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Orbus Leisure – Did You Spot Us On TV?

We made our TV debut this week, did you spot us? Our Fitness Equipment featured in The Jeremy Kyle Show’s 5 Days of Christmas Event, where we donated a Treadmill to one very hardworking and determined young man.

The story started 12 months ago, when 27 year old Patrick was featured with his wife and children. Patrick was facing a bleak future unless he shed a substantial amount of weight. Fast forward 12 months and with an enormous amount of hard work and determination Patrick has lost an amazing 10 stones. The Jeremy Kyle show wanted to recognise this achievement by delivering Christmas presents to Christmas and we were more than happy to help, sending an Orbus Treadmill over to ITV HQ.

We wish Patrick all the best on his weight loss journey and we are sure the Treadmill will be put to good use. There is still a way to go but after his achievements this year we are sure that Patrick will reach a healthy BMI in no time.

He has been a true inspiration! Well done Patrick!

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Exercising For Weightloss

 

Are you looking for a way to lose weight? Chances are that you have tried every diet in the book only to fail.  The truth is, losing weight requires more than just going on a strict diet. It also involved incorporating in a daily exercise routine to help you meet your goals.  The following are a few tips to help you get started exercising for weight loss.

  • Start slowly.  If you are not familiar with exercising, don’t expect to be able to run a marathon on your first day of getting active.  It will take some time for your body to adjust to exercising. Begin by starting out slowly.  Walk briskly for 30 minutes a day for the first couple of week. Then, you can begin a slow jog.  This is just one example of the many exercises that will help you lose weight.
  • Get your heart rate up. Whatever exercise you do decide to incorporate into your weight loss plan, make sure that it is one that can get your heart rate going.  This is not only healthy for your heart, it gets your metabolism going and prepares your body for eight loss.  In fact, exercises that get your heart rate up are the ones that burn the most calories.
  • Burn more calories that you have eaten during the day.  The key to successful weight loss with exercise is to burn more calories during the day than you are consuming.  Keep a count of the calories you are eating and also the amount of calories that you are burning.  If you use a treadmill or other equipment at the gym, choose one that will count the number of calories that you burn while using the equipment.
  • Find a routine that works for you.  It is important to remember that there will be exercises that simply do not work for you. You have to do your best to find equipment that will give you the results that you are looking for.  If the treadmill is not working, choose the elliptical machine.  It may take you a while to get into your groove, but there will be an exercise that promotes weight loss for you.

If you have had enough of dieting but still want to see results, it’s time to get active! Choose to exercise for weight loss in an effort to reach your goals.

 

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Beating Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a time with friends and family and, unfortunately, weight gain.   Because the holidays are most often associated with food, they are a dieter’s enemy.  If you are looking for a way to beat the weight gain that often comes with the holidays you have come to the right place. Use the tips below to help you.  Don’t make your new year’s resolution be getting rid of the weight you gained during the holidays.  Beat the holiday weight gain!

• Portion control.  You don’t have to be a scrooge and deny food that the hostess offers you at a holiday party.  Arrive at the party with portion controlling in mind.  It’s okay to have some the food, as long as you know your limit.  Eat a serving rather than indulging yourself in the food.

• Focus on healthy.  Most holiday parties have at least a few healthy options. If veggies and dip are offered, choose this option over the higher calorie food.  This will allow you to eat “socially” without having the extra weight gain from high calorie food.

• Avoid the alcohol.  Alcohol is almost always associated with the holidays.  For you, this can mean extra weight.  Limit the amount of alcohol that you drink during the holidays.  Remember that food is not the only thing that contains calories. Many alcohol drinks are high in calories too.

• Avoid the temptations.  When you walk into a holiday party, be ready for the temptations.  There will be food there that will have your mouth watering. Before you go to the party, make the decision as to what and how much you will eat when you get there.  If you vow to avoid the sweets table, stick to your guns.  Don’t give in to ugly temptations that will only make you gain weight that you have worked so hard to lose.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year for most! However, for others it can be the time of year where the pounds start packing on.  If you want to beat the odds, use the tips above to help you overcome holiday weight gain.  From portion controlling to limiting your alcohol intake to regular exercise, there are decisions that you can make that will help you beat the holiday weight gain.  Which of the tips above will you use to help you?  Make up your mind today that the holidays won’t be a time of weight gain for you!

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Negative Ions Give You Positive Vibes!

Do you know that Negative Ions do lots of fantastic things for us? Well, they do!

Negative ions surround us. In fact, nature tries to give us as much negative ions as possible. In fact, plants for instance give off negative ions all the time. Its Mother Nature’s way of helping us feel bright, alive and energetic.

It’s not just in the air, as science has now proved that negative ions are beneficial to human body, and can improve health & wellbeing. Negative ions produce biochemical reactions to boost our energy and counteract the effects of harmful Positive ions in our environment.

They really can support our Wellbeing, giving us More Power, More Balance and More Energy, for a stronger, happier you!

You will have seen famous celebrities, sport stars and athletes raving about the effects of balance bands. In fact, the world watch as a besotted Fatima Whitbread was overwhelmed when Peter Andre gave her a balance band on this years ‘I’m A Celebrity’.

