How to Lose Weight With a Heart Rate Monitor

Posted on 01. Feb, 2012 by in Fitness

How to Lose Weight With a Heart Rate Monitor

Don’t always leave the gadgets to the guys, a heart rate monitor can be a great way to manage an exercise plan and lose weight. While diet and exercise play a pivotal role in any weight loss plan, a heartratemonitor can help an individual reach his or her personal goals. The following guide provides simple tips for losing weight with the aid of a heart rate monitor.

When starting out on an exercise programme, it’s important to understand how different heart rates will allows you to achieve different goals. A moderate sustained heart rate is excellent for weight loss, while a moderate-high heart rate is excellent for building up cardiovascular fitness and endurance. A ability to hold a very high heart rate may be appropriate for sprinters, runners, and some short distance cyclists but isn’t helpful for those of us who lead normal lives.

IN addition it is inportant to understand exactly how the body works at varous workloads. A high heart rate indicates a high degree of exertion by an individual. During periods of strenuous physical activity, the human body uses glucose to provide energy for muscles. Glucose can provide short bursts of energy, but can’t provide sustained energy for endurance exercise. A high intensity workout will not help you lose weight. It may help you build muscle mass, but it will not remove excess fat from the body.

Longer exercise sessions will burn through the body’s supply of glucose. Once glucose runs out, the body will turn to glycogen in muscles. This will provide energy for 20-40 minutes when exercising. Once glycogen runs out, the body will begin to convert fat into energy, this is that areas where you want to exercise.

Any exercise session that is less than 30 minutes will not burn fat. While all exercise is beneficial to one’s health, shorter exercise sessions will not allow the body to burn fat. Only glucose and glycogen will be used for shorter exercise sessions.

You should try to exercise for at least one hour in order to achieve weight loss. While this can be difficult with a high intensity workout, a low intensity workout will allow an individual to exercise for an entire hour. Examples of low intensity exercise include light swimming, walking, yoga, and flat-surface cycling. It’s important to have an elevated heart rate during low intensity exercise — one’s heart rate should be at least 120 beats per minutes. It’s important to avoid a workout with a heart rate above 150 BPM. While this can be great for physical endurance, it will probably be difficult to maintain. A heart rate of 150 BPM is safe to maintain for an hour, but can be difficult for beginners.

Always pair any exercise plan with a proper diet. Meals rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains can provide an excellent building block for building a healthy future.

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Why Women Should Use Free Weights

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by in Fitness

Why Women Should Use Free Weights

Why is it important for women to use weights? A lot of women have the misconception that strength training will cause them to bulk up and look masculine. On the contrary, it is physically impossible for women to pack on as much muscle bulk as men. Women simply do not have the same body structure or the same amount of testosterone required to bulk up. So rest assured, you will never look like a Mr. Universe contestant. At least, not by weight training alone!

Women should incorporate weight lifting workouts alongside their usual cardiovascular activity to strengthen muscles. It is important to strengthen your tendons and ligaments in order to prevent injury. Besides that, it also helps increase bone density. This is especially crucial for older women to prevent risk of osteoporosis.

Another important reason to train with weights is to increase your resting metabolism. Most women assume that the best way to burn fat and lose weight is by doing cardiovascular exercises like running and swimming. While those activities are essential, overdoing it can actually lower metabolism. Alternating these activities with strength training will break up your routine and keep your body from getting used to one particular exercise. Weight training will also create bigger muscles which require more energy to sustain itself. Hence, your body will consume more calories even when you’re not moving.

Free weights exercises are a great way to start strength training. All gyms will have a wide array of free weights available to use. If you have a desk job which sees you continually hunched over your desk, it is especially important to strengthen your rhomboids. The rhomboids are the muscles on your back that keeps your shoulder blades back. Single arm rows will do the trick. With weight training, just remember not to use the same light weights over and over again. Slowly increase the weight that you use to continuously push your body and build more strength.

