What Can I Achieve With Personal Training at Home?

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Apr 032010

When time is an issue, a lot of people turn to home-based training as a solution. The advantages are obvious – by performing your workout at home, you’re able to save time, as well as even money that you’d normally pay for gym subscriptions and things like that. On the other hand, if you’re not experienced or informed enough, working out at home can turn out to be somewhat detrimental to your success later on. In all cases, it’s good to familiarize yourself with your options.

First, understand that you’ll most likely not be able to do absolutely everything at home – for example, good cardio exercise comes from jogging or cycling, which are obviously not suitable for doing at home. Sure, you can get a treadmill or a stationary bike (veloergometer), but those can’t replace doing your workout in the fresh air outside. So, with this in mind, dedicate some of your time every week for going out to do this type of exercise.

What you can do at home is quite diverse, actually, even without any special equipment. First there’s the usual pushups, situps, etc – those are relatively good for keeping your body toned as a whole, but can also strain specific muscle groups quite nicely and provide a fantastic effect on your health. If you have a suitable place in your house, you can also go for pull-ups, but not everyone has a place to do them at home – you can always install a bar yourself, but be careful to make it stable enough.

If you have a larger, more spacious room, get a jumprope and start using it every day. It’s a great exercise that trains your dexterity as well as your leg muscles, and gives you stamina on top of that. While you’d tend to hear people talking about the jumprope as something not entirely useful nowadays, it’s still in fact being utilized by some professionals, for example boxers and martial artists. In any case, it holds many benefits and shouldn’t be disregarded as useless – just don’t rely on it too much.

Never underestimate the usefulness ot having a personal trainer, either – it may sound like spending your money in vain, but personal trainers can benefit you a lot, in the least by helping you pull through your workout much faster and more efficiently. A personal trainer can also help you with the motivation problem, which will become much more prominent later on than it is now – and will require appropriate attention.

If you find out that home training isn’t working out for you, by all means look for alternatives – don’t try to substitute it entirely from the very beginning, but try to find some exercises and workout routines that you can mix in, gradually moving away from your home in your workouts. Remember, the important thing in the end is that you feel comfortable doing your workouts!

Apr 032010

When setting off to lose weight, there are many options available to you to aid your efforts to some extent. Sure, some manage to cope all by themselves, but in many cases, getting the most external help you can is the best course of action. And surely, one of the most commonly used “shortcuts” is hiring a personal trainer. Considering how it can be quite costly though, people tend to wonder whether it’s worth it in the end.

The most obvious advantage to having a personal trainer is that you’ll get an exercise program that’s tailored specifically to your needs. Whereas by doing things yourself you’ll most likely have to use a pre-made program – which, while not bad in itself, will never be as effective as something designed for your own body’s needs.

A personal trainer will also ensure that you’re properly performing all of your exercises – you may not realize it, but you’re probably wasting a lot of energy performing some of your exercises in a wrong way. Having a trainer, you’ll know as soon as you start doing something wrong, and you’ll also learn much quicker. Us humans always tend to learn things much easier when we’re shown personally by someone.

Something else that gets overlooked when considering a personal trainer is the aspect of motivation – many people’s biggest pitfall is losing their will to go on. You’ll sooner or later reach a point where you no longer make solid progress, and it takes a lot of effort and dedication to keep pushing forward. In these situations, many tend to simply give up and tell themselves that they’ve done well enough already.

But having a trainer will ensure that this won’t happen – a good personal trainer will be very experienced in motivating you, and he/she will be able to set you in the right mood and mindset to go on. Often, it just takes the right kind of encouragement, and this is exactly what a trainer can offer you.

This goes for those “slacking off” moments as well – everyone’s had those days when you just wake up and tell yourself “meh, I can skip gym today, it’s not like one time will harm me in any way” – but you’re wrong in thinking that, as missing even one workout can put a solid spike in the wheels of your progress. Your trainer will be the one to explain this to you, and motivate you to get through the day’s portion of your workout.

