Keto diets have been in the news for a long time now. We have been hearing a lot about the miraculous weight loss that happened in such a short span of time and the countless success stories that come with Keto. You may recall being surprised by the before and after pictures that showcase people […]
Many of our readers are women who are expecting or have delivered naturally in the past 4-6 months, so I wanted to put up something for them. You will likely return to your earlier weight in 6 to 12 months after delivery. Most women lose half of their baby fat in 5-6 weeks (roughly a […]
Today I write about how high-acid fruits – specifically the Star Fruit – which I absolutely love the flavour of (and usually buy by the dozen when it’s in season). Here’s what Food Facts has to say on this topic : The greatest amount of nutrients in star fruit is derived from vitamin C, providing […]
If you said “big” or “small” or “red” or “white” – you’re only half right. I want to introduce to you the concept of “pink” muscle and how to build it…. But he’s some background about the body first .
So the body has 2 primary muscle types: Red and White.
Red muscles also have lots of mitochondria. This too gives them a darker colour. And they also have lots of capillaries – these are small blood vessels which supply oxygen-filled blood to the muscle fibers. These red muscles are also known as “slow twitch fibers”.
These muscle fibres contract slowly – and can continue working hard for a long time without fatiguing. If you haven’t figured it out yet, these are the ‘Aerobic Muscles’ (ones you use during aerobic exercise). These are the muscles that use mostly oxygen to make their energy.
When you walk long distances, lift light weights for long periods of time, or even just do your daily sit-ups and crunches – you’re activating mostly red muscles.
Today I’m examining a post written on Draxe.com – basically I’ll look at various premises they have introduced, and explore it to a deeper level. For a number of reasons, plant-based diets have become increasingly popular in developing countries. Whether for ethical or health-conscious reasons, people are increasingly hungry for high-quality plant-based protein foods. (1) Quality protein foods are essential […]
People don’t believe it when I tell them that drinking the right amount of water per day can help weight loss. I guess that’s because its such an obvious and simple remedy, people simply want to run away from it… Drink before a meal Because water is an appetite suppressant, drinking it before meals can make […]
I’ve been researching rapid weight loss methods – on request – and here’s a collation of what I’ve found so far. The intended outcome of this plan is 3-fold : The plan outlined here will: Reduce your appetite significantly. Make you lose weight quickly, without hunger. Improve your metabolic health at the same time. Here […]
Cross training – and it’s not just limited to the modern methods. True cross training includes using traditional techniques, ancient techniques, new techniques and possibly even some that’ll come up in the future but don’t exist today. You see training evolves with the body, and the body evolves with training & time… So you’re always building upon a new body every day.
I propose a mix of Yoga for flexibility/durability/endurance, Cardio for enhanced heart function/oxygen supply (thus increased burn rate) and raw weight training for strength building. Weight training also works as an endurance enhancer if used the right way – less weight, more reps. 
Your body is a highly adaptable vehicle, able to change shape and develop greater levels of coordination, flexibility, speed and strength. With training you can become stronger, faster and better at anything you set your mind to…. and at the same time sculpt a beautiful balanced body and healthy physique.
Strength training, yoga and cardiovascular exercise come together to form a fitness trifecta, each benefiting the body while challenging it in very different ways. This balanced body training keeps the body and mind fit, looking sexy and feeling good.
All three practices have a unique effect on your body and on your health, and while they can all do a little of what the others do it’s nothing compared to their powers combined.
Yoga postures and sequences and the breathing techniques that go with them are an ancient exercise and wellness method, wonderful for evening out the muscles on both sides of the body, increasing general flexibility and range of motion and improving posture, core strength and coordination. There are also mental and emotional benefits that come from the relaxing breathing techniques and just paying attention to how you feel while you move.
There are many different types of yoga, ranging from the very mellow to the physically intense, so if you have an open mind and do a little exploring you’ll find one you like if you haven’t already.
Yoga can be practiced 5-6 days a week. I recommend a balance between classes and a home practice… it’s cheaper to practice at home and there’s a TON to be learn from practicing by yourself! It’s very meditative. But it’s also very important to regularly check and correct your alignment and ensure proper form.
Cardio workouts like running, biking, treadmill, and stairs are healthy for your heart and build endurance so you can go harder for longer. For many women, cardio is their first fitness love… It burns calories, gets the blood pumping, it’s meditative in it’s own way and, to top it off, the endorphins give you a delightful rush. Want to shed extra fat and get tighter? Do cardio.
You can also do cardio anywhere, making it a traveler’s go-to for staying in shape while possibly taking in the local sites.
Cardio stimulates fat loss, can build a little muscle and takes nothing more than a good pair of shoes. It’s easy to start your fitness journey here and feel great initially. However, over time cardio alone can lead to muscular imbalances and tightness.
Moving heavy weight around in order to build muscle gives your body healthy athletic curves and tone in the right places. Want defined arms and shoulders? A round, perky butt? A six pack? Toned legs? Lift weights. It also prevents osteoporosis, speeds up your metabolism, and when combined with cardio exercise lowers your risk of heart disease.
Strength training increases vascularity or how blood is transported to your muscles, improving your cardiovascular system in a way that’s different from running, biking, cardio machines or stairs.
If you’re unfamiliar with strength training then start with a simple beginner routine that uses mostly bodyweight and free weights like kettlebells, dumbbells, and barbells.
I’ll be drawing upon the wisdom of our friends at The Spruce. The essence here is to explain what a Raw Vegan diet is, and how it can impact health positively! The basics: A raw food vegan diet consists of unprocessed raw vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). This automatically excludes […]
The body slows its metabolism as you transition from a ripe 20-something to a slower 30-something. Here I’m focusing on understanding how the slowing effect impacts you, and how you can continue living like you did at 20! While you might have been able to eat whatever you wanted in your teens and 20s without […]