Archives for June 2012

Beachbody’s P90X Goes Commercial, Atkins Is Bad For Your Heart, And Blog Giveaways.

It’s Friday, I’m In [Link] Love. 

Here are my picks for the week:  the latest health, wellness and fitness news of the week all for you on link love Friday.


A couple times a month I like to throw some health and wellness news at you in short bits with links so that you can go out and read more if you’d like.  I find this is a good way to push info out that you might not have discovered on your own.  This week there has been all kinds of interesting and amazing stuff going on in the world of health and fitness:

Beachbody Expands Influence To Commercial Fitness Industry:  Beachbody has partnered with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) to provide training and certifications for people that want to teach the at-home workout P90X in a commercial setting.

For personal trainers and fitness instructors interested in attaining the certification and club owners looking to expand their offerings to include this insanely popular class, this is great news.  Beachbody is the creator of the Les Mill Pump programs offered in gyms around the world.  To find out how you can become a P90X certified instructor, go to www.P90XCertification.com.

Fitness Myth: Isolation Exercises Build Stronger Muscles:  Ryan Egan, founder of Rebel Fitness Academy says that all of the bicep curls we do standing in front of a mirror are a waste of time and they severely decrease overall performance.  Egan says that complex strength training enhances running and cycling performance and reduces the risk of injury that isolation exercises can’t.  Read more from Ryan here.

Atkins-Type Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Problems:  A recent study reveals that women who eat high-protein, low-carb diets may be raising their risk of developing heart disease by as much as 28%. Of the 43,000 Swedish women studied, there were more than 1,200 cardiovascular events over a fifteen year period.  More of these events occurred among women who followed a high-protein, low-carb diet.  The full report on the study is here.

Certain Diets May Help Body Burn More Calories:  New research suggests that it’s not just how much you eat, but what you eat that’s important when trying to lose weight.  This study contradicts the Atkins-Type Diet to some extent.  It compares a low-fat to a low-carb diet and found that people on the low-carb diet burn more calories.  The researcher does mention that the low-carb diet – while it may burn more calories – causes inflammation which increases the risk of heart disease.  Anyone besides me confused? For more info click here.

Olympic Gold Medalist Kristi Yamaguchi Launches Fitness Apparel Called Tsu.ya:  If anyone could design a line of sassy, practical fitness wear it’s Kristi.  Adding her own special style, which includes a hint of ‘skating bling’, the clothing line is geared for yoga, workouts and running errands.  It will debut at Lord & Taylor in September.  Kristi says that the inspiration for the apparel came from working on the Olympic fashion committee for a number of years.  Can’t wait for the unveiling! Read more here.

Dreading A Task? Five Tips For Getting Yourself To Tackle It:  We all have to do things we don’t want to do – every day!  But sometimes dreading a task stymies our productivity and gets in the way of our ability to enjoy the things we do like (and want) to do.  The Happiness Project has tips on how to tackle those inevitable don’t-want-to-do chores.  I found Tip Number 3 especially helpful.  I too have a tendency to ‘get paralyzed’ by my inability to make minor decisions. Read all of the tips here.

Blog Giveaways:  Everyone likes free stuff, right?  Definitely!  This web site is totally about giveaways.  If you subscribe or add to your RSS feed you’ll know when a new give-away is posted.  To check out current give-aways click here.

Coming Soon To Put That Cookie Down Now! – I’ll be doing my own blog giveaway next month.  Stay tuned for details on what and how you can enter to win.

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Who Else Is Looking For A Serious Alternative To Exercise TV?

Liongate’s Be Fit Channel Fills The Gap Left By Exercise TV

New options await at Liongate's Be Fit YouTube Channel

It’s time to move beyond mourning the loss of Exercise TV. Lionsgate and YouTube have picked up where Ex TV left off. The partnership brings you free workouts from Jillian Michaels, Jane Fonda, Denise Austin, Deepak Chopra and Tara Stiles, to name a few. Be Fit offers a variety of workout styles from boot camp to Pilates to hip-hop dance.

The channel – originally launched in January – most recently added the BeFit Club Hip Hop with fun dance routines from Bryan Tanaka, Dejan Tubic and Janelle Ginestra.

Be Fit and is an ad-supported channel that produces free, original workouts with a new, original workout every week. Plus it offers a “Fit In 90” hard-core workout program that delivers a new playlist every day. By clicking the subscribe button you’ll get a notification of the new workouts as soon as they hit the site.