Now, Orbus Leisure has become the sole licenced UK distributor of the original Power Energy Balance Band range. The bands are made from high quality, flexible silicon rubber and use the power of natural minerals, such as Tourmaline and Germanium; which release Negative ions, alpha waves & far infrared rays slowly, consistently and naturally.

These minerals are infused into every Power Energy Balance Band, bringing good negative ions even closer to you!

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Losing Weight with Cross Trainers

 

Losing weight will without a doubt involve diet and exercise.  While diet pills and other “miracle” solutions may work for a day or two, real weight loss results come from getting healthy and fit.  If you are looking for a way to lose weight, consider investing in a cross trainer for your home gym.  This low impact machine can aid you in reaching your weight loss goal.  The following are a few tips on how to lose weight with a cross trainer.

 

Invest in a machine that has weight loss workouts already programmed into the machine.  It can be tricky trying to figure out how long or how difficult your workout needs to be to effectively lose weight on a cross trainer.  Choose a machine that has the “guess” work figured out for you.  Many cross trainers come with built in workouts to help you meet your weight loss goals.

 

Watch your diet.  While you can certainly lose weight on a cross trainer, what you eat on a daily basis will also have an effect on whether or not you lose weight.  You can’t eat what you want and expect to lose weight quickly. For the best results on a cross trainer, eat a healthy diet.

 

Use your cross trainer at least 4 to 5 times a week.  To lose weight with your cross trainer, you will have to use it! Don’t let it just sit in your home gym or bedroom waiting to be used.  For the best weight loss results, use the cross trainer 4 to 5 times a week for a period of 30 minutes or longer. The higher your intensity of workouts, the better results your will get from the machine.

Make your workout as comfortable as possible. Be sure to invest in workout gear that will give you the added comfort you need to get your daily workout in on your cross trainer. From the right shoes to the right workout clothes, be sure that you are completely comfortable when you step on the machine. Uncomfortable shoes and clothes will serve only to give you a reason to quit.

 

Cross trainers are great for losing weight.  Use the tips above to get the most benefits from a cross trainer in meeting your weight loss goals.  Weight loss success awaits you! Will you allow a cross trainer to help you meet your goal?

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Your Diet Can Be Having Negative Effects On Your Health

Many people mistakenly think that as long as they’re getting exercise that’s all they’ve to do to stay healthy. You must understand that while exercise is important, the things you eat are also going to play an important role in your overall health. You are going to realise that while some individuals try to eat a healthy diet they generally wind up falling short. As you continue to read we’re going to be speaking about foods that you ought to be eating each day along with things you ought to try to avoid.

The fast Food Restaurants are one of those things which people try to avoid, however most people still stop by to grab a quick lunch a couple of times every week. You need to understand that just mainly because there are vegetables on your cheeseburger, this doesn’t mean that this is a healthy meal especially when you top it off with an order of fries. Although many of you already understand that this is not true, there’s a lot of more folks who actually believe this. When you think about it, just about anything you obtain from a fast food joint is a thing that is not going to be very healthy for you.

There’s no substitute for foods that you can prepare at home, as these can usually be prepared in a healthy way. You are able to eat pretty much anything you like when you prepare the food yourself, simply because you can in fact make them healthy by simply preparing them correctly. In relation to preparing a cheeseburger at home, using lean hamburger and real cheese, is a far healthier option. When you just think about the amount of fat you can cut out of your cheeseburger by making it yourself with 95% lean beef you’ll realize why fast food joints really should be avoided. You will also realize that if you make your own chicken wings by cooking the wings inside your own oven you will have the ability to let to grease run away from the chicken wings instead of cooking them in grease.

Fruit and vegetables are yet another thing that most people will only eat at dinnertime, and they hardly ever get the daily recommended allowance which they ought to be receiving. If you wish to make certain you have a healthy body you need vegetables and fruits as this is where most of your essential vitamins and minerals are going to come from. You need to also know that these essential vitamins and minerals are things your body needs to function properly and protect against diseases. And when you happen to be one of the people who do not like vegetables, you can find a lot of different juices in the supermarkets nowadays that combine both vegetable and fruit juice together.

These are only a few things which you should and should not be doing to be able to live a longer, healthier life. The recommendations we mentioned above will be a great place to begin however, you need to realize that there are tons more actions you can take to improve your health. Exercising at home would be one of these other things we are speaking about, and something you should be getting every day.

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Losing Weight with the Aid of a Vibration Plate

A vibration plate is highly effective at toning and shaping the body but if your ultimate goal is weight loss then you need to do more than just exercise. To get the most from your vibration plate workout you need to combine regular exercise with a healthy diet; basically you should eat less and exercise more.

Consider your daily calorie intake and decide if weight loss can be achieved by eating a little less each day. Reducing your calorie intake AND exercising daily will help you to not only shed the pounds but will also shape your body, reducing areas of flab.

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Aim to use your vibration plate at least every other day. A vibration workout requires much less time when compared with other pieces of fitness equipment so there is no excuse for not being able to find the time. Even the busiest of people should be able to find a spare 10-15 minutes 4 times per week!

