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August 27, 2009

Kick Start Your Metabolism

If your having a hard time losing weight it could be caused by lost muscle tone.

As we age most people put on weight, we slow down and lose muscle mass. It stands to reason really, once we are not as active as we once were we stop using those muscles, we put on some weight and slow down even more. This slows our metabolism and what we should do is eat less to allow for less exercise, but alas what most people do is actually eat more, thereby putting on weight. Because our metabolism has slowed to compensate for lost muscle tone, what goes in our mouths is stored as fat, instead of being burned as energy.

The good news is that we can reverse that situation with some simple weight training. Toning up and restoring your muscle mass can be done simply by exercising with dumbells for 20 to 30 minutes, two or three times per week. It doesn't matter what age you are or what gender you are, toning those muscles will lead to an invigorated body and a invigorated life.

When we say weight training we don't mean strenuously pumping iron and ending up with muscles as huge as Charles Atlas or Swartzenneger. Simple push-ups, arm lifts and knee bends can give those fading muscles new life and kick start the metabolism, burning those unwanted kilos. Couple a little weight training with a walking routine and you will look fitter and younger in no time at all.

It is a fact that weight training will burn more calories than normal exercise because muscles need more energy. That's why a man's daily calorie allowance is higher than a woman's because men do have more muscle mass than females. But women do have muscles too and while they may not bulge, they can be toned.

The other benefits to toning your muscles and losing weight is your health will improve out of sight. Moderate exercise and healthy eating will improve your circulation delivering oxygen to all parts of your body. By looking after yourself now, you will take huge steps in avoiding old age diseases such as diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, various cancers, stroke and heart disease.

You owe to yourself to be the best you can be. To live as long as you can. Kick start your metabolism by toning those tired and flabby muscles. It's not hard to lose weight once you put your brain into gear.

February 23, 2009

Smoking Kills

The other night we had a phone call in the middle of the night to advise us that a dear friend was gravely ill and about to be taken to hospital. It was feared that he wouldn't last the night.

The problem was our friend couldn't breathe properly. Having been diagnosed some time back with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD for short, this wasn't an actual shock to hear he was having problems with breathing.

Luckily the ambulance staff are well trained to handle this type of emergency and stablized him in readiness for the hospital doctors. We went to the hospital and were allowed to see him an hour after he was admitted.

The thing that really rammed home the dangers of smoking was the amount of older patients that were seeking help on that night for breathing difficulties. Half the people that came through the hospital doors while we were waiting to see our friend had breathing diffficulties and you don't have to be an Einstein to be able to work out that smoking is the cause.

Once you have been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, your life expectancy is no more than 10 years. You will slowly deteriorate and finally need oxygen all the time just to be able to breathe.

Almost always the main cause of COPD is smoking. If you don't think that smoking kills, go to the emergency ward of your local hospital and watch the older people shuffling through the doors, gasping for every breath of air.

If you smoke, quit now, as this is how you will finish your life if you don't die of lung cancer first.

Smoking kills!


December 28, 2008

Bad Time For Weight Watchers

I hope everybody enjoyed Christmas and the New Year will bring you joy and peace. Unfortunately for us weight watchers, Christmas can spell trouble and with all the yummy food there is to tempt even the most hardened dieter, a few extra kilos can easily be gained at this time of the year.

I really don't think anyone should worry about their weight at this time of the year. It is "the season to be jolly" as the Christmas carol goes, so why spoil that time worrying what to eat,or more to the point, what not to eat. Just enjoy yourself, without making an absolute pig of yourself, and worry about an extra kilo or so after the season is over.

Putting on one or two extra kilos at this time of the year should be expected and a few brisk walks should get rid of those extra pounds in no time at all. It is when you keep eating like the festive season has no end that your problems begin again, and all that weight that you have work hard to shed and been so proud to lose, piles back on and once again you face a long road to recover.

If you remember to have a good time without going overboard, you will stay in control. You certainly can have a piece of chocolate or that serving of sweets; just don't go back for second helpings. Remember to go for a walk and above all remember that losing weight is a life style change, so don't fall back into all those bad habits that got you into trouble in the first place.

You can enjoy Christmas as much as anybody else, because Christmas is about the joy of sharing experiences with friends and family, it doesn't mean eating as much junk food as you can fit in your stomach.

Have a great Christmas and a healthy and slim New Year.