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How you can lose weight with B-12 Injections

July 14, 2015
How you can lose weight with B-12 Injections

How you can lose weight with B-12 Injections

B-12 Injections are used to create many positive outcomes for people’s health. These injections are most commonly known for increasing energy levels after people have reported feeling groggy, or sluggish, over extended periods of time.

As people begin to age, their energy levels can start to decrease. Along with energy levels, older individuals also report having a lower sex drive. B-12 is a perfect solution for these two problems and is a quick, but long-term, solution for these issues.

But did you know that in addition to increasing your libido and overall energy levels, B-12 Injections can do even more? This series of injections from DreamBody can also help you lose weight.

By combining B-12 injections with diet and exercise, you can be well on your way to losing 10-15 pounds by Labor Day.

Some of the ways B-12 injections can help you lose weight include:

• Combining B-12 with a diet plan
• Combining B-12 with an exercise regime
• Overall increase of energy and well-being

Before we break down exactly how B-12 injections can help you lose weight, we want to go over the different types of B-12 injections DreamBody offers its patients. The different levels that we offer all come with different benefits. Before you decide to try B-12 for yourself, be sure you know exactly what you are looking to get from this treatment!

There are 3 different levels of B-12:

1. The first level of B-12 injections we offer is straight B12 Methylcobalamin. This injection helps to increase the patient’s energy and promote a healthy immune system.
2. The second level of B-12 injections we offer includes amino acids, which help to break down fat.
3. The third level of B-12 injections we offer is called the Super B-12. It is a combination of Vitamin C, B-12, and all of the B vitamins. This injection helps promote a better immune system, decrease fat, and increase energy.

Combining B-12 With a Diet Plan

Dieting is the first step in the right direction when it comes to weight loss. However, some people have difficulty burning fat quickly, especially when they get older. Certain areas of our bodies are more stubborn, and some people’s genes make it more difficult for them to lose fat than others. There is nothing worse than dieting and being disciplined, yet seeing little or no results.

When you are trying so hard, you deserve to see the number on the scale drop and your pant size go down! If you are suffering from this problem, second or third level B-12 injections are the perfect solution for you. These types of injections help to get rid of fat faster than a regular diet will, and can help you lose weight faster than you thought possible!

Combining B-12 With an Exercise Regime

After choosing a diet plan, finding a good workout routine naturally follows. One thing people might not realize about their diet plan is that it can leave them feeling sluggish or tired, because their body is being deprived of its regular nutrients.

Especially with diets like the Atkins diet or the HCG diet, which focus on cutting out a particular aspect of food (carbs or fat), many people report initially feeling groggy or energy deprived, because their body isn’t used to this new type of food consumption.

The last thing you want to deal with when you are trying to lose weight is to feel too tired to exercise. Getting to the gym or going out for a run is a huge part of weight loss success, so this is where B-12 injections come in!

All 3 levels of our B-12 injections can be perfectly coupled with a diet plan. So when you are feeling tired, B-12 injections can give you the energy you need to exercise, and get through the day! Not only can B-12 help boost your energy levels, but it also helps burn fat faster than regular exercise alone can.

Overall Increased Energy and Well-Being

Nothing is more underrated in this world than the simple feeling of being healthy and well balanced. Small adjustments in your lifestyle can help achieve this goal, but if you have tried and tried to increase your energy with no success, B-12 is the answer to your prayers!

With B-12 injections, your immune system will be heightened; you will be sick less often and you can get out and be active on a regular basis. Simply being healthy enough to avoid the common cold and having enough energy to go out for a walk are things you can’t put a price on.

Almost anyone can be eligible to receive Lipotropic B-12. If you need an energy boost, are trying to lose weight, want a stronger immune system, or are simply looking for an increased quality of life, this is your one way ticket to get there.

There is no “catch” or downfall to this method of treatment, and it is a popular and simple way to fix problems that have been haunting you for years. Just think of the possibilities if you had a higher energy level, stronger immune system, and increased libido! These benefits may sound small, but it’s the little things that become crucial to an overall better wellbeing.

If you are interested in finding out more about B-12 injections, be sure to browse our site to get down to the nitty-gritty of what to expect out of this investment. Want to find out even more? Give us a call to to schedule a consultation! We will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you have. We can even help you decide what level of injections you need, and if coupling these injections with the HCG diet is the best option for you.

Featured, Laser Liposuction

5 Most Popular Body Areas for Cold Laser Lipo

July 1, 2015
5 Most Popular Body Areas for Cold Laser Lipo

5 Most Popular Body Areas for Cold Laser Lipo

So you’re interested in getting a Lipo procedure? You, like many other people, may be trying to get rid of pesky, stubborn fat that seems to stick around no matter how hard you diet and exercise. Fortunately, Lipo is the solution to that problem area you’ve had for so long.

Although you feel like Lipo is a good choice for you and your body, you probably still have a lot of unanswered questions about the procedure, the recovery, and more.

We love when our patients seek knowledge on procedures they’re looking to undergo. Especially when it’s a procedure that alters the exterior of your body, we believe that the more diligently you research, the better!

There are hundreds of questions you could ask about the Lipo procedure, but some of the most common questions revolve around the most popular areas for Lipo, and how much the procedure costs for different body areas.

DreamBody has successfully executed countless Lipo procedures on any number of areas of the body. However, we have narrowed down our top 5 areas that people seek Lipo for:

1. Abdomen
2. Waist line (love handles)
3. Thighs
4. Upper arms
5. Neckline

Even though these are the most popular for Lipo, don’t feel that this list limits your ability to get this procedure on whatever area you need! We are still able to slim down areas such as your chin, your calves, and your bum!

