Maintaining a healthy weight requires maintaining a state of approximate equilibrium between the fuel you consume in the form of food and the fuel you burn in the form of activity.
Fitness Over 40
When it comes to weight loss, everyone wants a miraculous quick fix. You've probably heard--and maybe even fallen for--the breathless claims: "Lose a dress size in a week!" "Lose 20 pounds in four weeks!" If you have weight to lose, you're right to get started now, but I always urge my Baby Boomer clients to plan for slow weight loss--much slower than they want--because fast weight loss just comes with too many drawbacks.
It's easy to stick with your new exercise program for a week or two at the beginning of the year, but how do you get motivated to exercise once the shiny glow of the New Year has worn off? All that resolve you promised yourself in January is hard to hold on to during the cold, dark days of February. If you're already finding your resolution to exercise regularly is on the back burner, these tips to stay motivated may help you get back on track.
The holidays are full of land mines that lay waste to your healthy diet and fitness routine. If you're like most people, you come out in January with 3-5 extra pounds, lots of regrets, and another New Year's resolution to lose weight. Sure, there are temptations around every corner, but your skinny friend always seems to come through the holidays with none of the extra baggage. How does she do it, and what are you doing wrong? Try out these 10 reasons your skinny friend will keep the weight off.
The Halloween candy has been in the stores for weeks, now, and if you've resisted temptation so far, congratulations! But you know that the season of temptation is just beginning, and you've got weeks of holiday parties and treats to endure. Between the parties, the family dinners and the crazy hectic schedule, it's not surprising that so many of us gain a few (or a few too many) pounds between October and January.
Staying (or getting) fit over 40 isn't the walk in the park it was in your 20s. Chances are your metabolism has started to slow down a bit, the demands on your time are overwhelming, and you may be facing injuries or illnesses that make exercise a challenge.
Why do people exercise? Well, once it's a habit, people exercise because it feels good, but a lot of people begin an exercise program because they want to lose weight. If you're overweight, losing even a few pounds is a good thing, but there are lots of other reasons to exercise. If you're a Baby Boomer or Senior (heck, even if you're a twentysomething), regular exercise offers many benefits that will improve the quality of your life.
Yesterday’s post was all about the things I hate about The Biggest Loser. Like some 8 million viewers per week, I do find the show compelling, no matter how much I hate some of the portrayals of the trainers and the contestants. Today I’d like to look at what there is to love about the show.
The premise of The Biggest Loser is pretty straightforward. Take a group of morbidly obese Americans, isolate them on a ranch and put them through a rigorous diet and exercise program/competition to see who can lose the most weight and win the curiously backhanded title of Biggest Loser. With approximately 34 percent of US adults classified as obese and an additional 34 percent classified as overweight [source CDC], you would think that anything that inspires people to lose weight would be a positive thing. I’ll talk about the positives in another post, "Why I Love The Biggest Loser," but today, let’s look at what’s not to love.
An article by Jeannine Stein in today's Los Angeles Times reports on a new study by Kenneth E. Thorpe and Zhou Yang in the journal Health Affairs. According to the authors of the study, expanding a successful YMCA diabetes prevention program to a nationwide audience could save Medicare $1.8 - 3.7 billion dollars over the next ten years.