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)….

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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.

If I’m On My Feet All Day, That’s A Cardio Workout, Right?

I’m on my feet all of my 8 hour shift, and my legs were feeling it the first week of my new job.  So I thought that because I was on my feet and walking all day that that was enough of a workout.  Then I picked up the Women’s Health Training Guide and this question was in it:

Q: I’m on my feet all day.  Do I really need to hit the gym, too?

A: If you’re walking from 9 to 5 and the numbers on the scale are stagnant or heading in the wrong direction, then yes, a more intense workout may be in order.  Even walking nonstop, you wouldn’t burn much more than 500 calories in a typical workday.  Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of strength training followed by 20 minutes of intense cardio, such as intervals, three times a week.  You’ll get a metabolism boost and burn extra calories.

Here is the Women’s Health guide I picked up at the local bookstore/grocery store.

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

Push Up Variations

Sorry I’ve been MIA but I moved and started a new job.  I have lots of space in my new place so I’ve been doing more home workouts.  I’ve always liked the push-up so I’ve done some research on variations I can add to my home or gym workout.

Check out this link here.  This guy shows 10 variations of the normal push-up, and the last one, the Aztec I’ve never seen before!  Watch the video because he’s kinda cute to :-).

April 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise. Leave a comment.

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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Push Ups and PX90

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I started the PX9o today.  I did the chest and back routine.  It was good, got me sweating (or maybe that was the 30degree plus weather).  Lots of pushups, different variations, which was a nice change up.  Remember, you can look like this with pushups!

August 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Male Perspective, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

JT – More Proof For Push-Ups

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Hello Everyone,

My name is JT…I am the boyfriend of IWMSB.  I was asked to do a post for the blog…so I decided to write one about a wonderful exercise called “push-ups”.  IWMSB has written a couple of posts with some information regarding push-ups and I just wanted to reinforce the fact that push-ups can really be an effective part of any workout routine.  I have included them in my workouts for the past 5 years.

I needed an exercise routine that I could complete in 45min to an hour and be able to do it every second day.  I figured that my legs would benefit from the biking I do…so I focused my exercise days on my upper body…  I decided on three exercises…the push-up, the dip, the bicep curl and occasionally tri extensions.  I thought it would be interesting to challenge myself with the amount of time and number of “reps” during the routine…trying to reduce time while keeping “good form” during “reps” as well as the reduction of recovery time between sets. 

In the Beginning…

  • 2 sets x 35 standard push-ups
  • 2 sets x 10 dips (in between two chairs knees bent)
  • 2 sets x 35 standard push – ups
  • 2 sets x 7 bicep curls (hammer to palm up) (20 lbs)
  • 2 sets x 30 standard push-ups
  • 2 sets x 8 dips
  •  2 sets x 7 bicep curls (hammer to palm up) (20 lbs)

I would complete this exercise in that order in an hour

 Currently…

  • 7 sets x 50 standard push-ups
  • 4 sets x 12 dips (knees bent at 90 degrees)
  • 1 set x 50 push-ups (arms slightly extended forward)
  • 4 sets x 8 bicep curls (hammer to palm up) (50lbs)
  • 2 sets x 50 push-ups (feet raised on exercise ball)

I complete this in 40-45 min

August 10, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Diet, Exercise, Male Perspective, Weight Loss Tips. 1 comment.

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