The Top 9 Exercise Lies Many People Believe

The Top 9 Exercise Lies Many People Believe

Get up and go! That’s all it takes, right? Not so fast! Many things that people think are true about exercise are actually wrong. Like anything else, if you don’t do it right, you are unlikely to get the results you expect. So let’s cut the fat and slim on down to the facts.

Lie Number 1. You will always achieve your goals if you stick with your exercise program.

Well, obviously, this depends on your goals and your program. Goals must be realistic and your exercise program must be designed with you in mind. Not everybody responds the same to the same exercise program. Given each of our genetics, it is likely that your personal gains in speed, power and endurance may be very different from that of other people you know.

Lie Number 2. You can lose as much weight as you want just through exercise.

Exercise is very important. But it will not do the job alone. As with all responses to exercise, weight gain or loss is dependent on many factors, including dietary intake and genetics. As discussed above, not everybody will lose the same amount of weight on the same exercise program. Believe it or not, it is possible to be active and still be overweight. You won’t believe how many black belts in karate I have known who were quick, strong and talented, but they just could not lose their beer bellies! Nevertheless, even though exercise by itself probably will not guarantee you reach your desired weight, regular physical activity is one of the most important variables in achieving a healthy and fit body.

Lie Number 3. You will burn more fat with low intensity workouts.

It’s a darn lie! The truth is that you will burn up more calories per minute the faster you move. The problem is that high-intensity exercise may be hard to maintain in the beginning, so most people are not able to exercise very long pushing so hard. Because of this, it is much safer and more practical to start out at a lower intensity and gradually work your way up. In general, the main benefit of low intensity exercise, other than as a starting point, is that it is less stressful on joints. However, the bottom line is that fat reduction depends on the total energy cost or how many calories are used up when exercising.

Lie Number 4. With specific exercises anyone can build their arm muscles or get a six-pack.

It’s just not true. What is true is that specific exercises will definitely tone and strengthen specific areas of your body. But if you have fat there you may not be able to see those strengthened muscles as they are covered with your fat! Not only that, but you cannot control where you will lose fat on your body through dieting or exercise. That is all genetic. That’s why being careful with what and how much you eat goes hand in hand with exercise. It’s a package deal. The good news is that research continues to show that any exercise is better than no exercise. For example, regular walking or even gardening for as little as an hour a week has been shown to help a person feel more energetic and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Lie Number 5. People who are obese are not likely to benefit too much from exercise.

That’s outright nonsense. Everybody benefits from exercise and everybody should consult with their doctor before beginning any workout program. Those who are very overweight probably need much more professional oversight and guidance so they do not try to do too much too quickly. But the truth is that research shows that obese people who participate in regular exercise programs have a lower risk of all-cause mortality than sedentary individuals, regardless of the fact that they are so overweight. Even a little bit of exercise is significantly better than no exercise.

Lie Number 6. If your goal is to lose weight, forget about strength training since it’s going to bulk you up.

Life is about balance. Your body needs cardiovascular exercise, such as aerobics or running, as well as strengthening, through push ups, planks or weight lifting. Strength workouts help increase muscle mass and decrease your body fat ratio. Everyone needs both.

Lie Number 7. Yoga and Tai Chi may be enjoyable but the fitness benefits are still unsubstantiated.

That may have been true years ago. But more recent research clearly illustrates that these exercise forms are quite beneficial in multiple ways. Some of these benefits include, improvements in coordination, flexibility, posture, balance, strength and stress management. Tai Chi has even been shown to help improve fibromyalgia and pain in the lower back.

Lie Number 8. Exercise programs in water are mainly for seniors and the handicapped.

Just because water fitness programs are primarily marketed to the handicapped and seniors, does not mean that they aren’t terrific alternatives for all of us. Water exercise offers many benefits, such as going easier on the joints, but don’t be fooled. These fitness programs can be just as challenging and successful for improving fitness and losing weight as any other. There are many athletes who incorporate water fitness programs into their workouts.

Lie Number 9. The best way to get healthy and lose weight is by going to a gym.

