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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Exercise of the Day

Dumbbell Pullovers Starting Position Lie on bench with feet flat on floor. Hold one dumbbell with both hands, palms against the underside of the upper set of plates/weight, thumbs and forefingers encircling the handle. Action INHALE: Lower the weight behind your head, slightly bending elbows.... Sign in to see full entry.

Moderation in all Things

What comes to mind for you when you hear the word diet? If you're like most people, you probably imagine eating carrot sticks, going to bed hungry, and giving up your favorite foods. That's why so many diets fail. Most people just can't tolerate those kinds of restrictions for very long. The more... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Exercise Tip of the Day

Question: Please share with me any exercises to strengthen my knees. Do I have to wait until I lose more weight? Expert Answer: The best thing you can do is develop strength around your knees without putting a lot of pressure on them. This means your quadriceps, hamstrings and hips. Here are a... Sign in to see full entry.

Snacking Healthy

Add Snacks to Subtract Pounds While some dieters happily accept when someone suggests a snack, others feel pangs of guilt when a nibble is merely suggested. However, there is nothing inherently wrong with a bite between meals. In fact, snacking might be the missing ingredient that will help you... Sign in to see full entry.

Exercise Tip of the Day

Torso Stretch Starting Position This exercise is performed in a seated position with the legs crossed or in the butterfly position. Action Clasp hands together and slowly raise them above your head towards the ceiling. Reach as high as you can while inhaling deeply and hold for 20-30 seconds. Bring... Sign in to see full entry.

Busting Through a Plateau

Question: How do I know if I've reached a plateau? What can I do to jump start my weight loss again? Expert Answer: If you've been exercising and cutting calories for several weeks, and you're no longer seeing the same results that you experienced in the beginning, then you've probably hit a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Cut Calories Without Dieting

The word "diet" doesn't always mean eating less to lose weight--although that's what we commonly associate it with today. Someone "on a diet" is trying to eat less, or stop eating sweets to fit into a smaller pant size. Diet has another meaning. It also describes the food that you normally... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Seeing is Achieving

Picture Weight Loss Success With Visual Cues Visual images hold amazing power. We can all still "see" the Challenger disaster, the flag rising over Iwo Jima, even our own high school yearbook pictures. The images are still with us today. And so are the emotions that go with them. You can use this... Sign in to see full entry.

Types of Yoga

Yoga, started in India more than 5000 years ago and springing from a Sanskrit word meaning "union," has many forms but generally centers around techniques for breathing (pranayama), postures (asanas), flexibility, and meditation (such as the technique called dhyana). It can be very spiritual,... Sign in to see full entry.

Where is Danger Lurking in Your Kitchen?

Anytime is a good time to give your kitchen a healthy inspection. Nasty foods and hidden pitfalls are just waiting to sabotage your weight loss and tempt you into reverting to bad habits. They may even be disguising themselves in a "healthy" cloak. To have healthy habits and a healthier lifestyle,... Sign in to see full entry.

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