Sunday, August 31, 2014

Being a little fat is fine

#1 Fill Out

A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. Anything above that is considered obese and puts you at risk for health problems. As long as you're in that window, you could be 10-20 pounds heavier and perfectly healthy!

#2 Skip the Fads

People obsessed with getting off that last five or 10 pounds often go to great lengths to lose weight. It's time to stop fad dieting and just stay healthy instead. We really can't handle drinking any more lemon juice or cayenne pepper, thank you very much!

#3 Healthy and Voluptuous

If you're carrying a little extra weight, it's probably all on your hips, thighs and in the glutes. This works out for two reasons. The first being that this kind of fat is not as harmful as the weight carried in the abdomen or around the organs. The second reason is knowing that every girl envies those curves!

#4 Lower Death Rate

Recent studies have shown that people with a BMI of 25 to 29.9 died at lower rates than those of normal weight between 18.5 and 24.9. So a little indulgence here and there could actually be what saves your life!

#5 Size Doesn't Matter

Whether you're skinny or a little overweight, the person that loves you will love you for you anyway! Aw!

#6 You Can Always Buy New Clothes

If Stacy and Clinton from What Not to Wear taught us anything, it's that a few extra pounds can be even hotter than a diet-obsessed figure. It's all about finding the right cut of clothing for your shape! You probably needed a wardrobe update anyway!

#7 Carbohydrates

While you should still exercise regularly and watch your intake of carbs and sweets, it takes some pressure off knowing that if you gain a couple pounds it's not the end of the world.

#8 No Diet Foods

Be real with us, you think things sweetened with Splenda taste like junk too, don't you? Skip the diet and go for the regular stuff in moderation.

#9 Mental Health

When you are happy in your own skin, no matter the size, you will improve the condition of your life. A few extra pounds, whether lost or gained, shouldn't be the decider of your state of happiness.

#10 Health Has No Size

Remember that just because someone is skinny, it doesn't mean that they are healthier than someone carrying a few extra pounds. Obsession either way can lead to serious heath problems and eating disorders.

#11 We Figured

Carrying a few extra pounds is nothing to be sad about, especially when you carry it in all the right places like actress Christina Hendricks.

#12 Less Worry

As long as you're getting in your 30 minutes of exercise 3-5 times a week, there's probably no problem. That's good because we all have better things to worry about. Things like which cupcake flavor Sprinkles is going to come out with next.

#13 Better BMI

Studies are showing us that the almighty BMI may not be as accurate or healthy as we've thought. As long as you are not more than 5kg (or about 11 pounds) heavier than your listed BMI, you should be just fine.

#14 Role Model

You may not look like a Victoria's Secret model but by just embracing your body the way it is, you will be a role model to the people that know you.

#15 No One Notices

So you gained 5 pounds over Winter break? Big deal, it didn't affect your health in a negative way and we'll keep this between us but no one but you noticed anyway!

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The 7-Minute Total Workout, No Equipment Required!

#1 Is It True?

The May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal published an article about the new and wonderful 7-minute workout. The best bit? It requires no gym equipment whatsoever! All you need is a chair, a wall, and your own body weight; do each exercise for 30 seconds with a 10 second rest in between.

Scientists have discovered that the best kind of workout is one that concentrates on the following 12 exercises. Even only a few minutes of high intensity exercise creates molecular changes in your muscles that are similar to those created after running or riding a bicycle for hours! The following 12 exercises that make up the miraculous seven-minute workout do require brief intervals of rest in between each however, in order for the workout to be effective. Ten seconds of rest between each high-intensity exercise is the optimal length of time.

#2 Jumping Jacks

Jumping jacks can also be called star jumps or side-straddle hops. To perform a jumping jack, the first step is to stand up straight with your feet together and your arms at your side. Next, bend your knees slightly and follow this with a jump.

While mid-jump, bring your legs out to the side about shoulder width or slightly wider. As you are moving your legs outward, you should raise your arms up over your head. Remember, your arms don’t have to be completely straight, and a small curve is fine. Your feet must land either shoulder-width, or wider, apart and your arms will remain suspended in the air over your head. The final step is to then jump again, this time placing your feet back together and your arms back down by your side. Repeat this as many times as necessary in order to get your heart rate up.

#3 Wall Sit

The wall sit is a fairly simple exercise that requires you to stand approximately 2 feet in front of a wall with your back facing it. Lean against the wall slowly and begin to slide down the wall until your knees are bent at 90 degree angles, as though you are sitting in a chair. Keep this position for a minimum of 20 seconds or a maximum of 60 seconds depending on your strength.

