I’ve been actively controlling my body weight for nearly 20 years and it isn’t easy as I’m a big-boned, pear-shaped woman who fights the disease of obesity every day. However, I’ve found great solace in managing my body weight and ultimately my health with sensible dietary strategies and a large volume of exercise. Over the years, I’ve learned some things about myself when it comes to eating:
Just recently former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs caused a major stir when she criticized Sports Illustrated for selecting plus-size model Ashley Graham for one of three covers of its 2016 Swimsuit Issue. Tiegs specifically claimed that the magazine was showcasing a body type that isn’t 'healthy' and 'well' (visit E! News for Graham’s response).
If you’re one who regularly seeks out the latest and greatest in health, fitness and nutrition information, you’ve likely heard the term "macros" tossed around. But, what does it actually mean? The answer is pretty simple. Macros is basically short for the word "macronutrients", which are vital foodstuffs needed by the body in large amounts.
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In order to establish a solid weight training routine you'll need to strategically choose your exercises and equipment. However, you shouldn't do this until you've carefully established your weight training goals. In order to reap the full benefits of weight training, all your major muscle groups need to be taxed. There are many muscle groups in the body but to keep it simple I'll refer to seven of them as major muscle groups: chest, back, deltoids (shoulders), triceps, biceps, lower body/legs, and abdominals.
Can you believe 2016 is here and in full effect? How are those health and fitness-related New Year’s resolutions going? Are you losing weight? Are you maintaining a regular exercise routine? Have you reduced the amount of red meat in your diet? Have you cut back on your sugar intake?
These days it's pretty clear that a lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, smoking, and other lifestyle-related factors elevate the risk of chronic disease but did you know that a lack of sleep and frequent snoring can also increase disease risk? Yes, it's true! Check out this cool infographic provided by ResMed and see how. When you're done, click it and take the screening test to see if you're at risk.
On June 18, 2013, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a special event held at a local City Farm fresh market situated in Northeast Chicago. This event was generously sponsored by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly for the purpose of supporting Resource Center’s latest initiative in sustainable urban farming.
The single-arm bent over row is one of the best exercises for working the muscles of your back and it also works the biceps muscle located on the front of the arm. Performing this exercise with a kettlebell helps to build good balance, coordination, muscle definition and size.