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.

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.

Stronger Without Lifting Weights

I am a fan of working out at home…it’s convenient and comfortable and I can do it watching TV.  Men’s Health put out this article on how to gain strength without lifiting any weights.  I think it applies well to women because some workout beginners are more likely to work out at home (who maybe haven’t invested in home equipment) as well as moms.  Here are Men’s Health 5 ways to increase strength without weights:

  1. Increase the distance.  Lengthen your body and the exercise will become harder.  For example, raise your arms above your head while lunging.
  2. Go farther.  Place front or back feet on a step when lunging.  Instead of up/down reps, go half-up, back down, half-up, and so on.  Put your feet up on a stability ball or chair while doing pushups.
  3. Dissipate elastic energy.  Slow down the reps so that when you curl, the down motion is slow.  Apply the same for each exercise you can.  Make the return motion count more by slowing it down.
  4. More in more than one direction.  Twist your torso to the right or left in exercises such as the lunge, situp, and pushup.
  5. Decrease the body surface that touches the floor.  It’s hard to do a pushup, harder to do it on fingertips.  Lift your heels during a crunch.

Note: Post taken from link below! Check it out.

Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/body_weight_exercises/add_a_twist.php#ixzz14Lx8GjaO

November 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Exercise, Male Perspective, Weight Loss Tips. Leave a comment.

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