home-workoutWhether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain your current weight or just get healthier, exercise in an important component. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or money to go to a fancy gym. This doesn’t mean you should just give up and sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. Look for ways that you can easily exercise at home. You don’t even have to buy a lot of equipment.

Cardio Workouts

Walking, running and dancing can be great cardio workouts that you can do at any time. When the weather’s nice, head outside for a walk around the block. Making a habit out of this will improve your health. If you don’t want to go outside, consider getting a treadmill or elliptical machine for your home. Use your exercise time as your down time, watching TV or reading a book while you exercise. Another alternative is to get the same type of step they use in a step aerobics class and put it in front of your TV. Step on and off while you watch.

Strength Building

Bodyweight exercises are ideal for building strength. Try creating a simple routine that consists of moves like squats, push-ups, lunges and sit-ups. Doing this a few times a week will build muscles that can burn more calories. Some simple tools for building muscles are hand weights and resistance bands. These are easy to use and won’t cost you a lot of money.
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idealightbulbNo, nootropics aren’t warm, palmy areas around the equator. They are, infact, groups of rare supplements or drugs that are taken specifically to enhance memory and other cognitive abilities. Because they are said to enhance intelligence, nootropics are often called “smart drugs.”

The nootropic that most people are familiar with is caffeine, but there are other nootropics that stimulate mental functioning. Some of these drugs and supplements are used by college students to help them study and retain what they read more efficiently. Others seem to show promise for brain diseases as devastating as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s chorea.

Kinds of Nootropics


There are different kinds of nootropics. They include stimulants like amphetamines, methylphenidates and eugeroics. Amphetamines help stimulate a person’s mental awareness, help them perform tasks and aid in the retention of different kinds of memory, including episodic and working memory. Researchers claim that amphetamines are especially useful for people with ADHD. They also help with inhibitory control. This is the ability of a person to overcome their usual responses to a situation in order to complete a task or reach a goal.
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ALCAR, an abbreviation for acetyl L-carnitine, is a naturally occurring amino acid in the body that produces energy. This amino acid may also be administered to help treat a variety of ailments, many of them brain-related conditions. For instance, Alzheimer’s patients may be prescribed this medication to improve their ability to remember. Similar results are seen when those with alcohol or age-related memory problems are given this medication.

Acetyl L-carnitine can also treat age-related low testosterone, or male menopause, alleviating the depression, fatigue, and sexual dysfunction associated with this condition. Furthermore, it is used for diabetic neuropathy to relieve pain, stroke to improve cognition, Peyronie’s disease to reduce pain and slow disease progression better than tamoxifen, and male infertility (caused by inflammation) to improve sperm count and motility.

Acetyl L-carnitine may also be used for the following conditions, although, according to research, there is less conclusive evidence for its effectiveness. These conditions include: Down’s syndrome, age-related depression, cognition problems related to Lyme Disease and muscle weakness from HIV medication.

Various oral dosage levels of acetyl L-carnitine have been studied in research. For Alzheimer’s patients, the 1500-4000 mg per day taken 2-3 times per day was given. When used to treat depression in older patients, 1500-3000 mg was administered. For male infertility, 2 grams of L-carnitine and 1 gram of acetyl L-carnitine were given.

Patients should take the medication with water. Generally it is also good to take medications after eating some food.

Like other medications, care should be taken when using acetyl L-carnitine. Side effects of taking this medication, or supplement (as it can be purchased over the counter), is stomach upset, nausea, and vomiting. Those with a history of seizures should avoid the medication as it may increase their frequency. Those with an underactive thyroid should avoid it as well. Additionally, the blood thinning agents warfarin (coumadin) and acenocoumarol (sintrom) should be not used with acetyl L-carnitine as it can reduce blood clotting even more.

Acetyl L-carnitine (ALCAR) are only unofficial synonyms for this medication/supplement. However, the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) name is 3-Acetyloxy-4-trimethylammonio-butanoate.