Health and Fitness Software, What should be in it? Part 2

A good health and fitness program needs to focus on factors that prevent us from becoming unhealthy. One factor that has definitely a correlation with unhealthiness is obesity. The health consequences for being overweight or obese are vast and may include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and some cancers to name a few.

Losing weight and becoming healthy for obese and overweight people is imperative and well designed health and fitness software can support this. One way it can be helpful is to calculate a person’s calorie balance and correlate these numbers to their body measurements and vital signs. It is very encouraging and motivating to see yourself lose weight and in the same instance, your blood pressure and cholesterol levels go down.

Weight loss all boils down to your calorie balance. If your intake is higher then you spend, you gain weight. In part 1, we talked about the calorie intake side of the calorie balance equation. Part 2 describes the requirements for the calories spent module.

Let’s start out with the assumption that the calories spent will significantly vary between people and can not be generalized between high, medium and low activity level. We need a more precise method than that. If we look just plainly at the factors that influence our energy spending, we can conclude the following:

Larger people will spend more energy than small people. It makes sense that when you move more weight it costs more energy. Younger people will spend more than older people. Males will spend more than females. Tall thin people will spend more energy than short stocky with the same weight. The tall thin person has more body surface and loses more heat. Lean muscled people spend more energy than the average or overweight person with the same weight. Muscles use more energy than fat cells. Active people will spend more energy than sedative people.

During a day we execute many activities all with a different length of time and intensity level. Between activities, there can be huge differences in intensity level. For instance, fishing is way less intense than rowing a boat. Also within the same activity, different intensity levels exist. For instance, 30 minutes of running will cost more energy then 30 minutes jogging or walking. Executing an activity with a high intensity level will spend more energy per unit of time.

When calculating the calorie balance, the fitness software should take all the above factors into its formula and adjust the variables automatically. For instance, if somebody loses weight, this should be immediately reflected in the outcome. Let’s say I weigh in on Monday and the system calculates 2500 calories spent and two weeks later I weigh again and provided my daily activities were exactly the same but I lost two pounds, the system should automatically calculate the new calories burned taking the 2 pounds lost into account.

You should have the ability to create multiple activity plans in the system, individualized per person. Most people repeat their daily activities on a weekly basis, if today is Tuesday, next Tuesday my activities will be pretty much the same. From Monday till Friday the activities may be similar, but they can differ significantly from weekend to weekend.

In order to calculate the calories spent during the day precisely, you will need to record all activities, the length of time for each activity and the intensity level it was executed. Doing so could mean a lot of time behind the computer entering all this data. To circumvent this problem, the software should allow you to create a plan that is repeated on a weekly basis with default values. Now you need to only to copy this plan and update the differences from what actually occurred. The actual activities with their time length are noted on an activity worksheet that can be printed on a daily basis. This way your data can be recorded within 30 seconds.

Next we need to be able to compare our calories spent with our calorie intake. This can be done in the form of a chart that displays the calorie balance per person over time. See the following example: calorie analysis. This chart makes abundantly clear what your calorie balance is and consequently shows the reason why you lose weight or not lose weight.

In the next article I will talk about body measurement and vital sign readings and how they correlate to your work outs, supplement intake etcetera

Get attractive Body! Make You Own Fitness Gym!

These days, most individuals are getting intentionally conceived of their figure and health. This is a good sign. But since they are very busy with their businesses and their life, they do not seek time for exercise. Though local gymnasium membership is very easy to access and allows for all the required equipment for exercises. Despite this few differences arise. These differences may include the opening time of the fitness center that might not be appropriate for you or you may find it difficult to attend it because of your busy schedule.

In case you are in for the exercise again and are coming back after a long period of time then I advise you not to turn towards your home gym. You must get yourself enrolled to a local fitness center for a short time period. This will assist you to get knowledge of the fitness machines that are available in the market. Your fitness instructor can tell you about the disadvantages and advantages of the equipment and how they can help you stay fit.

If a weight loss training program is your primary aim, then the very first step is to buy some weights. You can purchase free weights that are inexpensive. The costs of these weights can be as low as $50 or much lower. But you require a collection of weights that are like hand-held dumbbell preferably with a bar or something similar to it. You can change the weights at the end of this bar as and when you like and according to your requirement. It is your choice if you want to select metal or plastic weights. Plastic weights are new and modern while metal weights are traditional. Plastic weights are often filled with sand.

