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Now is a good time to own a body.  Tips for Healthy Living:  Fitness, Nutrition and Well-Being.
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Research: 7 Nutritional Deficiencies That Cause Depression & Mood Disorders

Research: 7 Nutritional Deficiencies That Cause Depression & Mood Disorders | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

 "If you suffer from depression or mood disorders you may be deficient in one of these nutrients."

 

Depression and mood disorders are devastating health problems today. When you go to your doctor, their answer is often a prescription for one of the various popular anti-depressant drugs.

 

Many doctors do not investigate for metabolic or nutritional deficiencies that may be the ‘real problem’ for your depression. Patients have no idea why they feel so awful or where to start looking for the answer. They expect their doctor to give them real solutions. Instead they get drugs as the easy fix. Drugs are not an easy fix because of the serious side effects that come with taking them.

 

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, August 28, 9:14 AM

What we eat has a major effect on how, and who, we are. Simply taking a daily multivitamin can help "fill in the blanks" if you feel your nutritional choices are not a good as they could be.

H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, August 28, 9:53 AM

Just another example of where nutrition should be considered before medication.

Ellen Diane's curator insight, August 28, 6:09 PM

thanks;)

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Study Finds Link Between Depression and Inflammation

Study Finds Link Between Depression and Inflammation | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
One of the most damaging false beliefs in the way our society treats health is the notion that “mental health” and “physical health” exist independently of one another. In fact, we are holistic beings

 

A new study from the University of Cambridge helps drive this point home. The study, published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, explores the theory that a protein released into our blood when we have an inflammatory response to an infection may have a role in mental health.  After studying 4,500 people over nine years, the researchers concluded that higher levels of the protein are indeed associated with an increased risk of developing depression.

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, August 21, 9:02 AM

The mind and body are inextricably linked. What is good for one is often good for the other. Over 100 years ago, William James made this point quite effectively in his classic essay, The Energies of Men.

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Grounding Is a Key Mechanism by Which Your Body Maintains Health

Grounding Is a Key Mechanism by Which Your Body Maintains Health | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Have you ever noticed how good it feels to walk barefoot on a sandy beach, or in a forest? There is a reason for that—it’s called the grounding effect. The reason for this sense of well-being is due to the fact that you’re receiving a surge of potent healing electrons from the ground."


The earth has a slightly negative charge, so when you stand barefoot on that sand, electrons from the earth flow into your body, giving you a virtual “transfusion” of healing power.

 

The featured documentary, The Grounded 2, is a sequel to the film The Grounded, released in 2013. The sequel features Step Sinatra, the son of cardiologist Stephen Sinatra MD, astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, and yours truly, among many others.

 

Step was a Wall Street trader until his health suddenly began to decline, bringing him to the brink of death. He credits his ultimate recovery to learning about grounding, along with a switch to an all-organic diet.

In 2010, his father, Dr. Stephen Sinatra released a book on the healing power of grounding called Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, co-authored with Clint Ober, one of the pioneers in this field.



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Intimidated By Yoga? Get Over It With 5 Beginner Tips

Intimidated By Yoga? Get Over It With 5 Beginner Tips | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
5 expert tips for neophytes.

 

Yoga is super-accessible these days, we all know it can benefit people of various ages and body types, but if you’ve never done it before, it can be extremely intimidating. To lessen the fear factor, we caught up with  Jess Gronholm—an expert yogi and co-founder of Dirty Yoga Co., an online yoga workout program you can do anywhere—who offers 5 ways yoga newbies can be less intimidated.



Read more: http://stylecaster.com/yoga-for-beginners/#ixzz39IeECMSq

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Turmeric – Learn More about This Ayurvedic Herb

Turmeric – Learn More about This Ayurvedic Herb | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Way before the advent of synthetic, drug-based medicine, herbs and spices were valued for their medicinal properties. One clear example of this is the use of plants in Ayurvedic medicine in India.

 

Way before the advent of synthetic, drug-based medicine, herbs and spices were valued for their medicinal properties. One clear example of this is the use of plants in Ayurvedic medicine in India.