This Week’s New Workout

Here’s this week’s workout from Club Hip Hop: Bryan Tanaka-School House Rock Dance Workout. If you start watching and think you can’t ever do that, hang on. Bryan goes through dance one time, then breaks down the steps so you can follow along and learn.

Impressed? Bryan is an amazing talent and has been the lead dancer for Beyonce, Rihanna and Mariah Carey. When he’s not touring he instructs master classes and workshops around the world.

For a complete list of Be Fit workouts click here.

Lionsgate Is Global Entertainment

Lionsgate is a global entertainment company best know for motion picture production, including the recent blockbuster “The Hunger Games” and “Madea’s Witness Protection”, and 15 television shows such as Nurse Jackie, Mad Men and Blue Mountain State.

I Want My Ex TV(?)

Still mourning the loss of Exercise TV? I have a feeling Be Fit will help you get through it. You’ll find some other options here.

Rethink Your Drink. Hot Or Cold, Tea Is The Healthiest Beverage Choice

Black And Green Teas Are Loaded With Healthy Flavonoids

When it comes to healthy drinking, it’s hard to match the benefits of black and grean teas. John Weisberger, PhD, senior researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y. has published more than 500 papers; many of them on the benefits of tea.  He was the first American researcher to show that tea modifies the metabolism to detoxify harmful chemicals.  Weisberger also says that tea has eight to 10 times the antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables.

Black and green bulk teas have more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables. flickr photo by aroid

Black and green tea contain the flavonoids thearubigins, epicatechins and catechins. Flavonoids are a type of antioxidant that is also found in dark chocolate.  Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University says the evidence showing the health benefits of tea is pretty consistent.  The abundance of antioxidants found in tea help protect cells from the damage of free radicals that can lead to blood clot formation, atherosclerosis and cancer.

Both Weisberger and Blumberg believe that people can improve their risk of heart disease and strokes by drinking tea throughout the day. Weisberger drinks 10 cups a day.

A recent 12-week study  that monitored 87 individuals between the age of 25 and 60 divided the individuals into two groups.  One group drank three cups of black tea per day; the other consumed the same amount of hot water.  At the end of the 12 weeks, evidence showed that the participants that drank the tea had a 17% decrease in the ratio of LDL to HDH cholesterol with a decrease in HDL.  The tea drinkers also had lower fasting blood sugar and triglyceride levels.

The researchers conclude that “High levels of polyphenolics, including thearubigins and theaflavins in tea can protect cells and tissues from oxidative damage by scavenging oxygen-free radicals.”

Not All Teas Are Equal

Tea is healthiest when it is purchased in bulk in the form of buds or leaves.  Next is tea bags.  Although they don’t retain as many antioxidants as bulk tea, the convenience of the bags can still make it a good choice.  By the time we get to bottled teas or tea made from powder mixes most of the health benefits are lost in processing.  Plus sugar, preservatives and coloring has been added which diminishes the good-for-you factor even more.

Automatic ice tea makers are perfect for black and green bulk teas or bags

Ice Tea Is Healthy Too – When the sun is hot, cold tea is most refreshing. I make delicious ice tea using buds or bags in my Mr. Coffee Ice Tea Maker.  It’s quick and easy to make and if guests stop by on the spur of the moment I can make a fresh batch in 10 minutes.

Here’s my finished product:  Delicious, zero-calorie, super-healthy iced black tea!

Black tea made in my automatic ice tea maker

Save yourself  300 calories.  Skip the McDonald’s sweet tea or sugary bottled blends on the shelf at the Seven-Eleven and make your own brew.

 What’s Your Favorite Tea?

Exercise Is The Best Treatment For Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Can Increase Cancer Risk

Today’s guest post is written by Aubrey Hayes, National Awareness Director of DrugWatch.com.

Losing weight may be the most important life change you can make if you have diabetes. More than 85 percent of people who have type 2 diabetes are obese. That means their body mass index is more than 30 kg/m2.  Being overweight doesn’t just make you more likely to have diabetes; it also increases your risk of congestive heart failure and cancer.