It is important to keep your abdominal muscles contracted whilst holding this position. You can then come back to your starting position, rest for ten seconds, and then repeat the wall sit. Simple yet effective!

#4 Push-Up

You’re all familiar with push-ups, and this exercise is great for targeting your pectoral muscles, triceps, and anterior deltoids. Push-ups also benefit your midsection and core as a whole. Push-ups are performed by pushing your body up and down using your upper body and arm strength.

To do a correct push-up, you must first get on the floor and position your hands slightly wider than your shoulders. Next, raise your body up onto your toes so you are balanced on your hands and toes. It is important to keep your body in a straight line from head to toe without sagging your torso or arching your back. Don’t forget to keep your abdominal muscles contracted throughout the exercise! To safely resume back to your starting position, slowly bend your elbows and lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle.

#5 Some Notes on Push-Ups

Push-ups are one of the best calisthenics you can do, but most people do them wrong. Make sure your form is perfect on these! Many people do them too fast, robbing themselves of the workout. A good push-up takes about 3 seconds to complete.

Also make sure your body is as flat as a plank and your elbows are at a 45-degree angle from your body. You can change the muscles being worked by adjusting your hand positions as well. Try widening your hands or putting them very close together (aka 'diamond pushups' making a diamond shape with your fingers) for a new challenge.

#6 Abdominal Crunch

You might be familiar with sit-ups, but did you know that when it comes to strengthening your core and flattening your stomach, abdominal crunches are more effective? To begin this exercise, simply lay on the floor, facing up and with your knees bent. Next, curl your shoulders towards your pelvis. You can either place your hands beside your neck, resting gently behind your neck, or placed across your chest.

It is important not to press heavily against your neck or chest though, as this can cause injury. To perform a proper crunch, your lower back must remain resting against the floor. This allows your hip flexors to rest so all of the attention can be focused on your abdominal muscles

#7 Step-Up Onto Chair

This exercise sounds pretty straight forward, and the truth is, it is! Although a simple exercise, the step-up onto chair routine is super effective for your body. Not only does it work on your abdominal muscles, but it also builds lean muscle mass, boosts your metabolism and aids in weight control – Bonus!

Regular exercises such as the step-up onto chair is also great for your overall wellbeing, boosting your mood and energy levels. To perform the step-up onto chair exercise, position a sturdy chair in front of you. Stand with your feet about hip-width apart and your arms at your sides. Next, step up onto the seat with one foot and press down while bringing your other foot up next to it. Step back with the leading foot and bring the trailing foot down beside it to finish one complete step-up. Easy, right? All you have to do is repeat this movement for at least 20 repetitions.

#8 Squat

The squat is well known for toning the muscles in your buttocks, but this simple exercise also does so much more! Squats train the muscles in the thighs, hips, buttocks, quads and hamstrings. Squats also benefit the bones, ligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout your lower body.

Squats are a vital exercise for your body, and they increase the strength of your legs and buttocks, as well as develop optimal core strength. To perform a proper squat, your feet should be flat on the ground, about shoulder-width apart. Point your feet slightly facing outward, rather than straight ahead. Never let your knees extend beyond your toes, as this will increase the likelihood of damage to your knees.

Keep your back straight and bend at your knees as if you were going to sit back in a chair. Don’t forget to keep your heels on the ground. Thrust your hips forward and pull in your abs whilst keeping your back only slightly arched. Slowly lower your body so that your legs are almost parallel to the floor

#9 An Extra Note on Squats

Squats can be dangerous if done incorrectly, so make sure your form is perfect on these. Keep your back straight and bend at your knees as if you were going to sit back in a chair. Don’t forget to keep your heels on the ground.

Thrust your hips forward and pull in your abs whilst keeping your back only slightly arched. Slowly lower your body so that your legs are almost parallel to the floor. Make sure your eyes are looking straight ahead; looking down will mess with your spinal alignment and could lead to injury.

#10 Triceps Dip On Chair

To begin this exercise, sit on the chair with the palms of your hands on the edge. Slowly slide your buttocks off the seat whilst supporting your weight with your hands. First, straighten your right leg and keep your left leg bent at a 90-degree angle. Keeping your elbows bent, slowly lower your buttocks towards the floor. Push back up until your arms are straight, remembering to keep your elbows tucked in.