Poppycock! The best workout is one you are going to do! It has to be at least somewhat enjoyable, convenient, easily accessible and affordable. In fact, studies have shown that many people strongly prefer a home-based fitness program for all of these reasons! So ignore the hype about the latest fitness fads and trendy exercise equipment and facilities. Your best workout is what fits into your schedule, budget and needs. Do what works for you. But ya gotta do it!

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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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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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Take it Easy with the Vitamin D!

Take it Easy with the Vitamin D!

When vitamin D is taken at moderate levels, it has many excellent and necessary health benefits. It’s great for fighting various different bone diseases and even goes as far as to preventing the flu. However, a recent study suggests that people are ingesting way more vitamin D than they should be. Researchers found that 18.2 percent of Americans ingest more than 1000 IU than they need. Ingesting more vitamin D than you need in your body can lead to developing hypercalcemia, which is when you have too much calcium in your blood, and this can cause issues like fatigue, kidney problems, weakness, and poor appetite.

Vitamin D is produced when our skin is directly exposed to enough sunlight. However since it is best to avoid direct contact from the sun’s UV rays, it is advised to only spend about 10 to 15 minutes unprotected in the sun for vitamin D. We also get vitamin D through the foods we eat fairly regularly, such as milk, orange juice, salmon and eggs.

Since vitamin D is regulated in our bodies, people who have too much vitamin D in their system likely have it as a result of taking supplements. The reason why so many people have been excessively ingesting vitamin D supplement pills in the past few years is because of all the new research being found that proves all the beneficial effects of vitamin D. Although it is very important to maintain the suggested daily intake and amount of vitamin D required in our bodies, too much of it is never good for you! It can turn toxic, and lead to nausea, vomiting, weakness, frequent urination, bone pain, and kidney problems.

But when done properly, here are some of the health benefits of vitamin D:

  1. Better bone health
  2. Prevention of rickets and osteomalacia
  3. Prevention of osteoporosis and fractures
  4. Improved physical performance
  5. Protection against multiple cancers
  6. Beneficial for brain development and function
  7. Improves cognitive functions
  8. Reduces risk of Parkinson’s Disease
  9. Beneficial in Multiple Sclerosis
  10. Improves sleep quality
  11. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
  12. Reduces blood pressure
  13. Prevents obesity and metabolic syndrome
  14. Reduces severity of asthma
  15. Protects kidney function
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Everything you Need to Know about Hunger Pains

Everything you Need to Know about Hunger Pains

Hunger pains are caused by contractions in the stomach as a reaction to feeling hungry or having an empty stomach. However, many people do not know that hunger pains can also happen even when the body does not need food. Sleep deprivation, dehydration, hormones, and medication side effects can all be causes of hunger pains.

Hunger pains feel like a gnawing in your stomach. Along with the sensation in your stomach, you may feel tired, lightheaded, and have cravings for specific foods. Sometimes these types of hunger pains can even be the reason why many people have a hard time sticking to a diet.

In response to an empty stomach, a hormone called ghrelin is released. Ghrelin signals the body to release stomach acids to digest food in your stomach, but if your stomach is empty, the stomach acids can attack the linings of the stomach which can cause hunger pains. Ghrelin levels also rise when you eat junk foods containing high amounts of sugar or carbs which can also cause hunger pains. Even smells or pictures of foods can trigger physical symptoms. People who have diabetes tend to also have hunger pains when blood sugar is too high or too low. Sometimes antidepressants can intervene with hunger signals and pains as a response.

It is actually really easy to relieve hunger pains. Start eating at regular times so ghrelin is released after you actually eat to digest food. Eat a balanced meal that contains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Make sure to fill up on low calorie foods so you feel fuller without having to eat too many calories. Additionally, get enough sleep at night and always stay hydrated! If these do not alleviate your hunger pains, consult a doctor.

Sometimes stomach pains can actually indicate a developing infection or a gastrointestinal disorder and it is always better to be safe than sorry by going to your doctor to get checked and ensure that the pains aren’t actually early stages of something more serious.

 

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