Moderate exercise is the best way to combat type 2 diabetes

If you aren’t exercising, you’re more likely to use medication to manage type 2 diabetes too. Some of the most popular drugs will add to your overall risk of heart and cancer complications. Actos, one of the best-selling type 2 diabetes drugs, has been shown to increase the risk of Actos bladder cancer by 83 percent.  Due to this, thousands of patients have filed Actos Lawsuits.

An ongoing study called Look AHEAD is researching the best way to use exercise to combat diabetes. So far the study shows people who become involved with personal trainers and other lifestyle counselors have the best chance of losing weight and keeping weight off after several years.

A loss of between 5 to 10 percent of body weight can prevent diabetes and improve symptoms if you have it. The key is to keep the weight off permanently. When people lose weight, but don’t have someone to keep them motivated, many of them regain their weight in three to five years.

Look AHEAD researched how effective personal trainers, psychologists and dieticians can be at helping people stay thin. In the study, they compared two groups. One group only received educational sessions on how to lose weight. The other group received a team of exercise, mental health and dietary lifestyle counselors to help them lose enough weight to improve diabetes.  In the interim results of the study, the group with the counselors kept off 3.6 percent more weight than the group without the extra help.

It’s true that professional health can be expensive, but compare the cost of a personal trainer to a lifetime of diabetes medication, hospital treatments and poor physical health.

By seeking professional help, you will add value — and maybe years — to your life.

Food Addicts May Turn To Alcohol After Bariatric Surgery

The Link Between Alcohol Abuse In Bariatric Patients and Food Addiction 

The idea – revelation might be a better word – that certain foods are addictive to some people in the same way alcohol and cocaine are for others keeps bubbling to the surface.  While not a new concept, it is becoming more mainstream to accept that kicking the potato chip or Taco Bell burrito-nacho habit is just as difficult as giving up nicotine.

This may be the reason why some people that have bariatric surgery develop problems with alcohol within two years after the surgery and may give more credibility to research being done that connects overeating with addiction.

Patients may be swapping food for alcohol.

Research Shows That Alcohol And Food Are Not All That Different 

Wendy King, a University of Pittsburgh assistant professor in epidemiology followed 2,458 patients after they underwent bariatric surgery.  The patients were, on average, 47 years of age, female (79%) and white (87%).  Two years after surgery, almost 10 percent showed signs of alcohol problems.

The patients most susceptible to alcohol misuse were those that underwent a procedure known as Roux-en-Y, which restricts food by creating a small pouch in the stomach.

There are several theories as to why this procedure would result in 10% of patients overdrinking two years later:

  • The procedure allows alcohol to be absorbed more quickly by the body.
  • Patients become tired of the strict rules about what they eat or drink.
  • After weight loss they develop new social lives that include drinking.
  • They lose their tolerance for alcohol consumption when they lose weight.

Dr. T. Karl Byrne, a professor of bariatric surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina thinks it’s something else. He says, “Patients who are morbidly obese are addicted to food.  If this addiction is altered or improved with bariatric surgery, there may be a transfer of the addiction to alcohol, gambling, hypersexuality, spending and shopping. It’s not the surgery. It’s the addictive personality.”

Connecting The Dots

Obesity may be subject to malfunctions in the dopamine system in the brain in the same way smokers, cocaine users and drinkers are.  Nora Volkow, one of the country’s most prominent drug addiction researchers and the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse is a champion of the idea that drug addiction is a medical problem, rather than a lack of willpower.

One of Volkow’s colleagues, Gene-Jack Wang, discovered that the brain of obese individuals are tuned into food even when lying quietly in an MRI machine.  He found that the mouth, tongue and lips in obese patients who underwent MRI scans were more active than normal-weight people.  His research also showed they have fewer dopamine receptors in the brain and concluded that what motivates people to eat is clearly more than hunger.

Dopamine is the chemical in the brain that is involved in motivation, pleasure and learning.  It doesn’t discriminate against things that are bad for you.  If you get a dopamine ‘rush’ from McDonalds French fries, a shot of Cuervo Gold or a line of cocaine, that’s okay.  The brain will encourage you to seek more of whatever it was that caused the dopamine to kick out in abundance in the first place. And it’s different in everyone. As scientist and researchers begin to connect the dots between the brain and highly satiable foods there will be more proof that food addiction is just as real as a dependency on cigarettes.

