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Affordable Home Fitness with the BodyForm Platform

Home fitness is becoming ever more popular these days and having the right equipment is a must. It’s on the rise due to cutting costs, lack of time, parenting, and sometimes comfort levels. Since I am a firm believer in exercise, I am happy that many people today are making an effort, whether at home or in the gym.

I recently purchased a BodyForm Total Fitness Platform to use for my in-home clientele and it’s rather amazing. The BodyForm Platform is easy to use and extremely effective.

The BodyForm Platform is a compact home fitness machine that provides you with a total body workout anytime and anywhere. It is great for the home, office, or even the gym.


Bikini Beach Body Workout for Summer

Well, it’s almost summer again, which means the sometimes dreaded swimsuit season is here. If you have not already stepped up your workouts a little by now, it’s sure time to do so.

Many people often get the misconception that doing hundreds of crunches will get that flat, sexy stomach. Not true. Crunches do, however, work the core endurance and will obviously help. Fat and muscle are two different types of tissue. You need to burn the fat tissue in order achieve the so-called “bikini belly.”


10 Exercises to Lose the Baby Weight

Throughout the process of child birth, your body undergoes some severe changes, including weight gain and changes in the hip structure. Weight gain and an increase in body fat is normal. It helps provide nutrients and an ideal environment to grow and nurture a new life.

The hip structure, or pelvic girdle, of the female body changes tremendously during the later stages of pregnancy. The joints of the bones soften due to the hormonal changes, allowing the ligaments of the sacroiliac joint to loosen and the baby to pass through. Although the body should return to its normal state after pregnancy, hip pain, and weight gain are common side effects of this life-changing process.

Exercise before, during, and after pregnancy is vital to help prevent bodily injury and make pregnancy more efficient (less painful). It also helps the body lose the extra weight gained. Below is an exercise routine that will help you lose that dreaded baby weight after pregnancy.


How to Drop 5 Pounds Fast!

Have you been training hard and can’t seem to drop that last five measly pounds? Are you constantly hungry or starving yourself? Well, it’s time to stop that nonsense. The key to dropping weight is changing your way of life by either adding something or taking it away. By following the five tips below you will not only be successful with weight loss, you will feel better and have more energy.

Minimize Alcohol – Alcohol is one of the main causes of weight problems. Avoiding it will bring dramatic results. Not only will you feel better, you will be more productive with your daily routine. Alcohol has seven calories per gram, and your body processes alcohol first (before fat, carbohydrate, or protein), thus slowing down fat burning.


The Skinny on Muscle and Fat

Does muscle weigh more than fat? Well, there are two ways to look at this question.

Let’s take 10 pounds of fat versus 10 pounds of muscle. Ten pounds is 10 pounds, right? Yes. But, the 10 pounds of fat is much bulkier than the 10 pounds of muscle. Another way of looking at it is that a 10-pound pile of fat will take up more space than a 10-pound pile of muscle. So, more muscle would be needed to equal the space or volume of fat, thus making the pile of muscle weigh more.

That being said, let’s go into how muscle tissue and fat tissue are totally different. People often mistakenly think that doing crunches will turn the layer of fat into muscle. First off, there are three ways of losing weight (burning calories): diet, cardiovascular exercise, and weight training.


An Hour of Exercise Needed to Lose Weight

As we get older, it gets more and more difficult to not only lose weight, but to maintain it. The magic (or not-so-magical) age seems to be 35. That is when it really starts to get difficult to not only lose weight but to maintain the weight that you are at.

“Your metabolism slows by five percent each decade.” says Madelyn H. Fernstrom, Ph.D., director of the Weight Management Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “Compared to age 25, you’ll burn about 100 fewer calories a day at 35 and 200 fewer at 45. Do nothing, and you could gain eight to 12 pounds a year.”

So, that means when we start approaching 40, we need to work extra hard to lose or maintain weight. But, aren’t we supposed to be able to relax more as we get older? I wish life was fair, but it ain’t. If you’re worried about how much extra work you need to put in, a group of experts studied what the minimum amount of work is that you need to do. According to a Harvard study of 34,000 women, it is one hour a day of moderate exercise.

The study followed middle-aged women for 13 years. They were divided into three groups: those who did less than two and a half hours of moderate exercise a week, between two and a half hours and seven hours a week, and more than seven hours a week.

There was no difference in weight gain between the two lower exercise groups, but the high exercise group gained significantly less weight than the rest. The only group of women who did not gain weight in the study was the normal weight women who exercised for an hour or more a day.


Food Fight: White Turkey Meat Versus Dark Turkey Meat

turkeyIn response to the fear of fat that has been driven into our brains for the past few decades, many of us on Thanksgiving shun the dark turkey meat and instead pile our plates high with the white meat. But in our attempts to shave off a few calories, are we missing out on some key nutrients?

Here is a look at the benefits of white and dark meat turkey and some surprising facts that might have you and your health conscious aunt fighting for the drumstick.


Fat Controls Your Brain, Eating Impulses

french friesIf you’ve ever thought that your favorite food was “calling your name,” irresistibly drawing you to the refrigerator, it’s not just all in your head. Well, actually it is in your head. But, it’s very real. Let me explain…

A study at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has found that fat from certain foods goes to the brain and triggers the brain to send messages to the cells in the body, telling them to ignore the appetite-suppressing signals from leptin and insulin.

The interference with the leptin and insulin hormones, which are involved in regulating your weight, goes on for up to three days. (more…)

Recommended Daily Protein Intake

“How much protein should I eat?” Have you found yourself asking this question? Well, the recommended daily value for protein is 50 grams. For those of us that exercise and push the body to the extreme, we need a few more grams per day. If you are exercising at a moderate to high intensity level, I recommend consuming 0.8 grams of protein for every pound of your body weight.almonds

For example: if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should be consuming 150 x 0.8, which is 120 grams of protein per day. Be careful and don’t over-do it though; protein is broken down into amino acids and excess amino acids are converted to fats and sugars and then stored in the body. Below are a few examples of the best sources of protein! (more…)

Overweight Cops May Lose Jobs

police officerIt’s tough being a cop. It may get a little tougher if the state of Ohio has its way. There’s a state rule that allows the dismissal of police officers who “consistently exceed weight limits.” Alaska and Massachusetts also have weight rules for their police force.

Six Ohio troopers were removed from duty in 2003, including one who was 71 pounds overweight.

While no officers have been fired in recent years, at least 11 have received verbal or written reprimands this year for weighing too much. Reportedly, one trooper was 48 pounds over his allowable weight, while another was 40 pounds overweight. So, apparently the protest is working, or nobody wants to enforce the rules. (more…)