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Green Salad with Brown Butter Walnut Vinaigrette

This recipe was found on the Food Network, courtesy of Amy Thielen.
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Easy to Make     Only 15 Minutes Prep Time     Yields 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup walnut halves or pieces *Walnuts contain a lot of fat, and therefore, a lot of calories.  Although they have many health benefits, and have their place in a healthy diet, be cautious of your intake.
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil *Similarly to walnuts, olive oil is filled with healthy fat and is a high-caloric food. 
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more for the salad
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 10 cups mixed garden greens
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ounces crumbled aged blue cheese *You can also try feta of goat cheese

Directions:

  • Heat a small skillet over medium-low heat and add the walnuts, butter, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Cook very gently, stirring often, until the walnuts turn golden brown and the garlic has cooked, about 10 minutes. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil to the skillet to slow the cooking, and set aside.
  • When ready to serve, toss the greens with a little salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice and vinegar to the walnut mixture and spoon the nuts over the salad, adding as much of the dressing as needed to lightly coat the leaves. Add the blue cheese, and toss again.
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3 Tips To Get Rid of Stubborn Back Fat

By Jari Love & Collage Video

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Ever hear the slang term Muffin Top? Or Spare Tire? These terms refer to fat above the waistline, a common weight distribution problem that torments both men and women. To make matters worse, it’s usually the last of our fat to finally go away. Women have the added struggle of dealing with fat around the bra area as well.  Back fat is considered visually unpleasing to most, but more importantly it's not healthy in excess amounts. It’s important to remember that our health is not determined by how many pounds we weigh, but it is influenced by how many pounds of fat we store. 

Advertisers know how common fat accumulation is at the waistline and exploit the concept of "spot-reduction" to sell their exercise-related products. For those who may be unfamiliar with the concept, spot-reduction is the claim that fat in specific areas can be targeted and reduced through exercises around the desired area(s). This is a myth.  Do not fall into the persuasive trap that convinces people who are trying to lose weight (which, is most of us) that spot reduction products like pills or special contraptions work.  However, there are ways you can reduce fat in these areas and feel more confident in your own skin! The solution just requires a little extra effort and determination.  These healthy tips can help you achieve the results you’re after!

Tip #1: When Muffin-Top Strikes, HIIT Back with Cardio! 

If you’re serious about weight loss and health, you’ve got to get serious about cardio. Performing cardio exercise five times a week can help your body lose weight noticeably.  For even more-intense cardio, opt for interval training (HIIT) that alternates between periods of pushing your body and recovery, since it offers the after-burn effect. After-burn means once you’ve exercised, your body can continue to burn calories — an extra 200 calories throughout the day.

Tip #2: Tighten Your Posture & Sculpt Your Muscles!  

Your body’s silhouette can greatly improve simply through adding moves that sculpt your back, shoulders, and obliques to reveal the strong muscles that lie beneath. Toning up your body can do wonders when paired with cardio. Posture-improving exercises can also help muffin top areas!

Tip #3: A Lean Diet Leads to a Lean Physique

To lose fat you must eat in a caloric deficit. Think lean protein, low sugar, and high in vitamins and minerals. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories burned throughout the day through walking, working, and exercising exceed the calorie intake that day. Keep this in mind when choosing what food to consume.  Food journals can help immensely.

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Jari Love – original creator of Get RIPPED! DVD series and group exercise classes. The hot-selling and critically acclaimed Get RIPPED! series enables individuals of any fitness level to burn up to three times more calories than the traditional weight-training program and has received rave reviews from fitness critics throughout North America since the first title debuted in late 2005.

Can't Find The Time To Workout?

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There’s a long list of excuses we can make as to why we “can’t” workout.  For many, time restriction earns a spot at the top of the list.  Our busy schedules are resulting in consecutive days of inactivity, despite setting intentions to exercise.  Inactivity is recognized as a serious problem as it significantly increases the risk of numerous diseases/disorders, including several forms of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, coronary and cerebrovascular diseases, overweight/obesity, and all-cause mortality, among others (according to PubMed).

