Body Benefits From Martial Arts, Part 2

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Fast-paced classes might leave you feeling like you just ran a marathon, but they help develop your cardiovascular endurance. A healthy heart is just one of the things cardiovascular workouts improve. Increased blood flow helps clean your body of toxins quicker than a sluggish couch potato. Combinations of lightning fast punches and kicks will bring out the sweat and heavy breathing. Don’t be concerned about your speed at first. Concentrate on learning the movements themselves. Speed will come later with practice. Continue reading this entry »

Your First Workout, Part 1

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You’re determined that this will be the year that you actually keep your New Year’s resolution. You are going to join a gym, and you are going to get in shape! Perfect! Only now you need to have a plan. What are you going to do once you get to the gym? Copy someone else? Hope for the best? Not this time! This time you are going in armed with an arsenal of knowledge. Let’s take a look at some of my favorite workouts for beginning trainees. Continue reading this entry »

Can Carbohydrates Fight PMS?

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For millions of women premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be uncomfortable, emotional and downright painful. But scientists at Harvard have found what may be a simple solution.

It sounds too easy, but the right food or drink at the right time may make all the difference.

Researchers gave 24 women simple carbohydrate drinks. About three hours later the women reported fewer mood swings, less depression and less anger. They theorize that may be because a piece of fruit or a glass of juice can help control a woman’s rapidly changing blood sugar levels.

Complex carbohydrates, such as vegetables, grains and pastas, may be even better because it takes your body longer to absorb them. You might try a small breakfast, frequent meals a few hours apart, and a vegetable or juice when you feel bad.

The study makes sense. If your doctor says it’s OK for you, a carbohydrate-a-day is an inexpensive, healthy option.

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