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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:

Exercise

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.

Monitor your heart rate to ensure that you are exercising at your optimal level. Get your heart rate monitors from www.healthchecksystems.com

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.

Planking
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.

Monitor your heart rate to ensure that you are exercising at your optimal level. Get your heart rate monitors from www.healthchecksystems.com

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.

For the best heart rate monitors and scales, baby products and children’s toys, go to HealthCheckSystems.com