How Food Affects Your Body

by Darryl on November 27, 2009 0 Comments
The adage "You Are What You Eat" contains more than just a grain of truth. No, it does not mean that you are a pig if you like bacon nor does it mean that you are as sedentary as a potato if you love your fries. Instead, it pertains to the internal and external effect that diet has on the body. If you like highly salted foods, for example, then there is a good chance that you will have higher blood pressure levels than those who like their food moderately or mildly salted.

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Before going into the intricacies of how food affects your body, it is important to discuss the three most common classifications of food, which includes:
  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Proteins
  3. Fats
Almost any food that you include in a weight loss diet plan can be classified into the above. Some items ...
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Tae Bo 101

by Darryl on November 19, 2009 0 Comments
Tae Bo is a unique mix of aerobics, Tae Known Do, and other form of martial arts. It is a high-energy exercise that is designed to burn calories and increase muscle mass at the same time. Tae Bo may also be used to improve endurance levels. It is known as one of the earliest, if not the first, cardio-boxing kind of exercise ever developed. It is hailed for its ability to work out the arms, legs, core, and heart.

Benefits of Taking Tae Bo

• Combines Cardio and Muscle Training
• Is Often Fun and Energetic
• Increase Energy and Endurance Levels

The above are some of the benefits of doing Tae Bo. The exercise combines both cardio exercise and muscle training. With its fast movements, your heart rate is maintained at high calorie burning levels. At the same time, the moves in Tae Bo are designed to tone the muscle of ...
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Heart Rate Monitor for Cardio Exercises

by Darryl on November 18, 2009 0 Comments
Using a heart rate monitor when doing cardio exercise is one of the best ways to plot your progress. When doing a cardio workout, your target heart rate should be somewhere between 50% or 75% of your maximum heart rate level. Those parameters are known as 'the zone'. Keeping your heart rate at the ideal zone helps you burn the optimal amount of calories, without endangering your heart health.

Calculating Your Maximum Heat Rate

The American Medical Association reports that your maximum heart rate should be around 220 minus your age. If you are 35 your ideal maximum heart rate should be 185 and your exercise heart rate should be somewhere between 93 and 139.

There are various zones when it comes to heart rate. Here are some that you may want to focus on

Warm Up (Healthy Heart Zone) - 50 to 60% of maximum heart rate
• Fat Burning (Fitness ...
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5 Day Nutritious Meal Plan

by Darryl on November 15, 2009 0 Comments

A nutritious meal plan is one that integrates all the food groups. If you are a beginner to healthy eating, you will benefit most from a premade meal plan. Later as you become more familiar with the proportions and the process, you can start making your own.

The 5 Food Groups

A good meal plan involves between these five groups.

1. Fruits and Vegetables
2. Grains, Bread, Rice, Potatoes, and Pasta
3. Meat, Fish, Eggs, and Beans
4. Milk and airy Products
5. High Fat and High Sugar Foods

Eat more of group 1 and 2, a moderate amount of 3 and 4, and as little of group 5. Eating the right amount from each group is a key towards good nutrition.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables provide you with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Nutritious diet meal plans should contain at least three servings of fruits and ...
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Top 5 Diets to Help You Lose Weight

by Darryl on November 12, 2009 0 Comments
Diets come and go. Most of them are labeled fads because not all of them last to stand the test of time. There are, however, some who have managed to break free from their labels, gained followers, had successes, and risen through the ranks of the weight loss world.

These top diets include:

1. Atkins Diet

This is one of the most popular and most long lived diets out there. It was developed by Dr Richard Atkins and is heralded by its focus on high protein low carbohydrate meals. The Atkins Diet is designed to reprogram how your body burns calories. By reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing you protein portions, you will be inducing fat weight loss.

