Ways to Get in Shape this Summer – Feeling Healthy

May 31, 2012 by  
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If you are like me, and many other people, in constantly thinking when looking into a mirror ‘I need to get in shape…’, then now is the time to do it. A lot of people will simply say these things, realizing that they should get in shape but never having the willpower to actually do it, never actually planning how they will manage it, even if they really want to.

A lot of the time I find this is because you don’t have a plan or a reason. Other than ‘I want to be healthy’, it can be hard to find an absolute reason why you should bother going through all the difficulty of losing weight and getting exercise. But now you have one – summer is coming.

Summer

With summer just around the corner, you are given the perfect opportunity to get back in shape. Not only will the weather be far nicer for working out in, but if you are planning on going on holiday at all then you will want to look and feel great, so you can really get the most out of your holiday.

The Right Treatment

The first step to doing this is really to find the right treatment for you. Most people can figure out ways of doing this by themselves, without any other treatment being necessary, but if you think heavy metals may have anything to do with your problems then you should consider heavy metal cleanse, to see if this helps you feel any healthier.

Other than this there is obviously the choice of simply buckling down and getting some exercise and good food. Simply by starting to eat healthily and really get out there and doing some exercise, you can really start to make a huge improvement to how you look and how you feel.

Setting Targets

If you can begin to figure out what it is that you want to achieve from the diet and exercise plan, you will also find that it becomes far easier. Why? For several reasons:

  • Having a goal in mind will make it far easier to carry on with your goal
  • You will be able to measure your progress, keeping yourself motivated
  • You can measurably say you have achieved something

There is more to it than that, but these are the key reasons why you should consider figuring out what you want to achieve, though the first is most important.

Just as with a lifelong goal that you work towards, you need to know what you have in mind. If there is a certain profession you aim for, then you can figure out what you need to do to get there. The same can be said on a smaller scale, when it comes to working out – if you have a certain strength level to reach, a certain weight or a certain size, as long as it is within reason then you will be far more likely to achieve it, as you can measure how effective the treatment is.

You can then also make changes if you need – if your current eating and exercise habits are not helping you achieve your ideal weight or fitness level, then change something. Maybe you need to eat more healthily or do more exercise, or maybe your goals are simply too high. There is nothing bad about toning down your targets if it makes you more likely to be able to reach them – a sense of progress is more important, and if you are left not being able to reach your target then you are far more likely to feel like a failure, which is the kind of thought which you should not promote.

But by following a simple plan it should be far easier to feel better within yourself – this is, after all, what is the most important aspect – “If you believe that you are healthy, you are capable of doing anything.”

About the Author:

Melissa Cameron is a mother of several wonderful kids, attempting to get in shape for the summer. She’s discovered the benefits of Chlorella, currently using it alongside exercise in order to get as healthy as possible, just to stay in shape for the longest time. Having found a system that works, she now tries to share it with women just like her, to get the most out of the great summer weather.


The 4 Easiest Ways to Lose Weight Quickly

May 28, 2012 by  
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I’m really not a fan of fad diets and I don’t trust their methods at all, but there are still some ways you can genuinely lose weight quickly without having to put it all back on again. For me, the key is in moderation and in never trying to be too extreme with your diet. Simple, gradual changes are the ones that are most likely to stick. However, if you really do need to lose weight quickly here are four sneaky methods.

1. Cut down on your carbohydrates

As you may know, the Atkins diet involves cutting out all carbohydrates completely (including fruits!). Many people have lost weight with this diet, but I imagine it would be very difficult to stick to. Carbohydrates are what make us feel full after a meal, and I imagine not including any at all in a diet would only result in constant hunger and irritability.

However, most people actually eat far more carbohydrates than they actually need. One good tip for losing weight quickly is to increase the amount of proteins and vegetables you have in each meal and decrease the amount of carbohydrates proportionally. The protein and vegetables are where most of the nutrients are, so a meal composed this way will automatically be healthier, and you may also find that it leaves you feeling surprisingly full! If you need a dramatic weight loss, I’d consider reducing your carbohydrate by as much as three-quarters initially.