Last but not least, a trainer can become a good friend too – there’s an old saying that sharing your joy doubles it, and when you’re sharing it with someone who knows exactly what you’ve been through to get there, that really lifts your mood and can have a huge positive impact on your state of mind. So even if you think you know it all and have a solid will – you can still benefit from a trainer! It can’t hurt to try, certainly.

6 Tips to Improve Your Fitness Results

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Apr 032010

Working out, by itself, is highly beneficial for your health, and mostly everyone is aware of that. However, by not doing it properly, you’re losing a lot of that potential benefit, and if you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your fitness efforts, you should take the time to learn the basics behind bodybuilding. We’ve outlined some tips below – even though you’ve probably heard some of them, take the time to go through them as what is common sense to some can always come as new knowledge to others.

1) Rest a lot – your muscles will need time to recover after a good workout session, and if you don’t give them that time you won’t see a substantial growth in their size. Not only that, but you’ll also be more likely to feel tired and unable to continue during your workouts, as your muscles may not have properly recovered from the last session. Try to have at least one day of rest for every two or three days of working out.

2) Get plenty of proteins – they’re what helps your body build muscles, so you need to supply it with them on a constant basis. If you can’t eat your favorite protein-rich foods on the go, make a habit of taking a protein shake with you wherever you go – it may not be as good as real food, but at least it will keep you fed and your body can function normally.

3) Drink water – before, during, and after the workout. It’s especially important to drink while you’re performing your exercises, as your body basically uses water as fuel and this will help you be much more efficient in your exercises. Just don’t fall for the “thirst trap” and drink too much at once, as this can get you to sweat a lot and will make you feel heavy in your stomach.

4) Increase the difficulty – in order for your body to keep progressing on a constant basis, you’ll need to make your workouts tougher and tougher as time goes, to prevent it from getting too adjusted to the various exercises. It’s a good idea to keep your exercises varied in the same regard as well – that way you’ll be training different muscle groups better and more efficiently.

5) Find a partner – having a gym partner has various benefits, most of them psychological. If you can share your success with someone else involved in the same activity, it becomes that much more rewarding. Also, your partner can help you go through some of the more challenging exercises, holding your weights and such. Likewise, it will feel rewarding for you to know you’re helping someone as well.

6) Follow your progress – everyone does this differently. Some take pictures of themselves, others record their measurements. Whatever you choose, the important thing is to know that you’re moving ahead as time goes by – this will motivate you to go on when things are looking down.

Forming a Good Fitness Routine

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Apr 032010

Going to the gym is more than just pumping the iron until you can’t go any more – you also need to approach your problem in a smart way, and develop a routine which will serve to help you reach your goals in the shortest time possible. The basics of a good fitness routine are different depending on what you’re trying to do, so read on to find out how to make the most out of your own.

First, to determine how long you should dedicate to working out each day, use 45-75 minutes as a rough guide. Remember that your body’s muscle building processes begin to rapidly deteriorate after about 60 minutes, so you should take that into account when calculating the time for your workout. Devote enough for a rest around the middle of the workout as well, to give yourself some “breathing room” while you’re at it.

On a weekly scale, leave at least two days of rest every week – not consequentially, of course, but try to do something like three days of working out and one day of resting. Many people get the wrong idea that their muscles grow in size while they’re working out at the gym, fooled by the temporary immediate effect – in fact, your muscles grow when you’re resting during the days between your workouts, and if you don’t give them sufficient time to do so, your progress will be badly affected in the long run.

It doesn’t matter if you want to see results in one muscle group mostly, you should still make sure your fitness routine is varied enough. A body looks good when its muscle groups have all been equally and proportionally developed, so if you just concentrate on one, you’ll end up looking rather badly.

Make sure you know the difference between working out to lose weight, and to build mass – there are different exercises you’ll have to include in your fitness routine in both cases, and if you don’t familiarize yourself with them well enough, you may get the completely wrong result in the end.

