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December 2011

Find Your Motivation

Why is it that January 1st the day when everyone seems to decide to begin being healthy, to lose weight, to get in shape? Where does this magical motivation come from?  One theory: it's a great time for "my fresh start," a new beginning. Why does that motivation drop off around April and how do we keep that from happening this year? My answer: find your motivation and keep it in sight!
Find your motivation in other places to keep it alive.  Like pictures in magazines of fitness models, pictures of people moving or dancing that make you want to get up and DO SOMETHING!

Growth Hormone Increases with Exercise

Growth Hormone is a vital hormone for those who want to lose weight.  Growth hormone enhances fat loss and helps control how your body uses protein, fat and carbohydrates when you are resting and during exercise.  So what does this mean to you? For optimal fat loss, exercise at a higher intensity, especially if you are older and obese.  Literature from the University of Virginia, found that it is with high intensity exercise that  growth hormone is released.  Growth hormone release is decreased four to seven times as people age and is lower in obese people than it is in lean people.   Also, if you eat before your workout make sure it is a meal that not high in fat.  Fatty meals consumed shortly before exercise reduce growth hormone release and decreases the benefits of exercise on fat burning and weight loss. 

Vibration Training Does Nothing for Weight Loss

Some vibration exercise equipment manufacturers claim that 10 minutes of "training" on a vibration platform is the same as doing one hour of cardio. This is not true according to research from Massey University in New Zealand's (Scandinavian Journal Medicine Science Sports).  No 10-minute vibration exercise program will promote much fat loss.  The effects of vibration training on your metabolism is less than walking or jogging.  So, if you are considering buying cardio equipment, then beware:  the claim that vibration training reduces body fat is ridiculous and fraudulent.

Sweating for Two

Being pregnant is no time to ditch the gym. Moms-to-be who frequently worked out doing moderately hard workouts ( a 5 to 7 on a scale of 1 to 10) in the first trimester had a lower risk of preterm birth, reports a new study.  Their bodies may replenish more nutrients to their placentas after they exercise, says study author Anne Marie Jukic, Ph.D., a researcher at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Talk to your doctor about exercising while you're expecting she says: If you have certain risk factors or didn't exercise regularly beforehand, you may need to take special precautions.