The body is flexible. It is supposed to be flexible. You must be able to bend and reach something you drop on the floor. You must be able to zip the back of your favorite dress. You must be able to reach that book you need to read from the top shelf.

These are simple activities. Nothing grand about them, you merely stretched out a bit. However, if there are difficulties in doing such simple motions, then you already need a stretching program.

What Is Stretching?
Stretching is simply the act of extending to full length the body or simply a part of it. This activity involves straightening or stretching the structure or the limbs.

How Does One Do the Stretching?
Stretching is fairly easy. As mentioned in the introduction, it is part of normal daily activities. It can be done by anyone, regardless of age. However the extent of stretching, flexing and the range of joint movements can be minimized as we age. This can very well slow an active lifestyle. This is why stretching as part of a regular exercise routine is very important.

Simple stretches can be done every day and easily incorporated into daily activities. It does not require much of your time.

The ideal length of time to devote to stretching is about 10 minutes. This will give the body enough opportunity to move and flex the muscles.

Having a flexible body is vital to our well being. If we want to age gracefully and live a long and vibrant life we need to take stretching seriously.


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The foundation foods of your meal plan — beans, rice, and whole-grain breads — are inexpensive? You can also fill your cupboards with other nutritious foods using these tips:

1.     For snacks, try popcorn, pretzels, or cereal.

2.     Fresh vegetables in season are a great buy. Otherwise, canned and frozen vegetables are similar nutritionally.

3.     Buy fruits in season for the best taste and bargain prices, and give the local farmer’s market a try.

4.     Buy or make plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit.

5.     Use powdered fat-free milk for cooking and baking — it’s inexpensive and stays fresh for a long time if      the box is refrigerated.

6.     Make meat a side dish rather than the whole meal, or make meatless meals throughout the week.

7.     Choose fats, sweets, and alcohol less often to benefit both your budget and your health.


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Stress

Stress is a huge byproduct of our busy lives and it takes a tremendous toll on our health.  Especially in this economy, our body’s “survival mode” gets turned on much too often.  When our bodies experience stress, it is programmed to go into flight mode, a state that requires too much energy.  When our body’s go into flight mode, adrenaline is released.  It is released to tell the body to convert stored sugar from the liver into glucose.  The energy needs of the body increase substantially during the flight-or-flight scenario.


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Obesity in children is becoming more and more prevalent.  The number of obese children under the age of 11 has increased from 4 percent to 16 percent since 1974.  The largest cause of obesity is the lack of exercise in children.  As children get older, health problems are associated with those who are inactive. 

Parents can help children avoid obesity and the psychological risks from being overweight.  Set your children up on a regular exercise program–and make it fun!

Great activities for children are swimming, rock climbing, hiking, running, boxing, and canoeing.  These can all be made fun–Children may not even realize that they are exercising!  Instead of “running”, children can simply play a game of tag, catch, or play soccer.  Just get your kids’ hearts beating and get them to sweat a little bit.

Obese children are also proven to be more depressed than children who are in shape.  Cardiovascular activities can heighten children’s’ moods.  Many things contribute to your child’s life: exercise, a great diet, healthy relationships, staying active, and LAUGHING.


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As we all know, New Years resolutions are extremely hard to maintain.  Here are some tips to help you stick to your fitness plan!

1 . Drink PLENTY of water.

2. When eating out, as for a to-go container FIRST.  Pack half of your plate in the container before you start eating.

3. Limit your intake of butter and mayonnaise.

4. Limit fried foods.  Eat them once a week MAX, or preferably not at all.

5. Use stevia in your coffee or tea rather than sugar.

6. Instead of ground beef, replace your meals with ground turkey or meatless products.

7. Eat a variety of foods so you do not get bored.

8.  Eat fresh veggies, preferably raw, with sandwiches instead of chips.  

9. Measure portions so you can get an idea of what a cup, half a cup, and a tablespoon look like.  You will be able to practice portion control by doing this.  Portion control is an essential key to weight loss.

10. Limit sodas to once a week maximum.  Diet soda is still unhealthy.  They contain chemicals that deplete the nutrients in your body.

11. Get salad dressing on the side rather than on the salad itself.

12.  Take a multi-vitamin daily.

13.  If you don’t LOVE it, don’t eat it.

If you need any advice you can always ask any Pro Fitness Network trainers.


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