Archive for June 12th, 2013

Calculate your target heart rate

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Calculating your target heart rate can help you maximise your workout for great results!

What is a target heart rate?

Target heart rate is an optimal heart rate used by gym users or fitness enthusiasts that enables people to achieve optimal workout results.Heart rate changes during physical exercise and the more intensive the exercise, the faster the heart rate. Due to a change of heart rate, the supply of blood and oxygen to the body cells also changes.

“Target heart rate is that optimal state where the body functions most efficiently, can adapt well to changes of physical intensity during an exercise, and is a measure of improved physical fitness.” The target heart rate range differs for men and women and also depends on the person’s current physical condition and past training.

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Weight training for women

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Ladies, contrary to popular belief, lifting weights will not turn women into a female Schwarzenegger! On the contrary, weight or strength training can be extremely beneficial for women in a variety of ways.

Most women steer clear of weight training, fearing they will end up looking like female hulks. Just so you know, weight training, also called resistance or strength training, is a boon for a woman, as it will only help her gain a strong, firm and well-sculpted body.

Benefits of weight training for women

Builds physical strength, sans a bulky physique:

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Steps to prevent a stroke revealed

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Quitting smoke, limiting alcohol, eating more fruits and vegetables, and keeping your weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar in check, can lower your likelihood of stroke.

Still, there are eight lesser-known ways to protect yourself, based on research, ABC News reported.

Walk 20 minutes a day. We know—you work, you have kids, errands to run, dinner to make, and an episode of Real Housewives to watch, but make the time.

Even if you break it up into two 10-minute sessions, it’s worth it.

Walking a total of 2 hours a week can cut your stroke risk by 30 percent, according to a large study of nearly 40,000 women, conducted over a 12-year period.

Walk briskly (so you can talk but not sing) and your chances are reduced by almost 40 percent.

Know the difference between sad and depressed. The latter makes you 29 percent more likely to suffer from stroke, says a new study of more than 80,000 women.

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5 herbal supplements for diabetes and cholesterol

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Are you one of those who are exhausted of all the medical treatments and looking out for a more natural cure? If yes, then herbal remedies may be one of the best solutions.

Here is a list of 5 herbs and supplements that promise to lower your blood sugar levels, boost your insulin sensitivity and abate the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.

1. GYMNEMA SYLVESTRE

This plant is believed as one of the most powerful herbs to cut down blood-sugar level. In Hindi, the plant’s name is translated as the “sugar destroyer” and has the ability to detect any form of sweetness. The herb works in such a way that, the activity of certain enzymes that help in stimulating the production of insulin, is elevated. Although it hasn’t been researched extensively, it is not known to cause any serious side effects.

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