Category Archives: Weight Loss

Exercise Your Body

Regardless of whether you’re running or walking, regular exercise is the path to a healthy, well-being. Exercise burns fat, builds muscle, lowers cholesterol, reduces stress, anxiety and helps boost energy. Your task with any fitness program is to burn calories.

There are 3 essential elements for successful long-term weight loss and maintenance.  The first element is to include cardiovascular activity; the second element is weight or strength training for improving muscle tone; and the third element is integrating a basic stretching routine to develop flexibility. Continue reading

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Yoga at Home

Practicing YogaOf all the latest trends in diet and exercise, Yoga seems to be among the best practices to burn fat, as well as promote overall mental and physical health.  Having been an athlete, I completely understand the importance of strength and flexibility.  The practice of Yoga; however, is a new experience to me.  I have a number of friends (male & female) who swear by Yoga suggesting it not only helps you be flexible, it strengthens your muscles and also helps you lose weight.

I am researching my plan to incorporate Yoga or Pilates into my fitness routine.  So far, so good.  Most local gyms offer Yoga classes open to people of all ages and fitness levels.  Maybe you’re interested in Yoga, but can’t find time to make a class.  Or, would prefer doing Yoga at home rather than at a health club/gym.  In any case, here is a good site with free yoga videos.

Yoga is beautiful.  But, make no mistake, Yoga isn’t an “easy,” “girly” “sport.”  It isn’t just stretching.  It’s tough.  It’s breathing through that moment of tightness. It’s taking the initial step and getting to the mat.  Some of you will care so much that you’ll try some Yoga and Pilates techniques.  You’ll care so much that you’ll even try to encourage some of your own friends, family and associates to “get into” Yoga as well.

So, how much do you really care?

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Regular Exercise

Strectching During ExerciseLet’s face it, you haven’t been exercising enough and you’ve gained too much weight.  So unless you’re happy with the extra weight, it’s time for a change.  Diet and exercise are just going to have to be a part of your life, so try to make the best of it!

If you exercise regularly, you will lose more weight.  You’ll be more confident and have better self-esteem.  Yes, eating right will help you lose weight.  So will exercise.  Doing both together produces the best results allowing you to lose mostly fat and build muscle.  Exercise will also increase the metabolic rate of your body even hours after exercise.

Maybe you’ve been on a workout hiatus.  Or, maybe you’re getting started with exercise for the first time.  Either way, set time aside every day for exercise or some kind of activity.  In fact, here are over 2 dozen 20 minute workouts you can do in your home, office, lunch time, or local gym.  Stop being so lazy.  Set a goal of a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise, daily.  It’s really not a lot of time.  Just go for it.  Only you can improve your situation.

Some of you will care enough to adopt and rigorously perform some specifically recommended exercises daily.  You’ll care so much, that the flexibility and skill with which you come to execute these exercises will, at first, amaze you, and then fill you with pride.

So, how much do you really care?

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Bad Eating Habits

Healthy Food vs. Unhealthy Food

Healthy Food vs. Unhealthy Food

Everybody has bad habits, and especially when it comes to eating.  The question is how much you really care to change?

It’s no secret that I love to eat.  I am borderline hypertension so it puts a blemish on my choice of food.   Fried foods, in particular.  But, here’s the thing: bad eating habits make you fat, sluggish and generally unhealthy.  I don’t want that for myself nor do I want that for you.  So, I encourage you to make healthy food choices.

Here are some tips to get results:

  • Drink more water
  • Choose low sodium seasonings (e.g., Mrs. Dash),
  • Broil or bake your food,
  • Skim off excess fat,
  • Add more fruits and veggies,
  • Don’t skip meals, and
  • Stay away from cookies, pastries and candy.

Most of you know what’s right and wrong, so stop eating what’s wrong.  Some of you will care enough to completely change your eating habits.  In fact, you’ll care so much that you will radically change both the quality and quantity of the foods you eat daily.

So, how much do you really care?

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Yes, Men Wrap Too

Yes, men use body wraps too!  Don’t look so surprised.  Men like to take care of their body’s and look their best, just like women do.  Alright, so maybe not as much, but they still care enough to not be embarrassed to throw on a body wrap.

Why do men wrap?

Check out Jay Davidson's result (fellow distributor). After 11 wraps, strict dieting, and working out five days a week, this is his result.

Check out Jay Davidson’s result (fellow distributor). After 11 wraps, strict dieting, and working out five days a week, this is his result.

From the average guy who simply wants to feel good being shirtless to the ripped dude who wants to emphasize muscle striations, the Ultimate Body Applicator is for you – and for any man who wants to feel confident with his own physique.  The body applicator is formulated specifically to help define torso muscles and enhance inch loss from male problem areas.

Want to define your torso?  The It Works body wraps for men can help!  Lose the spare tire, love handles, tighten the tummy and minimize those man boobs with a simple treatment that you can do at home in under an hour. Continue reading

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It Works Ultimate Body Applicator

So, if you’re wondering about the It Works! Ultimate Body Applicator and what exactly is in this body wrap, it’s a good question.  And, is naturally followed up with an equally good question: How do these body wraps work?

