The Best Place to Wear a Pedometer

A pedometer is an inexpensive mechanical device that may help you improve your level of fitness.The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found over 66 percent of Americans fall into the overweight or obese category. Whether you struggle with your weight or desire to maintain your weight, using a simple pedometer may help you stay fit. When using a pedometer, place the pedometer in the correct position to accurately measure the number of steps you take each day.
Wearing a pedometer in the proper location helps you accurately monitor the number of steps you take. An improperly positioned pedometer may miss or add steps, giving you a false reading. If the reading is too high due to improper placement, you may not challenge yourself to add more steps to your day due to the false reading. Conversely, if improper placement causes you to record too few steps, you may become discouraged by your apparent lack of progress and stop trying to increase your activity level. Check your pedometer placement frequently throughout the day.
You can buy pedometers in several styles

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. The most common style of pedometer is the type that you attach to either your waistband or belt. You can often find this type of pedometer in discount stores, sporting stores or even drug stores for under $20.00. Another style has a clip attached, giving you the opportunity to either attach it to your waistband or drop it in your purse or briefcase. Although body fat and clothing may make it difficult to attach a waistband style to your waist, avoid clipping the pedometer to your bra strap or shoe, as those locations are not as accurate, according to Catherine Ling and Sheila Smith, authors of a 2010 study published in the “Journal of the Academy of Nurse Practitioners.”
When using a pedometer that must be physically attached to your body, read the directions. Most pedometers need to be several inches from your center body or directly in line with your knee to accurately record the number of steps you take each day. The pedometers work by using a pendulum which moves the counter as you move forward or backward, according to the University of Missouri Extension. Use the provided clip attachment to secure the pedometer to your waistband or belt. Walk for about 20 steps, stop and check the pedometer for accuracy. Adjust it closer or farther to your naval until the counter is accurate. If you have a large abdomen, secure the pedometer to the back of your waistband and recount your steps.
If you select a pedometer that gives you the option of carrying it or wearing it, place it in your purse, pocket or briefcase. Placing it in such a location is convenient if your outfit makes it difficult to conceal the pedometer under a jacket or shirt

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. As with a clip pedometer, check the accuracy of measurement by counting off at least 20 steps and reading the pedometer display. Try clipping the pedometer to the inside of your pocket or to a inside compartment of your purse or briefcase if simply placing it in the bottom of your pocket or purse does not give you an accurate reading.
If you are not physically active, begin using your pedometer as a means of establishing your base number of steps. Recording your total steps you take each day for two days. If you walk 3,000 steps a day, set of goal of increasing the number of steps you take by 10 to 15 percent each week. Gradual increases will make it less likely for you to experience injury. Although 10,000 steps is the common recommendation, a publication by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports indicates that you should increase the number of steps you take in relation to your current health, as chronic diseases or age may make it difficult to reach a set number of steps each day.

Remedies to Improve Blood Circulation in Legs & Feet

Poor circulation to the legs and feet can develop from unhealthy lifestyle habits, vascular disease or traumatic injury. Medications, lifestyle changes and surgery are remedies used to improve blood flow in the legs and feet. Severe cases of poor circulation may or may not be amenable to surgical intervention. Narrow, blocked or damaged blood vessels are the causes of poor circulation of blood in the legs and feet.
Exercise improves blood flood to all parts of the body. Poor circulation in the legs and feet causes symptoms of pain, heaviness in the lower extremities and cramping. Discomfort associated with walking or other exercise usually subsides with rest

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. Alternating periods of exercise and rest can help improve circulation over time. Exercise programs should be guided by a physician.
Tobacco constricts the blood vessels. Avoidance of tobacco is important to maintain healthy circulation to all of the organs and tissues in the body. Second-hand smoke can also have a negative impact on blood vessel health. Avoidance of tobacco smoke can improve circulation in the legs and feet and aid in prevention of peripheral artery disease

