Monday, March 3, 2008

Benefits of HIIT High Intensity Interval Training

A study at Laval University in Quebec, Canada found that HIIT cardio helped trainees loose nine (yes, 9!) times more fat than those who trained the traditional way (moderate speed for 20-60 minutes). Combine HIIT with your weight program and you boost your metabolism through the roof!

The Reason HIIT Is So Successful Is This:
  1. When you work at a high intensity, you burn more total calories per pound of body weight.
  2. High Intensity workouts such as weight training and HIIT boost growth hormone levels.
  3. Elevates the body's metabolism throughout the entire day!

Read more at TeenBodyBuilding.com

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

After-School Program Teaches Girlpower

DVDs and books by Denise Austinby Denise Austin

A former female Ironman triathlete says she's found a way to help young girls successfully navigate the hormonal minefield known as puberty — hit the track! Molly Barker, founder of the Girls on the Run program, set out to counter the tendency of girls to leave sports behind once they enter puberty. Barker says she remembers all too well the pressures she felt as a young girl to fit into what she calls the girl box — an idealized image of femininity that didn't include being an athlete.

Barker's after-school program has helped some 40,000 preteens stay active and build their self-esteem through their successes on the field. A second program,
called Girls on Track, focuses on encouraging middle-school-age girls to keep moving. And guess what? It's working! Girls who participate in these programs report feeling better about their changing bodies and more comfortable in their skin.

If you have a young woman in your life, encourage her not to give up sports and other "sweaty" activities just to fit in! Being a woman doesn't mean sitting on the sidelines. It's a lesson that will serve her for life!

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Friday, February 1, 2008

AM Fat Burn, When to Do Cardio

AM Fat Burn, When to Do Cardio: "Here are 7 of the additional benefits of doing cardio early in the morning:
  1. It makes you feel great all day by releasing mood-enhancing endorphins.
  2. It 'energizes' you and 'wakes you up.'
  3. It may help regulate your appetite for the rest of the day.
  4. Your body’s circadian rhythm adjusts to your morning routine, making it easier to wake up at the same time every day.
  5. You’ll be less likely to 'blow off' your workout when it’s out of the way early (like when you’re exhausted after work or when friends ask you to join them at the pub for happy hour).
  6. You can always 'make time' for exercise by setting your alarm earlier in the morning.
  7. It increases your metabolic rate for hours after the session is over."

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Some Fats Make You Hungrier

Fri, 18 May 2007 by RealAge.com

That fatty bacon cheeseburger may be loaded with calories, but at least it stomps out your hunger. Right?

Not necessarily. Compared to low-fat meals with the same number of calories, meals high in saturated fat will produce lower levels of leptin -- a hormone that turns off appetite. Here's how to get leptin levels up.

All fats, saturated and unsaturated, have 9 calories per gram. Because they provide equal amounts of energy, you'd think all fats satisfy your appetite in the same way. But they don't.

To get leptin levels up, you need to eat healthful unsaturated fats. You'll find them in nuts, seeds, olives, fish, avocados, and vegetable oils.

And while you're cutting back on hunger-amping sat fat, watch your alcohol intake, too. Alcohol also inhibits leptin.

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