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Beat Ageing Tip 5 Work Out Less! April 26, 2013

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5 Beat Ageing
Step 5: Work Out LESS (Yes, Less)

If you don’t work out at all, you’re going to lose muscle tissue every year. That means you’ll get fatter and flabbier each and every year with less shape and more sag.
Is this what you want?
Absolutely not! That’s why you’re still reading…..

Well, the answer is old fashioned resistance training. Here’s the secret: and hardly anyone is doing it !

I have seen thousand of fitness athletes train over the years. The ones who looked the best — and that means looked healthy, most toned, and had the least amount of unwanted fat — were the ones who left the gym while others were still warming up!

Over the past decade, I have developed a system that combines specific types of exercises done in literally a matter of minutes. That’s ALL YOU NEED… And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

That’s right:
NO endless cardio sessions and we do not spend an hour a day in the gym. We have a life, thank you. We have kids, and we value being both fit and real people at the same time.
It was a personal breakthrough to achieving a balanced healthy body , staying in tip-top shape with minimal time, and having a life outside a gym.

I’ve been a trainer and teacher trainer for 30 years this year and it was hard at first to ask clients to train less- but my methods ABSOLUTELY,
SIMPLY
work.

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Was Your Doctor DEAD WRONG About This ONE Food? April 24, 2013

Was Your Doctor DEAD WRONG  About This ONE Food?

[found this one and I agree completely]

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

This morning, I did what a lot of people may do: I cooked some eggs for breakfast.

But not all the eggs were whole!  In fact, I used only one whole egg and the rest egg whites in order to make my vegetable omelet.

Now, the reason for this is pretty simple: I LOVE eggs!

They are full of high-quality proteins that my body needs in order to repair and regenerate the many cells in my body.

But a lot of people – and there are more than you may think – avoid eggs due to the cholesterol found in the yolk.

They may be worried about heart disease…

Or altered cholesterol levels…

Maybe you’re even worried about high blood pressure.

Whatever the reason, you should know this: eggs should be an IMPORTANT nutrient to include in your daily or weekly menu plans for breakfast.

Why?

As previously mentioned, eggs have high-quality proteins that are important for many functions including repair and growth of lean muscle mass.

And, if you’re worried about the cholesterol found in eggs and it leading to higher cholesterol levels, don’t be!  A recent study showed that the cholesterol found in eggs did very little to raise your total or LDL cholesterol levels.

But if you truly are concerned, then including egg WHITES would provide you with high quality proteins WITHOUT adding any cholesterol to your day.

It may also provide something else…

And, if you have high blood pressure, you should pay very close attention to this…

Egg Whites and Blood Pressure

Egg whites contain a peptide – which is one of the building blocks of protein – called RVPSL.

And this peptide, when digested by your body, may lower your blood pressure – similar to a low-dose of some common ACE inhibiting medications.

ACE – which stands for angiotensin converting enzyme – has been shown to increase blood pressure by forcing your blood vessels to constrict – a process where angiotensin I is converted by this enzyme into angiotensin II.

This constriction leads to the blood moving at the same rate through the blood vessel, just with a narrower chamber.  And this is what creates that spike in pressure.

Now, drugs called ACE inhibitors prevent the activity of this enzyme, therefore preventing the conversion of angiotensin I, therefore lowering blood pressure.

And guess what?

A new study, presented at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, shows that the peptide found in egg whites – RVPSL – may lower blood pressure as effectively as a low-dose of the most popular ACE inhibiting medications.

Here’s what the study found:

First, they wanted to see if RVPSL was able to reduce blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats.

They tested the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in the rats at 5, 10, 15, and 20 hours post-administration of RVPSL.

They found that 50 mg/kg of BW was comparable to a 10 mg/kg dose of Catopril (ACE inhibitor).

Meaning, a 50 mg dose was able to lower blood pressure similar to what would be seen in a low dose of the ACE inhibiting medication
Catopril.

Their conclusion:

“Therefore, egg white protein peptide may be useful to prevent or treat hypertension.”

