Archive for April, 2011


I often wonder, if I’m really getting an effective workout if I don’t sweat!?  I sometimes worry about my hair, or how I’ll look after the workout is finished, if I sweat too much. But there are many health benefits that come along with sweating. Experts and researchers agree that …

  • Sweating is your body’s natural way of providing a high-tech cooling system
  • Skin is considered the largest organ in or on the body and it’s vital to take care of it
  • In conjunction with proper washing, sweat can produce soft & supple texture of the skin
  •  Improves tone & flexibility of skin
  • Critical factor in the body’s hydration process
  •  Essential in the process of removing toxins from the liver, kidneys & the cardiovascular system
  • Is the body’s natural process of cleansing & washing skin pores
  • Serves as one of the body’s many indicators
  • On a small scale can burn calories in conjunction with traditional training
  •  Improves circulation
  •  Helps boost the body’s immune system
  • Triggers your body to work harder to compensate & adjust

(taken from anytimehealth.com)

Sweating removes toxins from your body and it increases endorphin levels when you sweat during exercise. This gives more energy! If you hit the sauna after a workout, you can also get the benefit of feeling total body relaxation. So, next time you work out, get moving and break a sweat. Your body will thank you for it!

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Excuses are for losers!

I want to address some of the excuses we all make for not working out. Here are just some but I know we can all think of others that we use…

I Don’t Have Time

I Can’t Afford A Gym Membership

I am too embarassed to go to the gym

I’m Too out-of-shape

I can’t get motivated

I Don’t have Any Exercise Equipment

I’m Too Old To Get Started

I Hate Exercising

I’m too tired

I’m Going To Start Next Week/Month/Year

I’ve Tried And Failed In The Past

Okay, so now it’s time to stop making excuses and START MOVING!

Take some time to look over any of the excuses you’ve used and write down a positive solution and figure out what you CAN do to overcome it.  Making the time to spend even 20-30 min. a day to get active will help you be more healthy and fit for yourself, your family and others who care about you. Think about how much more you can enjoy your life when you feel good. Take care of the body you’ve been given and stop letting excuses hold you back!

White or Wheat?

Are whole wheat products really better for you than white? Yes! Here are some reasons why…

100% whole wheat breads usually have more vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, folic acid, copper, zinc, and manganese than white breads.

Simply switching from white to whole wheat bread can lower heart disease risk by 20 percent, according to research from the University of Washington reported in the April 2, 2003 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Whole wheat pasta contributes to a lowered risk of heart disease, reduced complications linked to diabetes, a lower likelihood of having cancer and better gastrointestinal health because of more fiber.

Brown rice is easily digested by our body as compared to other grain products

Try to use whole-grain products as much as possible, and don’t overdo the portion sizes!

“Release” yourself!

The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself“.-Mark Messier

The other day I heard a woman say “I have a reunion to go to this weekend. I wanted t lose at least 10 lbs. before it came up.  I never got around to it. Now I have a week to lose as much as possible”. Imagine if we didn’t put that kind of pressure on ourselves and opted for a  lifestyle change. This way, you wouldn’t have to stress yourself out when you get that invitation for a reunion, wedding, date etc. Just by making daily changes and better choices regularly, you feel good, feel healthy and you won’t have to starve yourself and/or “kill” yourself to lose those few pounds in way too short amount of time! When you make goals that are impossible, you set yourself up for failure and disappointment. That’s because even if you do reach that goal, it won’t be permanent. Successful losers set a goal for a weight that’s both realistic and maintainable.

 

Think before you eat!

Last week, I went out to eat and was so excited about the dinner I was going to have. I don’t eat red meat a lot, so I was looking forward to treating myself by having a good steak. Well, that all ended after I was sick for several hours and experienced terrible pains in my stomach! Since that experience I have been “cleansing” and will stick with being smart and cautious about what I eat. I’ve always had a “funny” stomach, so I know I should not overeat.  I found this scale and thought I’d share it. Hopefully it will help you, as much as I will use it to help me 🙂

Did you know that Climbing up an average set of stairs between floors burns about 1.8 calories, and walking down burns about 0.8 calories? If you run or jog up stairs you can burn hundreds of calories.

If you work on the fourth floor and take the stairs up and down four times a day, you can burn about 200 calories in a five-day workweek. That’s equivalent to an hour of brisk walking or half an hour of moderate cycling.

In a recent study of 13,500 people, those who climbed up and down about 100 steps a day reduced their risk of death by nearly 20%. This reduction is equivalent to walking about 2 miles a day and is equal to the calorie burn of a 30 minute brisk walk.

So today, start passing up the elevator for the stairs!