Boys Sweat, Girls Glisten: Why You Sweat and How it Benefits Your Body

Tuesday February 18, 2014

It may be gross, uncomfortable, smelly, and even embarrassing, but sweating is a completely normal and even healthy part of a healthy life. Damp underarms and drips of sweat from your forehead are expected and even needed during exercise or hot temperatures. Despite this, many of today’s cultures go to great lengths to avoid sweat and cover it up. Pleasant-smelling people are nicer to be around, aren’t they?

You may sweat a lot or your may be one of those who doesn’t sweat much. Should you be sweating more? Maybe. So why does your body sweat, how is it good for you, and what’s a normal amount of sweat? The boot camp Santa Rosa says you’re about to find out.

Regulates Body Temperaturesantarosa

Imagine working in the garden outside when the temperature is in the upper 80s. Or picture yourself nervously giving a presentation in front of a group of coworkers. In both situations, you begin to sweat. That’s because hot temperatures, fever, exercise, spicy foods, and emotions such as anxiety or excitement stimulate your sweat glands to release sweat.

Adults have between 2 and 5 million sweat glands in their bodies. Sweat is mostly water, but also is also made of lactic acid, minerals, ammonia, sugar, and urea. This moisture on your skin is needed to help keep your body temperature at a normal level. As the sweat evaporates off your skin, your internal body temperature begins to cool down.

Improves Your Health

Sweating increases your heart rate, your breathing, your circulation, and your metabolism as your body works to cool itself down. Through this process, sweating cleanses your body of toxins. This is why many people enjoy steam rooms, saunas, and bathhouses. As you know, some cultures emphasize this method of cleansing more than others.

Sweat washes impurities and dirt out of your pores and off your skin. Regular sweating and washing will improve the texture and appearance of your skin.

When your body is warm, it produces more white blood cells, which are important for a strong healthy immune system. So strangely enough, sweating may be a way to boost your immune system.

As an added perk, sweating helps you shed pounds. Okay, sweat itself isn’t going to cause weight to fall off your hips. After all, sweat is mostly water, which you will quickly replace with a drink. But activities that generate sweat will burn calories—especially those activities that are supposed to make you sweat (exercise). The work it takes your body to regulate its temperature also burns a few calories.

Too Much or Too Little

If you’re trying to shed a few pounds, your goal should be to sweat often. Work up a sweat by exercising in your target heart rate zone, exerting yourself, and increasing the intensity of your workout. Walk farther, jog faster, or include hills along the way. Sweating while exercising is a sign you’re working hard enough to burn calories. Read More…

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Fill Up While Trimming Down

Friday February 14, 2014

On the quest to lose weight, many people suffer through days of hunger and low energy—but they don’t have to. Feeling full doesn’t depend on how many calories you eat, but on the amount of food you eat. By choosing the right kinds of foods in the right combination, you can still eat a healthy low-calorie diet and feel full and energized to make it through your day.

What foods and drinks should you stock your kitchen with to lose weight? The Orlando boot camp says that the answer is simple and includes three things: water, protein, and fiber.

Start with H2Oorlandofitness

Many people confuse hunger with thirst. You may feel the need to fill your stomach with something, but it may not have to be food. Before eating a snack or meal, drink a glass of water.

Water is a dieter’s best friend. It contains absolutely no calories, and it is essential to flush toxins out of your system. Since your body is made mostly of water, all body systems function more efficiently with adequate hydration. This includes your metabolism.

In the event you’re still feeling hungry 15 minutes after drinking water, go ahead and eat. That drink of water will help fill your stomach so you’re less likely to overeat.

Pack on the Protein

Protein is the second ingredient that is vital to a successful diet. Foods high in protein generally take more time to chew (think meat and poultry) and therefore stay in your stomach for a longer time. Because they take more time to eat, when you eat protein, your mind has time to tell your body that it’s full. Also, proteins in your body slow the process of carbohydrates breaking down into fat, so you’ll feel full faster and for a longer period of time. With protein having such a great impact on your feelings of fullness, eat a source of protein for every snack and meal.

Low-fat dairy products are great options for a quick protein pick-me-up. Mix a cup of fruit with plain low-fat yogurt or one-percent cottage cheese for breakfast. Then eat string cheese or a cheese wedge with a piece of fruit for a snack.

Eggs, lean meat, fish, and poultry are also rich in protein. Keep hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a quick and easy snack or breakfast. Later in the day, fill up on a lean chicken breast for lunch or salmon for dinner.

When mid-morning arrives and you know you can’t wait until lunch for food, all it takes is a handful of nuts. Almonds, peanuts, or pistachios are full of protein and keep you satisfied until the next meal. Just don’t eat chocolate-covered nuts. Remember—you’re trying to cut calories, not pile them on! Read More…

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Injury-Proof Your Shoulders: Why You Need Strong Shoulders and How to Get Them

Tuesday February 11, 2014

Until you suffer from a shoulder injury, it’s easy to take these joints for granted. Compared to other joints in your body, the shoulders are the most moveable thanks to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that hold the shoulder in place. The large range of motion of the shoulders is beneficial for upper body movement, but it also puts the shoulders at an increased risk for injury. By keeping these tissues strong, you’ll ensure your shoulders stay strong and pain-free.

What’s the big deal about strong shoulders and what exercises can you do to protect them from injury? Read on the see what the Kennesaw boot camp has to say.

Their Purposekennesawbootcamp2

Shoulders are the joints that connect the arms to the body and allow you to move your arms. Think of all the motions made possible because of the shoulders: carrying groceries, vacuuming the floor, picking up children, washing your hair, and reaching overhead. Now, imagine pain in your shoulder every time you do one of these movements.