It is essential to do one set of 8 to 15 repetitions before alternating to your left leg extended and your right leg bent at a 9-degree angle. Feeling that burn yet?

#11 What if You Don't Have a Chair?

Okay, I know we said 'no equipment', so what if you don't have a chair for the dips and the step-ups? Improvise. A low table, like a coffee table works fine. So will a bed.

We bet somewhere in your house there is a surface that is about thigh-to-waist level, you can use anything! Just make sure it's sturdy enough to support your weight so you don't get injured.

#12 Plank

The plank exercise has a number of different names, including the front hold, hover, and abdominal bridge. This exercise is vital for building up your core strength and arm strength. The plank involves lying face down on the floor with your elbows resting on the floor and your arms in a 90-degree position. You then push down on the toes of your feet to extend your feet and push your body so it is off the ground and resting on your elbows and toes.

This position is then held for an extended period of time, and the longer you can hold it, the more effective it is. The plank is great for strengthening the abdominals, back, and shoulders.

#13 Having Trouble Holding Plank?

Holding plank for a full 30 seconds can be difficult, if you are having trouble here are some tips to help you plank longer: Do a plank every day! This will help you build up your plank time. Don't look at the clock; you will always fall short if you are counting the seconds.

In fact, some people prefer to look at a magazine or newspaper while they plank to distract themselves. If you can't make it through 30 seconds at first, try doing two 15-second planks instead.

#14 High Knees Running In Place

The title of this exercise sounds pretty straight-forward – it simply involves you performing a typical running motion while lifting your knees high into the air. You don’t have to go to a running track to perform this exercise though, as it can also effectively be done whilst running in place.

This exercise is great for the muscles in your legs and hips, and can even improve your lower body flexibility. When performing this exercise, you must ensure that your legs are at 90-degree angles when being lifted high into the air. Point your toes forward in order to maintain the correct form and to really benefit from this simple exercise. Also, make sure you do not land on the heels of your feet. Instead, remain on the balls of your feet in order to avoid injury.

#15 Lunge

A lunge is a simple exercise that involves one leg being placed in front of the other while keeping the knee bent, the foot flat on the ground and the other leg positioned behind. Lunges are great for toning a number of different areas of your body, so they are a particularly useful exercise. They also strengthen several muscle groups including the quadriceps, the gluteus maximus and the hamstrings.

To perform a basic lunge, you must first begin by standing up straight with your shoulders back and relaxed and your chin up. Remember to contract your abdominal and core muscles! Next, step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at about a 90-degree angle. It is important to keep your front knee directly above your ankle, not pushed out too far, and to make sure your other knee isn’t touching the floor. Maintain the weight in your heels as you then push up to the starting position.

#16 Push-Up And Rotation

In order to perform a push-up and rotation, get into the classic push-up position, but on your way up, remember to rotate your body so your right arm lifts up and extends overhead to form a T shape with your torso. Then, return to your starting position and lower yourself towards the ground. The next step is then to push up and rotate until your left hand is now pointing towards the ceiling.

Perform up to fifteen repetitions, and don’t forget the ten-second interval rule! The push-up and rotation exercise is especially beneficial for the athletic performance in sports involving torso rotation, such as hockey, tennis and baseball. This exercise is also great for strengthening the muscles in your upper body and toning your arms.

#17 Side Plank

The side plank has been named “one of the best exercises you can do” by many professional trainers. Not only does this exercise target your entire core, but it also helps to strengthen a muscle known as the quadratus lumborum which is often forgotten about.

To perform a proper side plank, first you must lie on your left side with your knees straight. The next step is to position your elbow under your shoulder and to prop up your upper body on your left elbow and forearm. Contract your abdominal muscles and raise your hips until your body forms a straight line from your ankles to your shoulders. Whilst holding this position, remember to breathe deeply.

The next step is to repeat this process using the other side of your body.

#18 Not Feeling Challenged?

For some people this workout will be hard to get through at first. You should be sweaty and fatigued by the time it is through. However if you don't feel challenged enough, try doing it twice, back-to-back, with a one-minute rest in between.

Think that's easy? We bet you won't make it through a third time. Repeating the workout twice makes this quick workout into an intense full-body workout that still only takes about 21 minutes to complete.

#19 Post-Workout Tips

After your workout, you will find that you may feel quite dehydrated if you haven’t successfully been keeping your fluids up throughout the exercises. It is vital that you drink 2-3 cups within two hours after your workout has completed. Then, it is important to drink water regularly after this. Although you may not feel thirsty anymore, you still need to replenish yourself to avoid further dehydration.