If you require working out on particular muscles of your body then you can think of working out in weight machines. The groups of machines that you can work on are deltoids, biceps and quadriceps in a safe manner. Furthermore, you cannot work out effectively with free weights on your calf muscles and hamstrings. So you will be required to pay more to get more. Configurations and costs are varying according to the requirement. Machines that are available can be adjustable weight stack or simple resistance equipment. It is up to you how much you are willing to spend.

Stair stepper is a popular and good option. You can work out on you cardiac using simple stair steppe equipment while it can tone your calf muscles and thighs. You can save a lot if you purchase it and it even saves a lot of area. A much better and complex stair stepper has resistance level, adjustable speed, pedal distances and a lot more. The equipment also has an HRM that reads out digital measurements of calories burnt, distance climbed and speed.

Building up your fitness gym at home can be costly. Even so, it is advisable that you invest the money on a fitness center to meet your fitness requirements.

Health and Fitness Software, What should be in it? Part 1

Let’s keep the answer simple; everything that is related to your health.

The most important indicators for your state of health can be measured though your vital signs, like blood pressure, cholesterol level, heart beat, body mass index etcetera. The major input that influence these health indicators are what and how much you eat and drink, smoke, medication use, life style, daily activity and air quality.

Beside our genetic disposition, we are what we eat, drink and breathe.

A good health and fitness software program should be able to capture the above mentioned input and correlate the results with the output, or health indicators. This way you create a cause and effect system that the user can analyze and consequently take corrective measures and improve his or her overall health.

The bigger picture teaches us that an effective health and fitness software program contains modules that can monitor our food intake, record our body measurements and vital signs. Furthermore it should track our daily activities and convert them into calories burned. Also it should keep track of our medicine and supplement intake and monitor our overall health level. For the sport and bodybuilders we need additional modules that can keep track of our workout activities, sport results and fitness tests

Let’s start with food intake.

Most of the time we eat together with our family therefore a health and fitness software program should never be restricted to one user.

People tend to repeat the recipes they cook and meals they prepare on a regular interval. For most people this interval is between 20 and 30 days. Furthermore people tend to buy more or less the same ingredients for their meals. For this reason a fitness or diet program boosting databases with thousands of food items will be more of a hindrance than a benefit. The reason that I say this is because it will be very time consuming to pick an ingredient for a recipe or meal plan from a list of thousands of ingredients.

Look for a program that has the basic ingredients to build your recipes and allows you to add food items that are specific to your taste.

A food’s nutrition facts change depending on how it is conserved, processed or cooked. For example a cup of canned spinach that is cooked will have totally different nutrition facts than a cup of fresh spinach. Look for a program that can make a distinction between these food properties.

The cost of buying special diet foods can be a lot more (up to 2.5 times) than what the average American spends on food. It is a plus if a health and fitness software program can keep track of the food cost by recipe, meal and day. It is really a bonus if the program can compare grocery prices between shops and help you budget.

A recipe module is imperative to a good health and fitness system. This is the place where you can experiment and adjust your recipes to your diet’s nutritional fact limits. The recipe should calculate its nutritional facts per portion depending on the weight ratio of each ingredient that has been added to the recipe. Naturally you should be able to print the recipe and see the total recipe cost and the cost per portion. Having the ability of adding recipe pictures is a plus.

You should also have the ability to create multiple meal plans in the system. Maybe you would like a separate plan for the kids or baby. Or for a partner that has a cholesterol problem, high blood pressure or diabetes. Or you simply want to change diets. These meal plans should repeat over a certain amount of days. The timing of the meals should be more then just breakfast, lunch and dinner. Many diets ask for many small recipe portions during the day. The food items that you select on the meal plan should come from the ingredients as well as from the recipes. For instance you can add a raw apple to your meal plan, which is an ingredient to make an apple sauce recipe. The apple sauce recipe or the raw apple can each be added to the meal plan

As you would expect, the software program should be able to calculate the meal plan cost and nutrition facts by day and for the whole meal plan.

How are you going to keep track of what you actually ate on a particular day and how do you know how to stick exactly to your plan? You do this by printing a meal plan worksheet for a particular day and you note the actual differences from the plan.

We don’t have much time in today’s busy society; therefore you should be able to register the actual daily food consumption in less then 30 seconds. A system that forces you every day for every meal to select your food items from a list of thousands records is not going to make it in 30 seconds. Only select a system that automatically populates your meal plan for that day and you only update the actual differences from the plan.

