US To Replace Food Pyramid With Food Plate

Apparently the food pyramid is confusing, so the US is thinking of following in the UK’s footsteps with the food plate.  I’m all for improvements but I’m not sure that confusion is the reason why a large portion of the US do not eat properly.  For me it’s because a McDonald’s is dangerously close and cheap(ish)….

May 31, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Fast Food, Health, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Running Workouts

I am running my first 5K of the year on Sunday.  I have to admit that I haven’t been training for it a lot.  When I moved at the end of March I was running 3 or 4 times a week, but then the nice weather came and I did bootcamps, Insanity and biking by the water.  So I have improved my cardio, but running on your feet is quite different then being on a bike or interval training.

MSN.com offers combo training workouts here.  The idea is to incorporate into one workout the goals of 2 workouts…for instance, if you want to work on your race pace and increase your distance MSN offers a workout to work towards both goals.  Also the change up is nice.

And if you are a beginner runner, or returning to running after illness or a injury, read this on how to avoid the early pitfalls of running!  Helpful.  Second week is harder than first….

May 28, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

Insanity Workout

Anyone else try the Insanity workouts? This is my favourite home dvd workout.  I changed daily, constantly challenges you and gets results.  I am 2 weeks in.  It starts off with a Fit Test, then a schedule of workouts, which are tough but short enough to fit into your day, in the privacy of your home.  No equipment needed!  I tried PX90 but didn’t have a chin up bar or somewhere to secure a fitness band to.  I just did the Fit Test at the 2 week mark and am impressed with how much improvement I have!

I should note that I haven’t been true to the schedule, I do what I can when I can, and also bike and do bootcamps.  That said, I still improved!

May 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise. Leave a comment.

10 Signs That You May Have Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a lifestyle disease and used to be called adult onset diabetes.  However younger and younger people are developing it.  It’s a killer and can be managed, even prevented if the early onset symptoms are detected.

Click here to see what the signs are and if you show any!

April 21, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Health. Leave a comment.

Resistance Bands

In order to use up all this empty space in my apartment I’ve started working out more at home.  I dusted off my resistance bands and realized how much I like them.  They are light (much easier to store at home then weights) and pack a powerful resistance.  They are very versatile.  All you have to do is youtube resistance bands and you can see how many different exercises you can do with them.  And they are cheap!

April 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Can I Exercise While Sick?

Q: Should you work out when you have a cold? Anything special to keep in mind?

A: The rule of thumb for exercising while sick is called the above/below-the-neck rule. If your symptoms appear above the neck (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat), then yes, you can continue with a low-intensity workout. Studies have shown that exercising at a moderate-intensity level does not intensify cold symptoms or compromise the immune system. Avoid high-intensity exercise, such as heavy weight lifting and high-intensity aerobic training, which has been shown to have a negative impact on the immune system during a cold or any respiratory infection.

If your symptoms are below the neck (diarrhea, intense coughing, vomiting, fever), then the American College of Sports Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest you let your illness run its course before resuming physical activity.

Jillian Michaels, EverydayHealth.com

January 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Leaner Butt and Legs Workout

From Women’s Health, here’s a sequence of 8 exercises to lean out and tone your lower half.  I like wood choppers.  You can even feel it in your abs and sides if you cross from left foot to over right shoulder, and vice versa for a modified version.

January 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Did You Know?

“A large bagel contains about 200-250 calories. A slice of commercially prepared whole wheat bread has about 70.”

Fact from LivingWell newsletter.  Sign up here and browse their website.

January 8, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Making Resolutions Realistic

  



Make New Year’s fitness resolutions specific but realistic: experts

January 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Interesting Articles, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

Shop Once, Eat For A Week (on $50!)

Downloadable too!  From Men’s Health Eat This, Not That! Shop Once, Eat For A Week.  Cost is $50 and meals are 500 calories or less.

January 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet. Leave a comment.

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