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11/16/11 9:04 A

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Progressively overloading your muscles is the key to effective strength training. But increasing the weight you use too rapidly can lead to burnout, chronic soreness, and overuse injuries. A better approach for most people is to increase the weight (by about 10%) when you can reliably do the higher number of reps each time in good form.

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11/15/11 7:14 A

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Extremely large amounts of calcium over a long period of time can result in calcium deposits in soft organs, kidney stone development, or poor kidney functioning. The Tolerable Upper Intake Level is 2,500 milligrams daily.

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11/13/11 9:30 A

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Incorporate variation into each workout. Variety is critical because your muscles become very efficient at the exercises they are accustomed to doing. Switching things up or doing something radically different during each workout session is more challenging to your muscles. This concept should be applied to both aerobic exercise and strength training.

An individual who always does the same exercises will usually plateau sooner than someone who continually makes changes. If you donít feel comfortable doing a different workout each time you hit the gym, try to change your exercise routine at least every 6-8 weeks.

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11/12/11 8:09 A

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Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin" because it is made in your skin when the ultraviolet light hits your skin. If you eat a balanced diet and get outside in the sunshine at least 1 Ĺ to 2 hours a week, you should be getting all the vitamin D you need.

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11/11/11 10:50 A

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emoticon Did ya know.....

Vitamins actually function primarily as catalysts, regulating chemical reactions within the body. They are also essential for the release of energy from food. But they do not provide calories or energy themselves.

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8/7/11 5:53 A

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Your body can store energy from food for future use in two ways: 1) as fat and 2) as muscle fuel (called glycogen). Its first priority is to fill its glycogen tanks, because glycogen is the body's primary source of energy for physical activity. Once your glycogen stores are filled and the rest of the body's energy needs are covered, all the extra energy from your food will be stored as body fat.

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7/24/11 7:57 A

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To make sure you are getting 100% whole wheat bread, look at the ingredients listónot the front of the package. "Whole wheat flour" or "100% whole wheat flour" should be the first ingredient and the only flour listed. Don't fall for deceitful terms such as "wheat flour," "unbleached wheat flour," "multigrain," "enriched," or "stone-ground wheat flour." These are just sneaky ways of saying refined white flour.

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7/8/11 10:52 A

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There is no way to target weight loss to a specific area of the body because your body decides where it wants to put on weight and where it wants to take it off. The midsection is a common "problem" area for many people. The best way to lose fat is through cardiovascular exercise. It is important to do a variety of abdominal exercises (including crunches) to keep your core strong, but until that excess fat is gone, you will not see the muscle definition.

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4/24/11 9:30 A

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emoticon Chronic stress exposes your body to elevated levels of stress hormones that can elevate blood pressure and contribute to weight gain. Meditation, yoga,journaling, talk therapy, and exercising can all help.


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3/18/11 7:30 A

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emoticon Although each of these substances have been linked to cold prevention in some studies, but the jury's still out on the best role for herbal and vitamin supplements. According to respected organizations (such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Lung Association), there is no conclusive evidence that supports the notion that taking large doses of vitamin C, zinc, or Echinacea will prevent colds. However, these nutrients may reduce the severity or duration of some symptoms. Always talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

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3/12/11 10:16 A

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I know the recommended calories, etc., but I never seem to get all of them in my day -- but I think that's just part of my basic metabolism or something, as I've always been a breakfast skipper, and even a lunch skipper, so I know I've thrown my system for a loop over the years and going back to my early teens. But I've changed the food choices and increased my physical activities -- and a whole lot more aware of what I eat and do!

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3/12/11 10:10 A

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"Strange as it sounds, going too low on calories is a common cause of getting stuck at your current weight despite dieting. Your body is designed to protect you from starvation during times of greatly reduced food availability, and when you eat too little, your body thinks itís starving. To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body fat.

Your best bet is to aim for a weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week through combining a moderate calorie reduction with increased calorie expenditure through exercise. If all the info you entered during your program set-up is accurate, the recommended calorie range you received should be what you need to accomplish this healthy rate of weight loss."

What do you think? And, did you know this?

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