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Should You Get An Elliptical Trainer

Elliptical trainers can be very efficient when it comes to helping you lose weight. These wonderful work out machiens are a cross between a bicycle, treadmill and stair climber and you can easily burn 500 calories in about forty minutes.



The problem with treadmills and stationary bicycles is that they only exercise the lower part of the body. One of the major benefits of using an elliptical trainer is that it allows ou to exercise the upper body and the lower body at the same time.  Most trainers come with ski pole like attachments that help you give your entire arm a workout. Many people vary which muscles are used by placing their hands in different positons on the ski pole part of the handle bars.



Working out on a elliptical trainer is a chance to improve your heart. The more your heart is worked the stronger it gets. This helps reduce your risk of getting a heart tattck, heart disease or a stroke. You can really reduce your risk of a heart attack.



Raising your heart rate by working on an ellipitical trainer can also help increase yoru metalbolism and speed up  your heart rate. Elevating these two physical factors is one sure way to peel off the pounds. Once you have raised your heart rate by working out for twenty minutes on the elliptical trainer you will continue to burn calories more efficiently for horus afterwards.


Elliptical exercise requires little skill. You simply put your feet into the foot pedals and begin pedaling, as your hands hold onto the moving handlebars. When you stop pedaling, the machine stops, too!



Most decent elliptical workout equipment comes with preset programs from which you can choose a workout routine. You can also adjust the incline level to increase the intensity of your workouts.



In addition to reducing your chance of heart problems and helping you shed those extra inches, elliptical training also strengthens and tones muscles in your legs and arms. The back and abdominal muscles also become stronger. You look better and you feel better!



You do not have to take much time out of your day to start seeing results on your body. Just twenty minutes a day on an elliptical trainer can help get you get back in wonderful shape.  You can simply hop on the trainer and keep on using it while watching television. Many elliptical trainers also have work out programs built right in!


Herbs Used for Natural Weight Loss

There are many herbs that can help you lose weight.  Each does this job in different ways ways and have different effects on the body. You need to read the labels of the herbs that you buy and make sure that you really do understand what kind of side effects can occur before you take anything.


Take hoodia for example. This is vegetable found in Africa which cuts your thirst and hunger so much that you can actually become malnourished and dehydrated if you take it for too long. Your body forgets what it needs to do to stay healthy.  Other herbs are classified as being thermogentic meaning that they speed up body functions such as heart rate, breathing and digestion. These are the “fat burning” herbs. Many of these have caffeine in them. These include green tea, dandelion and nettle.  If you need a pep up these are good substitutes for the coffee with cream and sugar.


The herbs have the most side effects are the herbs known as the diuretics.  Believe it or not both green tea and dandelion are part of this group of herbal diuretics which can seriously dehydrate you if you take too much.  You do look thinner taking these herbs but the effect is temporary. As soon as you stop taking them you gain the weight back when tries to gain back the water it lost.


Many weight loss herbs have the side effect of diarrheal. Watch out for  uva ursi, birchbark and buchu. The United States Food and Drug Administration warn of side effects including cramping, diarrheal and other problems.


Ma Huang  also known Herbal Phen Phen is a herb to be careful. This drug causes an overstimulation of the central nervous system, an increase in blood pressure and an elevated heart rate. The FDA  warns that this causes heart murmurs, depression, anxiety, heart palpitations, heart attack, dehydration, seizures, chest pain, stroke, dissociation, and psychosis.


Safer choices include cayenne and seaweed. Both kick start a low metabolism.


Keep in mind that before you take any kind of herb it is very important for you to talk with your doctor first. Some conditions simply don’t respond well to even the safest of herbs for weight loss. For instance although green tea is generally considered to be healthy it is not the beverage you should drink if you suffer from anxiety because it is super-charged with caffeine.

It would take four hours in the gym to lose the same 700 calories that you would burn by bathing in infrared light rays for just half an hour!