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Thursday March 05, 2009

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A flabby waist can have countless different causes. Dietary factors can lead to bloating or water retention, as can hormonal issues surrounding your menstrual cycle or menopause, or just plain old middle-aged spread. While controlled diet and regular exercise directs the body’s proportions, exercise is primarily responsible for carving off previously gained weight. Check out this week's article on Quick-fixes for your Waistline. Check out the article to learn more...

Hot Fitness Tip of the week

Aquatic Exercises carry innumerable benefits. The buoyancy of water can cancel about 90% of a persons body weight, relieving pressure on ankles, knees, and hips giving you a risk and pain free workout environment. Exercising in the water also helps to increase your metabolism. A good one hour aquatic workout can burn up to 500 calories. Water exercises allow a person to exercise for longer periods of time, in turn increasing a person's strength and endurance.

Words of Inspiration

Get tough


Brian Taylor was a nine-year-old boy when he rode a bike over one hundred miles and raised one hundred dollars for the American Cancer Society. There is more to the story, for Brian Taylor has only one leg.


It isn't easy for him to ride a bike. He had to beg his mother for a chance to learn. It was naturally for her to be concerned as he had suffered a number of scrapes, cuts and bruises and had torn up two brand new bicycles in the process. Brian's ride took some real effort and ingenuity. He put a strap over the pedal of the bike to keep his foot fastened to it, to ride like a pro.


Isn't it amazing what can be done when the desire is there! It wasn't easy for Brian Taylor to do what he did. Get tough on yourself, to reap life rewards.


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Success Quote

"Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you."  ~ Stewart E. White

Healthy Recipe



Serves: 4


  • 2/3 cup mixed dried fruit

  • 2/3 cup apple juice

  • 115 g stale brown or white bread

  • 1tsp mixed spice

  • 1 large banana sliced

  • 2/3 cup skimmed milk

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • natural low fat yogurt to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 200 c. Place the dried fruit in a small pan with the apple juice and bring to the boil.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bread spice and banana spoon the mixture into a shallow 2 pint /5cup oven proof dish and pour over the milk.

  • Sprinkle with demurer sugar and bake for 25-30 minutes until from and golden brown. Serve hot or cold with natural yogurt.

Nutritional Information: (per serving)

  • Energy 190 kcals

  • Fat 0.89g

  • Saturated fat 0.21g

  • Cholesterol 0.75 mg

  • Fibre 1.8 g

Article of the Week

Quick-Fixes For Your Waistline

Name any beauty treatment, from exfoliating to detoxification to massaging, and it's a fairly safe bet that it can be of some use to the waist. A flabby waist can have countless different causes. Dietary factors can lead to bloating or water retention, as can hormonal issues surrounding your menstrual cycle or menopause, or just plain old middle-aged spread.


Shaving inches off your middle makes your clothes fit better and your curves more shapely – just ask the corset –wearing ladies of the 18th century. Thank goodness we’ve got a modern alternative to help us to achieve a slimmer-looking body.

  • Lymph massage, that deep-tissue drainage system, can be of use to the waist. It claims to keep your midriff firm and toned by encouraging the dispersal of pockets of fatty tissue and keeping circulation-hindering toxins on the move (your lymphatic system holds 80 percent of your body’s antioxidant capacity). It can also work wonders for bloating, water retention and tenderness caused by PMS. But do remember that not all massages include the abdominal region as a matter of course – it’s particularly unusual in those billed as 'stress relieving'- though it's fairly easy for your therapist to incorporate some sort of abdominal massage element if you'd like.

  • If it's serious waist-trimming you're after, there are specially designed treatments that have taken regular massage a step further. Detox wraps started life as beauty solutions to the cellulite problem, but have become so popular that they've now graduated to the waistline, too.

    All detox wraps involve the same basic components. First, massage your body (with a lotion) and exfoliate it too. The scrub and the lotion will be removed with flannels. Next, you may be given a short series of massage strokes, using detoxifying oil. After this, the 'detoxifying' paste will be applied. Sometimes it's a clay – which is particularly good at drawing out and absorbing impurities – and sometimes a gel. Clays are more likely to be applied warm, to aid circulation, but sometimes gel formulations are applied ice cold. The cold treatments have the advantage of an immediate tightening effect to the skin, although advocates of warm treatments say the effects last longer.

    Next, the treated areas will literally be 'wrapped' like a parcel in muslin, tin foil or PVC wrap and left to lie there for anything up to an hour – the truly beauty savvy can combine a wrap with a manicure to make use of every available minute. Afterwards, you'll be cleaned off using flannels or taken to a shower. Effects can be impressive – you can sometimes measure the results in inches – but will last only for a few days. A course of ten treatments over a five or ten-week period naturally gives even better results, but are most worthwhile if you combine them with a small measure of 'detoxifying' in your lifestyle, too. For example, the boost in circulation and drainage system means drinking too much caffeine or alcohol is inadvisable, especially in the first twenty-four hours after your treatment.


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