 

What Is Ayurveda?

 

Ayurveda, which roughly translates to “The Science of Life,” is an ancient holistic system of natural healing and medicine that goes back thousands of years. It is based on preventative medicine and acknowledges that your senses and your mind greatly influence your physiology.  However, Ayurveda is not just a medicinal system. It also teaches how human beings are an integral part of nature. It emphasizes that you should live in harmony with nature, just as animals and plants do.

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, July 27, 11:35 AM

Ayurveda roughly translates into “The Science of Life.” 

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7 Gentle Yoga Poses Before Leaving Your Bed In The Morning

7 Gentle Yoga Poses Before Leaving Your Bed In The Morning | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Good morning sunshine! Well, you may not be shining your brightest every single morning. That is why morning rituals are a great way to awaken the senses and allow the mind to approach the challenges of any day with ease and grace. To help you start your day right, I’ve put together several yoga poses that are ideal for starting the day before you even leave your bed."

 

Before you begin, remember that breathing full breaths through every posture is key. Remain in each asana for 5-10 breaths. Continuously scan your body for new sensations. During each transition allow the eyes and jaw to remain soft as you gently adjust your body into the posture.

You can practice this routine right away from bed or roll out your yoga mat and get started. Here is a list of 7 of the best gentle morning time postures:

 

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It's Lack of Exercise—Not Calories—That Make Us Fat, Study Says

It's Lack of Exercise—Not Calories—That Make Us Fat, Study Says | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
One study says American diets have remained the same for the last 20 years

 

A new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Medicine reported over the last 20 years there has been a sharp drop in Americans’ physical exercise, and an increase in average body mass index (BMI), but that average caloric intake has remained the same.

 

The most startling finding in the study is the drop in the amount of exercise Americans do in our free time. The researchers found that from 1988 to 2010, the percentage of adults who reported doing no exercise in their free time grew dramatically from 19% to 52% in women, and from 11% to 43% in men.

 

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, July 31, 3:49 AM

It is rather alarming that 51.7 % of women and 43.5% of men in America do not exercise. The 2010 figures are more than double that of 1994.

 

The article also describes several important issues:

Poor satiation of refined carbohydrates: http://sco.lt/4uxLQ9

Importance of excercise http://sco.lt/894BkH

Focusing on better food quality http://sco.lt/7lEwkb

   

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7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young

7 Proven Ways to Keep Your Brain Young | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s. Another 10,000,000 suffer with severe dementia and Parkinson’s. Even more struggle with age-related mild cognitive impairment. Here are 7 natural ways to defend your brain."

 

Even if you escape these debilitating and life-threatening diseases, you may be among millions more who suffer from mild cognitive impairment (MCI or what is frequently called "age-related cognitive dysfunction") and normal "age–associated memory impairment." These conditions are what many of us have experienced as "senior moments."  The symptoms include memory loss, as well as a decline in the ability to think and reason. 

 

Some of these problems are a result of the natural aging of our brains.  But others arise from poor nutrition and exposure to environmental toxins.

 

Drugs have shown little promise and serious side effects.  But here are seven proven methods to keep your brain young and sharp.

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, July 7, 9:57 AM

I wonder if my Green Smoothie every morning counts!

Debbie Irwin's curator insight, August 6, 9:20 AM

Any study that finds merit in eating chocolate and drinking wine is worth sharing. ;-)

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This Graphic Explains All the Health Hazards of Sitting for Too Long

This Graphic Explains All the Health Hazards of Sitting for Too Long | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
By now, you already know that prolonged sitting is bad for your body. But what exactly goes on when you sit for hours every day? This graphic from the Washington Post explains.
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Ellen Diane's curator insight, June 28, 7:24 AM

headaches- neck&shoulder aches- eye strain--0

nancercize's curator insight, June 30, 2:29 PM

Now do you understand why I'm always inviting you out for a little walk in the park?

UCanRow2's curator insight, July 24, 7:45 AM

Stand-up desks are where it's at! 

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Busted! 6 Myths About Strength Training for Women

Busted! 6 Myths About Strength Training for Women | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

There’s no shortage of myths when it comes to exercise, especially when we discuss women strength training.

