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Training intensity for weight loss

Will I burn a greater percentage of fat if I exercise longer at a lower exercise intensity? This is the question a lot of clients are asking their personal trainers every day. People all over the world have been walking and walking for hours at low exercise intensities, because they believed that that is the way to train if you want to lose weight. So you’ve heard about the “fat burning zone”. In other words, if you want to lose weight, you need to exercise ... Read more

Diabetes and food choices

Diabetes is a disease that can be inheritable, but can also develop because of insulin resistance (common in obesity and pregnancy) or illness, like pancreatic cancer. Insulin is needed to take glucose into the cells where it is used as energy. Regardless of how diabetes is caused, the principal problem in diabetes stays the same, i.e. glucose does not get into the cells, because insulin is absent or the body is resistant to the insulin. People with diabetes should keep their blood glucose levels around ... Read more

Beat the belly bump

Beat the belly bump Ever wondered why you can’t beat the baby belly bump - even after your children have already left home? You’ve tried every possible sit up and crunch, but you still have that extra little bump which rolls over your bikini bottom. Well, I might have the solution you’re looking for: TA Activation!!!           TA stands for Transversus Abdominis. This muscle runs across your abdomen from the one end to the other. It is responsible for compressing the abdominal contents. This muscle ... Read more

Baby let’s move!

Exercise and Pregnancy Maintaining a regular exercise routine throughout your pregnancy can help you stay healthy and feel your best. It can also improve your posture and decrease some common discomforts like backaches and fatigue. If you were physically active before your pregnancy, you should be able to continue your activity in moderation. Don't try to exercise at your former level; instead, do what's most comfortable for you now. If you have never exercised regularly before, you can safely begin an exercise program during pregnancy after consulting with your health care ... Read more

New Year, New You

So it is the new year, and we all know what that means.... New Year’s resolutions have been set, and as it is past the middle of the second month, they are starting to waiver. Just keep in mind that progress is progress, whether you have improved by an inch or a mile, you have still improved. You have still become better than you were yesterday. Don’t give up! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind to keep you going. So ... Read more

Overtraining, to train or not to train

Highly motivated athletes can easily overtrain. Overtraining is a process of placing to much strain on your body and also demanding too much  over a period of time. If your training time is more than 5 hours a week and your training is becoming a borderline addiction even at the expense of possibly doing more harm than good, it would probably time to reassess your goals. The ideal position would be, if you have the assistance of an experienced personal trainer that would ... Read more

Read your food label

The prudent dietary guidelines for healthy living suggest that our total daily energy intake should consist of approximately 50-60% carbohydrates, 30% fat (not hydrogenated as this should be eliminated from the diet) and 10-12% protein. Sugar (a carbohydrate) replaces valuable nutrients (like vitamins and minerals) in the diet and should be limited to 10% of total energy per day. When we look at food labels, we should try to choose foods that fall within the above-mentioned guidelines. Always check the nutritional information per 100 ... Read more

Hardcore Abs defined

Core stability and core strength is of utmost importance to any recreational or proffessional athlete. To know the core you need to understand the core and the muscles that is involved. The ‘core’ is made up of so many more muscles than just the TA (transverse abdominus) or six pack as we all know it. The Transverse Abdominus include amongst others: The Erector Spinae: A large group of back muscles that are prime movers of extension, lateral flexion, and rotation of the spine. The Obliques and ... Read more

FAD Dieting

Nowadays there are all kinds of fad diets and quick exercise routines. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the moment something seems too good to be true it usually is. The moment someone promises you that you can get washboard abs in only 60 seconds a days, or you can eat however much you want of something and you will lose weight, there is always a catch. Many of these promises hide the fine print very well, you can ... Read more

Total Body Transformation

Quickly a little background, I was born in South Africa but moved to the United Arab Emirates with my parents when I turned 12. In the Middle East fast food places are either the same price or cheaper then fresh produce as all fresh produce has to be imported. The convenience of fast food is also very appealing as they are open almost 24/7. Falling victim to the expat syndrome I started gaining weight, and even though I participated in all ... Read more
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