5 Ways To Prevent Stretch Marks

5 Ways To Prevent Stretch MarksStretch marks can manifest themselves due to a number of reasons. They mostly occur on the arms, thighs and abdomen, but they can occur almost anywhere on the body. Stretch marks are a result of skin expansion. When the skin expands, the elastic tissues which lie under the skin tear and these tiny tears manifest themselves as stretch marks. It is common for pregnant women to develop stretch marks. Teenagers and those who gain weight or lose weight rapidly can also develop them. A number of medical conditions may also cause them. But, the good thing is that stretch marks are very much preventable and in this post, we will take a look at how they can be prevented.

1. Healthy diet

A balanced diet is very important when it comes to maintaining the overall health. If you are looking to prevent stretch marks, then you must eat nutritious and well balanced diet every day. The idea is to get enough vitamins and minerals that can help you reduce your chances of developing stretch marks. If you are able to get the necessary vitamins and minerals in the right amount from your food intake, then you don’t need supplements to prevent stretch marks. Read more

7 Things To Know About Exercising During Your Period

Exercising During PeriodWhen it is that time of the month, many women tend to ditch the gym. Instead, they prefer staying at home, making themselves comfortable on the couch and munching on chocolate. This is a valid option because many women don’t feel like working out during this difficult time. But they don’t realize that working out during their period doesn’t have to be difficult at all. There are numerous things that can be done to make exercising easier and lighter. In fact, if you work out during your period, you get some added benefits as well. We have compiled a list of some interesting things that you must know about exercising during your period. Let’s take a look.

Helps ease period symptoms

Working out may be the last thing on your mind when you are having your period, but if you work out, you can find relief from the irritating symptoms easily. The more active you are during your period, the better you will feel. Basically, there will be less pain, less cramping and the flow will not be heavy.

Reduce bloating

When you workout, you lose water in the form of sweat and this helps prevent bloating. In addition, your body releases endorphins which will make you feel better naturally. Read more

6 Simple Ways To Get Addicted To Exercise

6 Simple Ways To Get Addicted To ExerciseWhen people start exercising, they start off with too many expectations. Will I be able to do it? Will I achieve what I want? What will happen if I fail? Can I stick to an exercise routine?

Exercising for at least 30 minutes a day may sound simple enough, but it is actually not. This is the reason there are many people who want to exercise, but they don’t do it. On the other hand, there are also many people who work out religiously on a regular basis. They don’t look at exercise as a task that must be done to lead a healthy life. In fact, they love exercise. So where do these people get the motivation to exercise? Here are 6 simple ways you can get addicted to exercise.

1. Enjoy your exercise and make it fun

When you engage in physical activities that are fun, it will soon turn into a hobby rather than a calorie burning task. When it comes to workout, different people are comfortable with different levels of intensity. This is the reason you must look for activities that are appropriate for you so you enjoy them. This could be anything like jogging, cycling, aerobic exercise, weight lifting and others. Dancing is also one of the best workouts that you can enjoy. Read more

5 Reasons To Do Planks Every Day

5 Reasons To Do Planks Every DayFitness is very important when it comes to living a healthy and positive life. By taking care of our bodies, we will have the stamina and strength to do things that we want to do and have to do. It has also been proven scientifically that exercise has benefits for the brain cells which make us feel good and when we feel good about ourselves, we will be inclined to take up challenges and opportunities that are presented to us. However, it can at times be difficult to find time for exercises. Also, as we age, there are certain things which we are no longer able to do and this is the reason it is essential to take care of our bodies.

If you lead a busy life and hardly find time to hit the gym, or you feel weak for demanding workouts there is one type of simple and easy exercises that you can do to strengthen every part of the body such as the arms, legs, back, abs, shoulders, hips and butt. These exercises known as planks (or isometric exercises) involve maintaining a difficult position for extended periods of time. Here are 5 reasons to do planks every day.

Easy and convenient

It is possible to do planks anywhere where there is enough room to stretch out your body. There is no need for any gym membership or equipment. Even if you have a couple of minutes, you can do planks or you can also incorporate it into your daily exercise routine. Read more

Best Exercises to do in the Morning to Stay Fresh all Day Long

Best Exercises to do in the MorningYou served your nutritional-rich breakfast, drank your delicious shake or coffee, but you still encounter fatigue. You feel that you aren’t in your maximum form to begin a new day and go fresh to the office. Where could you go wrong? If you want to fight morning fatigue and stay fresh all day long, you need gentle exercises and the best workout schedule to start your day with. Be sure that from now on, you will feel energized and fresh all day long and you will also be able to fulfill your daily tasks and responsibilities. Read the following lines to become familiar with the best morning exercises for staying fresh throughout the day and to find out how much of these exercises are recommended to do.

