Stability tools keep body weight fitness craze off balance

People work out in a core training class with lead trainer Sharon Read at the Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins
People work out with a stability ball in a core training class at the Biggest Loser Resort in Ivins, Utah September 6, 2010. Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking

(Reuters) – New balance devices that improve stability have made shifting the new lifting of resistance training, fitness experts say, adding the challenge of instability to back-to-basic workouts.

Exercise balls, sandbags and load-shifting body bars are among the tools popping up in bodyweight training, the minimal-equipment exercise routine that the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) tagged as the top trend for 2015. Continue reading Stability tools keep body weight fitness craze off balance

Survey Predicts Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

Push-ups, planks, lunges and squats. If you’ve recently incorporated more body weight exercises into your workout routine, you’re part of a growing trend. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals. The results were released in the article “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What’s Driving the Market” published today in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®.

“It’s no surprise to see body weight training claiming the top spot this year,” said Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, the lead author of the survey. “These kinds of exercises provide the benefit of requiring little to no equipment and are incorporated into many fitness programs that are currently popular.”

Now in its ninth year, the survey was completed by more than 3,400 health and fitness professionals worldwide, many certified by ACSM, and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Thirty-nine potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM, including a new addition to last year’s list, which rose quickly to the top. Continue reading Survey Predicts Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2015

10 Foods to Eat to Burn More Calories

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There are many foods that you can eat each day to burn calories and lose weight. The great news is that these foods are super delicious and they boast amazing health benefits. Try adding several of these foods into your daily or weekly diet and don’t forget to exercise regularly. This way, you will burn mega calories and improve your health. Without further ado, here are 10 foods to eat to burn more calories.

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Late-Night Snacks for Weight Loss

by Robert Hughes, Demand Media

A handful of walnuts is a healthy snack option for weight loss.

 

Late-night snacks can help you lose weight if you make calorie-conscious choices. Great tasting snacks that are low in calories can satisfy your sweet tooth and shed the excess weight. Avoid high-calorie treats such as cookies, potato chips and pastries, which are loaded with food additives and high in sugar, fats and salt. Healthier snacks between 100 to 300 calories and high in fiber or protein will keep you sated for the night.

Weight-Loss Snacking Guide

Avoid eating snacks to replace meals. Instead, eat healthy meals regularly throughout the day so you don’t overindulge in snacks late at night to satisfy your hunger. Plan and prepare your snacks ahead of time; this way you have nutritious foods readily available when you feel peckish at night. Stick to snacks that are 150 calories or less—nothing more than 300 calories if you are famished.

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Boosting your metabolism during this Holidays

A quick metabolism seems to be the key for an almost perfect figure. Anyone who has this advantage burns calories quicker,

Why should you be extra careful what you include in your diet besides health reasons? Because if you know what helps boost your metabolism, you will have no problem staying fit and pleased with your body.
Every workout will give your metabolism a boost and not just during, but also afterward. This is why it’s so important to know exactly what snacks go well with your body after effort to give your metabolism an extra reason to work and help you lose weight.

1. Get your Omega-3’s

Eating lots of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, herring, and tuna help boost your metabolism. Omega-3’s balances blood sugar and reduces inflammation, thus helping the metabolism to work normally. Continue reading Boosting your metabolism during this Holidays

Eat-Right Strategies for Thanksgiving

family-dinner-mdAlthough you shouldn’t deprive yourself this holiday season, that doesn’t mean a second piece of pumpkin pie automatically gets the green light.

Here, Real-Life Healthy Life nutrition guru Lisa Young, R.D., reveals how to enjoy without going overboard.

Don’t arrive famished.
Instead of saving your appetite for the big four o’clock feast, make sure to have a healthy breakfast and a light lunch (such as fruit and yogurt). Starving yourself earlier in the day will just lead to major bingeing — and uncomfortably tight pants — at dinner.

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13 Exercises That Burn the Most Calories

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Exercises that burn the most calories usually are the first thing that comes to mind whenever the topic of fast #weight loss pops into a conversation. Well, can anyone really blame us for wanting to know how to burn calories fast? Guess not! Who’d like to beat around the bush when you can just jump straight to the point! And the point is this – what are the #best fat burning exercises out there and which numbers are we talking about here. Well, let’s get to it and here are the answers you’ve been looking for:

1. Cycling

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Achieve Your Goals by Focusing on Critical Activities

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What are your critical activities? Critical activities are those activities that directly move you towards your goals.  Every goal has critical activities.  The problem is that most of us spend significant amounts of time doing things that are not critical.  Often we convince ourselves that they are something we ‘need’ to do to be successful, but usually they are things that are not critical.

Step #1 – Identify your goals

You can’t know what the critical activities are if you don’t first have a clear understanding of what your goals are.  You need to understand where you are going before you can know how to get there. Go beyond just labeling something as your goal, get a grip on WHY you want to achieve your goal.  Before you plan how to get to your vacation destination you first need to know where you are going and what you want to do when you get there.  Your destination is your goal, and what you want to do when you get there is your WHY. Continue reading Achieve Your Goals by Focusing on Critical Activities

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