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|Posted on April 27, 2021 at 1:05 PM||comments (3087)|
A highly effective fitness routine starts with setting goals. It is somewhat ironic to talk about goals in terms of fitness because there are two interpretations to the word. It can mean:
A base, station, or bound used in several games; in football, a line between two posts across which the ball must pass in order to score; also, the act of kicking the ball over the line between the goal posts. (Babylon's Dictionary)
Or it can be: The final purpose or aim; the end to which a design tends, or which a person aims to reach or attain. (Babylon's Dictionary)
While we are obviously talking about the second definition, it bears in mind that most athletic events have a goal in mind as well! Your fitness goals will probably revolve around reaching and maintaining specific weight levels, resting heart rates, or endurance levels.
For each of your goals, you will have various methods to reach them. For instance, a method to lose weight is to eat no more than 1500 calories a day. Bear in mind that strategy and the goal are not the same thing. You shouldn't limit your calories as a goal. You should limit your calories as a means to reaching a goal.
You will want to have short term and long term goals, particularly if you have a big long term aim. For instance, a 250 pound woman shouldn't make her primary goal to lose half of her body weight. While this may be a long term goal, she may want to aim to lose 10 pounds this month.
Always write down your goals. It is a good idea to post them on the bathroom mirror or other place where you will see them regularly. You should always set SMART goals. This stands for:
* Time Bound
So, a SMART goal would be: “I will lose 10 pounds by August 31 by limiting my calories to 1600 per day and working out at the gym 3 times per week.”
If you are dwelling on an athletic endeavor along with your fitness regime, consider deciding on separate goals for workouts and competitions. For instance, if you are taking up tennis, you will want to have goals for your workouts that include returning 300 serves. But, if you are going to compete in a tournament, you may want to make it to the semi-finals. Don't mix up the two goals because that will hurt your entire fitness performance. You can more easily control your workout goals than you can your competition goals because the competition goals can be impaired by the performance of other people.
Think about how you plan to meet your goals. Will you have rewards at different stages? For instance, after you make the quarter finals at the tennis match, will you buy a new racket?
From time to time, you should reevaluate goals. Some people find that they were overly ambitious in setting their goals and would be more motivated to revise them downward. Others find that they underestimated themselves and can push themselves harder.
Finally, realize that the journey is as important as the destination. Enjoy yourself as you start your new fitness routine.
|Posted on July 9, 2016 at 6:15 PM||comments (3896)|
You just have read all that you need to know about how to prevent being overweight. That simple set of instructions should be easy to follow, but not for 35% of Americans who are unable to prevent being overweight.
Of course, once we are overweight, we usually want to trim down for a whole lot of reasons, some related to health, others having to do with looks.
In addition, it is never too late to lose weight. But the fact is, it is a whole lot easier to prevent putting on pounds than to try losing them later on. And if there is one thing we all know, it is that weight gain is likely to happen if we do not take forward-looking steps to stop it.
Health experts say that most people who are into losing weight usually stray. They tend to go back to their old eating habits even after they learn to enjoy low-fat eating. They tend to return to sedentary ways even though they enjoy exercising.
But despite the momentum toward weight gain, you can stop it from happening, experts say. And there are plenty of good reasons to avoid excess pounds, reasons that go beyond vanity or social acceptance.
In fact, some health experts contend that the significance of excess weight is more than cosmetic. They say that it takes a huge toll on peopleís physical health.
The Way to Losing WeightÖNaturally
The nuts and bolts of eating right maintaining a healthy weight is not all that complicated. In fact, it is a good bet that most people know pretty well what is best. Hence, losing weight the natural way should not be a problem at all.
Consequently, a reasonable approach for losing weight naturally is to stick to a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates, high in fiber, moderate in protein, and low in fat.
A complex carbohydrate is a baked potato. Fat is the sour cream and butter you should not put on it. Fiber is vegetables. Fat is the oil you should not fry them in. Protein is a lean cut of meat. Fat is the gravy you should not pour over it.
Moreover, health experts say that dietary fat promotes weight gain because it is a very dense source of calories. Also, when you consume excess calories from dietary fat, you store those calories as body fat more efficiently than excess calories from other sources.
On the other hand, it can also help you lose weight naturally if you will not fall into the so-called ìfat-freeî trap. Manufacturers keep coming out with low-fat or fat-free versions of their best-selling foods, but Americans keep getting fatter anyway.
One of the greatest delusions of the 1990s is that ìno fatî means ìnon-fattening.î The truth is, you are often getting just as many calories from the no-fat version, even if the calories are not coming from fat.
The term fat-free can be a trap if you start to believe that you can eat any amount of the foods that are advertised that way.
