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Dianna Saa
Finish Fit boot camp has demonstrated to me that I am VERY capable of pushing my body to its limits. Prior to starting the class I was nervous because it had been a really long time since I had been physically active. With Finish Fit I am now 5 pounds away from my pre-baby weight, something I had been trying to lose for two years! Thanks Lauren, Brett and Armen for helping me lose 10 pounds in four weeks!

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David Binns
My name is David Binns. I began working out three years ago and while I was able to lose weight, I still lacked tone. I began lifting but only showed very small results after a year. Since I have started training with Armen, I have gained about 8 lbs of muscle in a short 3 months. I have more energy, better stamina, and my workout regimen has improved as well to be more rounded. These are things that I tried to do myself by reading books on the subject but that I am now convinced only comes with years experience and an extended education in training. These are both things that Armen possesses and has used to guide me to very favorable results. Using his advice I have improved my diet, and focused on foods that help burn fat and build muscle. My workouts have reached new levels with him pushing me to attain the best results. Armen has also helped me to create a workout schedule for the whole week, not just at personal training. I would recommend personal training to anyone who wants fast results that last.

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Health and Fitness News

Sunlight: The Good and the Bad

Pros and cons of sun exposure.

Stay out of the sun or you’ll get skin cancer.

Sit in the sun to soak up some vitamin D.

The messages you get about sun exposure are confusing and contradictory. You want to protect your skin and your family from the sun’s harmful rays, but you also know sunlight is good for your mental and physical health. So what do you do?

Sun exposure offers health benefits and also comes with health risks. Therefore, it’s important to know how much sunlight you need for good health and how much exposure is considered dangerous.

As the summer months are upon us and you spend more time outdoors, here’s how the sun benefits you, the risk of too much sun, and how much exposure you should try to get.

Good: Mood Booster

Spending time in the sunlight releases serotonin in the brain. This hormone works to improve your mood, keep you focused, and make you feel calm. Without enough sunlight, people are more likely to be depressed, anxious, or suffer from premenstrual dysphoric disorder (anxiety, irritability, and depression days or weeks prior to menstruation).

Good: Vitamin D Producer

When your skin sees the sunlight, it produces vitamin D. It’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food, so sun exposure is ideal. This important vitamin helps the body absorb calcium, which helps build and maintain strong bones. Vitamin D also works to control the immune system and neuromuscular system.
People deficient in vitamin D are at an increased risk for heart disease, weight gain, depression, and certain cancers.

Good: Skin Healer

Have a skin condition that won’t go away despite treatments? Try sitting in the sun or undergo light therapy. A limited amount of UV rays are known to help relieve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and jaundice.

Good: Cancer Preventer

While too much sun can lead to skin cancer, some sunlight may actually help prevent other cancers, including colon cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, pancreatic cancer, and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Bad: Aging Promoter

While a limited amount of sunlight has a healing effect on the skin, too much sunlight harms the skin. Over-exposure to the sun’s harmful rays leads to premature aging of the skin. Wrinkles, brown spots, and dry skin are the result of photoaging.

Bad: Skin Burner

Too much time spent in the sun damages the skin, resulting in sunburn. Your body’s defense against the sun’s UV rays turns the skin red as blood is sent to the skin to repair the damage. As moisture is lost through the skin, it feels tight and painful to the touch. Tanned skin is evidence the skin is thickening and producing extra melanin to stop UV rays from penetrating deeper. Skin peels off to get rid of damaged skin cells.

Bad: Cancer Promoter

UV rays are a known carcinogen. Over-exposure to the sun can damage your skin’s DNA, leading to skin cancer. Millions around the world are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer each year, and there are more cases of skin cancer than all other cancers combined. An estimated 9 out of 10 skin cancers are attributed to sun exposure.

How Much? The Takeaway

It’s obvious the sun offers many health benefits, but also great health risks. For this reason, it’s important to limit the amount of time you spend outside. For good health, current recommendations advise people to expose their bare hands, arms, and face to the sun for 5 to 15 minutes, two to three times a week. Spend longer than 15 minutes outside and you need to protect your skin by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more.

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