Sunday, November 23, 2014

How to Begin a Fitness Routine

November 18, 2014 10:47 am

Beginning a fitness routine can seem daunting if you’re a bit out of practice (or simply haven't worked out much to begin with), but it’s also incredibly important for your overall wellbeing. Here are a few simple ways to slowly but surely jump-start your exercise routine and improve your health.

  1. Visit a doctor. If you’re particularly inexperienced with exercise, it’s important to get a health evaluation before beginning any workout routine. Visit your physician and let him or her know about your goals, and then create a plan together that’s accessible to you.
  2. Start slowly. As your doctor will surely tell you, it’s never a good idea to overexert yourself when starting to exercise. Aim for approximately 75 minutes of aerobic activity per week, and then add to that number the longer you work out.
  3. Schedule exercise when it’s most convenient. One of the most common reasons why people don’t work out is because they don’t have the time. By planning your exercise before or after work, you can ensure that you’ll never have to put it off if something else comes up.
  4. Mix up your activities. If you’re the type of person who gets bored easily, don’t feel like you have to spend hours on the treadmill every day. Sign up for a group exercise class like yoga or kickboxing, and intersperse that with jogging outside or hiking with a friend.

Fitness 101: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Exercise [WebMD]
Fitness program: 5 steps to get started [Mayo Clinic]
ACE’s Kick Start Workout : A Week-by-Week, 3-Month Exercise Program [ACE]

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Ichiban Japanese and Korean Restaurant: Try the Squid Bibimbap

November 11, 2014 2:33 pm

The Japanese word “Ichiban” translates to English as “Number One,” and that is no idle boast. Locals rave that this pan-Asian restaurant is one of the area’s best values. Situated just a few miles from Hartford’s downtown, the owners pride themselves on their exceptional selection of Japanese and Korean dishes. The sushi here isn’t Americanized with lots of flashy ingredients and assertive flavors; instead, it’s presented in a traditional Japanese style that puts the focus on the freshness of the fish and the light seasoning of the rice. It’s a refreshing change that has locals raving. The Korean food is equally good, cooked in the country’s barbecue style over open flame so that the thin slices of meat become incredibly tender. Their bibimbap rice bowls are very good, with the squid being a popular choice. They have a fair selection of sake and Japanese beers as well. Prices are very fair and service is exceptional.

Ichiban Japanese and Korean Restaurant
530 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 236-5599

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Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue: Hartford Barbecue

November 4, 2014 12:24 pm

For authentic wood-smoked Kansas-City-style barbecue in Hartford, look no further than Bear’s Smokehouse Barbecue. Start your meal with a plate of Bear’s signature Moink (moo plus oink) balls. These bacon wrapped meatballs are sure to please diners who enjoy indulgent treats.

Bear’s entrée menu gives you plenty to choose from. The restaurant offers their signature wood smoked meats in both sandwich and platter form, so you can have your barbecue in your preferred style. Choose the entrée platter and enjoy a choice of two sides from their side menu, which includes broccoli salad, coleslaw, cornbread, hand cut French fries, and smoked BBQ beans. This barbecue place offers a wide variety of sauces, ranging from their classic Kansas City barbecue to the sweat-inducing Grizzly sauce, made with ghost and habanero peppers.

Visit the Bear's Smokehouse website to find out more about this Hartford barbecue place.

Bear's Smokehouse Barbecue
89 Arch Street
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 724-3100

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