Also, take your current season into consideration when deciding on your exercises. During the winter, you’ll want to build up muscle mass (provided your goal is to become strong and well-built, of course), and you won’t be worrying much about shaping those muscles properly. The reason is simple, during the winter you’re normally wearing thick clothes and your body isn’t that well-defined underneath them.

When you get to the spring though, start working out in ways that define the shape of your muscles – more specifically, burn lots of fat. If you do it well enough, you’ll look lean and beautiful in the summer, when you can show off your body a lot more freely thanks to the hot temperatures all around. Keep up the fat burning during the entire summer season, and when the fall comes, switch to the muscle-building exercises – do this in a cycle and you should be all set.

Finding an Experienced Personal Fitness Instructor

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Apr 032010

Getting a personal instructor can easily be a life-changing decision, but it strongly depends on the quality of service that the person can provide you. You should take the time to find someone experienced enough so that you can be sure you’re in the right hands, and your health will be properly supervised.

You should first understand that you’ll likely be paying a somewhat high rate to your personal trainer – good service comes at a price and this should surprise nobody. Make sure you’re prepared to shell out some cash, but remember that in the long run it’ll be well-worth it, as the amounts you’ll save up in the long run will completely outweigh the money you’ll have to pay to your trainer.

To start your search, ask around your local gyms – some even provide on the spot personal trainers and you can sign up for one. However, make sure you familiarize yourself with the specific conditions the company sets first, of course – and never rush for the first and most obvious choice!

A good indication of an experienced personal instructor is someone with a background in martial arts, boxing, or something similar – those people usually know a thing or two about keeping their trainees well-motivated and on their toes at all times, so you should be able to find a great personal instructor in such a person. Check how many years of experience they have exactly though – simply having trained in a specific sport doesn’t mean they’re good at it.

A personal fitness instructor should also be able to develop a diet tailored to your specific needs – he/she will study your body and determine what you need in order to lose weight, or stay slim – depending on what your goals are. In some cases, you can even score some quality cooking tips, though you have to be lucky for that – which is not to say it happens rarely.

Last but not least, try to develop a sense of trust with your personal trainer. This goes a bit beyond what this article covers, but if you aren’t confident in what your trainer tells you, you’ll find it hard to make any progress – and for this to happen, you need to subconsciously realize that the trainer knows what they’re doing. This is where picking the right person plays in, and why it’s so important to find a good trainer.

Even though you’re going for quality, find out what price you’re being asked for as well – some trainers tend to take their services too seriously, far more than they’re actually worth – in those cases you may be asked to pay ridiculous sums of money for what will turn out to be a rather mediocre experience. Know what you’re spending your money on, and spend it cautiously – getting ripped off in this field can leave you very unsusceptible to working with personal trainers in the future.

Are Fitness Boot Camps Worth It?

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Apr 032010

Working out is one thing, but then there’s the option of pushing yourself to your absolute extremes. Few ever decide to go there – for most people, training under normal circumstances is usually more than enough to maintain their health on a high level. But what if you need some extra challenge, something which will really help you develop your body – and your mind as well? The answer lies in fitness boot camps.

A fitness boot camp basically takes what constitutes a good, high-quality training, and ups the ante on all of its aspects. It’s normally performed outdoors, for example at an obstacle course. You’ll regularly even see ex-military personnel running fitness boot camps, and it’s not uncommon for them to be quite strict in giving you “tips” on how to progress.

Additionally, to increase the challenge even further, some fitness boot camps perform their exercises in harsh conditions, such as heavy rain and/or storm. On the other hand, you get to work alongside other people, and you can very easily socialize and make new friends. That’s actually one of the goals of a fitness boot camp – letting you pick your own pace while trying to fit into the team’s general goal.

You’ll normally have to train for about 4-6 weeks at most fitness boot camps, and the difficulty of the exercises may vary. Some companies go as far as to provide an authentic military experience, with instructors screaming loudly and pushing you to go harder.

