Monthly Archives: November 2015

Three reasons to strengthen your butt

Three reasons to strengthen your butt
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on November 10, 2015

high lunge

Jaclyn Balan of Ruby and Pearl’s, Fort Myers, demonstrates high lunge to strengthen the glutes.

A butt is more than a shapely landscape.

There are three muscles in the gluteal package.  Starting at the top just below your hip bones is the medius.  Your maximus, the largest muscle in your body, is your seat.  The minimus is tucked underneath.

Your glutes are the roots of your stability during movement.  Regular strength work with this muscle group moves beyond the coveted derrière and into the realm of health and performance.

Three reasons to work the glutes:

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Does yoga help you lose weight? Yes and no.

Does yoga help you lose weight?
by Nancy Loughlin
Published in News Press on November 3, 2015

Answer #1:  No.

If your only intention for your yoga practice is to lose weight, there are better calorie-burning choices out there.

Yoga can’t compete with running, swimming or cycling.

According to the American Council on Exercise, a typical yoga class will burn 3 to 7 calories per minute.  And, an ACE-sponsored study also noted, jacking the room temperature won’t make too much of a difference in terms of intensity.  Just because you’re sweating doesn’t mean you’re working harder.

Even more detrimental to yoga’s popular weight loss mythology was a 2008 study conducted by Mayasandra Chaya, the results of which were published in the International Journal of Yoga.  This study indicated that yoga’s “calming effect” does not rev your metabolism; it actually reduces it.

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