1. Abdomen

The dreaded belly fat….it’s an area that almost every person has struggled with at one point or another. Fat likes to creep its way into that area and takes a lot of convincing before it decides to get out for good!

The belly area is one of the most difficult places to lose fat from. You can diet and exercise, but unfortunately building muscle and burning fat in that region can be much harder than you initially anticipated.

Even some of the most fit people struggle with belly fat. Especially in the lower abdomen, people really struggle with eliminating that small pocket of flab and often have to resort to Lipo to get rid of it for good!

Many people feel ashamed of having to get Lipo, and a lot of people avoid the process entirely because they feel like they should be embarrassed. Despite this, over 200,000 people received Lipo procedures last year, making it one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the U.S.

So fear not when seeking Lipo—you are in good company with some of the most in shape people out there!

2. Waist line

Love handles are a girl’s worst enemy. Even though some men can suffer from having fat collect in this area as well, females are all too familiar with having a muffin top in this region.

Just like belly fat, losing fat from your waist can be extremely tricky as well. Aside from working out your oblique area, it is difficult to target that specific region to burn fat and lose muscle.

It isn’t difficult to see why so many people get Lipo on this area of their body. Even slim people have extra fat collect around their waist line and are eager to get rid of it.

Popular areas for Liposuction

Popular areas for Liposuction

3. Thighs

The thigh region can be one of the trickiest to lose weight from for both men and women. With lots of diet and exercise, you can generally slim down this area, but it is one of the fattiest regions on your body and can remain flabby—even if you are a workout warrior.

Throughout most of our lives, people complain about not liking the way that their thighs feel or look, and often come in for Lipo in order to feel more confident!

4. Upper Arms

This area of the body is another one that women really struggle with. As women age, our underarm area loses its elasticity and becomes more and more flabby. Diet and exercise can definitely help eliminate a large portion of fat from this area. But sometimes people need that final push that Lipo can give to this part of your body.

5. Neckline

Your neckline is one of the most difficult areas to cover up. Unless you are wearing turtlenecks on a regular basis, this part of your body will almost always be exposed.

Since it is front and center and almost always visible, many people seek Lipo for this area. Again, with aging, your skin tends to lose its elasticity and any weight gain is dramatically more visible than it was when you were younger.

Exercise can’t help much with this region, which leaves Lipo as your best bet to get rid of the excess fat for good!

Different Costs for Different Areas

Before people commit to a Liposuction procedure, they often want to know what it will cost them. Even though it is difficult to give a hard and fast answer without an in-person consultation, there are some easy ways to get a general idea of how much it will cost.

Just like a home renovation, for a lip procedure the larger the area is that you want to take care of, the more expensive it will be. The abdomen area will cost more than your chin and your thighs will cost more than your neckline.

Another variable that will determine the cost of your Lipo will be your BMI, or body mass index. The higher your BMI is, the more fat will need to be removed. Last but not least, some areas of your body are just generally more difficult to perform surgery on, and therefore will cost more money.

In order to get an exact feel for how much your Lipo will cost, come in for a consultation! We’ll give you all the specifics for this weight loss method and have you feeling more comfortable and confident about this decision than ever before!

Featured, Weight Loss

5 Best Workouts to do While Traveling

July 1, 2015
5 Best Workouts to do while traveling

5 Best Workouts to do while traveling

Summer is well underway, which means you’re probably traveling and enjoying the warm weather. Whether you are thinking about losing weight and getting healthy or have been dieting for months, some of the biggest concerns people have while traveling is staying fit. A lot of people have trouble trying to stay fit in their new lifestyle with traveling because they don’t know how. So how do you manage to keep up dieting and exercise while traveling?

There are multiple ways to incorporate your fitness goals into your traveling schedule while also enjoying yourself. Certified personal trainers Russell Wynter and Crystal Reeves from Mad Sweat in Scottsdale gave us their tips on making the time to exercise while traveling. These include:

1. 5 exercises you can do in your hotel room
2. Staying Motivated while traveling
3. Indulging and Your Fitness Goals

Before we dive into the details of how you can stay fit on your next vacation, there are 3 traveling tips you should always keep in mind. These 3 tips include:

• Have a plan
• No fitness center? No problem!
• Watch your diet at restaurants

Have a plan

With a little planning ahead, staying fit while traveling can be easy. When planning your trip, look for hotels that have fitness centers. With most hotel fitness centers you will have access to exercise equipment or at least a treadmill so you can get in some cardiovascular exercise. If the hotel has a gym you can even consider adding these low impact workouts and doing them for at least 30 minutes.

No Fitness center? No problem!

If there isn’t a gym where you are staying, plan a walk around town, sightsee or go for a hike. Swimming is also a good activity and most hotels have a pool available for your use. It’s low impact and can be fun for everyone you are traveling with. Additionally, by planning in advance, you can get your own unique workouts in!

You can bring your own stuff like a foam roller, resistance bands, and fitness DVD’s that allow you to challenge yourself using the bands and your bodyweight. There are even fitness apps that you can download on your phone that give workout tips and workouts.

Watch your eating at restaurant

A few days of eating high end or fast food restaurants meals can undo some of your best efforts. Many restaurants now have a variety of low calorie meals to choose from. If they don’t have that option, just make sure to make healthy substitutions. Have the baked potato instead of the au gratin potato or choose baked chicken instead of fried. Making these small substitutions can make a big difference when trying to lose weight and stay fit.

