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Compass H e alt h Brainy Bottle Workout Efficiency We all know how important hydration is to our health, but when it comes to drinking the recommended 8-10 glasses of water per day, knowing is definitely the shorter, wimpier part of the battle. Enter the Hydracoach. This clever little bottle calculates how much water you should be drinking based on your weight and activity level, and then tracks your daily intake. Available for $23.99 at HydraCoach.com. Tech Tracker Days get longer, but time seems to get shorter. Your workouts should be efficient. They should move you toward your goals and keep you lean and energized. Here are a few keys to success in your workout: • Hydration: Drink approximately 8-10 glasses of water per day. Add in two more for anything caffeinated or alcoholic that you consume. • Work Those Muscles: Don’t be afraid to weight train. The more muscle you have, the more efficient your body is at burning fat and calories throughout the day. • Jump Start: Boost your metabolism by having smaller, more frequent meals and increasing your heart rate throughout the day. • Change: Change is everything. The more variety you have with your fitness program throughout the week, the more your body needs to adapt and burn additional calories. • Push It: When doing cardio push yourself to the point of breathlessness. Then back off, catch your breath, and do it again. • Get Nutritious: You would never invest your money in something that did not give you a return — think of food in the same manner. If it is not nutritionally packed, don’t eat it! • Get Help: When in doubt, hire a professional to assist you in revamping your workout or nutritional needs. Have you ever wondered just how many calories you’re burning on those walks to the water cooler? With BodyMedia’s FIT system, you can easily find out. FIT’s high-tech armband tracks your activities during the day and loads the info into their Activity Manager software, which gives you easy-to-read information about your calorie consumption with tips on how to reach your fitness goals. Get it for $185.99 at BodyMedia.com. › Adita Lang, BS, CPT-CEC, HLC, specializes in Restorative Fitness, Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching with her clients in Key Biscayne and beyond. As owner of Inner Strength Studios in Key BIscayne, she brings more than 25 years of experience to the fitness industry. For more Information, call 305.365.5264 or visit InnerStrengthStudios.net. Knee Jerk “I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me.” — Mark Twain 22 Sweat Sign Pain Factor Ever heard that running on a treadmill is easier on your knees than asphalt? Turns out it’s your weight that creates the impact on your joints — regardless of the surface. Think you’re not burning calories unless you’re dripping sweat? Not true — sweat is the body’s way of cooling down, and you can expect plenty of exertion before it kicks in. No pain, no gain — right? Wrong. While mild soreness after a workout is perfectly normal, feeling pain during your routine is a major sign of trouble. Always remember to stretch out!