Examining Well-Known Health and Fitness Myths

People like to think they have all the answers when it comes to magic secrets of weight loss, and so they put it out for whomever to grab a hold onto. But there are many myths when it comes to exercise and fitness. Below, we examine some of the most common ones, as advised by experts:Doing Crunches or Using an Ab Machine Will Get Rid of Belly Fat
Experts agree that although ab exercises can strengthen and tone your midsection, they do nothing by themselves to decrease body fat. “You can’t pick and choose areas where you’d like to burn fat,” says Phil Tyne, Director of the fitness center at the Baylor Tom Landry Health & Wellness Center in Dallas. To burn fat, you need a fitness routine that includes cardiovascular and strength-training elements. This will decrease your overall body fat, which includes belly fat.WebMD recommends that to lose fat around your midsection, instead of focusing on ab work, do exercises that work multiple muscle groups at one time, and of course, pay attention to your diet. Tom Holland, Exercise Physiologist and author of Beat the Gym says, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not by crunches.” Holland also cautions not to work your abs every day because, like every other muscle group, they need time to rest and recover. “Training a muscle causes the muscle to break down,” he says. “And it is during rest that it is allowed to repair and rebuild itself.”You Have to Work Up a Sweat to Burn Calories
In fact, you can burn a lot of calories without breaking a sweat. Sweat has nothing to do with intensity. It is just the body’s way of cooling itself. Liz Neporent, a health and fitness expert and national spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, says that the idea that if you don’t sweat, you’re not working hard enough is “just an illusion.” She says, “You will initially lose more weight when you sweat more, but as soon as you drink something, you replace the water weight.”You Have to Work Up a Sweat to Remove Toxins
Many people believe that sweating is also a good way to detoxify your body. In fact, only about one percent of the total amount of toxins in the body are released through perspiration, according to Jari Love, a certified personal trainer and creator of the Get RIPPED! Workout. “[T]he main organs responsible for excreting waste are actually the gastrointestinal tract – the liver, kidneys, immune systems and lungs.” Working up a sweat is healthy for your body, but does very little to actually detoxify your system.If You Aren’t Sore After a Workout, You Aren’t Working Hard Enough
Fitness and health experts agree that the “no pain, no gain” adage could be one of the most dangerous fitness myths out there. “A fitness activity should not hurt while you are doing it, and if it does, then either you are doing it wrong, or you already have an injury,” says Todd Schlifstein, a clinical instructor at New York University Medical Center’s Rusk Institute.Soreness results from inflammation and the chemical response to inflammation. If you are sore the day after exercising a muscle group, it means you should take your workout in that area down a notch. Many athletes don’t feel pain because they know how to expend just the right amount of energy for their body. Gauging your progress by your pain threshold is not accurate because you don’t have to have soreness to gain muscle size or strength.If a Woman Lifts Heavy Weights, She Will Bulk Up
Many women believe the best way to work out is to do many reps with light weights to avoid looking like a professional weight lifter. In fact, most women lack the hormones or the muscle mass necessary to bulk up without supplements or more dangerous substances.Liz Neporent recommends lifting increasingly heavy weights until your muscles are fatigued after eight to 15 reps. It is important to work up to heavier weights gradually, and to not hesitate to ask someone to spot you. Form is crucial with heavier weights to avoid injury, but there’s no reason to worry about looking like Ms. Olympia.There are many misperceptions about what works and what does not when it comes to losing weight, eating healthy and staying fit. It is important to do your research rather than rely on what you have always heard.