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Looking great on a night out

Posted on 15. Aug, 2011 by in Fashion

We all want to look our absolute best on a night out, but often have the age old dilemma of not knowing what to wear. This dilemma becomes even worse when we don’t have anything in the wardrobe which quite fits the occasion, as it can mean countless hours trekking around shops or searching online.

Fortunately help is at hand. GoingOutDresses is a website devoted to helping you find the perfect outfit for a great night out. They bring together all the top retailers and fashion labels into a convenient easily searchable site. But that’s not all they also provide dress reviews, suggest the best accessories for each style of dress and bring you news on the latest trends and fashions hitting the catwalk each season.

All of that is pretty impressive on it’s own but it becomes even impressive when you learn that the site is being run by a 16 year old schoolgirl to raise funds for charities in South America.

We would definitely recommend using the site to find the perfect dress for your next night out whether that be a cocktail dress, a bodycon dress (not for the faint hearted) or a one shouldered dress to name a few styles the site reviews. And while you are looking fantastic in your new dress, you can also have the great feeling of knowing your have helped a great cause while on your night out.

Breast Lift

Posted on 10. Mar, 2011 by in Beauty

Breast Lift

When it comes to the breast lift procedure, there are many different methods to achieve the desired results. Plastic surgery is constantly taking amazing strides, creating new techniques and introducing various surgical options to provide you with ideal results. If you are considering undergoing one of these operations, there are a few things you should know.

Breast lifts are easily the most common of all plastic surgery options. These particular procedures include: breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lifts and more. Because there are so many varying methods, and results that are included in this category, you will have many options to choose from. One of the most popular breast lift procedures is called Mastopexy. This particular surgery is very discrete, and offers a wide range of results. In this surgery, the breasts can be lifted, or reshaped, depending on your individual needs. This breast lift is achieved by cutting and removing excess skin, and working with existing tissue. There is also an option to have the nipple or areola repositioned, as needed. Mastopexy can also be done alongside a breast implant surgery, as lifting and shaping of the breast will be necessary as required by the implants.

Many find that Mastopexy is the subtle solution they’ve been looking for, in order to reshape their breasts and undo the unwanted affects of aging and gravity. By using only the pre existing tissues, and removing excess skin around the breast, the results are natural. This is the most common form of a breast lift, using the technique of an anchor incision under the breast, leaving minimal scarring. Many women choose Mastopexy as their breast lift solution, because of it’s ideal results.

Beauty Tips

Posted on 11. Feb, 2011 by in Beauty

Beauty Tips

Makeup is something every women uses at some point in her life, for many of us, it is apart of our daily routine. No matter what our style might be, we could all use some beauty tips. Taking advice from the experts gives us an inside look at how the professionals apply cosmetics, and how we can better our own look by following them. According to makeup artists, there are a few things every woman should know. Whether you’re planning a big special occasion, or just looking to perfect your daily routine, here are some tips you should keep in mind.

Professionals in the makeup industry stress the importance of having a foundation that matches your complexion perfectly. This sounds easy, but many of us aren’t wearing the appropriate shade for our skin tone. The best way to find the right shade, is to keep these key points in mind: when trying on foundation of any kind in the store, apply a sample along your jawline, which gives you a more accurate idea of a matching shade. If possible, walk outside to view the color in natural light, which will be the most harsh, and can expose any inaccuracies in the pigment. Also keep in mind what season you’re testing your foundation, if it’s in summer your skin will be tanned and darker, in winter your skin will be lighter. Many find purchasing two shades, one cool and one warm, is ideal for year around coverage.

Makeup artists also suggest you invest in eyeshadow primer. We have all suffered from our eyeshadow creasing, and if you are prone to oily skin, your makeup might not even make it through half the day. To avoid this, and to make your eyeshadow colors appear more vibrant, first apply a primer to your eyelid.

