January 28, 2010

Ways to boost your Metabolism

Your metabolism can help you burn more fat while you’re working out and will help you meet your weight loss goals. However, many people don’t understand that certain activities can help increase your body’s metabolic rate while others can actually hurt your metabolism.

Top Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Exercise – Cardiovascular training is one of the most effective ways of increasing your metabolism. Make sure you incorporate weightlifting into your regular routine. Weightlifting will help build muscle which increases your body’s metabolic rate significantly more than fat.

Balanced diet – Eating a balanced diet is a great way to boost your metabolic rate and stay healthy. Food is also the fuel for your body. If you want to run like a top, high end vehicle, only put the best food in you.

Sleep – Sleep is just as important as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Your body uses sleep as a time to repair itself. Without proper sleep, your body won’t have the time to fix itself and your metabolism will suffer. 8 hours of sleep every night is recommended.

Things That Will Harm Your Metabolism

Not drinking enough water – Water is the most important thing that many of us forget to drink. These days it’s all about soft drinks and coffee (even I can’t resist the great taste of coffee). However, the sugars and caffeine in these drinks are not good for your body if you drink too much. On average we should be drinking 8-10 cups of water a day.

Aging – Aging is one thing none of us can really stop. Your metabolic rate will decrease naturally as you age starting around the 40’s.

Too many sugars and other simple or refined carbs – Eating too many refined sugars and carbohydrates can really do some damage to your metabolism. Along with doing major damage to your metabolic rate, too many sugars and carbs can lead to severe health problems like diabetes.

No exercise or inadequate recovery time – Try to make sure you can always get in some sort of exercise on a regular basis. Even using a resistance band in the kitchen while you’re waiting for dinner to finish cooking is better than sitting and watching television. However, make sure you don’t over train yourself. If you don’t take the time to rest and recover you can injure your body and you will actually decrease your exercising effectiveness due to the inability to train at the highest level possible.

Stress – Stress is the biggest factor that affects your metabolism. Stress can damage everything you have worked so hard to build up, from strong bones to muscle mass. Additionally stress also promotes many habits that are damaging to your metabolism, such as overeating.

December 29, 2009

How to Succeed With This Year’s Resolution

New Years Resolution SuccessWith 2010 fast approaching many of us have probably begun to make preparations to start our resolutions. Again the majority of us probably have our hearts set on losing some of the weight we packed on after all those holiday meals. However, many fail in their weight loss goals for a variety of reasons. However, this year try not to make one large switch in lifestyle, but try to slowly make many little changes.

Most resolutions end up failing within a month of starting. However, try spending that first month just adjusting to your resolution. Each week try to change one or two things in your diet. During the first week you should start by cutting out things like junk food. Cutting out all those sugary foods will be the hardest, but most rewarding step. During the second week try increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables by 1 or 2 servings a day.

Continue this type of cutting back of your unhealthy foods, and increasing the intake of healthy food groups you may not be getting enough of. If you’re able to find some time on a regular basis to exercise then you will definitely start seeing some results of your resolution. However, it won’t be easy and the only way you’ll be able to succeed is if you can stay committed to your goals. If you find it hard to stay focused, try finding someone you know that will keep you on task and will help you throughout the next year.

December 21, 2009

4 Ways to Help Prevent Arthritis

Many of us view arthritis as something you only get when you’re old, which is why many people are surprised to learn that they have arthritis at a much younger age. However, the good news is that there are ways to help lower your chances of staying arthritis free for more years to come.

1. Maintain a Healthy Weight – By maintaining a healthy weight, you can help prevent yourself from developing arthritis in your knees, hips, and feet. Being overweight can create a significant amount of strain on your joints and result in permanent damage.

2. Eat Healthy – By eating a healthy, balanced diet you not only maintain a healthy weight, but you give your body the needed nutrients to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals are important for preventing arthritis.

3. Exercise Often – You need to participate in regular physical activity to stay healthy. By exercising you will help keep healthy muscles and gain many other benefits. However, try to stay away from high impact activities, such as football, basketball, and martial arts. Walking and swimming will be better forms of exercise for those worried about arthritis.

4. Prevent Injuries – Injury prevention is very important to prevent arthritis. Spend extra time making sure you are doing something properly, instead of getting it wrong and hurting yourself. Also, if you do suffer an injury, take time to let it heal fully.

5. Things to Remember – Always, always warm up before exercising. If you go to play a sport, do a quick jog and stretch to warm your muscles up. Wear safety gear, such as a brace or splint on a body part that has recently been injured or may be prone to injury. Make sure you get some rest after strenuous activity. Recovery days are as important as exercising regularly.

July 20, 2009

3 Ways To Reduce Anxiety Without Medication

For most people the occasional panic attack or rush of anxiety happens. Many times at the most inopportune moment, like right before an interview for that new job you want, or maybe right as you’re walking up to that one person you’ve been waiting to ask out on a date. Anxiety can also make us strive to do better. For example, if a presentation for work is due, if you aren’t worried a little bit then you won’t be pressured to put enough work into the project. However, there are some people who suffer from extreme forms of anxiety that actually interferes in their daily life. Imagine a panic attack so bad you can’t make it into work for the next week. Obviously this can be a be a very significant problem, so here are some strategies (not involving medication) that you can try.

1.Take (at least) 10 Deep Breaths– You’ve probably heard this over and over, but that’s because it works. When you become anxious you start to breath faster increasing your heart rate and sending you into that kind of “frenzied” mode. By breathing deeply at least 10 times you slow yourself down. At the same time you can really think about what just happened and try to tell yourself everything is okay.

2.Exercise– Physical exercise has been proven to help in depression and in some people who suffer from frequent anxiety. Exercising releases endorphins in your body making your overall mood happier. Additionally, the exercise will help you take your mind off of any problems you are experiencing, and you’ll get a good work out in the process.

3.Get A Massage– If you’re feeling stressed out try having a massage. The massage should relieve some of the tension both physical and emotional. Ask a close friend or your significant other to massage you for a little while, this will keep the cost down especially considering massages aren’t cheap. Try lighting some candles if it will help you calm down.

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