Vibration plates are great for those who don’t really like exercising, but don’t be fooled into thinking you can simply stand there whilst the weight falls away. You need to exercise whilst using the plate and these exercises can be as simple as squats, lunges and even press-ups. The more challenging you make your routine the more calories you will burn and the quicker the weight loss will be achieved. You will also notice that your body becomes much firmer, with more pronounced muscle definition and far less wobble.

If you are looking for inspiration to help you get the most from your vibration plate then there are workout charts and DVDs available (and if you have not yet bought your plate make sure you buy one with these guides included free of charge). Varying your routine will undoubtedly help to prevent boredom meaning you stay motivated. By adding variety to your workout you will also be sure that your body does not become resistant to the exercises, slowing your progress down.

There is no miracle cure where weight loss is concerned, but through combining a healthy eating plan with a vibration plate workout you will start to see good results within weeks.

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Avoid the Gym Bunnies by creating a Home Gym

We are all aware that in order to lose weight and tone up we need to exercise. But many of us would do anything to avoid a tri-weekly trip to the gym. The membership fees are high, the fellow members can be intimidating and your favourite piece of equipment is often favoured by everyone else before you. So what can you do to get round this problem? Simple, create a home gym instead.

Think about it… what could be better? You get to work out in your own time, in your own home and on which ever piece of equipment you prefer. No long queues for the treadmill, no sickeningly slim Lycra clad gym bunnies to erode your self confidence, just quality fitness equipment for your sole use.

A home gym is easy to create and many of us will admit to having at least one room in the house that doesn’t get as much use as it should. And don’t forget, you can even create a home gym in the garage or shed if space inside is too tight. A garage is actually ideal, because it is likely to be cooler than the rest of the house (perfect for when you are working up a sweat) and will have a solid floor meaning it can take the weight of the equipment with ease. You can also bounce up and down to your heart’s content without any creaking floorboards so you don’t disturb anybody.

In order to get the most from your exercise routine make sure you install either a TV or stereo in your home gym. Exercising to music really helps to establish a tempo and the TV can really help to distract you from the monotinty of exercise. Just think how quickly half an hour on the cross trainer will go if you are watching your favourite soap opera at the same time!

Motivation can be the biggest hurdle to the success of your home gym. You need to ensure that once you have installed your equipment you use is regularly. You won’t get fit simply by looking at it (or using it as a place to hang clothes from). When choosing your equipment you don’t need to go crazy; buy one product initially before investing in something else once you have established a routine. Fitness equipment for your own home gym is a financial investment, but it is also an investment in your future health and fitness levels.

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When Dehydration Strikes…

If you are exercising and feeling thirsty then the chances are you are dehydrated. Your body is made up mostly of water (around 70%). In order to avoid dehydration you need to supply your body with fresh water as often as possible and even more so during exercise.

To get the most from any exercise routine you need to do all you can to stave off dehydration. If you are dehydrated your body works less effectively. Put simply, you will work out harder for lower results. You should therefore avoid waiting until you feel thirsty to have a drink. Keep a water bottle with you during your routine and take frequent sips.

You may not know that drinking water at room temperature is actually more beneficial for your body than drinking it ice cold. You should aim to drink a glass of room temperature water within half and hour of waking up. Studies have shown that this action can help to boost your metabolism.

You should aim to drink between six to eight glasses of water each day. This should not be too hard, especially if you replace your usual caffeinated or fizzy drinks with water.  If you need a little help achieving this figure here are a few tips to try out:

  • Keep a water journal – note down how many glasses you have consumed through the day as you drink them.
  • Add natural flavours – a slice of lemon or lime really will add a nice flavour without all the calories or sugars.
  • Take a bottle of water out with you. Have it in your bag and take frequent sips throughout the day.
  • Drink a glass of water before each meal or snack. Many people mistake thirst with hunger, so doing this will not only boost your water intake but may also help you lose some weight

 

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Exercises for a Flat Stomach

Ask people what their weight loss and exercise goals are and the majority will say that a flat, toned stomach is top of the list. Yet achieving this is incredibly difficult and requires determination and effort on your part.

Cardiovascular exercises are a key way to achieving a flat, well-toned tummy. Don’t fall in to the sit-up trap. Sure, sit-ups do help to tone up those abs but doing hundreds every day will really achieve minimal results (for maximum pain).  Plus, working on one single part of the body alone is not desirable. A whole body workout routine is far more effective.

If your tummy area has no definition and is a little flabbier than you would like it to be have a good think about your diet. Fatty foods and fizzy drinks are your waistline’s number one enemy and will lead to bloating, weight gain and bad posture.  Once you have your diet under control you need to turn your attention to exercise.  The best way to get your abs in shape is by performing cardio exercises throughout the week. This can include running/jogging, a session on the cross trainer, yoga or dancing. Mixing up the activities helps to keep your motivation high and your body is less likely to become resistant to the activity.

When honing in on your abs you need to make sure you activate the muscles frequently.  After your cardio exercise routine you need to try some crunch based exercises; these are really effective as they work out every muscle in this area. Lie on the floor and slowly lift your shoulders.  Keep your spine straight and long and move slowly until you are sitting upright. Pause and squeeze your ab muscles slightly when upright, then lower yourself slowly back down to the floor. Repeat this 20 times and always after your normal cardio workout.