One of the best things about fitness boot camps is that you get to go lots of cardio exercises there – that’s why they hold a reputation of being very useful for weight loss. Cardio can help you lose weight, as well as increase your overall body strength and ability, so performing it on a regular basis under extreme conditions can be very useful for your health, even if done for just short periods of time such as a few weeks.

So in the end, is it the right choice for you? It depends on what you want to achieve, really – if you need to get the most out of your weight loss in the least amount of time, then yes, a fitness boot camp can do you lots of good. On the other hand, if you simply want to get in shape but don’t want to dedicate all that time and effort to the process, perhaps you’d be better off looking at a gym with a personal trainer or something similar, as a boot camp may turn out to be too challenging for you.

It can never hurt to try though – you never know, you may find something you greatly enjoy in boot camps which will hold you and motivate you to go on! Many seem to get this effect from all the socializing they do at a boot camp, and it’s very likely that you’ll enjoy it as well – so why not give it a go?

Choosing a Gym – Things You Should Know

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Apr 032010

Signing up for a gym is most people’s first step when they decide they want/need to lose weight. Apart from things like jogging and going on a diet, it’s one of the most obvious choices, too. On the other hand, getting to the point of actually picking a gym, many face a common problem – making the right choice. As you’ll be paying the gym money, and you’ll also be dedicating some of your time to visiting it, it’s important to spend as much time as you need in making your decision.

The first and most obvious sign of a gym’s quality will be its hygiene – if you get an impression of a nice, clean place, you’re on the right track. Make sure it’s well-ventilated as well – there’s nothing worse than going to do your workout, all fresh and energetic, only to be greeted by the smell of sweat. Make sure you check out the bathrooms, too – after all, you’ll probably be showering there after every workout, might as well make sure you’ll be doing it in a hygienic environment.

A professional gym will offer you instructional services as well – if you feel inexperienced and don’t know what to do, ask for an instructor. If the place is run by professionals, you’ll be assigned a personal trainer who’ll guide you through the process of making a workout schedule, forming a diet, and getting you through your workout – as well as helping you perform the various exercises.

Surely the most important aspect of a gym though, are the machines – a good gym should have plenty of them, covering all of the important muscle groups. Popular places that get a lot of traffic will usually have more than one of each machine, making it more convenient for customers who don’t feel like waiting to do some exercise.

In this regard, examine the disc stands’ locations as well – lifting weights, people move their discs around all the time, and a good gym should provide plenty of stands to put the discs that you’re not using. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at a gym floor cluttered with discs, which both looks messy and is inconvenient for those working out, too.

Have a look at the extra services offered by the place as well – for example, good gyms will have dispensers for protein shakes and various other healthy drinks, allowing their customers to use them for free (though sometimes this will depend on the grade of your membership and you may need to pay a bit more).

Always make sure you’re familiar with the pricing schedule as well – some places allow you to go month for month, but for some others, you’ll have to sign a contract, sometimes for up to an year. You should definitely examine those conditions as best as you can, as it’s not uncommon for people to end up paying a lot more than they expected after signing up for a gym.

Weight Management Made Simple

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Mar 232010

Weight is such a troublesome topic. Everyone you’d ask will probably tell you about at least one or two weight-related problems that they’re having. In most cases though, the solution isn’t really that difficult to come across – you just need some patience and the ability to examine a situation properly.

The worst mistake usually occurs when people notice that they’re putting on weight – then, most tend to panic and start making irrational changes to their diet/exercise routine, just to get back that weight they’ve put on. If you feel you’re headed for a similar situation, stop – think about what’s been happening lately, and assess everything properly. In most cases, you’re likely to think about a probable cause of your weight problems after just a few minutes of pondering.

If you find your current schedule isn’t working, don’t be afraid changes though – but make sure you take small, simple steps, measuring each one carefully. It’s easy to overshoot when, for example, reducing your calorie count ot increasing your exercise difficulty. If you’re able to find the right balance though, you’ll see that it’s really easy to maintain it once you’ve gotten there.

