Funny Fitness Fridays: Laugh & Lose Weight While You Shake that S***

With all this talk of stress and emotions affecting your ability to lose weight, we thought it necessary at Active Lifestyle to add a little laughter to your life. Did you know that according to stress.about.com:

A hearty guffaw will burn more calories than a nervous titter, but researchers at Vanderbilt University found adults burn an average of 1.3 calories per minute while laughing with their friends.  That’s about the same number of calories you burn while taking notes in a classroom or standing and talking on the phone.  But laughter has other benefits besides burning calories, including relief of emotional stress and a  workout for the muscles of the diaphragm, abdomen, back, and shoulders.  Read about the benefits of laughter from the Guide to Stress Management at About.com.

Now enjoy a little bit of a laugh while you Shake That S***

Good Stress, Bad Stress; Managing your stress

American biologist and author Robert Sapolsky.

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Stress is a word quite often thrown around, but we always look at stress being bad. Is stress bad? Well in this short video clip (2min 30sec) Dr. Robert Sapolsky explains some of the various types of stress and why some are good and some bad. He gives some great advice on how to manage stress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9mIDshQPcc

Dr. Robert Sapolsky

Here are a few more ways to help manage stress:

  • Make time for regular exercise (not just a weekend thing)
  • Have a hobbie, sport or activity you like to do (swimming, yoga, pilatase, football, golf)
  • Drink plenty of water (3 liters plus)
  • Minimize or elliminate fast food (stress can tend to make you want carbs, but for the majority of the time, its actualy protein your body want. Protein & health fat helps the body cope with stress)
  • Get at least 6-8 hours of sleep a night.

By Todd Thornbery

Todd Thornbery is a Health & Performance Coach and Personal Trainer in from the United Kingdom, residing in Bangkok.  Co-founder of Active Lifestyle Co. Ltd. Todd is a Certified Personal Trainer and completed his Diploma in Personal Training, Nutrition & Sports Massage with Premier Training International. He is also aCHEK Holistic Lifestyle CoachCHEK Exercise Coachand CHEK Golf Biomechanic Intensive coach.

International Youth Obesity, Health & Fitness Series

 

Front Entrance of ISB, as seen entering Nichad...

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As schools around the world begin to change direction and International Baccalaureate programs begin to switch the focus solely towards academics over physical education, children are being conditioned to live a more sedentary and stressful lifestyle. The right prescription of physical education and exercise may not only increase a child’s ability to cope with stress, but in the long run gives children a solid lifestyle foundation for their future.

I was recently training one of my teenage team members who happens to be a student at the International School of Bangkok (ISB), and Read more of this post

Less Stress, Lose Fat & Maintain Muscle (via Bangkok Personal Trainer)

Are you stressed on a daily basis from your job? From your relationships? Due to financial problems? Everyone deals with stress in a different way, but the chemical response in the body has a direct impact on your overall health, fat loss and ability to lose weight.

Less Stress, Lose Fat & Maintain Muscle At Active Lifestyle, we often talk about stress levels and how they affect your body, health and overall fitness gains or fat loss. Stress is a serious roadblock to most gains both physically and internally. When your body is under stress, it tends to react neurologically in ways that can affect our fat loss or muscle gains, strength gains as well as mood and energy levels. Usually people talk about the release of cortisol during stressful situat … Read More

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Less Stress, Lose Fat & Maintain Muscle

Stress & Fat LossAt Active Lifestyle, we often talk about stress levels and how they affect your body, health and overall fitness gains or fat loss. Stress is a serious roadblock to most gains both physically and internally. When your body is under stress, it tends to react neurologically in ways that can affect our fat loss or muscle gains, strength gains as well as mood and energy levels.

Usually people talk about the release of cortisol during stressful situations. Cortisol has been believed to switch on the body’s fat storage system, causing the body to hold on to more fat. If fat loss is your goal, then your job, relationships or even your foods could be hindering your progress. Read more of this post

Stress Less, Lose Body Fat

Stress is a word often thrown around the office in relation to workload or relationships. We often don’t even realize that we’re stressed or what we are doing in relation to our stress in life. Many women may realize that they eat more when stressed or reach for fat loaded foods full of sugar in response to their stresses. Men also tend to eat when stressed. There are also those people who eat less when they are stressed. No matter which type of person you are, stress levels have an impact on the body and often times they are negative impacts.

For those of you, who desire a six pack, think again. If you’re suffering from chronic stress you can forget about it. Without going into too much technical detail, the body releases a chemical compound called cortisol in response to stress. It is believed that cortisol Read more of this post

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