Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Benefits Of Working Out!

We all know the basic reason that people start a diet and exercise program. The number one reason people change their life style is to lose weight – or nip small gains in the bud. But there are plenty of other benefits from working out that don’t have anything to do with the numbers on a scale or how your clothes fit.
Can you name seven other benefits of working out?

1) Exercise improves your mood – Exercise stimulates chemicals in the brain which may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed.

2) Exercise combats chronic diseases – Exercise can help you manage high blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

3) Exercise helps you manage your weight – This one is pretty self explanatory…the more calories you burn, the easier it is to manage your weight

4) Exercise strengthens your heart and lungs – Exercise helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently.

5) Exercise promotes better sleep – A boost in activity can provide a better night sleep….especially if you wake up at 5am!

6) Exercise can put the spark back into your sex life – Exercise improves circulation, which can lead to more satisfying sex!

7) Exercise can be fun – Whether it be rolling around in the park or hiking with your kids, exercise can be a fun group or family activity.

Anyone would agree that all of these are great benefits of working out. And most of them are pretty easy to believe. But how does exercising actually make you happier?

There are two hormones in the body that with exercise affect a person’s mood. Cortisol is a hormone the body produces when anxious, stressed, angry or afraid. When working out burns cortisol and in turn our mood increases. The second hormones are endorphins. Exercise stimulates the pituitary gland to release endorphins. These endorphins then attach themselves on receptors that normally send pain-signaling molecules to other parts of the brain. No wonder everyone at RialtoBoot Camp is so happy!

Aside from losing weight or going down a size, what other changes have you noticed in yourself since you started working out?

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Clean Your Home & Your Body!

We know it feels like Spring, especially with 70's for the pass few days!! So, it's time to think about spring cleaning and cleansing. That means your home and your body....

Those dust bunnies accumulating behind the bed for three months need to go, along with the strange looking green moldy stuff in the fridge. According to health and nutrition expert Jordan Rubin, tackling heavy duty spring cleaning chores will spruce up the look of your home, but it's even more important to cleanse the internal organs of your body.

Rubin, the founder and CEO of Garden of Life, Inc., recommends detoxing with a product that contains food-based, organic ingredient botanicals and no synthetic stimulants or designer chemicals that are harsh on the body.

"Detoxification of the body is necessary because the average American diet consists of unhealthy, processed foods, too much sugar and artificial sweeteners, trans-fatty acids and troublesome vegetable oils," explained Rubin. "This puts constant stress on the digestive system and the liver and introduces harmful toxins into the bloodstream, resulting in sluggishness, heaviness and uncomfortable symptoms."

Scientific literature confirms that environmental chemicals and toxins accumulate in the body as a result of foods and beverages that are consumed, as well as regular exposure to air pollution. Eliminating this toxic build-up at least four times a year is integral to overall health, according to Rubin. Just remember to use a cleansing system that will not make you feel weak or keep you running to the bathroom all the time.

More spring cleaning and cleansing tips include:

  • If you are messy and your home is cluttered with newspapers, mail and other items, you are exposing your family and pets to dust, chemicals and other harmful toxins on a daily basis. If everyone is sneezing and has watery eyes, it's time to clean up the mess and breathe easier.

  • Shop for natural cleaning supplies without strong chemicals for your home at a health food store. Many people are allergic to common household cleaners and do not even realize it.

  • Cleanse your body with the seasons. Just as your car needs a tune up and oil change occasionally, so does your body.

Do you detox? If so, how?

Monday, March 2, 2009

Fighting A Cold? Try A Little Sunshine!

By Jennifer Brown

Rethink orange juice and lozenges infused with vitamin C for staving off colds and the flu. Perhaps the answer is in the sunshine.

Vitamin D — which can be had for free from the sun's rays — boosts immunity, according to the largest and most nationally representative study so far on the subject.

"The major source of vitamin D is sunlight," said Dr. Adit Ginde, a University of Colorado-Denver surgery professor and lead author of the study, done in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. "That's one potential reason that we have so many respiratory infections in the winter."

The study examined vitamin D levels in the blood of 19,000 people. Those with the lowest levels of the vitamin were about 40 percent more likely to have had a recent respiratory infection.

Still, the study authors said clinical trials must confirm their results before vitamin D is recommended to prevent colds and flu.

Vitamin C has long been associated with boosting immunity against upper-respiratory infections, including colds and flu. But little scientific evidence actually supports that, doctors said.

"It gets out in the lay public and just gets self-perpetuated," Ginde said. "It's one of those things that people say it doesn't hurt to take more. But the science surrounding Vitamin D has really expanded over the last couple of years."