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.

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.

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 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!