Study after study has shown that multiple 10-minute intense workouts throughout the day are more beneficial than one 30-minute less intense one. Not only does it rev up your metabolism better, but it keeps at a higher rate for a longer period of time. But to get the maximum effect from an abbreviated workout, you have to increase the intensity.
Here are 5 non-equipment exercises that you can fit into a short workout:
• 50 jumping jacks
• 15 squats
• 15 push-ups
• 15 lunges
• 15 chair-dips
Perform three sets of each exercise. Take a short 10 second break between each set. Continue reading
When trying to lose weight, it’s hard at first to know what to eat. You want to make sure you’re not hungry – a downfall to any diet – but you also don’t want to jeopardize your weight loss by eating too much. So how do you find a happy medium? You do it by balancing your food groups.
Let’s Get Visual
Let’s break this concept of balancing food groups down into a visual. Take a look at your plate and divide it in half. Fill one half of it with vegetables and fruit. Now, split the other half in two and fill one side with a meat or a high quality protein choice like eggs, cottage cheese, or legumes. The remaining portion of your plate can be completed with a whole grain choice like a hearty sprouted-grain bread. Of course, there is nothing wrong with cutting out grains completely, so you may consider some other non-grain carbohydrate.
Plyometric exercises are high impact exercises that are great for burning calories and building strength. But if you’re not sure where to get started, here are five different suggestions:
1) Jumping Lunges: Jumping lunges can really take your workouts to the next level. They will get your heart pumping and work out several areas of the body, including your thighs, glutes and hips.
To do them, you should lower into a traditional lunge. Once you have, jump up into the air and switch your position so that your other leg is now at the front. Note that this can be a bit tricky when you’re not used to it, and you may need to hold onto something for support! Continue reading
If you’re planning to start a new fitness plan, then good for you! Deciding to get healthy and get more active isn’t always easy, but it’s something you’ll be happy you did. However, if you’re new to the world of exercise then things can get pretty confusing pretty quickly. One of the burning questions many people have is how often they should workout.
What Do You Want to Achieve?
How often you need to workout does depend on what you want to achieve. In this post, it’s assumed that you’re a fitness beginner. In which case, you probably just want to feel healthier and make sure you’re getting enough activity to maintain a decent, everyday level of fitness. Continue reading
What is the secret to a long and healthy life? It is in the food that we eat. As you well know, all foods are not created equal. Choosing and eating the right foods may help increase your life expectancy as well as the quality of your life.
Here are ten of the top power packed foods designed to give you energy, vitality and all around good health!
1. Beans – If they give you gas, take precautions before you eat them. Soaking them first can help. Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein. This is plant protein so it contains very little fat, carbs and calories. If fiber is a problem in your diet, eating a healthy portion of beans each day can keep your digestive system healthy. Continue reading
Many people get into yoga to improve their body. Over time it helps trim fat and can lead to a lean, healthy physique. But, there are many more benefits to daily practice than the vanity of looking good. Yoga is much more than a great body.
It not only stretches your muscles, builds strength and endurance, it also stimulates your internal organs, helps with balance, helps you to learn focus and concentration. It can be a total body, mind and spirit makeover if you choose for it to be. Many people associate yoga postures with Eastern religion philosophies, but it doesn’t matter which religious tradition you follow, yoga is good for getting to know yourself.
Here are a few benefits of daily yoga practice:
Lean and supple muscles. Muscles can get tight and taut if they aren’t used and stretched on a regular basis. When they reach this stage it’s much more likely to get injured when you do something physical. Keeping your muscles stretched and active will keep them in top shape. Continue reading
If you often weigh yourself when trying to lose weight, you may have noticed that your weight fluctuates on a daily basis. In fact, your weight in the morning may be completely different from your weight at night. However, it’s usually when there is a gain between one day and another that often makes us sad and frustrated. That doesn’t necessarily mean that your weight loss efforts are wasted. There are several factors that cause weight to fluctuate on the scale.
1) Water Weight
If you go on a fad diet that involves lots of liquids and a very low calorie diet, you may see very good results initially where you lose many pounds within a single day. This is because what you have lost is not fat, but water. When you eat a regular diet again, water weight is usually gained back. Continue reading
Portion control is probably one of the least favorite topics to think about when trying to lose weight. Images of scales, measuring cups and spoons, and countless hours weighing and remembering how much of what food you ate springs to mind when the words ‘portion control’ are uttered.
Yet it doesn’t have to be that way, or that hard. There are a few simple tricks to portion control that, when practiced consistently on a daily basis, yield weight loss results.
1) Divide and conquer: This trick is the easiest and can be practiced anywhere with any menu, whether you are in a restaurant, visiting a friend’s house, or at home. Look at your plate when it is empty and divide it in half. The top half should be filled with vegetables or a combination of fruit and vegetables. Fresh tossed iceberg lettuce salad along a side of steaming broccoli. Bright carrots sitting next to a lovely serving of green beans. Sliced sweet strawberries nestled up against a mound of dark leafy greens. You get the idea. The top half of your plate should always reflect a combination of foods that are fruits and vegetables, or just all vegetables. Continue reading