After you have reached your ideal weight, you can begin introduce a little more carbohydrate to your diet, but only a little. You should never return to the amount of carbohydrate you were eating previously, as this is probably what caused you to gain weight in the first place.

2. Go vegetarian

As a weight loss strategy, temporary vegetarianism can be very effective. Meat and fish, especially red meats, are high in calories. In order to get an adequate  supply of protein without all the calories, replace your usual fish or meat with legumes instead. Vegetable chilli is a great option.  Remember, you can eat as many vegetables as you like and they will never cause you to put on weight. It’s literally impossible to eat too many vegetables, so feel free to eat as much as you like.

If you don’t feel you can become completely vegetarian, try cutting out just red meat for a while. This is the most  calorie-rich type of meat and has also been linked with  certain types of stomach cancer. If you can, try to eat only seafood. Fish is packed with the Omega-3 oils that are incredibly beneficial for your mental health, so you may well find that eating more fish reduces your symptoms of stress and your need to indulge in high-fat or sugary foods.

3. Cut out alcohol

Even a moderate drinker should find that cutting out alcohol alone makes a big different to his or her waistband. One glass of wine contains up to 150 calories, while there’s roughly 100 calories in just one bottle of beer. If you were to drink ten bottles of beer as many people do at the weekend that would be adding a massive 1000 calories on to your intake for the day. This is half of your daily calorie intake! It’s no surprise the term ‘beer belly’ was invented. For serious, immediate weight loss, try cutting out alcohol altogether.

If you do find it difficult to cut out alcohol altogether, try swapping to white spirits instead. These are the least  calorific of all alcohols. By drinking vodka and lemonade instead of beer or wine you’d be saving a massive amount of calories and you probably wouldn’t have such a bad hangover either.

4. Exercise every day

If you lead a sedentary lifestyle at the moment, exercising moderately for just half an hour every day should have a massive impact on your weight. If you were to combine this with one of my other weight loss tricks, you would really see a dramatic difference. Remember, this exercise doesn’t even have to be particularly strenuous. Just upping your heart rate for half an hour every day will improve muscle tone and speed up your metabolism.

A great way of fitting exercise into your daily routine is to buy some home-gym equipment. This means you don’t have to sign up for a gym membership that you may not use and you don’t have to worry about the intimidating atmosphere of a gym. One item of equipment I’d recommend to all home-gym beginners is an elliptical machine. While exercise bikes and treadmills tend to target only one area of the body (the legs), Horizon elliptical machines allow for an all-round cardiovascular workout. There’s no point in wasting money on a poor quality piece of equipment, however, so make sure to check out some elliptical machine reviews online to find a good machine. A good quality elliptical machine review will let you know the price, the quality and any extra features the  machine has so you know exactly what you’re buying.

Remember not to exercise too vigorously or for too long, you may think you’re improving your weight loss, but if you burn too many calories you will become too hungry and this creates cravings. The trick is to always remain satiated, but to burn up all the calories you have consumed.

If you’re not sure how many calories you should be eating, you can find a precise formula for your gender and height online. As a general guide, women should normally eat 2000 calories and men 2500 calories, however this does vary according to your height, activity level, age and other factors.

About the Author:

Mother of two Melissa Cameron has always enjoyed keeping fit. She has been an avid hiker for many years, and enjoys camping with her husband and two daughters. Recently she has discovered the benefits of keeping fit at home, and has written about budget elliptical reviews to extoll the benefits of her new home gym.


4 Easy Ways to Burn Fat Quickly

May 21, 2012 by  
Filed under . ANNOUNCEMENTS, OBESITY

When battling to burn fat many people go to extreme measures and use harmful exercises such as Bicycle spinning to burn more calories. However, there are much easier ways to burn fat quickly and efficiently. In this article we will describe several of these methods.

Green Tea

Mug of Green Tea Green tea is a very easy way to burn more calories and live a healthier life. Alongside many health benefits, green tea can also boost your metabolism so you burn more calories and burn fat effortlessly. Drink 1-2 cups of green tea at morning and noon and you will have higher energy as well.

