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Shoulder Workout

Shoulder muscles

Here is a workout which focuses on the shoulders:
(Standing or Seated) Overhead Dumbbell Press – 3 sets, 7-8 reps
(Standing or Seated) Dumbbell Lateral Raise – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Alternating Front Dumbbell Raise – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
(Standing or Seated) Bent-over Lateral Raise – 3 sets, 10-12 reps
Dumbbell Shrug – 3 sets, 12-15 reps

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One Heck of A Workout

Research experts at the University of Wisconsin, studied the fitness benefits of kettlebells, and concluded that athletes could experience twice the results of exercise in half the time. Study participants, male and female, aged 29-46 years, were all experienced with kettlebells. Researchers found the average burn during a kettlebell snatch workout to be 20 calories per minute, the equivalent a running a 6-minute mile pace. Subjects got a vigorous workout with an average 93% of their target heart rate. Results showed the kettlebell snatch workout gives a bodybuilder or any athlete a much higher-intensity workout than standard weight training sessions, as well as meeting the industry recommendations for boosting aerobic capacity.

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Spicy Spinach and Shallots

Spinach with a kick.

Preparation: 12 minutes
Serves: 1 serving
Energy: 88 calories per serving

– 1 tsp Chinese mustard
– 1/3 second butter cooking spray
– 1 tbsp malt vinegar
– 1 bunch spinach
– 1 tbsp chopped shallots

1) Spray a small pot with cooking spray.
2) Chop shallots and then sauté them.
3) Take a plop (as much as you like) of the mustard and mix it in with the onions.
4) Add some malt vinegar, to taste, to the mustard and onion mixture.
5) Drop in the washed spinach. Stir around pan until the spinach is wilted.


Low-Carb Diets Take the Cake

Low-carb and low fat diets both work well for weight loss, but low-carb is better for cholesterol, especially for increasing good cholesterol, or HDH (high-density lipoprotein), at almost twice the rate of low-fat diets. Results froma two-year study show the average weight loss was the same for both diets at 15 pounds, but the HDL had a 23% increase from low-carb dieting, whereas a 12% increase occurred from low-fat dieting. The study’s authors noted that the increase of good cholesterol from the low-carb diet was similar to that obtained by takings medicine.

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Bent-Over Lateral Raise

bentover lateral raise– With a dumbbell in each hand and your chest up, back flat and knees slightly bent, bend over at the waist until your torso is just above parallel with the floor.
– Let the dumbbells hang directly beneath you with your arms locked in a slightly bent position.
– Without rising up and keeping your arms bent, powerfully raise the dumbbells up and out to your sides until your upper arms are about parallel with the torso.
– Slowly lower the dumbbells back to the start position and repeat.