Health and Fitness

Fitness Benefits of Cycling

Whether you are interested in mountain biking or road cycling, the fitness benefits from pedaling are probably more than you realize! If you stay with the basic rule of steady movement for thirty minutes, at least 3-4 times a week, you will be on your way to great form! Riding off road, on a mountain bike equipped with knobby tires and through rough terrain to challenge you is the most strenuous...

Bicycling Basics

Biking is a great way to get in shape. The cardio benefits are intense as is the strengthening of the lower body. After a friend gave birth to her second child, she wanted to lose those extra "baby" pounds and get back into shape. Unfortunately, she was faced with knee and hip problems and wasn't sure which sport would work best in her quest for fitness. While surfing the Internet one day, she...

Do Vegetarian Diets Help or Hinder Endurance Athletes?

The number of vegetarians in the United States has been steadily increasing over the years. Most people adopt a vegetarian lifestyle for its numerous health benefits. A vegetarian is defined as someone who omits all animal products (including fish, chicken and turkey) except for dairy products and eggs. In various polls conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group, it was reported that the number...

The Vegetarian Choice

Life is about making choices and the ones that matter for each of us. The choice to be a vegetarian isn't taken lightly in American society. Americans are meat eaters, and most believe the choice about eating meat is 'what kind,' not if they should or not. If a person decides to become a vegetarian, he or she had better have a worthy reason. Why? Because it's been my experience that most people...

Fitness Heaven’s Wellness Key Guide

D - Diabetes Exchanges - Food groups called “exchanges” can help people with diabetes eat the right types of foods in the right amounts. Exchange information is only provided when criteria are met for reasonable amounts of sodium, fat and carbohydrates. L - Lactose Free - Ingredients do not contain lactose, the natural sugar found in milk. G - Gluten Free - Ingredients do not contain gluten, a...

Mulligatawny Soup

Servings: 0 Wellness Keys: D, HF Nutritional Information: Ingredients: (per serving) CALORIES: 306 4 ½ cups vegetable juice, low sodium FAT: 5g 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium SAT FAT: 1g 4 cups assorted vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers,...

FitnessHeaven’s 7 Best and Worst Frozen Entrees

If you are shivering in the aisles of the supermarket trying to decide what to buy for lunch or dinner FitnessHeaven can help you make the right choices. If you are juggling family time and overtime chances are you are occasionally reaching for a frozen entrée. There are many choices in the market, but how do you select? Obviously taste is an important consideration for, but convenience,...

Metabolism for Dummies

You hear this word in fitness articles, locker rooms and in online chat rooms… usually in the following context, 'Weight loss, yeah, it would be easier if I didn't have such a slow metabolism.' If metabolism is such a buzzword, then what is it and what should you know about it? To make it easier to understand, let's make an analogy: The human body is like an engine. It consumes fuel, uses it and...

Weight Lifting: The Fountain of Youth?

All know that aging is inevitable; it is a physiological process that occurs at the cellular level and affects every aspect of body. Reminded of the effects of time when look in the mirror or attempt a new physical activity. As a society have invested millions of dollars in finding a "cure" for aging, believing that a vitamin, cream or power drink will restore youth and stop Father Time. At the...

Myths, Fallacies and Old Coaches’ Tales

Old-time coaches and athletes assumed that to improve running, one must only run. To increase the ability to do any sports skill, perform only that skill. Weight training was thought to make athletes muscle-bound and slow. Many other myths were circulated as truth. Football players ate steak and potatoes before a big game. Athletes were not allowed to drink water during practice to avoid bloating...

The Wonders of Soy

Tofu, tempeh, soy burgers and soynuts… these sound bland and boring, not something that would make your taste buds perk up and your mouth water with anticipation, right? I say don't judge the product by its name; these can be appetizing and satisfying healthy foods. These products all come from the soybean, which I call the wonder food. Soybeans are transformed into a large variety of foods to be...

Let's Hear it for the Soy!

Tofu and tempeh and soy nuts, oh my! Let's face it, we all know that soy is good for us, but we're not sold on the fact that it is easy -- and tasty -- to incorporate into our diets. And when asked exactly what the health benefits are, most Americans scratch their heads and give vague answers. So, here's a review of the healthy properties of this mysterious bean, along with a list of some of its...

More Myths and Misconceptions about Vegetarianism

One of my favorite quotes is Dr. Dean Ornish's, 'I don't understand why asking people to eat a well-balanced vegetarian diet is considered drastic, while it is medically conservative to cut people open or put them on powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs for the rest of their lives.' I wonder the same. I believe that most people harbor myths and misconceptions about the vegetarian or vegan diets....

Weight Lifting For Weight Loss?

Katie is a slender, healthy 45-year-old woman who can eat to her heart's content without fear of weight gain. Most women hate her. She wasn't always this lucky, though. Thin when younger, the passage to midlife had taken its toll; she could no longer happily lunch on a half-pound trough of pasta and still slither into size 4 dresses. Distance running and teaching exercise classes went just so far...

High Protein Diets: Healthy or Hazardous?

The newest craze in weight loss today appears to be a high protein diet. This means that you almost entirely eliminate carbohydrates from the diet! Not only can it be a health hazard, but it also can cause generalized dehydration. People who follow these types of diets are habitual fad dieters. It is a must to consult your physician before starting any new type of "fad" diet. A diabetic following...