Shoulders need to be able to withstand pressure and stress. Strong shoulders enable upper body movements and help improve your posture.

Risk of Injury

You may think only baseball pitchers are susceptible to rotator cuff injuries. Made of four muscles that hold the shoulder in place and allow it to move efficiently, rotator cuffs frequently suffer small tears or weaknesses because of overuse, which occurs often to baseball or softball pitchers. But it’s not just pitchers that suffer from rotator cuff injuries. Anyone can damage these muscles through normal everyday movements such as changing a light bulb, painting a wall, playing basketball, or working on an assembly line.

The action of raising your arms above your head places the most stress on your shoulders and leads to rotator cuff pain. Lifting your elbow away from the side of your body also strains your rotator cuff.

Shoulder Exercises

Fortunately, you don’t have to take shoulder pain and problems lying down. With the right stretches and strengthening exercises, your shoulder can grow stronger and more resilient. These can be done at home, at the office, or at the gym. As an added perk for men, building strong shoulders can help provide that desired V-shape. Women, however, don’t have to worry about bulking up too much, as their bodies don’t typically bulk up as easily as their male counterparts’.

The common push-up is a great way to work your shoulders while strengthening your arms, back, abs, and chest at the same time. Read More…

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What’s for Breakfast: Decoding the Cereal Label

Friday February 07, 2014

Many people turn to cereal as a quick and easy breakfast option. But finding an all-around healthy cereal is no easy task. As you walk down the grocery store isle, countless cereal choices stare you in the face. Which do you choose—a kid-friendly package or the one high in fiber? Each cereal claims its own health advantage. Some are high in vitamins and minerals, are low in sugar, or are made with whole grain; while others are rich in fiber, lowers risk of heart disease, and are low in sodium. But here’s the tricky part. While a cereal may claim to be full of vitamins and minerals, it may also be extremely high in sugar. And another cereal may claim to be made of whole grains, while also being full of artificial colors and flavors.

The next time you’re shopping for cereal, the La Habra boot camp recommends that you look for one that meets all of the following criteria, and your family’s cold breakfast will be made as healthy as possible.

Made With Whole Grainslahabrabootcamp

The main thing to look for on the nutrition label of a cereal is whether it’s made from whole grains. A cereal box may say it’s made with whole grains but only contain a small amount. Look at the list of ingredients for a clearer picture. In cereals with plenty of whole grain, whole grain is the first ingredient listed. Common whole grains for cereal include whole grain oats or wheat. Rice or rice flour is not a whole grain. Also, be wary when you see boxes that advertise how many grams of whole grain they contain. Compare the grams of whole grain to the serving size.

A diet with plenty of whole grains will lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and weight gain.

Rich in Fiber

Cereals made of whole grain or bran are a good source of fiber. Adults should eat 20–35 grams of fiber a day. Look for a cereal that has at least 5 grams of fiber per serving. If your breakfast isn’t high in fiber, you’re probably not getting enough. Watching your waistline? Fiber helps you feel satisfied for longer, which keeps you from snacking, overeating, and ultimately gaining weight. Fiber also keeps your digestive tract healthy and lowers your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

When cereal shopping with fiber in mind, beware! Some cereals may advertise high fiber content, but if the cereal isn’t made primarily from whole grains or bran, the fiber in the cereal does little good for your body. Read More…

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Eat Less and Still Feel Full – Get Your Cravings Under Control

Tuesday February 04, 2014

Growl… Once again your stomach is screaming, begging for food. You’re trying to lose weight but feel it’s a losing battle because you’re hungry all the time. Since beginning your diet, your appetite seems bigger than ever.

Saying no to food is so hard when your stomach and mind are saying yes. For most, not eating certain foods isn’t easy. The road to weight loss mean adopting new ways of controlling your appetite by training your body and mind to overcome cravings and learning to eat foods that fill you up so you don’t feel hungry all the time.

Starting today, try the following advice from the Lincoln boot camp to eat more of the right foods and less of the wrong.

Avoid Temptationslincoln:orlando

If you know you’ll have a hard time not eating your favorite kind of cookies, don’t let them in the house. Even if your kids love them, you’ll do your whole family a favor by not putting them in the shopping cart.

Or maybe it’s your favorite restaurant. You know if you eat there, it would be torture not to order your favorite pasta dripping with white sauce and cheese. So choose a different restaurant with healthy, low calorie options.

Don’t set yourself up for failure by placing temptations on the table in front of you. Ask your spouse and kids to be sensitive to your weaknesses.

Manage Stress

For many, overeating and indulging cravings are the result of stress or anxiety. Anxiety over the fight you had with your mom, stress from a long day at work, or the hopeless feelings you have about weight loss can all lead you to eat. Food becomes a way to satisfy your hunger and your emotions—but don’t let it!

Learning to manage stress in healthy ways could save you hundreds of calories and several inches on your waist. Try deep breathing exercises, physical exercise, or just relaxing in a hot bath.

Drink More Water

Feel the urge to eat but aren’t sure you’re truly hungry? Sip on water. Zero calories and so good for you, drinking water can keep your mouth busy when it wants to eat and help you feel full longer. Keep a water bottle with you all day and refill as necessary. When you think you may be hungry, drink some water and wait half an hour. If you’re still hungry, go ahead a have a small snack.

Get Moving

Need a healthy distraction from your food cravings and never-ending appetite? Go for a run. It may sound strange, but in addition to improving your health and burning calories, exercise increases the production of endorphins that suppress your appetite for a short time afterwards. You will find that regular exercise may make you hungrier than usual, but this is good, as it’s proof that your metabolism is growing. Just make sure you have healthy foods on hand to fill you up. Read More…

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