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Healthy & Simple Meal

Monday, November 3, 2008

When it comes to recipes, the words healthy and simple don't always seem to go together. But preparing a nutritious meal doesn't have to be hard.

The first step is to pick a lean protein. Dieticians and nutritionists recommend getting lean protein from natural, lean sources such as skinless poultry, fish, beef or pork loins and beans. Protein is essential to keep the body fueled.

Lean chicken breasts are an excellent source of protein, and their versatility lets them match up with just about any side dish.

Tuna, and seafood in general, are also good protein sources, and they have the added benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Research shows that omega-3s can improve heart health and reduce the risk of some kinds of cancers. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish at least two times a week as part of a healthy diet.

To make healthy cooking easier, don't be shy about using products that do part of the work for you. Using fully cooked and seasoned chicken breasts or ready to serve tuna medleys, means that the family gets a healthy and delicious meal in no time. They can be paired with your favorite simple sides, or turned into tasty wraps, salads and skillets for something the whole family will enjoy.

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Walking - Effective result

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Walking is a low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits. Here’s how to get started.

Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that can ease you into a higher level of fitness and health. It’s one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise. It’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice, and the health benefits are many. Here’s more about why walking is good for you, and how to get started with a walking program.

Benefits of walking
Walking for fitness can help you achieve a number of important health benefits. For example, you can:

Reduce your risk of a heart attack. Walking keeps your heart healthy by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol). A regular walking program also reduces your risk of developing high blood pressure, a factor that also contributes to heart disease.

Manage your blood pressure. If you already have high blood pressure, walking may reduce it.
Reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Regular exercise reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. If you’re a woman, overweight and at a high risk of diabetes, walking can improve your body’s ability to process sugar (glucose tolerance).

Manage your diabetes. If you already have type 2 diabetes, taking part in a regular walking program can improve your body’s ability to process sugar, lower your blood sugar, reduce your risk of heart disease and help you live longer.

Manage your weight. Walking burns calories, which can help you manage your weight. For example, middle-aged women who walk more than 10,000 steps a day have lower levels of body fat than do women who are less active.

Manage stress and boost your spirits. Going for a brisk walk is a great way to reduce stress. Regular walking also can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.

Stay strong and active. As you get older, walking for physical fitness can prevent falls, help you stay mobile and maintain your independence.

Prepare yourself before you go walking
Take time to prepare yourself to prevent injuries, such as blisters on your feet or muscle pain.
Wear walking shoes and comfortable, protective clothingBefore you set out, be sure to select comfortable footwear. Also dress in loosefitting, comfortable clothing and in layers if you need to adjust to changing temperature. If you walk outside, choose clothes appropriate for the weather. Avoid rubberized materials, as they don’t allow perspiration to evaporate. Wear bright colors or reflective tape after dark so that motorists can see you.

Warm up
Spend about five minutes walking slowly to warm up your muscles. You can walk in place if you want. Increase your pace until you feel warm. Warming up your muscles reduces your risk of injury.

After warming up, stretch your muscles for about five minutes before walking. Include the calf stretch, quadriceps stretch, hamstring stretch, lower back flexion stretch and chest stretch.

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Posted by Tuan Rumah at 9:59 AM 7 comments  
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Tips You Need To Know Before Purchasing Fitness Equipment

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Day-after-day many more people are beginning to take stock of their out of shape bodies. The weight loss and fitness industry has seen a big spike in the last couple of decades, chiefly attributable to the obesity epidemic that's been plaguing America for the same amount of time.

It is typically well-known that we're the fattest and most out of shape country in the world and that up to 70% of all Americans are considered to be clinically obese. A few people, perhaps you yourself, have determined to do something about this issue.

Choices Of Fitness Equipment
Along with eating healthy and drinking plenty of water, the best way to lose weight is by investing in some fitness equipment for your home, or getting a local gym membership. Fitness equipment is a great way to exercise because different machines and the like are designed to work out particular areas of your body. At the gym you might see a pull-up machine, a stationary biking machine, and a treadmill. All of these pieces of fitness equipment help you burn fat and keep it off with regular use.

If you're looking into toning up your upper body, I would suggest purchasing a pull-up machine or a set of dumbells like you've seen at the gym. Doing a set amount of pull-ups is one of the many requirements for becoming a Marine, so you can't go wrong with building muscle in that fashion (you're essentially doing the work out employed by the best of the best). Dumbells are also great because they're relatively small compared to most fitness equipment, and you can leave them sitting anywhere around your house just in case you get the urge to pump some iron.

The most basic piece of physical fitness equipment you will see in the average household is the treadmill. Treadmills are fantastic because they allow you to move about and get your pulse rate up. This is called a cardio workout and is the #1 way to lose weight and stay fit. Treadmills also have timers, speed adjusters, and a few of the more current ones will actually display what your pulse rate is as you are running on them. The best part about treadmills is that they're fantastic for the entire family. I would recommend a treadmill for any home.

All in all, there are a myriad of ways to lose weight using fitness equipment. The only downside that I can think of to investing in fitness equipment besides the cost (which you can't really complain about, since these are huge intricate machines), is finding room to fit them all in your home. A lot of fitness equipment can clutter up and this is especially bad when they're not even used anymore. It doesn't matter if it's a pull-up machine, dumbell, or treadmill - one or all will help you obtain your long desired goals of getting into shape.

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Posted by Tuan Rumah at 7:09 AM 4 comments  
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