Ab Lounger (Ab Lounge)

From EverydayHealth.com:

Q: I am wondering if using an Ab Lounger will provide a good exercise on the days that I am not riding a bike or walking to lose extra weight?

A:  The Ab Lounger — a piece of exercise equipment regularly advertised on television — uses resistance training to create a “fancy” sit-up that helps to tighten and tone abdominal muscles. It is not going to burn a significant amount of calories, however, and thus does not significantly contribute to weight loss.The Ab Lounger is NOT a substitute for bike riding, walking, or other aerobic activities that burn calories effectively. To lose weight — and more importantly, keep it off — you need to exercise at a moderate intensity for about 200 to 300 minutes per week. Walking and bike riding are two great examples of moderately-intense exercises.

 

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Deli Chicken/Wedges/Veg Dinner Has More Calories Than Big Mac Meal!

“With 905 calories, 46 grams of fat and 2,498 mg of sodium, the quarter-chicken dinner has more calories, about the same amount of fat and twice the sodium as a Big Mac and medium order of fries.”

This is surprising!  This was one of my stand-by meals.  Go to Sobey’s and pick up something at the deli.  Now it’s shown that the chicken white meat meal with a side of veggies and wedges has more calories and salt than McDonalds!  Crazy.   Guess we really need to switch to salads.  Check out the article here.

To save your meal, do the following:

  • Remove the skin to help reduce the fat
  • Pass on the potato wedges, which are indeed cooked like French fries to cut more fat.
  • Skip the stir-fried vegetables, likely awash in oil, to make the fat and calorie count even better
  • The best option is to pair the quarter (and now skinless) chicken with a fresh green salad and a whole wheat roll.

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Sugar Can Increase Blood Pressure

Sodium isn’t the only bad guy on the block! Read the article here.

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Increase Upper Body Strength with Jillian Michaels’ 2 Push-Ups Styles

Plyo Push-up
Start in your usual push-up position. Slowly lower yourself to the floor. With an explosive burst, exhale and push yourself up, bringing your hands off the floor and clapping them together. Land in the push-up position and repeat. The plyo (for plyometric) push-up increases muscle power by adding extra difficulty.

Close-Grip Push-up
Start in a push-up position but keep your hands directly under your shoulders instead of out to the side. Your legs should be extended straight out behind you, your feet slightly apart, so you are balancing on the balls of your feet as well as your palms. Keep your elbows pressed firmly against your torso as you slowly lower yourself down. Exhale, press back up to the starting position, and repeat. This close-grip push-up places more emphasis on your anterior shoulder muscles and triceps as well as your chest.

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