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Arginine Helps Older Cyclists Improve Performance

Avid cyclists over the age of 50 had an improvement in their performance after taking arginine supplements for three weeks, according to a study just published in the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

“As people age, their exercise capacity may decline – leading in turn to a decline in overall fitness that can impact health,” noted Luigi Gratton, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Herbalife.

A group of 16 male cyclists, aged 50 to 73 years, were randomly assigned to receive either the supplement (Niteworks; Herbalife International, Los Angeles, CA) containing 5.2 grams of L-arginine, or a look-alike placebo and instructed to continue with their usual cycling regimen over the three week study period. After three weeks, those taking the supplement had an increase in their anaerobic threshold – the point at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood, leading to fatigue.

“Arginine is involved in the production of nitric oxide in the body,” notes Gratton, “and nitric oxide has been associated with the improvement of exercise performance through its beneficial effects on the vascular system.” As people age, production of nitric oxide declines, so the researchers believed that arginine supplementation could support the production of nitric oxide and enhance performance.

The anaerobic threshold of the study subjects was assessed both before and after the three week study period. In those receiving the supplement, their anaerobic threshold increased by 16.7% after one week, and held steady during the three weeks, whereas those in the placebo group experienced no change. “This indicates a potential role for arginine in improving exercise performance in older subjects,” said Gratton, “and improved performance could mean better fitness and healthier lives.”

Niteworks is available to ship now from our online store, where you will also find further articles & product information:

NOTE: The study, conducted at UCLA and funded by Herbalife, used Herbalife’s original formula Niteworks. The current product has a slightly different formula, although no changes were made to the active ingredients.

Niteworks was created based on research conducted by Lou Ignarro, Ph.D., who received the Nobel Prize in 1998 for his work on nitric oxide. Ignarro is a member of the company’s Scientific and Nutrition Advisory Boards.

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Following tremendous feedback from their international  Sports Nutrition seminars, Herbalife will be sponsoring the UK’s first Seminar taking  in March. There are 2 headline speakers, one a leading sports nutritionist and the other a well known coach in the field of cycling. Both speakers will be sharing tips on how to improve performance and the importance of nutrition in an athlete’s performance.

The Seminar is open to all and is aimed at anybody who is interested in knowing more about  the principles of Sports Nutrition, whether you are a distributor who wants to learn about the sports market, a personal Trainer, an amateur Triathlete or even a full time professional.

Date: Wednesday 10th March, 2010
Time: 5:30pm to 9:30pm Dress code: smart casual
Venue: The Renewal Conference Centre, Lode Lane, Solihull, Birmingham B91 2JR

Tickets are £15 per person. Guests can purchase tickets via any Herbalife distributor and Herbalife Distributors can order online at www.myherbalife.com/uk .

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Average 50-something fitter than 25-year-old, study claims You may have seen the results of the latest Herbalife research in the press over the last few days. According to the study of 4,000 British adults, 50-somethings eat less calories, exercise more and eat less junk than people half their age.

Here is the coverage from the Daily Telegraph:

Researchers found the average 25-year-old consumes over 2,300 calories a day, exercises only three times a week and munches on 12 types of junk food a month. But the typical 50-year-old has only 1,990 calories each day, does at least four forms of exercise and treats themselves to just one piece of junk food each week. And while those in their mid-20s have three takeaways a month, the older generation have only one.

The study, commissioned by global nutrition and direct selling company Herbalife, quizzed 4,000 Brits on their diet and lifestyle. Neil Spiers, Herbalife’s Regional Vice President, said: “The results of the study will be surprising to most as it’s natural to think that the younger you are, the fitter you are. It seems many young people are making the mistake of underestimating the benefit of a more balanced, holistic approach to diet and lifestyle. It’s great to think that the older generation are showing the youngsters the way when it comes to healthier living.”

The nationwide research of 16-80 year olds quizzed them on their health and exercise habits. It found the over-50s are more likely to walk as much as they can during the day – to the shops or with the dog – while those in their 20s tend to drive everywhere. But when it comes to excuses for not exercising, over a third (36 per cent) of 25 year olds blame not having enough time, compared to 22 per cent of over-50s. The research found 70 per cent of Brits see themselves as healthy – exercising for 27 minutes a day, at least three times a week, opting to go for a walk, run, cycle or gym. A quarter of Brits polled cycle to see friends or go to the shops, and 70 per cent take the stairs instead of the lift. Nearly four in 10 walk to the train station or to work in a bid to keep fit.

The study also found the average Brit believes they are overweight by nine pounds. Over a quarter of the population are currently on a diet – with the ‘low fat’ (30 per cent), ‘low carb’ (14 per cent) and ‘detox’ (eight per cent) diets being the most popular. And they would wish to lose 13 pounds for them to be their ideal weight.

