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Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat:

Intermittent Fasting: How to Enhance Your Body’s Ability to Burn Fat: | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"Intermittent fasting is a powerful approach to eating that is becoming very popular because it can help you lose weight without feeling hunger, and help reduce your risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. If done correctly, intermittent fasting can also lead to better sleep and lots of energy."

 

So far, research overwhelmingly supports this notion that ditching the “three square meals a day” approach in favor of intermittent fasting may do wonders for your health. This type of scheduled eating was practiced by our ancestors, since they did not have the frequent access to food that we have now.

 

Intermittent Fasting Infographic.

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5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life

5 Simple Steps to Living a Healthy Life | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

By JAY BRADLEY 

 

We all want to get healthier. We all want to feel better. But life has gotten so busy that even with the best of intentions, our priorities often get jumbled. The busier we get, the more our health, fitness routines and healthy habits get overlooked.

 

Having a to-do list is a great idea to keep yourself on track. This simple checklist includes things that you can do at home to help you become focused, less burdened and more motivated to take care of yourself.



Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/blog/5-simple-steps-living-healthy-life#ixzz3X7VDcOTZ

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, April 13, 9:53 AM

These days, articles about living a long, healthy life often are centered around exercise and nutrition. However, there are other things you can do as well. Get more anti-aging tips at http://nodiet4me.com/aging/ .

Functional Family Medicine's curator insight, April 22, 9:00 AM

Our routines dictate our direction in life. Having health and productive daily routines make all the difference in the world.

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Cardio vs. Weightlifting: How To Use Both To Reach Your Summer Body Goal.

Cardio vs. Weightlifting: How To Use Both To Reach Your Summer Body Goal. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Summer is right around the corner, which means your gym is probably packed to the gills with people who put off their New Year’s resolution until the weather got a little warmer. As you get your own beach body ready for the warm summer months, you may be wondering where you should place the majority of your focus: cardio or weightlifting. Before you decide which type of activity your workout routine will emphasize, it's best to know how much goes into this decision.
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Animal Flow - A Bodyweight Training System.

Animal Flow - A Bodyweight Training System. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Animal Flow is a great example of a bodyweight training program that draws from many disciplines, to address strength, flexibility, and body control.

 

Beautiful, fluid movement comes from a foundation of strength, flexibility, and body control, combined with a playful exploration of what your body can do.

 

Mike Fitch is a great example of someone who has built up those foundational elements through years of training in various movement styles. His program, Animal Flow, is a movement system designed to help people improve strength, flexibility, body control, and coordination. These movements and transitions fit together in a way that emphasizes artistic, fluid practice in an easily understood package.

 

In this post, we’ll take a look at what Animal Flow is all about, and how it complement your training to help you move better.

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Guide to Losing Fat While Building Muscle

Guide to Losing Fat While Building Muscle | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Is it possible to burn fat and build muscle at the same time? This post explores the truth behind a very common question asked by the fitness community.

 

When it comes to fitness goals, most of us want to build muscle lose fat and look great. 

It’s a common theory that you can’t build muscle while burning fat, or that you cannot do both optimally at the same time. Really this depends on the person, how you train and how you eat. Today, we’ll look adjusting your workouts and eating for your specific goals and key in on how to lose fat and gain muscle.

 

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Top 10 Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises

Top 10 Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Top Ten Fundamental Bodyweight Exercises to Get Strong, Flexible, and Coordinated.

There are countless bodyweight exercises to choose from. While they may all have a specific value, in general some are better than others. The sometimes overwhelming variety of exercises is why people ask questions like,

If you could only choose one (or two or three) exercises to do, what would they be?

This question has been posted in every fitness forum or group dozens of times, and while I don’t think you should limit yourself to one or two exercises, it can be valuable to analyze which exercises are the best use of your time to meet your goals. It’s good to be able to pare down the fluff and concentrate on what will really make you better.

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Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain

Coffee and Tea May Protect the Brain | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Daily drinkers have lower rates of depression and cognitive decline

 

Coffee and tea may do more than just jolt you awake—they could also help keep your brain healthy, according to a slew of recent studies. Researchers have linked these beverages with protection from depression, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.

