The Physical Benefits of Walking “There are many reasons to walk for exercise,” says Ann Green, M.S., past heptathlon world athlete, yoga teacher and fitness studio owner. “Walking improves fitness, cardiac health, alleviates depression and fatigue, improves mood, creates less stress on joints and reduces pain, can prevent weight gain, reduce risk for cancer and chronic disease, improve endurance, circulation, and posture, and the list goes on…” When comparing the results of the most recent National Runners’ Health Study with the National Walkers’ Health Study, researchers found that the energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease over the study’s six year period. Which means when it comes to some pretty prominent markers of our health, walking at a moderate intensity can get the job done just as well … [Read more...] about Why walking is the most underrated form of exercise
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Saturday, April 14, 2018 by: Zoey Sky Tags: baobab, beetroot, black pepper fruit, blood sugar, calories, cherries, diet, exercise, fitness, Fresh, GCE, green coffee extract, Green tea, healing foods, Healthy, Herbs, ingredients, longevity, maca, matcha, men's health, metabolism, metabolism-boosting foods, obesity, physical activity, slender, superfood, superfoods, weight loss, white kidney bean, whole food, women's health, yerba mate (Natural News) Struggling to lose those extra pounds and actually keep them off? Instead of trying ineffective diet fads, eat foods with “super nutrients proven to help you to burn fat.” According to nutritionist Rick Hay, you can effectively lose weight by eating more metabolism-boosting foods, so you can burn extra calories without going to extremes. Hay explained that there are certain foods full of nutrients that can help you lose weight and boost your body’s fat-burning capabilities. Do take note that eating these foods … [Read more...] about The best metabolism-boosting foods to help you lose weight and KEEP it off
What is it: An active metabolic assessment aims to help you make the most of your workout and kick-start weight loss if you’ve hit a plateau. This cardio-based assessment determines your specific heart-rate zones and how well your body burns carbohydrates and fats to fuel your exercise. The back story: As your heart rate increases, you burn more calories, but fewer calories from fat, explained Dan Hubley, senior program manager of metabolic assessments and health technology for Life Time Fitness. Since our bodies are very effective at storing fat, you want to find the “sweet spot” where your body burns the most calories from fat. While many fitness trackers can measure your heart rate (and some exercise machines give you a ballpark figure), a metabolic assessment can determine personalized heart-rate zones at which you burn the most fat. As Hubley said, “If you’re not assessing, you’re guessing” — guessing how often you should exercise … [Read more...] about What is a metabolic assessment, and how can it help you lose weight?
There's little rest for the weary during the 2018 Fittest Loser Challenge. The contestants are ramping up the duration, intensity, and frequency of their workouts as they approach the halfway mark of the competition. Contestants work out twice a week with their trainers at Push Fitness in Schaumburg, then head to the gym early Saturday mornings for boot camps. The trainers also devise weekly exercise plans for their contestants in an effort to yield maximum results. There's no doubt contestants are putting in the hours at the gym. Take a look at each competitor's new fitness regimen.Kim Rosewell Kim Rosewell works out six days a week. Trainer Nicole Steinbach leads Rosewell through circuit-style workouts that emphasize combined movements, such as a squat and shoulder press mixed into one movement. She adds sprints and jump squats into their training time for bursts of cardio."I love combination movements because it uses multiple muscles at a time. With adding cardio movements, we … [Read more...] about What does a Fittest Loser workout look like?
Winter wants you to fail. It’s cold, it’s dark, there are cookies everywhere. And thanks to those well-intentioned resolutions, there are now goals to fall short of. Reports indicate that as many as 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions—many of them being losing weight—go unfulfilled by February. And while bomb cyclones and perilously icy sidewalks abound, your excuses have no place in these winter months.Introducing your new, 10-dollar, calorie-torching ally: the jump rope.A widely cited study found that jumping rope is one of the most effective cardio exercises out there—and it can whip you into shape with just a few minutes a day of skipping. In the study, after six weeks of daily 10-minute jump-rope exercises, participants demonstrated the same levels of improvement to their cardiovascular health as individuals who jogged for 30 minutes a day. As it turns out, just jumping up and down is a more efficient workout than pounding the … [Read more...] about Why Jumping Rope Is the Best Total-Body Workout You Haven’t Tried Yet