1. 5 Exercises to do while traveling

If you don’t have resistance bands or fitness DVDs, you don’t have to worry because you can exercise in your hotel room and utilize some of the room accessories as weights.

Pushups

Begin in pushup position with feet together and toes on the floor; hands slightly wider than shoulder width apart. Draw-in your belly button and squeeze your glutes. Keep your back flat and slowly lower body towards the floor, lowering and squeezing shoulder blades. Pushup to your starting position. Do not jut your head forward. You can also do the pushups on your knees if you need more support.

MadSweat

MadSweat

Plank

Lie on stomach with feet together and forearms on ground. Clench fists under shoulders. Draw-in belly button and squeeze butt muscles. Lift body off floor and form a straight line from head to toe. Hold between 10-20 seconds.

Body Weight (Prisoner) Squat

Stand with your feet straight and shoulder width apart and with your knees slightly bent and hands behind ears. Slowly squat while bending the knees and keeping your feet straight. Keep chest up, squeeze butt muscles and press through heels to return to the starting position, fully extending the hips.

Tricep Dips

Have a seat on a secured bench or stable chair position with your hands facing forward shoulder-width apart. Slide your bottom off the front of the bench with your legs extended out in front of you. Slowly lower your body until your shoulder joints are below your elbows. Push back up until your elbows are nearly straight but do not lock them out.

Lunge with Rotation

Position your feet hip width apart and your arms reaching straight out in front of you at chest height. Step one foot out into a lunge position, bending both knees and rotate arms and torso over lead leg. Rotate back to neutral and stand up. Repeat with opposite leg.

Hotel Room Objects as Weights

Not only can you use your own body weight to get an effective workout in your room, you can also use several common hotel room items to help you. You can use the clothing iron in your hotel room as a weight for curls, or if there isn’t a clothing iron, you can use water bottles. A chair or tabletop can be used for tricep dips or you can even use a towel to do rows or stretch. But you should always inspect anything you plan on using. For example, when using tables or chairs check for stability and safety before you decide to use them. Don’t risk getting hurt because you want to get in a workout.

2. Stay motivated while traveling

Russell and Crystal suggest staying motivated in the same way you would when you aren’t traveling. Know your goals and strive to reach them. So whether you set reminders on your phone, or write them down, knowing your goals will greatly help. You can also create new ways to motivate yourself. If you keep your goals in mind and have a plan while you’re away, even if you slightly stray you’ll still be on track for success. It’s not about being perfect but being consistent.

3. Indulging and staying fit while on vacation

Many do not think that it is possible to enjoy a bite or two of your favorite junk food or sweets while trying to stay in shape, but as long as you stay active you should burn off those extra calories. If you have a few good realistic goals you may find it pretty easy to stay on track without really trying. Remember you’re on vacation and enjoy yourself!

If you plan on traveling and dieting, DreamBody can help jumpstart in your weight loss journey. Book a consultation to learn about our HCG, Cold Laser Liposuction and other services that can help you achieve these goals.

Featured, Lipotropic B-12

Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

June 8, 2015
Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

The time of year you’ve been waiting for is finally here: it’s officially summer! Summer can mean a lot of different things for you and your family. It means vacations, adventures, road trips, three day weekends and it also means trying to keep the kids occupied until August rolls back around.

With so much going on during the summer, keeping your energy levels high are essential. With trips to the airport, carpools to drop the kids off at camp, long distance drives in the car to get to the nearest beach, it’s no wonder why summer feels like it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

To make matters even worse for your energy levels, the extreme heat during Arizona summers is enough to make you feel exhausted just by doing the simplest tasks.

You may not have time to catch up on your sleep or allow yourself to take a day off to just relax. For those people who are struggling to maintain their energy levels during this time of the year, there is truly no better time to start B-12 injections.

If you aren’t familiar with B-12 Injections, the simple way to explain them is that they are concentrated doses of the vitamin B-12 that allow you to have higher energy levels and lose weight faster. There are countless benefits to receiving B-12 injections and they have become a proven method of weight loss.

So if you are looking for an excuse to have more energy this summer, here are a few reasons why summer might just be the best time for you to start B-12 Injections!

1. Travel
2. Extreme heat
3. Exercise
4. Vacation

1. Travel

It’s no secret that travel can take a major toll on your body and your energy levels. Whether you are taking a short road trip up to Flagstaff or you are flying across the globe, traveling is an exhausting activity that can make you vulnerable to sickness.

When you pile the whole family into the car and are scrambling to try and organize everything, your energy quickly becomes depleted. Since you are exposed to so many different people (especially at airports) when traveling, your risk for getting sick immediately escalates.

B-12 Injections can not only help you maintain energy levels when you take on these tiring endeavors, but they also help boost your immune system.

No one likes getting sick while traveling, so avoid the risk this season and take the proper precautions before hitting the road.

2. Extreme heat

As mentioned earlier, the heat in Arizona is enough to deplete you of energy. Doing yard work, or running errands become drastically more challenging when you are trying to accomplish these things in triple digit temperatures.

Even getting in the car and desperately trying to blast the air conditioning can be an exhausting task. With the sun constantly beating down on you and the temperatures never relenting, there are very few options available when it comes to attempting to find some reprieve from the summer heat.

A dip in the pool might help temporarily and frantically running from one air conditioned location to the next can only do so much good. Your life is too busy to be able to take the much needed break you deserve during the middle of the day, so avoid the possibility of exhaustion by investing in the solution of B-12 shots.