The strong relationship between exercising and energy
A lot of people believe that workout makes them feel fatigue, but the secret is that morning fatigue can be easily beaten with more and frequent exercising. The morning workout actually has the main role in generating energy for the body. If you choose to start your day with physical activity on a daily basis, you will help your body to easily wake up and get the necessary freshness and energy that you need for a harsh business day. However, it is important to keep in mind that you need to exercise without getting tired. Remember, this is gentle morning workout, not an afternoon hard exercising program at the gym! You need to use your force and energy for the rest of the day, so you shouldn’t get yourself exhausted with these morning exercises. Read more

8 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

8 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than RunningWith the increase in the number of people becoming overweight and obese today, more and more people are looking for ways to burn more calories faster. Running is a good way to burn calories and lose weight and a large number of people have found that running does really help them get rid of the extra pounds. While running is convenient and does not require any equipment apart from a good pair of running shoes, there are many other exercises which can really help you burn more calories. Here’s a look at some of the exercises that burn more calories than running.

1. Cycling

Whether you cycle on the road or on a stationary bike, you burn more calories than running. Depending on your resistance and speed, you will be able to burn about 480 calories in an hour. You can even consider taking indoor cycling classes to lose weight faster.

2. Jet skiing

When you take part in water sports such as jet skiing, you burn about 390 calories in an hour. According to experts, water sports engage your hamstrings, core, quads and upper body because you are required to keep your body upright and maintain a constant balance. Jet skiing helps burn more calories than horse riding. Read more

What’s the Best Time to Exercise?

What's the Best Time to ExerciseIf you could burn more calories, lose weight and get fit by exercising at the perfect time, you most probably would, right? The time of the day you work out has been getting a lot of attention, but does it really matter? Is there a time of the day that is perfect for exercising? If so what is the best time?

According to a number of studies and researches, the perfect time is not clear cut but there are a number of factors that determine what time of the day may be the best time. Obviously, exercise is better than no exercise and you must schedule your workout when you know you have the best chance at it.

Studies suggest that working out in the morning is the best if you are looking to get a good night’s sleep. The research that was conducted tracked the sleep patterns of individuals between the ages of 40 to 60 who worked out on treadmills for at least 3 times a week. These participants exercised at different times of the day such as at 7 in the morning, 1 in the day and 7 in the evening. Result showed that individuals who worked out in the morning slept longer than those who worked out at other times of the day. In fact, these individuals spent about 75 percent more time in the deep sleep stages which is also known as the reparative stage. Another benefit was that these individuals experienced a reduction in blood pressure by about 10 percent during the day. Read more

10 Reasons to Start Lifting Weights

10 Reasons to Start Lifting WeightsWhether you are vying for those big biceps and strong muscles or not, lifting weights is very important. Most people are convinced that you should shun the weight training room if you don’t want to look like The Hulk. But this is not true, especially for women since they don’t have high levels of testosterone like man. Besides, lifting weights offers numerous benefits for the heart and overall health. Here’s a look at the top 10 reasons you must include working with the weights in your fitness regime.

1. Lose more fat

Cardio is important when it comes to burning fat but according to a number of studies lifting weights can help burn more fat. Studies have proven that those who diet without any exercise and those who exercise only to lose weight or perform aerobic exercises lose almost the same amount of weight. However, those who do aerobic exercises plus lift weights as well lose weight of which more is fat. This is because lifting weights promotes fat loss and normal dieting and aerobics results in both fat and muscle loss.

2. Clothes will fit better

People tend to lose about 10 percent of their muscles if they are over 30 years of age. But as they lose muscles, they accumulate more fat. This increases the size of the waist and makes you bigger. Lifting weights helps maintain the muscle mass making you leaner. Read more

5 Ways To Avoid The Flu

5 Ways To Avoid The FluThe flu season is here and if you don’t take the right steps and precautions, you could be the next one to sneeze and wheeze in your bed. While the 2012 flu season was the worst ever, it is believed that at least 20% of people are affected in any given flu season. Having the flu to many of us means suffering. You have to be in bed for at least a week and suffer headaches, body pains, fever and even vomiting. Those who have a weak immune system or those who are already suffering from a health condition such as heart disease, asthma and diabetes are more likely to be affected during the flu season. Flu can claim lives and every year, at least 3000 people die as a result of having flu.

So if you don’t want to be knocked out this flu season, here are some proven strategies which can help you avoid the flu. Read more

What To Eat After Working Out

What To Eat After Working OutAfter working out at the gym, you must ensure that you eat the right type of food. This is because the food you eat following your workout session is the most important of all that you eat during the day. When you hit the gym, excess energy is stored in the muscles in the form of protein and glycogen and when you perform some exercises, the body uses the fuel from the pre-workout meal you have taken. When this much fuel is not enough, then the stored glycogen is used up. However, after you come back from your workout session, the muscles start to break down because the protein levels drop. In order to prevent this, you must eat food that will help you reload the depleted muscles. In this post, we will take a look at what food you must eat following your workout.

Wholegrain breakfast cereal

You can eat wholegrain breakfast cereal at any time, but you can get the most benefits out of it when you eat it after your workout. Wholesale cereals are rich in protein, fiber and carbohydrates. They are perfect for restoring the muscles that tend to break down after your training session. You can include yogurt or milk to your cereal and make it a substantial after-workout snack. Read more