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Fitness is key to Longevity January 31, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, healthy lifestyles, Weight Loss.
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If you want to live a long, healthy life, then focus on your fitness.  Too many people worry about their weight, instead of focusing on exercise and healthy living.

A study published in the December 5th issue of the Journal of American Medical Association finds that when it comes to longevity, being physically fit is more important than keeping your weight down.

In the study, scientists found people who were overweight, but fit tended to outlive those who were leaner but not in good shape.

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Body Image – What should I weigh? January 30, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in fitness, Fitness Goals, healthy lifestyles, Weight Loss.
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Many people have self confidence issues related to being the ideal weight.  This can come from comparing yourself against standards, such as the BMI, and it can also come from comparing yourself against celebrities.

Body image is a strange thing. We are constantly bombarded with unrealistic expectations about the way we should look. Celebrities swing back and forth for movie rolls. They range from the chubby “Bridget Jones” character to nearly anorexic “Roxy Hart” character in the movie Chicago. Every week there are more pictures of skinny celebrities in the tabloids.

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Strenght Training vs Aerobics – which comes first? January 29, 2008

Posted by Lisa Sabin in Endurance Training, fitness, Strength Training.
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Should people perform strength training ahead of aerobic training, or the other way around.  Which type of exercise should come first? 

A complete fitness program includes resistance training and aerobic training. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends moderate cardio 30 minutes 5 days a week or 20 minutes of intense cardio 3 days per week.  The recommendation for resistance training is 2 days per week, 8-10 exercises for all the major muscle groups. Do 1-2 sets, 8-12 repetitions in a controlled manner.

Resistance training has many benefits including increased bone density, increased lean body mass, and injury prevention. Aerobic training increases lung capacity, increases stroke volume, i.e. creates a more efficient heart. Aerobic training also burns lots of calories.

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