More Eggs, Please!

Eggs, which provide high-quality proteins and good fats, should be part of a healthy breakfast.

Concerned about the yolk in eggs?  Don’t be!

The cholesterol found in yolk has been shown to NOT impact cholesterol levels like once thought.

And now, according to this study, egg whites may contain a peptide that is as effective at lowering blood pressure as some of the low-dose ACE inhibiting medications on the market today.

So you see, eggs are a potent source of nutrition that may not only improve your health, but may add positive benefits to your health.

All this in one incredible and very edible little egg!

 

Beat Ageing #4

4 Beat Ageing

Step 4: Avoid Chronic Dehydration

Water isn’t just “good for you” — water burns fat. Water suppresses hunger. Water renews your skin. Just drinking 12 ounces of pure water every day can take a few years off your face in a matter of weeks. You’ll also drop fat, have more energy, and save your kidneys and liver from chronic overwork.

When your kidneys are taxed from too little water, your liver has to take over. Now, get this: Your liver is your number one fat-burning organ. Do you REALLY want it processing liquids and toxins rather than BURNING FAT? NO!
So, grab a glass of water, and watch the mirror. Within a few weeks, the change to your face and body will be noticeable.
I recommend specific, personalised targets for water, fats, protein and carbs – yes, even carbs on my eating plans.

They vary with your goals and progress- there’s no such thing as one size fits all.

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Best Ageing #3 April 23, 2013

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3 Beat Ageing
Step 3: Stop Blaming Everything On How Old You Are

Fat people are not fat because they are old—they’re fat because they eat, think, and move like a fat, old, dying person!

I’m well into my 50s—older than most of the classes I train—and I never use age as an excuse. I won’t accept that type of thinking. Its too convenient.

i believe its NEVER too late to transform into a slim, toned, and healthy body who looks 10 years younger. Often 15 yrs!

Listen: Your body doesn’t own a clock. Studies have shown that men and women in their 90s were able to gain muscle tone in just a matter of weeks of simple weight training. I’ve seen men and women of all ages improve their physiques – 25 to 95!

If you’re around those who are constantly talking about growing old, all their aches and pains, and how life is just down hill after 40—LEAVE!

Surround yourself with positive thinkers who absolutely crave a challenge. A challenge keeps you YOUNG, and the best challenge there is happens to be taking control of your health and body.

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The 8 Pilates Principles April 15, 2013

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Pilates is based on eight principles:

Relaxation

Alignment

Control

Precision

Routine

Breathing

Centering

Flowing movement

Obviously the client in the photo above has combined all 8!!

I use these along with the Fitness Training principles of Intensity, Duration and Exercise Type to guarantee challenging sessions for continual progress, variety and  FUN!

Jax.

 

Why You Are NEVER Too Old To Try Pilates.. April 12, 2013

over 50 pilates

Why You Are Never Too Old To Try Pilates

from JaxAllenFitness.com

As our bodies age we tend to exercise less, and the less exercise we do, the harder it is to start again.

But the older we get, the more important exercise becomes.

Problems associated with poor posture, being overweight and poor muscle tone worsen with age, and knock-on effects such as aches and pains, osteoporosis, poor circulation, insomnia and lack of energy can become even more problematic.

The good news is that Pilates is a safe form of exercise for all ages and is particularly suitable for people who haven’t exercised in a while.

Pilates In Later Life

Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that won’t leave you puffed out and thus avoids placing stress on your heart and lungs.

But just because Pilates doesn’t conform to the “no pain no gain” mentality of other exercise regimes, don’t think that it isn’t an excellent route to increased fitness.

Working at your own pace, you will build up your stamina, strength and flexibility; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so. And because Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too.

Re-Energise Your Life

The principle objective of Pilates is to build abdominal, back and pelvic strength resulting in body toning and improved posture.

Many medical experts believe that when the body is balanced with good posture and good core muscle support, the involuntary body functions such as breathing, digestion and bowel function also benefit.

