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Fitness Tip#363 - April 24, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

BLOW A BUBBLE

Studies have shown that chewing gum raises your metabolic rate by about 20 percent, allowing you to lose up to an extra 11 pounds of fat per year! This is partly due to the “twitching” effect – small muscular contractions resulting in an increase in burnt calories and boost in body temperature. In this case, those twitches are coming from all the tiny jaw and facial muscles involved in chewing. Just be careful to choose gum that doesn’t contain high amounts of sugar and remember that sugar-free gum contains potentially toxic artificial sweeteners. Excessive gum consumption can cause stomach discomfort and put you at a potential health risk from the chemicals in artificial
sweeteners. However, one to two pieces a day can be effective and will often help to curb your appetite.


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PAMDAQTPI 4/25/2013 12:41PM

    I did read somewhere that the chewing motion makes you want to eat more, but I have no idea where. I'll have to keep that tip in mind, thanks.

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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2013 12:05AM

    emoticon Ooops, I thought I would lose more so I stuffed a whole bunch in at once. :)

thanks for the info. ... I learn alot from your fitness tips

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CASTIRONLADY 4/24/2013 10:55PM

    yup one time I ate a whole pack of gum and almost exploded. I try to swear off because I was rather compulsive about it. emoticon

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Fitness Tip#362 - April 23, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

AUTO EXERCISE

Believe it or not, you actually can perform a workout routine in your car. While breaking a sweat while driving is near to impossible, you can use a simple calorie expending trick that musters up enough heat to give your metabolism an automobile boost. The trick is called “isometric” muscle contractions. This means that you use your muscles to apply a force against an object, but the muscles don’t actually move or change in length. For example, if you press both hands together as hard as possible and hold for 5-20 seconds, this is considered an isometric exercise. Other examples include thigh contractions, floor stomps, headrest pushes, butt squeezes, bicep flexing, shoulder shrug holds, and stomach tightening. You’ll be amazed at how much a series of these movements can raise your body’s temperature and increase the heart rate,
all without leaving the driver’s seat.


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GRACEISENUF 4/25/2013 12:06AM

    I could have used this tip early today when I drove home from visiting my son (4 hour drive). Next time. ty

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/24/2013 1:16AM

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SUNSET09 4/23/2013 7:19PM

  Good points and even walking around holding your stomach in, helps as well, I'm going to have to try these, thanx for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Fitness Tip#361 - April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

CHAINS OF FAT

Medium chain fatty acids, also called medium chain triglycerides,
are different than other fats. They are small and able to penetrate cell
membranes easily without requiring significant help from additional
proteins and enzymes for uptake and energy utilization. They are
preferentially burnt as fuel over other fats. They are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream much more efficiently than larger fatty acids so they can then travel into the liver for immediate conversion into energy, rather than to storage as fat. So how do you get them? Many supplement companies offer MCFA or MCT’s, often advertised as a great source of fat fuel during long term athletic activities. Natural food sources are limited but coconut oil and coconut milk are your best bets!


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THE_SHAKESHAFT 4/24/2013 1:16AM

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Fitness Tip#360 - April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Breath

When performed properly, the rhythmic contractions of the abdominal blood vessels during inhaling and exhaling help to circulate blood through the body, enhancing oxygen uptake and metabolic rate. As you inhale, your diaphragm expands and squeezes the blood out of your internal organs and blood vessels. Then as you exhale, the diaphragm relaxes as new blood rushes in. So as a simple method of boosting the metabolism, focus on deep breathing from the stomach and not just during a stretch or exercise routine but also while you’re
driving in your car or sitting at your desk. Try this: inhale slowly through your nose, hold for a 1 count, then ex-hale through your mouth. The breath should originate from the back of the throat and finish from deep inside the stomach. Once you’ve practiced and perfected this form of breathing, it can become a natural mechanism for boosting your metabolism.


Have a great weekend!
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ALNEAGLE 4/19/2013 8:49PM

    emoticon tip!

Thanks for sharing!

~Amanda

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GRACEISENUF 4/19/2013 6:21PM

    This is great info., thanks for sharing.

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TEAM SHADDEN family day at the park!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

TEAM SHADDEN participated in the Autism 5k & 1 mile Fun Run this past Saturday. We had a fabulous time! It was our first time as a family where everyone was participating. Instead of everyone going and cheering for daddy.




(above) Jayleigh is ready to race (aka: TuTu girl)


I'm focused on that finished line


my girls proudly wearing their medals


TEAM SHADDEN

Can't wait until our next race! GO TEAM SHADDEN!
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RUN4FOOD 4/18/2013 8:12PM

    Congratulations! Quite a good family event.

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GRACEISENUF 4/18/2013 3:33PM

    emoticon , love it....You are very blessed Eric and that lil baby girl just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

emoticon for sharing!

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MIMIDOT 4/18/2013 3:25PM

    Great pictures! Congratulations on your day of fun! You all look so happy!

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