD!! Case Closed. You must establish trust with time by giving away your best knowledge, tools or systems. Provide individuals with solutions to their problems and you will become a trusted advisor and leader.

Reason #4 - Pitching their offer prematurely.

I am sure you have seen your share of people blatantly pitching their business opportunity, service or product to you. How did you feel about that? Uncomfortable? Mad? Did you feel sorry for that person because they don't have any godly idea how to market. Slow down and remember, provide value on the front-end and everything else will fall into place.

Reason #5 - Not enough confidence in themselves or their product or service.

If you are the type of person who gets stuck when people ask you whether your in MLM, Network marketing, or whatever, you have to get over it. You're in whatever business your in because you chose to be and you had better exude confidence when talking to people. Support your decision to be an entrepreneur.

Your business can never outgrow your self esteem, ever! You had better be on a reading program and putting good stuff in that head of yours. Leaders are readers. What you put in always comes out of your mouth. Ever hang around a group of people that swear and cuss on a regular basis? I watched a movie just the other night "Pride and Glory" with Collin Ferell and Ed Norton. Boy was there some language in that movie. Well shortly after I caught myself swearing over some situation that arose. Why? Because I let that crap in my ear gate.

You have to counter balance the negative you obtain on a daily basis in your head. This is done by being diligent about reading positive books that will help you grow. Mindset, self help and PMA books are the best to put in the memory bank.

If you truly want to be successful in a home based business of any kind, you have to learn how to master the basics. Know your target market, seek information, establish trust, don't be so quick to pitch your offer and be confident in yourself and your product or service.

To Your Success,

Joshua K. Boxer
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 33

by

Joseph

Well, I did the barbell floor press exercise. Right now, I'm just lifting to lift. My mind and body are not in synch so my lifts are not where they should be at present. Here are the results of the workouts:

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

260 lbx2x1

260 lb x no go

245 lb x3x1

245 lb x2x1

225 lb x5x1

 

standing barbell overhead press and hold

60 lb dumbbells in each hand x 10s

60 lb dumbbells in each hand x 15s

60 lb dumbbells in each hand x no go

60 lb dumbbells in each hand x 30s

60 lb dumbbells in each hand x no go

 

seated machine overhead shoulder press

120 lb x 6x5

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

 

horizontal cable row

150 lb x10x5

 

The bright spot was that I lifted 120 pounds above my head when doing dumbbell presses; in a standing position I pressed the dumbbells overhead, 60 pounds in each hand felt good. I kept them overhead for a full body workout, it was good for my core muscles and to promote balance.

The horizontal presses were all I felt like doing when I hit the gym last Wednesday. 

The barbell floor press will be what I want it to be. Gradually getting back to where I should be when I'm in the mood to do what I know I'm able to do. 

I'm going to do 260x3x3 when I return to the gym.

 

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Review Different Kinds Of Bike Before You Get Yours

Review Different Kinds Of Bike Before You Get Yours  by Jillian Smith

There are so many different models of bikes on the market today that it is almost impossible for the average rider to know them all. It's a good thing, therefore, that bike magazines and websites provide reviews of all the bikes and gears available.

The sport of bicycling has exploded in the last several decades. No longer are people content with casual over-the-road cycling - not that that has lost its allure, merely that it has competition now. The sport has expanded to embrace adventure-loving individuals who like to head cross country on their fat-tired bikes, or head down mountains at full-tilt, or even go round and round in velodromes.

And with the expanding biking disciplines comes an expanding array of bicycles - each one specially designed with certain needs in mind.

Now that there are so many models available, made from so many different kinds of material, with all kinds of sophisticated gadgets on them, and with corresponding prices to match that sophisticatoin - it's imperative that the buyer make an informed decision.

And how can buyers better inform themselves than by reading reviews of the latest models that come out each year?

Every bike magazine has a section that reviews the latest technology - from the bicycles themselves to the various pieces of gear and accessories that you can add on to them. It only makes sense to do as much research as possible before going out to a bike shop to consult with the people there on what to buy.

There are also a vast array of biking websites out there that also offer reviews of products. When you're searching the web, however, be very careful as to whose words you take as gospel. These days anybody can set themselves up as an expert - but very rarely do they give you a byline and a brief bio so that you know their credentials. And when it comes to buying big ticket items - you should know the credentials of the people advising you what to buy.

How Much Do You Want To Spend
Before going out and buying a brand new thousand dollar bike, and a couple of hundred dollars worth of bike gear - the shorts, the jerseys, and the cool sunglasses - you have to ask yourself... is your enthusiasm going to be the same a year from now?

Just as many people buy memberships to health clubs and never go, so many people buy expensive bikes, use them once, and then never use them again. You know who I'm talking about! For newbies to the biking scene, you still want to get a good bike - because riding an ill-fitting cheap bike that isn't comfortable and is a pain to pedal will turn you off biking quicker than anything. So in a sense you're walking a tight rope.

The solution is to try a few disciplines first, borrowing bikes from friends who are "in" to it, checking it out over the course of a couple of weekends, and then making your decision at that time if the sport of biking is for you.

Reading reviews is all very well and gives you invaluable information when you go out to acquire the bike or the gear in question, but there's no substitute for actually getting on the bike and riding it to see if the reviews are right!

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The Perfect Sausage Recipe

The Perfect Sausage Recipe  by Adam Marianski

Well, stop looking, it does not exist. The good news is that you can make the perfect sausage yourself every time as long as you obey the basic rules of sausage making. There are millions of sausage recipes floating for free on the Internet and your own creation will be as good or better. How do you know which ones are good? Do you think the professional sausage makers have time to play with recipes on the Internet? Many of these recipes are compiled by people who make a living off the Internet and they are college students, housewives, journalists and others.

