Friday, August 10, 2012

Healthy Tip of the Day: 20 Zero to Low Calorie Foods

Check out this link to an article on which highlights 20 different foods that are low in calorie, but high in nutrient value.

Be sure to add these foods to your grocery list and feel full and satisfied without the guilt! What foods are included? You'll read about cucumbers, apples, asparagus, watermelon, tomatoes, and many more excellent sources of nutrients and vitamins that make great additions to any meals, can serve as healthy snacks, and can be blended into delicious smoothies to help you through your day.
20 Healthy Zero-Calorie Foods // cucumber slices c Mitch Mandel


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Exercise of the Day: Swiss Ball Rollout

Nothing trains the core like challenging your stability. A great exercise which challenges your core and balance is the Swiss Ball Rollout. It's very challenging and only requires a Swiss Ball and little space, making it easy to do at home, at the gym, or wherever you please.

1-Start in a kneeling position, with the Swiss Ball in front of you and your forearms resting at a 45 angle on the ball. The Swiss Ball should be placed so that your torso is also at a 45 degree angle.

2-Exhale and begin to roll your forearms over the Swiss Ball, until the ball is almost touching your chest. Keep your core engaged so that your back remains flat, as if in the plank position. Your body should be at the farthest extension without needing to collapse out of form.

3-As you take your next exhalation, roll the ball back to the starting position, ending with your torso in a 45 degree angle to the floor and your forearms resting on the ball. This is one repetition.

Do as many repetitions as you can in 1 minute.


Sunday, August 5, 2012

Exercise of the Day: Butterfly Situps

The Butterfly Situp is a fantastic ab exercise because the manner in which you position your legs forces your abdominal muscles to do more work since your hip flexors become disengaged.

1-Lay on the floor, face up. Bring the bottoms of your feet together, your knees pointing in opposite directions.
2-Using the power of your abdominal muscles, bring your torso upright, eventually rounding over your legs and touching your toes with your hands. Exhale throughout this motion.
3-On your next exhalation, slowly lower your torso, vertebrae by vertebrae, back down to the ground. Again, this is done with the power and control of your abdominal muscles. This is one repetition.

Do as many reps as you can in 1 minute.

It is important that you do not throw yourself up and down and are certain that your abs do the work. It can hurt your back and/or completely avoid working your abs if you do not control your core.


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