 

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Breathing Easy

Getting your breathing right can actually be the hardest part of any exercise routine. And if you are struggling to breathe then you are more likely to quit. Here are a couple of things to consider when exercising in order to get your breathing right…

Stay Relaxed

It is really important that you remain relaxed throughout your workout. Take a moment to focus on your breathing and perhaps try specific activities such as yoga or pilates that train you to breathe more effectively. Keep your mind occupied as you breathe throughout the workout by imaging scenarios, like you are running in a race or watching yourself swim.

Stay Fit

You need to do more exercise to improve your overall conditioning. Keep at it and eventually you will find that breathing comes much easier. Mix up your workouts so you get the greatest benefit, so switch from weights to cardio vascular exercise on the cross trainer or treadmill and vice versa.

Increase your Lung Capacity

You can increase your lung capacity by holding your breath over and over again. It really is as simple as sitting at the dinner table and holding your breath for a period of time. Challenge yourself to hold it for longer the next time. As with exercise, if you keep practicing this your lung capacity will increase.

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Bad Habits For Slimming Your Waistline

Are you sick of feeling pudgy? Are you tired of trying to do away with the muffin top only to lose that battle daily? Believe it or not, the things that could be keeping you from getting skinny could be some of your every day habits that you don’t even think about doing anymore. There are all types of habits and factors that lead to us weighing a lot more than we want to. Here are a number of habits that you might want to curb if you would like to improve the look and feel of your waistline.

Only eating low or no fat foods. Know that low fat and fat free foods do not in reality save you many calories. What gets eliminated in fat is ordinarily put back in with carbohydrates. These carbohydrates cause your body to have sugar rushes and crashes and also the “rebound hunger” that comes after each so that you are constantly eating. Go for the taste buds and let yourself eat the full fat versions of things. You won’t be as hungry and you will have a lot more energy.

Working out your nutrition on your own can often cause you to stagnate in your weight. When you consider it on a surface level, nutrition appears to be really straightforward. The truth is that it is really an involved subject. If you’d like to start trying to get healthier and lose weight, make sure you make at least one appointment with an experienced nutritionist. A nutritionist will help you figure out how much of what sort of food you need to consume and help you plan a reasonable and healthy diet.

Faillure to get the proper amount of sleep. Studies have found that people who diet and don’t get enough sleep have the tendency to gain, on average, two and a half times more belly fat than people who get the needed six to seven hours each night. You’ve probably heard eight hours all your life, but six or seven has been found to be the most positive for people who are trying to lose weight.

If you’re attempting to lose weight and get rid of a muffin top, soda pop is bad, even when you only drink the diet sort. People who drink between one and two soda pops a day have a more than thirty percent increase in the likelihood that they will develop weight issues. People who drink diet soda pop will have waistlines that grow up to five times faster than people who do not drink soda at all. And so, put down that Pepsi or Coke and choose water instead!

There are a lot of tiny, every day habits that keep us from attaining our weight goals. Even minor things like consuming soda pop, attempting to map out your own diet plan, staying away from fat calories and limiting your sleep are all contributing factors to an increased waistline. See to it that you talk with your doctor to figure out if any of the things you are doing could be hindering your weight loss goals.

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Ending your Workout with a Cool Down

When finishing your workout avoid coming to a sudden stop. A workout of any length and intensity should always be followed by a cool down. A cool down brings your body back to a pre-exercised state in a controlled and safe manner. During any exercise session your body builds up waste products and a cool down helps to remove them from your system. Without this you will more than likely feel stiff the next day.

Benefits of a cool down

  • A cool down allows the heart rate to recover to its normal resting rate
  • Lowers the level of adrenaline in your blood
  • Has the potential to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness which is the pain and discomfort you can experience 1-3 days after exercising
  • Improves your body’s ability to remove toxins including lactic acid from the blood

 

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Can I “Spot Reduce” Body Fat with Exercise?

We are often asked which piece of fitness equipment works best on certain areas of the body. In truth you really cannot “spot reduce” body fat on specific, troublesome areas such as your buttocks or thighs. If you exercise a single part of the body then the muscle will become firmer which may cause the appearance of that particular area to improve. However, the fat will not necessarily reduce; it will simply be hidden by muscle. This becomes more true if you exercise a single part of your body yet maintain an unhealthy diet. Performing sit-ups every day whilst eating too many calories may well lead to a firmer stomach, but the muscle will be hidden by a layer of fat.

The muscle mass within your body does not turn to fat if you stop exercising. Conversely, fat does not turn to muscle if you start exercising. Remember that muscle and fat are two totally different types of body tissue and mass.

If you have been exercising, then you stop but maintain the same calorific intake each day you will simple consume more calories than you burn off. Gaining body fat is therefore inevitable. Stopping your healthy diet will compound this problem and the fat will build up faster still.

 

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Healthy Eating – Eat Right

If you are currently exercising and want to either lose weight or gain muscle then what you eat plays a vitally important role. Eating well and staying hydrated are as important as doing the right exercises at the right intensity.

