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Fix Your Stomach Issues Through Yoga

24 Oct 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Many people suffer from stomach issues like bloating, aching and cramping. Now there is a way to relieve your stomach issues, ease your mind, exercise and improve your digestion.

The combination of the foods we eat, the mood we are in and the amount of physical activity we undertake on a daily basis can alter our digestion.

Yoga can reduce the woes of a sensitive tummy and help sufferers improve the rhythm of their digestive health.  The goal? To improve your overall energy levels and ease any discomfort you may experience.

An exercise routine such as yoga or Pilates helps to maintain flexibility, strength and correct alignment but can be still be fit into the busiest of routines.

In Yoga, each pose delivers different benefits. Movements that stretch the chest improve breathing which, in turn, stimulates healthy intestinal contractions. Meanwhile, stretching the pelvic and abdominal area can reduce inflammation helping to strengthen your lower muscles.

And the old adage ‘everything in moderation’ is the best approach to take with food. A healthy diet with steamed vegetables, less meat, reduced dairy and wheat can provide good internal support.

A leading nutritionist explains that "with the hectic lives we lead, meals often become our lowest priority but it's extremely important to get into good eating habits in order for our body to function properly".

Remember to slow down at dinnertime – it takes 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it's full, so eating slowly means you're likely to end up eating less.

DO'S AND DONT'S to ease stomach trouble:

DO reduce your stress levels – try to relax by learning to breathe deeply and slowly

DO have fun – laughter is a great stress reducer and boosts the immune system, which is often weakened by stress

DON'T consume lots of alcohol which causes the body to lose fluids. Drink plenty of water or diluted fruit juice but stay away from alcohol and milk, which could further irritate your gut

For more information on Yoga classes, and their health benefits, contact Best Fitness in your area.

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Keeping to a Regular Workout in the Summer

07 Jun 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Maintaining a regularly scheduled workout in the summer can be challenging. Setting fitness goals can help. Set a goal for yourself for the summer. Write it on a sticky note and keep it on your mirror, on your fridge, in your car. This can help you keep up.

Your fitness goal can be anything you want it to be. Work out 3 times a week, lose 10 lbs, drop down one jean size, increase the amount of weight you bench press, or run 2 miles, your goal is up to you.

Sometimes, by writing “work out” or “exercise” in your calendar works well also. Just like you make a business meeting a priority, make your exercise plan a priority. View the group exercise schedule for the week, and block off those times in your personal calendar. When you have your exercise scheduled, you can avoid conflicts and make it more of a priority.

For help with you weight loss and exercise goals this summer, contact Best Fitness in your area.

Change What You Eat and Lose Weight

06 Mar 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal Karli Taylor

You are busy, and when you are busy you exercise less and don’t eat as well as you should. But the key to weight loss is burning more calories than you take in, but also eating healthy. You may think you eat fine, but if you take a few minutes to evaluate what you eat, you may start to notice some unhealthy habits. The first question that you should ask yourself is: What types of processed foods do you eat?

Processed foods have added fats and sugars to make them taste better, last longer and cook faster. This hidden extras add on the calories more quickly than most of us realize. Because of this, the typical American diet is loaded with sugar, fat, and sodium, often leading to high blood pressure, low energy, and poor digestion. The best way to reduce your risk for many diseases and health issues is to choose natural and minimally processed foods. Often called “eating clean”.

If you want to eat clean, you need to eat the least processed food with the most nutrients. How? No more fast foods, no more frozen food aisle at the grocery store, choose fresh vegetables and fruits over canned or frozen.

Choose foods that are low in fat, high in fiber, with essential vitamins and minerals. This will control blood sugar, give you more energy for exercise and give you the fiber that you need for better and healthy digestion.

Eating a less processed, healthy diet along with increased exercise can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. Replacing fast foods and processed foods can help you eat less calories overall and increase the amount of fiber you eat. Additionally, high-fiber whole grains, vegetables, and fruits will help you feel fuller longer causing you to eat less. Did you know that people who eat an additional 14 grams of fiber a day eat 10% less throughout the day.?

Lose Weight, Increase Strength and Look Lean Through Pilates

29 Feb 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

Do you want to get in shape, take care of your body and change your appearance? Pilates is the way to do it. Most people regardless of age or abilities can benefit from Pilates. Pilates strengthens the core of your body which includes the muscles in the back, tummy and rear. Through strengthening the core of the body, you can achieve tremendous physical results, as well as increased mental health.

The muscles in your core affect your entire body, so with each pilates exercise you are working the entire body, not just one muscle group. Because of the nature of pilates exercises, through these work outs you will lengthen and de-compress the spine which increases your stability, and elongates your core muscles giving your body a longer and leaner appearance.

Just in time for spring feel your self confidence boost as you posture improved, your belly firms and your body lengthens. Because Pilates is a low impact workout, anyone can participate. Contact Best Fitness in your are to see how Pilates can benefit you.