It won’t only help you get through your routine, but it will help everyone else around you! If you are positive and feeling good, you instantly improve the mood of all of your family and friends that you come in contact with. Who could possibly put a price on that?

3. Exercise

Much like your daily activities, exercising in the summer gets more challenging with each passing day. Regardless of whether you exercise indoors or outdoors, working out in the summer is no easy task. Fortunately, in addition to providing you with higher energy levels, B-12 Injections also help to boost weight loss.

During a time of year where dieting and exercising can be challenging, this simple solution can solve all of your problems. Not only do B-12 shots help you with your weight loss regime, but they will also help you from attempting extreme exercise during the brutal summer weather. When the weight comes off quicker, you won’t feel the need to be so hard on your body during workouts. Burn fat quicker and have more energy to accomplish your workouts.

4. Vacation

Vacationing should be filled with lots of rest and relaxation, right? Contrary to popular belief, vacationing can actually be more tiring than it is relaxing. Planning, packing, driving/ flying and then taking adventures once you have reached your destination can all take a toll on your body.

When you vacation, you are out of your element. Even though this can be a great thing, it can mess up your energy levels, your sleeping patterns and your eating habits. You become jet lagged, your diet probably consists of foods that aren’t very good for you, and your exercise routine becomes non-existent.

Once you get back home, you realize that you are completely burnt out and out of sync with your daily routine. Your first day (or week) back at work becomes a sluggish chore where you count down the hours until you can go home and take a nap. You continue to avoid working out because you feel so tired, and you are too exhausted to cook a healthy meal, so eating out becomes your go-to.

Everyone struggles with getting back in the groove once they return from vacation, but why not avoid this whole hassle with a quick fix? By getting regular B-12 injections, you not only avoid becoming exhausted when you return home form vacationing, but you also help to boost your energy levels while you are on your trip!

No more jet lag, no more grogginess. Just smooth sailing for you!

Featured, Weight Loss

4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

June 1, 2015
4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

4 Ways to Stick to Your Diet on Your Next Vacation

The time has finally come! You have waited all year for your upcoming vacation, and you can’t wait to jet set and leave the daily stress of work behind. You can stay out late, sleep in, explore new places, and try new foods. However, before you take off, you remember that you’ve been dieting for months and have had great success so far! You are so close to your goal weight and don’t want to blow your chances of meeting it while traveling.

Whether you are taking a road trip to a neighboring state or you are flying across the globe for a lavish European or beach vacation, sticking to your diet while traveling can be tough. Convenience becomes a priority over health when you’re constantly on the go, and it can be difficult to find healthy options.

A lot of people fall victim to decadent foods that taste great, but aren’t diet friendly, while traveling. And everyone can understand why. From the minute you step into the airport or hit the highway for a road trip, you are immediately surrounded with unhealthy options. Fast food is everywhere, and trying to find a meal that is truly healthy might prove to be impossible.

Fear not! There are ways to stick to your diet while traveling. Even though you may not follow your diet plan perfectly every single day, it’s always good to seek out the healthier options and really challenge yourself to say no to that cheesecake, and yes to a plate of fresh fruit.

So before you head on your traveling endeavors, be sure to take these 4 tips into consideration to help you stick to your diet. These tips include:

1. Plan ahead
2. Stick to your routine
3. Be your own chef
4. Portion control

1. Plan Ahead

You’ve heard it before and you will hear it again: the success to dieting in any circumstance is planning ahead. Even if you aren’t going out of town, planning your meals in advance is your one way ticket to success when it comes to dieting.

Even though planning ahead may sound like it will take the fun out of a spontaneous travel adventure, it is a proven method to help you avoid bad foods.

For your trips, you know where you will be going and you know where you will be staying. In addition to planning some fun activities, try planning out where you will have some of your meals. A lot of restaurants have online menus, so take a look over those menus in advance and seek out the places with healthy options.

Additionally, snacking tends to be a huge culprit of weight gain while traveling. To avoid feeling the urge to chow down at your nearest McDonald’s when you’re hungry, bring some heart healthy snacks with you. That way, when hunger strikes, you are prepared and able to put an end to it before making a poor diet choice!

2. Stick to Your Routine

Routines may seem like a bore, but they become your best friend when trying to diet and exercise. For people who have been trying for months or years to slim down, routines become your saving grace; and taking your routine with you on vacation is of the utmost importance.

It’s no secret that when your routine gets out of whack, you slack on exercise and you eat foods that aren’t the best for you. So whenever possible, try sticking to your regular routine while on vacation.

Wake up at the same time as usual, eat your meals in the same general time frame, and ensure that you are getting your workouts in. Even though these things aren’t always possible to accomplish while vacationing, even just taking the time to do them occasionally will make you feel so much better about yourself!

3. Be Your Own Chef

Eating out while vacationing is incredibly tempting. You are usually surrounded by amazing restaurants with deliciously decadent foods—and saying no to that is no easy task.

When you have the time and resources to do so, being your own chef is one of the best ways to stick to your diet. You are able to pick out the ingredients and assemble your own meals, ensuring you know exactly what you are putting into your body.

Some simple items you can create yourself (without a kitchen) are salads, sandwiches, and soups! These easy to make items can all be made healthy if you choose the right ingredients, and can help eliminate the chance of slipping up on eating healthy!

4. Portion Control

Another golden rule of dieting to take on your vacation is portion control. This tactic will not only serve you well while out of town, it will also help you to cut back on a daily basis. We all know it’s impossible not to indulge yourself with amazing food while vacationing, so when these opportunities come, try your best to control your calorie intake with smaller portions.

