Baby – Fitness – Health

Tips to Diet Success

October 8th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Tips to Diet Success)
Healthy tummy

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I am sure you have all tried a bunch of different diets, weight loss plans and some may have even tried pills to lose weight. At the end of the day, there is no shortcut to weight loss. Studies have shown that fad diets do allow you to lose weight quickly, but you will just put it back on as soon as the diet is over. What you really need is slow, healthy weight loss that is a result of the adoption of healthy eating habits that will become part of your new lifestyle.

Slowly does it

Forget the fast track; ditch the deadlines and simply decide to live a healthy life. When you look back on yourself in a year’s time, you won’t believe the difference. Like all things, drastic changes are probably not something you will be sticking to. Denying yourself all your favorite things and cutting back heavily on your calorie intake is unlikely to render long-term results. Instead, make slow changes and adopt one new habit every month.

Get moving

You have to move more. That doesn’t mean you have to exercises that you hate and which you will never stick to. Instead, find things you enjoy doing and slowly start including them in your daily routine. Take a walk around the block when you get home from work, or walk to the store on the weekend instead of driving. When you stop driving everywhere and start walking or biking, you will soon make it part of your lifestyle.

Do yoga, or play a sport, swim or play with your kids, move into a home with a garden or get a dog; make changes to your lifestyle that slowly get you out and active. It relieves stress, improves health and mobility.

Cut it out

Slowly start to cut out things that you shouldn’t be eating. When you take something out, put something healthy in its place. Replace sugar with stevia and butter with avocadoes. When you find healthy substitutes for foods which aren’t good for you, you don’t feel deprived and you are more likely to stick to your new regimen.

Its all about finding the balance that works for you. You already know what you have to do to live a healthy life; eat well and exercise. Now integrate this new lifestyle slowly so you have time to still enjoy your life and adapt to a healthier way of living.

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Cellulite Busters: Great Ways to Tone for Summer

May 10th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Cellulite Busters: Great Ways to Tone for Summer)

Almost every woman is plagued by cellulite at some point in her life. Once it’s there, it’s pretty hard to get rid of. You can spend thousands of dollars on creams, but these only offer a temporary solution and the cellulite usually returns when you stop using the product. Laser treatment is another effective way to combat cellulite but this can be very expensive and dangerous if performed by unqualified technicians. Luckily, there are a number of risk-free natural solutions to orange peel skin.

Exercise and circulation

Of course nothing beats exercise for getting rid of unwanted cellulite, but even if you are quite fit, you still have to employ additional methods to get rid of cellulite. This is where circulation comes in; get a loofah and lather it with soap when you are in the shower. Use a circular motion and apply pressure to areas affected by cellulite. This will help to break down the fatty deposits and will improve circulation to the area.

Coffee Grounds

Once you’ve had your morning cup of coffee, save the coffee grounds (make sure they’ve cooled down!) and take them with you to the shower. Combine ½ cup of the coffee grounds with ¼ cup of brown sugar. Rub onto the affected areas in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly.

Fiber and Water

Staying hydrated and regular will prevent the formation of cellulite in the first place. Women who don’t get enough fiber or water in their diets are more likely to get cellulite deposits and prevention is a whole easier than cure!

Body Wraps and Massages

These treatments offer a wealth of benefits including stress reduction, increased circulation and topical applications of herbal infusions that help to eliminate toxins and break down fatty deposits.

Healthy diet and exercise are your greatest assets in the fight against cellulite. Toning and cardio exercises have the most effect when they get your heart rate up. This also improves circulation. You can monitor your heart rate with a heart rate monitor.

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Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga

February 15th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Amazing Health Benefits of Yoga)

Regular exercise can be a difficult regimen to uphold, especially in the colder winter months. But yoga is a gentle form of exercise that carries with it a plethora of health benefits. Just ten minutes a day will help to tone and strengthen muscles while lowering heart rate and blood pressure and improving mobility. Yoga is a great addition to your life if you want to stay supple and spry.

Toned muscles: Yoga is a gentle exercise which improves muscle tone for a leaner, lither physique.

Improved strength: When practicing yoga, all the muscles of your body get a chance to stretch or hold the weight of your body. This improves muscle strength. Yoga is really good at improving core muscle strength which is very helpful for people who suffer from back and neck aches. If you sit in a chair for much of the day, yoga will help to restore your muscle tone.

Flexibility: One of the best benefits of yoga is improved flexibility. Yoga poses stretch out muscles that have shortened because of long hours in office chairs or hunched over computers. Yoga also helps to restore movement to joints.

Reduced heart rate and lower blood pressure: The deep breathing and exercise you get when doing yoga helps to improve fitness and lower heart rates while keeping blood pressure down. You will feel more relaxed and have more energy when you practice yoga regularly.

Increased oxygen: The deep belly breathing that yoga requires will help to get vital oxygen to your muscles. Deep breathing also helps to reduce stress and calms your mood.

Yoga is a great way to introduce a healthy, relaxing exercise regimen into your life. If you suffer from stiffness, arthritis, backache or neck pain, yoga can go a long way to relieving your symptoms.