Heart Health Through Exercise

14 Feb 2012

Posted by Joseph Coupal

During this month of valentine hearts and sweets, remember it is also Heart Awareness month. There is no better time to care for your heart than now, and this month gives you the perfect excuse to start.

Did you know that diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, all risk factors for heart disease, can be completely controlled by exercise? By changing your lifestyle through diet and exercise you give yourself the opportunity for a healthy and heart fit life as you age.

A sedentary lifestyle is the main cause for heart disease and cardiac arrest. Fortunately, it is completely under your control. Regular exercise, especially aerobic exercise, has many benefits including strengthening your heart and cardiovascular system, strengthening your bones and lowering your blood pressure.

Exercise is the key to a healthy and happy life. But don’t be discouraged if you have never exercised regularly before. Small steps through walking, cycling, and fun group exercise classes are how you begin. But don’t put it off any longer, start now.

Is it time for you to start taking care of your heart? Don’t know where to start? Contact Best Fitness in your area to see how we can help.

Reduce Belly Fat with Weight Loss Goals

07 Nov 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

...By Karli Taylor

You have heard it before -- if you want to know the state of your health, turn your attention to your waistline. Waist circumference is getting a lot of attention as the new risk factor for future health problems, even becoming more popular than the old standard of BMI. Why? It’s because belly fat is thought to be more dangerous than fat that pads other parts of your body. Even people who look to be “skinny” should be concerned if they hold any extra baggage around the middle.

Your body needs some fat, but where the fat is on your body makes a big difference. Fat can behave differently in different places, and the stuff that lies along your midsection has been proven to be the most unhealthy. There are two types of fat that can live around your waistline, the first is subcutaneous fat, or the fat just under your skin. This is the fat that you can pinch with your fingers. Though it is what most of us concern ourselves with, it’s actually the lesser of the two evils. It’s the visceral fat, the belly fat that hides deep inside, around your inner organs, that may pose a silent health threat if there's too much of it.

There are four keys to losing visceral fat: exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management.

Though there are no specific moves or activities that lessen visceral fat, by including both cardiovascular and resistance exercise into your daily routing you will be able to burn off fat while you are exercising and add lean mass that will continue to burn fat while you are at rest.

It has been proven that 30 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity, done four times per week, reduced subcutaneous and visceral abdominal fat. Resistance training alone reduced only subcutaneous fat. However a stronger, leaner body burns more calories at rest so it is always best to do cardio as well as strength training to accomplish your weight loss goals.

Contact Best Fitness in your area for assistance in creating a weight loss plan that incorporates the loss of belly fat.

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Exercise for Weight Loss

01 Nov 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

...By Karli Tayor

Being active is an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance program. When you're active, your body uses more calories. When you use more calories than you take in, you lose weight. It really is that simple!

Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you take in to lose 1 pound. So if you cut 500 calories from your diet each day, you'd lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). Similarly, if you eat exactly the same amount, but burn an extra 500 each day, you will see the same results.

I’m sure you know where I’m going with this right? Now if you were to cut 500 calories a day AND burn 500 calories a day, you would be able to lose 2 pounds a week and reach your goals even more quickly! Though weight loss can be achieved through diet alone or from exercise alone, it is much more efficient, and much better for the health of your body in the long run to combine the two.

While it is recommended that most healthy adults follow the guidelines set below, your specific goals may impact the amount and type of exercise that will work best for you. The general guidelines are:

  • Do at least two hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (think brisk walking or swimming) or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running) — preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Strength train at least twice a week.

The chart below shows the estimated number of calories burned while doing various exercises for one hour.

1 Hour Activity 160 lbs 200 lbs 240 lbs
Aerobics, high impact 511 637 763
Aerobics, low impact 365 455 545
Aerobics, water 292 364 436
Bicycle, 10 mph 292 364 436
Jogging, 5 mph 584 728 872
Running, 8 mph 986 1229 1472
Stair treadmill 657 819 981
Swimming laps 511 637 763
Walking 2 mph 183 228 273
Walking 3.5 mph 219 273 327

Mayo Clinic

Keep in mind that this chart does not take into consideration a number of individualized factors that may impact caloric burn- it should be used only as an estimate. For a more individualized number, seek help from a fitness professional to learn your rate of calorie burn.

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Weight Loss for Women Over 40

28 Oct 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

...By Karli Tayor

If you are a woman over 40 who wants to lose weight, you may have realized that it is a totally different ball game than it was when you were in your 20’s.

Not only do you have a slower metabolism; you may also be experiencing a hormone imbalance which can cause fluid retention, bloating, poor thyroid functions and weight gain. Though these things may seem like you are beginning a losing battle, all hope should not be lost! Weight loss is still possible, the process is just a bit different.