So, have YOU ever planned to exercise but failed to follow through due to time restriction?  Perhaps you had time but didn’t feel it was enough time to endure a meaningful workout.  Hopefully we can offer some valuable input here.

Reflect on your day for a moment.  Although you may be swamped with typical “stuff,” most of us can identify incremental periods of free time- and I’m talking no more than 10 minutes.  Getting fit does not have to be synonymous with a long, hard and energy draining task.  Instead, look at physical activity as something that can flow throughout your day in the times that we have available.  Getting to the gym and exercising for an hour is not necessary to get on track with being fit and living a healthier, more fulfilling life (although it is encouraged!).  And here’s a tip: if you find it difficult to pick out 10 minutes of free time, wake up 10 minutes earlier in the morning than you normally would.  Problem solved.

Main takeaway utilize the smaller, incremental time slots available during your day for exercise.  Additionally, if you can do this more than once a day, they’ll certainly add up.  Exercise supplies the body with endorphins (or, feel-good hormones!) and the lowers the risk for all the nasty diseases/disorders listed earlier.  So, stop using “not having the time” as an excuse and get moving!

 

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Vitamin EX: The Magic Pill

It seems we are all looking for the magic pill, an easy-to-swallow drug that would help us lose weight, lower our blood pressure and cholesterol, put us at lower risk for diabetes, heart attack and stroke. And make it something to help our mental health too – decrease depression, eliminate insomnia, improve memory and protect us from developing Alzheimer’s. If there were a pill that could do all that, can you imagine the cost? And there would have to be troubling side effects, right? And of course, there is always that warning not to take a certain drug if you are allergic to it.

There is indeed a magic pill that will do all the good things mentioned about, with no side effects, and no possibility anyone would be allergic to it. This pill is actually a vitamin -- Vitamin Ex, its generic name is Exercise, and it’s been proven to be effective for years of trials and studies.

Did you know that lack of exercise is a bigger risk factor than smoking, obesity and high blood pressure? It is the number one cause of disease and death. But we often hear about exercise only when it relates to losing weight. And many of us only get motivated around the beginning of the year (when gyms run their membership specials.) The benefits of daily exercise go far beyond weight loss and affect all of our body functions.

But, you say, exercise is hard work! You don’t have time to start going to a gym every day. You may be surprised at how much (or little) exercise it takes to make a difference in your life. And you can stay close to home to do it.

How much exercise? Physical Activities Guidelines for Americans Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends adults participate in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic activity -- PER WEEK. That is just one 30-min walk or yoga session five out of seven days! The guidelines say that spreading out your activity over several days has better results than trying to do it all at once. If walking or yoga isn’t your thing, try kick boxing, strength training using resistance tubing or your own body weight. There are hundreds of exercise DVDs that will lead you through any length workout.

Any amount of Vitamin Ex is helpful. If you don’t have 30 minutes to walk, take a few 5-minute walks each day. Park in a space further away than usual to add a few steps to your day.  Reduce sitting and instead stand to do every day activities like reading the newspaper or talking on the phone.

Diabetes, insomnia, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer’s and so many other risks can be taken care of with the same remedy – Exercise. 

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Important Notice Regarding Free Shipping

To Our Valued Customers,

We regret to inform you that we must increase the minimum price required to qualify for free shipping.  The postal service has raised their prices, which we must coincide with if we wish to offer you a free shipping option.  Currently, orders totaling $18.99 or higher ship free, but this threshold will soon be adjusted to $25.00.  We’d like to give you advanced notice prior to the implementation of this change, therefore, it will not take effect until Tuesday, February 19th, the day after President’s Day.

These changes will impact orders being shipped to the USA and via our standard shipping method (First Class Mail or Media Mail).  International orders and expedited shipping options, which do not qualify for free shipping, may also be adjusted.  You can find more information here: USPS Press Release & 2019 Price Changes.