The study also highlighted the lengths people will go to in order to hide their flab. Nearly a quarter have fibbed about the amount they eat, one in five has lied about their weight and 12 per cent have cut labels out of clothing which revealed their real size. A cheeky 16 per cent have turned to slimming aids without telling anyone and seven per cent have uploaded misleading pictures on Facebook.

And 30 per cent have ‘binge dieted’ to fit into a dress or to look good in a bikini in time for a holiday.

Very interesting reading, and not wholly suprising, judging from the conversations I’ve had with some of my clients.

If you’d like information on losing weight in a healthy and safe way by incorporating the Herbalife products into a healthy lifestyle, visit our online store. (You can also read testimonials from some of our clients on out results page.)

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new aviSo my beautiful daughter is 12 weeks old already (gulp) and I’ve decided it’s about  time I started getting back to my pre-pregnancy levels of fitness – and of course weight!

Until her current growth spurt is over (I’m breastfeeding) I will stay on core nutrition including just one shake a day – for good health – and my plan is to gradually start re-introducing more of the weight management products and cutting back on the “normal” food I’m eating, so that it doesn’t affect my milk.

I’m really looking forward to exercising at the gym and studio again, but know it’ll be a few more months before I can use the creche – also I am not ready to leave my baby girl yet, even if it is just for an hour! So here is what I’ve already started doing:

  • I babywear for several hours a day which is great for both of us and also means I can still get out and about with my pre-schooler. Yesterday we were chasing each other around the trees in the woods while the baby was fast asleep in the wrap – fabulous! You can read my previous post on babywearing benefits here.
  • I’ve downloaded a load of Yogamazing podcasts onto my laptop and iPhone (you can subscribe at iTunes too), so I can do a quick workout whenever I get the chance – which means the rare occasions both kids sleep at the same time! I also have a child’s yoga mat so my son can “join in” if he wants to (!)
  • As well as my beloved and much-used Fitflops, I’ve got a pair of the new Sketchers Shape-ups . I am already a fan of MBTs but have to say I prefer these (surprising for me as the Sketchers are much cheaper, and I normally have expensive taste!!!) – as they are not so obviously ‘unbalanced’ making it easier to walk with them from day one, and in my opinion, not taking very much getting used to (although I confess to not having watched the DVD that comes with them). I also think they look more like trainers than MBTs – my husband usually makes disparaging remarks when I wear the MBTs, but thinks these look nice. I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks now and they are absolutely great – I would highly recommend them if you’re looking to get into shape and want to make the most of your regular activities. I can actually feel the muscles in my legs have had a work-out when I’ve worn them! And I suppose I can’t say all that without a picture now, can I?  These are the same as mine:shapeupsNice eh? (I  got them from www.fitnessfootwear.com who in my experience are very quick to deliver and always give excellent service as well as good pricing.)

I think when you’re a new mum, especially when breastfeeding and you have more of an appetite and less time to prepare healthy food, it even more important to watch what you’re eating, and I must admit that I haven’t always followed my own advice in the last three months!

I’ll try to post regular updates over the nex few months, although I can’t post as regularly as I did before I entered the realms of two children – which is a whole new ball-game!

Best of health,
Sarah

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Hello!! Firstly, I must apologise for my tardiness – it has been AGES since my last post. so I’ll get straight to it.

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My daughter, Amelia, was born at the end of April after a really great pregnancy! In total contrast to last time, my “Herbalife” baby was born naturally weighing a healthy 7 lbs 14 oz. I am so pleased that I not only managed to go to full term this time, but things were healthy enough for me to be left to have a spontaneous labour at 41 weeks and a VBAC delivery. I can’t tell you what a relief this was after my first pregnancy which was plagued with ill health and ended in a failed early induction and emergency c section (see previous posts for further details).

The last 3 weeks have been a bit of a blur as we’ve been settling into our new routine as a family of four! It’s true that having 2 is much more hard work than having 1 +1 but it’s all good, and I’m loving being mum to a little baby again, now that my 2 year old is fiercely independent and wiping my kisses off!

Amelia is an exclusively breastfed baby so continuing to benefit from the Herbalife products even outside the womb – she’s gaining weight VERY well and is perfectly proportioned… and gorgeous (well, we think so!)

I haven’t been on a weighing scales since before I was pregnant and am not worrying about weight loss for a few more weeks – once I’ve had my 8 week check-up I’ll start exercising again and revert to two shakes a day (at the moment I am still having one shake a day at breakfast time for good health and supplementation) although I’ll be eating more calories than when I was previously losing weight and having additional protein to maintain a healthy milk supply. Watch this space for my post-pregnancy weight loss progress – starting some time in July.