HIT Weight Training

When doing high intensity training you highly boost your fat burning as the effort is short-term but very high. With just 1 hour of gym training per week (separated into 2 sessions) you can make an imminent change of your body fat and lose that stubburn belly fat. Make sure to do slow repetitions of each exercise, and to focus on the negative of the repetition as well as it contribute to boosting your metabolic rate. Note that for maximum performance it is advised to continue each set until the point of muscular failure. This will also cause muscle growth and make you look in better shape. Visit Mass-Gainer.net for more tips on HIT training.

Aerobics Right After Weight Training

Our body only burns fat after it has finished burning all our Glicogen energy which is more accessible. However, after a weight training our body usually finished all the easy-access energy and now proceeds to burn fat. Therefore just 20 minutes of aerobics right after your workout will burn mostly fat and help you maintain a lean physique without wasting hours at the gym. Remember, the entire gym routine I advise here is just 1-1.5 hours of gym per week, which can be done by everyone no matter how busy you are.

Eat Only Complex Carbs

Simple carbs are easily digested and turned into sugar, which then causes insulin spike in the body which stores this sugar as fat. To avoid this it advised to eat complex carbs such as Quinoa, whole rice and whole grain. These carbs are harder to digest, so they do not lead to insulin spike and do not get stored as fat in your body. They will also give you energy for longer periods compared to chocolate or bread which will only keep you fed for a little while.

Dan Storren is a gym fanatic that loves working out and living healthy. Visit his site for more tips on building muscles and burning fat.


How To Care For Someone With Dementia

May 16, 2012 by  
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If a person is suffering from dementia they are losing their mental skills that will have an effect on their everyday life. Dementia is a gradually deteriorating condition that be brought about by strokes and if a person suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Also, Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia.

Dementia is different in each case, but it leads to memory problems, the ability to think clearly, and problems with daily planning. Depending on the stage of dementia people can function for some time while suffering from it, but since it gradually gets worse they need to be taken care of the more they suffer from it. Here are some tips on how to care for a person that suffers from dementia.

Medication

Since memory loss and forgetfulness is a symptom of dementia, it is important that if a person is on medication for dementia that they continue to take it as prescribed.

Physical activity

Staying physically active is important for anybody that has dementia and it can also give them a feeling if independence.

Eating healthy

You will need to help the person suffering from dementia to eat healthy and give them healthy meals and snacks even if they are not hungry.

Encourage mental activities.

This can help people stay mentally active and more alert by doing such things as crossword puzzles, reading, or playing games.

Daily Routines
 
The more a person with dementia has a clear-cut daily routine, the less confused or frustrated they will be. If there is any change to the routine, you should tell the person beforehand.

Give them their independence.

As long as the person who is suffering from dementia can make their own decisions pertaining to what they would like to eat, what they would like to do with their time and what to wear. These are just a few examples as it still allows them to feel independent.

Have patience.

You must have patience when taking care of someone who has dementia, as things will take longer to do than usual. Never get frustrated with the person, as that will only make them more frustrated as well.

Be there emotionally.

The person with dementia will know what is happening and offering them emotional support can make it easier on them. Listen to their problems and be there for them in a respectful manner. Be there as a helper more than a caregiver and, as much as they can, let them do things and make their own decisions. The more you do things for them that they still believe they have the ability to do the more frustrated they may become.

Safety issues

Make the residence of where the person suffering from dementia safe. This is more of an important issue as the condition becomes gradually worse. Handrails in the bathtub, removing sharp objects, and keeping walkways clear are just a few things you can do to make the residence safer. If the person cannot drive or cook in a safe manner, do not allow them to do these things. Do not move anything or make any drastic changes in the residence, as it may confuse and frustrate the person.

Decide If You Can’t Care For Them Yourself.

It’s understandable when a loved one begins to have trouble caring for someone with dementia. However, there are professional senior living centers where they can reside and be taken care of by professionals who understand their condition

 

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NOTE: The contents in this blog are for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or a substitute for professional care. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before making changes to any existing treatment or program. Some of the information presented in this blog may already be out of date.