In recognition of Childhood Obesity month Body Xchange would like to share some information to bring awareness to some of the risks and also provide a helpful guide that may assist children of all ages to lead a healthier lifestyle.
A full 17 percent of children in this country has already passed the stage known as pleasingly plump and arrived at what most medical professionals view as a serious medical condition.
We know that childhood obesity can lead to higher risk of:
Anyone who lives in a desert climate knows how high the temperatures can go. Some like to say that anything under 100 degrees feels akin to a cold snap. That may be true, but if you play your cards right, the weather shouldn’t stop you from exercising outdoors. There are, however, right and wrong ways to do it.
The Importance of Water to Your Outdoor Workouts
If you want to get your exercise outdoors in hot weather, water is something with which you must develop a close relationship. It should be nothing but water, though. Beer and soda may taste great at the time, but when it comes to hydration, neither of them will do the trick.
When it comes to the right amount of water, there are various schools of thought. Red Cross communications director Andrea McCauley states that everyone should consume a quart of room-temperature water both before and after exercising and one or two cups every 20 minutes during the workout regardless of whether they do or do not feel thirsty. Read More ▸
As many of our regulars already know, the fight against diabetes is especially near and dear to the hearts of all of us here at Body Xchange. We understand the devastating effects of this disease, and we appreciate the talents of proper eating and appropriate medication in controlling blood glucose levels. Nevertheless, an effective treatment plan will include another component: exercise. The truth is that when it comes to keeping diabetes in check, those who make a point of staying active and fit are already ahead of the game.
Diabetes has two identifying hallmarks: abnormal carbohydrate metabolism and excessive levels of glucose in the blood. There are various reasons for this. In some cases, the body is unable to produce insulin in sufficient amounts to process the excess sugar. Then, there are the people who do produce enough insulin but whose bodies are unable to properly use it.
The beauty of exercise is its ability to reduce the levels of glucose in the blood, and it will do this regardless of the underlying reason behind the condition. That’s because when your muscles are under stress, they look to sugar for the energy they need to keep performing. They get this sugar from the blood and immediately work to burn it, causing blood glucose levels to naturally subside. As an added benefit, exercise can boost the body’s ability to utilize the insulin it already has, thereby increasing its effectiveness. Read More ▸
Are you planning a getaway any time soon? Maybe your employer is sending you to an out-of-state office, or family responsibilities have called you across the country. It could even be a vacation. Regardless of the reason behind it, traveling for any length of time often means you’ll be leaving more than just your friends and family. You could also be putting your exercise routine into temporary limbo, and if that’s the case, your body might have some complaining to do.
Of course, if you’re going on your dream cruise or staying at a five-star hotel, you shouldn’t have a problem. Such venues will normally provide you with excellent workout facilities, often attached to spas. Unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky. It’s possible that the place where you find yourself hanging your hat offers nothing better than a beat-up treadmill and a bench that’s older than the building itself. What will you do then? Read More ▸
If laziness, busyness or constant distractions have recently wreaked havoc with your fitness routine, you’re not alone. Many people slack off training from time to time, and when they find their strength and six-packs fading away, they often become all too eager to force their bodies back into their pre-hiatus shapes.
It’s only natural to feel that way, but wait: If you’re about to venture into the gym for the first time in weeks, months or maybe even years, there are several things you’d better keep in mind.
First: Consider starting out with a few sessions in personal training. With the passage of time, it’s easy to forget the finer points of proper workout technique. A personal trainer can help you ease back into your earlier comfort level with the weights and machines that you’ll be using. Read More ▸
Who doesn’t want a body that’s stronger, thinner, healthier and buff?
Enter the strength-building all-stars: weight and resistance training. Either of these workout types will get you to your fitness goals.
Weight training experts understand that in pure weight training, nothing more than free weights come into play. On the other hand, many resistance training exercise routines make use of machines, your own body weight as well as free weights to help you grow your muscles to their maximum potential.
Hang on tight. The holidays are nearly here, and despite filling the air with joy and good will, this time of year can also spell disaster for your workout routine. With parties and get-togethers both in and out of work, it’s hard to keep your fitness goals under control. In fact, studies show that from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, most people are going to see that needle on the bathroom scale head a bit further north than they’d wanted.
Although overeating will take the bulk of the blame, let’s face it: Many of us just find it hard to cram our regular exercise routine into our hectic holiday schedules. If you feel this way about your workouts, you’re not alone. It’s one of the major reasons that fitness centers across the country see a sudden growth in membership every January.
Here’s the good news. It is possible to enjoy your holiday season and stay in shape at the same time. Here are some tricks to help you do just that. Read More ▸