Why 10 Minute Workout Sessions are Better

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Does your exercise routine require you to stay more than an hour at the gym? Many exercise routines needs hours to be completed. It has also become a common notion that the more hours you spend at the gym and the longer the duration of your exercises the better it is for you. However, long hours of exercise usually discourage people form engaging in fitness programs, especially those who don’t have the luxury of time.

The good news is that, a fitness trend that demands only very little of your time is fast gaining popularity. The 10 minutes workout session is has been devised by experts and is guaranteed to help people achieve their ideal weight. The 10 minute workout session entails various short intense bursts of physical activity.

There are evidences showing that 10 minutes workout sessions are more effective and beneficial than longer ones, here are some of them:

1. Exercising in small bursts in about 10 minutes duration lowers the instances of hypertension. Various scientific studies point out that individuals suffering from high blood pressure benefit better from shorter exercise sessions than extended workouts.

2. When it comes to losing weight, working out for 10 minutes or so at least three times a day is more effective than a one 30 minute workout. When you exercise three times a day, you will be able to maintain your metabolism at a higher level and this means that you will be burning more calories in the long run. Remember that you lose your weight in a safe way by burning calories steadily.

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5 Top Benefits You Get from Pilates

Thursday, October 18, 2012 · 0 comments

You may have already heard so many good things about Pilates and now you are persuaded to give it a try. Actually, Pilates has many forms of exercise, in fact hundreds of them. So, where do you begin? First and foremost, you have to decide on a place where you will practice it. Your budget and desired comfort level may be some influential deciding factors.

Some major suburbs and cities have studios especially dedicated to Pilates. One advantage of practicing Pilates in a studio is that you would no longer have to shell out money for equipment costs. The studio will provide you with mats, blankets, and other props.

You can also check out your local gym, they may be offering Pilates as one of their exercise programs. Confirm if they have a beginner’s class available and likewise, ensure that they have a qualified instructor. If exercising at the gym does not work for you, you can choose to purchase some Pilates videos and learn to do the exercise in the comfort of your own home.

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Super Easy and Simple Tips to Lose Weight

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 · 0 comments

Millions of people out there are trying to lose weight. Not all of them succeed, but the mere attempt to improve themselves is commendable. Most people fail because they can’t keep up with the difficult diet or exercise routines they follow, or they simply don’t have the time. Yet, these are not reasons for you to give up on your fitness goals altogether. If you can’t go to the gym or follow a steady regular routine, there are simple things that you can do to keep extra weight off. Below are some of them.

1. Record your calorie intake. Get yourself an inexpensive notebook or journal where you can log your daily food intake. Spend around five minutes at the end of the day to recall and list down the food you ate, include the amount of servings and calories. This is one way of forming a habit to be constantly aware of your food intake. Likewise, this is an ideal way to track your diet and gauge your progress.

2. Take a hike outdoors whenever you can. Taking a hike outdoors can burn a lot of calories and it is also fun and relaxing. Try taking a demanding and strenuous hike from time to time if you want to burn even more calories.

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It’s amazing how many exercise equipment are introduced in shopping channels every month, each promising to be better that the other. The same thing goes for diet and fitness programs. Although some of these are effective and some are not, the real key to success is YOU. No exercise equipment, diet and fitness programs will ever work if you don’t make it do so.

What is commonly occurring is that people engage in exercise and diet programs and eventually lose weight, but then they gain it all back. If you are attempting to lose weight, the most ideal goal to aim for is permanent weight loss. The most effective way to achieve this is by adopting healthy behaviors and a personal lifestyle change. Instead of focusing mainly on the amount of calories each food can give you, direct your efforts mainly on changing your unhealthy habits. You can begin by making these five changes in your lifestyle.

1. Avoid fast food and drive-thrus. Yes, even if you are planning to only have coffee. Just being around these places increases your food cravings and weakens your resolve. Fast food only destroys your body rather than nourish it, so you would gain more by turning your back on it.

2. Do your grocery shopping every 3-4 days. This would make it possible for you to have fresh vegetables and fruits all the time. Perhaps you can start by adding a green salad at dinner time and make this turn into a habit, and later on, a part of your daily life. Keep on adjusting your menu little by little, until healthy meals become a part of your life.

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When you try to lose extra weight, the most predictable thing you do is choose a diet program, something that you think is the most effective one of all. The most common basis for your choice is the comments or testimonies you hear from your friends, or most of all from celebrities. When you hear them rave about the effectiveness of the latest fad diet, you are persuaded into jumping in the band wagon. You don’t even stop for a second to think if the diet program you are about to pursue is suitable for you and your current lifestyle.

What you should know is that, diet experts and fitness gurus believe that a diet program is most effective when you choose something that is realistic and attainable. So many diet programs have been created and there will certainly be many more to come. All these programs make your choices too wide and overwhelming. There are programs that promise to be exercise-free, hunger free, and amazingly fast results. These should entice you right away; instead ask yourself if such diets are suitable for you. What works best for other people may not be quite as effective for you. Here are a number of factors that can influence the success of your weight loss plan.

Asses Your Past Diet Programs that Failed

Recall all the diet programs that you have tried in the past and failed. What could you have done wrong? What aspects in the program lead you to failure? Do an honest assessment and identify the reasons why you were not successful. Perhaps the food choices were too restrictive or it induced too much hunger pangs. Once you have determined why you have failed, you will be able to recognize you strengths and weaknesses and it will help you to decide on which diet program is best for you.

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Busting Common Weight Loss Myths

Friday, October 12, 2012 · 0 comments

The number of overweight people in our population is rising. That is why diet and fitness programs are also on the rise. Along with the issue of excess weight come different notions and opinions about weight loss. While some of these are true, there are also quite a number that are completely myths. Let’s examine some of them.

