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Archive for May 2012

Don’t Sit Back

Eating healthy and working out aren’t just about fitting into your skinny jeans. When you become proactive about your health, you are not only showing yourself respect (which can lead to more self-confidence) but you’re investing in your future. Eating well and exercising play an important role in your metabolism by not only boosting your…

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How Much Do Genes Determine Your Success?

A new summary paper in the journal Sports Medicine concludes that “the genetic inheritence effects seem incontrovertible in most physical traits: ∼40–70% for peak oxygen uptake and cardiac mass and structure, and ∼30–90% for anaerobic power and capacity.” This is not a surprise. It’s what various scientific papers have been reporting for years. Of course,…

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Is It a Thyroid Problem?

If you have chronic PMS, you might consider asking your doctor for a blood test to rule out any issues with your thyroid. Thyroid disorders and PMS share many of the same symptoms, including fatigue, sluggishness, and depression. Thyroid disorders are known to cause problems from menstrual irregularities to weight gain, so if you find…

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Five Tips for Taming PMS

Here’s a statement I don’t think too many women will disagree with: Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is a little slice of hell on earth. In the five to seven days before their period, up to 75 percent of women experience at least one unpleasant symptom in the constellation that PMS can cause — from the…

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New Brooks Shoes

The Brooks PureProject, a collection of lightweight and flexible running shoes, just got even lighter. Today, the company announced a new model to the line, called the PureDrift. This new shoe is the lightest in the collection, with the men’s version reported to weigh only 5.6 ounces. In addition to the slim, beveled heel and…

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Interval Cardio

One of the most effective aspects of my program is the mix of resistance exercises with cardio bursts. Cardio intervals will keep your heart rate up while you use weights, which enable you to get results in a shorter amount of time. Butt kicks are a typical interval cardio move: Stand with your feet hip-width…

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How Much to Exercise Each Day

You may have heard the U.S. Surgeon General’s recommendation of at least 150 hours of moderate physical activity each week (and that breaks down to just 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week). What’s important to understand is that this is intended for people who want to maintain the most basic level of…

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Manage Your Stress By Maintaining Your Cortisol

Cortisol, also known as hydrocortisone, is an important hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in your body. This hormone is triggered when you’re feeling totally discouraged or overwhelmed — that’s why it’s also called “the hormone of defeat.” Healthy foods can help reduce your cortisol levels, including vitamin C and whey protein. Whey…

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