Maya Henry’s weight loss story is not of the epic proportions you’d see on The Biggest Loser. The 38-year-old mom of two did not drop hundreds of pounds in mere months. She didn’t cut her pants size in half or exercise for hours on end or adopt a crazy restrictive diet. But what she did accomplish—trimming 40 pounds off her 6’1” frame over the course of two years and developing an unexpected passion for running—is a testament to the power of perseverance and the easily forgotten fact that the deepest, most sustainable change comes with patience and perspective. MORE: 6 Weight Loss “Rules” You Can Forget AboutWhen Henry first started running five years ago, she couldn’t imagine lasting for more than 90 seconds.“So much of that was mental,” explains Henry. “I told myself I wasn’t a runner.”At the time, Henry weighed 270 pounds. And while she had been fairly active throughout her … [Read more...] about How One Woman Dropped 40 Pounds By Running Just 1-2 Times A Week
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I run 3 days a week but I can't seem to improve my speed. What can I do? Answer: You have to train fast to be fast. Turn every other training day into an interval-speed session. By exceeding your normal race pace for shorter runs, your muscles will become more efficient, improving your body's elasticity and helping you sustain a faster pace with less effort. Here's how to do it: After you warm up, run as fast as you can for 1 minute, followed by 3 minutes of rest. Do this four times and then walk for 5 minutes to cool down. To improve your gains, increase to 8 repetitions during a workout. Then go back to doing 6 reps with only 2 minutes of rest, build back to 8, and then try 6 reps with 1 minute of rest. As you run, pay attention to your arms, as they dictate leg movement. Fix your arms at 90 degrees, relax your shoulders, and focus on driving your elbows back as you run. This will improve your stride. … [Read more...] about I run 3 days a week but I can’t seem to improve my speed. What can I do?
Monday, the day of slow starts and filled-up coffee pots, could make a big finish in terms of your health—and the health of the planet. Opting for vegetarian meals one day a week helps you consume less saturated fat, which has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. You’ll also scale back man-made greenhouse gas emissions, a fifth of which come from the meat industry, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. Try these delicious Meatless Monday recipes that will do more than just tickle your taste buds. Remember, meat free doesn't mean flavor free. Edamame It's kid-friendly, high in protein, and has a nutty flavor. Making this recipe is as easy as 1-2-3 or rather boil, salt, and serve.Gluten Free Ratatouille A traditional French Provençal stewed vegetable dish that will bring out your inner Julia Child.Stuffed Portobello Burgers with Caramelized Onions Once you taste these, you'll rethink the concept of burgers … [Read more...] about Meatless Mondays: One Day a Week, Cut Out Meat
Let me start by saying I'm not a girl who forgets to eat. Never will you hear me utter Did I eat lunch? Food has always been a driving force in my life: If I'm not eating it, I'm plotting to eat, and never do I diet. But lately, I've been giving my love handles a little too much love, and so I decided to reign in my eating. (Shed stubborn pounds without going hungry—try the naturally sweet, salty, and satisfying recipes in Eat Clean, Lose Weight & Love Every Bite !)Enter: Intermittent fasting. As in, eating 500 calories 1 to 2 days a week, or going 12 to 18 hours a day without food. More a dieting pattern than a diet, science says it can help you lose weight (a smaller eating window means less calories consumed), but even better, research has linked it to improved blood sugar levels, decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, and, according to neuroscientist Mark Mattson's research, it might just help your brain ward off neurogenerative diseases … [Read more...] about 6 Things That Happened When I Tried Intermittent Fasting For A Week
If you walk three thousand steps a day, five days each week, your chances of developing diabetes and becoming obese are significantly reduced, Australian researchers report in the BMJ (British Medical Journal). Increase your daily steps over a five year period to 10,000 steps a day, and the benefits skyrocket. This is the first study to assess the impact of doing a daily step count on insulin sensitivity, the authors claim.insulin resistance and BMI (body mass index), both indicators of looming diabetes. However, none had clearly shown how adding a certain number of steps each day to your physical activity can significantly improve your chances of remaining obese- and diabetes-free.pedometer, also known as a step counter is a portable electronic device that counts each step you take by detecting the motion of your hips - you attach it to your side. It is usually worn on the belt and you keep it on all day - it records how many steps you have walked during the day. "These findings, … [Read more...] about 3,000 Steps Five Days A Week Wards Off Diabetes