Finding Support 

Overcoming an addiction to food is as difficult as other substances but there is help. Overeaters Anonymous, a sister to Alcoholics Anonymous has over 6,500 meetings in 80 countries.  It engages members in a 12 step program that addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

If you or someone you love suffers from an addiction to food, finding a meeting in the area could be the answer.  Click here for the OA website.  The  OA blog may also be of interest.

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Best Black Bean Brownie Recipe

Black Bean Brownie Recipe

If you’re tired of sticky black bean brownies that you can’t get out of the pan, here’s a recipe you need to try.

I’ve been experimenting with black bean brownie recipes in search of perfection.  I may have found it.  This here calls for whole wheat flour, cocoa, no eggs, no oil, black beans, and pecans or hazelnuts.  The texture is moist and chewy. But beware.  They are super chocolatey.

Black bean brownie batter

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 cups raw sugar
1 1/4 cup cocoa
4 tsp instant coffee powder
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans or hazelnuts.
15 oz can black beans, rinsed and filled with new water
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of water (eyeball it by filling up half the empty can).

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt, baking powder, cocoa, instant coffee and nuts.
Puree the black beans with 1/2 cup of water in a food processor.
Add the black beans to the dry ingredients.
Add vanilla and stir adding water – up to one cup – until mix is the consistency of brownie mix.

Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 baking pan.  Bake for 25 minutes.  It’s important not to over bake in the oven because they will keep baking once you take them out. Let brownies cool completely then use a 2×2 in cookie cutter to cut into 24 squares.

Chocolately black bean brownies

Black beans are rich in fiber and protein which support the regulation of blood sugar. The beans are also abundant in anti inflammatory and antioxidants and give support to the digestive tract.

Cocoa is a heart-healthy chocolate.  Recent studies show that dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure and prevent cardiovascular disease.  The combination of the black beans and dark chocolate make these brownies a sweet, healthy treat the entire family will love.

For other delicious way to use black beans, check out my Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili recipe here and Corn and Black Bean Salad here.

The Battle Of The Oils: Can Olive Beat Canola?

Olive vs Canola. May The Best Oil Win

We used to go to a family owned Greek restaurant that had everything on the menu you can think of.  From meat loaf to Gyros and potato soup to rice pudding.  If you could imagine it they were serving it.

But I always thought everything tasted the same.  The restaurant came to mind recently – even though it’s been years since I’ve eaten there – because I’ve started to think the same thing about my own cooking.  It all kind of tastes the same.

I can’t remember when the olive oil craze began but I became a fan a few years ago.  I began using olive oil daily because of the articles that said it would help keep my HDL (good) cholesterol at a decent level.  It didn’t take long before I was adding olive oil to nearly everything I cooked because I came to enjoy the flavor.  In my kitchen there is usually at least one clove of garlic simmering in the olive oil.

Now I’m looking for an olive oil substitute.  Not a replacement because I still plan to use the olive oil in certain dishes.  But, I want to find an oil that will allow different foods to have their own distinct flavors rather than what I have now – the taste of olive oil and garlic with some other things thrown in.

Which Oil Is The Healthiest?

We’ve been led to believe that olive oil is the healthiest because of its ability to lower LDL cholesterol, but that may not be totally true. Dr. Dean Ornish says even the idea that olive oil lowers HDL cholesterol is a misconception.  Olive oil lowers cholesterol only when it becomes a replacement for foods that are higher in saturated fats like butter, for example.  He says that olive oil is a healthier option when compared to some fats, but not as good for us as canola or fish oil.

If we compare olive and canola oils for their nutritional values there’s not much difference except in the flavor.

The Low-Down On Oil

Olive oil – 1 teaspoon has 40 calories and is 100% fat with a high ratio of mono-unsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids which makes it healthy.  It also contains Omega-6 fatty acids (linoleic) and Omega-3 fatty acids (linolenic) at a ratio of 8:1 making it one of the healthiest cooking oils.  It also has a high level of plant sterols and Vitamins E and K which add to its nutritional value.

Canola oil – 1 teaspoon has 40 calories and is 100% fat.  It contains Omega-6 and Omeg-3 fatty acids at a ratio of 2:1 making it and even healthier cooking oil than olive oil.  It has the highest level of plant sterols and a valuable amount of Vitamin E.

Both oils are excellent for cooking and for use in salad dressings and sautéing vegetables. Canola oil can be used for baking and olive is excellent for dipping. Have you ever noticed how olive oil is always sold in decorative bottles that you feel like you should save while canola is in plastic?  That’s not fair, is it?

