Sunday, 5 February 2012

Muscle and Strength

This blog will give you some advice about muscle-gain/strength and foods to help build muscle. Also check my other blogs related to health, exercise and fitness on pregnancy, healthy foods and much more, thank you.

Watermelon makes you stronger.....

Studies have shown that an amino acid found in watermelon has the potential to boost the amount of weight you can handle and add more reps to your workout. The acid, known as Citrulline malate, buffers muscle fatigue if you consume it daily.

Protein Shakes add years on your life.....

Now even more reason to enjoy your protein shakes before, after workouts and as mid-day snacks. 
Scientific studies have shown that consuming amino acids, the building blocks of protein, can increase your lifespan by up to 12%. The amino acids digested when you drink one protein shake a day increase activation of the mitochondria in cells, which in turn, slow down the ageing process.

Muscle-Building Tip.....

Studies carried out by University of Winconsin found you lift faster in the evening, which increases muscle growth overnight. 
Also, 20 minutes after your workout enjoy a bowl of Shreddies. Research from the university of Texas showed them to cause a 17% boost in the muscle-building process.

Build an impressive chest by doing crossover cables. This exercise will also keep your shoulders and rotator cuffs free from injury, and works your abs.

And that's about it for now, with just a few tips about muscle building and foods. Hope you enjoy and please check my other blogs, and look out for the ones to come, thanks again.

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Healthy Food and Drinks

Latest blog for 2012 and a few tips on healthy foods and drinks, and their benefits. Check out my other Health and Fitness blogs, and let me know what you think and any recommendations.

·        Drink BEETROOT JUICE to boost stamina. This stuff is high in nitrate, which widens blood vessels, optimising oxygen intake for extra energy levels. Great for football, weight training, the lot!

·        If you’re serious about fighting against getting cancer then I highly recommend a regular intake of BROCCOLI each week. I’m not the biggest fan of broccoli, or vegetables in general, but chopping them finely and adding them to soups, stews and much more, is a simple and effective way of beating this. Oregan State University research has shown that the chemical Sulforphane, found in broccoli, attacks cancer cells while ignoring the healthy ones!

·        PEANUT BUTTER regenerates your liver! Not just a great muscle-gaining aid then! Research done by the University of Virginia found the effects of liver damage can be reversed by eating foods rich in vitamin E, as they help block the RSK proteins that cause cirrhosis. Peanut butter is said to be one of the best sources, so stock your cupboards now!

Next is to antioxidants, and the best foods to find them in.
·        Red Kidney Beans – Studies have shown that these help to reduce cholesterol levels. Also high in the fatty acid DHA, essential for eye health.
·        Cranberries  – These are said to fight against tooth decay.
·        Pecans – Eating these can delay age-related Motor Neuron Degeneration.
·        Wild Blueberries – These little beauties can help you in your weight-loss goals as they’re said to reduce stomach fat.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Strength Training and Weight Loss; A Perfect Combination by Ross Cohen

Strength Training and Weight Loss: A Perfect Combination

When you need to lose weight, whether it's a hundred pounds or five, you know you need to exercise. Unfortunately, it's often difficult to make that first step. Perhaps you're apprehensive about your appearance while you work out. Maybe you are simply dreading working out that first time. No matter where you are, there are weight loss exercises that will help you shed those unwanted pounds. You know that you could crash diet, or take some unsafe pills, but just by reading this exercise article, we know that you want to do things the safe way.

Before you begin an exercise regimen, particularly if you've not been exercising at all, it's important to consult a doctor. Your physician will most likely have helpful, specific to you tips and strategies. He or she may even suggest some exercises to do in addition to the ones we'll discuss. Plus, you'll feel more at ease while you work out, knowing that you'll be safe.


There are two major categories in weight loss exercises. The first is cardiovascular exercises. Cardio, as it's called for short, elevates your heart rate to a range that is ideal for fat and calorie burning. Furthermore, your blood circulation is enhanced, supplying your muscles with Some examples of cardio include:

Martial Arts
Of course, these aren't the only cardio activities out there-truly there is something for everyone. It's important to note a prolonged amount of time, around twenty to thirty minutes, maximizes the benefits of cardio.

Strength Training

Strength training is the other main category of weight loss exercise. It's also the category that people are most likely to overlook. Strength training, often performed with weights, increases your muscle density and Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). What's the benefit to that? Increased muscle density leads to a higher level of calorie burning, even while you're doing nothing! Combining this with cardio is an excellent way to boost weight loss.

Many individuals, particularly women, are often wary of strength training. They don't want to look like body builders! You can rest assured. The types of exercises that would produce that result are far beyond what you'll need to do. Some examples of strength training activities include:

Pull ups
Push up
Of course, strength training's effectiveness is enhanced by adding in the presence of weights, even if they're only the handheld, two pound ones. Here's some further strength training exercises that are done with weights:

Bicep curls
Chest flies
Bench presses
Shoulder presses
In Closing
As we mentioned before, the best strategy is to combine weight loss exercises from both cardio and strength training. You'll maximize your results that way and lose more weight. You might even find yourself enjoying your workouts because of the variety. No more running on the treadmill night after night! You can add in a number of activities to that treadmill and shed those pounds.
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Health/Fitness and Exercise in the New Year - 2012

Health/Fitness and Exercise for the New Year – 2012
Well 2012 is nearly upon us and I’m working on some great new blogs coming in January so please look out for them. There will be more on mental health and depression, muscle building tips, healthy eating guides and much more.
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Chat to me any time, I’ll be happy to answer any questions as soon as possible and as honestly as possible.

Thanks for taking the time to read this short blog, and again look out for the new blogs coming in the New Year. Bye for now J

Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Best Advice to Losing Weight After Pregnancy

I'm sure you're all wondering how you can get rid of your belly and be thin again. Well good news there. Most of it to all of it goes by itself, to get that extra look, you might just have to put a bit of effort into it. Don't worry, it's worked many times for my friends and I hope it will work for you.

Considering that you have just given birth you won't have time to focus on losing the weight, but good news! It is very important that you don't dive straight into the whole dieting scheme because that is not very healthy especially just after having a baby.

In order to help your body recover you should try to eat healthy foods; this also helps with the whole losing weight. But don't diet! You shouldn't diet yet, first let your body recover.

When you're Losing Weight After Pregnancy, you should try and do a few slow exercises, remember your body is still healing. Try and take a small walks, this will tone your body and get it ready for the harder exercises that are coming.

Don't ever lose patients at any point. If you see other moms lose their weight straight away then that's fine, that's just how their body works, don't every compare yourself to them because this could put you down. The secret is to keep working on your body and don't give up. Stretch and do squats in your spare time, eat carefully and don't give up!

I hope you strive to losing weight after pregnancy and I hope you have a wonderful life with your new born.

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