Archive for category: Weight Loss

Workout 15 Minutes a Day and Get Fit

Think you don’t have time to workout? Recent studies show that working out for less than 30 minutes can produce the same effects as working out for an hour, and it may be better for your body. These workout routines will help you get fit in just 15 minutes a day.

The Real Simple 15 Minute Workout – This workout routine uses a fitness ball to increase its impact. Just start with the Dynamic Push-Up; then roll into The Frog, ending in position for another dynamic push-up. Go slowly enough to maintain control. Do 15 repetitions. Then go into the Supported Side Crunch, 15 reps on each side, followed by the Rolling Reverse Plank, 15 reps. Repeat this four-move sequence two more times. Read more →

Portion Control for Your Family

In the last ten years, portion sizes have gotten much bigger, which makes having a healthy diet even more difficult. This makes portion control even more important. One of the keys to a healthy diet is good portion control, and the key there is knowing how much of which foods you should be eating. My goal in creating Moms Health Zone was to provide other moms with easy ways to improve the health and well being of their families. A critical way to improve your family’s health is to encourage a healthy diet. These portion guidelines will help you do just that.

One great way to make sure you have the correct portion size is to change the size of your plate. Smaller plates lead to smaller servings. Medicine.net has put together a great set of guidelines to help guide. “A serving is a specific amount of food, and it might be smaller than you realize. Read more →

Consume Less Sodium

Did you know that U.S. guidelines call for less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day? That’s about 1 teaspoon of table salt (Source). 

According to Real Simple Magazine:

Sodium is an essential nutrient that is critical for transmitting nerve impulses, contracting and relaxing muscles, and maintaining the fluid balance in your body.

When you consume too much sodium, your kidneys must get rid of the excess. Experts theorize that if your kidneys can’t keep up, then water is pulled from cells, causing blood volume to increase, which forces your heart to work harder and puts blood vessels under more pressure. This may raise your blood pressure and, in turn, your chances of heart attack and stroke.

If you’re wondering how much sodium you consume daily or weekly, it might help to think about the following:  Read more →

How To Walk Your Way To Better Health

How often do you walk each day? Are you aware of the health benefits of regular walks? If you have been neglecting your health lately, walking can be one of the best activities you can do to start getting back into shape.

Consistent walking over time will help you lose weight, but it also has additional health benefits. According to WebMD.com,

“Weight loss isn’t the only benefit of a walking program. Regular walking helps lower cholesterol, reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, increases bone strength, and improves circulation” (Source). 

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How To Make Healthy Choices When Eating Out

For many people, going into the new year means setting new goals and resolutions that aim at losing weight or creating a healthier way of living. Unfortunately, it is these goals and resolutions that are most often dropped and given up on by individuals after only a few weeks into the new year.

One of the challenges that people face when trying to stick to specific goals and resolutions relating to health has to do with eating out. Eating a meal at a restaurant is a great way to socialize and spend time together with friends and family, but it can wreak havoc on the overall success of the health goals you have set for yourself.  Read more →

Weight Loss – The Real Reason It Might Be Hard For You

“Many know all the right things to do in order to lose weight; the right foods to eat, the right exercise program to follow. They drink enough water, they count calories religiously. They’ve tried a multitude of weight loss programs. They’ve lost some weight but either not enough or it’s come right back. Finally, they give up. What’s the point? It’s way too hard, so they might as well go back to eating whatever they want since it’s not making any difference anyway.

There is a reason for fat build-up and fat retention that most people are unaware of. It’s Read more →