Both oils have their own distinct flavors, which will embellish the taste of the foods they are in so there’s room in my kitchen for both olive and canola.  Make new friends but keep the old. What’s  your favorite healthy oil?

Applause, Applause To Trucking Fitness And A Greasy Two Thumbs Down To Burger King

It’s Friday I’m In [Link] Love

Here are my picks for the week:  the latest health, wellness and fitness news of the week all for you on link love Friday.

Low-Carb Diets Can Increase Cholesterol, Disease Risk, Study Finds – Low carb diets have been the craze for several years starting with the famous Atkins Diets.  A recent study shows that decreasing our carbs usually means increasing our fat intake which leads to higher cholesterol and risk of heart disease.  The study supports the concept that eating complex carbohydrates as part of a healthy diet is best for long-term weight loss.

Five Myths Shared by Dr. Oz and Health Officials On Weight Loss and Nutrition –Dr. Oz shares the results of his survey which reveals the top five diet myths that often derail attempts at losing weight.  You’ve heard some – or all – of them before, but in the article Dr. Oz provides a good explanation as to why these myths are myths. (Not everyone in the comment section believes what he has to say about Myth #5.)

Headstands, Push-ups Make A Health Workplace – Wellness Corporate Solutions doesn’t just sell workplace wellness programs to its customers, it has one of its own at home base that has support from the top. Having a workplace that supports physical activity and good nutrition is key to having a healthy workforce.  I offered a few months ago to send wrist bands to anyone who decides to lead the charge to start up a wellness program at their company or organization.  The offer still stands.

Nutrition And Exercise DVD For Truck Drives Now Available – Fitness Trucking has created a DVD to address the plight of the sedentary, overweight truck driver.  The DVD covers strategic meal planning – not easy to do when you’re over –the-road – and 31 bodyweight exercises that can be done anywhere.  I’m guessing this DVD will reach well beyond the trucking industry and hopefully into the lives of other people that have a challenge of sit-down 24/7 jobs.  Fitness Trucking’s web site is dedicated to supporting truck drivers in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.

The Wellness Code: Your Ultimate Guide to Health, Fitness and Nutrition – The world’s leading experts on health and wellness have come together to compile a book that has hit the best seller’s list.  The book’s focus is on the most relevant areas, including: nutrition, diet and exercise, physical and mental health, medical considerations, career wellbeing and healthy habits.  It is on sale now at Amazon for $19.95 and is receiving five star reviews.

I’ll Pass On The Burger King Bacon Sundae.  And so will I!  There seems to be a real disconnect between the Burger King food chain and the obesity epidemic. According to The Salon, the sundae has 510 calories, 18 grams of fat, and 61 grams of sugar but people are loving it, especially in the southern states. So wrong in so many ways.  I support a boycott.  Who’s with me?

Fabulous On A Budget – Need a little fun on a Friday?  Fabulous On A Budget is one of my favorite web sites.  Mary Darling and Leah Ashely joined forces when they were students at the Los Angeles Fashion Institute learning how to live life fabulously on a dime. They figured it out and are now sharing it with all of us. The site has tips on how to be fabulous, some amazing photography and is just plain fun!

It’s unbelievable how much can happen in a week.  Next Friday I’ll be in link love again so please, come back. Feel free to share the my links using the buttons below.

Seven 10-Minute No Excuses Workouts Reviewed Just For You

Who Says You Need More Than 10 Minutes To Get A Good Workout?

I’ve reviewed seven 10 minute no excuses workouts for you.The best part is they are all free!

In the summer it seems like the pace should slow down, but for most people it picks up. Between the graduation parties, outdoor barbecues, kid’s softball games and yard work, do you find it even harder to find the time to work out?

If you don’t have an hour to dedicate to exercise, there’s a lot to be said for a 10 minute workout.  Tony Horton kicked off his career with them and dispelled the myth that if you don’t have at least an hour to spend you’re wasting your time.

Short workouts are a good pick-me-up because they raise your metabolism.  Plus you can burn a decent amount of calories, define some muscle and use them to stay motivated until you have more time.

Check out the links to the seven effective, 10 minute workouts on YouTube that I’ve reviewed just for you. You can mix and match them and do a different one every day.  Let me know which one you like the best.

Don't have an hour? Ten minutes a day can deliver results too.

