Category Archives: Get Healthy

Challenge Yourself to Increase Your Metabolism

This little workout inspired by Amy Dixon is challenging and will increase your metabolic system and energy levels. As you know, this workout might not be for everyone but if you are free of chronic injuries and want to kick your everyday workout up a notch, try this short burst, no break and no fussing workout…that I love! Leap Frogs Set: 3/ Reps: 1 min Stand facing a 12- to 18-inch step. With your feet hip-width apart, bend slightly at your knees and jump up onto the step (A). Land quietly, letting your heels hit first and bending your knees ... [ Read More ]

The Effects of Exercise on your Mental Health

The depressive cycle We often talk about the mind and body as though they are completely separate – but they aren’t. My motto has always been “ An active mind cannot exist in an inactive body”. The point is that the mind can’t function unless your body is working properly – and vice versa. The state of your mind affects your body. So – if you feel depressive, unmotivated or anxious, you may do less and become less active – which can make you feel worse. You can get caught in a harmful cycle: To work properly, your body needs ... [ Read More ]

What You Need To Know About Buying Sneakers… .

If you’ve tried to buy a pair of athletic shoes recently, you probably realize that the canvas sneakers of the past have been replaced by high-tech, state-of-the-art athletic gear of the present and future. Consumers are faced with so many options that the task of choosing a pair of shoes has become increasingly complicated and confusing, not to mention expensive. By attaining a good working knowledge of athletic footwear, you will be less likely to fall for the latest gimmick or be coerced into spending above your budget. Know What You Need When shopping for athletic shoes, the most important ... [ Read More ]

Women-specific exercises you should start incorporating today!

If you are a woman who wants to tighten the TTT (Tummy, Tush and Thighs) you should start doing these exercises today ABS Mountain Climber with Hands on Swiss Ball The benefit: It’s one of the simplest yet most effective ways to tighten your tummy. In fact, you’ll barely have to move a muscle. How to do it: Assume a pushup position with your arms completely straight, but place your hands on a Swiss ball instead of the floor. Your body should form a straight line from your head to your ankles. Tighten your core and hold it that way ... [ Read More ]

Body Flying. The new Craze

The Body Flying® Method comes from the idea of putting together various disciplines (such as Pilates, Yoga, gymnastics, stretching and other training systems) and moving the body at 360° . This is an innovative hammock that helps the body moving without the limits we find when training in a common mat workout. Body Flying allows the body to move freely in space (like in artistic gymnastics) and in inverted position. Therefore it is possible to combine functional workouts, training strength, flexibility and coordination. The result is a dynamic workout – both innovative and challenging. You can perform a variety of ... [ Read More ]

Obesity: the shocking statistics*

People are getting fatter almost everywhere in the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts there will be 2.3 billion overweight adults in the world by 2015 and more than 700 million of them will be obese. Figures for 2005 show 1.6 billion adults were overweight and 400 million were obese. Obesity is a modern problem – statistics for it did not even exist 50 years ago. The increase of convenience foods, labor-saving devices, motorized transport and more sedentary jobs means people are getting fatter. The body mass index (BMI) is the most commonly-used way of classifying overweight and obesity ... [ Read More ]

Prescription for the Adrenaline Junkie

An adrenaline junkie is a person addicted to the thrill of the adrenaline rush: the exciting, pleasurable effect produced when the adrenal glands dump a large dose of adrenaline into the bloodstream. The adrenaline rush usually occurs when the body senses danger, the “Fight or Flight” moment. Your heart rate increases, pleasure-giving endorphins are released by the pituitary gland and your breathing rate ramps up. The result of all this extra oxygen, energy and hormones is the adrenaline high, a euphoric feeling that can last for hours. Your Prescription: If you are a natural adrenaline junkie and need your ‘fix’ ... [ Read More ]

Low Back Pain – Time to Fix It for Good!

By Derek Smith, Personal Trainer now living in Bali Do you suffer from low back pain (LBP)? Maybe you experience one or more of the following: –     Chronic ache around the lumbar spine –     On and off recurring pain –     Episodes of “throwing out” the back –     Poor mobility resulting from painful movement What causes LBP? It is unfortunate that many people struggle for years with LBP. Perhaps you have seen your doctor only to be vaguely diagnosed with “generalized low back pain” and simply told to exercise. There may be a feeling that nothing can be done (i.e. that ... [ Read More ]

What is a Macrobiotic diet?

A macrobiotic diet is a diet formulated by the belief that food, and the quality of food, has an affect on a person’s life on a greater extent than most people realize. Practitioners of a macrobiotic diet believe that food has an affect on health, as well as happiness and well-being. Those who follow a macrobiotic diet believe that natural foods with little to no processing are the best choice of food. In addition, they believe in using traditional methods of cooking and they enjoy cooking for themselves, as well as for family and friends. Literally translated, macrobiotics means “great ... [ Read More ]

Legs, Legs, Legs

It’s time to throw out that muumuu dress and bring out the shorter skirts! All to often I talk to women who are scared of working out their legs because they are afraid they might get bulkier legs. Well, the only way you will bulk up and get cellulite is if you keep doing nothing! Here is a nice starter workout for your legs. Start doing them today and you’ll wear your hot pants in no time. SQUAT Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding dumbbells at your sides (a). Squat down as if you’re sitting into a chair until ... [ Read More ]