Involve Your Kids In The Fitness Lifestyle Early…

Getting your kids involved in the fitness lifestyle early in life can go a long way to helping them stay fit throughout their lives. Beyond simply involving them in sports, let them see and experience the strong & vibrant community of fit people of all ages.

Everywhere you look these days, our kids are exposed to poor physical role models. Yes, they see sports players and some actors in great shape, but that can’t possibly outweigh their day-to-day environment in the schools, on the street and in the media. And the constant bombardment of advertising for fast-food joints is so over the top it’s almost surprising that only 60% of Americans are overweight or obese…

Our son Devon, pictured above, is a prime example. He grew up around fitness models due in part to our fitness photography business, but also from coming along to events like the one pictured above and from seeing his mom & dad working out regularly in our home gym. From live events like the Fitness And Modeling Expos (FAME) to strolling along South Beach, Florida, Devon has been keenly aware of the fitness lifestyle as far back as he can remember.

Is it any wonder then that now, at 23 he’s strong, lean & weightlifting with us every week? He already knows this isn’t about getting fit or staying in shape – it’s a lifestyle. The fitness lifestyle. And throughout his life he’ll be happier, healthier, stronger, better looking and much more energentic because of it. And isn’t that exactly what we ALL want for our kids?

No matter how young or old your kids are today, start involving them in the fitness community today. Whether they appreciate the fitness lifestyle right now or not isn’t the issue – you will, and the time will come when they thank you for it and for the better life you’ve helped them expect & achieve!

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Low Carb Diets – Low Carb Dieting The Atkins Way

The Atkins diet (TM) is the best known form of low carb dieting. First published by Dr Robert Atkins in the 1970s, it is neither the newest nor the first low carb dieting plan, but it is very well established. Because of this, you can find a wide range of recipe books based on the plan as well as plenty of free recipes online. There have also been plenty of studies about the Atkins diet and it is better accepted by health professionals than many newer diets.

If you are thinking of following the Atkins diet you will need a copy of ‘Dr Atkins’ New Diet Revolution’. This is the revised version of his diet which includes more vegetables and is generally felt to be a healthier diet to follow than his first plan, so be sure to buy the book that includes the word ‘New’ in the title.

Atkins and other low carb dieting plans work by keeping your carbohydrate consumption low enough that you enter ‘ketosis’ or ‘lipolysis’. This is a natural condition of the body designed to deal with times when carbohydrate foods are scarce.

Many body functions require glucose for energy, and normally this is taken from the carbohydrate foods that we consume. But if the body is not getting enough of these, it can switch to using fat for energy. In this state it will use both the fat that we consume and the fat that is stored in the body, so we lose weight.

Unlike some other low carb dieting plans, the Atkins diet does not restrict fat consumption. This is because the switch to lipolysis depends on the body having plenty of fat in the diet as well as using stored fat. Also, fat is a substance that makes us feel full for a long time after eating. In fact, Dr Atkins included a rule that says you must not go more than 6 hours between meals, simply because his first patients found they were not hungry, and were not eating enough.

So what are the rules of the Atkins way of low carb dieting? Well, there are three stages. The first and best known is induction, in which you are restricted to a maximum of 20 grams of carbohydrate.

Some people assume that this means that you can have 20 grams of pasta a day, but that is not the case at all. Almost all foods contain carbohydrate, except for meat, fish and oils. So if you are counting the carbs in your food, you need to do it by using an online diet tracking program such as fitday.com.

For those who do not want to weigh and record everything that they eat, Dr Atkins gives you a list of foods that you can eat freely (e.g. meat, fish, oils) plus foods of which you can eat a certain amount each day (e.g. milk and dairy products, avocado). In addition you get to eat up to 3 cups of vegetables a day, which you take from certain lists. These do not include starchy vegetables like carrots and potatoes, which are not allowed on induction.

If this sounds restrictive, do not worry. You only follow induction for 2 weeks to kick start your weight loss. Then in phase 2 you will gradually increase your carbohydrate intake and at the same time, reintroduce some of the foods that were not allowed during induction. This means more vegetables, including some beans and starchy vegetables in small quantities; more dairy products; nuts, fruits, whole grains and even alcohol.

Phase 3 of the Atkins low carb dieting plan is maintenance for when you have achieved or almost achieved your desired weight loss.

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Are You Ready For The BodyPROUD Challenge?

FAME Media Group Inc. is scouting for health and wellness Ambassadors to lead by example so as to inspire and empower others to become bodyPROUD.

Body = inner wellness, physical abilities, outward appearance.
Proud = confidence, self-esteem, loving who you are, joy in life

Ambassadors are scouted through the BodyPROUD Challenges and Showcase Events.

The Grand Prize features representation by FAME Media Group Inc. and a grand-scale endorsement contract which includes media exposure, magazine features, brand-building, video portfolios, professional photo-shoots, public speaking engagements, and life coaching.

Additional prizes, media promotions, gift packages, and contract endorsements are being awarded to others who personally captivate, inspire, and/or attract attention of the judges and prize sponsors.

Of course, the ultimate reward for participants is an overall transformation in body, mind, heart and spirit. Participants gain a new lease on life, a body they are proud to display, strength, flexibility, inner drive, health, joy, and newfound self-confidence.