This method is the way to get the best of both worlds. You can still enjoy amazing and authentic cuisine, but by doing so in moderation you will feel guilt free afterwards!

At the end of the day, you shouldn’t deprive yourself of enjoying a bit of R&R while on vacation. Even though it’s good to try your best to stick to your diet and exercise routine, the most important thing to do on vacation is enjoy yourself! A few days of sleeping in, drinking wine, and eating some amazing food won’t completely set you back on all of the progress you’ve made.

Better yet, when you get back from vacation you will be feeling more motivated and ready to hit the ground running (pun intended) than ever! Even though we all love our vacation time, there is something about our daily routine that is comfortable and enjoyable. You will instantly snap back into your workout regimen and will be ready to detox your body.

Featured, Pain Management

5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

June 1, 2015
5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

5 Ways to Remedy Joint and Muscle Pain

You work hard multiple times a week, every week, to get your body in tip-top shape. You run, hike, bicycle, swim, or maybe work out at your local gym. Whatever you do for exercise, you are taking the time to care for your body and ensure your health is at its best for the long haul.

So when you start having grueling joint and muscle pain, you feel frustrated that you are essentially being punished for all of your hard work. You are trying hard to take care of your body, so why are you feeling penalized for it?

Joint and muscle pain is a common issue for athletes and workout aficionados of all ages. Regardless of how well you stretch and prep your body for workouts, sometimes it isn’t enough to stop aches and pains from bothering you.

Sometimes pain is a necessary evil for exercise, but there are plenty of ways that you can soothe these aches and get back to your workout routines fast. In this article, we got the scoop from local fitness studios about what they do to repair their sore or damaged muscles. So be ready to take notes while you read from the experts!

Some ways to soothe your joint pain include:

1. Eating right
2. Ice therapy
3. Stretching
4. Massages
5. Prolotherapy

Before you try any of these methods for your pain, be sure that you know exactly what is causing your pain. There are countless types of pains that occur in various areas of your body. A shin splint should not be treated the same as a muscle spasm, so take the time to properly diagnose the area of pain and what may be causing it.

1. Eating Right

Like many other health and lifestyle problems that people experience, nutrition is at the base of joint and muscle pain. Eating healthy can benefit the body in various ways, however something that the average runner may not know is that there are specific foods you can eat to help your body recover faster after a workout.

Brittny Golding is the program director for The Madison Improvement Club’s Tempe location. After she finishes a spin class, she recommends eating foods rich in protein to improve muscle recovery and growth.

Protein-rich foods contain vitamins that are natural remedies for pain and can also help prevent future injuries from occurring. Find out more about which types of food can help sooth your joint pain.

2. Ice Therapy

For people who don’t enjoy the cold, the feeling of ice against your body is not something that you look forward to. However, ice is another natural at-home remedy that can help ease pain you may be experiencing from your workouts.
Cold temperatures help reduce blood flow which prevents inflammation. By lessening your chances of inflammation and/or swelling, this method can be a fast way to get rid of pain in your joints and muscles.

The most common way for people to use ice therapy is by placing an icepack on the area they are experiencing inflammation. The rule of thumb is to place the icepack on the area for 20 minutes, and then take the icepack off of your body for 20 minutes. This alternation of 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, allows your body to receive the benefits of ice therapy without damaging your skin or muscles from extended direct contact with extreme coldness.

If the pain you are experiencing is hitting your body in several areas from head to toe, an ice bath might be the best option for you. Ice baths are something that athletes regularly participate in and is proven to help repair and build muscles to prevent them from being injured in the future.

If you are new to the concept of ice baths, be sure you know the proper precautions to take before diving in head first. If you have a bathtub in your home, fill the tub with cold water. The temperature of the water should be around 54 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, so place however much ice is necessary into the cold water to get a temperature within the recommended range.

For the first few times you partake in an ice bath, feel free to keep the temperature a bit warmer and then progressively make the water colder with each ice bath you take. This will give your body a chance to become acclimated to lower temperatures.

Ice baths should be no longer than 6 to 8 minutes. It doesn’t take long for the cold to span throughout your entire body, and overexposing yourself will do more harm than good. If your bathtub has jets, do not use them during an ice bath. The effect of the jets actually make the bath water colder and could potentially diminish its effects.

Last but not least, avoid jumping directly in a hot shower after you take an ice bath. The jump from one extreme to another is never a good thing for your body. To receive the most benefits, allow yourself some time to warm up on your own after getting out of the ice bath.

3. Stretching

Stretching your body out on a regular basis is something that many exercise junkies are familiar with. If you do nothing else to help prevent your muscles from being injured, stretching is the one thing you should be doing every day.

Golding says that after she wraps up a spin class at The Madison, she takes to her mat for a little bit of yoga. The two poses she recommends for a post-cycling stretch are hip openers. Try spending some time in pigeon pose and figure four pose to really feel your hips open up and stretch out.

4. Massages

Looking for a valid excuse to indulge in a massage? We’ve got you covered! Even though this may seem like an elaborate way to remedy joint and muscle pain, there is truly nothing else that will leave your body feeling better. A regular massage will do the trick for your aches and discomfort, but a high performance or athletic massage will be even better for you. Deep tissue massages are like an intense form of stretching. All of the lactic acid will be worked out of your muscle tissues and you will feel like a brand new person.

If you are on a budget and can’t spare the money to hire a masseuse, foam rollers are a great alternative. These easy, at-home tools give your muscles a deep tissue massage for a fraction of the cost of a professional massage.