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Poor circulation from narrow blood vessels becomes worse when cold constricts the vessels even further. Staying warm with a blanket and socks can improve blood flow to the legs and feet. Warmth causes vasodilation that helps improve blood circulation and can also relieve symptoms of cramping that can occur from lack of oxygen carried in the bloodstream to the tissues.
Pletal is a medication that can prevent blood cells from “clumping” together. It also dilates the blood vessels and is available with a prescription from a physician. If a blood clot is blocking circulation to the lower legs or feet, a physician might order a blood thinner such as warfarin to help dissolve the clot.
Surgical intervention can provide more blood flow to the legs and feet for patients with arterial disease, known as peripheral artery disease or PAD. Surgery might include inserting a small metal device called a stent that expands an artery that is blocked by plaque, a fatty substance in the blood. Angioplasty involves insertion of a deflated balloon through the artery in the leg. When the balloon reaches the blocked area, it is inflated to press plaque against the wall of the artery. A “bypass” is performed with the use of a synthetic material or a healthy vein harvested from the patient. The bypass material or vein is attached above and below the blockage, bypassing the diseased area to restore leg circulation.

Good Exercises to Get Rid of Belly Fat & Love Handles

You might expect crunches

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, twists and side bends to be among the most effective exercises for reducing belly fat and love handles. These moves would seem to directly target those areas to whittle excess pudge away. Fat loss, however, is a complex process that only happens when you stimulate the right hormones and consume fewer calories than you burn. While exercises that target your torso build stability and tone the muscles in this region, they won’t help you get rid of the spare tire covering up the muscles and spilling over your waistband. High-intensity cardio and resistance training are your best calorie-burners to lose belly fat and love handles.
Fat that increases the circumference of your waistband and forms the pinchable handles at the sides of your torso is both subcutaneous, sitting just under the skin, and visceral

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, embedded deep in your belly and surrounding the internal organs. While you may not like the looks of those love handles and soft muffin top, this fat is less dangerous to your health than the firm, deep visceral fat, which acts like an endocrine organ and expels inflammatory compounds into your system. Visceral fat is of concern because it raises your risk of diseases, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers.
Exercise is essential in losing belly fat. It helps you burn more calories every day and builds muscle, which further boosts your metabolism. When you start an exercise program, the first fat you lose is visceral fat. Your waist size will shrink and you’ll look slimmer. Your love handles, which are made up of subcutaneous fat, will shrink as well, but may hang on a bit longer; subcutaneous abdominal fat can sometimes be some of the last fat you lose. Don’t give up though — you will lose it if you stick with a healthy, portion-controlled diet and a regular exercise regimen that includes cardio and strength.
Aim to fit in a minimum of 30 minutes per day of moderate-intensity cardio, such as brisk walking or light cycling. Once you’ve reached that level, increase the duration to last an hour on most days.
As your stamina improves, add in high-intensity intervals to boost fat loss — especially at your abdomen. A paper published in the Journal of Obesity in 2011 showed that alternating short bouts of all-out exercise and recovery improved fat-burning capacity, overall weight loss and visceral fat loss. Examples of HIIT workouts include alternating 30-second sprints with 30-second walks or alternating 4 minutes of hard cycling with 2 minutes of easier effort.
Always warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before doing the high-intensity interval training, or HIIT, section of your workout. Conclude each workout with a cool down too to promote muscle recovery and prevent venous pooling.
Crunches and abdominal twists work just one group of muscles. To lose belly fat, undertake a comprehensive resistance program that has you challenging all the major muscle groups with resistance at least twice per week. Resistance training mobilizes visceral and subcutaneous fat in the abdominal region, determined another review of recent research published in the Journal of Obesity in 2011. Such workouts may not make you lose a lot of weight on the scale, but it changes the distribution of that weight for the better — building calorie-burning muscle and helping you lose inflammatory fat.
Stick to moderate weights and just one set of eight to 12 repetitions for the first couple of weeks if you’re new to resistance training. A fitness professional can help with form and program design.
Over time, build up to as many as three sets of an exercise for each major muscle group. Squats, chest presses, deadlifts, lunges, rows and dips are examples of challenging moves that address several muscle groups at once, potentially enhancing your results. Keep doing abdominal moves, including planks and crunches, but don’t rely on them exclusively for strength or belly fat loss.
Read More: Learn more about the fat-burning benefits of strength training

