Fight Breast Cancer with Nutrition and Exercise

Posted: October 2nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

October is breast cancer awareness month. Fight breast cancer and other types of cancer by grocery shopping right and by heading to your neighborhood fitness center.

Dr. Neuhouser is a nutritional epidemiologist with a background in nutritional sciences at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research is focused on lifestyle factors such as nutrition and physical activity, factors that can help prevent breast and prostate cancer and improve survivorship in those diagnosed with cancer.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year, more than 200,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer. More than 40,000 American women will die from this disease.

Research has found that for postmenopausal women in particular, being overweight or obese may increase the risk for breast cancer.

One of the most important things a woman at risk for breast cancer can do, says Dr. Neuhouser, is to “maintain a healthy weight."  

Given the research, in order to stay healthy it is very important for an overweight or obese woman to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. Daily physical exercise and following healthy eating habits with plentiful fruits and vegetables and minimal empty calories and fried foods will help achieve these goals.

While it can be challenging to lose weight, “Small changes can add up and make a big difference."

When it comes to getting active, if you are not used to physical activity, try a five to ten minute walk and gradually increase the time. Having physical activity partners, walking partners, or personal trainers always helps.

Start with making one new food change each week. Instead of eating two cookies, eat just one.

If you are concerned about your weight, get the support you need by speaking with your doctor or joining a weight loss program, or speaking with a nutritionist.

For assistance creating a weight loss plan, contact Best Fitness in your area.

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Technology and Personal Training Help with Your Commitment to Weight Loss

Posted: September 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Have you ever said, “I’m 40, but I feel 25,” or “I’m 40, but I feel 55”? There is more truth to that than you think. Did you know you have an age, and then you have a health age? Find out what your health age is at Best Fitness.

We can to change your life. You have fitness and weight loss goals, and Best Fitness can help you achieve those goals. Really. With state-of-the-art facilities and technology we turn your fitness goals into fitness realities.

Health Age
At Best Fitness our personal trainers can work with you with The Visual Fitness Planner™ (VFP) program which calculates your chronological age against seven health risk factors to determine your true health age.

To meet your goals, the process begins with Visual Fitness Planner, software that evaluates the current fitness of each client.  Using this technology, our personal trainers work with you and give a projected point of fitness that you can reach if you stay the course.

This software is a prime motivator for new clients and can help predict a person's risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Measurements are taken and your three- dimensional image is created. By showing you a 3-D image of your body's potential change for weight loss and/ or muscle growth you can stay more easily motivated. The Visual Fitness Planner then computes what your body will look like in time if you maintain a recommended diet and fitness schedule. Personal trainers can design a training regimen and nutritional routine that will optimize weight loss over a period of time.

We also utilize the VFP™ to determine your likelihood of contracting Type II diabetes, having a stroke or developing cardiovascular heart disease or cancer.

Come into Best Fitness today and take of the Visual Fitness Planner and begin the journey to lifelong health and fitness. Contact us.

Lose Weight and Lose Belly Fat

Posted: September 19th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

There is fat, and then there is dangerous fat; and all fat is not created equal. It all comes down to location. The most dangerous place for fat is around your middle.

The really dangerous fat hides deep inside the mid-section, pressing up against vital organs like the heart, liver, and lungs. That fat is called visceral fat or belly fat.

As you gain weight as you get older, you start to gain visceral fat.

It's the visceral fat that's really associated with inflammation, increased risk for heart disease, increased risk for diabetes and other things like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It is this belly fat that can lead to heart attacks, cancer, strokes, and even dementia.

At-home you can test to for belly fat. With a tape measure, measure around your waist. Women hit the danger zone at 35 inches and men at 40 inches.  

If you are at that point, you do have the power to lose weight and change it.

1. Healthy Diet
The approach begins with a healthy diet. Stay away from refined and processed foods, things that are found in boxes and packages, and certainly sugary foods.

