How Accurate Is Your Fitness Tracker?

How Accurate Is Your Fitness Tracker?

Wearable fitness trackers have become an ongoing trend in both the fitness and tech industry. Whether you’re at the gym or at work, you’ll see people wearing fitness trackers everywhere. But the question is, how do they actually work? How helpful are they for your workouts and are they actually worth spending hundreds of dollars on?

Fitness trackers come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be worn in different ways. They can be paired with your smartphone to use the many apps that are available to download that let further track your workouts and view your daily calorie intake. Most of them are worn on the wrist like a watch and rely on a heart rate monitor sensor that detect changes in the color of blood, which represents blood oxygenation, to calculate things like how many calories you’re burning. However, the heart rate monitors used on fitness trackers are far from perfect because there are many other factors that can affect the oxygenation of blood. The best fitness trackers do not rely on just heart rate monitors alone, but they also rely on tracking your movement. Still, fitness trackers that track your movement may not be the best way to track your workouts since it may not catch every time that you’re active.

Like we mentioned before, counting calories may actually be ineffective since we don’t exactly know how the accurate number of calories we’re consuming and burning. So for this reason alone, many people may not see the point in buying a fitness tracker. But, a fitness tracker can be a great tool to track your general daily activity and provide much more information on how you sleep. As long as you know there is a limit to what a fitness tracker can do, you may want to invest in one depending on what you are looking for.

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How Snacking Affects Your Weight Loss Journey

How Snacking Affects Your Weight Loss Journey

Many people have different ways of trying to cope with boredom. For some people a pastime would be to go for a walk. For many others, it may even be to indulge in a snack or two. But if you’re looking to lose weight, is snacking away your boredom really a good option?

Although snacking can sometimes have a bad rep, snacking on healthy snacks, fruits, and vegetable can actually be very beneficial for you on your weight loss journey. According to expert, Dr. Luiza Petre, a board-certified cardiologist and weight-management specialist, “Even though weight loss means cutting calories, that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of snacks.” The right kind of snack “can be a secret weapon to fight excess pounds, while at the same time keeping your energy level up and giving you more opportunities to get in all your nutritional needs”. However, we have to remember that simply snacking itself is not what’s beneficial for weight loss. It’s beneficial because it helps you to avoid binge-eating at your next meal by keeping you satiated for a longer time and prevents your blood sugar from dropping while also maintaining your metabolism rate.

It’s best to avoid carb-only snacks since they’ll only end up making you feel hungrier. Instead, eat protein based snacks that have fewer than 100 calories. Additionally, try limiting your snacks to only 1 or 2 per day and portion them out. Make sure you have control over yourself so you don’t end up overeating! We hope you can enjoy eating a healthy snack now and then without feeling guilty!

 

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The Truth About Water Pills

The Truth About Water Pills

Water pills, also known as diuretics, are one of the most commonly prescribed pills by doctors to reduce blood pressure, treat heart failure, and to lower down swelling. However, nowadays, many people tend to self prescribe water pills to lose weight temporarily or even ease bloating. But after learning these facts about water pills, you may want to steer clear from self-prescribing them for weight loss or bloating.

It may be tempting to pick up some over the counter water pills to ease your bloating but it can also be very risky. The difference between over the counter water pills and prescription water pills is that you don’t know what’s actually in the OTC water pills since they aren’t controlled by the FDA. Additionally, they can cause serious damage to your body when you take them without knowing the recommended dose you should be taking.

Water pills may help you feel less bloated, but it only works temporarily since you’re losing water weight. Once you stop taking them, you’ll return to your normal body weight or in some cases, you may even end up gaining more weight. This happens when you take water pills or any other diuretic over an extended period of time because your kidneys may end up holding on to much more weight than you had before you started taking them.

So instead of taking water pills that may not even guarantee weight loss, focus on your diet more and exercise. Before taking any kind of medication, always talk to a doctor!

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Ingredients to Make your Healthy Office Lunches More Exciting

Ingredients to Make your Healthy Office Lunches More Exciting

Many people tend to pack leftovers or something unhealthy and quick as an office lunch. It’s understandable considering you may be busy in the morning but always remember your health comes first. So why not prepare something hearty and exciting so you’ll always have something to look forward to at work. Here are some healthy ingredients that’ll make your office lunches way more exciting:

Eggs
Eggs can be cooked in many different ways and added to almost any dish to make it more interesting. Not only is it an excellent source of protein, but it can make every dish taste better. You can prepare eggs at the beginning of the week by boiling a few to add to your lunch as a side dish or fry some to add to a sandwich.