Whatís more, it is best to respond to hunger with healthful snacks. Health experts say it would be better to try eating every three to four hours, which may mean a nutritious low-fat snack between lunch and dinner.
When you feel the urge for food coming on, snacking on something healthy such as a slice of whole-grain toasted bread is a better alternative. Never skip a meal and eat snacks instead because that is the worst thing you can do if you are trying to control your eating habits and weight.
Remember, if you want to lose weight naturally, you have to keep track of every food you eat and of every activity that you do. When you say natural weight loss means that you do not have to use some accessories or helpful aids just to lose weight.
Losing weight naturally is a process and not a fad. Hence, it would take a lot of dogged determination, self-control, and discipline just to achieve your ideal weight.
|Posted on October 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments (641)|
Many women nowadays are into resistance training. Many get into resistance training programs engaging into sports. Resistance training is important for women. It allows you to be active and have a healthy body. You may also gain the needed strength and physically built muscles.
Before you start lifting weights, you should know the proper ways on how to execute the exercise. Many women seriously encounter injuries when they incorrectly lift weights. It is important that you get rid first of the excess weight that you have by walking or jogging. You may also purchase weight loss equipment such as treadmills, cross bar platinum, and nutrition boo guides for a better health.
Women usually do not have the natural muscle structure that most men have. They may not also have the same strength to carry heavy loads or the same resistance that men have. What more if you get older? Your body may no longer have the same strength when you were still young. This happens because of the lifestyle you have or just because of aging process. Your resistance may have just decreased and your body tends to weaken.
You can benefit many things when you get into resistance training. Even if you are not an athlete or a body-building enthusiasts, you can get into resistance training programs. Having an active body and well-toned muscles can provide you the more strength and good resistance. You can do some workout outdoors like walking or jogging to get a better blood circulation.
You may also do some stretching and warm up exercises to allow the blood nutrients go to the muscles and joints of your body. Muscle stretching also helps in lessening the risks of injuries and muscle pains after the work out. Muscles tend to sore and get strained if you are not well warmed-up and do the proper stretching techniques before the work out.
In addition, muscle stretching also gives you more flexibility. You will be able to execute exercises comfortably and effectively. It is advisable that you do repetitive stretching and warm ups. Repetition of exercises makes your muscles and joints more enhanced and more adapted to the motion you are executing.
When you are ready to lift weights, you should first work on your larger muscles then the smaller ones. You may then finally go to the muscles that are isolated. You may execute push-ups that can enhance the upper muscles of the body. Before doing triceps extension exercises, you should first focus on the larger muscle groups such as the muscle found in your butt. You may execute exercises like repetitive squatting, box step-ups, and lunges.
You may also work on your quads which is the muscle found on the front thigh. You may perform repetitive squatting and lunges as well. You may also use the leg extension machine and the leg press machine for a well-executed exercise.
You should always remember that you work on the opposite muscles. Muscles tend to get imbalanced especially if the amounts of exercises you do are not equally distributed. When performing triceps extension, it is advised that you also do bicep exercises. If you work out on the chest and the stomach area like crunches, it is important that you do back extension exercises to get a balanced upper muscle toning.
Always take a rest after your resistance training work out. Allow your muscles to cool gradually so that you will not feel any sore or strained muscles. After the resistance training, you will see that you are more ready and physically fit for many kinds of sports.
|Posted on October 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM||comments (935)|
Annually, thereís lot of hopeless New Yearís Resolution that they will be loosing their weight this year. They will start on their own workout but as time goes by they are loosing hope and motivation. You will make false promises that you will be loosing 10 to 30 pounds for this year. But as false promises every last day of each year, you should do this not by your ownóyou will need to hire a Personal Trainer.
Either you are looking forward to lose weight, gain muscle, flexibility or training for your chosen sportóa certified personal trainer will help. All certified personal trainers had all the knowledge about the latest fitness information that can provide more assistance in working out in the gym even if you are not familiar of the gym equipments. Certified personal trainers can do also the nutrition counseling and sport coaching. If you donít to get exhausted inside the fitness gym, you can make a phone call and personal trainer will visit your house and he/she will make you fit armed will all the available programs he/she has. In the early centuries, only the athletes, celebrities and the wealthy people can hire personal trainers but now even a simple individual can hire them.
Upon hiring a personal trainer, you should know that the one you are hiring had knowledge on different gym equipments from weights, treadmill or the stationary bike. A trainer must guide all the process and introduces all the equipments that you will be using today up to the last day of your fitness goal. Then he/she will design a program that will fit your goals. Upon enrolling in the gym, without the help a personal trainer, expectedly they will be experiencing an injury or massive muscle fracture because of the unfamiliarity of the gym equipments. They are just pulling or lifting weights without any consultation from a personal trainer that knows very well about the classification of your body responsiveness of the gym equipments. A certified personal trainer will look after your safety to avoid injuries.
