healthysexyhappy:1. Build muscle Our bodies constantly burn calories, even when we’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about 6 calories a day just to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only 2 calories daily. That small difference can add up over time. In addition, after a bout of resistance training, muscles are activated all over your body, increasing your average daily metabolic rate.2. Step up your workout Aerobic exercise may not build big muscles, but it can rev up your metabolism in the hours after a workout. The key is to push yourself. High-intensity exercise delivers a bigger, longer increase in resting metabolic rate than low- or moderate-intensity workouts. To get the benefits, try a more intense class at the gym or include short bursts of jogging during your regular walk.3. Fuel up with waterThe body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack. In addition, try munching on fresh fruits and vegetables, which are full of fluid, rather than pretzels or chips.4. Sinless snackingEating more really can help you lose weight — eating more often, that is. When you eat large meals with many hours in between, you train your metabolism to slow down. Having a small meal or snack every 3 to 4 hours keeps your metabolism cranking, so you burn more calories over the course of a day. Several studies have also shown that people who snack regularly eat less at meal time5. Spice up your mealsSpicy foods contain chemical compounds that kick the metabolism into high gear. Eating a tablespoon of chopped red or green chili pepper can boost your metabolic rate. The effect is likely temporary, but if you eat spicy foods often, the benefits may add up. For a quick boost, spice up pasta dishes, chili, and stews with red-pepper flakes.6. Recharge with green teaDrinking green tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple hours. Research suggests that drinking two to four cups of either tea may push the body to burn 17% more calories than normal for a short period of time. read more..
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Woke up to a swollen foot so I guess I’ll make the right decision and not jump rope outside on this nice day. I could probably do yoga but wouldn’t be able to put much pressure on it during down-dog so maybe I’ll just stretch a little after I work out my abs. I can still walk so I’m good. Could be worse. read more..
Hi! Thank you (: Yes of course! Youtube is definitely a great place to find Yoga videos.
- Tara Stiles - I always recommend her.
- Great stretching videos (links)
You look like pear-shaped ?Try;Cardio
In order to tone the pear-shaped body, it is important to keep the body fat percentage down. Cardio workouts are the best way to burn fat. Women with pear-shaped bodies have more body fat in the lower half of the body and need to incorporate cardio exercise into the workout to burn the excess fat. The recommendation by the American Heart Association, is that cardio exercise be done an average of 60 minutes several days per week. Additionally, women should incorporate interval training at least one time per week to boost maximum calorie burning. By following these guidelines, pear-shaped women will have better success at achieving toning goals.
Toning exercises are an obviously necessary part of toning the pear-shaped body. Concentration on the abdomen, hips, and thighs is especially necessary since these are typically the problem areas for this body type. Squats, hip extensions and crunches are all excellent toning exercises for these areas. Walking lunges are also a great way to burn calories while toning the thighs and buttocks. These exercises don’t require any special equipment and can be done virtually anywhere.
Squats are done by standing with feet shoulder length apart and pushing the buttocks out as if to sit, but standing back up before fully in the seated position. Weight should be on the heels to get the toning in the glutes and hamstrings. Lunges are done by stepping one leg forward and bending at both knees, keeping the weight on the front leg, and then getting back to a standing position. Repeat three sets of twenty lunges on each leg.
To achieve best results, women should plan on scheduling toning exercises four times per week.
Stretching is important to keep the body in optimal shape for the next workout. Tight muscles that have not been properly stretched before or after a workout can lead to injury. Begin at the top of the body and stretch the neck while taking deep breaths. Move down the length of the body, stretching each major muscle group: shoulders, triceps, biceps, chest, hamstrings and calves. Stretching will lengthen and loosen tight muscles, allowing better flexibility during all physical activities. read more..
Monday, 19 March 2012
- Try something entirely new!
- Keep an exercise log to track your progress!
- Reward yourself!
- LIMIT but do not ELIMINATE
- Have an accountability partner.
- Turn off the negative self-talk.
- Donate your “fat” clothes. read more..
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Hi! Thank you! And thanks for the work out suggestion (hip thrusts), I’ll be doing those later tonight when I work out. For abs, I do bicycle crunches, reverse crunches, cross over crunches, bicycle and reverse bicycle. Sometimes I’ll forearm plank, mason twist, and I’m trying to be able to do flutter kicks because they’re so effective. I also like to do normal crunches holding a 10 lb weight on my chest or for more of a work out including the arms (which is hard), holding the weight behind my head. For Thighs, I don’t really do much. Walking lunges are good, hiking, and doing some of the warrior type poses in yoga burns my thighs a lot. I don’t remember the names of the specific ones, but going from warrior I to warrior II, then resting forearm on top of bent thigh, then leaning backwards into the back leg… Doing those for a while are good. (: read more..