The easiest sausage to make is a fresh sausage which will be cooked on a frying pan, barbecued or grilled. Basically you are making a hamburger which will become a sausage once it is stuffed inside of the hog casing. Making smoked sausages requires more knowledge and here you have to observe your smoking and cooking temperatures. Fermented (air-dried) types are harder still and you have to worry about relative humidity.

1. First ask yourself what would you like to have inside of your sausage: pork, beef, chicken, garlic, oregano, paprika etc. If you make a sausage for yourself or your family you don't need any recipes; think of preparing a family meal that everybody will like.

2. Keep it simple. Meat has its own beautiful flavor so don't kill it with unnecessary spices. Many people add only salt when making a ham, saying that even pepper distorts the flavor. Polish Smoked Sausage is made of pork, salt, pepper and garlic (optional marjoram) yet most recipes include dozens of unnecessary ingredients and spices.

3. You can use any type of meat or meat combinations. Just remember that meats containing sinews, gristle and tendons will have to be ground twice with a small grinder plate otherwise they will get stuck in your teeth. For a home based sausage maker nothing beats pork butt; it has the right fat to lean meat proportion, it is inexpensive and its little bone is very easy to remove. A sausage needs about 30% fat so don't use only lean meats. Our commercially made fresh sausages contain up to 50% fat and our low calorie hot dogs can have up to 40% water and fat combined. Yes, we are paying dearly for water though it can not be seen. This magic is performed by a chemical called phosphate which traps and holds water inside.

4. Salt in most modern recipes remains at about 1.5% - 2%. Original sausages were made with preservation in mind and the salt content was higher, up to 3%. Air dried products like countryside ham contained even more salt which was needed to prevent the growth of bacteria. Anything over 3% will taste too salty. Weigh in your meat, multiply by 0.018 (1.8%) and you will get the perfect amount of salt (1.8%) that will be acceptable to everybody. Salt plays the most important role in your recipe as this is where you can ruin your sausage. Once it is too salty, the only remedy that remains is to soak it overnight in cold water (in a refrigerator).

5. Grinders. For thousands of years we have made sausages without grinders and certain classical sausages are still made by chopping meat with a knife (Polish Krakowska or Ham Sausage, Spanish Longaniza, Chorizo or Sobrasada). Don't pre-occupy yourself too much with grinder plates. 3/8" size will take care of most tasks, unless you want to make emulsified sausages like hot dogs or bologna which will require grinding meats at least twice through a 1/8" plate. Commercial processors use a meat cutter which is more effective.

6. Cold smoking was a method of meat drying for preservation and is seldom practiced today. Keep your hot smoke temperature at about 140º F (60º C) as you don't want to cook your meat. Remember that meats smoked at this temperature are not safe to eat and must be cooked.

7. Cook fresh sausages to 160º F (72º C) internal meat temperature. Smoked meats are normally cured with salt and sodium nitrite what provides additional safety and can be cooked to a slightly lower internal meat temperature of about 154º F - 160º F (68 - 72º C). They may may be poached in water at 176º F (80º C) or baked in an oven at the lowest temperature setting (below 190º F, 88º C) until desired internal meat temperature is obtained. Smoking or cooking sausages at too high temperatures will melt the fat inside, they will taste like bread crumbs and will be greasy on the outside. Remember, smoking meats is an art that is different from barbecuing or grilling.

Adam Marianski has co-authored two books on meat smoking and making sausages. He runs the web site Wedliny Domowe where you can find more about making quality meats at home.

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How To Get Those Six Pack Abs

How To Get Those Six Pack Abs  by John Campbell

Everyone wants to have those sleek, sexy, six pack abs. Rock hard, rippling abdominal muscles are the best way to communicate to others that you are fit, healthy and on top of your game. The key to getting those six pack abs is through rigorous training and eating healthy.

You can do crunches and sit ups until you are blue in the face, but if you don't eat right and watch your weight, you will never have six pack abs. You have to lower your overall body mass if you want the muscles to show through. Chances are you already have a lot more definition than you know, you just can't see it through the layers of fat that rest on top of them. So start with cutting calories and eating a healthier diet. Focus on foods that are high in protein (this is necessary in order to build new muscle) and low in fats. Lean meats are especially important.

The exercises that you do when you are trying to get definition in any muscle group are the most important thing you can do, second only to your diet. Try doing full body lifts like barbell squats and deadlifts. The reason that these work for stomach definition is because you are engaging your entire core when you do them. You have to tense all of the muscles in your abdomen, back and upper leg regions in order to get enough strength to lift the weights.

Start training your abdominal muscles by doing crunches, reverse crunches and hanging leg raises about 3 to 4 days per week. You can see demonstrations of these exercises online if you search for them in the search engines. Proper technique is important if you want toned and defined muscles so make sure that you are doing them properly.

When you are doing abdominal muscle exercises, make sure you are maintaining proper form. Keep your body in a straight line, knees hip width apart and focus on breathing in and out in a rhythmic pattern.

The muscles on the front of your stomach are not the only ones that need attention if you are going to have defined, six pack abs. Your obliques, which are the muscles that run up and down the side of your trunk also need to get a hefty work out. You can do this by performing side bends and oblique crunches. Oblique crunches are best performed on an exercise ball. If you don't have one of these at home, consider purchasing one. It will be well worth the investment in order to get the look you are after.

Cardiovascular exercise is also important for losing the weight in order to see the definition in your abs. Make sure that you are getting this exercise at least 2 days per week. Go for a run or do aerobics to get your heart rate up and keep it going for thirty minutes or more.

Anyone can have six pack abs if you are dedicated to it and train your body properly. If you follow the advice here, you'll be well on your way to the sexy body you are dreaming of.

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