Just adding your daily food intake to a database is not going to benefit you. It will create a “data cemetery”, data that is never examined. The food data needs to be analyzed and correlated to other types of data like your body measurements or calories burned. Click on the calorie analysis hyperlink to view an example. The chart makes it very quickly clear that the calorie intake line is under the calories spent line and consequently you will lose weight.

Next article I will talk about activity calorie counting and the factors involved…

How to Achieve ‘Anytime Fitness’

Everyone is running at a high speed in the present time and this requires one to stay fit. What is exactly meant by anytime fitness? It is the caliber of an individual to adjust himself to the changes and to handle the pressures along with the conditions that keep changing. All those who are fit, will have a peaceful mind and healthy body in all the situations. Physical fitness includes mental an well as body fitness.

On the other hand, we can say that fitness in another name given to health. The pressures of the present life can be handled successfully only by those who have a good health and in other words to succeed today one needs to remain fit. Both the things are related to each other. Those who are fit are taken as vigorous and their level o0f vigor rises at every point.

The evolution theory too states that those who are physically and mentally fit are the only ones who can survive and also let their genes be passed on. Therefore, we can say that fitness is synonym to health; it is also about adapting to the surroundings and the changing environment. For this one needs to go for the regular exercising schedule too, in order to suit himself and endure in the ever changing environment.

There are many people who do not take care of the fitness and do not consider it of much importance. This is sheer because they do not know the profits of fitness. There are a lot of pleasures that are given by life to every individual but they can be enjoyed only if they one is fit.

Is it possible to remain fit at all times? Yes, if one looks positively to all the things in life then life can be developed to give it a brighter look. One must not worry of the illness or if you are forced to walk a little of a mile or to take up stairs in place of lift.

It must be taken as an idea to stay fit if you are forced to do some physical work. This is a strong base for fitness. This would make you free and your mind too, peaceful. Along with this your confidence level too would rise as then you would be ready to take anything as it comes your way.

The training for fitness is nothing but making the muscles work in a manner that your body is made fit. In turn, one gets fitness with regard to aerobics and muscles, which enhances steadiness and elasticity of the human body. But before you take up any schedule for physical fitness training you must check your own physical capacity. This can be checked with your doctor.

One must exercise regularly for 30 to 40 minutes and the exercises may include running, swimming, cycling or dancing etc. these are all different kinds of aerobics.

For the best results the attention must be focused on the muscular fitness. If proper training program is taken up then it may lead to improve the strength of weak muscles too. Along with all this one also needs to take proper balanced diet.

How to Make Out Most from of a Fitness Videos

Exercise at home can be fun and good when you do them with fitness videos recordings. In reality, most individuals rake up purchasing exercise vids. This is because they are available in a wide range. Even so, few individuals may be unsure of the advantages that these fitness videos have to offer. If you are in a similar kind of situation then you must ley know yourself of its benefits?

These Fitness videos are made for exercises at home.

If you do exercises at home it will give you a lot of gains than attending the fitness centers and gyms. The first point to be noted is that related to the flexibility of training schedules. You can do your exercises almost any time without being worried of the people and the crowd at the gym. You will not have to wait for your chance to come to use the equipment, wear the correct clothes or go through every session. Every fitness video online can be viewed as many times as you want and that too free of cost or without any fees.

These videos are made available to you in a broad range of various kinds of exercises that include aerobic workouts, strength workouts, a combination of the first two exercises also known as circuit workouts, yoga, stretching and also few exercises to keep your mind balanced such as meditation. These exercises are accessible in various styles that include dance aerobics, step aerobics, Pilates, kickboxing and jump rope.

These videos require no fitness machine. Also, these videos using instruments like stability balls, rubber tubing, aerobic steps, mini-trampolines, body bars, multi-stationed home gyms or free weights are also easily obtainable. Make a point that you can find videos related to any equipment over the Internet.

Buying workout videos are simple. You can find them over the internet, in catalogs and even in department stores. Shopping is effortless and very convenient. Still, keep three tips in mind:

1. Buy hose videos that you will really enjoy while exercising.

2. Choose those videos only that will help you to achieve your fitness goals. For instance, your aim is to defeat stress then yoga or tai chi videos are good for you; if your aim to lose weight, then you will have to choose videos related to aerobic; if you already know aerobics and have done it before, then you will have to choose newer videos related to dance choreography.

3. Find an appropriate place to exercise. Select videos that perfectly suit the area. Videos related to Aerobics require a bigger area while yoga requires less space to be done. Yoga requires only a confined area while if you do aerobics you have to go through diagonal, backward and forward movements.