Rice
Rice can be very filling and is great with vegetables or even last night’s leftovers. You can quickly make yourself some fried rice or make plain white rice with a side dish.

Chickpeas
Canned chickpeas are always great to have in your kitchen. You can blend them to make hummus or make a quick chickpea and egg salad.

Soy Sauce
If you don’t have time in the morning and want to add some flavor to last night’s leftovers, add soy sauce! You can add it to almost anything to make it more flavorful.

Olive Oil
Not only is olive oil great for cooking, it’s also amazing when you add it to salads or even when you mix it with greek yogurt for a dip.

Greek Yogurt
Greek Yogurt can be eaten with honey and granola for a quick breakfast or even as a savory snack with chickpeas or olive oil. It can also be used as a healthy mayonnaise alternative and mixed with many other ingredients to add more flavor.

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Yoga in Bed for Better Sleep

Yoga in Bed for Better Sleep

After a long tiring day, all we look forward to is going home and getting some sleep. Yet sometimes, even doing something we need and love, like sleeping, can be hard due to our bodies aching or feeling sore. But what if we said that doing some simple yoga can help ease this pain and help you sleep better? Here are some yoga poses you can try in bed to ease your pain and help you get better sleep:

Fire Log Pose
First sit on your bed with your legs in front of you. Then bring each leg toward you, as if you were about sit cross legged, and then put your right leg on top your left leg and your right ankle on top of your left knee. Lastly, sit straight and slowly breathe in and out. This pose helps to combat lower back and hip pain.

Puppy Pose
Begin by getting into a tabletop pose. Then bring your hands forward, keeping your arms distant from your shoulder. Keep your hips above your knees and rest your forehead on the bed. Breathe in and out. This pose helps to ease pain located on your upper back.

Cobra Pose
Start by laying flat on your stomach. Place your hands right under your shoulder and keep your elbows next to your rib cage. Lift yourself using your back muscles and breathe in and out. The cobra pose helps to combat spine pain and also eases digestive issues.

Seated Forward Fold Pose
Sit up with your leg stretched out in front of you and make sure your heels are pushing forward. Fold forward over your legs and try your best to keep your back flat. This pose helps to release tension by stretching your muscles in your hamstrings and upper back.

Supine Hamstring Pose
Begin by laying flat on your back and lift either one of your legs. Then place both your hands underneath your thigh and pull your leg towards yourself. Make sure to not lift up your shoulders off the bed. Breathe in and out and then do the same using your other leg. This pose combats pain in the lower back and reduces hip pain.

We hope these simple yoga poses that you can do right on your bed help ease your pain and you get the sleep you deserve!

 

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Facts about Female Muscle Building

Facts about Female Muscle Building

Female muscle building is all about building a toned and muscular body. It may take a lot of dedication to reach your muscle building goal but it is definitely possible. For any fitness goal, being patient and having a lot of motivation to achieve your goal is very important. By dedicating your time and coming up with a workout routine, you will reach your muscle building goal within no time.

To start off, we want to remind you that the phrase “quality over quantity” applies for everything including muscle building. Don’t start off with heavy training because you probably won’t need it. Instead, try doing a few sets of reps and slowly increase the amount of weights you lift on a regular basis.

Another crucial point to remember is that there are a few differences between building muscle and burning fat. While weight training is the best way to burn fat, it does lead to breaking down muscle instead of building it. Many people also tend to focus mainly on cardiovascular exercises when burning fat and avoid it almost entirely when building muscle because they are unsure of how it would affect their bodies. However if you want to involve cardio in your exercise, try performing high intensity interval training sessions.

Lastly, always remember to eat properly while building muscle. Include at least 2 grams of protein for every pound you weigh and cut back on carbs. Additionally, add about 3 pounds of vegetables per day and always eat a healthy and balanced meal. By following these few tips, we are sure you will start seeing your muscle building results within no time!

For more tips on muscle-building, check out the infographic below!

Master Your Muscles: Optimise Your Workout

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Juice and Smoothie Tips for the Newbie

Juice and Smoothie Tips for the Newbie

Green juices and smoothies are the new healthy trend for people all over the world. If you’re new to this trend, don’t worry, we’re sure you’ll make an amazing, delicious and healthy drink after reading these tips.

Invest in a juicer

Green juices are supposed to be smooth in texture and a blender would not be able to do that. By investing in a juicer, you’ll be able to make smooth and delicious smoothies all the time!

