Do you remember the Hula Hoop? I am telling my age, but I used to love the Hula Hoop as a child. A couple of years ago, I was reintroduced to the Hula Hoop. This reintroduction centered around hooping for exercise and weight loss as opposed to fun. I purchased a weighted Hula Hoop. Yes, a weighted and grooved Hula Hoop. My entire abdominal area hurt like the dickens for days after my first session. The Hula Hoop was retired to the closet. LOL
My daughter found it yesterday and decided to use it. Tee hee hee. Today, I am nodding my head in understanding at seeing her grimace at every move… This Hula Hoop is no joke! I purchased my Hula Hoop (Sports Hoop, excuse me) here: http://www.sports-hoop.com/indmain_sportshoop.aspx
I jogalked 5.5 miles this evening, so “The Hoop” will have to wait until tomorrow. I definitely plan to give it another try. Hooping will be the next addition to my exercise regimen. I refuse to be defeated! LOL
Jen Moore lost 40 lbs. in 3 months after beginning a Hula Hooping exercise program. Here is her story…
Weight loss with a twist: How one woman lost 143lbs…by learning how to hula hoop
Losing weight is always a question of mind over matter but for one morbidly obese wife and mother, getting healthy was easy and fun.
Jen Moore, 31, weighed 288 lbs. when she took up hula hooping as an effort to slim down. Now, thanks to the childhood sport, she is a trim 145 lbs. and has become an instructor for the company that helped her shed the weight.
Mrs. Moore, who measures 5ft. 5in., credits the low-impact activity with toning her core right from the beginning when she found she had to keep bending over to pick up the fallen hoop from the ground.
Let’s twist again: Jen Moore, 31, lost 143 lbs. when she took up hula hooping and changed her diet.
Writing about her experience for the Huffington Post she explained how within three months of learning the skill, she had lost a whopping 40 lbs. and had begun to enjoy the twisting thanks to instructional DVD’s from Hooopnotica.
Mrs. Moore’s fitness kick began in 2008 after she was asked to leave a fairground ride when the safety bar would not close over her stomach.
Addicted to eating, she and her husband, Keith, had to re-examine their approach to food and the way they mindlessly ate out of boredom, as well as their lazy lifestyle.
Recalling past attempts to lose weight the hula-hoop instructor said: ‘We had both tried dieting in the past; I was the queen of yo-yo dieting. It just didn’t work.’
But after the humiliation of the fairground incident, Mrs. Moore was determined to lose weight and provide a better example for her then baby girl.
Happy family: The couple and their two children now approach their eating from a different perspective and enjoy eating fruits and vegetables instead of chips and sugary foods.
‘That day, I pledged to return to the theme park with my child the following year,’ she remembered. ‘This time as the healthier, slimmer, hot mom!’
Mrs. Moore started gently and privately, taking a hoop to the local basketball court and trying to familiarize herself with the movement.
‘It took me over two weeks just to be able to keep the hoop spinning around my waist, but from day one, I felt a tremendous difference in my core strength, confidence and energy,’ she gushed on the healthy living blog.
The reinvigorated exercise fan also changed her diet, splitting her Starbucks skinny Frappuccinos with her husband and reaching for grapes instead of chips when she was reading or watching television.
Explaining the difference in her routine she said: ‘We eat healthy now and make sure our kids do, too. We are cultivating our kids’ taste buds to like healthy foods. We don’t want our kids to become obese and suffer like we did for so long. We are empowering our kids to make the right food choices.
I had to share this ^^ for one, it made me teary eyed and nothing makes me teary eyed. Every day, when I’m dragging all 330 pounds of me to the track to run, I feel every part of this post. It’s another perspective, one that I needed to hear. Even if no one really feels this way, these are the words I will now hear when I’m running and I see other, seasoned, runners.
Instead of feeling like crap because they passed me on the track or because their paces are 5 million times faster than mine [rough estimation] — I’m going to feel awesome that I’m out there. I’m going to give myself kudos because I’m actually out there busting my butt every day.
