Who doesn't want to spend more time outside now that we've hit the summertime? With all good intentions, unfortunately not everyone is able to enjoy the sunshine outside and will cause some problems when they are trying to hit their steps target each day. Despite the heat, there are some other ways of hitting your goals and missing out on your daily exercise.
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So you want to get in shape. This is all you hear about on the news. You see your favourite actors on TV doing those "I will get in shape" commercials. These men and women will start tomorrow morning with a ton of fat on their face. They will put on lean muscles. They will then end the day with slimmer. Some of them will still have fat on their thighs. What are they doing with their hands? What is going on? It is not a diet, it is not a pill. These people are taking action and they are getting the results. Why? Because they have a plan that is set in motion by a vision. They have a game plan.
You are not going to get in shape on your own. You are going to get in shape on your partners game plan. You do not have to be perfect. You just have to be prepared. You need to know what you are doing. You need to have a game plan.
The game plan starts with you. When you say to yourself you are going to get in shape, you have to begin with you. You have to be 100 percent committed to it. You need to have an action plan to do it. You need to have a goal. You need to know when it is time to stop. You need to know when to continue. You need to set a date by which you will get in shape. Once you have that date, you need to execute the plan.
The plan is set, you know when it is time, you have an action plan set in motion, you have a date by which you are going to do it, you have a goal, you have your friend who is ready to help, now let's execute the plan.
If you‘re trying to build muscle but are not quite getting the results you want, there are probably things you‘re doing wrong.
And while many people focus on meaningless things, such as following the latest muscle-building celebrity workout, or buying a weight-gain supplement, the more important things are being ignored.
For the goal of building muscle mass, you have to:
1. Eat big!
Establishing a caloric surplus will massively optimize your muscle gains.
The caloric surplus should be made up of good amounts of all 3 macronutrients - Protein, fats, and carbs.
The optimal daily intake forms at ~1g of protein per lb of bodyweight, ~0.45g of fat per lb. of body weight, and 3-5g of carbs per lb. of bodyweight.
2. Lift big!
If your workouts are not challenging enough, you‘ll have a hard time gaining muscle whatsoever.
For the goal of gaining bulk muscle mass, you should focus on challenging sets of 6-15 reps, which bring you close to failure.
This will create a good stimulus for growth, given that you consistently do sets that challenge you in a new way.
3. Recover well!
Though training big and eating big are the two detrimental factors for muscle gain, recovery is actually where the magic happens.
The two most important aspects of recovery are your sleep and the time frame between the separate workouts.
Generally, it is recommended that you sleep 6-8 hours per night and train each muscle group once every 3-4 days.
By doing all of the above, you will create a good muscle growth stimulus, grant sufficient nutrients & time for the body to recover and grow stronger.
This is how you gain muscle.
If you want to achieve a healthy and toned body, it's important that you understand which exercises are effective and which aren't. Some exercises will actually help you lose weight and help the development of specific muscle groups. In case you're a bit confused about which exercises are good for which body fat levels, here are some of the top exercises that will help you get into shape.
1. Insanity: This is an extremely intense cardio exercise. However, it is proven to help you burn fat in a fast rate. This kind of exercise not only helps you lose the weight you want, but also helps you increase your metabolism. This particular exercise helps you to improve your cardiovascular fitness, increase your metabolism, and also reduce stress.
2. Sprinting: Sprinting is another great cardio exercise that helps you to lose weight in a speedy rate. Running for a short distance will also help your lungs become more efficient, reduce the risk of obesity and asthma, and will also increase your metabolism rate. It is also known to increase muscle mass.
3. Squats: This particular exercise helps you to lose weight with great intensity. You don't have to spend a lot of time to start seeing results. In case you want to increase your metabolism rate, you need to keep pushing yourself with this exercise. This exercise also works on your legs. They are the muscles that help you run longer, and you will also become more flexible.
4. Running Hills: This exercise has a great impact on your metabolism rate, and helps you burn fat at a phenomenal rate. Running up hills also helps you to develop your gluteus maximus. This is an area which many people neglect. They think that running doesn't work on this particular muscle group. Well, the fact is, this movement helps to develop glutes tremendously. Running up hills is another excellent cardio exercise, and helps you to lose weight in a faster manner.
5. Stairmaster: This particular exercise is said to work on the entire body. It helps you to develop muscle strength, and helps you develop heart muscle. The reason why it is considered as one of the great cardio exercises is because many people tend to gain weight slowly and gain heart muscle slowly. This exercise also gives you a good cardiovascular fitness. It helps you to lose weight in a faster rate, and also build muscles in a faster rate.
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We’ve all faced times where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t stick to a healthy routine. Just thinking about exercise or cooking a healthy meal can be daunting, and with fast food being, well, fast, it’s not difficult to see why so many struggle to stay motivated with a healthy lifestyle.
It happens to everyone, there probably isn’t one person who can say they have never had a period of time where they have had some time away from eating right and exercising as often as they should.
Finding the motivation to look after yourself doesn’t mean that you need to spend hours in the gym or spend one day a week prepping healthy meals, you can do it so much easier.
Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can stay motivated below:
Give Yourself A Real Reward
No, this doesn’t mean eating an entire cheesecake after a run, it’s about giving yourself something that is going to help you get closer to your goals. Why not indulge in an episode or two of your favourite tv show or reading about the Association of Naturopathic Practitioners after your workout, to enable your muscles to recover? Or treat yourself to a massage after two or three weeks on track with your exercise routine. After you have eaten a healthy meal, reward yourself with some self-care such as taking a hot bath or home spa-treatment.
You are trying to live a healthier lifestyle, so the best thing you can do is to stop rewarding yourself with junk food, one of the main causes of a bad diet. Exercise will slowly become a habit, and your motivation will grow as you reward yourself in a positive way.
Set Yourself A Commitment Contract
We can make a promise after promise to ourselves, however, research shows us that we are more likely to eat well and exercise when we make the commitment to some one else such as our family or friends. Why not set a contract with your family to state you will workout three times a week for 30 minutes and that you will cook at least one healthy meal each day so you can be healthier for them?
Turn Your Workouts Social
In the world of today, it is very common to see people using social media as a way to stay accountable for their progress or commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Whether it’s sharing their weekly weigh in, showing progress pictures, showing methods of exercise, or sharing pictures of your food, sharing them on social media may be a good way to keep you on track.
Always Remember The Why
There is going to be a reason why you want to live a healthier lifestyle, so, remember what it is when you feel yourself slipping. Whether you’re doing because you’ve gained a little weight over Christmas or through pregnancy, or you’re trying to minimise the risks from an underlying health condition, always think back to the reasons why you are making changes.
Remember changes aren’t going to happen over night, therefore, you shouldn’t expect them to. Don’t give up at the first hurdle, in fact, don’t give up at the tenth. No one said that making changes towards a healthy lifestyle was easy. Do you have any tips on how to you can stay motivated? Please share them in the comments below.
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