You have your own dietary program but you think that is no longer effective, so a proper exercise will help you continue your dietary program. Whether you need a complete overhauling in your diet or just a minor construction of your abs, a personal trainer is available to help you in your dietary program.
A personal trainer can design a specific program if you suffer before an injury or accident that causes muscular loss, joint readjustment, weaknesses and a previous surgery. He/she will help you regain strength as well as maintain your health fitness from your previous injuries.
If you are an athlete or just an adventurous warrior during your weekends, you should need a personal trainer to help you get a best body shape to get ahead of your sport or a hobby. Either you are doing the running, biking or swimming; a personal trainer will help you shape to prevent from muscle injuries and even excel up to the next level.
And lastly, before hiring a Personal Trainer is a good motivation program. When we workout on our own, we met an instance that we give up or lack of self-motivation but a personal trainer must have an extra convincing factor or motivational factor that you can meet your fitness goals in just minimum time.
|Posted on October 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM||comments (204)|
You cannot measure every morsel that passes your lips, but it is a good idea to measure most foods and beverages until you get a feel for portion sizes.
It is a supersized world out there, and most people are surprised to find that their idea of a single serving is actually two or three.
If you are into bells and whistles, there are food scales that are preprogrammed with nutritional information, as well as scales that will keep a running total of your daily food and nutrient intake for you. The only tools you really need, however, are a simple and inexpensive gram scale, dry and liquid measuring cups, and idea on reading food labels.
Among all of the mentioned tools, reading food labels seem to be the most effective way of determining the right kind of food to be bought in the supermarket. It lets you make sensible food selections. Through the ìNutrition Factsî section in a particular item in the grocery, you can identify the amount of serving sizes provided in that product.
With food labels, you can clearly understand the amount and kinds of nutrients that are provided in the item. Usually, it contains the information on saturated fat, sodium, total fat, fiber, and cholesterol amount ìper serving.î
However, understanding and reading these food labels can be very perplexing. A typical consumer would definitely ask what those numbers mean and how it will affect her diet intake if ever she will religiously follow the serving guide as stipulated on the food label.
To further have a clear and more comprehensive understanding of the items stated in the food label, here is a list of things that you need to know:
1. Serving size
This is the primary item you will see in a food label.
The amount of servings stated in the food label refers to the quantity of food people usually consume. However, this does not necessarily mean that it reflects your very own amount of food intake.
Moreover, serving size determines the amount of nutrients that enters the body. This means that if you will follow strictly what the serving size is, you will obtain the same amount of nutrients according to the serving size that was given in the label.
For instance, if the serving size says one serving size is equal to 54 grams, that would mean you have to measure 54 grams and eat that and you have just eaten one serving. So to speak, the amount of nutrients stated in the food label is the same amount that has entered your body considering the fact that you have just eaten 54 grams.
However, if you have eaten everything, and the food label says that each pack is equivalent to 4 servings, you have to calculate the amount of nutrients that have entered your body. This means that if the food label says 250 calories per serving that means you have to multiply it to four to get the total amount of calories you have taken.
This refers to the list of available nutrients in a particular item. It is also where the nutritional claims of the product based on the recommended daily dietary allowance are stated. Usually, the nutritional amounts are based on both the 2,500-calorie diets and the 2,000 recommended dietary allowances.
In order to understand the numeric value of each item, you should know that the ì% daily valueî that the food label indicates is actually based on how a particular food corresponds to the recommended daily dietary allowance for a 2,000 calorie.
If in the event that you have purchased an item that has a dietary allowance different from the 2,000-calorie diet, you just have to divide the stipulated amount by 2,000 and you will be able to identify the ì%daily valueî for the nutrients.
This refers to the list of the ingredients that were used to manufacture the product. The listing is usually arranged from the main ingredients that have the greater amount by weight up to the smallest quantity. This simply means that the actual quantity of the food includes the biggest quantity of the main ingredient or the first item and the minimum amount of the very last ingredient.
4. Label claim
This refers to the kinds of nutritional claims of a particular food item. For instance, if an item says it is sodium-free, it has less than 5 milligrams per serving or a low fat item actually contains 3 grams of fat or less.
Indeed, reading food labels can be very tedious and confusing. Nevertheless, once you get the hang of it, it would be easier for you to watch your diet because you can already control the amount of food that you take.
|Posted on October 3, 2015 at 1:55 PM||comments (56)|
Even though there is so much information available about weight loss, the same diet mistakes are being made over and over every day. We are not talking here about little slipups where you ate a slice of pie that was not on the plan, but big mistakes that lead to failure to lose the weight that you want to lose. Understanding these errors can help you develop the attitude that will lead to permanent weight loss for you.