We appreciate your open-mindedness regarding this matter.  If you have any questions or concerns, please e-mail us at collage@collagevideo.com.

Thank you,

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Kickboxing: Much More Than Just a Workout

Cardiovascular exercise is essential for good health.  Fortunately for me, I have access to a gym, I live in an area that I could safely run outside, and my living room is big enough that if I wanted to pop in an exercise DVD I could.  My only problem…I dread doing cardio.  So much that I would often neglect it.  When I did garner the willpower to get moving, my mind would convince me that my body was tired well before my limit was near – only to get me to stop.  And I knew this, but it was easier to stop than to muster up the strength to keep going.  How defeating.  Especially when you want to exercise.  I struggled with this for a while but was determined because I know the importance of cardiovascular activity.  I sought different ways to get this type of exercise into my routine.  Then I gave kickboxing a shot.

                I don’t need to preach that kickboxing is an incredible calorie-burning workout (but I sure can).  If you’re looking to lose weight and tone up, this activity can absolutely help you reach your goals when combined with proper nutrition.  And it’s fun, which is what drew me in.  But I unexpectedly gained much more than that.  Outside of fitness, my mind is always cluttered, and I find it difficult to focus on the “here and now” without making a conscious effort to do so.  Other than working on my physical health, kickboxing puts me in the present moment.  My mind eliminates other thoughts through the duration of the workout and I’m solely focused on my movement.  This sense of “clarity” has a lasting effect as I always feel less stressed and anxious following my kickboxing workout.  Oh yeah, and when you’re stressed, throwing punches and kicks definitely helps too.  Curious to see if others had this effect from kickboxing, I consulted the internet to see what I could find.  Turns out that there are other cognitive benefits that people experienced, perhaps myself included, that I didn’t even recognize.  Kickboxing requires motor coordination and spatial awareness, which activates important areas of the brain. 

                So to wrap this up, I’ll be sticking with kickboxing for a while.  Kickboxing has many more benefits that I excluded like increased flexibility, learning self-defense, discipline, and more.  I cannot promise that you’ll experience all these effects.  But I can assure you that it can be an excellent workout that extends past your physical well-being by aiding your mental health.  Thanks for reading!

PS – Kickboxing without the opponent!!

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Thirsty? Doesn’t Matter. Go Get Some Water.

Seriously.  Go pour a glass of water and drink it while you read this.  Your body will thank me.  The importance of proper hydration has long been established, yet many people are still not consuming the recommended amount of water.  This topic resonates deeply with us for a couple of reasons.  For starters, it is simply vital for our overall well-being.  And secondly, as exercise enthusiasts, our craft can be a cause dehydration if you’re sweating and not replenishing fluids properly.  It would be irresponsible of us to not bring awareness to this.

Did you know that each one of the trillions of cells in your body need to be hydrated to work properly?  Losing just 1% - 2% of your body’s water content can cause thirst and at this point you’re already in a state of dehydration.  Mild to moderate dehydration can lead to some unpleasant side effects like headaches, fatigue, dry mouth and bad breath, dry skin, muscle cramps, and the list doesn’t stop there.  Severe dehydration can lead to more dangerous symptoms like low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, and fever.  The best fluid to consume is water and you should be drinking before the feeling of thirst strikes.  If you’re one who does not like drinking plain water, try adding a lemon slice.

Staying adequately hydrated comes with perks.  Water promotes cardiovascular health, helps your muscles and joints, and helps maximize physical performance.  This makes sense considering muscle is about 80% water.  Being optimally hydrated helps ease the difficulty of exercise both physically and mentally.  Water also helps keep your skin supple.  Lack of hydration can cause your skin to be dry and tight, which makes it more prone to wrinkling.  Drinking water helps cleanse the body by helping to get rid of certain waste products.  It gives your kidneys the fluid to properly expel metabolic waste in the body. 

