How to Lose Weight or Tone Your Muscles Without Stepping Foot in a Gym!

Whether you are wanting to tone up or slim down, the chances are that all of the advice you receive is going to tell you to get yourself to a gym! And fast!

 

And while this may be one effective method to help you achieve your health and fitness goals, it certainly isn’t the only option available to you!

 

If you are somebody who just can’t stand the idea of stepping foot inside a gym and getting on a machine for hours on end, then this is the article for you. Below is some introductory information on alternative methods to help you reach your fitness target.

 

Walk Around the Block

That’s right, get out! Off your chair, off the couch, out of your house, and walk around the block. That’s it. Tomorrow, do it twice. Then three times the next day until you reach a point where you are giving yourself a good workout without overdoing it.

 

While it may seem too basic, walking can significantly improve your health and fitness in a short period of time. Simply adding some hand held weights and lifting them as you walk takes this already beneficial task to a new level, and you don’t even to leave your block to do it!

 

Bend and Stretch

Just because TV would have you believe that Yoga is only for people who are already fit and can comfortably slide into a fashionable workout outfit doesn’t mean that yoga isn’t for everybody.

 

In fact, if you were to visit your local yoga studio then you will see that the exercise has garnered interest while an entire range of people looking to increase their fitness. Through the use of poses, stretches, and breathing techniques, yoga can help to tone up muscles and improve flexibility and posture. COmbined, these all add up to a healthier looking and feeling you!

 

Swimming

Let’s save the best, and the most strenuous, for last! Swimming has long been known as one of the most athletically demanding and challenging sports there is. However, this doesn’t turn you off. In fact, it should draw you to the sport.

 

The basic act of swimming requires almost all of the muscles in your body to activate to not only keep you afloat but keep you moving at a strong pace. From your feet to your legs, right up to your shoulders, your body is working hard to keep you moving. If it’s been a while, check out the Groupon Coupons page for Eddie Bauer to pick up some modern swimwear.

 

The biggest barrier for most people is the idea that swimming is an intense sport which needs to be done at great speed and effort. However, the opposite is true. Swimming is an activity which you can tailor to your personal fitness abilities and goals. For example, if you are just starting out, slowly swimming a few laps a day is enough for you to feel and see health and fitness improvements. Once you become more confident, increase the intensity until, like walking, it reaches a level where you are comfortable.

 

As you can see, there are many more paths which you can take to help you reach your fitness goals that don’t involve signing up for a lengthy gym membership and spend hours on intimidating equipment.…

5 Products to Enhance your Pilates Regimen

5 Products to Enhance your Pilates Regimen

Studies show that the Pilates student can maximize health benefits if the century-old practice is combined with other exercise and a healthy diet. But does your routine now seem monotonous and less interesting than when you started?

For those on a budget insufficient for flying in hip personal trainers from around the globe, here are five (mostly inexpensive) products to potentially enhance your Pilates experience and re-energize your daily workout.

Mats

The simplest mistake made by many Pilates students is building their home studio around Yoga mats. Though there are many similarities between Yoga and Pilates mats, don’t assume that they are interchangeable.

A proper Pilates mat should be at least half an inch thick. Many thinner mats are marketed as Pilates mats, but are actually designed for Yoga, where standing poses are key. The rolling exercises in your workout such as “The Seal” are much more comfortable and fun to perform on a well-padded surface, so don’t fall for the ruse!

The Reformer

“The Reformer” is a bread-and-butter staple of any home Pilates studio. At a glance, a Reformer appears to be something akin to a weight-training machine, but look closer. The surface and springs are designed to create a ‘trampoline”... Read More »

5 Ways to Supplement and Nurture a Pilates Regimen

5 Ways to Supplement and Nurture a Pilates Regimen

Despite the widespread popularity of Pilates as an exercise discipline, some experts still doubt its functionality as a main source of health benefits and weight loss. However, doctors agree that when combined with a general lifestyle regimen, the century-old practice can help increase flexibility, muscular control, endurance and quality of life.

Here are a few ways to supplement your daily Pilates session to improve your shape and well-being.

Light and Vitamin-Rich Eating Habits

Pilates sessions do not burn a lot of calories. Unlike dieting around a hiking hobby or intense workouts at the gym, practitioners do not need – or want – a high-protein, high-caloric diet.

Instead, try dining on vitamin-rich, low-carb foods such as fish, chicken and vegetables. When eating out, look for restaurants which serve smaller portions of vitamin-rich and low-fat entrees. Leave the intense snacking to traditional bodybuilders, and choose meals that fit your preferred workout.

Relaxing Recreation

Skeptics are wary of the “spiritual” side of Pilates. But even for true believers, the best results in improving your mental health and state of mind occur when combining your exercise routine with relaxing, meditational hobbies and a low-key daily routine.

For instance, put those noisy indie rock albums away and listen... Read More »

Melanotan-2 research and Diabetes

Melanotan-2 research and Diabetes

Leptin, sometimes called the “satiety hormone” because it suppresses eating behavior, has long been known to play a role in preventing the development of diabetes. Unfortunately, its exact mechanism of action has remained unclear. Recent research, however, suggests that leptin signaling in the brain and elsewhere relies heavily on melanocortin receptor signaling. Additional research based on this original finding, has revealed that melanotan-2 (MT-2) may have the potential to circumvent leptin signaling and directly stimulate melanocortin receptors to fight obesity and prevent the onset of diabetes.

Leptin and Melanotan-2 Signaling Pathway

Leptin and melanotan-2 have effects in the GI system (stomach and intestines) as well as in the brain. It is the effects on the brain that determine satiety and mediate glucose uptake in peripheral tissues. The normal action of leptin on the brain is to increase glucose uptake in skeletal muscle tissue, brown adipose tissue (BAT), and the heart. It also suppresses glucagon production, a hormone that normally raises blood sugar levels. These effects directly reduce blood sugar and thus impacts an individual’s risk of developing diabetes.

Previous research has also indicated that leptin infusion cannot override uncontrolled diabetes or prevent the development of diabetes in animal models. Even though... Read More »