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  1. My Labor Day Workout

    Woke up today at 7:10 am PST. Stretched for 10 minutes then did 200 push-ups (a bunch of sets of 30), then jumped in the shower. For breakfast I ate half of a grapefruit, a bowl of raisin bran and two slices of rye toast. Then I went to work in front of the computer but I got the feeling that I really needed to exercise more and since today is Labor Day I decided to go to the local middle school and use their rubberized track to get some running in. I walked 2 laps (1/2 Mile) then ran about 14 laps (3.5 Miles). The key to running is making sure that you are not beating up your knees, ankles, hips and other joints and bones. Rubberized tracks and treadmills with quality suspension system are your best bets. After the light jog I felt much better and went home to do some real work.

    When lunch time came I was ready and had burned off most of what I had for breakfast so a big good lunch was really needed. For starters I ate a sa

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  2. Danger!: Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions in the United States

    Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a detrimental effect on health, resulting in reduced life expectancy, while increasing health problems on a grand scale. Approximately 1 out of every 3 adults in the United States are obese or overweight. Obesity is defined by ones body mass index, or BMI. A measurement that compares someones height to their weight, is how we can accurately determine whether or not someone is obese. If someone has a BMI of over 25kg/m^2, they are considered to be overweight*. One reaches obese status if their BMI is greater than 30kg/m^2*. Before asking yourself whether or not you are overweight or obese, first ask yourself questions regarding your exercise and eating habits. How many miles do you walk every week? Do you run? What kind of food do you fill your body with? Your cardiovascular system must remain in good heath if you want to be fit and in shape. It is amazing that we as a society chose

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  3. Maintaining Positive Expectations Makes it Easier to Get Fit

    Expect to do well. Have confidence in your ability to look and feel your best. Possessing a confident attitude is half of the battle when it comes to the fight against obesity and lethargy. How many of you reading this truly believe that you could be in great physical shape if you wanted to? You have to be ready to win. If you have worked out 2 or 3 times over the past 5 years, well, I'm guessing your confidence in your ability to look like your favorite movie star, is gone. But what if it wasn't? What if you reallllly did believe that you could look and feel great, instead of just day-dreaming about it? Ironically, cardio and strength training are just as much mental exercises, as they are physical. Your mind tells you to stop and to give up, but the strong willed and determined just keep fighting. Your mind tells you "this sucks, i'm not having fun, this is hard, excruciating. physical work". But, what if your mind told you to just keep running? What if

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  4. Sarah's Health & Fitness Blog #9

    I just had this great idea! It’s coming up to the holidays and I’ve had family members ask me for a list of gifts I’d like. You know, those holiday exchanges where you get the third Snuggly in the same amount of years from your aunt or cousin. You’d love money, but you’re really not supposed to ask for that. They always put some limit on these gifts--$30 or something. And if you have a large family, you do that exchanging names thing where you end up getting picked by your cousin’s new wife who doesn’t know you from the family cat. So do this. Put one item on your list. A piggybank of their choice, but a cheap one—not a $30 piggy bank! Put the rest of the cash inside. Suggest that they write something personal on the piggy’s chest, such as: From my heart to yours. (Explain that you are saving for fitness equipment so you can stay strong and healthy in the years to come, so you can keep coming back to this yearly family ga

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  5. Hustle + Muscle = Success! Do the Math!

    Success stories are typically associated with those who work the hardest. Well, success in the world of health and fitness in the exact same. One has to perform cardiovascular and strength exercises on a regular basis in order to maintain a healthy body weight and appear physically fit. Some complain that they can not exercise due to the expensive nature of health club quality fitness equipment. However, there are many ways to elevate your heart rate through aerobic fitness, besides running on a treadmill, riding an exercise bike, or climbing stairs on a fitness stair climber. For example, jumping rope is an awesome way to tighten up those thighs and butt, while toning muscle in your upper body. Do not be the person who makes excuses for not exercising often. If you want to lose a few punds of fat, while adding a couple punds of lean muscle, club quality gym equipment is not an absolute must have. High performance, gym caliber fitness equipment is great, but there are so many other wa

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  6. Avoid Gaining Weight by Using Exercise Equipment

    Regular use of exercise equipment such as treadmills and ellipticals, will help you avoid gaining weight. Frequent cardiovascular training is necessary for those who want to be healthy and fit. Running on treadmills and exercising on ellipticals are both great ways to keep your body looking and feeling fresh and strong. Cardiovascular training can also be performed on other fitness equipment including, but not limited to, stationary exercise bikes, stair climbers, steppers, stepmills, rowing machines, pilates equipment and treadmill/elliptical hybrids. At the end of the day, one must regularly exercise either outdoors, or with fitness equipment, in order to avoid gaining excess weight.

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  7. Another Day Another Dollar - But Did You Work Out for An Hour?

    People sometimes forget the strong correlation that ties together how well we perform at work with how much exercise we do on a daily basis. It has been said that due to the fact exercising releases stress, professionals are much calmer at work after they exercise and therefore work more deliberately without rushing.  Next time you have a really bad day at work, try to exercise for at least a half an hour the next morning before work and see if that next day goes better for you as a result of exercising before hand. The great thing about getting into the groove of working out before or after work every day is that you convince yourself that you must exercise in order to perform your best. As a result, you will turn into someone who actually cares about their health and will look forward to getting better everyday. Always remember, every day you either get better or you get worse. There is no in-between.  Are you determined to get fit? We sure hope so, your hea

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