2. Turn on the Burn
Do something that gets you breathing hard. One of the best ways to get rid of body fat is to simply get moving, work out, do aerobic exercise; do something in which you are getting that heart rate up.

3. Build Muscle
You also need to lift weights to speed up the metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more calories you actually burn, even at rest.

4. Bedtime Rest
Finally, be sure to get enough sleep! Making sure to get your rest is crucial to weight loss success because it keeps those nasty stress hormones at bay.

Cortizol levels get high when you're not getting enough sleep, which contributes to your belly fat as well.

For more tips or for a personalized personal training and weight loss plan, contact Best Fitness in your area.

Exercise, Donate and Lose Weight

Posted: September 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Best Fitness is giving you the opportunity to try out P90X while you give to the American Diabetes Association. The cost to participate is $10 and all money will go to the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association. Bring a $10 donation on Saturday, September 22, from 9:00am – 12:00pm to any Best Fitness Location (except Lowell, MA)

More about P90X: In just 90 days, Tony Horton can help you get back in shape, or build the body you've always wanted. All you need is a set of dumbbells or resistance bands, a pull-up bar, and about an hour a day.
P90X is a revolutionary system of 12 life-changing workouts
. You also get a comprehensive 3-Phase Nutrition Plan, a detailed Fitness Guide, a P90X Calendar and tracking worksheets, and 24/7 online support. No fancy sports equipment required. All you need is about an hour a day.
P90X®, which stands for Power 90 Extreme, began as an at home exercise regimen known for its intensity. Instructors need to be P90X® certified to teach at facilities such as Best Fitness. P90X has become a household name and we expect a large turnout in a gym setting. Having instructors and friends help motivate you makes it enjoyable and addicting.

Best Fitness is inviting you to the launch of the popular P90X program. We are donating all proceeds to the American Diabetes Association. Diabetes affects 25.8 million children and adults in the United States. Contact Us.

Weight training through Personal Training for Weight Loss

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

As a nation we are obsessed with weight loss. However, we need to try to lose weight using long term strategies rather than short term weight loss solutions. The latest fad diet or the weight loss programs don’t keep weight off over time. Too many people focus on the wrong things to lose weight, most focus exclusively on diets and cardio exercises and ignore the best way to lose weight: Weight Training! This is where personal training for weight loss comes in.

Personal training can create for you the optimal weight loss routines for whole body or problem areas. Personal trainers can keep you healthy and injury free while weight lifting and personal trainers can keep you motivated with weight loss.

Weight training through personal training has several advantages that you can't get from conventional dieting or cardio.

1. Lean Muscle Leads to Higher, Faster Metabolism

Lifting weight helps you build lean muscle. Building lean muscle helps you become stronger and helps you burn extra calories. We are not talking about body builder muscle, we are just talking about increasing lean muscle tissue.

The more muscles you have the higher your metabolism will be. The higher metabolism you have, the more efficient your body is at burning using and burning calories. This means: the more lean muscle you build the more weight you will lose.

By increasing your bodies overall muscle development your entire body will be a fat burning machine.  Weight training is the best thing you can do to burn fat!

2. After Workout Muscle Repair

When you strength train your body uses stored energy from the muscles being used to perform the exercise. Weight training isolates specific muscles and causes micro tears in the muscle that you are working out. The result is being sore after a workout.  

These micro tears are a key element to maximum fat burn. When we create these micro tears in the muscle tissue our body is forced to repair them. It's during the repair that we maximize our fat loss. Using protein, our body repairs the tears. This requires energy which comes from stored fat reserves.

3. Body Shape

Weight training transforms your bodies overall shape like good nutrition and cardio cannot. Weight training allows you to burn more fat and to change your bodies shape. You can work your whole body, or work the parts that need extra help. But regardless of the part of the body you are working out, your entire body is burning fat.

If your current workout routine is light on or does not include weight training.  Consider adding a weight training and personal training. Contact Best Fitness in your area for more information.