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Heart Rate Training

Heart rate monitors are a great way to monitor the intensity of an exercise session. Generally the higher your heart rate is, the harder you are working.

This makes sense. If you are exercising hard, your muscles are producing a lot of energy and have a high energy demand. In order to get oxygen to the working muscles to help in the production of energy, the heart must pump harder and faster.

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7 Simple Tips to Help Fulfill Your Weight Loss Resolutions

“Goals…
…and resolutions.”
Yes, it’s that time of the year again.
Why is it that every time Jan 1st comes around, everyone starts to think about their new resolutions for the year? Or perhaps “new” isn’t the correct word — perhaps “recycled” is more apt?  After all, isn’t it true that for most people, “resolutions are made to be broken?”
Goals are a wonderful way to inspire us towards getting the things in life that we want, but more often than not, they simply end up unattained and we get frustrated (again) at the end of the year.
But it doesn’t have to be so.
Really.
You can attain your goals or resolutions, but only IF you know how to go about setting them up correctly in the first place.  And I’ll give you a few useful pointers to help you get started on the right track…
– Begin with the end in mind.  What’s the end result you want to achieve?  Do you want to lose weight?  Or do you want to drop 1 dress size instead?
– Get specific and be realistic.  It’s not enough to just say “I want to lose weight.”  How much do you want to lose _exactly_?  By when?  A better goal is to say “I want to lose 11 pounds in 3 months.”  And make sure your goal is realistic.  If you want to drop 27 pounds, it’s not realistic to say you want to do that within the next 7 days, not to mention that it’s not healthy to do that!  Or if you’ve been putting on the weight slowly over the last 10 years, it’s not quite realistic to say you want to go back to your weight 10 years ago within a month.
– Break it down into smaller and easier “baby steps.”  Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds.  That seems like an insurmountable task, but it becomes easier to manage if you look at it as losing an average of 1 pound per week, over a course of 20 weeks.  Now’s that manageable!  For you to lose a pound a week, you only need to create a calorie deficit of about 500 calories per day by controlling your diet and increasing your amount of exercises.

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– Okay, now for the big “secret” — the missing key to achieving your goals: Write down your “Why” i.e. what are you doing this for?  Most people skip this step, and it’s a primary reason why they never seem to achieve their goals. It’s absolutely critical for you to write down the reasons why you want to achieve each specific goal.

For example, if the goal is to “lose 20 pounds in 6 months,” write down why you want to lose that weight.  And here’s another tip: Make it “personal and emotional.”  The more “emotional” the reason, the more likely you’ll be driven towards the goal. So, let’s say you’ve got kids.

An example of a good “reason why” is “I know being overweight is a leading cause of many health problems — I will lose the 20 pounds and get healthier so that I will not be a burden to my children, and be able to stay healthy long enough to attend my daughter’s wedding and be there to carry my grandchildren.” A ssuming all these things are important to you, of course. :-)  But I’m sure you get the picture.
– “Write it down and put it up!”  It’s usually not good enough to just think of the goals in your head.  You need to write down all your specific goals and the “reasons why,” and then paste it up where you will look at it every day. Don’t write it down on a notebook and chuck that inside the drawer.  Instead, paste it up on your dressing table mirror, or anywhere else that is in plain sight.  Remember, “out of sight, out of mind!”
– Do not be too ambitious.  Aim for a loss of 1-2 pounds per week, at the max!  Losing more than that amount is bad for you.  And it’ll most probably be caused by a loss of water and/or muscle, rather than your unwanted excess body fat.

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– Be realistic and “go with the flow.”  The pounds didn’t come on overnight, so don’t expect them to disappear in a jiffy too.  And sometimes the weight loss isn’t as fast (or as much) as planned.  But don’t get stressed out, because stress will only add on the pounds.  It’s important that you don’t think of the weight loss process as “all or nothing.” Instead, think of it as “slowly but surely.”  The weight may go up a little sometimes, but if you stick to your plan, you’ll still be delighted at the end of the year!
Use these simple steps and make a positive difference to your life this year!  Best of luck!

Copyright Tracy Lee
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3782.shtml
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Just Say No – Ain’t Enough To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holiday season is coming up fast. For weeks magazines and newspapers have been printing recipes and alluring photographs of rich, mouth-watering goodies such as cookies, candies, dips, and calorie-laden drinks.

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Then, in the same issue, they offer guidance on how not to eat all this stuff.  Pace yourself, they advise.  Limit yourself to one tidbit every half-hour.  Eat a salad before going to a cocktail party, so that you wont be tempted by all the snacks.  Yeah, right – like my inner brat is going to forego the fondue because I pre-loaded with lettuce.
Nutrition experts tell us that on average, people gain 5-7 lb. during the holiday season.
It’s hard to resist all the treats, especially when we’re faced with them in ads and displays, as well as on counter tops at home, at work and when visiting.  Our inner brat nags at us, whining that we really do “need” that extra helping of pie.  Or it rationalizes that a couple of cookies don’t add up to much, and that we can exercise a little more later.

Controlling your eating is difficult at this time of year. To “just say no” is a good strategy for occasional temptations, but it doesn’t work when you’re bombarded with images, aromas and offerings of one treat after another.

Self-control is mentally draining. When you repeatedly say “no” to treats, you gradually deplete your mental energy.  That’s why most people fall off their diets later in the day, when their strength to resist is at a low point.

A better solution: not confronting the yes/no question in the first place.  The secret is to limit your exposure to temptation.  Here are some tips:
1.  Store treats in the back of a cupboard or fridge.  Wrap them in opaque paper or plastic, so that you don’t easily notice them.
2.  If there are goodies out on counters or desks at work, reroute yourself so that you don’t walk by.
3.  Avoid reading recipes for calorie-laden foods.  When you see photos of cakes and other desserts in magazines, turn the page quickly.  Less exposure is less temptation.
4.  If you go to business-related holiday cocktail parties, resolve to visit the buffet table only once.  If possible, stay no more than half an hour.
5.  Spend some time outside every day.  Nature helps clear your head, so that your cravings are less noticeable.
6. Get more sleep.  Not only will you get the usual benefits of being more alert and less irritable, but research shows that people who sleep more have a better balance of the hormones that regulate hunger – and they weigh LESS than those who don’t get enough sleep!

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Copyright Pauline Wallin, Ph.D. 2005. All rights reserved 
http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3439.shtml
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Herbs as medicines

Herbs or medicinal plants have a long history in treating disease. In traditional Chinese medicine, for example, the written history of herbal medicine goes back over 2000 years and herbalists in the West have used “weeds” equally long to treat that which ails us. We are all familiar with the virtues of Garlic, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lavender, and other common herbs.

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What Are The Health Benefits Of Hiking And Trekking?

Today more and more people, especially in Europe and America, are adopting hiking and trekking as a major outdoor event. Not only in these countries, but the trend of hiking and trekking is also increasing in many other parts of the world. But have you ever thought, what are the health benefits of hiking and trekking? Are these outdoor events really beneficial for health? Is hiking or trekking for everyone or has some age bar? Does hiking only has health benefits or are there any psychological benefits too?

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