Monday, April 28, 2014

Video Ideas - I Need Your Help

Hi everyone - the end of this school semester is on the horizon and I am studying for hours on end for my finals.  I'm looking forward to my first real school break in 3 years.  This is the first time I'm not doing an interim class and I'm looking forward to a little time off to rest my brain.

In the meantime, I want to concentrate on my blog posts and in particular, I want to produce some more videos to help people understand more about nutrition, diet and exercise.  If you haven't already viewed my video's that I've made, please take some time and check them out.  You can access all of them through the link at the top of the page, under the TAB marked My Video's.

What I'd really like is some input and ideas on what you, my readers, would like me to talk about.  Is there something in particular about nutrition that you don't understand?  Do you want to know more about weight training or cardio exercise?  Would you like to see video's that show you how to prepare nutritious yet healthy meals?  Or video's on how to start a work out program?

I would sure appreciate hearing from you so I know what to focus on for my summer blog posts and video's.  Please leave your comments and ideas in the comment section below.  Thanks so much!

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.