Bringing back the tracksuit

Posted on 05. Feb, 2011 by in Fashion

Bringing back the tracksuit

Modern women are active and have a healthy lifestyle, as well as complicated and time demanding jobs and have to couple all of this with their personal life and love affairs. This means that they are often on the go and can’t waste any time with unnecessary things and must find clothes that can serve them on multiple occasions. This is why you see television fashion advice shows telling people to buy clothes that can be worn on the job but, with a small change in the accessories or a quick change of clothes, can be taken out for a night on the town. It’s this sort of lifestyle that’s bringing back an old favorite that people seem to have forgotten a bit about: the tracksuit.

If you were a child of the 90’s you’ll remember that there was a time where the tracksuit was becoming an object of fashion. Unfortunately the trend was lost and it fell out of fashion pretty quickly and almost into ridicule. This was due to two factors: the normal tendency for things that are overused to wear out on people’s minds and the fact that most of those tracksuits were made with no regards for figure, style or even quality of materials. Nowadays this has all changed, and you can get a tracksuit that not only looks modern, it is also comfortable and it accentuates your best attributes. It’s also designed to be a fashion item that can be worn to different places than just the gym or your morning jog. You’ll probably not go to work on it, but it is something that you can wear to a casual breakfast or something comfortable to wear on slow weekends.

The Princess Element

Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by in Fashion

The Princess Element

Every little girl dreams of becoming a princess and wear the dresses and all accessories that a princess wears. And the number one accessory for a princess is the tiara. For long people have looked at tiaras as something that’s probably a little too much when it comes to personal style; an accessory that’s going a little overboard. But modern celebrities, royalty and otherwise, have shown us that a tiara can be tastefully worn and that it doesn’t look excessive at all. You will of course understand that it’s not something that you can wear all the time. A tiara inspires a certain regal quality and it should be worn when you’re at a very formal occasion. Some people might take offense, however, if you wear it to a party that you were invited to. There are some schools of fashion that reserve the tiara exclusively for the person throwing the party, but that’s something that’s been falling out of use as well.

There are things to look out for when you’re wearing one, however. Don’t give into the temptation of wearing a lot of jewelry on your ears and neck when you’re wearing a tiara. Some discrete earrings and perhaps a light necklace should be fine, but when you have a tiara on your head that will immediately become the center of attention. Diverting people’s eyes with flashy earrings, necklaces or even very heavy makeup is bound to make you look a little cheap and take away attention from your tiara, which goes against the purpose of wearing it. And, of course, you should wear a dress that matches it. In these cases simplicity may always be the best choice, but in the end it’s up to you to look at your wardrobe and select the best option.

Bust Solutions

Posted on 05. Jan, 2011 by in Beauty

Bust Solutions

For those unhappy with the size or state of our bust, there are plenty of options available. Whether you’re looking for non invasive solutions, or a surgical procedure, you will have a broad range of options to choose from. Many women struggle with their body image, most commonly the issues they have with their breasts. Whether you want them to be more firm, lifted, or larger, you can get the results you want via a variety of techniques, methods, and procedures.

One of the most common solutions for breast augmentation is via surgery. Procedures such as these offer a wide range of options, from breast reduction, to breast lifts, to breast implants and more. No matter what issue you may have regarding your bust, you can find the answer in an operation. Breast lifts are a natural approach to breast augmentation surgery, which provide you with subtle results that don’t use implants or offer enlargement. Working with the pre existing tissue, the breast is lifted and reshaped by removing excess skin caused by aging, and sometimes even moving the nipple. A breast lift can also be done in combination with a breast implant surgery, where the breasts are enlarged using surgical implants.

For those not ready for plastic surgery, there are other options available to you. For example, breast cream is a popular solution that offers subtle results with a product as simple as a topical cream. These products offer an increased size in your breasts, as well as a firming or lifting affect on the tissue. Many different brands offer breast creams, and all will promise the same results. This is a method less drastic than a surgical operation, such as a breast lift or breast implants, or those looking for a topical solution.