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
We asked top yogis which Songs were on their playlists. Add these tunes to your iPod right now!
Your Ultimate Yoga Playlist | Fitbie
Top yoga instructors share the tunes they play to help them settle into the om zone read more..
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes may have better blood sugar control during workouts if they lift weights before doing cardio exercise, according to a new study by Canadian researchers. It's important to define the best way for people with type 1 diabetes to exercise so that blood sugar doesn't drop too low, yet they can still reap all the benefits of aerobic exercise, Dr. Ronald Sigal, an endocrinologist at the University of Calgary in Canada and lead author of the study told Reuters Health. ... read more..
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
LIKE this if you eat healthy, Exercise, and still can't lose those last 10 pounds or so. Then click to see if these tips can help.
5 Surprising Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight
In a stalemate with the scale? Get back on track, lose pounds, and win the weight loss battle with these easy dieting tricks. read more..
Still recovering from weekend festivities? The more people exercise, the more they drink, according to science. Who knew?
Running on Empty Bottles | Fitbie
Newsflash: The most dedicated exercisers are also some of the biggest drinkers. Learn about the surprising reasons so many women tighten, tone, and then tie one on read more..
Thursday, 8 March 2012
yogadinosaur:What abs of steel? Try this 10 minute yoga ab routine, great for the beginning to advanced yogi:)Haha the commentary is cute. “I think we’re almost done probably.” read more..
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Strength train while you strike a pose: This 15-minute Yoga workout incorporates dumbbells to help you tone up!
Pump Up Your Yoga Practice | Fitbie
It's not a sacrilege—you can strength train at the same time you strike a pose. Learn how to perform this workouts and hundreds more with the Exercise and Workout Finder. read more..
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
healthysexyhappy:“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way. With yoga, we become aware of how and where we are restricted — in body, mind, and heart — and how gradually to open and release these blockages. As these blockages are cleared, our energy is freed. We start to feel more harmonious, more at one with ourselves. Our lives begin to flow — or we begin to flow more in our lives.” - Cybele Tomlinson read more..
Monday, 5 March 2012
Hello abs! You'll be impressed by your whittled middle after these Yoga moves!
Yoga Poses to Lose Those Flab Abs
Get firm abs this year with a 10-minute magic yoga workout from our resident yoga guru, Kristin McGee. read more..
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Sure, you found time to exercise this weekend, because, well, you have more free time. But what about the work week when you can barely spare 5 minutes? The truth is you CAN lose weight with a busy schedule. Here's how
How to Lose Weight With a Busy Schedule
Hectic schedules and full-time jobs don't have to get in the way of your weight loss. Stick to these tips to get past the roadblocks. read more..
Friday, 2 March 2012
FRIDAY, March 2 (Healthday News) -- Breathing cold air during certain physical activities, such as shoveling snow, increases the body's demand for oxygen, which may put people with Heart Disease at greater Risk for cardiac arrest or death, a new study finds. read more..
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Hi! That’s a deprivation Diet. You are seriously depriving your body of a major amount of calories by eating from 100-500 a day , and some days you completely fast. After the 7-8 weeks of doing that, you slowly get back into normal eating habits and you gain weight because your metabolism slowed down from going into starvation mode. Not to mention it causes Side Effects such as depression. I don’t get how anyone could do that. I eat more than 500 calories for a meal, and that’s just one sandwich. If you are wanting to lose weight, your best bet is to eat healthy and exercise. Don’t eat under 1,300 calories a day but the amount that you will need depends on your height, weight, and exercise level. Do some cardio and do weight resistance. Just remember, there are no quick fixes. A ‘diet’ is not an effective way to lose weight, keep it off, and look great. If you want any more help with weight loss, just ask. I can figure out some stuff for you (: read more..
I’m not too sure, but I don’t think so. If you are warming up with yoga before getting more into the poses, you should do sun salutations. In the book I suggested, towards the end of the book it gives you series of poses to do for specific things (like for runners) so you could always go off of that if you wanted. read more..
Helloooo (: You’re not into doing it with videos? No, I think it’s okay if you’re wanting to do that to start getting into Yoga. Just be sure to do them correctly and breathe correctly. If I may suggest Beth Shaw’s Yogafit. I have it and it’s full of poses, how to do and modify poses, breathing techniques, and more. read more..