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Burn Calories Doing Mundane Activities

When you hear the term "calorie-burning activity," you may tend to think automatically of formal exercise. The fact is, just about any physical action burns more calories than staying still does. Think of being more active as reclaiming your body's role in doing the little things life. Consider all facets of your day-to-day routine and look for ways that you can introduce movement to the task. Some examples: walking to the mailbox instead of driving to the post office, bagging and loading your own groceries, walking the dog instead of delegating it to another family member. Any one of these subtle changes may burn only an extra 20 or 30 calories -- a drop in the proverbial bucket -- but cumulatively, those calories add up pretty quickly.

The net result: over the course of weeks and months, you've burned hundreds or thousands of additional calories. And that translates into lost pounds

Improve Athletic Performance

It's easy to hit a plateau performing the same activities each time you hit the gym. Vary your workout program if you are experiencing boredom, a lack of results or decreased motivation.

Try alternating among the various equipment and machines, time, weight, level and intensity. Mix in activities that require your body to move in ways it may not be used to, such as experimenting with yoga, swimming laps in different strokes, outdoor recreational sports -- anything you don't normally do. Your body will never know what to expect next.

Visualization and Your Workout

Visualization can be a helpful tool in preparing for a sports outing, athletic competition or other physical challenge. Some sports psychologists, however, suggest that visualization should be used with discretion -- and in relation to our skills, fitness level and experience.

For example, if you're a novice golfer, picturing the perfect swing may only lead to frustration if you don't yet fully understand the mechanics of a good swing. Likewise, imagining a killer tennis serve can't compensate for a lack of proper strength and flexibility training.

Visualizations can help most when your expectations are in line with your skills set. If you're not sure how to set your expectations and goals, you might want to consider consulting a sports pro or personal trainer

Active Folks Have Fewer Colds

A recent study suggests that staying physically active may reduce the number of colds you get. The study participants who were most active had 25 percent fewer colds than those who were least active.

Experts offer this caveat, however: More is not necessarily better. Exercising too much can actually weaken the immune system and compromise its illness-fighting power

Exercising While You Shop

No pain, no gain? Not anymore! Recent studies show that even short intervals of activity, such as walking just 10 minutes a day, can increase your fitness level. Use any opportunity you have to walk.

If you need to go shopping, park your car at the far end of the parking lot and make sure to walk the full length of the mall. You'll be so fit; you may need to start shopping for smaller sizes.

Exercise Can Prevent Cancer

Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. (Lung cancer is the leading cause.)

In recent years, major studies have shown a direct correlation between physical activity and cancer risk. Adding 30 minutes of exercise to one's daily schedule can decrease the risk of colon cancer by 15 percent. And more exercise can reduce the risk even further.

Moderate exercise has also been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer.

Why Cross-train?

Cross training is an exercise regimen that utilizes several modes of cardiovascular training within a single session. By combining different modes of exercise (e.g. running, biking, stepping, elliptical striding), you prevent the same bones, muscle groups and joints from being stressed over and over. As a consequence, cross training reduces the likelihood of your being injured as a result of over-training. In addition, cross training has also been shown to have a positive effect on cardiovascular function and a person's long-term adherence to a training program.

Cholesterol-conscious Exercise

If you want to lower your blood cholesterol levels, eating a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is an important step. But to get even better results, you should throw some exercise into the mix.

Studies show that people who exercise regularly in addition to eating healthfully fare better than those who focus solely on diet. Exercisers have higher levels of the "good" cholesterol (HDL, or high-density lipoproteins) and lower levels of the "bad" cholesterol (LDL, or low-density lipoproteins).

Exercise Reduces PMS

Numerous studies suggest that women can relieve their symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome with regular cardiovascular exercise (3 to 4 days a week). Here are some findings and theories behind the exercise-PMS connection:

1.Exercise can decrease abdominal bloating and other fluid-retention problems.
2.Exercise promotes weight loss, which in turn may reduce symptoms. (Excess body fat is associated with PMS.)
3.Exercise seems to diminish PMS-related depression and anxiety. This could be due to the release of endorphins and other mood-raising chemicals.
4.Exercise also reduces stress, another factor that triggers or exacerbates PMS in many women.

If you want to perform at your best in sport or exercise, you've got to keep your body adequately hydrated throughout your activity. Sweating away even just 1 percent of your body weight (a pound and a half for a 150-pound person) can place added stress on your cardiovascular system. Losing 2-3 percent of your weight can impair your physical performance. Dehydration can also affect your mental sharpness and hand-eye coordination putting you at a disadvantage on the court, playing field or other competitive arena. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends the following guidelines for keeping the body hydrated:

BEFORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Drink at least 16 ounces of fluid about two hours beforehand.
DURING ACTIVITY: Drink 5 to 10 ounces every 15 to 20 minutes.
AFTER ACTIVITY: Drink 16 ounces for each pound of body weight lost during activity

A Little Dehydration Has a Big Impact
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