20 Great Fitness Tips

If you think that moving slower is better, then think about this.  While you want to have a controlled effort on the way down during a pushup, you’ll want a faster more aggressive motion on the way up.  This helps to get the body into fat burning mode by getting the fast twitch muscles working.  Just one of the many awesome tips you can find in the article below.

20 Great Fitness Tips

Machines vs Calisthenics?

When it comes to fitness and health, can machines teach you to do this?  Many people hit the gym on a daily basis, but what good is muscle that you can’t use?  Much of the muscle that is trained on Machines in the gym, is unusable.  It’s not feasible.  Tell me something.  In a fight, who do you think would win?  A bodybuilder?  Or someone who uses Body Weight only?  Check out the video below and then decide.

The Complete Guide To Walking

Over the next several months, I’ll be reading “The Complete Guide To Walking For Health, Weight Loss, and Fitness.”  During that time, I’ll be writing about incites that I’ve learned while reading the book as well as reviewing the chapter.

The book is simply, about walking, by the foremost expert on Walking, Mark Fenton.  I’ll let the back cover do the talking.

Take one year to change your life – forever!
WORKING OUT HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER
All that’s needed to get fit is a pair of walking shoes and a copy of Mark Fenton’s invaluable handbook. In this new and completely revised edition, Fenton speaks to modern concerns, such as preventing and controlling serious health conditions, motivating families to walk together, finding the best walking spots nationwide, and using new technology to get fit faster and more safely.
Much more than a “how-to” exercise book, The Complete Guide to Walking is an interactive and inspirational resource that can make the difference for millions of Americans who struggle with weight loss, health and dietary concerns, stress, and chronic fatigue. The author offers dozens of realistic solutions to help you overcome your individual barriers to regular daily activity. As a coach of beginners and world-class athletes alike, Fenton promises that he can transform virtually anyone from couch potato to athlete in less than one year with this straightforward, motivational, and enjoyable prescription to a healthier life.

The Complete Guide To Walking

You can pick up your own copy by clicking the image above, or by going to any used book store.  If you’d rather new, there is always Barns N Noble, Borders Books, Books A Million, etc.

Green Smoothies – For Those Wanting A New Lifestyle

I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to try out just about anything.  Even Vegetarian and Vegan dishes.  I’m not afraid to take the plunge.  How about you?

Here is a sweet delicious smoothie that you can try at home.  There are many reasons to try a smoothie, most of the reasons are for the health benefits.  The right smoothies can be quite beneficial for you.  Instead of having to take a Supplement, where only 10% of the nutrients actually goes into your system, you can always try this.

If you just can find the right balance of nutrients, fiber, and what ever else your body needs.  Try a Green Smoothie.  You’ll be glad you did.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want to end up in the Hospital because I didn’t take care of myself.  This could be a step in the right direction for many people.  What about you?

Do you want to be around for your children?  What about for your grandchildren?  If you do nothing this holiday season, or over the new year, make that resolution to take a plunge.  Take a dive into the world of health.

Some Mistakes of Vegans and Vegetarians

One might actually think that it’s easy to just get out there and change your lifestyle, but it’s not.  It can actually be quite hard for some people.

If you want to diet, exercise, and lose weight, there are some things you need to avoid as pointed out in the video below.

Those things are as follows:

Eating too much Fat.
Eating too much Sugar & Stimulants.
Not fixing enough of your own meals.
Not getting enough exercise.
Not being in a community.

For some, working out alone, might be alright.  For many, it’s the exact opposite.  Try to either create your own community, or join an existing one.  That will boost your confidence and willingness to get out there.

 

Restricting Calories – Why Your Image Is Important

When people go on a diet, they tend to restrict calories, or carbohydrates, or fats.  You can’t restrict your diet of any of those.  Each of these are primary substances that our body needs to run.

Every noticed how Self Image is important into today’s age?  Well, it’s important for many reasons.  Mental and Physical healthy being the primary reasons.

The image of who we are is important because not being in good health can cause stress, depression, and numerous other illnesses.  That’s not the lifestyle we need to live.  When you restrict calories in a diet, you’re jeopardizing that lifestyle.

