There are plenty of reasons to workout: better sleep, less stress, a healthier body less prone to disease, weight loss, strength, confidence—you can take your pick. But when you go to the gym, committed as you may be, are you making the most of it and having a really productive workout? For many reading this the answer is no.
Working out is essential to staying healthy, but your daily trip to the gym can feel more like a punishment than anything else. The good news is that you don’t just have to blame laziness as the reason for dreading your next trek on the treadmill. A Dutch study found that up to 37 percent of people’s different responses to exercise is rooted in their genes.
It’s a well-known fact that keeping fit by regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy and well. The question is, once you’ve achieved a certain level of basic fitness, what do you do if you want to get to the next level? This is where a team training program at your local gym could provide the answer. If you’re not familiar with team training classes, they involve high-intensity workouts in a group with an instructor present to encourage and advise. The exercise program is based on the principles of interval training, whereby you exercise vigorously for a short period of time, rest for an equal length of time, then exercise vigorously again.
If you have been in the gym or even if you are just following any fitness or health blogs on social media, then you have probably heard the term “body composition” multiple times already. However, hearing or reading the term in a vague sentence isn’t the same as understanding what it means and how it is relevant to your own fitness goals. To clear up the confusion, read on.
Ladies, it’s time to start taking care of you! Take control of your health, the food you eat and don’t forget to exercise!
After working out at home for three months, I finally joined the local gym. I must say it’s great to get plugged in with like-minded people and I can honestly say my results are showing now. I am definitely more energized, focused, sleep better at night, and feel amazing.
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Nootropics are known as smart drugs or cognitive function enhancers, but they are also popular in the world of fitness. Bodybuilders use nootropics to help them stay focused on their goals. After all, athletes need to keep a clear mind, which can promote their physical development.
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Staying in perfect shape isn’t the easiest task. After all, you need the right amount of motivation to hit the gym or stay away from those carbs. All this may seem confusing at first, but nothing beats being able to fit in your old pair of jeans.
Having a toned, well-sculpted body not only looks good but also boosts your confidence. However, maintaining the perfect body requires effort so be prepared to take out your running shoes. If you think you still have a long way to go with your goals, it’s time you focus on boosting workout motivation and switch to a healthier lifestyle.
Here’s how you can achieve your dream body.
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Many people struggle to get in shape because they cannot stay motivated to exercise. It can be a struggle to work out every day. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can stay motivated.
Give Yourself a Reward
Better health and weight loss are some of the benefits that come along with exercising on a regular bais. However, those benefits are not enough for many people to stay motivated to exercise. That is why you should reward yourself for staying motivated to exercise. For example, if you consistently work out for a month, then you can reward yourself with a massage or a staycation.
Aaptiv is an on-demand, audio fitness app that combines workout guidance from top-notch trainers with the perfect playlists. There are several workout categories so there really is something for everyone. The categories include 5K Training, 10K Training, Elliptical, Full Marathon Training, Half Marathon Training, Indoor Cycling, Meditation, Outdoor Running, Stair Climber, Strength Training, Stretching, Treadmill, Walking and Yoga.
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One of the greatest misconceptions about fitness is that working on your body is something that can only be done in a gym. With the sedentary lifestyle that the greatest majority of people are currently leading, even the minimal amount of physical activity can make a huge difference. Still, for those who are willing to take this idea one step further, yet who feel uncomfortable going to a gym, making a home gym might be a perfect middle-ground. All you need here is one free room, some equipment and a proper game-plan. Here are some thoughts on all three of these aspects.
Thinking About Cardio
One of the things that need to be resolved early on is the matter of cardio and this is something that is not necessarily done in your gym. You can go for an early walk with your dog, run a few laps around the neighborhood or visit a local pool for a brief swimming session every couple of days. For those who still want to do this at home, there are a couple of great options. First, you could get a treadmill, a ski machine or a stationary bicycle, which would give you the standard cardio option you would otherwise have at the gym. The downside of these machines is that they are usually quite expensive. This is why you might want to go with a less costly but much noisier solution like a punching bag or a jump rope.
Next, you need to focus on all those exercises you can do with your own weight such as push-ups, pull-ups, squats and sit-ups. Basically, two simple items can provide you with an opportunity to do all of them – the exercise mat and the pull-up rack. Even if you don’t have enough strength to do a single pull-up, just hanging from a rack can help boost your overall strength. Furthermore, seeing how you are doing exercises that require only your own weight, the risk of getting injured is minimal.
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