5. Prolotherapy

If you have searched high and low for something to relieve your pain and still haven’t found success, sometimes a medical alternative is the only option left. Prolotherapy is a quick, easy and effective fix for your chronic pain due to injury.

This form of injection therapy requires little time spent in the doctor’s office and can have you getting back to your exercise routine in no time, pain free! Find out more about the specifics of this procedure and then give us a call to book your consultation!

Featured, Weight Loss

Workout Inspiration: 6 Surprising Ways to Motivate Yourself

May 4, 2015
Workout Inspiration: 6 Surprising Ways to Motivate Yourself

Workout Inspiration: 6 Surprising Ways to Motivate Yourself

Working up the motivation to exercise is a workout in itself. Many people spend more mental energy forcing themselves to go to the gym than they spend physical energy actually exercising once they get to the gym.

If you have tried and tried again to get back in shape and force yourself into a workout routine, it’s no secret that getting yourself to take the first step towards working out is vastly more difficult than the workout itself. After a long and tiring day of work, school, family, and running errands, it’s no wonder why so many people make excuses to not exercise on a regular basis.

So since there is no “magic pill” that will make you excited to work out every single day, how can you get yourself over the exercise blues? Luckily, there are some pretty simple ways to trick your mind into being more motivated to exercise. Today we are going to walk you through some easy ways to ramp up your motivation and get you out the door and on your way to living a healthier life.

These 6 ways to inspire motivation are:

1. Splurge on a new wardrobe
2. Switch up your playlist
3. Add in some workout variety
4. Change your location
5. Set goals
6. Reward yourself

If you implement these six things into your exercise routine, we promise it will have you on the track to success with weight loss!

1. New Wardrobe

One of the key motivators not just in exercising, but in life as a whole, is feeling good about yourself. For most people, buying a new set of clothes instantly helps them feel renewed, refreshed and ready to take on the world. This concept is no different when it comes to athletic attire!

Buying a new pair of shorts, pants, shoes or shirt is a simple way to quickly boost your motivation. When you find that perfect outfit that fits you just right, it’s hard to resist the urge to immediately show it off on your next run or in your next class.

Even though some workout clothing can be expensive, it’s easy to find cheap alternatives! Whether you decide to go to your nearest Target or Walmart, or you hit up Amazon, there are endless options when it comes to finding fun new gear!

2. Switch Up Your Playlist

For those of you who need music to effectively exercise, getting some new tunes on your playlist can make all the difference. It can get boring when you listen to the same songs over and over again while you are exercising. By simply adding in a few updated songs or maybe even remixes of some of your favorites, you instantly boost your mood.

Generally, the faster paced the music is, the more effective your workout will be. So try and incorporate some fast paced, pumped up songs to get you moving!

3. Give Yourself Workout Variety

Haven’t you ever heard that variety is the spice of life? Monotony is a rampant motivation killer and when you do the exact same routine every day, you become bored and almost try to actively avoid exercising.

Challenge yourself to try and do three different types of workouts each week. If you enjoy going to the gym, maybe try out some group classes at your gym that you haven’t done before.

If you are a cardio addict, try hiking one day a week instead of running. Another fun option is to create an exercise game that is in tune with your favorite TV show. This type of workout will force you to do 5 pushups every time your favorite character does something witty, or 10 jumping jacks every time there is a commercial, etc.

There are hundreds of workout options available and it is always fun to try something new. Don’t let the fear of being bad at something new deter you from giving it a try! Everyone was a beginner at some point, so get out there and try something new.

4. Change Your Location

Once again, monotony can be killer for your motivation! Doing the same workout at the same place every day is a one way ticket to disaster, so make a point to change up your location a few times each week!

If you are a runner, try out some new running trails that are different from your usual path. If you enjoy hiking, try out some different hiking trails in your area. If you like to go to cycling classes, get on your bike and cycle outdoors for a change of pace!

The human brain craves new forms of stimulation, and new scenery is a great way to feed that hunger!

5. Set Goals

One of the most essential motivators is setting goals for yourself. In all aspects of life, it is difficult to muster up the motivation to do something when there appears to be no end in sight. Setting time frames and realistic goals for yourself can really push yourself in ways you never thought possible.

Try signing yourself up for a 10K or a half marathon, or maybe sign yourself up for a yoga retreat. Aim to be able to bike a certain number of miles in a certain amount of time, or even make it a goal to hike up Camelback Mountain without stopping for a break.

Everyone has different goals and one person’s goal is no better than someone else’s. Just because your friend signed up for a marathon does not mean you need to attain that same goal. Maybe running your first 5K or 10K is what your body needs right now.

Keep in mind that these goals don’t need to be monumental. Maybe your goal is that you want to run a total of five miles by the end of the week, or you want to go to four cycling classes in the next five days. Make your goals whatever you want them to be, and then go for it!

6. Reward yourself

The only thing more important than setting goals is rewarding yourself once you have reached those goals. Whatever your guilty pleasure is, be sure to indulge in it once you have reached your accomplishments. Buy yourself a new pair of shoes, treat yourself to a movie night or go out to dinner at your favorite restaurant. Treat yourself, because you deserve it!

Featured, Healthy Recipes, Weight Loss

May’s Healthy BBQ Recipe

May 1, 2015
Image by Peter Ardito

Image by Peter Ardito

The heat is on here in Arizona! Even though temperatures are rapidly approaching the triple digits, we aren’t referring to the weather. We’re talking about firing up your grill for some delicious and healthy BBQ.

