Author: BodyAndShapes.com

When Natalie Hollabaugh tested positive for Covid-19 in March 2020, her recovery felt extremely slow. Eighteen months later, she was still suffering from a litany of symptoms, including fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches and joint pain. She saw a cardiologist and a pulmonologist, who both ruled out other health problems, she said. And they advised her to start exercising, suggesting that some of her symptoms may have been a result of being out of shape. So Ms. Hollabaugh dutifully began using an exercise bike, speed walking on a treadmill and walking her dogs several miles a day. But instead of…

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As we come to the end of February, some seven weeks since we first started working on our New Year’s resolutions, many people may feel they’ve ‘lost’ the motivation that was so easy to muster on January 1.Losing motivation is normal and you shouldn’t get down on yourself for experiencing it. Nobody is motivated all the time — even professional athletes struggle with motivation.If you are struggling with motivation, I recommend giving yourself a couple of days to rest before starting back with some light exercise that you find enjoyable, whether yoga, pilates, swimming or maybe a light run. Exercise…

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Our body is so capable of multitasking that it can lose fat and build muscle at the same time. When it comes to weight loss, what you are looking for is fat loss. When you lose weight, you should be losing fat while maintaining your body’s muscle mass or gaining more muscles. The key to burning fat and building muscle simultaneously lies in tracking your calorie & macronutrient intake for the day. Understanding your macronutrients and learning how to consume them can help you achieve your body goals effectively. Fitness expert, Miten Kakaiya, tells us all about macronutrients and the…

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Lounge fitness roundup. Every Saturday, we pick some of the best stories of the week that you may have missed, so you can broaden your fitness knowledge and make your workouts better. As always, remember, that no matter how good your workouts are, with a little help and guidance, they can always improve. This week, we have three great stories that focus on different aspects of the fitness journey. While one story looks at new scientific findings on how our bodies work, a second story looks at the importance of building up your glutes.…

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Eriksen signed for the Bees on deadline day. The Denmark international had become a free agent after Inter agreed to terminate his contract, as he could not play in Italy after having an internal defibrillator fitted. Those rules do not apply in England and Eriksen is looking to get his career back up and running at the Community Stadium this season. He has been shining in Brentford’s friendly fixtures recently and is now in line to feature in the Premier League for the first time since January 2020. During an interview with the Evening Standard, Eriksen revealed he was feeling…

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The Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that about 54 million Americans have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. Genetics, hormone levels, and lifestyle all play a role in the development and progression of osteoporosis, and if you want to reduce your own risk, diet and the right kind of physical activity are the best places to start. But what is the right kind? Bone responds to the stress we put on it, and we need enough stress from physical activity to promote bone growth — but not too much stress, as can happen with overexercising.…

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On a daily basis, Peloton members around the world get a dose of her good-natured, optimistic encouragement to hit those fitness and personal health benchmarks as they cycle their way through her at-home spin classes. She says the takeaway she gets from her class participants is to “dream big” and that she’s inspired by their determination to push forward, no matter what. However, Lovewell herself admits she is not a “long-term goal person” and doesn’t like to spend too much time worrying about a goal that will take “10 years” to achieve. Instead, she prefers to focus on more short-term…

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That most deceptive of body types, the beanpole-fatty boasts a naturally slender frame, but like an iceberg, most of his bulk is hidden. It’s this visceral fat around the midriff that makes him critically unfit, with worrying long-term health implications. It’s time to stop hiding and redress the balance. Often found hiding in plain sight, the Skinny Fat man is unlikely to ’fess up to the appellation – mainly because he’s unaware of it. Sure, he looks OK in a T-shirt, but underneath he’s a not-so-hot mess, with visceral fat suffocating his internal organs, drastically increasing his risk of type…

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Unexplained weight gain is a problem that many people face these days. Exercise and a healthy diet might be enough… Unexplained weight gain is a problem that many people face these days. Exercise and a healthy diet might be enough to burn calories and lose a few pounds, but for many, it may be difficult. So they add a weight loss supplement to their everyday intake just to burn body fat faster. Also, if you are the one going to the gym or fitness classes, your trainer will probably advise you to start taking a dietary supplement to boost your…

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Among the many numbers that sum up Lance Armstrong’s illustrious, controversial career, there’s one that feels even more mythic than his seven Tour de France titles. At the peak of his powers, the cyclist reportedly had a resting heart rate of 32 beats per minute. Is it true? That’s slightly unclear — the stat appears to have been listed on his website at one point, detailing a range of 32-34 beats per minute. Other once-in-a-generation talents have had similar BPM buzz over the years; Usain Bolt apparently averaged 33 BPM when he was setting world records in the 100 and 200…

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