Even though I am enjoying my “babymoon” at the moment, you can still order from my online store!

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The sun is shining, the daffodils are in full bloom ( I must confess to feeling some affinity – being Welsh and in “full-bloom” myself!) and after months of dark cold short days I am definitely feeling the desire to be more active. This is the perfect time to start getting into shape for summer and if I have no excuse, neither do you!

Being almost 9 months pregnant and having certain related mobility issues (huge bump, shortness of breath etc!!) rather than mourning the temporary loss of my beloved Body Balance classes and gym sessions, I was looking for a way to maximinse what I CAN do – which is mainly walking these days….. and I think I’ve found a good option……

Some of you may remember that I “discovered” fitness shoes last summer and have been extolling their virtures  for some time (but find MBTs too unbalanced with a huge bump), so last week I got a new pair of FitFlop and started wearing them around when doing my every day jobs (feeding ducks, doing the shopping, ironing – all that other “mummy stuff”) and I have to say, I am delighted with them – they are even sparkley!

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As someone who suffers from Symphasis Pubis Disorder/ Pelvic Gurdle Pain in pregnancy, I have to be careful with my choice of footwear at the moment and have to say, these are absolutely fantastic. They are SO comfortable I am actually wearing them around the house as well as out – in fact they’ve become my standard footwear during waking hours.

Not only am I more comfortable in my ‘normal’ activities, but I am more inclined to walk and stand for longer than I might otherwise as my back isn’t aching (not sure if this is due to a better posture or if it’s due to the cushioned sole). The fact that these shoes help to tone your legs and bottom (with their wobble-board type sole) is a bonus rather than my main reason for wearing them now, and I’ve a feeling they’ll continue to be a favourite for summer. I may well be off to Fitness Footwear to get a few more pairs in other colours and styles!

If you’re also looking for some exercise that you can do without going to the gym, or doing anything too strenuous for reasons such as pregnancy or injury, you may want to consider:

  • walking (esp. with FitFlop)
  • gardening
  • house-work (not personally a fan of this one!)
  • swimming
  • tai-chi
  • yoga
  • pilates

For lots more detailed information on incorporating any exercise into a healthy lifestyle that includes our Herbalife nutrition product ranges, you can also download the Herbalife Fitness Manual, and visit our Sports Energy & Nutrition pages.

Best of health, Sarah

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Contributed by Holly McCarthy, who writes on the subject of nursing skills. Holly invites your feedback at hollymccarthy12@gmail.com

In many countries around the world, convenience has made real solid nutritional food take the back seat and created many problems in its wake.  Fast food, preservatives, and processed foods may create low-cost, long-lasting products that make the act of eating a cinch, but the long-term effects of ingesting these “foods” can be extremely hazardous and even life threatening.

So many people are now trying to watch their weight and eat right.  It is certainly the right thing to do for your health and for the environment, especially if your tastes include organic fruits, vegetables, and grains that promote sustainability in the process.  The problems start, however, when diet is not enough.

Supplementing Your Diet

So you think you’re eating well; you eat three squares a day and still perhaps feel sluggish and unable to get on the right track with your health.  Chances are you are now experiencing deficiencies in vital vitamins and trace minerals that your body was oblivious to when you were consuming processed foods.  Now that you are eating well, your body is trying to tell you that you’re missing something.

This is where supplements come in.

People often don’t realize that taking multivitamins and minerals is often the only way to get these substances into your body.  Over time, our bodies relied on certain things to achieve homeostasis, which included actually ingesting trace amounts of minerals on our foods.  With our focus on cleanliness these days, this is nearly impossible to achieve without supplements.

Help in a Pinch or On the Go

Additionally, it may not be entirely possible to consume all of the vitamins your body needs in raw form without running the gamut of the produce aisle in an attempt to ingest as much as possible.  Finding ways to supplement your protein and fiber intake is also far easier when using supplements and satisfies the need to get some fuel in a fast and convenient manner.

Smoothies and shakes are a great way to get the extra daily requirements in without having to slow down on the busiest of days.  Once your body adjusts to receiving these extra little boosts that it really needs to stay fully operational, you will begin to see and feel the difference.

Of course, no change in diet is complete without proper physical fitness and regular exercise.  Always consult a physician when making major lifestyle changes and try to avoid making abrupt changes, as serious complications can occur.

If you would like a personal consultation to determine which Herbalife supplements may help as part of your healthy lifestyle, please contact Sarah for more information, or you can visit our online store

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