BBQ is the universal go to during the summer time. The nights are long, vacations are at their peaks, and get-togethers with friends and family are a must. Many people automatically assume that barbecuing means that you will be eating a lot of calories, but we are here to tell you there is a way to put a healthy twist on this summertime favorite.

There are endless healthy BBQ recipes out there for you to research, but today we are highlighting a lean and pescatarian friendly BBQ dish from Fitness Magazine. This rosemary shrimp skewers recipe is coupled with a delectable side of arugula-white bean salad. If you whip this recipe up at your next picnic or pool party, it will surely be a crowd favorite.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Yields 4 to 6 servings

What You Need

• 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
• 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
• 3 garlic cloves, smashed
• 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
• ¾ teaspoon salt
• ¼ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 ½ pounds extra-large shrimp, shelled and cleaned, tails on
• Nonstick cooking spray
• 1 small garlic clove, minced
• Pinch sugar
• 1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed and brained
• ½ small red onion, thinly sliced

How To Make It

1. Combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice, the smashed garlic cloves, rosemary, ½ teaspoon of salt, and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper in a medium bowl. Add the shrimp to the combination and toss well. After tossing, cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes

2. Heat your grill to medium-high. Thread shrimp onto skewers (if they are wooden skewers, soak in water for 30 minutes prior to grilling) and discard marinade. Lightly mist your grill with cooking spray. Grill shrimp until they are cooked through, about two minutes per side.

3. Combine the minced garlic, sugar, and remaining olive oil, lemon juice, salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the arugula, beans and onion, toss to combine.

4. Mound the salad on one side of a large platter and arrange the shrimp skewers alongside.

Nutritional Information

1 serving: 315 calories, 35 g protein, 21 g carbohydrate, 13 g fat, 6 g fiber

Featured, Laser Liposuction, Weight Loss

Cold Laser Lipo: 5 Success Stories From Patients

May 1, 2015
Cold Laser Lipo: 5 Success Stories From Patients

Cold Laser Lipo: 5 Success Stories From Patients

So you’re thinking about a weight reduction surgery, are you? Most likely since you have been considering a weight reduction procedure you have been inundated with information, sales pitches and discounts but haven’t been able to find the details you truly want to know about a Liposuction procedure.

Maybe you have friends that have recently had a Cold Laser Liposuction procedure done and they have recommended the surgery to you. But you still aren’t completely sure that this weight loss option is right for you. Liposuction is only for extremely overweight people, right? And you aren’t extremely overweight, you are just trying to shed those last 10 to 20 pounds you have been fighting for the past few years.

Chances are, because you have been bombarded with so much information about Liposuction procedures, you have been fed misinformation, like that Lipo is only for extremely overweight people. Fear not! We here at DreamBody are here to set the record straight for you when it comes to this popular (and simple) weight loss procedure.

Instead of dancing around the cold hard facts of Cold Laser Lipo, we want to present you the reality of the process you will go through if you decide to commit to the procedure, and who can you trust more about the results of this procedure than people who have experienced it first hand?

We decided to have a few of our Lipo patients give you some realistic details about their experience with the procedure, in hopes that it paints a better picture of Cold Laser Lipo for you. If you want to find out more about the science behind Cold Laser Lipo, don’t worry, we have that information for you too on our other blog.

Right now, we just want you to focus on finding out what you can expect from DreamBody from your very first phone call, all the way through your follow up appointment.

1. Making you feel comfortable
2. Excellent staff
3. Preparing our patients
4. Follow-up
5. Results!

1. Making You Feel Comfortable

Nothing can be more of a turn off for patients than walking into a doctor’s office feeling like the staff is cold and unwelcoming. When you are making such a big change in your life, we realize how important it is that you are welcomed with open arms from the minute you make your first phone call, all the way to when you walk out the door after your post-op appointment.

Brigido M.

“I was very happy with the initial consultation with the staff at DreamBody. Dr. Budnick and Nurse Shannon were very professional and proficient. They were also very warming in an unfamiliar environment. I received a call from the staff to check up on me within 24 hours of the Lipo procedure. I am very satisfied with my experience!”

2. Excellent Staff

Can you imagine getting a medical procedure done at an office where everyone except for the doctor seems to be uninformed? Even though the front desk clerk won’t be performing your surgery, it’s comforting to know that they are knowledgeable about the procedure and can answer any questions you may have. At DreamBody, we make sure that our front desk clerks, our nurses and our doctors and equally informed about the services we offer to our patients.

We can answer any questions you may have and reassure you about any worries on your mind!

Teresa F.

“I was so impressed with Dr. Budnick and the staff during the whole process surrounding my Lipo treatment, from the initial consultation through the procedure all of my questions were answered. I was sent home with instructions for after care and also received a phone call from the staff to check on me the next day. I am very satisfied with the professionalism and the results.”

3. Preparing Our Patients

Our primary job is to take care of our patients, but we also want our patients to be well informed. If you go home after your surgery and experience difficulties, we want you to be prepared so you can take the proper steps to correct any issues you may be having.

We will give you our phone numbers to contact us any time of the day or night in case you experience pain or complications. Putting you at ease and giving you an additional piece of mind!

Ginny D.

“Everyone at DreamBody was extremely helpful and informative. All of my questions were answered both before the procedure and on the day of. Afterwards, I was sent home with everything I needed for the evening, including an employee’s phone number to call, just in case of an emergency. Overall, I was very satisfied with DreamBody and my entire experience!”