The Best Running Shoes for Shin Splints

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Running is great but can result in shin splints, a painful injury along the inside border of the tibia, or shin bone. There are many causes for shin splints, but the right shoe can help and a professional can help you find the right fit. ¡°Eight out of every 10 Americans overpronate, so they shouldn¡¯t be in a soft, cushiony shoe, but rather a stability shoe,¡± said Dr. Keith Jeffers, a San Diego, California-based chiropractor known as The Running Doctor who has treated shin splints and other running ailments for 25 years. ¡°Stability helps keep the foot from rolling in and (putting) pressure on shins¡±. There is no single type or brand of shoe to prevent shin splints, but here are some recommendations from coaches, runners and sporting goods corporate buyers.
This high-end model ($150) uses plenty of midsole and outsole material that provides enhanced shock absorption, dispersing impact as each foot lands while providing a fair amount of responsiveness. ¡°From what I understand about shin splints, to help combat it one adds more cushioning to their shoe — and there¡¯s a lot of product for that — or you change the way you run,” said Robert Follett, running shoe buyer for Sport Chalet, a sporting goods chain based in La Canada, California. “Instead of landing on your heel, you focus more on your midfoot striking. There are shoes geared toward that. I¡¯d recommend Brooks Glycerin.”
The New Balance 810v2 ($89.95) is geared toward multisurface duties. A more anatomical heel, an improved arch and a closer fit in the toe box help its wearers better transition from a heel strike to midfoot strike, thus cutting down on potential shin-splint issues. ¡°I do a lot of trail and road running. This shoe works for both. Less pad than I’m used to, but I think I’ll grow to like that,¡± said John Grogan of Woodland Hills, California.
Asics engineers Cirrus33 running shoes to promote a more natural foot movement. You’ll pay around $150 for this model, but that’s a small price for avoiding shin splints. ¡°Asics has one of the best solutions out there with the Cirrus,¡± Follett said. Named for the number of bones in the foot, the Cirrus33 is lightweight yet plush, providing excellent shock absorption. The two-layer midsole and gel cushioning systems absorb heavy impacts. The sole uses Asics¡¯ Guidance Line technology, which decouples the heel, midfoot and forefoot from each other to provide the user a more natural motion and feel.
Professional runners and amateur marathoners appreciate the unique aspects of the Distance U. Melody Fairchild of Boulder, Colorado, a coach and former NCAA middle-distance champion, describes it as ¡°light, with a wide forefoot, and super responsive. A fabulous training shoe and has the high-performance feel of a racing shoe.¡± Added Chris Kim, a Los Angeles, California, resident and 16-time marathoner: ¡°Thankfully, (I¡¯ve) never had shin splints. Best to run midfoot so you won’t get them. Therefore I wear the Distance U. A little pricey ($155) but good on the feet and legs.¡±
The Terrex ($135) has a proprietary outer sole that offers 30 percent more traction on dry and damp surfaces to help with stability regardless of the workout environment. ¡°Since returning to the trails after a bout with shin splints, I discovered and am really happy with the X Low GTX,” said runner Jim Davis of Alameda, California. “The stability and grip it provides me on different terrain … and weather conditions I attribute to a great rubber soul. At the same time it is light yet supportive.¡±
This model reflects the growing popularity of lightweight running shoes, but the 890v3 ($110) also pays keen attention to function. It weighs less than 10 ounces and still offers solid stability. “They’re lightweight, with a thin sole, but still have plenty of cushion for the heel,” said Matthew Wieland, an avid runner from Los Angeles. “I really appreciate a shoe that is so light you forget you’re wearing it but that still has plenty of cushion, too, for a smooth run.”
A lot of science went into this $120 pair, which includes a Nav Band, a flexible, stretching band that wraps over the midfoot to help keep the foot secure. ¡°Brooks, with their Pure Cadence 2, like Asics, is going for shorter strides midfoot. From my understanding, that helps against shin splints,¡± Follett said. The Pure Cadence 2 includes BioMoGo, a distinctive midsole technology offering cushioning to create a springy return and custom comfort. Speaking of returns, the inverted heel helps align the runner¡¯s center of gravity to promote optimal energy return.
Unfortunately, shin splints affect trail runners, too. This $150 all-terrain model has an outsole that features a protected stretch membrane and increased traction. The closed mesh of the upper keeps out debris. The Momentum¡¯s midsole offers a mid-to-rear-foot support chassis for added stability and accommodates orthotics. After miles of varied terrain, you¡¯ll appreciate that the medial and lateral webbing provides increased upper stability.
This model, at $145, uses a patented gel cushioning system designed to help protect the foot from the punishing forces of surface contact by absorbing impact. ¡°Many of us are taught the heel-first strike, so it takes a lot of mental discipline and requires a sort for retraining of the mind on how to alter your stride and be less injury prone and susceptible to shin splints,” Follett said