This is yet another reason why blogging [and reading blogs] has been an instrumental part of my weight…
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Reblogged from Caroline Bakker|http://carolinebakker.com/2012/06/16/tips-to-get-back-into-shape/
Fast track to fit at home (no gym needed) with these easy tips
I believe there is no excuse for not being fit and healthy. Personally, I have made a big change in my life as I have gone from no fitness to fit and healthy. This fast track to fit process is a change that will make you feel better, healthier, fitter and more happy.
Why fit and healthy?
Following Livestrong, Health and fitness is a general sense of physical and mental well-being that allows you to function at an optimal level throughout your life. It is an important factor in longevity of life as well as your enjoyment and quality of life. Different methods for achieving and maintaining health exist, and you have to choose the formula that works best for your lifestyle.
You don’t have to be a nutritionist, dietician or a Michelle Bridges to get back to fitness and good health. On a basic level, start with good nutrition habits and daily exercise. Being fit and healthy is not a destination, it is a lifestyle that will make you feel better, look better, prevent disease and makes you participate in life.
Fitness Quote ~ Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.
Also, when you get fitter and healthier, you reduce the chance of you getting diseases as illustrated below.
Reasons to get back to fit and healthy – when you lost fat…
How to get fit fast?
I believe no one should spend a fortune on a gym as there are many many ways of getting fit at home. You won’t need expensive exercise, all you need is your own body weight! I have gone a the gym regularly for about 1 year and have stopped my membership as I realised that it is better for me to do things the way I wanted it to be. I started reading and learning from fitness blogs and websites and have learned that much that I can now write about it myself!
To get fit fast one should exercise daily and do a strength and or circuit session (this will help you build muscle, and more muscle means a higher metabolism) 3 or 4 times a week. It’s easy, you don’t have to buy a treadmill to do cardio exercise, instead wake up an hour earlier and walk before you go to work. Don’t walk as if you are shopping, walk as if someone creepy is following you (you should be getting hot and start sweating). Walking is one of the best ways of burning fat and is fun too! If you get up that early you will enjoy a beautiful sunrise and you will experience what magical powers early mornings have. If you have enough time, do some yoga or meditation after you walk. Besides doing cardio exercise, one should also include strength sessions. You will not need to go to a gym for that as body weight exercises are much more effective. See below for some great inspirational visuals which depict exercises you can do at home without any equipment.
Strength Exercise Guide for Women
Easy exercises for at home (no equipment needed) – Slim your waist with these moves
High Plank or Push up on one leg and one arm
No gym needed – your at home boot camp exercise routine
Abdominal work out session
Easy at home exercise routine (no equipment needed!)
How to get healthy fast and lose weight?
- Start with a detox and cut out all the unhealthy processed foods (see below). For more detox ideas visit my recent post on DIY Detox.
Cut out all the unhealthy processed foods to jumpstart your weight loss and your healthy lifestyle
- Eat protein at every meal. Protein is essential to life. Without it, we will die. Carbohydrates on the other hand are not essential to life. I make this point to underscore the importance of protein in your diet. Whether it comes from animal or plant sources, it is important to have protein with every meal or snack. Not only is protein an essential building block for our bodies, it discourages overeating and helps us to feel satiated for longer periods of time.
Protein Food Chart – Illustrating high and low protein foods
- Eat vegetables at every meal. Vegetables provide an incredible number of vitamins and minerals to help build a healthy body. Choose a variety of bright and colorful veggies to eat at your meals throughout the week. It’s virtually impossible to gain unhealthy weight by eating too many veggies, so load them on to your plate.One word of caution… Potatoes can be packed with goodness, but they also rank very high on the glycemic indexand contain a high number of calories. Because of this combination, you should eat potatoes in moderation.
Beautiful veggie platter for your inspiration
- Eat fruit in moderation. Fruits contain a number of vitamins and minerals that benefit our health, but similar to potatoes they are also high GI foods and can be high in calories. Try to eat fruits early in the day and in moderation.