Breathing techniques are also an important part of Pilates, helping the delivery of oxygen to the body as well as boosting your energy levels.

And because a Pilates session will leave you feeling relaxed and energised, your mental well being will improve alongside your physical well being.

Pilates And Arthritis And Osteoporosis

Pilates is especially effective at relieving back pain, joint inflamation, swelling, arthritis, and tension throughout the body.

After a few sessions your range of movement will increase and you will notice a reduction in swelling and inflamation. By improving your blood circulation, there are add on benefits such as an improvement in bone density – important not only for those already suffering from osteoporosis, but also for those wishing to avoid it.

And It’s A Great Way To Make New Friends!

ImageSuper Seniors Pilates classes are tailored towards your age group.

The Final Word Goes To Joe Pilates Himself

Joseph Pilates died at the age of 87, but with the body of a much younger man. Up until his death he led a full and active life and was very proud of the Pilates exercise programmes he had developed. Indeed, he never tired of recommending Pilates to one and all.

“I must be right,” he said in 1965. “Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.”  I hope you decide to join these classes – I know you’ll feel better for it just like ‘Old Joe’

Jackie Allen  PilatesSolutionsUk.com   07831 680086   info@Pilatessolutionsuk.com

 

UK slips down death rate rankings April 3, 2013

Britain has a worse record of premature death from many diseases than a host of other comparable countries, and the gap is widening, experts have warned.
Between 1990 and 2010 life expectancy in the UK increased by an average of 4.2 years to 79.9 years. But the trend masks worrying declines when matched against other nations with similar levels of health care, it is claimed.
In 1990 the UK ranked 10th in a league table of 19 countries showing years of life lost (YLL) per 100,000 members of the population. YLL is a standard method of measuring levels of premature death. Twenty years later Britain had slipped to 14th in the table, with only five countries showing worse figures.
In terms of death rate (numbers of deaths per 100,000), the UK’s position in the table fell from 12th in 1990 to 14th in 2010. Some specific causes of death had a significantly increased impact over the two decades, including Alzheimer’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver and drug use disorders. For Britain the best news was that it saw the largest fall in death rates from heart disease of any of the 19 countries.
Scientists compared the UK’s record for a range of important health indicators with that of 14 other European Union countries, plus Australia, Canada, Norway and the US. Data was drawn from the Global Burden of Disease Study, published in 2010. The results covered 259 diseases and injuries, and 67 risk factors or risk factor clusters.
Outlining their findings in The Lancet medical journal, the international authors pointed to the biggest individual risk factors for illness and disease in the UK.
Heading the list was tobacco, accounting for 12% of the disease burden, followed by high blood pressure, high body-mass, physical inactivity, alcohol and poor diet. Levels of disability at specific ages had not improved in the UK over the 20 year period, the study found. This was a problem shared to a greater or lesser degree by all the countries. Major causes of disability varied by age but included mental and behavioural disorders such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance abuse and osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal problems.
The research was published as Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined plans to save 30,000 lives in the coming seven years by improving outcomes for patients with cardiovascular diseases. He said more people will be trained to use defibrillators and conduct CPR and relatives of people who have died suddenly of cardiac conditions are to be offered tests to see whether they too are at high risk.
Mr Hunt also set out his ambition to get the whole country to match the performance levels of the top hospitals. A Department of Health spokeswoman said that if all patients suffering from a transient ischaemic attack, also known as mini strokes, were treated as rapidly as those treated in the top 25% of hospitals, 540 strokes would be avoided in England each year.
Mr Hunt has previously pledged to cut the number of avoidable deaths from cancer, heart disease, strokes, respiratory and liver disease. “Despite real progress in cutting deaths we remain a poor relative to our global cousins on many measures of health, something I want to change,” he said. “For too long we have been lagging behind and I want the reformed health system to take up this challenge and turn this shocking underperformance around. Today’s proposals for those with cardiovascular diseases will bring better care, longer and healthier lives and better patient experience – which we must all strive to deliver.”