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Creating Eclectic Style With Clothes You Own

Some women have a knack for throwing random pieces of clothing together and creating a look that not only makes them stand out, but also causes them to appear incredibly stylish. You can be one of those ladies, too, and you don’t even have to go shopping to achieve an eclectic look. You can do it right with the clothes in your own closet

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Having an eclectic sense of style means that you can put together different fashion pieces that on the hanger seem like they wouldn’t go together, but when you put them on, the overall look works. Start by searching in your closet for some basic wardrobe pieces. Flattering jeans, black pants and black skirts are essential building blocks because you can pair them with trendier tops. Use items like a classic cable-knit sweater, a black or white T-shirt and a nice button-down blouse.
Use these basics with other pieces in your closet that might be a little trendier. Try taking a pair of jeans or solid-color pants and pair them with a patterned top. To add flair, put on a jacket that has a different pattern on it.
If you’re really into mixing prints, take a skirt that has one type of print, say, a large flower, and pair it with a top that has small blooms on it. You can even wear different types of prints together, like a stripes and graphics. As long as they have similar color elements, they’ll go together.
Another way to create an unusual look is to match colors counterintuitively. Black and brown can work together, if you wear them right. Don a black T-shirt with jeans and throw on a brown belt. Other options are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, like red and pink, or complimentary colors like purple and yellow. Even putting together different shades of the same color, like light blue and dark blue, can create an interesting look.
Other ways to create an unusual style is to pair fancy pieces with basic items, like wearing sneakers with a nice dress or a T-shirt with a frilly skirt. Mixing seasonal clothing also does the trick. Don’t be afraid to wear a bright summer color with your winter sweater. Throw on a chunky cable-knit sweater over your summer dress.
Accessories also can help you create an eclectic look, and, no, they don’t have to match. Mix metals, pair chunky watches with sleek bangles. Bags, scarves, shoes and handbags in the same color also help bring a polished look to your mixed-patterned outfits.
Once you’re finished putting together your eclectic look, take a step in front a mirror and admire your work. You may even want to take a picture for later reference. There’s a fine line between eclectic and fashion faux pas, so be sure not to cross it. That said, embrace the possibilities and have fun experimenting with your clothes. You never know — you may create a whole new you!

Hollywood’s First Magical Makeover Movie

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As a kid, I watched a ton of AMC, back in the pre-“Mad Men” and -“Walking Dead” days when the channel only played old movies, and was commercial-free to boot. And, oh, how I hated Bette Davis because whenever one of her movies was on, that meant it was probably a drama about dramatic adult things, and all my 10-year-old self wanted was some Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick or a happy-go-lucky Technicolor musical. However, my kid self likely would’ve been into Davis’ “Now, Voyager”because I was and still am a sucker for a magical makeover movie.
That 1942 drama was Hollywood’s first magical makeover movie, effectively kicking off a genre of lady-leaning films that center around how a physical and fashion overhaul can transform a woman’s life readily, generally in the form of a super hot guy really, truly seeing her for the first time. Think “My Fair Lady,” “Pretty Woman” and “Clueless,” to name just a few.
(For a deeper look into the genre’s enduring appeal and its conflicting gendered messages about beauty and empowerment, you can listen to a Stuff Mom Never Told You episode all about it here