Fitness videos prove to be effective if they are followed in the right manner. Most individuals only waste their hard earned money if they buy the videos and only watch it while doing nothing. So you need to start up and work hard on fitness.

How to Achieve Good Life and Fitness

Can you find if you are living a good and healthy life? Do you ask your doctor some health related questions, when you see your medical practitioner? Great life and physical fitness are in some manner similar, but not all individuals agree to it. If you are physically fit, then you will definitely live a good and healthy life without getting ill. In case you are already having a great life then it does not inevitably mean that you are fit.

So what are the ways to know if you are physically fit or not and that how healthily are you living?

First of all, make yourself clear as to what healthy life means? For few individuals, it means to have all lavishness in life. Few others think that great life is a healthy life. If you think that the latter definition is your definition of a great life, no matter if you are rich or not, then it is time you choose a better life for yourself. In case you believe in this then you ought to be physically fit too.

You will be able to earn more bucks if you stay healthy. This is because you will rarely fall ill as you will be staying a healthy and good life. If you choose, you can work longer hours and purchase all that you want. And if you are unhealthy then you will stay sick always and most of your hard earned money will expend on your medications.

If you are into physical activities and do regular exercise then I assure you that you are going to stay healthy and happy. To remain physically fit and healthy, a fitness workout is a great way. If you then you can enroll in a gym or a club that you think is going to help you stay fit. Few individuals believe to exercise in their homes. This is very commodious because you can then do it any time and at any place in your house.

Next, you must evaluate your way of living life. Presently are you doing some fitness workouts? Ask yourself if you usually get sick? These are few necessary questions that one must ask to find the state of health. In case you are not spending a happy and healthy life, then you must start working out because it is still not late and you must try to remain far away from an unhealthy lifestyle.

Are you thinking that how you will commence the process to start living healthy? It really sounds easy that you can start working out anytime. For this, you will be required to change your unhealthy lifestyle first. This is because it is nearly impossible to get things right overnight. Step by step you will feel the changes in you. You will start thinking positively and will gradually start giving your unhealthy lifestyle. So it is better late than never. Think about it and start your life and fitness workout sooner.

Fitness For New Moms

Becoming a new mother is certainly one way to incorporate more exercise into your life! From lifting to bending to picking up items, to carrying – seems like you never have a chance to sit still now that your precious bundle has arrived!

However, you may be feeling the need to exercise to get back into shape after your pregnancy. There’s no need to join an expensive club, though. Start by exercising with your little one! Get started with Fitness for New Moms.

One of my favorite exercises, when my niece was born, was dancing with her. We swayed to Mozart, twirled to 50’s tunes, and rocked gently to lullabies. Consequently, I became fitter, and Sarah has learned to appreciate all kinds of music.

Simply lifting your baby up and down and saying the words, “up”…. “down” give your arms a mini workout and help your baby learn! That’s right! Talking and moving help increase the baby’s IQ! So sing to your baby, tell him or her that you’re moving “left”, “right”, “over”, “under”, “around”, etc.

Purchase a sturdy stroller and take the baby out for a walk each day. The fresh air will be beneficial to you both, and it’s another great way to introduce your child to the objects around the neighborhood. You do want to make sure your stroller doesn’t jiggle too much – it’s not much fun pushing a stroller and ending up with numb hands (like you’re pushing a lawnmower!). A quality stroller will help you want to go for more walks with your baby!

As your baby grows, he’ll mimic your movements. This is a fun time to incorporate some silly movement games into your “exercise” session. Watching her trying to do exactly what you do brings tears of joy and much laughter!

As you can see, exercising with a baby is not only possible but loads of fun as well. It’s a time to bond, teach, and take care of yourself and your little one. One day soon you’ll be telling your school age child about all the fun you both had exercising together when he was a baby. And yes, it will happen quicker than you ever dreamed!

Fitness In Five Minutes A Day

What is the minimum amount of exercise needed for health and fitness? While it depends on the person, lifestyle, and goals, the general wisdom is that 20-60 minutes per day of cardio pumping, iron lifting, or muscle stretching is necessary.

While no one could deny that these numbers produce optimal results, it is possible to accomplish great things in a shorter time.

The truth is that most badly out-of-shape people have lost a crucial “body-mind” link, a connection that helps them to feel the physical hunger for healthy movement. They hate sweating, don’t like walking, and often confuse thirst or emotional pain for hunger.

For those of us who have to ease our way back into an exercise routine, even five minutes a day can be a life saving door into a healthier world.