The Raw food movement is gaining ground and more people are starting to take part.  If you want that sexy body you’ve been dying to get, then you might want to take some advice from this girl.

As you can see, Image is everything.  It’s the sole purpose of how we should be, how we should thrive.  If you’ve ever wondered how people can, or should look nowadays, just take a look at a Healthy, Active child.

Those children that run around outside as apposed to sitting inside all day, those are the healthy ones.  They have slim figures, and hardly any fat.  If you look at fitness models, that’s how we should look.  Slim, Trim, and hardly any Fat.  The only time you need Fat, is in Survival Situations.  Clearly, there is an abundance of food here.

Why risk the side effects of being over weight, when you can have a healthy, slim, fit body?

What are you going to start doing to get that body you’ve always desired?

100 Push Up Challenge

Push Ups are probably one of the easiest ways to gain strength.  Want to build strength and can’t get to a gym?  The old fashion Push Up just might be your answer.

The 100 Push Up challenge is designed to get you doing 100 push ups in about six weeks, quicker than that if you can do 20+ push ups.  If you can do 60-80 push ups.  They also have a bit more challenging workouts that you can do.

Fitness level according to push ups.  My fitness level is currently 4 out of 7.  I can do 35 push ups and on the 35th one, I’m starting to shake with fatigue.

Why is fatigue important?  When you start feeling fatigue, you start to lose posture.  Posture is important when working out, so you don’t injure yourself.  Preventing injury is the key to a successful workout.

Why the 100 challenge?  Well, I can’t do 100 push ups yet, so why not?  Also, having a goal to reach for will more likely keep you motivated.  Especially if you share your goal with your family and friends.  Better yet, start a blog like this one.

If push ups get a little easy for you, you could always move on to the 200 challenge.  If that gets easy for you, move on to the Hindu Push Up challenge.  Ok, maybe I made that one up, but still.  Change it up when it gets easy.

When you go to Week 1, they give you the recommended place to start.  For me, they recommended that I start on Week 3, looks like I’ll get done with this in a months time.

Day one looks a little something like this…….

Day 1

rest 60 seconds between each SET (longer if required)

> 25 push ups

set 1 – 14 set 2 – 18 set 3 – 14 set 4 – 14 set 5  max (at least 20)

It progressively increases each day, so you’re doing a little more each day.  There are three days in the workout, which allow for you to take a break in between the work outs.  So, you’re workout days would look something like, Mon, Wed, Fri.

My over all goal here?  To gain strength.  My muscles are kind of weak in this day and age.  On top of that, I’m kind of out of shape.  So, when something heavy needs lifting, I have trouble some times and need to increase that strength and how many people do you know that can do 100 push ups?

They also have a Sit Up and even a Squats challenge, among other things.  Visit Hundred Push Ups for more details.

100 Push Ups Challenge

Keep it real, keep fit.

Why We Make Mistakes?

Many people often make mistakes.  Yet, sometimes we don’t know why.  I recently had to make a change in my Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight post.  It was a simple mistake too that anyone can make.

Down at the bottom, when I started talking about “they’re tampering with our health,” I had out instead of our.  Simple mistake right?

What about when we make mistakes that are big mistakes, the ones that make us feel a little down?

Today, I finished my workout routine.  Well, the Cardiovascular part of it anyway.  I found out that I actually had an error in my last calculation on Calories burned.  Yesterday, I had thought that I burned about  363 calories, when it was no where near.

Here’s the formula that I used to calculate those Calories.  men: calories = [(0.6309 x heart rate) + (0.2017 x age) — (0.09036 x weight) — 55.0969] x time / 4.184.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/221560-the-calories-burned-from-elliptical-training/#ixzz1eBKV2ykn
Gotten from Livestrong.com

 See the part where it says — 55.0969]?  Yeah, I missed that completely in my calculation.  Somehow, someway, I just totally left it out.  So, while figuring out the new calculation, I was slightly disappointed.