 

 

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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 8, 9:34 AM

Ah. Vindication at last....


Seriously, add some exercise into the mix and keep your mind active and your social interactions happening...

Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:07 AM

Do you need this? Maybe we all do.

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The Most Important Thing You Can Do In The New Year To Lose Weight, Get Sharper And Live Longer

The Most Important Thing You Can Do In The New Year To Lose Weight, Get Sharper And Live Longer | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Everyone wants to start the new year off on the right foot. But, as many of us know all too well, the best New Year's intentions to get fit, lose weight, eat more nutritiously, stress less and save more money can easily fall to the wayside. (And often do, considering only about 8 percent of people successfully achieve their resolutions, according to University of Scranton Research, Forbes reported.)

However, it could be that the reason all your other resolutions are failing -- and the reason you're having trouble making sound food choices or keeping weight off to begin with -- is you're ignoring a simple yet powerful component of total health: sleep.
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Squats for Dummies 101

Squats for Dummies 101 | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Squats are often referred to as the King Shit of leg and ass exercises – they do not have a fancy name or take a lot to master – they are simple and basic but also are, what a lot of us in the fitness industry can attest to, the best exercise for building your lower body to where you want it. Along with looking FABULOUS, they also help to improve your balance and your bone density!

Once mastered this move is easy. That being said it does require you to focus because it can move from good to bad in seconds of losing your form, and can hence cause terrible injuries. Note that its best to get the technique and form mastered with light or no weight before adding heavy weights.
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In Defense Of Leg Day

In Defense Of Leg Day | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
“Never skip leg day” is a long-standing inside joke among trainers. Image-search this meme and you will be bombarded with photos of large, muscularly developed upper bodies atop thin, spindly legs.

“Many people focus on the ‘vanity muscles’ at the front and top of your body, the muscles you can see,” explains Justin Jacobs, Tier 4 manager at Equinox TriBeCa. And oftentimes this is achieved by dedicating entire sessions to one particular (vanity) muscle group. "Split routines—chest Mondays, back Tuesdays, and so on—were created for bodybuilders who spent 1-2 hours a day in the gym, 5-6 days a week," explains Jacobs. "For most of us, this isn’t realistic, and so this routine may not be the best choice. Additionally, a true bodybuilding split would always include at least one leg day. Somehow this often gets lost in translation,” says Jacobs.
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How Exercise Changes Our DNA

How Exercise Changes Our DNA | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.

Now new research reports that the answer may lie, in part, in our DNA. Exercise, a new study finds, changes the shape and functioning of our genes, an important stop on the way to improved health and fitness.

The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. When genes are turned on, they express proteins that prompt physiological responses elsewhere in the body.
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Raising The Bar for Interval Training - Or What is Tabata.

Raising The Bar for Interval Training - Or What is Tabata. | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Tabata Workouts Offer a Rigorous Intensity.

 

"INTERVAL training — alternating short bouts of intense exercise with periods of recovery — is considered part of any well-rounded fitness routine. Exercise physiologists and trainers say it helps speed weight loss and build endurance. But those seeking an especially rigorous form of interval training, without spending hours trying to do it, might consider Tabata workouts."

 

These are named after Izumi Tabata, a professor and researcher at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan, whose work has led to a host of vigorous exercise routines. In 1996, Professor Tabata released the findings of a study in which Olympic speedskaters performed four-minute interval workouts that exceeded their normal cardiovascular capacity. The gains in cardio fitness were comparable to those of another group that trained for much longer at lesser effort.

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Bone Broth: What You Need To Know About The Latest Health Trend

Bone Broth: What You Need To Know About The Latest Health Trend | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"There’s a hot new drink in town and it has nothing to do with Mezcal or smoked Himalayan sea salt. If you know anyone who fancies herself a paleo, primal, and/or ancestral eater, perhaps you’ve heard that person mention rave about the magical elixir that is bone broth. Devotees claim this brew — made by boiling bones for the amount of time it would take to drive from Yonkers to Vegas — helps with everything from joint pain to serious medical conditions, including autoimmune disorders and even cancer. But, is bone broth really the panacea it’s made out to be? Let’s dig in."

