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Exercise Can Help Combat Sleepless Nights!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jul 01, 2015 @ 02:28 PM

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For many of us, especially women, getting a good night's sleep is a luxury. From careers, to kids, to social and family events, life comes first, sleep comes last. Throw biology into the mix -- like a woman's menstrual cycle -- and insomnia becomes even more common. Sleep problems can make it even harder to get the recommended 7.5 to 8 hours of shut-eye necessary to perform your best.  Do lifestyle changes such as -10,000 Steps Program for exercise help combat insomnia?

Exercise, especially -Aerobic Exercise, has long been assumed to improve sleep.  Scientists at Northwestern University say sleep problems affect millions of adults, who could likely improve their quality of sleep, vitality, and mood with regular aerobic exercise.  The researchers say the study is the first to examine the effect of aerobic exercise on insomnia in middle-aged and older adults. About 50% of people middle-aged and older complain of symptoms of chronic insomnia.

Investigators studied 23 sedentary adults, mostly women aged 55 years and older, who had a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep and also reported impaired daytime functioning. 

The participants were randomly placed in one of two groups.

One group exercised for two 20-minute sessions four times a week and the other did a 30-40 minute workout four times a week. This went on in both groups for 16 weeks, with participants exercising to 75% of their maximum heart rate on at least two activities, such as riding a stationary bicycle or walking on a treadmill.

In a control group, participants didn’t exert themselves physically but only mentally, taking part in recreational or educational activities, such as attending a cooking class or listening to a museum lecture. This group met for about 45 minutes, three to five times a weeks, also for 16 weeks.

Researchers say the participants who exercised reported that their sleep quality improved, raising their diagnosis from poor to good sleeper. They also reported fewer depressive symptoms, more vitality, and less sleepiness in the daytime.  This is just one more reason to live a healthy life with good eating and regular exercise as the staple.

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Summer Fitness Trend... Stand Up Paddleboarding

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 10:58 AM

Health and Fitness Benefits of Stand Up Paddleboarding

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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is becoming more popular each year. Hawaiians have been using it for years as a means to keep fit when the waves are not adequate for surfing.

By using a paddle board surfers were able to enjoy the water and obtain some exercise simultaneously.

In the last several years millions of people have begun to enjoy paddle boarding, while standing. People now engage in stand-up paddling to enjoy the water, spend time with friends, and to improve their fitness level.

An Intense Workout

SUP can provide you with a very good overall workout. You will make use of balance and strength in order to remain upright and propel yourself in the water.

The level of intensity you will experience will be variable and be dependent on your venue.

If you are paddling in the ocean and there are a lot of waves and an ocean current, your workout will be intense. If you are simply drifting in relatively placid waters, it will not be so hard-core.

Core Benefits

Paddle boarding will provide you with a great core workout as well. Almost every muscle in the body is used at some point.

A large part of SUP is balance. Your leg muscles will be hard at work attempting to maintain your balance.

In addition, paddling utilizes the arms, back, and shoulders to propel the paddleboard in the water. The core back and abdominal muscles are constantly at work to maintain your balance.

Low Impact

An additional benefit that SUP provides is that it is a very low impact exercise. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will do damage to the tendons and ligaments of your joints.

If you lift weights in the gym or you engage in high impact sports, then your likelihood of injury is far higher than with stand-up paddling.

SUP is particularly useful for runners that are experiencing shin splints or knee and hip pain.

With this type of sport it is possible to use up a lot of calories without damaging your joints.

SUP Fitness Benefits

One of the clear benefits of SUP is the very fast and obvious improvement of the fitness level of its practitioners.

It is a very good sport to engage in if you are cross-training since it uses almost all the muscles in the body. SUP is a form of simultaneous aerobic and strength training.

Health Benefits

There are numerous health benefits to paddle surfing and the best part is it will not cause any damage to your body while you enjoy them.

The cardiovascular benefits are truly amazing. You will be able to substantially improve your level of cardio fitness.

Of course this translates into many benefits for your body, including a decreased incidence of heart attack and stroke.

In addition, you are going to consume a lot of calories. This will likely translate into a loss of weight.

Most of us are aware of all of the adverse conditions that are associated with being overweight.

You will reduce your chances of getting diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and joint problems by reducing your weight, and SUP can help you accomplish this.

There is one more great benefit to be aware of… it is very relaxing and a great way to relieve stress. Stress, has countless adverse health consequences and negative effects on the body.

I have personally found that stand-up paddling has always been an excellent stress coping method for me. Once I get out on the water and start paddling, I can literally feel my body and mind relaxing as I get into the paddling rhythm.

Improve Your Balance

Many activities and sports require good balance. SUP will definitely improve your sense of balance as you try to stay upright while paddling.

For instance, what football player could not improve his game with better balance? You may fall a lot when your first start out, but if you keep at it your overall core balance will great improve.

A Surfing Alternative

This sport is a very good alternative for people who have difficulty or fear of surfing.

You may have friends that surf, and you want to join the fun, but you are unable to. With SUP, you can still get out there and catch the waves and enjoy the surf with your friends.

Or you may have some health issues that make it difficult for you to surf. Once again SUP is a great alternative.

Yoga

Recently there are numerous people that are experiencing a new fitness activity to do on their boards. They are practicing yoga while paddle boarding.

Performing yoga while on a paddleboard adds an extra dimension of balance to the activity. This can be a lot of fun as well as very challenging for someone who is already an experienced practitioner of yoga.

In addition the ambiance that is associated with paddle boarding is far more pleasant and relaxing than being in a cramped gym or fitness studio. The sun and water will enhance the experience greatly.

