How Much Do You Need to Exercise to Lose Weight?

Many people exercise for weight loss and healthy weight maintenance. Being overweight or obese can lead to a long list of dangerous, and even deadly, health problems. Exercise burns calories, carbohydrates and fat, so it works perfectly if you are looking to lose weight. So, exactly how much do you need to exercise to drop…

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Does Walking Count as Good Exercise?

You unconsciously walk several thousand steps each and every day. Because of this natural process, you may wonder if walking “counts” as good exercise. Does walking qualify as exercise at all, or does it have very little impact on your health and physical fitness? Recent research shows that walking is an under-appreciated but very effective…

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How to Get Back Into Shape After A Long Break

Before we discuss how to get back into shape, let’s talk about what happens when you get out of shape. If you haven’t worked out for 2 to 3 months, you have lost half of your aerobic fitness. During your hiatus, your lung capacity to expand has shrunk, meaning you no longer breathe in the…

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How Long Does It Take to Reach Peak Physical Fitness?

Before you can reach your peak physical fitness, you have to define what peak is for you; it won’t be the same for everyone. For you, it may be reaching a professional level in a sport, such as getting on the Olympic swim team, or finishing a marathon, or winning a powerlifting competition. Or it…

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How to Set Realistic Fitness Goals

Setting a goal can keep you focused and help steer you toward a particular objective. However to be successful at reaching your goal, it has to be specific, realistic and achievable. For example, let’s take the goal “I’m going to go to the gym every day”. To be specific, the goal would have to be…

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Why You Should Go Meat Free One Day Per Week

The trend to go meat-free one day per week started with the Meatless Monday’s campaign back in 2011. It was a response to the Healthy People 2010 report. The report suggested that saturated fat intake should be less than 10% of the total daily caloric intake.   Going meat-free one day per week meets that…

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Why Including Fiber In Your Diet Is Good for Weight Loss

Adding more fiber can be as good for weight loss as a more complicated change of both diet and exercise. This was demonstrated by a study conducted by the University Of Massachusetts Medical School. The results were published in the Annals of Internal Medicine on February 17th, 2015.     The study used 240 volunteers…

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Why Weight Loss Shouldn’t Be Your Main Exercise Goal

Losing weight is definitely a worthy goal of an exercise program, but it shouldn’t be your main goal. You have to burn approximately 3,500 calories per week to lose one pound. That breaks down into a 500-calorie-per-day deficit. So, how can you create that deficit? By focusing on having a healthy lifestyle. Here are three…

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What’s Wrong with Fruit Juice and Smoothies?

In recent years, people have replaced soda with fruit juice and smoothies under the premise they’re a healthier replacement. Soda consumption has dropped globally by 9%, over the last 10 years, but obesity rose during that same time by 15%.   That increase in obesity is said to be caused partially by the increased consumption…

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What Does A Balanced Diet Look Like?

When someone talks about a balanced diet, do you know what they mean? Is there only one diet that is balanced or can there be more? In other words, can your balanced diet differ from someone else’s balanced diet?   Most health professionals agree that a healthy balanced diet is made up of fruits, vegetables,…

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