The simpler, the better

It can be tempting to add all sorts of healthy fruits and vegetables in your drink, but you don’t want to add so much that the drink starts to look brown. Here is a simple juice recipe we’re sure you will love:

1 green apple, roughly chopped
1/2 bunch kale leaves
Handful of mint
1 bunch parsley
1 lemon
1″ piece of ginger

Don’t add too much ice in your smoothie
Adding too much ice in your smoothie will make the texture slushy like and it would taste very watery. If you want an ice cold drink, try freezing the fruits and vegetables itself.

Choose produce you enjoy eating
If you don’t enjoy eating some fruits or vegetables, don’t torture yourself by adding them into your juice or smoothie. Instead only add fruits and vegetable that you like for the best taste!


Don’t add ice cream in your smoothie

It may be tempting to add ice cream in your smoothie once in a while, but that would make it a milkshake. Instead of using dairy, consider adding almond milk or healthy fruit juices if you’re tired of water.

Need more great tips on how to make smoothies? Check out the infographic below!

How to Make a Smoothie

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Quick and Easy Weight Loss Tips and Adjustments

Quick and Easy Weight Loss Tips and Adjustments

Many people may think that losing weight is a long, hard, and strenuous journey and although the journey may vary from person to person, it can actually be pretty easy. We guarantee that small lifestyle changes and adjustments will make your weight loss journey much easier! Here are some quick and easy tips:

Drink Tea
Tea is proven to burn fat, boost metabolism, and reduce stress. Drinking a cup of tea will surely be a great way to start the morning.

Make a Smoothie
If you aren’t a big fan of tea, then you may want to start off your day with a smoothie. Use high fiber vegetables, milk or water, and some fruits and you’ll feel good and have loads of energy.

Track your Heart Rate
Tracking your heart rate while working out is important so you get the most out of all of your workout sessions. You get your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age by 220 and you find the minimum by multiplying that number by 0.7 By staying between these numbers while working out, you will see amazing results.

Find Healthy Substitutions
There are many delicious and healthy substitutions for unhealthy junk food. For example, Wendy Williams told E! News that she drinks coconut water and kale chips instead of soda or potato chips. Cut out snacks high in sugar or sodium and go for high fiber and protein snacks.

Cute Gym Outfit
Many people feel more motivated to exercise if they have the appropriate clothes or gear to workout in. Treat yourself by buying some cute gear and we’re sure you’ll enjoy working out in them.

Avoid Carbs at Night
By not eating carbs at night, you are doing yourself a huge favor. It means more fat burning hormones are being released while you sleep and it helps many overweight people lose almost half of their weight.

Use Apple Cider Vinegar
According to a Japanese study, two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar were enough to help obese participants noticably lose weight in just 8 weeks. You can even mix it with different ingredients to make it taste good.

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The Healthy Way to Lose 15 Pounds in One Month

The Healthy Way to Lose 15 Pounds in One Month

Losing 15 pounds in one month can sound like an extremely dangerous and hard task to accomplish. Some may even deem it as impossible while others may think it’s possible only using unhealthy techniques. However, it actually is possible to lose 15 pounds in one month in a very healthy manner by following a few simple and easy guidelines:

Reduce your Caloric Intake

While counting your calories may not always work, reducing the amount of calories you intake can make a major difference. An average woman needs to eat around between 1,600 and 2,400 calories and an average man needs to to eat 2,000 to 3,000 calories to maintain weight. However this all depends on age, lifestyle, general health, height and weight. In order to lose weight, you can start by cutting off as much as 500-1,000 calories on a daily basis..

Increase your Protein Intake

By increasing your protein intake, you can feel more full for a longer period of time and it can also help boost your metabolism. The best protein sources include meat, fish, beans, nuts, and eggs.

Perform Cardiovascular Exercise

Select a cardiovascular exercise you’ll enjoy doing over the course of 30 days. Doing cardiovascular exercises regularly is a great way to lose weight and increase metabolism rate in a healthy and efficient way.

Protect your General Health

Along with all of the other tips, it’s important to not neglect your general health. By cutting down calories, make sure to not end up starving yourself or eating unhealthy foods that are low in calories. Make sure to get eight hours of sleep and take vitamins if you need them. If you notice any negative changes, be sure to see your doctor.

Want some more information about how to lost weight the fast and healthy way? Check out the great infographic below! The insights are awesome, without too much information overload- and it’s easy to get started!

How to lose weight

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