Today we’re going to tackle some of the most common, and detrimental, myths in regard to women resistance training, and then we’re gonna bust ‘em. Along the way I hope you’ll discover some other awesome perks to strength training as well.

Before we grab our myth-busting sledgehammers we must first define this wonderful term, strength training.

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Ellen Diane's curator insight, June 28, 7:25 AM

WE do not have testosterone to bulk up- thanks for this article

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Butter Is Back

Butter Is Back | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
The real villains in our diet are sugar and ultra-processed foods.

 

Julia Child, goddess of fat, is beaming somewhere. Butter is back, and when you’re looking for a few chunks of pork for a stew, you can resume searching for the best pieces — the ones with the most fat. Eventually, your friends will stop glaring at you as if you’re trying to kill them.

 

That the worm is turning became increasingly evident a couple of weeks ago, when a meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. (In fact, there’s some evidence that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.) The researchers looked at 72 different studies and, as usual, said more work — including more clinical studies — is needed. For sure. But the days of skinless chicken breasts and tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter may finally be drawing to a close.

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The Weird Way Exercise Could Help Your Immune System

The Weird Way Exercise Could Help Your Immune System | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Exercise can increase the diversity of bacteria found in the gut, possibly boosting the immune system and improving long-term health, British researchers report.

 

High levels of dietary protein might have the same effect, according to their study, published June 9 in the journal Gut.

“Understanding the complex relationship among what we choose to eat, activity levels and gut microbiota richness is essential,” Dr. Georgina Hold, of the Institute of Medical Sciences at Aberdeen University in Scotland, said in a journal news release.

“As life expectancy continues to increase, it is important that we understand how best to maintain good health. Never has this been more important than in respect of our resident [gut] microbiota,” she added.

 

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Fasting for three days renews entire immune system, protects cancer patients, 'remarkable' new study finds

Fasting for three days renews entire immune system, protects cancer patients, 'remarkable' new study finds | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Fasting for three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as “remarkable".

 

Although fasting diets have been criticized by nutritionists, research suggests that starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing more white blood cells, which fight off infection.

 

Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for those suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy. It could also help the elderly whose immune systems become less effective.

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Ellen Diane's comment, July 2, 6:52 AM
eric- I am a not computer saavy fitness trainer-I can't even cut&paste;(((:)
Eric Chan Wei Chiang's comment, July 2, 10:59 AM
@Ellen Diane, be that as it may, you are an excellent curator. How did you get so many views? I really have a lot to learn about content curation.
Ellen Diane's comment, July 2, 12:02 PM
thanks my new twitter friend- Basically I have no idea what # of views means- whether I am doing well. I am sharing what resonates. Mosty fitness, music, nutrition- again, thanks for your kindness Eric;)
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6 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism

6 Ways to Naturally Boost Your Metabolism | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Yes, age, genetics and body size play a role in the speed of your metabolic rate. But there are natural ways to boost your metabolism. Learn how here.

 

Metabolism: We’ve all got one, but some people’s are “faster” or “slower” than others’. And that matters, because the rate at which your body burns calories and converts fuel to energy can also affect how easily you gain or lose weight, how at-risk you are for diabetes, and how much pep you’ve got in your step. While much of your metabolic rate is determined by genetics, age, gender, and body size, there are some lifestyle changes that can, quite literally, speed up the process.

 

It’s important to note that metabolism can’t be solely held responsible for weight gain or loss — someone with a super-fast burn can’t stay slim eating junk food and not exercising, while people with slower metabolisms aren’t automatically doomed to an overweight fate.

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A Different Kind Of Gut Feeling: How Intestinal Bacteria Could Manipulate Your Brain

A Different Kind Of Gut Feeling: How Intestinal Bacteria Could Manipulate Your Brain | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Our guts contain trillions of bacteria, all of which control our minds in order to get the foods they want. Controlling them back may help fight obesity,"

 

"The next time you can’t figure out why you’re suddenly craving a huge slab of ultra-decadent chocolate cake—consider the possibility that it’s not just you doing the craving. New research suggests that the armies of bacteria living in our guts can pull the strings in our brains to get what they want."