A lot of individuals are undecided about purchasing a stand-up paddleboard, however, once they become aware of all the benefits and joys that it has to offer, they may be prompted to give it a try.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try.

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Hot Weather Exercise Tips!

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

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Summer is here, and many exercisers like to leave the gym behind and spend their exercise time outdoors. For others, when the temperature's high, motivation can be low. Plus, you have the excuse that exerting yourself might be dangerous! Sorry but these are not valid excuses.  You can still walk, jog, or bike without suffering sunstroke. Just take these precautions:

Drink up before you're thirsty. Once you start craving water, you're already 3 percent dehydrated. To avoid that, drink two to three cups a few hours before you work out. Ten minutes before, have another cup — and one cup every 15 to 20 minutes while you're exercising. If you're a swimmer, follow the same plan — just because you're surrounded by water doesn't mean it's keeping you hydrated.

Eat often. Dieters often count on summer heat to kill their appetite — but exercising without enough fuel is dangerous. No one's suggesting a huge plate of pasta. But if you're going to work out, snack throughout the day on lettuce, carrots, grapefruit, and apples — all great hot-weather picks because they're naturally filled with water.

Avoid high-heat hours. Hit the streets before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m. Another stay-cool tip: Run or walk on dirt paths instead of sun-absorbing pavement.  Or try a water activity such as, paddleboarding, surfing, swimming and snorkeling.

Sport the right gear. To deflect, not absorb, the sun's rays, wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. Try cotton or "wicking" fabrics, which move sweat away from your body, or these GHRI-tested sun-safe clothes. And don't forget your head: A hat or visor with a four-inch brim will best protect your face.

Slather on sunscreen every two hours. SPF 30 or higher is recommended. Burns aren't just bad for your complexion; they also raise your body temperature.

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Hunger and Fullness Scale- The Key to Weight Loss Success

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 10:32 PM

The Hunger ScaleThe Hunger and Fullness scale is a useful tool for assessing your hunger and fullness levels before, during, and after you eat. It will help you identify your hunger cues, observe how different types and amounts of food affect you, and recognize when the urge to eat has been triggered by something other than hunger. This scale is not intended to set strict guidelines about when you should eat; rather, it helps you develop a greater awareness of your body’s subtle signals.

Do you eat when you are hungry? If you are unsure, you are not alone. Determining hunger and fullness is a key to weight loss success, but can also pose as a challenge. While it is extremely important to listen to internal cues for hunger and satiety, social factors, previous experiences with foods, and environmental cues often override the internal ability to eat when hungry and stop when full.

The good news is that you can learn to monitor feelings of satiety by using a hunger scale. In addition to keeping a food journal to track what you are eating, this tool helps you identify when you are eating out of hunger (which is good!) versus when you are eating out of habit (not so good).

How to use the scale: Before taking your next bite, rate your hunger throughout the day. On a scale from 0 to 10: 0=an empty gas tank and 10=filled to the brim

Green light: Go ahead and eat! If you score 0-3, chances are your body needs fuel. Plan your meals and snacks ahead so that you stick to your calorie goal.

Yellow light:  Seek a strategy to stave off hunger. If you score 4-6, it may be time for a snack. First drink a warm cup of tea, hot water, or black coffee. Warm liquids can help tame hunger. If that doesn’t do the trick, try a portion controlled high protein snack, such as a boiled egg, 100-calorie greek yogurt, or low-fat cheese stick to take the edge off hunger until your next meal. Registered Dietitian Sari Greaves, RDN recommends a warm cup of antioxidant-rich green tea with lemon an hour before dining out at a restaurant to avoid extreme hunger and “bread basket” temptation. She also suggests eating slowly- it takes 20 minutes to register fullness. Take small bites, pause between bites, and chew your food thoroughly. Eat will utensils that will help slow down your eating pattern, such as using chopsticks for rice and bite size protein and vegetables.

Red Light: Push the plate away! If you score 7-10, chances are you stomach is full. Your best bet is to remove yourself from visual eating cues. Walk away from the table, remove any clear candy bowls or cookie jars from your counterops, and engage in non-food activities such as trying out a new workout DVD, taking a relaxing bath, or reading a book. Sari suggests brushing your teeth to signal the official “end to eating” (having fresh mint breath can help avoid late night snacking) or stick a “kitchen closed”  post-it on the refrigerator. A warm cup of tea or diet hot chocolate can also help extinguish a craving. 

Now you are prepared with an action plan, so it's time to use the scale below.

0:  You are wobbly and dizzy. Thoughts are unclear. Most people have to go all day without food to get close to becoming a 1. At 0, you are weak and tired.

1:  You are still very hungry. You are irritable, cranky, and lethargic.

2:  You are very hungry, on the verge of having a “starving” feeling.

3:  You could definitely eat, but you are not on the verge of collapse. The urge to eat is strong.

4:  You are truly hungry. You are looking forward to eating more.

5:  You are only a little hungry. Your body is sending messages that you might want to eat. 

6:  You are a notch past being neutral. You could definitely eat more.

7:  You are feeling more satisfied, getting full. If you stopped here, you would need to eat again in 4-4½ hours.

8:  You are quite satisfied, full in fact. If you stopped eating here, this would sustain you for 5-6 hours.

9:  You are becoming uncomfortable. You could force down another three bites, although your body no longer wants anything.

10: Your body is screaming “get me out of here!” You have no pleasure in eating anymore. If you ate any more, you feel you would explode.

While it sometimes is challenging in the beginning to figure out where you fall on this scale, it will get easier over time. Feelings of hunger and fullness will become clearer

 

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References: nutrition411.com; http://www.healthycellsmagazine.com/articles/how-to-use-the-hunger-and-fullness-scale

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