Saturday, December 08, 2012
Since your body releases triglycerides into the bloodstream from your stored fat, the less fat you have available, the lower your triglycerides will be. You don't have to lose a lot of weight to see a benefit either. Losing just 7-10% of your body weight (just 14-20 pounds for a 200-pound person) can make a difference in your triglycerides—and for your heart!
Saturday, December 08, 2012
How Positive is Your Body Image?
Body image affects how you feel about yourself, how you project yourself, and how you care for your own health. Answer the following questions to find out where your body image stands now--and how you can improve it.
You love your body.
Congratulations! You have a positive, healthy image of your body and tend to treat it with respect. You realize that there are far better ways to spend your time than obsessing about the way that you look, and you incorporate healthy behaviors into your lifestyle in order to feel better, not just to look better. Keep up the good work and don't let others pressure you to change if you're already happy with your body.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Are You a Smart Snacker?
Quiz by Natalie Nichols, Staff Writer
Snacking is a smart way to keep hunger at bay throughout the day, but the key is snacking on the right things, at the right times, and in the right places. Are your snacking habits healthy--or horrific? Find out how your snacks stack up with this short quiz.
You're a Sensible Snacker
Before you earn the title of Smart Snacker, you need a little more practice. The good news is that you try your best to eat healthy foods most of the time, but when it comes to snacks, you aren't as diligent. Your snacking habits (or lack thereof) may deprive your body of adequate nutrition or a fun treat, and by skipping the snacks or choosing the wrong things, you could be setting yourself up for overeating later. Learn to listen to your body's hunger signals, try to forgo the 100-calorie snack packs (they provide little nutritional value), and make it a habit to plan healthy snacks each day. Do these things, and you’ll be a snacking whiz in no time!
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
New york city ballet work out sounds good. I started some ballet class when I was 39 years old together with some kids. I really enjoyed it. (At that time I wasn´t fat)
Looking for Functional Training
For you, exercise serves a preventive, therapeutic purpose. You want to maintain a strong core, decrease pain, and stay active and limber as you age so that you can live a healthy, independent life. You're more interested in maintaining long, lean muscles and good posture than running a marathon or benching heavy weights. There are many group fitness options for exercisers like you who want functional strength and an overall healthy body.
Try these fitness classes: Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, Ballet Workouts, Functional Training, BOSU, Abs classes, Core Strength, Yogilates, Balance Ball, or Balance Training. All Pilates classes focus on the core muscles (abs, obliques, hips, back), which help you balance and maintain good posture. Functional training classes mimic movements that you do in real life, helping you stay strong and limber, while BOSU, Abs, Core, and Balance classes all focus on the core, balance, posture, and proper body mechanics. Overall these types of classes tend to be low-impact and focus on balancing the body.
Workout videos to try: Balance Ball Beginner's Workout, Pilates Powerhouse, New York City Ballet Workout, Crunch Super SlimDown Pilates Yoga Blend, Stott Pilates Essential BOSU, Core Secrets
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