For The Body You Deserve
Each month Donna Hubbard, Founder of the Gymophobics chain of ladies Gyms, shares her secrets on diet, health & figure improvement with our readers.
Gymophobics Donna -
Now I am not suggesting that dieting won't help you to lose weight. If you
take on board less calories than you spend, then you will see the pounds drop off. But there are two problems you should be aware of when dieting. The first of these is that if you are not very careful, dieting can make you fat! Sounds ridiculous I know but the truth is that if you diet too strictly it can send your metabolism into 'hiber- nation'. In other words you will then be burning less calories than before you dieted. I have worked with literal- ly hundreds of slimmers who tell me that they gain weight much more eas- ily after dieting!
The second problem with relying on diet to help you to lose weight is that no diet ever invented can be 'target-
ed' at your problem areas. So a diet may make you lighter, but it won't necessarily give you the figure you want. When dieting, most of us melt like a candle. We lose from our face first, (friends start to tell us we look ill!), then we lose our Bust (!) and by the time we get down to the areas we really want to lose from we may look far more pear shaped than before we lost weight.
That's why I advocate healthy eating rather than a diet. I will discuss healthy eating in a later column but this month I want to focus on Resisted Tension. It's an exercise pro- gramme that I have spent more than twenty years developing. Years ago when I was training as a competitive swimmer I felt that I needed to increase my strength. My husband suggested I try some Isometric exer- cises and the affect was amazing. Within weeks my strength had increased dramatically and my body looked far more 'toned'.
I call my programme Resisted Tension. Just twenty minutes each day is all it takes to see results, so let's get start- ed shall we?
So what is Isometric exercise? It involves pulling in a muscle and hold- ing it in a contracted state for a few seconds (7 seconds actually), then relaxing for a few seconds. That's one repetition and you should start by performing 12 repetitions of each
exercise with just a few seconds of rest between each Rep. (If you can't manage 12 reps at first, just do as any as you can. You will soon manage more!).
Isometric exercises tighten, tone and strengthen the muscles being used, but incredibly they will help you to lose weight as well! How is that possi- ble? As I am running out of column inches this month I will explain how it works in next month's column. Until then you will just have to trust me. This month's exercise is for the der- riere. For a smaller, tighter Bum just add this exercise to your daily rou- tine.
Exercise 2 - Gluteal Squeeze
Sitting down (you can even do this exercise while sitting at your office desk and no one will know you are doing it unless you screw your face up at the same time!) you should con- tract one Buttock (Gluteal muscle) as tightly as you can and hold for seven seconds. Now relax and repeat with the other Buttock. Now relax before clenching both Buttocks simultane- ously for the same amount of time.
Count the above as one repetition. Twelve repetitions each day will be quite enough for now and don't forget to keep doing your Tummy Tuck exer- cise each day as well.
If you want to comment on any of the points raised in my column, I would
love to hear from you at : email@example.com
The Friends of Westbourne Library
The Friends of Westbourne Library, in conjunction with the Broomhill Pool Trust, has also been busy researching into the history of Broomhill Pool and Westbourne Library during the war. It turns out these two buildings played important and valuable roles. The Library was purpose built as an air raid shelter, later becoming a decontamination unit. With public morale a key weapon in the war, our lido was not only retained as Ipswich's flagship leisure facility, but on a vastly practical level is was kept full at the council's request in case any fires broke out and they needed to use water from the Pool to extin- guish them !
The Library as we know it today, was built in 1942, as an air raid shelter and designed by E. McLauchlan, the very same Borough Engineer who designed the Pool. After the War fin- ished the former air raid shelter was bought by the Ipswich Library Committee in 1946, seeking to replace the former Castle Hill library on Norwich Road (Richmond Road).
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