Archive for October, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2009
Happy Halloween

Image from Yun Fitness Pumpkin Bootcamp

Best Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The following guest post was contributed by Christine Howell who frequently writes about Online Health Care Degrees and other college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college directory and comparison website

Workplace Exercise

Although lack of motivation is a big deterrent to exercise, finding the time to incorporate it into a busy schedule is even greater.
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Calorie Information on Fast Food Menus Decreases Calories Consumed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

A study release by New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene shows evidence that posting calorie information on fast food restaurant menus actually does change consumer behavior.

Girl Eating Fast Food
Girl Eating Fast Food

In July 2008, New York became the first US city to require fast food restaurants to post calorie counts in on menus, a practice that has become a stepping stone for similar rules in California, Seattle, Portland, and other cities in New York.

The decision to require nutrition information on menus is a result of an effort to combat obesity and promote good nutrition, especially for children.

Menu labeling continues to be viewed as a tool for fighting obesity. Currently, about 33% of adults in the US are obese, and another 33% are overweight. Obesity is a condition that increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other medical problems. Being overweight often leads to obesity later in life.

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Halloween Pumpkin Fat Loss Circuit

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Here we have what is essentially bodyweight circuit training, but using a pumpkin for resistance. You might laugh, but pumpkins can weigh 10-20 pounds if they’re big enough. I don’t know that this is a ‘good’ idea, but at least it demonstrates how to think outside the box.

Repeat the 4-minute workout below, 4-5 times for a Halloween-themed 20 minute fat burning workout.

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Now check out these other Halloween themed workouts by The Workout Muse.

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What is Isometric Stretching?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Before we really get into static stretching, you can take a minute to learn more about flexibility training.

One of the fastest ways to develop increased static-passive flexibility, isometric stretching uses the resistance of muscle groups through isometric contractions of the target muscles. Isometric stretching is even more effective than active stretching or passive stretching.

Isometric stretches help to develop strength in the target muscles and seems to decrease the amount of pain usually associated with stretching. Static-active flexibility is also increased due to the use of muscular contractions.

Not Isometric Stretching
This is not isometric stretching, but it’s a cool image.

Now we can examine how, why, when, and where to use isometric stretching. You can then decide if isometric stretching is right for you.

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Eat More Protein, Burn Fat Faster

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Dr. John Berardi
John Berardi

Since the late 1990’s Dr. John Berardi has published 8 scientific abstracts; 15 scientific papers and textbook chapters; presented at nearly 50 scientific, exercise, and nutrition related conferences; and published countless articles online.

His first articles at Testosterone Magazine so many years ago, provided me with the basis for everything I know about nutrition today. Now I will turn some of that knowledge over to you in the form of Nutrition Tips written by Dr. Berardi himself.

Today’s Topic – Protein for Fat Burning

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What is Ballistic Stretching?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Before we really get into ballistic stretching, you should take a minute to learn more about the basics of flexibility training.

Ballistic stretching is probably the most dangerous form of flexibility training you can use, but when done properly can significantly increase your range of motion (ROM). This is a very advanced form of flexibility training that is not considered very useful due to the potential for injury.

Cheerleading Toe Touch
Cheerleading Toe Touches – Seriously?

There is very little worth knowing about ballistic stretching, but we will go over all of it anyway, just so you know the how, where, when, and why to use ballistic stretching; or more accurately the how, where, when, and why NOTs.

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What is PNF Stretching?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Before we really get into proprioceptive muscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, you should take a minute to learn more about the basics of flexibility training.

PNF stretching is probably the most effective form of flexibility training available to you for increasing your range of motion (ROM). This is a more advanced form of flexibility training, involving both the stretch and contraction of the targeted muscle group.

Two Girls Using PNF Stretching
Two Girls Using PNF Stretching

There is lots to learn about PNF stretching, so now we will examine why PNF stretching is your best choice for static flexibility training, as well as who, when, where, and how to use it.

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PNF Stretching Videos

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Below are some decent PNF stretching videos to go along with a recent post about PNF stretching. Use these videos to get some good ideas for stretching your muscles before exercise or anytime you feel like working to increase your flexibility. Similar to dynamic stretching, only better!

Click here to learn more about general flexibility training.

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Dynamic Stretching Videos

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Below are some decent dynamic stretching videos to go along with a recent post about dynamic stretching. Use these videos to get some good ideas for stretching your muscles before exercise or anytime you feel like working to increase your flexibility.

Click here to learn more about general flexibility training.

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