- Don’t drink your calories. Drink water instead to flush out toxins!
- Eat within an hour of waking. Starting your day with a healthy breakfast that includes protein will help you stay satiated and on track throughout the rest of the day.
- Don’t eat within two hours of bedtime. Try to avoid going to bed with a belly full of food. Since you’re not active when you sleep, much of your food will be stored as fat. Going to bed with an empty stomach also gives your digestive system the break it was intended to have and as an added bonus, you’ll experience a more restful sleep. This is part of the principle behind intermittent fasting, which is another helpful weight loss strategy.
- Eat slowly. Don’t rush your meals. Eat slowly and you’ll be better able to listen to your body and know when it’s time to stop. An old Japanese saying—Hara hachi bunme—instructs people to stop eating when you are 80 percent full. This is an excellent reminder to listen to your body and avoid overeating.
- Savor your food. Don’t just eat, taste your food. Most foods are packed with flavor, but we often smother them in high calorie sauces, breading or cheese. Forego these unhealthy toppings and appreciate the great natural flavors of your food.
- Cook with fresh herbs and spices.Trying to savor your food, but finding some of it too bland? Fresh herbs and spices will add an extra punch of flavor?
Here’s an inspiring list of your ABC healthy foods!
- Avoid white foods. This is one of the best tips I have found for loosing weight. Most white foods (bread, rice, potatoes, sugar, dairy) are packed with calories and have very little nutritional value. Replace them with lots of colorful vegetables, fruits and proteins.
The food list for weight loss to give you some ideas
- Avoid deep fried foods. Deep fried foods come with high calorie counts, unhealthy fats and are usually layered in breading. They’re a sure way to sabotage your weight loss goals.
- Have a snack to avoid extreme hunger (see below).
Healthy snack ideas to kill your cravings and nourish your body
Inspirational Quotes to get you started TODAY!
Inspirational Quote – The Body achieves what the mind believes (so keep believing and keep going)
Fitness Quote – You can do anything you want! Just keep going and keep smiling
Inspirational Quote – Live up to your potential and reach for the stars
Inspirational Quote – Train like there is not finish line
Inspirational Quote – Stop making excuses, start living your life to the full!
Inspirational Quote – Life’s too short not to be healthy fit and happy! Eat move hydrated sleep and love!
This has been an ongoing controversy for many years. For optimal fat loss, should you focus more on your diet or your exercise routine? All in all, you do need a balance of both. You must follow a diet and exercise in order to get the absolute best result. But when it comes down to which contributes more, you may be surprised as to what the answer is.
Simply put, exercise is the easy part…at least for most people. A majority of the population finds it much easier to get to the gym and break a sweat than to put down that piece of bread or stop themselves from another serving of dinner.
Exercise is always more favourable than dieting. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just exercise and eat whatever you want? Well, that’s sure as heck not the case! Dieting contributes to about 90 per cent of fat loss, leaving only 10 per cent to exercise. This may come as a big surprise to you, but it is true. How come? Read more to find out why dieting has an advantage over exercise when it comes to weightloss.
You can’t out-exercise a bad diet
This is such a popular phrase in the fitness world and it is probably one of the truest statements out there. Many people believe that if they work their butt off in the gym, that they can go home and eat what they want.
The main idea behind exercising is to burn calories. The unhealthy foods that you reward yourself with afterward are chockfull of unnecessary calories. Take this for example: You stop by the McDonald’s drive-thru with some friends and splurge on a Big Mac. In the back of your head you’re thinking ‘I’ll just go to the gym later’. Well, hold that thought and put the Big Mac down! In order to burn off a Big Mac, you would need to bust your butt in the gym for at least 90 minutes of full-on intense cardio, just to create a small calorie deficit.
This goes for all foods, not only Big Macs. In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. If you have bad dietary habits, chances are that’s not happening and that’s the reason why you aren’t losing weight. All the exercise in the world can’t help a bad diet.