The main aim of a nutritional programme for strength training is to create and maintain your body with an appropriate amount of lean muscle. This muscle should have the strength, power and endurance required to meet the demands of not only your everyday life, but also the demands of intensive exercise and training.

Your body is a complex machine; research offers us a great understanding of the role played by food in staying healthy, improving our fitness and in gaining or loosing weight.

Your body weight is made up of various elements including your:

  • Skin
  • Skeleton
  • Organs
  • Muscle
  • Fat
  • Water

Certain elements including muscle mass, bone density and the amount of water in your body can be altered by diet and exercise. The facts are simple… the more calories you consume the more weight you will gain and the more calories you burn the more weight you will lose.

Although we do not have a universally agreed figure for the correct balance of daily nutrient intake you could consider the following as a guide:

  • Carbohydrates – 60%
  • Fat – 25%
  • Protein – 15%
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Getting Healthy Takes Less Time Than You Think

Many individuals always find reasons for them to not do something and many of these types of excuses are ridiculous. Every once in awhile these so called excuses may actually be a real reason, but mostly it is just men and women trying hard not to do something. This actually comes to the surface when people find reasons to not be healthy or to remain in shape. While many men and women are actually busy they’ll use this as an excuse to let their health as well as physical fitness suffer. In this article we are going to demonstrate precisely how to find the time to get in to shape and to start living a healthier lifestyle.

One of the main keys to getting healthy and fit is preparation. More than likely in your everyday life you have had to prepare for something even if it is only for a meeting at work. Getting ready is key in your attempt to get fit also, you simply need to find out when you can find a little time to get some exercise. You will need to find out when you have 30 minutes or even an hour, and be sure to set this time aside to get some type of exercise. If immediately after work would be a good time to go to the gym, be sure you don’t go home first simply because once you get home you might not want to go back out again. If you use fitness equipment at home make sure you get changed and use it as soon as you walk through the door, otherwise you will find other things to occupy your time.

The same planning can be done for carrying out a healthy eating regime. You should have a good breakfast before you go out and you can also take along some healthy snacks with you. Just about everyone I know has stopped somewhere to get a chocolate bar or even a bag of chips simply because they are really hungry. If you planned out your snacks you could have had an apple which happens to be better for you and also may keep you feeling less hungry for an extended period of time. Furthermore when it comes to the physical exercise portion you will be more prone to do it if you have somebody to do it with. By doing this, you can keep each other motivated so that you are more inclined to keep going.

And do not use the excuse that you must travel for your job. Regardless of how much you travel almost all hotels and motels have pools and exercise rooms, or you could make sure you plan your reservations out that way. Whenever you plan out your stays this way you will always have the chance to hit the gym. Needless to say some men and women don’t get to select where they stay, in that case find out the place that the nearest gym is or bring along a portable exercise machine. It will be easier to exercise and still have something to do if your stuck in your hotel room.

If all this still seems like an awful a lot of work there are plenty of e books and online fitness courses you are able to subscribe to on the Internet to enable you to fit this in with your time at home if this sounds like your preference. The first thing you need to do is to decide if you actually desire to live healthier and if the answer is yes, and your serious about it, you will find the time.

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Exercise – Are you doing enough?

Exercise is vital to your overall health and wellbeing but do you know if you are doing enough? It is a fact that many people simply don’t do enough exercise each week. Here is a guide to how much exercise you should be doing according to the NHS*:

Aged 18 and under

Young people should endeavour to undertake around one hour of aerobic activity each day. This can be any form of aerobic activity, including running, swimming, aerobics/zumba etc. Try and vary the pace so the intensity varies between moderate and intense. Muscle strengthening activities are also important, so why not try gymnastics, push-ups, sit ups etc. Fitness equipment including rowing machines and treadmills are really great at delivering both cardio and muscle building exercise routines.

Age 19-64 years old

You should lead an active life each and every day and you should try to carry out a variety of exercises for at least 2 and a half hours each day. This exercise should be a combination of aerobic and muscle building activities. Try cycling, walking, fast walking and swimming and on 2 or more days a week perform exercises such as sit-ups, squats, press-ups etc.

Age 65 years plus

To maintain health in later life, mature adults should continue to perform around 150 minutes of varied exercise each day. This is of course dependent upon physical mobility. Tennis and swimming are both activities that people can enjoy into later life and a brisk walk each day will aid your cardio vascular health.

We all want to live the healthiest life possible, and this can be achieved through a combination of healthy eating, exercise, only a moderate alcohol intake and no cigarettes. Effort is required, but you will surely reap the benefits as you progress through life.

*Source: www.nhs.uk

 

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A Little Food Education Goes Along Way

When making the decision to lose weight, it is important to become educated in every aspect of the journey. This includes diet, exercise, and how your body works.  While all three are very important, becoming educated about how the food that you eat affects your body and your weight loss goals can give you the upper hand in losing weight.  A little food education goes along way!  The following are few “must knows” when it comes to food and losing weight.