10 Minute Workout for Arms and Legs with Sadie Lincoln.  This workout covers all major muscle groups in ten minutes and uses a set of light dumbbells.  Sadie is the founder of the Barre 3 and this workout incorporates some of the barre moves minus the bar.  Don’t underestimate this workout.  You’d be surprised how the muscle fatigue kicks in before you’re done. The link to the video is here.

Tracy Iron Man 2 Workout for Gwenyth Paltrow.  This workout won’t be for everyone, but I wanted to include it because it would certainly get the job done in 10 minutes.  The Tracy Anderson method is based on doing a lot of reps – 20 to 40 – for each exercise. Several of the positions are tricky so proper form is critical.  If some of the moves are too advanced – for example the side plank on one arm, and headstand – be sure to modify as needed. Tracy is a well-known personal trainer of the stars and has several more short workouts for arms, legs and abs on YouTube.  Check it out here.

Yoga For Dummies – This program has been around for awhile but I still love this yoga workout!  If you haven’t done yoga before, Yoga For Dummies Part One will get you started with 12 basic yoga poses.  Yoga isn’t just good for meditation.  Studies have shown that yoga improves strength, stamina and flexibility and can help prevent injuries in runners and other athletes.  Once you’ve completed the first video you can go through the entire series – five workouts total – each about 10 minutes in length. Click here for Yoga for Dummies Part One.

Fat Blasting 10-Minute Workout Video With Jeanette Jenkins – This is a tough and effective 10 minute interval workout.  Jeanette takes you through five intense exercises including a burpee-push-up combo that adds a shuffle and jump, and 25 reps of a front kick two-hand touch down move that pushes the heart rate over the top.  She uses a set of what looks like five pound dumbbells so have a pair handy.  This workout is brought to you by Popsugar. They have a series of  workouts on YouTube for you to try. The Fat Blasting link is here.

ThinQ 10 Minute Ab Workout – Total focus is on core work in this video that starts out with basic ab curls and progresses to more advanced compound moves that incorporates more lower ab and oblique, and finally total core. ThinQ Fitness has a web site that has tons of workouts and their YouTube channel has several 10 minute workouts that you can try.  For longer workouts and more variety, you can subscribe to their site, which in my opinion is the answer to Exercise TV. A monthly subscription is only $5 a month. Check out the Ab Workout here.

Cardio Booster Workout by BeFit in 90. – Here’s another quick workout that will get your heart rate up with some basic moves in 10 minutes.  This workout uses sports drills – jumping jacks, running mans, squats with knee lifts and squat jumps.  These moves can be modified to take up or bring down the intensity.  The Cardio Booster by Be Fit is here.

Dirty Dancing “Yes” Workout – If you like to dance you can have fun and get your heart rate up with this 10 minute workout and won’t have to do the dreaded burpees or jumping jacks found in the Cardio Booster.  The instructor does a good job of teaching the moves and does add-ons so by the time the 10 minutes is up you’re moving at a good pace. A word of caution. The teacher is in high heels.  I recommend tennis shoes.  There’s no reason to risk a foot or ankle injury. Get started on your dance workout here.

Everybody Has Ten Minutes

Remember, research has been done that shows that ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last for at least an hour and can help prevent heart and other diseases.  You don’t have to have an hour or a gym membership to get or stay in shape.

Do one of these workouts every day (Monday through Friday).  Mix and match them or find your favorite and stick with it for a full week.  Or, if you have 20 minutes, pair two of them like the Cardio Booster and the ThinQ Ab Workout.  You’ll notice a definite improvement in your fitness level in no time at all.

I’m always looking for new workouts to share so stay tuned to this site for the latest updates by subscribing or liking my Facebook Fan page.

Do you have a favorite workout? Let me know what works for you in the comment box below.

 

Type 2 Diabetes Infographic From Healthline Shows Effects and Costs

Check out this infographic from Healthline that shows facts and statistics related to Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes can cause an array of health-related problems from kidney failure to blindness and the cost is scary.  In 2007 $174 billion was spent on the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in the United States alone.

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diabetes infographic

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What You Can Do To Lower Your Risk Of Developing Type 2 Diabetes:
Developing Type 2 Diabetes isn’t inevitable.  For information about prevention, check out the article I wrote a little while ago: My Cat Toby and Paula Deen Have Something In Common.

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