2. The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet, created by Dr Barry Shears, works on the premise that weight loss can be affected by staying within certain insulin and hormonal levels. These certain levels ...
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Benefits of an Elliptical Trainer

by Darryl on November 9, 2009 0 Comments

An elliptical trainer, known simply as an 'elliptical' or a cross trainer, is a type of fitness equipment. It is a stationary machine, which has been designed to simulate the movements of walking or running with as little impact as possible. These elliptical cross trainers are used in cardio exercises and they are favored by many because of their low impact nature.

Here are some of the benefits of using an elliptical trainer.

1. It Provides Low Impact Exercise

Low impact exercises are those that put little strain on the joints. Exercises like running and jogging impact the joints on the hips, the knees, and the feet, causing them to crush into one another. Over time, this repeated impact can lead to joint degradation and can worsen conditions like arthritis and gout.

Using the elliptical allows the limbs to movie in a natural motion while at the same time supporting ...

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Aerobic Exercise: Lose Weight While Having Fun!

by Darryl on November 8, 2009 1 Comment

Aerobic exercise, simply known as Aerobics, is a form of exercise that is designed to improve the body's oxygen consumption. These exercises may also be classified as cadio exercises. They help the body burn calories faster than weight training exercise, which are designed to build muscle. A good exercise plan has to have the appropriate balance between cardio and weight training.

Most people see Aerobics as a strenuous activity. It, however, can also be fun and finding an enjoyable aerobic fitness program is the best way to keep you going. Here are the top 5 aerobic exercises that will not only help you loose weight, but have fun as well.

1. Choreographed Aerobics

This is one of the most popular forms of aerobics. It is fun in the sense that the exercise is timed to music. It can be done alone or with a group. Another good thing about ...
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Exercise Tips to Get You Going

by Darryl on November 5, 2009 1 Comment

Sure Fire Ways to Motivate Yourself to Physically Active!!

Getting yourself motivated to exercise can sometimes be challenging. You'd probably find yourself making up lots of excuses. In the end, however, exercise and a healthy diet will always be one of the best things that you can do for yourself and to help you get going, here are some tips to motivate you.

1. Know the Benefits of Exercise

To get you motivate to start hitting the gym or running that mile, you need to know what you are getting for all your efforts. Here are some of the top benefits of exercise that you will enjoy once you decide to give it a try.

* Increased Energy
* Increased Strength
* Weight Loss, Weight Gain (Muscle Mass) or Weight Maintenance
* Decreased Stress Levels
* Improved Psychological Well-Being
* Increased Muscle Mass - The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you'll burn ...
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Exercise Tips to Keep You Going

by Darryl on November 4, 2009 0 Comments
One of the best motivators to keep exercising is to know what you are getting in the end. Just like the contestants on a reality show that are constantly reminded of the prize at each elimination; you need to keep motivating yourself of the rewards.

To get you started, below is a list of the proven benefits of exercise.

Weight Loss - When it comes to fitness exercise, weight loss is often more than just a benefit, it is a goal. If it's not weight loss, then its something associated with weight, be it maintenance or weight gain.

Exercise causes weight loss because it allows your body to burn more calories. It can come in any form like running, jogging, biking, hiking, swimming, etc. You can get cardio with the help of exercise machines or you can bike or jog in the park.

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6 Elements of a Well-Rounded Exercise Program

by Darryl on November 3, 2009 1 Comment

6 Elements of a Well-Rounded Exercise Program

Exercise is an important key to keeping fit. It is crucial in proper weight loss and is important in maintaining overall health. Here are the 6 elements that make up a well-rounded exercise program.

1. Goal and Determination

This element is as important, if not more so, than those that follow. It is the starting point. Here you should take time what your goals are and what motivates you.

For a lot of people, the goal of exercise has something to do with weight whether it is weight loss, weight gain, or weight maintenance. If that is the case for you, then you can use your ideal body weight as your Goal. Your nutritionist or your doctor can help you determine your ideal body weight. There also resources online that does the computing for you. You can also make the number of minutes ...

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