Here are the rules for fitness in five:

1) In order to get the most out of this routine, it should be spread out over the day. We’re suggesting sixty seconds of work at 9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm, and 9 pm. This approach is called “Greasing the Groove” and has an exceptionally powerful effect.

2) Concentrate on the abdominal muscles. They are the most important group of voluntary muscles in the body, aiding posture, digestion, and sexual function. Critical to athletic performance, they transfer power from the lower to the upper body. When it comes to appearance, the abdominals are called “the window of health”—we are judged more often by our belt-lines than any other single physical factor.

3) It is virtually impossible to tone the abdomen without benefiting other muscle groups.

What exercises are best? I would suggest a tri-pronged approach: a “killer” exercise, a light exercise, and one that can be done in public—while walking or driving.

1) A roller wheel. These are available in any sporting goods store for about five dollars and are the only ab exercise devise worth your money. Beginners roll out from their knees, more experienced exercisers from their toes.

2) Hip lifts. Lay on your back, brace your hands at your sides, cross your feet, lifting your feet and knees from the floor. Now contract the abdominal muscles and lift the hips from the floor. Relax and repeat the hip lift for sixty seconds.

3) Power breathing. Contract your abdominal muscles HARD as you walk or drive. Combined with proper breathing techniques, this can actually be the perfect ab exercise. There are many yoga, Tai Chi and martial arts teachers who can teach you proper breathing techniques—if you haven’t had training or studied this, don’t assume you already know how—seek out a teacher!

While the “Grease the Groove” technique is powerful (and can be used to develop strength, flexibility, or coordination) it is not intended to substitute for your longer cardiovascular workouts. It is offered as an addition, or for those days when you just can’t exercise, or as a way for the non-exerciser to begin. Consider it a doorway to a fitter, healthier world.

Fitness and Health Guide for Busy Moms

When you’re busy balancing work, kids, and home life in general, you might feel that there’s not enough time in the day for health and fitness. The word “exercise” just doesn’t seem to fit into your vocabulary. But there’s good news. With just a little daily commitment, you can achieve good health and fitness in no time without adding stress to your already busy schedule.

Start with Slow Exercise and Build Strength

Get started with slow, easy exercises that you can handle. Do about 20 to 30 minutes of exercise or activity each day or at least several times per week. Start with less strenuous activities and then work your way up to more strenuous exercises as you build muscle strength. This will improve your fitness and health without putting too much strain on your body, especially if you’ve been inactive for a while.

Some examples of low fitness activities you might try include walking, playing outdoor games with your kids (ball, tag, volleyball, badminton, flying a kite, etc.), walking the dog, mowing the lawn or gardening, housework, walking stairs, or riding a bike. When you want to have fun with your kids, opt for the park instead of the ice cream shop. Be mindful of physical activity in everything you do. This will help your kids get exercise as well without feeling pressured about it.

If you work outside the home, you can take walks during your breaks. Even a daily 15-minute walk can make a big difference!

Increasing Activity

As your body grows stronger, you might choose to add some aerobic exercise to your daily routine. Do this slowly and increase the intensity and time of your aerobic activity in short increments so you won’t overdo it. Aerobic exercise helps you burn more calories and improve heart health.

Some examples of aerobic fitness activities include fast walking or jogging, cycling, dancing, swimming, skating, skiing, step aerobics, or racket sports. You can also enroll in an aerobics class if you feel you’re ready to commit to it several times per week. Or, there are DVDs that teach you to do aerobic workouts at home.

Another way to increase fitness activity is to invest in exercise equipment such as a treadmill, fitness band, yoga mat, ab wheel, workout weights, row machine, or stationary bike. These allow you to work out in the comfort of your own home with the same results as outdoor fitness activities.

Pamper Your Muscles

Be sure to pamper your muscles a little before and after workouts. Do stretches before working out and then “cool down” afterward to allow your muscles to relax. Also, take soothing baths after a workout or in the evening before bedtime to help your muscles and body to relax. This will make workouts more enjoyable and give you something to look forward to each day.

Supplement Your Diet for Better Fitness and Health

To enhance your fitness efforts, supplement your diet with nutritious items such as protein and amino acids or other vitamins and minerals. There are nutritional shakes, protein shakes, vitamin supplement pills, nutrition bars, and other items to enhance your diet as you increase your fitness activity. These will also enhance your overall health. Look for vitamins that are specifically designed for women.

As a busy mom, don’t neglect one of the most important tasks of all – taking care of your own health. With good health and fitness, you’ll be able to keep up with your kids and share activities with them like never before!