As we age, staying properly hydrated is more of a challenge due to physiological changes in the body, so it’s especially important to stay conscious of it.  Lastly, although it’s uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water.  So don’t go too crazy.  It’s best to consult with your doctor to establish how much water you should intake.

 

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Happy New Year! 3 Tips from Collage Video:

It’s the Perfect Opportunity to Adopt or Strengthen Healthy Habits

With December coming to an end, the New Year is right around the corner.  The start of each New Year is a time when many of us set goals or resolutions and a largely popular one falls under our department, fitness.  It’s easy to set fitness goals, but we often do not consider the effort required to achieve them.  That can lead to us feeling like we’ve fell short of our potential, and unfortunately, be accompanied by feelings of failure and disappointment.  Let’s prevent that.  For those of you looking to kickstart 2019 with a positive lifestyle change, Collage Video is here to help you.  Although we primarily focus on fitness, we believe that these tips are applicable to varying goals that you may have.  There are plenty of fantastic resources available online to help guide you, but we’ve identified three tips that we find are essential for success.

  • Start by focusing on one thing at a time.  When implementing a lifestyle change, some try to do too much at once.  This facilitates feelings of uneasiness and being overwhelmed.  It’s an admirable trait to want to jump into a healthier lifestyle and do as much as quickly as you can.  But this usually doesn’t work and has the reverse effect.  Find a rhythm in one aspect of a healthier life and be satisfied that you’re making a positive change.  Then allow things to naturally follow.  You’ll find that by starting one healthy habit, like exercising, it will lead to others like diet modification and positive mentality.
  • Preparation is a form of procrastination.  This tip comes with a little disclaimer: Be smart.  We aren’t encouraging you to dead-lift 500lbs on your first attempt.  What we mean is this…Say you’re interested in running a marathon this year but are out of shape, so you tell yourself: “I’ll sign up for a marathon later in the year because I need to prepare.”  No.  There is significance behind Nike’s slogan, “Just Do It.”  Walk the marathon if you need to.  And then sign up for another one later in the year and strive to improve your time or endurance.  Push yourself to get started because if you put things off to prepare, often you won’t do it at all (and even worse, usually you won’t even prepare!).
  • Our last tip, and arguably most important one, is to keep trying.  There is an immense amount of personal empowerment in picking yourself up and continuing.  As you may have heard before, “The road to success is paved with failures.”  The best thing that you can do, even if you’ve stalled for a while and are questioning if it’s worth trying again, is to give it another shot.

And remember, consistency is key.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy new year,

Collage Video

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December Holiday Weekend Hours 2018

Dear Collage Video Customers: 

Just a quick note to inform you of Collage Video's schedule for the upcoming holiday weekend: 

Our phone and e-mail will close at 4:00 pm (Eastern) on Friday, December 21 and resume at 9:00 am on Wednesday, December 26. Orders placed from 12/21 through 12/25 will be begin processing for shipping on December 26. 

We wish all of Collage Video's customers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!
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IMPORTANT: Your 2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Attention Collage Video Customers:  Getting orders out on time this holiday season (and always!) is crucial for both you, and us.  This time of year we experience high volumes of orders, so we urge you to err on the side of caution, and allow as much time as possible.  Our policy states that it takes 1 - 3 business days to ship an order after it's received, so we urge you to consider it may take the full 3-day processing period for your order to ship out.

For example (if you are shipping to the US): We primarily use USPS First Class Mail, so if you need your order by Christmas you should have your order placed on Sunday, December 16th.  We strongly encourage you to place your orders as soon as possible to ensure that it will be delivered by the time you need it to be.  For full information regarding order shipments, click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone (1-800-819-7111) or email (collage@collagevideo.com). 

 

*The following delivery dates and windows are provided by the individual carriers as a guideline, however no guarantees are offered by Collage as to actual delivery times.*

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