Transforming from shy and insecure into a bodyPROUD natural bodybuilder, Maria Sheppard-Thompson states “Emotionally, I feel happier, more motivated and excited! I think I am more connected to other people. Physically, I feel so much stronger! I can do things and lift things with easy. I am more aware of how to maintain my fit body, to keep it in beautiful shape. I can wear fitted outfits without ever worrying about my figure, surprisingly it takes a lot of stress out of dressing for any occasion. I look in the mirror at my body and I’m happy! And overall, I am more confident in myself. It shows in my physical body, the way I walk, and how I talk.”

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What’s The Easiest Way To Start Getting In Shape?

3 Top Tips For Getting In Shape With Walking In The New Year

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Walking is a low intensity exercise that is perfect for people who like the outdoors. It’s pretty low intensity but a long walk can still burn through a good amount of calories. In this article I discuss why you should consider walking in the New Year and provide you with some top tips for getting started.

Why Start Walking For Fitness?

As I discussed above, walking is a great way to exercise and enjoy the great outdoors. If the thought of being cooped up in a gym while you workout does not appeal then walking could be for you.

Walking is also a great exercise for people just getting started in the world of fitness. There’s nothing to learn and no fancy equipment needed. Just a good set of walking boots and you are ready to go.

Finally, the chances of injury with walking are much lower than with other forms of exercise. It’s very low impact so places very little pressure on your joints, bones and muscles. If you’ve previously experienced painful injuries when doing other sports, walking is definitely worth a try in the New Year.

Top Tips For Walking For Fitness

Whilst it is pretty easy to get started with walking, the top tips below should help improve your experience:

1) Get A Good Pair Of Walking Boots: If you are planning to take walking seriously in the New Year then you really need to invest in a decent pair of walking boots. This will stop your feet getting bruised or blistered and also protect your ankles from injury.

2) Join A Hiking Group: One of the best ways to motivate yourself to carry on walking is by joining a hiking group. A hiking group will take care of all the planning for you. All you have to do is show up and start walking. Hiking groups also give you some company along the way which is really useful on the long walks.

3) Bring A Rucksack: Walking is an all day activity so you need to make sure you come prepared. Pack a rucksack with some water, healthy snacks, waterproof clothing (in case the heavens open whilst you are out walking) and warm clothing (in case the temperature takes a turn for the worse).

Start Walking For Fitness Today!

If you are looking for a low intensity introduction to fitness in the New Year, walking could be right up your street. If you go for a short walk every day and one long hike every week you will be able to quickly build your fitness levels during the New Year and start burning some serious calories.

Walking really is the easiest way to start getting in shape – start your walking program with a short walk today & add a bit more distance every day!

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Zumba Tips To Help Improve Your Fitness Quest

3 Top Tips For Getting Started With Zumba In The New Year

Unless you have been living on a tropical island for the past year you have probably heard of Zumba. It’s been one of the most popular fitness methods for quite some time now and you can now attend Zumba classes at almost every gym and fitness centre in the country. If you are not a fan of traditional exercise but still want to get fit as part of your New Year’s resolutions, then Zumba might just be the perfect choice for you. In this article I will be discussing why you should try Zumba to help you start the year right, and provide some top tips for getting started with Zumba.

Why Zumba?

As I mentioned above, Zumba is great for people who don’t like traditional exercise because it doesn’t feel like exercise. You just go in, dance like crazy and have fun. Then before you know it you’ve danced an hour away. The best part is although Zumba doesn’t feel like a traditional workout it is actually very effective. Once you get the hang of it an hour-long Zumba class can burn through over 600 calories!

Some Zumba Top Tips

Despite being renowned for its fun, party atmosphere, stepping into your first Zumba class can still be very daunting. Everyone in the class seems to know all the moves whilst you have absolutely no clue. The good news is I have some top tips that will help you get started with Zumba:

1) Sit In On A Class Or Get A Zumba DVD: If you are nervous about getting all the moves wrong in your first class, ask if you can sit in on a class and observe how everything is done. Alternatively, get a Zumba DVD and learn all the basic moves. Preparing in this way will make you feel a lot more confident about your first class and help it go a lot more smoothly.

2) Ask A Friend For Help: If you are still not confident about heading to a class after following the advice above, ask a friend who currently does Zumba for help. They will be able to show you the moves in person, give you a few pointers and build your confidence for that first Zumba class.

3) Get the Right Shoes: Since Zumba requires a lot of moving, spinning and pivoting, your standard gym shoes probably won’t cut it as they will have too much grip. Instead get a shoe that is lightweight, has some grip without making you stick to the floor and if possible has a spin spot. Cross-trainers or dance-specific sneakers are perfect.

Start The Year Right & Have Fun With Zumba Classes!

Once you get over the initial feelings of self-consciousness, Zumba is one of the best ways of getting fit, keeping fit, losing weight and having fun. If you have previously tried and failed with your ‘get fit’ New Year’s resolutions, have a go at Zumba this year. The party atmosphere and the community feeling should ensure that you don’t get bored with the Zumba classes and allow you to keep it up for the full year. Don’t forget to come back and let us know how well the Zumba exercise classes work for you, ok? See you then!

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