Stretching is also an important part of your post-workout ritual, and this is because after a workout, your muscles naturally contract. Stretching will prevent your muscles from shrinking, and it will also allow your muscles to relax. Stretching is also beneficial for boosting circulation to your joints and tissues, reducing stiffness of the muscles and allowing you to get the full benefits from your super workout!

#20 What to Eat After the Workout

After a workout, you'll want to eat carbs and protein to give your muscles the chance to repair and replenish themselves. Dried fruits and nuts will do the trick, so will a tasty meal like chicken stir-fry or grilled Salmon and potatoes.

Don't buy into the no-carb hype; if you want to get in shape your body will need some carbohydrates to promote insulin release, which will in turn get amino acids shuttled to your muscles. The best time to eat is within one hour of working out.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

10 Facts about Intercourse during Periods

Many men and women feel anxious about having sex during periods because we have been culturally conditioned to believe that menstruation is something dirty. There are also many misconceptions about the medical aspects of sex during periods. Medically, it is normal to have sex during periods. The safe sex practices required to avoid pregnancy and STDs when a woman is not menstruating should also be used during periods.

1. Can sex during periods result in pregnancy?

Sex during periods: FAQs Know the facts about sex during periods

Chances of pregnancy during periods are minimal. However, if you strictly want to avoid pregnancy it is advisable to use an adequate birth-control method each time you have intercourse, including during periods. Though the chances of pregnancy during periods are very low, they are not entirely absent because the sperm can survive in the body for a few days and there is a small chance that an early ovulation will cause pregnancy.

2. Will contact with menstrual blood cause sexually-transmitted diseases (STD)?

Menstrual blood is nothing but normal human blood mixed with tissues lining the uterus. Contact with menstrual blood is not harmful in any way. If your partner has a STD, you have a high chance of contracting it and you should be using a condom during intercourse, both during periods and otherwise.

3. Does sex during periods cause HIV infection?

Sex during periods cannot cause HIV infection unless one of the partners is HIV infected.Unprotected intercourse with an HIV infected partner can cause HIV infection, regardless of periods. The only connection between HIV and sex during periods is that the chances of HIV transmission from an HIV infected person to his/ her partner are higher if they have sex during periods. If you have the slightest concern about HIV infection, the thumb rule is to use a condom regardless of periods.

4. Will contact with menstrual blood harm the penis?

No, menstrual blood will not harm the penis in any way. The worries and concerns about menstrual blood stem from the fact that we have been socially conditioned to see it as a dirty fluid. Scientifically, menstrual fluid is a mix of blood and tissues that line the uterus every month to prepare it for pregnancy. If pregnancy does not occur, the tissue is shed because it is no longer required.

5. Can sex during periods injure the uterus?

No, sex during periods cannot injure the uterus. There is a common perception that the mouth of the uterus opens up during periods and the penis can poke into it and hurt the uterus. This is not correct. Menstrual flood oozes out of a very small opening in the mouth of the uterus. The penis can never poke in through this opening.

6. Is sex during periods a perversion?

You would be happy to know that a large number of couples have sex during periods. From the medical standpoint, sex during periods is absolutely normal. So if you too indulge in it, there is absolutely no need to feel guilty or anxious.

7. Will sex during periods stop bleeding?

Some women do notice that their periods stop within a day or so of sexual intercourse. This does not mean that the menstrual blood has been pushed back into the uterus and is unable to flow out. It happens primarily because sexual intercourse causes uterine contractions that expel the menstrual fluids and tissue faster, thus causing the bleeding to stop sooner than usual.

8. Will sex during periods relieve menstrual cramps?

Yes, some women do experience a decrease in menstrual cramps if they have sexual intercourse. This can happen because of multiple factors. On one hand, orgasm causes the release of some chemicals in the body that have pain allaying properties. Some scientists also believe that this happens because excess cramp causing chemicals called prostaglandins get used up.

9. Is it ok to have oral sex during periods?

Yes, from the health perspective it is ok to have oral sex during periods. It is advisable to use a dental dam if you have oral sex with a menstruating female partner.

10. Should I remove my tampon before having sex during periods?

Yes, always remember to remove your tampon before having sex during periods. If you do not do this there is a chance that the tampon will get pushed up in your vagina and if it is left there for a prolonged period, it can cause infection.

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