Building Economic Development Through Youth Entrepreneurship Camps

Communities across North Carolina are successfully incorporating youth entrepreneurship into their economic development strategies. Community organizations and educators are partnering to offer youth entrepreneurship camps that build entrepreneurial skills in youth. This article shows examples of how communities are recognizing the importance of youth involvement in economic development.Many youth between the ages of 9 and 18 attend youth entrepreneurship camps across North Carolina. A variety of camp activities include hearing from local entrepreneurs, taking part in hands-on activities to learn about their community, assessing their own skills, and creating a business idea. During the camp, youth complete activities that build creativity, teamwork, leadership, and financial literacy skills.A remarkable trait of many camps is the partnering that takes place across the community to make the camps a reality. Several community partnerships include Community Colleges, Public Schools, local 4-H Cooperative Extension, and local Boys and Girls Clubs. Many camps are held on Community College campuses to help expose youth to the college environment.From the very beginning, camp participants are encouraged to “think like an entrepreneur” by being creative and taking risks. The business teams are encouraged to think about what their community needs, what they do well, and what interests them. The teams quickly become competitive about who has the most creative and sometimes most outrageous business ideas. Unfailingly, the adults who serve as judges for the final presentations are impressed by the creativity of the ideas, the quality of the presentations, and the engagement of the students.Many communities make the decision to select a theme for their entrepreneurship camp and encourage students to create a business around the theme. One theme camp was delivered by a partnership that included Carteret Community College and the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. With funding from the Conservation Fund, the College and Museum created an entrepreneurship camp that taught students about the heritage and history of Harker’s Island and the local community. Campers created businesses that reflected this heritage, including a tool that would help boats stuck on sand bars, and a nature center that would offer guided tours. One student commented, “My favorite part was learning what it took to make a business and manage a checkbook.”Many counties in western North Carolina are offering youth entrepreneurship camps to teach youth leadership and problem solving skills. Communities are beginning to understand the importance of partnerships and collaboration. Wilkes Community College partners with 4-H Cooperative Extension to offer Youth Entrepreneurship Camps in Wilkes and Ashe Counties. The camps combine entrepreneurship with growing industries in the region including advanced materials and sustainable energy. Students took part in a presentation by Martin Marietta Materials and learned about how composite materials are developed and tested. They were able to handle and test materials such as the blast proof panels that protect U.S. troops. Through the theme camps students were encouraged to think about developing businesses that capitalize on the assets on their community.Several counties are working together to offer a regional youth entrepreneurship camp. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp for high-school students and this year started a Middle School Academy Camp for Middle School students. The Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp requires interested students to submit a camp application and recommendations. Students who participate enter the camp with their own business idea that they hope to turn into a real enterprise one day.Many communities across North Carolina are making the decision to include youth entrepreneurship in their economic development strategy. Youth entrepreneurship camps build on the trend and teach young people how to think like entrepreneurs and create a community that encourages entrepreneurship. Students learn about entrepreneurship as a career option, and learn entrepreneurial skills that will benefit them whatever their career choice. Youth entrepreneurship plays a role in economic development as community leaders learn tangible ways to make it part of their larger strategy. Entire regions will benefit through the creation of more businesses and a better trained workforce.

Living Health and Fitness, Planting the Seeds of Health and Fitness

I grew up in farm country and there is a lot that can be learned from the farmer who plants his seed in the spring. Much like the farmer who’s goal is to harvest a fruitful and flourishing crop, your goal would be to begin living health and fitness.A farmer plants his seed in good soil and then he is prepared to tend to it, nourish it, weed it and patiently watch it come to fruition. In much the same way, if our goal is to lose weight, we also must be prepared to find a good seed of a plan and plant it, nourish it, guard against the weeds, and be patient as our plan begins to take root and flourish.Let me ask you a question. Does the farmer who plants the seed today expect a full crop next Friday? The most logical answer is “of course not”. He knows that he must be patient and give the seed time to grow and produce. There again we must give our plan for living health and fitness time to take root in our every day life and grow into a lifestyle.It stands to reason that the deeper the roots the better the results. We can not expect to half heatedly try this diet or that work out and expect great results. We must have a deep rooted commitment to do the workout or to follow the diet plan. I suggest that we take small steps toward our goals and celebrate each day’s success by committing to do it again tomorrow.Be prepared for the weeds. Let me tell you, the weeds will come. The weeds of doubt, and impatience, can work their way into our lives and they will chip away at our commitment. If we do nothing to prevent them they will destroy our crop. We need to get rid of the weeds of self doubt and the weeds of impatience as soon as they show up. Don’t even give them a chance or they will take over your garden.So let us take a lesson from the farmer. Start with a good plan, be prepared to give it time to grow and guard yourself against the weeds that will try to creep in and steal your crop. By the way, I have found a great, healthy, lifestyle plan, it is easy to follow and is all laid out for you with support along the way. For all of the details follow this link to my blog. Click on this link now to learn more about living health and fitness. http://livinghealthandfitness.blogspot.com/