You should ensure that your day begins properly, too – there’s nothing worse than having to crawl through the entire morning, just because you forgot to eat breakfast. Eat a nice small meal when you wake up, and preferrably finish it with a cup of coffee – trust us, depriving yourself from food is actually detrimental to your success, not beneficial.

Sometimes, you’ll notice strange results – for example, losing a lot of weight in short periods of time. Often, these won’t mean much and they’re simply phases that you’re randomly going through. To make sure that something shouldn’t concern you, do the simplest thing and wait on it – if, after a week, the same situation persists, you may have an issue on your hands.

Also, concerning your exercises – cardio is the king of weight loss, no doubt. You absolutely must find the time for at least one type of cardio exercise weekly, otherwise you shouldn’t expect to make much progress with your weight loss. Cardio not only helps you drop those pounds quickly, it’s also good for things like your metabolism, energy levels, and sense of well-being.

If you can, move some of your exercises home. Buy a treadmill for your cardio, for example – or a bench to lift weights on. Whatever you do, this will help you save time – and time seems to be everyone’s worst enemy when dealing with weight loss. Plus, knowing that you don’t have to walk to the gym but can instead work out at home, can act as a good source of motivation if you’re feeling a bit lazy/down. However, don’t let those feelings overtake you, as it’s quite easy to slip into them and lose your motivation and momentum. If you allow this to happen, you’re going to have some trouble getting out later.

How to Get a Toned Body

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Mar 232010

Getting a toned body is what everyone seems to be concerned with these days. The funny thing is that most don’t even realize the meaning of the term in the first place. When somebody says “I need to get a toned body”, they usually mean, of course, firmer and more defined muscles – which is understandable. However, “toned” muscles simply refers to a certain state that the muscles are put in when they’re at rest and ready for being used.

Still, if you wish to make your body more defined and well-shaped, there’s a lot you can do. First, you should understand that you can perform your workout in two very distinct ways, each giving its own advantage to the process. When talking about exercises that involve lifting weights, the general idea is that doing fewer repetitions (or reps) with heavy weights makes your muscles grow stronger, while doing lots of reps with lighter weights results in better-defined muscles.

One of the most important things when aiming towards a toned body is to get rid of as much body fat as possible. Face it – nothing ruins the sight of your beautiful muscles worse than some fat buildups around them. On the other hand, getting rid of fat has always been simple – you just need to control your diet and exercise, but we surely don’t need to explain this to you in detail.

A common misconception is that exercising a specific muscle group helps tone it. That’s not really true, as working out a given area of your body doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose fat there – in fact, the only thing you’re contributing with, is helping your muscles grow in that area. But you can’t really control where your fat is burned – if you perform exercises that stimulate your metabolism, you’ll burn fat, but it’ll be evenly spread out throughout your body.

That said, make sure your exercising schedule is varied enough – you need to put enough strain on all of your muscle groups, and not just concentrate on a few. This is the only sure way to guarantee that your body will look good – it doesn’t matter if you have huge arms with mountains of muscles on them, when the rest of your body is skinny and/or flabby. A good impression is made by shaping your body evenly and putting enough effort into defining every muscle group.

Last but not least, try lifting some heavy weights – these types of exercises are fantastic for improving your body’s toning, as they put a tremendous strain on important muscle groups, stimulate your metabolism, and work as good cardio overall. Just don’t go overboard with those too much, as they can lead to some complications later on if you’re not extremely careful. If you feel you might be going in for a lot of strain, buy a safety belt to protect yourself from any injuries – it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Keeping Your Body Fat in Healthy Ranges

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Mar 232010

Body fat percentage is a very puzzling topic for some people. Knowing how to accurately measure the value, and what to make of the results, is a little science of its own that takes some time to explore, but is well worth it in the end. If you can maintain a low enough body fat percentage, you’ve basically got your weight loss problems solved!

First, you’ll need to establish a reliable method to get your body fat percentage tested though. There are many ways to do that, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages – measuring body fat can never be 100% accurate though.