The Ultimate Body Applicator is a body contouring cream-infused wrap that can be placed anywhere you want to get firmer (such as the abdomen, back, sides, legs, arms, or buttocks).  Although you will only wear it for 45 minutes or a bit more, the Ultimate Body Applicator continues to tighten and tone for 72 hours.

How in the world does it do that?

The botanically-based formula in the wrap targets and detoxifies fat cells. That means they move to the liver where, boosted by drinking plenty of water, they are eliminated.  You’ve heard of those detox cleanses where people drink nothing but juice or cayenne water for days, right?  Well, those cleanse you and your colon from the inside. The Ultimate Body Applicator cleanses from the outside in, targeting your adipose cells, AKA your fat cells.

Fat StatueHere’s a little Fat 101.  When we are born, we are born with a certain number of fat cells.  Scientists once believed we could only grow new fat cells during certain stages of life, such as during the first year and throughout puberty.  But, now it seems that we can create them as adults, too.  So, if you’ve gained a lot of weight as an adult, you may have added to your store of fat cells. Continue reading

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Anti-Cellulite Exercise Routine

Do you hate the thought of having to have plastic surgery for something so commonly found in women as cellulite?  Do you wonder why it is that no one seems to know what causes cellulite, but everyone seems to have a cure-all solution for it?

Are you sick and tired of all of the hype and just want a solid regimen to follow to help you in your struggle with eliminating cellulite in your body at its source?  Well, there is evidence that suggests that with attention to diet, exercise and a dose of diligence, you can rid yourself of the unattractive dimples, shadows and saggy ripples known as cellulite.

Anti-Cellulite Workout

Working out offers a two-part solution; more muscles and less fat because cellulite is a two-part problem — too little muscle and too much fat. Cellulite is a terrible condition that affects so many, especially women.

Foot ActionIf you are looking to fight cellulite like so many other people in the world today, you will be happy to know that you don’t have to look any further than within yourself for the real answer.  Thanks to the great “Get Your BOOTY In Shape” diet plan and workout routines provided by my friend Kyra, The Get In Shape Girl; you can slim down and firm up with these proven exercises designed to help burn calories, banish cellulite, and lose weight. Continue reading

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Laid up due to a sports injury?

No doubt exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise.  In fact, sports-related injuries send an average of 2.6 million children and young adults to the hospital each year.

Causes of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are most commonly caused by poor training methods; structural abnormalities; weakness in muscles, tendons, ligaments; and unsafe exercising environments.  Some people get hurt simply because they are out of shape.

The most common cause of injury is poor training. For example, muscles need 48 hours to recover after a workout. Increasing exercise intensity too quickly and not stopping when pain develops while exercising also causes injury.

Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries. Read my post about the “Middle Age Weekend Warrior” and you’ll see that I can relate all too well. Continue reading

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Middle Age Weekend Warrior

So, I turned 40 a while ago.  Fortunately, I don’t look my age whatever that looks like.  I’m often told I look somewhere between the ages of 25 and 32.  Shoot, I’ll take it.  I feel young at heart and in my mind too.

The reality is our bodies do change as we get older regardless of how young we may feel. We lose lean tissue, our bodies become less physiologically efficient, reaction time decreases, blah, blah, blah… And, don’t I know it?!  It just seems like my mind hasn’t caught up with my body if you know what I mean.

MRI, Surgery and Recovery

That pretty much sums up the big four-oh for me.  On Saturday, March 9th, I suffered a torn Achilles tendon in my left leg playing basketball.  Nothing fancy either, just a regular dribble move trying to get to the basket when I heard something pop.  It seriously felt like somebody kicked me.  I fell down and looked around, but didn’t see anybody close to me.

Leaving the ERWhen I stood up I could barely walk.  My heel was numb and I could not push myself forward nor stand on my tip toes. I gathered my things, hobbled to the car and drove back home dealing with the pain the best I could.

I applied some ice as soon as I got home and Tracy (my fiancée) eventually took me to the emergency room.  They took some X-Rays, put me in a splint, gave me some pain killers and sent me home with a recommendation to see a specialist as soon as possible. Continue reading

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Weight Loss with Long Term Results

The thing to remember when it comes to losing weight, and keeping it off, is paying attention to the way you live (your lifestyle and health habits).  It’s important to follow a healthier diet plan, but to also start exercising more.  Weight loss doesn’t have to be difficult. Just make small changes in your eating habits and lifestyle, and you will see results over a long period of time.

I understand wanting to lose weight fast but, keep in mind, it’s not healthy to lose a lot of weight in a short period of time.  If you stick to short-term diet plans, you will end up weight cycling (aka, “yo-yo dieting”).  You will lose weight and find yourself gaining it right back just as soon as you are off the diet. Continue reading

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