Over 40, dieting may no longer provide the best results. As you age, your body will not respond to quick fixes and short term plans like it may have at one time. When you are over 40, rather than dieting, you need to change your lifestyle to make it healthier. An over 40 diet needs to be different than your diet was when you were younger. Choose foods with higher nutrient value that provide more of the things you need for energy with fewer calories while avoiding eating out and pre-packaged meals which are common to the lifestyle of woman today.

Keep in mind that labels can be deceiving. Many foods labeled low-sugar often contain extra fat or salt instead of sugar to help the taste and texture. Similarly, many “low-fat” foods are loaded with excess sugar for the same reasons. Though life may get hectic, taking the time to prepare fresh foods will not only help keep your weight in check, but will also help keep you healthy.

"No time to exercise” is often a mantra of women over 40. But middle aged women must incorporate physical activity into their schedule. In fact, if you want it to fit in, you can fit exercise into your schedule. But you can add little things to your daily routine, such as parking farther away, take the stairs rather than the elevator and walking on your lunch hour. Increasing physical activity in your daily routine can have a large impact on your weight loss goals.

Believe it or not, a good night's sleep is essential for weight loss. Unfortunately, many women don’t get an adequate amount of sleep because of their busy lifestyle. It is important to get 6-8 hours of sleep a night, so if you want to lose weight, learn techniques to relax so you can sleep at night.

Lastly, don’t forget about the power of drinking enough water. Make a habit of keeping a water bottle with you at all times. Drinking water is one of the best things you can do for your health and it help your kidneys, helps your body detox, and it improves bowel movements. Keep a water bottle on your desk at work.

If you are a woman over 40 and you want to lose weight, contact Best Fitness in your area for help.

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Weight Loss through Personal Training

19 Oct 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

...By Karli Taylor

It is one thing to change your attitudes toward food and exercise when you are actively trying to lose weight, but those habits need to remain intact once the weight is off in order to maintain your weight loss. In short, permanent behavior change is necessary to effect long lasting physical change.

One of the best gifts you can give yourself whether you want to lose weight or not, is the gift of a personal trainer.

A personal trainer can create a program for you with your current fitness level and goals in mind. But more importantly, a personal trainer can help you stay motivated. Trainers provide education, support, and accountability. Just the fact that you have paid money for a personal trainer will help you keep your appointments.

Personal trainers will help you exercise at a level that is right for you, and can help push you to new levels. A good personal trainer can help you target the areas you want to work on and provide the right combination of machines, cardiovascular activity, and functional strength exercises for you.

Goals like building strength, improving posture, decreasing body fat, and staying fit, flexible and healthy are ones that can be capitalized on with a personal trainer. Clear goals keep you focused and moving steadily forward every day. Contact Best Fitness in your area to schedule personal training for weight loss.

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Weight Loss Through Cardio Exercise

11 Oct 2011

Posted by Joseph Coupal

...By Karli Taylor

The best way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit by burning calories through exercise while reducing the amount of calories that you eat each day. Understand that losing weight takes time. Don’t try to lose more than 1/2 pound to 1 pound each week, and don’t eat fewer than 1,200 calories per day. If you are not too excited about the thought of eating less, there is a way to lose weight without cutting back on your intake- just burn more!

To burn one pound of body fat per week try creating a deficit of 500 calories per day, 3,500 calories per week. There is 3,500 calories in one pound of body fat. To do this, fuel your body with high nutrient food and burn off the 500 calories through high intensity cardio.

How Cardio Helps You Lose Weight

You already know that you lose weight when you burn more calories than you eat. Cardio is a key component because you burn many calories at one time by getting your heart rate into your target heart rate zone. You can increase the calorie burn by increasing the intensity of the workout: Go faster, climb hills or change exercises. And since cardio exercises add to your overall calorie deficit by burning calories, you don’t have to cut as many calories from your diet. But one large advantage to cardio is that you can do it anytime, and every day. There is no rest day required to allow your muscles to repair themselves.

Which cardio exercise is best?

Which cardio exercise is the best to lose weight? The one you will do regularly and consistently. Choose some that you enjoy and mix them up. A great idea is interval training. Interval training can be done on any machine that you like, and involves simply changing the intensity for short periods of time called intervals. You can speed up a minute and then return to a comfortable pace for 2, or you can keep your pace the same and add resistance for 1 minute before decreasing it back for 2.

Another way to spice up your cardio is cross-training. Cross- training is simply using different machines either over the course of a week, or even in the same day. If you are someone with a short attention span, try this: Use an elliptical for 15 minutes, then use a stair climber for 15 minutes and finish on the treadmill for 15 minutes.

Cross training is a fun way to keep it new and fresh!

To get an idea of just how much cardio can do for you, check out the following list of common exercises. Below is the number of calories burned for a 150-pound person in 30 minutes:

  • Step aerobics: 340 calories
  • Stationary bike: 238 calories
  • Swimming: 270 calories
  • Walking 4 mph: 170 calories
  • Running 5 mph: 270 calories
  • Mowing the lawn with a push mower: 200 calories

Contact Best Fitness to see how a cardio workout can help you lose weight.

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