What can you do to get those six-pack abs you dream of having? We recommend something safer and more effective than sit-ups: plank exercises. Planks build your core muscles and sculpt your body by utilizing isometric strength. Done properly, planks can also improve your body posture, while strengthening your shoulders, arms, glutes, and hamstring muscles. Read on to find out how.
Travelers commonly complain that they can’t eat right on the road. Many share tales of gaining weight on a trip. The good news is that with a little planning and common sense, you can eat right and maintain the good habits you follow at home. In this post, we'll share some healthy eating tips that we use in our travels. We hope they will help you too.
First, an apology: We're guilty as charged of not updating this blog. Our defense: We've spent the last few months feverishly at work on completing the first book in our Healthy Trekking series, 300 Healthy Travel Tips. And now, it's available for you to purchase on Apple iBooks (with versions for the Amazon Kindle and other ebook formats coming soon). And yes, we're totally excited.
Before your next flight, don’t just sit there. Get up and move around. Take a brisk walk. Do stretches. Use the stairs. And get your pulse pumping before you step on the plane.
The good news is that n a growing number of forward-thinking air terminals, you can indulge in yoga, walk on a dedicated and marked path before or between flights, and find tranquility from the noisy crush of a busy airport.
Perhaps you've heard the dieting advice to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper. Now, mounting evidence shows there's a lot of truth to it.
A recent study published in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that it's best not to eat too many calories late in the day. Dieters who ate their main meal before 3 p.m. lost significantly more weight than those who ate later in the day.
This time of year, you’re probably dreaming about escaping fluorescent cube farm enslavement, fleeing the oncoming winter gloom and finding yourself under warm sunny skies, likely on the beach. With a few simple steps, you can use your next trip to create healthy habits you follow after you return. If you do, your vacation will be forever.
When I see a fat man struggling with all his might to climb a hill on a bike, an overweight woman beet red in the face as she jogs in obvious pain on a hot day, or a fat couple willing to be seen in a gym full of young hard bodies, I don’t sneer. I feel nothing but empathy. I cheer them on. Because not long ago, I was that guy.
We can all be better. Instead of showing scorn to the fat man or woman, cheer them on. Show them support. If they can do it, we all can.
Summer. It’s a great time of the year. The days are longer, winter’s finally over, and it’s time to get outside for exercise. But when it’s 99 degrees and 99 percent humidity out, the thought of running in the blistering heat feels impossible. So instead of burning up this summer, be cool. Look for an indoor ice skating rink in your city and go skating.
That’s right. Ice skating. In the summer.
One way that we lost over 220 lbs. in one year was easy: taking a walk every night after dinner. There was once a time after a long, hard day of work that we'd make a big dinner or go out to eat, and after that, settle into the couch. Before we knew it, we were snoring and drooling in a Tryptophan-induced, blissful world of sleep. All that dinner felt great, but only added to the ever-growing belly.
Every morning, I awaken at 5 am (if the alarm doesn't get him up, one of our kitties will see to it), splash water on my face and put on my cycling clothes. Heading downstairs to the garage, I put on my cycling shoes, my iPhone, earbuds and iTunes and climb aboard my 34 year old steel bike (a vintage Team Miyata 12-speed my brother raced on for several seasons) attached to an Eclipse cycling trainer. The cranking begins.
It's never too late to reinvent yourself.
One year ago, we weighted 220 lbs. more than we do today. We didn't drink or smoke, and our diet was pretty good. But a look in the mirror or a walk up the stairs told the story: we were overweight and out of shape. We weren't paying enough attention to what we ate, and items like cheese, ice cream and carbs late in the day were the norm. We worked too many late hours and skipped exercise. It all added up.
Something had to change. We are thankful that we did.