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Increase your Metabolism to Burn Fat

February 12th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Increase your Metabolism to Burn Fat)

Slow metabolisms are a result of sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. Slow metabolisms compound weight issues as they reduce the amount of calories you burn. If you can increase your metabolic rate, you can burn more calories and have more energy. There are a number of ways to increase your metabolism, here are a few of the most accessible:


Instead of short bursts of activity, try to increase your heart rate for longer periods. You can monitor your heart rate with a heart rate monitor. Walking, jogging and even yoga are able to increase heart rate for long periods and this will help to increase your metabolism.

Spicy foods

Capsicum (red peppers) , chili and cinnamon are all spices that increase metabolism. Indian, Thai and Chinese cuisines offer these spices (and more) in abundance. You can add a little of these to your own dishes too.

Drink water

Drinking 8 to 12 glasses of water every day will also increase your metabolism and help you to burn calories. Drinking water will also keep you hydrated and help with digestion.

Fiber first

Fiber is a great way to keep healthy and burn fat. Opt for unrefined, whole grains in everything from your breads to your pizza crusts. Try oatmeal for breakfast and eat lots of fruit and vegetables.

Don’t skip breakfast

Your metabolism gets fired up the minute you have your first meal. Delaying breakfast can lead to a sluggish metabolism all day. It’s also a bad idea to leave long breaks between meals. It’s better for your metabolism to have a number of smaller meals evenly spaced throughout the day than one or two large meals.

Go for green

Green tea not only improves metabolism, but it is also a great source of antioxidants and it lowers blood sugars.

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Get Killer Abs in 5 Easy Exercises

February 5th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Get Killer Abs in 5 Easy Exercises)

Get the best abs this summer with a few simple exercises you can do at home. Try these amazing workouts a couple of times a day. You can do five minutes when you get up in the morning and before you go to bed. Do them in your office or on your living room floor. They are versatile and just a few minutes a day will see amazing results in no time at all.

Bicycle crunches
Lie flat on your back and place your hands under your head without interlacing your fingers. Raise your shoulders off the floor as you would when doing a crunch. Now raise your knees until your calves are parallel to the floor. Move your legs as though you were riding a bike while keeping your shoulders off the floor.

Office chair crunches
Choose a sturdy chair without wheels. Place your hands on the chair under your thighs. Lift your feet 4 inches off the ground. Now use your abs to raise your butt off the chair. Hold this pose for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat.

Get into a push-up position with your hands under your shoulders. Hold the position for as long as possible, ensuring that you use your abs to keep your body perfectly straight. Don’t allow your hips to sag.

The Cobra
This is a yoga position and needs to be approached with the upmost care to prevent back injury. Lie face down and place your hands under your shoulders. Now slowly raise your shoulders from the floor while breathing in deeply. Press your belly button to the floor while arching your back. Hold the pose at the top and then exhale while lowering down. Repeat.

Reverse Crunch
Lie on your back with your hands flat on the floor next to your thighs. Slowly raise both your legs (keep them straight!) until they are about a foot off the ground. Now bend your knees and bring them up to your chest. Slowly straighten them, hold for a few seconds when they are 1 foot off the floor. Repeat.

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10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!

January 14th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on 10 Weight Loss Tips that Work!)

Plan ahead: Don’t get hungry and order in or eat everything in the fridge. Plan your meals ahead of time and make sure you have the time to shop for the things you need.

Stress eating: Anticipate stress and take more time to relax. Start moderate exercise; something as simple as a walk around the block during your lunch break can relieve the stress that causes you to crave sugary treats or chips in the afternoon.

Eight glasses a day: You already know how important water is, but often we eat when really what our body is trying to tell us is that its thirsty. When you feel like snacking, drink a glass of water instead.

Snack packs: Snack attacks happen. When you are craving fried foods, sugar or savory snacks, make sure you have a snack pack on hand. You can make your own snack packs by slicing veggies and leaving them in a container in the fridge along with a hummus dip. Popcorn makes a great snack substitute; add hot sauce or lemon juice for a flavor twist. Roast pita bread as chips and make a healthy salsa dip.

Increased metabolism: Get your motor running with green tea, cinnamon, chili peppers or apple cider vinegar. Add cinnamon to your coffee, chili flakes to just about anything and apple cider to your salad dressing.

Slow it down: Don’t eat too fast. Make a rule to always eat at the table from a small plate. No eating out of cooking pots and pans, over the sink, in front of the TV or out of the fridge.

Whole wheat options: Always opt for whole wheat pastas, breads, wraps and pizza crusts. Whole grains clear your digestive tract and make you feel full for longer.

Eat the rainbow: Making sure you get your seven portions of fruits and vegetables is easy when you aim to fill your plate with different colored foods.

Get your eight hours: You are more likely to snack when you’re tired. Make sure you get enough sleep and if you are feeling hungry and cranky, try taking a nap before you head for the fridge.

Get the gear: Buying a pair of running shoes or heart rate monitors will help to inspire. Getting the gear will encourage you to exercise more and make good use of your financial investment.

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