4. Follow-up

Unlike some doctor doctor’s offices, we don’t leave you hanging! We send you home with the necessary tools and ensure that you have a follow-up appointment with us to go over your results and address any concerns or questions you may have.

At DreamBody, your procedure isn’t over when you walk out the door, it’s over when you feel comfortable and satisfied with your results.

John W.

“My first consultation with DreamBody went very well and I am quite satisfied with DreamBody as a whole! During the actual liposuction procedure, I am happy to say that I was very comfortable and appreciated being sent home with the instructions and supplies necessary afterwards.”

5. Results!

What good is all of your diligent research and your commitment to a procedure if you don’t see any results? At DreamBody, we ensure that you get the results that you want and work with you if you are unhappy with your results. Our customers our known for being satisfied with the results they see and we know that you will be too!

Jody C.

“Overall I can see the results I was looking for. Thanks! Maybe I’ll see you next year.”

So now that you heard it directly from the patient’s mouth, what are you waiting for? Your opportunity to take advantage of this highly effective and recommended procedure is right in front of you. Just give us a call!

Featured, Weight Loss

4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

April 12, 2015
4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

Life in Arizona is full of countless benefits: beautiful weather (almost) year round, endless days of sunshine, and access to so many different spaces of natural beauty. However, when summer comes around, it can seem like Arizona may not be the best place to help you stay fit.

The temperature in the summer can become brutal. We usually stay in the steady 100 degree temperatures and sometimes creep up to temperatures as hot as 115 degrees. If you enjoy staying fit and would prefer to exercise outdoors instead of in a gym, it is possible to still maintain your workout routine during these peak summer months.

Taking the proper precautions for physical activity is of the utmost importance to keep you and your body safe. If you have lived in the Valley of the Sun for a few years, you know that some serious injuries and fatalities come from people who don’t adequately prepare to exercise in such extreme weather.

Even though braving the triple digit temperatures can be a bit unnerving, we are here to help you take the proper steps to safely exercise in extreme heat.

The four primary tips you should follow before exercising in the summer are:

1. Hydrate
2. Dress properly
3. Avoid direct sun
4. Choose the right time

If you follow these guidelines and listen to your body’s signals while working out in the peak of summer, you will be able to maintain your fitness routine without jeopardizing your health.

1. Hydrate

One thing Arizonans do not joke about is the importance of hydration. Even during the cooler months of the year, you will see people still consume a large amount of water on a daily basis. With how dry and hot the weather can get here, staying hydrated isn’t just a hobby for people, it’s a necessity. Even when you aren’t about to exercise, it is so important to take hydration seriously, especially during the summer. Drinking your eight glasses (or more) of water each day will be a huge help when you are attempting a workout in 100+ degree heat.

Be sure that you are drinking a lot of water before, during and after your workout. Some people prefer the taste of sports drinks over water, but when you are facing such harsh conditions, nothing will leave you better off than plain old H20. If you are planning on going for a long hike or a long run, be sure that you bring enough water with you to keep you hydrated. Running out of water would not only be an inconvenience, but it could lead to some serious health issues as well.

After your workout, instead of reaching for a Gatorade to help replenish your electrolytes, try snacking on something that is a more natural source of energy for your body. Chocolate milk, olives, seaweed, bananas, leafy green vegetables, yogurts, nuts, and nut butters will all help your body to recover after a tough workout.

2. Dress Properly

Even though yoga pants and a light jacket might work for an outdoor workout in the fall or spring, those clothing options do not fit the bill for summer exercising. Shorts and tank tops are a must during this time of year. You don’t want to just grab an old cotton shirt from your dresser before you hit the pavement; you want to find clothing that will keep you cool.

Loose fitting clothes that are light colors will be your best friend during this time of year. Picking some options that allow air to circulate and let your body breathe will be a huge help to maintain your body temperature and prevent you from getting over heated.

Always avoid dark colors when picking an outfit for your summer workout. Dark colors absorb more heat. Lighter colors do a better job of reflecting heat, ultimately helping you to stay cool. Some workout clothing lines have dry fit technology that will help keep clothes from becoming drenched in sweat and sticking to your body.

3. Avoid Direct Exposure

There is no question that the difference a bit of shade can make during the Arizona summer is substantial. Shady spots become almost as valuable as gold; you see people battling for shaded parking spots or space to walk on the shady side of the sidewalk. Even though finding a place to run or hike that is filled with shade is difficult, you can find some areas that have more shade than others. Even though we don’t have many large trees that provide us with a lot of reprieve from sun rays, it’s better to find a spot that has a little bit of shade than to go without it entirely.

Additionally, it’s good to grab some items that were specifically built for keeping the sun away from your skin. Hats, visors, sunglasses and sunscreen are all necessities for summer workouts. Don’t forget the Chap Stick!

4. Choose the Right Time

Choosing to do a spontaneous hike, run or bike ride during the summer time is a difficult task. More often than not, you will want to plan your workouts ahead of time and do them during a time of day when it’s cooler. The hottest times of the day are between noon and 4 pm, and the best time to tackle your workout will be in the early morning hours, or later in the evening.

Another thing you can do to plan your workout is to pick a location that you know will be shaded during certain hours of the day. For example, if you know that a particular hike will be mostly covered in shade at a certain time of day, make a point to do that workout during that time frame. Staying out of direct sunlight will make working out during this season that much easier.

Even if the weather is still relatively cool and hasn’t reached peak temperatures yet, it is good to start practicing these rituals early. There’s always a good deal of sunshine here in the valley and knowing how to protect yourself is key.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.