Monday, April 21, 2014

Is Your Workout Still Working?

How do you know if your workout is working?  If you're no longer motivated, you hurt, or you've lost your momentum, those may be signs that you need a change.

Muscle soreness or if you're hurting a lot could be a sign of over training.  Be sure to schedule some days of rest in between your work out days.  You need to be sure to give your muscles time to repair themselves.  Are you only doing one type of workout?  Then try alternating between cardio and weight training.  If you're too tired to work out you may just need to get a little more sleep.  Nobody can get in a good workout when they haven't gotten enough sleep.  Sleep is important.  

If your workout seems easy, then you're making progress.  But that also means you need to change things up.  Challenge yourself a little more.  If you dread working out, then it may be time to change things by trying a new routine, switching gyms or even listening to different music while working out.  And don't just do your favorite exercises - you have to challenge yourself and work different muscles.

Have you hit a plateau?   Over time your muscles adapt, so you need to switch gears by adding more weight, intensity or frequency.

Take time to evaluate your work outs every 6 weeks or so.  Don't let yourself become bored with your exercise routines.  Challenge yourself, try new things, get proper rest and keep up the good work!

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Measure your BMI

Do you know what your BMI is?  Do you know WHAT BMI is?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is the measure of body fat based on your height and weight.  Maintaining a healthy weight is important for your overall health and can help you to control and prevent some diseases.  The higher your BMI is, then the higher your risk can be for certain diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, and gallstones.

A BMI indicator does have its limitations because it can overestimate body fat in athletes and those with a muscular build or underestimate body fat in those who have lost muscle or are older.  But you may want to take a look at it, just to get an indicator of approximately where you're at.  If your BMI is in the high or low range, then it might not be a bad idea to check with your doctor so he can evaluate where you're at and make suggestions.

Here's a link to a site where you can compute your BMI and read some more about it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

How to Choose Healthy on Vacation

Spring break, weekend trips, camping, summer vacation - we look forward to any of these breaks in our normal routine.  I was recently asked how to make healthy choices while on vacation.  Unfortunately, many people gain several pounds while away, but do you know what?  It's possible to have a good time and still make healthy choices.

With a little bit of effort you can still work out to a certain degree, make good food choices for most of your meals, and choose nutritious snacks.  I went to one of my favorite websites - Livestrong and found a great article for you to read here.

Check it out so you can go on your trip, have a great time and maintain a healthy lifestyle while doing so.  It is possible!

See you next week.  If you're new to my blog, please take the time to check out my video's which you can find at the top of the page, under the MY VIDEO TAB.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Eating the Right Foods at the Right Time

Knowing what to eat and when to eat it is a difficult thing to determine.  Your body requires different types of fuel depending on what you're doing.  What you eat after a tough workout session is totally different from what you'll need to eat while sitting through a meeting at work.

So go over to this Livestrong website to get some great tips on what and when to eat.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are going to start to come in season.  What are you eating?  Right now I'm still eating apples everyday, as well as fresh oranges and watermelon.

Spring is here and the snow is melting.  Who is getting outside and starting their walking, hiking or running routines?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Boost Your Metabolism

Did you know that there are ways to help boost your metabolism?  If you speed up your metabolism, you help your body convert calories from food into fuel.

Eat good snacks - like carrots, melons and grapes.  If you deprive your body of too many calories, it goes into starvation mode and your metabolism slows down.  So eat small portions of these foods throughout the day.

Take vitamins -  the B vitamins can boost energy and thus raise your metabolism.

Most people think that being on a diet means they have to starve themselves   Not so!  Try eating more frequently, just be sure to choose healthy foods in moderation.

For more information on boosting your metabolism, check out this Livestrong website.  I also did a post about it here.

What form of exercise are you going to do this week?

Don't forget to check out my video's, which you can access thru the VIDEO TAB at the top of the page.  See you next week.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Walking is Good for You

A lot of people are apprehensive about exercising or starting a work out program.  What to do, how many reps, how much weight, whats the best exercise to do?  But starting out doesn't have to be hard at all.  I started by simply walking and it was a great decision for me.  I still walk on my treadmill almost every day.  I like to walk at an incline and at a quick pace.  But you can start out slower at first and work up to a good power walk.

Think about it -

  • Walking is relatively easy to do
  • You can do it almost anyplace
  • You can do it alone or with a buddy
  • It doesn't require a gym membership or any special equipment
Walking is very low impact, so it's a great beginner program and as you gain strength and endurance, you can add more distance or progress to running.  Another plus is that it gets you outside and breathing some fresh air.

If you'd like to read a little more about the benefits of power walking, then go to and read this short article.

Spring is almost here.  Get yourself a good pair of walking shoes and start a walking program.

I'd like to welcome some new followers to my blog.  I have some videos that you may be interested in watching.  Go to the VIDEO'S TAB at the top of the page for the direct links.

See you next week!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Product Review - East Canvas Prints

Product Review - Easy Canvas Prints

I recently had an 8 x 10 canvas print made and I am thrilled with it.  Of course, my fiancee' is gorgeous and takes a beautiful picture, but that's besides the point.

How would you like to turn one of your own photos into a canvas print?  I have the solution for you -  Easy Canvas Prints.  Getting your own photos made into a canvas print is super easy too.  Their canvas print designer is simple to use.  They accept a wide variety of file formats so just upload your photo, choose canvas thickness, size and border.   You can pick different color, black and white or sepia finishes.  Easy Canvas offers a wide variety of size options from 8 x 10 up to 24 x 36 and they are all affordable.  The website was clear and easy to follow and full of helpful tips and lots of information.  They also have a good variety of retouching options, so if you have a photo you like that needs a little extra help, you can touch it up!  I would suggest using a high photo resolution when you upload your photo file to their site so you get a crisp and clear canvas.  The canvas is then stretched in-house by their canvas professionals.  If you'd like to have them frame your print, they also offer a wide variety of color and style options.  

All canvases come with a Beehive or Sawtooth hanger so you can easily display them on your wall immediately upon receiving your work of art.  Easy Canvas Prints are durable and should last for decades if properly cared for.  They are easy to care for too because all you have to do is dust them with a soft cloth once in awhile

The production time to have your canvas made is generally 10-12 days.  Easy Canvas kept in touch with me by email, sending an order confirmation and then by emailing me again when my canvas shipped just 8 days later.  They even included a postal tracking number so I could track it along the way. I couldn't wait for my print to arrive because it was a special gift for my girl friend.  And she LOVED it!

Easy Canvas Prints is a fantastc way to display your special pictures.  They are perfect for treasured memories like weddings (like my own upcoming one), anniversaries, vacations, children and even pets.  

Visit their website and create your special canvas now.

You can see their Facebook page here.

I was provided an Easy Canvas Print of my choice for review purposes and asked to give an honest review.  All opinions are my own.