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The Importance of a Support System

Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 02:02 PM
posted by Jeffery mason

Regardless of the reason why you work out, a support system is crucial for your ability to succeed. From losing weight to putting on muscle mass, you need something backing you up the whole way. This support could be a friend, an online community, a nutritional supplement, or a personal trainer. If you do not have a support system now, we are going to breakdown some of the more popular ones out there, so you can look them over and decide for yourself.

  • The Online Community

There are countless bodybuilding and weight loss forums out there these days. Even bloggers have gotten into the business of helping people lose weight (myself included). With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to find the right place for support. When choosing, remember, you need a place that gives you some feedback on your questions, or a place that invites you to join conversations. You want to feel like you have somewhere to go to when you need someone to listen.

  • Gym Buddies

Finding a gym buddy is not the easiest thing in the world, but it can be the best support system to have available. The online community will not physically see your progress. A gym buddy, however, will be there with you all the time, pushing you along, encouraging you to work harder. They will see the changes take place, and you can feed off each other for motivation. If your buddy improves, you will feel compelled to do so, too.

  • Exercise Programs

If you find you work better in large groups, an exercise program would be ideal. This allows you to keep your anonymity, yet you are around others who enjoy working out just as much as you. You will not feel alone in your struggle of physical empowerment. You may even find the perfect post-exercise-program gym buddy, who will continue to cheer you on and get you sweating. You must find the exercise program that fits your needs, of course.

  • Paid Programs

There are some programs out there, like Weight Watchers, where you have to pay to gain access to their services. One of the more fundamental services offered in exchange for payment is a support system, which you can access any time you need it, online. Obviously, this is going to be more expensive than some of the other options, but you may come out more on top, due to the constant support from professionals within the field.

Four Workout Don’ts

Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 02:02 PM
posted by Jeffery mason

Let’s be honest for a bit, working out is one of the best things you can do for your body. It helps get your heart pumping, your muscles working, and it even activates some of your internal systems, flushing them of toxins and stored chemicals. In addition, you build muscles and lose weight, ensuring that your body looks and feels good. Unfortunately, there are some workout pitfalls that can entrap an individual, sending them spiraling into a state of muscular stasis. Here are four ways to help you get the most out of your workout:

  • Actually Exercising

Some people, whether you go to the gym or workout at home, will talk and think about working out more than actually working out. You say you are going to exercise for an hour, yet you talk for fifteen minutes and then exercise for forty-five. You cannot workout unless you just do it. Do not think about it, do not talk about it, just do it. You need to get your body moving, get your heart pumping, and take the steps toward the body you want. All the talking in the world will not do it for you.

  • Exercise Equipment Customization

Some exercise machines  let you customize your workout resistance. Using the treadmill as an example, you can set the speed, the time, and the incline of your walk or run. Unfortunately, some individuals pass up the chance of increasing their treadmill’s incline. This simple act of denying the use of a customizable feature could cost you hundreds of unspent calories, overtime. Utilize your exercise machine options and get the most out of your workout.

  • The Same Workout

Performing the same exercise every single day is going to lower the overall calories burned. Your body becomes tolerant to the exercise, because it has built up a muscular resistance to the repetitive motions. Changing up the exercise you perform could exponentially increase the amount of calories you burn per workout.

  • Idle Hands

When you get really tired, you may want to utilize the handlebars of a workout machine to rest yourself against it, but this is not a habit you want to incorporate into your workout routine. Resting your body against the handlebars could inhibit the burn of calories. Rather than using caloric energy to maintain muscular strength when holding up your body, you are resting it, giving it a break, letting all of those calories remain inside your body.

Losing Weight: Four Factors to Avoid

Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 01:02 PM
posted by Jeffery mason

Some individuals struggle, fight, and try their hardest to lose weight, yet nothing seems to be working. Rather than losing weight, they continue to gain it, even on a strict diet and exercise routine. So, what is happening? Why are these people still seeing the scale tip further and further away from their weight loss goal? If you are one of these people, here are four factors that could be fuddling up your weight loss capabilities:

  • Incorrect Calorie Intake

People are prone to snacking, even intense dieters. You take a few bites here, you let yourself slide there, and you never keep track because the amounts are so small. Unfortunately, those nibbles add up overtime, and you may be consuming a lot more calories than your daily estimate. This throws off your whole weight loss balance, tipping the scales in favor for weight gain. To keep the weight off, keep a stern eye on your snacking urges.

  • Drinking Away Your Weight Loss

Too many individuals do not consider the calories of the drinks they consume. Instead of monitoring the juices and smoothies they drink, they down them all day long, without a second thought. Fruit juices contain a ton of sugar and calories, making them extremely counterproductive for a dieter. To make matters worse, the brain does not recognize liquids as food, which means it does not negate the urge of hunger. Instead of drinking juices and smoothies, focus on water.

  • Post-Workout Inactivity

Moving around and sweating at the gym is great. The problem comes from what you do afterward. If you are sitting around all day, only moving for about an hour or two, you are still promoting a general lifestyle of inactivity. You should be doing whatever you can to maximize your physical movement throughout the day. Park further from your destination, bike to work, walk to the local store, take a bus on the weekend, do whatever you have to do to get as much exercise in throughout your daily routine. The gym is great, but it is not the final solution.

  • Subconscious Eating Habits

There is a strange phenomenon with humans and food. If you stick someone in front of a bag of potato chips, they could eat the whole bag and not remember a single chip. It’s this subconscious eating binge that occurs without the individual noticing it is happening. Always watch what you are putting in your mouth, from solid to liquid food. If you know that you are a subconscious eater, do not put yourself in situations where the habit could arise.