The balance for physical fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise.
Well, that’s what most health professionals agree on. There are slight variations in those figures, but they all agree that what you eat has the largest impact on your health and fitness. Nutrition plays an integral part in your health, and there is no question that staying active is also important.
As a matter of fact, while some nutrients tend to gain endorsements (vitamin D, for example), others fall short of their promised values (such as excessive amounts of protein). Controversial food groups are added or eliminated from diets often. However, exercise continues to be a constant in all plans for healthier living.
Doctors and nutritionists agree that increasing your heart rate via exercise at least five times weekly is one of the best ways to prevent serious chronic diseases. Along with an exercise routine, it is crucial to have the adequate nutrients to support your body throughout the process. Each time you exercise, your body will have some muscle breakdown which requires fuel to rebuild.
Any workout routine requires ample amount of dedication and sacrifice to see positive results. Many people fuss that in spite of their four months of effort, they have seen absolutely no change and wonder where they went wrong.
Each individual is unique. While some can lose weight quite quickly, others won’t see the same results with a similar routine and diet plan. Even if you can lift over 250 pounds or run miles upon miles effortlessly, you will not necessarily get shredded.
Every ineffective workout can be a result of multiple reasons. Keeping a good check on those factors can get you back on track and allow you to see the results you’ve been desiring.
Keep reading for the six reasons why your workout might not be working out.
Despite exercising regularly and eating healthy foods, many of us experience difficulty in losing weight.
The reason for reaching this plateau, most of the time, is the slowing down of metabolism. When you have had the same workout regimen for a while, your body gets used to it, and despite working out and eating healthy, you start gaining weight or find it hard to lose any more weight.
In such situations, it’s helpful to use natural supplements that boost your metabolism.
Before using natural weight loss boosters, it is important to know what they are and what to expect of them. Natural boosters are not a magic weight loss potion; rather, they help to enhance the effects of your exercise and diet. They aid in losing weight but are not a cause for weight loss by themselves. That being said, there are many boosters that can help you maintain or lose weight.
Keep reading for a list of some natural weight loss boosters...
As May turns into June and the temperature steadily increases, we start finding any reason to get outside and get moving.
After spending the long, cold winter cooped up indoors (where we may have packed on those few extra pounds we like to call winter weight), the arrival of shorts, tank tops and bathing suits has managed to sneak up on us and is inspiring us all to knock off those pounds.
I know I can speak for myself, and I am sure for a few of you, when I say that I am sick of looking at that wall in front of my treadmill and exercise bike and I now want to take my exercise outside!
There are many added benefits to an outdoor workout to include production of vitamin D3 when the sunlight hits one’s skin, which is important to bone health and metabolic function, decreased depression, anger, and tension due to enjoying ones workout outside and saving money on those monthly gym memberships.
On the other hand, it is important to remember that exercising in the heat can be dangerous if you’re not prepared. Here are some tips to remember to ensure a safe workout when exercising outside this summer...
My husband and I are always busy. We enjoy cooking, but we have so many projects going that sometimes it's tough to prepare a healthy meal in a hurry.
Both of us have daytime careers. We also have after-hours activities; I dance and sew while he writes.
Fortunately, we only have dogs to depend on us when we're not meeting deadlines. Over the years, we've eaten many ready-made meals from Trader Joe's and freezer pizzas. But, we haven't owned a microwave since 2005, which drastically cuts back on our convenience food options.
With my health scare at the beginning of the year, it was time to make some dietary changes… fewer preservatives, less processed food, even more produce. But, we're busy people and it is hard as hell to cook every meal from scratch without losing valuable production time.
I know many of you feel me on this one. How the devil can we eat healthy when it takes so long to make meals?
Finding a good aesthetic plastic surgeon can be a daunting challenge for many patients.
Thankfully, there are some relatively easy first steps that can be done to narrow the field down.
There are many excellent surgeons, and most patients will end up visiting with a few surgeons that they like and trust. The following information represents a guideline to make your search easier, and is essentially the process by which I would personally find a plastic surgeon.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today, to get through this thing called life."
Music shapes our lives.
Almost everyone has a favorite song, or a song that brings you back to a memorable time in your life.
There might be a handful of songs you’ll never forget the lyrics to, no matter how long it’s been since you heard them.
You may have a favorite soundtrack (I have many) or immediately think of a movie when you hear a certain tune. For me, the movie Pretty Woman always comes to mind when I hear Prince’s song, Kiss… you know, that scene where Julia Roberts is in the big bathtub, headphones on, oblivious to Richard Gere watching her rock out in the bubbles.
There are also iconic artists.
We lost David Bowie earlier this year, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg, Joey Feek, Maurice White, Glenn Frey, just to name a few.
It’s a fact. Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. (43.8 million, or 18.5%) experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health.
We also know how exercise is one of the best drug-free ways to improve mental health and wellbeing, and not just in the short term. Research has shown that exercise can alleviate depression for the long run as well.
But, just why is exercise so beneficial for alleviating depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses? What is it about exercise that makes it such an effective all natural anti-depressant?
I see that homeless woman walking the streets near my home. She’s forever clutching her purse close to her breast, like it is the last semblance of who she once was.
Her jeans, dirtied by months -- probably years -- of wear with no washing, hang from her skin-and-bones body. Her hair, gray, frizzy and snarled, is in stark contrast of the past I envision… someone who never missed that appointment for touch-ups. Someone who left the salon feeling beautiful and refreshed.
She talks to herself, too. Not that we all don’t do that from time to time. But hers is a concerted conversation with who knows who. Maybe her previous self?
I have wondered how she got to this place. How she was a woman who had a full life, perhaps a family, possibly a career, and now she is just… this.
I think I might now know. Not necessarily her story, but stories of countless others who suffer from debilitating anxiety.
I’m one of those patients who researches everything on the Internet. I work for RadioMD, so of course I would.
About seven weeks ago, shortness of breath resulted in a fainting spell in my ballet conditioning class. I’m aware of an anaerobic asthma condition but usually don’t need my inhaler for ballet conditioning. I stepped out to catch my breath, blacked out, and woke up after 30 seconds of bonding with the floor.
I was breathing fine when I awoke and refused the ambulance offered to me. My husband zipped in to collect me. He knows I’m strong-willed and independent, so he didn’t argue when I said I’d see a doctor the next day.
I kept that promise. But, it was more complicated than it set out to be.