  • Fruits and veggies will help you lose weight. Eating processed foods is likely to hinder your weight loss goals.  Fruits and vegetables in their raw state are low in calorie and high in nutrition value.  They should be on your list of “must haves” when dieting.
  • Low calorie does not always mean high nutrition.  Low calorie food is appealing when we are dieting but it is not always nutritious. Search for foods that are low in calories but high in nutrition value, too. A good example of this is non-fat plain yogurt! Try making a smoothie from yogurt, fresh fruits, and low fat milk.  It not only tastes good but it is good for you.
  • Sugary food will destroy your weight loss goals.  To effectively lose weight on any diet plan you will need to give up sugar.  Stay away from foods that are loaded in sugar such as bread, treats, etc.  Be skeptical of any diet that allows you to eat sugar.
  • Water, water, and more water.  Although water is not a food, it is certainly crucial to your diet. The more water that you intake, the better weight loss results you will see.  Avoid sugary drinks that will add calories that you do not need to your diet.
  • Beans, nuts, and grains in small quantities.  Some high calorie foods can actually be very helpful to your diet in moderation.  They will provide your body with the protein that its needs to effectively build muscle. Do not overdo it! You can add pounds quickly if you do.  Pay close attention to serving sizes when eating these kinds of foods.
  • Eat clean.  Making every calorie that you eat count will be great for your diet.  Do not eat food that will not benefit your body in some way.  Clean foods are foods that are from the earth. There is an old saying “If it doesn’t grow in the ground, or eat from it, don’t eat it!”

Educating yourself about food and dieting will help you choose what foods will be beneficial in helping you achieve your weight loss goal.  There are many sources available to help you get the knowledge that you need about food to be successful in losing weight.  Once you begin to learn how food can affect weight loss, you will be able to make the right decisions on what to eat to help you on your journey.

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Weight Loss WITHOUT Diet Pills

When the going gets tough in weight loss, many people quickly turn to diet pills in an attempt to see better weight loss results.  Is this really a wise option? Can diet pills really make that much difference in losing weight? The answer to both questions is NO!  Diet pills are not a wise option when you are trying to lose weight.  Losing weight with diet pills will only set you up for failure down the road.  It is not possible for one to take diet pills for his entire life.  Reaching weight loss goals through old fashioned diet and exercise will help you be successful in losing weight. More important, it will help you maintain your weight loss one you reach your goal.

Avoiding the Gimmicks

The trick to avoiding diet pills is avoiding the gimmicky sales pitches that you see on television. Realize here and now that there is no magic diet pill out there that you can take to lose weight. While you may see results in the beginning, diet pills wills serve only to manipulate your body.  They can ruin your metabolism which will quickly cause you to gain the weight back once you have achieved your goal and decide to get off of the diet pill. The results that you see with diet pills are false results.  Ask anyone who has ever taken them and you will quickly find that they were dissatisfied with the end result.  Do not let crazy commercials about miracle weight loss results fool you. Arm yourself with the facts about diet pills to help you make the best decision regarding them.

Diet and Exercise as Alternatives

The only true and effective alternatives to diet pills are losing weight by dieting and exercise. Begin by cutting back on your calories.  Limit your intake of calories to between 1000-1500 calories per day depending on your size.  Choose healthy options over other high calories, low nutrition diets. Begin an exercise plan that will help you burn excess calories and fat that your body doesn’t need.  Begin slowly and increase the intensity of your workouts gradually to see the best results.  Together diet and exercise can help you get the weight off! More importantly it will help you KEEP it off. This is something that diet pills certainly do not do.

Diet pills can be dangerous to your health.  Be very careful taking any diet pill if you decide to go this route.  It is highly recommended that you choose an alternative route to losing weight.  There are many great diet and exercise plans that can help you meet your weight loss goals.  If you have tried and failed at these, pick yourself up and try again. The health problems that are associated with diet pills are not worth the risk.  This is especially true when you realize that the weight loss results that you get with diet pills are not real. Take a stand against diet pills and lose weight the old fashioned way!

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Weight Loss: Seeing Is Believing

When one is drastically overweight, it can be difficult believing that he or she can actually lose the weight. This is not only true for the one who is struggling from obesity, but it is also true for family members and friends.  Why? Losing a large amount of weight takes hard work in effort. Few people are willing to take on the challenge and complete the journey.  This is the reason why people have such little faith in diets and exercise plans.  In order to lose weight, however, seeing weight loss results means believing in them.

An attitude of weight loss

Developing a “can do” attitude in regards to weight loss should be the first step in beginning any weight loss journey.  If one believes that he can lose weight, he will begin to see results. An attitude of weight loss includes the following:

  • Believing that results are possible.
  • Being ready and willing to take on the weight loss challenge.
  • Releasing the mind of any negative thoughts about weight loss.
  • Looking at weight loss as a journey rather than a destination. 
  • Keeping weight loss goals realistic and doing what it takes to meet the goals.

Many people who begin a weight loss journey fail because they simply do not have the right attitude when they begin. Avoid failure by changing your attitude about weight loss in the beginning. A positive attitude will give you positive results. How is your attitude about weight loss?

As a supporter…..

