January 31, 2017
The Big Benefits of Losing Just a Little Bit of Weight. And sometimes starting is the hardest, no matter if you’re looking to lose only five to 10 pounds, or if you’re embarking on the first five pounds in a 50-pound journey.We’ve got happy news for all you would-be losers: Shedding just five percent of your body weight does a lot. Here, five more reasons to be proud of every pound lost. RELATED: 19 Reasons to Work Out (Beyond the Perfect Body) 5 Big Benefits of Even a Small Weight Loss 1. Overweight and obese women who lost weight over two years decreased their total cholesterol scores, “regardless of the amount of weight lost,” according to a 2013 study in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Drop as little as 10 percent of your body weight and you might also benefit from lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, insulin and triglycerides (another type of fat in your blood that ups heart disease risk). In fact, in a 2009 study on 900 weight loss patients, those who shed five to 10 percent of their body weight scored higher on measures of physical function and self-esteem. The researchers point out that just knowing that losing a bit is helping in these areas can keep you motivated to lose more, even when times get tough. RELATED: 12 Things Nobody Told Me About Losing Weight 3. Warding Off Inflammation Inflammation is a big buzzword these days, and for good reason.
January 30, 2017
Introducing piloxing: A new workout for the new year. By 2010, they began certification trainings around the world and also developed Piloxing Barre in 2014 and Piloxing Knockout in 2015. “Pilates and boxing are two completely different disciplines in terms of feel and intensity. It makes a good combination because with boxing, you get to feel powerful, work on cardio and intensify your workout, while pilates complements it with grace, dynamic flexibility and helps in creating long, lean muscles. “All three programs were created to cater to all kinds of people and fitness levels. It was initially created to cater to women, but especially with Knockout, we also want to give men a challenge that will test their athleticism.” How often in a week or a day and how long should a piloxing workout be done? “For piloxing SSP (boxing, pilates, dance) and Barre, I would encourage students to wear form-fitting athletic clothes like leggings or tops. “Piloxing is gaining quite a following here in the Philippines. I'm sure a lot of celebrities have had the chance to try it, but personally, I have been able to teach Ina Raymundo in a class. “You can search the Piloxing website for classes or visit different gyms/studios to see where classes are available.
January 6, 2017
For the Workouts Do each exercise for 20 to 30 seconds, rest for 10 seconds then move on to the next exercise. Pull one knee in toward your chest and continue to quickly alternate knees while keeping your upper body in a steady plank position—don’t let your lower back sag toward the ground. Front/Back Frog Hops Photos: Courtesy of Elyse Miller Stand with legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart; squat down, pushing your butt out behind you, and touch the ground between your legs. Then hop up and forward, repeat the squat-floor touch, hop up and back and repeat. Squat Jacks Photos: Courtesy of Elyse Miller Stand with your feet together and your hands on your hips. Lower your legs and upper body back to the floor and repeat. Curtsy Lunges Photo: Courtesy of Elyse Miller Stand with your feet together, hands on your hips. Star Jumps Photos: Courtesy of Elyse Miller Stand with your feet together and arms at your sides. Repeat, alternating legs for the side lift. Lower down into a squat, place your hands on the floor in front of your feet and kick your legs back into a plank position.
January 4, 2017
Healthy Recipes for the New Year. All packed in Ball Canning jars for easy storage and transportation, check out the below non-canning recipe ideas to jumpstart your healthy food journey and make 2017 your best year yet. Week of Plenty We all know that it’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast so let’s start there! Even the busiest of us can find the 5 minutes it takes to make these Chocolate Chia Overnight Oat Parfaits. With ingredients like rolled oats, chia seeds, bananas and granola, this recipe is full of protein, fiber and omega-3s and will keep you energized and happy until lunchtime. This recipe for a Southwest Zucchini Noodle Mason Jar Salad with Avocado Dressing has all of the flavor without the lack of nutrition guilt! We love all of the veggies here, chicken for protein and zucchini instead of noodles! Another go-to packed lunch is this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Quinoa Bowl. Flavorful, healthy and filling, enjoy tangy lime along with sweet cherry tomatoes and hearty quinoa. The black beans provide that little extra protein and the marinated shrimp are beyond delicious.
January 4, 2017
These 3 gut-healthy recipes are like a makeover for your digestive system. “Our cells are made out of the food we eat and the nutrients we absorb.” In other words, keeping your gut toxin-free and ripe with good bacteria will keep everything else in your body functioning properly, which is why a digestion-friendly cleanse is extra important as you make your way into the new year. Photo: Flora Health The herbal tea blend is loaded with antioxidants, gut-healing herbs like slippery elm and burdock root, and reported digestion stimulators like kelp that will kick your system into gear. Scroll down for three gut-friendly recipes that will satisfy your cold-weather cravings. 2/4 Photo: Stocksy/Dobranska Renata Homemade Bone Broth Not only is bone broth your new-age BFF for warmth and energy, it’s also one of the most important foods for gut health. “A long simmered bone broth is a source gelatine that heals and seals the gut,” says Kilgour. Place all ingredients in a large stock pot and set out at room temperature for an hour. Move pot to the burner and place over medium heat to create a low simmer. From this, you can remove and filter the liquid into jars, then add more water and simmer for another day. Roll balls in dried coconut or ground almonds (optional, but delicious).
January 3, 2017
It’s not easy to intentionally effect change in your life, yet through setting an intention and building a lifestyle around that motivation it can get easier. Setting An Intention If you want to create a change in your life, you can begin by clarifying your intention for doing so. After a few minutes, drop the question itself and just return to your breath, letting your mind ride on that natural reminder of the beauty of this present moment. Sometimes a certain quality that I have noticed about myself (or one that I wish to develop) comes up and I am left with a profound curiosity as to what it would be like to live my life with that at the core of who I am. Conversely, if you take the motivation that you want to be a kinder person as the center of your mandala, then that next circle around it might include how you could express kindness to your friends and family. If you put kindness at the center of your mandala then you will build a lifestyle based in that core idea of becoming who you want to be, as opposed to what you want to do for your 9-5. Meditation practice itself? For each of us, our core motivation for personal change will look different. You can reflect on your intention for entering the new year, or even a new day, and see what aspects of your life you want to cultivate through meditation and contemplation. Looking at your motivation will provide fuel to keep the fire of intentional change burning all year long.