There is a perfect exercise formula for losing weight.

The belief that there is a 100% seamlessly perfect formula for weight loss is not true. The truth is that there is no perfect exercise routine or method that is better than the rest. The difference lies in the execution, frequency, and consistency of the person performing the exercise. The most important thing to bear in mind is that you have to burn more calories in the course of your exercise, than what you are consuming. This means that the more exercises you perform, the more excess fat your body will burn.

Some people are overweight because it’s in their genes.

This is a completely wrong principle. Believing that you are fat because it runs in your family is a lame excuse. You are not overweight because of some fat genes you have inherited somewhere. The reason why most of your family members are overweight is most likely because you all have the same unhealthy diets. Although there might be some people who are more predisposed to gaining extra weight, they will not become fat if they maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.

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5 Top Dietary Weight Loss Tips

Thursday, October 11, 2012 · 0 comments

People who have tried losing weight know that there are hundreds of dietary weight loss programs out there. One fad passes away and another popular one turns up. It’s not surprising if you get confused which one you should follow and believe in. If you are going to study all dietary weight loss programs, they all follow a basic concept. Let me give you a summary of the most important tips that you should focus on.

1. You don’t have to avoid all carbohydrates, but you just have to choose the right ones. See to it that you consume carbohydrates that come from low GI sources. These sources decrease your body’s ability to produce insulin hormones that promote weight gain because it hardly disturbs the balance of your blood sugar. You can choose durum wheat pasta, winter squash, sweet potatoes, whole grain breads, and basmati rice. Fruits are also a good source of carbohydrates. You can also enjoy non-starchy vegetables, such as cruciferous vegetables and leafy greens to your heart’s content.

2. Include protein with each of your major meal. Shakes and snacks that are rich in protein can also be enjoyed between meals. Studies show that protein greatly reduces your appetite and enhances your metabolism which brings about weight loss. Some examples of foods that are rich in protein are lentils, beans, meat, fish, nuts and seeds. Likewise, whey, which is a dairy extract, is a very effective appetite suppressant. It comes in either bar of shake form.

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You Can Be Healthier and Slimmer

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 · 0 comments

Achieving a better health and a svelte physique is indeed possible by eating responsibly. Here are four simple steps to guide you towards a healthy new you.

a. Have variation in your diet. Although there are foods that have been proven to be effective for fighting certain conditions, you must not limit yourself to them. Include a variation of fresh produce in your diet, like a wide range of vegetables and fruits. Cancers and other serious diseases can be prevented by consuming a wide variety of wholesome food.

Restricting yourself to particular foods can make your body nutritionally deficient, and eventually weaken your body’s resistance. Avoid getting sick by eating better and stuffing your daily meals with fruits, vegetables, organic dairy and meat products, whole grain cereals and bread, and only a very minimal amount of processed food.

b. Keep your food properly stored. Choose shops that sell the freshest produce because vegetables and fruits normally lose their nutritional content in storage. Upon arriving home, wash your produce and store them in a cool place or in the fridge and eat them the soonest possible. A screw top jar is a good container to store your fresh herbs. To keep herbs fresh longer, store them with a pinch of salt that’s covered with olive oil. The best place to store meet is at the bottom shelf of your freezer.

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3 Motivating Tips to Lose Weight

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 · 0 comments

Obesity is a problem that is escalating among American people. Studies show that 75% of America’s adult population is overweight to obese. However, this health dilemma may have encouraged more people to be concerned with their health and make efforts to improve their current condition. The interest is apparent by the booming billion-dollar health industry. A lot of people desire to lose weight and engage in health and fitness programs, but only a few of them persist. This is because they lack the motivation to lose weight. When you feel that you are losing the drive to keep on with your fitness aspiration, just read the few tips below to make you fascinated again.

Be around People Who Inspire You

Your goals in life are easier to achieve if you are around people who have the same mindset as you. You might have heard the notion that if you want to get rich then be around wealthy friends. Well, the same thing goes with losing weight. Being around people who are conscious about their health and figure can do a lot to keep you motivated. You can select your slimmest friends to go out, eat, and do activities with. Not for long, you will start shedding off weight and becoming like them. This is because you are now doing the same thing they do and probably eating the same food they have on their plates. If you don’t happen to have some trim friends to hang out with, you can sign up for gym classes and make new friends.

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Do you often find yourself fighting temptations to gobble up your favorite food? That is more accurately referred to as food craving. The extreme desire and longing for your comfort food can trigger anytime and it is usually intense enough to weaken even your most fervent diet resolutions. After all, it is easier to give in to pleasure, and scrumptious food happens to be its number one source. Needless to say, the pleasure you experience comes with a hefty price tag. You can put a stop to it by making sensible food choices and following some of the tips below.

1. Replenish your fridge with healthier food choices. Most of the times people sabotage their own diet plans by making food that they should avoid available within their reach. Take time to clean out your refrigerator from foods that are detrimental to your fitness goals. Dispose all foods that are fatty and high in calories and make way for healthier ones. Stock up on fruits, vegetables, fresh fruit juices, low calorie cheese, small low-fat ice cream cups and other healthy snacks. As much as possible avoid placing soft drinks, hotdogs, burgers, processed foods and sweet snacks on your fridge. It is important to leave yourself nothing but healthy food to satisfy your craving.

2. Always keep your mouth fresh. When you brush your teeth and gargle mouthwash, you feel squeaky clean and usually you want to keep it that way. This will make you less inclined to gorge on some snacks.

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