Pear Body Shape Exercises

According to Michele Olson, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, lower body fat is much more difficult to lose than fat in the midsection or other areas. The good news is that overweight, pear-shaped women are at a lower risk for health problems than overweight, apple-shaped women. However, it is best to tackle obesity as early as possible to avoid complications later in life. Begin by implementing exercise into your life at least five days a week, and by eating smaller meals. Remember, starvation or extreme food restriction will cause your body to store more fat, so focus on reducing portions but eating steadily during any workout program.

Interval Walking and Jogging

Interval cardio training burns more calories than steady cardio, such as going for a long jog. To incorporate intervals into a cardio workout, simply start at about half your maximum intensity (a brisk walk, for example), and increase your intensity every couple minutes. After you sustain your maximum intensity for a minute or two (a jog or sprint, depending on your fitness level), drop back down to a recovery level at about half-intensity. Repeat this cycle for 20 to 45 minutes, and remember not to strain yourself if you haven’t exercised in a while.

Other Interval Training

You can implement interval training into a variety of cardio activities—running, cycling, elliptical, or swimming. A good way to increase intensity in running or cycling is to add hills to your workout. Because interval training is intense, you may want to alternate interval days with steady cardio days, or alternate interval days with strength training days.

Strength Training

Two or three days a week of weight training can have phenomenal effects on health and physique. Weight training is the only way to change your body shape—while cardio training will help you lose weight, weight training will build lean body mass and balance the shape of your body. For the lower body, light weights and high reps will build lean body mass without “bulking up” your pear shape. For the upper body, Olson recommends a more traditional program—higher weight levels and a lower number of reps.

How to Prevent an Allergy Headache

An allergy headache is an awful thing to have. They can be extremely painful and even last for days! If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night due to an allergy headache, you’ll know what I mean! You don’t have to suffer from allergy headaches, though. There are several things you can do to get rid of them, and even prevent an allergy headache from happening in the first place!

Instructions

  1. Prevention is the first step to avoiding an allergy headache. One way to prevent allergy headaches is to avoid things that cause allergies. For some people, this can be certain foods, while for others it is things in the environment, such as pollens, molds and dust mites. Some people have allergy headaches caused by numerous factors.
  2. In order to avoid allergens that cause allergy headaches, it is usually necessary to make some changes in your environment. Try putting hypoallergenic mattress and pillow covers on your bed, and launder bedding frequently. You may want to hire a maid to clean your house regularly to keep down dust so that you are not exposed to it. If you have a mold problem in your house, get it addressed as soon as possible!
  3. Medication can be very effective when it comes to the prevention of an allergy headache. Nasonex is a topical steriod spray that is used in the nasal passages. It stops a lot of allergies before they even start. Another very effective medicine is Zyrtec, which just became generic, and therefore affordable for everyone! If you take these medications daily, chances are that you’ll see an incredible decrease in allergy headaches.
  4. Consider changing your diet. My own allergy headaches went away entirely when I eliminated both wheat and sugar from my diet. Not having headaches that last up to three days has dramatically improved my life! Find out what your headache triggers might be by eliminating possibly problematic foods from your diet. Wheat and sugar are typical culprits, by the way.

Tips & Warnings

See your doctor before taking any medications for allergy headaches. Sometimes, allergy headaches can be so painful they are confused with migraines. Get an accurate diagnosis.