Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Exercise With The Family

A great source of motivation is right where you need it the most - at home with your family!
If you are the only person (or one of the few people) in your family that works out, a great way to get them started slowly would be to include them in your exercise program.

During the holidays after most people stuff their faces, a great way to burn off those extra calories is to take a walk-and take your family with you. A nice walk in the park or around the block will suffice. You don't want to go for a marathon which more than likely will deter your family away from exercising in the future.

The plan here isn't to scare them away, but to show them how much fun it can be to exercise. If they enjoy the walk together, ask them to go through a weight workout with you-explain to them the benefits of exercise. Who knows, you might be just the person to get your family kick started into exercising and you could be the motivation that helps them reach their goals and live a healthier life.

Old Fashioned Eggnog
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup water
- granular sugar substitute (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (prefer freshly grated)

Crack eggs, place in a blender.
Add cream and water, blend until smooth.
Add vanilla and nutmeg; blend until foamy and drink immediately.

Nutrition Information per serving:
Net Carbs: 3.5 g
Fiber: 0.0
Protein: 7.0 g
Fat: 27.0 g
Calories: 277

Question of the Week:

Q: What causes the pain in my side that occurs suddenly while I am running and how can I prevent it?
A: The pain that you've described is referred to as a "side stitch".
No clear-cut explanation has ever been offered regarding this painful burning sensation that can occur near the upper portion of the abdominal wall where it meets the rib cage.
It has been hypothesized that side stitch pain is caused by the jarring and pulling on the ligaments that attach the stomach to the diaphragm.Anyone who has experienced a side stitch has probably tried several methods to relieve the pain. While each individual is different, the following methods have been observed to be effective in relieving the pain of a side stitch:
· Reducing the exercise intensity level until the pain subsides.
· Breathing deeply through pursed lips.
· Tightening the abdominal muscles while bending forward.
While you can't totally prevent a side stitch from occurring, you can reduce your likelihood of experiencing one by exercising at an intensity level that matches your fitness level and by gradually increasing how hard you work out as your fitness level improves.

Cedric Bryant