1. The All Or Nothing Attitude
All or nothing dieters will often pick out a complicated diet that is almost impossible for them to maintain. Before beginning, they will search the kitchen for anything that does not fit the plan and throw it in the garbage. They are planning to be the perfect dieter, and so they will be, for one day, three days, seven days or even a couple of weeks. Then, inevitably, something happens that means they cannot keep to the diet one time. Immediately the whole thing is ruined in their eyes and the diet is over. They go to the store and buy all the things that went into the garbage last week and proceed to gain back all the weight that they lost, as fast as possible.
If you are this kind of dieter you need to ask yourself some tough questions. Do you really want to lose weight permanently, or just lose a few pounds so that you can enjoy putting them back on again? The way forward is to make small changes to what you eat so that you have a slow but steady weight loss.
2. The Attitude of Sacrifice
Another common mistake is to view your diet as a period of sacrifice. You do not allow yourself the foods that you enjoy most while you are on your way to your target weight. You may have a great diet plan and be very successful in losing weight, but what happens when you reach your goal? You have not learnt to eat 'bad foods' in moderation so as soon as you start, you are likely to go out of control. It is better to include a little of everything in your diet and learn to enjoy it in small quantities. Yes, even chocolate!
3. Goal Failure
Setting achievable goals is vital in any weight loss plan. Goals should be clear, realistic and set out in writing. While you probably do have an ideal weight in your mind, unless you are only very slightly overweight it is probably too distant to be useful. A more useful goal would be to lose two pounds per week for the first five weeks and then one pound per week after that. Some weeks you will lose more and some less, some weeks you may even gain, but if you track your progress on a graph you will see that ups and downs are natural and do not stop you progressing steadily toward your major goal.
If you have been making these mistakes, do not worry. The most important point in dieting as in so many other things is to move on. Learn from your failures as well as your success and do not use a mistake as an excuse for giving up. The only way to achieve your goal permanently is to make a commitment to become a healthier person. Remember that eating normally includes eating more some days and less others. Learn to enjoy food in moderation and you have every chance of avoiding these bad diet mistakes.
|Posted on October 3, 2015 at 1:50 PM||comments (72)|
Do you want to lose 15 pounds fast? Would that be pounds of fat, water or muscle?
You see, when people talk about losing weight, they don't always comprehend exactly what that means. Most people automatically connect weight with fat, but that's not accurate.
If you want to lose 15 pounds just so it looks better on the scale readout, then it probably doesn't matter whether you lose fat, water or muscle. If you want to lose that extra bulge around your middle, then you're looking to lose 15 pounds of fat fast.
Regardless of whether you want to lose fat or pounds, it's important to know that water makes up part of that loss. In fact, during the first few days of any diet, water makes up the majority of loss.
There are countless sites on the internet that claim to be able to show you how to lose 15 pounds fast. What they don't always tell you is that losing weight fast can be dangerous to your health. Of course, it all depends on what you consider 'fast'. For some people, a month would be fast while others see it as something more immediately, like a few days or a week.
The most realistic goal would be to lose 15 pounds in a month, because that's far more achievable. Still, it can be risky if you don't approach your weight loss correctly.
If you want to lose 15 pounds fast, it can't be all water, which is the easiest to shed. Your body needs water to survive. Deprive it of too much water and it will begin to break down.
Starvation or near starvation isn't the answer either. In fact, not eating will cause your body to retain and even gain weight. When your body isn't getting enough nutrients, warnings go off. In a desperate effort to survive, it hangs onto everything you feed it, which adds weight.
The best way to lose 15 pounds fast is by eating foods such as meat that use more of your energy to digest it. You could eat nothing but meat, but that wouldn't be healthy either. Your body needs a well-rounded diet that provides all the required nutrients. You can eat a well-balanced diet and still lose weight if you know which foods to choose.
Before starting your weight loss plan, take measurements of your body including your weight and fat content. Special callipers (usually part of a weight loss or fitness center's tool kit) are used to measure fatty tissue on various areas of your body. Keep these figures handy so you can see your progress.
Here are some things you can do to lose 15 pounds fast.
1) Avoid foods that cause water retention, like salt. Cut back on salt and you'll begin to shed weight.
2) Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day to keep your body's digestive process working.
3) Add foods that use more energy to digest, including meat, chicken, salmon, asparagus, cheese, carrots, squash and green beans.
4) Drink water throughout the day as this helps boost your metabolism.
5) Exercise to build muscle, because muscle increases your metabolism naturally.
Re-take your measurements about every week or two and if you aren't seeing results, adjust your weight loss plan accordingly.
Stay loyal to your plan and you can lose 15 pounds fast.