 

We’ve all heard about the bacterial universe within our bodies, but what’s less well known is just how vast this universe is in comparison to the rest of us: bacteria outnumber all of the cells in our body 100 to 1. And just like us, certain bacteria have a taste for certain nutrients, and they’ve developed ways of influencing their hosts to deliver more of their preferred vittles to the dinner table.

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Simple Remedies's curator insight, August 18, 4:26 PM

This is why probiotics are so important! Great article

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7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting

7 Simple Exercises That Undo the Damage of Sitting | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

 "If you’re like most men living and working in a techno-service economy, you probably spend a good deal of your day sitting down. You go from the kitchen table to your desk at work to your chair in front of the TV. But as we’ve discussed before, spending most of your waking hours planted on your keister is terrible for your health."


You’ve probably experienced those moments when you get up from a sitting position and your butt feels numb and your hips feel so tight that you have to lean forward at the waist just to walk. Excessive sitting leaves your hips and legs tight and your glutes inactive. Even after you stand up, the ill effects of sitting stay with you and may prevent your butt muscles from firing at an optimal level when you really need them – like when you suddenly need to chase down a purse snatcher!

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How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

How Changing Your Breathing Can Change Your Life (INFOGRAPHIC) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

The best way to calm down is so innate to our lives, we often take it for granted: Taking a breath.

Focusing on your own breathing can have a significant impact on your well-being and stress levels, and can even create physiological changes like lowering your blood pressure. But for many of us, when it comes to improving our health, changing our breathing somehow doesn’t spring to mind as readily as changing our diet or exercise habits...

Check out the infographic below for seven health benefits of focusing on your breathing.

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, July 30, 10:01 AM

Oxygen alkalizes the blood, so inhale and exhale. Inhale and exhale...

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The Ultimate Beginner's Full-Body Workout

The Ultimate Beginner's Full-Body Workout | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Beginners, here are the 10 most important training elements you must master, and eight-week full-body beginner's program to start you off on the right foot.

 

What, you ponder, do you have in common with bodybuilding greats like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Jay Cutler, or even with a successful fitness model like Whitney Reid?

 

Each of those men, like you, had modest beginnings. None was born with six-pack abs and none came into this world with a 250-pound bench press. But like you, they had a desire for self-improvement and undertook resistance training as a means to build up their physique.

 

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, July 23, 9:43 AM

One tip that has worked well for my 69 year-old body, is to drink a high protein, easy to digest supplement within an hour after doing a bodybuilding or weight lifting workout.

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Prebiotics & Probiotics: What Foods Have Them & Why You Need More in Your Diet

Prebiotics & Probiotics: What Foods Have Them & Why You Need More in Your Diet | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Just what are probiotics and why are they so good for you? Probiotics are "viable microorganisms" that can confer lots and lots of health benefits if they reach your intestine while they're alive. You may have heard them described as "friendly bacteria." These bacteria aren't just friendly, they're flat-out adorable.. They're currently being touted as a miracle cure for a whole host of ailments, whether you're dealing with acne, depression, diarrhea, or even cancer. Even if you're not dealing with any of those ailments, you want to make sure your GI tract is flourishing, and pre probiotics are necessary to maintaining your digestion—which is, in turn, key to your general health (not to mention pooping)."

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, July 13, 2:51 AM

This was scooped from a good article which gives a clear distintion between probiotics and prebiotics. It also has a great infographic showcasing the function of the digestive system.

Jason & ChoyLeng's curator insight, August 22, 4:58 AM

Get to know about prebiotics and probiotics ....

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5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout

5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Half of Americans start their day with coffee. Exercising after downing a cup of coffee may offer a weight-loss advantage.

 

If you've always thought of coffee as a vice -- one you're simply not willing to give up -- you'll be happy to know that it's actually a secret superfood. And if you exercise, caffeine can offer even more functional benefits for your workouts.


Here are five more reasons to enjoy it as part of an active lifestyle, along with five "rules" for getting your fix healthfully.

