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Seven Great Exercises for Women at Home

As independent and hard working women, we all want to stay in shape, feel good ourselves inside and out and have that confidence that will shine through every single day. We all dream of that lean, healthy and toned body, but the question remains, how do we achieve just that especially when we are home bodies? Well you don’t have to look any further because in this article we will provide you with seven great exercises for women at home. They are easy exercises that will help shape your body as desired. Let’s begin with our amazing exercise routine tips.

1. Walk or Run however way you can

Jogging

Whether you have a treadmill at home or choose to walk around your neighborhood, walking or running is definitely a great way to stay in shape. First and foremost, it is an excellent way to get in some cardiovascular activities in your life. It really works out your heart making it work to help you stay away from certain medical diseases and also shed off some much needed pounds. If you’re a beginner, try walking or running around 10 minutes every day or every other day. Then as your start feeling like you’re getting used to it, try adding in a few minutes at a time until you reach around 30 to 45 minutes.

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Is Nutrition a Personal or Public Issue?

There is much discussion these days about nutrition and healthy eating. Why has obesity become a major health concern in the United States? What can explain the growing interest in locally grown foods? Can local governments regulate what foods citizens can buy and consume? Why is healthful eating determined not only by what a person buys but also by where she lives?

All of these questions seem to lead to an even larger question: is nutrition a personal or public issue? The current thinking on this subject, as reflected in scientific studies, popular writing, and news reports tends to indicate that the answer to this question is “yes, nutrition is both a personal choice and a public responsibility.”

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Photo: “Family Grocery Day” at the Oak Cliff Boys & Girls Club in Dallas

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Before and After Workouts: 5 Ways to Stay Safe and Healthy

With beach and pool season in full swing, many of us are trying to adopt an exercise regimen to keep our bodies in top shape. Summer is great because you can move your workout outside, and there is so much variety in exercise to try. Summer also provides for incorporating a mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables to rejuvenate your body before and after you exercise. Read on for some tips on how to keep your body safe throughout your workout this summer!

Jumping on the beach

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Prevention Can Help Maintain a Healthy Liver

Many Americans consume alcoholic beverages on a daily basis. From a cook battering food on the restaurant menu in beer, to a person drinking a glass of red wine for heart health, alcohol is being consumed in large numbers. While everyone certainly does not abuse alcohol, there are many that overuse the substance and unknowingly cause adverse effects on their liver.

The liver is the organ responsible for filtering blood before it passes to other areas of the body. Located on the right side of the stomach, the liver serves several other important metabolic functions as well. These include detoxifying chemicals and altering drugs. Enzymes can be found within the liver; it is their job to alter drugs through a process called drug metabolism.  As with any other organ, without care, the liver can be easily damaged through unhealthy activities. This is not limited to alcohol alone; fried foods or foods with high fat content can inflict irreparable damage on the liver and impede its functionality. The problem with alcohol in particular, however, is that the liver delays carrying out its other important functions in order to metabolize the additional alcohol in a person’s system.

Causes of Liver Disease

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Get Skinny with Healthy Junk Food

If you want to get skinny, you’ll never do it by gobbling down junk food. You can’t do it on celery and water either. The key to shedding pounds and finally getting into shape is understanding your food cravings and responding to them appropriately.

You crave junk food for a good reason. For one, you need protein, fat, and sugar to survive. If you deny yourself these necessities, your body will go into starvation mode and you’ll never lose weight.

Spicy Hummus with Pita Chips

The burgers, fries, potato chips, and snack cakes you crave don’t give you the right amount of protein, fat, and sugar. Instead, they use chemicals to fool your body into thinking you’re taking in these necessities.

It has been proven that junk food manufacturing companies spend millions of dollars figuring out just how to fool their customers into thinking they’re eating something healthy. The New York Times put out a report earlier this year that really broke down, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food”.

Questions: 
How Many Times Have You Been On a Diet?
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The 2 Minute Workout that Will Kick You Into High Gear

Do you have too much stuff to do? Like you, every day I deal with Facebook posts, tweets, work and family. Finding time to go to the gym is getting tough! Well, don't worry. I have put together a workout you can do anywhere called the 2 Minute Workout that only takes, you guessed it, 2 minutes! This workout will get your blood pumping, increase your energy level, burn some calories and strengthen muscles.  Not a bad way to spend 2 minutes!

Perform each of the below exercises for 30 seconds .

Quad Hop

Get on your toes and place your palms on the floor facing each other. Keep your back parallel to the floor. Push up off the floor.

Quick video of me doing Quad Hops

Sky Kicks

Sit on the floor with your hands pointed toward your toes. Push up until your arms are straight. This is the starting position. Alternately kick your feet up and down.

Quick video of me doing Sky Kicks

Switch Backs

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How To Get Back in Shape After Quitting Smoking

Congrats: you finally quit smoking! What happens next? Initially, your palate and metabolism will return to normal, meaning food will taste better but fat will be more difficult to break down. However, your lung capacity will gradually improve, giving you more freedom to enjoy physical activities. Once you quit smoking there are many ways to get back into shape and, of course, most of them involve some form of exercise. Have you ever wondered what makes a workout actually work? Why does working out make you healthier? Regular workouts help your body in a variety of ways. For starters, working out helps to promote:

  Healthier digestion

  Healthier circulation

  Healthier lung capacity

  Bone health

  Heart heath

  Increased cognitive abilities

  Better moods 

  Reduced stress

  Healthy aging

  Weight management

 

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Lose Weight At Home In Just 10 Minutes A Day (New Study)

One of the worst things about exercise is you just can't make time for it. If you don't have the right equipment and space to lose weight at home, you have to go to the gym.

Let’s say you work out for an hour at the gym. If you add that hour to the time it takes to get all your stuff ready, leave the house, travel to and back from the gym, get changed, have your shower… you’re easily looking at 2 hours.

With everyone being as busy as we are, who on earth has 2 hours a day to spare for exercise?

I mean it’s easy for athletes, sportspeople and celebrities to tone up - these people can dedicate their whole DAY to exercise. But for everyday folk like you and me with a busy life and hectic schedule, doing regular effective exercise and sculpting a chiseled body we can be proud of, can seem like nothing more than a pipe dream.

Yet new research by the National Institute of Fitness and Sports in Kanoya, Japan, suggests that pipe dream may not be as unattainable as we previously thought.

The study took 94 adolescent boys and pided them into one control group, who went about life as usual, and one training group. The training group did 100 bodyweight squats a day, 4-5 days per week for 8 weeks. Each session took less than 10 minutes.

 

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What Can We Do to Not Rely on Government Health Care for an Ageing Population

Do we have to rely on government health expenditures for an ageing society or is there something we can do to help?

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Foam Roller Stretching - Benefits and Exercises

Foam Roller Stretching - You've seen them laying around the gym, but do you know what they do?

History

A foam roller is exactly what it sounds like for those of you that have never seen one.  And foam roller stretching is the first step in any serious workout nowadays. It is the tool used to achieve myofascial release, a vital part of flexibility.  Everyone can benefit from improved flexibility - simply because it is a core element of physical fitness. 

As we humans become smarter as a species, we learn from injuries of others and we try to prevent them.  This forward thinking is something every athlete must keep in mind while performing.  Preventing injuries is not hard, and it’s not expensive either.  Since the beginning of time, back rubs and massages have been considered the ultimate medium to achieve relaxation.  And surprisingly it wasn’t until recently that they could be thought of as injury prevention.  Sports health science exploded in North America after seeing its success in European nations in the 60’s and 70’s.  It is common sense to stretch before any kind of physical exertion, but stretching only goes so far. 

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