- Fitness Magazine | Slim & Fit for Fall | Tue, Oct 9, 2012 11:18 AM EDT | CommentsCycling is about the most fun you can have burning more than 500 calories an hour. Plus it's so simple anyone can do it. What's stopping you? Get back in the spin with our pedal-pushing pointers.
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The Proper Form
Make sure the brim of your helmet is just two fingers' width above your eyebrows. Then tighten the chin strap so you can fit only one or two fingers between it and your chin.
Beginners, position your handlebars at a height at which your back is bent no more than 45 degrees. "The lower you go, the more aerodynamic you may become, but also the greater the potential strain on your back," says Meaghen Harris, who rides for Liv/giant bicycles. (Tour de France contenders typically set their handlebars inches below seat level for that bent-over, streamlined effect.)
Set your seat height so that you have a 25-degree bend in your knee when your foot is at the bottom of a pedal stroke. This will maximize your pedal power, a study in...Read More »
- Quaker Oatmeal | Slim & Fit for Fall | Mon, Oct 8, 2012 11:08 AM EDT | Comments
No matter how you define success, it's something we strive for each and every day. Whether your hours are packed …
No matter how you define success, it's something we strive for each and every day. Whether your hours are packed with budget meetings or a classroom of energetic first graders, getting from point A to point B isn't always easy. Everything from traffic jams to emergency conference calls can derail our forward progress. You can set yourself up for success by planning ahead and staying focused. Here the five necessities for a successful work day:
A Good Night's Sleep
When we have a lot to do, one of the most common ways to fit it all in is to work later and deprive ourselves of sleep. That may actually lead to lesser productivity however. In fact, recent studies have verified that getting a good night's sleep can improve productivity. When your body and mind are rested and refreshed, you think more clearly, stay focused more easily and have the energy to get through your busy day.
A Healthy Breakfast
Breakfast is indeed the most important meal of the day, yet due to our tim...Read More »
- Fitness Magazine | Slim & Fit for Fall | Fri, Oct 5, 2012 3:43 PM EDT | CommentsBy Amanda E. Vogel
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Every day you're faced with important decisions about what you eat-and how much. They may not seem important, but over the course of a year, making smart choices can add up to significant calorie savings. The following moments can make or break your diet.
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The Moment: You Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Brewing
Walk right by the pot and make yourself a cup of hot chocolate (110 calories and almost 10 percent of your day's calcium) or drink a glass of orange juice (109 calories and 15 percent of your folate needs). Unlike coffee, both offer a dose of simple carbohydrates, your body's main energy source. Caffeine may wake you up, but it won't keep you wide-eyed for very long, says Samantha Heller, R.D., an exercise physiologist and senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Medical Center in New York City. To get through the morning without nodding off, you need fuel, and that means calories. Pair the cocoa or juice with a cup of ...Read More »
- Redbook | Slim & Fit for Fall | Mon, Oct 1, 2012 9:56 AM EDT | Comments
Don't beat yourself up for never hitting the gym - these moves from Jennifer Cohen, health and fitness expert and author of No Gym Required, will have you feeling tight and toned all before you sit down to work. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.7 a.m.
When you wake up, immediately hit the floor and do 10 pushups. "As you get stronger, add an extra two pushups each week," says Cohen. As you increase the amount of reps, you'll spot a real difference in your upper arms. Looking good!
For a high-protein breakfast, microwave eggs for two minutes. Fit in cardio by doing 20 jumping jacks, 20 squats, 20 front lunges, and 20 tricep dips on your kitchen chair before the buzzer goes off.
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When you're brushing your teeth, alternate between calf raises and squeezing your butt muscles for toning every other day.
Squeeze in 50 crunches before you get dressed. "It's great to do abdominal exercises before you put on your clothes...Read More »
- Quaker Oatmeal | Slim & Fit for Fall | Mon, Oct 1, 2012 10:55 AM EDT | Comments
Five reasons to choose oatmeal over other breakfast foods.
It's easy to find reasons to love oatmeal. We all know it tastes great, but here are five more super reasons to choose oatmeal over other breakfast options.
1. Oatmeal takes care of your heart. The soluble fiber in oats helps reduces cholesterol absorption, and also reduces your risk of heart disease. Studies show that eating oats reduces total cholesterol levels, particularly low-density lipoprotein (LDL, the "bad" cholesterol).
2. The fiber in oatmeal helps you feel full. Add sliced bananas and you'll increase your fiber intake even more. As a bonus, the more satisfied you feel, the less you'll be inclined to snack. Eaten early in the day, it's a fantastic way to support good eating habits and keep you on track.
3. The American Medical Association recommends eating more whole grains like oatmeal as a regular part of a healthy diet. It's low in saturated fats and cholesterol, and contains lower sodium than many other breakfast foods. It's also high in phosphorous, seleni...Read More »
A breakfast must be: