Dec 31, 2008

Keys For Ripped Abs

Strong Core & Lower Body Fat

Dec 26, 2008

BMI Prime

BMI Prime, which is a simple modification of the BMI system, is the ratio of actual BMI to upper limit BMI 

As defined, BMI Prime is also the ratio of body weight to upper body weight limit, calculated at BMI 25.

Individuals with BMI Prime less than 0.74 are underweight; those between 0.74 and 0.99 have optimal weight; and those at 1.00 or greater are overweight. 

Dec 23, 2008

More Benefits of Bananas

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. 

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

  • Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana! . This i s because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
  • PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
  • Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
  • Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
  • Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through the ir exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost the ir brain power. Research has shown th! at the p otassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
  • Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
  • Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soo the s and re-hydrates your system.
  • Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
  • Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness. 
  • Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
  • Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Dec 5, 2008

Burning Calories Through Cycling

Calories Burned, Bike Riding per hour (at 140 lbs)

Bicycling, 10-11.9 mph, light effort - 381
Bicycling, 12-13.9 mph, moderate effort - 508
Bicycling, 14-15.9 mph, vigorous effort - 636
Bicycling, 16-19 mph, very fast, racing - 763
Bicycling, >20 mph, racing - 1017
Bicycling, Mountain or BMX - 540
Bicycling, stationary, general - 318
Bicycling, stationary, very light effort - 191
Bicycling, stationary, light effort - 330
Bicycling, stationary, moderate effort - 445
Bicycling, stationary, vigorous effort - 667
Bicycling, stationary, very vigorous effort - 695


Dec 3, 2008

Resistance Bands

The elastic resistance band is a portable alternative to weights for strength training.

Dec 1, 2008

Self Spotting Techniques for Heavy Lifting

When you are doing a chest workout at home and using heavy weights, you either need two spotters or need to use a self-spotting methods for safety. You can use a self-spotting rig or you can use the book method.