The cheapest and probably most easily available to you method, is to get weighed while submerged in water. The idea is that muscles mass sinks while fat floats, so your weight underwater is equal to your lean body mass – and then it’s just a matter of simple calculation to derive the percentage. The downside to this method is that it’s very harshly affected by the amount of water in your body, so it’s hard to get consistent results.

Another method is by using electrical current – muscles and fat have different conductivity, so they’ll produce different results when a current passes through them. This can be a bit more expensive to perform, but it usually produces more accurate results on a constant basis.

There are even some portable tools that can perform an electrical test, but the accuracy of those has been disputed strongly, as they don’t seem to perform a current test through all the necessary points in the body. Still, it’s good for getting rough readings.

In all cases, make sure you’re in the same condition when you get tested. It’s not the numbers themselves that are important, but rather seeing your body fat percentage go down every time. But you should make sure that you perform the test at the same time of day, having eaten roughly the same amount of food, etc – this will ensure that outside factors are having the least possible effect on the readings.

If you still want to know what percentages to aim for exactly though – around 15-18% is the recommended norm for men, and a bit higher than that, around 20%, for women. Some athletes can even go below 10% in their peak periods, but it’s impossible to maintain such a low body fat percentage and live healthy – no matter what, your body needs some minimum amount of fat to function.

If you manage to get yourself in the ranges mentioned above, you should notice a strong positive change in your lifestyle, as you’ll already have overcome the most troublesome aspects of weight loss. From then on, it’s just a steady roll uphill as you move towards greater success in shaping your body. After you’ve dealt with the excess fat, you may want to start shaping your muscles into something respectable-looking, and it won’t be too hard either now that you’ve got the basics down.

Tips for Staying Healthy

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Mar 122010

Everyone realizes the importance of maintaining their health in order sooner or later. There’s no secret to doing it either, you just need to follow some simple rules which will pave the way to a healthy lifestyle. Even if you can’t follow everything outlined in this article, don’t be discouraged – managing to stick to even some of the advice given here will really benefit your body’s health.

To stay healthy, you need to be careful about what you’re eating. It may sound like a trivial piece of advice, bust so many people ignore the balance in their diet that it’s unbelievable – and then they wonder where they went wrong. You may not even realize how many of the things you’re eating could be harming you – just look at the labels of some of the things you buy, and have a good look at their ingredients. Consult a dieting expert if you’re unfamiliar with the whole process of forming a healthy diet, and you should be fine in that aspect.

Also, while some aren’t paying enough attention to their body’s needs for exercise, there are some people who do the exact opposite, and overwork themselves to no end at the gym, thinking that it’s all for the best. This is hardly the case though – your body has its limits, and if you’re not careful with what you’re doing, you can very easily cross those limits and realize it when it’s far too late. Take a few days of rest every now and then, and you’ll notice an even better performance when working out!

Alcohol can also be very detrimental to a good health. Sure, partying is an inevitable part of life, but you don’t always need to get drunk to have fun. If you’re having trouble justifying not drinking to your friends, just tell them it’s for medical reasons – it won’t be too far from the truth anyway. You probably don’t even know what alcohol does to your organism, but it’s not pretty at all – apart from the obvious and well-known stuff like liver damage, it’s also very negative for any weight loss procedures, as it actually causes you to put on weight.

A negative mindset will affect your body in a bad way too – so make sure you remove any sources of stress from your environment. Start your new lifestyle with your bills paid, your current problems taken care of, and this will allow you to concentrate on losing weight entirely.

Ask your family and friends for encouragement too – that’s what they’re there for. If they keep telling you how much weight you’ve lost and how you keep looking better and better, chances are this will reflect on your attitude as well, and you’ll become more determined to succeed – which, in turn, will bring in more positive comments, and it will become a closed loop of success.

Simple Ways to Lose Weight at Home

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Mar 122010

Nowadays, when somebody is out of shape, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re lazy. More often than not, it’s simply the person’s lifestyle that precludes them from devoting much time to staying fit and healthy… or at least that’s what you’ll hear as an excuse. Yes, it’s true that today’s way of living is far more fast-paced and busier than it was a few decades ago, but still – saying that you have absolutely no time to look out for your health is ridiculous!