Having a support system in weight loss is absolutely essential.  If those who support you do not have a positive outlook on your weight loss journey, it will be difficult for you to achieve your goals. Explain to your supporters and family the affects that attitude can have your whether or not you actually succeed. Once they realize the importance of their participation in your weight loss journey, they are likely to be on board.  Positive supporters will give you the extra support that you will need to get through those difficult times that are sure to arise. You will also have the opportunity to be a supporter for others who are on the journey.  Believe that both you and they can succeed and it will happen.

When your journey to weight loss begins, seeing the results will mean believing in them. Have a positive attitude towards losing weight and watch your goals become reality.

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Five Ways To Enhance Your Diet

Those looking to improve their diets usually do so simply because they want to lose fat or become healthier. The thing which is hard is sticking with your diet every single day – it takes quite a bit of commitment and is not an easy action to take. A quick hint: Never change the whole thing right away – I can guarantee you, in accordance with my own experience, that changing your healthy diet a little at a time is the most beneficial way to go. Just begin with ingesting less junk food, swapping it with something more healthy. Now, here at Orbus Leisure we know that exercise is a great way to get fit, but how can you boost your diet? Check out the 5 tips below:

1) Make Certain Your Diet Plan Is Balanced

It’s essential to eat a well balanced diet, as an excessive amount of of one thing is not good. As with the the greater part of lifestyle opportunities, food included, the answer is moderation. Eat plenty of carbohydrates to always keep your energy. Eat a small amount of fats, as they are incredibly important nutritionally – just don’t get carried away with the “bad” fats. Eat a whole lot of protein to maintain the well being of your cells. Fibre content is also important to ensure that your digestive system stays in good working order.

2) Cut Down The Size Of Your Servings

Smaller sized portions will be beneficial. The majority of us eat more than we need to simply because the food’s on our dish. Even when we have been really “starving”, portion control is important so as not to be bogged down with that stuffed perception when we’re through. Any time you eat too much, needless to say, your stomach expands. Your much larger tummy will require excess food before sending it’s “I’m full” message, so you’ll try to eat even more, and so on. Don’t get worried – you can reduce your portion sizes little by little, over time – you don’t really have to start out with a profound cut, which would leave you feeling hungry and deprived.

3) Veggies And Some Fruits

You need to try and get fruit and veggies in your diet as they’re great for you. Your body has to have their minerals and vitamins. Five servings a day of veggies or fruit should be the bare minimum. You can pick ’em – oranges, zuccinni, apples, fruit . . . whatever. It’s not too hard!

4) Take Some Time

It’s imperative to eat your meals slowly as it can take your brain about 20 minutes to realize you’re full up. We’ve all already been through it; we inhale a huge dish of food, a meal unto itself, but we’re certainly not at all full so we grab for a little something more to eat. In another ten minutes we are on our butts, filled. So, sit back, relax and take pleasure in your food!

5) Avoid Sweets

No matter how good it tastes, sugar is terrible for you – real bad. You’re kinda stuck with consuming at least a little sugar, since it’s everywhere, particularly in processed foods. When it concerns desert or a snack, try going for some fresh fruit or anything you like that has less sugar. Given the choice, always go with a sugar free soft drinks.

These few essential steps will get the ball rolling – you’ll be on your way to productive weight loss and better all around well being. These suggestions are simple to implement, so there’s no justification to not do them!

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What is the Right Level of Body Fat?

Average

It is generally accepted that men should have less than 18% of their bodyweight as fat and women 23% or less. A certain amount of body fat is essential for good health. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that carrying less than 5% body fat compromises your immune system, making you prone to illness and infections.

Athletes

Athletes in training, especially at the elite level, will have significantly less body fat: around 8-10% for men and 10-12% for women. High levels of fat in relative terms are a serious disadvantage to most athletes, especially in disciplines where “making weight” for a specific weight class is a priority.

Hazardous

Carrying more fat than the average person is not particularly hazardous to health until you accumulate 35% (men) or 40% (women) of your total bodyweight as fat.  Such levels constitute obesity and have a detrimental effect on health.

 

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Five Tips for Running on a Treadmill

A treadmill is the exercise machine of choice for many people.  Most home gyms are complete with a treadmill that gets used several times a week.  To get the most out of your treadmill, it is important that you are using it correctly.  The best results come when you are correctly running on the machine.  The following information gives advice on running on a treadmill.

Warming up and cooling down is essential

This is important for any workout but it is especially important when running on a treadmill.  Running is a cardiovascular workout.  You need to give your heart time to adjust to the exercise before you begin and to slow down once you have completed the workout.  Walking briskly at the beginning and end of your workout will provide an adequate warm up and cool down time for your body.

Setting the right speed can help you avoid injury

If you are just beginning on the treadmill, you will need to become familiar with what your running speed will be.  Many people begin at a pace that is too fast for them and end up falling off.  Begin slowly and gradually increase the speed. Once you become familiar with using the machine, you will know what speed works best for you.

Adjust the incline to get a good work out

If you are looking for the best workout possible from your treadmill, you will need to adjust the incline.  Set the incline on level one to begin with and see if it is a challenge for you. If it is not, gradually increase the incline level until you feel that it is a challenge.  Running with an incline will burn more calories and give you better results from the workout.