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This Might Be The Best Exercise Of All Time

This Might Be The Best Exercise Of All Time | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"There are many things that come to mind when we hear the word "burpee," including, but not limited to: torture, pain, burning, fatigue, exhaustion, dread, sweat, and maybe even tears. But, according to new research published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, it might be time refresh our relationship with the seemingly nightmarish exercise."

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Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried

Hormones 101: Everything You Need To Know With Dr. Sara Gottfried | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Our March Guest Editor breaks down everything you every wanted to know about your metabolic hormones. All of them.

 

WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT hormones all month and, as we’ve said a few times now, hormones are not just about sex. They’re not just a system that goes crazy when you’re pregnant or that is depleted when you reach a certain age. We all have functioning hormones – a vital and complex system kept in balance by some of the most basic tenets of good health. 

 

This list below is from our March Guest Editor Dr. Sara Gottfried‘s new book The Hormone Reset Diet. Here Dr. Sara outlines each of the twelve metabolic hormones, how they function, and which aspects of our health they affect. We found this basic snapshot of our twelve hormones so useful, we wanted to share the excerpt. Read it through and share with your friends and family…

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Paul Jackson's curator insight, March 31, 1:53 PM

Dr. Gottfried is a great resource on hormones!

Eric Larson's curator insight, April 1, 10:05 AM

We are what we eat.

Functional Family Medicine's curator insight, April 22, 1:15 PM

Hormones regulate every system in our bodies. There are multiple natural methods for keeping our hormone levels balanced including nutrition as well as #Bioidentical hormone therapy.

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13 Hacks To Help You Give Up Soda For Good

13 Hacks To Help You Give Up Soda For Good | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

By Amanda MacMillan You know soda's not exactly good for you -- but at the same time, it can be hard to resist. Its sweet taste, pleasant fizz and energizing jolt often seems like just what you need to wash down your dinner, get you through an afternoon slump or quench your thirst at the movies.

 

But the more soda you consume (regular or diet), the more hazardous your habit can become. And whether you're a six-pack-a-day drinker or an occasional soft-drink sipper, cutting back can likely have benefits for your weight and your overall health.

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Complete Guide to Perfect Teeth

Complete Guide to Perfect Teeth | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Your teeth can tell you a lot about your health. From cardiovascular health to inflammation, your teeth and gums have a direct impact on certain organ systems. The reverse is also true, certain issues or symptoms you are experiencing systemically, can also be a sign that something is up with your teeth.

We often don’t relate the health of our teeth to the health of our overall body, but the reality is, we build up hundreds of bacteria on our teeth and gums on a daily basis simply by what we eat and drink. By not caring for this regularly, infection can occur, causing your immune system to go to work and attack the infection to keep it under control, before it becomes a serious issue.
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My mother has almost perfect teeth at 84

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You’re thinking about fitness all wrong

You’re thinking about fitness all wrong | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
It’s mid-January, and you may feel like a fitness failure.

Join the gym, find a yoga class or lose 10 pounds?

Not a chance.

Go from couch to 5K?

Still on the couch.

Achieve that feeling of euphoria your friends say they get after SoulCycle?

It’s still Greek to you.

Instead of calling it quits for the year, what if you resolved to change your mind-set about fitness?

In his book “How to Think About Exercise,” Australian philosopher Damon Young offers a foundation to fulfill that resolution. As part of the School of Life book series that had its U.S. release this month, Young uses philosophical inquiries to explain how we in the West came to think about exercise and fitness and how that way of thinking is a major barrier to being fit.
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13 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights

13 Reasons To Start Lifting Weights | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Maybe you're convinced you shouldn't lift weights because you prefer not looking like The Hulk. Maybe you figure you just wouldn't like it, since you're not one of those CrossFit types.

 

We hate to be confrontational about it, but frankly, you're wrong. Despite a prevalent allegiance to cardio machines for things like weight loss and overall health, strength training not only builds muscle but can prevent disease, improve mood and -- really! -- help you lose weight.