Can you imagine how disappointing it is to find out that you’re not burning 300+ Calories, but instead you’re burning more like 186.  And that’s after increasing your time on the Elliptical to push yourself?  Sags head and walks away………

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Ok, maybe not quite yet.  Unless I’m doing the formula wrong, there’s a big mistake there, but what can we learn from mistakes?

For starters, we can’t dwell on them.  We have to move on and learn from them.  We have to be more careful next time, so that we won’t make the same mistake again.  Life is too short to be filled with fouls.

It also helps to not be tired when you’re writing a blog post.  You’re more likely to catch those mistakes.  So make sure you get a good nights sleep.

So, what! if. I; make/misteaks….Get over it.  That’s all we can do right?  Get over it and move on.  Learn from them and not bash ourselves too much.

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What do you learn from mistakes?  Do you think images help blog post?

Biggest Reasons Why Americans Are Overweight!

Americans are said to be the most over weight, but many have a hard time figuring out why.  Why is it that many Americans are starting to be overweight and in worse health than the previous generation?  I think I have the answer.

Reason 1

Exercise….
Many Americans nowadays aren’t getting enough exercise.  That’s right, something as simple as exercise can have a big impact on our daily lives.  In the movie WALL-E, the people roamed around on hover chairs.  Who needs a wheel chair right?  Especially when the machine will do all the work for you.

Is that the kind of life style we want?  To be subjects who are limited in our mobility based on some machine?  Right now many kids are experiencing this because of Parents not letting their kids play in the park.  Instead, they’ll let them play Video Games all day and do nothing.

Now, before you go bashing Video games and start blaming the games themselves, maybe you should take a closer look a parenting.  I play Video Games myself, but that doesnt’ mean that Nerds can’t be fit.  I in fact have started a Cardio Routine, which will eventually turn into running, which in turn will turn into a Marathon.

I have goals, kids nowadays, don’t.  That’s partly because parents let their kids spend too much time playing Video Games as apposed to….well, playing.

Reason 2

Over Indulging…..
Many restaurants have started (in the last decade)  increasing portion sizes.  Now, they even go as far as encourage you to get a large or (in some cases) super-size.  In this case, bigger isn’t always better.  Tell me something.

Do you feel better now that you’re bigger?  Again, bigger isn’t always better.  My parents often times make two meals out of one meal when they go out to eat.  Why?  Many of these meals are filled with Calories.  Many of them over 1,000 calories.  That’s half a days Calories for most.

Still think Bigger is Better?

Reason 3

Quality of Food
Our food quality has reduced in the last 10-20 years drastically.  Farmers are basically killing the land that they farm one with all the chemicals that they spray on plants.  Therefore, we’re forced to look for alternatives: plants that are bug resistant, plants that yield more, and even plants that grow better in certain climates.

When you start tampering with plants: spraying chemicals, changing DNA strands, making them more volatile, something has to give.  So, where do we suffer?  In Nutritional Value.  I can’t stress this enough….

Life is too precious to tamper with.  By tampering with those plants, they’re tampering with our health.  Empty calories adds to our over all weight.  Really.  What else is our body going to use useless calories for?

So, my question for you today is, did this inspire you?  If so, what are your plans for taking action?

Staying Fit – Why Staying Fit Is Not An Option

So, science has confirmed what many people have believed over time.  What is this confirmation?  Well, let’s just say that many people think that it’s quite possible to stay fit at any age.

What’s the verdict?  Basically, you’ll have to maintain a certain level of activity or increase your activity as you get older.  Why?  Simply put, it takes a little more work to stay healthy at an older age.

This doesn’t mean that people can’t stay as healthy as a 20 year old at the age of 50+.  This is crucial to reducing factors such as Cardiovascular Disease.

Why is this crucial?  According to a study, Women are 5 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease than a physically fit woman.  Same study provides evidence that Men are 8 times more likely to get Cardiovascular Disease for not being fit.  Good enough reason to stay fit?

This study was done in Europe, where they are always looking for more answers, unlike the American counter parts, who just want to find a quick fix.  Exercise is very crucial to anything we do.  Want to lose weight?  Want to stay fit?  Want those sexy abs?  Gotta exercise.

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