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Moreover, “Now, Voyager” established the standard magical makeover formula, complete with the classic foot-to-head pan up of protagonist Charlotte Vale, in which the camera painstakingly reveals the beautiful swan that had been hiding inside that former ugly duckling. The beauty “before” and “after” signifiers haven’t changed much over the years, either, which is kind of fascinating when you consider how those outward symbols of femininity haven’t fluctuated alongside the ever-evolving fashions, politics and media depictions of women. Aside from the hosiery and hat, today’s markers of a glamorous, desirable woman look just like they did in 1942, as highlighted in “The Makeover In Movies: Before and After in Hollywood Films, 1941 – 2002” by Deborah C. Mitchell and Elizabeth E. Ford:
Ah, the transformational power of simply taking one’s bun down!
Mitchell and Ford also note that Warner Bros strategically publicized the amount of costuming it took to dowdy up Davis, and the film’s promotional images only showed Davis post-makeover and fabulous. By that time, Davis was famous enough that people knew she was a striking woman in the real life, so it was her spinster make-under that people came to see.
That’s the funny thing about magical makeover movies. Usually, the audience is well aware that the leading lady is a stunner, which means that perhaps the genre’s appeal relies on a bit of schadenfreude. Maybe we derive comfort both from seeing gorgeous starlets sporting unflattering glasses, unibrows and ill-fitting clothes, as well as witnessing the seemingly attainable elements of their transformation. While a lot of makeover movies offer a saccharine moral that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, I’d argue that our delight in these kinds of movies is all about the superficial stuff because it simultaneously tells us that all it takes to become the center of sexual attention is a trip to a waxing salon, makeup counter, hair salon and stylist. Anyone can be beautiful by normative (i.e. white, Western) standards — hooray! Although it most certainly helps to already look like Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, or another A-lister in order to maximize makeover results.
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Lines We Love: Roger Vivier

There is no buckle around the world with so much history. No heel as exciting and classy as the virgule. No shoe designer with the talent and legend of Roger Vivier Shoes… They truly are one -or two- of a kind.

The French designer created shoes he considered sculptures and sublimated women with real pieces of art. Queen Elizabeth II, Marlène Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Liz Taylor, Josephine Baker, Mistinguette, the Beatles, Françoise Hardy or Elsa Schiaparelli, they all had something in common: they worshiped Vivier. He also created shoes for renowned designers and couturiers, like Christian Dior, Emanuel Ungaro, André Courreges, Cristobal Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, all of whom now design original Vivier ideas under their own name.

Vivier changed the rules and was always stripes ahead of his contemporaries, creating improvised, innovative and unpredictable pieces with materials like lace, tulle, “guipure”, leather, drapery, golden fur, see through plastic, organza, vinyl, feathers or leaves. He also is the father of various types of heels: the Stilleto, the Choc, the Virgule, and of the Belle Vivier shoes adorned with the emblematic metal buckled shoes that Deneuve was wearing in the Luis Buñuel film “Belle de Jour”. That was 1965.

Today Roger Vivier brand has learned how to mantain the essence of the original designer in hands of Bruno Frisoni, current creative director. Since 2004, he has conceived not only shoes… Also bags -The Metro-, a Couture collection that was daring and intricate as works of art and a new universe of luxury.

This Spring-Summer collection is “a stroll through the heat of summer” and offers “a sexy collection”. Roger Vivier’s iconic Parisian look becomes increasingly sophisticated with acutely streamlined ranges. Uppers are slimmer, heels are narrower, like the Pilgrim sandal which is given a Privilège heel to become Pilgrim Sexy, or Choc heel, becoming Sexy Choc. A new model, Ondulation, draws sensual curves over the foot. Stiletto-Sphère accentuates its low cut with embellished heels of pearl, like a gem, in honour of a new name, Miss Pearl.