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Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths: Day 10

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

 

Myth: Lifting weights is not good to do if you want to lose weight, because it will make you “bulk up.”
Fact: Lifting weights or doing strengthening activities like push-ups and crunches on a regular basis can actually help you maintain or lose weight. These activities can help you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. So if you have more muscle, you burn more calories—even sitting still. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, combined with a certain genetic background, can build very large muscles.

Tip: In addition to doing moderate-intensity physical activity (like walking 2 miles in 30 minutes) on most days of the week, try to do strengthening activities 2 to 3 days a week. You can lift weights, use large rubber bands (resistance bands), do push-ups or sit-ups, or do household or garden tasks that make you lift or dig. Strength training helps keep your bones strong while building muscle, which can help burn calories.

 

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20 DAYS TOWARDS HAPPINESS AND HEALTH: DAY 16

In Health, Healthcare, Medicine on July 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

16. TAKE A WALK

 

Fact: Brisk walking (≥3.5 mph) has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, increase high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol), and even reduces risks of bone fracture

 

Put on your sneakers and go out of the house for a nice 15-30 minutes walk yourself or with you loved one or a friend. Breathing all that fresh air leaves you with vitality and lots of energy. Walking increases use of leg muscles which contain 70% of blood in our body. Putting that 70% blood into good circulation detoxifies your body and mind. It also gives you an opportunity to enjoy nature, meet your neighbors who some people don’t even know because they do not go out to walk. It in turn improves your social capabilities and improves confidence.

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