Keep your hands off the railing

The railing is there to help you get started on the treadmill. If you continue to use it through the workout, it will have a negative impact on the results that you can see from running on the treadmill.  Use the rails only in the case of an emergency to break a fall or to take a breather.

Stay away from the back of the treadmill

If you find yourself getting tired and slipping off the treadmill, you might want to take a break and regain your strength.  Many people injure themselves by falling off the back of the treadmill because the speed is too fast or because they are tired.  Some people also lose focus and fall.  Stay aware of the back of the treadmill.

If you are looking for weight loss results from a treadmill, running is a great way to get started.  Follow the tips above to ensure that you are correctly running on the machine.  If you are looking for the most effective workout possible you will need to focus on speed and incline.  Avoid keeping your hands on the railing or getting near the back of the treadmill.  Properly using a treadmill can give you the results you are looking for.

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Walking – A Outstanding Way To Lose Weight

If you’re wanting to melt off some fat, you’ll also want to get started working out on a regular basis. Is working out a thing you’re not used to doing? Often it can feel a bit too much and even a little bit dreadful… not to worry, there’s a quick way to get back into exercising again: walking! You should integrate walking into your exercise program if you haven’t already done so.

There are many ways to add walking into your day-to-day routine. You and your pet can both work out by taking a 10-minute walk around your neighborhood. Ten minutes may not seem like a lot of time until you see that it equals to 70 minutes over the course of a week. Walking your dog two times every day will double that number. Consider walking to your workplace if you live fairly close to it. Of course, if it’s going to take you 2 hours to walk to work, it’s not such a great idea to walk there daily (but feel free to try if you feel you can do it!). It’s not unreasonable to walk for half an hour to get to your office and it will give you one hour of exercise every day going back and forth. Even if you commute to work, you can nevertheless try adding walking into your day by walking to the next bus stop before you get onto the bus. Or have you considered buying a treadmill? Treadmills are great if you want to walk at home, and are ideal for the cold winter months when it can be hard to motivate yourself to head outdoors for some exercise. Walking isn’t difficult to add to your life.

Walking is great for your body and overall health. Because it’s a kind of aerobic workout, you’ll burn calories while also losing weight and bettering your cardiovascular health. Unlike running, which can be stressful to your joints, you can walk at a pace that works for you. My brother is very lean (but he eats a good deal of junk food) and I ask him how he he can remain thin. Even though he states he doesn’t have a clue, I think the fact that he walks daily may help. After he’d said that, it made sense. Walking is so easy to do there’s no reason you you shouldn’t try it.

If you can get into the habit of walking everyday, it will be something natural to you and you’ll find it easy to slim down. Because walking is not a vigorous workout, it’s better to remain motivated and stick to your program. You can jack up the intensity level of your walking as you become used to walking regularly. There’s no excuse not to do it if you feel fine with that. Walk at a faster pace than you normally do and perhaps jog for a few steps along the way if you feel keen to do it. After this, you may be interested to advance to more challenging activities or to use other more demanding pieces of home gym equipment.

There’s no reason that you can’t walk a short distance daily. Even people with busy schedules can find 10 minutes each day to walk around the block or visit the local gym for a stint on the treadmill.

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The Most Ridiculous Weight Loss Products

There are so many different weight loss products out there these days. Some of the time these products are legitimately supposed to help people lose weight. Other products and solutions, however, seem to be conceived solely for the purpose of making tons of money off of desperate people. Some products and solutions are so outrageous that we thought we would spotlight them here in this article so that you know not to fall for the promises they make.

Have you noticed the weight loss ring yet? This is usually a ring of silver that is coiled around repeatedly and is meant to be worn on your index finger. The ring is supposed to put pressure on the pressure points viewed as linked to weight loss. Science has shown that there are several pressure points in the system that, when touched, really can be used to help you feel better. Seabands, to make use of one example, are meant to stimulate specific pressure points to help you control motion sickness. The concept that one ring against your finger will force your body to actively lose weight is stupid.

Have you discovered the neck line slimmer? Through the use of vibration, it is a item that, supposedly, helps you tichten the neck so that you won’t have any more unsightly loose or hanging skin. Anybody who comprehends even primary biology can tell you that once the skin on your race and neck stretches out there is little that you can do to get the skin firmed back up and onto your face. If you are worried about the skin on your neck, see your physician.

Have you noticed the Belly Burner Weight Loss Belt? This is a belt which employs heat to help you, literally, melt off your weight–without having to do anything else. From what we can tell the belt was created to heat your core which is designed to make the pounds fall through.what? We cant exactly tell. It’s true that sweating eats away at calories but there isn’t any way to make sure that those calories will only be burned away from the part of your body covered by the belt. A speedy talk with your doctor should verify that this solution isnt meant to do anything more than get your money.

The genuine truth is the fact that there are all sorts of people who only want to get their hands on your money. They know that you’re feeling vulnerable about your weight and that you are eager to lose it and they victimize that vulnerability and desperation. A lot of people want to lose weight but are afraid of how much work it is going to take to get there. If this process were really easy, there would be much less people getting taken advantage of. Losing excess fat, often, is very hard. No accessory, little bit of clothing will make it happen for you.

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