 
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Fatty Liver and Diet

Fatty Liver and Diet | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Recently, in “Threat Grows From Liver Illness Tied to Obesity,” Anahad O’Connor described the growing epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver, an illness that affects at least one in five Americans, including many teenagers. Here he responds to reader questions about what to eat if you have fatty liver.


Q. My 22-year-old son has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. What kinds of foods should be avoided in his diet?

 

Nonalcoholic fatty liver, a disease tightly linked to the obesity crisis, is a strong risk factor for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes, and in severe cases it can lead to liver failure. There are no official dietary guidelines to treat it. But whether certain foods might fuel the disease is a subject that is drawing increasing attention from scientists.

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Exercise and the 'Good' Bugs in Our Gut

Exercise and the 'Good' Bugs in Our Gut | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Being physically active may encourage beneficial germs to thrive in your gut, while inactivity could do the reverse, according to an innovative new study. The findings suggest that, in addition to its other health benefits, frequent exercise may influence our weight and overall health by altering the kinds of organisms that live inside of us."


In recent years, there has been an explosion of interest in the role that gut microbes play in whole-body health. A multitude of studies have shown that people with large and diverse germ populations in their digestive tracts tend to be less prone to obesity, immune problems and other health disorders than people with low microbial diversity, and that certain germs, in particular, may contribute to improved metabolic and immune health.

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Vernell Pell's curator insight, June 19, 2:28 AM

Another benefit of exercise. Hopefully this gut thing will motivate folks to get moving!

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Time Magazine Pushes Fat Myths Beginning In 1961, Offers Mea Culpa In 2014

Time Magazine Pushes Fat Myths Beginning In 1961, Offers Mea Culpa In 2014 | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Oh how the times are changing fast in our perception of nutrition. While our culture has been deeply embedded in fat-phobia for over three decades, it now seems that the tide is turning in favor of looking at dietary fat as a good thing."

 

My latest evidence–the June 23, 2014 front cover of Time magazine boldly proclaiming “Eat Butter. Scientists labeled fat the enemy. Why they were wrong” by Senior Editor and enviro-writer Bryan Walsh. This is a stark juxtaposition to the infamous front cover with the bacon and eggs shamed in a frown face that ran back on March 26, 1984 telling us about the “bad news” regarding fat on our cholesterol and health. And because this was Time magazine, it got some attention on mainstream television when media darling registered dietitian Joy Bauer offered up her analysis of this story on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer, Al Roker and the gang on set listening to this positive coverage about saturated fat being HEALTHY! Unbelievably amazing! 

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askdrmaxwell's curator insight, June 16, 8:33 PM

Butter is better!

Ellen Naylor's curator insight, June 17, 6:39 PM

OK butter has gotten a bad rap all these years, but it's actually the bread and starchy carbs that many people put it on, that are the problem. Interesting.

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CrossFit vs. Gym: Which Is Better?

CrossFit vs. Gym: Which Is Better? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Whether you have just resolved to get in shape or you are an experienced fitness buff who is reevaluating your routine, you might be wondering what how CrossFit compares to traditional weight training in terms of burning fat."

 

Both can burn calories, but they have many differences in their goals, equipment, and structure.

 

Some of the goals of traditional weight training may include building strength and increasing muscle mass. Muscle burns more calories that fat, so by adding more muscle, a person can burn more fat.

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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Burn More Fat In A Shorter Time?

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT): Burn More Fat In A Shorter Time? | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
How High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) works to blast away your fats in a shorter workout duration.

 

The buzzword these days in the fitness scene is all about getting HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)! It’s about getting extremely physical.

So, What Exactly IS HIIT? 

 

HIIT describes any workout that alternates between intense bursts of activity and fixed periods of less-intense activity or even rest.

For example, a good starter HIIT workout is running as fast as you can for one minute and then walking for two minutes. Repeat five times for a 15-minute, fat-blasting workout.

 

It sounds too simple to be effective, but science doesn’t stretch the truth. With HIIT, you can burn more fat by doing less cardio – burning fat while spending less time in the gym or exercising in general.

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