Picture this, you are travelling abroad on a tight budget or you are in a remote part of the world and the only thing that’s going on in your mind is getting in a solid workout, while simultaneously appreciating the sights and sounds of your foreign surroundings. You are faced with three options, given that you do not have access to gyms or any fitness facilities;
Over the past several years, the latest trend in exercise and dieting, is hiring a Personal Trainer. Have you wondered what all the hype is all about? It’s not just for celebrities and the Biggest Loser anymore. I have listed the top 5 reasons why you need a personal trainer, you'll be glad that you read it.
1. You’re new to lifting
Pumping iron is a little more complicated that just lifting heavy things up and putting them back down again. Sure, your pumped-up buddy may say he knows how to train you, but does he really? Also, if you’re relying on a workout partner to show you the ropes, then you’re not getting the personalized attention you need in order to achieve your goals. Working out with a friend is great and can be highly motivating, but I would advise a professional trainer for a few sessions to learn the ropes.
WTF!?.. Ran out of protein! I use Promasil by Rivalus, also the official protein supplement used by the Canadian Olympic team. An excellent source of lean protein for pre or post workouts (in fact 7 different sources of protein). Probably one of the best tasting ones too. Get your Promasil at any GNC store
Spring couldn't have come soon enough and you haven't even started your workout routine yet. Your mid-line resembles that of a muffin top, while your thighs resemble the ice cream you just ate late last night. OK perhaps I am exaggerating a bit here. However, we do fear the worse and thus we must prepare accordingly. There are many scientifically proven facts that suggest that training outdoors has many healthy benefits.
Don’t get stuck indoors this year! Without further ado here are your top 5 reasons to step outdoors.
Lack of sunlight can lead to symptoms of depression, also known as the winter blues. According to Canadian Mental Health Association approximately 15% of Canadians suffer from the winter blues. This is due to the lack of exposure to sunlight which lowers vitamin D levels. Studies have also shown that there are links between vitamin D and insulin regulation, stroke, heart attack and immune function. Forth most, sunlight makes us happier.
Snacking is GOOD. In fact, to keep your metabolism revved up throughout the day it is better to snack between moderate-sized meals than it is to have 3 large meals without snacks. Of course the quality of our snack choices can aid or destroy our fitness goals. Here are some good snacks to consider for those ‘between meal’ times when you need a boost:
94% fat free butter-flavored popcorn:
For only 110 calories, you can have a ½ bag of 94% fat free butter-flavored popcorn (3 tablespoons unpopped). It is low in fat (2g), high in fiber (4g) and protein (4g), and it takes a long time to eat. If your office has a microwave, or if you’re watching some TV after dinner and need a snack…try some popcorn. **Note: Real butter flavored popcorn is not such a great deal on the ‘healthy snack scale’…so make sure to read the nutrition label.
I've encountered too many times, women who don't lift a single weight or refuse to lift anything heavy enough to make them sweat. This myth must have come from people that discovered the Loch Ness monster.
A woman's testosterone level is much lower then that of men. Men have 15% to 20% more testosterone than women right after puberty thus men grow more facial hair and bigger muscles than women. It will be impossible for women to get as bulky as men without the help of some juicy chemicals.
Women believe they'll look like female bodybuilders by beginning a strength training program. However these cover ladies have been pharmaceutically altered to look like the missing link to men. Lifting Heavy (near max-capacity) weights for shorter repetitions actually promotes strength, not bulk or hypertrophy, in fact your muscles will shrink as you become stronger.
You believe you'll become HUGE overnight by lifting heavy weights. It takes men years to gain larger than average muscles with a consistent weight training program. You'd be the first woman in the industry to gain muscle mass overnight, if that's the case please hand me the magic wound.
Some people get into health and fitness to look great, feel great, to perform better in sports or everyday life, or to perform for their job such as high fashion modeling and fitness modeling. Below are some of the top reasons why you should stay healthy and fit, it’s more than just going to the gym, it’s a lifestyle change, find out how your life can be transformed.
1. To Feel Youthful and Energetic every day. Want to enjoy life to it's fullest like when you were young? Now you have to exercise eat healthy and sleep well to feel the way you did.
2. To Feel Good about Yourself. Your self confidence and self esteem will improve when your physical and mental health improve.
Most people are finding it harder each day to live a healthier lifestyle and losing weight is usually on top of their wish list. As a result of these unhealthy lifestyle choices people gravitate towards fad diets. However diets don’t work. If they worked everyone that is on it would be thin. All people who are on a diet will eventually go off a diet. According to a new study published in American Psychologist two-thirds of people trying to lose weight with a significantly reduced-calorie diet will gain back that weight – plus some extra pounds – within four to five years.
If your typical weight loss diet looks something like this, you will need to seriously reevaluate your eating habits:
So you want to look and feel your best for the weekend but you didn't do a single workout over the week. Here's a way to boost your mojo for you weekenders.
As much as cardio helps boost your cardiovascular system or in other terms increases your endurance. Don't just rely on cardio training, you may find that you're burning calories but only during the time of actual training. If you want some serious weekend results mix up your routine with weight training and circuit training (30 minutes weights followed by 30 minutes of circuits).
By lifting heavy weights you're increasing your metabolism, meaning that the calories (foods, drinks and most likely alcohol) you put into your body are transferred into useful energy more efficiently. Your muscles repair themselves when you rest (this requires energy) so you are actually burning fat when you're asleep or napping. Make sure you target major muscles groups like your thighs, arms, chest, upper/lower back and your core.
Written by Mario Rigby