Especially when you consider the various options you have to lose weight at home. You don’t even need any sophisticated fitness equipment to make the best out of the experience – though of course, a bench or treadmill won’t hurt. But if you’re limited to what the common household provides you, don’t worry – there’s still plenty you can do to retain your figure!

There are several exercises which can contribute to your health a great deal and can be performed without any extra equipment. The most popular of these, when it comes to losing weight at home, are the sit-ups. Sit-ups are great, because they target the abdominal area, burning fat at one of the places where it matters the most, the belly. They’re not hard to perform, though after a while, you may begin to feel less challenged by the exercise – when this happens, try to spice it up a bit by increasing the difficulty – find a sloped surface and lay with your feet elevated slightly, this will make it a bit tougher on your muscles.

Push-ups are also great for staying in shape without leaving the house. Unlike sit-ups, they target the upper muscle groups of your body, making them a good supplement to sit-ups. As with sit-ups, there are several ways to increase the difficulty of push-ups. You can try doing “diamond push-ups”, which involves clenching your hands in a diamond-like shape (hence the name), with your palms spread out and thumbs facing inwards. This will put a lot more strain on your muscles, and make the exercise noticeably tougher.

And if you feel really confident, you can also try clapping your hands while your body is in the air – it’s one of the hardest ways to perform push-ups, and if you can manage it on a regular basis, this is a good sign of your health status.

Make sure you utilize the time spent at home to its fullest, too – there’s no excuse for eating out at the fast food place when you’re spending time at home. Even if you’ve never touched a frying pan in your life, it’s a skill that anyone can learn and it’s never too late – so grab a cooking book, or open a cooking website, and find out what you can whip yourself up – you’d be surprised how good food tastes when you’ve cooked it yourself, and more importantly, when you know it’s actually good for you.

Keeping Fit – What’s the Trick?

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Mar 122010

Those who’ve tried to lose weight and failed often get the impression that there’s some secret trick behind weight loss that noone’s ever told them. That’s really far from the truth though – in most of these cases, the problem boils down to the person not having tried enough options. The thing with weight loss is, it’s not universal – a certain method may completely blow the fat away from your best friend’s body, while at the same time not affecting you at all – and there’s nothing strange or unusual about that.

When it comes to keeping fit, the important thing is to keep a positive mindset about it – your mind controls the body, and the state of your mind affects you physically in more ways than you probably imagine. If you keep telling yourself that you’re not making any progress, or that you’ll never succeed in reaching the weight you desire, that’s just what’s going to happen – but if, on the other hand, you remain positive and confident about it, success will soon follow.

If a busy schedule is preventing you from keeping fit, you may wish to try out some home-based methods for losing weight. You may not realize it, but there’s plenty you can do without leaving the house that will attribute to your weight loss a great deal. If you’ve got some money to spend, you should buy a few machines – a treadmill will be a great start, for example, and if you can fit a bench in there somewhere, that’d be even better.

If time is preventing you from sticking to a healthy diet, there are services designed to help you – they work much like catering services, only they prepare healthy diet meals and deliver them directly to your doorstep. Check if there’s a similar service available in your vicinity, and arrange for a few weeks of delivery – this will at least help you get started with your new diet, and give you some room while you’re still getting the hang of cooking your own healthy food.

Make sure you share tips with your friends and relatives as well – the best piece of advice about keeping fit sometimes comes from the most unexpected places. If you know someone who always looks exceptionally fit, talk to them about what they do, what an eating schedule they have, and how they work out. Even if you think you’re well familiar with the subject, there’ll always be someone who knows more than you.

While we’re on the topic of other people, you should find a partner. Sharing your experience with someone else who’s going through the same thing is always a great way to relieve the stress. Not only that, but success will be much sweeter when you can share it with someone who can value it just as much. And last but not least, two heads always think better than one, so you’ll be able to find solutions to your diet and workout problems more easily, looking at them from different angles.