 

Here are 13 smart reasons to include a little work with the weights into your fitness repertoire.

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Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up. Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms can hold around 300 people. Planet Fitness can do this because it knows that members won't show up. After all, if everyone who had a gym membership showed up at the gym, it would be Thunderdome. If you are not going to the gym, you are actually the gym's best custom
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Donovan Baldwin's curator insight, January 4, 7:37 AM

For the $10 a month mentioned in the article, for 10 months, you can buy a set of adjustable dumbbells and a good exercise bench that will last for years and allow you to do all the strength training you need at home. For cardio, open your door and take a walk...or get a pound puppy to force you out the door. Learn more about dumbbell weight training at http://nodiet4me.com/exercise/dumbbell_weight_training/index.html .

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Why Grass-Fed Butter Is Really Good For You (Infographic)

Why Grass-Fed Butter Is Really Good For You (Infographic) | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Butter, in its true form, is rich in fat-soluble vitamins, healthy saturated fats and fatty acids. However, not all butter is created equal.

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An Unexpected Exercise That Targets Belly Fat

An Unexpected Exercise That Targets Belly Fat | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
By now, you probably know that upping the ante on your core workouts won't unveil the six-pack abs of your dreams. It's simply impossible to reduce body fat in a specific area, no matter how much you curse that little something extra around your middle.

However, that doesn't mean that strength training doesn't have a benefit for that belly. In a new study, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers found that men who completed 20 minutes of weight training a day saw a smaller increase in belly fat than men who spent the same amount of time sweating it out in a cardio workout.
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Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress

Neuroscience: How to Become Immune to Stress | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

Most people intuitively understand that exercise can improve your mood, but it was only last week that scientists figured out how it works. Their findings are of enormous importance to everybody who experiences stress at work.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, exercising causes your muscles to release a set of chemicals that block other chemicals the body releases in response to frequent stress.

In other words, constant stress brings you down, but consistent exercise lifts you up.

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Exhaled Pounds: How Fat Leaves the Body

Exhaled Pounds: How Fat Leaves the Body | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"When you lose weight, where does the fat go? Turns out, most of it is exhaled."

 

In a new study, scientists explain the fate of fat in a human body

, and through precise calculations, debunk some common misconceptions. Fat doesn't simply "turn into" energy or heat, and it doesn't break into smaller parts and get excreted, the researchers say.

 

In reality, the body stores the excess protein or carbs in a person's diet in form of fat, specifically, as triglyceride molecules, which consist of just three kinds of atoms: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. For people to lose weight, their triglycerides must break up into building blocks, which happens in a process known as oxidation.

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11 Essential Wellness Tips

11 Essential Wellness Tips | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it
The 11 most popular diet, lifestyle and wellness tips from the first year of KrisCarr.com.

 

Happy (almost) Anniversary, darlings! It’s hard to believe that we’re already sneaking up on the first birthday of KrisCarr.com, which will be in September. Time sure does zoom. Next month, to really get in gear and mark the year, we’re going to kick off a massively fun Prevention Month, complete with all kinds of interesting posts, wellness tips galore, giveaways and goodies. It’s been such a thrill to share my life with all of you—from juicing to releasing Crazy Sexy Kitchen to renovating our farmette and chasing my rescued pup Lola around the yard. There have been so many good times since we kicked off this here hub o’ health, food and fun!

 

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How Exercising Helps You Get More Done

How Exercising Helps You Get More Done | SELF HEALTH | Scoop.it

"A lot of people don’t work out. In fact, not only do they not work out, they barely move at all. A typical workday for many consists of waking up, sitting in the car on the way to work, sitting at a desk at work, sitting in the car on the way home, sitting on the couch watching television, and then going to bed."

 

As you might guess, this isn’t a great way to live. But before you tell me you don’t have time for exercise, I’m going to share an important truth with you. Not only do you have time to exercise, exercise actually makes you more productive. It’s a no-brainer, must-do for entrepreneurs, career warriors, and anybody else who wants to get more done.

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